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Formula One legend Michael Schumacher drove this Ferrari F2001 to two of the three wins that helped him claim the 2001 Formula One world driver’s championship, and now it’s set another milestone. Its sale price of $7.5 million makes this the most expensive modern-era F1 car ever, according to Sotheby’s.

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There’s a new Saab museum in the works in South Dakota of all places, thanks to Saab collectors Tom and Patti Donney, who graciously want to share their extensive collection with the rest of us.

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The prophecy that has been foretold (and very poorly kept as a secret) has been fulfilled. One highly talented Le Mans winner, Brendon Hartley, and one promising 2016 GP2 champ, Pierre Gasly, shall be Toro Rosso’s sacrifices to the Honda power unit demons. All hail the dark lord of engine woe!

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Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus is looking to boost its volume and expand its racing efforts into GTE, GTLM, and GT3. It’s answer for that is the new SCG 004S—a mid-engine road-legal supercar built to go racing.

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You don’t need to stand in line at the crack of dawn or risk being trampled to death to score the best Black Friday deals; they’re all available online, and we’re collecting the best ones right here.

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When the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season comes to a close, Dale Earnhardt, Jr will walk away from the sport.Eager to pay tribute to Earnhardt’s long and successful career, Budweiser has released a slow-beat video looking back at some unforgettable races the much-loved driver was involved in.Having completed over 600 races throughout his career, Earnhardt, Jr has claimed 26 victories, none much memorable than his win at the 2001 Pepsi 400 at Daytona International that came just a few months after his father died during the Daytona 500.Of the 18 seasons which Earnhardt, Jr has competed in, eight of them were done with the Budweiser Chevrolet team.VIDEO

Toyota's North American arm is conducting two separate recalls that include 68,500 units of the 2018 C-HR and 2012-2015 Prius PHEV.The first campaign revolves around some 28,600 units of the crossover, whose electronic parking brakes may not disengage or apply, thus resulting in a noncompliance with the federal safety standard. This is a software issue that will be resolved via an update of the electronic control unit, free of charge to owners, who will receive a notification by first-class mail later this month informing them of the problem and advising them to make an appointment with an authorized dealer. The second recall announced by Toyota includes roughly 39,900 units of the Prius Plug-In Hybrid, as driving them in EV mode repeatedly under high-load conditions such as long hill climbs could cause a fuse to malfunction. If this happens, then drivers will notice warning lights and warning messages, and in some cases, they may experience reduced power. Under more extreme circumstances, though, the hybrid system could shut down, resulting in the loss of motive power, which however shouldn’t affect the power steering and braking. Toyota's dealers will replace the fuse with an improved unit at no cost to owners, who will be informed of this condition via first-class mail, starting January, 2018. PHOTO GALLERY

It has emerged that U.S. bank Wells Fargo illegally repossessed over an additional 450 vehicles from service members.In September 2016, it was revealed that the bank had repossessed 413 vehicles from U.S. military personnel without a proper court order, in direct violation of a law protecting active-duty military members.These latest repossessions bring the total figure up to over 860 vehicles, forcing the bank to pay each service member $10,000, plus any equity they lost on the vehicle, Fox News reports.In a statement, acting United States Attorney Sandra Brown said, “Losing an automobile through an unlawful repossession while serving our country is a problem service members should not have to confront.”All told, the discovery of these additional illegal repossessions will cost the bank $5.4 million.VIDEO

Deep-pocketed enthusiasts cannot buy an Italdesign Zerouno straight from the company, as all of them have been sold. However, this isn’t stopping the famous Italian styling house, which is owned by the Volkswagen Group since 2010, to provide a new insight into how their exclusive model came to life, in a 4-minute long video that focuses on craftsmanship. Presented at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, as part of the newly launched Italdesign Automobili Speciali brand, the Zerouno has an original bodywork, with plenty of carbon fiber meant to keep its weight down. It rides on 20-inch wheels made by OZ, and each of the five units has been developed specifically for their customers, who had to choose between several option packages as well. And while its exterior may be controversial for some, what lies beneath is pure coolness: a 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 engine that's used in the Lamborghini Huracan and Audi R8. The unit churns out 610 horsepower and allows the Italdesign Zerouno to sprint from naught to 100km/h (62mph) in 3.2sec, before maxing out at 330km/h (205mph). VIDEO

General Motors' SAIC-GM-Wuling Chinese joint venture has unveiled the Baojun 530 at the 2017 Guangzhou Auto Show. Following hot on the heels of the 560 and 510, this is the brand's third SUV, and it's also their largest, being 4,655mm (183.3in) long, 1,835mm (72.2in) wide, and 1,760mm (69.3in) tall. On the outside, it looks very similar to the Baojun 510 that debuted at last year's Guangzhou show and its highlights include the large grille that's flanked by two slim headlights, a floating-style roof, rectangular wheel arches and one-piece taillights. Although no images of the interior have been released yet, we expect the new Baojun 530 to benefit from the same materials used in its smaller sibling, including leather and metallic trim, along with an infotainment system, climate control and multi-function steering wheel, among others. Baojun says that their latest SUV has a McPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension, for "maximized ride comfort, handling and stability", while power comes from either a 1.8-liter naturally aspirated engine or a 1.5-liter turbocharged unit. Pricing hasn't been announced yet, but the Baojun 510 starts at RMB 68,800 ($10,373) in China, so we expect a higher tag for the 530.PHOTO GALLERY

German tuner blesses popular performance SUV with 313kW – and it's available in Australia

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Porsche prepping another low-slung Spyder version of its mid-engined roadster

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RAM's latest 2500 Laramie heavyweight makes light work of loads

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Motoring.com.au sent industry editor and rookie driver, Carene Chong, to try out Ford's free defensive driving course

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Standing quarter in less than 9sec and Tesla's Roadster v2.0 will boast 1000km per charge

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