Archive for June, 2010

Hennessey Venom GT: The 725bhp V8 Lotus Elise

John Hennessey is obviously the modern-day Carroll Shelby. And while Shelby may have one foot in the grave (not two), it’s obvious that the Texas-based tuner is stepping up to take over where ol’ Shel left off.  For one thing, HPE is perhaps the most reputable tuner when it comes to extracting huge, reliable horsepower out of domestic cars (along with a few foreigners, like HPE’s Nissan GT-R “Godzilla“.)  They’ll sell you a Camaro with a 725bhp tweaked LS9 supercharged V8 out of the ZR-1, and it’s such a clean conversion that an OBD scanner will have no problem pulling codes.  Oh, and it’s got a warranty.  How about a Cadillac CTS-V that will do 186mph in the standing mile?  Or maybe a 1000+bhp twin-turbocharged Dodge Viper?  A Grand Cherokee SRT-8 that runs high ten’s in the quarter mile with a twin-turbo 426cid Hemi?  No problem!

Now, as far as the Hennessey – Shelby comparison goes, it makes a lot of sense.  Shelby spent a lot of time in the 80’s making Turbo Mopars go really fast, and these days Hennessey spends a lot of time making boring domestics like the Lincoln MKS go really fast.  (How fast?  Hennessey’s MKS MaxB00st runs 13.08s in the 1/4 mile with minimal bolt-ons and ECU tweaking.)  But going back even further, to the start of Shelby: the Cobra was, at it’s core, a lightweight British chassis stuffed full of a gigantic American V8 (Ford 260’s, 289’s, and later 427’s.)  The Venom GT is the exact same thing, only brought up to modern times: a tiny British chassis mated to an epic American V8.

While it’s certainly unusual (and certainly the world’s meanest-looking Lotus), the prospect of a 1,000+bhp V8 in a Lotus Elise is hard to ignore.  I have no doubt the man will sell every one his company wants to assemble, even at a half-million plus pricetag.  Look for the official debut of the Venom GT later this year, possibly at Pebble Beach.

Won’t Back Down.

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Late on Thursday (June 3), the latest leaked track from Eminem’s eagerly-anticipated sixth album Recovery hit the Internet. “Won’t Back Down” is a powerful burner that features some shout-along verses from Slim Shady that bounce and dart all over a bottom-heavy, bluesy track built by DJ Khalil. Though some fans were skeptical of the fact that Pink was on the track, her rugged-but-pretty pipes add a great twist to the chorus. Past Emimem albums haven’t contained a ton of guest spots, so each and every tag-team Shady chooses is gone over with a fine tooth comb. But “Won’t Back Down” ranks up there with some of Eminem’s best recent songs, which means the team-up with Pink should be considered a gigantic success.

2010 BTR-II 650 Evo Porche-977

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Digital Projections.

Impressive and stylish projections on buildings, a renewing way of communicating.  For those who want to carry out a message in a striking and visually attractive way with guaranteed exposure: 3D Projection on buildings is the communication tool of the future.  NuFormer Digital Media develops high-skill 3D video mapping projections. These 3D projections will be custom-made to fit any specific building and will be exposed by a battery of powerful projectors.  The top video is a visualization of the concept, the bottom video is the actual live demonstration.  Both of them are quite amazing.

Gemma Atkinson

Gemma Atkinson

Born in Bury, Greater Manchester in 1984, Gemma Atkinson first gained notoriety on Hollyoaks. She has risen from playing a character in a daytime teenage soap opera to being one of the UK’s leading Glamour Models, often appeared on the cover and in the pages of UK magazines ‘Nuts’ and ‘Loaded’.  She has a done a number of British reality shows and celebrity game shows, most recently “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here” and has announced plans to star in a movie with Heather Graham. She will be releasing her debut album sometime next year. She will be playing Lt. Eva McKenna in the video game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3. No word of her own clothing line yet, but stay tuned.

Skateboarding in Afghanistan

Photograph my Noah Abrams

Of all the places in the world you would never think had a skate scene… Afghanistan has to be on top of the list. No one is 100% sure how it happened, maybe skating Santa made it through the blockade, perhaps Animal Chin made a sneak training session. We may never know how it started, but Noah Abrams has captured a set of very unique and stunning images of this new trend in an unlikely place.