Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Pagani and Lamborghini: Video

Posted: 22 Nov 2010 06:07 AM PST

Video games maker – Ea games has released an awesome trailer of their latest racing game Need for Speed Hot pursuit. This trailer shows a pure action car chase between the Pagani Zonda Cinque and a Lamborghini Murcielago Interceptor.

Powered by Autolog, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit delivers socially connected game play like no other racing game. This game will challenge you to become Seacrest County’s top cop or most wanted racer. For the first time ever in a Need for Speed game, you’ll be able to play a full career on either side of the law.

Watch the trailer below.

The new NFS Most Wanted video game will be launched in November and will be made available for PC, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360.

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2012 Buick Regal GS

Posted: 22 Nov 2010 05:39 AM PST

General Motors has released information and images of the new 2012 Buick Regal GS which is due to go on sale in the second half of 2011. This new GS model brings a sportier version to the Regal sedan lineup.

The 2012 Buick Regal GS is powered by an Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged DOHC VVT engine with direct injection, it produces 255 hp at 5300 rpm and 295 lb.-ft. of torque between 2500 rpm and 4000 rpm. At launch, the GS will be available with a six-speed manual transmission only, but with an automatic being introduced later on.

General Motors claims that the new Buick Regal GS can accelerate from 0 – 60mph in under seven seconds, no top speed info has been released yet but we are guessing it will be restricted to around 155mph (249km/h).

Other features included on the 2012 Buick Regal GS are; four-wheel independent suspension system, Brembo brakes, Drive Control System which allows drivers to change the suspension settings and sensitivity of the steering and a set of 19-inch, 5-Twin Spoke alloy wheels.

The standard equipment list of the 2 Buick Regal GS will include Bluetooth phone connectivity, a Harmon/Kardon premium 320-watt sound system with nine speakers, a leather interior and Bi-xenon HID headlamps.

For more information read the press release below and don’t forget to check out the gallery.

Buick Press Release:

2012 Buick Regal GS Production Model Takes Sports Sedan Performance to a New Level for Buick

High-performance midsize sport sedan with 0-60 mph performance of under seven seconds
Features exclusive, Buick Regal GS-only high-output version of the Ecotec 2.0L turbo engine with 255 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque Buick’s Interactive Drive Control System allows drivers to change the suspension settings and steering sensitivity.

Buick this evening reveals the production version of the 2012 Buick Regal GS, an even sportier expression of the Regal sport sedan that went on sale earlier this year and has attracted new buyers to the Buick family. Powered by a high-output, exclusive Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the Buick Regal GS delivers an estimated 255 horsepower (190 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. of torque for a 0-60 mph performance of less than seven seconds (estimated). Buick’s Interactive Drive Control System is standard on the Buick Regal GS, allowing drivers to customize the driving experience by changing the suspension settings and steering sensitivity between three modes: standard, sport and Buick Regal GS.

“Built on the performance foundation of the Regal, the Buick Regal GS was designed as an even sportier expression of responsive performance and style,” said John Schwegman, vice president of Buick marketing. “The driving experience is powerful and spirited; and the Buick Regal GS represents the next entry in Buick’s product renaissance.”

The Buick Regal GS will be unveiled this evening at a consumer event in Miami. It goes on sale in the second half of 2011. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Product highlights include:

Exclusive Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged and intercooled engine rated at an estimated 255 horsepower (190 kW) and 295 lb-ft of torque (400 Nm)
Six-speed manual transmission, with six-speed automatic with Driver Shift Control to be offered later
Interactive Drive Control System with Buick Regal GS mode
Four-wheel independent system with HiPerStrut front suspension
High-performance four-wheel disc brake system with Brembo front calipers
Standard 19-inch, 5-Twin Spoke alloy wheels and all-season tire and optional 20-inch, 5-Twin Spoke polished alloy wheels with performance tires.

The exterior design features unique front and rear fascias, with the front fascia incorporating prominent, vertical air intake slots and specific grille treatment – with the vertical elements accented in a satin-metallic finish. The rear fascia has a pair of integrated, satin-metallic trapezoidal exhaust outlets. Rocker panel extensions and an integrated rear spoiler are also woven into the design. The Buick Regal GS cuts a sportier stance, too, with a slightly lower ride height than other models and aggressive 19-inch, 5-Twin Spoke alloy wheels and all-season tires (20-inch, 5-Twin Spoke polished alloy wheels with performance tires are optional).

Inside is a racing-inspired, flat-bottom sport steering wheel and metal sport pedals, along with leather-appointed 12-way power-adjustable sport driver and front passenger heated seats, which include four-way power lumbar. The Buick Regal GS-specific black interior is accented with satin-finish elements on the instrument panel, steering wheel and console, while the instrument panel glows white when the driver engages the Buick Regal GS mode of the Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS).

Standard amenities for the Buick Regal GS include:

Passive keyless entry with push-button start
Standard XM Satellite Radio with three-month trial service
Harmon/Kardon premium 320-watt sound system with nine speakers
Bluetooth phone connectivity
Leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel with audio controls
Leather-appointed sport seating
Heated driver and front passenger seats, with 12-way adjustable driver and front passenger seats – including four-way lumbar adjustment
120-volt accessory power outlet
Power windows with express up/down feature in the front and express down in the rear
Front and rear ultrasonic parking assist
Bi-xenon HID headlamps.

Turbocharging and HiPerStrut

Power for the Buick Regal GS comes from a high-output version of the Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged DOHC VVT engine with direct injection technology. It is based on the engine that will be available on Regal CXL later this year, but the engine and turbocharger are tuned to deliver greater boost pressure in the Buick Regal GS. The output is rated at 255 horsepower (190 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. of torque (400 Nm). A three-inch-diameter exhaust system provides reduced back pressure, resulting in higher engine power.

Direct injection technology helps the engine deliver more power through increased efficiency, while maintaining fuel economy and lowering emissions. That means less fuel is consumed and lower emissions generated – including a 25-percent drop in cold-start hydrocarbon emissions. Variable valve timing optimizes power, efficiency and emissions across the entire rpm band.

“We’ve been combining direct injection and variable valve timing with boosted engines since 2006, and there’s no question the Buick Regal GS turbo has the responsiveness and acceleration of a 3.5L V6, while delivering the fuel economy of a 2.0L four,” said Mike Anderson, Ecotec global chief engineer and program manager.

The engine is mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission will be available later.

The Buick Regal GS rides on a relatively long wheelbase of 107.8 inches (2738 mm), which delivers refined, well-balanced vehicle dynamics. It also features a four-wheel-independent suspension, with a unique High Performance Strut (HiPerStrut) front suspension design. The HiPerStrut system helps reduce torque steer and maintain negative camber during cornering; the driver experiences reduced torque steer, improved grip and increased cornering power, along with crisper handling, steering precision and feedback.

The four-link independent rear suspension is designed to minimize unwanted toe and camber effects during spirited driving maneuvers, enhancing vehicle stability. Both front and rear dampers incorporate active Computer Damping Control (CDC), continuously changing damper characteristics to maintain optimal vehicle ride control over varying road surfaces and profiles. More aggressive, performance-oriented damping characteristics can also be selected by the driver through the Interactive Driver Control System.

Braking power comes from a large diameter four-wheel disc brake system featuring Brembo front calipers. A standard, four-channel anti-lock brake system is tuned to reduce stopping distances over varied road surfaces and conditions. An electronic parking brake is actuated via a center console-mounted control. The Buick Regal GS also features standard StabiliTrak stability control system with integrated, full-function traction control.

Interactive Drive Control System

The Buick Regal GS is also equipped with Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS) chassis technology (also offered on other Regal models with the 2.0L turbo engine). It delivers enhanced vehicle stability and greater driving safety. The driver selects among three operating modes – standard, sport and Buick Regal GS – that change the suspension settings, and steering sensitivity through the variable-effort steering system.

A sophisticated driving mode control module continually monitors driving style utilizing yaw rate, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, steering wheel, throttle and vehicle speed. It defines the dynamic vehicle state, including acceleration, braking and cornering, to optimize chassis reactions. It also executes all of the IDCS driver selections. All four dampers are electronically controlled and continuously adapt within milliseconds to the prevailing road conditions, vehicle movements and individual driving style.

Selecting Buick Regal GS mode optimizes the car for dynamic driving, tightening the suspension and steering response. “Standard,” or the default mode, is the setting for all-around use. The sport mode provides a level of performance between standard and the Buick Regal GS modes.

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Ken Block performs at 2010 Sema show: Video

Posted: 22 Nov 2010 05:11 AM PST

Rally driver and Gymkhana master – Ken Block took along his Monster Ford Fiesta WRC car to the 2010 SEMA show in Las Vegas. And to the publics delight he showed off a few of his driving skills to the crowd.

Watch the video below as Ken Block performs drifts, turns and spins in a mini gymkhana show in his rally prepped Fiesta at this years Sema show.

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Audi R8 V10 Racing edition by Anderson

Posted: 22 Nov 2010 04:13 AM PST

German car tuners – Anderson has revealed another upgrade package for the Audi R8 V10. The Anderson Audi R8 V10 Racing edition comes with a more aggressive body kit and of course, a serious performance increase.

The already powerful 525 hp V10 engine has been increased to a more powerful 585 hp. This boost in horsepower increases the Anderson Audi R8 V10 Racing top speed by 12 km/h / 7.5 mph. This extra power has been achieved by adding, a new sports air filter, a new engine power management and a new exhaust system. The new exhaust also helps reduce the weight of the customized supercar by 17 Kg.

The Anderson Audi R8 V10 Racing new body kit includes: a carbon fiber front apron, a rear spoiler, a rear diffuser and new side mirror coverings.

The interior features carbon interior packet and a new leather upholstery.

For more information read the press release below.

Anderson Audi R8 V10 Racing edition

Anderson Germany Press Release:

Anderson Germany Audi R8 V10 Racing Edition

The brand of ANDERSON GERMANY is known worldwide, if it matters the tuning of sports cars or luxury sedans. With its new tuning program for Audi R8 the Dusseldorf enterprise offers some sportive accessories and an exciting car body design.

According to the powerful appearance of the R8, ANDERSON GERMANY use serial light alloy rims dimensioned 8.5×19 and 11×19 with tires 235-3519 / 295-30 R19. The special particularity of these one part wheels is the carbon coating of the lateral surfaces and the bordering in racing orange.

Nevertheless, the basic principle of ANDERSON GERMANY is its producer quality right down to the minutest detail. This is shown also in an impressionating way by the R8 performance kit. The upgrade contains also a valve commanded sports exhaust system, warranting for a weight lowering of 17 Kg (37 lb.), with racing cats and sports air filter, as well as a new engine power management. Thereof result 585 HP (525 HP serial), and the final velocity additionally increases by about 12 kmph/7.5 mph in comparison with the serial values.

The appearance of this impressionating car is dominated by its sportive-dynamic look – from outside, as well as in the interior. The ANDERSON GERMANY aerodynamic kit comprehends a brutal carbon front apron and rear spoiler for the downforce improvement, warranting for a persuading look and optimizing in the same time the aerodynamics of the vehicle by its agile design. Furthermore, the exterior racing packet is topped by a carbon diffuser, rear window bordering and carbon mirrors.

The interior shows the gathered since many years experience of the ANDERSON GERMANY manufacturers. So, among others, the high class matt carbon-leather equipment with orange rhombus-shaped seams and the carbon interior packet (door trims, radio frame, ashtray, gear stick frame, hand brake knob, steering wheel) give a unique fine feeling.

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Gran Turismo 5 Promo Video released ahead of game launch

Posted: 22 Nov 2010 03:30 AM PST

After numerous delays Polyphony has finally announced that one of the most eagerly awaited Playstation 3 games – Gran Turismo 5 will be released on November 24th, 2010, just in time for the holidays. They have also released this short video with Polyphony head designer – Kazunori Yamauchi, talking about the game and his experience driving the new Mercedes SLS AMG.

At the headquarters of Polyphony in Tokyo, head designer Kazunori Yamauchi explains how he re-created the Mercedes-Benz super sportscar for the virtual world and five time DTM Champion – Bernd Schneider also comes along to test the game and gives it a thumbs up.

Watch the GT5 promo video below.

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Code Red GT500 Mustang prototype

Posted: 22 Nov 2010 02:35 AM PST

One of the many Mustangs on display on the Ford stand at Sema 2010 was the hugely powerful, twin-turbo Mustang GT500 prototype or otherwise known as Code Red Mustang.

This muscle car was created in collaboration between Shelby American and Nelson Racing Engines – the same firm responsible for the 1,800 horsepower Mosler MT900S. The heavily modified 5.4-liter V8 engine features twin 61mm Turbonetics turbochargers along with a dual fuel system that includes cells for both race and street gas as well as an electronic boost controller that can vary boost for each gear.

If Shelby decides to offer a production model of the “Code Red” GT500, we can expect to see plenty of other extras such as: Baer 14-inch brakes, Shelby/Eibach adjustable suspension system, 9-inch Currie rear end, 10-point roll cage, and plenty more. Shelby estimates that the package (car not included) would cost around $100,000.

Watch the video below with Tom Nelson and Shelby’s Gary Patterson talking about the car and testing it out on the streets.

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