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 |  Jan 02 2013, 6:02 PM

Jon Olsson’s collection of exotics isn’t your average set of cars. Modified to the extreme in some cases, Olsson also puts his exotics to use in all weather conditions.

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 |  Dec 24 2012, 3:40 PM

2012's Best Car Porn


Shaping and sculpting sheet metal into something both beautiful and functional is an intensive undertaking that automakers spend thousands of hours and millions of dollars on. And to bring these cars justice, photographers and videographers spend hundreds of hours capturing just the right angle, and finding that one magical location.

So for your viewing pleasure, AutoGuide has gathered up the best-of-the-best automotive photography and videos from the past year, and compiled them all here in one place.

Click through to see some stunning visuals.

 |  Apr 27 2012, 4:04 PM

 

In the skiing world Jon Olsson is known for innovating new tricks, in the automotive world he’s known for taking supercars through weather that might make some SUV drivers cringe.

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 |  Apr 02 2012, 6:32 PM

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Jon Olsson’s garage is is certifiably badass. His Rebellion R1k Ultima GTR is one of the world’s best-looking machines, while earlier this year Olsson proved his Lamborghini Gallardo could go anywhere and do anything he wanted it to.

Over the past weekend, Olsson took delivery of his newest toy, a full-carbon PPI Design Audi R8 Razor GTR sporting his signature roof box. The R8 V10 sports a complete carbon fiber widebody that weighs in at a scant 1,320 lbs or so. In total, the PPI Design transformation shaves over 550 lbs from the R8′s body, while power upgrades from PPI and Statis should have Olsson’s car over the 710-hp mark. He also opted for a set of ADV.1 wheels for each corner of the R8.

Unfortunately, Olsson is busy preparing for his ski event in Åre but promises that once the skiers are settled, he’ll give his photographer more time to get better photos. For now, we’ll just survive with this treat of three.

GALLERY: Jon Olsson’s PPI Audi R8 Razor GTR

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[Source: Jon Olsson]

 |  Mar 03 2012, 10:01 AM

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Jon Olsson is no stranger to exotic cars. His Rebellion R1k Ultima GTR is one of the most amazing pieces of machinery ever built but the professional freeskier and alpine ski racer was still seeking the ultimate daily driver.

It looks like he found it in his custom Lamborghini Gallardo Ski Transporter.

Olsson recently took the versatile Gallardo over 13,050 miles through nine countries in just four months. And that isn’t just open roads full of freeways, the Gallardo traversed through the Alps from one ski event to another. Photos were taken of the journey, where the Gallardo looked right at home on the shores of Monaco and admittedly looked out of place covered in snow out in the Swiss village of Verbier.

Nonetheless, it proved that Italian exotics could be functional and that the custom ski box sitting its roof wasn’t purely for show. Olsson used it to its full advantage, carrying plenty of skiing equipment from one location to the next.

Now that’s what we call awesome. Some Gallardo owners won’t even put that many miles on their car in its lifetime; never mind in four months.

GALLERY: Jon Olsson Lamborghini Gallardo Ski Transporter

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[Source: Jon Olsson Blog via GT Spirit]

 |  Jul 07 2011, 11:41 PM

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Jon Olsson’s Ultima GTR-based Rebellion R1k made our jaw drop when it was first debuted, sporting 800-hp and exotic car styling and a tone that rivals even Italian’s finest exotics. Now it looks that Olsson’s version of an ultimate sports car has hit the streets as the Rebellion R1k Red Bull edition but it may not be as perfect as Olsson wants. As of right now, he’s not pleased with the powerplant of the car because it’s not running as smoothly as he wants and is possibly considering swapping it out for something else.

The crazier news out of all this is that Olsson may potentially turn the Rebellion R1k into a very limited production run. Not surprisingly, after his debut video hit the Internet, Olsson got enough requests from people to have one built that he’s considering a super car company based on his Rebellion supercar. In fact, he claims that there are people willing to place orders before the vehicle is even finished (in Olsson’s eyes) and we can’t even imagine what might happen now that it has hit the streets in Sweden.

Obviously no confirmations have been made by Olsson, since he still wants to finalize his own supercar before even considering manufacturing or duplicating the efforts. He wants to test it around Europe, “eat a few Ferraris for lunch”, and make sure it works the way he wants it to before considering any other crazy ideas, like producing and selling Rebellion supercars.

Oh and by the way, Olsson’s cost on his Rebellion is over $315,000 – so if you’re interested, better start saving.

GALLERY: Rebellion R1k Red Bull Edition

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[Source: GTSpirit]

 |  May 24 2011, 8:53 PM

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Famed freeskier and alpine ski racer Jon Olsson is no stranger to campaigning wicked rides on the road. Most recently at the GT Polonia 2010 event, Olsson and a friend explored the roads and race tracks of Germany and Poland in his custom tuned Ultima GTR. The matte black supercar featured Red Bull and Yokohama graphics as it blasted its less than 2,200-lbs frame and 800-hp through Europe. The road-legal racer then disappeared as Olsson prepared for a complete makeover in anticipation for this year’s Gumball 3000.

Now after six months of development, Olsson unleashed his Rebellion R1k Ultima GTR project onto the streets of Stockholm for its maiden voyage. Unfortunately the car ran into some higher water temperatures so its Gumball adventure has been delayed. Instead Olsson will pilot Nissan GT-R (you know, the other GT-R) to make the first leg of the trip and plans to have the Rebellion join in a few days once its gremlins are figured out.

Check out the video of this devastatingly awesome piece of machinery after the jump:

[Source: Jon Olsson]

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