Wednesday, August 31, 2011

7:48 is the New Nürburgring Nordschleife Lap record For an electric Vehicle



As someone working on an embedded software for future electric vehicles, this video gives more sense to my job. Mainly because it contributes to changing people's opinion about electric vehicles. They are no longer those ugly tiny slow city vehicles. And what's better than setting up a new record around the green hell to demonstrate your new electric prototype's capabilities. That's what Toyota did with its somehow road legal TMG EV P001 prototype (yes it definitely needs another name).

It's still a full minute behind a similar gasoline powered "production" vehicle (radical SR8 LM) but it's one minute and thirteen seconds faster than Peugeot's fresh record of 9:01 with the electric EX1 concept. Does that mean that the electric vehicles war has just started? I can't think of a better battlefied than the Green Hell. Keep the reocrds coming!

You can check out high res pictures of the beast in the gallery below and watch the video of the record setting run. As a bonus, you will find a video of the radical SR8 LM's record setting run of 6:48, just to compensate the lack of noise with the Toyota..




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Monday, August 29, 2011

The F10 M5 is Moto GP's Latest Safety Car



Unveiled last week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the BMW F10 M5 is Moto GP's new official safety car. It features the same twin turbo V8 from the road going version producing 560 Hp. Just like the previous baby M safety car, the new M5 benefits from an upgraded suspension and titanium exhausts as well as additional front and rear spoilers. Head on to BimmerPost for more pictures and details.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cadillac Ciel Concept Brings Fresh Design Ideas mixed with Pure Elegance



Last week Cadillac introduced its new Ciel (like "sky" in french) Concept car at the Monterey Annual classic car meeting. The concept is a four-seat, four-door beautiful convertible powered by a 425-horsepower, twin-turbocharged version of GM's 3.6-liter V6 engine. It features 22 inch rims which might give you an idea about the overall dimensions. The Ciel annouces the future design language of the brand which as you may notice is characterized by some slightly less sharp but very attractive lines nonetheless. However it still have some design cues from the current lineup. Cadillac wanted to give us an idea about the look of its future luxury models and after seeing this, we couldn't be more excited to see what they would come up with in the future. More pictures of the beauty in the gallery below and clic past the jump to see the Ciel concept car in motion.














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Unveiled: Ferrari 458 Spider



Here it is, the long awated Ferrari 458 Spider in all its glory. It features a beautifully engineered folding hard top similar to that of the Superamerica. The clever part is, when the car is running topless, the folding top rests under a beautifully sculpted piece of metal that once was the engine cover. This allows the top to stay perfectly clean while not in use but the bad part is that the 562Hp V8 is no longer visible. Designing a spider version of the Italia requires some chassis thoughening in order to compensate the missing roof but the car kept an overall dryweight of 1430 Kg (3153 pounds with racing seats and forged wheels) which is far above any other convertible from the same category.

When it comes to performance, the 458 Spider packs out the same amount of prancing horses as the coupe with similar performance numbers: 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in less than 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 320 Km/h (198 mph). Power is sent to rear wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch F1 transmission. Check out the high res pictures below as well as a short HD video showing the hard top folding mecanism in action.




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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Pictures of the First Hennessey Venom GT Delivered in the US


It accelerates from 0 to 100 Km/h (62 mph) in 2.5 seconds with a claimed top speed of 429 Km/h (267 mph)? Power comes from a 1,200 Hp turbocharged Corvette V8 mounted at the center of a Lotus Elise based chassis. Pretty weird combination right? Below you will find high res pictures of the first Venom GT delivered to a customer.



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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

VIDEO: Exciting Ring Run by a Fearless Instructor



You are about to watch one of the most exciting on board laps of the Nürburgring Nordschleife performed by Mr. Andreas Gülden, the chief instructor at the Nürburgring Driving Academy. This lap is not about breaking records, it's about having complete control of a Formula car on a 23 Km long wet, bumpy, narrow track. After watching this, i am really thankful for Mr. Gülden for offering us this demonstratin of his indiscutable talent. Video after the jump. Take your time, it's worth it.


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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series



Is it a standard M3 or an M3 GTS competitor? Or is it a replacement of the old CLK Black series? Does it really matter? What really matters is, will it be faster? Well there's a big chance since the new C63 AMG Black Series is powered by a 6.2-Liter naturally aspirated V8 pumping out 510 Hp all transferred to rear wheels through seven-speed automatic transmission. That leads to a 0 to 100 Km/h (62mph) sprint in 4.2.. More details about the car will be annouced at its unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. But for now you can contemplate the beast in the gallery below.



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