Stepped away from your Blackberry, PC, or iPad for the week? Here are a few of the top news stories for the past week, along with some racing action you may want to tune into during your weekend.
We’ve known Ford would be placing one of its twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engines into the 2011 F-150 for some time now. However, it wasn’t until this week that the automaker revealed the engine’s power figures when installed into America’s best-selling truck. The 3.5-liter V-6 will make 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, giving the F-150′s two V-8 engines some stiff competition from within.
As the 997-generation Porsche 911 nears its end, the automaker from Stuttgart slipped in one final limited-edition model. The Speedster is based loosely on the concept of previous 911 speedsters and is limited to just 356 examples. Get ‘em while they’re hot.
Just one week before the start of the 2010 Paris Motor Show, Ferrari revealed its topless version of the 599 GTB Fiorano. As parts of its name, Aptera translates to “open” in Italian, meaning that the V-12 powered car has virtually no roof to raise or lower. Built as a tribute to Pininfarina’s 80 years in business, the roadster is sure to draw attention at the show.
Lotus plans to completely reinvent itself by 2016. This week the British automaker revealed its Elite concept, one of the first vehicles in its effort to bring new models to market. The Elite strays from Lotus’ past in some ways by offering a vehicle that aims to appeal to a wider audience.
This week’s Paris Motor Show previews aren’t limited to the ones listed above. Check out our complete list of what’s been unveiled thus far here, and come back next week for updates as they break.
-Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit Sunday September, 26 at 8 a.m. on Speed
-NASCAR AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway Sunday September, 26 at 1 p.m. on ESPN