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C7 Corvette Vs. Exotics : Videos

C7 Corvette Vs. Exotics : Videos

"What happens when you pair up a $50,000 2014 C7 Corvette "baby super car" against exotics in the $100,000 to $300,000 range? Well, you'll have to watch and see! Some predictable races, some upsets and surprises!

We appreciate Xtreme Xperience (http://thextremexperience.com) letting us come out and play around with these cars all day at Mid-America Motorplex in Pacific Junction, IA"


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Lamborghini Estoque : Photos
Lamborghini Estoque : Photos

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Canada's INKAS Armors G63s : News
Canada's INKAS Armors G63s : News

For those in need of an armored car, a former military vehicle seems like a sound choice. Those tend to be cramped, loud, and low on amenities though. Unless the vehicle in question is a Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG, that is. Canadian firm INKAS will turn the G63 AMG into an armored limousine with an interior as luxurious as its exterior is tough and intimidating.

The G63 gets stretched at the B-pillar, making room for an entertainment center. The rear seats sport footrests and can recline flat. Naturally, everything is trimmed in leather and wood,

The exterior gets a different type of expensive trim. While it looks essentially stock--even retaining the factory side exhaust--the Inkas G63 limo is fully armored, with a reinforced roof, doors, glass, quarter panels, firewall and pillars. INKAS says it will withstand 7.62 mm ammunition, while the floor can withstand a blast from two DM51 grenades detonated simultaneously.

Other notable features include "bullet catchers" designed to deflect projectiles away from the door crevices, protection for the battery, electronic control module, and fuel tank, and reinforced hinges to handle the weight of the armored doors.

The 5.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 gets a slight power bump, from 536 horsepower to 544. Torque remains the same at 560 pound-feet, but the stock 0 to 60 mph time of 5.3 seconds probably isn't possible, given the added weight of the armor.

INKAS will also armor a stock G63 AMG without converting it into a limo. The real question, though, is what it would do if presented with a G63 AMG 6x6.

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Cadillac ATS-L : Current Models
Cadillac ATS-L : Current Models

The ATS was launched in 2013 as Cadillac’s smallest sedan yet. Aimed at the BMW 3 Series , Audi A4 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class , the ATS was the first vehicle to ride on GM’s Alpha platform, which would later underpin the larger, third-generation Cadillac CTS . Three engines have been offered since its introduction, including a 202-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-banger as the entry-level plant; a turbocharged, 2.0-liter with 272 ponies in the mid-range model; and a range-topping, 321-horse, naturally aspirated, 3.6-liter V-6. As we move into the 2015 model year, the ATS range expands to welcome a coupe and a long-wheelbase version of the sedan.

Dubbed ATS-L, the model is exclusive to China, a market that’s overwhelmed by long-wheelbase sedans. Not to be left out in a segment that already includes longer versions of the Mercedes Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A4, Cadillac Cadillac is joining in with a model set to satisfy China’s need for luxury and added legroom. How does it stack up against German competition? Read on to find out.

Visually, the Cadillac ATS-L is the same, mildly facelifted 2015 ATS we can buy in the United States, except for the longer wheelbase and elongated rear doors. Stretched by nearly 3.4 inches, the wheelbase measures 112.6 inches and increases the car’s overall length from 182.4 inches to 186.2 inches. The sedan is also 0.7 inches wider than the standard ATS.

Other noticeable changes include a slightly different Cadillac emblem on the front grille, reminiscent of the wreath crest that got dropped last year, ATS-L badging around back and new, 18-inch, twin-five-spoke alloy wheels.

2015 model year updates also add a reshaped bumper with a single air dam that stretches from one side to the other and slightly revised DRL units to the ATS ATS-L. Expect a couple of new exterior colors to join the options list, including hues that are exclusive to the Chinese market.

The main feat of the ATS-L lies in the cabin. Thanks to its longer wheelbase and wider body, the China-exclusive ATS provides additional legroom, headroom, and shoulder room. The sedan offers seating for just two people in the back, but with plenty of space in front of the leather-wrapped rear bench.

The ATS-L also benefits from all the technology and convenience features specific to the regular ATS. Chinese customers will find a CUE infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen, the brand-new OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity and many more once inside.

All seating surfaces are covered in handcrafted, cut-and-sewn upholstery, while aluminum, wood, carbon-fiber inserts and a bevy of color combinations make the ATS-L’s cabin a great place to be. A Bose premium audio system provides the perfect acoustic experience, while the Caddy’s Active Noise Cancellation technology will make sure no unwanted noises enter the cockpit. Both features come standard.

The ATS-L is available with two of the three engines offered on the U.S.-spec ATS. First up is the turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder unit that cranks out 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Updated for 2015, the mill delivers an extra 35 pound-feet of torque starting from 3,000 rpm and peaking at 5,500 rpm. The second engine is the familiar, naturally aspirated, 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 321 ponies and 274 pound-feet of twist.

Both powerplants mate to six-speed automatic transmissions (no manual is available), while all-wheel drive can be had as an option. With the four-banger, the sedan can reach 60 mph from a standing start in about 6.1 seconds, while the V-6 should enable it to complete the same sprint in about 5.5 seconds.

Pricing is still a mystery as of July 2014, but word on the street has it Cadillac will price the ATS-L from CN¥270,000 ($43,685 as of 07/29/2014).

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Maserati Chicane : Concept Cars
Maserati Chicane : Concept Cars

The Chicane was created as a full-scale physical model by the students of IED’s fifth Master RSP in Transportation Design – work experience, academic year 2006-2007. The main goal of the Maserati Chicane project is to explore styling themes for Maserati’s future models. The Chicane has more compact dimensions (4,400 mm long, 1,850 mm wide, 1250 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,600 mm) compared to the Quattroporte and Grandturismo production cars. The Chicane is based on a 2+2 coupe layout with a front-mounted V8 engine coupled with a rear wheel-drive system. It could be an entry-level model that doesn’t sacrifice the unique and distinctive features of the brand. The design process was guided by the idea of expressing “emotion at first sight”, which translated into a fascinating and high-impact look, with a careful study of the surfaces and a research for pure lines. Maserati Chicane ConceptChicane was on display at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show together with a second project called “Maserati Sfida”, a pure virtual model that was visible in a dedicated video. Targeted to young and dynamic customers, the Maserati Sfida is a 2+1 shooting brake, a sporty 2-door wagon that features a special rear volume and opening system that allows for easy access and loading of sports gear. On its stand at Geneva, IED also displayed three selected projects from the 3rd year Course in Transportation Design 2006-2007, created in partnership with Toyota: “Forma” by Marco Cerrato, Enrico Remolif and Danilo Tosetti, “Waterfall” by Dennis Braga and Andrea Mocellin and “H.A.L.O. Hybrid Advance Line Over” by Michele Deconcini and Fabrizio Salerno.

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1953 Chevrolet Corvette : Classic Cars
1953 Chevrolet Corvette : Classic Cars

There is a capsule history of the Chevrolet Corvette that runs throughout this issue. The history has been divided by years of similar cars, rather than the traditional generation (C1, C2, C3, et al) delineation. For example, C3 Corvettes encompass the years 1968 through 1982, but our mini history separates the ’68-’72 models from the ’73-’82 models based on the significant horsepower differences. Due to space limitations and the minimal changes between some years, not all models are illustrated.

The history of the Chevrolet Corvette is long and varied. Many excellent books have covered the subject. The goal of this article is to provide a capsulated overview of those incredible fifty-five model years (the Corvette has actually been in production for fifty-six years, but there wasn’t a 1983 model).

The Chevrolet Corvette got its start as a design concept in the summer of 1952. Legendary GM designer, Harley Earl liked European sports cars and thought a two-seater Chevrolet would be a good idea. With the backing of Chevrolet Chief Engineer, Ed Cole, the project made it to the 1953 GM Motorama. The display at the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City in January 1953 generated an incredibly positive response.

The Corvette was rushed into production and debuted on June 30, 1953. The name Corvette was chosen from a huge number of suggestions. A Corvette is a small, lightly armored warship. The Corvette roadsterwas designed to be small and agile, too, so the name was a good fit.

The use of fiberglass for the bodies was a radical idea. Fiberglass had been used in limited applications on kit cars and boats. Fiberglass worked well with the very short ramp-up time for the Corvette and it turned out to be a signature feature of all Corvettes.

Mechanically, the first Corvettes borrowed heavily from contemporary Chevrolet passenger cars. That accounts for the 235 cubic inch straight six-cylinder engine and the two-speed Powerglide transmission. The Corvette was marketed as a sports car, but its performance really made it more of an open-air cruiser than a racer. That reality changed with the introduction of the 1956 Corvette, the car that can be credited with making the Corvette America’s sports car.

Differences between the first three years of Corvettes are minimal. The most significant change was the availability of the new 265-cubic inch V8 in 1955. That engine almost wasn’t enough to keep the slow-selling Corvette in business, but the tremendous success of the new 1955 Ford Thunderbird (and the highly competitive Chevrolet/Ford rivalry) provided enough of a reprieve to bring the 1956 Corvette to market. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Sources : 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Photo | 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Article
2015 Kia Sorento Teaser : Videos

2015 Kia Sorento Teaser : Videos


"We have yet another surprise for you! Check out this teaser video featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of the design of Kia’s all-new third generation Kia Sorento. The latest version of Kia’s best-selling SUV will be showcased at the end of August in Korea, then make its global motor show premiere on October 2 at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

The newest Kia Sorento features sophisticated and bold, swept-back exterior styling and a larger, more upright ‘tiger-nose’ grille. It was styled as a collaborative effort by designers at Kia’s design studios in Korea, Germany and United States.

Stay tuned—there is still more to come."

-Kia BUZZ Editorial Team


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Citroen GT : Photos
Citroen GT : Photos

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Fisker Karma Relaunching Minus 250 Bugs : News
Fisker Karma Relaunching Minus 250 Bugs : News

From the moment the first Fisker rolled off of Finnish assembly lines, there were doubts about its marketability and engineering quality. Consumer Reports was one of the first to sound alarm bells after their Fisker died en route from picking it up at the dealership, and things only got worse from there. The Wanxiang Group now owns the rights to the Fisker Karma, which it plans to relaunch after fixing some 250 “bugs” found in the original design, according to an interview with Automotive News. Following that, a second model based on the Fisker Atlantic is planned to launch soon after. Wanxaing definitely has its work cut out for it though. Among the issues faced by the Fisker Karma were unexplained fires, poor fuel economy, and such limited interior space that it was officially classified as a subcompact. Wanxiang didn’t specify what bugs it was working on, but hopefully they can at least get the Karma to the point where it works as designers originally intended; as an efficient and somewhat fast plug-in hybrid. It’s good to see Wanxiang taking their entry to the U.S. market seriously, and they know that if Fisker is going to have any chance at all, it has to make the most of this second chance. Wanxiang is serious about getting into the electric car business, and even wants to bring Fisker production back to the US, but the road ahead won’t be easy. Is America ready to give Fisker a second chance?

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Energica Ego Superbike : Current Models
Energica Ego Superbike : Current Models

100% Italian Racing Bloodlines

0% Emissions

The world’s first all-electric superbike bred from the heartland of Italian racing legend. The Energica EGO. Designed and built by the same people who have designed and engineered racing performance from Formula One Racing to Le Mans 24h for over 40 years.

Massive Performance, no emissions.

At the heart of this thoroughbred is an electric motor which produces an astounding 195 Nm torque from 0 RPM to redline, an electronically limited 150 Mph (240 km/h) and a 0 – 100 time of under 3 seconds. All on just pennies’ worth of energy.

Top of the line racing components, onboard chargers, and a range of approximately 120 miles of real world riding, with a phase 4 DC charge to 85% in just 30 minutes.

Designed, engineered, and crafted by hand in Modena, Italy.

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Rimac Concept_One : Concept Cars
Rimac Concept_One : Concept Cars

The Rimac Concept One (also styled Concept_One) is a two-seat high-performance electric sports car designed and manufactured by Rimac Automobili. With a total output of 1,088 hp, an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, and a price of US$980,000, Concept One has been described as the world's first electric supercar and the world's fastest accelerating electric automobile as of 2013. In development since 2009, the company expects the car to go into production in 2014. To advertise both Rimac Automobili and Formula E, the Concept One will be used as the official zero-emission race director's car during Formula E events.

Rimac Automobili, an automobile manufacturing company established in 2009 in Zagreb, Croatia, grew out of its founder Mate Rimac's garage hobby. The company's primary objective was to build an electric supercar, starting, as Rimac put it, "with a blank sheet of paper". Since electric systems for high-performance electric cars were not available on the market, Rimac developed the necessary parts and patented 24 innovations.

When Rimac's 1984 BMW E30 blew its internal combustion engine during one of its races, he made it the company's first test mule, fitting it with a 600 hp electric powertrain. This car, called the "Green Monster", set five Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)-sanctioned acceleration records in April 2011. This attracted the attention of the media and potential investors. He also created several more E30 electric model to sell, and after some success, went on to create his own car.

Concept One is set to cost US$980,000 once the serial production starts in 2013. A limited set of 88 units will be offered. The Concept One has been tested and still needs some adjustments, and a new body will be developed for production.

The car was introduced on the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, and also shown at the 2012 Paris Concours d'Elegance, where it received positive results.

The first car was delivered to an unnamed Spanish customer in January 2013.

With a total output of 811 kW (1,088 hp) and 1,600 N·m (1,200 lbf·ft) of torque, the Concept One will accelerate from 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) in 2.8 seconds and will have an electronically limited top speed of 304 km/h (189 mph). Each wheel is powered by a separate liquid-cooled permanent magnet electric motor and controlled by the so-called "All Wheel Torque Vectoring System" that distributes the power to the wheels in accordance with user setup and driving conditions. Also, the car has the ability to switch the power from front-wheel to rear-wheel drive, the first car with that ability.

The motors are powered by a 91 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery, giving the car a range of 500 km (310 mi) per charge. The car's body is made of carbon fiber The interior features custom leatherwork and hand-made dashboard components.

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1973 BMW Alpina 3.0 CSL : Classic Cars
1973 BMW Alpina 3.0 CSL : Classic Cars

The BMW New Six CS (internal name BMW E9) was a two-door coupé built for BMW by Karmann from 1968 to 1975. It was developed from the New Class-based BMW 2000CS coupé, which was enlarged to hold the BMW M30 straight-6 engine used in the E3 sedan.

The E9 platform, especially the 3.0CSL homologation special, was very successful in racing, especially in European Touring Car Championship and the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft. This helped to establish BMW's status as a sporty driver's car.

The 2800CS was replaced by the 3.0CS and 3.0CSi in 1971. The engine had been bored out to give a displacement of 2,986 cc (182.2 cu in), and was offered with a 9.0:1 compression ratio, twin carburettors, and 180 horsepower (130 kW) at 6000 revolutions per minute in the 3.0CS or a 9.5:1 compression ratio, Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection, and 200 horsepower (150 kW) at 5500 revolutions per minute in the 3.0CSi.

Introduced in May 1972, the 3.0CSL was a homologation special built to make the car eligible for racing in the European Touring Car Championship. The "L" in the designation meant leicht (light), unlike in other BMW designations, where it meant lang (long). The lightness was achieved by using thinner steel to build the unit body, deleting the trim and soundproofing, using aluminium alloy doors, bonnets, and boot lids, and using Perspex side windows. The five hundred 3.0CSLs exported to the United Kingdom were not quite as light as the others, as the importer had insisted on retaining the soundproofing, electric windows, and stock E9 bumpers on these cars. Initially using the same engine as the 3.0CS, the 3.0CSL was given a very small increase in displacement to 3,003 cc (183.3 cu in) by increasing the engine bore by one quarter of a millimetre. This was done in August 1972 to allow the CSL to be raced in the "over three litre" racing category, allowing for some increase in displacement in the racing cars. In 1973, the engine in the 3.0CSL was given another, more substantial increase in displacement to 3,153 cc (192.4 cu in) by increasing the stroke to 84 mm (3.3 in). This final version of the 3.0CSL was homologated in July 1973 along with an aerodynamic package including a large air dam, short fins running along the front fenders, a spoiler above and behind the trailing edge of the roof, and a tall rear wing. The rear wings were not installed at the factory, but were left in the boot for installation after purchase. This was done because the wings were illegal for use on German roads. The full aero package earned the racing CSLs the nickname "Batmobile".

In 1973, Toine Hezemans won the European Touring Car Championship in a 3.0CSL and co-drove a 3.0CSL with Dieter Quester to a class victory at Le Mans. Hezemans and Quester had driven to second place at the 1973 German Touring Car Grand Prix at Nürburgring, being beaten only by Chris Amon and Hans-Joachim Stuck in another 3.0CSL. 3.0 CSLs would win the European Touring Car Championship again in every year from 1975 to 1979.

The 3.0CSL was raced in the IMSA GT Championship in 1975, with Sam Posey, Brian Redman, and Ronnie Peterson winning races during the season.

The first two BMW Art Cars were 3.0CSLs; the first was painted by Alexander Calder and the second by Frank Stella.

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Sources : BMW Alpina CSL Photo | BMW Alpina CSL Article
2015 Polaris Slingshot : Videos

2015 Polaris Slingshot : Videos

The All New Polaris SLINGSHOT was designed for one purpose: Exhilaration.

This entirely new driving and riding experience is coming soon.

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China Mandating 1/3 Cars Be Plug In? : News
China Mandating 1/3 Cars Be Plug In? : News

China is continuing its march of electric car progress with the announcement that 30 percent of all government vehicles should be plug-ins.

Battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell cars will all be eligible under the plan, set to be phased in over the next two years.

According to Charged EVs, the plan stipulates that all official vehicles operating fixed routes in urban areas need to be pure battery-electric vehicles. The plan also requires one charging point for every electric vehicle bought.

The decision could be significant for the country's electric vehicle industry, which is likely to benefit from government departments switching almost a third of their fleet to plug-in cars.

Chinese electric automaker BYD has already seen benefits--the announcement led to its shares increasing four percent.

Foreign automakers shouldn't be left out though--the new rules say that government agencies cannot limit the purchase of foreign brands. Tesla Motors, BMW and Volkswagen, all of whom sell or intend to sell electric cars in the country, could all benefit.

The move is the latest in a series of concessions China has made to encouraging the use of cleaner vehicles, largely aimed at plug-in cars.

A few weeks back, China waived the country's ten percent purchase tax on what it calls "new energy autos", until the end of 2017.

Several cities have launched their own anti-pollution initiatives--some banning older, more polluting vehicles from the streets--while Chinese electric-car buyers also have access to some of the largest incentive packages of any nation.

Coupled with tough, recently-introduced regulations on emissions, the Chinese electric vehicle market is expected to grow fast--BMW says it could be the world's largest by 2019.

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2014 Pagani Huayra : Current Models
2014 Pagani Huayra : Current Models

The eternity of the element air. Gentle and refined, yet the strength of the wind it is able to erode even the toughest of materials giving birth to distinctive shapes known in nature. Elegant and muscular the Pagani Huayra merges the past, present and future in a timeless interpretation of automotive art.

The styling of the car was perfected over the course of 5 years to find each line's beginning and end. During this study, eight scale models were created, as well as two 1:1 models, each an evolution of the previous in a never ending quest to perfect the form and refining the substance.

The bi-xenon headlamps are just one of the many precious gifts from the Zonda R, and LED daytime running lights are seamlessly integrated in the elliptical shape of the design. The rear bumper integrates with the diffuser and is dominated by an elliptical frame that surrounds the four central exhaust outlets, now becoming a characteristic Pagani element.

Backbone

The new central monocoque on the Pagani Huayra is an entirely new design made from carbontitanium. However, with the gull wing doors cutting deep into the roof, much research was focused on achieving the highest levels of rigidity through the application of new advanced composite materials and technologies first tested on the Zonda R. The fuel tank is located integrally in the best protected area of the monocoque, behind the driver, reinforced by safety cell made of different composite and ballistic materials. The front and rear CrMo subframes offer an exceptional rigidity-to-weight ratio to allowing the suspensions to work at their best while incorporating an advanced energy absorbing crash structure, ready to protect the occupants in the unlikely event of an impact.

The never ending quest for weight reduction resulted also into the combination of structural and non-structural or aesthetical elements. An example is the integration of all ventilation air ducts into the monocoque's structure, making the use of additional parts and ducts unnecessary.

The result of this attention to detail is a vehicle weighing 1.350 kg making the Pagani Huayra the lightest sportscar in its class.

Heart

Mercedes-AMG provides the heart for the Pagani Huayra. The 60 degree 12 cylinder turbocharged engine with a displacement of 5980 cm3 has been developed not just to meet the strictest technical and quality requirements, but also to give the car its many faces.

The calm and harmony of driving one of the world's most refined GT car is interrupted when the driver calls upon the Pagani Huayra to unleash its 700 horsepower and 1000 Nm of torque. The turbos have been studied to offer immediate response to the slightest throttle input, giving the driver full control over the engine at any rpm and preventing unwanted delays in the delivery of power.

The engine's systems have been designed and tested to stand up to the most adverse conditions of temperature and performance. The Pagani Huayra has been subjected to the highs of Death Valley and the lows of the Arctic Circle. The two lateral radiators are positioned in the front to guarantee the best cooling efficiency of the intercoolers placed over the cylinder heads. Dry sump lubrication ensures an optimal oil feed to the engine even when the car is subjected to the most extreme lateral accelerations. It also regulates the oil flow so that only the necessary amount of lubricant is actually pumped into the engine from the external oil tank, reducing the friction caused by an excessive volume of lubricant inside the engine sump. An oil/water heat exchanger reduces warm-up times by heating the engine lubricant during cold start and keeps engine coolant and lubricant levels at steady operational temperatures. Extensive weight saving programs led to ingenious yet simple solutions. In order to reduce hoses and connections as much as possible is built directly to the engine. The intercooler covers serve as expansion tanks to the low temperature circuit and the engine coolant circuit. The vertical fins contribute to the cooling of the tanks.

The M158 engine is homologated to meet the strictest environmental regulations, EU5 and LEV2. Despite the increase of power compared to the other Mercedes-AMG V12 engines developed for Pagani, CO2 emissions as well as the fuel consumption have been reduced, to make the Pagani Huayra class leading amongst 12 cylinder sports cars with values that are respective of much smaller vehicles in the market. The two stage fuel supply system features two microprocessor controlled pumps feeding fuel to the engine with the second pump only activated when necessary, thus reducing the energy required to run the fuel pumps and eliminates the waste of excessive fuel being transported and heated in the fuel lines. This efficiency combined with a large 85 liter fuel tank ensure Pagani Huayra's grand touring ability.

As an homage to the decennial tradition of Mercedes-AMG in building world class sports car engines, the M158 displays the historic AMG emblem on the intake manifold alongside the name of the technician that assembled the engine by hand at the Mercedes-AMG headquarters in Affalterbach, Germany.

The Titanium exhaust system has been engineered by MHG-Fahrzeugtechnik and is a direct application of race proven technologies on a high performance road car and the complete exhaust weighs less than 10 kg. Hydroformed junctions are used to reduce backpressure and guarantee a free flow of the exhaust gasses. Titanium guarantees a low weight in the muffler area while Inconel guarantees reliability on the parts of the exhaust more exposed to high temperatures. Careful attention has been paid to the tuning of its sound, which has led to a harmonic rumble at idle speeds with a hint of the power that lies hidden at low speed and a deep thunderous growl of motor and air, reminiscent of an airplane, at high speeds.

Feet

The power and prodigious torque generated by Pagani Huayra's V12 are transferred to the wheels through a transverse sequential seven speed gearbox and a dual plate clutch and the complete gearbox weighs only 96 kg. Keeping the weight of the rear overhang as low as possible has been a priority as we aim for a neutral behavior at the limit. A further benefit of this layout is a better behavior of the car during a rear impact. A dual clutch system was evaluated but ultimately not selected as it would have increased the weight by approximately 70kg, thus negating any minor improvement in shift-time.

Xtrac already supplied the gearbox for the Zonda R and so it was the natural choice for the development of a new high performance gearbox. Xtrac's expertise in motorsports was obvious throughout the design and material selection processes that resulted in the strongest and lightest gearbox possible suitable for road use, with a synchromesh box that offers comfort levels a race car gearbox will never be able to offer.

The suspension geometry has been designed to further enhance the sure-footed nature already present in the Zonda on the longer wheelbase Pagani Huayra. The individual suspension made with forged AvionAl double A-arms have been tested extensively on the Zonda R programme. Incorporated into the wheel hub assemblies are cooling ducts that connect directly to the support brackets, thus extending the reliability and lifespan of the bearings. Pushrod operated adjustable Öhlins shock absorbers keep everything under control and have been optimized for the dynamic requirements of the vehicle.

"Power is nothing without control..."

Pirelli say "Power is nothing without control" and to assure complete control for the driver Pirelli has developed the bespoke P Zero tires, specifically for the Pagani Huayra. The Pirelli engineers were faced with a demanding task, combining road holding for excitement behind the steering wheel and lower rolling resistance to reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. These P Zero tires are built in a dedicated MIRS™ (Modular Integrated Robotized System) facility, dedicated to the production of ultrahigh performance tires and are at the forefront of what is technically possible, suited to top speeds above 370 kph as well as to lateral forces exceeding 1,5 G.

Skin

The aerodynamic concept of the Pagani Huayra is that of a wing. The vehicle can modify the properties of this wing by varying the front ride height, which can be adjusted dynamically, and by adjusting the 4 control flaps on each of the four corners of the car. The goal is to have a neutral vehicle behavior under all conditions and control body roll via aerodynamic means. The behavior of the flaps is managed by a dedicated control unit that is fed information from the ABS and ECU, which pass information about the car's speed, yaw rate, lateral acceleration, steering angle and throttle position.

The system improves aerodynamic efficiency in a variety of driving conditions, where a low drag coefficient is not the determining factor. During braking, for example, the rear flaps and the front suspension are raised to counteract the weight transfer and balance the weight distribution between front and rear axles, allowing a better use of the rear brake force.

Another vital design tenant for the Huayra project was to ensure clean airflow over the body of the car. The shape of the two engine air intakes behind the occupants shoulders are a tribute to the supersonic aircraft of the late 1950s and 1960s, but also allow the motor breath without disrupting the flow. The intake for the gearbox radiator is located between the engine bay window and the carbon clamshell of the rear bonnet, which provides an excellent airflow to the radiator without having a substantial impact on aerodynamic drag. This decision also led to the omission of a rear wing, replaced by the movable flaps.

The flow of air through the car was also carefully studied. The radiators are angled to contribute downforce and provide the best flow for hot air to be extracted. Air from the central radiator is extracted by vents on the front bonnet and trough the front wheelhouses. Air from the side radiators is channeled to ducts cooling the brake discs and wheel hubs. This air blows onto the brakes at a temperature of approximately 50°C warming the brakes up when cold and improving the first bite significantly. Lateral air outlets behind the front wheels generate a negative pressure inside the wheelhouse providing efficient extraction to lower the drag coefficient and generate downforce on the front.

In addition to the downforce generated by the flaps and body, two high negative pressure areas were designed into the shape of the underbody and the diffuser at the rear, thus enhancing the aerodynamic stability and guaranteeing the Pagani Huayra downforce under all circumstances.

Man-machine

As soon as the doors are closed the Pagani Huayra transports the occupants to a new dimension; a world that pleases and surprises the senses. Having everything at arm's length is not close enough for a vehicle with the capabilities of the Pagani Huayra. Consequently, the driver will find all primary functions directly on the steering wheel. The gearshift paddles are mounted directly to the steering wheel so the driver never needs to take his hands off the steering wheel. The seats provide both the comfort to make long trips enjoyable as well as the lateral support required when the g-forces build up on extreme driving.

A Pagani is able to present drivers with state of the art solutions while still drawing on the rich history that precedes it. The ever present emphasis is on a living breathing being rather than a digital one. This can be seen in everything from the leather latches to the toggle switches, but this ethos finds its purest expression in the mechanical aluminum gearlever assembly, a monument to the art of the manual gearshift; progress that does not deny the past. The aluminum dashboard takes inspiration from the most complex swiss watch designs and includes a central Multi-Function Display displaying performance relevant information when SPORT mode is engaged and a trip computer when the COMFORT mode is activated. The aluminum center console is machined from one solid block of aluminum and features a clarinet style array of mechanical switches controlling the HVAC system. The high definition central touchscreen is the heart of the vehicle infotainment system, controlling audio functions, satellite navigation, secondary vehicle functions and Bluetooth phone.

On the road

To this date five prototypes have been built which have been conducting road tests for the past 4 years. Currently, over half a million kilometers have been covered by our prototypes and before entering the US market we will have reached one million test kilometers.

Each prototype has been assigned to a specific development task. At Mercedes-AMG one is used to develop drivability, and another is used for emission development. One car is operated constantly by Bosch Engineering for the application of ABS and advanced stability and performance enhancement systems. Still another vehicle is used for gearbox testing, and general vehicle dynamics development.

Safety

The car complies to the strictest European and American standards in term of safety and pollution regulations. Several studies were conducted to determine the most frequent types of crashes involving high performance cars. The results of these studies have let us to develop specific safety measures not required by law but to guarantee an enhanced protection for the occupants. Several cars have been used to perform these tests.

Legend

Ancient legends of the Aymara tell us of Huayra Tata, god of wind, who commands the breezes, winds, and blizzards that invade the mountains, cliffs and hills of the Andean highlands. It is told that Huayra Tata resides deep in the high peaks and valleys, abandoning them only to demonstrate his power to his wife, Pachamama, goddess of mother earth. With his power Huayra Tata was able to lift the waters from lake Titicaca and rain them down on the fertile Pachamama. When Huayra Tata sleeps, the waters and rivers lay quiet. But the calm before the storm is about to be interrupted...

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Porsche 550A/1500 RS Spyder : Classic Cars
Porsche 550A/1500 RS Spyder : Classic Cars

Porsche’s early competition successes were recorded by 356s. By 1952, however, it was becoming apparent that the Porsche 356 based cars could not remain competitive in the face of racing designs from OSCA, Borgward, and BMW.

The factory’s initial experience with purebred racing cars came through Walter Glockler, the Volkswagen dealer in Frankfurt, who built five aluminum racing specials in his own shops. After an initial VW based special, Glockler switched to Porsche mechanicals and, in return for factory support, put the Porsche script on the front of his cars. The publicity that ensued from the racing successes of these specials was well noted at the factory. By mid 1952, it was time for the factory to build its own racing cars.

The Type 550 that followed was modeled after the later Glocklers. Initially powered by modified production-based pushrod engines, these cars soon had a new Porsche racing motor, the Ernst Fuhrmann designed Type 547 four cam. By 1954, Porsche had earned some class victories and substantially developed the little cars. For LeMans that year, the factory entered four cars, two of which survived to win the 1,500 and 1,100 cc classes.

With the Type 550, Porsche stepped up its efforts at producing competitive racecars. The factory produced several series 550 prototype cars, building on the successes and failures of each and managed to sell each one to private clients, most times managing to turn a profit on the sale.

The company did, however, spend money on further developing and testing the Type 547 four-cam engine, which was then built in limited quantities and fitted inside the Type 550/1500RS – better known as the Porsche Spyder. This car has been called one of the most outstanding vehicles of its era.

The 550/1500RS prototype was first introduced at the Paris Salon in October of 1953. Although it was announced that this car would soon be available in its current form, by special order, it was not until a full year later that the design was actually finalized. During that year of experimentation, several examples of the Type 550 were built, and in true Porsche style many of these were sold to private individuals. After completing eight developmental test vehicles, Porsche started on the cars that are now better known as the ‘Le Mans Prototypes’ (chassis 550-10 through 550-13).

The cars acquitted themselves well. The first car, driven by team drivers von Frankenburg and Glockler, was out within the first hour with a holed piston. After that failure, which also struck two other factory team cars, it was decided that excessively advanced timing had caused the problem.

The next outing for the new 550s was the July 4th running of the 12 Hours of Rheims. In this race, Porsche factory team drivers von Frankenberg and Polensky won their class, finishing eighth overall. The other 550, driven by Olivier and Veuillet, scored a second in class and ninth overall. Further racing successes followed, notably in the Nürburgring sports car race on August 1st, a 550 driven by 18-year-old Porsche factory team driver, Hans Herrmann. Herrmann scored an incredible first overall, with the remaining top four spots also filled by factory team 550s.

For the 1956 season, the much improved 550A/1500RS was introduced. Although visually similar, the chassis underneath was completely new, a tube frame structure designed to dramatically reduce the torsional flexibility of the earlier cars. At the same time, the rear suspension was completely revamped, although still a swing arm design, the geometry was all new, and an outer CV joint greatly improved the grip of the rear end under cornering. Finally, the twin cam engines were enhanced with crankshaft mounted distributors, higher compression, and new Weber carburetors.

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Conversations With My Sienna : Videos

Conversations With My Sienna : Videos

Do a little dance and watch the reveal of the new 2015 Sienna with the hilarious Convos With My 2-Year-Old team. #SwaggerWagon Enjoy a little video about a very inspirational Sienna in this Toyota Ad. Sometimes, we all need that second voice to inspire confidence in ourselves. Note to self: Next time I'm talking in a car by myself, keep the voice down. The neighbors are watching.


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Porsche 918 Spyder : Photos
Porsche 918 Spyder : Photos

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Volkswagen's Eos Final Bows Out : News
Volkswagen's Eos Final Bows Out : News

In its last year of production, the 2015 Volkswagen Eos will drive off into the sunset with a bit of extra spark with the tasteful Final Edition. Based on the existing Sport model it replaces in the lineup, the Eos Final Edition features unique Cornsilk Beige and Black two-tone Vienna leather seating surfaces with contrast stitching, silver net interior trim, a rearview camera,rain-sensing wipers and 18-inch Vicenza alloy wheels.

As might be expected, changes to the remainder of the 2015 VW Eos line are minimal. Pure White joins the roster of exterior colors on all models while the Komfort and Executive trims will be available with a new Flash Red finish. The powertrain for VW's stylish retractable hardtop coupe carries over intact, matching a 200-horsepower/2.0-liter turbocharged TSI 4-cylinder engine that drives the front wheels via a 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. Pricing for the 2015 Volkswagen Eos Final Edition and the rest of the Eos family will be announced closer to their arrival in showrooms later this year.

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Chrysler ME Four-Twelve : Concept Cars
Chrysler ME Four-Twelve : Concept Cars

A stunningly gorgeous design. A mid-mounted AMG V12 with four turbos. Zero to 100 mph in 6.2 seconds. It's hard not to think "what could have been" when it comes to the 2004 Chrysler ME-Four Twelve Concept, especially when it could have been an American Ferrari Enzo fighter.

(Welcome to Long Lost Concept Cars, a new semi-regular series we're trying out on Fridays where we highlight amazing concepts from years past that never made it to production — but maybe should have.)

Let's hop in the DeLorean and go back to 2004 for a moment. Chrysler was still a part of Daimler-Benz, and with Dieter Zetsche at the helm, this so-called "merger of equals" resulted in several collaborative efforts like the Crossfire roadster, Pacifica SUV and 300C sedan.

Some of these endeavors were more successful than others, but they did offer bold, uniquely American styling coupled with robust Mercedes components.

Today that merger is looked upon by most as a failure, with Mercedes eventually forced to sell off Chrysler at a loss after having dumped billions into the brand.

In America, at least, blame is largely laid on Mercedes for their poor management of Chrysler, continual cuts and layoffs to their American subsidiary, and for failing to properly merge two clashing cultures. But for a while in the mid-2000s, things almost looked like they would be okay, with Chrysler posting profits in 2004 and 2005.

The ME Four-Twelve could then be considered the ultimate Daimler-Chrysler car. When it debuted at the 2004 Detroit Auto Show, it stunned audiences and sparked instant demand. Sadly, it was not to be.

But perhaps the craziest part of the ME Four-Twelve's bizarre story is that it almost was.

What was it? A two-seat, two-door, mid-engine supercar concept that debuted in 2004.

What were the specs? "ME Four-Twelve" stood for mid-engine, four turbochargers, and 12 cylinders. It was a serious engine. The concept's 6.0-liter AMG-derived V12 put out 850 hp at 5,750 rpm and 850 lb-ft of torque between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm.

Power was sent to the rear wheels via a 7-speed double wet-clutch transmission with paddle shifters. With a carbon-fiber and aluminum honeycomb chassis, and liberal use of carbon fiber throughout the rest of the vehicle, the ME Four-Twelve weighed in at just 2,888 pounds.

What else made it special? It was quite fast, for one thing. Chrysler said the car could rocket from zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, zero to 100 mph in 6.2 seconds, and had a better power to weight ratio than the Bugatti Veyron, McLaren F1 and Ferrari Enzo. It also had a remarkably sophisticated suspension with dual-control-arms front and rear, stainless steel pushrods and adjustable shocks.

There's also its design. It's eye-catching, aggressive but elegant, and it is easily the best use of Chrysler's early-to-mid 2000s design scheme. It still looks incredible today.

What did it look like on the inside? Concept-y, but more functional that most. The flat-bottomed steering wheel, heavily bolstered seats, large shift paddles and realistic gauge cluster all made the car feel like it was for real instead of some far-flung thing that would never see the light of day outside of an auto show.

Did it actually run? It did, if you can believe it. The show car that was on display at Detroit supposedly couldn't do much, but the mad scientists at SRT threw a working prototype together in about four months. By August 2004, magazines like Motor Trend were testing a work-in-progress version, flinging it around Laguna Seca.

Was it ever planned for production? It certainly seemed that way, although it would have been quite expensive. From the Motor Trend story:

"Chrysler has proven it probably could engineer and build a car to take on the European supercar superstars. So what? "We have a very clear and good definition of the technical specifications of the car," says Dieter Zetsche. "With that, we can do a calculation for [the cost of] building 10, 100, and 1000 cars and figure out the price points." If the numbers add up. If he can be convinced enough people are prepared to pay what's rumored to be somewhere between $250,000 and $750,000 for a 248-mph Chrysler, Zetsche says he will give the car the green light: "There's no doubt." Sadly, the car was killed off in 2005. The Detroit News reported at the time that an internal study revealed the car would have cost hundreds of millions of dollars to develop at a time when Chrysler was still rebuilding, and those costs could not be justified. Chrysler aficionado site Allpar says that the car would have been much faster than the Mercedes SLR McLaren but more expensive to develop, which apparently rankled the higher-ups at Mercedes."

Should it have been built? I say hell yes, it should have been produced. I like to think of it as a genuine American luxury supercar, a kind of classier version of a Ford GT. But it's awfully hard to make a business case for it.

It's probably not ever coming back, sadly. It's hard to imagine the budget-conscious, post-bailout, Fiat-owned Chrysler of today making something so extreme, especially when the new SRT Viper barely squeezed through.

The ME Four-Twelve is incredible, but it's definitely the product of a different time.

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1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia : Classic Cars
1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia : Classic Cars

The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is a sports car marketed in 2+2 coupe (1955–1974) and convertible (1957–1974) body styles by Volkswagen. The Karmann Ghia combined the chassis and mechanicals of the Type 1 (Beetle) with styling by Luigi Segre of the Italian carrozzeria Ghia and hand-built bodywork by the German coach-builder Karmann.

The Karmann Ghia was internally designated the Type 14. Volkswagen later introduced a variant in 1961, the Type 34, featuring angular bodywork and based on the newly introduced Type 3 platform.

Production doubled soon after its introduction, becoming the car most imported into the U.S. American industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague included the Type 14 in his list of the world's most beautifully designed products.

More than 445,000 Karmann Ghias were produced in Germany over the car's production life – not including the Type 34 variant. Karmann Brazil produced 41,600 cars locally for South America between 1962 and 1975.

The Type 14 debuted at the October 1953 Paris Auto Show as a styling concept created for Ghia by Luigi Segre.

In the early 1950s, Volkswagen was producing its economy car, the Type 1 (Beetle). With an increase in post-war standards of living, executives at Volkswagen proposed adding a halo car to its model range, contracting with German coachbuilder Karmann for its manufacture. Karmann in turn contracted the Italian firm Ghia, who adapted styling themes previously explored for Chrysler and Studebaker to a Beetle floorpan widened by 12 in (300 mm).

In contrast to the Beetle's machine welded-body with bolt-on fenders, the Karmann Ghia's body panels were butt-welded, hand-shaped and smoothed with English pewter in a time-consuming process commensurate with higher-end manufacturers – and resulting in the Karmann Ghia's higher price.

The design and prototype were well received by Volkswagen executives, and in August 1955 the first Type 14 was manufactured in Osnabrück, Germany. Public reaction to the Type 14 exceeded expectations, and more than 10,000 were sold in the first year.

VW Karmann Ghia Cabriolet
The Type 14 was marketed as a practical and stylish 2+2 rather than as a true sports car. As they shared engines, the Type 14's engine displacement grew concurrently with the Type 1 (Beetle), ultimately arriving at a displacement of 1584 cc, producing 60 hp (45 kW).

In August 1957, Volkswagen introduced a convertible version of the Karmann Ghia. Exterior changes in 1961 included wider and finned front grilles, taller and more rounded rear taillights and headlights relocated to a higher position – with previous models and their lower headlight placement called lowlights. The Italian designer Sergio Sartorelli, designer of Type 34, oversaw the various restylings of Type 14.

In 1970, larger taillights integrated the reversing lights and larger wrap-around turn signals. Still larger and wider taillights increased side visibility and at the same time large square-section bumpers replaced the smooth round originals. For the USA model only, 1973 modifications mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) included energy-absorbing bumpers. A carpeted package shelf replaced the rear seat.

In late 1974 the car was superseded by the Porsche 914 and the Golf/Rabbit based Scirocco.

Subsequent design studies
In 1990, Karmann introduced a Karmann Ghia-inspired concept car – The Karmann Coupe – at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and in April 2013 Karmann Ghia do Brasil launched a competition for Brazilian students to design a modern interpretation of the classic Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Coupé, possibly leading to the development of a prototype.

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2015 Lexus LFA : Current Models
2015 Lexus LFA : Current Models

Provided the actual very imprecise, a little bit sprained as well as ambiguous statement, he would choose to LF-LC strategy invoked throughout bulk output, and also the similar really wants to all the Lexus aspects, Haruhiko Tanahashi, taken care of immediately the actual dilemma, that automobile could be the LFA supercar’s successor? This specific man guided the actual LFA improvement, and it has been anticipated to say the least, fewer biased info than what's supplied. By means of almost all earlier rumours, Lexus LF-LC Idea that has been showcased 2012. throughout Detroit, will most likely always be consistent successor of the LFA style. 2015 Lexus LF-LC might be introduced throughout Detroit throughout 2014, substantially revised gear in terms of the actual LFA style, nevertheless very similar outer overall look towards the LF-LC strategy from 2012. It would be some sort of feel bad for, of which the most beautiful types thus far viewed, as a strategy last year characterized, invocations simply as a successor towards the Lexus supercar and therefore that make it through throughout their shadow.

Lexus LF-LC is usually a high-class coupe, that is placed on the actual Lexus LS car program, created ​​of aluminium as well as co2 dietary fiber, nevertheless significantly decreased. Idea automobile from Detroit in debt system shade, and also the glowing blue LF-LC strategy proven throughout Quarterly report throughout 2012, ended up equipped with hybrid car travel. This specific takes place 1st difference, the actual LF-LC vehicle as well as LFA vehicle. The 1st in support of style, Lexus supercar, commences some. 8L V10 powerplant together with 553 hp as well as 354 lb-ft associated with torque. By 0 in order to 58 mph speeds up throughout 3. 6 moments as well as prime rate can be 202 mph. Info on that powerplant may type the basis of the serial hybrid car travel Lexus LF-LC, isn't recognized. The aim is to attain around a similar or maybe at the least equivalent functionality offered by LFA style, as well as a pair of types of sports-oriented vehicle of the company, under the image “F”. These are generally the actual Lexus GS P oker as well as equipped with 5. 0L V8 powerplant, that is introduced on the 2014 Detroit Generator Demonstrate.

Regardless of the way gorgeous – together with amazing style, fast- because of untouchable functionality, virtually perfect car-because it'll exchange industry world-renowned supercar LFA, 2015 Lexus LF-LC must be substantially less costly than the existing Lexus LFA supercar style, that fees $ 375, 000. Given that it'll get to be the major competition in order to designs Porsche 911 as well as Acura NSX, the actual LF-LC might be to be had regarding the sum of $ 100, 000 approximately $ 130. 000. Don't simply replacement together with other bands, demonstrates this specific reality, whenever we talk about the expense of a fresh P oker style. If your $ 300, 000 fewer price, not necessarily designed always be mirrored in all of the the actual conveniences as well as amusement that vehicle offers in order to their masters, we can consider that this LFA style nonetheless may be overvalued.

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Skully HUD Motorcyle Helmet : Videos

Skully HUD Motorcyle Helmet : Videos

Focus.

SYNAPSE(TM) INTEGRATED HEADS UP DISPLAY.
Welcome to the new era of motorcycle helmets. With Synapse(TM) integrated Heads-Up Display (HUD), Skully provides you with an advanced situational awareness system, showing navigation and blind spot data, allowing you to stay focused on the most important part of your ride - the road.

Perspective.

180 DEGREE REAR VIEW CAMERA
Skully AR-1 has a patented integrated rear view camera system with a 180 degree viewing angle. Similar to the way our maps are displayed in front of the rider, the rear view camera feeds video to the HUD to provide you with complete situational awareness. The Skully AR-1 watches your back (and sides) so you can enjoy the ride.

Navigation.

GPS MAPPING
Life is too short to retread the same steps. With Skully Nav the world is your track. No need to plan your route or to pull over for directions. Just ride. When you are ready, Skully will show you the way back with HUD GPS maps.

Connection.

SMARTPHONE INTEGRATION
Introducing Bluetooth pairing and voice control for Skully helmets. Pair your phone to the helmet, and unlock the connectivity potential of your mobile device while riding. The Skully AR-1 allows you to control the interface with your voice. You can control your music, send texts, make calls, and change your destination all hands-free. Never before has riding been so connected.

Key Features
Lightweight, aerodynamic shell
3D laser-cut foam for a perfect fit
Fully adjustable flow-through ventilation
Anti-fog, anti-scratch, anti-glare face shield
Quick release chin strap and visor
SKULLY SYNAPSE (TM) Heads Up Display system with voice control
Visual GPS navigation
180 degree wide angle rearview camera
Bluetooth connectivity to smartphone
Internet connectivity via smartphone
DESIGNED BY SKULLY IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA


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Mclaren P1 GTR : Photos
Mclaren P1 GTR : Photos

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Aston Martin Stalls In Appointing CEO : News
Aston Martin Stalls In Appointing CEO : News

It was revealed as far back as May of 2013 that Aston Martin’s Dr. Ulrich Bez would be stepping down from the CEO position after running the company since 2000. A replacement for Bez is yet to be appointed but senior executives from the firm say there is no rush to find a successor because most of Aston Martin’s long-term plans were finalized before Bez’s departure.

Thanks to funding from new investor Investindustrial and previous shareholder Investment Dar, Aston Martin finally has the cash to invest in a new generation of sports cars as well as the semi-official revival of its Lagonda marque. And it appears the investors are calling all the shots.

“Is there a deadline, you’d have to ask them [the shareholders],” Aston Martin design boss Marek Reichman told Drive. “I will say that we have a remit from our shareholder body as a management team to continue with the path we have taken—it’s agreed.”

Reichman is among the potential candidates for the top job, along with CFO Hanno Kirner who is helping with the day to day running of the business, and he explains that it might be some time before a new CEO is appointed for Aston Martin.

“As a management team, they have the confidence in us to carry on and continue,” he said. “It begs the question, do you [need a CEO]?. At the end of the day, it is a question that will be answered by the shareholders.”

Aston Martin has started upgrading its production facilities for its new generation of sports cars, some of which will be powered by engines sourced from Mercedes-AMG. The cars will be based on a new modular platform due for its debut in 2016 in the next-generation DB9. The automaker says it expects to be profitable after this date.

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1994 Jaguar XJ220 : Classic Cars
1994 Jaguar XJ220 : Classic Cars

The Jaguar XJ220 supercar is not quite as super as it was originally intended. The car was previewed in 1988 as a groundbreaking 48 valve, V12, 4-wheel drive dream car capable of 220 miles an hour - hence the name.

The design of the XJ220 was undertaken by ex-racecar designer Richard Owen who, along with a small team, designed the car to be hand-built at a rate of 3-4 cars a week.

Unfortunately during the development of the car the designers were pressured to meet time and cost targets. The end result being that many of the featured promised on the 1988 concept car were cut. The V12 engine and the four-wheel-drive system being the most obvious. In their place was a V6, albeit a highly tuned 542 hp unit derived from the MG Metro 6R4, and a RWD transmission. This powertrain gave the Jaguar XJ220 a top speed just in excess of 210 mph. The wheelbase of the XJ220 was also cut by 8 inches to help reduce weight and cut costs.

As a further blow to the XJ200 project and Jaguar an unforeseen world recession meant that many potential customers, and even some who had paid deposits were reluctant to fork over the vast sums of money required to have one on the driveway. After just two years of production and 271 completed cars the Jaguar XJ220 was canceled.

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2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid : Current Models
2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid : Current Models

Since last year when the Panamera S E-Hybrid was pending launch, it had been reported Porsche’s next plug-in hybrid would be the Cayenne which was already available as a regular hybrid, and this is now confirmed. The German car maker revealed its revised 2015 Cayenne that comes in a few familiar high-performance flavors, and pushing aside the old regular hybrid – as was the case for the Panamera – will be the S E-Hybrid. Power for the Cayenne PHEV is the same as for the Panamera version – a supercharged V6 is mated to electric motor and lthium-ion battery for 416 horsepower, 435 pounds-feet of torque. The mid-cycle refresh for all Cayenne variants also sees a new front end with right and left air fins to direct air to the intercoolers. Bi-Xenon headlights with “hovering” four-point LED daytime running lights are standard on Diesel, S and S E-Hybrid versions. Out back, the updated rear features tail lights with a three-dimensional effect, and better integration into the tailgate lid of license plate recess, tailgate handle and lights. A Cayenne Diesel will come with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine that delivers 240 horsepower and 406 pounds-feet of torque. Other models range into the 400-plus and 500-plus horsepower V8 range. Dealers are expected to be getting the new Cayenne around November 1. Prices for the diesel are to start at $62,695 including destination. The S E-Hybrid will start at $75,405, significantly less than the $99,000 Panamera S E-Hybrid, and close to a Cadillac ELR or entry Tesla Model S.

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Kia GT4 Stinger : Concept Cars
Kia GT4 Stinger : Concept Cars

QUINTESSENTIAL DRIVING PLEASURE. The GT4 Stinger is Kia’s most aggressive concept car ever and a true enthusiast’s machine. Hearkening back to the glory days of purebred, affordable sports cars, Kia’s U.S. design team approached the GT4 Stinger project with an eye toward weight reduction, functionality and pure driving enjoyment. The concept shuns the luxury trappings of a traditional Grand Touring car and embraces the elemental experience of truly engaging with the vehicle.

FEROCIOUS POWER UNDER THE HOOD.
As an authentic rear-drive 2+2 sports car, the GT4 Stinger turns heads as a daily driver and is right at home on the track too. Beneath the hood resides a tuned version of Kia’s proven 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline direct injected (T-GDI) four-cylinder engine, which puts out an impressive 315 horsepower. That power is put to the ground via a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission driving the rear wheels, which are wrapped in 275/35R-20 Pirelli P-Zero performance tires with corner-carving grip. The result is a return to the visceral experience of driving that is at the heart of this Kia concept.

MENACING POISE & PERFORMANCE.
As a statement of the concept’s dynamic intent, the GT4 Stinger’s sculpted “Ignition Yellow” body is underpinned by a custom chassis with independent double wishbone suspension, as well as a high-downforce carbon fibre front splitter and front-brake cooling vents. It tips the scales at a scant 2,874 pounds, and weight distribution is spread nearly perfectly at 52 % up front and 48 % at the rear. Besides two-piece 15-inch cross-drilled rotors and four-piston calipers with plenty of stopping power. The GT4 Stinger also features a quick-ratio steering rack for direct feedback and uncompromised control.

SIMPLICITY BY DESIGN.
Kia’s eye-catching design language moves in a bold new direction here – starting with the latest iteration of the signature grille resting mere inches from the ground. The surround glows white and is flanked by vertical LED headlamps. The silhouette is simple yet powerful, with a greenhouse design providing an aggressive side profile in homage to the iconic Kia Soul. At the back, the body widens to cover the large 275-series Pirelli rubber, while LED taillights illuminate from inside the outer edge of a blacked-out panel just above the dual exhaust ports in the rear bumper.

THE INSIDE STORY.
The GT4 Stinger’s interior is purposeful in design and practical in nature. Front and centre to the driver is a thick D-shaped steering wheel and red LED-illuminated instrument panel with large tachometer and gear indicator. In keeping with the track theme and taking inspiration from sports and competition cars of the past, interior door handles have been replaced by red-stitched pull straps. Reflecting the spirit of pure, unadulterated driving, the GT4 Stinger makes do without the luxury of a stereo. Instead, the free-flow exhaust pipes will be music to the ears of driving enthusiasts everywhere.

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Darth Car : Videos

Darth Car : Videos


Comic-Con 2014 opens tomorrow, but details on many of the big reveals have already been blasting across cyberspace. Pertinent (sort of) to our milieu was Mattel’s release of its Star Wars–themed Hot Wheels cars, but even more mind-blowing is the fact that the company built a full-size, fully operational version of the Darth Vader–themed coupe, which it has dubbed the “Darth Car.”

Unfortunately, San Diego, the site of the annual Comic-Con International convention, is more than 2000 miles from our offices in Ann Arbor, so we did the next best thing and got on the phone with the Darth Car’s creators to find out more. Here’s what we learned:

1. It’s based on a C5 Corvette.
Yes, a C5 Chevrolet Corvette. With a body fittingly crafted primarily from fiberglass—carbon fiber was employed for the front splitter—the finished Darth Car is said to weigh nearly 50 percent less than the donor Corvette. And because a Sith Lord can’t ever sink low enough, the donor chassis was lowered slightly.

2. It is fully drivable—and fast.
The car has been road-tested at speeds up to an 80-mph cruise. There’s more: Billy Hammon, CEO of PCW Brands, which built the car, says it is capable of reaching velocities in the neighborhood of 150 mph.

3. It has an LS3, baby!
Moving forward a Corvette generation, a GM LS3 V-8—the C6 engine from 2008 onward—is fitted and makes a claimed 526 horsepower. Gearchanges are executed via a six-speed manual; we always knew Lord Vader was a Save the Manuals kind of guy.

4. The car is fitted with a “drift brake.”
The secondary, hand-actuated brake works on the rear axle and can be used to help steer the car or, you know, drift it. Perfect for terrorizing Ugnaughts riding shotgun.

5. It has custom wheels and redline tires.
Wheelmaker U.S. Mags custom-milled the wheels for the project. The unique tires are special to the car and styled to deliver the iconic Hot Wheels redline aesthetic while also delivering respectable performance.

6. It is, of course, packed with Vader-y goodness.
The plate on the hood is modeled after the one on the chest of Darth Vader’s suit, more specifically as it appeared in The Empire Strikes Back. The missiles mounted to the side are machined from stainless steel, and the side pipes are styled after Vader’s red lightsaber. Yes, they illuminate.

7. It breathes like Darth Vader.
Several Star Wars audio effects, including the unmistakable sounds of Darth Vader breathing and his lightsaber coming to life, can be controlled remotely via an iPad.

8. The Darth Car’s designer is living his dream.
At the age of 10, Bryan Benedict—now lead designer for the Hot Wheels Entertainment die-cast line—wrote to his future employer to tell them what kind of toy cars to build. Two years later, he wrote a similar letter to General Motors and received a reply in the form of a checklist of goals he should pursue in order to become a car designer. With two decades of design success (split evenly between Honda and Hot Wheels) under his belt, following GM’s advice appears to have worked. He told us that his family was unable to afford Star Wars toys when he was a child—he got Hot Wheels instead—so now he’s making his own.

9. It was built in seven weeks.
Design work for the toy version of the car began in November of 2013. Work on the full-size car began in April of this year and went from final design to done in just over two months, according to PCW’s Hammon.

10. The hatch opens like Darth Vader’s helmet.
In fact, particular attention was paid to make sure it did so. It’s also equipped with a smoke-making device that activates when the hatch is opened for full dramatic effect.

11. It dropped jaws on the streets of L.A.
The promotional video embedded below was shot in the 2nd Street tunnel in Los Angeles, where the Darth Car reportedly stunned even the most jaded Tinsel Town residents.

12. It’s impressive. Most impressive.
Hot Wheels says its goal was to pay tribute to its own stylistic heritage but to also harness the futuristic yet timeless design of the Star Wars universe. We say it succeeded—mightily.


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