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Part of our budding bromance with grinning maniac Chris Harris stems from a shared hatred of the bullshit you go through when driving press cars. A few years back, Harris railed against King Bullshitter Ferrari and its insane attempts to control every aspect of Ferrari press car coverage.

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Ever since the Liberty Walk/LB Performance Ferrari 458 hit SEMA in 2013, car lovers have wanted to know more about the man behind this innovative Japanese shop. And thanks to this great vid from GTChannel, we got an insightful look into Liberty Walk and its interesting owner. His name is Wataru Kato, and he’s a pioneer in building custom body kits for Japanese, American and European vehicles. However, you have to go back to 1980s Japan to understand his eclectic style.

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The word gratuitous means different things in different places. In Italy, flipping around on daytime TV results in lots of gratuitous nudity, which is something their old, boob-loving Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is probably proud of. And ze Germans are proud of their gratuitous, confusing words: why just say "car" when you can trot out "Motorwagen" at every opportunity?

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The Ferrari 458 Italia F1 Valvetronic Exhaust System by Frequency Intelligent Exhaust takes an already euphoric exhaust note and transforms it into a sound only previously heard in a F1 race. Not only does this system make the car sound and spit blue flames under acceleration just like a car restricted to the track, but once the gas pedal is released, the idle sounds just as quiet and smooth as the factory exhaust. They accomplished this by using an exhaust valve, what they call Exhaust Valvetronic, similar to the OEM counterpart.