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2017 Lexus SC : Concept Cars
2017 Lexus SC : Concept Cars

The Lexus SC430, which ran from 2001-2010, was a V8-powered, rear-wheel-drive coupe convertible that could run from 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. The SC430 even had a wide-bodied brother competing in the Super GT Race Series. And yet, people called it a “mom car.”

Critics called the styling “feminine,” but they were, in truth, slightly off-base: the 430’s chief designer Sotiris Kovos was inspired by yachts that sail in the French Riviera. So it’s not a mom car. It’s a boat.

Regardless of the old SC’s reception, there’s a new model on the way, and it looks to be taking major cues from the radical LF-LC Concept. The LF-LC wowed during the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, and you can probably see why. Its sharp, edgy styling would make it look at home in the next Tron movie, and it backs up its aggressive stance with a 500-horsepower hybrid powertrain under its carbon fiber body.

This rendering by Holiday Auto shows what the next-gen SC might look like, based on reports of a full-scale clay model of the upcoming luxury coupe. Monotone paint, wider side mirrors, and traditional headlights bring the concept into the real world, but the rendering does still retain the knife-like charm of the original.

More concrete, however, are details on the powertrain. The base model will carry the RC-F’s 450-hp, 5.0-liter V8, which is a far cry from 2010’s 288-hp block. A more powerful, hybrid SC will carry the 500-hp gas/electric unit from the LF-LC concept, which uses an Atkinson-cycle combustion engine mated to a high-energy battery pack. If the outstanding RC-F and LFA are any indication of Lexus’ sports car ideology, the next generation SC is bound to be world’s better than the old one. It couldn’t possibly be worse than this.

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2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid : Current Models
2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid : Current Models

Almost every new-car segment is booming right now, with one exception: green cars. Whether you’re talking hybrids, hydrogen or even traditional high-mileage economy cars, today’s car market isn’t particularly fond of fuel efficient vehicles. At Kelley Blue Book we’ve seen hybrid and alternative energy car sales drop by more than 12 percent so far this year, which means manufacturers offering hybrid vehicles have to try that much harder to win over consumers. Hyundai is facing this challenge with its all-new 2016 Sonata Hybrid and Sonata Plug-in Hybrid. Both models are all-new this year, with the traditional Sonata Hybrid completely redesigned for 2016 and the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid representing the Korean automaker’s first plug-in option for U.S. shoppers.

An impressive array of technology is incorporated into both versions, including some unique hi-tech features making their industry debut on the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but expect the standard hybrid to start close to $30,000 and the plug-in to be closer to $40,000. Let’s take a look at the top 10 hi-tech features pushing the 2016 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid to the forefront of green car technology. These features will appeal to consumers seeking to cut their fuel bill while giving both models a fighting chance in this hybrid-averse market.

Advanced Aerodynamics: A combination of active front grille shutters, smooth underbody panels, a low-profile rear spoiler and unique wheels cuts the Sonata Hybrid’s coefficient of drag to 0.24, lower than any competitively-priced hybrid or electric vehicle. This smooth shape, combined with more than 50 percent high-strength steel in the unibody structure, gives the Sonata Hybrid a composed and whisper quiet ride while also protecting occupants during an impact. Additional safety features, including blind spot detection, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and a virtual engine sound to alert pedestrians when the vehicle is operating in pure electric mode, are available to bolster the Sonata Hybrid’s safety pedigree.

Accommodating Interior: The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is slightly longer, wider and taller than the previous version. It also has a longer wheelbase, all of which contributes to its class-leading interior volume. The front and rear seats offer exceptional head, leg and hip room while being extremely comfortable. Additional standard or optional equipment includes a push-button start, leather seats, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, a 4.2-inch gauge cluster display, an 8-inch central touchscreen display, navigation system, a panoramic sunroof, LED interior lights, HD radio and an Infiniti premium audio system. Even the base model includes a 5-inch touchscreen, rear camera and dual zone automatic climate

Cavernous Cargo: Trunk volume is typically compromised in a hybrid vehicle, particularly a plug-in hybrid because of the larger battery pack they require. In the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid the trunk remains a functional storage area, with 13.3 cubic feet available in the standard hybrid and 9.9 cubic feet offered in the plug-in version. Both numbers are class leading, and both versions offer a roomy trunk. In the standard Sonata Hybrid it combines with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat for maximum cargo flexibility. The battery pack itself includes a lifetime warranty, and this is in addition to the 10-year/100,000-mile drivetrain warranty offered on the rest of the hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

Efficient Engineering: Hyundai has improved every aspect of the new Sonata Hybrid’s drivetrain. The combustion engine is .4-liters smaller (now a 2.0-liter), and slightly less powerful (193 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque), but fuel efficiency has been increased through a combination of advanced engine technologies, more effective regenerative braking and a smaller, lighter, yet more powerful 1.62 kWh electric motor. Peak power jumps from 193 hp to 202 hp in the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, which uses the same engine and motor combination as the standard hybrid, but utilizes a larger 9.8 kWh battery pack with more power. The Plug-in Hybrid can also travel up to 24 miles and at speeds up to 75 mph on pure electricity.

Traditional Transmission: When engineering a hybrid for maximum fuel efficiency most car companies default to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). This transmission design is effective at keeping an engine in its most efficient RPM range, but most of them are also quite ineffective at providing a rewarding driving experience. Hyundai avoided the latter issue by sticking with a traditional 6-speed automatic transmission that delivers responsive upshifts and downshifts. At the same time, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is EPA rated at 40 city, 44 highway and 42 combined mpg. The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid hasn’t been rated by the EPA yet, but Hyundai is expecting it to achieve a combined 40 mpg.

Gauge Graphics: The gauge cluster in the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid replaces the traditional tachometer and temperature gauge with a vehicle energy gauge and battery state-of-charge meter. The central, multi-information display between the gauges is also modified to show hybrid-specific items like energy flow and, in the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, which of three driving modes the vehicle is operating in. Both versions also displays a “driving style” rating at the end of each trip. This rating is based on how effectively the driver applied the throttle and brakes, coaching drivers to be more efficient. Three ratings range from “Economical” to “Normal” to “Efficient” with a percentage number to indicate how much of the trip was driven in each style.

Dynamic Display: The hybrid gauge cluster is supplemented by an 8-inch central touchscreen display on every Sonata Plug-in Hybrid as well as standard Sonata Hybrids with the “Limited Ultimate ” package (the base Sonata Hybrid SE and mid-grade Sonata Limited trims get a 5-inch touchscreen display). This 8-inch display offers a variety of hybrid-specific information regarding energy flow, driving range, nearby charging stations and settings for the plug-in hybrid’s charging schedule (meaning you can program it to charge at night to take advantage of cheaper electricity rates). Of course this display also provides traditional information related to the audio system, navigation guidance and hands-free phone calls.

Multiple Modes: One of the most compelling features on the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is the choice of three driving modes that provide drivers with full control over the vehicle’s on-board battery pack. While most plug-in hybrids decide when to use pure electricity mode based on internal programming, the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid lets drivers switch between pure “EV” mode, Hybrid “HEV” mode or “Charge” mode whenever they choose. The latter mode utilizes the Sonata’s motion to charge the on-board battery pack, and in a surprisingly short time if you’re traveling at highway speeds. This means you can fully re-charge the battery while driving, though it does reduce the engine’s fuel efficiency while in this mode.

Charge Clarity: When using an outlet to charge the new Sonata Plug-in Hybrid an indicator light on the dash makes it easy to see the battery’s state-of-charge through the windshield. A standard 120-volt outlet will charge a depleted battery in less than 9 hours while a 240-volt outlet will do the same in less than 3 hours. And with Hyundai’s Blue Link smartphone app it’s easy to remotely schedule and monitor the battery’s charging activity. A fully charged and fueled Sonata Plug-in Hybrid has a total range of 605 miles, a number that seemed quite realistic based on our seat time in the car.

Android Auto: A final technology feature, now available on every new Hyundai Sonata (including the Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid) is Android Auto. This interface mirrors the controls of Android cell phones through the central touchscreen display in the Sonata. Voice-activated control for making phone calls, sending texts, playing music or entering a navigation destination can be initiated through a button on the Sonata’s steering wheel. While several car companies will be offering this control interface, along with Apple’s CarPlay, over the next 12 months, Hyundai is the first mainstream brand to make it available on a production vehicle — right now. If you’re looking for the most effective in-car control interface, this is it.

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Sources : 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Photo | 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
About Takata Aibag Recalls : News

About Takata Aibag Recalls : News

About 34 million vehicles in the United States, made by 10 different automakers, have been recalled to replace frontal airbags on the driver’s side or passenger’s side, or both. The airbags, made by major parts supplier Takata, were mostly installed in cars from model year 2002 through 2008, although it has been expanded through 2014 in some cases. Some of those airbags could deploy explosively, injuring or even killing car occupants. (Look for details below on waits for replacement airbags and why other suppliers can't supply airbags.)

The different automakers’ notices to their customers have varied, depending on how many Takata airbags they installed and how long they believe it will take them to acquire replacements if they don’t have enough on hand. To provide guidance to car owners, we spoke with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Takata, and most carmakers.

Nissan’s explanation of the issue was one of the clearest: “The propellant could potentially deteriorate over time due to environmental factors [due to many years in high humidity conditions], which could lead to over-aggressive combustion in the event of an airbag deployment. This could create excessive internal pressure within the inflator and could cause the inflator housing to rupture.”

If the airbag housing ruptures in a crash, metal shards from the airbag can be sprayed throughout the passenger cabin—a potentially disastrous outcome from a supposedly life-saving device.

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Shenanigans With Jet Engines : Videos

Shenanigans With Jet Engines : Videos

Remember the old urban legend about a guy who attached a JATO bottle to a car? That myth came from a time when miniaturized jet/rocket technology was still in its infancy, but it didn't stop people from telling and retelling that story no matter how implausible it seemed from a technical and financial standpoint.

Technology has since caught up with urban legend, as proven almost every week by the TV show "Mythbusters," but good outcomes remain elusive when jet engines are attached to small vehicles.

Submitted for your approval: a Mini Cooper with a small and very functional jet engine bolted to the interior of the cargo compartment, attempting a run at the Snetterton raceway in Norfolk, England.

The jet engine itself is a Rolls-Royce Viper 203 sourced from an Avro Shackleton bomber, good for 2,800 pounds of thrust. The fuel economy is a bit on the bad side: almost 16 gallons a minute.

Aaaaaaand it smashes into a wall.

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A. Kahn Design : Tuners
A. Kahn Design : Tuners

A. Kahn Design is the ‘dream factory' that specialises in inspirational design realisation. Our team brings together a blend of expertise and experience from a diverse knowledgebase of real world design problem solving.

Our industrial designers are experienced in a breadth of project work that ranges from the precision of fine Swiss timepieces to the elegant fluency of high performance sports car design. Our development processes utilise computer aided design and state-of-the-art rapid prototyping techniques to allow our team to take a design brief from a clean sheet of paper to a working prototype with accomplished ease.

A. Kahn Design is behind the creation of many inspiring and aspirational vehicles and other products. In 1996, the company introduced the acclaimed RSR alloy wheel. It remains an incredibly successful product, representing the first time anywhere that the wheel spoke had been extended to the edge of the rim. This style has been much emulated since.

The RS and LE series of vehicles for Project Kahn are current production models which have been extremely well received in the market place, and the Wide Track Defender for Chelsea Truck Company is a runaway success proving wildly popular with the buying public. A. Kahn Design is also the creative element behind the products of Ant-Kahn, Britain's newest car manufacturer and coach builder.

In addition to our product and automotive capabilities, we also have a strong print and digital media presence. In print we are able to deliver objective and well balanced design that strikes perfect harmony with its target audience. Our print and digital work is rich in fresh visual energy, combined with insightful colour choices and precisely composed layout. Our web team deliver web sites that combine intricate back end programming with intuitive user interfaces.

Supporting our activities in all fields of design, we have a strong capability in photography and videography. We routinely capture still and moving images which convey the essence of the subject matter that they portray and which play an invaluable role in bringing all our specialist design work to life.

Kahn Automobiles is a discriminating purveyor of the world's most accomplished supercars and bespoke vehicles. The products of the best and most prestigious automotive manufacturers form the basis of our personalisation programmes which strive to create the perfect integration of luxury, style and performance.

In the same way that the cloth of a Savile Row suit is cut to the precise requirements of the client, so the Kahn Automobiles customer creates his or her definition of perfection, which is then turned into reality by our highly skilled designers and engineers.

In addition to our core business, we are increasingly being asked to cater for a desire to be seen in sophisticated and stylish classic vehicles. We use the same skill and expertise in sourcing fine examples of some of the greatest and most sought after historical and classic vehicles as we do with our supercars and bespoke collection.

Kahn Automobiles have prestige showrooms in Bradford and Chelsea, with a new showroom opening soon in Leeds.

Kahn Styling market an extensive range of vehicle enhancements that can elevate any vehicle from the mundane to the extraordinary. From stylish and desirable wheels to the most dynamic vehicle styling accessories on the market today, our visual enhancements can transform a good car into a head turning automotive style icon.

It's not just the exterior of a vehicle that can benefit from our magic touch. Our hand stitched leather interiors are a singular expression of exquisite style and luxury. Our racing seats, steering wheels, drilled pedals and reworked dials all contribute to the car's tactile user feedback experience and help to create a sense of oneness between driver and car.

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Our elegant and desirable range of watches is designed in Great Britain and manufactured in Switzerland, the acknowledged home of the precision timepiece. Our clocks are equally well designed and are built to the rigorous and exacting standards associated with all Kahn Group products.

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The SP-200 SIN Announced! : News
The SP-200 SIN Announced! : News

The American supercar lineup, including the 1,700 hp LM 2 Streamliner by Lyons Motor Car, is getting another addition thanks to PSC Motors. The Las Vegas-based startup has revealed their new hybrid hypercar today, according to an article from

The hypercar, called the SP-200 SIN, looks to be one of the most powerful and fastest vehicles to come out of the United States, or the planet, for that matter. This accolade is all thanks to the claimed 2,400 hp output, which is up from their first claim of 1,700 hp.

Powering the car is a twin-turbocharged 9.0-liter V8 engine, as well as an electric motor. On it’s own, the V8 engine is said to produce 1,650 hp, while the electric motor zaps out 750 hp. Mated to these power sources is an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends all of the power to the rear wheels. With a full charge, the rear-axle-mounted electric motor can propel the car by itself for 60 miles.

With this insane amount of power and a weight of 3,750 lbs, PSC Motors claims the SP-200 SIN will complete a 0-60 mph run in 2.6 seconds and will hit a top speed of 280 mph.

As of right now, there are only digital renderings of the car, but PSC Motors is looking to start production in 2016 and are taking orders for the five planned examples of the car now.

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2016 Mazda Mazda2 : Current Models
2016 Mazda Mazda2 : Current Models

Like most Mazda cars and crossovers, the diminutive Mazda 2 was designed to deliver signature sporty handling and a fun-to-drive character. It's a standout among subcompacts for its reflexes and an ability to produce driver smiles, but not without flaws revealed by newer competitors. The 2016 Mazda 2 marks the model's second generation and looks to amend its deficiencies with a styling overhaul, a new chassis and engine, and new technology.

Complementing the Mazda 2's curvier lines and larger grille -- design elements incorporated from the Mazda 3, Mazda 6 and CX-5 models -- is a re-engineered chassis. The 2 will be the latest model to benefit from Mazda's "Skyactiv" engineering philosophy of lightweight construction and fuel-efficient technologies. The new Mazda 2 should sit atop a longer wheelbase, with overall body length increasing by perhaps 6 inches or more. It will also be slightly taller.

The current Mazda 2 may be the best-handling car in its class, but it's not particularly powerful, fast or fuel-efficient. The standard 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine generates just 100 horsepower and 98 pound-feet of torque, well short of competitors like the Ford Fiesta or Honda Fit. Meager power output can sometimes mean better mpg, but Mazda 2 models equipped with automatic transmissions trail competitors in combined fuel economy (manual transmission models more closely match rivals, but again with less power).

Mazda hasn't announced a U.S. engine lineup yet, but the Mazda 2 will offer some combination of the three engines offered in Europe and Japan: a 1.3-liter four-cylinder, a 1.5-liter four-cylinder and a 1.5-liter diesel four-cylinder.

The smaller engine isn't likely for American buyers, nor is the diesel, making a new Skyactiv 1.5-liter the obvious replacement for the current engine. Whether the new four-cylinder makes more power remains to be seen, but that power should at least be more accessible with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

These alone will be worthy upgrades over the current five-speed manual and four-speed automatic units. Factor in a slightly lighter chassis and the new Mazda 2 should improve on its current 0-60 times of 9.9 seconds (manual transmission) and 10.7 seconds (automatic).

The 2016 Mazda 2 should also make impressive leaps inside the cabin, starting with a new infotainment system controlled by a dial-button array in the center console and a dash-mounted color display. Smartphone integration and navigation will also be available through the Mazda Connect suite of apps and connected services.

A longer wheelbase and increased overall length may also give the Mazda 2 more luggage space. Its current 13.3 cubic feet is average for the segment.

The 2016 Mazda 2's promise of enhanced style, performance and technology make a compelling argument for waiting until it goes on sale in mid-2015, however. Check back for a full review of the new Mazda 2, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.

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Sources : 2016 Mazda Mazda2 Photo | 2016 Mazda Mazda2 Article
Legarto Invisium : Concept Cars
Legarto Invisium : Concept Cars

Designed as a 2015-age car in 2012, the Legarto Inivisium is a brain-child of Polish designer Paulo Czyzewski (spelled much differently in actual Polish, mind you). You might recognize him as the bloke who cooked up the Bugatti Gangloff, one of the more famous concepts of this decade.

This concept deviates from the usual over-the-top "concept" tropes: impossible angles that make cars look like Playstation models and dangerously implemented curves that give Czyzewski's concepts an otherworldly feel... the same feel that makes it seem not many of his visions will see it to reality. An Invisium dream, if you will.

Okay, I'll stop.

The Legarto Invisium looks more realistic, is the point. The interior is something else to behold (although most concept interiors looks doable, to be honest), but the chassis seems to take after a Jaguar XK. You know, a car that both exists and is pretty popular. The look is more modern, which is funny, because originally when I set out to feature this car I was looking for the anticipated specs. It's likeable as a concept, and looks extremely customizable, and I'd like to see one happen.

Whenever that'll be. Sergio happened, even if it DID eventually get a windshield.

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Tile Trackers : Accessories
Tile Trackers : Accessories

You can’t get back all of those keys, wallets, and iPods that have mysteriously “disappeared” over the years, but thanks to a new device launching later this year, you may never lose anything else again.

This gizmo is simply called Tile. Crowdfunded through an incredibly successful Selfstarter campaign, Tile allows you to use Bluetooth-like sonar to ping and find any item that’s gone missing—as long as it’s in your immediate vicinity—or utilize other people’s accounts and devices to approximate the location of the item (a benefit over other similar devices already on the market).

Down to business, then.
The actual Tile is about 1/3 the size of a credit card, with a sticky adhesive that allows you to place it on just about anything you want. Tile then pairs with a number of Apple products (iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPad 3rd and 4th generation, and the 5th generation iPod Touch), from which you can hone in on whatever you’re looking for. As you get closer to your lost item, you’ll get a message on your device showing that you’re getting warmer. It also has a built-in speaker that chirps when you’re close enough to activate it. If you’re not close enough to ping what you’re looking for (or someone actually swiped your stuff), the app will crowdsource and use other people’s accounts to point you in the direction of what you’re looking for through a dropped pin on your map.

While $19 per tile may seem a little steep, it’s a good investment—and lot cheaper than replacing a lost bike, tablet, or computer. The biggest drawback of the device may be its battery life: your Tile is going to die after a year of use, so you’ll have to replace it every 365 days.

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1972 Ford LTD Country Squire : Classic Cars
1972 Ford LTD Country Squire : Classic Cars

For the 1969 full-size LTD, Ford’s most expensive model, a sculpted, long, low and wide look was adopted, replacing the blocky look of the 1960s. While the LTD was technically a submodel of the Galaxie 500 series, the car’s plusher interior made it distinct enough that most consumers considered it to be a stand-alone offering. Overall, the LTD had a luxurious presence, and it sold very well.

The LTD’s standard engine was the latest generation of 302 Windsor small-block, generating 220 hp, with the 351 Cleveland small block, 390-cid V-8, and 429 big-block engines also available. Body styles included two- and four-door hardtops, a four-door sedan, and a four-door Country Squire station wagon that carried simulated exterior wood grain trim. Prices went from $3,110 for a sedan to $3,778 for the best-selling wagon.

For 1970, the Ford LTD received a new grille and other slight visual tweaks, as well as a more luxurious Brougham line. The 302 engine was no longer offered on the model and the base engine was changed to the 351-cid V-8 with 250 hp, though the rest of the engine choices were unaltered. The 1971 LTD’s base engine slipped 10 hp, though a 400-cid Cleveland V-8 with 260 hp joined the otherwise unchanged engine roster. Also, a convertible was added to the LTD lineup, making it Ford’s only full-size droptop, and the car’s font end was mildly reworked. Prices were significantly higher than the previous year, with a standard sedan costing $3,931. The LTD continued essentially unchanged for 1972, before a redesign was introduced for 1973.

Ford LTDs from 1969 to 1972 were solid, well-built, comfortable, and quiet. They were also produced in tremendous numbers. Rust took its toll on many of the cars, but for those interested in a full-size Ford, clean and tidy LTDs are not too difficult to find. Most, however carried the less powerful engines, which make big-block examples good finds today.

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Criminal Charges For GM Malfunctions? : News
Criminal Charges For GM Malfunctions? : News

General Motors might be able to wriggle out of class action fraud lawsuits over the long-ignored ignition defect in multiple vehicles that ultimately killed more than 100 people, but the company could still face criminal charges from federal prosecutors.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. Dept. of Justice is looking to bring criminal charges against the car company for allegedly making misstatements about the ignition switches in the Chevy Cobalt, Saturn Ion and other vehicles.

The exact charges that might be filed are still up in the air, as is the issue of whether GM will go along with a guilty plea, or perhaps a deferred-prosecution deal. Either result would also result in a sizable settlement payment, which is another issue to be sorted out, but would likely be north of $1 billion.

There is also the issue of whether to bring charges against individual employees of GM. Some at the company knew before the affected cars even went into production that there was a problem with the ignition switch. It could be inadvertently turned into the “Off” position by a heavy keychain or if the driver’s knee came into contact with the switch.

If the switch is turned off, the driver loses control of the power steering and braking, making it difficult to operate the vehicle. Additionally, the airbags will not deploy.

Engineers at GM eventually fixed the issue with a revised switch. However, no recall was initiated so all the old cars on the road continued to be operated with the defective ignition. Additionally, the new switch had the identical part number to the faulty one, so the inventory of replacement ignition switches contained both the old and new switches.

In early 2014 — more than a decade after the problem came to light and around 7 years after the fix to the switch’s design was implemented — GM finally got around to initiating recalls totaling around 2.6 million vehicles.

Initially, the company only acknowledged 13 fatalities tied to the defect. However, GM was limiting this figure by only counting deaths that had occurred in the front seats of recalled vehicles where the airbags didn’t deploy and the ignition had been switched off. The car maker did not include rear seat passengers in these cars; victims in other cars who were killed as a result of a crash caused by an affected GM vehicles; or pedestrians struck by a recalled GM car.

GM eventually set up a compensation fund that received thousands of injury and death claims believed to be related to this recall. While the fund has not finished reviewing all claims, it has already acknowledged more than 100 fatalities as a result.

The auto industry had long avoided criminal prosecutions related to defects, but federal prosecutors recently began making it clear that industry is not immune from criminal charges.

In 2014, Toyota reached a $1.2 billion deferred-prosecution deal with federal prosecutors over the car company’s cases of sudden unintended acceleration.

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Hennessey Venom GT : Current Models
Hennessey Venom GT : Current Models

The Bugatti Veyron may still be the world’s fastest production car according to the Guinness Book of World Records, but, official recognition aside, the French supercar is no match for the Hennessey Venom GT. As you might recall, John Hennessey’s amazing hypercar bested the Veyron’s record by nearly three mph at the Kennedy Space Center back in February 2014. Unfortunately, Guinness did not recognize the record because NASA only allowed one run, and the record book requires two runs to confirm the average top speed. More than one year has passed since then and Hennessey has decided it’s time to sell the car that hit 270.49 mph on NASA’s landing strip in Florida.

Interested? Well, all you need is $1.4 million to take it home.

For that amount, you get a supercar loosely based on the Lotus Exige and packed with an array of parts designed by the folks over at Hennessey Performance. Power comes from a GM-sourced, 7.0-liter V-8 strapped to a pair of turbochargers. The combo cranks out a whopping 1,244 horsepower and 1,115 pound-feet of torque, which translates to amazing performance figures. Besides the record-setting 270.49-mph top speed, this Venom GT can also hit 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and 186 mph in 13.63, a Guinness World Record. The Texas-built hypercar will take you from 0 to 200 mph in 14.51 seconds and to 253 mph in a standing mile.

The Venom GT comes with a certificate of authenticity you can proudly display in your man cave.

This car is not only unique, but it also has a world record attached to it. Truth be told, I never though Hennessey would part with this vehicle, but I guess it’s better to have it delivered to a dedicated collector rather than kept in a garage. And it’s not that expensive to begin with.

Sure, you can buy about 50 well-equipped Toyota Camrys or five McLaren 650S’ for $1.4 million, but given the Venom GT World’s Fastest Edition, built in three examples, sold for $1.25 million, it’s quite the deal. To the right people and their fat wallets, that is. Also, considering it is unique and the car that finally defeated the Veyron, it should become a lot more valuable in a few years.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to find my piggy bank...

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BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Revealed : News
BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Revealed : News

BMW revealed the 3.0 CSL Hommage design concept at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este today. The model pays tribute to the 3.0 CSL coupe from the 1970s, inheriting obvious design cues from its predecessor while maintaining a strong yet lighter body.

Up front, the design concept features circular openings and elongated slots that harken back to the original model. The resemblance continues with a long horizontal chrome accent line running through the body. The bold rear spoiler, as well as the V-shaped bonnet, are also borrowed from earlier BMW coupes. Instead of aluminum, the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage uses carbon fiber reinforced plastic on elements like the diffusor. The interior also is full of carbon fiber reinforced plastic, creating an unusually minimalistic look. Thanks to a number of changes, the model is 440 pounds lighter than its predecessor. Powering the coupe is a "powerful" inline-six engine with eBoost, which could signal some form of electrification.

The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage features a Golf Yellow exterior, the original color of its spiritual predecessor. Topping off the look are black 21-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting stips, and a completely different interpretation of the brand's shark nose grille.

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BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage WORLD DEBUT : Videos

BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage WORLD DEBUT : Videos

BMW has shown on its world debut the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage, a pretty insane looking concept car made to pay a tribute to the classic 3.0 CSL. Video shows the car on detail, as well as the engine (BMW hasn't revealed the specs) starting up a couple of times and driving away.

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1966 Ferrari 330 GT Navarro Special : Classic Cars
1966 Ferrari 330 GT Navarro Special : Classic Cars

Also known as the Navarro Special N.A.R.T, this gold-toned ride was commissioned by and named for Italian nightclub owner Norbert Navarro. Apparently wanting a something a bit more brazen than his stock 330 GT, Navarro sketched the forward-looking design and enlisted Drogo’s shop, Carrozzeria Sports Cars, to bring his illustration to life. At the time, the shop that eventually would gain fame with the iconic Breadvan race cars, was just one of a multitude of racing and auto body shops that offered custom rides for high-dollar clients and gladly took on the task, custom fabricating Navarro’s ride from metal based on an unmodified 330 GT chassis and drivetrain.

Among the car’s notable features are a set of tailfins extending from its C-pillar; disproportionately short doors compared to the body; generous front and rear overhangs; tail lights from an entirely different Ferrari model; and use of all six original pieces of side glass. With its original gold metallic paint job, the Navarro Special’s luxe looks made it a definite head-turner. Whether you loved it or hated it, it invariably caught attention.

Navarro himself reportedly owned the car for just a short while before famed American Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti offered a deal he couldn’t refuse and the car hitched a ride to the US. It since changed hands a few times and once was painted red. Now sporting its original gold metallic sheen, it’s expected to fetch upwards of $400,000 to $600,000 at the auction, slated for August 16 and 17 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center at Del Monte Forest, CA. Other classic cars up for bid are a 1964 Aston Martin DBS expected to sell for some $1.5 million; a 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra; a 1927 Bugatti Type 37A Grand Prix; a 1958 Porsche 356 A Speedster; a 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS; and a 1916 Pierce-Arrow Model 38 4-passenger Touring.

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Sources : 1966 Ferrari 330 GT Navarro Special Photo | 1966 Ferrari 330 GT Navarro Special Article
BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage : Concept Cars
BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage : Concept Cars

It’s not uncommon for auto manufacturers to delve into their pasts for inspiration, but BMW has taken that notion to the extreme with its latest concept car: the 3.0 CSL Hommage.

Unveiled at the annual Concorso d’Eleganza held at Grand Hotel Villa d’Este on the shoreline of Lake Como in Italy over the weekend, the 3.0 CSL Hommage was built by the BMW Design Team to celebrate the iconic 3.0 ‘Coupé Sport Leichtbau’ (coupé, sport, lightweight) from the ’70s.

That original 3.0 CSL was born purely out of BMW’s desire to win the European Touring Car Championship. Initially the German automaker had used the beautiful E9 3.0 CS as the base for its works race cars, but with Ford dominating the class in its Cologne-built Capris, something a little more serious was called for. Based on the CSi (Coupé Sport, injected) version, the stripped-back-for-racing-homologation CSL received an aluminum hood, trunk and fenders, plus polycarbonate windows – and along with a front bumper delete, a plastic rear bumper and a bare-bones interior, a 200kg-odd weight savings was realized. Eventually sprouting wild aero through a ‘racing kit’, plus even wider dimensions for racing (there were some big tires to contain!), it’s not hard to see why ‘Batmobile’ became its moniker.

Like its name suggests, the 3.0 CSL Hommage takes its cues from the racing legend with spectacular results. On the design study, Head of BMW Design, Karim Habib, says: “For BMW designers like us, the BMW 3.0 CSL is a style icon. Its combination of racing genes and elegance generates an engaging aesthetic that continues to win hearts even today. The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage celebrates many of those characteristic features, but without copying them. Indeed, some of the parallels are not immediately obvious. We wanted people to sense the family resemblance rather than see it straight off.”

Despite 40-odd years of separation, it’s not hard to see hints of the original in the 3.0 CSL Hommage’s dramatic exterior. Carbon fiber abound, the long body features distinctive air deflectors to vent the engine bay, wings over the rear wheels to push air around the car efficiently, and a large integrated rear wing to increase downforce over the rear axle. There are plenty of little details too, like small rearward-facing cameras in the place of traditional-type side mirrors, there to reduce aerodynamic drag.

BMW is renowned for its high-spec interiors, and even though the 3.0 CSL Hommage is built around a racing vision, it hasn’t come at the expense of elegance in the cockpit. Not by a long shot. Carbon fiber meets aluminum detailing in the cabin, but again there’s a tie in to the past with the wood trim dash insert.

For now the 3.0 CSL Hommage will remain a concept, but who wouldn’t want to see this car in production?!

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Audi Creates Next-Gen Fuel From Sugars: News
Audi Creates Next-Gen Fuel From Sugars: News

Just last month, German car manufacturer Audi invented a carbon-neutral diesel fuel, made from water, carbon dioxide and renewable energy sources, and they say their pilot plant in Dresden will pump out 160 litres of the of the stuff every day in the coming months to power their Audi A8 cars.

Now, they’ve announced the development of another new type of environmentally friendly, petroleum-free synthetic fuel, which they’re calling 'e-benzin'. Manufactured in France by Audi’s partner company, Global Bioenergies, the fuel is produced by converting corn-derived glucose - a renewable source of biomass sugar - into isobutane gas.

Commonly used in refrigeration systems and aerosols, isobutane gas is also one of the staples of the petrochemical industry. About 13 million tonnes of it is extracted annually from oil, and used to produce various types of fuels, plastics and elastomers. In this case, the team at Global Bioenergies refined it into a clear, high-grade, 'unleaded’ fuel.

"The next step in the process was to run the material through a conditioning and purification process, allowing it to be collected and stored in liquid form under pressure," Eric Mack reports for Gizmag. "Some of it was then sent to Germany to be converted into isooctane fuel, creating a pure, 100 octane gasoline."

That last point refers to the octane rating of the fuel, which is the standard measure for how much compression a type of engine or aviation fuel can withstand before it ignites. While a low octane rating is better for diesel engines, a high rating is required for gasoline engines, and the higher the rating, the more efficient it is to use.

The team says their Isooctane fuel can be used as an additive to regular unleaded fuel to make it more efficient, or can be used on its own as a fuel. And because their new fuel contains no benzene or sulphur, they say it burns very cleanly. While the next step of the process will be figuring out how to produce the fuel in large quantities, the company also aims to modify the manufacturing process so that no biomass is required - just water, hydrogen, CO2 and sunlight, like how they're producing their new 'e-diesel' fuel.

"We're thinking we're bringing green-ness to a field that desperately needs green-ness," Rick Bockrath, vice president for chemical engineering at Global Bioenergies, told Gizmag. "It's basically how we're moving away from an oil-based economy towards something that has a renewable, sustainable future to it."

With an 'e-gas'- or synthetic methane - being made on an industrial scale already, and projects dedicated to getting 'e-ethanol’, Audi 'e-diesel' and Audi 'e-benzin' on the market in the coming years, it’s hard not to be impressed by a car company that appears to be so invested in making petroleum-based fuels a thing of the past.

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2016 Lotus Evora 400 : Current Models
2016 Lotus Evora 400 : Current Models

After sitting out the 2015 model year in the U.S. market due to compliance issues with government regulations, the Lotus Evora is returning to our shores for 2016 as the newly revised Evora 400. Now Lotus has announced the price tag for its mid-engine GT: $89,900.

That figure puts the Evora 400 about midway between the Porsche 911 Carrera, at $84,300, and the 911 Carrera S, currently $98,900. (Both Porsche prices are before the $995 destination charge; we usually include it in our price reports, but we don't yet know what the Lotus destination charge will be.)

The "400" designation refers to the power output of the revised Evora's engine, which is again a supercharged, 3.5-liter Toyota V-6 that also puts out 302 lb-ft of torque. Styling is mildly revised, but the packaging is more substantially tweaked, with lower, narrower doors sills and a wider rear seat. A limited-slip differential is added for the first time, but more significant as far as Americans are concerned is the addition of smart airbags, which means the Evora can again be sold here.

When will that happen, you ask? Official word is that U.S. cars will arrive in December.

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1962 AC Ace : Classic Cars
1962 AC Ace : Classic Cars

When AC cars went into liquidation in 1930, the Hurlock brothers bought the factory for their trucking business and continued to service AC cars and trucks. When customers asked for a new model, the brothers saw a chance to clear the parts bin, and obtained a Standard chassis that was supposed to be exclusive to Williams Lyons at SS. A series of lightweight 2-seaters followed and were quite successful. By 1950, however, the Hurlocks very much needed a new sports car. Jaguar had the XK 120 and MG had the T-Series, while Triumph’s TR2 and the Austin-Healey 100 were also not far off.

The Hurlocks then discovered John Tojeiro’s space-frame aluminum barchetta, which was built for Cliff Davis and inspired by the Ferrari 166. AC proposed building a production version of the racer, and Tojeiro agreed to a deal. The car was launched at the 1953 Earls Court Motor Show powered by AC’s 2-liter OHC engine. It was an immediate success and 466 were built, but the AC engine that dated back to the end of the First World War was long past the end of its development potential and only produced 75 bhp. Salvation arrived with the Bristol-sourced 2-liter, OHV 6-cylinder, which was basically the brilliant BMW 328 engine.

Once installed in the Ace in 1956, this Ace-Bristol proved an immediate race winner on both sides of the Atlantic and enjoyed seven years of successful production, with 463 sold. After Bristol stopped producing their 6-cylinder, AC was forced to look for other options. The quick choice was the 170 bhp Ruddspeed Ford Zephyr 2.6-liter 6-cylinder engine, which was available from 1961. Only 37 of those were built, however, before the Ace evolved into the Shelby Cobra, powered by the 264 bhp Ford 260 cubic inch V-8.

As the Ace became the Cobra, the power of the Ford V-8 required more and more improvements to the running gear. The Ace-Bristol, however, is the originating model, and with 125 bhp in its final tri-power D2 form, it remains competitive in historic racing. Based on a twin-tube ladder frame with 4-speed and overdrive transmission, independent suspension by transverse leaf springs and disc-drum brakes, it handles and stops well and has a top speed of 125 mph. In race tune, the Bristol engine also makes an incredible sound. The Ford Zephyr motor offered more power, but was only available in England, so parts are harder to source.

As Shelby prices have boomed, Aces have been drawn upwards too, and the best cars are no longer really affordable alternatives to the Cobra. Full provenance is essential and since many cars were used in competition, they should be carefully examined for crash damage repairs.

Speaking of competition, the Ace was a potent international racer in the late 1950s, and the company mounted annual Le Mans efforts between 1957 and 1959. Ken Rudd (of Ruddspeed) and Peter Bolton finished 10th overall in 1957 (2nd in class), Bolton and Richard Stoop were 8th overall in 1958 (2nd in class) followed by Hubert Patthey and Georges Berger (9th overall and 3rd in class). Finally in 1959, Ted Whiteaway and John Turner finished 7th overall and 1st in class. The last Ace to run at Le Mans was driven by Jean-Claude Magne and Georges Alexandrovitch in 1961. It finished 17th overall and won its class. The Cobras appeared in 1963. In The United States, the Ace cleaned up in the SCCA’s E-Production class, winning National Championships in 1957, 1958 and 1959. It was so successful that it was moved up a class twice, but Aces were still able to take National Championships in both D and C-Production. It will always live in the shadow of the Cobra, but the Ace created a very impressive legacy for itself long before Carroll Shelby stepped into the picture.

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Start Me Up Car Jumper : Accessories
Start Me Up Car Jumper : Accessories

Ask any person what their craziest story was when trying to get somebody to jump their car due to a dead battery and they can usually recall some crazy story of when it happened. It might have been asking somebody that looked like Buffalo Bill for help (he kept dancing weird the whole time the battery was charging) or having to swallow every bit of pride and call your father for help (still won’t let us forget about that). The key point is that every person has encountered this horrible event and it probably came when you were in a hurry or trying to get out of the rough area of town. Trying to find a non-creepy person that will help you jump a car is a nightmare and you shouldn’t have to deal with it any more.

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Start Me Up is a car jumper with a twist. It doesn’t require you to grovel to your father or even open a hood. Simply take the Start Me Up package (which conveniently fits in a glove compartment) and plug it into the nearest cigarette charger. Without even having to lift the hood, you should be able to start the car up without a problem. In order to charge Start Me Up back up, all you have to do is keep it charged in for another 30-40 minutes while your car is running. It should be all charged up and ready to save your hunk of junk again. Gadgets 4 Guys doesn’t recommend using this car gadget to give you the excuse to never get a new battery but it’s important to always have a backup. You will no longer have to ask a creepy mustachioed guys wearing trench coats and nothing else to jump start your car (they might misinterpret) with the Start Me Up.

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Self-Driving Cars Accident Report : News
Self-Driving Cars Accident Report : News

A handful of the self-driving cars currently on the road in California have run into trouble—albeit allegedly not caused by the cars themselves. An investigation by The Associated Press has discovered that four of the 48 autonomous vehicles licensed for operation on public roads there have already gotten into some kind of accident.

All four of the scrapes reportedly happened at less than 10 mph. In two of them the car was in autonomous mode, while the human required by law to be behind the wheel was in control during the other two.

There aren’t many additional details available at this time. AP got the information in part because accidents since September have to be reported to the California DMV, but that agency wouldn’t give out any more information. From the AP report:

“Three involved Lexus SUVs that Google Inc. outfitted with sensors and computing power in its aggressive effort to develop “autonomous driving,” a goal the tech giant shares with traditional automakers. The parts supplier Delphi Automotive had the other accident with one of its two test vehicles. Google and Delphi said their cars were not at fault in any accidents, which the companies said were minor.”

Delphi says its car—an Audi SQ5, perhaps the one it recently used to drive autonomously from San Francisco to New York City—was hit while waiting to make a left turn by another, non-autonomous vehicle. Google wouldn’t say what happened with its three accidents, but has said before that its fleet of street-legal autonomous cars have gotten into some minor scrapes and fender benders before. None of the other automakers licensed for autonomous testing in California, which include Audi and Mercedes, have reported accidents.

While questions about who’s at fault when a self-driving car gets itself into an accident could be answered sooner rather than later, we’re most concerned with Google’s secrecy concerning incidents involving its vehicles. After all, it’s going to take a lot of convincing for many people to give up control behind the wheel, and honesty about what’s going right or wrong with such projects seems like a logical step to take to that end.

UPDATE, May 12: Google didn’t waste any time in trying to change the conversation about its self-driving cars. Not long after the AP released its report about the accidents, Chris Urmson, the director of Google’s self-driving car program, took to Backchannel with a post elucidating all the situations Google cars encounter on the road.

Urmson also doubled down on saying that the self-driving cars were not at fault in any of the accidents in which they’ve been involved, including those that predate those discussed in the AP report (the emphasis is Google’s):

“Over the 6 years since we started the project, we’ve been involved in 11 minor accidents (light damage, no injuries) during those 1.7 million miles of autonomous and manual driving with our safety drivers behind the wheel, and not once was the self-driving car the cause of the accident.”

The AP report provides some perspective on the crash rate, stating that “the national rate for reported ‘property-damage-only crashes’ is about 0.3 per 100,000 miles driven, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Google’s 11 accidents over 1.7 million miles would work out to 0.6 per 100,000, but as company officials noted, as many as five million minor accidents are not reported to authorities each year—so it is hard to gauge how typical this is.”

Urmson cites NHTSA data that says driver error is to blame for 94 percent of automotive crashes, and also provides anecdotes of unwise decisions that human drivers have made in the vicinity of Google cars. He also demonstrates this visually via graphics that show how the cars’ computers see the road in general—you can check them out, including a video, here—as well as when a human cuts off the vehicle while trying to turn right from the left lane.

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2017 Dodge Dart SRT4 : Concept Cars
2017 Dodge Dart SRT4 : Concept Cars

After the success of the original Dodge Neon SRT4 in establishing street credibility for both the Neon and the SRT brand, the creation of an SRT Dart — a Dodge Dart SRT4, if you will — seems almost a given, especially since Chrysler has already gotten 285 horsepower out of the turbocharged 2.4 liter engine, even without MultiAir or the new “Tiger Shark” head and intake design.

Observers believe the production version will likely produce around 300 horsepower, though SRT might tune for a lower peak horsepower number in order to get stronger torque through a wider engine-speed range — or to save money on the all wheel drive system, assuming one is going to be used. The engine is now believed to be a 2.0 liter, though it’s still possible there will be a Hurricane 2.0 for everyday and a Hurricane 2.4 for SRT.

A reliable Allpar reader claims to have spotted a new Dart SRT4 near the Chrysler Tech Center. He did not want to reveal any specific technologies used in the car, but said he'd looked it over and under, and believed it was close to production. He wrote, "It is incredible! As much as I drooled over the Neon SRT4, the new one is...I cannot come up with words to describe it. The Abarth 500 is a tinker toy built by 3 year olds in comparison. If the fit and finish on the car I saw remains on production vehicles...there are going to be embarrassed people that will be backpedalling on their comments. The car was purposeful, and it let you know its purpose just sitting there without being something from Fast and Furious. It is a real driving machine.”

Ralph Gilles has been dropping more hints about the SRT4 recently, and Allpar members have been arguing over whether it would have front wheel drive (as both SRT4s had) or all wheel drive, which is believed to be on its way for the Dart. Some believe it will be released on the tenth anniversary of the Dodge Neon SRT4 launch.

The market for AWD “mini-supercars” like the Mitsubishi Evo and Subaru WRX STi has been falling sharply, and the idea of a $30,000 Dodge Dart might arouse the ire of pundits, so the jury is still out on whether the SRT4 will be based on the all wheel drive Dart or on the front wheel drive model. We’re still betting on all wheel drive, with the price point and interior comfort being key differentiators from Evo and STi. The Dart SRT4 can underperform compared with the most potent “rice rockets” as long as it’s substantially cheaper; size is apparently only worth an afterthought in comparisons, if Challenger vs Mustang vs Camaro articles are any guide.

The SRT4 is not expected until the 2016 or 2017 model year, when Dart is up for a redesign. The SRT would call attention to the redesign, though if they cannot get the desired power from the new turbocharged Hurricane Four, it may be rebadged to Dart R/T.

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Sources : 2017 Dodge Dart SRT4 Photo | 2017 Dodge Dart SRT4 Article
Gemballa GTP 720 : Current Models
Gemballa GTP 720 : Current Models

Recently, German tuning firm Gemballa unveiled the GTP 720, a record-breaking Porsche Panamera-based monster that could put the Panamera Turbo to shame in nearly every category. Now, the company is releasing additional data and new pictures of the car, that now boasts a less controversial design. Gemballa has upgraded the stock car's twin-turbo 4.8-liter V8, allowing it to churn out an insane 720 horsepower. Compared to the Panamera Turbo, the GTP 720 also makes an additional 188 lb-ft of torque.

With this power, Gemballa has managed to achieve a few new records with its manic sedan: As well as an electronically-controlled top speed of 211 mph, the car can hit 62 mph in 3.2 seconds, shoot to 124 mph in 9.7 seconds and blast to 187 mph in just 26.4 seconds. That represents respective 1, 3, and 33.6 second improvements over the production car's acceleration. In fact, the car also broke a lap time record for its weight class at the Sachsenring track, making the round in just 1:37.08. And while the luxury tuner's choice of exterior design is still somewhat underwhelming, we're sure that everything will be forgotten once you get behind the wheel.

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1992 Bentley Brooklands : Classic Cars
1992 Bentley Brooklands : Classic Cars

"Bentley's sporting excellence encompasses proven automotive technology that maximises the owner's driving pleasure" was Rolls-Royce's statement as regards the marque values for Bentley motor cars.

With the introduction of the Bentley Brooklands in 1992 it had been announced that the production of the Bentley Mulsanne S as well as that of the Bentley Eight was discontinued. Aimed to appeal to luxury car buyers who might not have had a Bentley on top of their shopping list this new car was the outcome of Rolls-Royce's ability to respond to recession. Sales had dropped almost 50 % the previous years and forced the company to concentrate on a leaner production at Crewe (Mulliner Park Ward was relocated there and the London factory had been closed). The sporting connotations were reflected in the name Booklands - a racing circuit having been in the headlines during the 30s quite frequently with Bentleys achieving speed records and a new sports style centre console gearchange to the electronically controlled 4-speed automatic gearbox. The Bentley Brooklands benefitted from micro-computer technology which controlled areas including the suspension, instrument displays and air-conditioning and the last series from 1996 were enhanced by the fitting of a light-pressure turbocharger. In their response to demand Rolls-Royce supplied special low volume series (e.g. Bentley Brooklands Trophy Special).

8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration, aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder block with cast iron wet cylinder liners; bore x stroke 104.14 x 99.06 mm (4.1 x 3.9 in), capacity 6,750 cc, aluminium alloy cylinder heads; Bosch MK Motronic fuel injection and ignition control system (from 1996 exhaust driven Garrett AiResearch turbocharger); 4-speed automatic gearbox; hypoid bevel final drive; independent suspension front and rear, self levelling with automatic ride control; ventilated disc brakes front, plain discs rear, anti-lock device; wheelbase 3,061 mm (120,5 in); tyres 235/70 R 15;

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Horsepower & Heels Racing : Blogs
Horsepower & Heels Racing : Blogs

Tired of always trying to fit in and “be one of the boys” to be accepted and respected in drag racing, Erica Ortiz decided she wasn’t going to apologize anymore for being unique and feminine, and still wanting to be a fierce competitor. When her racing counterparts showed shock at her dress and heels attire away from the track, she objected, because after all, Who Says Horsepower & Heels don’t mix?!? From there an idea was born.

Horsepower & Heels™ Racing began as the team name for Erica Ortiz and her all-female race team, but from there has evolved into a fully supportive women in motorsports trademark. Erica is passionate about helping all women in motorsports, and continues to grow with the goal to lead and inspire other women interested in pursuing their dreams in the male-dominated world of motorsports.

Back then they burned bras, now we BURN RUBBER!

Our mission is to continue to support and promote women in the motorsports world. For all the female racers who are behind the wheel, to ladies in the pits serving as crew members; the business savvy team owners, and the press/marketing ladies who work hard behind the scenes, to ALL women navigating the motorsports world, Horsepower & Heels is dedicated to YOU, female drivers!

About : Driver: Erica Ortiz

Erica Ortiz is the founder and driver of the all-female pro modified team Horsepower & Heels™ and strong advocate of women in racing. A veteran both behind the wheel and behind a torque wrench, Erica brings over 15 years of experience navigating the male-dominated motor sports arena from the female perspective.

At first glance, none would suspect Erica Ortiz to be a frontrunner in the ultra-competitive world of drag racing. Born and raised in Orlando, FL by her grandparents — a retired Air Force officer and draftsman, and a housewife, Erica was raised in a strict, traditional latin household. Nowhere was it evident where Erica’s love for racing and speed developed. The last raised in her grandparents home, none of her family had knowledge of motorsports, and while Erica grew up loving competition,– “anything athletic or sports oriented, even down to academics, I loved the thrill of competition and the adrenaline rush of winning.” says Erica. “I was never much of a girlie girl, no matter how hard I tried. It was all just awkward to me, I wanted to be out there playing with the boys, not on the sidelines looking pretty.”

Beginning with a stock street car, Erica learned the ropes of drag racing from the grassroots level. She apprenticed under Florida-based Lugo Motorsports learning not only to drive these powerful machines, but also to tune and build them. From there, she graduated to the Drag Radial category of racing during 2002-2004, holding many records as the first female to break the 8 second and 175mph barriers, as well as finishing #2 for the 2003 FFW Drag Radial championship.

In 2005, Erica made the move to the PRO ranks, with the start of her 1988 Twin Turbocharged Thunderbird Pro 5.0 entry. She continued to break barriers, becoming the first woman in the 6 second zone in FFW competition, and the first woman in FFW history to lay claim to the 200 mph club, before finishing her rookie PRO season in the #2 position for the 2006 FFW Pro Championship. Even more noteworthy, this feat was accomplished with less than a quarter of the budget of her fellow competitors, running antiquated equipment.

With the new found success, Erica set off in 2007 to build a newer, more competitive race operation. She upgraded the old Thunderbird chassis to a new 2007 Mustang body in white, and upgraded her engine program to more durable components. Unfortunately, midway through this conversion process, economic downturn slowed this project to a near halt for Erica. Racing was sidelined so that Erica could turn her focus on strengthening her career and starting a family.

Her passion and fire for the sport never faded, and with her career as Marketing Director solid, she is ready to make a COMEBACK! Bringing her unparalleled drive and talent back to the forefront of Horsepower & Heels Racing, Erica looks to prove that she still has what it takes to achieve her ultimate dream: to become a full-time NHRA Professional racer.

Birthday: March 27
Ethnicity: Puerto Rican/Cuban
Born: Orlando, FL
Residence: Tampa, FL
Offspring: Benicio Zane, Age 2

Occupation: Marketing Communications Manager
Education: General Business Administration, Troy State University

Hobbies: Contributing Writer, Women in Motorsports Column,; Fitness/Weightlifting; Roller Derby

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