Welcome to a new edition of our RPMGO Awards feature, where we recount some of the most important and some of the worst news from the last seven days.
We’ve seen some pretty big announcements this week, including new releases and details for already revealed vehicles, but also some pretty sad and unfortunate things. Without further ado, let’s start with the Perfect Shift category.
McLaren officially details the MP4-12C – McLaren finally decided to detail its upcoming supercar, the MP4-12C. It’s 600 HP and plethora of Formula 1 tech will make competitors like Ferrari or Mercedes-Benz shake in their boots, to say the least. It’s already gathered a lot of positive momentum, but until the early 2011 release, we have a lot of waiting to do.
Bugatti 16C Galibier concept receives new details, photos – Bugatti also decided to release more details this week about its hyper sedan concept, the 16C Galibier. Although not officially greenlit for production by VW bosses, the massive twin-supercharged 8.0-liter W16 engine gives us enough reasons to petition the Wolfsburg HQ.
Lexus LFA reportedly getting Nurburgring performance edition – The Lexus LFA is a mighty impressive feat of the Japanese luxury carmaker, one which has definitely gone well with enthusiasts as almost all of the scheduled 500 units have been pre-ordered. That’s why the possibility of an even more powerful Nurburgring edition will definitely make a lot of rich people happy. No word yet on if it actually exists, but the leaked pictures say a lot of things.
Video: Pagani Zonda R ad is the stuff dreams are made of – By far one of the best stories (at least in our opinion) of the week. What do you get when you combine two Pagani Zonda R models, a wet racing track, a glorious film crew and a majestic orchestral score? Pure automotive pleasure.
GM’s Bob Lutz confirms Cadillac Converj death – The Cadillac Converj concept proved that GM’s Voltec drive train could also be used on luxury cars, not only on the Volt mainstream model. That’s why we’re sad to hear that the project is officially dead. While we may live to see it at a much later date, when GM has more money to spend, it’s still some bad news.
NHTSA investigating cosmic rays in Toyota unintended acceleration problems – The NHTSA’s investigation into Toyota’s unintended acceleration problems took a turn for the bizzarre, after the federal association revealed that it will look into cosmic rays as a possible source of problems for Toyota models. As you can imagine, many people weren’t exactly thrilled to hear how their tax dollars were being spent.
Insurance fraud foiled by YouTube video of owner crashing Nissan GT-R – YouTube plays a pretty big role in the lives of many of us, but for insurance investigators, it is a new way of finding criminals who commit insurance fraud. The latest one involves a young driver who wanted to trick the insurance company after crashing his Nissan GT-R model. Too bad he didn’t check YouTube for the footage of his crash.
Video: Guy tries to show off during BMW burnout, fails completely – This video should be shown to any guy thinking he can drift or do burnouts with his car. Don’t try to show off, always wear your seatbelt and check that the doors are actually locked before attempting anything in your car.
Those were our nominees. Sound off in the polls below and check back tomorrow for the winners of our RPMGO Awards.
Which do you think was this week’s most interesting news?
- Bugatti 16C Galibier concept receives new details, photos (56%, 5 Votes)
- Lexus LFA reportedly getting Nurburgring performance edition (22%, 2 Votes)
- McLaren officially details the MP4-12C (11%, 1 Votes)
- Video: Pagani Zonda R ad is the stuff dreams are made of (11%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 9
Which do you think was this week’s least interesting news?
- Video: Guy tries to show off during BMW burnout, fails completely (56%, 5 Votes)
- GM’s Bob Lutz confirms Cadillac Converj death (33%, 3 Votes)
- Insurance fraud foiled by YouTube video of owner crashing Nissan GT-R (11%, 1 Votes)
- NHTSA investigating cosmic rays in Toyota unintended acceleration problems (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 9
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