Ferrari Theme park Formula Rossa Test Launch: Video

Posted: 15 Nov 2010 06:07 AM PST

The Formula Rossa is one of the many attractions at the Ferrari World Theme park in Abu Dhabi and it will be the Fastest roller coaster in the world. It will launch its occupants to a top speed of 150 mph (240 kilometres per hour) within 4 seconds using a hydraulic launch system.

Due to the high speeds and high occurrence of dust storms in Abu Dhabi, all riders will be required to wear protective glasses during the 1.2 mile long ride.

Watch the video below showing the first test of the Formula Rossa roller coaster.

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Aston Martin One 77 spotted at Nurburgring: Video

Posted: 15 Nov 2010 05:38 AM PST

The limited edition – Aston Martin One 77 has been spotted in Germany on the Nurburgring race track. This new supercar has already entered production so are they testing the vehicle or just having fun?

The Aston Martin One-77 is powered by a monster 7.3 liter V12 engine that sends 750bhp and 750Nm of torque to the rear wheels. The official top speed is 354.86 km/h and Aston Martin claims it can get from 0 to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds.

Watch the video below of the One-77 at Nurburgring

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2011 Dodge Grand Caravan photos and details

Posted: 15 Nov 2010 05:15 AM PST

Automaker – Dodge has also released the information and images on the new 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan which is due to go on sale later this year. This new minivan has received a new suspension system and engine which offers similar driving dynamics to that of a performance sedan.

The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan is powered by a new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 which replaces the previous 3.8-liter V6. It develops 283 hp and 260 lb.-ft, thats 86 more horses than the previous V6 unit.

The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan also sits 12 millimeter lower thanks to its new suspension system. Other new features include: lower-rolling resistance tires, a new spoiler and reduced brake caliper drag.

The exterior has been given a new front fascia, a new hood, quad headlamps, rear LED taillamps and an overall more aggressive look.

The interior of the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan has also been updated, with improved ergonomics, redesigned gauges, an ambient light in a blue-green color for the console glow and Stow ‘n Go seats.

For more information read the press release below.

Dodge Press Release:

The Originator is Back With an All-new Attitude — The New 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan: New Heart, New Moves, New Soul

Dodge continues its product onslaught with the reveal of the new 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan, a minivan with the driving dynamics of a performance sedan – and a little bit of attitude.

Dodge believes that just because a driver needs the versatility of a minivan doesn't mean that the experience has to be boring. So engineers redesigned and retuned virtually every system in the new Grand Caravan's suspension. That major suspension overhaul, combined with a new V-6 engine that delivers best-in-class horsepower, gives Grand Caravan drivers a dynamic driving experience that other minivans in the segment just don't deliver. Get behind the wheel, and enjoy a driving experience once never thought possible in such a functional vehicle.

At the heart of the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan is an all-new powertrain. The new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine is mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. This potent combination replaces all three of the previous minivan engines. Gone are the 3.3-liter, 3.8-liter and 4.0-liter V-6 engines, all replaced with one high-tech, high-performing and highly responsive motor that hits the sweet spot between power and efficiency.

With the Pentastar engine, the new Grand Caravan delivers best-in-class horsepower (283 hp compared with 197 hp in the previous 3.8-liter V-6 engine) and more torque (260 lb.-ft. versus 230 lb.-ft.) without sacrificing fuel economy. It features a new driver-selectable Fuel Economizer Mode. With the flip of a switch, drivers can change the transmission shift schedule to maximize their fuel efficiency. In addition, a 12 millimeter lower ride height, new premium, lower-rolling resistance tires, a new spoiler and reduced brake caliper and rear bearing drag all contribute to Dodge Grand Caravan's excellent fuel economy.

Dodge has also redesigned the 2011 Grand Caravan to match its new attitude about driving. A new front fascia that sports the new Dodge signature "split crosshair" grille, a new hood, quad headlamps, all of which combine to give the face of the 2011 Grand Caravan a more aggressive look. A new, more sculpted rear fascia and liftgate, new rear "ring of fire" LED taillamps and new Dodge badging complete the look from front to back.

Owners will step inside to an all-new world-class interior for 2011. A modern, new one-piece instrument panel is more intuitive for the customer with improved ergonomics and larger, redesigned gauges. An available new "super" center console provides clever functionality and storage for the active commuter, as well easy driver/passenger access with a pass-through storage space for larger items, like a purse. Trim rings in the console glow an ambient blue-green color, which allows passengers to find the items they are looking for at night. The Grand Caravan also features more comfortable, larger Stow 'n Go seats with a new, easy to use one-touch fold down function. New, premium seating materials and new door trim are soft to the touch. A minivan-first heated steering wheel option and the best storage in the segment round out the improved interior.

Standard safety and security features include front seat mounted side air bags, a new driver side knee blocker air bag, supplemental three-row side-curtain air bags, electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring and remote keyless entry. The available Safety Sphere package of features includes ParkSense® rear park assist system, a rear back-up camera, blind spot monitoring and rear cross path detection system, rain-sensitive wipers and automatic headlamps.

The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan will be available in four configurations that fit almost any lifestyle: the Dodge Grand Caravan Express, Grand Caravan Mainstreet, Grand Caravan Crew, and arriving in spring 2011, the ultimate "Man Van," the Dodge Grand Caravan R/T. The R/T is where versatility meets performance and attitude. Uniquely designed both inside and out, the Dodge Grand Caravan R/T proves a driver doesn't have to give up a spirited driving experience or their identity when they have a family. The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T throws down the gauntlet for a whole new level of cool transportation for families on the go.

With sleek, athletic styling; smart, cutting-edge entertainment features; flexible seating and cool storage options; the reliability of a 100,000-mile warranty and models that fit specific lifestyles, the new Dodge Grand Caravan moves families where they need to go in a way that makes the journey of life easier.

The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan will be built at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and will arrive in showrooms later this year.

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2011 Dodge Avenger Images and Details

Posted: 15 Nov 2010 04:42 AM PST

American car manufacturer – Dodge has just released images and details of the new 2011 Dodge Avenger which comes with a new interior and exterior design and a new power plant lineup.

The 2011 Dodge Avenger will be available as standard with the new 2.4-liter, World Gas Engine mated with a six-speed transmission. For those wanting a bit more power there is also a Pentastar V6 engine available that produces 283 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque.

The new Dodge Avenger comes with a completely new redesigned suspension which offers a more comfortable driving ride. This new car also sits lower to the ground, with a 12 millimeters lowered ride height on the front axle and 6 millimeters on the rear.

The 2011 Dodge Avenger facelift features the signature split crosshair grille, and a new front bumper.

The interior comes with new instrument panel, bezels, gauge faces and a new steering wheel.

For more information read the press release below.

Dodge Press Release:

An All-new Dynamic for the 2011 Dodge Avenger: A Mid-size Sedan Designed, Engineered for Spirited Performance

Dodge today introduced the new Dodge Avenger, totally overhauled for 2011 with an all-new interior, a redesigned exterior and performance attributes that put the "fun" in functional. A new powertrain lineup and completely redesigned and retuned suspension mean drivers will experience Dodge's fun-to-drive dynamics in a front-wheel-drive mid-size sedan.

The Avenger's "fun to drive" quotient rises exponentially for 2011 with a significantly upgraded suspension to give drivers agile, confident, handling performance in all driving situations, whether it's a spirited adventure on twisty roads or an emergency maneuver.

Dodge engineers retuned or redesigned virtually every part of the suspension for 2011, including 26 of 30 suspension bushings. The suspension and the geometry were completely rethought. The track is an inch wider, tire width increased from 215 to 225 millimeters and the vehicle is 12 millimeters lower in the front and 6 millimeters in the rear for a more aggressive stance. Customers will feel more confident when driving the new Avenger because of less body roll, less vehicle shake, improved isolation, better steering precision, response and feel and the increased grip of new premium tires.

A new and improved powertrain lineup also contributes to the 2011 Avenger's driving experience. The vehicles has a standard 2.4-liter World Gas Engine, which has been recalibrated and is now available mated to a new smooth-shifting six-speed transmission for an exceptionally fun and fuel-efficient driving experience. Avenger customers also can opt for the new Pentastar V-6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that gives customers the best of both worlds – best-in-class 283 horsepower (an increase of 20 percent compared with the engine it replaces) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (an increase of 12 percent) combined with competitive fuel economy.

New exterior styling features clean, smooth aggressive lines. The new fascia sports the new signature Dodge Brand "split crosshair" grille, while an aggressive lower fascia completes the Dodge look from top to bottom.

The Chrysler Group LLC's Interior Design Studio also worked its magic on the new 2011 Avenger. The all-new instrument panel, bezels, gauge faces and new Dodge steering wheel transform the driver seat into a cockpit-like experience. Upgraded seats incorporate more cushion material and revised spring geometry. Dodge Avenger also features several new two-tone interior color schemes, new leather and cloth seating materials and accent stitching. Owners can select from these schemes to design a vehicle that matches their lifestyle needs.

Designers developed the 2011 Dodge Avenger with new "soft touch" armrests and instrument panels, new, premium interior finishes for touch points that are not only pleasing to the touch but also to the eye. They also redesigned the heating and cooling outlets in the instrument panel to make them more appealing and better functioning. The 2011 Dodge Avenger also offers one of the quietest cabins in the segment with 45 new or upgraded sound-deadening treatments integrated throughout the vehicle.

Clever features include new ambient interior lighting and a new multi-function three-spoke Dodge steering wheel with integrated controls that allows drivers to operate the radio, cruise control, hands-free phone and other vehicle functions while keeping their hands on the wheel. Available cool technology includes voice command functions for hands-free phones, integrated USB port for streaming music, navigation and memo record, an iPod/MP3 jack, Bluetooth streaming music; Gracenote music identification; a hard drive that stores approximately 6,700 songs and remote start.

The standard mid-size sedan segment is the largest vehicle segment in the United States, with more than 1.6 million vehicles sold in 2009. The 2011 Dodge Avenger is uniquely positioned as an alternative for consumers looking for a sedan with more style, personality and performance than the segment is traditionally known for.

The 2011 Dodge Avenger will be built at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich., and will arrive in dealerships in the fourth quarter this year.

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James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Sells for over 4 Million

Posted: 15 Nov 2010 04:12 AM PST

Most people are familiar with the James Bond movies and the Aston Martin DB5 that started the Bond cars appeal, well the actual DB5 Bond car that starred in the movies Goldfinger and Thunderball was recently auctioned off and sold for 4.6 Million USD, thats just under 3 million in British pounds.

James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 will go to an American bidder who will display it in a private collection in Ohio. The car that was auctioned has all the functioning gadgets that were seen in the two classic movies, except the ejection seat.

For more information read the press release below

RM Auctions Press Release:

Ahead of the RM auction of the only remaining James Bond DB5 that featured in both Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965) which sold yesterday for just under £3 million,
two iconic Aston Martins have been captured together for the first time. The DB9, now celebrated as the most successful Aston Martin of all time, echoes the passion for design, engineering and craftsmanship which characterized the secret agent's company car.

Held in private ownership for some 40 years, 'the most famous car in the world' was one of two DB5s which appeared on screen in both films. The car originally used in Goldfinger for driving scenes, was retrofitted with the famous gadgets including passenger ejector seat and front wing-mounted machine guns by Aston Martin in preparation for James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Sold For 4.6 Million USD Photos its second on-screen appearance in Thunderball.

The DB9, now in its seventh year of production, remains a design icon and is regarded by many as the most beautiful sports grand tourer on sale today. Just like the DB5 – the luxury zeitgeist of the 1960s, the DB9 is hand-tailored to customer specification and uses the latest technology.

The DB9 is based on Aston Martin's unique V/H (Vertical/Horizontal) architecture – a bonded
aluminium understructure forming the lightweight yet incredibly strong platform integral to the current range of sports cars. In much the same way, the DB5 used modern technology of its time employing aluminium body construction to help reduce weight in 'Superleggera' form. Aston Martin continues to use state of the art manufacturing techniques and hand-craft skills to create the most emotive cars on the road today.

To date, since its introduction in 2003, 15,000 DB9s have been built at Aston Martin's global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire, surpassing the DB7 as the most successful Aston Martin of all time.

These unique images show the revised DB9 new for 2011, in the aptly named Quantum Silver paint finish together with the actual car from the 1964 film. The optional paint is the same colour as the DBS that featured in the film Quantum of Solace in 2008.

The DB5 with the revolving registration plate 'FMP 7B' was sold for £2,912,000 ($4,608,500) at RM Auctions yesterday to an American bidder who plans to display it at his private collection in Ohio.

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