Check Out This Red Carbon Pagani Huayra You Probably Can’t Afford

Are you the comic book arch-villain of a blue-suited superhero looking for a new set of wheels? If so, we just found the perfect car for you. Spotted for sale by Millers Motorcars in Greenwich, Connecticut is this seriously cool, red carbon Pagani Huayra. The woven, already sinister-looking exterior will look as though it's been dipped in the blood of your enemies while the optional Tempesta performance package will let your foes know you mean business.

The red theme extends into the car's cabin as well with the same red carbon being found on the steering wheel and in front of the passenger seat. Bright red leather trim and stitching are scattered across the interior. The Huayra also comes with a seven-piece, red leather luggage set. Perfect for concealing exotic bombs, mystical weapons, the heads of your victims, and other villainous paraphernalia.

In case your Italian hypercar lore is a bit rusty, the Pagani Huayra comes with a 720-horsepower, 6.0-liter, twin-turbo V-12 sourced from Mercedes-AMG. It gets from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 2.8 seconds and tops out at 238 mph. The Dallara co-developed Tempesta pack adds a lighter underbody, front splitter, rear diffuser, different and lighter aluminum wheels, tweaked aerodynamics, tweaked suspension including new four-way adjustable Ohlins, as well as a lighter exhaust system.

Millers Motorcars hasn't publicized the price of this particular car, asking prospective owners to "Call for Price" but we suspect it's one of those things where if price really is a deciding factor, don't even bother picking up the phone.

Then again, you didn't get into the supervillain game to talk to salespeople and pay full retail price for your exotic cars, now did you? If you're truly a worthy owner of a machine this devilish, I'm sure you'll be able to add this car to your way or another.

H/T: Carscoops

Aston Martin Boss Teases Project 003 Hybrid Hypercar’s Behind Via Twitter

After confirming its existence back in September 2018, Aston Martin is teasing its upcoming Project '003' once again. To recap, the mid-engined hybrid hypercar will drop in late 2021, after the Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro (hence the 003 designations). It'll feature technology trickled down directly from the Valkyrie and be limited to just 500 units worldwide.

Based on the single shot released of its backside, the 003 will feature a pair of taillights laid out horizontally, a sumptuous-looking hypercar body, and seemingly not much of a rear window. Here's the sketch released in September to give you a vague idea of what to expect from the rest of the car, appearance-wise.

The 003, whatever it ultimately ends up being called, will be built on a super lightweight structure and use a turbocharged gasoline-powered engine coupled to electric motors. Active aerodynamics and active suspension contribute to what Aston claims will be "class-leading dynamics on both road and track."

Unlike its Valkyrie predecessors, the 003 will apparently be quite practical—as practical as a hypercar can be, anyway. Aston says it's designing the car to accommodate "practical concessions to road use, including space for luggage." One suitcase-sized compartment between the seats it is, then. The 003 will also be available in both left and right-hand drive. Whether or not its well-traveled buyers can reserve one in each configuration though is unclear.

Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer said back in September, "It was always the intention for the Aston Martin Valkyrie to be a once-in-a-lifetime project, however, it was also vital to us that Valkyrie would create a legacy: a direct descendant that would also set new standards within its own area of the hypercar market, creating a bloodline of highly specialized, limited production machines that can exist in parallel with Aston Martin’s series production models."

Until the next tease, folks.

Ferrari 488 Spider and Maserati Ghibli Collide Head-On in Extremely Pricey LA Crash

A Ferrari 488 Spider collided head-on with a Maserati Ghibli over the weekend in the affluent Los Angeles neighborhood of Beverly Glen. According to ABC7, it happened at 2 a.m. Sunday morning near Hutton and Benedict Canyon drives. No serious injuries or fatalities were reported.

The crash did, however, leave the blue, mid-engined Ferrari with serious front-end damage and its airbags deployed. The black Maser appears to have sustained much less damage. To save you a couple of Google searches, the 488 Spider goes for over $300,000 while the relatively pedestrian Ghibli can be had for around $80,000.

Witnesses allege that both drivers "blame each other for being under the influence" even though no arrests were made after police took sobriety tests. Members of the Los Angeles Fire Department were also on-hand to tend to a woman who was reportedly a passenger in one of the cars. Despite the exotic nature of the vehicles involved, whether or not speed was a factor remains officially unclear.

For the past while, Beverly Hills police have been putting drivers of expensive cars on blast, posting their speed-related mishaps on Instagram for the world to see. Perhaps the most notable example being this wrecked Ferrari LaFerrari reportedly owned by Shark Tank star and Professionally Wealthy Man Robert Herjavec.

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Ferrari Friday; #speed will put a dent into the weekend fun and the wallet ???????????? #ferrari #beverlyhills #police #cops #thinblueline #crash #accident #wreck #laferrari #cars #zoom #expensive #insurance #fast #fastandfurious #fancy #luxury

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Another highlight was this rented Lamborghini Huracan that was pulled over after its driver was caught speeding while filming themselves with their phone.

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Why was this rented #lamborghini stopped and cited? A.) Speed violation B.) Cell Phone violation C.) Filming self while driving D.) All the above ???????????????? Let us know your answer in the comments ???????????????????????????? #beverlyhills #police #cops #thinblueline #lambo #bmw #motorcycle #speed #cellphone #selfie #video #sunset #boulevard #tourist #rental #car

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For whatever reason, Sunday's collision has yet to pop up on BHPD's Insta.

Michigan Strongman Lifts Jeep Grand Cherokee to Save Victim of Rollover Crash

Among the doom and gloom of avoidable wrecks and plant closures, a more uplifting story comes to us from Michigan—quite literally. According to WXYZ Detroit, Ypsilanti powerlifter Ryan Belcher is being praised as a hero after he lifted an entire Jeep Grand Cherokee that had crashed and flipped on top of a man, saving his life.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Belcher was at work on Michigan Avenue when he heard a loud noise and looked outside to see what had happened. "I just hear a big smash and, as I look out, a crowd of people are coming and this vehicle is flipped upside down and my first instinct was to just take off out there," said Belcher.

The black Jeep had crashed into another vehicle and was lying on its roof, on top of a man. "Half of his torso was outside of the vehicle and the other half was still underneath in the vehicle," the Michigan strongman said. "I had no other choice. It was either save a man or not believe in myself. So I just reached in and did what I had to do."

In short, it was Belcher's time to shine.

The SUV Belcher lifted off of the man appears to have been a WJ-generation Grand Cherokee, a vehicle that can weigh anywhere from 3,800 to 4,300 pounds depending on trim. "What's weird is it's easier for me to not know the weight," Belcher remarked. "I just lifted and started pushing the vehicle as hard as I could."

In a Facebook post, Belcher got to meet the man he helped at the hospital. Unfortunately, the man has been paralyzed from the waist down but medical professionals apparently said that if it weren't for Belcher's actions, the man would've lost his life. "I cried as he told me that today, I never thought I'd impact someone's life like I did," Belcher wrote. "He just doesn't know yet how much he has truly changed mine!"

The other car involved reportedly sustained front end damage while its driver suffered serious injuries but is expected to survive.

The moral of the story? Get off the internet and hit the gym. It might just save a life.

Next-Generation Lexus IS May Be Getting the Supra’s BMW Straight-Six

It sounds like BMW hardware will make its way to more Toyota products than we thought. If a new report from Japan's Best Car magazine can be believed, the next-generation Lexus IS sports sedan will get the same 335-horsepower, 3.0-liter, turbocharged straight-six found in the new Supra.

The BMW-sourced B58 engine can also be found in the Toyota coupe's Z4 platform-mate as well as the IS's natural rival, the BMW M340i. As a comparison, the current IS 350 makes 311 hp from a 3.5-liter V-6. In addition to the Bimmer I-6, the report also says the next IS can be had with a 2.0-liter turbo, 2.4-liter turbo, or as a 2.5-liter hybrid.

The Japanese car magazine goes on to say that the IS F will be making a comeback with the help of the in-house twin-turbo V-6 found under the hood of the surprisingly popular LS 500. The last IS F was based on the second-generation IS, went out of production in 2013, and used the company's now-ubiquitous 5.0-liter V-8. The nameplate went missing for the current-gen car.

Somewhat coincidentally, the old V-8 IS F and the current twin-turbo LS 500 both produce exactly 416 hp.

2012 Lexus IS F

The Lexus IS is the Toyota luxury arm's entry to the ultra-competitive compact premium sports sedan segment that consists of BMW's genre-defining 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class, Cadillac ATS, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Infiniti Q50, Genesis G70, and Acura TLX. At least, I think that's everyone.

Designed primarily to be a thorn in BMW's side, the IS is a fine car but was never as celebrated or popular as the 3er. Perhaps aping one of the Bavarian's engines can help turn that ship around.

H/T: Lexus Enthusiast

Lamborghini Will Bring Super-Limited Edition Hybrid V-12 Supercar to Frankfurt: Report

Turns out, Ferrari won't be the only Italian supercar maker to go hybrid this year. Archrival Lamborghini is set to reveal its first production hybrid model—a limited-run V-12 hybrid hypercar, no less—at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show in September, as reported by Australia's Motoring.

Codenamed LB48H, the car will be made in the same vein as Lambo's previous special V-12s such as the Reventon and Centenario and will serve as a preview to the company's Aventador successor. Styling-wise, expect it to resemble 2017's MIT-co-developed Terzo Millennio electric concept car. Its front wheels will be hooked up to an electric motor while the rear axle will be powered by Lambo's traditional 6.5-liter V-12.

"So we had the Reventon, the Veneno, and the Centenario, and now we have this car, [the LB48H]," said Lamborghini Chief Commercial Officer Federico Foschini. "This is the technical name but we're not yet revealing the final name. This car is really a huge product for Lamborghini."

It'll apparently be limited to just 63 units to coincide with the year Lamborghini was conceived, 1963. In true limited-run exotic car fashion, all of them are already sold and have been since last July.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

As for the "regular" series production Lamborghini that this car will supposedly precursor, previous reports have pegged the Aventador's successor to drop sometime in 2020. Foschini says the estimate might be a tad early. "Maybe it will be a little bit later, because of the success of the current Aventador is still so huge that we don't need to change. For example, the SVJ has been pre-sold just in the first three to four weeks."

In addition to the LB48H, Foschini says we can expect a "surprise" to be revealed at this year's Frankfurt show. Motoring predicts this to be a plug-in hybrid version of the Urus SUV.

Florida Man Arrested After Violently Crashing Tesla Model S Into Infiniti SUV at 128 MPH

Florida man Jose Manuel Soto has been arrested on three counts of reckless driving and causing serious bodily injury after he ran a red light in his Tesla Model S at 128 miles per hour and smashed into an Infiniti SUV.

As reported by NBC Miami, it happened on the MacArthur Causeway in Miami Beach on Oct. 21 at 1:05 a.m. There were reportedly three people inside the Infiniti at the time, all of whom were rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries. One was in a coma for a couple weeks, another suffered multiple fractures and a collapsed lung, and the third person sustained a traumatic brain injury. No fatalities have been reported.

"This very severe crash resulted in everyone being transported to JMH," said Miami Beach Police Officer Ernesto Rodriguez. "Miraculously no one lost their lives."

According to the police report as well as black box data obtained from Soto's Model S, the Infiniti was making a legal U-turn on a green arrow when the Tesla ran the red, barreling towards the SUV. Soto reportedly hit the brakes 1.5 seconds before impact, lowering his speed to 93 mph by the time he T-boned the Infiniti. Black box data and the surveillance video above revealed that Soto was still accelerating just five seconds before the collision and that his light had already been red for six seconds. The speed limit on this particular stretch of road is 45 mph.

"The force of the impact was so great that the Tesla vehicle almost cut the larger, heavier Infiniti in half," read the police report.

In response to a Twitter discussion over whether or not the electric car was on Autopilot at the time, Elon Musk chimed in to remind everyone that the system's top speed is much lower than what Soto was doing.

Speaking to NBC, Robert Reiff, Soto's lawyer, claims that the quoted speeds were obtained "prior to the accident" and were given to the press for "maximum shock value." He goes on to blame the incident on the way the MacArthur Causeway is set up and calls on the Florida DOT to take another look at it.

"What this video recording does expose is the poor design and under-speeded roadway that is the MacArthur Causeway," said the attorney. "This roadway has been the scene of far too many serious traffic accidents and we believe that the roadway needs to be fully examined by the Florida Department of Transportation."

A Hybrid V-8 Ferrari Supercar Is Coming This Year: Report

On at least two separate occasions last year, Ferrari 488 test mules were caught running around with a suspicious lack of engine noise. It now sounds like we'll get to see what the exotic automaker has been up to pretty soon. Ferrari will be introducing a new mid-engined hybrid supercar before the year is out, said company CEO Louis Camilleri on a late January earnings call as reported by Automotive News.

An unnamed source "familiar with the project" reportedly told Automotive News that the gas engine involved will be a V-8, meaning the car likely won't be some ultra-exclusive, high-priced successor to 2013's hybrid LaFerrari hypercar. Instead, it'll be a regular series production model with a "regular lifecycle," says Camilleri. Think Acura NSX, not McLaren P1.

According to company Chief Technicals Officer Michael Leiters, the upcoming hybrid will "sit at the top of Ferrari’s sport cars range" and make more horsepower than the 710-hp 488 Pista, rendering it the most powerful V-8 Ferrari to date. It'll reportedly use a "second-generation" Ferrari hybrid drivetrain evolved from the LaFerrari's inaugural system.

The report goes on to say that while the car will get a 2019 debut, don't expect it to drop at next month's Geneva show. In any case, the first customers can expect to get their cars in early 2020.

The electrified V-8 supercar will, if Ferrari has its way, be the first of many hybrid cars to come out of Maranello. Camilleri aims for 60 percent of the brand's offerings to have hybrid variants by the year 2022 with an all-electric model coming sometime after that.

2020 Toyota Supra Gets the TRD Treatment, Lots of Carbon but No Extra Power

Unveiled this past weekend at Japan's Osaka Auto Messe—think SEMA but Japanese—was a 2020 Toyota Supra fettled by Toyota Racing Development. The TRD Performance Line Concept is finished in semi-gloss gray, gets a set of new 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, and was seemingly made for those with a carbon fiber fetish.

The front splitter, side skirt, door trim, rear lip spoiler, rear seats, and approximately one-sixth of each door are made of the woven black stuff. Presumably, the aerodynamic add-ons increase the Supra's downforce, high-speed stability, and make it feel, dare we say, more grounded to the ground.

Unfortunately, that's pretty much where the TRD-tuned Supra's enhancements end. No power boosts were given to the car's BMW-sourced turbo straight-six. The suspension and brakes, as far as we can tell, are stock. If anything, the aero bits have likely added to the Supra's 3,397-pound curb weight.

That being said, the bottom of TRD's site for this car reads "To Be Continued" so the Toyota tuning arm probably isn't done tinkering with the A90 Supra just yet. In other words, this ain't even its final form.

The 2020 Toyota GR Supra produces 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque, and shares a platform with BMW's new Z4. Zero to 60 is dealt with in 4.1 seconds.

Given this car's Fast & Furious-fuelled cult following, we have a hunch this particular vehicle is only the beginning of tuned-MkV-Supra-dom.

Over 40,000 People Died on American Roads for Third-Consecutive Year, 2018 Study Says

In 2018, more than 40,000 people died as a result of traffic crashes, reports Bloomberg citing the National Safety Council. Apparently, it's the third year in a row in which at least that many traffic fatalities occurred. Last year actually saw a nominal decrease of one percent over 2017—231 less deaths, to be precise—but a 14 percent jump compared to four years ago.

"Other research" allegedly shows deaths caused by drunk driving, speeding, and phone use decreasing but could be replaced by newer risks such as distracting infotainment screens and driving under the simultaneous influence of alcohol and legal marijuana (in states where that's applicable, of course). However, distracted driving still causes eight percent of crashes while drowsy driving accounts for two percent.

The report also says active safety systems present in many new cars like automatic emergency braking and collision warnings can decrease the number of crashes but aren't actually equipped on many cars on the road as of yet. "There is definitely evidence that these systems are preventing crashes," said NSC director of statistics Ken Kolosh. "They're probably not at the critical mass yet to see them having an impact on the overall macro level."

Ultimately, the Council blames poor driver behavior for the "stubbornly high" death count. "Forty-thousand deaths is unacceptable," said interim NSC CEO Nicholas Smith. "We cannot afford to tread water anymore. We know what works, but we need to demonstrate the commitment to implementing the solutions. Roadway deaths are preventable by doubling down on what works, embracing technology advancements and creating a culture of safer driving."