Westfield Sport Turbo Review: Video

Posted: 09 Dec 2010 06:03 AM PST

TV presenter and professional race car driver – Jason Plato from Fifth Gear reviews the latest model from Westfield. Jason test drives the British built Westfield Sport Turbo but doesn’t seem pleased with the open top sports car.

The Westfield Sport Turbo is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that produces 225 hp and can hit 60mph in 4 seconds. It comes equipped with a limited slip differential, front and rear anti-roll bars, nylon bushes, Nitron Competition shock absorbers and performance gauges.

Watch the video below to see what Jason Plato had to say about the Westfield Sport Turbo.

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New Lancia Stratos may enter racing: Rumor

Posted: 09 Dec 2010 04:36 AM PST

Rumor has it from Italy, that the new Lancia Stratos, that was made as a one-off vehicle for collector Michael Stoschek, might actually be heading for the race track.

Images of the Lancia Stratos GT2 race car are spreading across the web and if the creators are serious about entering the racing world then they will need to build at least 25 Stratos units to get homologated for FIA.

The one-off vehicle on which the Lancia Stratos GT2 will be based on, is built on a Ferrari 430 Scuderia chassis and has a 2.25 kg per hp power-to-weight ratio.

Like I mentioned earlier, this is just a rumor for now and it may never happen but it would be good to see the flying wedge competing in the WRC rally once again.

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Porsche Boxster Spyder test drive: Video

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 10:26 AM PST

British TV presenter – James May from the BBC’s Top Gear, test drives the lightweight Porsche Boxster Spyder. Captain Slow races the Porsche Boxster Spyder around the Top Gear test track before handing it to the Stig.

The Porsche Boxster Spyder is 80 kg lighter than the standard version, weighing 1,275 kg or 2,811 lb. The power comes from a 3.4-litre six-cylinder engine developing 320 hp, which is 10 hp more than the Porsche Boxster S.

Watch the video below to see what James May has to say about the Porsche Boxster Spyder

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First Chevrolet Volt to be auctioned off

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 09:55 AM PST

Chevrolet has announced that they will be auctioning off the very first Chevrolet Volt. The benefits raised from the auction will go to the maths and sciences educational departments in the Detroit Public Schools.

The first Chevrolet Volt will have the vehicle identification number ending in BU100002 and will be put on auction at with bids being accepted until 6 p.m. on Dec. 14th 2010. The winner of the first Chevrolet Volt will be announced by Chevrolet on December 16.

The first Chevrolet Volt comes with a Viridian Joule exterior, Light Neutral interior with dark accents. The equipment list includes premium Trim Package, Rear Camera and Park Assist Package, polished wheels and a 240-volt charging station with home installation.

The opening bid for the first Chevrolet Volt has been set at 50,000 USD.

For more information read the Chevrolet press release below.

Chevrolet Press Release:

First Chevrolet Volt for Sale to be Auctioned Online, Benefitting Math and Sciences Education in Detroit Public Schools

The first Chevrolet Volt available for retail sale will be offered at public auction with the proceeds benefitting math and sciences education in the Detroit Public Schools.

“Every aspect of the Volt – from its aerodynamic shape to its battery chemistry – is a testament to the importance of math and sciences,” said General Motors (NYSE: GM) North America President Mark Reuss. “By encouraging Detroit-area students to pursue these topics, we hope to cultivate the next generation of engineers who will build upon the Volt’s innovative technologies.”

Reuss announced the auction during an event at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, where the Volt is assembled. At the event, Reuss announced the first Volt built during regular production will be retained by Chevrolet in recognition of the team’s efforts to bring the revolutionary car from concept to reality. The first Volt bearing the vehicle identification number ending in BU100002 – will be auctioned with all proceeds benefitting the Detroit Public Schools Foundation.

The Volt offered in the auction has a Viridian Joule exterior, Light Neutral interior with dark accents, Premium Trim Package, Rear Camera and Park Assist Package, and polished wheels. The auction also includes a 240-volt charging station and home installation. The opening bid is $50,000.

Bids for the first retail Volt will be accepted at until 6 p.m. on Dec. 14. The winning bid will be announced by Chevrolet on Dec. 16. The winner’s Volt will be delivered in December.

Funds raised through the auction will be donated to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation to support initiatives such as robotics competitions – including students’ entry fees, travel costs, and competition-related equipment.

“One of our primary focus areas is science and math enrichment,” said Chacona W. Johnson, President & CEO of the foundation. “Knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math is critical for the success of our students in higher education, and in their future careers in the 21st century workforce.”

The tax-exempt Detroit Public Schools Foundation is dedicated to supporting Detroit students. In addition to science and math enrichment, the foundation supports fine and performing arts programs; early childhood investment; building academic and athletic leadership; and college preparatory investment.

“An estimated 80 percent of jobs in the next decade are going to require skills based in math and science. With the support of GM, Detroit students will be better equipped to make a difference in Detroit, in Michigan, and in the United States,” said Robert Bobb, Detroit Public Schools emergency financial manager. “We appreciate General Motors’ support in developing the next generation of engineers.”

The Chevrolet Volt is an electric vehicle that can operate under a range of weather climates and driving conditions with little concern of being stranded by a depleted battery. The Volt has a total driving range of up to 375 miles, based on EPA estimates. For the first 35 miles, the Volt can drive gas- and tailpipe-emissions-free using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 340 miles on a full tank.

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Mercedes SLS AMG 63 supersport by Kicherer

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 08:41 AM PST

German car tuners – Kicherer have just announced that they have created an upgrade package for the Mercedes SLS AMG and its called the SLS 63 Supersport. This enhancement package includes visual and performance upgrades.

The Kicherer Mercedes SLS AMG has received a re-mapped ECU and stainless steel sports end pipe covers, these modifications have increased the power output to around 610 hp and 670Nm of torque.

This customized sports car also features a KW lift system which raises the car at a push of a button, this is ideal for getting over those annoying speed humps and other obstacles.

The exterior body kit includes a carbon fiber front spoiler lip and rear diffuser fins. Kicherer has also added various carbon fiber trim to the interior too.

To finish off, the SLS 63 Supersport sits on a set of hand-made RS-1 multi-part forged wheels.

For information read the press release below

Kicherer Press Release:

KICHERER Fahrzeugtechnik company from Stockach am Bodensee and photography master of international renown Frank Luger of Art-Photography from Albstadt have been a perfectly aligned team since 2005.
In the course of these years, F. Luger developed a unique image style for presenting the KICHERER-High end vehicles. It perfectly mirrors the company’s philosophy.

Our philosophy and our objective is clearly emphasizing the visual basic forms by higher-quality sportive highlights. The complete hand-made KICHERER performance programme consistently presents the sportively dynamic character.
The design objective of the SLS 63 AMG is perfect combination of functional quality, craftsmanship and sophisticated design.
When these requirements are met, we give our vehicles the >>SUPERSPORT<< award.

In cooperation with the KICHERER technology partner KW Automotive GmbH, the lift up system for the SLS 63 AMG was developed. This complete chassis removes the obstacles previously presented by parking garages, garage entries or steps. The vehicle with the KICHERER lift-up threaded chassis is raised by up to 30 millimetres on the push of a button to easily drive over obstacles. We would also like to emphasize the excellent driving characteristics in quick bends. The driving feeling is much more sportive and secure without losing any driving comfort.

Additional technical conversation measures

KICHERER RS-1 multi-part forged wheels “hand-made”
KICHERER performance optimisation for approx. 610 PS/670Nm
KICHERER lift-up threaded sports chassis
KICHERER stainless steel sports end pipe covers, 4 pipes
KICHERER front spoiler lip in carbon
KICHERER read diffuser fins in carbon
KICHERER interior decorative parts in carbon

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