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BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R

A few months ago, BMW created the 3.0 CSL Hommage as a tribute to the iconic 1972 BMW E9 3.0 CSL. Now, they've unveiled a racing model that celebrates the 40th anniversary of BMW North America. Featuring BMW Motorsport division's red / blue stripes, air deflectors, laser / LED lighting, distinctive wheel arches, and a large rear spoiler for downforce. You can see it in-person at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance during Monterey Car Week. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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BMW M9 Concept

Radion Design gives us a first look at what could possibly be the rumored BMW M9, both coupe and convertible versions. The end result is a sleek and futuristic design that combines elements from the Tesla Model S, as well as current BMW models. For those who like to drive with the top down, you'll be glad to know that the roadster model comes with a roof that goes up and down at the push of a button. Continue reading to see M9 Cabriolet in white and blue.

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BMW i9

If you just can't get enough of the BMW i8, wait until you see the i9 prototype. As you can tell, it looks like a cross between a Star Wars pod racer and the i8. Insiders say that the i9 has been approved for production in 2016, and will sport the same carbon fiber chassis as its predecessor, but with a new, modular 3.0-liter hybrid system. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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2010 Red Bull Formula 1 Car

Designer Andries van Overbeeke gives us a first look at what the 2017 Red Bull Formula 1 car might look like, powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine that pumps out 1000-horsepower. This is his vision behind the project: "There once was a time when the racing world was ruled by savage beasts. They were captured just before the snowy season, when noble brave men had one winter to tame this creature. After months of championship battle, a handful of the best animals were kept for another winter of training, while the others were set free again. The mixing of the creatures in the wild with their variety of genes gave rise to diversity at all levels. Every hunting season new species were discovered, with unseen traits that were often invincible and sometimes remarkable. We have all heard the myth of the hexapod." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a pro surfer riding a massive wave while on fire.

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Lamborghini Zagato Raptor

The Lamborghini Raptor is basically a one-off vehicle created in 1996 by Zagato in partnership with Alain Wicki for Lamborghini. The body features the Zagato "double bubble" as well as an innovative door design where the whole middle section of the car swivels up and forward. There was also a removable hard top (not pictured) for those nice and sunny summer cruises. Continue reading for more cool facts.

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BMW 328 Hommage

The BMW 328 is one of the most popular luxury vehicles of all time, and to pay tribute, the Bavarian automaker created the BMW 328 Hommage. This one-off sports car was designed to mirror the aesthetic appeal of the original 328 while adding some modern touches, such as a carbon fiber reinforced plastic frame, which helps keep the curb weight at a mere 1,720-pounds. It's powered by a 3.0L 6-cylinder engine, and features circular headlamps, a lung shaped double vertical grill, along with leather straps used to keep the hood closed. What you probably noticed first is its door-less design, and the windshield has been split in half to boot. Continue reading for three videos and more information.

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Ford GT90

You've probably heard of the Ford GT / GT 40, now here's a rare look at the GT90. It was first unveiled in January 1995 at the Detroit Auto Show as "the world's mightiest supercar". It's powered by a quad-turbocharged 720hp V12 engine, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, enabling it to hit a top speed of 235mph. The exhaust, which was claimed to be hot enough to damage the body panels, required ceramic tiles similar to those on the Space Shuttle to keep the car from melting. Continue reading for two videos, including a Top Gear test by Jeremy Clarkson, and more information.

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Nintendo Smartphone

Photo credit: Pierre Cerveau

If Nintendo were to release a Game Boy-inspired Android smartphone, it would probably look something like the Smart Boy, a concept by Pierre Cerveau. You can easily swap out components like a game cartridge, whether it be the camera module, battery, or even additional storage. Of course there's an optional Game Bat gamepad for those marathon gaming sessions while on the road. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you should never get too close to rally cars in a race.

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Citroen Karin

For those who've always wanted to drive a spaceship on Earth, look no further than the 1980 Citroen Karin, a pyramidal-shaped concept car presented at the Paris Motor Show in 1980. Designed by Trevor Fiore, the exterior of this bizarre car incorporated flush glass panels, faired rear wheels, and butterfly doors. The roof of the Karin was only the size of an A3 sheet of paper due to its truncated pyramid shape. One of the Karin's most noticeable interior features was the unique three-seat layout with the driver located in the middle of the two passengers. Also among its features were a 4-cylinder engine, front wheel drive, and a hydropneumatic suspension like the Citroen DS. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a dog who lands an amazing accidental front flip.

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Bugatti Gangloff

Paulo Czyzewski first created the Legarto Invisum, and now he unveils his latest project, the Bugatti Gangloff. Based on the Bugatti Veyron, the name Gangloff comes from the French coach-builder that created a special custom version of the Type 57 S/C Atalante in 1938. Cyzewski said: "In times of commercial trash and plastic, it is hard to see something that has a soul and is able to squeeze out a positive mark on the heart." Continue reading for more pictures.

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