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Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition Announced

Audi has taken the wraps of a new special edition version of the Audi RS7, the Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition, it will go on sale this summer in the US and will retail for $146,045.
The Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition will come with a range of special features, which include performance DRC suspension, carbon fiber elements and more.
The Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition will come with a range of new features, which include performance DRC suspension, carbon fiber elements and more.“The Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition exemplifies just some of the personalization options that are possible through our Audi exclusive program”, said Filip Brabec, Director of Product Planning, Audi of America. “The combination of our most powerful RS model ever and the added customized elements make this a truly special car to drive and to behold.”
The exterior is highlighted by Tornado Red brake calipers with RS 7 logo and 21-inch Gloss Black wheels. Carbon fiber splitter, diffuser and carbon fiber engine cover further underline the performance character of the exclusive RS 7. Four exterior colors are available to complement the exclusive design elements: Ibis White, Suzuka Gray metallic, Daytona Gray pearl, Phantom Black pearl.

You can find out more info about the new Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition at the link below.

Source Audi, Autoblog
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Porsche 918 Spyder In Action

Porsche have released a new video of the Porsche 918 Spyder in action, in the video be get to see what Porsche Works Driver, Patrick Long, sees behind the wheel.
The video shows Patrick Long driving a hot lap of the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, TX, and we get to see the Porsche 918 Spyder in both all electric modes and sport hybrid modes.
Multi-time Champion Patrick Long, Porsche Works Driver, utilizes all the systems of the new plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder for a hot lap of the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas. Watch as the Porsche 918 exits pit lane under all-electric mode, accelerates under sport hybrid mode, and uses the hot-lap button on the back straight at 170mph.
The Porsche 918 Spyder has a o to 60MPH time of just 2.5 seconds, and it can reach 124MPH in just 7.2 seconds, it has a massive 887 HP V8 engine which is combined with two electric engines.
Source Autocar

Bentley Hybrid Concept announced

Bentley are not know for producing the most energy efficient engines, and now the company has announced a new Bentley Hybrid Concept, that will be shown off at the Beijing International Auto Show on the 2oth of April.
Bentley will show off their new ‘powerful and efficient’ power train, that will launch in the 2017 Bentley SUV, the company also plans to offer this across its range of vehicles.
The Bentley Hybrid Conceptis based on the flagship Bentley Mulsanne luxury sedan, with the exterior and interior both enhanced by copper styling features, which highlight the car’s electrical story.  This includes copper details to the headlamps, brake calipers and badges, and interior copper accents including inserts to the cabin’s hand-crafted veneers, copper cross-stitching and instrument inserts.

Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, comments:
“There is no doubt that plug-in hybrid technology is true to Bentley’s values of outstanding luxury and effortless performance. Combining our renowned engines with electric power reinforces and enhances both principles, and so we will gradually introduce this powertrain across our model range. By the end of the decade, at least 90% of our production will be available as a plug-in hybrid. We are proud to be pioneering these developments in the luxury sector.”
The Bentley Hybrid Concept, which will be shown off at the Beijing Auto Show, will be based on the flagship vehicle, the Bentley Muslane.
The company says that this new Hybrid engine will reduce CO2 emissions by around 70 percent and will boost power by about 25 percent.
The company will also show off some other vehicles in Beijing, which will include the new Flying Spur V8 , the Continental GT Speed and the Continental GT V8 S.
Source BentleyGizmag
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Supercar Startup Trion has unveiled the Trion Nemesis

Supercar manufacturer start-up Trion has unveiled this week a new supercar they are developing called the Trion Nemesis, that will be built in America and be equipped with a massive 2000 hp engine, capable of propelling the Trion Nemesis to speeds over 270 mph.
Trion explains that the new Nemesis supercar will feature an 8 speed sequential transmission together with multiple driving modes including a “predator mode”, which sounds interesting. As well as active aerodynamics, modified height, suspension exhaust, and rev limits.
The Trion Nemesis supercar Will be constructed with a carbon fibre chassis and a body constructed using a Inconel alloy mixed within. Unfortunately at the current time Trion has not divulged any further information about the new Nemesis supercar just the few renderings.
The Trion Nemesis isn’t the only American supercar that is going to be equipped with 2000 hp currently under development and joined the already announced TranStar Racing Dagger GT that was first discussed in a few years ago.
Unfortunately no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet for the Trion Nemesis.

Source: Gizmag
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Honda Mean Mower is the fastest lawnmower in the world

Honda has announced that their Honda Mean Mower is now the worlds fastest lawnmower, it recently broke the Guinness World record for the worlds fastest lawnmower.
The Honda Mean Mower comes with 109HP, and it hit an averga speed of 187.60km/h or 116.57mph, the previous record was for 140km/h or 87mph.
The speed was measured through a 100 metre speed trap, overseen by official timers, Timing Solutions Limited. To meet Guinness World Records regulations the mower had to record the same run, in both directions, within an hour – with the average speed taken of these two runs. Additionally, to qualify for the record it needed to cut grass and to look like a lawnmower; both of which it did successfully. With all of these criteria met, the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Adjudicator officially declared the success of the record attempt just before 18:00 CET on Saturday 8th March.

The Honda Mean Mower was driven by Piers Ward from the BBC’s Top Gear magazine, have a look at the video below.
Source HondaGizmag

Ford Will Put a Mustang On Top of Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is one of the tallest buildings in the US and a key part of the New York skyline. Back in 1965, Ford placed a 1966 Mustang convertible up onto the observation deck of the Empire State building as a marketing stunt. Ford has announced that it plans to recreate that marketing stunt for the all-new 2015 Mustang.

The big challenge is how exactly to get the car up onto the deck. You might think that Ford will be using a crane or perhaps a helicopter. You would be wrong on both counts. Ford engineers plan to take the car up the elevator piece by piece and then reassemble the car at the top. That is exactly how they got the car up there in 1965.
That old Mustang was cut into three pieces and reassembled on the deck. With the 2015 Mustang being significantly larger, engineers are working on how to get the car into the elevator now. The entire move has to be completed in six hours. The 2015 Mustang convertible will be on the observation deck of the building from 8am to 2am April 16 and 17.
Source USA Today
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ducati Announces Motorcycle Wirelessly Integrated with Airbag Riding Jackets

Ducati has this week announced the launch of a new version of its Multistrada 1200 sports-tourer, that now includes new technology designed to wirelessly inflate airbag jackets for both rider and passenger in the event of a crash, in the firm of the Multistrada D-Air system.
The new bike technology is a worlds first and is fitted with a fully integrated, intelligent system of sensors that wirelessly connected to the new Ducati Apparel airbag jackets which have been designed and created by Daines.
The Multistrada D-Air system has been created to analyse data and airbag deployment inside both the rider and passenger jackets, and can deploy the airbags in just 45 milliseconds when required, considerably reducing the risk of injury upon impact. Ducati explains a little more:
“Ducati’s premiere of the technology, developed in cooperation with Dainese, further underlines the Italian motorcycle manufacturer’s commitment to enhanced safety, already represented by their Ducati Safety Pack consisting of multi-level ABS and traction control.
More information on the Ducati Multistrada D-Air will be released on 15 April and the innovative new model will be available in European Ducati Dealerships from May 2014 onwards.”
For more information on the new Ducati wirelessly inflate airbag jackets jump over to the Ducati website for details.
Source: Ducati : Gizmag

Mercedes-Benz Reveals S63 AMG Coupé

Mercedes revealed new Mercedes S63 AMG Coupe, which will come with a 5.5 liter V8 twin turbo engine that has 585 HP.
The new Mercedes S63 AMG coupe is capable of a 0 to 60 time of just 4.3 seconds, and a top speed of 155 MPH, it will me shown off at the New York Auto show next month.
The new S 63 AMG Coupé is the latest dream car to augment the Mercedes-AMG model range. Exciting lines underpin this two-door model’s design. Dominance and sensual purity combine to lend the vehicle irresistible presence and effortlessly superior sportiness. Equally impressive is the combination of high driving dynamics, ambitious lightweight construction and groundbreaking efficiency. As the most powerful member of the BlueDIRECT engine family, the AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine is a paragon of poise and assurance. Boasting an output of 430 kW (585 hp) and 900 Nm of torque, the S 63 AMG Coupé delivers exceptional performance with remarkably low fuel consumption. Performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive is available as an option. And there is a world first in the shape of the curve tilting function, part of the MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension system, to further enhance both driving pleasure and comfort.

The S63 AMG Coupe will go on sale in the US in quarter three of 2014, it will have a price tag of around $175,000 US dollars.
Source MercedesGizmag
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Volvo Announces Connected Vehicles Project

Volvo has announced a new connected vehicles project that is designed to make winter driving safer, the company has been working with the Swedish Transportation Administration and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration on the project.
The company is testing vehicles on the road at the moment, that are able to share data about road conditions via a cloud based system.
The pilot is one of the first practical examples of the way communication between vehicles over the mobile network enables vehicles to ‘speak’ to each other and with the traffic environment. This can contribute to making traffic safer,” says Erik Israelsson, Project Leader Cooperative ITS (Intelligent Transport System) at Volvo Cars.
“We have 50 test cars on the roads, and next winter the fleet will grow considerably. Our aim is to make the technology available for our customers within a few years,” he adds.

When one of the vehicles detects slippery or icy road conditions, it relays the information to a ‘Volvo Cars’ database, the information is then transmitted to other vehicles, notifying them of possibly hazardous road conditions.
As well as sending the information to the driver, it is also sent to the road administrators, who can then take action to make the specific part of the road safer, and remove the ice etc.
It certainly sounds like an ambitious project, and could end up being very useful to combat icy and dangerous road conditions, and cut down on potential accidents.
Source Volvo

Porsche Announced New Cayman GTS And Boxster GTS

Porsche has launched two new high end versions of the Porsche Boxster and the Porsche Cayman, both models are new Grand Turismo Sport models or GTS.

The Porsche Boxster GTS and the Porsche Cayman GTS comes with an uprated engine and PASM Chasis, plus new exterior styling.

The six-cylinder boxer engines fitted in the new top models are based on the 3.4-litre engines from the Boxster S and Cayman S respectively. Thanks to optimised fine tuning they now deliver an additional 15 hp (11 kW). This means that the Boxster GTS now has an output of 330 hp (243 kW), whilst the Cayman GTS delivers 340 hp (250 kW). The torque has also increased by ten newton metres in each model. What’s more, the Sport Chrono package is a standard feature in both mid-engine sports cars. This means that in conjunction with the optional Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) and the active Sport Plus button, the Boxster GTS sprints from 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, whilst the Cayman GTS is even a tenth of a second faster. Both vehicles therefore set new reference values.

The Porsche Boxster GTS will retail for 69,949 Euros whilst the Porsche Cayman GTS will retail for 73,757 Euros, both models will go on sale in May.
Source Porsche

Infographic: The Future Looks Bright for the Modern Vehicle

In the past, things like jet-powered cars zooming high above futuristic cities were a staple of science fiction. While people loved to imagine just what might be in store for the modern vehicle, most of the conjecture was considered to be for entertainment value only. One look at the advancements made by the cars of today proves that is not always the case. While flying vehicles might still be years away, unbelievable achievements are being made daily in the area of vehicle design and technology. Read up on the following technological advances for cars and see the infographic at the end of the post that visualizes the data.

Safety Features

While things like driving experience and reliability are important factors when deciding on what vehicle to buy, safety features are an equally important consideration. Things like vehicle alerts, cameras, and strategic airbag placement are becoming increasingly common in today's auto market, and it appears that these advances are just the beginning.

While interior airbags are mandatory these days, only recently have car makers begun to experiment with vehicles using external airbag systems. External airbags are intended to cushion the impact of vehicles involved in a crash, thereby increasing stopping power and lessening the chance of injury to passengers.

Another advancement in car safety comes in the form of biofibre. This material is far stronger and lighter than things like carbon or steel, which can have an effect on the outcome of a serious impact. Protecting passengers within the vehicle is crucial in case a crash occurs, and with a stronger body internal damage can be alleviated.


Vehicle communication is a new concept that would allow vehicles sharing the road to transport messages to each other. Vehicles may also be able to receive messages from things like traffic devices and signage, which would greatly improve a driver's ability to respond to unexpected road conditions. The idea is to create a smarter vehicle that can use things like traffic information, mapping, and even vehicle diagnostics to improve the overall driving experience.

Vehicle communication can have a drastic impact on everything from the number of accidents taking place to how much time is ultimately spent on the road. By allowing a vehicle to 'think' for itself, car manufacturers would take some of the guess work out of driving.

Device Integration

Mobile devices play such a large role in society that they are having an impact on what people expect from their vehicles. While all new vehicles offer the option of syncing up one's mobile device, future options may include things like saving driver preferences and receiving updates on diagnostic readings.

The way drivers interact with their dashboards may change as well. It's projected that cars in the future will utilize the windshield as sort of a virtual dashboard. In addition to the typical readings like miles per hour,  information such as speed, temperature, and other diagnostic readings will also be available. Other information, such as directions or traffic reports, can be included as well, creating a virtual command center for drivers.

The future of today's vehicle looks bright. Many of these updated features are well under way, while others are rapidly progressing to become a reality. By improving the driving experience, auto manufacturers hope to lessen commutes, increase comfort, and even save lives through innovative safety measures.

Cars Of The Future
Presented by IFA Auto

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Porsche Is Replacing Engines In All 2014 911 GT3s

Porsche is one of the most famous brands in the sports car world and has a long racing history. One of the most potent sports cars that the company makes is the iconic 911 GT3. This naturally aspirated car is aimed at the best handling and performance possible on the track.

Porsche says that after becoming aware of two fires in 2014 911 GT3 models, it performed an extensive investigation of the engine of the GT3. It found a loosened fastener inside the engine on the connecting rod. The fires in the two cars were cause when the crankcase was damaged and a resulting oil leak caught fire.
The remedy for Porsche isn’t to bring the cars in and tighten a fastener. Porsche will be replacing the entire engines in all 785 2014 911 GT3 models that have been sold or are waiting for delivery. No other 911 sports car models are affected by this issue. Porsche says that it will be in direct contact with owners of the cars to let them know how the recall will progress. Replacing engines in a car this expensive has to be costing Porsche some big money.

Feddz Electric Cargo Scooter

Feddz is designed and built by Germany’s Emo-Bike. The Feddz uses an electric motor built into the hub of the wheel and that leaves a giant hole in the motorcycle’s frame.

That hole is perfect for storage. You can store tons of different things in there. As seen in the image above you can even haul a bunch of firewood home. Or groceries even. How many bikes can do that? Well, this one can. You will get 23 liters of storage that’s not hanging off the front handlebars like a giant basket. And that means hauling things is much safer. The weight stays in the center for one thing and the stuff won’t get in your way.
Two different 48-volt lithium-ion batteries are available for the Feddz. The larger option gives you up to a 68-mile range on a seven hour charge, with a top speed of around 28 mph. The Feddz starts at just under $8,400 if you need a scooter that is electric and will haul a bunch of stuff.
Source Likecool

Kuberg Free-Rider Electric Motorcycle

A new electric motorcycle concept has turned up on Kickstarter, Kuberg Free-Rider. The company says that it is the most versatile electric motorcycle on the market for teenagers to veterans. The bike is suitable for cruising around and racing according to the maker.

The electric motorcycle is aimed at teens, but can be ridden by adults. The bike weighs 84 pounds and has a peak 3kW BLDC motor and a 15 Ah lithium-polymer battery. The bike can reach a top speed of 34mph. The driving range is promised to be an hour at top speed. That would mean it’s only good for 34 miles of riding per charge.

The good news is that the bike charges quickly needing only 2 hours to charge up from a normal outlet. A version of the bike for kids is available and it may be street legal depending on laws for motorized bikes in your state. To get the Free-Rider requires a pledge of $1999 or more on Kickstarter. The project is seeking $100,000 to come to market and has raised a bit over $18,000 with 32 days to go. The bike has real motorcycle features.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Video: 2015 Mustang Reveal [Motion Graphic]

As all car enthusiasts know, Ford recently introduced their 2015 Mustang model to the world. With 3 engine options, and a lighter, sleeker design, the newest addition to the Mustang bloodline might be the best one yet. Ford Motor Company dealer, Sam Pack sure thought so. He purchased the first 2015 Mustang GT at auction for $300,000!

There is a ton of buzz surrounding this car and whether or not Ford will be able to deliver on their promises.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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Apple CarPlay is Powered By BlackBerry QNX

Yesterday Apple took the wraps off their iOS in the car, which is now called Apple CarPlay, and we also saw a video on Apple’s new in car system.
What Apple didn’t mention when CarPlay was announced, is that it runs on BlackBerry’s QNX platform, this was confirmed by the guys over at N4BB who received the following statement from QNX, which is a subsidiary of BlackBerry.
“Connectivity to smartphones and other mobile devices is a key strength of QNX Software Systems’ platform for car infotainment systems, and many automakers and tier one automotive suppliers use our platform to implement smartphone/head-unit integration in their vehicles. We have a long-standing partnership with Apple to ensure high-quality connectivity with their devices, and this partnership extends to support for Apple CarPlay.”
Apple’s CarPlay is being shown off at the Geneva Motor Shows with Ferrari and Volvo, and it is also headed to a number of other vehicles later this year including, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover and many more.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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Video: Volvo Shows How Apple’s CarPlay Will Work

Yesterday Apple officially announced CarPlay, the service was previously known as iOS in the car, and Apple also announced partnerships with a range of car manufacturers.
One of those manufacturers was Volvo, and the company has now released a short video which shows how Apple’s CarPlay will work with Volvo cars that support the feature, you can see the video below.
Upcoming Volvo models will integrate the iOS experience in the centre display, giving you seamless access to your favourite Apple functionalities (e.g. iTunes library, iMessage and Apple Maps), as well as selected third-party apps like Spotify – all with full Siri voice control.

Connect your iPhone 5 or later and interact with it on our large 9-inch vertical touch screen, where it becomes an intuitive part of the Volvo experience.
As well as Volvo there are a number of other vehicle manufacturers that have teamed up with Appl to bring CarPlay to their vehicles.
The list of companies includes BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Hyundai, Peugeot, Citroen, Suzuki, Ford, Honda, Toyota and other auto makers.
Source Volvo

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Apple Launches CarPlay - iOS In The Car

We have been hearing a lot about Apple’s iOS in the car over the last few months, Apple has now launched this new iOS feature and it is called CarPlay.
Apple CarPlay was launched at the Geneva International Moto Show, and it brings a wide range of iOS features to your vehicle.
CarPlay can be controlled from the native interface in vehicles which support the feature, and brings things like Apple Maps, messages, the ability to control music and much more with voice controls or with the built in controls in certain vehicles.

“CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing. “iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction. We have an amazing lineup of auto partners rolling out CarPlay, and we’re thrilled it will make its debut this week in Geneva.”

Apple has teamed up with a wide range of car manufacturers, and the first ones to launch the feature include Ferrari, Mercedes Benz and Volvo, who are showing off vehicles with CarPlay build in at Geneva this week.
A number of other manufacturers which include, BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Hyundai, Peugeot, Citroen, Suzuki, Ford, Honda, Toyota and more will also launch vehicles this year with CarPlay integration.
Source Apple
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INFOGRAPHIC: How Crash Testing Works

A crash test is a form of destructive testing usually performed in order to ensure safe design standards for various types of vehicles. There are many different types of crash tests undertaken; frontal-impact tests are probably what most people initially think of when asked about a crash test. These are usually impacts upon a solid concrete wall at a specified speed, but can also be vehicle-vehicle tests. Side-impact tests, rear-impact tests and offset tests are also conducted regularly.  

Importantly, a crash test requires the help of crash test dummies full-scale anthropomorphic test devices (ATD) that simulate the dimensions, weight proportions and articulation of the human body, and are usually instrumented to record data about the dynamic behaviour of the ATD in simulated vehicle impacts. Crash test dummies carry out a major job and provide humans with the necessary data to help ensure better safety standards in vehicles. There are many different types of crash tests dummies that carryout different functions, for example, CRABI is a child dummy used to evaluate the effectiveness of child restraint devices including seat belts and air bags. Also, BioRID is a dummy designed to assess the effects of a rear impact. Its primary purpose is to research whiplash, and to aid designers in developing effective head and neck restraints. To find out more about the interesting world of crash testing, check out our insightful infographic below!

How Crash Testing Works

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Essential Apps to Get the Best Deal on a Car

The process of shopping around for a new or used car can be daunting, to say the least. Although ultimately you'll be driving away in a slick new ride, you may have to test drive a few lemons to find the right fit. One of the best ways to make sure you not only find a car that's a good fit for your lifestyle, but also avoid getting ripped off in the meantime, is to download the following car buying apps to your Android or iPhone. Their services range from helping you compare car reviews to learning more about local dealers. On the car lot, knowledge is power. 

Long before you start even looking at used car ads, you can keep up with the latest car news and reviews on the CarBuzz app, downloadable for Android and iPhone. It provides rumours, spy shots of upcoming cars, and comprehensive statistics about all of the latest models. For those thinking about buying a new car, this can keep you in the loop.

Kelley Blue Book
Another useful tool is the Kelley Blue Book app, which shows you the specific value of new and used cars, even those that have been long discontinued. This is a great way to see what used cars should theoretically cost with a baseline value before you start looking at real ads. You can also see more video reviews, statistics, and other useful information as part of the app.

Credit Karma
It's best to get your financing in order before you start shopping around for a car, particularly if you plan to take out an auto loan. You can monitor your credit score by signing up for the free Credit Karma app, which explains your current credit score and alerts you when there are any changes to your history.

eBay Motors
Even if you don't plan on buying a car through eBay, the eBay Motors App is another useful tool that can help you get a leg up on the competition. You can use it to sell your current vehicle, look for spare parts, or research options before you jump into the market. Naturally, you can also use the app to purchase a car, with a user-friendly interface that lets you sift through a slick slideshow of various makes and models.

Similarly to Kelley Blue Book, Edmunds is an authority on fair auto pricing. If you have it in your mind that you want a used Renault, for example, you can bring up all used Renaults in your area within seconds, read reviews, or look up the fair price for a certain model and year. You can even find out what the estimated running price of each model will be in the long run. Although you can connect to local dealers through this app, you could also simply use the pricing information as a guide and use it to leverage a better deal on the original Renault at that piqued your interest.
Look for cars already in stock at local dealers, searching by make and model. You can then compare three possible cars side by side on your iPhone, to see how their prices and stats measure up. Use the app to search for new or used cars and read reviews from a variety of sources.

Don't get conned into buying the first car you see. Do your research first using apps like these, which can give you the leverage you need to snag a better deal.

Friday, February 14, 2014


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