Saturday, August 30, 2008
Even if Lamborghini Murcielago doesn’t needs much perfection that has not stopped people from trying.
Japan-based Premier4509 created a new, limited edition with new carbon fiber bumper with 2-extra cool air intakes, rear bumpers with sidepods and an adjustable spoiler.
The very first BMW M1 Homage video is released by the German manufacturer.
The Homage car was revealed at the 2008 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este to celebrate the ‘30th anniversary of the legendary M1′. The BMW M1 Homage is the combination of original design of Giorgio Giugiaro’s M1 and Paul Bracq’s concept.
The Homage is produced as an inspiration source for the design team of BMW, and it features a crash-box, same to the monocoque chassis of a Formula 1 race car.
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Friday, August 29, 2008
Today, Subaru announced U.S. pricing on its revised 2009 Impreza line up that includes the more powerful WRX that gets a 41 HP bump, now delivering 265 HP and the newly introduced 224 HP 2.5 GT model. The Impreza WRX sedan has a starting price of $24,995 (from $24,350 for the outgoing 224 HP MY’08 WRX) while the hatchback is priced at $25,495 (from $24,850). Both variants of the WRX are available exclusively with a 5-speed manual transmission, and apart from the more powerful 2.5-liter boxer engine, they also get larger 225/45 R17 lower profile summer performance tires, 17-inch alloy wheels, an Aero Package, STI rear spoiler (only 5-door), WRX upholstery w/red stitching and WRX logo on front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and red stitching, and STI type grille w/WRX badge.
The new Impreza 2.5GT 4 door that’s powered by the MY’08 WRX’s 224 HP boxer engine and teamed exclusively to a standard 4-speed automatic transmission and Active AWD version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive has a starting price of $26,995 and is powered by 224-hp intercooled turbo Boxer engine. The all-new 2.5GT model also features Impreza Premium Package equipment, including new power glass moonroof, plus All-Weather Package. The comparatively equipped 5-door version of the Impreza 2.5GT is priced at $27,495.
The Impreza 2.5i 4 door, equipped with manual transmission, will have a starting price of $17,495. While the 2.5i 5 door, also equipped with manual transmission, will have a starting price of $17,995. Pricing for the Outback Sport models remains unchanged starting at $19,995 as does pricing for the Impreza WRX STI model starting at $34,995. According to Subaru, destination and delivery for all 2009 Impreza models is $665 ($815 for dealers in
Most of us knew that Mazda is working on successor of RX-8. And now the news is that the future edition will make use of rotary engine able to on running on hydrogen power.
The new car is expected to be named as RX-9 and may take styling features from Taiki concept. The car will be provided with the options of automatic or manual transmissions running rear wheels.
It’s been a while since we last heard of South African designer Idries Noah but now he’s back, this time with a new design proposition called the Lotus Europa i6. According to Idries, the Europa i6 concept study is a mid-engined, rear wheel drive sports car inspired in terms of design by the classic Europa and Elite as well as by the latest Lotus models. The independent designer supports that ideally, the Europa i6 would weigh in at about 2,030 lbs (920 kg) with power coming from a 2.0-liter supercharged inline six-cylinder engine.
In theory, he says that the sports car would sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62mph) in 7 sec (someone’s being rather modest…) and on to a top speed of 165 mph or 265 km/h. Leaving aside the theoretical technical specs, Idries’ take on a compact mid-engined Lotus sports coupe hits the spot. Too bad it exists only in the digital world.
For those of you who are looking to sharpen thei
r off-road driving abilities and to take a break from the daily routine life, GM is launching its first ever Hummer
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Thursday, August 28, 2008
Monza day two - Heidfeld the Thursday leader
Nick Heidfeld shrugged off speculation over his BMW Sauber future on Thursday to set the fastest time in this week’s second day of testing at Monza. Heidfeld’s best time of 1m 22.621s around the Italian Grand Prix circuit put him two-tenths clear of Williams’s Nico Rosberg.
Unofficial Thursday times from Monza:
1. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:22.621
2. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 1: 22.879
3. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren, 1: 23.341
4. Sebastian Vettel, Toro Rosso, 1: 23.424
5. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1: 23.445
6. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 1:23.606
7. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 1:23.823
8. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:23.936
9. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 1:24.158
10. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 1:24.311
11. Rubens Barrichello, Honda, 1:24.695
12. Jenson Button, Honda, 1:25.049
Lewis Hamilton will be fine to race in next weekend's Belgian GP despite almost missing Sunday's Valencia race.
Hamilton suffered severe next pain that almost sidelined him in Spain, resulting in him needing injections in order to compete in Saturday's qualifying and Sunday's race.
However, McLaren CEO Martin Whitmarsh is confident the Brit won't suffer the same fate when he tests at Monza on Friday before heading to Spa for next weekend's race.
"His physical problems are unlikely to disturb his fitness programme and we expect him to make a full recovery for both the Monza test and next week's Belgian GP,"
Heidfeld, who is out of contract at the end of this season, set a best time of 1:22.621 as he focused on set-up work ahead of the Italian GP, which takes place at the Monza circuit.
Second place went to Williams' Nico Rosberg, who finished a quarter of a second off the pace, while Heikki Kovalainen completed the top three.
Sebastian Vettel continued his impressive run of form, setting the fourth best time ahead of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso.
Force India's Adrian Sutil put in a solid display to finish ahead of Mark Webber, who with 101 laps was the day's busiest driver.
Jarno Trulli and Sebastien Bourdais completed the top ten.
Meanwhile Honda continued to disappoint with Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button proving to be the two slowest drivers out on track. While Barrichello was two seconds off the pace, Button found himself further half a second slower.
01 N. Heidfeld BMW 01:22.621 89 laps
02 N. Rosberg Williams 01:22.879 100 laps
03 H. Kovalainen McLaren 01:23.341 92 laps
04 S. Vettel Toro Rosso 01:23.424 47 laps
05 F. Massa Ferrari 01:23.445 86 laps
06 F. Alonso Renault 01:23.606 95 laps
07 A. Sutil Force India F1 01:23.823 92 laps
08 M. Webber Red Bull 01:23.936 101 laps
09 J. Trulli Toyota 01:24.158 77 laps
10 S. Bourdais Toro Rosso 01:24.311 44 laps
11 R. Barrichello Honda 01:24.695 51 laps
12 J. Button Honda 01:25.049 42 laps
A Slovenian website called Avtomanija has published a group of photos of what seems to be a prototype version of the forthcoming McLaren F2 supercar that’s scheduled to be launched in late 2010. Of course, it goes without saying that these photos could be the work of a photoshop artist so don’t be hasty to draw a conclusion on the car’s appearance based on what you see here. McLaren’s new pure-bred two-seater will be based on the P8 mid-engined supercar project that was initially co-developed by the British automaker and Mercedes-Benz as a smaller and lower-priced successor to the SLR but was abandoned by the Germans in 2004. While details are still scarce, it is rumored said that the F2 will be equipped with a mid-mounted V8 powerplant from Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division.
The barely road-legal Dodge Viper ACR has shattered the Corvette ZR1’s Nurburgring time by a whopping 4.3 seconds according to the folks over at Motortrend – Dodge has yet to release an official announcement. On August 18, 480 HP GT-R lapped the infamous German race trac, managed to turn the ‘Ring in his fourth attempt in an amazing 7:22.10. The ‘Ring war began in May when Nissan announced that thek in 7:29.03. About a month later, GM came out and said that its 640 HP supercharged Corvette ZR1 was the new ‘King of the Ring’ with a time of 7:26.40. -
The Dodge Viper ACR is essentially a race-track ready version of the stock Viper. While it retains the same 600 HP 8.4-liter V10 engine as the Viper SRT-10, it has undergone a strict diet and it features a racing suspension and clutch along with an aerodynamic bodykit.
According to the unofficial information provided by Motortrend, with the exception of the Racetech seat with a six-point harness, the ACRs (Dodge brought two vehicles to the ‘Ring) were factory stock and fitted with the no-cost option
As a member of the Toyota Young Drivers Programme (TDP), which is run by Toyota Motor Corporation, Kamui has been given all the training he needs - at the track and away from it - to step up from the Formula 3 Euro Series.
The TDP scheme helps young drivers not only on the track by giving support as they make their way through the ranks towards Formula 1, but also by providing language lessons, personal fitness programmes and seminars from experienced drivers away from the track.
For Kamui, the TDP scheme has helped him achieve his dream of joining the Formula 1 elite, as he says: "I started with TDP when I was 14 years old in Japan. I did just one season of Formula Toyota and came to Europe. They have given me great support and encouragement since then. They help me with a lot of things, such as teaching me English and helping me improve my driving and my feedback. They have been very good to me."
Kamui moved to Europe for the 2004 season and now lives in Paris, where he soaks up the atmosphere of one of the world's most cultural cities.
"There is an interesting atmosphere in Paris which I really like because of the big businessmen, the artists, the designers, all these important people who are there and give the city its character," he says. "It is a fascinating city to spend time in."
Kamui has progressed through the single-seater ranks in Europe after making a name for himself as a star of the future in Japanese junior racing.
With TDP support, Kamui moved to Europe in 2004 and spent two years in the Formula Renault Eurocup and Italian Formula Renault Championship, winning both crowns in 2005 - a title double only achieved previously by one other driver.
At the beginning of my career I was not thinking about Formula 1 - I just wanted to win each race. I never thought much about the future because it was far away from my situation at the time. Winning each race was my target but when I started racing single-seaters in Europe I started to dream of Formula 1. You have to work hard and be very determined to become a Formula 1 driver.
From there he stepped up to Formula 3, the traditional breeding ground for future Formula 1 stars, and, in 2006, after a promising first season at that level, Panasonic Toyota Racing offered him the chance to join its winter tests.
That experience certainly made an impression on Kamui, who says of a Formula 1 car: "Everything is just more extreme and it is a special experience to drive a Formula 1 car. It is difficult to drive at the limit of the car, at the limit of grip and at the limit of your concentration - it requires a high level of performance."
In all he completed three days behind the wheel at Barcelona and Jerez before returning to the Euro Series where he proved to be a formidable competitor, showing speed and commitment. At Magny-Cours, that was plain for the whole Formula 1 paddock to see when he pulled off a superb win in the French Grand Prix support race.
He finished fourth in the championship but had shown enough potential to be offered the third driver role with Panasonic Toyota Racing for 2008.
For those who had not already spotted the young German on his globetrotting rise through the ranks, his 2007 GP2 Series campaign certainly brought him to the attention of the motorsport world.
The GP2 Series is renowned as the toughest proving ground for young drivers in the world but Timo showed his fighting spirit and speed to win the championship at a nerve-wracking final round in Valencia.
"Of course, to return to Formula 1 racing as GP2 Series champion is a real honour and we've all seen how well Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have performed as champions so that is very encouraging," Timo says. "In the end, it did not make a difference to my Formula 1 plans whether I finished first or second in GP2 but it was a big achievement to win the title and a special moment for me."
Timo was born in Lindenfels, around 250km away from the Panasonic Toyota Racing factory in Cologne, Germany, and he quickly became fascinated by motorsport.
Motorsport is the focus of Timo's life both on the track and away from it, and even when he has the chance to relax and have some fun, he is not too far away from four wheels. Like most aspiring drivers, he began racing in karts and he still enjoys a race with his friends - for him, racing and relaxation are inseparable.
He says: "When I have spare time I like to go karting with my friends. A lot of people ask why I would spend my spare time away from motorsport doing more motorsport but for me this is just natural. It's what I love doing. I find it relaxing and I can really enjoy myself."
Timo not only has passion for motorsport, he has great determination to succeed, as he showed in his first test for the team in December. He spent every possible moment working with his engineers to understand and improve the car, a tenacity he has learnt from people close to him.
"I most admire my father and my manager Hans Bernd," he adds. "Both are very focused on what they want and they work really hard to get it. I admire that."
The German is, like his new team, relatively young but has a wealth of different experience behind him since taking his first steps into the world of motorsport as a 15-year-old in karts.
After just two years of kart racing he stepped up to single-seaters and enjoyed an impressive rise through the ranks to Formula 1, via ADAC Formula BMW and Formula 3. At just 22 he was a Grand Prix racer with an unexpected Jordan debut in Canada in 2004, where he joined an exclusive list of drivers to score points in their first race, thanks to his seventh place.
Three more races followed at the end of the season before a switch to the United States for 2005, where he marked himself out as a rising star by taking Rookie of the Year honours, with a best finish of second, coincidentally also in Montreal.
However, the lure of Formula 1 was too great and he returned to prove his credentials in GP2. That looked a wise move this year when he came out on top of a tough title battle, helping him earn a race seat at Panasonic Toyota Racing in the process.
Role : Race Driver,
Car Number 12
Nationality : German
Born : 18 March 1982 - Lindenfels, Germany
Marital Status : Single
Height : 1.69m
Weight : 64kg
Hobbies : Karting, fitness
Favourite food : Pasta
Favourite drink : I don't have one
Favourite music : Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Guns n Roses
Favourite circuit : Spa-Francorchamps or Monaco
Favourite holiday : Australia
Person most admired : My Father
Bad habits : Being bad at poker!
Drives : Lexus IS F
Favourite F1 driver : Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher
Best F1 moment : Winning GP2 title
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Timo Glock's Career Summary *As of end of 2007
GP debut : Canada 2004
GPs started : 4
Wins : 0
Pole positions : 0
Points : 2
result: : 19th (2004)
1998 : Began his motorsport career in karts.
2000 : ADAC Formula BMW Junior Cup: 1st
2001 : ADAC Formula BMW: 1st
2002 : German Formula 3: 3rd (Rookie of the Year)
2003 : Formula 3 Euro Series: 5th (3 wins)
2004 : Formula 1 - Jordan: Test driver/race driver
2005 : Champ Car World Series: 8th (Rookie of the Year)
2006 : GP2 Series: 4th (2 wins)
2007 : GP2 Series: 1st (5 wins)
Formula 1 - BMW Sauber: Test driver
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