Monday, September 22, 2014

Photo of the 2015 Honda CR-V Surfaces

The first photo of the facelifted Honda CR-V has found its way online! New are the front grille design (two-bar), front bumper (rectangular fog lamps), headlamp internals (with LED surrounds), wing mirrors (slimmer) and shuriken-like alloys.

What about the back? Well, our spyshots reveal a reshaped rear bumper and a new wing-shaped bar that runs across the Honda tailgate badge. There probably will be some minor changes to the interior – maybe all that touch- and HDMI-enabled stuff from the City, Jazz and HR-V/Vezel?

Read more: motortrend


Nissan Hybrid Le Mans

Nissan’s ZEOD RC electrified race car lasted just 23 minutes in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race, with the dart-shaped car forced to retire due to gearbox trouble. However, Nissan still reached its goals for the car, which included completing a full lap under electric power (achieved during qualifying) and hitting a top speed of 186 mph.

Very few people outside of Nissan have been able to drive the car, but recently the people behind the magazine version of Top Gear were able to take the car down to the famous track at Dunsfold Aerodrome and give it a spin.

Powering the ZEOD RC is a plug-in hybrid system that pairs an electric motor with aturbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder putting out an incredible 400 horsepower on its own. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed gearbox, and the driver has the ability to swap between electric, gasoline and hybrid modes.


Vencer finally building Sarthe supercar

Dutch startup Vencer claims to have finalized a production version of its Sarthe super car. After introducing the initial concept several years ago, the company has been working to tweak the design and run the pre-production prototypes through testing and validation. The cars that are beginning to leave the manufacturing facility are said to feature over 100 modifications, both to mechanics and body styling. Taking on a more aggressive and refined apperance, the form now features side air intakes, rearranged exhaust outlets, vertical DRL strips and an electronically actuated rear wing.

The company has also opted for a more powerful engine, adopting a 6.3-liter supercharged V8. The mill promises to deliver 622 horsepower and 618 lb-ft of torque, with 479 lb-ft of twist available at just 1,500rpm. A carbon-fiber shell and honeycomb-structure chrome-moly steel chassis help keep heft to a minimum, with a nearly ideal 45/55 weight distribution.

Power is delivered to the wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. A Torsen limited-slip differential is all the assistance drivers can expect, as the company has intentionally omitted electronic stability systems.The company is said to be at work building the first units, which start at €270,882 (~$348,000 USD). It is unclear if the Dutch supercar will make its way across the pond.

Read more: Left Lane News 


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Ferrari 330 P4 -Classic Car Review-

The Ferrari P series were sports prototype racing cars produced in the 1960s and early 1970s. Although Enzo Ferrari resisted the move even with Cooper dominating F1, Ferrari began producing mid-engined racing cars in 1960 with the Ferrari Dino-V6-engine Formula Two 156, which would be turned into the Formula One-winner of 1961. 1967 was a banner year for the Enzo Ferrari motor company, as it saw the production of the mid-engined 330 P4, a renowned V12 endurance car meant to replace the previous year's P3.

Only four Ferrari P4-engined cars were ever made: one P3/4 and three 330 P4s. Their 3-valve cylinder head was modeled after those of Italian Grand Prix-winning Formula One cars. To this was added the same fuel injection system from the P3 for an output of up to 450 hp (335 kW).

The P3 won the 1000 km Monza in 1966, and the P4 won the same race in 1967. The P3/4, one of the P4s, and one 412 P electrified the racing world when they crossed the finish line together (in first 0846, second 0856, and third place 0844) in the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona, for a photo finish to counter Ford's photo of the Ford GT40 Mk.II crossing the finish line together First, Second, and Third at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.


Ferrari F40 v Ferrari F50

Watch  Chris Harris from /DRIVE having a blast thrashing these two iconic car on the track.


Renault Eolab

Debuting at the Paris Motor Show in a few weeks, this Renault Eolab concept aims to match the German automaker’s volkswagen XL1 space pod's fuel economy – without its out-of-this-world styling and offbeat packaging. The VW, which gets its name from its ability to go 100 kilometers on one liter of fuel (about 260 miles per gallon), will no longer be the only vehicle able to be that miserly with fuel use, at least on paper.

The B-segment Eolab (we keep typing Ecolab, like the hygiene company) uses a combination of low weight thanks to materials like magnesium and aluminum, careful aerodynamics and an updated version of Renault's Z.E. [Zero Emission] hybrid gas-electric powertrain to be so frugal. In fact, the car weighs just 400 kilograms – 880 pounds – which is crazy light and means less energy is required to move it down the road. The battery part of the Eolab's PHEV powertrain will offer about 37 miles of range. 

In all, Renault says there are "100 new, realistic technological developments" in this showcar that could come to upcoming Renault vehicles. Sadly, Renault is calling this cool concept "an innovative showcase with an environmental core" for now, but we'd love to try one in the real world. We're eager to learn more about this car, and we look forward to hearing Renault officials expound on how a car like this could be mass produced within the next 10 years. 

Source: AutoBlog


Saturday, September 20, 2014

2016 Mercedes AMG GT EXCLUSIVE

In today's You Tube Special we going to look at the new 2016 Mercedes Benz AMG GT where Sarah Sauer from Fast Lane Daily heads to Germany for the car debut presentation. She had the opportunity to interview the Director of Vehicle Development Jochen Hermann about the new AMG model car so check out this exclusive interview and get your AMG GT details!