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The Ferrari 458 Italia: Can A Ride Be TOO Hot? via [theepochtimes and yahoo]

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Ferrari recalls 1,250 sports cars after some catch fire

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AFP/File – A model poses next to a Ferrari 458 Italia on display at the Beijing Auto Show near the capital’s …

ROME (AFP) – Italian automaker Ferrari announced Wednesday it had recalled all versions of its model 458 Italia sports car produced before July 2010 after four of them caught fire.

“Our dealers are going to call clients and tell them to bring back their cars so that the necessary modifications can be carried out,” a spokesman told AFP. The recall involves 1,248 vehicles worldwide, the official said.

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Ferrari last week opened an enquiry after four of its vehicles caught fire spontaneously in California, China, France and Switzerland.

The investigation had shown problems with the mounting, adhesive, heat shields and wheel arch assembly, the spokesman said.

“High outside temperatures and intensive use of the vehicle cause a distortion and the vehicle catches fire,” he said, adding that the modification will include replacing the heat shields.

Another Ferrari 458 Italia Supposedly Catches Fire via [epochtimes]

By Jack Phillips
A new Ferrari 458 Italia that caught on fire in China

Ferrari 458 Italia owners are not having a good year.

After reports emerged that 10 of the supercars either caught on fire or were involved in an accident, a video of a supposed 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia catching on fire in China popped up.

If so, this would bring the grand total up to 11 mishaps since the car was unveiled last September.

The video shows the car, red in color with slanted headlights, already engulfed in flames on the side of a road with lush greenery.

The website http://www.wreckedexotics.com first noted that the owners of the Ferrari 458 Italia hit a bad streak and they confirmed that the latest video is in fact the 11th mishap to befall the owners of the $260,000 vehicles.

“It’s the first wreck in China (city of Ningbo),” the website stated on Wednesday, saying it “caught fire after only about 1,000 miles on the odometer.”

Ferrari told the UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph they are taking the accidents and fires seriously, and will conduct separate investigations into each incident. The company says that the cars have no known issues and say each incident is separate.

The Ferrari 458 Italia can go zero to 60 miles per hour in just over three seconds, and can top speeds of just over 200 miles per hour.





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The Latest Look at the Cars of the Stars via [msnautos]

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Stars and Their Cars

By Josh
Condon
of MSN Autos

Us Weekly magazine might tell you that stars are “just like us.”
But, in reality, they aren’t. We find they tend to drive better cars —
much better cars, ranging from the absurd to the eco-conscious to the
practical-chic. But this is nothing new. The love affair between celebs
and tasty automobiles is well-documented. And while piloting a
million-dollar-plus Ferrari Enzo around town to pick up, say, an iced
caffè mocha at the local Starbucks might seem like overkill to you,
it’s normal to these luminaries. Here we highlight 10 coveted,
cutting-edge or just plain weird rides and the celebs who own them.

Paris Hilton in her Bentley (© Rex Features)

Paris Hilton in her Bentley



Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

Multitasker Pharrel
Williams
— one-half of the producing duo the Neptunes, front man
for the band N.E.R.D and co-creator of the fashion lines Billionaire
Boys Club and Ice Cream — is known for his distinct personal style at
least as much as for his musical prowess, and said style extends to his
rides. Not only does he have a $455,000 Mercedes-Benz
SLR McLaren
with a supercharged 5.5L V8 engine parked in his
driveway, he also counts a $1 million, carbon-fiber, Formula 1-inspired
Ferrari
Enzo
(top speed: 221 mph) for his daily errands about town.

Pharrel Williams and Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren (© AP Photo/Matt  <br/>Dunham/Mercedes-Benz USA)

Pharrel Williams and the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

Audi R8 Supercar

Lauren
Conrad
is a TV star from the MTV shows “Laguna Beach” and “The
Hills.” While you can easily say her roles lack, well, substance, you
cannot say the same for Conrad’s ride. It is full of it, in a good way.
She rides around Los Angeles in the incredible Audi
R8
supercar. The midmounted monster — which goes zero to 60 mph in
4.6 seconds, delivers 317 lb-ft of torque and has a top speed of 187
mph — is also favored by macho types such as English soccer ace Robbie
Fowler and actor David Hasselhoff. So, while seeing a tiny, blond,
SoCal reality TV star tooling around in this powerhouse is a bit
disconcerting, it’s also, dare we say it, totally awesome! It sure
beats Paris Hilton’s cringe-inducing pink
Bentley
.

Lauren Conrad Audi R8 (© Louise Barnsley/Nate  <br/>Jones/PacificCoastNews.com)

Lauren Conrad and her Audi R8

1968 Ford Mustang Cobra

While the Jonas Brothers’ music may appeal to the tween girl set,
the car Nick
Jonas
drives comes straight out of a ZZ Top video. As soon as he
turned 16, the Disney-produced guitar player and vocalist was spotted
cruising around his Toluca Lake, Calif., neighborhood in a shiny black
1968 Ford Mustang Cobra with white racing stripes. Although we doubt
the young crooner spent hours rehabilitating the classic muscle car
getting grease under those manicured nails, we have to give him credit
for one badass ride.

Nick Jonas Driving 1968 Mustang (© Gaz Shirley/Matt Symons)

Nick Jonas and his vintage 1968 Ford Mustang Cobra

GMC Yukon Hybrid

For at least one nod to practicality on this list, we turn to “Walk
the Line” actress Reese
Witherspoon
and her vehicle of choice. Rather than the ever-popular
Toyota
Prius
favored by Hollywood’s eco warriors, or the MINI
Cooper
(a hit with “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart), this petite
thespian and mother drives to and fro in a massive GMC
Yukon Hybrid
. And while the SUV’s gas mileage is not exactly at
Prius levels (it gets about 21 mpg on the highway), it sports a monster
V8 engine and can tow up to 6,000 pounds. What a famous Hollywood
actress commanding $15 million to $20 million per picture needs with
that kind of power is unclear, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless.

Reese Witherspoon and GMC Yukon Hybrid (© AP Photo/Jacquelyn  <br/>Martin / General Motors)

Reese Witherspoon and the GMC Yukon Hybrid

Tesla Roadster

While Fergie is probably the most recognized member of the Black
Eyed Peas, will.i.am
is definitely the most politically minded, as proven by his bizarre
“hologram” in a ratings stunt with CNN’s Anderson Cooper after the 2008
presidential election. Nonetheless, the musician puts his environmental
politics into action with his choice of car, the Tesla
Roadster
. Based on the super-sporty Lotus Elise, this pure
electric racer does zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. It develops 248
horsepower and gets 244 miles per charge. It’s so sporty, in fact, that
another famous musician and Tesla owner — Flea, bassist for the Red
Hot Chili Peppers — has said that it makes his Porsche feel “like a
golf cart.”

will.i.am and Tesla Roadster (© AP Photo/Matt Dunham  <br/>/Mercedes-Benz USA)

will.i.am and the Tesla Roadster

1959 Rolls-Royce Convertible

Normally, music superstar <a onclick=”window.open(this.href);return
false;” href=”http://music.msn.com/music/artist-photos/beyonc%c3%a9/”>Beyoncé
Knowles is spotted with the type of entourage that suggests she
doesn’t spend too much time actually driving herself anywhere. And
that’s a shame, considering that on her 25th birthday, her
then-boyfriend (now husband), rapper and music mogul Jay-Z, surprised
her with a 1959 Rolls-Royce
convertible. No definite details as to model — though as a convertible
it’s most likely a Silver Cloud. Regardless, it’s hard to argue with a
classic luxury automobile reported to be worth a cool million bucks as a
“congratulations for being one year older” gift.

Beyonce and Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud (© AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Beyoncé and the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud

Bugatti Veyron

Who knew being obnoxious on overhyped network TV contests was so
lucrative? One look at the Bugatti Veyron that “American Idol” judge Simon
Cowell
ponied up $1.7 million for tells us everything we need to
know about the financial prospects of pomposity. With a top speed of
more than 253 mph, the Veyron holds the title of the fastest (and most
expensive) street-legal car on the road today. Consequently, Cowell can
sit in judgment of all other motorists around him, anywhere in the
world. Even more proof that nice guys finish last: Cowell purchased the
Bugatti within a few days of picking up a $434,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom
Drophead Coupe.

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Simon Cowell and Bugatti Veyron (© AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

Simon Cowell and the Bugatti Veyron

Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

Noted black-on-black (aka “murdered out”) luxury vehicle enthusiast
and sometime-international soccer star David
Beckham
has been spotted driving around Los Angeles in a sleek,
blacked-out Rolls-Royce
Phantom Drophead Coupe
. The ride’s color scheme matches his
$400,000 customized Porsche
911
Cabriolet Turbo and jacked-up Jeep
Wrangler
, and rounds out the luxury lineup in his garage, which
also includes a Ferrari
F430
and a V10
Lamborghini Gallardo
. His wife, Victoria — aka Posh, former Spice
Girl turned Marc Jacobs muse and international fashion plate — plays
the ivory to Becks’ ebony in a white Porsche 911 Cabriolet.

David Beckham Driving Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe (©  <br/>Johnstone, Symons, PacificCoastNews.com)

David Beckham and his Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

GM EcoJet

Jay
Leno
isn’t your typical celebrity car owner. He is actually a true
automotive enthusiast extraordinaire. His collection of rare and odd
vintage rides is legendary. But, as a true gearhead, Leno is just as
impressed by speed and power as by quirk and collectability. Take his
EcoJet prototype, for instance. Leno helped design the one-of-a-kind
supercar (with help from his own Big Dog garage team and the design
gurus at General Motors). It is essentially a modified Corvette
Z06
that runs on biodiesel and is powered by a 650-horsepower
LT-101 jet engine, similar to the ones found in Coast Guard
helicopters. The team is still working out the kinks to get it on the
road, but in the meantime you can see (and hear) Leno and team firing
it up at his official
car Web site
.

Watch:
Jay Leno and his EcoJet

Jay Leno With EcoJet Concept (© General Motors and Wieck Media  <br/>Services, Inc.)

Jay Leno and his turbine-powered EcoJet

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

American fashion icon Ralph Lauren’s car collection has everything
from the ultraclassic (Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupe) to the
iconic (Porsche 550 Spyder) to the bizarre (Jaguar XKD) — and those are
just some of his cars from 1955! It’s hard to choose favorites among
such a select stable, but if we could abscond with one of his
incredible rides, chances are it would be the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.
Only 39 of these unmistakable Italian beauties were produced between
1962 and 1964, and they are widely considered to be one of Enzo
Ferrari’s greatest achievements — if not the greatest. And they’re
priced accordingly: 250 GTOs (top speed: 170 mph) have sold at auctions
over the years for anywhere from $2 million to more than $15 million.

Pictures:
Vintage Ferraris

1962 Ferrari GTO (© The Ralph Lauren Collection)

Ralph Lauren’s 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO




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