Corvette Jake edition and Z06X Track Car concepts

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 06:01 AM PST

Chevrolet were present at the 2010 Sema show in Las Vegas with two custom built Corvette models, the Corvette Jake Edition Concept and the Corvette Z06X Track Car Concept.

The Corvette Jake Edition Concept is based on the Grand Sport Coupe and comes with a black exterior paint finish and a custom interior. It is powered by a LS3 6.2L V8 engine coupled with a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission. It also comes with a Chevrolet Accessory Tech-pattern engine cover.

The Corvette Z06X Track Car Concept is a more complex machine with a longer list of performance upgrades. It is powered by a more powerful LS7 7.0L V8 engine mated to Tremec six-speed manual transmission. It features new air intake and cooling systems, performance brakes from Brembo, and a performance suspension system.

For more information and specifications read the press release below.

Corvette Jake edition and Z06X Track Car concept gallery

Corvette Press Release:


Corvette is a mainstay on racing circuits ranging from LeMans to club racing. Chevrolet's Corvette Z06X Concept suggests a new idea and components for transforming a production Corvette into a serious, closed-course track car.

The Corvette Z06X Concept showcases how an enthusiast can leverage Chevrolet's expanding portfolio of performance parts to create a full-on track car. Chevrolet teamed with Pratt and Miller, partners in Corvette Racing in the American LeMans Series, to create this Z06X track car concept.

"Racing is an integral part of Corvette performance and technology," said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. "This concept car represents a mid-point between our GT race car and the production Z06, prepared by the team responsible for the Corvette Racing C6.R race cars, and featuring many performance parts owners can choose today."

The Z06X concept is based on the Corvette Z06 with the 1LZ equipment package, along with the Z07 Performance Package and CFZ Carbon Fiber Package. The 2011 Z06 with the Z07 package creates the lightest production Corvette and includes carbon ceramic brakes and Magnetic Ride Control, while the CFZ package offers body components that enhance aerodynamic down force on the race track, including a front splitter.

The Z06X Concept features competition-oriented modifications including: an adjustable carbon fiber rear wing, a polycarbonate rear window, roll cage, racing seat and safety harness, racing wheels, suspension enhancements – including coil-over struts with fully adjustable camber plates – racing-spec cooling system and more. The radio, carpeting and sound-deadening material are also removed.

The concept vehicle wears a low-gloss Icy White Metallic exterior color, accented with exposed carbon fiber body components and red trim. It rides on black racing wheels and racing tires. The interior is all business, with a racing seat, window net and roll cage-mounted camera system. It includes a racing pedal kit, a Genuine Corvette Accessory.

"It's a classic case of form following function," said Dave Ross, design manager. "The exterior color and accents were carefully selected to enhance the Corvette's racing-influenced design, but there's nothing superfluous in the Z06X's design – everything is there for a reason."



- Low-gloss Icy White Metallic color with exposed carbon fiber and red accents
- 2011 CFZ-option carbon fiber package, including splitter and rockers
- Adjustable carbon fiber wing
- ZR1 carbon fiber roof panel and B-pillar panels
- Carbon fiber raised hood (from the Z06 Carbon Limited Edition)
- Carbon fiber headlamp housings from Specter Werkes/Sports
- Weight-saving and shatter-resistant polycarbonate rear window


- Base Z06 1LZ trim
- Radio, carpeting and sound-deadening material removed
- SCCA-spec roll cage
- SCCA-approved window net
- Racing seat with five-point safety harness
- Fire suppression system
- Driver's drink system
- Video camera system mounted on the roll cage
- Genuine Corvette Accessory racing pedal kit


- LS7 7.0L V-8 engine and Tremec six-speed manual transmission
- Low-restriction air intake system
- High-capacity radiator and enhanced cooling system
- New-for-2011 Z07 Performance Package, feature Brembo carbon ceramic brake rotors and special brake pads
- Lightweight racing wheels in black; 19-inch (front) and 20-inch (rear)
- Michelin racing tires
- Mono-ball control arm bushing
- Adjustable stabilizer bars
- Coil-over struts with adjustable camber plates


He started off as a discreet logo in 2005 that symbolized a tenacious attitude of the Corvette Racing team and ever since, the skull mascot known as Jake has grown to embody the determination and triumphs of the team. Now, Chevrolet designers have created the Corvette Jake Edition Concept, a special Grand Sport convertible concept vehicle that celebrates Corvette's racing spirit.

The Corvette Jake Edition is a Grand Sport Coupe, with Z06 wheels featuring the Competition Gray finish. The matte Jake hood graphic from the GT1 commemorative model adds a subtle visual statement, while a host of other accessories round out the car's unique appearance. Most of the parts added to this special Grand Sport are available today as Genuine Corvette Accessories or through any Chevrolet dealer's parts department.

"Jake is more than the mascot for Corvette Racing, he personifies the Corvette spirit," said Dave Ross, design manager. "We designed this concept to demonstrate how any enthusiast could create his own Jake special model with parts available from any Chevrolet dealership."

Some of the accessories used to create the Corvette Jake concept are not currently available, but are planned for future release, including Jake-logo floor mats, console lid, wheel center caps and more. Other parts, including the hood graphic and Z06 wheels, are offered as Genuine Corvette Accessories.

"The Corvette has long inspired car enthusiasts to personalize it. The Jake concept shows one very unique way to do it," said Ross. "With the great variety of accessories and other parts available, there's virtually no limit to how you can make your Corvette stand apart from all others."



- Black color
- Corvette Z06 wheels in Competition Gray
- "Corvette"-logo windshield header graphic (concept)
- GT1 Championship Edition Jake-logo hood graphic
- Jake-logo wheel center caps (future)
- Jake-logo fender badge (concept)
- Jake-logo underhood blanket and lighting package (future)
- Chevrolet Accessory full-width rear spoiler in Cyber Gray


- Ebony leather with titanium stitching and red accents on the seats
- Chevrolet Accessory interior trim kit
- Chevrolet Accessory racing pedal kit
- Chevrolet Accessory "Jake" floor mats (future)
- Chevrolet Accessory "Jake" console lid (future)


- LS3 6.2L V-8 with Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission
- Chevrolet Accessory Tech-pattern engine cover

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Halo Intersceptor is a Car, Boat, Plane and Helicopter

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 05:34 AM PST

Leading British Concept Designer Philip Pauley has designed the Halo Intersceptor, this unique vehicle is able to use special adapters to transform into a car, boat, plane and helicopter making this one of the most versatile vehicles in the world.

For this futuristic concept car to be able to transform into all these vehicles, the Halo Intersceptor has three interchangeable connecting housings.

Currently, the Halo Intersceptor is being considered for various awards, and has been
featured in various media outlets such as CNN and GQ Magazine.

Apart from the Halo Intersceptor car, boat, plane and helicopter, Philip Pauley has also presented his idea of a Urban Tree Planter.

For more information read the press release below.

Halo Intersceptor Gallery

Philip Pauley Press Release:

What do Flying, Floating Super Cars and Trees on top of Buildings Have in Common?

Leading British Concept Designer Philip Pauley’s futuristic Halo Intersceptor car has vehicle attachments which turn it into an aeroplane, helicopter, and sea going motor cruiser! This same visionary has devised the Urban Tree Planter(TM) modular system for standardising urban tree installation and replacement by containing root growth virtually anywhere from the top of buildings to cruise liners and super yachts.

The Halo Intersceptor private “road legal aeroplane, helicopter and motor cruiser” has 3+ interchangeable connecting housings, each providing the ultimate experience in luxury and performance for leisure and business, and the defining standard for the logical move towards the multi faceted transportation of the future. A candidate for concept design awards and featured by CNN and GQ Magazine, and described as being “sexy enough on its own just being a car” by 100 Cute, it’s easy to see why Top Speed described the Halo as “straight out of a sci-fi movie”.

Grounded in common sense concerns for the environment and sustainability, and yet not the least earthbound is the Urban Tree Planter(TM). Philip Pauley’s design meets real modern urban needs for a simple modular system for planting trees in more challenging situations. The tree roots and a self irrigation system are contained within a protective cube which slots into a corresponding cube space – the space can be anywhere. The result is a mutually beneficial co-existence where the urban environment is enhanced by naturally flourishing ‘portable’ trees but not damaged or threatened by their roots.

A disarmingly unassuming man, Philip Pauley possesses an instinctive genius for meeting real world needs with advanced technological conceptual designs. No wonder then that his 1997 dissertation piece of an incredible self sufficient sub marine habitat called Sub Biosphere 2 earned him the label of being “too futuristic” for his time by his tutors and contemporaries.

Themes of the need for simplicity and natural order through the use of complex systems are also evident in his artwork and landscape sculptures, such as The Tree Sculpture (A Tree of Life) installed in Theatre District for Milton Keynes 40th Birthday Celebration and Science Garden Installation.

Another natural home for Philip Pauley today is in pushing the boundaries of digital possibilities by heading up Pauley Interactive, a leading 3D Visualisation and digital content provider. Through his involvement in this medium, organisations of all sizes can draw upon the vision and experience of a bright rising star in realising their own visions through the use of high quality 3D visualisation, modelling and animation to engage and involve website visitors and potential clients with online tours, demonstrations and presentations which add real value.

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Audi Acoustic system For Electric Cars

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 04:06 AM PST

Audi has stated that they are currently developing an acoustic system for their electric vehicles, the company are doing this because electric cars run silently at speeds up too 25km/h and pedestrians are unaware of the car’s presence which creates potential accidents.

Using the E-tron as a test car, the acousticians at Audi have been hard at work to create a sound design for which all electric Audi cars of the future should sound.

For more information read the press release below

Audi Press Release:

The sound of silence: How Audi is working on the acoustics of future electric cars

Electric cars are virtually silent at speeds up to 25 km/h (15.53 mph)
Acousticians working intensely on future sound design
Sound should reflect brand's core values

The sonorous sound of a six-cylinder engine; the silky murmur of a V8: the sounds of combustion engines are a constant of road traffic that everyone can associate with a car. With electric cars all that is passé because they are virtually silent up to a speed of 25 km/h (15.53 mph). The risk to others is obvious. There is only one logical conclusion for the sound technicians at Audi: The electric car of the future needs its own sound – but which one?

"We speak of quiet cars when an electric car is driven at a speed between 0 – 25 km/h (15.53 mph)," explains Dr. Ralf Kunkel, Head of Acoustics at AUDI AG. Up to this speed electric cars are virtually silent as they glide through the streets. Noise from the rolling of the tires and from the slipstream comes to the forefront above this speed, at which point an electric car is no longer significantly more quiet than a conventional vehicle.

The fact that this new form of transportation is particularly quiet is, of course, another factor of its success. After all, environment-friendly automobiles should not only reduce emissions, but also noise pollution. However, speed without the typical road noises that serve as a signal harbors risks: The sense of hearing allows participants in traffic to monitor all 360 degrees of their surroundings, whereas the eyes only cover a limited angle. People with poorer vision or who are distracted can easily overlook a car.

Organizations for the blind worldwide therefore advocate giving quiet cars a unique sound; specifications or laws to this effect are already in place in the U.S.A. and Japan.

The sound technicians at Audi have long since taken up the task of protecting pedestrians in the electric mobility era. "One way do this is by generating artificial noise in electric cars," says Kunkel. The acousticians are currently hard at work on the sound design of the Audi e-tron. It is not just a matter of safety, but also a question of how the Audi of the future should sound.

"The obvious approach would be to work on the basis of the familiar sound of a combustion engine," says Christian Schüller, Head of Brand Development/Corporate Identity. "On the other hand, we want to underscore that an electric or hybrid Audi is an innovative product. We also want to make our Vorsprung durch Technik audible in the era of electric mobility."

The rustling of leaves, the twittering of birds or shrill tones such as those used on snow cats are therefore not viable options. However: "The sounds used for space ships in films are reminiscent of car sounds, yet are also very different, making this a rather interesting approach," says Kunkel. An Audi will not sound like an airplane with jet engines or a space ship from a science fiction film any time soon, though. "But the sound will be new and unusual. The Audi RSQ from the Hollywood film I, Robot gives an indication of how an Audi might sound in the future."

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Peugeot 90X race car in development

Posted: 17 Nov 2010 03:37 AM PST

The French car manufacturer – Peugeot has released details and images on their new racing car the Peugeot 90X. This race car has been developed in parallel with the brand’s current racer, the 2010 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP.

The Peugeot 90X was developed in secret at the Velizy facility, near Paris and 90X is just a codename for now, the final vehicle will wear a different name when ready.

This prototype endurance racer has just had its first run on a race track but still has a long way to go before being ready to take on the worlds racing elite.

For more information read the press release below

Peugeot Press Release:

In parallel with its 2010 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP race program, Peugeot Sport is busy designing and developing a new prototype that will defend its colors in 2011.

Peugeot Sport’s principal mission accomplished
Having been kept secret in Peugeot Sport’s factory in Vealizy, near Paris, the team’s new endurance challenger – known under the codename 90X – has been out for its first track test. “Our objective was to start track testing before the end of the year,” says Peugeot Sport Director Olivier Quesnel. “I am pleased to report that we have now done that. Even so, there is still a long way to go and a considerable amount of work to be done as we prepare for 2011.”

The 90X’s technical characteristics
The 90X complies with the new ACO’s 2011 regulations, and notably incorporates the extra "shark fin" bodywork on the engine cover. This new feature is designed to help prevent the car from becoming airborne in the case of a high-speed spin. As with the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP,

Peugeot Sport has opted for a closed cockpit design, which still meets the mandatory 900kg weight requirement. “We are still exploring several options with regard to the engine and technology we will use,” points out Bruno Famin, the Technical Director of Peugeot Sport. “Work on the engine’s development is ongoing. Endurance racing is an ideal proving ground to provide us with the opportunity to showcase all the brand’s technologies.”

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Porsche 911 Turbo BTR-II 650 EVO by Speedart

Posted: 16 Nov 2010 09:04 AM PST

The professional Porsche car tuners – speedART have released information and images on the BTR-II 650 EVO package for the Porsche 911 Turbo. This enhancement offers both visual and performance upgrades.

The speedART BTR-II 650 EVO Porsche 911 Turbo offers an extra 150 hp and 150 Nm of torque over the standard 911. The extra horsepower is achieved by adding bigger VTG-turbo chargers, sport air filter, enlarged intercoolers, a sport exhaust system with sport cats, twin tail pipes and sport header manifolds.

In order to support the more powerful 650hp engine the PDK gearbox of the had to be reinforced. They gave it 8 rings for each multi-disc-packet, instead of the factory 6 rings.

The speedART BTR-II 650 EVO Porsche 911 Turbo body kit features a new front bumper with spoiler lip and gun-metal frames, new side skirts, a rear diffuser and a re-designed rear spoiler. The kit also offers a movable rear wing for increased downforce on the rear axle.

To finish off the exterior this customized Porsche 911 sits on a set of 20 inch rims.

The interior of the BTR-II 650 EVO includes a sports steering wheel with F1 shift paddles for PDK, a larger power boost display and various carbon interior trim in optional colors.

Check out the Porsche 911 Turbo BTR-II 650 EVO gallery below

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2011 Volkswagen Golf Cabrio production confirmed

Posted: 16 Nov 2010 08:26 AM PST

Good news for VW Golf fans, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen has confirmed that the 2011 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet will be back in 2011 with a fresh new design. It is due to enter production next spring at the company’s plant in Osnabruck.

No details of the 2011 VW Golf Cabrio have been revealed yet, but we expect it to be a soft top, just like its predecessors. Putting the 2011 VW Golf Cabrio into production, will create 1,800 jobs at Volkswagen Osnabruck by the end of next year.

We’ll have more info on the future 2011 VW Golf Cabriolet, including full specs and pricing information, as soon as they become available.

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First Gillet Vertigo.5 Spirit supercar images and details

Posted: 16 Nov 2010 07:56 AM PST

Belgian based company – Gillet automobiles, have released images and information on their all new supercar, the Gillet Vertigo.5 Spirit.

The Gillet Vertigo.5 Spirit is powered by a 4.2-liter Maserati engine, equipped with dry sump lubrication. It produces 420 hp and weighs in at just 990kg. The top speed and performance specs have not been released yet.

This Belgian supercar measures 3960mm in length, 2010mm in width, 1115mm in height and has a 2340mm wheelbase. It has a wishbone suspension setup and a four piston braking system developed by AP Racing.

We will bring more information on the Gillet Vertigo.5 Spirit as its released but for now check out the image gallery below.

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Audi S5 Sportback Review: Video

Posted: 16 Nov 2010 07:21 AM PST

The UK’s Fifth Gear TV program has released another video review, this time they have taken the new Audi S5 Sportback out for a spin. The test drive is performed by TV host and race driver Vicki Butler Henderson.

The Audi S5 Sportback is powered by a 3.0 FSI supercharged engine that produces 333 hp and 440 Nm of torque. All this power is controlled via a seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission and quattro all-wheel-drive system.

The Audi S5 Sportback has a top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph) and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds. Now watch the video below and see what Vicki has to say about the car.

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