Saturday, October 31, 2009

BB1 begins a European tour


PARIS : October 30, 2009 - After Peugeot BB1 presentation at the Frankfurt Motor Show, BB1 was seen in the streets of Paris. This weekend, BB1 begins a European tour which starts at the Sony Center in Berlin.


Next, the English will welcome BB1 to Covent Garden on 7th and 8th November. BB1 will then go to Spain for 21st and 22nd November, then to Italy, where it will be on show in Milan on 28th and 29th November. BB1 will finish its European tour in Paris on the weekend of 12th December 2009.


In the five countries it visits, BB1 will be exhibited in places that draw large crowds. In this way, Peugeot is showing the general public its solution to the new automobile deal of the future: a 100% electric project capable of carrying 4 people in 2.5 metres.


All dates and details are available on the site as well as on BB1's different social networks which have already attracted over 15,000 fans across Europe.

Galpin Auto Sports builds Halloween-themed hearse

We generally don't think of a hearse as a great platform for customizing, but then again, we've never known Galpin Auto Sports to shy away from messing with anything on four wheels. That's why we weren't surprised to see this specially-built conveyance of corpses constructed by the Southern California customizer. The hearse features a Halloween theme including dozens of hand-painted skulls on the front and side, as well as a spiderweb grille. It's not all spooky, though, and Galpin has made the interior an inviting place to be, with a working barbeque, chilled cooler, and a flatscreen TV all in the coffin. Not a bad place to spend your last few hours above ground!
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Hamilton Dominates Qualifying In Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton claimed his fourth pole position of the season Saturday in qualifying for the inaugural Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix.

The McLaren-Mercedes driver dominated the session on the new 5.554-kilometre Yas Marina Circuit, registering a time of 1 minute 40.948 seconds to secure the 17th pole of his career.

'It's never easy but it was definitely as fun as it looked,' said Hamilton, who continued his strong finish to the season with a fourth top spot in the last seven races.

'The car was the best it's been all year.'

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel will start alongside Hamilton on the front row after clocking a lap 0.667 seconds slower than the 2008 champion. Vettel's teammate Mark Webber starts from third, followed by Rubens Barrichello and newly-crowned world champion Jenson Button.

'We are a little bit surprised by the gap,' admitted the German Vettel. 'I think we do have a good race pace, the car is getting better through the distance.'

Although Button claimed the drivers' title with a fifth-place finish at the Brazil GP two weeks ago and his Brawn GP team have secured the constructors' crown, the race for second place is still very much alive at the season-ender in Abu Dhabi.

Vettel currently holds the advantage with 74 points, just two ahead of Button's teammate Barrichello.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen managed only 11th while Hamilton's teammate Heikki Kovalainen had to be satisfied with 13th after suffering engine transmission problems.

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso had a disappointing final qualifying session for Renault ahead of his move to Ferrari for next season and will start down in 16th place after being eliminated in the first round.

All eyes will now turn to Sunday's race, which for the first time in F1 history will start in daylight and be completed as the sun sets.

Temperatures are expected to hit 35 degrees Celsius at the Yas Marina track, where construction only began in February 2007.

The spectacular circuit, which has a tunnel as part of its pit- lane exit and a track that passes under the Yas Hotel, has impressed all the drivers this weekend, not least Hamilton.

'The place is just stunning. It's mind-blowing what they have been able to create here,' he said.

"In Q3 I had massive vibrations. Hopefully we can solve it by the race," added Button.

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.873 1:39.695 1:40.948 20
2 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:40.666 1:39.984 1:41.615 21
3 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:40.667 1:40.272 1:41.726 21
4 23 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:40.574 1:40.421 1:41.786 24
5 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:40.378 1:40.148 1:41.892 25
6 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:40.517 1:40.373 1:41.897 24
7 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:40.520 1:40.545 1:41.992 25
8 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:40.558 1:40.635 1:42.343 24
9 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:40.842 1:40.661 1:42.583 25
10 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:40.908 1:40.430 1:42.713 27
11 4 Kimi R�ikk�nen Ferrari 1:41.100 1:40.726 20
12 10 Kamui Kobayashi Toyota 1:41.035 1:40.777 17
13 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.808 1:40.983 16
14 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:41.096 1:41.148 18
15 11 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:41.503 1:41.689 19
16 7 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:41.667 12
17 21 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:41.701 10
18 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:41.863 10
19 8 Romain Grosjean Renault 1:41.950 12
20 3 Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari 1:42.184 12


F1 Abu Dhabi - SAT - Qualifying - Lewis Hamilton on pole position


Abu Dhabi/Yas Marina, UAE, Oct 31, 2009

- MP4-24-02
- P3 programme:1m40.627s (18 laps, 2nd)

- Q1 - 1m39.873s (on Primes, 1st)
- Q2 - 1m39.695s (on Primes, 1st)
- Q3 - 1m40.948s (on Primes, 1st)

Today we saw the fourth pole position of the season for Lewis, who revelled in the handling of MP4-24 around the Yas Marina circuit today. After an extremely encouraging run yesterday, and going into this afternoon�s final practice, Lewis refined the car�s balance to his liking, finally declaring the car �the best it�s felt all year,� after taking pole.

�My pole lap wasn�t too aggressive,� said Lewis. �I was very smooth, and it just kept getting better and better. KERS Hybrid and the engine have been fantastic all season � and today was no exception � but it�s the chassis that has really come good lately and we�ve brought them all together this weekend to create the perfect package.

�Even more encouragingly, this is all a work-in-progress for next year � and winning tomorrow would be a perfect way to end the season and raise our expectations for 2010.

�It should be an exciting race � I just want to go out and do the job tomorrow.�

- MP4-24-03
- P3 programme:1m41.263s (20 laps, 6th)

- Q1 - 1m40.808s (on Options, 9th)
- Q2 - 1m40.948s (on Options, 13th)
- Q3 �

It was a day of disappointment for Heikki, who looked set for one of his best grid positions of the year before being sidelined with a gearbox problem � just as he was preparing for his fast laps in Q2. Despite that setback, Heikki still finished the session 13th fastest and is well positioned for a charging race tomorrow evening.

�"What a disappointing outcome to my qualifying,� Heikki said. �I got stuck in second gear during Q2 and that was it. I already had minor problems with the gearbox yesterday when it jumped out of gear, so it�s frustrating when you have a car you can easily take into Q3.

�But I�m looking at the positives: the balance of my car has been good throughout the entire weekend, and it�s been great to drive on this fantastic circuit.

�You can absolutely guarantee I�ll be giving it my all in the race tomorrow and I�ll be fighting from the first lap to the very last.�


Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

�Lewis did a brilliant job, demonstrating prodigious speed, to secure pole position in dominant fashion in Abu Dhabi this evening. We were relatively aggressive in terms of his fuel strategy, but we�ve certainly been more aggressive in a few other qualifying sessions this year and there�s therefore no doubt that his pace here is very genuine.

�Heikki, too, would have figured at or close to the front had he not been hampered by a gearbox problem not of his making, but you can be well sure that he�ll be pushing as hard as ever tomorrow to make good progress from his P13 grid slot.

�Tomorrow�s race will be an arduous one for drivers and team members alike � hot and tiring � but we�ll be aiming to end the season on a high by delivering a disciplined, focused and hopefully victorious performance, in an effort to secure third place in the 2009 Constructors� World Championship.�

Vice-president, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport

�What a great lap from Lewis. This was his fourth pole in the last seven grands prix since Valencia and certainly a very important one on this fantastic new race track here in Abu Dhabi. Hopefully we can continue in that direction tomorrow. Our race simulation laps showed yesterday that our speed is there.

�Sorry for Heikki who could not make it into Q3 due to a gearbox problem, but tomorrow is another day for him as well and he can still have a good finish in the points.

�The organisers and the hosts here did an unbelievable job to build up this very impressive venue � another good reason why it would be very special to fight for a victory tomorrow at this inaugural GP of Abu Dhabi.�

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Pit Stops Considerations

Here are the vital pieces of information the teams will take into consideration:
  • The way you qualify. Because fuel cannot be added or subtracted between Saturday qualifying and the race, the cars have to qualify with enough fuel on board to do the first stint of the race. Obviously a car planning to three-stop can qualify lighter than one on a two-stop strategy. The team needs to trade off the importance of qualifying position with the optimum race strategy.
  • The weight of fuel. This varies according to how dense the fuel is, but the regulations specify the density must be between 0.725 and 0.77kg per litre. The largest tanks hold around 150 litres and brimmed to capacity will therefore weigh around 120kg.
  • The amount of lap time this costs at the track in question. A half-tank car is quicker by around 2.4 seconds per lap around Suzuka than a full tank one, whereas over the similar distance of a Monza lap � with long straights and not many corners � the difference is only around 1.6 seconds. Suzuka therefore errs towards a two-stop strategy, Monza a one-stop.
  • The consumption of fuel. How much fuel (and therefore weight) needs to be put into the tank and how much the car sheds as it races tends to be higher at a track with lots of accelerating, braking, and use of the lower gears. The Hockenheim track, as revised from 2002, induces heavier fuel consumption than any other on the Formula One calendar. Although lap times at the track are only averagely sensitive to weight changes, the big reduction in weight (because of the high fuel consumption) means that the total effect is large. It�s therefore another track favouring a two-stop strategy. At the other end of the pole is Nurburgring where there is relatively gentle fuel consumption but where lap times are highly sensitive to weight. The net result is very similar, and again a two-stop is favoured.
  • Your qualifying position. If your grid position places you in an attacking position � meaning that you need to overtake other cars � you are more likely to opt for an aggressive two-stop strategy, even if the maths tells you that a one-stop is quicker. If it�s a track where pretty much everyone can be guaranteed to be on the same number of stops, you have a choice: depending on whether your strength is early or late in the stint, you can either short-fuel for the first stint, using your lower weight to pass cars and then hope to pull out enough of a time cushion before you stop to keep you ahead after they have stopped. Or you might choose to take on board as much fuel as you dare and hope you can keep up with cars that are lighter early in the race; when you stop later it will take less time as you will not spend as much time refuelling to get you to the end.
  • Other cars and overtaking opportunities. The more pit stops you make, the more you are at the mercy of traffic � of getting caught behind slower cars after your stop but before they make theirs. At a track with plenty of overtaking opportunities this is less of a consideration than at a place like Monaco where passing places are few and far between. The timing of your stop might also be influenced by traffic � for example, you might come in earlier than planned so as to avoid encountering a bunch of lapped cars.
  • How the brakes are wearing. At some circuits � such as Imola, Montreal and Monza � brake wear is extreme. A heavier fuel load places extra strain on the brakes, due to the extra weight and momentum that they are working against.
  • The skill of the driver. The handling balance of the car changes a lot from the beginning of a stint to the end. This change will be larger the longer the stint. Some drivers can cope with handling changes better than others, so it is something that has to be taken into account.

Choosing the number of stops

Pit stops are not actually compulsory in Formula One. In theory, a team could build a car with a big enough fuel tank to do the whole race without stopping, and the tyre manufacturers could easily produce a compound tough enough to make tyre changes a thing of the past. But in reality, such a car would be hopelessly off the pace. Not only would it be slow because of its weight and hard compound tyres, but the bulkiness arising from its big fuel tank would make the car aerodynamically inefficient, slowing it yet further � and all the other teams would laugh at them. All current Formula One cars are therefore designed around tanks that are too small to hold enough fuel to complete a full Grand Prix.
At most tracks, a pit stop � including slowing down, stopping, re-fuelling, and accelerating back up to speed � takes around 30 seconds. The race distance is specified as the least number of laps exceeding 305km (190 miles). (For more on what constitutes a �complete� race, head to �race stoppage� later in this chapter.) Over that distance, and with that time penalty, it did not use to be worthwhile stopping more than twice. But since the 2003 regulations prohibiting fuel loads being changed between qualifying and race (see Chapter 8), stopping three times in a race has become a viable option once grid position is taken into account. Stopping just the once, or even twice, during a race has fallen out of favour after the introduction of these regulations. At some tracks an extra stop is quite feasible, more than making up the extra 30 seconds of pit stop time with a lighter fuel load. Magny Cours, in France, with its very short pit lane and high tyre degradation, is a good example of this. At other tracks the tyres perform close to their peak for longer and the pit lane can be longer. Silverstone in Britain is a good example of this. The most common strategy in Magny Cours is three-stops, whereas for Silverstone two stops is more popular.
Aside from tyre behaviour, it�s all to do with fuel consumption and how much lap time the extra weight costs you. In other words, a team needs to know how sensitive the car�s lap time is to changes in weight and how fast that weight is changing.

Strategy on the hoof

Rarely has the importance of race strategy been so well demonstrated than at Monaco in 2002. Michelin, the tyre suppliers of Williams and McLaren, arrived with a tyre that was of supersoft compound, making it very quick over one lap in qualifying but less so over a race distance. The reasoning was to get at least one Michelin car to outqualify the dominant Bridgestone-shod Ferraris and then let the tight confines of the track aid them in keeping the red cars behind for the race.
It worked brilliantly, demoting Ferrari to the second row. In the race, McLaren�s David Coulthard soaked up pressure from Ferrari�s Michael Schumacher to take victory. Even though the Ferrari was capable of lapping more than 1 second per lap faster than the McLaren, there was simply no way by. In desperation, Ferrari brought Schumacher in a few laps early for his pit stop, in the hope he could use his speed to get and stay ahead when Coulthard stopped. When he rejoined, now on a clear track, he immediately set a stunning fastest lap. This alerted McLaren, who realised that, at this rate, Schumacher would indeed be able to pass when the McLaren stopped. Before any further damage was done, they brought Coulthard in early too, getting him out still ahead of Schumacher. It sealed the result.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Attention to detail

ToMoCo owns a rotary weaver, one of only two of these circular looms in existence, and it is being used to weave dual-tube carbon fiber components, like the A-pillar, on the Lexus LFA. It's obsessive attention to detail like this that explains it's hefty price. Mind boggling!

Edit : Looks like the Lexus Division Communications had requested for me to remove the video I posted of the circular loom...

2012 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Successor Test-Mule Spy

2012 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti successor test-mule spy shots

While this test-mule was previously thought to be for a minor mid-cycle facelift for the 612 Scaglietti, key details such as the extended front-end, bonnet bulge, longer wheelbase and stacked exhaust pipes suggest this vehicle represents something much more significant than a facelift.

2012 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti successor test-mule spy shots

It seems like just yesterday that Ferrari's 612 Scaglietti was launched but it's actually been almost five years, which is why it�s not surprising that test-mules for the car�s successor are already running around the streets of Maranello. Designers will be primarily focused on giving it an edgier, more up-to-the-minute look, however, the new look may be joined by a greener powertrain as well.

2012 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti successor test-mule spy shots

If the report proves true, the Scaglietti successor will have a fuel economy of roughly 19 mpg--up from 11.5 mpg for the current model. Power isn't expected to grow much, as the 612�s standard 533 horsepower output is already generous.

2012 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti successor test-mule spy shots

Not much is known about the successor to the 612 as the car�s is expected to make its launch until late 2011, but according to previous reports the car could feature a brand new V-12 powerplant. The new engine is tipped to have 40% fewer carbon-dioxide emissions than the current mill, which would fit Ferrari�s internal goal of reducing its emissions and fuel-consumption by that same amount by 2012.
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Subaru Concepts Push the Limits of the Fast, the Low and the (Very) Slow for 2009 SEMA Show

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. today announced two tuner models along with a "blast from the past" Subaru classic that will debut at the 2009 Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center Nov. 3-6. Further models will be announced in due course.
Subaru Performance Tuning (SPT�), Subaru of America's in house performance division, built a custom Impreza WRX� STI� and Legacy� VIP concept especially for the 2009 SEMA Show. The WRX STI by SPT demonstrates what a WRX STI owner can build at home using just the SPT catalog as a source for bolt-on parts. The WRX STI by SPT offers more power along with even sharper handling response, making it the ideal machine for high style street performance or track driving.
The Legacy VIP is a one-of-a-kind vehicle inspired by the VIP rides found on the streets of Tokyo, Los Angeles and New York. It uniquely blends parts from SPT and the Japanese domestic market (JDM) with custom features for the "full VIP treatment." VIP is a style known for a clean, yet heavily reworked, luxury theme with an emphasis on impossibly low ride height and huge, aggressively styled wheels.

Those connected to this scene don't say "V-I-P" but rather call it "bippu" in a nod to its Japanese roots. "Traditional" VIP rides are based on rear-wheel drive vehicles; the Subaru Legacy VIP breaks the mold by applying the look to an all-wheel drive sedan with an extra dose of East Coast flair.
The third vehicle announced for Subaru's SEMA display is also one-of-a-kind: A special SPT delivery van that promises to deliver go-fast parts very slowly. That's because it only has 25 horsepower.
The 1969 micro van (emphasis on "micro") was one of the first models sold by Subaru of America. Its two-cylinder, two-stroke engine musters 25.3 lb.-ft. of torque. Less than 10 feet long and barely more than four feet wide, the Subaru micro van could be used to deliver SPT parts inside Subaru's headquarters campus. Nearly as impressive as its 66-MPG economy is the patience needed to drive it for 66 miles.

Details: 2010 Subaru WRX STI by SPT

The drivetrain in the WRX STI by SPT is essentially stock, which means a 2.5 liter DOHC, 16 valve, turbocharged and intercooled 4-cylinder Subaru Boxer� engine with Dual Active Valve Control System. Backed by a 6-speed close ratio manual transmission, it gets power to the road via Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD), limited slip helical front differential and TORSEN� rear differential.
The engine remains stock, including 14.7 PSI max. boost. An SPT exhaust system boosts horsepower to 315 hp @ 6,000 RPM (up from the stock 305), while peak torque remains stock at 290 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 RPM. There is also an SPT turbo heat shield. For that extra dose of style under the hood, the car features an SPT billet oil cap v2.0 and SPT billet battery hold down v2.0; an STI front lip spoiler and SPT exhaust finishers complete the look.
The stock WRX STI is already a master of the curves; the WRX STI by SPT ups the handling ante with readily available accessories: 19 x 8.5-in. Prodrive� GT2 wheels are finished in Glitter Gold and wear Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 245/35R19 performance tires. Suspension is tweaked with STI performance springs, an SPT strut tower brace and an SPT lower chassis brace.
Interior appointments and electronics are geared to what the average enthusiast can afford and use. So, you won't find half a dozen 10-inch LCDs scattered around the interior. An SPT boost gauge, a media hub digital music integration system and an auto-dimming mirror with transflective display and HomeLink� transmitter, are all available from the SPT catalog. Final touches include an STI shift knob and all-weather floor mats (because Subaru drivers aren't afraid of the weather.)

Details: Subaru Legacy 2.5GT VIP

The 2010 Legacy is all-new, built on a new platform that increases room and comfort while preserving the agility and fun-to-drive spirit of the previous model. Its new midsize roominess and comfort make Legacy an ideal candidate for the VIP ("bippu") treatment. This transformation, however, is not for the faint of heart.
The 2010 Legacy 2.5GT starts out strong enough; its new 265-hp turbocharged/intercooled is teamed exclusively to a new 6-speed manual transmission for 2010 along with the Continuous Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (viscous coupling locking center differential). So, the Legacy can go on when the snowflakes fall. The stock torque curve (258 lb.-ft. at 2,000-5,200 RPM) makes city VIP-ing smooth and easy in this Legacy.
The turbo Boxer is dressed up with a custom full engine bay cover, SPT billet oil cap v2.0 and SPT billet battery hold-down v2.0. To go "bippu" is to go low, starting with the profile. The stock Subaru intercooler, which inhales through a hood scoop, is replaced by a Mishimoto front mount intercooler with custom piping, to allow a smooth hood.
To ride low, the Legacy VIP gets air suspension system from Universal Air�. The MC3 Enterprises Trinidad wheels were custom machine for this vehicle and measure 20 x 10-inch in front (30 offset) with a 3-inch lip; the 20 x 10-inch rear wheels have a 12 offset and 4-inch lip. The 235/30R20 Falken FK452 tires are "stretched a bit."
Subaru sourced a number of body parts from the Japanese domestic market (JDM) Legacy, including: hood, bumper faces, sport grille, front and rear under spoilers, HID headlights and fog lights. The power folding signal mirrors with chrome caps and the vent shades likewise come from the JDM Legacy parts supply. Roof and decklid lip spoilers were added to keep the lines of the car clean.
Custom touches start with the rolled and flared fenders and add a chrome trunk garnish and door handles, along with puddle lights. The body is sprayed in Shinjuku Black Plum. The Legacy VIP interior is almost fully custom, featuring diamond stitch seats and door trim finished in Togarashi Red. An interior illumination kit and illuminated sill plates add a VIP glow.
SPT catalog parts include an auto-dimming mirror with transflective display and HomeLink transmitter and an STI Duracon shift knob.
The rear seat passengers enjoy the full VIP treatment, starting with bucket seats and a motorized compartment for valuables. Onboard entertainment is offered through a JVC KD-AVX77 touch screen head unit up front and twin rear seat multifunction displays in the rear. A custom carputer integrates the added subsystems. A pair of JBL amps (GT5-A604 4-channel and GT5-A3001 sub amp) powers six JBL speakers and two JBL 10-inch subs.

Details: 1969 Subaru SPT Parts Delivery Van

The Subaru SPT Parts Delivery Van is a fully restored 1969 Subaru 360 van and features prominent SPT livery. The restoration was undertaken by Subaru of Las Vegas and will be displayed in their showrooms after the show.

  • Engine: 356 cc, 2-cylinder, 2-stroke, air-cooled
  • Horsepower/torque: 25 @ 5,500 RPM / 25.3 lb.-ft. @ 4,500 RPM
  • Length: 117.9 inches
  • Width: 51.0 inches
  • Height: 53.0 inches
  • Curb weight: approx. 950 lbs.
  • Fuel economy: 66 miles per gallon
  • Smile factor: priceless


SEMA Show: Powered by Hennessey's tweaked LS9 engine, the supercharged HPE700

LAS VEGAS, NV � Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) is set to debut the company's limited edition, Corvette ZR1 inspired, 2010 HPE700 LS9 Camaro on Tuesday, November 3 at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Powered by Hennessey's tweaked LS9 engine, the supercharged HPE700 Camaro cranks out 725 bhp and 741 lb-ft of torque twist. 0 to 60 mph is achieved in just 3.5 seconds. The HPE700 LS9 Camaro will be on display in the Mobil 1 booth (#24466).

The HPE700 LS9 Camaro is able to whoa as well as it can go with massive 15 inch Brembo brakes with 6-piston calipers in front and 4-piston calipers in rear. Ride quality and handling are also improved with the addition of KW Variant 3 coilover suspension with upgraded sway bars. Combined with Hennessey's own light weight 3-piece 20 inch wheels shod with Michelin PS2 tires, the HPE700 Camaro is capable of generating 1.01 g on a 200 ft. skidpad. Rounding out the package is the ZR1-inspired Cam-Aero � carbon fiber body upgrades consisting of a front splitter, side skirts and rear bumper with diffuser.

Production has been limited to just 24 examples. "This may be one of the most special vehicles our company has ever built", said company founder and president, John Hennessey. "Time will tell, but I would venture to say that the 2010 HPE700 LS9 Camaro may go down in history as one of the most significant modern muscle cars ever built".

Cost for the HPE700 LS9 Camaro is $119,500 which includes one day of driving instruction at Hennessey's Lonestar Motorsports Park race track facility.

About Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE)
HPE has been making fast cars go faster since 1991. Founded by John and Hope Hennessey, the company now operates from it's 30,000 square foot workshop and showroom facility situated on 143 acres near Sealy, Texas (about 45 minutes west of Houston). HPE offers a wide variety of dyno proven, track tested parts and upgrades for a variety of modern performance vehicles. HPE is also the only tuner in North America that has its own private test track � Lonestar Motorsports Park.

2010 Hennessey HPE700 LS9 Camaro Specifications

� 725 bhp @ 6,400 rpm
� 741 lb-ft Torque @ 3,200 rpm

� 0 - 60 mph: 3.5 sec.
� 1/4 mile: 11.3 @ 126 mph
� Skidpad: 1.01 g
� 60 - 0 mph braking: 104 ft.

2010 HPE700 Camaro Includes:
� Base 2010 Camaro SS with 6-speed Manual Transmission
� Your Choice of Exterior Factory Colors: Cyber Gray Metallic, Aqua Blue Metallic, Inferno Orange Metallic, Imperial Blue Metallic and Red Jewel Tint Coat
� LS9 6.2 Litre Supercharged Engine with Intercooler
� Mobil 1 Oil & Filter
� Cam-Aero (tm) Body Components: Front Spoiler, Rear Bumper Diffuser & Side Rocker Panels
� Long Tube Stainless Steel Headers
� HPE Extreme Duty Clutch & Flywheel Upgrade
� HPE Race Shift Knob and Shifter Upgrade
� HPE Light Weight Alloy Wheels
� 20 x 11 inch (rear); 20 x 10 inch (front)
� Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Tires, 275/35-YR20 (front); 305/35-YR20 (rear)
� Brembo Front Brake Upgrade: 6-Piston Calipers with Light Weight 15 inch Cross-Drilled Rotors
� Brembo Rear Brake Upgrade: 4-Piston Calipers with 14 inch Light Weight Rotors
� KW / HPE Variant 3 Adjustable Coil-Over Suspension Upgrade
� KW / HPE Front & Rear Sway Bar Upgrades
� Painted Hockey Stick Side Stripe with LS9 logo
� Hennessey Embroidered Head Rests & Floor Mats
� Limited Edition HPE700 Dash Plaque & Hood Plaque
� HPE700 & Hennessey Logos Painted on Rear Deck Lid
� Hennessey Letter of Authenticity
� HPE700 buyers will also receive a 1-day performance driving course at Lonestar Motorsports Park � a 1/4 mile dragstrip facility located adjacent to Hennessey's 30,000 square foot production facility and showroom.

� Connolly Leather Interior with Custom Colors
� 850 hp Twin Turbo Upgrade
� 1000 hp Twin Turbo Upgrade
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Volkswagen has today confirmed pricing and specification for the most powerful and fastest accelerating derivatives of the Scirocco and Golf ever produced. Developed by Volkswagen's special projects wing, Volkswagen Individual, prices for Scirocco R start at �26,945 on-the-road and �28,930 for the Golf R.
Fitted with a 2.0-litre TSI four-cylinder engine and a six speed manual gearbox as standard, the Scirocco R develops 265 PS and 258 lbs ft of torque while the Golf R produces 270 PS and 258 lbs ft of torque. A six-speed DSG gearbox is available as an option on both models from �1,300.

For the first time on an �R' model, the Scirocco R channels power though the front wheels and is fitted with the XDS electronic cross-axle traction control system to ensure improved grip in all conditions. The Golf R, available in both three- and five-door bodystyles, uses a pre-charged hydraulic version of Volkswagen's 4MOTION four wheel drive system. This system can react quicker than previous 4MOTION systems while also limiting torque to maximise traction and minimise wheelspin.
The range-topping Scirocco accelerates from a standstill to 62 mph in 6.0 seconds, falling to 5.8 seconds when equipped with the DSG gearbox, while achieving a combined figure of 34.9 mpg (35.3 for DSG) and 189 g/km of CO2 (187 for DSG).

The Golf R is the fastest accelerating Volkswagen ever produced, with a 0 to 62mph sprint taking just 5.7 seconds. As with the Scirocco, the DSG gearbox shaves a further two tenths of a second from this time. Despite this impressive performance, the Golf R returns 33.2 mpg on the combined cycle (DSG 33.6 mpg) and CO2 emissions of 199 g/km (195g DSG). Both the Scirocco R and Golf R models have a top speed of 155 mph.
To set the �R' models apart from a conventional Scirocco or Golf, both feature unique styling features. New front bumpers complete with LED running lights and a trio of deep airdams, Xenon lights which frame gloss black grille elements, gloss black wing mirrors, sill extensions and 18-inch five-spoke �Talladega' alloy wheels housing gloss black �R' callipers give the new models a purposeful look. Optional 19-inch alloy wheels in the same design are also available and, on the Golf R, these can be specified with a gloss black finish.

At the back, both models feature roof mounted spoilers and are fitted with twin exit exhausts; the Golf R's positioned in the centre of a gloss black diffuser and the Scirocco R's mounted on either side. Smoked rear light units, which on the Golf house high-intensity LED bulbs, further differentiate the R models.
Styling changes continue inside the cabins of both new models with new sports seats complete with 'R� logos, piano black and silver highlights, a new three-spoke black leather sports steering wheel with contrasting stitching and revised white backlit dials with subtle electric blue needles unique to the �R' range. Vienna leather sports seats are available on both models and Recaro bucket seats can also be specified as an option on both the three- and five-door Golf R models.
Alongside the new addition to the Scirocco range, the power output in the �standard' 2.0-litre TSI Scirocco GT has now been increased to 210 PS. This extra power reduces the sprint to 62 mph to 6.9 seconds for both the manual and DSG gearboxes, and top speed increases to 149 mph (147 DSG). Fitted with revised oil and cooling systems, the 210 PS unit also boasts improved fuel consumption of 38.2 mpg (was 37.2) and emissions of 172 g/km of CO2 (was 179) over the engine it replaces.

The first examples of Volkswagen's most powerful hatchback and coupe are expected to arrive in showrooms in February 2010.

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New Opel Corsa ecoFLEX with only 3.7 liter/100 km and 98g/km CO2

  • 95 hp and 190 Nm of torque add driving dynamics
  • Three- and five-door models seat five and yet emit less than 100g/km CO2
  • Diesel Particulate Filter is standard
R�sselsheim. Starting January 2010, the new Opel Corsa ecoFLEX is more respectful of the environment and fun to drive than ever. It is powered by a sophisticated, 70 kW/95 hp 1.3 CDTI diesel engine boosted by a turbo with a variable geometry. It is packed with 28 percent more power than the previous generation Corsa ecoFLEX even though fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are slashed by some 10 percent - yet the price is the same as the standard 90 hp Corsa 1.3 CDTI.

The new Corsa ecoFLEX illustrates Opel's philosophy of developing ecologically responsible cars that are still fun to drive. With its 190 Nm of torque available between 1750 and 3250 rpm, this Corsa ecoFLEX needs only 3.7 l/100 km, releasing just 98 g/km CO2 as a three-door. The five-door Corsa emits 99 g/km.
Both versions are equipped with a standard Diesel Particulate Filter which dramatically reduces the emissions that are the most detrimental to health. With this Corsa ecoFLEX, fleet and private drivers in many European countries may benefit from special eco tax advantages without polluting the air with diesel particulates.
Also, the new Corsa ecoFLEX can be ordered with a variety of equipment variants. This means that customers have the choice of which trim and equipment they would like in their car, from the starter level up to optimized Cosmo variant.

The engine of the new Corsa ecoFLEX combines two strengths: low CO2 and high performance. Opel engineers achieved this by using a turbo with variable turbine geometry, which significantly improves the engine's performance. To support the higher turbo pressure, engineers slightly reduced the compression ratio from 18 to 16.8: 1. Opel engineers optimized the calibration on the engine; they greatly increased low-end torque and the peak power, making a new transmission set-up possible: A longer transmission gear ratio was selected for the five-speed unit. The new 95 hp has a top speed of 177 km/h and needs only 12.3 seconds to reach 100 km/h from a standstill. This �'wide ratio, eco-friendly �' gear set work together to lower CO2 values below 100g.
Aerodynamics has been improved by lowering the car by 20 mm and optimizing the air flows via the air intakes. Wheels are fitted with newly designed, more efficient wheel caps. The Corsa ecoFLEX is equipped with special, 175/70 tires that are roll-resistance-optimized and fitted to lighter, flow formed , 14" steel wheels - 15" wheels are optional.
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F1 Abu Dhabi - FRI - Free Practice


Abu Dhabi/Yas Marina, UAE, Oct 30, 2009

- MP4-24-03
- P1 programme:20 laps,1m45.123s (10th)
- P2 programme:35 laps,1m41.307s (1st)

�The whole day was pretty good. We�d already done some good work in Woking preparing for this circuit, so we had a good balance right from the start this morning. However, we had a brake issue during first practice which we couldn�t sort out during the session.

�This afternoon, we got it sorted and were able to improve considerably, with both tyres working well. The circuit is cool � it�s very smooth with good grip and the kerbs are nice. Turns Two and Three are not easy-flat, but, with the good balance of the car, they�re fun.

�On the straight, KERS gives us an additional benefit. We can use it for maximum performance and it�s worth three-and-a-half to four tenths.

�The light is no problem with our slightly tinted tear-off visors, which we could remove once the sun had set.�

- MP4-24-02
- P1 programme:18 laps,1m43.939s (1st)
- P2 programme:34 laps,1m41.504s (2nd)

�It looks like we might be quite competitive here � our long runs appear to be good, the car feels great and the track is great � it�s quite interesting coming from daylight into nighttime, you don�t notice the difference through the twilight.

�They�ve done an incredible job here. It�s a really nice circuit to drive � there are a lot of technical corners, where braking stability is important. It�s a great track and I really enjoy driving it. The only bit I don�t like is the tunnel � but it�s a challenge!

�We�ll have to see what happens tomorrow, because the track conditions are always changing, but we feel quite comfortable with the pace we have. Our car seems to behave quite well over the kerbs, we�ve got the balance feeling quite good today.

�Our car is probably driving better than it has all year � it�s just been getting better and better. In a way, it�s been an excellent year: it�s a bit like a race when you start from the back of the field and fight back to the front � that�s what our season has been like.

�And I�m extremely proud of everyone in our team, they�ve done a fantastic job all year and I�d like to finish on a high for all of them.�


Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

�I think everybody in the Formula 1 paddock has been overwhelmed by the scale and ambition of the Yas Marina circuit � it sets standards within our sport that I think will be almost impossible to eclipse. It is a truly fantastic facility, and a fine testament to the incredible vision of our hosts here in Abu Dhabi, who have treated everyone in our team with enormous warmth and hospitality.

�To finish the second practice session in first and second positions on the timesheets is, of course, highly encouraging, but we are aware that there are a number of closely matched teams who will be working hard to win this race.

�Both Heikki and Lewis did a fantastic job today. Now, our efforts will shift towards maximising our performance and ensuring we are fully prepared for a thrilling qualifying session tomorrow.�

Vice-president, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport

�An exceptional new racetrack with fantastic facilities. Sincere compliments to the hosts in Abu Dhabi for establishing the new benchmark of new grand prix racetracks. The atmosphere here � especially at night � is absolutely fascinating, and I am sure this will become even better during tomorrow�s qualifying and Sunday's race.

�Our performance on this new track was very good today. Both Lewis and Heikki posted very competitive lap times during their race simulation long runs on both tyre compounds.

�I guess this was our most competitive Friday performance of the whole season.�

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Traxxas Slash 4x4 RC Truck

The Traxxas 2wd Slash was a big hit. But being 2wd, it was difficult to drive in off road tracks due to lack of rear wheel grip.

That problem is now solved with the Traxxas 4x4 Slash... 4wd with monster brushless power!

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SEMA Preview: Suzuki Equator ICON

The Suzuki Equator ICON comes with a custom suspension with performance coilovers in front and 2.5-inch piggyback shocks supporting linked to Total Chaos upper control arms. For a little more power, the Suzuki Equator ICON is fitted with Doug Thorley long-tube headers and a cat-back exhaust system.

ICON Vehicle Dynamics will premiere at this year's SEMA show in Las Vegas the Suzuki Equator ICON which is powered by a 4.0 liter V6 engine. The Suzuki Equator ICON has been assembled with a variety of parts from several Southern California-based suppliers and features Bushwacker fender flares, LightForce lights and an AMP Research bed extender.


Wolf Racing Unleashes 360-horsepower Ford Focus RS360

And to think Ford believed that 300 ponies under the hood of a Focus were more than adequate... Hot on the heels of Loder1899's Focus RS tuning program, renowned German tuner Wolf Racing has launched a new sport package for the fastest series-production Ford ever. As its name suggests, the Focus RS360's revised 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine puts out a hefty 360HP and 559 Nm / 412 lb-ft of torque, up from the standard unit's 300HP and 440Nm.

To achieve these figures, Wolf Racing optimized the Focus RS's engine software and turbocharger. The cost for the engine kit has been set at �1,299 or about $1,920 USD.
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