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Week in pictures: Goodbye to a raging bull

  • The last Gallardo

    A protracted farewell to the “entry-level” Lamborghini supercar has at last reached its conclusion, as the factory in Sant’Agata, Italy, produced its last Gallardo. A red Spyder Performante was the 14,022nd model produced of the Gallardo’s 10-year lifespan, making way for the car’s eventual replacement, rumoured to be called the Cabrera. (Photo: Lamborghini)

  • Formula E prototype undergoes test

    A year before the kickoff to the purely electric Formula E race series, the Spark Racing Technology-Renault SRT_01E prototype underwent its first public testing, at France’s La Ferté Gaucher circuit. Though the racecar only had a 50kWh battery on board, the actual racers will use 200kWh units, sourced from long-time Formula 1 force Williams F1, when the series debuts on a street course in Beijing in September 2014. (Photo: Newspress)

  • Struggling Lotus Cars gets £10.4m infusion

    With its Malaysian corporate parent focused on improving vehicle quality, Lotus Cars, the Hethel, England-based sports car company, has secured £10.4m ($16.9m) in government funding to aid with new product development. DRB Hicom, which acquired Lotus in a corporate takeover in 2012, has pledged to increase the Lotus brand’s visibility, but has not committed publicly to expanding the vehicle lineup. Under previous leadership, Lotus all but monopolised the 2010 Paris motor show, where it unveiled six new concepts – including a revitalised Esprit supercar – none of which have been approved (at least publicly) for production. (Photo: Lotus Cars)

  • EcoBoost engine continues to bedevil Ford

    Ford Motor has recalled roughly 140,000 Escape crossovers in the US fitted with 1.6-litre EcoBoost engines, citing a risk of possible oil and fuel leaks. It is the seventh safety action undertaken by the automaker to address a potential fire hazard since the engine went on sale in mid-2012. Turbocharged EcoBoost engines, which generate high power from relatively low displacement, are a linchpin of Ford’s global performance and fuel-economy strategies. (Photo: Ford Motor)

  • BMW’s first plug-in supercar is a sellout

    The BMW i8, formally unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show after two years of previews, has sold out its introductory model-year run, Reuters reports. Though BMW member of the board Ian Robertson did not disclose to Reuters how many units of the 362-horsepower plug-in hybrid had sold, the buyer enthusiasm has buoyed the brand as it readies its higher-volume i3 EV for global deliveries. (Photo: Stefan Bischoff)