Ferrari 612 GTS Pavesi a one-off supercar

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 05:29 AM PST

This is the Ferrari 612 GTS Pavesi, a one-off vehicle developed by the company’s customization division. The Ferrari 612 GTS Pavesi is based on the current Scaglietti and comes with various upgrades, including more horsepower and torque.

The power of the Ferrari 612 GTS Pavesi comes from a 5.7-liter V12 engine that develops 550 hp and 600 Nm of torque. This unique supercar also comes with a pair of removable carbon-fiber roof panels up top, a revised front end and a unique two-tone silver and black paint scheme.

No official details of the Ferrari 612 GTS have been released and probably never will. However, you can check out the customized Ferrari in the video below.

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BMW xDrive vs Audi Quattro: Video

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 04:56 AM PST

A recent test was conducted to see which system is better Audi’s Quattro or BMW’s xDrive. The test involved an Audi Q5 quattro and a BMW X3 xDrive, both vehicles had to drive up a ramp to see which all-wheel-drive system is able to transfer the power and torque to the wheels best.

Watch the video below to see which SUV came out on top.

The video shows clearly that the BMW xDrive is better but I am slightly skeptical with the results as it was BMW who conducted the test.

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BMW becomes supplier to British Police

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 03:51 AM PST

German car manufacturer – BMW has been chosen as the key supplier of vehicles to the British police force. This announcement means that BMWs will become standard issue to the UK's Policemen and women as part of the four-year deal.

Soon we will be seeing new police cars on the British roads such as the BMW 330d Saloon and Touring, 530d Saloon and Touring, all variants of X1, X3, X5 and the R1200 RF-P Police bike will also be taking up a role in the fight against crime.

For more information read the press release below.

BMW Press Release:


BMW has been approved as a key supplier for all 52 Police forces around the country by the National Policing Improvement Agency. The announcement means some of BMW's class-leading products will become standard issue to the UK's Policemen and women as part of the four-year deal.

The news will see cars such as the BMW 330d Saloon and Touring, 530d Saloon and Touring, all variants of X1, X3 xDrive20d, X5 xDrive30d and xDrive40d, and the R1200 RF-P Police bike all take a high profile role in the fight against crime. Some of the vehicles will also be unmarked and perform less visible policing roles.

While the latest 5 Series will be an all-new addition to most Police fleets it is the BMW 330d Saloon Interceptor model that is sure to cause the most interest. Billed as a High Performance Pursuit Vehicle, the modified BMW is capable of a rapid response role while also fulfilling the environmental and running cost demands all forces have to think of too. Full technical details of the car can not be specified for security reasons.

Tim Abbott, Managing Director of BMW UK, said: "This is excellent news for BMW and shows the breadth of appeal of the products we sell. We have a very strong commitment to the 'Authorities market' throughout the world and have a very close relationship with the UK's Police forces. Orders for BMW Police vehicles started as long ago as the mid 1970s in the UK.

This latest news reaffirms our commitment to 21st Century policing."

Of the 52 UK Police forces, virtually all operate BMW Authorities products of one form or another, while two thirds operate high-levels and nearly half of those operate with a near BMW High Performance only fleet. When the above models are added to the rest of the BMW Authorities range of specialist vehicles, such as medical and fire tenders, considerable savings through economies of scale can be made in training, tooling and parts.

BMW is unique in offering production line installed special equipment packages for Emergency Warning equipment which importantly can be supported by BMW Service Centres throughout the UK with a three-year BMW warranty. Ordinarily vehicles are built by manufacturers only to be disassembled for the retrospective installation of such equipment. The RESPoNSe (Responder EMERGENCY SERVICE Package official eNabled Systeme) package provides vehicles with a high-level of emergency service role-equipment pre installed allowing for a near 'Plug & Play' car, thus significantly reducing the time into service and the need for third-parties to start cutting into the vehicle's wiring harness.

BMW operates a dedicated department with a team of specialists based at the BMW Group International – Special Sales Competence Centre. This specialist department is responsible for all BMW Authorities specification vehicles sold and operating as Emergency Service vehicles including cars, motorcycles, MINI and ballistically protected BMW Security and High Security cars.

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Ken Block Crashes during Catalunya Rally: Video

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 03:25 AM PST

Car rally driver and Gymkhana expert – Ken Block crashed his WRC Ford Focus during the La Mussara stage of the 2010 Catalunya rally. Thanks to some helpful spectators he managed to get back on the road and continued his run.

Ken Block entered a curve with too much speed and spun off onto the grass. The Focus was stuck and so spectators came along and struggled for minutes to put the Ford Focus WRC back on the road. Ken ended up loosing time and his front bumper.

Watch the crash below.

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Porsche 944 Batmobile Replica

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 09:59 AM PST

This is another persons attempt at creating a homemade Batmobile, this time and most probably for the first time a 1985 Porsche 944 has been used for the base vehicle.

The car is still powered by the original 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine, along with the five-speed manual box but a NOS Sniper system has been installed on the car and never been used.

A few of Tim Burton’s Batmobile traits have made their way onto this Porsche, including those wild batwing fins, a pair of replica machine guns that light up for effect and one of a kind sound system to give it a real batman touch.

This 1985 Porsche custom Batmobile also features: custom yellow and black seats, factory yellow and black gauges, Clarion 200 watt flip out, American Racing wheels 15 x 7 and 15 x 10, Mickey Thompson N50-15 (345/50) rears and many more items.

Check out the gallery images of the Porsche Bat Mobile below.

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Audi E tron Spyder development images

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 09:20 AM PST

Audi has released numerous images showing some of the development stages during the building of the Audi e-tron Spyder concept car which was unveiled at the 2010 Paris auto show.

The Audi e-tron Spyder concept is a new, all-wheel-drive, open-top sports car. It comes powered by a twin-turbo V6 TDI diesel engine that produces 300 hp, this motor is also assisted by 2 electric motors with a total output of 64 kW. Audi says that the Audi e-tron Spyder is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds.

When audi was preparing to build the Audi e-tron Spyder, 17 of its designers submitted their work, out of which, one was chosen.

Check out the gallery images below.

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Aston Martin V12 Vantage Review: Video

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 08:55 AM PST

Jay Leno from the Internet program Jay Leno’s garage takes a look at the powerful Aston Martin V12 Vantage. After examining the car Leno takes it for a spin on the public roads then races it around Willow Springs circuit to see how it performs.

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage is available in the USA in two versions, base and Carbon Black edition. It is powered by a 510 hp 6.0 liter engine that sends its 570 Nm of torque to the rear wheels. The official top speed of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage is rated at 190 mph and the manufacturer says it can hit 62 mph from a standing start in 4.2 seconds.

Watch the video below to see what Jay Leno had to say about the car.

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Ferrari P4/5 Competizione almost ready to race

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 07:56 AM PST

Images of the one-off Ferrari P4/5 Competizione by James Glickenhaus has been released. The Ferrari P4/5 Competizione was commissioned over four years ago and it looks like it's finally going to be ready to take the tracks.

The Ferrari P4/5 Competizione is a modern interpretation of the original racing car and it has been developed primarily for track duty. According to its owner, it will have its racing debut at the 2011 Nurburgring 24 Hour race.

The Ferrari P4/5 Competizione is built on a chassis from a F430 Scuderia, it is powered by the same winning engine thats under the hood of the F430 GT2 ALMS race car and also uses the same suspension system as the ALMS racer.

No specs or details have been released, but according to James Glickenhaus, the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione will race the ‘Green Hell’ 24 hour event under the colors of the U.S. flag.

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