Porsche Panamera Turbo Moby Dick by Edo Competition

Posted: 21 Jan 2011 06:05 AM PST

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Car tuners – Edo Competition has revealed their new upgrade package for the Porsche Panamera Turbo and its called Moby Dick. This new tunning kit includes a performance increase and a new looks.

The Moby Dick Panamera is powered by the standard twin-turbo V8 engine that has been tweaked to kick out a more powerful 750hp. This extra power helps push the sports car up to 100km/h (62mph) in a quicker four seconds and increases the top speed to 340km/h (211mph).

One of the features on the Edo Panamera is the new exhaust system, which has been completely redesigned, and features new exhaust tips that fit in with the new carbon fiber rear valance.

The interior also gets a make over, with the leather, fabric, finest wood, metal and carbon fiber all being custom made to the customers desires. Edo's electronic lowering module helps to offer improved handling and vehicle dynamics, while the new 22 inch wheels can be custom painted to match the exterior of the vehicle or to provide a contrast.

Check out the Edo Porsche Panamera image gallery below.

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Bruce Wayne sells Batmobile on eBay for $370,100

Posted: 21 Jan 2011 04:55 AM PST

movie car

Ok, so it wasn’t exactly Bruce Wayne who sold this movie car but it is one of the three original Batmobiles that appeared in Tim Burton's Batman Returns and actually sold for $370,100 on eBay.

This Batmobile is fully functional and is powered by a Chevrolet V8 engine that comes with Hedman headers and an Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold. This particular Batmobile also comes with hydraulics for easy loading and unloading.

movie car

The Batmobile runs and drives great and has upgraded fuel injection, and 8-gallon Harwood fuel cell, Monroe air shocks, Mickey Thompson Indy Profile L-60×15 front and Sportsman 33×19.50 15LT rear tires with the famous Batman hubs.

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Peugeot 508 review by Autocar: video

Posted: 21 Jan 2011 04:23 AM PST

stationwagon, estate

Here is another review video from the Brits at Autocar and this time they are test driving the new Peugeot 508. Autocars’ Jamie Corstophine tests the new diesel Estate version of 509 on the public roads of Spain.

The new Peugeot 508 replaces the old 407 and 607 models, and this particular Estate GT version is powered by a 2.2-litre HDi FAP engine that produces 204 hp and 450 Nm of torque, which makes it one of the most powerful in its class.

Watch the video below to see what Autocar has to say about the new Peugeot 508.

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Kylie Minogue drives a Maserati Gran Turismo

Posted: 21 Jan 2011 03:48 AM PST

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I posted yesterday that Britney Spears is cruising around in a new Maserati Gran Turismo and it appears that Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue also seems to like this sports car, as she was spotted climbing out of one recently.

The Maserati Gran Turismo is powered by a 4.7 liter V8 engine that delivers 440 hp, it also features an electro-actuated gearbox with fast MC-Shift arranged in the Transaxle layout typical of high-performance sports cars.

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Crazy cars: Part 3

Posted: 20 Jan 2011 10:15 AM PST


Our crazy cars posts have received a lot of visits and also we have had several requests for more so here is another collection of those crazy cars.

Tell us in the comments box below which one you think is the craziest.




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All new Saab 9-5 Station wagon to debut at Geneva

Posted: 20 Jan 2011 09:34 AM PST


Spyker owned car manufacturer – Saab has announced that they will be unveiling the all new Saab 9-5 station wagon at this year’s 2011 Geneva auto show.

This new sportwagon will be joining the sedan lineup and will be available at Saab dealers from spring 2011.

"The launch of the 9-5 SportWagon is a much-awaited next step in the roll-out of our new product offensive," says Saab Automobile CEO Jan Ake Jonsson. "It will take Saab back into the large estate segment where we have established a strong presence in many key markets with our previous offering."

For more information read the Saab press release below.

Saab Press Release:

Next step in Saab's biggest-ever new product offensive
Distinctive alternative choice in premium estate segment
Styling carries forward 9-5 saloon's bold design language
Order book opens in Spring, first customer deliveries from September
Trollhättan, Sweden: Saab Automobile takes the next step in the biggest new product offensive in its history when the much-awaited 9-5 SportWagon is unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.

Sleek and fun-to-drive, the SportWagon adds versatility to the widely acclaimed attributes of the 9-5 saloon and will bring a distinctive, alternative choice to the premium large estate segment.

It shares the saloon's bold, AeroX-inspired looks and features an extended, falling roof-line which culminates in a steeply raked rear screen flanked by signature Saab 'wraparound' window glazing. The result is an imposing body with a low stance and a dynamic, visual appeal that concedes nothing to the requirements of load-carrying.

Smart cargo handling features include an adaptable multi-fold floor, flexible U-rail load space configuration and under-floor stowage with a sealed wet storage compartment. A programmable, powered tailgate is also available.

Backed by the same all-turbo petrol and diesel powertrain line-up as the 9-5 saloon, the SportWagon includes Saab's industry-leading XWD all-wheel-drive system and advanced features such as: Saab DriveSense adaptive chassis control, adaptive cruise control (late 2012), Bi-Xenon SmartBeam adaptive lighting, keyless entry and starting, tri-zone air conditioning and a Head-up Display which projects information, aircraft-style in the windshield.

The order book for the SportWagon opens in Spring, with first customer deliveries to follow from September. It will significantly broaden the appeal of the new 9-5 range in a segment where Saab, with its tradition for designing versatile vehicles, has enjoyed estate sales volumes on a par with saloon levels.

Sporty character

Designed in parallel with the saloon, the 9-5 SportWagon shares the same bold frontal styling and adds a swept, 'wraparound' rear window graphic. This echoes the 9-5′s signature frontal theme and gives the SportWagon its own distinctive identity. The dramatic, sweeping roof-line is extended by a deep rear spoiler integrated into the top of the tailgate. Ultra-slim roof rails that blend into the car's svelte silhoutte are fitted as standard.

Signature Saab themes, such as the strong C-pillar with its hockey stick extension of the belt-line, are combined with a prominent rear shoulder contour to give the SportWagon a muscular and dynamic stance.

The tailgate is raked forward to underline the car's dynamic character. Itfeatures a full-width 'ice-block' rear light bar which wraps into light units at either side, continuing a new signature Saab styling theme first seen on the 9-5 saloon and 9-4X crossover.

Dynamic and functional

The deep cargo deck is fully carpeted and optimized for space and ease-of-use. The 60/40 split rear seatbacks fold down almost completely flat without having to reposition the seat squab or remove the head restraints. Careful attention to soundproofing in the rear bodywork attenuates noise, vibration and resonance so that occupants enjoy a level of interior refinement similar to that of the saloon.

With the seatbacks lowered, the cargo deck is almost two metres long (1,962 mm) and offers an adaptable load capacity of up to 1,600 liters (527 litres, rear seats up). The side walls are completely flat and upright, creating a clean, open space without any hard-to-use corners or rear wheel-arch intrusions. Compartments in the side walls offer convenient stowage for small items. Four tie-down loops and a 12-volt power outlet also come as standard.

An optional, U-shaped track around the outside of the floor provides flexible space configuration. As in the 9-5 saloon, it carries an adaptable, telescopic dividing rail which allows the cargo deck to be split as required so that different sized items can be separated and kept in place.

The floor, with a signature Saab aircraft-shaped handle, folds back in steps to access under-floor storage, with a sub-floor 65 mm below the main floor height – ideal for the separate stowage of flat or small items.

A pull-out support arm can be slotted in place to keep the folded floor in a fixed position. This provides further support for items stored in the under-floor recess, as a flexible alternative to using the entire cargo deck.

The underside of the floor has two fittings for flat stowage of the U-rail divider. They also carry hooks that can be used to organize bags, for example. A waterproof plastic liner, available as an option, can be dropped into the recess to provide a separate wet storage area for sports equipment, outdoor clothing or muddy boots.

Smart tailgate

For additional convenience, the tailgate is available with a remotely-controlled, electric power operation. It can be fully opened and closed via a rotary knob in the driver's door or a button on the car's key fob. A touch pad on the outside of the tailgate, above the number plate, also triggers powered opening and closing.

A programmable mode can be used to raise the tailgate to a lower position if there is restricted clearance overhead, such as inside a garage. The opening height is pre-set via the rotary knob, which can also disable the powered function.

For ease of loading, the tailgate opens down to bumper level with a lift-over height of only 648 mm. The cargo deck floor is also flush with the tailgate opening to facilitate sliding heavy loads inside. A down-lighter in the tailgate and small sidewall lights provide excellent illumination of the load space at night.

A retracting cargo cover can also be slotted into lugs in the sidewalls immediately behind the rear seats. It keeps items out of sight and includes a convenient one-touch action which allows the endsof the locating bar to slide up channels on the inside of the D-pillars for convenient access to the cargo deck.

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Moto Gp Riders vs Ferrari F1 pilots on ice: Video

Posted: 20 Jan 2011 08:52 AM PST

felip massa, Fernando Alonso

A race competition was held recently with Ferrari Formula one drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa racing against Ducati Moto GP's Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden in a series motor races held on ice.

First up in the event was a go-kart race on the ice followed by a race in the slightly larger Fiat 500. Watch the highlights of the event in the video below.

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2011 Ford Fiesta WRC rally car unveiled

Posted: 20 Jan 2011 05:52 AM PST

rally car

Ford has recently unveiled the new 2011 Ford Fiesta WRC rally car along with its new color scheme. The new rally prepped Fiesta is due to race in the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship with driver Mikko Hirvonen behind the wheel.

The 2011 Ford Fiesta WRC will compete this year under the Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team name and logo and will be sponsored by Castrol EDGE.

No specs have been released yet but Ford has stated that the Ford Fiesta WRC was developed by Ford of Europe and British-based rally partner M-Sport. This new rally car is based on the Fiesta S2000 that won the Monte Carlo Rally in January 2010.

The 2011 Ford Fiesta WRC is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine which is actually based on the company’s EcoBoost road vehicle engine.

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

rally car

Ford Press Release:

Ford’s all-new Fiesta RS World Rally Car was revealed in its 2011-specification today when the company unveiled the color scheme that will adorn the car in the FIA World Rally Championship.

Team driver Mikko Hirvonen and Ford of Europe motorsport chief Gerard Quinn unveiled the livery for the eye-catching Fiesta RS WRC at the Autosport International Racing Car Show in Birmingham, motorsport’s traditional start-of-season showcase event.

Ford’s official WRC squad for 2011 also confirmed its new name and logo – it will compete as the Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team.

Title partner Abu Dhabi will continue its support throughout 2011 and its distinctive branding will also feature strongly in the new-look livery. Abu Dhabi has been a team partner since 2007 and Emirati driver Khalid Al Qassimi will drive a third Fiesta RS WRC in support of team-mates Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala.

The team will also be sponsored by Castrol, the world’s leading lubricants producer and a partner since 2005. Branding for Castrol EDGE, its global range of best-in-class motor oils, will feature prominently in the Fiesta RS WRC’s livery.

BP, Castrol’s parent company, plans to promote the Castrol EDGE range of advanced synthetic oils, and demonstrate their strength to perform in the demanding surroundings of the WRC.

“The preview version of the car we unveiled in September at the 2010 Paris Motor Show was dramatic in its blue and grey livery, developed specifically for the show by Ford of Europe’s design team,” said Quinn.

“But now we have a fully finished car in a really eye-catching new livery plus a new team name, and excitement is building throughout the squad as we prepare for the opening round in Sweden next month.

“Ford’s designers and product development engineers have worked closely and efficiently alongside the expertise of our partners at M-Sport. The aim was, of course, to produce a car capable of challenging for world championship titles, but one which also reflects the much-admired ‘kinetic design’ styling cues synonymous with Ford’s current road vehicles,” added Quinn.

Ford’s WRC challenger, derived from the best-selling Fiesta road car, has been developed by Ford of Europe and British-based rally partner M-Sport. It is based on the Fiesta S2000 rally car, which won the legendary Monte Carlo Rally in January 2010 and other international and national rallies during the season.

The Fiesta RS WRC will form part of a new era in the world championship, for which a revised cost-effective formula is introduced this season. It boasts four-wheel drive transmission and a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, based on the new Ford EcoBoost road vehicle power plant, to comply with the new regulations.

The full specification of the car will be available at the beginning of February. Testing will continue in Sweden next week ahead of the Fiesta RS WRC’s championship debut in Rally Sweden, the opening round of the series, on 10 – 13 February.

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