Chevrolet Camaro T-Top and Firehawk by Drop Top Customs

Posted: 09 Nov 2010 05:06 AM PST

Two of the many customized Camaros to appear at the 2010 Sema show includes the Chevrolet Camaro T-Top and Firehawk. These modified muscle cars are the work of specialists – Drop Top Customs.

This is the first time we’ve herd of someone making a Chevrolet Camaro T-Top from the current generation model, and frankly, we’re amazed that no one else thought of it.

The Chevrolet Camaro T-Top conversion looks very good and is probably an even better idea than a convertible version as it preserves better the rigidity of the car and it’s handling characteristics.

The Chevrolet Camaro T-Top will enter production at the middle of November, and its price has been set to 6,500 USD. It uses Drop Top Customs’ own convertible understructure reinforcement together with a supercharger.

The Chevrolet Camaro T-Top Firehawk, apart from the awesome roof, it also features a few other styling mods, including a large hood scoop, a new front spoiler and new side skirts and a new rear bumper.

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Saker RapX and Saker Sniper race cars

Posted: 09 Nov 2010 04:30 AM PST

Race car producer – Saker, has unveiled two new models, the Saker RapX and the Saker Sniper. Both racing cars have been developed for track use only but the company’s officials have stated that if the market exists, they will also build road legal cars.

Both, the Saker RapX and the Saker Sniper, are powered by a turbocharged Subaru engine and are priced at around 50,000 EUR. In comparison, other race cars with similar performance cost twice as much as the Saker RapX and Sniper.
The Saker RapX and the Saker Sniper have been developed for people who have the means and the training to race cars, but not at a professional level.

The company will offer the Saker RapX and the Saker Sniper in Europe, and have no current plans to sell it in the U.S. or Asia.

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Fiat Uno Cabrio images

Posted: 09 Nov 2010 03:56 AM PST

Fiat has released the first images of the Fiat Uno Cabrio concept car which was developed by the company’s Brazilian branch. The Fiat Uno Cabrio has is a two-seater vehicle with a retractable soft top.

The exact technical details of the Fiat Uno Cabrio have not been announced yet.

The Fiat Uno Cabrio concept features a new aerodynamic kit, with new front and rear bumpers featuring large air vents and LED daytime running lights. This open top compact car also features a new set of alloys and re-designed headlights.

No details have been released yet so for now enjoy the gallery images below.

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Ferrari 599 HGTE vs Lexus LFA: Video

Posted: 09 Nov 2010 03:02 AM PST

The guys from Car and Driver test the Ferrari 599 HGTE and Lexus LFA on treacherous roads. They take these two supercars to Wales to see how they perform on sheep covered mountain roads in the wet.

Watch the video below to see how the Ferrari 599 HGTE and Lexus LFA perform in these conditions and check out the gallery after the jump

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Drift With The Supercars at Monticello: Video

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 10:39 AM PST

In the first annual “Drift With The Supercars” at New York’s Monticello Motor Club, an impressive variety of expensive cars turned up for an outrageous tire-smoking competition. In addition to the dedicated drift cars, the video shows some of the unlikely drifters including a Ferrari 575 Maranello, 2011 Porsche GT3 RS, AMG CLK63 Black Series, C6 Corvette and a brand-new Cadillac CTS-V Coupe.

Watch the supercars drifting in the video below. Enjoy!

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Luxgen7 CEO MPV details

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 10:24 AM PST

Car manufacturer Luxgen have released details on the new Luxgen7 CEO which is designed for top business executives. The Luxgen7 CEO MPV promises to offer a luxurious and exclusive cabin that’s able to isolate you from the outside world.

The interior cabin of the Luxgen7 CEO MPV resembles that of a private business jet, some of its luxury features include: LED ambient lighting, tinted privacy windows, electronically operated window curtains, Nappa leather seats, a separate climate control system and an intercom system to communicate with the driver.

The Luxgen7 CEO MPV also comes with a cinema-grade media entertainment system with JBL speakers and a 10.2-inch LCD screen.

For more information read the press release below.


Luxgen Press Release:

A fully-independent and isolated personal space that fulfills the privacy and practical needs of top business executives is a rarity among luxury automobiles. To offer a vehicle that is more than just a luxurious limousine, but also a unique vehicle designed exclusively for the fast-moving corporate decision makers, LUXGEN has unveiled a brand new flagship vehicle – the LUXGEN7 CEO. With peerless amount of space, luxury, comfort, isolation, technology and refinement, the LUXGEN7 CEO can be seen as the premier flagship designed under the "Think Ahead" Brand philosophy.

The understated and elegant exterior design radiates a sense of discreet luxury and yet fully inherits the LUXGEN's brand spirit. The signature wing-shaped radiator grille echoes the "Wings of Intelligence" design philosophy, while the exclusive chromed egg crate grille imposes a strong stance and class. In addition, the chrome-plated body side trims emphasise the vehicle's flowing lines and create a visual focus point that denotes the CEO apart in an understated manner.

To match the prestige image of LUXGEN7 CEO, the sophisticated alloy wheel with seven split spokes and two-split layout is adopted to signify the car's distinguished taste. On the rear of LUXGEN7 CEO, a "ROYALOUNGE" emblem is attached to epitomise the prominence of the owner as well as the majestic vehicle itself.

At the moment of opening LUXGEN7 CEO's powered sliding door, passengers are invited to enter a whole new world, as the centre partition divider separates the rear cabin resembling that of a private business jet. With the centre divider raised, the rear cabin becomes entirely isolated and an in-vehicle intercom system is provided for communication to the driver on demand. Moreover, the tinted privacy windows surround the rear cabin, and electronically operated window curtains are standard to allow total privacy protection for the passengers.

The rear cabin LED ambient lights and two Ottoman seats covered in rich Nappa leather guarantees each, the Ottoman seats come with pneumatic massage function, cushion ventilation and heated seatbacks to offer total comfort and relaxation. More than that, the rear cabin of LUXGEN7 CEO incorporates an independent rear cabin climate control system and an independent air circulation function to constantly supply fresh air for the prestigious passengers to enjoy.

LUXGEN7 CEO has an integrated cinema-grade media entertainment system equipped with hi-fi JBL speakers for incredible listening experience. Moreover, the viewing angle of the 10.2-inch LCD screen located above the centre partition divider can be easily adjusted remotely.

The interior of LUXGEN7 CEO resembles a luxurious business suite. For instance, the folding table located stored in the centre armrest can be extended with a push on the button, and is designed to support a laptop computer. Its magnificent walnut wood grain and metal trims contribute to the cabin's all-round lavishness. For the convenience of top executives to carry luggage, briefcases or other personal belongings, the space under the centre divider is dedicated to hold books, magazines and other small items. In addition, an elastic strap is also provided for securing briefcases or personal luggage when the vehicle is on the move.

On top of all luxurious details, the LUXGEN7 CEO also provides thoughtful personal reading lights and cooler/heater beverage storage compartment, and the thick, high grade wool carpet provides, while a "LUXGEN" aluminium plate is embedded on the entering pedal to impress the executives with a touch of exclusivity. The elegant oval-shaped analogue clock embedded on the walnut trim of the centre partition divider resembles that of a premium watch.

The LUXGEN7 CEO impresses with the "Think Ahead" design philosophy to offer the most comfortable and prominent space for total relaxation of body and mind, while the world-leading intelligent THINK+ system redefines the definition of smart driving by incorporating advanced IT technologies, advanced features and sumptuous luxury.

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Oldest Porsche in America discovered

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 10:04 AM PST

As part of their 60th anniversary celebrations, Porsche announced that they were searching for the oldest imported Porsche in USA. They finally discovered the historical car and have released information on the model.

The oldest Porsche in USA is a 1952 Strawberry Red Porsche 356 Cabriolet. The classic car is owned by Dr. Robert Wilson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and was imported into the USA in November of 1952 by Austrian businessman, Max Hoffman, in New York.

The 1952 Porsche 356 Cabriolet is powered by a 1.5 liter, 60 hp engine and was salvaged by its current owner from a salvage yard.

For more information read the press release below


Porsche Press Release:

As part of its 60th anniversary celebration, Porsche Cars North America embarked on a quest to find the oldest Porsche sold in America. The Porsche Classic Search, conducted online at, encouraged individuals from coast to coast to submit documentation that his or her Porsche was one of the earliest in its category to be retailed on American soil. With awards and bragging rights at stake, the call for entries yielded an impressive collection of finalists, including the oldest U.S. – retailed model found, a lovingly restored 1952 Strawberry Red 356 Cabriolet.

Launched in August, the My Porsche Classic Search received hundreds of submissions from Porsche owners across the country. Among them was a rare 1952 356 Cabriolet owned by Dr. Robert Wilson of Oklahoma City, Okla. Wilson’s car was imported in November of 1952 by Austrian businessman, Max Hoffman, in New York, who brought the first Porsche cars to the U.S. beginning in 1950. The 1.5 liter, 60 horsepower gem was discovered in a salvage yard by Wilson years after arriving on U.S. soil and meticulously restored.

The My Porsche Classic Search also yielded the discovery of another distinguished and even rarer Porsche – a blue 1950 356 Cabriolet owned by Richard Brumme of Annapolis, Md. This car is one of the very first series production 356s built in Stuttgart, after the company relocated from Gmund, Austria. Impeccably restored with original parts sourced from around the globe, the 1950 356 Cabriolet was also recently honored with the 2010 Best in Show and Best in Class Awards at the 356 Registry’s annual gathering in Cleveland, Ohio. While Brumme’s car is unique and special, it was not the oldest Porsche actually retailed in America. This distinction goes to Wilson’s 356 Cabriolet of 1952.

Porsche also encouraged owners of cars spanning 12 model ranges to enter their cars for a shot at earning the ‘oldest’ designation for their respective car model. Apart from the 356 lineup, entries were submitted for the Porsche 911, 912, 914, 924, 928, 944, 968, Boxster, Cayenne, Carrera GT and Cayman.

The oldest Porsche models in America and their owners are:

1965 911: Barry August of Clarksville, Md.
1965 912: Steve Torkelsen of Wilton, Conn.
1970 914: Ralph Stoesser of Marco Island, Fla.
1977 924: Jay Hoover of New Haven, Ind.
1977 928: Jim Doerr of Richmond, Va.
1983 944: John Denning of Covington, Wash.
1992 968: Jeffrey Coe of Trumball, Conn.
1997 Boxster: David Adrian of Worcester, Mass.
2004 Cayenne: Adam Reichard of Magnolia, Texas
2005 Carrera GT: Robert Ingram of Durham, N.C.
2006 Cayman: Eugenie Thomas of Martinez, Calif.

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2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 08:11 AM PST

German sports car maker, Porsche has released the details and images of the new 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. This race car is based on the 911 GT3 RS road car, its powered by the same engine, but with a more aggressive and aerodynamic bodywork.

The 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is powered by a rear-mounted 3.8-litre six-cylinder horizontally-opposed engine that produces 450 hp at 7,500 rpm. Thats 30 horses more power than the previous version of the race car.

The 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is also lighter than its predecessor weighing in at just 1,200 kg, it is has a 44-millimetre (1.73") wider body at the rear which leaves room for larger wheels. The rear wing has been extended to 1.70 meters (57.5 to 66.9") and is now mounted higher.

The 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup will race in the 2011 Porsche Carrera Cup GB – the country’s fastest single marquee sports car Championship

For more information read the press release below


Porsche Press Release:


Based on the iconic Porsche 911 GT3 RS road car, the new 911 GT3 Cup race car is powered by an identical 450 hp flat six 3.8-litre engine and shares distinctive bodywork
The 911 GT3 Cup is latest edition of the best-selling racing car of all time – over 1,400 sold
New car will race in the 2011 Porsche Carrera Cup GB, the UK's fastest single marque sports car Championship.

The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car that will make its debut in the 2011 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship is the latest edition of the best-selling racing car of all time, having been built in a production series of more than 1,400 units since 1998.

The latest 911 GT3 Cup racer is based for the first time on the 911 GT3 RS road car, with the weight of the motor sport derivative reduced significantly versus the already lightweight road car. The 911 GT3 Cup is designed for racing in the many Porsche Carrera Cup Championships around the globe and the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup that supports Grands Prix, and was based previously on the 911 GT3.

As a consequence of being based on the 911 GT3 RS, this is the first 911 GT3 Cup car to feature the 44-millimetre (1.73") wider body at the rear, which provides increased space for even larger wheels and slick tyres. Wider front wheel arches also clearly show that the front wheels/tyres are likewise bigger which, combined with other evolutionary changes, has enabled the dynamic performance of the latest car to reach new heights.

Engine capacity is up by 0.2 litres over the prior GT3 Cup car, with power output rising by
30 hp more than before. Thus the rear-mounted 3.8-litre six-cylinder horizontally-opposed power unit develops 450 hp, and drives the rear wheels through a sequential six-speed manual gearbox and limited slip differential.

Emphasising the Porsche 'track to road' philosophy which has guided the company since its beginnings in 1948, the power unit featured in the new 911 GT3 Cup is largely identical to the production engine in the 911 GT3 RS – and offers the same output of 450 hp and identical maximum engine speed of 8,500 rpm.

The 911 GT3 Cup race car is designed by the same team based in Weissach, near Stuttgart, Germany, responsible for the iconic Porsche 911 GT3 and RS road cars. In keeping with the lightweight, race-bred credentials that are synonymous with Porsche RS models, the road car weighs 1,370 kg. As befits its single-minded motor sport purpose, the 911 GT3 Cup race car tips the scales at 1,200 kg, resulting in even sharper performance on the circuit.

From the outside, the new 911 GT3 Cup clearly demonstrates its RS road car origins while at the same time maintaining the purposeful appearance of a race car. The striking daytime driving lights come straight from the current generation of the 911 and the front body panels are the same as on the 911 GT3 RS. However, the front spoiler lip is 15 millimetres (approx 0.6") lower to provide significantly more downforce on the front axle.

Downforce on the rear axle is also increased by the rear wing, that is extended in width from 1.46 to 1.70 metres (57.5 to 66.9") and now mounted higher up in a development feature reminiscent of that fitted to the even faster 911 GT3 R raced in international FIA GT3 series. The rear bumper valance with its distinctive air vent openings and LED technology rear lights, in turn, come straight from the GT3 RS road car.

The wider front wheel arches and the flared rear wheel housings provide ample space for even wider wheels. The front axle rides on three-piece light-alloy rims measuring 9.5 J x 18 (previously 9 J x 18) and running on 24/64-18 Michelin racing tyres. The width of the three-piece light-alloy rims on the rear axle have increased by one inch, and now measure 12 J x 18 with 27/68-18 tyres.

Additional Unibal joints are featured on the track control arms of the front and rear suspension to permit greater chassis adjustability, and the sword-shaped anti-roll bars fitted front and rear are now adjustable to seven different positions on both sides. Combined, this allows for an even more precise set-up of the car depending on the characteristics of the respective race track.

The cockpit of the new 911 GT3 Cup caters more than ever before for the specific needs of the race driver. An additional vent in the upper part of the front lid, for example, provides the driver with a better supply of fresh air. The controls for the Info Display are now positioned directly on the steering wheel which houses a total of six switches that control a variety of functions including the pit-lane speed limiter, windscreen wipers, and lights. In addition to fore-and-aft adjustment, the steering wheel may now also be adjusted for height, as on the 911 road car.

The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup costs £94,600 plus VAT and deliveries to customers will begin in early 2011. Next season it will be raced not only in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, but also in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup on the occasion of Formula 1 races and many other Cup Championships around the world.

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car

Technical description

Monocoque, hot-galvanised lightweight steel bodyshell; carbon-fibre doors with mirrors made of synthetic material; carbon-fibre rear lid; carbon-fibre rear wing, adjustable; welded-in safety cage; bucket racing seat; six-point seat belt; air jack; fire extinguisher with electronic release unit.

Engine: water-cooled, six-cylinder boxer engine; four-valve technology; bore 102.7mm; stroke 76.4 mm; 3,797 cc; compression ratio: 12.2:1
Output: 331 kW (450 hp) at 7,500 rpm; specific power output: 87.1 kW/litre (118.4 hp/litre); Max. engine speed 8,500 rpm.
Fuel: Super Plus unleaded
Electrical system: Motec ADL2 dashboard with integrated data recording; 12 volt battery (50 Ah); 15 A alternator; defect diagnosis/recognition; multi-point fuel injection (sequential); electronic Bosch MS 3.1 engine management; four-stage resonance intake manifold; racing exhaust system with regulated
Emitec racing catalytic converter; dry sump lubrication.

Transmission: Sequential six-speed dog-type gearbox (G97/63) with active oil cooling and splash oil lubrication; mechanical rear axle differential (37% / 52%); single mass flywheel; ZF Sachs racing clutch; hydraulic centre release mechanism; oil/water heat exchanger.

Suspension Front: Spring strut axle (McPherson design, height adjustable); wheel bearing with double clamp; dual coil springs in race set-up; ZF Sachs gas pressure fixed-position dampers; front axle control arm with six-point suspension; two-piece lower control arms for camber adjustment; forged supporting Unibal mounts; longitudinal control bar; double blade type adjustable anti-roll bar (seven settings); tie-bar reinforced and infinitely adjustable; electro-hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering.

Rear: Multi-arm axle with axle supports fixed in position; spring struts adjustable for height; modified wheel bearings; dual coil springs with race set-up; ZF Sachs gas-pressure fixed-position dampers; two-piece lower control arms for camber adjustment; forged supporting Unibal mounts; longitudinal control bar; double blade type adjustable anti-roll bar (seven settings); tie-bar reinforced and infinitely adjustable.

Brakes: Two separate brake circuits, adjustable via a balance bar system; steel brake discs (compound molding); optimised brake air ducting.
Front: Brembo six piston aluminium fixed callipers; inner-vented discs measuring 380 mm in diameter; Pagid race brake pads.
Rear: Brembo four-piston aluminium fixed callipers; inner vented discs measuring 355 mm in diameter; Pagid race brake pads.

Wheels and Tyres:
Front: BBS 9.5J x 18 ET 37 with central bolt; Michelin racing tyres 24/64-18.
Rear: BBS 12J x 18 ET 30 with central bolt; Michelin racing tyres 27/68-18.

Weight: ca. 1,200 kg

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