Subaru Previews SEMA Concepts, A Zagato Ferrari: Today’s Car News

October 30, 2009
2010 Subaru WRX STI by SPT Concept

2010 Subaru WRX STI by SPT Concept

Subaru will present two new concept cars at next week’s 2009 SEMA Auto Show as well as a very unique vehicle from the automaker’s past. The two concepts are based around the 2010 WRX STI and Legacy and use parts from the automaker’s in-house performance shop Subaru Performance Tuning (SPT). [Motor Authority]

Legendary Italian coachbuilder Zagato has teamed up with Ferrari to build a very exclusive run of modified 550 Barchettas. Stripping back the cars to a bare chassis, Zagato’s design team then rebuilt the cars with custom bodywork and trim. [World Car Fans]

The creator of British sports car company Caterham, Graham Nearn, passed away this week at the age of 76. Nearn started out as a dealer of Lotus cars before coming up with the idea of building his sports cars based around the original Lotus Seven chassis. [AutoWeek]

During a recent green car challenge in Australia a man driving a Tesla Roadster managed to clock up 313 miles on a single charge, breaking the electric production car record for distance travelled on one charge. [Autocar]

The cash for clunkers program has helped Penske Automotive Group, the second biggest car dealer network in the U.S. by sales, report a 23% increase in quarterly earnings. [Reuters]

Believe it or not, BMW was once considering launching an M5 convertible based on the E34 generation. The automaker went as far as even building a concept version but alas, the high-performance convertible was never meant to be. [Piston Heads]

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