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Wrapped Kobe Bryant tribute Lamborghini Huracan spotted in Chicago

A newly wrapped Lamborghini Huracan pays tribute to the Lakers legend.

Photo courtesy of Instagram, @Kobe24Lambo

The owner of a 2015 Lamborghini Huracan has had his vehicle wrapped to honor the lives of Kobe and Gianna Bryant. Owner Joe Carbonara told TMZ Sports that he was so moved by the tragedy of the untimely demise of the Bryants that he took the silver car to get a custom wrap at X-Treme Graphics in Chicago.

The wrap features the numbers of Kobe and Gianna's jerseys - 2, 8, and 24; the names of all nine victims of the helicopter crash that killed the Bryants, unique artwork of the Bryants, and the Mamba logo. All the imagery rests on a background of Lakers purple with gold accents.

The process of wrapping the car took two days.

X-Treme Graphics shop owner Steve Zielinski told TMZ that the company did not charge for the custom job.

Following its makeover, the car, now named the Kobe24Lambo, made appearances on the streets of Chicago during the NBA All-Star Weekend. The car even has its own Instagram account now.

Carbonara says that since word's gotten out about the Lambo wrap, he's been getting requests for the car to make special appearances.

Prior to Bryant's death, Carbonara was trying to unload the car. The Lamborghini is still up for sale, but the price tag has jumped to $170,000. The original starting price on the 2015 Huracan when new was $242,445. Models on CarGurus.com are currently listed for around $160-170,000.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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This 2020 Ford GT drew over $1 million at the auction.

Mecum

The world may be going through some tough times right now, but you'd never know it looking at auto auction results. One of the largest, Mecum, just reported sales from the auctions it held in Arizona last week, and the results are astonishing. Mecum says it took in $66.3 million in sales, which is a big increase over the previous year's auctions. Attendance was also up, and the event was packed with high-dollar, desirable vehicles.

Mecum Arizona AuctionHow about a 1967 Ferrari for a little over $3 million?Mecum

Mecum says that private collection sales generated $20 million of the $66.3 million, as some brought dozens of vehicles to participate in the auction. The Hooked on Vettes Collection, for example, brought 13 cars and sold every one of them. It even sold a load of neon signs for well over a million dollars.

The top ten vehicles sold at auction drew big dollars. A few include:

  • 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4: $3,025,000
  • 1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Convertible Coupe: $2,365,000
  • 2005 Porsche Carrera GT: $2,200,000
  • 2020 Ford GT: $1,100,000
  • 2017 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster: $698,500

Mecum Arizona AuctionThere was even a Duesenberg, which sold for almost $2.4 million.Mecum

If you've got money to burn and you're sad to have missed out on the Arizona auction, your next shot will be at the end of this month when Mecum hits Houston with 1,100 vehicles. The flagship Mecum auction in Indianapolis takes place in mid-May, and will feature 3,000 cars.

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