Mahindra saves Pininfarina, Ford uses Gorilla glass on the new GT, Lamborghini CEO may move to Audi Quattro and more.
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Jaguar Returns to Racing
After pulling out of Formula 1 in 2004, Jaguar is finally making a return to open-wheeled racing. Except Jaguar aren’t making an F1 comeback; they’re entering Formula-e in a bid to develop battery tech for their road-going cars.
After months of uncertainty, Indian automotive conglomerate Mahindra finally purchased ailing Italian design house Pininfarina. Mahindra will reportedly pay $28 million for 76 percent of Pininfarina, with plans to purchase the remaining 24 percent.
Give Me the Green Light
Bentley all but confirmed the EXP 10 concept will be going to production. Bentley’s board member for sales and marketing Kevin Rose says the super coupe will be smaller than the Continental, but not cheaper. If the EXP 10 gets the green light, it will likely go toe to toe with the Mercedes-AMG GT.
Keeping It in the Family
Reports from Italy are surfacing saying Stephan Winkelmann CEO of Lamborghini will be making a move to the parent company’s performance arm, Audi Quattro.
SLK is Dead, Long Live SLC
Mercedes continues to make the transition to their new nomenclature as old models get refreshed or updated. What was the SLK is now the SLC, which will make its official debut early next month, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit .
The GT Gets Gorilla Glass
Ford is testing out the automotive application of super-strong, lightweight Gorilla Glass with the new Ford GT. More commonly found on smartphones and tablets, Gorilla Glass is thinner, lighter and stronger than regular automotive glass. The Ford GT’s windshield, engine cover and the partition between the cabin and engine bay will all be made from the stuff.
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1956 Lotus 11 Series 1 Le Mans
Lotus recently announced that it would be modifying their safety standards and will be bringing the Elise and Exige back to the U.S market in 2016. This Lotus 11 is a shining example of when Lotus had safety lower down on their list of priorities but made some seriously quick cars.
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Ian Callum, lead designer at Jaguar, came from humble beginnings in Scotland and ended up designing the Aston Martin DB7 as a freelancer, along with Jaguar’s first-ever SUV. He’s an interesting character, and hearing him tell his tale while driving around in an E-Type makes for a good watch.
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