The DeLorean DMC is back with more juice

26 January, 2012 Auto, Previews No comments
The DeLorean DMC is back with more juice

This prototype EV packs a 260-horsepower electric motors with a 0-60 time of just under 5 seconds and a top speed of 125mph. It also has a range of travel of 100miles. With a price tag of around $100,000,  unfortunately, there’s no flux capacitor, but you do get a leather interior, built-in GPS, an iPhone dock, and those iconic gull-wing doors. With all the negative publicity some pundits have heaped upon electric vehicles as of late, we wonder if perhaps this is the car to change their minds about EVs?

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Ford shows us a fresh new face for its 2013 Fusion NASCAR racer

26 January, 2012 Auto, Previews No comments
Ford shows us a fresh new face for its 2013 Fusion NASCAR racer

Win on Sunday, sell on Monday. It’s a marketing motto nearly as old as racing itself, but while today’s NASCAR stock cars may have about as much in common with the cars they represent as a Halloween superhero costume from Walmart will actually give your kid superpowers, NASCAR remains the biggest spectator sport in America. So you can imagine that participating automakers would think themselves foolish to pass up the opportunity to make the connection in fans’ eyes to cars they can actually buy at their local dealership.

That’s why the “stock cars” packing Chevrolet engines carry the name and tacked-on fascia of the Impala SSDodge racers that of the Charger, while Toyota models are made to look like theCamry and Ford makes its racers resemble the Fusion. The Blue Oval has gone with the Fusion since 2006, but before that it was the Taurus, and for the better part of two decades prior, the Thunderbird. Now that Ford has released a radically redone Fusion, however, it has updated its NASCAR racer to reflect its new look.

The 2013 Ford Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup car is the product of a year’s worth of design and aerodynamics work, and it’s intended to bridge the widening gap between production and race car. It will undergo what you can bet will be rigorous testing throughout this year in preparation for its race debut at the Daytona 500 in February 2013. Via: autoblog

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2014 corvette spy photos

26 January, 2012 Auto, Previews No comments
2014 corvette spy photos

  • This is the first time a prototype of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette has been caught on camera.
  • The final production version is expected to debut at the Detroit auto show in 2013.
  • The Corvette will retain its traditional front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout and feature a small-block V8.

 

KAPUSKASING, Ontario — Spy photographers have caught a glimpse of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette undergoing cold-weather testing in Canada. It’s the first time that the seventh-generation Corvette has been spotted in public.

The heavily camouflaged prototype reveals a few minor details about the upcoming sports car. It will clearly retain the classic long-nose, short-deck configuration of its predecessors, but the profile of the car will feature a more distinct wedge shape. There are two different prototypes seen here, each with its own wheel design. Not sure if this is indicative of two different models or simply an easy way to try different tires in the snow.

Shooters on the scene described an exhaust note that was most definitely of the V8 variety. Although our earlier Corvette Intelligence reportsuggested that a small-displacement turbocharged V8 might be used, the sound of this prototype was more in line with a more typical normally aspirated, large-displacement V8. Most speculation suggests that this Corvette with get a roughly 5.5-liter V8 that uses direct injection and variable valve timing to develop around 500 horsepower. Sources have toldInside Line that the C7 Corvette will also feature a seven-speed manual transmission.

The official unveil of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette is expected at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show early next year. : via insidelines.com

 

ElusiveMaG says: As the Corvette still remains to be one of the top high performance sports cars, I am curious to see if the C7 will remain elusive and carry refinement as well.

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Camaro boss claims ZL1 will outperform Shelby GT500

23 January, 2012 Auto 2 comments
Camaro boss claims ZL1 will outperform Shelby GT500

It would seem on paper that the 2013 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 should easily slay the heavier and less powerful 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1. The former weighs 3,850 pounds and brings 650 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque to the table, the latter carries 4,120 pounds and 580 hp/556 lb-ft.

“We’ve done simulations. We predict that the ZL1 will be quicker to 60 than the [2013] GT500.”

Not so fast, says Camaro Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser (above). Speaking with Autoblog at an Arizona drive event for the Camaro ZL1, Oppenheiser told us, “We’ve done simulations. We predict that the ZL1 will be quicker to 60 than the [2013] GT500… We ran the Nürburgring and released a time. Ford took the GT500, too, and never released a time. I guess you can draw your own conclusions.”

When asked point-blank if he thought the ZL1 would be quicker around the ‘Ring, Oppenheiser replied, “No question.”

Them sounds like fighting words, especially in the face of data that suggests the opposite is true. Remember, this is the same guy who told Mustang fans “you’re welcome” for encouraging Ford to throw everything it can at the Camaro.

But we’re not counting Oppenheiser among the crazy just yet. All that power generated by the GT500’s supercharged 5.8-liter V8 will be for naught if it can’t reach the ground without turning into tire vapor, and let’s not forget that the Blue Oval’s bomber is still dragging around a solid rear axle, compared to the all-independent suspension sporting third-generation Magnetic Ride shocks on the ZL1. And who’s doing the driving can always be the great equalizer when talking ‘Ring times.

We’re still inclined to put our chips on the blue square, but nothing’s certain until these two titans of Detroit meet head-to-head.

BMW DesignworksUSA X Thermaltake – Level 10 M Mouse

BMW DesignworksUSA X Thermaltake – Level 10 M Mouse

The humble mouse is often overlooked when discussing computer accessories. BMW DesignworksUSA is set to change the perception of how the mouse is viewed in general.Thermaltake is partnering up with the high profile design studio and developed a mouse as part of their Level 10 series. The Level 10 M mouse features a deconstructed design, revealing the internals and stripping it down to the bare essentials. Black and silver colorway also adds to the industrial aesthetic, and it gives a futuristic red glow when it is used in the dark. If you are looking for a mouse that will set you apart from the rest, consider this redesigned mouse from BMW DesignworksUSA. via: Carscoop

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Porsche – Panamera | By WALD INTERNATIONAL

23 January, 2012 Auto No comments
Porsche – Panamera | By WALD INTERNATIONAL

Perhaps the Panamera is not the most sporty model from thePorsche stable, yet its true potential is unveiled by Japanese tuning house WALD INTERNATIONAL. An aggressive full body kit, the Black Bison, was developed to accentuate the curves of the sporty saloon. All of the parts are made from lightweight carbon fiber, and various air vents were added to the body to create a sharper aesthetic. The package also includes a set of larger alloy wheels in a matte black color, accented by bronze-colored lips. Finishing the vehicle off is a pair of dual exhausts, tightening up the rear view and lowered suspension for a better stance. via: Carscoop

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