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The week in pictures

  • This is what a $27.5m Ferrari looks like

    Not two months after the record sale of a vintage Mercedes-Benz racecar, a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider garnered a winning bid of $25m, with a final price after seller’s commission of $27.5m – a record for a Ferrari sold at public auction. The sale was made on 17 August at Ontario-based RM Auctions’ event, held in conjunction with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance, near Monterey, California. The convertible, one of just 10 built, was featured in the 1968 Steve McQueen film The Thomas Crown Affair. (Photos: Darin Schnabel/RM Auctions)

  • Ordóñez climbs aboard DeltaWing successor

    Endurance racer Lucas Ordóñez has signed on as chief development driver for the Nissan-backed ZEOD electric racecar, the successor to the DeltaWing. That car, with its Batmobile-like form, raced as an experimental prototype at Le Mans in 2012, logging lap times that were competitive with the top-level LMP1 racecars, but failed to finish after colliding with a concrete barrier. The battery-powered ZEOD racer is scheduled to make its competitive debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours in June 2013. (Photo: Nissan North America)

  • Volkswagen reveals fastest-ever Golf

    Ahead of its formal debut at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show, the Volkswagen Golf R was previewed online. Based on the seventh generation of the Golf, the all-wheel-drive R features the turbocharged 2-litre four-cylinder engine found in the MkVII GTI, but produces 296 horsepower and 280lb-ft of torque – increases of 86hp and 24lb-ft, respectively, over the GTI. Volkswagen claims the R will reach 62mph from a standstill in 4.9 seconds. (Photo: Volkswagen)

  • Petersen Museum readies a revamp

    The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles has revealed studio renderings of a complete overhaul of its long-standing Wilshire Boulevard facility. Though a timetable for the renovation – the centrepiece of which is an undulating metal façade reminiscent of the so-called Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing – was not revealed, the museum’s directors said that financing for the work would come via a fundraising campaign, not from proceeds from recent sales of several cars from the museum’s permanent collection. Were it to go forward, the revamp would be the second high-profile change to the US West Coast’s transport-museum landscape, following the 2012 overhaul of Tacoma, Washington’s LeMay Museum. (Photo: Petersen Automotive Museum)

  • Skoda builds bonkers ice cream van

    In one of the most incongruous automotive marketing exercises in recent memory, Skoda, the value-oriented Volkswagen Group brand based in the Czech Republic, has customised an ice cream van that will tour Britain for the remainder of the summer. Skoda says the van ostensibly reflects values of the Octavia vRS sedan – the brand’s fastest-ever production car. The van will dispense free ice cream to passersby at its scheduled stops. (Photo: Skoda, via Newspress)