Saturday, December 29, 2007

DiMora Natalia SLS 2

The world's most expensive production automobile.
Von Stach Products announced today that its "HeatFlexx" heated frameless windshield wiper will be standard equipment on the Natalia SLS 2 sport luxury sedan, the world's most expensive production automobile. The electrically-heated "HeatFlexx" windshield wiper quickly melts ice and snow. The frameless design of the all-season blade provides continuous even pressure to the windshield, reducing streaks while reducing wind lift at speeds up to 150 MPH. The wiper was introduced at the SEMA and AAPEX auto shows in Las Vegas and is considered by many to be one of the most novel inventions in the automotive industry this year.

"Ice and snow have been a problem for drivers since the inception of the automobile," says John Von Stach, inventor of the HeatFlexx wiper. "With our product, drivers will no longer struggle with poor visibility due to poorly functioning wiper blades. We are thrilled to have our wipers installed on the Natalia SLS 2 and to be a technology partner with DiMora Motorcar."

DiMora Motorcar Founder and CEO Alfred J. DiMora noted that the vehicle will feature many unique innovations which have never been seen in a production automobile. "The HeatFlexx windshield wiper is a unique and outstanding product. We are pleased to be the first OEM to include Heatflexx as standard equipment, with its controls integrated into our dashboard/steering wheel operation." Mr. DiMora stated the goal for the Natalia is to be the most distinctive luxury automobile in transportation history.

The founder, CEO, and driving force behind DiMora Motorcar is Alfred J. DiMora, who produced two of America's finest luxury automobiles, the Clenet (as owner) and the Sceptre (as co-founder). He and the Clenet were inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1986 for the Centennial Year of the Gas-powered Automobile. He also co-founded Star Bridge Systems, which developed the hypercomputers now used by NASA and other technology leaders. According to DiMora, "The goal for the Natalia is to be completely distinctive from bumper to bumper—the most powerful four-door sport luxury automobile in transportation history. The Natalia will set the standard for 21st Century automotive excellence." DiMora further states, "I have drawn on my 30 years of automotive and computer expertise to design this futuristic vehicle, one that is safe, efficient, luxurious, nimble, and powerful."

As part of the production of this unique automobile, DiMora Motorcar will employ a first-time-ever approach for the auto industry—the world will watch the design, build, and test of the Natalia. Anyone with Internet access will be able to view this remarkable educational material via video-streamed webcams transmitting from the company's facilities. The DMC website will afford people the opportunity to comment on Natalia's design as it progresses and to submit their automotive innovations. DiMora states, "Many of the best ideas are created by individuals in their garages." Among the many ways DMC will entertain the followers of the Natalia's creation, DiMora Motorcar is planning to award prizes to thousands of people in a worldwide treasure hunt that will culminate with one very lucky person winning the grand prize—a $2 million Natalia SLS 2.

About DiMora Motorcar

Based in Palm Springs, California, DiMora Motorcar crafts automobiles designed to exceed expectations for safety, performance, technology, ecology, beauty, comfort, and luxury. It reveals the design, production, and testing of these automobiles via the Internet so that people around the world can participate in and learn from the process. The results will demonstrate America's automotive design and engineering leadership.

Friday, December 28, 2007

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer

Mitsubishi recently revealed the 2008 Lancer sedan, which will be on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The new-generation Lancer models arrive in Mitsubishi dealerships in early 2007.

The 2008 Lancer is based on a new global platform that also forms the foundation of the new Mitsubishi Outlander SUV. It has a longer wheelbase and wider track, but slightly shorter overall length than the previous model. It weighs 3,109 lbs.

All Lancer models are powered by an all-new 2.0-liter 152 hp aluminum DOHC MIVEC 4-cylinder engine (143 hp PZEV in Calif.) teamed to a 5-speed manual transmission. The new Lancer is the first Mitsubishi in North America to offer an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Hennessey Ford GT 700

Hennessey will upgrade almost any car, and his easy tweaks to the Ford GT up the power to 710 bhp and 690 Lb-Ft of torque.

The upgrade is limited to engine tuning which increases the boost from a stock 13 psi to 17. Included are high flow air filters, a new supercharger pulley, custom tuned engine management and a new stainless steel exhaust.

As a whole, this small package holds a quick punch and Hennessey says it's good for 0 - 60 mph: 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 230 mph.

The only way to indentify the GT700 is a small script on the rear decklid. Other than this, they look surprising stock both from the outside and under the hood.

710 HP @ 6,800 rpm
0 Lb-Ft Torque @ 4,200 rpm
0 - 60 mph: 2.9 sec.
1/4 mile: 10.9 sec. @ 134 mph
Top Speed: 230 mph

GT700 Upgrade System Includes:
High Flow Air Filters
Stainless Exhaust Upgrade
Supercharger Pulley Upgrade
Increases Boost from 13 psi (stock) to 17 psi
Custom Tuned Software
Fuel/Spark Recalibration
creases Rev Limit from 6400 rpm to 6600 rpm
Road & Dyno Testing
Professional Installation
GT700 & Hennessey Exterior Badges

engine All Aluminum, MOD V8 w/Dry Sump Lubrication
position Mid Longitudinal
aspiration Eaton Model 2300 screw-type
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/Variable Inlet Geometry
fuel feed Sequential Multi-Port Electronic Fuel Injection (SEFI) with Dual
displacement 5409 cc / 330.1 cu in
bore 90.2 mm / 3.55 in
stroke 105.8 mm / 4.17 in
compression 8.4:1
power 529.5 kw / 710 bhp @ 6500 rpm
hp per litre 131.26 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 447.1 bhp per tonne
torque 935.51 nm / 690 ft lbs @ 4200 rpm
redline 6600
drive wheels RWD w/Helical LSD
body / frame Aluminum Panels over Aluminum Spaceframe
front brakes Brembo Cross-Drilled & Vented Discs w/Four-Piston Monoblock Calipers, ABS
f brake size 356 mm / 14.0 in
rear brakes Brembo Cross-Drilled & Vented Discs w/Four-Piston Monoblock Calipers, ABS
r brake size 335 mm / 13.2 in
front wheels F 45.7 x 22.9 cm / 18 x 9 in
rear wheels R 48.3 x 29.2 cm / 19.0 x 11.5 in
front tire size Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 235/45ZR18
rear tire size Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 315/40ZR19
steering Rack & pinion
f suspension Upper A Arm & Lower L Arm w/Springs, Monotube Aluminum Dampers, Tubular Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Upper A Arm & Lower L Arm w/Springs, Monotube Aluminum Dampers, Tubular Anti-Roll Bar
weight 1588 kg / 3500 lbs
wheelbase 2710 mm / 106.7 in
front track 1599 mm / 63.0 in
rear track 1618 mm / 63.7 in
length 4643 mm / 182.8 in
width 1953 mm / 76.9 in
height 1125 mm / 44.3 in
transmission Ricardo Six-Speed
gear ratios 2.61:1, 1.71:1, 1.23:1, 0.94:1, 0.77:1, 0.63:1
final drive 3.36:1
top speed 370.1 kph / 230 mph
0 - 60 mph 2.9 seconds
0 - 1/4 mile 10.9 seconds

1937 Ford Sedan Dreamsicle OZE 37

Taylor Custom Street Rods in Hamilton, OH. is building this 1937 Sedan for Mike Soto. The product formula is set up for a production based vehicle that is offered through SRBD. Body is the new Sedan model OZE body - Custom Chassis and fabrication by Tim Taylor- To learn more about this car and the details on the Sedan turn keys Please visit Taylor Custom Street Rods online! This car was featured both in 2005 and 2006 at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.

TCSR built this 1937 OZE sedan for Mike Soto of Modesto, California. The car was designed by Joe Iacono of Iacono Design and paint colors were selected by Art Hensel. The team at TCSR started the project in mid August with hopes of introducing the car at the October SEMA show.

ith plenty of long nights the team achieved their goal and brought the car to the SEMA show. The car was displayed at the main entrance to the show, near the Buckaroo Communications booth. The car was a big hit and received a great amount of attention. It will be on the cover of one of Buckaroo’s many publications, Street Rod Builder. The car also caught the attention of the ESPN’s Mother’s Car Show series. The car was filmed at the show and we expect to see the segment air in mid February. Also during the show, Blackie, a well known car enthusiast, was impressed with the car and invited us to bring it to his invitation only show in March of 2006. You can look for the car at shows throughout California.

Ford Shelby GT 150 by Unique Performance

Ford Shelby GT-150 by Unique Performance you see here. Except, dont expect to see one in your local Ford dealer showroom, at least not for right now. Basically, what you see is a POC (Proof Of Concept) vehicle, which we first photographed at the production facility of Unique Performance in Farmers Branch, Texas, and a week later snapped again at the 2007 Barrett-Jackson classic car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. For the record, somebody paid $104,500 for this high performance Shelby truck. Thats a heap of cash, but also a heap of truck.

Before you start thinking anybody could add the cool stripes and spoilers, you should know the parts and pieces on this vehicle are one-off and unique to the GT-150. Functionally, this crew cab Shelby is a legal prototype. Th
e project got going a few years ago when Doug Hasty, president of Unique Performance in Farmers Branch, Texas worked out a licensing agreement with Shelby Automobiles. Of course, Unique builds the Shelby G.T.500E Continuation Eleanor fastbacks under Shelby license, as well.

In the last few years, Unique has been getting into production of limited high performance vehicles. For the engineering and validation required to manufacture new cars and trucks, in 2005 they teamed with Tecstar, a top OEM supplier and manufacturer based in Troy, Michigan. The first vehicle to come out of that association was th
e 2006 Foose Stallion, a hot new Mustang available in Ford showrooms. The 07 will have a supercharger option.

A Shelby pickup would fill a niche in the F-150 lineup with the departure, in 2004, of the popular Ford Lightening. Hasty was eager to put such a truck on the road. Shelby wanted in the truck market, too. In 2004, at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, he had displayed a Shelby Expedition, another concept vehicle. Maybe production could wait, however, with the Expedition fast approaching a
changeover in its design. The F-150 was longer lived.

Unique Performance Concepts hired Joe Iacono to design a Shelby truck. Hasty asked for a fresh approach, something race-inspired that tied into Shelbys legacy and what he is doing today. Iacono, a 29 year-old automotive artist and designer from Northern California, has been gaining a reputation of one of the most prolific designers in the industry. Iacono has designed and coordinated many traditional hot rods, aftermarket concepts, and niche market production vehicles. The Speed Channel along with BCII Productions recently chose Iacono to design nine (9) custom aftermarket vehicle concepts for the upcoming episodes of the new TV show called
Payback. Hasty calls Iacono an up and coming talent with a lot of creativity. Unique also worked with Joe on the HHR they did with General Motors for the hit television show Rides on The Learning Channel

Hasty said, A lot of dealers had given us the feedback, at the very least it needed to be an extended cab truck. So we went with an extended cab fleet side, to keep as much weight as we could down.Giving the truck a rear seat would increase the customer base. They even considered a four door in the lineup.

Hasty said, The four door was so much heavier we thought we would do the extended cab first, and get feedback from the consumer, and let the consumer tell us which direction to go.

From Joe's renderings, Unique Performance Concepts clayed up a full sized truck, then pulled molds for parts to create the Shelby GT-150. This work was done in Tecstars Wheel-To-Wheel facility in Troy, Michigan. Wheel-To-Wheel builds very high end, prototype vehicles from all of the top auto manufacturers in Detroit.

UPC built three prototypes. The first one was used for durability tests. The second truck was built mainly for development of interior components. The third GT-150 was the POC vehicle, seen here. Iacono mentions, Some inspirations for the vehicle concept stem from the modern Shelby Cobra and the modern Shelby Mustang. The grille was designed from the signature Shelby look of the big gaping intake. Unlike a car, trucks have a very bulky utility-like feature that we wanted to streamline to keep within our performance stance. The front clip is 4.5 inches lower than the production model vehicle. We also wanted to tighten up the tolerances throughout the vehicle including the rocker panels and rear cover. We have added 3.4 mills to the lower door and fender wells to also help define the performance stance.

When designing a vehicle that will be made on a small production run, you have many regulations to follow. Keeping to the rules, we wanted to push the envelope on developing a very modern line for a truck.

The hood, though not functional, features a twin scoop pattern painted blue and offset with racing stripes on the drivers side. This application was inspired by the early Shelby Cobra racecars of the 60s. The two-panel race stripe that covers the 1/4 panel was a way to keep the traditional race stripes that Shelby is known for without making the truck look tall. We wanted to shift the attention from a tall cab line, so we looked at a 1/4 panel stripe also called a rookie stripe. This made sense to the entire team, as it is an option you see used on many of the Vintage Shelby Cobra collectables.

As you move from front to rear, we wanted to create Fluidity or Gestalt with each body part. Keeping this in mind, the team was able to define part solutions that were not greater than the whole.

For now, the truck has been shelved and concept development slowed. Whether or not the truck moves forward is up in the air. Since the POC GT-150 had served its purpose, Unique decided to sell it at Barrett-Jackson and show the public what the truck is all about. This way, it would be kind of a gauge to get some feedback from the public.

Carzone Specials Ford Fiesta

Carzone Specials, latest from Belgium. Their Works could be seen many times and everything it was something new as it should be in the tuning industry. No mater if it’s an estate or sub-compact city car – it’s never the same. It’s simply the uniqueness. Also today’s hot product is no exception – a complete bodykit for a cute and cozy car – Ford Fiesta.

The trend is small car that can be very handy and useful in horrible traffic conditions. So Ford introduced its new compact model Fiesta, the car that is comfortable but also powerful with nice stylish design. It’s a dream of modest customers. The
re are six engines available (4 gasoline and 2 diesels) that are mounted depending up version, like the ST version for example. This version has the most powerful engine – 2.0 V4 Duratec producing 150 hp (110 kW) at 6000 rpm. Of course, the sporting elements such as plastics, sporting suspension, aluminum rims or sporting interior can’t miss there.

reason to point out those guys from Carzone Specials was playing with the modification. They chosen the way of sporting design, but they didn’t forget about some necessary decency. Big plastics don’t mean everything.

The CS guys know this very well and they‘ve chosen very carefully. We’d like to introduce the Apex bodykit for tiny Ford Fiesta.

As other day, also today we need to say that we like this modification very much. The smoothness and lightness of selected parts to perfectly match with soft lines of this four wheel cr
eation - that’s breathtaking.

Perfectly designed and made plastic parts match perfectly with the rest of the car.

The Apex bodykit includes a front bumper. The bumper is divided into two parts – upper part is smoothed and lower is full of openings.

The central and two side openings with skewed edges fit with mudguards and lines of the front part.

There are also two side decorative wings and all openings are covered with a black perforated sheet.

The bumper makes the car sportier, but someone doesn’t like it. But i think that Carzone Specials did a great job.

So we shouldn’t forget about the side sills and extensions that are very well designed. Simple shapes are absolutely satisfying.

Mitsubishi Outlander Supports Dakar 2008

Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart in Dakar 2008 will have support from Mitsubishi in the form of a Mitsubishi Outlander. This model was confirmed as official support vehicle for the seventh successive winning Dakar team. Ralliart gets the Outlander with major safety improvements, however, the engine and transmission remains the same as the production model. The 2008 Dakar Outlander has also been modified with four racing bucket seats with full harness belts, a safety roll-cage, an additional fuel tank, under-body protection, dampers, navigational equipment, and a host of other features. The engine, running gear, and fundamental chassis architecture, however, remain identical to the standard production car. Carrying capacity is up to 1,691 litres. The exterior is finished in the full racing livery of the competition Pajero/Montero Evolutions. The production vehicle comes with AWC (All Wheel Control) technology, electronic 4x4 control system, developed by Mitsubishi. The system utilizes three modes to match the level of traction control to individual preferences and different road conditions. Mitsubishi has been developing 4x4 systems over the last 20 years.

Main Technical Specifications (Standard Outlander 2.2 Di-D)

Outlander is one of the symbols of the renewal of Mitsubishi Motors' line-up and was the brand's first car to be built on Mitsubishi's “Project Global” architecture, together with the new Lancer family (incl. Lancer Evolution X). It is also packed with Mitsubishi's legendary expertise in the realm of four-wheel drive technology and in the UK is powered by a choice of 2.2 Di-D 156PS (diesel), 2.0 Di-D 140PS (diesel), 2.4 MIVEC 170PS (petrol) engines.

Mitsubishi Outlander 2.2 Di-D

156 PS @ 4,000 rpm and 380 Nm @ 2,000 rpm

From 39.2 mpg, 7,2 L/100km (combined cycle)

From 191 g/km (combined cycle)

0-62 mph/0-100km/h in 9.9 seconds

124 mph/200 km/h maximum speed

AWC (All-Wheel-Control)

6-speed manual gearbox

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Audi R8 Back in Racing

The name Audi R8 was born on the race track, so it was only a matter of time to see it back in an endurance race. Yes, in 24 hours, but not in Le Mans, where the R8 conquered between 2000-2005.

Now, in 2008, a specially prepared Audi R8 supercar will make an appearance in 24 Hours of Dubai. The Dutch tuning specialist Creventic BV is preparing the CR-8 for an assault on endurance sportscar racing. Nevertheless, there are not many changes on the supercar. Creventic CR-8 is powered by the standard 4.2 liter V8 engine with remapped engine management system giving ten horses more than the production car with 420 hp. Creventic removed the factory-installed low-gear restrictor, as well as a host of baubles and bolt-ons to the body to bring it up to race spec. 18-inch BBS competition rims wrapped in Toyo racing slicks are put in place, a 90-liter racing fuel tank installed and AST suspension components mounted at all four corners.

Creventic has put a race-spec sequential gearbox and also carbon fiber body panels, trying to get more speed. The diet of the Dutch specialist proves to make some 300 kg less to now 1350 kg chassis.

24 Hours of Dubai in 2007 was won by BMW Z4 M. The first pair of CR-8s will be shown next month at the Dubai Autodrome in the United Arab Emirates for a race-track shakedown and public unveiling with the first customer cars to be delivered shortly thereafter.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Volkswagen GTI W12 concept

Volkswagen revealed the GTI W12 concept — an ultra-high-performance version of its popular GTI hatchback. Featuring a 12-cylinder, 6.0 liter motor, the GTI W12 can hit 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds.

Delivering 650 horsepower and 553 pound feet of torque, this GTI uses the same powerplant found in the Bentley Continental, Audi A8, Volkswagen Phaeton, and Touareg. The engine is based on two narrow-angle VR6 engines joined at the crank.

The car features extensive body modifications for increased aerodynamics and rides on 19-inch wheels. Volkswagen says the GTI W12 can hit a top speed of 202 mph. "This GTI moved the wing inward," explains Klaus Bischoff. "The roof is part of an enormous diffuser, which provides sufficient down force on the rear axle. It is made of carbon fiber and forces air over and under the tail spoiler to obtain a perfect amount of pressure on the rear axle."

The purpose of this design study is not known, and production seems unlikely.

Friday, December 21, 2007

2007 Mini Rallye Monte Carlo Concept

Mini announced the 2007 Mini Rallye Monte Carlo Concept, also referred to simply as the 2007 Geneva Concept. Like the Mini Traveller concept, this vehicle hints at where the next-generation Mini Mk. II is headed, shrouded in an entertaining theme with various accessories. This time, the theme is the Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo (Monte Carlo Rally). The car is dressed up as a service car for a rally team at the race. The concept has the engine from the Mini Cooper S.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

2007 Nissan 350Z GT-S Concept

A small team of Nissan development engineers working in their spare time have transformed a 350Z into a highly tuned 'Saturday Special.' Called the GT-S, the supercharged super coupé is a performance-focused version of Nissan's acclaimed 'Z-'car' and is designed to appeal to enthusiastic 350Z owners who simply want more. Although boasting a power hike and a substantially modified chassis, the GT-S is far from being a stripped out racing car with a rock hard ride and a peaky power delivery. "The GT-S has been created as a real car not an ornament," says Communications Director Wayne Bruce. "We wanted to build a 'Club Special' that could still be used to commute to work during the week but would provide added thrills at the weekend: a weekday workhorse and a weekend warrior in one distinctive package.

The project's technical leader Steve Robbins — who during the week is a senior engineer in the new vehicle evaluation team at NTCE — gathered together half a dozen like-minded enthusiasts to work on the project.

Working after hours and at the weekend, the team members came from within NTCE and also from outside suppliers and was known internally as the S-Club Seven…

Most of the changes center on the car's engine and chassis. Using a supercharger installation from Swiss manufacturers Novidem, power has increased by more than 25 per cent from 300 hp to 382 hp, while torque rises from 353 Nm to a heady 425Nm.

Performance gains are expected to include a one second cut in the benchmark 0-60mph time (5.8 seconds for the standard 350Z) with 2.5 seconds slashed from the 0-100 mph time.

And it sounds better, too, thanks to an electronically controlled by-pass valve that enriches the exhaust note at a pre-determined engine speed.

NTCE engineers — the very men who tuned the original 350Z to suit European roads and our higher speeds — have undertaken the suspension changes. Working closely with specialists from Bilstein, the changes concentrate on optimising road performance, with improvements in both handling ability and ride comfort. Wider wheels and tyres complete the chassis alterations.

A wind tunnel developed body/aero kit from German firm Strosek not only gives the all-black GT-S a distinctive look, but also improves the 350Z's aerodynamic performance with increased front and rear downforce at speed. The package is completed by a NVH pack which makes the GT-S even more civilised than the standard 350Z.

Steve Robbins said: "We could have produced a balls-out racer with huge power outputs and very little suspension movement. But while this would have created a superb racer, it would have been virtually unusable on the road. Instead we approached the GT-S from an engineering stand-point with a view to creating a 350Z that provides more of everything… performance, handling, looks, comfort and excitement.

"We also looked at the possible marketing potential of such a project and have designed the improvements as individual 'packs' — an engine pack, a suspension pack, aero pack and so on — and kept a close eye on costs."

So will the GT-S ultimately become more than a weekend project by a group of mavericks? Nissan is saying nothing officially, though insiders point to its appearance at Goodwood as a sign the company is giving the GT-S concept serious consideration.

2007 Honda Civic Si Sedan concept

The Civic Si Sedan Concept provides strong hints of the styling and performance for a production Civic Si Sedan scheduled to go on sale this fall, marking the first time that "Si" performance has become available in the Civic Sedan. Similar to the recently introduced Civic Si Coupe, the production Civic Si Sedan will serve as another performance leader for the Civic line-up with a 197-horsepower, 16-valve, DOHC i-VTEC engine with an 8,000 rpm redline, mated to a close-ratio, 6-speed manual transmission. Helping to put all that power to the ground is a helical-type, limited slip differential for improved traction and cornering performance.
The Civic Si Sedan Concept features custom 18-inch cast aluminum alloy wheels, 225/40ZR18 high-performance tires, and 4-wheel disc brakes with large cross-drilled brake rotors and 4-piston Brembo calipers.
"The Civic Si Sedan Concept demonstrates how the high-performance attributes of the Civic Si Coupe can be directly applied to the functionality of a sedan," said John Mendel, senior vice president of American Honda.
A production vehicle based on the Civic Si Sedan Concept will go on sale this fall. The 2007 Civic Si Sedan will mark a further evolution of Civic Si's sixth generation alongside the Civic Si Coupe - and will be the first time a Civic Si is available in two body styles. The Civic Si first appeared in 1986 with subsequent Civic Si models appearing in 1989, 1992, 1999 and 2002.
The Civic Si Concept (coupe version) made its debut at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show, preceding the introduction of the all-new 2006 Civic Si, Civic Hybrid, Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe. The Civic Si Coupe and Civic Si Sedan will both complement the Civic lineup with features designed to appeal to true enthusiasts seeking a high level of performance and value.

2007 Honda Civic Type S 3-door hatchback

To give the Type S sharper steering response, improved ride and excellent cornering stability, the suspension has been specially-tuned, with revised spring and damper settings and a 20mm wider rear track. This broader stance, coupled with the deep front air intake and standard 17-inch alloy wheels, gives the Type S a particularly muscular, planted look.

Under the bonnet of the 3-door Civic sits either a rev-happy 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, or Honda's highly-rated 2.2-litre diesel unit. Both engines produce a significant 140 hp and can be combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The 1.8-litre i-VTEC is also available with Honda's automated-manual i-SHIFT transmission.

Inside, silver-stitched black alcantara seats and a leather trimmed steering wheel join aluminium pedals to set a very sporting tone.

The cabin itself is focused around Honda's unique Dual Link dashboard design — first featured on the 5-door Civic — which places key information in the upper part of the instrument panel. This means that important data can be viewed without compromising the driver's concentration on the road.

Although the coupe-like styling of the Type S might suggest compromised cabin space, the interior instead succeeds in providing a high degree of flexibility and passenger accommodation. The distance between the hip point of front and rear passengers (803mm) equates to that of higher segment cars.

The rear seats also incorporate Honda's familiar one-motion, dive-down feature that instantaneously creates a flat loading space. This helps create a massive 485 litres of loading space — the same as the Civic 5-door. A centrally-positioned fuel tank located beneath the front seats, rather than impinging on the luggage area, also plays a key role in achieving this packaging efficiency.

Two model grades will be offered. As well as 17-inch wheels and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) as standard, Type S gets air conditioning, cool box, remote audio controls and curtain airbags. The Type S GT model adds a panoramic glass roof, dual zone air conditioning, cruise control, front foglights, retractable mirrors, and automatic wipers and headlamps.

The comprehensive passive safety features include double seatbelt pre-tensioners on both front seats as well as active headrests for protection against dangerous whiplash injury. Front and side SRS airbags for front seat passengers and ful-length curtain airbags are standard on all models. The instrument display also features an innovative seatbelt reminder for both front and rear seat passengers.

Honda anticipates a Euro NCAP result of 5 stars for front and side impact safety, 3 stars for pedestrian safety and 4 stars for child protection safety, making it one of the safest cars in its class.

The 3-door Type S will form the basis of the Civic Type R, which goes on sale in the UK in March 2007. The highly-anticipated Type R will offer greater sophistication without compromising the Type R philosophy of exhilarating performance through advanced engineering.

Aggressive styling, responsive steering, intuitive handling and greater in-cabin refinement will all be key characteristics. And although maximum engine power remains the same as the out-going Civic Type R, Honda's engineers have further developed the 200 hp 2.0-litre engine.

The Type R will also have a GT grade, which will offer extra equipment such as dual zone air conditioning and automatic rain and light sensors.

2007 Honda CR-V

Following some leaks, Honda has released official images of the 2007 CR-V crossover. The revamped model has a lower center of gravity (reduced by 35mm), wider stance (increased by 30mm) and a number of changes to steering and suspension geometry for improved handling. The all-wheel-drive ststem has also been improved with a revised "Real Time 4WD" that detects front wheel slip and promptly sends torque rearwards. As revealed in past spy shots and leaked photos, the CR-V gets a new windowline, which Honda hopes will give it a more car-like appearance. The spare wheel has been removed from the tailgate and is now found under the load compartment floor. The vehicle will be offered with radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control and a "Collision Mitigation Braking System" that will automatically brake if a collision is imminent. Active headlights are another high-tech feature added to the CR-V. Power comes from a 166 horsepower inline-four engine with 161 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission will be the only option in America. Base price is expected to be around $21,000. Contrary to rumors, the U.S. and European versions are identical.

Honda REMIX concept

The Honda REMIX small sport concept has its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show recently. The REMIX explores the shape and design of a two-seat sports car focused on performance and daily usability.

"Pure Honda to the core, the REMIX concept vehicle focuses on a simple, lightweight and fun-to-drive philosophy," said John Mendel, senior vice president of American Honda. "The concept balances sports car virtues with real-world practicality."

The REMIX Small Sport Concept is a product of the Honda R&D Americas, Inc., Advanced Design Studio in Southern California. Purely a design concept, the vehicle is fashioned around a front-wheel drive small car platform with a 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. A sport suspension, along with aggressive tires and brakes, further supplement its performance side.

Scion Fuse Concept

Totyota unveiled the Scion Fuse sports coupe concept at the New York Auto Show. "The idea of the all-new Fuse Sports Coupe is a reflection of the boundless limits and creative envelope that embodies all the vital personalization components of a Scion product," said Mark Templin, Scion vice president. "Since the launch of Scion three years ago, designers have learned a great deal about what inspires and motivates Scion buyers through its unique vehicle lineup and instilled them into the Fuse."

The exterior of the Fuse was the conception of Calty designers Alex
Shen and Bob Mochizuki, who were determined to create a strong performance
statement. Inspiration came from the "HAKO" super GT racing cars of Japan,
commonly known as the JGTC series. From the side, the Fuse has a low,
aggressive stance with a race helmet-inspired wraparound window that
provides a panoramic view. The visor-like wraparound windshield is balanced
by a strong C-pillar, adding a sense of security and protection.

Calty interior designers Alan Schneider and Ichirou Mukai used the long
wheelbase and high beltline of the Fuse to help create the interior theme,
which revolves around providing the driver with an intense driving
environment and occupants an intimate atmosphere. The activation of a small
key-shaped sensor unhinges butterfly doors that open to reveal an interior
that merges technology, function and racing inspired elements in an
asymmetrical pentagon where the driver is positioned at the apex of the

The influence of the "racing tub" in the overall design is obvious. It
provides a unique contrast that highlights the floating technical elements
of the interior. A drive-by-wire steering interface combines influences
from race cars and video game controllers in one innovative driver module.
A media station that runs the length of the dash is the focal point of the
cabin. Passengers can watch movies, play video games, or do both, with dual
display 10.5-inch monitors.

The Fuse interior concept is referred to as "one plus stuff." The
design focuses on the driver by offering surprising versatility in the form
of three interior arrangements: video, driving and cargo configurations. In
its video mode, the front passenger seat folds flat and serves as a table,
or footrest. Occupants can utilize video screens or take advantage of
wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) connectivity and instant message their friends.
In driving mode, the video screens turn off and a multi-informational
display is used for driver information.

Utility is maximized in a cargo mode where the front passenger seat and
rear seats fold down to form a flat surface. And, multi-functioning rear
cargo access allows stowage of larger items. The Fuse cabin seats four
comfortably, however when the car is parked, additional room is available
with a tailgate that converts to provide outdoor seating. A sweep of the
foot over an infrared sensor located on the lip of the rear bumper opens
the rear tailgate and sliding hatch, allowing the tailgate to drop down
into a curb-high bench. This surprising seating arrangement is paired with
rear foldout speakers for an unexpected social environment. Enhancing the
social scene is a detachable drink cooler with a retractable handle, which
is integrated into the rear center console.

Additional features include subtle accent lighting on the seats, doors
and overhead lining. Deeply contoured seats are upholstered with
soft-to-the-touch "Mythos" fabric that wraps around passengers for maximum
comfort. Finally, audio, video and HVAC systems are easily controlled by a
"vehicle system/communication interface" touch control board that is
similar in appearance to a telephone keypad.

2009 Toyota Matrix at SEMA

Toyota unveiled the all-new second-generation Matrix at a press conference today at the SEMA auto show. Toyota says the 2009 model will hit Toyota dealerships in February 2008. We've got a complete photo gallery of the production car, plus images of the special-edition SEMA model.

Matrix will be available in three grades – Standard, S and the XRS. And Matrix will offer the option of all-wheel drive (AWD) with the S grade. The 2009 Matrix offers the choice of two different engines, a five-speed manual transmission, and either four- or five-speed automatic transmissions.

A 16-valve, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine will produce 132 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 128 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm. The engine will feature Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) on both the intake and exhaust camshafts that helps it achieve outstanding performance and economy. Estimated EPA fuel economy ratings are 26/32 city/highway mpg for manual transmission models and 25/31 for the automatic transmission model powered by a 1.8-liter engine.

For those who want a bit more horsepower and torque, the Matrix offers a 16-valve DOHC 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with VVT-i that will produce 158 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 162 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. Matrix models powered by the 2.4-liter engine with five-speed automatic transmission will have an estimated EPA fuel economy of 21/29 city/highway mpg.

The Matrix’s base wheel is a 16-inch steel unit with a six-spoke full wheel cover. A distinctive 17-inch five-spoke aluminum wheel will be available for the S grade, and an 18-inch aluminum alloy wheel with a twin five-spoke design will come standard on the XRS grade.

Dual-stage SRS airbags will be standard for the driver and front passenger. Front seat-mounted side airbags, two-row side curtain airbags and front active headrests are also standard.

Brake performance will be improved with standard front and rear disc brakes on all Matrix grades. Anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) are also standard. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with TRAC and off switch will be standard on XRS and available as an option on all other models.

More standard features

Base equipment on all Matrix models include power color-keyed outside rearview mirrors, power steering, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, daytime running lights, heavy duty rear window defogger, intermittent windshield wipers, 12-volt power outlet, four cupholders, auxiliary audio input jack, front center console box and an engine immobilizer.

The S grade adds standard power door locks and windows with one-touch down driver-side, 115-volt power outlet, cruise control, intermittent rear window wiper, fold-flat front passenger seat, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/CD with MP3 capability and six speakers, front and rear underbody spoilers and fog lamps.

In addition to these features, the XRS grade features standard P215/45 R18 tires on 18-inch alloy wheels, sport strut tower brace, VSC with TRAC and off switch, and a three-spoke leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio steering wheel controls.

XRS models come standard with a leather-trimmed steering wheel that also includes spoke-mounted audio controls and hands-free Bluetooth capability when equipped.


In addition to the standard equipment, a list of optional comfort and utility features are available. Options will include an AM/FM/CD with six-speaker system with DVD navigation with XM NavTraffic capability, alloy wheels, power heated outside rearview mirror, intermittent rear window wiper, cruise control, power door locks, power windows, and remote keyless entry.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Mazda CX-7 Adrenaline

Mazda at the Specialty Equipment Market Association's (SEMA) annual show in Las Vegas unveiled CX-7 Adrenaline — a fully running prototype designed to showcase Mazda's "commitment to performance."

The SUV has been upgraded to give it sports car-like handling and performance. Mazda engineers converted the CX-7’s stock six-speed automatic transmission to a six-speed manual from the Mazda 6. Adrenaline pushes out more than 300 horsepower, thanks to a re-tuned engine with a modified intake system, header with a free-flow exhaust and more boost from the re-plumped turbo.

A wider, lower stance and a bolder face give the all-wheel-drive Adrenaline an aggressive stance. Unique design cues include new front and rear exterior styling, a clam shell front clip, wrap around rear spoiler and an innovative rear glass design. New fenders and doors give Adrenaline a three-inch wider overall stance. Wheel wells are filled out through the fitment of 22-inch EXE wheels with matching Yokohama tires.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

A Mustang Shelby GT500KR

NBC has finally pulled the lid off their new version of KITT, custom made for their new Knight Rider movie. A 540 horsepower black-with-gray stripes Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR will serve as the highly specialized Knight Industries Three Thousand.

This will no doubt be a disappointment in the eyes of purists, hoping the series would stick with either a rebuilt Trans Am, or at least a GM-made car like the new Camaro and the Z06 Corvette. WorldCarFans readers had also been anticipating something fancier, like the Maybach Exelero, Nissan GT-R, or the Koenigsegg CCX.

Three versions of the car will be used in the show, including the everyday KITT Hero, the harder, better, faster, stronger KITT Attack, and the driverless KITT Remote. Nanotechnology will allow KITT to shape shift and change color on the fly, and KITT's supercomputer brain can hack into any computer and electrical system.

KITT will have the same artificial intelligence that made it, and the original Knight Rider, an icon of the 1980s. Unfortunately, William Daniels will no longer provide the voice of the vehicle. Instead, KITT will be voiced by comic actor Will Arnett. Not to dog Arnett, who was pretty funny in Arrested Development, he seems somewhat miscast in the role.

In the original Knight Rider, Michael Long is a police officer nearly killed by a gunshot wound ot the head. After being publically announced as killed, Long is given facial reconstructive surgery and renamed "Michael Knight" by reclusive billionaire philanthropist Wilton Knight. Wilton Knight runs an underground crime fighting organization, and brings in Michael as his new agent.

David "The Hoff" Hasselhoff, who played Michael Knight, will return as an elder version of his character. All My Children star Justin Bruening will play an ex-Army Ranger Mike Tracer, responsible for helping track down the feared-dead original KITT creator, Charles. Charles' daughter, Sarah Graiman, will be played by Deanna Russo, and Bruce Davison plays Charles. Sydney Tamiia Poitier, who you may recognize as the star of Quentin Tarantino's half of Grindhouse, plays an FBI agent helping Graiman and Tracer. Poitier is the daughter of legendary actor Sydney Poitier.

The two-hour movie is supposed to serve as a back-door pilot for a new Knight Rider series. If successful, and the Writers' strike ends, episodes of Knight Rider may be ready by the next fall season.

American network NBC will debut the new Knight Rider at 9pm ET on Sunday, February 17.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Abt shows AS5 at Essen

This is the Abt Sportsline AS5, a car designed to appear as powerful as it does unobtrusive, all while delivering on the promises of performance its confident styling commits to. The new car is being exhibited all week at the Essen Motor Show in Germany.

In achieving the balance between elegance and sportiness, while retaining the Audi Coupe's refined character, the AS5 sports a modest Abt body kit, with somewhat more extravagant two-toned body panels. Abt Sportsline describe the car's style as that of beauty and uniqueness.

And so with a subtly aggressive front skirt highlighting the front fog lights and Audi grille as well as striking side features, fenders and air inlets, there is little point in arguing. At the rear, a new Abt skirt harmonises with new 4-pipe exhausts and rear spoiler. Abt recommend complementing new 20-inch alloy wheels with an imposing five-spoke design that creates an illusion of movement at standstill.

But understated design does not transfer to that of understated performance, with the Essen-exhibited Abt AS5 delivering a powerful 300 hp (221 kW) 3.0 TDI model to showgoers. The Abt Power S upgrade provides an increase of 60 hp over the production version's 240 hp (176 kW) with torque of 600 Nm being generated at 2,400 rpm. On the tarmac, acceleration to 100 kph (62 mph) is reached from standstill in exactly 5.3 seconds, while the AS5 is capable of a 264 kph (164 mph) top speed.

Keeping the AS5 on the road are a host of refined components including Abt thread sports suspension and an Abt brake system, developed with motor sport professional Christian Abt. The cabin is accentuated by Abt aluminium pedals and gear shift knob as well as a leather and carbon-look Abt multifunction sports steering wheel.

Unobtrusive design and powerful appearance - this is what the Abt AS5 stands for. With a discerning eye on the detail Abt enhances the elegant Audi Coupé with its breathtaking, pleasing contours and the stretched flanks. The team from Kempten has managed to upgrade the unique vehicle without changing its character. With the two coloured paint and the Abt body kit, the AS5 appears like a mannequin in an extravagant designer tailor-made suit.The front skirt, in which a grid element accents the front fog lights and the single-frame grill, the strikingly curved lateral parts, the fender insets and the gill-shaped air inlets form a shapely unit. The Coupé is a unique and beautiful car, no matter from which perspective. The rear skirt inset with the diffuser excellently harmonizes with the 4-pipe rear muffler, together with the perfectly designed rear spoiler it accentuates the rear of the vehicle. As ideal complement, Abt recommends the new BR wheel in 20 inch. With its superposed spokes, the wheel seems to rapidly move forward although it is standing still.

The Abt AS5 is not only optically a real sports car. In Essen it is presented with the powerful 3.0 TDI engine which, thanks to Abt Power S, now brings 300 HP (221 KW) onto the road instead of the serial 240 HP (176 KW). The torque of 600 Nm is getting free at already 2400 rpm and provide for shear force in all situations. Also impressive is the acceleration of the self-igniting engine. Exactly 5.3 seconds needs the car from standing still to 100 km/h, the top speed is 264 km/h - values which suit to a sporty Coupé like the Abt AS5. In order that the impressive power remains controllable, Christian Abt, motor sport professional, excellently adjusted the Abt thread sports suspension in detail. And the Abt brake system with discs 380 millimeters diameter powerfully grips.Abt multifunctional sports steering wheel, soft nappa leather grip and carbon look leather adorn the driver's workplace. Abt aluminium pedals and gear shift knob complete the sporty accent in the interior. A successful masterpiece can be seen at the ESSEN MOTOR SHOW, the Abt AS5. The only downside is: It wants to be driven and this, unfortunately, is impossible in the exhibition hall.

Renault Laguna Coupe Concept at Frankfurt Motor Show 2007

Renault has choose IAA to present the Laguna Coupe Concept, its propose for a top model “grand tourer coupe”. The model wants to seduce all people that want a performance car, good for drive and full of refinement. The company officials say that these are the attributes of this concept, which is built on the same platform as for new generation Laguna. The model is gifted with a four wheel Active Drive chassis and with the new V6 dCi propeller, which was developed by Renault-Nissan.
More than that, at the official presentation, they have put accents on visuals, the key words used being: Power, Elegancy and Vision. Laguna Coupe Concept comes after another show car, Fluence, which was presented in 2004.
Laguna Coupe Concept is 4.684 m long and is remarked by its sculptural profile, full of distinction, by its remarkable front look and by the burly grille, which is the opposite of its “short” back.
The adaptive lights are gifted with LED lamps, which utilize a technology based on reflection and on lighting propagation. This is not a new system, because it was presented on Napta concept, too (2006). In the front are big lamps, and in the back are long stops, which make everything look stylish and full of refinement. The interior is high-end, typically for a coupe. All interior elements are from the last generation: navigation, radio, music player, video, kit Bluetooth, ambient images, leather elements, metal elements ant top finishing.
The 2,993 cc V6, dCi propeller will be the standard engine for the series model. This will offer, by the version, power between 230 and 265 hp and a maximum torque between 450 and 550 Nm. This unity is mounted at a 6 speed automatic transmission gear box and will make Laguna Coupe Concept to reach 100 km/h in 7 seconds and this for low fuel consumption. That’s too good to be true!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Dodge Ram BFT at SEMA

The Dodge Ram is a workhorse, and when it comes to those driving and purposefully using the heavy-duty truck there is only one thing that can never get big enough: the box. The Dodge Ram BFT, whether you want to call it Built For Towing or Big Fine Truck, is based on the Dodge Ram Heavy Duty with 160-inch wheelbase combined with a standard cab leaving a 10 foot box on the back.

But not all is just for purpose, the BFT has full length polished bed and side steps, a 6.inch suspension lift and 22.5 inch wheels from Alcoa. The BFT is powered by a 6.7 liter Cummins turbo diesel engine which provides plenty of hauling and towing power.

“Built for towing,” the Dodge Ram BFT is also one “big fine truck.” Designed to be the “ultimate” workhorse, the vehicle will appeal to the hardcore truck buyer. And there’s one thing the heavy-duty trucker can never get enough of: a bigger box.

The design team placed a standard cab on a 160-in. Dodge Ram Heavy Duty wheelbase frame so the 9.4-ft chopper fits snuggly in the 10-ft. box. The team also accommodated the dually setup with a 6-in. suspension lift kit from Superlift and Alcoa’s 22.5-in. 10-lug semi wheels. The BFT also features full-length polished bed and step rails.

The Ram BFT has a Banks-enhanced 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine that is mated to an automatic transmission.

In the end, the Ram BFT provides “maximum” hauling and towing power. And isn’t dependability, durability and capability what Ram life is all about?

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Mercedes C-class Estate by Carlsson

Before its official launch, Carlsson has already devoted considerable attention to the new Mercedes Benz C-class Estate resulting in a new automotive dimension in both visual and dynamic terms. The company achieved these goals through a variety of measures including elegant aerodynamic parts, performance kits, new wheels and improved interior appointments. The result is a vehicle that meets the highest expectations of driving pleasure and active safety. A car with race-track engineering that meets the promise of looks and paper form.

Diesel-Power through Carlsson C-Tronic®

With the new C-Tronic® Diesel POWER generation, Carlsson offers 20 % more power and torque for all Mercedes common-rail diesels from the A to the S Class. Increasing the output via the C-Tronic® Diesel POWER supplementary control unit results in a significant improvement in performance. Consisting of the control unit and a plug-and-drive adapter, which is connected to the standard engine control unit, the C-Tronic® reads all signals from the series control unit needed to determine the optimum values for fuel quantity and the injection point.

Carlsson C-Tronic® CD 22 for C/E 220 CDI engines

The new generation of C-Tronic® performance kits for four-cylinder CDI models of the C and E Classes provide a power increase of 34 bhp. Thus, the engine generates 204 instead of 170 bhp and a torque of 480 instead of 400 Nm. The result is a second off the time for the 0-100 km/h dash and a reduction of no less than seven seconds in the 80 – 180 km/h time.

Carlsson C-Tronic® CD 32 for all 320 CDI engines

The Carlsson C-Tronic® CD 32 has been developed for all Mercedes Benz models fitted with the current basic 320 CDI engine. The increase in power amounts to 42 bhp so that the modified engine produces 269 bhp outpacing easily the standard engine with its 224 bhp. Torque rises to a massive 612 Nm, which is available from 1,600 to 2,300 rpm. No less impressive are the performance figures, which improve by around a second for the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h.

To ensure the greatest possible safety for both driver and vehicle, the C-Tronic® Diesel POWER has correction maps that guarantee the engine's reserves are only used when the operating parameters are within the appropriate range. Thus, the coolant temperature is monitored and the additional power only generated when the engine is running at a coolant temperature between 65° and 100° C. The intelligent control system ensures the optimum settings are selected regardless of the operating conditions. Carlsson gives a three-year warranty on the new generation of C-Tronic® supplementary control units.

Greater driving pleasure – with a clear conscience

The environment also benefits from the C-Tronic® Diesel performance kits. Through the intelligent use of modern technology, the C-Tronic® reduces average fuel consumption and in the course of that CO2-emissions by 10 %. At the same time is reduces pollutant emissions, slashing environmentally harmful exhaust gases, such as NOX, by around 10 %.

Naturally, the C-Tronic® meets the special requirements of the particle filter in full and also shows the technological advantage of Carlsson engineering: the C-Tronic® takes account of all important data from the particle-filter system, e.g., exhaust back pressure, exhaust temperature, when generating the increase in power to utilise them in the interests of a cleaner environment.

Race-proven CK35 performance kit

Carlsson has been a successful competitor in the VLN Long Distance Trophy at the Nürburgring for many years. At the world's most demanding race-track for both driver and technology, Carlsson tests parts that are later to be found in its range of parts and accessories. The company currently uses the CK35 performance kit based on the 3.5 litre V6 for long-distance racing in an SLK. In other words, every Carlsson CK 35 customer participates in Carlsson's racing success. "The concept of taking developments 'from the race track to the highway' applies to the CK35 more than any other engine", says CEO Markus Schuster proudly explaining how this piece of high-tech engineering has been breathed on to ensure durability and great efficiency.

Developed in motor racing for absolute reliability and superior performance, the CK35 kits give customers the assurance that they, too, could win races with this engine. The Carlsson unit produces 217 kW / 295 bhp and presses maximum torque of 385 Nm onto the crankshaft.

Also part of the CK35 kit, the stainless-steel sports rear silencer with four oval tailpipes hints clearly but not too loudly at the increased engine output. Carlsson also modifies and significantly improves the engine's electronic control system while a sports air filter ensures that the V6 has no trouble in taking a deep breath.

The increased output coupled with effortless power delivery result not only in a better paper form but also significantly improved flexibility and, therefore, greater driving pleasure. The top speed of the CK35 is 270 km/h. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h takes just six seconds, four tenths faster than the standard car. At the same time, the sound emitted from the four tail pipes is certain to set the pulse of every racing enthusiast.

Carlsson aerodynamic kit: the dynamic and striking alternative

Without making the car look flashy, Carlsson fits an aerodynamic kit that not only reduces lift at the same time as making the car more elegant and powerful looking but also lends an individual touch and, of course, the sporting flair so typical of Carlsson. The aerodynamic kit consists of a front apron, a diffuser-look apron at the rear, side mouldings and a rear spoiler that stabilises the car at higher speeds. In this connection, too, Carlsson underscores its close association with motor racing. All parts are made of high-grade PUR and, in addition to fitting exactly, distinguished by top surface quality. The kit also includes an electro-polished grille insert and double-headlight units with fog and driving lights for improved light output and, therefore, greater safety. These parts are also available separately for fitment in combination with the standard bumper.

Suspension components for optimum road-holding and a more dynamic look

In common with all suspension components, the sports springs used to lower the car also are derived from motor racing. Their racing equivalents have been well proven in thousands of kilometres around the Nürburgring race track. For Carlsson customers, they not only offer significantly improved handling but also give the car a more dynamic look.

B for Brilliant Edition - exclusive wheels from Carlsson

Wheels are the easiest and most expressive way of giving a car a personal touch. If they should also combine high technological qualities with sporting elegance, then Carlsson 1/11 Brilliant Edition wheels are the obvious choice. The front wheels measure 8.5x19" and are fitted with 225/35 ZR19 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tyres while the rear wheels come in the dimension 10x19" and 255/30 tyres. These single-piece, 11-spoke wheels are characterised by an exclusive surface finish unparalleled in the Mercedes Benz tuning sector. The polished brilliant silver rim base and the painted brilliant silver centre, which makes the wheel virtually unmatched in visual terms, form an interesting contrast.

Unadulterated luxury inside

For the interior of the C-class, Carlsson uses on the very best materials that turn it into a small S Class. The very attractive yet restrained components, which can be combined in accordance with customer wishes, make sitting in the car a great pleasure. With the ergonomically designed Carlsson sports steering wheel in leather / Alcantara or leather / wood, the driver always has a firm and extremely pleasant grip on the car.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Königseder Opel GT'aime

The press release for this car reads like an embarrassing personal, but marketed as the GT'aime, an Opel GT modified by Königseder allegedly a magnet for adultery, it's hard not to want to read on about the car that'll have women lining up for a ride.

The modified Opel GT 'causes the tensions an affair consists of' with racy aerodynamic accents, namely a re-modelled front spoiler and rear wing, emphasising both the dynamism and soft form of the car. Powered by a 300 PS unit, and boasting custom made Brembo brake system and a sporty KW coilover suspension setup for sports ride and lap records, thrills are guaranteed at every corner. The 'climax' comes in the form of an enhanced cabin with a hand made wooden floor in black and red with GT'aime inscriptions.

Königseder makes his own motor show - not in Essen - but with his work on Opel GT. Women finally know what they want:

300 sleek-tuned PS.
The affair Königseder and Opel takes place.
With aerodynamic accents - frontspoiler and rear wing - race wins over mass and causes exactly the tension which an affair consists of. They emphasize the soft silhouette on the one hand and power the dynamic character of the car on the other hand.

A KW coilover suspension version 3 guarantees sporty driving and lap records through individual damper adjustmest - also due to the Yokohama tires.

Las Vegas: 20" Giovanna Dalar rims remind of Elvis' best times with rivet belts and match the car like chalk and cheese. Two American giants meet at Konigseder. Why not earlier?

The custom made Brembo brake system provides excellent deceleration and the 332mm brake discs with red 4 pistons calipers underline the exciting e! rotic style of this convertible.

The climax of the affair - naturally - takes place in the interior:
Very special: Hand made wooden car floor in black and red with GT`aime writing.