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EE Buzzard 4G LTE Hotspot : Accessories
EE Buzzard 4G LTE Hotspot : Accessories

UK carrier, EE, has today made a raft of announcements about its 4G LTE products and services with one of the more interesting ones targeted at the car. The Buzzard – cool name, definitely – is a dedicated in-car 4G LTE hotspot that the carrier will sell to you for £49.99 on pay-as-you-go.

EE Buzzard
It's nothing fancy since it's basically just a regular old portable hotspot. But the Buzzard will connect directly to the cars 12v power supply allowing you to connect up to 10 different devices inside the car. EE also says it's designed in such a way to sit out of the way in a cup holder. Oh, and it's bright yellow.

The Buzzard will be on sale from May 28 and will also be available on EE's shared data plans. Connectivity in the car is becoming more and more of a thing, so would this suit you better than something built in?


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SSC Ultimate Aero : Photos
SSC Ultimate Aero : Photos

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Noble M600 : Current Models
Noble M600 : Current Models

The ethos of the Noble M600 has developed from a small team passionate about driving. This evolved from our research of the available 'supercars' most of which lean heavily on computer assistance. The use of fashionable but often inefficient gear paddle shift, over assisted brakes and inopportune traction control have all become standard features of the modern day supercar.

We at Noble Automotive thought it time to break the mould, feeling that this now ubiquitous 'digital' driver assistance disengages and negates the driver experience and reward. We have experienced, when turning off these devices, that computer generated support can often cosmetically mask and flatter inferior chassis and handling characteristics. We decided that with the introduction of the Noble M600 it was time to 'get back to basics', to concentrate on the more 'analogue' qualities of design by utilising a principle of pure engineering integrity from the chassis up, putting the driver back in control.

The philosophy behind this radical and refreshing premise is best summed up by Peter Dyson, owner of Noble Automotive Limited: 'Noble is a labour of love, of no compromises and of challenges fought. The car speaks for itself, and absolutely reflects what the Team and I envision a true drivers car should be. It is no question uniquely "out of sync" in today's world, one overrun with cars that cannot make up their minds as to whether they want to be a car that rewards or a car that gives hollow praise by electronically 'covering' the errors.'

Designed and engineered with a purity that rewards driver skill, the Noble M600 is neither dictated to nor hindered by unnecessary computer assistance. It puts you back in the driving seat.

Put simply the Noble M600 is for those who love to drive…

DEVELOPMENT

We have heard that there is some stiff competition out there, and although Noble Automotive is a low volume motor manufacturer, we do pride ourselves on our individuality, attention to detail and engineering excellence.

The development of the Noble M600 has been an incredibly intense and rewarding journey, a journey in its literal sense, we shipped the development prototype to the USA.

Crossing the continent from East to West we experienced the most dramatic and demanding of climates and terrains in order to prove and test the efficacy and engineering of the Noble M600. In company, for comparative purposes, with a Porsche Carrera GT and, for some of the journey, a Ferrari Enzo. We drove from Chicago westward; the journey included every type of environment, from the incredibly hot Death Valley in California to the mountains and snow of Utah, from the infamous Pikes Peak to the Bonneville Salt Flats, and finally, to a hot and dusty race track in Phoenix Arizona where the Noble M600 was tested and evaluated against some of the fastest and most respected supercars in the world.

Nearer to home, in the UK we completed a full wind tunnel aero program. Climatic wind tunnel testing and durability program. Acoustic noise, vibration and harshness testing. Four post rig for damper and suspension tuning and thousands of miles of both road and track testing.

DESIGN

Design is of course subjective, beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder. However there are certain design absolutes, particularly when creating a supercar featuring such massive power and performance, which dictate, in order to have full aerodynamic and cooling efficiency certain design criteria must be met.

It is our belief that form should always follow function, there is much in the philosophy 'if it looks right it probably is right'.

Utilising extensive wind tunnel testing we have strived to maintain the form to be as minimalist as possible whilst providing the ultimate aerodynamic and cooling efficiency. Nothing is cosmetic; every element of the shape and design is intrinsic to the effectiveness of the performance.

We feel that this 'purity' of design gives the Noble M600 an understated purposeful gravitas that stands out in the crowd.

WHAT LIES BENEATH

Noble Automotive take great pride in our reputation for the excellent ride and handling of our performance cars. We firmly believe that the chassis is the fundamental foundation of any performance car. This is particularly the case with cars which do not feature a great deal of computer technology. Computer assistance can often mask deficits in the chassis design and it is not until these electronic driver aids are turned off that the flaws are revealed.

There is no engineering logic which dictates that precise and effective handling should be to the detriment of comfort and ride quality. We believe that an effectively designed and engineered chassis should be able to combine both high speed capability and driver comfort. Our engineering, based on a 'back to basics' ethos, devotes a huge amount of time and resources in ensuring that the chassis is as efficient and effective as possible. This is ably demonstrated by the Noble M600, the high speed handling is superb and the ride is both comfortable and smooth.

The chassis built by hand for both safety and efficiency features:

Stainless steel and aluminium tub construction with an integral safety cell.
High 'H' point sill sections for side impact protection.
Rear crash structure.
Front boot carbon composite crash structure.
SAFETY

The Noble M600 has a massive 650bhp available, this amount of power, or indeed the power delivery, is not always either appropriate or required, however with the Adaptable Performance Control function you can select the power output to reflect both the location and suitable driving conditions.

The Noble M600 features three APC settings, the chosen setting is displayed on both the APC dial and the dashboard display. The APC adjusts not just the power output but also tailors the boost curve, traction and throttle response relative to the selected mode.

ROAD: This is the 'comfort' setting and represents circa 450bhp, this also supports full traction control and a gently progressive boost curve and throttle response.

TRACK: This is the mid-range power setting circa 550bhp, this setting features a little less intrusive traction, a steeper boost curve and more initial response to the throttle.

RACE: This is the full power setting of circa 650bhp, this allows increased wheel slip, an aggressive boost curve and a heightened reactive throttle 'tip in' to allow effective and responsive heel and toe operation.

Note: The three power settings are titled merely to title and denote the power delivered, the literary terms Road, Track and Race in no way reflect recommended use or location.

TC: TRACTION CONTROL

We believe in freedom of choice, but not at the expense of safety. Traction can be totally de-selected, in order that this function is not utilised in error we have provided an 'are you sure?' fail-safe switch guard. This feature, as used in fighter jets to prevent accidental missile firing, ensures that the process requires a two stage action. Lift the switch guard...push the button, traction is off. The traction automatically resets to the 'on' position after the engine is turned off.

BRAKES

In keeping with our ethos, we were determined to give the purest and most rewarding drive possible.

In our research with other performance marques we noted that brakes were often over assisted, this resulting in a lack of 'feel' and less capability for modulation at high speed.

The brakes, developed for the Noble M600 in partnership with Alcon, feature semi-floating front disc with cast aluminium alloy monobloc calipers. The monobloc six piston front and four piston rear caliper designs ensure high strength with low weight and provide a firm brake pedal in all driving conditions. Caliper bore sizes are staggered to ensure even pad wear and the pin mounted pads provide low threshold pressure and low noise. The calipers clamp 380mm front and 350mm rear ventilated discs both of which are mounted to lightweight aluminium bells. Friction is provided courtesy of Pagid performance pads.

The wheels, manufactured by Speedline in Italy, are exclusively designed for the Noble M600, featuring forged aluminium alloy 9Jx19 fronts and 12Jx20 rears. Tyres are Michelin Pilot Sport 255/30-19 fronts and 335/30-20 rears.

COMFORT

The Noble M600 is primarily designed for speed and handling however this is not at the expense of either comfort or practicality.

The cabin features a traditional British hand built finish, with your choice of leather or Alcantara. Natural finished polished carbon door cards and centre console, hand turned knobs and bezels and fine quality wool carpets bound to the edge with leather.

The seats, designed and created exclusively for the Noble M600, are of lightweight carbon fibre composite construction which can be bespoke upholstered to individual requirements. The seats also feature carbon fibre inserts for the optional five point harnesses.

The 330mm flat bottom steering wheel is also hand stitched and can be finished in either suede or leather.

The luggage space, situated to the front, is fully carpeted and bound in leather and is both spacious and practical. We also offer the option of a beautiful calf leather travel set bespoke to the luggage area.

BESPOKE

We believe that every Noble M600 should reflect both the personality and individuality of the owner.

The Noble M600 is hand-built in England and is finished to the clients exact cosmetic requirements. Each M600 will carry on the dashboard an identification plate featuring the unique build number.

During the build the customer will be invited to view the progress of the build and to meet those engineers and personnel involved in its creation.

It is our belief that a personal relationship between the customer and manufacturer is one of the huge benefits of low volume hand crafted motor manufacturing.

SPECIFICATIONS

Top Speed: 225mph (estimated)
0-120 mph: 8.9 seconds
Engine: Yamaha V8 4439cc Twin Turbo
Power: 650 bhp @ 6800 rpm
Torque: 604 lb ft @ 3800 rpm
Power to Weight: 520bhp per tonne
Transmission: Graziano 6 speed manual
Installation: Mid, longitudinal, rear wheel drive
Chassis: Stainless sheet steel tub with tubular space frame
Body: Carbon Fibre Composite
Steering: Power assisted rack and pinion
Suspension: Independent double wishbones with coil over Multimatic shock absorbers, front and rear roll bars
Brakes
Front: Alcon 380mm semi-floating discs with six piston calipers
Rear: Alcon 350mm discs with four piston calipers
Wheels: Speedline forged aluminium alloy
Front: 9Jx19
Rear: 12Jx20
Tyres: Michelin Pilot Sport
Front: 255/30-19
Rear: 335/30-20
Fuel Capacity: 73 litres
Wheelbase: 2540 mm
Weight: 1250 kg
Track: 1578 mm
Length: 4360 mm


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And The Most Hated Car Company Is... : News
And The Most Hated Car Company Is... : News

If you own a Mercedes, your relationship with your car may be something akin to love (admit it, you’ve gazed longingly at that finely engineered machine). But if you own an Acura or a Dodge, you might feel a little, er, less adoring towards your auto, according to new data.

A survey released Tuesday by the American Customer Satisfaction Index revealed that customers’ satisfaction with both domestic and foreign automakers hit a five-year low this year, falling 1.2% from last year to a score of 82 out of 100. What’s more, satisfaction with 80% of the 21 car brands measured fell as compared to last year (Acura 7267, -0.21% saw the deepest decline at -7%, Cadillac GM, -0.09% the second-steepest decline at -6%), while satisfaction rose for only 10% of the car brands, including Chevrolet and Buick. “The decline among automakers is widespread,” the report revealed. The ACSI Automobile Report 2014 is based on interviews with 4,360 randomly selected consumers who were asked to evaluate their recent purchase (within the last three years) and experiences with automobiles.

Forrest Morgeson, ACSI’s director of research, says that part of the reason we’re seeing this decline is that during the height of the recession automakers were offering a variety of incentives and perks for buying cars, and now many of those have dried up. And now consumers find themselves less satisfied with their auto purchases because they’re not getting as many incentives when buying a car. Furthermore, he adds that the myriad recalls impacting the auto industry recently have made consumers less satisfied with the industry as a whole.

The most-loved car makers include Mercedes-Benz DDAIY, -1.61% which holds its No. 1 spot from last year despite a 2% decline in customer satisfaction, and Subaru 7270, -0.80% Morgeson says that the dominance of Mercedes-Benz isn’t surprising, as luxury cars — thanks to often superior quality and service — often dominate the rankings. Subaru and Volkswagen VLKAF, -1.86% — though not luxury cars — tend to have smaller market share than many bigger brands in America, which helps with customer satisfaction rankings, and very loyal drivers (Morgeson likens them to Apple computer devotees in some ways), which puts them high on the satisfaction list.

On the flip side, Acura, which saw a 7% decline in customer satisfaction over last year, is the most unsatisfying car company to consumers, the ACSI revealed.

Morgeson says that this was a surprising finding and that the researchers aren’t sure why it ranked so low (last year, it ranked in the middle), but says that it’s possible that this brand simply doesn’t meet consumers’ expectations as much as other luxury brands. Acura was closely followed by Chrysler’s Dodge FIATY, -1.60% which saw a 1% decline in customer service over a year prior, and by Jeep and Audi. Some of these brands’ rankings were not surprising because less expensive brands tend to rank lower on the list on average, as they often have slightly lower quality and service than do luxury brands, says Morgeson. Acura, Dodge, Jeep, Audi, BMW and Cadillac did not respond to a request for comment, and Mazda could not be reached for comment.

Automakers are far from the most disliked industries among consumers; that honor goes to Internet (63 out of 100) and cable and pay TV (65) providers and airlines (69). And even the worst-ranked automakers don’t score as low as some of the worst-ranked of those companies.

Still, there’s room for improvement. Unfortunately, for recent car buyers, Morgeson says that one of the best ways for consumers to ensure that they get a car they’re satisfied with is to do their homework before buying. Sites like Edmunds.com, AutoTrader.com and Cars.com can help you get started with the research. Consumer Reports also provides excellent reviews of cars. But, he adds, that voicing your complaints can help you get what you want with a car you own now; escalate your complaints to a higher authority if you’re not getting what you want from the automaker.

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Arrinera VenoCara : Concept Cars
Arrinera VenoCara : Concept Cars

Typically when we think of where supercars come from, we think of countries like Germany, Italy, England, Sweden and even Japan, but now get prepared because you can add Poland to the mix. Polish manufacturer Arrinera Automotive has developed its first high-powered machine: The 2013 Venocara, with sleek looks reminiscent of a Lamborghini with power to match but a price that is well below anything in the supercar market.

Your eyes aren’t fooling you, the Venocara is an actually real although it looks like something out of a movie of the future on the best sense of the word. Designed by Pavlo Burkatskyy the outside was largely influenced by Lamborghini, from the wedge-shape to the high-flowing styling cues which are similar to the Aventador as well as the scissor doors. But there is nothing to worry as Burkatskyy also added its own unique details to give the Venocara its own personality and voice such as the Venocara’s side-view mirrors and it’s rear view and taillights. The car’s aggressive and futuristic stance comes from its sharp angular edges and creases, on the back the striped LED tail-lamps, large diffused and central exhausts will grab the attention of everyone on the road to the superb design of the car.

The car’s outside is made Kevlar body panels with carbon fiber and aluminum accents. It will also come with large diameter light allow wheels wrapped in ultra low profile tires and is equipped with ceramic brake discs. Lee Noble, the founder of Noble Automotive as well as the talented engineer behind the supercars marketed under Ultima, Ascari, Rossion, Fenix and Noble names lent his expertise on the project’s technical side and specifically created the chassis which is constructed from variable-section high-strength steel as well as the with the suspension. Noble is responsible for the fastest naturally aspirated production car, the McLaren F1 which puts him on the top of the fast and unique car field and gives confidence that although the Venocara will be priced much lower than many other supercars it will still be exceptional.

The 2866-pound car is powered by a Chevrolet-sourced supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine with 650 horsepower and 604 lb/ft of torque. Arrinera claims it can go from 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds and carries a top speed of 211 mph, enough to send chills down your spine. If you thought that the engine was impressive, that’s just the “standard” with many more extreme version in the work by Arrinera Automotive.

Not only does the Venocara go super fast but it also comes with an interior that is comfortable and has interesting gadgets. Amongst the most talked about being the thermal vision camera that monitors the area in front of the car up to 100 meters and when objects with an exceeding environmental temperature will display within the driving sight line on the center console. The thermal vision camera may significantly improve the safety level at night and when driving in fog as compared to just headlights. Furthermore it comes equipped with four-point harnesses and roll bars behind the seats for additional safety. There is also a CD/MP3 sound-system with Bluetooth for hands-free talking when you want to drive fast and keep your eyes on the road as well.

Priced at $160,060 the Venocara is priced considerably lower than similar supercars such as Lamborghini’s Aventador which comes with a price-tag of $379,700 which is about double of the Venocara’s price. Certainly the price might not put the car into exclusivity but with its looks and superb design the car will certainly look and feel as exclusive as its more expensive counterparts. According to Arrienera they have so far collected more than 400 applications and have a targeted production date of late 2012 if things go according to planned. We predict we will hear a lot more about the Polish Venocara; there are never enough supercars in the world.

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1953 Morgan Plus 4 : Classic Cars
1953 Morgan Plus 4 : Classic Cars

It’s a cliche to be sure, but Morgan really is the car company that time forgot. Or, more accurately, they’re the car company that forgot about the passage of time. Morgans aren’t replicas of anything, they have just steadfastly adhered to a 1930s look since, well, the 1930s.

The Plus 4 arose alongside the ready availability of the Standard Triumph 4-cylinder engine in twin carb tune as used in the Triumph TR series. The engine offered considerably more horsepower than the other (mostly Ford) 4-cylinders that Morgan had access to in the 1950s.

Nearly everything else remained the same, including the ash wood framed body, sliding pillar front suspension that dated back to the Edwardian era, cut down doors and rudimentary weather protection, the nifty Bluemels Brooklands steering wheel, and the special-to-Morgan cream-colored Smiths gauges. Flat radiator front ends gave way to a really pretty waterfall design around 1954, and 48-spoke wire wheels began to become more prevalent, but that was pretty much it in terms of changes.

There were three body styles available the standard two-seat roadster, the very lovely drophead coupe (with a three position top and roll up windows) and the slightly ungainly four-seat roadster. The Super Sports model added tuning mods and some additional horsepower. They’re subsequently rare and desirable.

Supplies of the Standard Triumph four began to dwindle (the TR4 went out of production in 1967) just as U.S. safety and emissions regulations started to get tough for small companies like Morgan and more Ford Kent engine 4/4s started to turn up in the U.S. before the spigot shut off entirely until Bill Fink of Isis Imports in San Francisco figured out how to import propane-powered Morgans in the 1970s.

Plus 4s are easy to own. Mechanical bits are Triumph equipment and the factory will happily supply anything else that an owner might want, from entire bodies to new chassis and fenders.

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Jeff Zwart Scales Pikes Peak In His 911 : Videos

Jeff Zwart Scales Pikes Peak In His 911 : Videos

There are fewer better combinations of car and driver than Jeff Zwart and the Porsche 911. The former Porsche ad man and accomplished racer has an intimate relationship with this car.

He learned to drive in his father's 901, and has been driving 911 variants all over the world ever since, as well as selling them through his coordination of Porsche advertising campaigns.

Specifically, Zwart tends to express his love for the 911 by thrashing race-prepped examples of it at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. He's won his class at the event seven times and, to the benefit of anyone with access to Youtube, he sometimes brings a camera on board.

This year was no different. Zwart brought a specially-prepared Porsche 911 GT3 Cup to Pikes Peak, with 700 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque. A fuel pump failure early on caused problems, but Zwart puts in a spirited effort nonetheless. The Porsche spits fire and sucks in air like Superman preparing to cool off Mount Vesuvius.

Enjoy the experience and prepare for next year, when Zwart will undoubtedly be back at Pikes Peak with a 911 for another impressive performance.


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Google Cars Don't Meet Cali Requirements : News
Google Cars Don't Meet Cali Requirements : News

In May of this year, California's Department of Motor Vehicles published safety guidelines aimed at manufacturers of self-driving cars. A few days later, Google unveiled a prototype of its first autonomous car built in-house. The prototype looked dramatically different from the modified Toyota Prius that Google had been publicly testing for several years. Just as remarkable as its features were the things that the new model lacked -- for example, a steering wheel and brake pedal. Now, according to Cnet, California's DMV has told Google to return those accouterments to their traditional locations so that riders can take "immediate physical control" of the car, if necessary. That and other autonomous vehicle regulations kick in on September 15. This isn't a huge setback for Google. After all, the prototypes aren't nearly ready for primetime, they're just being used for tests. Though the control-less models have worked fine on closed tracks, with no accidents to date, they'll eventually be navigating real streets in real traffic, so they'll need to be up to code. In fact, the DMV may tighten up things a bit further next month, when it issues regulations concerning test vehicles on public roads. In the long run, though, we'd expect the DMV to loosen some of these restrictions. It will undoubtedly take years for regulators and the public to begin trusting autonomous cars -- and even then, it's likely that automakers will keep some kind of manual override system in place. But there's no reason that those overrides need to look like (or take up as much room as) today's controls. And given the safety records of autonomous cars -- records that will certainly improve with the rollout of vehicle-to-vehicle technology -- we're hopeful that motorists will (almost) never need to use them.

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BMW Monolever : Classic Cars
BMW Monolever : Classic Cars

Flat Racer is a boutique London-based company that produces some eye-catching accessories for vintage BMW motorcycles, the bike you see above started life as a stock 1990 BMW Monolever before being kitted out in a new full-fairing – giving it an entirely new lease on life.

When the team at Flat Racer set out to design the fairing they made a point of ensuring that it could be fitted without irreversibly altering the frame – this may not sound like much but the process took 5 years to complete.

Shakedown testing on the prototype (pictured here) revealed that it had a higher top speed than the stock bike, with slightly better fuel consumption and an improved riding position – not to mention the fact that it looks an order of magnitude better than the original OEM BMW fairing that hasn’t aged particularly well.

If you’d like to read more about the fairing kit, you can click here to visit Flat Racer – just be warned, you’ll spend the next few days hunting around your local classifieds looking for affordable Monolevers.

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2015 Lotus Eterne : Concept Cars
2015 Lotus Eterne : Concept Cars

The Lotus Lotus Eterne is one of the five all-new Lotus concept cars which were unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

The Lotus Eterne is a four door luxury saloon which looks like an extended wheelbase version of the new Lotus Elite coupe. That's no coincidence either - it's supposed to look like a stretched Elite.

Powering the Lotus Eterne is a 5.0 litre V8 engine delivering up to 620 horsepower and 720Nm of torque.

In keeping with the rest of the new lineup, the Lotus Eterne concept will feature hybrid technology.

Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus, said: "The Lotus Eterne is sensational to look and as with the rest of the range it also over delivers in all other aspects as well. Similar to the Elite, it's a car of perfect contradictions, it's compact yet spacious, high performing yet low emitting, relative lightweight yet still reassuringly solid. We truly believe that there is a market for the Lotus Eterne, there is nothing else like it out there both in terms of design, capacity and performance. The biggest difference between the Lotus Eterne and it's class competitors is that it’s not an evolution of an existing two-door model, it's a deliberate and considered stand-alone creation. It's the ultimate four door sports car."

Lotus Eterne specifications:
Layout: 4 seater, front-mid-engined, rear wheel drive, all wheel drive is optional Engine: Petrol, hybrid optional
Hybrid Technology: Hybrid gearbox with integrated electric motors and KERS Cylinder: V8
Capacity: 5.0 litre
Power/Torque: 620 PS / 720 Nm
Rev limit: 8,500 rpm
0-100 km/h: 4.0 seconds
Top speed: 315 km/h
COv(2) approx (COv(2)/km): 220 g/km
Weight: 1,800 kg
Seats: 4
Transmission: Full Hybrid transmission
Drive: RWD, AWD optional
Start of production: Early 2015
Enters the market: Spring 2015

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Galpin Ford GTR1 : Current Models
Galpin Ford GTR1 : Current Models

The Ford GT was pretty damn close to automotive perfection. Now Galpin Auto Sports gave the last GT a new body, two turbos, and a grand total of 1,024 horsepower. What is this GTR1, the pluperfect?

Galpin is talking 1,024 horsepower, 734 lb-ft of torque, 0-60 in an estimate 3.1 seconds and 0-100 in around 6.8. Top speed? 225.

The Ford GT is a regular champ at the standing mile game, so it's no question that a twin-turbo GT chassis would be fast. Rebodying a GT into something that looks good is more of a challenge, and Galpin got it all right.

The body, if anything, is basically the Ford GR1 concept, which could have become the next Ford GT anyway.

After 12,000 man hours, Galpin is saying that they've finally finished their GTR1 and it will be ready for its debut at The Quail today. I'm glad I'm not there, because they'd probably make me clean up my drool from off the fenders.

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Chris Brown : Love More : Music





Birth Name : Christopher Maurice Brown
Born : May 5, 1989
Origin : Tappahannock, Virginia, U.S.
Genres : R&B, pop, hip hop
Occupations : Singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, actor
Years Active : 2005–present
Labels : Jive, Zomba, RCA
Associated Acts : Juelz Santana, Lil Wayne, Bow Wow, T-Pain, Rihanna, Keri Hilson, Tyga, Kevin McCall, Ludacris, Ace Hood, Justin Bieber, Game, Busta Rhymes, Big Sean

"Love More" is a song by American R&B recording artist Chris Brown. It was released on July 16, 2013, as the third official single from his upcoming sixth studio album X. The song, produced by FRESHM3N III, features a guest appearance American rapper Nicki Minaj. The song peaked at number 23 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 29 on the Australia Singles Chart.

Parts of "Love More" premiered at the 2013 BET Awards, along with "Don't Think They Know" and "Fine China". MTV praised the performance stating: "Brown hit the stage with his backup dancers in tow, sporting a black leather jacket while all the members of his crew donned sweatshirts with a neon 'X' across them, a nod to his upcoming July 16 album. For 'Fine China', Breezy kept it thematic, with images of Chinese fire dragons and fire lanterns flashing across the LED screen behind him, as he delivered his usual flawless choreography."

On March 29, 2013, Brown confirmed that Minaj will appear on his upcoming album, saying that she just gave him a "mean verse." Minaj later said that the beat of the song is very stupid and that her fans were going to love it. On June 30, the song premiered as a live performance by Brown and Minaj at the opening act of the BET Awards 2013. The name of the song was also confirmed to be "Love More". The track was planned to be released with the whole album on July 16, but, for unknown reasons, the release was pushed back. Minaj was asked about the song and she replied "one more week," on July 16.

The song premiered on the radio station 99.1 KGGI on July 22 at 6:30 am. It was sent to Rhythmic radio on July 23, 2013.

The music video was filmed on August 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California and was directed by Brown himself. The video premiered on YouTube on August 17, 2013. It features Brown taking some of his friends to a night club in his car, when he turns on the radio and the song starts. The music video features a cameo by Nick Swardson as they drive shotgun. At the club, Brown is seen flirting, singing and performing synchronized dance moves with his backup dancers, while multiple shots of Minaj are shown. The video was uploaded on Brown's Vevo channel on August 29, 2013.

Billboard praised the single stating: "Raunchy and sure to be a club favorite, 'Love More' is the latest single off of Brown's forthcoming album, 'X'." AllHipHop also released a positive review stating: "Over a frenzied, dubstep-inspired club beat, Nicki and Brown exchange sexual innuendos, party recaps and their own brand of love."


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Peugeot EX 1 : Photos
Peugeot EX 1 : Photos

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Lambo Huracan Is Faster Than Aventador? : News
Lamborghini Huracan Is Faster Than Aventador? : News

Car and Driver threw a leg over the Lamborghini Huracán and rode it hard all around the 16-turn Circuito Internationale Nardò, next to the banked oval that's brought us many a top-speed video. On the way to discovering the bull calf sweetly eclipses the Gallardo it replaces, CD also discovered that – comparing their own tests – it is faster from zero to 60 miles per hour than its paterfamilias, the Aventador.

Now, we should all know that 0-60 tests are an imprecise discipline, but CD's Eric Tingwall torched the sprint in the Huracán in 2.5 seconds – yes, faster than a whole lot of other very expensive super-coupes. In the magazine's last instrumented test of the Aventador Aaron Robinson ran 3.0 seconds, and for more Aventador perspective we can compare Motor Trend's 2.8 seconds, also scored at Nardo, Road & Track at 2.7 seconds and Lamborghini's estimated 0-62 mph time of 2.9 seconds. Any way you chop that up, 2.5 seconds beats it. A bit of a shock, then: Lamborghini lists the Huracán's 0-62 mph time as 3.2 seconds.

We'll get a more precise idea of the discrepancy when more tests come online, but for the moment - and in this one respect - we've got the $241,945, 602-horsepower Huracán showing its angry backside to the $397,500, 691-hp Aventador. Even if it remains true, though, we're not sure it matters; in a figurative case of Predator versus Alien, it's arguable that the only way to be wrong is not to own one.

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Fiat Suagna Bertone : Concept Cars
Fiat Suagna Bertone : Concept Cars

The Bertone Suagna is a concept car that interprets the theme of the coupe-cabriolet with aggressive elegance, achieving levels of roominess and comfort that are absolutely unknown on this type of car. The name comes from the adjective suagna which, in Piedmontese dialect, means a job done painstakingly, paying scrupulous attention to every detail.

Developed around the Fiat Grande Punto, the Bertone Suagna has extremely dynamic graphics which elaborate on a theme dear to Bertone: an open sports car, dedicated to young drivers, accessible to the general public, agile and easily handled, with a strong, sparkling personality.

The Bertone Suagna has a strong, aggressive graphic identity, the result of uncompromising stylistic research, over and above the latest fashions, in the best Bertone tradition. The front and rear views are both marked by a hollow effect: the graphic treatment of both these volumes is enhanced by boomerang light clusters, inscribed like scratches inside a metal band.

The roof system of the Bertone Suagn� was designed and built in a short time by CTS, Car Top System, the German convertible specialist. The roof system consists of a two piece retractable hard top. The main advantage of this roof concept with the steep backlite is that it makes the parcel shelf unnecessary. Its distinguishing feature is the steep backlite that can be lowered independently of whether the roof is open or closed. It is thus possible to travel with the roof closed and the backlite lowered, so as to have a fresh air supply inside the cab. With the roof open, on the other hand, the backlite can be raised to serve as an antibuffet screen. menu.

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Ferrari Testa Rossa : Classic Cars
Ferrari Testarossa : Classic Cars

The Ferrari Testarossa came in 1984 as the successor to the Ferrari 512 on the automotive market. The performance of its 4.9-liter V12 mid-engine with the red cylinder heads (hence the name Testarossa : " red head ") is 390 hp. 1991 Ferrari Testarossa was modified and given the designation 512 TR. The engine power was thereby increased to 428 hp. The design of the sports car with striking radiator slits at the sides and rear remained largely untouched. The last modification 1994 Ferrari Testa Rossa took before ; result was the Ferrari 512 M (Modificato), whose most striking innovation was the new headlights, which were later used in the model Maranello. The engine power of the Ferrari Testarossa 512 M was increased to 440 hp, making the sports car accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in just 4.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 315 km / hr. Approximately 500 vehicles of the type Ferrari 512 M were built before came in 1996 as the successor to the Ferrari 550 Maranello on the market. Find in this website Italian, American or Japanese sports cars at an affordable price.

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Maybach Exelero : Current Models
Maybach Exelero : Current Models

How much are you willing to pay for a car? Now that you have a number in your head, forget it, it’s not even close with how much a luxury car costs.

They are the ultimate engines for the road. Supercars built not only for speed, but as an ultimate symbol of scandalous luxury.

Technology is largely responsible for providing us with luxury and convenience. It is for this reason that people prefer technologically advanced vehicles that can provide them greatest amount of comfort but important thing to note here is that luxury usually has a large monetary cost.

So if you thought spending one million dollars on a car is expensive, well.. think again! Let’s get to it and see the Most Expensive Luxury Car that is Maybach Exelero!

The Maybach high-performance show car “Exelero” was unveiled to the world for the first time this afternoon in the Tempodrom in Berlin. The 700-hp two-seater with a V-12 biturbo engine is a unique custom model produced for Fulda Reifenwerke, which is using the Maybach Exelero as a reference vehicle for a newly developed generation of wide tyres.

Just imagine an automobile that combines the elegance and first-class quality of a high-end limousine with the powerful suppleness of a sports coupe. Create a vehicle in your mind’s eye which, with an unladen weight of over 2.66 tons and the dimensions of a small transporter, achieves a maximum speed of over 350 km/h.

The Exelero embodies the highest expression to date of the Maybach individualisation strategy of offering specific custom solutions on request. In initial tests on the high-speed track in Nardo (Italy), the most expensive luxury car reached a top speed of 351.45 km/h.

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So let’s get to the first question again! How much are you willing to pay for a car?

Was it $500,000? or maybe $1,000,000! Forget those numbers, because the Most Expensive Luxury Car – Maybach Exelero comes at the price of $8,000,000. Not even close to your number right?

So what do you think about this amazing luxury car? Are you going to dream buying it every night from now on?

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A DKW Becomes Electric : Videos

A DKW Becomes Electric : Videos

‘I felt that I was able to bring this car back to new“, Al from Seattle says about his DKW. He modified the car to an electric vehicle.

Al Swaghammer is a DKW enthusiast. He fell in love with Audi due to the quattro and he’s never owned anything else other than Audi/VW vehicles ever since. He currently owns a 1960 DKW 1000S and he’s very attached to it. He wanted to bring the 100S back to new so he started this project. Now he’s done with the project, he’s got himself a beautiful environmentally friendly Audi classic.

Way to go Al! We are very proud to see your beautiful DKW!


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JOSS Supercar : Photos
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Youabian Puma : Current Models
Youabian Puma : Current Models

There is no proper way to describe just how big this car is. Not big in terms of its importance here at the LA Auto Show – we're talking about sheer size. This weird-looking, four-seat convertible is a full 242 inches long, 93 inches wide and 72 inches tall, riding on a 163.5-inch wheelbase. In other words, it's significantly larger than a Bentley Mulsanne. It rides on 20-inch chrome wheels wrapped in 44-inch tires. And man, is it ugly. (Check out those last-generation Buick Enclave taillamps. And the not-exactly matching Volvo headlamps, too.)

According to the Los Angeles-based manufacturer, the Puma was "conceptualized for those individuals who dare to be different than the ordinary. Those who go a step beyond achieving and dreaming the best that they can be." Cue "Eye of the Tiger." The car's creator even told Autoblog that he does not consider it to be a roadster, convertible, SUV, or anything else – it is simply a "pleasure vehicle."

Power comes from a 7.0-liter V8 (a version of GM's LS7), putting out 505 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. That apparently allows the Puma to accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 5.9 seconds, and it will reportedly return 14 miles per gallon in the city and 22 mpg highway. It rides on an aluminum and steel chassis, with a body – and what a body! – made of aluminum and fiberglass composites.

Inside, the Puma is loaded to the gills with creature comforts, with a cabin that's somehow less ostentatious than the car's exterior. It even has goodies like Bluetooth, voice-activated navigation, Sirius XM satellite radio, xenon headlamps and more. The interior colors can also be fully customized to the buyer's specific desires, and the interior – folding hardtop included – is basically ripped straight out of a Volvo C70.

But here's the best part. The Puma costs – wait for it – $1.1 million. Because, you know, a Veyron is simply way too pedestrian. Head over to the Puma's website for more information, and seriously, get a load of this thing for yourself in the gallery above.

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1953 Studebaker Commander Starliner : Classic...
1953 Studebaker Commander Starliner : Classic Cars

1953 was the introduction of Studebakers first entirely new body style since 1947. The sedans did not turn out very attractive, but the coupes and hardtops (shown here) were stunning. Surprisingly, the demand for the Loewy coupes, as they were called (after designer Raymond Loewy), outweighed the demand for the sedans 4 to 1! The 1953 Stude Loewy coupe was acclaimed numerous times as the most beautiful cars ever produced. Beautiful they were, but powerful, they were not. The 6-cyl Champion version was grotesquely underpowered, and the V-8 Commander (shown here) was not exactly a muscle machine.

The 1953 bodyshell was one of the most widely used designs by Studebaker. Due to insufficient funds, Studebaker kept on using the basic 1953 coupe body on its Hawk series until 1964. The 1953 sedanbody, albeit heavily modified throughout the years, was used until the demise of the company in 1966.

The Studebaker Commander was produced for several years, representing several bodystyle changes, and first appeared in the 1920s. The company would continue to use the name until their demise in 1966. There were only a few years where the Commander did not appear in Studebaker's line-up during that time; those were in 1936 and 1959-1963.

When the name first appeared in 1927, it was Studebaker's middle-series. As the years progress, it would move up and down market, often changing positions from year to year. The name would continue until it was dropped in 1935, only to reappear in 1937 where it served as the company's least expensive model, taking the place of the previous Studebaker Dictator. The company had decided to do away with the 'Dictator' name, due to the negative political connectors associated with the name. Mainly, Adolf Hitler in Germany had tainted the word 'dictator.'

The Commander moved up-market in 1939 when Studebaker introduced the Champion model. After the Second World War, Studebaker dropped its President moniker, and repositioned the Commander in its place. At the same time, Studebaker introduced an extended wheelbase model known as the Land Cruiser.

The President name reappeared in 1955; the President model became the premium model range and the Commander was demoted to the mid-range model. The name would continue until 1958 and reappear in 1963 for the 1964 model range. It was positioned next to the lowest-priced Lark model and above the entry-level Challenger model.

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Hormel's Almighty Bacon-cycle : News
Hormel's Almighty Bacon-cycle : News

To promote the upcoming International Bacon Film Festival in San Diego, Hormel made a motorcycle that runs on bacon grease, and emits a lovely bacon smell in the exhaust.

To promote the company's reputation as America's favorite doughnut shop, Dunkin' Donuts created the slogan "America Runs on Dunkin'." Now, I'm not calling Dunkin' a liar, but everyone knows that America really runs on bacon, and Hormel Foods has set out to prove it.

San Diego is hosting the International Bacon Film Festival at the USS Midway Museum on August 29. To promote the event, Hormel, one of the most prolific bacon makers in the country, has teamed up with Bio-Blend Fuels to create a motorcycle that runs on a biofuel made out of bacon grease. And they've recruited a "bacon lover" to ride their creation across country from Austin, Minn., to San Diego, with a camera crew alongside to document the journey.

The project was the brainchild of BBDO Minneapolis, an advertising company that has done extensive work with Hormel on the likes of Spam and Hormel's Black Label bacon products.

The journey took the scenic route from Minnesota to California, stopping at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, and cruising through Wyoming, Utah, and many other states on the way to SoCal. The crew rolled into San Diego on Wednesday, and you can view snippets from the journey at the Driven by Bacon site. The finished documentary will be shown at the festival later this month, because bacon.

The motorcycle itself gets between 75 and 100 miles per gallon of fuel, and the exhaust from the bike reportedly fills the air with a mouth-watering bacon smell. We can only hope that converting bacon grease to biofuel becomes a thing, because who could really get upset sitting in traffic with everyone's nostrils filled with that beautiful bacon smell?

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Fisker Atlantic : Concept Cars
Fisker Atlantic : Concept Cars

One of the auto industry’s highly anticipated secrets is finally ready to break cover at the 2012 New York Auto Show .

For the fine folks of Fisker , the debut of the Fisker Atlantic - ’twas once codenamed "Project Nina" - marks as a celebration in its own right, a culmination of years of hard work and dedication.

And now that it’s ready for its world premier, Fisker has come out with the first official details of the car, as well as photos that finally gives us a good look at what they’ve been working on all this time.

Judging by its looks, the Atlantic looks like a bigger version of the Karma, albeit with a more pronounced stance that’s typical of its sedan form. The unmistakable Karma grille is also present, which we’ve never been fans of from the beginning.

All in all, though, the Atlantic looks pretty neat and when matched with a hybrid powertrain should make for a model that would draw the interest of a lot of people.

While we initially thought the the car would have a 2.0-liter engine similar to the 328i sedan with a matching electric motor, producing a total of 240 horsepower, it appears that the Atlantic will have a little bit more ponies than we thought. According to InsideEV, the car will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an electric drivetrain, producing an output of 300 horsepower with a 0-60 mph time of 6.5 seconds and CO2 emissions of around 50 g/km.

It looks like the Atlantic will be carrying a sticker price of anywhere between $50,000 - $60,000. That’s still a far departure from the Karma, which retails now for just under $100,000.

There’s a lot to love about the design of the Fisker Atlantic, although there are also some parts of it that leave a lot to be desired. The overall body of the car is a definite eye-catcher, particularly Fisker Fisker’s manipulation of the sculptural lines and dynamic angles of their signature design language. As a car that was "inspired by nature," the sleek, coupe-like stance of the car exudes power and grace wrapped up in one package. The eagle-eye headlights also catch a drawing glance, as does the prototype glass roof, which is one of the highlighted design features of the car.

The rear door handles, which have been integrated in the rear C-pillars, also cast a sporting look to the car while the slim LED tail lamps were built and designed with the latest in technology, allowing them to split into two parts to offer a wider aperture for the trunk opening. Finally, the rear end of the car, thanks in part to the sharp spoiler lip on the trunk, is clean and aerodynamically suited for the car’s overall design.

As far as the things we don’t like about the Atlantic: the distinctive Fisker Karma grille that really looks like a mustache.

Just like it’s sister model, the Karma, the Fisker Atlantic is powered by a plug-in series hybrid featuring a BMW-farmed four-cylinder gas engine that acts as a generator of sorts and combined with lithium-ion batteries to deliver maximum economy and high torque levels, ensuring that the car will provide highly competitive performance numbers for a car in its class.

While we initially thought the the car would have a 2.0-liter engine similar to the 328i sedan with a matching electric motor, producing a total of 240 horsepower, it appears that the Atlantic will have a little bit more ponies than we thought. According to InsideEV, the car will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an electric drivetrain, producing an output of 300 horsepower with a 0-60 mph time of 6.5 seconds and CO2 emissions of around 50 g/km.

Considering that Henrik Fisker has pegged the car as a suitable competitor to the Audi A5 and the upper-echelon models of the BMW 3-Series , does it also mean that we’re going to expect a price of no higher than $50,000?

Turns out, we were a little right on that guesstimate because it looks like the Atlantic will be carrying a sticker price of anywhere between $50,000 - $60,000. That’s still a far departure from the Karma, which retails now for just under $100,000.

According to a Fisker representative, the Atlantic is going to be a mass-produced, worldwide released vehicle, unlike the limited and pricey Karma. Fisker says it plans to have upwards of 100,000 cars per year produced and will do so with or without the help of the Department of Energy, who cut its funding to Fisker in May 2011 after only accessing about two-fifths of the available DOE loan money.

Apparently, the Atlantic has its sights on being a stiff competitor to the A5 and the 3-Series. We’re not quite sure how the new Fisker sedan matches up against the two German vehicles because of powertrain differences, but Fisker executive chairman Henrik Fisker did mention that the Atlantic will be slotted in the range of the Audi and BMW models.

Having said that, the A5 does possess a new 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine that produces 272 horsepower whereas the BMW 3-Series has a top-of-the-line 3.0 liter six-in-line unit that delivers a total of 306 horsepower. It’ll be very interesting to see how much power the Atlantic will have under its hood when Fisker reveals those numbers.

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BMW M Initiation : Videos

BMW M Initiation : Videos

The first-ever BMW M4 was welcomed into the BMW M family by navigating through a thrilling, one-of-a kind course created entirely out of current and classic BMW M vehicles sourced from fans. BMW enthusiasts from all over the country volunteered their BMW M vehicles from every generation to be a part of this exclusive experience, including an ultra-rare BMW 1 Series M Coupe.

With 52 total cars, 4 race cars and 11,566 horsepower, precision drivers Matt Mullins, Chief Driving Instructor, BMW Performance Driving School and Chris Forsberg, Formula Drift Champion, put the BMW M4 through the specially-designed course that formed the shape of a BMW M Series logo – revealed at the end of the video.


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De Tomaso Pantera GT4 : Photos
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Bremont Shows Jaguar E-Type Watch : News
Bremont Shows Jaguar E-Type Watch : News

All six watches made with remaining aluminum from Jaguar's Lightweight E-Type project

In the rarefied world of expensive watches, where thousand-dollar timepieces trade on authenticity and a heritage reaching back to the Olde Worlde, Bremont is a relatively new outfit. Founded in 2002 by a pair of English brothers named, well, English, their watches are aviation-themed, for the most part.

Their latest piece has been designed in conjunction with the Lightweight Jaguar E-Type that's been garnering attention. Bremont designed the instruments for previous Jaguar concept cars, most notably the C-X75 turbine car, so the tie-in makes sense. "Since most classic enthusiasts also tend to be horophiles," said chief designer Ian Callum, "a wristwatch seemed to be the answer."

The result, the Bremont E-Type Lightweight Chronometer, bears great resemblance to the E-Type's Smiths tachometer, complete with red hash on the dial: the minute hand features a blacked-out portion, just like the real thing, the small seconds dial mimics the E-Type's inset clock, and the lettering is faithfully reproduced, with the key difference being, of course, that nobody revs their car to "04." The clear caseback features a rotor that resembles a hole-drilled steering wheel, ringed with real wood and complete with Jaguar "growler" in the center. Even the winding crown has been "engraved with the pattern of the period-correct racing tires," the nerdy highflautin' equivalent of one of those watches with a rubber tire tread band -- which, come to think of it, is apparently pretty highflautin' these days. (If the overall result bears some familiarity to the Autodromo Veloce wristwatch, you're not the only one drawing the automobile/wristwatch connection.)

"Creating the watch proved to be a fascinating project," said Giles English, Bremont co-founder, "as we were given access to the Jaguar archives in order, for example, to ascertain the exact font for the numerals used on the dial of the original rev counters. The fact that we were required to make just six examples enabled us to be very creative in a way that is not always possible when designing a watch for larger scale production…each watch is, essentially, bespoke."

The movement is Bremont's BWC/01 proprietary movement, which is self-winding and chronometer rated with a 50-hour power reserve. It's nestled within a white gold case 43mm in diameter.

It wouldn't be Bremont if the materials didn't draw a direct connection to the watch's theme. Each of the watches has a center ring made from aluminum left over from building the Lightweight E-Types, anodized to match each individual car. Bremont has a history of material mash-ups: the company once built a watch that featured minute swatches of fabric from the Wright Brothers Flyer. Another featured wood from Horatio Nelson's HMS Victory, which earned it Forbes' "The Coolest Watch of 2012." By this standard, a bit of metal from a Jaguar seems almost…plebian.

Just six watches will be made, one for each of the reborn Lightweight E-Types. Each watch will have a matching VIN, engraved at the 6 o'clock position. (By contrast, nearly 300 Victory watches were infused with the good ship Victory's timbers.) All six are prioritized to Lightweight E-Type owners, and are estimated to be sold out right around…now.

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Volkswagen CR : Concept Cars
Volkswagen CR : Concept Cars

Volkswagen has been teasing us with the idea of a mid-engined roadster for quite awhile now. One such example is the Volkswagen Concept R, shown here on display at the 2004 NAIAS. The R made use of a 3.2L V6 for propulsion and had 261-hp and 240 lb-ft of torque on tap. The seats were fixed in place and for the driver to adjust the seating position he had to actually electrically move the steering wheel, pedals, and instrument cluster “block” back and forth. The seats, though immovable, were filled with an active foam that would adapt to the body contours of the driver and passenger.

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Renovo Coupe : Current Models
Renovo Coupe : Current Models

Who in their right mind would enter the car business? Surely not a couple guys from Silicon Valley founding a company in a garage near the one in which Apple was founded, especially when these guys know that while GM and Apple garnered similar gross sales receipts last year, Apple kept 21 percent of its take and GM kept only 2.5 percent. Nevertheless, that’s exactly what Jason Stinson and Christopher Heiser are doing in launching Renovo Motors.

Just as Tesla did, these guys are starting out by electrifying an existing, well-engineered body and chassis, theirs being the Shelby American CSX9000 continuation-series Cobra Daytona, mildly redesigned (widened) and reengineered for greater comfort by the original designer Peter Brock. The chassis has already proven its ride/handling chops with combustion propulsion, and by preserving the weight balance and maintaining or increasing the weight-to-power ratio, the original’s dynamic brilliance should be maintained (though we’re eager to assess its new electric power steering). That’s the theory that will be proven out over the next year leading up to the Renovo Coupe’s anticipated late 2015 on-sale date.

Three modular lithium-ion battery packs are employed, one behind the driver and two of them in the engine compartment, under the long rectangular power electronics units that are canted about 10 degrees each to sort of look like valve covers, with the orange wires that connect to them pretending to be big spark-plug leads. Two three-phase AC permanent magnet motors mount right behind them about where the bell housing would be on a gas Shelby, and they drive the rear axle directly (no forward gear ratios, just drive and reverse). The two motors are both rigidly mounted to the same output shaft, but selectively running them one at time or in tandem optimizes power and efficiency.

Those thin orange cables are your first clue that Renovo is utilizing an operating voltage about double that of other high-output EVs—740 volts. This greatly reduces the current required to achieve the target horsepower (500-plus) and torque (1000-plus lb-ft), which in turn reduces the cable-gauge required to support it (halving the voltage would increase the amount of copper required by roughly 50 pounds).

Renovo remains mum about many technical details, specific suppliers of the battery and other tech, and even the exact size of the batteries except to predict they’ll last 100 miles and recharge in 5 hours via normal level-2 charger (using the port under the left “gas cap”), or in 30 minutes with a high-voltage fast-charger (under the right “gas cap”). That last claim bolsters the assertion that the battery chemistry is heavily biased toward power, and enables track-day lapping sessions with fast recharges in between. We’re also assured that the car can regenerate more energy than most any other EV on the market, including the Porsche 918 Spyder. All of this is thanks to automotive-standard electronics operating on four CAN busses—these entrepreneurs managed to resist the urge to reinvent the wheel with a Linux system or something similar. Several big-name Tier I suppliers like Delphi, Continental, and Bosch are onboard confirmed, with others to be named later, along with the technical nitty-gritty and the purpose of those white falsie side “exhaust” pipes (I’m postulating ultra-capacitors will go there). After 25 minutes or so of describing the car, Heiser invites me to jump in the shotgun seat for a blast around down California Highway 1 south of Carmel. The ride out of the neighborhood over iffy pavement reveals the adjustable Öhlins shocks to provide a reasonably supple ride. Out on the highway a blast of WOA (wide-open accelerator, no throttles here) pins me to the seat and reveals no tapering of torque delivery. It’s very linear, and fairly epic. Heiser claims that with their control electronics, throttle requests can be processed and delivered in 37 milliseconds—that’s way faster than an air-pumping reciprocating-mass combustion engine of similar output can react, so Renovo reckons its car will be more fun to drive than most conventional supercars. Because the motors are very firmly mounted (via polyurethane bushings) to the structure just inboard of your knees, you hear them loud and clear. And the sound is oddly automotive and not enhanced at all via the radio.

The interior looks entirely custom except for the Audi R8 shifter and a row of toggles that look Mini-sourced. Toggling that R8 shifter forward or back alters the amount of regen you get when lifting off the accelerator, which helps preserve the feel of the 6-piston front/4-piston rear Brembo brakes. Custom gauges indicate real-time torque delivery and electrical-system temperature on the left, speed and a “fuel” gauge on the right, and a small gauge indicating gear position, power/regen, and remaining range in the center. Speaking of temperature, the batteries and power electronics are liquid cooled via the Shelby radiator (a smaller more aerodynamic setup is coming). Pricing will be discussed much closer to the production date (customer deliveries are anticipated to start in late 2015) but you’d better budget for middle six-figures. For that you’ll get 0-60 mph in a claimed 3.4 seconds, but with a top speed of just over 120 mph. That number concerns me because it might not be fast enough for some tracks’ long straightways. You’d hate for this claimed 3250-pound low-CG car to pass everyone in the twists, only to be overtaken on the straights. The company hopes to sell just 100 units over several years, taking advantage of their low volumes to sidestep some pesky airbag and crash-testing laws, though I’m assured the crash protection is robust. We look forward to verify Renovo’s performance claims before long.

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Adam Levine : One More Night : Music
"I'm fiercely independent, but I'm also terrified of being alone."





Birth Name : Adam Noah Levine
Born : March 18, 1979 (age 35)
Origin : Los Angeles, California
Genres : Pop, rock, R&B, neo-soul
Occupations : Musician, singer-songwriter, actor, television music competition coach, entrepreneur
Years active : 1994–present
Labels : J, A&M/Octone, Interscope

Adam Noah Levine (born March 18, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter and musician, widely known as the lead vocalist for Los Angeles pop rock band Maroon 5.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Levine began his musical career in 1994, when he co-founded alternative rock band Kara's Flowers, of which he was the lead vocalist and guitarist. After the commercial failure of their only album, The Fourth World, the band split up. Later, he reformed the band and a fifth member was added to form Maroon 5. The band released their first album, Songs About Jane, which went multi-platinum in the US. Since then, they have released three more albums, It Won't Be Soon Before Long (2007), Hands All Over (2010), Overexposed (2012), and V (2014). As part of Maroon 5, he has received three Grammy Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, two American Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award and a World Music Award.

Since 2011, Levine has served as a coach on NBC's reality talent show The Voice. The winners of the first and fifth seasons, Javier Colon and Tessanne Chin, were on his team. In 2012, he made his acting debut as a recurring character in the horror television show American Horror Story: Asylum for the series' second season. He also appeared in the film Begin Again.

As an entrepreneur, Levine launched his own eponymous fragrance line in 2013. The same year, he collaborated with Kmart and ShopYourWay.com to develop his menswear collection. He also owns a record label, 222 Records. In 2013, The Hollywood Reporter reported that "sources familiar with his many business dealings" estimated Levine would earn more than $35 million that year


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