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1992 Lamborghini Diablo from 'Die Another Day' up for sale (Pierce Brosnan not included)

James Bond film "Die Another Day" featured a number of desirable cars.

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In the 2002 film "Die Another Day" Pierce Brosnan, as James Bond, is tasked with locating a mole inside the British intelligence community who betrayed him. The film, and the roster of vehicles in it, proved to be a hit with audiences.

One of the vehicles featured in the Bond production is a 1992 Lamborghini Diablo. Well, not a full Diablo. You see, Eon Productions, the company that makes the Bond franchise, purchased just a shell of the vehicle. The model is first seen by audiences when troops under the command of Colonel Tan-Sun Moon (Will Yun Lee) are cleaning the vehicle alongside a Ferrari F355 Berlinetta, Porsche 911 Carrera, Mercedes-Benz SL, Ford GT40 and Jaguar XKR, according to Fandom.com.

1992 Lamborghini Diablo from 'Die Another Day' In the movie, Bond (and a few cars) escape a plane crash.Photo courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

Bond, who is being held captive, eventually escapes, but the Porsche does not, falling victim to the antics of the spy. Later in the film, the cars are seen in the cargo hold of Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens), the alter ego of Moon. With Bond in hot pursuit, Moon, from aboard his plane, reveals that he plans to use the Icarus satellite to cut a path through the Korean Demilitarized Zone that would allow North Korea to invade South Korea.

Graves's plan is foiled by Bond to attempts to shoot him, only to pierce a hole in the fuselage of the plane. A series of struggles ensues and the Icarus beam hits the plane further injuring it. Graves attempts to escape but before he can, Bond pulls his parachute open, which pulls Graves out of the plane and into one of the engines. Bond escapes, relatively unscathed.

While the Diablo didn't survive in the film's plot line, landing in a field in South Korea along with the Ferrari, but it did survive the filming itself.

It now is being sold by Beverly Hills Car Club for $119,500 after being sold by the studio in 2002 for $25,000.

1992 Lamborghini Diablo from 'Die Another Day' The shell has been equipped to a proper V12 engine and other components.Photo courtesy of Beverly Hills Car Club

The European spec model has a Diable Rosso red paint job and a black interior with red piping. The odometer as 45,205 miles on it and the Carfax report comes back clean. It is powered by a 5.7-liter V12 engine that is paired with a five-speed manual transmission. It has power windows, four-wheel disc brakes, and OZ racing staggered wheels.

The seller reveals that the clutch will need to be replaced.

It comes with an invoice from Eon Productions that includes a VIN that matches the vehicle being sold.

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The Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 is a new, track-only model.

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The Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 is a track-only hypercar that is designed to be the epitome of Lamborghini performance. The Italian automaker will construct just 40 of the limited edition models, each of which can trace its lineage back to the Miura Jota and Diablo GTR.

The car was designed by Lamborghini Centro Stile and combines the most powerful V12 naturally aspirated engine ever developed by Lamborghini, with aerodynamics inspired by racing prototypes and new technical solutions.

"Essenza SCV12 represents the purest track driving experience that our brand can offer, an engineering feat that highlights the inextricable link between our cars and the asphalt of the track," said Stefano Domenicali, CEO and Chairman of Automobili Lamborghini. "Lamborghini is a brand constantly looking to the future and searching for new challenges, but we never forget our roots and who we are: Essenza SCV12 is the perfect combination of our unconventional spirit as a super sports car manufacturer and our true passion for motorsport."

Lamborghini Essenza SCV12

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The V12 engine can produce 830 horsepower while working in tandem with the car's exhaust pipes, which were designed by Capistro to reduce the back pressure. The engine of the rear-wheel drive car is paired with a new X-trac sequential six-speed gearbox that has bee desired to be a structural element within the chassis.

The car has an especially good power-to-weight ratio of 1.66 kg/hp, which is thanks in large part to the car's new-generation carbon fiber monocoque chassis without internal rollcage.

It has higher downforce levels than a GT3 car - 1,200 kg at 250 km/h. That is in large part due to the central rib, which separates hot airflow from the radiator, and a front splitter and two lateral airflow elements that allow cool air to flow. The aerodynamic package is completed by the large adjustable double-profile rear wing.

Lamborghini has given the model magnesium rims- 19-inch in the front and 20-inch in the back. Brembo disc brakes and calipers give the model proper stopping power.

The Essenza SCV12 is the first GT car developed to adhere to FIA prototype safety rules.

Lamborghini designers were influenced by the look of the F1 single-seater steering wheels to develop the SCV12's wheel.

Purchasing the model gets buyers access to special programs to drive their hypercar on the most prestigious race tracks in the world. This includes storage at the new hangar built in Sant'Agata Bolognese for the Essenza SCV12 club. Each car will have a personalized garage and dedicated services, including webcams to allow customers to monitor their cars 24/7 using an app. The facility also houses the Lamborghini Squadra Corse Drivers Lab by Tecnobody to offer athletic training programs similar to those followed by the official Lamborghini racing drivers.

The track calendar will start in 2021 events at numerous FIA Grade 1 homologated circuits. Assistance will be provided by the Squadra Corse technical staff with the support of Emanuele Pirro, five-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Marco Mapelli, Lamborghini Squadra Corse Factory Driver.

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The Arizona proving grounds serves as a research hub for Volkswagen Group brands, including Porsche.

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Volkswagen has opened one of the most extensive electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in North America, but you, Joe Public, can't use it. That's right. The facility, at the company's 1,600-acre Arizona Proving Grounds in Maricopa, Arizona, is reserved for VW's research and development teams.

It's one of two worldwide for the company and was deigned to test battery and charging performance under extreme hot-weather conditions. It will allow the charging of EVs in weather conditions up to 120 degrees (but it's a dry heat).

Chargers Volkswagen proving grounds Arizona There are chargers from a number of companies on site.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

The 50-space station features 25 DC fast chargers, with variable power outputs from the most commonly used charger power today at 50 kilowatts up to 350kW, can charge properly equipped EVs at speeds up to 20 miles per minute.

There's also 10 Level 2 AC chargers that will be used to simulate typical, home-based charging. These chargers will utilize charge plugs from the three standard connector types: U.S. (CCS1), Europe (CCS2) and China (GB-T).

Volkswagen has plans to install pads to study inductive charging in the future.

All charging equipment comes from different global brands. It was developed in partnership with Electrify America. In a statement, Volkswagen said, "Parallel to the testing of electric vehicles at the EV station, the performance of the charging equipment is tested under these extreme-heat conditions to help improve the performance of the chargers for consumers."

Chargers Volkswagen proving grounds Arizona The infrastructure allows for a variety of types of testing.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Of the 50 spots, 16 are located under a remote-controlled canopy, which uses awnings to simulate full sun and shaded conditions.

There are also safety measures in place including a battery temperature monitoring system, developed in-house, that Volkswagen says is the basis of the world's first battery cooling system designed to prevent overheating damage in a serious emergency. A small building in the middle of the charging station allows engineers and test drivers to evaluate all testing data without having to endure the extreme heat themselves.

The charging station, along with the related support infrastructure, cost an estimated $9 million. Construction began in early 2019 and was completed in February 2020. The station received its final certification this month.

Chargers Volkswagen proving grounds Arizona Volkswagen has announced plans for an electrified model infusion into its lineup.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Research at the site will support Volkswagen Group products worldwide including the Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini, Bentley, and Volkswagen brands.

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