Toyota will finally resurrect the Supra in 2018

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HYPEBEAST/DesignBoom (by T.S. Fox):

Originally released as a Celica offshoot with 2000GT roots back in 1978, the Supra grew to become one of Toyota’s most beloved vehicles before it was unceremoniously discontinued back in 2002. Thankfully, Toyota righted that wrong in 2014, taking to the Detroit Auto Show to showcase the FT-1 — a Calty Design Research-crafted spiritual successor of sorts to the old fastback coupe and one that fans hoped signaled a sign of things to come for the much loved front-engine, rear-wheel drive setup. Now it looks like those Supra hopes may become a reality: Toyota has confirmed that it’s resurrecting the car for a return in just a few short years.

Said to build upon the aforementioned FT-1, the brand new Supra will be positioned above the 86 in the manufacturer’s lineup and will likely be decidedly more complex, powerful and high-tech than the rebadged Scion FR-S. And if the FT-1′s design language is any indication, the new and improved Supra will come with an aggressive, track-inspired exterior marked by airflow management systems and aerodynamic curves; it may even employ the FT-1′s sleek retractable rear wing for added downforce.

Stay tuned for updates on the Supra’s welcome return and mark your calendars: the fan-favorite Toyota returns to the road in 2018.

A very rare Lamborghini Sesto Elemento turns up in Hong Kong

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Getting your hands on a Lamborghini in general is no easy feat for most. Getting your hands on a Lamborghini that’s a one in 20 is near impossible. However this mission was a possibility for one lucky buyer in Hong Kong who managed to cop the very rare Lamborghini Sesto Elemento — a car originally conceptualized in 2011.

The car comes with a set of impressive specs, as to be expected from both the maker and its limited production run. The Sesto Elemento is encased in a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, carbon fiber bodywork and carbon fiber wheels, making the automobile something of a solid structure to say the least. The Sesto Elemento also boasts advanced glass-ceramic matrix tailpipes, as well a carbon-ceramic breaking system which adds to the overall ultra-lightness of the car that totals only 2,202 pounds.

As for power, this Lambo comes strong with a 5.2 liter V10 engine that’s naturally aspirated, and houses an impressive-for-its-weight 562 HP and 398 pound-feet of torque.

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Nissan builds an origami car to celebrate the fifth birthday of its Juke crossover

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RocketNews 24 (by Casey Baseel):

It’s been five years since Nissan launched its compact Juke SUV/crossover, and the company is celebrating with a very special fifth anniversary edition: a full-size origami model.

Oftentimes, auto manufacturers will mark the round-number birthdays of their best-sellers with a special paint color or extra badging. Nissan, though, instead enlisted English origami artist Owen Gildersleeve to make a paper Juke to commemorate the milestone.

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Unfortunately, this special car is a one-off, so you won’t find one waiting in the inventory lot of your local Nissan dealer. But if we ever find ourselves in the market for a Juke, and if Nissan is offering “origami” as a factory option at that time, we’ll be tempted to check that box when placing our order.

Owen Gildersleeve website

Classified Moto brings this Honda CB 750 Cafe Racer back to life

Virginia-based Classified Moto has been putting its signature flair on vintage motorcycles since it started up back in 2011. Founded by John Ryland, countless “Classified” machines have brought back to life in this workshop and one of its most impressive examples of work has recently been released.

Drawing inspiration from a vintage spacecraft, this Honda CB 750 Cafe Racer took a gruelling four years to complete and taught Ryland and his team “a lot about pricing bikes, estimating timelines, and things to avoid and embrace!” This old school NASA-esque design features a vintage brown leather seat, a quasi-white frame with touches of copper and silver, but the front-end swap modification from a Yama YZF-R6 R and a single-sidedswingarm from a Triumph Sprint ST is what really stands out.

Head over to the Classified Moto website to view more of its custom models.

Lexus teases “The Heart Racing Project”, the world’s first car with a heartbeat

Coming soon from Lexus is “The Heart Racing Project.”

Created in collaboration with international advertising agency M&C Saatchi, the project is billed as “the world’s first car with a heartbeat” and will see the conceptual take on the RC F reflecting the driver’s heartbeat thanks to the implementation of biometric technology; by using a heartbeat monitor and sensors attached to the driver, the car can display the pulsating pattern via its exterior paneling.

Check out the teaser above and look for “The Heart Racing Project” to be revealed this Friday, July 24.

Watch these Nissan GTRs rip through a touge course in 4K

Japanese automotive magazine Motorhead has released a special 4K short for its Volume 16, titled ”Japan Tuned.”

Featuring a 1,200-horsepower HKS-tuned R35 GT1000 and a R32 GT-R Group A model, the video follows racing driver NOB Taniguchi through one of the most famous togue courses — a form of racing that involves two cars chasing each other through twisty mountain roads — in Japan, Gunsai. The video incorporates augmented reality-esque touches to provide detailed information on each vehicle before Taniguchi-san floors it, taking us on an exhilarating journey filled with breathtaking sights and sounds.

If you’re interested in gaining access to bonus in-car footage, head over to Motorhead’s site to purchase its latest July issue.

Jay Leno takes a closer look at the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo

Taking advantage of Le Mans’ notoriously strict regulations on the rear aerodynamics as opposed to the front of the car, Nissan has chosen to build its entry, the GT-R LM Nismo, in a front-engine, front-drive configuration decidedly opposed to the mid-engine layouts from Audi, Porsche and Toyota.

With the driven wheels up front, the bulk of the downforce thus shifts to the front as well. This unconventional decision, to say the least, caught the eye of Jay Leno, who brought it into his garage to have a closer inspection of the race car with Nissan’s chief engineer Zack Eakin, before Nissan GT Academy Season 3 winner Jann Mardenborough takes it around the track for a spin.

Watch the episode above and find the rest of Jay Leno’s Garage here.