Roborace autonomous racer, Ferrari F40 in the snow, Aston Martin Vantage GTE: This Week’s Top Photos


Whether you like it or not, autonomous racing, where cars dart around tracks without a human onboard, will soon be a reality. A exhibition-style competition called Roborace has already been announced and within the year will hold its first race. The cars competing were previewed in concept form this week.

The big news this week was the reveal of the Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] Model 3. The sporty electric sedan promises a range of 215 miles, a $35,000 starting price before incentives, and deliveries by late 2017. Its proven so popular that at last count Tesla had more than 130,000 pre-orders.

Jaguar’s uber-rare XKSS is about to become just a little more common. That’s because the British automaker this week announced plans to build nine continuation models. They’re the original nine that were destroyed during the 1957 fire at Jaguar’s Browns Lane plant.

2017 Porsche Panamera spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien2017 Porsche Panamera spy shots – Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

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A prototype for Porsche’s second-generation Panamera has been spotted with virtually zero camouflage gear. It means the world debut is likely close. This time around there will be both sedan and wagon bodystyles on offer.

Ferrari F40 tackles a ski slope in Japan - Image via Kunihisa KobayashiFerrari F40 tackles a ski slope in Japan – Image via Kunihisa Kobayashi

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It’s always impressive to see someone out driving their rare classic instead of letting it sit idle in a garage or showroom somewhere. Here we see Ferrari [NYSE:RACE] F40 owner Takeshi Kimura taking his car on a snow trip.

Bugatti Chiron in New York City - Image via Bugatti Chiron fan Facebook pageBugatti Chiron in New York City – Image via Bugatti Chiron fan Facebook page

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Bugatti’s new Chiron was spotted in New York City this week. The car was likely being presented to potential customers ahead of the start of production later this year. At its launch, Bugatti said around a third of build slots had already been sold.

The chance to own one of the 100 original 1965 Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] Shelby GT350s is coming up. This beautiful example is part of the Joe McMurrey Collection that’s being sold at Mecum’s annual Spring Classic auction in Indianapolis next month.

This beast is the Aston Martin Vantage GTE that will tackle the 2016 World Endurance Championship, where it will go up against race cars based on the new Ford GT as well as the Chevrolet Corvette, Ferrari 488 GTB and Porsche 911 in the GTE class. Among the changes for 2016 is the new aero regulations that have led to the pronounced rear diffuser shown here.


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