What stayed in Vegas this week was mainly a lot of Falken rubber courtesy of drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. in his Monster-sponsored RTR Mustang and fellow demo driver Justin Pawlak.
That’s because for several years Falken tires and Ford have thoroughly black-striped the front parking lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center the fun way, with smoking rear rubber. It’s all part of the sprawling Specialty Equipment Marketing Association show, or simple SEMA as everyone calls it.
This year we unexpectedly supplied about 250 lbs of the ballast used to hold a once perfectly good set of Falken FK452 ultra high performance tires against the convention center’s pavement when Ford public affairs pigeon-holed us for a quick demo ride with Falken pro drifter Justin Pawlak.
Normally we’d feign the press of business and continue our rounds at the busy show, but as the public can also line up for speed dates with Pawlak and Falken team leader Vaughn Gittin Jr., we sensed our editorial obligation to report on such an enthusiast’s opportunity and made the sacrifice.
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Car News — By Lawrence on September 7, 2012 at 5:46 pm — No Comments
A few more details have surfaced for the 2013 Range Rover after its official unveil at the Royal Ballet School in Richmond Park, London last night. We also have a monster gallery of images to share with you too! Back when Land Rover released official details of their range-topping off-roader, we got a few key details and only six pictures. Today’s release gives us the full picture.
The fourth generation Range Rover features a brand new lightweight aluminium body, 39 percent lighter than the outgoing model and 420kg lighter. The bodywork sits at just under five meters long, around the same as the third generation. It gets a more streamlined design too with a drag coefficient of 0.34, less than the Evoque and significantly less than the outgoing model.
The Range Rover gets a next-generation version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response system which analyses the current driving conditions and automatically select the most suitable vehicle settings. It also gets an intelligent 4WD system, with a two-speed transfer box and an electronic traction control system. Wading depth is now 200mm deeper at 900mm and towing capability is greatly improved with a 3,500kg capability.
Engine availability will include two petrol engines, the 5.0 liter V8 rated at 375hp and the Supercharged version with a familiar 510hp. Two diesel options will also be made available with a 3.0 liter TDV6 option rated at 258hp and a 4.4 liter SDV8 rated at 339hp. All four engine options will be offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration figures for the Supercharged Range Rover are 0-60mph in just 5.1 seconds, a reduction of 0.8 seconds over the previous model.
Mitsubishi i-MiEV Evolution crashes during Pikes Peak practice
By now you’re probably one of the ten million people who have viewed Ken Block’s latest video – Gymkhana FIVE: Ultimate Urban Playground: San Francisco.
If you haven’t seen it or you want to watch it again, here it is:
The thing that really impresses me the most is that he got permission from the authorities in the second most densely populated city in the country to close the Bay Bridge as well as numerous city and residential streets. Okay, it took four days of filming and I’m sure key places like the bridge were only closed for short periods of time.
No doubt there were some people living in the neighborhoods that were unhappy to hear and smell the burning rubber as Block hooned his way around in his 650 hp Ford Fiesta rallycross car. That said, Block’s masterful car control is always worth watching. Long term it will probably be viewed as enthusiastically as Steve McQueen’s famous Bullitt car chase.
The Chrysler 300C has had its prices reduced and range extended for the second iteration of the bold-looking American sedan as the US brand looks to overcome its struggle in the Australian market.
The company has lowered 300C prices across the board and introduced a new entry level model for a new starting price of just $ 43,000, $ 10,000 less than the starting price of the first 300C introduced locally in 2005.
The monster SRT8 variant now costs $ 66,000, posing a more serious threat to local V8 muscle cars from the likes of HSV and FPV. This is a significant shift from the $ 71,990 price attached to the first generation.
Chrysler’s new 300C arrives at a time when the brand has sold a pitiful 51 cars so far in 2012, not helped by a line-up that otherwise only includes the diesel-only Grand Voyager people-mover.
Three engines feature across the Chrysler 300 range, a six-cylinder petrol, six-cylinder turbo diesel and the big daddy 6.4-litre V8 powering the SRT8 – the same engine in the rip-snorting Grand Cherokee SRT8 due here later this year.
Images by Jan Kare Rafoss/ERC24
Tanner Foust, one particular of the hosts of Top Gear USA, upset the locals in the Uk right now by winning the SuperCar class in the first round of the 2012 FIA European Rallycross Championship in his Ford Fiesta.
It was fairly an achievement taking into consideration Foust was going up against the finest European drivers such as Liam Doran who is the son of a former British rallycross champion Pat Doran, and has been competing in rallycross for nearly 10 years. Doran also lives near the Lydden Hill rallycross circuit where today’s race took spot and it just takes place to be the track where the spectacular sport 1st was 1st established 45 years ago.
Foust won the very first heat, took tenth in the second heat and grabbed initial again in the third heat. This earned him pole place in the last. Below very wet and slippery conditions he took an instant lead and was ready to hang on to it as he slid all around the track in his 600+ horsepower Fiesta sponsored by Rockstar. Third location went to Doran in his Monster-sponsored Citroen DS3. You can verify out plenty of action images and more particulars on the ERC24 rallycross site.
We don’t generally characteristic motorbikes simply because, properly, we don’t like motorbikes, since we really don’t like the way you have to dress prior to riding them. This one even though, this is as well cool to be taken for granted. For starters, it’s a Ducati, a Ducati Monster no less, and it is been styled by one more wonderful Italian brand, the style expert DIESEL. They get in touch with it an ‘urban military chic’ interpretation of the bike, what ever that signifies.
The bike functions ‘Diesel Brave Green matte’ on top rated of Ducati’s Trellis frame, wheels, engine covers, exhaust system and forks. The rugged military search is complemented by the yellow brake calipers. DIESEL also gives important slim-fitting biker jackets, sweats, tees, a exclusive five pocket in raw denim and a set of equipment.
Even now not digging the outfit, but the rebellious look of the bike is just awesome.
Stefano Rosso, Venture Leader and son of Diesel founder