Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ferrari 599 GTB

Ferrari 599 GTB

Styled by Italian car design firm Pininfarina, the 2010 Ferrari Fiorano 599 GTB is a high-performance, exotic two-passenger gran turismo. It’s Ferrari’s most powerful V12 and one of themightiest performers in the exotic sports car class. "The Ferrari sweeps through broader emotional extremes - soft and sweet now, hard and fast when provoked - revealing the wild Italian temptress within," writes Automobile Magazine. "The amazing thing is how the 599GTB is able to embrace every situation with an astute blend of confidence and competence."
The 2010 Ferrari Fiorano 599 GTB’s name is a combination of its engineering and styling heritage. While the 599 stands for its engine’s displacement of 5,999 cc, GTB is short for “Gran Turismo Berlinetta” or “grand touring hardtop” in Italian. According to, “The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano borrows its name from the [Fiorano] test track where Ferrari tests both its road cars and Formula 1 racers, and it’s designed to bring F1 to the streets.”
Ferrari set out to create a supercar and that’s exactly what the 2010 Fiorano 599 GTB is. Critics report that this engineering masterpiece is fast, powerful, upscale and altogether satisfying. "Front-engine, grand-touring machines have a fairly specific pecking order, and the 599 is already on top, trumping most of its competitors in power or handling, if not both," writes Car and Driver.

Dimensions and Weight
Overall length 183.7 in
Overall width 77.2 in
Height 52.6 in
Wheelbase 108.3 in
Front track 66.5 in
Rear track 63.7 in
Dry weight 3482 lb*
Kerb weight 3722 lb*
Boot (trunk) capacity 11.3 cu ft
Fuel tank capacity 27.7 US gal (23.1 UK gal)
Weight distribution 47%/53% front/rear
Front 13.9 x 1.3 in
Rear 12.9 x 1.1 in
Ferrari 599 GTB Interior
Type 65° V12
Bore/stroke 3.62 x 2.96 in
Unit displacement 30.51 cu in
Total displacement 366.08 cu in
Compression ratio 11.2:1
Maximum power 456 kW (620 CV) at 7600 rpm
Maximum torque 608 Nm (448 lbft) at 5600 rpm
Maximum revs per minute 8400 rpm (with limiter)
Specific output 103 CV/I
Transmission and Gearbox
Transmission and gearbox: Manual or F1; 6-gears+Reverse
Maximum speed : over 205 mph
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 3.7 s
0-200 km/h (0-124 mph): 11 s
Electronic Controls
Electronic controls: Tyres pressure and Temperature
Electronic controls : Monitoring System TPTMS
Electronic controls : Control for Stability and Traction with F1-Trac
Front : 245/40 19”
Rear : 305/35 20”
Fuel Consumption
Combined: 17.9 l/100 km
CO2 Emissions

Combined 415 g/km

Monday, December 27, 2010

New Car Hyundai Verna Hatchback Concept

Hyundai Verna hatchback 5-door took part in the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition 2010. Before Hyundai Verna hatcback appears, Hyundai Verna Hyundai first introduced the 4-door sedan at the Beijing Automotive Exhibition 2010.

After the Nissan Sunny which presents the latest, now turn Hyundai Verna reportedly present at the mat Guangzhou Auto Show 2010. But this latest Verna does not appear as a sedan, but comes as a hatchback. The plan, Verna hatchback will be manufactured locally in China, and will use different names.

Cars manufactured by Hyundai with a joint venture between Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Company will use two different engine options. The first engine is gasoline with a capacity of 1400 cc that could provide power 105 horsepower and 135 Nm of torque.

While a larger capacity engine, 1600 cc engine will generate power of 121 hp and maximum torque of 155 Nm. In the Chinese market, entry-level model with a capacity of 1400 cc will be able to achieve fuel consumption figures of 6.2 liters for a distance of 100 km. So that became a teririt in its class.

Suzuki New Mini-MPV Solio Concept

Suzuki Motor Corp. reportedly has just introduced a new mini-MPV called the Solio. Solio has a length of 3710 mm, and according to the plan will go on sale in Japan in early January next year.

Japanese home-made car manufacturer will use a capacity of 1200 cc engine that can generate power of 91 hp. The machine was then mated with automatic CVT transmission and using a front-wheel drive. In addition, Suzuki also brings four-wheel drive version as an option. Suzuki parties feel confident with its newest product, the evidence they target can sell the Solio as many as 12,000 units per year.

Not only that, the Solio is also rumored to be made to the Mitsubishi brand. As is known Suzuki and Mitsubishi often make the same car with different brands. Under the agreement, Suzuki will make 800 units per month Solio to Mitsubishi. "Supplies from Suzuki is expected to generate new customers for Mitsubishi and add a new line-up for Mitsubishi with a mini MPV Solio," wrote the Mitsubishi in a release quoted from Carscoop, In addition, Suzuki additionally brings four-wheel drive chronicle as an option. Not only which, a Solio is additionally rumored to be done to the Mitsubishi brand. As you well known, Suzuki as well as Mitsubishi often have a same automobile with dissimilar brands. Under a agreement, Suzuki will have 800 units per month Solio to Mitsubishi. Suzuki not explained some-more item about fuel consumption of this automobile, as well as a cost.

Suzuki New SX4 Car Diesel Design

Speculation about the existence of a diesel-engined SX4 is fulfilled. Maruti Suzuki in India ready to launch a diesel car that early next year. Maruti Suzuki SX4 diesel announced it will begin production in January 2011. Then the next car will go on sale to the public.

SX4 diesel will be equipped with the same 1300 cc engine with the Fiat Linea and Punto. Diesel engines will also adopt the technology is applied to the Swift DDiS. But Suzuki claim there are a number of new technologies that dicangkokan the SX4 diesel engine. Among variable geometry turbo that can produce power and torque is greater.

Design: The SX4 was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro's Italdesign studio. The Suzuki SX4 was initially introduced as a five-door hatchback which was marketed as a crossover. The sedan was unveiled at the 2007 New York Auto Show and was later on launched in Japan, India and a few East european countries. The "SX 4" term was used by American Motors (AMC) for a sporty liftback model.

Engine: After using the Fiat 1.3l multijet engine for its Swift and Swift Dzire, Maruti will continue to use the DDiS engines. In the European market, the SX4 is sold with 1.9-litre and 2.0-litre DDis engine options. We expect, Maruti to launch the SX4 diesel with a 1.6-litre DDis, and this should be Maruti's reply to the VW Vento diesel, which produces 105-bhp from a 1.6-litre oilburner.

Features: The SX4 diesel is the twin of its petrol variant. There is no difference between the two except for their hearts.

Competitors/Overall Evaulation: The main rivals of the SX4 will be its own petrol sibling, the Honda City, Fiat Linea, Ford Fiesta Hyundai Verna and the recently launched Volkswagen Vento. The SX4 has a huge plus with the Maruti brand having the largest after sales and service network and good ownership experience.

History of Maybach

Karl Maybach
Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH is a German luxury car manufacturer. It was founded in 1909 by Wilhelm Maybach and his son. The company was originally a subsidiary of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH and was itself known as Luftfahrzeug-Motorenbau GmbH (literally "Aircraft Engine Building Company") until 1912. Today, the brand is owned by Daimler AG and based in Stuttgart.
Maybach has historic roots through the involvement of Wilhelm Maybach, who was the technical director of the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) until he left in 1907. On 23 March 1909 he founded the new company, Luftfahrzeug-Motorenbau GmbH (literally "Aircraft Engine Building Company"), with his son Karl Maybach as director.[citation needed] In 1912 they renamed it to Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH ("Maybach Engine Construction Company"). The company originally developed and manufactured diesel and gas engines for Zeppelins, and then rail cars. The Maybach Mb.IVa was used in aircraft and airships of World War I.
The company first built an experimental car in 1919, with the first production model introduced two years later at the Berlin Motor Show. Between 1921 and 1940, the company produced various classic opulent vehicles. The company also continued to build heavy duty diesel engines for marine and rail purposes.
After WW II the factory performed some repair work, but automotive production was never restarted, and some 20 years later, the company was renamed MTU Friedrichshafen. Daimler-Benz purchased the company in 1960.

The Maybach at The 1930 Paris Motor Show
1997–present: revival
In 1997, Mercedes-Benz presented at the Tokyo Motorshow a luxury concept car under the name Mercedes-Benz Maybach (V12, 5987 cc, 550 hp). Mercedes-Benz decided to develop and market the car under the sole brand name of Maybach.
Maybach was therefore revived as a brand in the early 2000s, with the production of the new model in two sizes — the Maybach 57 and the Maybach 62. The numbers are equal to the lengths of the automobiles in decimetres. In 2005, the new 57S was added, sporting a 6.0L V12 bi-turbo engine, producing 604 bhp (450 kW) and 737 lb·ft (999 N·m) of torque, and featuring various cosmetic touches.
The company offers various options for customers to personalise their vehicles, and provides various equipment combinations.
To promote the new Maybach line, Mercedes-Benz has tapped public figures to act as brand ambassadors, including Maybach heir Ulrich Schmid-Maybach and golfer Nick Faldo.

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

History of Hummer

The history Of the HUMMER begins in 1979 with competition for the development of a vehicle to meet the Army's highest standards in a High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). As that development race began, Teledyne and Chrysler Defense (later sold to General Dynamics) already had designs on their drawing boards. The proposed Chrysler vehicle was an adapted version of the Saluki desert design. while its Teledyne counterpart sprang from the design of a vehicle known as the Cheetah. Though AM General appeared to be well behind the others, the company moved into this competition with no preconceived design notions, rolled up its sleeves, and soon created an original -- the HUMMER.
AM General's prototype HUMMER went to test in the Nevada desert in July 1980 -- only eleven months from its design board beginnings. This was the first of many breakthroughs that demonstrated the company's know-how and leadership. The Army now had three serious competitors with vehicles under test.
The Army's formal procurement of test vehicles began in February 1981. Six proposals came in from industry and were evaluated against the Army's HMMWV specifications. The three most responsive designs were selected, and in June 1981 contracts were awarded to General Dynamics, Teledyne and AM General. The test vehicles to be acquired from each company included TOW Carriers, Cargo Troop Carriers and Mini and Maxi Ambulance variant.
Army specs were extremely stringent with demands for light armor, deep water fording capability, and Arctic and desert operational ability to name just a few, as well as absolute reliability, durability and maintainability, Vehicle weight constraints called for material application breakthroughs. All of this and just ten months to do it --still another set of challenges for AM General.
Once again AM General proved its mettle when it became the first company to complete its test vehicles. Prototype HUMMERs were delivered to Army proving grounds at Aberdeen and Yuma, and to a test site at Fort Hunter-Liggett in April 1982.
The Army's test phase was scheduled over a five month period after which a call for production proposals would be made from the competing contractors. AM General took that in stride as its HUMMERS were the first vehicles to complete durability testing. The company also came through the rigorous testing with the lightest vehicles and high performance ratings. Clearly, the HUMMER HAD scored as the superior technical offering.
Following AM General's production proposal, these "superior' vehicles were finally awarded the initial HUMMER production contract in March 1983, calling for 55,000 vehicles to be delivered over a five year period.
From tooling up time at AM General's Mishawaka plant to delivery of the first production test vehicles took just six months -- another remarkable achievement for AM General.
In 1992 AM General began marketing the Civilian Hummer to the public. The first year "Limited Edition" Hummers were sold directly from the factory. In 1993 AM General signed up close to 50 dealers to market the civilian Hummer.
In December of 1999 AM General sold the Hummer name and the rights to market and distribute Hummer vehicles to General Motors. AM General continued to Build the original Hummer (now called H1) at the Mishawaka plant. In mid 2002 AM General began building the all new Hummer H2 as a 2003 model in a new state of the art manufacturing facility adjacent to the HMMWV/H1 plant.
In mid 2005 Hummer introduced the 2006 Hummer H3. The H3 was a midsized SUV based on the Colorado/Canyon truck platform and built at GM's Shreveport, LA plant.
The final decision to end civilian H1 Production was made on Tuesday May 9th 2006, the decision was officially announced to the public Friday May 12th 2006. There were 729 '06 H1s built bringing the total number of H1s produced since their introduction in 1992 to 11,818.
June 3rd 2008 GM announces that it is considering selling or closing down the Hummer brand.
GM files for Bankruptcy on June 1st 2009, announces Chinese company Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Company will purchase the Hummer brand the day after.
On February 25th 2010 GM announces the deal with Sichuan Tengzhong for the sale of the Hummer brand has fallen through. GM says they will evaluate any further offers over the next several weeks and if no suitable offers are received, they will begin the "orderly wind-down" of the Hummer brand.
April 7, 2010 notification is sent to Hummer dealers that no "viable" buyers have been found and the "orderly wind-down" of the Hummer brand will begin.
The "wind-down" is completed and GM officially shuts down the Hummer brand on October 31st 2010.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ferrari California

Ferrari California

The 2010 Ferrari California ranks 4 out of 7 Exotic Sports Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 16 published reviews and test drives of the Ferrari California, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
The 2010 Ferrari California is an exotic wonder that handles just as marvelously on the track as it does on long-distance pleasure cruises. Competitors may offer more power and sportier capabilities, but few are as practical or luxurious. "The California represents a new chapter for the Italian coachbuilder in an already amazing book filled with super exotic masterpieces," writes Motor Trend. "Da Vinci would be proud."
Introduced in 1957, the Ferrari California nameplate has long served as a symbol of exclusivity and escapism. Nowhere is this more evident than in the 1986 cult-classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off, in which bad-boy Ferris convinces his uptight buddy, Cameron, to steal his father's much-loved 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder for a day out on the town.

Ferrari California interior
The 2010 Ferrari California, however, is significantly different from its predecessor. Automobile Magazine explains: "The California is full of firsts: it's the first-ever front-mounted V-8-engined Ferrari, it's the first use of direct injection in a Ferrari, and it's Ferrari's first dual-clutch automated manual transmission. It's also the first Ferrari built on a modular architecture, and the first built on a new production line that is downright spooky in its modernity."
Indeed, the 2010 Ferrari California is unique. It’s the only exotic sports car under $200K to feature an automatic retractable hardtop and boasts the most cargo room in its class. Compared to its rivals, the 2010 Ferrari California is not the most capable sports performer. However, it’s hard to knock a car that has a top speed of 193 mph and can blast from 0 to 62 mph in less than four seconds. Car and Driver explains, "The California is milder [than the F430], a car that's certainly capable of stimulating adrenal glands but is also sufficiently docile -- dare we say practical? -- to serve as an everyday driver."

Dimensions and Weight
Overall length 179.6 in
Overall width 74.9 in
Height 51.5 in
Wheelbase 105.1 in
Front track 64.2 in
Rear track 63.2 in
Dry wheight 3593 lb
Kerb weight 3825 lb
Weight distribution 47% Front - 53% Rear Fuel tank capacity
20.6 US gal (17.3 UK/gal)
Boot (trunk) capacity 12 cu ft 8.5 (roof closed)
Type 90° V8 with fuel direct injection
Bore and stroke 3.70 x 3.05 in
Unit displacement 32.75 cu in
Total displacement 262.22 cu in
Compression ratio 12.2.01
Maximum power** 338 kW (460 CV) at 7750 rpm
Maximum torque 485 Nm (357 lbft) at 5000 rpm
CCM Brakes
Front 15.4 x 1.34 in
Rear 14.2 x 1.26 in
CST with F1 TRAC system Control for stability and traction
TPTMS (Tyres Pressure and Temperature Monitoring System)
Maximum speed 193 mph
0-62 mph less than 4.0 sec
0-400 m 12.2 sec
0-1.000 m 22.1 sec
Gearbox; F1, dual clutch 7 gears + Reverse
Gearbox: Manual 6 gears + Reverse
Front :Double wishbone
Rear :Multilink
Front :245/40 ZR19"
Rear :285/40 ZR19"
Front (option): 245/35 ZR20"
Rear (option): 285/35 ZR20"
Fuel Consumption
Combined ECE* 13.1 l/100 km
CO2 Emissions

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Chris Forsberg - Formula D Irwindale

There's some outstanding cinematography here. And a lot of smoke.

Chris Forsberg - Formula Drift Irwindale from Will Roegge on Vimeo.

Studio 434

With over a hundred cars spanning a hundred years, the Studio 434 collection is eclectic to say the least. And they're not run-of-the-mill models either; rarities include:

Jensen Series IV hardtop coupe.

Aston Martin Volante Zagato.

AC 428 Coupe.

Lagonda Rapide Sports Saloon.

Ferrari 208 Turbo.

...and so on. The Studio 434 collection, based in Potters Bar, is primarily used for film and TV work as well as private & wedding hire, although you can just pop along and have a mooch around. Click here for more info.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Volkswagen Golf GTI W12-650

On the whole, employees of car manufacturers reside in one of two camps: the hardcore petrolheads who’ve spent a lifetime dreaming of creating the ideal driving machine, and the number-crunching bean-counters that spend their days observing and analysing statistics and market trends, optimising sales and crushing the dreams of the first group. This is a successful formula in general terms, encouraging development and evolution within the industry whilst maintaining consistent sales through models that have a broad appeal. For aftermarket tuners and DIY mechanics, it’s a positive joy to tweak the aspects of a car that have been softened for mass consumption; stiffer suspension, lower profile tyres, less restrictive exhaust systems that would run the risk of pleasing a few but offending many if they were fitted in the mainstream.

So, everyone’s happy, yes? The accountants have lovely graphs where all the lines go upwards, Demon Tweeks are doing a roaring trade in spikey cams and carbon-fibre airboxes… but what about the in-house enthusiasts; the designers, developers and engineers? How do these poor souls react to having their vision diluted so callously?

They rebel, that’s how. Look at the original Golf GTI: VW bosses wanted the Golf to be a sort of upmarket take on the Mini, with low weight, diminutive dimensions and maximised interior space. The engineers wanted it to be quick and fun. They built the prototype in their spare time… and management loved it. Absolutely loved it. And you know how successful that was.

Fast-forward a few decades and the cheeky scamps at Wolfsburg were at it again. OK, the goalposts had shifted somewhat – this wasn't so much an engineer-led project as the latest manifestation of the spiralling and ludicrous power war dominating the German motor industry – and we knew not to get our hopes up too high. They didn't actually build the W12-650 for public consumption.

Imagine if they did, though. Until the launch of the mkV, the Golf GTI had come under enormous criticism for its loss of focus; what began as a pure and playful thoroughbred evolved into something lardy and sluggish. The mkV GTI was a return to form, but some people wanted more. More grunt, more attitude, more thrust. The R32 addressed these issues, with a juicy V6 and a hateful disdain for other hot hatches. VW then wanted to show just how far they could stretch the formula… and it got really rather silly.

This may look like a Golf GTI that’s been tampered with by a backstreet chop-shop, but this is no trailer queen. Strolling past it, you might notice the twin fans in the back. Er, yes, there’s a 6-litre biturbo W12 under there. Which produces 641bhp. And that’s just ridiculous.

The W12 isn’t really a W-configuration in the same way that the VR6 isn’t really a V; indeed the W12 is basically two VR6 engines bolted to a common crank. The most common application of this engine in a similar state of tune? That’ll be the Bentley Continental GT.

OK, so we have a Volkswagen Golf with a Bentley engine mounted in the middle – a Bentley engine that has been significantly tuned, no less – with 641bhp. Silly enough for you? How about if I mention that it will hit sixty in 3.7 seconds, going on to a v-max of 201mph? The lunatics, if not actually taking over the asylum, had certainly distributed a few propaganda leaflets.

The real bitch was that this was just a mule, a showcase of what VW could achieve when they put their minds to it. (Some might argue that it’s a glimpse of what would happen if the artisans had a freer reign, others that it serves to validate how fearful VW are of alienating their consumers by behaving in too extreme a manner.) By this token, unfortunately, it didn’t really achieve what it should have. Sure, it looked superb, the performance was brutal and genuinely impressive, but there was a lack of finesse that ruined the whole project. While it worked to their credit that journalists were allowed to drive the car – by no means a given with your average one-off prototype – reports of questionable brakes and downright dangerous handling dynamics were rife.

Still, who gives a toss about that? It’s a 200mph Golf with a fucking Bentley engine. The world needs more behaviour like this. We need to regain faith that these colossal conglomerates are still based on boundless enthusiasm and a genuine desire to excel. The passion exists, it just needs to be nurtured…

BMW 1-series M Coupe

This official video from BMW shows the new 1-series M Coupe (which looks infinitely better with a boot on the back than as a dumpy hatchback) alongside the timeless E30 M3 Sport Evo.

They're in totally different leagues, of course - the M3 Sport Evo is a purist's dream, with its zingy four-cylinder engine and stripped-back race-car-for-the-road nature, while the 1-series M Coupe - which they can't call M1, as they've used that before for something rather different - represents the zenith of 21st-century BMW tech; for those that want an M3 but feel the current model has ballooned into something beyond a cheeky two-door three-box, the not-an-M1 is here to fill in the gaps. It looks like a pretty entertaining steer too.
(If you want to dive straight into the action, fast-forward to 5m27s.)

Is it just me, or do they look like the rims from the E46 M3 CSL...?

Monday, December 20, 2010

History of Ford

Ford Motor Company is one of the greatest automobile manufacturers of all time. They started under Henry Ford in Detroit, Michigan. Ford had a skill for craftsmanship when he built an experimental car in 1896. It was a twin cylinder engine with potential of 20 mph. In 1899 he left his job in order to organize the Detroit Automobile Company. Ford's first production was in 1903, the Model A, with an under the floor engine selling for $850. In the first season it sold 1,708 cars.
Thereafter, Ford became increasing interested in speed. He built an experimental racing machine called the 999, which reached 91.4 mph in 1904. He also produced the Model C the same year only later introducing the Model B for $2000. These models were improved in 1905 with the Model K that sold for $2500. In 1906 Ford introduced the Model N for $500 destroying Oldsmobile's business, while only leading to the introduction of the famous Model T in 1909.
The Model T, or Tin Lizzie, became extremely popular for the next 18 years due to its price of $850, fuel consumption, engine size, and speed in the 40-mph range. More than 15 million cars were made under Ford between 1908 and 1927. It became the all-American automobile. Production increased rapidly over the years while recalling their first million-car year in 1922. As Ford continued to produce they expanded into Great Britain, France, and Germany. Ford became a strong automobile company but needed change as they realized their only color was black. In 1927 the Model T left the market only leading to new and highly innovative automobiles to be created.
The Model A became the next popular car but caused a three-month changeover period while production occurred. The price of the Model A was $450, while 4.5 million were sold in the next four years. The car was also sold in a station wagon offering a change in style and shape. In 1932 a V8 3.6 litre automobile was mass-produced for $460 creating a great demand for Ford automobiles. Many cars were introduced over the years featuring new styles. The Model A and B were both sold with larger engines and greater amounts of horsepower. Also hydraulic brakes, column changes, and suspensions were introduced to better the company's profits.
After World War II production slowed down until the entrance of the 1949 line. At this time power units were new along with the automatic transmission in 1950. Great automobiles were manufactured in the coming years. The sporty Ford Thunderbird was introduced with 5.1 litres and capabilities of 113 mph. In 1958 it became a convertible with five seats and a strengthened structure. Major restyling occurred in the late 1950's with such automobiles as the Falcon, a compact car, with the help of General Motors and Chrysler.
During the 1960's competition increased and Ford had to become innovative in order to remain one of the top manufacturers. They put their minds together to create the Ford Mustang in 1964, a compact semi GT with four seats, at a price of $2480. The automobile had a 4.7 litre V8 engine with speeds exceeding 110 mph. The car was a great success and remained so until the present day selling over 500,000 in the first year and a half on the market.

During the coming years Ford realized its potential. They have created some great cars including the Thunderbird, Model T, Fairlaine, Galaxie, Falcon, and Mustang. They have also increased their production well into the 1980's and further with the offerings of four wheel drive pickup trucks and all terrain vehicles such as the Bronco, Jeep, F series, and Ranger. They became increasingly aware of needs for change such as colors, convertibles, hardtops, and number of doors. With increased production, innovative styles, low prices, and customer satisfaction Ford Motor Company has become a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of automobiles.

Ariel Atom Mugen

Here's an interesting piece of cross-pollination. The Ariel Atom, an extreme, low-volume, uncompromising road/track car meets the meticulous engineering prowess of Mugen to create something really quite special: the Atom Mugen. The engine - from the Honda Civic Type-R, of course - receives Mugen tweaks to take it up to 270bhp (more than the Mugen Civic, interestingly), giving the Atom a Veyron-beating power-to-weight ratio of 549bhp/ton. 0-60mph will take just 3.2 seconds, which will be an interesting sensation in a car that's basically made of scaffolding.

They're only going to make ten of them, so you'll need to scurry down to Autosport 2011 for the official launch and get your order in sharpish.

FXX abuse

The Ferrari FXX is a strange beast. Offered for sale by invitation only to noted Ferrari collectors (and you should have seen the rage at Maranello when they subsequently appeared on the second-hand market), the Enzo-based special is not road-legal and there's no race series for which they're eligible. So you can only use them for trackdays... but they're worth so much that you wouldn't want to risk some wet-behind-the-ears novice t-boning you in his daddy's Boxster.

So, a frustrating car to own, yes? Well, at least they provide an easy way to help you let off steam...

Datsun 1200 T5

This Datsun 1200 looks quite unassuming, doesn't it?
Well, it's amazing what you can do with a paint job, some big arches and, er, a 2.3-litre turbocharged five-cylinder Volvo engine.

I used to have a Volvo 850 T5 with the same engine and it was a bit of an animal. This Datsun must weigh less than half of what that did...
Click here for more.

Friday, December 17, 2010


One hundred drifters. One racetrack. An unimaginable number of tyres. It's Driftcember!

AWOL Short: Driftcember from AWOL on Vimeo.

Porsche 906

The 906 was Porsche's last road-legal race car. With its tubular spaceframe and fibreglass body it weighed just 580kg, and most of the fifty cars produced were fitted with the lightweight 220bhp 901/20 carbed flat-six (although it wasn't uncommon for hillclimbers to fit fuel-injected sixes or even flat-eights). Its slippery, gorgeous wind tunnel-tested body allowed it to scythe through the air at 170mph at Le Mans. Imagine this featherweight racer pulling up next to you at the lights...

911 GT3 RSR

Porsche's latest 911 GT3 RSR is pretty much the best race car that $550,000 can buy. 455bhp at 7800rpm, 332lb.ft of torque and a 9400rpm redline are excitement enough, but it's the super-aggressive aero package that really makes it zing.
Admit it - you love it, right?