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  • The New Audi R8 Competition is as Stunning as it is Rare

    This car will break hearts. Since the complete redesign of the R8, Audi racing models haven’t made much of a splash, but with the newly unveiled supercharged version of the R8 sure to raise some eyebrows, the German automaker is back in the drivers seat. It’s  V10 FSI engine, growls with 570 horsepower going from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. You literally can’t do anything in 3.2 seconds. You just can’t. We’re sure the R8’s robust use of matte carbon had something to do with that. Limited to just 60 models in the U.S. the R8 comes out of the gate as an endangered species, so if you see one, better take a mental snapshot.

  • Ferrari to Handpick 6 Invitation-Only Suitors for New Sergio

    Ferrari is handpicking 6 lucky people a chance to purchase their newest uber-exclusive Sergio. Design firm, Pininfarina is partnering up with automaker and creating only six Sergios, estimated to cost millions each. Ferrari told CNNMoney it pre-sold all six vehicles to deep-pocketed die-hard Ferrari fans in the U.S., Europe and Asia. If you haven’t received a call from Ferrari yet, you’ll have to wait until one hits the open market, which will likely be never. “It’s as far removed from mass production as you can get,” said Ferrari spokesperson Jason Harris. Each chosen owner will help design and create many details of their completely custom, handcrafted italian super-car. Each car has already found an owner, who’s committed to purchasing one without the final concept designs have been finalized. A large price to pay for a car without a windshield. Even so, a work of art rarer than an African white rhino.

  • AeroMobil 3.0 Hits The Streets And Takes To The Skies [6 Photos]

    Slovakian firm AeroMobil has been working on developing a flying car since 1990. While many of us have given up hope on being able to fly out of a traffic jam, AeroMobil has kept the dream alive. They have now completed the third generation of their craft and will show it off October 29 at Australia’s Pioneers Festival. The flying car can reach a top speed of 100 mph on the road and 124 mph in the sky. The 992-pound vehicle also has a seat for a passenger. If you don’t believe the AeroMobil is the real deal, check out the photos and video below. And for more info, including technical specs, visit AeroMobil.

  • James Bond’s Favorite Car Company Just Made One Fit For a Villain; The Aston Martin Lagonda Sedan

    Aston Martin is known for making beautiful, boastful sports cars you can’t help but picture your self in, swerving around the contours of Monaco or Lake Como. Their newest model, however, is the antithesis of that,  a long, low grounded sedan with a sleek, yet unequivocally sexy hand-crafted, carbon fiber body. Did we mention the hand-stitched leather seats? No, we didn’t mention the wall-to-wall premium hand-stitched leather seats. If you must drive it, you’ll be able to clock up to 175 MPH with it’s V12, but this looks like a car to be driven in. Guessing it will be in the next Bond movie set to hit theaters next year. Here’s the unfortunate part, The ultra-exclusive Aston Martin Lagonda will be sold only in the Middle East, and only by invitation for a price that has not been disclosed. Deliveries begin in the first quarter of 2015.

  • This Man Builds The Dumbest Cars We’ve Ever Seen. And We Wish We Had Them All [20 Photos]

    Sudhakar Yadav of Hyderabad, India has made hundreds of silly cars, including those shaped as a hamburger, toilet, and even a condom, just for the fun of it. Made of salvaged scrap metal, each vehicle costs between $1500 and $2500 to produce. He doesn’t sell the vehicles, but he does display them at his Sudha Cars Museum, attracting up to 1000 visitors each day. He built his first car at age 14 and has created hundreds of quirky vehicles in the 30 years since. They’re incredibly silly…but we really want to race them in a Mario Kart sort of competition.

  • The First Saltwater-Powered Car Hits European Roads

    Nanoflowcell, makers of the Quant e-Sportlimousine which debuted at the Geneva Motorshow 2014, are now one step closer to getting their car on the road. German certification organization TÜV SÜD has approved the Quant for testing on German roads. With Nanoflowcell now closer than ever into turning the car into a production vehicle, there is more interest than ever in its unique saltwater-powered technology. the Quant e-Sportlimousine is powered by an electrochemical reaction created by combining two liquids containing metallic salts. Next the soultions are sent to a fuel cell, where the electricity can then be stored in capacitors to power the car’s four electric motors. And those motors deliver some power! Nanoflowcell reports the car can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds and has a range of up to 373 miles. But the best part? It has gull-wing doors! For more info, check out Nanoflowcell.

  • The US Marshals Are Auctioning This Incredible Classic Car Collection

    Crime doesn’t pay. At least not in the long run. But it certainly does for a little while and while it’s paying, you might as well enjoy your ill-gotten gains. David Nicoll was one such slimeball whose crimes made him a millionaire and he enjoyed every minute of it. As head of Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services, he would bribe doctors to send their patients for testing they didn’t require then bill insurers and the government extravagant amounts. With the millions he made, he was quick to spend it on strippers, cars, and Jets tickets. It couldn’t last forever and Nicoll was arrested last year. His cars were seized by the US Marshals and will go up for auction September 12 in Lodi, New Jersey, home of the fictional Bada Bing strip club where Nicoll would have undoubtedly conducted business with Tony Soprano if he could. The incredible collection of classic cars includes a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird, 1967 and 1970 Ford Mustangs, and 3 Yenko Chevrolets: a ’69 Camaro, ’69 Nova, and ’70 Chevelle. Unfortunately, no slack-jawed yokels will be allowed to spectate during the auction, so these photos are as close as we’ll get to these great cars, but if more »

  • Electric Supercar Unveiled…And It’s Not A Tesla

    Each year at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the well-to-do show off their collections of pristine, classic cars and occasionally a new vehicle, aimed at that high-income market, is unveiled. This year’s unveiling was something never seen before from a company nobody had heard of—the Renovo Motors Coupe, an all-electric supercar. Renovo Motors has been working on the project for the last four years, but has managed to kept it secret until the the unveiling. They even went as far as only test driving the car at night! The Renovo Coupe is actually based on the Shelby CSX9000 coupe but with twin electric motors. Those electric motors churn out 500 horsepower and propel the supercar from 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds. Unfortunately, it tops out at 120 mph, and with a 100 mile rang, you’ll get about 15 to 20 minutes of hard drivingon the track before you need to charge up. But with a fast charger, you’ll be back at full power in just 30 minutes. Renovo will soon be taking preorders for the vehicle and aims to begin production in California in the second half of 2015. But with a price tag of $529,000 you may want to more »

  • Sorry Smokey, The New Dodge Charger Pursuit Cop Car Will Not be Out-Run

    Dodge released their new Charger SRT Hellcat this week and speed freaks went absolutely bonkers for it, but just be aware if you decide to purchase one of these speed demons, Johnny Law won’t be far behind with a suped up Hellcat (if you can imagine that). With 370 horses and a Hemi V8, the Pursuit is just dying for a high speed chase. The brakes also have a serious upgrade with the front fascia actually includes brake ducts—a feature normally reserved only for cars that see the harshest track duties. Along with a special gear shifter on the steering wheel to make room for laptops and donut boxes (we had to), the seats are also custom able to adjust to an officer with a gun or radio on their belt. Oh and did we mention the steel trunk and bullet proof doors? Yeah it’s a beast. Don’t mess with it.

  • The First Ever Bacon Powered Motorcycle is Fast and Delicious

    You’ve seen engines that can run on used cooking oil, we’ll this is similar except for the unmistakable aroma of bacon. The Hormel Black Label Bacon-Fueled Motorcycle is the first of it’s kind, with a beautiful aesthetic based on the T800 CDI motorcycle from Dutch company E.V.A Products. The t800’s 800cc three-cylinder diesel engine has been specially modeified to run on strictly bacon grease (probably just 100% biodiesel) which exhausts that amazing smell of everyone’s favorite breakfast meat. The bike also comes with a lowered suspension, modified frame and pigskin leather saddle. Beware, every dog for 3 miles will probably be chasing after you on this wild-hog. Driven by Bacon.

  • Joe Strummer’s ’63 T-Bird Is For Sale On Ebay

    The Clash’s eponymous debut in 1977 was one of the biggest albums announcing the arrival of punk rock. Available only as an import in the US until 1979, the album still managed to sell over 100,000 copies stateside in those two years. Even on that debut album, The Clash illustrated their depths as musicians with reggae and 50s rock-tinged songs. Over the next decade they would experiment with those styles along with rap, dub, rockabilly, and many others until disbanding in 1986. Afterwards, frontman Joe Strummer would go on to work with Big Audio Dynamite, The Pogues, and his own band, The Mescaleros. Sadly, Strummer unexpectedly passed away in 2002 at the age of 50, leaving behind a wife, two daughters…and a 1963 Ford Thunderbird. Strummer bought the car in 1987 and it served as his daily ride until his passing. Despite being used for family road trips, the T-Bird still looks to be in great shape and now it can be yours. The car went up for auction on eBay August 11 with an opening bid of $15,000. Bidding ends August 21, and at the time of this writing has already reached $22,000. The car is fully loaded in more »

  • This Armored Mercedes Is a Must-Have For Ruthless Despots [7 Photos]

    What do you do if you’re a 1%er who wants to go for a joyride through the slums of abandoned McMansions in that nearby post-apocalyptic gated community? Your regular Mercedes just won’t cut it. You’ll be pulled out of your car and torn to shreds by mobs of former middle managers who lost their 401(k)s. No, what you need is the new armored S-Class sedan from Mercedes. The 2015 S600 Guard features the same 6-liter, twin-turbo, V12 engine as the S600, but now all that engine has to move a car weighed down with a “special steel” stuffed between the body and outer skin. Upgrades were made to the transmission, suspension, and brakes to make sure this 3-ton behemoth can get going and stop without any problems. All the windows are reinforced with polycarbonate so as to be bullet resistant. An emergency fresh air system is also built in for especially sticky situations. And all the comforts of the S-600, including rear foot rests, are still intact! But with a base price of $166,900, you better have a pretty big price on your head before buying one of these beauties.

  • Arab Millionaires Bring Their Supercars On London Vacation [13 Photos]

    Knightsbridge, the upscale residential and retail district in central London, is where wealthy Arab playboys flock each summer during a period known as “The Season.” In a most opulent display, the millionaires bring along their supercars, including Ferraris and Bugattis, parking them wherever they will get the most attention, often ignoring parking laws. Each year “The Season” brings complaints from residents who have to deal with the ostentatious visitors revving and racing their cars all through the night. Also, the London elite are probably jealous of the badass cars that even they can’t afford. At least the show makes for a great photo op!

  • 2015 Indian Scout Motorcycle

    The Indian line of motorcycles has gone through a resurgence over the past few years breaking the Roadmaster, Chief and Chieftain out of vintage days and back on to the assembly line. And for it’s next trick Polaris will rejuvenate the Indian Scout, a beautiful new rendition 70 years in the making. The 2015 Scout will have a cast aluminum frame weighing in at about 560 lbs. The tan leather bucket seat is the real eye catcher, lying in between a 61.5-inch wheelbase and a 31-degree lean angle, with a signature Indian triangle shape. 1133cc V-twin engine will boast 100 horsepower and 71 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed overdrive transmission all for around $11,000. Grunt in approval.

  • One-Off Ferrari Expected To Fetch $20M At Auction

    In 2011, Gooding & Company auctioned a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa for $16.4 million, a world record amount. Now the world’s leading auto auction house is expecting to beat their own record with next month’s auction of a 1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale. Estimates for the one-off Ferrari are over $20 million. The one of a kind car was the first 12-cylinder, mid-engine Ferrari designed as a road car. The unique vehicle features a three-seat layout with a near-center steering wheel. And somehow, despite being almost 60 years old, the 380hp supercar has hardly been driven, with less than 5,000 miles on the odometer. And I think my friend Ferris said you can shave some of those miles off by putting the car in reverse…

  • TBT: 80 Bizarre Concept Cars From The 80s

    For the most part, concept cars are never really meant to go into production. They are made to show off new technologies and radical new designs at car shows while gauging customer reaction. The concept cars of the 50s and 60s offered a quaint view of a Jetsons-like future, with big bubble domes, but as the 80s approached, manufacturers were seriously working on improvements in aerodynamics to increase fuel economy. This meant a lot of really weird looking, and mostly ugly, cars. Here are 80 concept cars that would have made great Hot Wheels when we were kids but as adults, we’re certainly glad we’re not driving around in them.

  • You Can Buy Elvis’s 1963 Rolls-Royce [6 Photos]

    How would you like to drive around in the limo that belonged to Elvis Presley in the 1960s? You’ll have the chance next month when his 1963 Rolls-Royce Phantom V hits the auction block. The limo, almost 20 feet long, features everything a rock star could ever need, with a Blaupunkt Koln radio, power windows, air conditioning, a microphone, a cabinet for booze, and a telephone. The car was originally midnight blue but when Elvis would visit his mother, her chickens would peck at their reflections in the finish. To hide the chips, Elvis had the car repainted in a light silver blue. Although he used the car quite often, the ever charitable superstar donated it to the SHARE charity in 1968 and it was auctioned off for $35,000. On August 14, Bonhams will auction the Rolls-Royce yet again, with an estimated $200,000-$300,000 price tag. Lord almighty, I feel my temperature rising!

  • This 3-Wheeled Car May Be The Future Of Automobiles [8 Photos]

    Michigan-based auto manufacturer Elio Motors is aiming for a 2015 release date for their three-wheeled, two-passenger vehicle that could be the future of commuter travel. The $6800 car promises 84 mpg on the highway and 49 mpg around the city. Although it appears tiny, test drivers as tall as 6’8″ and as big as 365 pounds have comfortably fit inside the Elio. As far as safety, the car is equipped with three airbags, a reinforced roll-cage frame, and Anti-Lock Braking System. Elio is partnering with Pep Boys for servicing the vehicles, which means more than 800 service centers will be available nationwide. The car is currently touring the country with Elio taking reservations. So far, 22,000 people have signed up. If you’re also looking to ditch your gas-guzzler for this three-wheeled wonder, reserve one for yourself at Elio Motors.

  • Volkswagen Once Made A Multi-Colored Car. And It Was Glorious.

    The 90s Volkswagen Polo, a European model that was a little smaller than the North American Golf, was available in four colors, and to advertise that fact, Volkswagen produced a model using panels of each color to advertise the options at auto shows. The multi-colored, Frankensteined vehicle proved popular and the public demanded Volkswagen produce the quirky cars. In 1995, Volkswagen produced 1,000 of these, dubbed the Polo Harlequin. The model proved so popular, that 3,800 were eventually produced. But what about North America? Surely birthday party clowns and free-spirited young ladies with “mean people suck” bumper stickers should be offered a chance to own such a glorious car. In 1996, Volkswagen released a Golf Harlequin using the same four colors as its European counterpart. The Golf edition was limited to just 264 cars and two of the colors, Chagall Blue and Pistachio Green, were only available in North America on the Harlequin. There’s even a Harlequin Registry that aims to track down all 264 Golfs. So far, 113 are accounted for…

  • Bizarre PT Cruiser Limo, Because Russia [10 Photos]

    Remember the PT Cruiser? When it first came out in 2000, the retro-style hatchback from Chrysler was one of the ugliest cars on the market. It was also insanely popular with soccer moms! Russians, always a little late on American fads, apparently still have a soft spot for the ugly automobile. A car mod company in Novgorod came up with this Pt Cruiser limo that looks like Cinderella’s coach. Presumably, it’s used for luxurious weddings, but I could see some of Staten Island’s classiest couples hiring it for a night out to the pizza parlor.

  • Google’s New Driverless Car is Missing a Steeringwheel and Brake Peddle… On Purpose

    Google recently tested a new self-driving electric car, which is a complete passenger experience. That’s right, no steering wheel, brake peddle or anything that might hint at a manual take over. It was manufactured by an unnamed Detroit automotive company and that’s all we know about it’s builder specs. The car is about as basic as you can get sporting a couple of doors, seats and navigation. Google is setting out to produce around 100 prototypes while having engineers work out the issues along the way. Scary. The good thing is that the prototypes will have manual override fail-safe protocols. The cars can cruise up to 25 MPH now, using Google’s sensors, lasers, radars and cameras to guide it’s way, ultimately creating the perfect passenger vehicle for transportation.  

  • Lamborghini Egoista Now On Display [12 Photos]

    Last year, luxury sports car manufacturer Lamborghini produced the Egoista to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. Just one fully-functional Egoista, based on the Gallardo, was produced. Modeled after a modern fighter jet, the Egoista features a canopy door and single-seat cockpit with a steering that must be removed in order to enter and exit. The exterior is made from carbon fiber, aluminum, and aeronautical-spec anti-radar material. A 5.2L V10 engine produces 600hp. It may not be the prettiest car, but it certainly is unique and interesting to see. After traveling around the world, the Egoista has returned to Italy, where it can be seen as part of the permanent collection at the Lamborghini Museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy.

  • This Hovercraft is set to Hit the Market by 2017

    California-based tech company Aerofex has been working on a street ready Aero-X hovercraft that is slated for flight tests in 2 years and will be market ready by 2017. The estimated price is a steep $85,000, but by then limes and honey should cost about the same so it’s a no brainer. The Aero-X hovercraft rides like a traditional motorcycle carrying up to two riders weighing up to 310 lbs combined.  After a vertical helicopter like takeoff, the hovercraft can cruise at speeds of 45 mph and get as high at 10 ft off the ground. The rotary engine only gets 1.25 hours per tank, so be weary of your travels. While safety is an obvious concern with propellers flailing about 10 feet above civilization, all the proper precautions have been taken making sure the rotors are isolates completely, also making for a better liftoff. While this may seem like the ultimate recreational experience, there are whispers of serious practicality uses for safety officials to patrol treacherous terrain like desserts or rocky regions. Reserve yours for just $5,000 now, a small price to pay for hoverglory.

  • 5 Ways Your Car’s Paint Job Is Being Destroyed Every Time You Wash It

    Don’t ever get suckered into one of those $10 car wash locations ever again. The products are terrible and all the minimum wage employees care about is getting cars in and out as fast as possible to collect tips. Not a good look for a guy trying to keep his paint job pristine. The best way to maintain your car is by doing it yourself. There is more to maintaining a car then just giving it a quick soap scrub and a rinse. It’s an art form. If you take prode in your car and want to keep it’s resale value high this is a must watch video.

  • The Magnificent Art Of Concept Cars [17 HQ Photos]

    Beginning May 21, Atlanta’s High Museum of Art will display a collection of concept cars in an exhibition titled “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas.” The concept cars, produced between 1932 and the present day, were never meant for sale to the public, but instead served as tests for design innovations that would take years to find their way into mass production, if they made it past the conceptual stage at all. The point of the exhibit is to showcase the limitless imaginations of the mechanical engineers behind these marvels, who dared to produce such radical designs. The exhibit runs from May 21-September 7. For more information, visit High Museum of Art.

  • The Mini Paceman Adventure Is The Pickup You Want But Can Never Get [9 Photos]

    Apprentices at a BMW plant in Germany worked with their instructors to create this concept Mini Paceman dubbed the Adventure. The students took a Cooper S Paceman and gave it a green metallic body while adding roof rack and pickup truck-like cargo bed. The modified chassis offers extra ground clearance while offroad tires and a snorkel allow for river crossings. It’s the perfect little truck for all your tiny adventures. As fun as it looks, though, Mini insists it’s a true one-off that will never see production. You’ll just have to look at these pics and dream a little dream of the little truck that wasn’t to be.

  • BMW’s Vision of the Future Looks Promising

    BMW recently released specs from it’s newest concept, the Vision Future Luxury, a beautiful futuristic car they’ll be taking technology and engineering from in their near future models. Using what they’re calling ‘subtractive modeling’, the German car manufacturer focused solely on a minimalistic approach to luxury, simply meaning the car is made of layers, first carbon fiber, then “user interface components,” (gauges, lights and panels, then the aluminum framing. After that the true luxury trimming is added on with handcrafted wood and leather accents. The idea was to ‘subtract’ any unnecessary luxury to the car, while keeping up with the standard of the word. Once the layers are put in, then BMW really got into the good stuff. Precise laser headlights, LED rear lights, a back seat tablet for passengers in the center console and a 3D control panel giving some serious depth to dashboard gauges.

  • Amphicruiser

    Finally the car/boat of your dreams is a reality. The Amphicruiser is a Dutch off-roader brought to you by Amfibious Transport, a company that specializes in creating the prefect vehicle for the land-sea transition. The cruiser is built from around a Toyota Land Cruiser body and engine with an onboard water jet with capabilities of cruising at 8MPH. Amphicruiser $180,000-250,000  

  • Audi TT Offroad Concept Gets 124 MPG [7 Photos]

    At the Shanghai Auto Show, Audi showed off its newest concept vehicle just to toy with us. The TT Offroad is a compact SUV with a hybrid drivetrain. Its 12 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery has an all-electric range of 31 miles, but its inductive charging system allows it to be charged by parking on an inductive mat—no wire necessary. The TT Offroad can reach 60 miles an hour in 5.2 seconds and in the all-electric EV mode, can reach about 80 mph. The two motors mean that in Hybrid mode, the front motor is often used to charge the battery, much like the Chevy Volt. Best of all, the concept features a 1:8 scale radio controlled version stashed in the trunk. Unfortunately, the TT Offroad is just a concept car and Audi estimates at least 2 years until a similar production car exists. That is, if they even decide to go in that direction.

  • 20 Beautiful Grills of the 2014 New York Auto Show

    There’s something about seeing an aggressive front-end in your rear-view mirror that just gets your pulse going. Cool Material walked the floor at this year’s New York International Auto Show to snap some of the grills that caught our attention. Here are a few of our favorites and you can see the rest by checking out their story “Grills of the 2014 New York Auto Show.” See all 20 photos over at Cool Material >>

  • 50 Years Of The Ford Mustang [51 Photos]

    50 years ago today, Ford introduced the Mustang at the 1964 New York’s World Fair. It’s unique shape, a sporty coupe with a long hood and short rear deck, was the first of the “pony car” class, including such other iconic cars as the Camaro and Firebird. The Mustang has been in continuous production for 50 years and is showing no signs of stopping. The 2015 Mustang, the sixth generation of the model, recently appeared atop the Empire State Building to celebrate the car’s 50th birthday in the city where it all began at the New York Auto Show. We’ve chosen a a Mustang for every year of the last half-century to include in the gallery below. Which is your favorite?

  • Mustangs In The Movies [Infographic]

    On April 17, 1964, Ford unveiled the first Mustang, dubbed the “1964,” at the New York World’s Fair. The car was an immediate success and its innovative, sporty design made it perfect for action-packed movies.  The Mustang first appeared in the James Bond film “Goldfinger” in September of 1964. The historic car chase in Steve McQueen’s “Bullitt” in 1968 solidified the car’s reputation as a legitimate action star. This infographic highlights some of the Mustang’s most memorable roles, up through Will Smith’s 2007 Shelby GT500 in “I Am Legend.”

  • The Tim “The Toolman” Taylor and Batman Love-Child Hot-Rod

    Tim “The Tool-man” Taylor was known for his love of hot-rods and this one takes the cake. Batman is known for his futuristic gadgets and toys, the most recognizable being the Batmobile. So when you mix the two together you get this; A conceptual rendering from a couple of blokes from London, one being a sketcher and one a 3-d renderer. A dangerous combination for this type of Hobby.

  • Land Rover Transparent Hood Concept [Video]

    Next week at the 2014 New York Auto Show, Land Rover will be presenting its Discovery Vision Concept, setting the tone for its new SUVs. Included in the presentation will be this “Transparent Bonnet Concept” system that uses cameras placed in the grille to capture the terrain below while it appears on the vehicle’s Head-Up Display, rendering the hood invisible. For those who use their Land Rovers for the off-road driving they’re intended for, the system will make navigating narrow tracks and climbing and descending hills and rocks much easier and safer. For more info, check out the press release form Land Rover.

  • 2015 BMW M4 Convertible

    A guy can dream (of Summer) can’t he? The 2015 BMW M4 epitomizes everything that’s right with the warm weather seasons. The three-liter, 425-horsepower, twin-turbocharged straight six engine is nice and all, but who really cares about all that when your drop-top folds up in under 20 seconds. Available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, depending on if your swerving around pot-holes on the north east coast or cruising down the PCH on the west coast will surely affect your decision. 2015 BMW M4 Convertible

 
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