Restoration

After a failed restoration, Lamborghini LM002 once driven on 'Top Gear' by The Stig is reborn

This 1987 Lamborghini LM002 was given a complete restoration following years of use and long-term storage.

Photo courtesy of Bell Sport & Classic

It's one thing to be tricked into getting a new air filter for your car when you go in for an oil change even though you don't need one. It's quite another to completely fail at a vehicle restoration.

Lamborghini LM002 chassis number 40 of 301 has been given a restoration by the experts at Bell Sport & Classic after having survived a series of owners, drivers, and a failed restoration attempt. The 11-month project completely overhauled the vehicle, which was driven on a 2003 episode of "Top Gear" by The Stig.

1987 Lamborghini LM002 The model is finished in a Blu Acupulco Metallizato paint job.Photo courtesy of Bell Sport & Classic

The LM002 was produced by Lamborghini between 1986 and 1993. It was massive and powerful and full of machismo then. Even now, in the age of emission standards and public transportation, the LM002 is still highly regarded.

It came from the factory with a 450-bhp 5.2-liter V12 engine from the Countach under its hood. It has a 76.6-liter fuel tank, which buyers will need because the badass boxy model gets just 8 mpg.

This particular left-hand drive LM002 was purchased by its current owner in 2003, who spent six years enjoying it on- and off-road before placing it into storage in 2009. Ten years later it arrived at Bell Sport & Classic for a complete restoration after having one failed effort, with components in boxes.

Bell Sport & Classic had just the right man for the job. Their master technician, Attilio Romano, is a former Ferrari factory technician with over 40 years of experience in service and restoration. Prior to his time at Bell Sport & Classic, Romano was the lead technician at H.R. Owen across Ferrari, Lamborghini and Bugatti models, including being the first factory-registered technician to work on the Veyron.

1987 Lamborghini LM002 The engine is original.Photo courtesy of Bell Sport & Classic

"The engine block was still in place," Attilio remembers of starting work on the LM002, "but most of the ancillaries had been stripped off. All the separated components were supplied in boxes…it was a bit of a detective job, so the first thing we did was a thorough inventory."

However, not all the parts that were needed were there. Also, many of the parts and tools needed are now unavailable from Lamborghini. So, the team at Bell Sport & Classic set about creating new components in-house or outsourcing them from trusted suppliers.

At the rear the LM002 features two springs and dampers per wheel, while the front features a spring-within-a-spring suspension unit, with the two springs wound in opposite directions. With no service tool in existence to disassemble the front unit, Attilio created his own rig to compress and remove the two springs in one operation. Once apart, all components were inspected then sent to be powder coated.

1987 Lamborghini LM002 The LM002 was the very definition of utility vehicle.Photo courtesy of Bell Sport & Classic

An up close look at the power plant revealed that the water pump had been leaking though the bearing seals. The housing had also fractured. With that part no longer stocked, Bell Sports & Classic relied on the expertise of Chesman Engineering of Coventry to create an entirely new pump to original specification.

Aside from the water pump, the LM002's engine was in relatively good condition. There were only had 13,690 miles on the power plant. It was in fine condition. The same could not be said for the transmission, which saw its dog gear and center diff damaged. A replacement was listed at over £6,000 and no new units were available. Attilio used his expertise to reshape the teeth using die grinders and files to get it back in proper working order.

The non-standard rear exhaust box was replaced with an original spec system.

1987 Lamborghini LM002 Most of the car's interior leather is original.Photo courtesy of Bell Sport & Classic

This LM002 was finished in a Blu Acupulco Metallizato paint job and had its cabin trimmed in light grey leather. Most of the leatherwork was just repairs as its good condition allowed for just minor touchups. All door deals were replaced.

The 1987 Lamborghini LM 002 is currently for sale by Bell Sports & Customs and listed at £285,000.

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The Lotus Evija is the most powerful series production road car ever built.

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The Lotus Evija is Britain's first all-electric hypercar. Its powertrain delivers a minimum of 986 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque, with its upper limits reaching near 1,973 horsepower, making it the most powerful series production road car ever built.

The British automaker is showing off the prowess of the Evija for the first time on the track. A new video (vailable below) showcases the model at the 2.2-mile track at Hethel, Lotus's headquarters.

Piloting the Evija is Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes for Lotus. In the video, he provides extensive new commentary on key elements of the Evija project as on-board cameras reveal the capabilities of the car.

Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes for Lotus Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes for Lotus, pilots the car in the video.Photo courtesy of Lotus Cars

In the film, Kershaw takes the audience through the development journey of the Evija from the earliest discussions amongst Lotus staff to today.

The model features five drive modes, each designed to enhance a different part of the Evija driving experience. Range mode is limited to 986 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, switching the Evija from four-wheel drive to all-wheel drive, in an effort to save power.

The City driving mode adds power Control, compared to the Range mode, by increasing regenerative braking ability, which is optimal for urban environments.

In Tour mode, the drive system is switchable to four- or rear-wheel drive. This drive mode delivers 1,381 horsepower and activates torque vectoring technology.

The car's Sport and Track mode deliver the most power and performance. Sport mode ups the power to 1,677 horsepower and 1,254 pound-feet of torque, and increases traction levels. Using Track mode, power is boosted to 1,973 horsepower. The car's Drag Reduction System is available on request to deliver the highest level of torque vectoring technology available. In this mode, the chassis setting is automatically switched to Track.

Lotus has given the Evija a top track speed of 200 mph.

Lotus Evija development prototype on test at Hethel www.youtube.com

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The Kia Sorento has undergone a bold redo for 2021

Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

We already knew what the redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento would look like thanks to its global reveal in March. Now we now what the U.S.-spec will be getting.

The Sorento will be available to U.S. customers in a new X-Line trim. It features a one-inch lift resulting in improved approach and departure angles. The grade also includes all-wheel drive with Snow mode, and a more robust roof rack.

201 Kia Sorento SX The Sorento has a new, sturdier roof rack.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Kia will offer the Sorento with four engine options in the U.S. The base power plant is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine achieves 191 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque. It achieves 27 mpg combined. Front-wheel drive is standard with this engine and all-wheel drive is available.

Buyers will be able to upgrade the base model Sorento to get a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood that delivers 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed wet-clutch dual-clutch transmission - the same as what is offered in the Hyundai Veloster N - and is expected to achieve 25 mpg combined. Front-wheel drive is standard with this engine and all-wheel drive is available.

The front-wheel drive Sonata Hybrid will feature a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, 44.2 kWh electric motor, and six-speed automatic transmission.. That powertrain produces approximately 227 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That's more powerful than the standard four-cylinder in the 2020 Sorento but less horsepower than buyers would get with the 2020 Sorento with a V6. Kia says the model gets 37 mpg combined.

201 Kia Sorento X-Line The new Sorento X-Line model features black design accents and wheels.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

That same engine powers an all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid variant of the model that will be available in 2021 and feature 261 horsepower and 30 miles of all-electric range.

U.S. drivers will be able to configure the model with either 4+2 or 5+2 seating. The three-row SUV offers best-in-class front and rear legroom and overall interior passenger volume.

The fully upgraded interior includes a standard 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen that gets bumped up to a 10.25-inch screen in higher trim levels. An available 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster is available. There are eight USB charging ports (six in the LX model) and the larger screen allows for dual-phone Bluetooth Capability.

2021 Kia Sorento The interior of the Sorento features a new design for the automaker.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Opting for a system with UVO telematics adds cloud-based connected routing that allows navigation to be adjusted in real time according to evolving traffic and road conditions. There’s also weather information for up to 25,000 cities, voice assistant functionality, keyless entry user profiles, smart speaker integration, and advanced notifications for things like extended idle times and rear occupancy alerts. The system will automatically contact 911 should it sense that an airbag has deployed.

For the first time, Kia offers the model with on-demand Find My Car functionality with surround view technology that captures images of the vehicle’s surroundings then pushes them to the Kia Access Uvo app to aid in location. Additionally, last mile navigation provides walking directions to a final destination if the vehicle is parked between 0.1 and 1.2 miles away from the destination as entered in the navigation system.

A 12-speaker Bose sound system and wireless charging capability is available.

2021 Kia Sorento A 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen is available, Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Kia has given the Sorento a host of standard safety features including forward collision avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and rear occupant alert. Blind spot collision avoidance assist, passenger safe exit, and blind view monitor technologies are available.

The 2021 Sorento is assembled in West Point, Georgia alongside the Telluride and the K5.

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