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Week in pictures: Chevy runs deep – too deep

  • In Kentucky, Corvettes learn about ground-shaking performance

    At the National Corvette Museum in the US southern city of Bowling Green, Kentucky, a sinkhole opened underneath eight models of the Chevrolet muscle car, swallowing them in dirt and rubble. The vehicles were owned by General Motors, Chevrolet’s parent, and a spokesman for the company’s heritage centre in Sterling Heights, Michigan, told The New York Times that the affected models would be repaired. Chevrolet builds the Corvette at a dedicated plant in Bowling Green. (Photo: Courtesy National Corvette Museum)

  • Ferrari fires up the California

    Like a fair number of the 2+2 models that preceded it (the soft-around-the-middle Mondial comes to mind), Ferrari's California – a pretty boulevard cruiser with a retractable hard top – has been regarded with mild disdain by hardcore aficionados of the marque. That is set to change with the launch of the decidedly sharper California T. The new Cali, set for an official debut at the Geneva motor show in March, features a new 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that spins out 553 horsepower and 557lb-ft of torque – bumps of 70hp and 185lb-ft (!) over the outgoing engine, a normally aspirated 4.3-litre V8. The company claims the invigorated California, its first turbocharged model since the vaunted F40, will leap from zero to 62mph in 3.6 seconds and keep going all the way to 196mph. And the T looks the part, too, with revised styling that riffs on the sharp creases of the flagship F12berlinetta (although Ferrari claims the new look was inspired by the revered 250 Testa Rossa). (Photo: Ferrari North America)

  • Toyota to recall 1.9m Prius hybrids

    Having resisted charges that its Prius might unintentionally accelerate, Toyota faces a rather ironic flaw in its best-selling hybrid. The carmaker announced that it would recall 1.9m Prius models worldwide to address a software fault that may cause the vehicles to unexpectedly slow down. The recall affects models built since 2009, mostly concentrated in Japan and North America. Toyota will notify owners by mail of the issue. In 2012, US investigators absolved Toyota of any software-related flaw that would cause the Prius to accelerate unintentionally, despite hundreds of reports from owners to the contrary. (Photo: Toyota Motor Sales)

  • David Brown’s Project Judi takes shape

    Upstart British sports-car maker David Brown Automotive has released a few technical details for its first model – code-named Project Judi. The coupe will be derived from the aging Jaguar XKR, although David Brown (no relation to former Aston Martin owner David Brown) promises the car will have a bespoke interior and classically inspired bodywork penned by former Land Rover designer Alana Mobberley. Mechanically, Project Judi is straight XKR – a supercharged 5-litre V8 producing 510 horsepower, matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. The combination will deliver the car from zero to 60mph in 4.6 seconds, and onwards to an electronically governed top speed of 155mph. Brown will pull the wraps off Project Judi on 17 April, at the Top Marques show in Monaco. (Photo: David Brown Automotive, via Newspress)

  • Mazda’s supermini sports car celebrates 25 years

    The MX-5 sports car, best known in North America as the Miata and in Japan, as the Eunos, marked its 25th anniversary. Since its introduction at the 1989 Chicago auto show, the MX-5 has spawned single-class race series around the world and sold in the millions of units. To commemorate the anniversary, Mazda launched a minisite with archival video and histories of each generation of the sports car. (Photo: Mazda USA)

  • Gabrielle Giffords speeds towards recovery

    Giffords, the ex-US representative from Arizona who sustained major head trauma in a mass shooting in 2011, took another step in her recovery at the Circuit of the Americas (CoTA), located outside Austin, Texas. Giffords, who has steadily regained her cognitive and motor skills since her injury, drove on the track with her husband, Mark Kelly, a retired US astronaut. A longtime motorcycle enthusiast, Giffords said in a statement on her Facebook page: “Driving at CoTA was a bit like racing my motorcycle back in Arizona – but this time, it was just me, Mark and the pavement.” (Photos: Scott Roth/WireImage via Getty; Circuit of the Americas)