New Lancia Stratos Unveiling: Video

Posted: 22 Dec 2010 04:41 AM PST

A new video has been released showing the unveiling of the new Lancia Stratos. The covers were finally pulled off the new flying wedge at an exclusive party and second a Stratos was also unveiled wearing rally livery.

The 2011 Lancia Stratos unveiling took place in France at the Paul Richard race track and as previously speculated, the new 2011 Lancia Stratos is not such a one-off vehicle.

The top speed of the new 2011 Lancia Stratos is rated at 274 km/h and the 0-100 km/h acceleration time at 3.3 seconds.

Watch the unveiling of the new Lancia Stratos in the video below.

Impressions from the New Stratos on the Circuit Paul Ricard from New Stratos on Vimeo.

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First sketch of the new 2011 Ford Territory

Posted: 22 Dec 2010 04:05 AM PST

Ford has released the first sketch of the new 2011 Ford Territory, this image is a glimpse at the company’s new version of the SUV.

The Blue Oval has not released any information about the new 2011 Ford Territory but this new version promises improved quality, performance, refinement together with a whole new range of gadgets.

We’ll have more details on the 2011 Ford Territory as soon as they become available, which will probably be sometime after Christmas.

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Porsche Cayenne Tornado by Gemballa

Posted: 22 Dec 2010 03:45 AM PST

Professional car tuners – Gemballa have recently unveiled their latest upgrade package for the 2011 Porsche Cayenne. Titled Tornado, this customized SUV comes with a performance increase and striking new looks.

The Gemballa 2011 Porsche Cayenne Tornado will be equipped with the aftermarket specialist’s Stage Two power pack which raises the output by 35-40%, so now this modified Cayenne kicks out between 675 and 700 hp. The torque has also been increased by 30% to 1,000 Nm.

To slow this monster SUV down Gemballa have fitted a set of Brembo brakes, 420 mm vented discs with six-pot calipers at the front and 405 mm vented discs and four-pot calipers at the rear. These upgraded brakes sit behind a set of 22 inch ultra-light and strong monoblock alloys.

The Gemballa Tornado wide body kit is actually 2.05m in width and features is made from carbon fiber.

Gemballa have announced that they plan to make only 30 Tornado units. For more information read the Gemballa press release below.

Gemballa Press Release:

GEMBALLA GmbH are proud to announce the debut of the TORNADO, based on the new Porsche Cayenne 958.

This exciting car is significant not only because it is the first creation of GEMBALLA GmbH, but also because its light and strong carbon-fiber body panels showcase the way forward for the top players in the aftermarket industry, raising the bar for exclusive car manufacturers. In the past, it was commonplace to bond carbon-fiber parts to modified factory steel panels.

However, this does not significantly lighten a car, nor is it a rigorous use of this lightweight material. "Carbon-fiber is a high strength, low weight structural material that needs to be used honestly, and not just for decoration," explains GEMBALLA GmbH CEO, Andreas Schwarz.

Thus, other than its steel body-in-white, rear quarter and roof panels and hatchback, almost all the steel body panels on the TORNADO are replaced by carbon-fiber equivalents.

The carbon-fiber bonnet, front wings, side sill covers, doors, front and rear bumper/valance and rear hatch outer skin save around 70kg compared to the original steel panels and PU bumpers, and all the new panels use the factory mounting points. However, security-related features, such as the passenger safety cell and door side impact protection are untouched, and none of the modifications compromise comfort either. While this is an expensive alternative to the traditional methods, there is a good reason to do it this way apart from just weight saving. "Cutting, filing, and then bonding and blending materials with different coefficients of expansion is setting yourself up for problems further down the line unless the work is done perfectly," says Andreas Schwarz. "In very hot or cold climates, where many of our clients live, extremes of temperature may eventually cause problems like cracking and de-lamination. So while one-piece carbon-fiber panels are expensive, it means that the fit and finish, whether the new panels are left in visible carbon or painted, will be perfect and consistent. In addition, the relative ease of fitting makes life easier for our dealers around the world."

The new front styling delivers significant autobahn overtaking presence with the large grille, flanked by two smaller ones providing copious amounts of ram air for the two stages of uprated, twin-turbocharged engine. Brake cooling ducts sit beside the fog lights, and the vertical LED daytime running lights also help to give the GEMBALLA Tornado that all-important instant recognition factor. The complete carbon-fibre door assemblies are designed as direct replacements for the steel factory units, and incorporate the factory steel side impact protection bars, central locking and electric window mechanisms. The recessed surfaces, in matt finished visible carbon, give the sides of the TORNADO a heavily sculpted look, inspired by the GEMBALLA AVALANCHE GTR. The same matt black visible carbon finish is used on the new tail panel and rear corners. Because of the structural architecture of the rear quarter panels, the wider rear wheel arches are grafted to the car by the more normal method of cutting the metal, and bonding and blending in the wider carbon-fibre arches.

The TORNADO's overall width is increased to 2.05m. The steel structure of the tailgate is mated to a new carbon-fibre skin, which re-contours it and covers the recesses and holes provided for the inner half of the factory tail light assemblies. The new, stacked round rear light design completely changes the look of the Cayenne's rear, reinforcing the four individual round exhaust outlets, a long-standing GEMBALLA design motif. If the angels are in the details, a close inspection of the GEMBALLA badge on the new tailgate reveals lettering cut out with incredible precision. Here, the same ultra high-pressure water jet cutting process used in the electronics industry to slice through heat sensitive circuit boards, is used to cut the GEMBALLA name out of a piece of carbon-fibre. The brushed stainless steel panel below provides the silver colouring.

The enlarged wheel arches are filled by huge wheels, 10.0J x 22-inch with 295/35 ZR22 tyres on the front axle, and 12.0J x 22-inch with 335/30 ZR22 tyres at the rear. Despite their greater size, these forged, ultra-light and strong monoblock alloys are no heavier than the standard 20-inch wheels. And thanks to their narrow-spoke design, they appear to be even larger in diameter than they actually are. The uprated braking system is made by Brembo, GEMBALLA's partner for brake component development. Massive 420 mm vented discs with six-pot callipers are used at the front, with 405 mm vented discs and four-pot callipers at the rear. All four discs are cross-drilled and slotted, and made exclusively for GEMBALLA in these sizes. GEMBALLA already offers a Stage One Cayenne Turbo engine conversion with 580 hp. The TORNADO will be equipped with Stage Two, which is nearing its final development stage. The goal for the engineers was well defined, a 35-40% power increase, which equates to between 675 and 700 hp. The projected torque increase of 30%, or close to 1,000 Nm, requires the relevant drivetrain components to be uprated as well. As with all GEMBALLA cars, the interior will be equally special, and the engineers and trim specialists are developing a completely new design for the TORNADO's cabin. This will be characterised by both elegance and functionality. The GEMBALLA TORNADO celebrates the 30th year of the GEMBALLA brand in 2011.

Only 30 numbered GEMBALLA TORNADO cars will be built, making this a very special and exclusive model.

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Cadillac CTS-V Coupe race car

Posted: 21 Dec 2010 10:02 AM PST

American car manufacturer – Cadillac has just revealed the details and images of the new Cadillac CTS-V Coupe race car with which they plan to race in competitions.

The Cadillac CTS-V Coupe race car has been developed by GM in collaboration with Pratt and Miller. They have tried to keep the race version as close as possible to the standard, street vehicle. However, some of the components of the road legal version of the coupe will have to be exchanged in the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe race car to meet the SCCA technical rules.

The Cadillac CTS-V Coupe race car will be competing in the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge in the GT Class and will debut March 25-27 in St. Petersburg with drivers Johnny O’Connell and Andy Pilgrim at the wheel.

For more information read the Cadillac press release below.

Cadillac Press Release:

Cadillac Returns to Racing With CTS-V Coupe

Two teams set to compete in SCCA World Challenge GT Series

Racecar based on award-winning CTS-V Series line
Program designed to validate, enhance Cadillac performance
Andy Pilgrim, Johnny O’Connell signed as Cadillac drivers

Cadillac announced today it will return to racing in 2011 with a race-prepared version of its CTS-V Coupe competing in the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge, North America’s top production-based racecar series.

The move returns Cadillac to a series where it competed from 2004 to 2007.

Competing in the GT Class with the CTS-V Sport Sedan, Cadillac captured the Manufacturer’s Championship in 2005 and 2007 and the Driver’s Championship in 2005.

Cadillac will field two teams in the upcoming SCCA World Challenge GT Class with a racecar based on the CTS-V Coupe. The CTS-V line, which also includes the CTS-V Sedan and CTS-V Wagon, was recently named to Car and Driver magazine’s 10 Best list for 2011.

“Returning to racing in the SCCA World Challenge is a great way to demonstrate the performance and capability of the CTS-V Coupe,” said Don Butler, vice president for Cadillac marketing. “The racecars in this series are production based, which allows us to validate our performance against the best of our competitors on the track, and not just the showroom.”

Cadillac is working with Pratt & Miller, a New Hudson, Mich., engineering firm which specializes in motorsports, to develop the CTS-V Coupe racecar. While some of the production CTS-V components will be modified due to the unique demands of racing or to meet the SCCA series’ technical rules, every effort is taken to maintain as much production content as possible.

“The SCCA World Challenge lends itself well to a natural transfer of knowledge,” said Jim Campbell, GM vice president for Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “The series will become a key test-bed for Cadillac. We anticipate using what we learn on the racetrack to ensure the V-Series stays on the cutting-edge of performance.”

The first event in the SCCA World Challenge is March 25-27 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Johnny O’Connell, a three-time GT1 champion in the America Le Mans Series, and Andy Pilgrim, who won the 2005 SCCA World Challenge GT class in a Cadillac, will be behind the wheel of the CTS-V racecars.

Introduced for the 2003 model year, the CTS-V has quickly earned a reputation among luxury sports car buyers. For the 2011 model year, Cadillac added the CTS-V Coupe and the CTS-V Sport Wagon to the CTS-V Sport Sedan, creating an impressive family of performance vehicles. The CTS-Vs feature Brembo brakes, a supercharged 6.2L V8 delivering 556 horsepower and a Magnetic Ride Control suspension system that can read and react to the road 1,000 times a second.

Started in 1944, the SCCA organizes and supports racing at all levels from amateur to professional. The World Challenge series is designed to provide teams, manufacturers and aftermarket suppliers a competitive production-based race series in which to prove their products. The races follow a 50-minute maximum time limit, with the number of laps and total distance determined by track configuration, lap times and race conditions.

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Forza Motorsport 4 Trailer: Video

Posted: 21 Dec 2010 09:44 AM PST

The producers of the video game – Forza Motorsport have released a trailer for the fourth edition of the car racing game. Forza Motorsport 4 will be available from the fall of 2011.

The exact date of the release of Forza Motorsport 4 has not been announced but we do know that some of the cars in the game include the Lamborghini Gallardo Valentino Balboni, Ford GT and Mitsubishi Evo X.

Watch the Forza Motorsport 4 Trailer in the video below.

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Ferrari 458 Challenge: Video

Posted: 21 Dec 2010 09:24 AM PST

Italian supercar maker – Ferrari unveiled the racing version of the 458 Italia at the Bologna motor show recently and has followed up by releasing this presentation video of the Ferrari 458 Challenge.

In the video, the Ferrari 458 Challenge is being introduced by Raffaele De Simone and Maurizio Mediani. This racing supercar comes powered by 4.5-liter V8 engine and kicks out 570hp. The 458 Challenge race car is also fitted with an E-Diff electronic differential which represents a premiere in Ferrari’s track only line-up of cars.

Watch the Ferrari 458 Challenge presentation video below.

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Audi TT RS vs Porsche Boxter S vs Nissan 370Z:Video

Posted: 21 Dec 2010 09:07 AM PST

Three presenters from Fifth Gear – Tiff Needell, Jason Plato and Ben Collins aka The Stig worked together to create this video which puts 3 sports cars up against each other, the Audi TT RS, Porsche Boxster S and the Nissan 370Z.

Driving the Audi TT RS is Tiff Needell, it is powered by a 2.5-liter TFSI engine with 360 hp, it can race up to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds.

In the Nissan 370Z is Ben Collins, it is powered by a 3.7-litre V6 engine developing 328hp and in the 310 hp Porsche Boxster S is jason Plato .

Watch the video below to see which sports car comes out on top.

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