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Sammy Wasem, 21, is fighting Ferrari in court with his father, demanding the Italian sports car builder pay them 10 million Swiss francs.
Through a series of polls on its Facebook page, the British automaker’s fans chose the DB9 model as well as the vehicle’s exterior and interior options for the special edition car. It was then named the ‘DB9 1M’ and has been unveiled in its full glory. The winning design was called ‘Aero’ and featured blue streamlined paintwork, 20-inch wheels in a Silver Diamond finish, black brake calipers, and a two-tone interior with Obsidian Black and Spicy Red colors.
The vehicle was built at its Gaydon headquarters and will be a permanent tribute to the one million fans milestone. Aston Martin plans on touring the vehicle around at select events also.
[Source: Aston Martin Facebook]
New evidence suggests there’s a reason behind people flocking to that guy with the cool car, well sort of. Having a hot car and the data in the study probably aren’t very related, but it looks like being a car fan on Facebook means you’re likely to have more friends.
According to research conducted by the social media giant, being a little car crazy (as many of us are) means you’re statistically likely to have three times the number of friends, on Facebook that is.
The study examined 15,938 Facebook users between December and March and found that the average person who “liked” an automaker has 433 friends on the network — three times the average. Apparently 82 percent of fans that both liked a brand and own one of its cars are likely to recommend the same company to a friend — 13 percent more than owners who haven’t “‘liked” the marque.
Facebook interaction is a far cry from actually spending time with other auto enthusiasts, but there isn’t any reason why people can’t congregate and discuss within the venue just like they would on an enthusiast forum. The discussion topics and content will probably never find the same depth, but how can you criticize an enhancement for gear heads who already use the service?
Social media is quickly becoming a one-stop-shop for all things info-related. Even the humble team at AutoGuide has a Facebook fan page.
DriveSRT posted a sign on their Facebook fan page last week saying they would release a teaser of the 2013 SRT Viper if the number of “likes” they got exceeded 10,000 before February 1.
Needless to say, it did so without much difficulty. We published an article last Friday talking about the fan page. The Viper’s return is sure to be one of the more exciting things to happen this year. We’re extremely eager to see how the 8.4-liter, 600 hp V-10 we saw in 2010 has evolved. Dodge cars are seeing some serious changes, like the 2013 Dart, under new owner Fiat.
It’s been a good thing: according to the Detroit Free Press, Chrysler is expected to report its first annual net profit since 1997 at $600 million. That said, we’re curious to see how much of the raw America spirit the Viper maintains.
Tell us what you think in the comments section below.
GALLERY: SRT Viper Teaser
If there’s really such a thing as car porn, then DriveSRT is the fluffer. They’re offering to release a teaser video of the 2013 SRT Viper if their Facebook fan page gets 10,000 hits before February 1.
Enthusiasts are aware, but in case you somehow missed it, Dodge discontinued the Viper in 2010 because of money problems to much hissing by the automotive community.
While any information on the iconic car is a titillating promise, we’re starting to feel a little teased. As of publication, their page had well over 10,000 “Likes” and that number grew larger every time we tapped the refresh button.
The 2013 Viper is one of the more exciting releases slated for this year and we’re feeling as impatient as a high school senior on prom night. The page says they are “racing towards 10,000 fans” and that they will unlock something that will hint at the lines before the official unveiling in April.
We’re not sure if they mean that this “unlocking” will happen on February 1, or if they’re just taking their sweet time on giving up the goods. Your best bet is to check the page frequently, though we’ll be doing the same and letting everyone know as soon as we get a glimpse.