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Dakar 2011

Posted: 01 Jan 2011 01:16 PM PST

The third edition of the Dakar “South America” that runs between Argentina and Chile, which is the 33rd of the raid created by Thierry Sabine, this year seems to have found the splendor of the 80 race is for riders and fans of the line off-road of a lifetime. In the collective goal of the Lake Rose in Dakar – the vision that symbolized the satisfaction of having reached to the end – two years now have been replaced scenarios dream Fiambala dunes of the Atacama desert, the Cordillera the Andes. The allure of challenge therefore remains unchanged, it is true that tomorrow we will be away from Buenos Aires in fact 430 vehicles between cars, motorcycles, quads and trucks, 68 more than those enrolled in the 2010 edition. For all the appointment is on the starting line in Buenos Aires, where tomorrow at 20.30 Italian, will host the traditional opening ceremony of the competition.

Pilots, mechanics, organization personnel, cooks, doctors, journalists, photographers, actors. Around the “world” Dakar move more than 2,500 people for two weeks will move to a location that measure well over 9,500 km of which 5,000 km of racing itself divided into 13 special stages. A New Year there will be a sort of revival of the departure of the ’80s, when all participants gathered at Place de la Concorde in Paris. The obelisk will be to greet the competitors but dell’Avenida 9 de Julio in Buenos Aires, where you start and you will be returned within two weeks touching Victoria, Cordoba, San Miguel de Tucumán, San Salvador de Jujuy, Calama, Iquique , Arica, Antofagasta, Copiapo, Chilecito and San Juan. The car will be via 146, the motion will be 183, 33 quads and 68 trucks. Also included 13 women, including our rider Silvia Giannetti debut, while 51 nationalities are well represented.

The Dakar is always a lottery winner who brings his number at the last minute. Last year, for the car, they released 303 dell’inossidabile Carlos Sainz, navigated by countryman Lucas Cruz, which once again is the favorite after winning the Silk Way in Russia with the new Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 on which Nasser Al-Attiyah will also attend, Mark Miller and Giniel de Villiers. To combat it we will try, however, the BMW X3 CC and the MINI All4 Racing Team X-Raid that row seven cars for the record holder Stephane Peterhansel and expert Guerlain Chicherit (the MINI). Robby Gordonschiererà two Hummer H3, Nani Roma participate in a Nissan Navara and Mathias Kahle will pilot the new SMG buggy. Keep an eye on, however, even the prototypes Overdrive Dessoude and McRae. Among the cars are the only two teams full of Italians are coming PanDAKAR Elio Moro-David and Loris Giovannetti Giulio Calubini-Verzeletti, but Italians are also surfers and Maurizio Roberto Di Persio Dominella, respectively, that will assist the Chinese Ningjun and Lu Kun Liu Chery official team Rely on Double-Star Tire Team. Among the “drivers” to indicate the presence of Japanese Yoshimasa Sugawara, the oldest in the race to 69 years to the twenty-eighth consecutive start. When you say the “spirit of Dakar”.

Fans who want to follow the Dakar on TV can tune to Eurosport (Sky channel 211) that will provide daily live coverage with commentary by Nicholas Villani. On 1 January, from 20:30 to 21:30, will be broadcast live the opening ceremony and the departure from Buenos Aires and January 2 to 16, Eurosport will follow directly from the base camp in the latter stages of the stage of the day, with a program aired daily from 20.15. Interesting for the media coverage is the presence of a vehicle that Eurosport will follow the path of each stage, in close contact with the riders in the race.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta G430

Posted: 31 Dec 2010 11:57 PM PST

Alfa Romeo Giulietta G430

When you think about the Alfa Romeo is usually the red image, but this year’s Bologna Motor Show was presented with a customized version of the Giulietta green, very attractive.

Designed and equipped by the fashion house Conte of Florence, but the tires were supplied by Marangoni which has mounted special of the “M-iGreen Power”, made for this car in the 235/35R19 size. In addition there is an electric scooter in the trunk Segway i2, in the version made especially for HT by Marangoni

This technology allows you to use the web in all its forms, with the iPad integrated into the dashboard. After the tires MiTo M430 red, to symbolize the passion or the tires blue, representing water and the innovative system oxyhydrogen, now is the time of the green in contrast to the dull gray of the body of Juliet G4320 iMovie Marangoni .

Group Lotus Formula 1 2011

Posted: 31 Dec 2010 11:53 PM PST

Renault sold its last tranche of the Formula 1 team, so next season will return to the F1 Group Lotus. The French company has sold a majority stake last Genii the Capital last year and the last sale of the remaining stake to private equity funds has enabled the Group Lotus to actually buy the team, with the team from Renault will start the 2011 season Lotus Renault GP name and run with the traditional colors of black and gold.

Renault will remain in the circus providing engines to Red Bull and two Lotus, because next year there will be two teams with Lotus name, though among them there is nothing in common.There will be the Team Lotus, which came into F1 in 2010 and the Group Lotus, which begins in 2011.

The new Lotus Group Lotus is linked to that produces road cars, and for this it is easy to imagine that many new technologies like KERS, as on many new models introduced recently in Paris, will be brought in the future on the Formula 1. Other investments of the Genii will then be transported by road cars to Formula 1 cars.

Renault for its part will remain in F1, and will pursue studies and research with partners, and research programs in areas such as KERS.

Audi R18 TDI

Posted: 31 Dec 2010 11:44 PM PST

Audi has introduced the new R18, the car with which the house of Ingolstadt in 2011 to take part in endurance races. The big change from the R15 is the presence of the dome, abandoned in 1999 by the German company, in favor of an open version, but again now, even to fight on equal terms with rivals from Peugeot, which just ended a run in 2009 Audi wins 24 Hours of Le Mans with the 908 HDI FAP.

The new Audi R18 will therefore be the new car for the LMP1 class Audi. In addition to the presence of the windshield, we also notice the fin at the rear, taken from the Formula 1.

The fairing should ensure greater aerodynamic efficiency. The other big news is the engine, a new 3.7 V6 TDI, an engine much smaller than the previous V10 5.5, for the sake of regulation.Diesel cars by 2011 it will have an engine displacement of 3700 cc. The exchange rate has remained the classic six-speed, obviously with the appropriate changes. Inotlre on the R18 is a system that recovers the energy lost in braking.

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR MY 2011

Posted: 31 Dec 2010 11:38 PM PST

Porsche presented the 2011 version of MY 911 GT3 RSR, the top version for the competitions of the house in Stuttgart. The main novelties are the engine of the car, which was updated in aerodynamics and that has been revised for the occasion. As can be seen from the picture, there is a new front spoiler very elaborate, whose task is to increase the downforce of the car, also the front wheels are larger, for better grip and less understeer.

Even the rear spoiler has been changed, in fact I have changed the location and shape of the media, thus also vents hot air to exit the rear of the car. Turning to the engine, the famous boxer six-cylinder 4.0-liter Porsche now has an output of 455 hp at 7,800 rpm, whereas previously they were 450. Porsche engineers have achieved this by working on the engine management system, and inserting a new drain on the airbox.

The red zone has been the engine at an altitude of 9,400 rpm, while according to the technical Porsche has improved the handling of it.

Porsche 918 Spyder

Posted: 31 Dec 2010 11:34 PM PST

The British magazine Top Gear, which surely many of you know, presented the award as “Man of the Year” in Wolfgang Dürheimer, now former head of the Porsche research and development center in Weissach.
The British journalists TG Dürheimer rewarded for pursuing the development of the beautiful Porsche 918 Spyder, a roadster hybrid now also got the OK to go into production, albeit in small series.

Just on the 918 Spyder, Mercedes-Benz has recently published a spectacular new photo gallery of the car, that we propose in this page. Porsche Staying at home, according to research conducted by Dat, namely Deutsche Automobil Treuhand, the Porsches are cars that hold their value better over time on the market.

According to the study of Dat, the 911 Carrera is the car that ever loses its value unless the German market, followed by the Boxster and Cayman.

McLaren GT3

Posted: 31 Dec 2010 11:31 PM PST

McLaren has confirmed that officially go into production a version of the GT3 supercar MP4-12C, albeit in limited numbers. As part of the project, the car will be born from the collaboration with the SRC Racing, will compete in several European GT Championship races in 2011, while the final version will be ready for customers in 2012.

The power should remain at an altitude of 600 hp as well as on the road version, while the regime of the 3.8 V8 is expected to rise up to 8,500 rpm from 7,000 rpm the standard version, with the peak power of 600 Nm available at 3,000 rpm, although already 80% of power is available already between 2,000 and 6,500 rpm.
To make some comparison, the Ferrari 458 produces 570 hp and 540 Nm of torque, while the Mercedes SLS has an output of 570 hp and torque of 650 Nm

In the past, McLaren Racing and CRS worked together, producing the McLaren F1 GTR Le Mans winner 15 years ago, more than six Longtails for the Le Mans 12 years ago.

Mercedes Class C 63 AMG

Posted: 31 Dec 2010 11:23 PM PST

Mercedes Class C 63 AMG

The first official pictures and video of the new Mercedes C-Class 2011: a few days after arriving a few clicks of the sports version of the C63 AMG sedan Monaco of Bavaria, with Evo Cars Magazine. The photos reveal an aggressive front fascia, a grid cut by a single bar and a new optical body. There is also an image of the interior: in essence the point was left unchanged with the exception of the seats and the seat design with very sporty side of the padding, the AMG sports steering wheel from the classic look.

Under the hood, the 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine (6208 cc to be picky), which should release an output of about 457 hp and maximum torque of 600 Nm Note that the AMG C-Class does not adopt the new V8 engine 5.5-liter twin turbo that could be offered on the coupe version of Black.

Cowon D3 AMOLED and Android 2.1

Posted: 31 Dec 2010 11:16 PM PST

South Korea’s Cowon has introduced a new portable media player that seems to promise good performance: it is called D3 Cowon Plenue, and do not be fooled by the impression optic phone, why not support 3D graphics, as is the case for another model of PMP always Cowon, which was released a few weeks ago.
However, this is a device with attractive features: in addition to a 3.7-inch AMOLED WVGA display with 800 x 480 resolution and support for full HD, the Cowon D3 Plenue supports Bluetooth connectivity, USB and wi-fi, and also has TV tuner, FM radio, voice recorder, microSD slot and integrated speakers.

The Cowon D3 Plenue with Antroid OS 2.1, will be available in different sizes, 8, 16 and 32 GB. Supported formats are the most common, including AVI, WMV, ASF, MP4, MKV, MPG, DAT, TS, TP, TRP, 3GP, DivX, Xvid, H.264, WMV 7/8/9, MPEG 1 , MP3, WMA, OGG, PCM and FLAC.

Maybach 57S

Posted: 31 Dec 2010 11:11 PM PST

The dealer Saudi “AutoKingdom” has sold the first copy of Xenatec Cruiseiro, imposing coupe built on a Maybach 57 S with the support of the same German brand. Buyers will be able to enjoy the warranty, that shall not cease even after the interventions made to change the mass around doors and bumpers, which must be added a few finishing details including the 20-inch alloy wheels. It remains unchanged, the impressive 6.0 V12 bi-turbo 612 hp and more than 1,000 Nm The asking price for the sample picture is equal to $ 943,000, equivalent to € 715,000.

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