Thursday, September 30, 2010
Check it out - http://pinktentacle.com/2010/09/photos-50-years-of-japanese-concept-cars/
Check out the article here - 2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage vs. 2010 Audi R8 5.2 FSI V10, 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia, 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S
Saturday, September 25, 2010
So, who pioneers in WJS streetfighter? Djanuar alias Agus Agus DJ, owner of Design XK arguably WJS streetfighter who pioneered the style typical of the tail stump. Hence, his work inspired many, ranging from 2009 to 2010, and he was obedient to monitor the development of European streetfighter.
In addition to cripple or a pointed tail, another particularity elongation flow is streetfighter wheelbase. This was the latest claim Agus against a white Honda GL 100.
Other WJS virus spreader is Mugi Eling (U'i) from Evolution Custom, Purwokerto. Problem design, his work almost setipe with Agus. The difference, he is more play in the body and distinctive design make diligent. For example the red Yamaha Scorpio.
Besides them, there Siswo Wonoto than Banyumas Wins, based in Paddock. Billy Custom joined jazz, but they are more concentrated with sport style. Finally, there are a Custom Bike Ripto. Honda Tiger shows black Pemalang WJS tastes quite thick. Ripto has the privilege of the plate material processing.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
On the track, the tables are turned as the Corvette, in the hands of racer Justin Bell, ripped off a best lap time of 1:29.69 at Willow Springs while he only managed to get the Porsche around the track in 1:33.31. That's over 3.5 seconds behind the ZR1. Times have changed.
In the end, they pick the Corvette ZR1 as the winner of the comparison due to it's performance and the excitement it brings. They felt the Porsche was a little dull......as dull as a 500HP AWD Twin Turbo 0-60 in 3.0 seconds car can be.
Check out the whole article here - Motor Trend 2011 Corvette ZR1 vs 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo.
Bonus video - Motor Trend Comparo ZR1 vs 911 Turbo Drag Race
Saturday, September 18, 2010
A Road Test And Review Of The BMW 120i M Sport
The BMW 1 Series hatchback has been around in 5-door guise since 2004, while the 3-door hatchback was introduced in 2005. It replaced the BMW 3 Series Compact range as BMW's smallest and most affordable vehicle in the range (depending on the engine model) and boasts a number of unique attributes for its class.
For instance, the 1 Series is the only vehicle in its class featuring rear-wheel drive, 50:50 weight balance, a longitudinally-mounted engine and an advanced aluminum multi-link suspension. It is currently one of BMW's best-selling cars and in 2008, accounted for nearly one-fifth of the manufacturers total sales.
With credentials like these, it was with great interest that we took delivery of our first BMW test car here at SACarFan, the 3-door BMW 120i M Sport, to discover what the 1 Series, and indeed the M Sport version, is all about.
By now a familiar face on our roads, the BMW 1 series hatchback certainly raised some eyebrows when it was launched back in 2004, ours included. Things improved with the arrival of the 3-door version, which we can't help but think was the way the baby of the range was always supposed to look. Add the 'M' aerodynamic kit, however, and the look of the car is transformed from a curious looking hatchback to a compelling hot-hatch.
The terribly drab front bumper from the standard model is replaced by one sporting integrated fog lights and a deep, centre aligned air dam, flanked by smaller air intakes on either side. The side skirts are bolder than those fitted to the standard 1 series and feature a bulge that draws one's eye from the front to the rear of the car. The rear bumper receives a dramatic design change, with an inset dark grey diffuser-like section rounding off the more sporty look, along with chromed twin-tailpipes.
Double-spoke 'M' 17-inch alloy wheels, shod in 205/50 profile rubber up front and 225/45 at the rear, fill the wheel arches courtesy of the M Sport suspension, which gives the 120i M Sport a 15 mm lower ride height over the standard model and helps to complete the polished M Sport look.
The sharply defined angles of the outside are continued on the inside of the 120i M Sport and are complimented by softer curves, such as the door handles. The result is a modern, minimalistic and simple cabin that achieves a stylish synergy.
As expected, a comfortable driving position is quickly attainable by adjusting the seat and steering wheel to your desired settings. The driving position of the BMW 1 Series is inherently low to begin with and raising the seat height may result in taller drivers looking through the top of the windscreen. Having said this, you only really notice the low slung driving position when climbing in and out of the car, once you're inside it's a comfortable ride.
The leather covered sports seats may have a lot to do with the comfort factor, as they provide good all round support whether sitting in traffic or relishing your favourite corners. With the majority of head and legroom up front, the 3-door 1-Series does not welcome rear passengers. In fact, passengers up front commented that the legroom was potentially too generous as they had no floor board to push against to support themselves.
Standard interior specifications are as you'd expect from a BMW and include air-conditioning, stereo jack for auxiliary music devices, radio/CD player, driver and passenger front and side airbags, as well as head (curtain) airbags for both front and rear passengers.
Apart from the seats, the M Sport package enhances the interior with aluminum trim on the dashboard and door inlays; leather covered, multifunction sports steering wheel; leather covered hand brake and gearshift lever gaiter; as well as anthracite coloured roof lining.
The interior, and indeed the whole car, gives one the over-riding impression of impeccable build quality. From the tactile interior elements, to the solid thud of the doors, the BMW 1 Series M Sport feels built to last.
With its low-slung driving position, the BMW 1-series hatch immediately feels sporty before even turning the key. The chunky, three-spoke, sports steering wheel provides accurate steering and adequate feedback from the road. The leather clad gearshift lever fits snugly in your hand and with short throws between the gates, provides a sporty, precise and rewarding shift through the 6-speed gearbox, urging you to change at every opportunity.
Once on the move the 120i M Sport certainly grabs the attention of other road users, who no doubt expect to see a 130i badge on the boot. The engine note from the twin-exhausts is one of the best of any in-line four available and when you point the tacho needle skyward the BMW 120i M Sport responds willingly.
The road-holding provided by the 17-inch wheels, with run-flat tyres as standard, and sports suspension is very good - the chassis is firm, offering positive feel and a comfortable ride - as a result the rear-wheel drive 120i M navigates corners with enthusiasm.
The M Sport package does not include performance enhancements for the 2,0-litre engine found in the 120i M. This means power output remains unchanged from that of the standard model, with 115 kW of peak power available at 6 400 rpm and maximum torque of 200 N.m at 3 600 rpm. The 120i M feels slightly underpowered compared to what one may expect, although this expectation is created from the sporty elements of the M Sport package rather than the abilities of the 1995 cc naturally aspirated engine, whose output figures are among the highest in its class.
Stirring the gearbox, as its sporty nature urges you to do, will have the 120i M running along at a respectable pace, regardless of the uphill and down-dale nature of our roads. The naturally aspirated engine revs willingly and sings the more you wind it up. The bottom line is that the 120i M Sport is not a particularly fast car and the 'M Sport' package is more about the look and feel, rather than outright pace. But that's okay, because between the sweet shifting gearbox, throaty roar from the engine, sports seats and steering wheel, balanced chassis and excellent road-holding, the BMW 120i M Sport put a smile on our face every time we drove it.
What we like...
- Superb build quality.
- Much improved looks over those of the standard model.
- A sports package that delivers equal to its value.
What we would like...
- A touch more power to exploit the rear-wheel drive chassis - it's a big jump in price and power to the 130i model.
- In an ideal world - a sacrifice of some front legroom in exchange for more in the rear.
- Engine Capacity: 1 995 cm³
- No. Of Cylinders: 4-cylinders, In-line
- Aspiration: Naturally aspirated
- Power: 115 kW @ 6 400 rpm
- Torque: 200 N.m @ 3 600
- Transmission: 6-Speed manual
- Drive type: Rear-wheel drive
- Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in 7.7 seconds (claimed)
- Top Speed: 224 km/h (claimed)
- Fuel Consumption: 6.4 l/100km (claimed combined)
Scott is a South African based motoring journalist and editor of the website, SACarFan. When he's not busy bringing readers the latest in motoring news, he's usually out on the road, putting the hottest new cars through their paces.
Ford Focus RS Review
According to the boss of Ford's RS (Rallye Sport) department the new Ford Focus RS is "A very serious machine, with the performance, traction and precision to match far more exotic sports cars. The RS badge is not something we take lightly and I believe this car proves it". Strong words, but can Ford's latest hot hatch match the hype?
Ford have done so much to this car in comparison to a standard Focus that it is difficult to know where to start with the modifications. The engine is still a 2.5 liter like previous models but it has a newly designed turbo, a new exhaust, huge brakes and numerous other tweaks which have upped the horsepower on offer to around the three hundred mark. Despite all this extra grunt available, the RS is still front wheel drive, managing to put the power down effectively thanks to a highly advanced new front suspension set-up which Ford claims prevents the car from torque steering. Beyond that the cars aggressive exterior styling sees the Focus adorned with big, deep side skirts, a massive rear diffuser and a somewhat outrageous looking rear spoiler which really makes the new RS look the part.
So how does it drive? For a front-wheel drive car the Focus RS has staggering traction considering the power being put down on the road and it just doesn't seem to suffer from under-steer at all. In a straight line, as you would expect, the Focus manages a pretty rapid 0-60 time of 5.9 seconds and 0-100 in about 14 seconds. In spite of the very leery appearance of the car, handling is actually very well-behaved with the driver remaining in control even when you put your foot down and, coupled with a surprisingly comfortable ride means as well as being a fun toy to throw around at the weekend the RS certainly has enough comfort and practicality to be used as an everyday car.
Whilst fuel consumption and insurance prices are sure to be on the steep side, Ford's list price for this car certainly is not. Coming it at under twenty-five thousand pounds in the UK the car is a real bargain considering the performance on offer. Some might say that is too pricey for a modified Ford Focus but under the hood the RS is certainly much more than that. It has been a long wait for the latest incarnation of the RS and this new arrival certainly does not disappoint.
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Thursday, September 16, 2010
Ford revealed this week that the upcoming Focus ST will sport an Ecoboost 2.0L 4cyl with 247HP and, best of all, it will be a global product. Yes, that means we will actually get the car in the good old USA. The car pictured is supposedly a concept or "design study", as Ford put it, but it probably isn't far from the production car. Expect to see more of it at the upcoming Paris Motor Show and on the streets of the world starting early 2012.
Since it's going to be called the ST, does that mean we can expect an even hotter Focus RS? Let's hope so. And let's hope we get that one here in the US as well. Come on Ford, don't hold back on us now!
Still, this is great news and shows that they are already hard at work on the next gen Viper which should be out late next year if it is to be sold as a 2012 model.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Lotus products have always embodied a perfect balance between form and function and the Evora successfully continues this heritage. “We never lost sight of the fact that, although this car must provide real world useability, sportscars are emotional purchases and that you have to seduce the customer through beguiling looks and exotic persona. We are, therefore, very proud that we have been able to use technical and user functionality to positively drive the design in key areas and create some of the car’s most distinctive features”. says Carr.
Ingress and egress, for example, dictated a minimal “step-over” to get into the Evora. We simply cut away the surface under the door and created a unique and dramatic piece of sculpture that enhances the stance of the car as well as its useability.
Elsewhere, aerodynamic considerations for drag, down force and cooling had significant but positive influence on the overall form and details such as air intakes. A desire to create balanced down force, that increases cornering performance, led to the adoption of, the now, “signature” top exit radiator vent, race car inspired diffuser and “floating rear wing”. Drag limitation, drove the dramatic tear-dropped cabin layout and the curvaceous plan view has given the car a more muscular rear shoulder and conveys a level of sophistication appropriate to this market segment.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
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Friday, September 10, 2010
Really nice design. Very nice from him. :)
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The Basics of GPS Tracking :
Right now, as you sit and read this article, there are at least 24 satellites orbiting the earth 11 nautical miles above its surface. They are continuously broadcasting signals that specialized receivers are able to pick up. The data that is transmitted by the satellites is processed by the GPS unit to give the user some type of fix on their own location. The specific items that the receiver is going to need is the place in the sky that the satellite transmitted the data from and when exactly it sent it.
A GPS receiver then processes this data and calculates its distance away from the satellite in question. The device will begin by taking the speed of the signal and multiplying it by the amount of time it took the signal to reach the GPS device. The equation for this looks something like that:
Speed x Time = Distance Traveled
This will tell you just how far away you are from one satellite. However, since the tracker only knows how far away it is from one satellite it cannot tell where it is in the world. One satellite just isn't enough. You really need at least two, but more like three, satellites to be able to get a true picture of where you are on the earth's surface. You might know this principle by the name of trilateration and it is very much like triangulation, except that trilateration is about finding an objects position in three dimensional space while triangulation is about finding an objects location in two dimensional space.
Having calculated its own position, the tracker stores that information on its hard drive and then it does one of two things with that information - keeps it or sends it out. A data logger is what a GPS tracking device for cars is called when it commits the position information to its own internal memory system. This type of device is unable to provide real time GPS tracking. For real time updates you need a data pusher. This device will transmit the information that it processed from the satellites to a central location. Here the data will become available to anyone with access to it - it could be a boss seeking to find the location of a company car or a city employee monitoring worker productivity.
The justifications that some will come up with to use GPS tracking for cars are many and valid. Being a technical whiz is not a requirement if you are trying to use one of these devices. All you need is the money to buy the device and the service. The company that you go with will be able to do the rest. Getting a handle on the company you are going to use is crucial, check them out at the Better Business Bureau or talk to customers of the service. If this type of service is up your alley then you should certainly try GPS tracking for cars.
Knowing the reasons why this is the smart way to move your vehicle from one destination to another will allow you to see why so many people choose this method and why it may be your best solution for transporting your automobile.
Below are the most important benefits to know about:
1. Convenience - Having a professional company transport your vehicle for you will provide a big convenience for you. This will allow you to get other important things done so you can be at the final destination on time to pick up your vehicle from the transport company.
2. Saves money - Transporting your vehicle through a company can help you save money on gas or other important upkeep on your automobile to get it safely to your new destination.
Once the vehicle is given to the company they will transport it using their vehicle which saves you from paying for gas and maintenance. It also helps avoid extra wear and tear on your vehicle.
3. Vehicle safely moved - The transport company has many different ways that they can move your vehicle. It will be your choice which method is used but if you choose carefully then you can be sure that your vehicle will arrive safely.
While accidents can happen along the way majority of the time with careful consideration the right transport option can be chosen to ensure your automobile is as safe as it can be on the way to your new destination.
4. Saves time - Not being responsible for getting your automobile from one place to another will save you a lot of time that can be used for getting other important things done.
5. Eliminates stress - Moving a vehicle from one destination to another can be very stressful for anyone. By hiring a professional transporter to do it for you a lot of that stress will be reduced. The less stress you have to deal with the easier you can get things done on time so you can be at the final destination to retrieve your vehicle.
Now that you know these reasons it will be much easier for you to decide if this is your best choice. Take your time to make up your mind but don't take too long to decide because you will need time to hire the right auto transporter for moving your vehicle safely from one destination to another.