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automobile-thumbWho doesn’t like to live in the fast lane…with a Ferrari F430 for company? Okay, that’s one of my favorite cars. Along with the Lamborghini Aventador, the Porsche 911, and anything from the BMW stables. Even if I never get my hands on any of them in my lifetime and it seems likely that I never will, the classic Volkswagen Beetle can still put a smile on my face. The charm of cars is undying for us ever since the Model T. This was probably the world’s first car for the common man; meaning it was affordable. It was also named the most influential car of the last century.

Who knows, the Google Driverless car The Shocking Effects Of The Google Driverless Car [INFOGRAPHIC] The Shocking Effects Of The Google Driverless Car [INFOGRAPHIC] The future is closer than you might think. Thanks to Google's top secret research department, Google X, driverless cars are now a reality and could be hitting the mainstream in the not too distant future.... Read More could make it to the top of the list this year even though it’s a technology and not a specific automobile. No one will give us the keys to a Bentley Continental Supersports or a Rolls Royce in a hurry. So, let’s make the web our playground and watch some of the world’s greatest cars. A man (and woman) can dream can’t he!

Mclaren Automotive

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Some of the greatest cars are the high performance ones and the famed British automotive manufacturer tries to showcase it with a website that’s just as attractive. The name is probably synonymous with Formula One and Ayton Senna, but car aficionados will also associate it strongly with the McLaren F1, arguably among the best supercars of all time. The design concept pioneered in that sports car is still evident in many cars of today.

Mclaren Automotive build road cars based on the technology hived off from its racing F1 cars. The company is not vintage by any standard, but has managed to establish a reputation in the supercar market. What better way than to check out the lineup in the gallery. High-resolution images combined with a walkthrough of some of the legacy models will make you ruing the fact that your pockets aren’t deep enough for these. But you can visit them any hour of the day on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook.

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Ferrari

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Even the name conjures up something magical and romantic. The Italians gave us the renaissance and Ferrari gave us the Ferrari F40, the 250GTO, the 12-cylinder Enzo Ferrari, and one of my absolute favorites, the classic Ferrari 250 SWB California Spyder. It’s difficult to choose between so many great cars and more than seven decades of car-making, so I will leave the choices to you. I know it can get pretty argumentative.

I will though direct you to the company’s website where you can have your fill of stunning pictures and precise stats to bolster any claims. While you are at it, don’t forget to visit the Ferrari Virtual Academy.

Lamborghini

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One of the first posters I had stuck up on my walls as a kid was of the blazing red and blazing fast The Countach, one of the company’s bestselling cars. That was a long time ago, and I am still nowhere near purchasing one. Heck, I won’t be able to buy one of their tractors which are also pretty good. So I hear. The latest from their workshop – the Lamborghini Veneno is a limited edition sports car…very limited because only three have been produced and at €3.12 million each, the price is the only thing that sounds unlimited. So, the only thing left for us proles is to head over to the Lamborghini website and ogle at the high-resolution pictures and wonder at the specs under the hood of these beasts.

One of the nicer galleries on the site is the Heritage section where you can explore the classic cars from the years gone by. I would seriously recommend their Pinterest boards too for some wondrous imagery of great cars.

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Mercedes Benz – What Drives Us

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When you land on the website of one of the world’s favorite brands, you can almost mistake it for an advertisement. Enjoy it in full-screen and music turned on. Then do click through to check out the galleries in full glory. A snippet can be viewed in the screenshot above. Oh, you can download them as wallpapers too.

Porsche Everyday

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Maybe the screenshot above doesn’t say much, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise. The Porsche Everyday website is one of the more interactive websites I have come across, so just click the link and head there. Wait for the site to load, explore…and come back in the comments to tell us all about it.

Tesla Motors

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Electric are the future unless an entirely new energy source is discovered and ramped up to mass scale. You can bet your bottom dollar that Tesla Motors will be somewhere in the scene because Elon Musk’s company is seriously trying to make electric cars cool. The Photos and Video section is where you get to keep an eye on what the company is up to with its models. If you like them, you can also download a few wallpapers here. Tesla has two models in its lineup – the Model S and the Model X. each gets its own page with pictures and specifications detailed out. Tesla also answers the Top 5 questions you might have about electric cars.

Supercars

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Call it an automobile blog or a large repository of car photos from around the world, and either way you won’t be off the mark. Supercars is a nice blog that has accumulated quite an impressive database on cars and all related happenings around them. There’s a complete alphabetical index of cars both old and new which you can dive into for photos and information. There’s a wallpaper gallery with most images at a resolution of 1600 by 1200. A couple of other useful features are the Compare cars tool where you can compare up to 10 cars in one view. The Sorted Lists are another nice resource for looking at the top supercars by specific performance metrics.

Top Gear

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One of the top automobile shows on television is the go-to place for lounging back on your couch and taking in everything about cars, from the classics to the modern. The BBC show is shown in quite a few countries around the world and if you love cars, it is highly unlikely you have not caught it at least once. The best place to watch the show is quite obviously a TV set, but there are some goodies tucked away on the website like the photo gallery. The U.K version of the site seems to have more resources for you to enjoy which I couldn’t spot in the other domains, like the neat online games section. Right now, I am enjoying the pictures in this gallery.

Road & Track

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Road & Track is a stylish website with some of the marquee names in the automobile business represented through galleries and photo slideshows. The website is the online face of the American car magazine. The site focusses on both racing cars and street cars. Other features include automobile coverage, road test reports, car reviews, live events like auto-shows around the world, and a YouTube channel as well holding all the video content. Apart from the names listed under the Marquee section, check out the Future Cars section and anything that says Photos or Photo Gallery.

AutoBlog

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Let’s end this list of ten with a regular and well-known car website. If you ever researched car buying The 6 Best Online Tools For Car Buyers The 6 Best Online Tools For Car Buyers Buying a new car is a big decision. The Internet is the best way to research new cars – and also the best was to calculate the costs associated with them. Let’s have a look... Read More with the help of the web, this website must have been in your bookmarks. The AOL website takes a 360-degree look at the car industry with news, reviews, podcasts, high-quality photography and commentary about automobiles. If you are looking to enjoy the world of cars through websites, go for a specific car maker from the list on the site or do a search. There’s a lot to read. When you come to the car photos, you can download them as wallpapers. That’s a Bugatti Veyron in the screenshot.

Automotive websites are as large in numbers as the queues outside the gas stations on a bad Monday morning. Unlike that experience, browsing our favorite cars vicariously on the web is an enjoyable experience. I may have missed quite a few good websites in the above short list, so I do expect you to come back and tell me about them all. Let’s avoid the car comparison and buying advice filled run-of-the-mill sites and focus on the ones which give us the best visual delights. Cars are meant to driven, but they are also cherished and admired ever since the first one revved up. What do you think? Also, don’t forget to tell us about your favorite cars!

Image Credit: Rudolf Stricker via Wikimedia Commons

  1. Jeffrey L
    July 10, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    My favorite all-time car website is http://www.carbuzz.com. This should definitely be a number one choice for the car enthusiast.

    • Saikat Basu
      July 11, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Nice one. Thanks for this link.

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