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Ferrari F151 – the SUV

Published by on Jan 8th, 2008, 6 Comments

Surprised with Porsche’s success on their Cayenne model, Ferrari is rumored to give a green light to produce a SUV. However, the only thing against the idea is the brand tradition and it’s true that the Italian producer is very conservative, so are the clients. We already know that beautiful is not enough, so the new one should be built to make it live up to the firm’s dynamic reputation.

Ferrari F151 - the SUV

Since everyone needs profits, Ferrari is prepared to release their F151 project, the prancing horse SUV that would sell for more than €200,000 . They could start from Maserati’s 4×4 that is already approved for production, and work on it, but rumors say that the designers will have the task of starting fresh.

If this will turn out to be true, the first Ferrari F151 prototype with V8 and V12 engines, will be released in 2010 with production starting a year later.

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McLaren and Ferarri presenting their 2008 F1 season cars

Published by on Jan 8th, 2008, 2 Comments

Ferarri just unveiled their latest F1 Championship car for 2008, it’s the 54th so far, and changes totally the aerodynamics with Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa giving it the thumbs up. The main competitors will be McLaren and BMW, the pilots said, but they are confident that even if the car will be more complex to drive, to win.

2008 brings a lot of changes when it comes to safety, materials and others so everyone had to change.

Just hours, after Ferarri, McLaren unveiled their MP4-23 (Hamilton is 23 years old) which will be powered by the Mercedes-Benz FO 108V engine, based on the 2007 FO 108T that never failed in the last season. It’s a 2.4L 8-cylinder engine, that goes up to 19,000 rpm on the 7-speed sequential gearbox and the two pilots, Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen are both excited about the car.

McLaren Mercedes MP4-23 2008

Formula 1 in 2008 will bring a nice addition. Night racing in Singapore.
Let’s wait for Sydney in March before we know who’s better.

Rinspeed X-Treme Porsche Cayenne Announced

Published by on Jan 8th, 2008, No Comments

With a new facelifted model 957 Cayenne, Porsche was close to perfection, until the Swiss guys from Rinspeed came with a few “additions”. Apparently the new Rinspeed X-Treme Porsche Cayenne comes with a higher output 600hp motor engine, fins and splitters on those larger front air intakes, 35mm lower thanks to the modified air suspension, all these making it look very “mean”.

Rinspeed X-Treme Porsche Cayenne

With a gapping front, bigger wheel arches and using the company’s sporty quad chrome exhaust, the new Rinspeed X-Treme Cayenne is a great solution if you need both safety and performances. Rinspeed, didn’t mention how they managed to get 600hp, but my thought is that it has something to do with the injection system.

Add to all these the fact that it has large 23-inch wheels with 315/25/R23 tires that can fly you up to 300km/h and I’m drooling already to take it for a test drive.

Ford Explorer America Concept, comes to Detroit

Published by on Jan 7th, 2008, No Comments

Ford Explorer America Concept

Not that there aren’t enough concepts on the market right now but this one deserves attention, Ford Explorer America Concept, the fuel-efficient SUV with 20-30% improvement. In the United States, Explorer is the top-selling SUV with more than 400,000 units sold each year.

The perception in America has changed for the last few years. A good car is one that can increase the mpg and Jim Farley, Ford’s VP of Marketing and Communications said that “Customers are smart. They value vehicles – the more efficient, the better”. It all depends on the engine you choose and Ford has a few to offer:

  • 4-cylinder 2-liter engine with EcoBoost that can deliver 275hp and 280 lb/ft of torque
  • 3.5-liter V6 engine that boosts 340hp

There are a few other things that will reduce the fuel consumption like changing from body-on-frame to unibody construction that will reduce weight and better dynamics, 6-speed transmission with auto-control or the fuel saving electric power assisted steering (EPAS).

Here are a few more pictures of the new Ford Explorer America Concept.

Ford Explorer America Concept Ford Explorer America Concept Interior Ford Explorer America Concept Seats Ford Explorer America Concept Side View

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New Citroen C8 Facelift, Early 2008

Published by on Jan 7th, 2008, 1 Comment

A new facelifted Citroen C8 is ready to be sold early this year and will come with better engines and improved styling features. Lets start with the looks. The large MPV features enlarged chevron motifs in the centre of tauter radiator grill lines, more pronounced grille rim, chrome door handles and painted body protectors. With the restyled front end and rear chevrons and with translucent lights, the new Citroen C8 is much more imposing than before. It has a 2.82 meter wheelbase and can hold from 225 litres to 2,948 litres of cargo, or up to 8 people in three rows.

New Citroen C8 facelifted

Inside, there’s more black than before on the door wood trims, the steering wheel, the dashboard arch, the mats and the carpet, while the small chrome finishings on the door handle, gear lever and air vent creating a pleasant atmosphere.

Now that you can have it visual in your head I think it’s important to know that it uses the new Hdi diesel engine that Citroen has on their C5 and C6 models that gets 173 bhp (125 kW) and 273 lb/ft of torque at 1,500 rpm and has a 6-speed manual transmission. There will also be a 6-speed automatic transmission (for some countries only) later this year.

New Citroen C8 restyled

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First Ever Convertible Mustang, to be Sold for $5.5M

Published by on Jan 7th, 2008, 10 Comments

Hey guys, we’re in 2008 now and I hope we can start it with the right foot. So does ClassicMuscleCars.com which have for sale the (claimed) first ever built Mustang. It’s a 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang Convertible which should cost the new owner, $5.5 million which include a letter from William Clay Ford, full ownership history and of course the original registration plates. As you can see the Convertible Mustang looks extremely well, and that is because it was restored in 1983.

First Ford Mustang Convertible to be sold

185 models were built on March 5, 1964, used mainly for testing and racing, while March 9 is the date when the first production car – the one for sale – came out. It was delivered to its owner on April 16th, one day before the official launch on April 17th, when Ford sold a total of 22,000 pieces. This explains how rare this 1964 1/2 Ford Convertible Mustang is.

First Ford Mustang Convertible to be sold - side

Classic Muscle Cars via Autoblog

Lewis Hamilton gets license suspended for speeding

Published by on Dec 19th, 2007, 1 Comment

Lewis Hamilton gets license suspended for speedingWhat would you expect from a Formula 1 driver that had a great season this year and finished 2nd on Top Gear’s test track, to do 80mph on the high way? I guess Lewis Hamilton, the boy wonder as newspapers call him, can explain that speed is in your blood so I guess that’s the reason why he was caught speeding with 40mph more than the limit, near Laon, a city in the north of France.

Though Hamilton was “polite and cooperative” consequences included a suspended license for one month and his Mercedes impounded. We will see the 22 year old racer in the 2008 F1 season driving for McLaren, but in the meantime his teammate Heikki Kovalainen should give him a ride if needed.

via TopGear

43,000 Acuras with power steering hose problems, recalled by Honda

Published by on Dec 19th, 2007, No Comments

Honda Acura RL 2005

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a recall has been issued by Honda for approximately 43,000 Acura RL sedan, 2005-2008 models, because of the high temperatures created by the V6 engine that affects the power steering hose and could lead to fluid leaks onto th catalytic converter. These things could cause fire and I am sure you wouldn’t want something like that to happen.

Though nothing bad happened so far, Honda is issuing a recall so you’d better go ask your local dealer if they know anything or call Honda directly before they send it to your mailbox.

via DetroitNews

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