Renault DeZir Concept Car Review: Video

Posted: 01 Dec 2010 04:34 AM PST

The guys from Autocar have once again released another car review, this time they are checking out the Renault DeZir concept car which had its global debut at the 2010 Paris auto show.

The Renault DeZir is powered by an electric motor that produces 150 hp and 226Nm of torque. The Renault DeZir boasts some serious performance figures for an electric car. It has rated top speed of 112 mph, a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of 5 seconds and a distance range of 100 km.

Watch the video below to see what the guys at Autocar have to say about the concept car.

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Volvo Air Motion concept

Posted: 01 Dec 2010 04:02 AM PST

Volvo were present at this years 2010 LA motor show and unveiled their new Volvo Air Motion concept car. This vehicle was part of the LA Design Challenge Competition and offers performance levels of a Formula 1 car for the driver and three occupants.

With it’s carbon Fiber body, the Volvo Air Motion weighs only 1,000lbs and is powered by compressed air motors. The Volvo Air Motion concept was displayed as a 1/4 scale model at the show.

For more information read the Volvo press release below.

Volvo Press Release:

Volvo Air Motion – an ultra light clam shell sculptured vehicle


A vehicle lighter than a Formula 1 racing car… Experiencing the adrenaline rush of carving
through the canyons with up to 3 friends… Not using a drop of gasoline… Now just imagine if these dreams could be brought together in a single vehicle. During Los Angeles Auto Show a scale model of this car – Volvo Air Motion – will be on display and participates in the Design Challenge Competition.

Tipping the scales at under 1,000lbs the Volvo Air Motion Concept makes these dreams a reality and delivers this in a beautiful Scandinavian body. Designed like a clam shell and sculptured from ultra light carbon fiber.

Minimizing weight and complexity, while maximizing driving enjoyment, is the philosophy behind this vehicle. Thousands fewer components are employed than in a traditional car thanks to the powerful yet simple compressed air motors that replace a heavy internal combustion engine. The motors cool down under load rather than heat up, thus removing the need for heavy cooling systems. An integrated approach to designing the chassis, interior and suspension also contribute significantly.

To compress the air needed for the centrally mounted air tank, Air Replenishment Sites are used. Powered by air turbines floating 1,000ft in the air they harness the power of the wind and convert it to electricity to provide the compression.

Aimed at the driving enthusiast, by a company synonymous with safety and environmental care, the Volvo Air Motion demonstrates the beauty and purity of Scandinavian design and delivers a guilt free, raw driving experience.

Introducing a new form of exhilaration. The Volvo Air Motion Canyon Carver.

Facts about Volvo Air Motion – LAA
A 1/4 scale model will be displayed in the display area of the concourse that connects the South and West Halls at LA Auto Show. It will be on display during all press and public days. Press days Nov. 17-18 Public Days Nov. 19-28.

The winner will be presented on November 18 at 7 pm local time at the Designers Night Party at the Conga Rooms.

Facts about VMCC

Volvo Air Motion has been developed at Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center (VMCC) that opened in 1986. VMCC is situated in Camarillo, California. VMCC Air Motion Team: Chris Benjamin, Dean Bakker, Steve Goodrich, Bjorn Wessman, Doug Frasher, Dean Shaw and Geza Loczi.

Facts about the Design Challenge

Each year for the past seven years, a topical theme is chosen and the major Southern California automotive design studios are invited to compete in the Design Challenge. For the first time studios from Germany and Japan will join the competition adding an international dimension to the contest. The highly anticipated challenge allows studios to flex their creativity and explore new ideas in automotive design.

The theme this year addresses society’s shift toward minimizing consumption of the earth’s resources. The objective is to envision an efficient, light-weight, four passenger vehicle (not to exceed 1,000 lbs.), that is both comfortable and safe, while delivering satisfactory driving performance without sacrificing the styling consumers demand.

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Vauxhall Insignia VXR vs Audi S4: Video

Posted: 01 Dec 2010 03:40 AM PST

The British TV car program – Fifth Gear, has released the latest video. This time Tiff Needell is putting the Audi S4 up against the Vauxhall Insignia VXR.

The Vauxhall Insignia VXR is known as the Opel Insignia OPC in Europe and Buick Regal GS in the states. The Vauxhall Insignia VXR is powered by a 2.8 V6 Turbo engine that sends 325 hp and 400 Nm of torque to the four wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6 seconds and continues up to a top speed of 155mph (250 km/h).

Watch the Fifth Gear video below to see which car performs better.

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Ferrari F1 Drivers ride the Formula Rossa: Video

Posted: 30 Nov 2010 09:57 AM PST

The first ever Ferrari Theme Park opened recently in Abu Dhabi and one of the main attractions is the Ferrari Formula Rossa roller coaster which is supposedly the fastest in the world. Watch this video which captured Ferrari Formula one drivers – Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso taking their first ride on the Formula Rossa roller coaster.

The Ferrari Formula Rossa roller coaster reaches a top speed of up to 240 km/h and Ferrari decided to send their two valuable F1 drivers for the ride of their life.

See how the Formula one pilots behave on the ride in the video below.

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Official Cars 2 trailer: video

Posted: 30 Nov 2010 08:07 AM PST

Disney’s Pixar has released the first official Cars 2 trailer video which reveals details about the next installment to the famous cartoon movie. One thing we can tell, is that it’s going to be Mission Impossible or James Bond kind of movie.

One of the new characters is an Aston Martin which plays a type of 007 agent with all the typical Bond gadgets. The exact details of the new Cars 2 movie are not known yet, so we will have to wiat to see the movie to find out.

Watch the Cars 2 trailer below.

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Abarth Fiat 500 Tributo now in yellow

Posted: 30 Nov 2010 07:51 AM PST

You may remember a while ago we reported on the joint venture between Ferrari and Fiat to create the Abarth Fiat 500 Tributo, this special edition compact car was available only in the traditional Ferrari red but now they have created the Tributo with a yellow coat and trim.

The Yellow Abarth Fiat 500 Tributo Ferrari will be presented at the 2010 Bologna Motor Show and will feature all special edition extras. If this version shares the same powerplant as the red Tributo then this little car should be outputting 180 bhp at 5500rpm and 250Nm torque at 3000rpm and have a top speed of 140mph (225km/h).

The equipment list of the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari includes torque transfer control (TTC), electronic stability program (ESP), and a trick dual exhaust system.

Check out the gallery below and tell us in the comments box if you would opt for the red or yellow model.

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Ferrari California Limited Edition available only in Japan

Posted: 30 Nov 2010 06:16 AM PST

A new limited edition Ferrari California is now available but only Japan. This Limited Edition supercar comes with a whole range of upgrades over the standard model.

The Ferrari California Limited Edition features carbon fiber side skirts, door handles, fuel cap and distinctive alloy wheels with red hub caps. For an extra touch of lightness, the wheels of this Ferrari California Limited Edition are held in place by titanium nuts. This special model also comes with two colors to choose from – red and black, but being a Ferrari I would go for the traditional red. these are all the colors you’ll ever need on a Ferrari, right?

The Ferrari California Limited Edition price, if translated in to U.S. dollars will cost well over the 300,000 USD mark and it is only available through a specialized importer called Cornes.

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