Hyundai HCD-12 Curb concept images

Posted: 11 Jan 2011 03:26 AM PST

South Korean car maker – Hyundai has released the first images of their new concept car called the Hyundai HCD-12 Curb.

The company have released no details on the Hyundai HCD-12 Curb yet but we do know its due to be unveiled at the Detroit International Auto Show on January the 10th, 2011. This new Hyundai concept car has been designed by the company’s California Design Center and could very well make it into production.

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Top motor sport crashes of 2010: Video

Posted: 11 Jan 2011 02:56 AM PST

2010 has come and gone leaving us with memories of great motor sport action, amidst all the action though were some spectacular crashes too and here are a few of the best crashes from 2010.

Last year saw its fair share of unbelievable crashes, most of the drivers involved in these accidents came out with only minor injuries. However, some were not so lucky.

France based – Motor TV have made a compilation video of all best crashes from 2010, the video shows footage from all kinds of motor sports, Formula 1, WRC rally, dakar, boat racing, motorcross and lots lots more.

If you are still left wanting more then watch part 2 after the jump.

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How To Zombie Proof Your Car: Video

Posted: 11 Jan 2011 02:20 AM PST

A couple of Australians from Mighty car Mods have created a video showing how to zombie proof your car. The duo also explain how to defend yourself from the undead and to survive.

This video is designed to be more entertaining than educational and the chances of a Zombie uprising are next to impossible.

Watch the video below which shows the guys from Mighty car Mods armoring up a Nissan Pathfinder ready for a zombie attack.

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Mariah Carey gets Rolls Royce Phantom for Christmas

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 11:50 AM PST

Every Christmas we here Mariah carey singing that all she wants for Christmas is you, but actually this year she ended up with a brand new Rolls Royce Phantom off her husband Nick Cannon.

Mariah Carey tweeted the news that she can’t get over the Christmas present from her hubby and added the above image with the tweet.

The Rolls Royce Phantom comes with a number plate that reads “Mommy MC”.

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Top 10 supercars of the 80s

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 10:43 AM PST

The 1980s saw a financial boom around the world and it was an amazing era for supercars as the demand was high. The Group B racing series also played big part on future supercars with companies such as Porsche creating high powered vehicles to compete.

If you don’t agree with my top 10 list then I will be giving you the chance to vote on your favorite 80s supercar at the end of the article, so here we go, my list of the top 10 supercars from the 1980s.

10. DeLorean DMC-12

There are mixed impressions of the Delorean all around the world and even though it never had supercar performance it certainly had the appearance of one. So I felt it deserved a place on the list at number 10.

The DeLorean DMC-12 was created by legendary John Z. DeLorean and is the only model that the company ever produced. Production of the DMC-12 was set up in Ireland and from 1981 to 1982 a total of 8582 units were built. The company shortly after went bankrupt and many never bought the car as it was overpriced and underpowered.

Its wedge shape futuristic design was done by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the engine was rear-mounted like on the Porsche 911 and it featured gullwing doors like the classic Mercedes 300SL. The chassis was engineered by Lotus and body structure was glass-fiber with unpainted stainless steel outer panels, it had all the components for a supercar, except the engine and a very bad weight distribution didn’t help either.

9. Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato

Even though the Zagato version of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage didn’t have supercar looks it certainly had the power and so thats why it sits at number 9.

This powerful and luxurious GT car was first shown at the the 1986 Geneva Motor Show and even though Aston Martin only showed a few sketches of the car, orders were quickly taken. Only 52 coupes were ever built but later on Aston went on to build 37 convertibles.

Power came from a 5.4-liter V8 engine that produced 430 hp, it could hit 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and had a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h).

8. Vector W8

The Vector W8 was a sports car produced from 1989, sadly it never received the credit it deserved and so comes in at 8.

This supercar was manufactured by Vector Aeromotive, and was designed by Gerald Wiegert and David Kostka. The company claimed the newest and most advanced aerospace materials were used in building the W8s. Only 19 units were ever produced

The Vector W8 was based around a Rodeck resleevable V8 racing engine, coupled to a three-speed B&M modified transmission. The engine had twin turbochargers, which produced a 625 bhp at 5700 rpm and 630 lb·ft of torque.

7. Lotus Esprit Turbo

In the 80s Lotus released a turbo version of the Esprit which gave the British supercar more power but with a top speed of only 150 mph it still struggled to compete its Italian rivals, so it doesn’t go any higher than number 7.

The Turbocharged Esprit was first introduced as an entirely new car called Turbo Esprit in 1980 with 210 horsepower and revised suspension. It is one of the very few non Italian exotics that had the same supercar appeal as Countach or F40.

The Lotus Esprit Turbo was powered by a new turbocharged dry-sump type engine which produced 210 hp and 200 lb·ft of torque. It could accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds and had a top speed of 150 mph (240 km/h).

6. Lamborghini Countach 5000QV

The Lamborghini Countach has to be one of the sexiest supercars ever built but the car was let down by its poor driving experience so it gets placed at number 6.

Lamborghini introduced this fourth version of the Countach called 5000QV, the engine size was increased to a 5.2, with the carburetters being mounted on top of the engine. This reduced the already poor rear visibility to almost nothing. A total of 676 5000QV's were produced.

Power came from a mid engined 5.2-liter V12 engine that developed 448 horsepower. Top speed was 182 mph (293 km/h) and acceleration from 0-60 mph was rated at 5.2 seconds.

5. Ferrari 288 GTO

We are at the half way point now and into the top 5, I found it hard to decide who was to stay at No. 5 the GTO or Testarossa. Even though the GTO was more powerful I think that the Testarossa was more popular during the eighties so here it is at number 5 the GTO

The Ferrari 288 GTO was a race car based on the Ferrari 308 GTB, it was originally designed to compete in the group B racing series along side competitors such as the Porsche 959 but the series ended before the car was ready and so it was converted to a road car. Only 273 cars were built making it one of the rarest and sought after classic supercars in the world.

The Ferrari 288 GTO was powerd by a mid-engined 2.8-liter turbocharged V8 engine that developed 400 hp. It had a top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h) and a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 5.0 seconds.

4. Ferrari Testarossa

Here at number 4 is the Ferrari Testarossa a car that become famous thanks to the American TV serious Miami Vice.

The Ferrari Testarossa was an icon of the 80s, it was also Ferrari’s range-topper during the 1980s and made appearances in numerous video games, most notably the arcade games Out Run. Almost 10,000 Testarossas were built.

At the heart of the Testarossa was a mid-engined 4.9-liter V12 engine developing 390 hp. Top speed was 180 mph (290 km/h) and the 0-60 mph acceleration time was 5.3 seconds.

3. Ruf CTR (Yellowbird)

At number 3 is the RUF CTR which was called the 'Fastest car in the world!' during the eighties and for several years it held the lap record at the famous Nurburgring-Nordschleife track in Germany.

The Ruf CTR was introduced in 1987 and was based on the Porsche 911. It featured enlarged and tuned version of Porsche's 3.2-liter engine, lightened body panels, integrated roll cage, uprated suspension and brakes and custom-designed 5-speed transmission that could handle the turbocharged engine’s high output.

The RUF CTR’s was powered by a rear mounted 3.4-liter twin turbocharged flat-6 engine that developed 469 hp. It had a top speed of 211 mph (339 km/h) and acelerated from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

2. Ferrari F40

At number 2 is the amazing Ferrari F40, this car was a step up from the 288 GTO, it was built to celebrate the marque's 40th anniversary and to compete with the Porsche 959.

At first Ferrari planned to produce less than 950 units, but due to high demand decided to produce more and ended up building 1,315 cars. The Ferrari F40 was the first road legal production car to break the 200 mph (322 km/h) barrier and was just a few mph faster than the Porsche 959 thanks to its lighter weight.

The Ferrari F40 had a mid, longitudinally mounted 2.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that developed 472 horsepower. Top speed was 201 mph (324 km/h) and 0-60 mph time was 3.5 seconds.

1. Porsche 959

It was a tuff choice for the top spot but I eventually went for the Porsche 959, even though the Ferrari F40 was faster, the 959 was for more technology advanced thanks to its new revolutionary all wheel drive system.

Between 1986-1989 337 units were produced and it was priced at $225,000 USD, which was half what it cost Porsche to build each car. During its short life the Porsche 959 won both the Paris-Dakar Rally and its class at 24 hours of Le Mans.

The 959 was the most hi-tech road car of its time, showing the way for future top end Porsches. Later in 1992/93 Porsche built eight more units from spare parts. These cars are the most wanted 959's and at the time cost almost twice what the earlier units did.

The Porsche 959 had a rear mounted 2.8-liter twin turbocharged flat-6 engine that kicked out 444 hp. The top speed was 197 mph (317 km/h) and 0-60 mph acceleration was rated at 3.6 seconds.


Well there you have it, thats my top 10 supercars from the eighties list and now its time for you to pick your favorite.

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2011 Chrysler 300 Images and Details

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 06:23 AM PST

Car manufacturer – Chrysler has released images and details of the new 2011 Chrysler 300, this new generation Chrysler 300 is due to world premiere at the Detroit auto show in 2011.

The 2011 Chrysler 300 is powered by a flex-fuel 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that produces 292 hp and 260 ft.-lb of torque. For those wanting a bit more power under the hood the company will also be offering a more powerful 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine kicking out 363 hp. The 2011 Chrysler 300 HEMI V8 will be able to get from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in less than 6 seconds.

The next gen Chrysler 300 will come with 70 safety and security features, connectivity and a state-of-the-art infotainment system.

The company will sell the new 300 in three trim levels: the 2011 Chrysler 300 Limited, the 2011 Chrysler 300C and the 2011 Chrysler 300C AWD. And an all-wheel-drive version will also be available.

For more information read the Chrysler press release below.

Chrysler Press Release:

All-new 2011 Chrysler 300 Series Sedans are Exquisitely Crafted and Designed for Passionate Drivers Who Value Substance and Individuality

All-new Chrysler 300 sedans provide customers with elegant style, grand-touring performance, best-in-class seat comfort and the precision, refinement, premium materials and quality of the world's best E-segment luxury sedans starting at $27,995 (including destination)

All-new flex-fuel 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 292 best-in-class horsepower and an 8 percent improvement in fuel economy, while the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology delivers 363 horsepower and 0-60 mph in less than six seconds
State-of-the-art connectivity, infotainment and more than 70 safety and security features keep passengers of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 connected, comfortable and secure

With its award-winning iconic rear-wheel-drive proportions, elegantly sculptured bodyside,
world-class craftsmanship and refinement, the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 series proudly delivers the distinction, technological innovation and premium sedan features at a legendary value, while setting a new course for the American brand.

"The all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 series sedans deliver the cutting-edge American style and innovation, while closing the elusive gap between aspiration and ownership," said Olivier Francois, President and CEO — Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "Designed to give people what they deserve, not merely what they paid for, the all-new Chrysler flagship integrates world-class quality, technology and premium materials to make a mark on the streets, highways and boulevards of the world."

The all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 sedans embody the essence of the new Chrysler brand: delivering passion for design, people and the environment through expressive design, state-of-the-art connectivity and world-class levels of quality and efficiency.

Buyers of the 2011 Chrysler 300 are inspired by thoughtful innovation, passionate about driving and are interested to express their creativity and distinct personality through new experiences. These all-new Chrysler flagship sedans meet their demands by combining superior styling, confident handling, and the craftsmanship, premium details and technology that reinforce driving as a fun and pleasurable experience.

All-new 2011 Chrysler 300 series sedans are available in the United States in four highly equipped models: Chrysler 300, 300 Limited, 300C and 300C AWD. In addition, the Luxury and SafetyTec Groups provide customers with high-value content and innovative technology directly targeted for their specific needs.

With more standard equipment than its direct standard full-size segment competitors, the entry-level 2011 Chrysler 300 model is well-equipped for the individual who is looking for distinctive design, best-in-class seat comfort, best-in-class horsepower with world-class ride and handling at an extraordinary value. This vehicle features the all-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with 292 horsepower (218 kW), 260 ft.-lb. (353 N•m) of torque, E-85 flex-fuel capability (EPA-certified states) and a proven five-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick.

Other standard equipment includes standard front-row reactive head restraints, advanced multi-stage air bags, full-length side-curtain air bags, seat-mounted side-thorax air bags, driver's knee bag, rear head restraints in all positions, electronic stability control (ESC), Hill-start Assist (HSA), Rain Brake Support (RBS), Ready Alert Braking (RAB), tire-pressure monitoring (TPM), Uconnect® Touch 8.4, USB port with iPod® Control, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, SD-card reader, auxiliary audio input jack, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, six-speaker audio, Keyless Enter-N-Go with remote windows down, no-touch self-rising deck lid, dual-zone automatic climate control with humidity sensor, front- and rear-climate control outlets, cabin air filtration, acoustic windshield and front-door glass, Black Comodo Elm interior trim, premium cloth seats with accent stitching, 12-way power driver's seats including 4-way power lumbar, 60-40 split-fold rear seat with armrest and two cup holders, cruise control, power windows with express up/down, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, leather-wrapped Chrysler brand steering wheel with manual tilt/telescoping steering column, leather-wrapped shift knob, luxury floor mats, deck-lid liner, 140-mph LED-illuminated instrument cluster with driver-selectable Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), temperature display, analog clock, satin chrome interior door handles, vinyl-wrapped armrest, vinyl-wrapped door panels, LED-illuminated assist handles, LED-illuminated front map lights, LED-illuminated front cupholders, rear-passenger reading lamps, LED-illuminated front and rear door handles, LED-illuminated center-stack storage bin, glove box lamp, illuminated vanity mirrors and two 12-volt power outlets.

On the exterior, the Chrysler 300 model features 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, P215/65R17 all-season touring tires, comfort-tuned suspension, touring brake package, liquid-chrome grille bars with chromed surround, bi-halogen projector headlamps with chromed bezels, automatic headlamps, chromed daylight opening, chromed front- and rear-fascia accents, LED-illuminated "C" shaped daytime-running lamps (DRL), body-color exterior mirrors and door handles, LED-illuminated taillamps with LED-illuminated "light pipe," dual-chromed exhaust tips with rolled-edges, cap-less fuel-filler door with power release, 17-inch compact spare tire and chromed "300" deck-lid badge.

The U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 is $27,995 (including $825 destination charge).

For customers who want even more connectivity, comfort and convenience features with six-cylinder efficiency, the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 Limited adds to the features of the 300 model, and includes luxury leather trimmed seats, heated front seats, Uconnect Voice Command with handsfree Bluetooth® phone capability, ParkView® rear backup camera, vehicle security alarm, Alpine® premium audio system with six speakers and 276-watt 8-channel amplifier and LED-illuminated rear cup holders. On the exterior, the Chrysler 300 Limited includes 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, P225/60R18 BSW all-season performance tires, chromed exterior mirrors and door handles, power folding and heated mirrors, front fog lamps and 18-inch compact spare tire.

The MSRP of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 Limited is $31,995 (including $825 destination charge).

Luxury Group — For customers who want the premium comfort and convenience features of the Chrysler 300C with added design details and V-6 engine efficiency on the Chrysler 300 Limited, this package group adds authentic Black or Dark Olive Ash Burl interior trim, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with Black or Dark Olive Ash Burl trim, 180-amp alternator, driver's side auto-dimming mirrors with memory and auto-tilt in Reverse, Satin Chrome lower door sills with "Chrysler" logo, LED illuminated front-footwells, interior door handles and front and rear map pockets, heated/cooled cup holders, 12–way driver and front-passenger seats with lumbar, trimmed in Nappa leather with perforated inserts, heated and ventilated front seats with driver memory, heated rear seats, power-adjustable pedals with memory; power backlight sunshade, trunk mat, power tilt and telescoping steering column

The MSRP of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 Limited with Luxury Group is $35,245 (including $825 destination charge).

Continuing its rich automotive heritage and the brand's proud "letter series," the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300C is designed for the customer who want grand-touring performance combined with innovative technologies and premium comfort and convenience features. In addition to the premium features found on the Chrysler 300 Limited model, this world-class flagship sedan adds the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with Fuel Saver Technology, touring-tuned suspension with larger performance disc brakes, Uconnect Touch 8.4N with Garmin® navigation and SIRIUS Travel Link.

Other standard equipment includes a160-mph LED-illuminated instrument cluster with driver-selectable EVIC, Black or Dark Olive Ash Burl interior trim, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with Black or Olive Ash Burl trim, premium Nappa leather seats with 12-way power driver and front-passenger seats including four-way power lumbar, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, power tilt and telescoping steering column with memory, power-adjustable pedals with memory, power backlight sunshade, Satin Chrome lower door sills with "Chrysler" logo, dual heated/cooled cup holders, ambient lit foot well lighting, LED illuminated interior door handles and front and rear map pockets, premium carpeted trunk mat, HomeLink universal transceiver and power-folding chromed exterior mirrors with memory, auto-dimming and auto-tilt in Reverse.

The MSRP of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300C is $38,995 (including $825 destination charge).

Combining the most advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system in the E-segment with head-turning elegance and a 363 horsepower HEMI® V-8 engine with Fuel Saver Technology, the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300C AWD is a year-round grand-touring performance machine. In addition to the standard equipment on the Chrysler 300C, the Chrysler 300C AWD model includes a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle disconnect system to improve fuel economy by up to 5 percent compared with AWD systems without it. No other major automotive manufacturer offers the combination of these two independent technologies. When AWD is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy, while still providing the outstanding performance and handling inherent in rear-wheel-drive vehicles.

Taking its new second-generation E-segment architecture further, the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300C AWD features a touring-tuned AWD suspension and touring-tuned AWD brake package for world-class refinement and handling. For a more tailored appearance, the all-new Chrysler 300C AWD features a 0.5-inch (13 mm) tighter tire-to-fender fitment, a 0.15-inch (4 mm) lowered overall ride height, larger 19-inch wheels with wider P235/55R19 all-season performance tires and an all-new "AWD" badge.

The MSRP of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300C AWD is $41,145 (including $825 destination charge).

For customers that want the latest in accident-avoidance features, Chrysler brand's new SafetyTec Group combines advanced active- and passive-safety technologies for enhanced driver confidence.

The SafetyTec Group is available on the 2011 Chrysler 300 Limited, 300C and 300C AWD models and includes adaptive-forward lighting (AFL), high-intensity discharge (HID) projector high and low-beams with automatic headlamp leveling, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with adaptive-cruise control (ACC), Blind-spot monitoring (BSM) with Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection, ParkSense® front- and rear-park assist system, LED-illuminated rear fog lamps, exterior mirrors with supplemental turn signals and approach lamp (300 Limited adds HomeLink universal transceiver, rain-sensing wipers and SmartBeam® headlamps)

MSRP of the 2011 Chrysler 300 Limited with SafetyTec Group is $34,790 (including $825 destination charge)
MSRP of the 2011 Chrysler 300C with SafetyTec Group is $41,790 (including $825 destination charge)
MSRP of the 2011 Chrysler 300C AWD with SafetyTec Group is $43,940 (including $825 destination charge)

Redesigned from the ground up, the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 series sedans are the freshest entry in the U.S. standard full-size vehicle segment. While the standard full-size segment share has consistently held around 4 percent for the last 3 calendar years, the all-new Chrysler 300 sedans will reignite the segment delivering elegant style, grand-touring performance, best-in-class seat comfort and the precision and quality of the world's best E-segment luxury sedans at an attainable value.

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