Archive for January 31st, 2012

Trawling Daytona: Three Days at the Rolex 24 [Video and Photos]

January 31, 2012 at six:39pm by Andrew Wendler

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While spending three days at last weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, we discovered two crucial things: First, the Grand-Am series appeared to be completely viable as a spectator-driven form of motorsport, and, 2nd, skinny jeans have by no means been far more in fashion. Particularly for the less-than-skinny.

Indeed, the growing recognition of sports activities-vehicle racing was evident from the second we arrived. It was clear not only in the complete volume of tickets sold (reportedly the highest total ever for a Grand-Am occasion at Daytona), but also by the sheer quantity of people who ponied up added cash for garage-access privileges, in hopes of a chance encounter with their favorite driver.

Still, there is an argument that racing is very best loved on tv. There are no parking hassles and you get up-to-the-2nd coverage and replays—plus an absence of pathogen-incubating Porta Potties. But we joined the sunburned hordes shuffling by means of the humanity-clogged paddock and managed to capture a number of objects that illustrate why there is no substitute for getting there. Equipped with a straightforward point-and-shoot camera and no media pass, we interacted with the stars as anyone would, and emerged with the video and photo gallery beneath.

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Hennessey Performance previews twin-turbo HPE800 McLaren MP4-12C

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Tuning firm Hennessey Overall performance Engineering has set their sights on British automaker McLaren Automotive and their new MP4-12C. The firm is offering their HPE800 Twin Turbo upgrade for the McLaren MP4-12C, which consists of powertrain upgrades, aero package deal upgrades, Hennessey CarbonAero bodywork and a center-positioned frontal air inlet with hood extractor.

We’re guessing Hennessey’s upgrade will take the ‘standard’ 592-hp to 800-hp.

Check out a lot more news on the McLaren MP4-12C.

“We’ve been taking fast cars and have been producing them more rapidly for over twenty a long time,” explained company founder and president John Hennessey. “I spent a lot of time about the new 12C at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed and was really impressed. We’re excited to have the opportunity to take a wonderful auto and give it our own unique efficiency touch although providing 12C owners a uniquely aggressive appearance”.

No pricing has been set but you can examine out the facts following the jump.

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Mopar Jeep Compass True North adds extra off-roading capabilities

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Joining the Dodge Dart GTS 210 and the Fiat 500 Stinger this morning to celebrate Mopar’s 75th anniversary was the Jeep Compass Genuine North model.

Developed by Mopar, the package improves the off-roading abilities of the Jeep Compass. The package deal will be readily available to order from Mopar in the fall.

Examine out much more news on the Jeep Compass.

ON the outdoors, the Jeep Compass Correct North package deal adds a matte black finish on the roof, wheel flares, lower fascia, door cladding and black grille with physique color inserts. Other outside touches contain black-headlamp and fog-lamp surrounds, rear fog lights, customized front and rear brush bars and customized rock rails. Also included are matte black 16-inch alloy wheels with BF Goodrich All Terrain tires and a two-inch lift kit from Rocky Road Suspensions.

On the within, Mopar extra a Kicker audio system, custom center stack gauge pod that houses pitch and roll inclinometer gauges, a bright pedal kit, door-sill guards, rear-cargo tray, shift knob and neoprene seats.

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2012 Audi A6 Avant 3.0 BiTDI Quattro – Price £45 650

A great deal right after the astonishing success of BMW’s three. liter twin-turbocharged diesel, Audi has announced their new BiTurbo TDI, which is now available for A6 Saloon and Avant and A7 Sportback designs.

The manufacturer also announced the price checklist for these models – £43 810 OTR for 2012 Audi A6 Saloon with BiTurbo TDI, £45 650 OTR for A6 Avant with the very same engine and £51 645 OTR for the premium A7 Sportback.

The new BiTDI three. liter V6 delivers 313PS (230 kW) at 3900RPM and 650Nm (480 lb-ft) at just 1450RPM. This implies to a hundred km/h in five.1 seconds and a top rated speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) – electronically restricted. The combined cycle is 44.1 mpg and emissions of just 169 g/m CO2. The engine is mated to an eight-speed tiptronic automated gearbox.

Other intriguing highlight is the Sound actuator, which is positioned in the auxiliary channel of the exhaust method. The actuator method primarily consists of a speaker which imposes a defined oscillation pattern on the exhaust flow and transforms the normal TDI exhaust note into a more sonorous roar that is closer to the output of a higher-functionality petrol engine.

The mighty new BiTDI engine is readily available in conjunction with SE and S line specification in the A6 Saloon, A6 Avant and A7 Sportback. The forthcoming A6 Allroad Quattro, due to open for order in February, will also offer this outstanding unit.

Stand-out capabilities typical to all these models include satellite navigation linked to a 6.5-inch retractable colour monitor, Milano leather upholstery, the Audi drive choose adaptive dynamics technique controlling throttle response, transmission shift factors and steering experience, the Audi parking method plus, light and rain sensors, cruise manage and keyless go push-button engine ignition.

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Jeep Compass True North

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Genuine North is the title of a customized Jeep Compass produced by Mopar to celebrate the brand’s 75th anniversary.

Changes to this auto are mostly visual, but thanks to a couple of tweaks like 16-inch alloy wheels with BF Goodrich All Terrain tires and a 2-inch lift kit from Rocky Road Suspensions, it also turn into a greater off road car.

As for the styling, the Genuine North comes with matte black finish on the roof, wheel flares, lower fascia, door cladding and black grille with physique colour inserts. Other exterior touches consist of black-headlamp and fog-lamp surrounds, rear fog lights, customized front and rear brush bars and custom rock rails.

The vehicle also has a rich interior featuring customized center stack gauge pod that houses pitch and roll inclinometer gauges, Mopar brilliant pedal kit, door-sill guards, rear-cargo tray, shift knob and neoprene seats. It is fitted with a leading-notch Kicker audio technique, which includes front and rear speakers, amplifier, sub-woofer and lift gate speakers.

As with each other Mopar auto, you can acquire the entire package deal, or just bits that you want individually. They are not yet readily available although, it takes a number of far more months.

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Super Bowl commercials: More car companies get creative

The closer we get to Super Bowl Sunday, the crazier the vehicle commercial seem to be to turn out to be.

1st up nowadays is Toyota’s 60-2nd spot for the new Camry.

The Japanese brand’s initial Super Bowl commercial in 3 a long time, ‘Reinvented’ aims to present that great issues can be produced much better when they are reinvented. Toyota hopes the motto applies to the Camry, which has been the leading-offering vehicle in the US for the past 10 years.

Cadillac has taken a far more conventional tactic with its 30-2nd spot for the all-new ATS medium sedan. The auto is shown lapping the Nurburgring in Germany, which is affectionately referred to as ‘The Green Hell’.

The ad says the ATS has been constructed from the ground up to take on the BMW three-Series, and finishes with a common American kicker: “If anybody tells you Cadillac cannot beat the world’s very best, tell them to go to Green Hell … and see for themselves.”

Hyundai is going tough this 12 months with 3 personal Super Bowl commercials. ‘Cheetah’ pits the new Veloster Turbo against the world’s fastest land animal, ‘Think Fast’ reveals the heart-starting ability of the Genesis Coupe, although ‘All For One’ proves Hyundai can uncover a way all around any issue – by means of song.

Finally, Ferris Bueller fans will get a kick out of Honda’s spot for the all-new CR-V. Whilst it is no 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California, the Honda’s fourth-generation compact SUV proves a noble steed as Matthew Broderick scoots about the city and dodges his acting responsibilities.

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Opposite Lock: M Diesels Take the Stage

For some time BMWBLOG has been a proponent of M diesels. Why? Simply because we knew they could do it, and effectively. Also, because we have a hankering for ungodly sums of torque. Torque is exciting. M automobiles are exciting. So why not a diesel M auto?

Sports vehicle drivers and performance drivers (not usually synonymous) are a extremely demanding sort. In our world, automobiles need to grow to be better than the complete of their elements. They must transport us to a magical place of acceleration, neck straining cornering, and otherwise mind-bending functionality. They need to dance with us as prepared partners on the racetrack or above a curvy road. They should wink at us naughtily from the sidewalk. And their sound should raise fine dorsal hairs. Sports vehicles, should steal our hearts. Why else would we get them?! They are depreciating, impractical assets only slightly less foolish than boats.

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The apparent query is this: can a diesel be attractive? Posing this query a lot more than a decade ago would have mustered laughter toped with scorn. But times have altered, and so have diesels. The mainstay of business heavy gear and ’18 wheelers,’ they have been heavily created by the Germans. Effectively, that is relatively of a redundant statement since the Germans created the diesel engine in the very first place. Our pal Rudolf Diesel gave us the first diesel engine in 1893, and the monstrous single cylinder whacking at the ground like a pile-driver was impressive and possibly even a bit thrilling (for dread of your existence must you get too close), but practically nothing near to alluring. In the decades that followed the diesel grew to become porridge ordinary and fell effectively under the radar of sports auto designers.

The following most apparent query in succession would be: what makes an engine sexy? There’s a freebie for the comment section – go nuts. In my viewpoint, high revs are a crucial ingredient in the sex appeal. I want my engine to scream all the way to a lofty redline. Loud screaming is fascinating, frankly. And yes we’re even now speaking about cars. Following, the engine should connect with the chassis and give it existence – vibrant, exuberant existence. This variety of vitality requires higher output, so naturally, large horsepower and torque figures bring cachet and appeal to a sports activities vehicle.

We pointed out screaming in the context of revs, but the sound of the engine is crucial all over the rev assortment. An interesting examine conducted by a university in the UK objectively proved the sexual attraction of exotic engine sounds. The university took baseline saliva samples from all subjects and measured their testosterone ranges (a central sex hormone in each males and females). All check subjects have been female, and came from random backgrounds from all walks of lifestyle. The subjects were then given several soundtracks to listen to via higher fidelity speakers. The very first soundtrack was compliments of a Ferrari F430. The 2nd came from Lamborghini. A number of other exotica followed with their voices gloriously filling the space. The final results came back with outstanding consistency. All subjects were considerably turned on. Just to ensure it wasn’t the professor’s cologne, the subjects have been then submitted to the soundtrack from a late model Chrysler Neon. The results once more showed consistency, but this time all subjects showed significantly reduced than baseline testosterone levels in their saliva – they were efficiently “turned off.” The moral of the story is clear. Really don’t buy a Chrysler. Seriously, the research scientifically proves what we’ve identified all along: a stunning sounding engine raises the mood and for severe automobile lovers constitutes child producing music. Sound is important. In a sports auto, melodious engine notes are important.

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