Midweek roundup: Baby Mercedes-Benz SLS, BMW M3 tombstone, 'Jesus' in car accident

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May 11, 2010

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1. Man gets buried under BMW M3 tombstone - Some people get buried under a simple marble headstone while some get interred in a mausoleum. For Steve Marsh, neither one would do, and since his family knew how much he loved his BMW M3 convertible, a scale model of one made entirely out of one block of granite seemed more appropriate. "He always drove BMWs, we've all got them," said his daughter Kerry. "We couldn't just give him a normal headstone." (Source: The Daily Mail)

2. Mercedes-Benz to make baby SLS - If you find the upcoming Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG just too big for your taste, you'll be pleased to know that the German carmaker reportedly is planning to come up with a smaller version of it. The baby SLS will be based on the SLS's aluminum spaceframe architecture, but instead of a V8, it'll carry a 408hp, twin-turbo V6 that will be paired to an all-new nine-speed automatic transmission. (Source: Motor Trend)

3. Limited-edition Z4 unveiled - As BMW celebrates the 40th anniversary of its historic win at the Mille Miglia where it not only took first place but also the third, fifth and six places as well to nab the overall victory for the team, BMW will be releasing a limited-model run of just 99 units of their Z4 roadster. Known as the Z4 sDrive35is: Limited Edition Mille Miglia, it will be finished with a matte Polaris Metallic coat and will come with a blacked-out front grille, an M aero kit and Dark Chrome-finished 19-inch wheels. As befitting its limited edition stature, it will also get unique Mille Miglia branding inside and out. (Source: BMW Blog)

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4. Ferrari's 'barcode' controversy - Last week, British newspaper daily The Times revealed that doctors in Europe were suggesting that Ferrari's barcode' livery was a subliminal way of advertising tobacco despite the European Union's ban of tobacco sponsorship on television since 1991. Although Ferrari claimed the news as nonsense and that the barcode had nothing to do with their title sponsor Marlboro, the Italian outfit has now chosen to remove it to put an end to the controversy. "Together with Philip Morris International we have decided to modify the livery of our cars starting with the Barcelona Grand Prix," Ferrari said in their recent statement. "By this we want to put an end to this ridiculous story and concentrate on more important things than on such groundless allegations." (Source: AutoSport)

5. Hill-climb record with Hyundai - For 13 years, Rhys Millen's father, Rod, held the Pikes Peak hill-climb record as he tackled the 156-turn, 19.99-kilometer race up the mountain in 10 minutes, 4:06 seconds in an all-wheel-drive Toyota Celica in 1994. In 2007, however, Nobuhiro Tajima beat that record by less than three seconds in a heavily-modified Suzuki XL7. Now, Rhys Millen plans to bring the record back to the Millen family as he, together with his Formula Drift sponsor Hyundai, take on Pikes Peak with a car that looks more like a Le Mans prototype than a hill-climb challenger. According to Car and Driver, the Hyundai will be powered by a stroked and turbocharged 4.1-liter V6 to produce 750hp. (Source: Car and Driver)

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6. Audi to let paying customers race in an R8 LMS - The term 'pay driver' takes on a whole new meaning for Audi as the German carmaker will let anyone who's willing to pay a still-undisclosed amount the chance to drive an R8 LMS race car used in the GT3 series. Called the 'Audi Race Experience', the lucky customer will get to join one of Audi's factory-sponsored teams, Team Joest, who will train the customer and act as his crew during one of six VLN races on the famed Nürburgring. "For the first time, the Audi race experience offers customers the opportunity to participate in a race with a professional Audi 'factory' team without having to enter into a long-term commitment or to make a high financial investment," said Klaus Demel, who is in charge of the Audi driving experience. "I'm very happy that we've been able to win Audi Sport and Reinhold Joest's team as a partners for this project." (Source: Quattroholic)

7. GM recalling Hummer H3 - The mighty Hummer brand isn't so mighty after all as General Motors is recalling all Hummer H3s manufactured between 2006 and 2010. According to Consumer Reports, these H3s have defective hood louvers that, over time, could come loose and separate from the vehicle while it's on the road. The culprit, apparently are the tabs that hold the louvers in place as they could break and cause the louvers to vibrate which, in the end, could cause it to detach from the H3. (Source: Consumer Reports)

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8. 'Jesus' taken to hospital after car accident - A 50-year old man whose legal name is Lord Jesus Christ was hit by a car while crossing a street in Northampton, Massachussets. He must've forgiven the culprit by now. (Source: GMANews.tv)

9. New Beetle on its final days - Volkswagen is reportedly taking in the last few orders for the New Beetle as the German carmaker is reportedly planning to terminate its production soon. This makes sense since Volkswagen did reveal the 'Final Edition' models of the New Beetle at last year's LA Auto Show. (Source: AutoBlog)

10. Puma celebrates Gumball 3000 race with limited-edition sneakers - As Puma celebrates its third consecutive year as a sponsor to the Gumball 3000, a 3,000 mile international road rally that's run annually on public roads, the German sneaker firm has come up with two limited-edition shoes to celebrate the occasion. The SL Street Gumball 3000 will be available at Journey's outlets, PUMA Stores, and at puma.com while the Comp-Star-Gumball 3000 will be offered at PUMA stores and UNDFTD sneaker shops. (Source: Modified)

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