Posts Tagged ‘ Race ’

INFINITI Q Inspiration Concept.

Infiniti is always surprising us with features we can’t even see! And let me tell you this, the Infiniti Q Inspiration is doing exactly that – hiding the world’s first ever production ready four-cylinder variable compression ratio engine under the hood of what can easily be seen as a futuristic concept. It may look like a futuristic concept, and it should because they have just entered the future with the Q Inspiration.

Coming complete with an AI/semi-autonomous feature, the Infiniti Q Inspiration has a ProPilot assistant who helps with menial tasks like sitting in traffic or parking. So it’s super smart and super-efficient, it’s also super attractive. The Q Inspiration is inspirational – the rear of this vehicle just oozes a type of class rarely seen with futuristic cars, it’s keeping the mix of curvaceous and organic shape while the lights bring a more futuristic dynamic to tie it all together. This is a gorgeous car, and one can only hope it gets the recognition it most certainly deserves.

The Lamborghini Veneno

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The Lamborghini Veneno features a twelve-cylinder power unit with a displacement of 6.5 liters, an extremely fast-shifting 7-speed ISR transmission with 5 driving modes and permanent all-wheel drive, as well as a racing chassis with pushrod suspension and horizontal spring/damper units. Above all, however, the Veneno benefits from the very special expertise that Automobili Lamborghini possesses in the development and execution of carbon-fiber materials – the complete chassis is produced as a CFRP monocoque, as is the outer skin of this extreme sports car. The inside, too, features innovative, Lamborghini-patented materials such as Forged Composite and CarbonSkin.

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The Dreamiest Corvette Of Them All.

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GM’s flagship supercar, the first headline unveiling of this year’s Detroit Motor show, potentially has enough in the tank to challenge anything from Ferrari or Lamborghini.  The Z06 may look a lot like the standard Stingray, which itself was officially unveiled at the 2013 event, but it is extremely different where it counts most, under the hood.  The extra power is thanks to a lightweight but potent supercharger that forces the car’s 6.2-liter V8 to pump out over 625hp. Making sure that the car doesn’t disintegrate under that extra performance are aluminum cylinder heads and titanium intake valves. Chevrolet has even taken a leaf out of its European competitors’ books and reexamined the engine’s weight, rods and pistons.

Corvette-Z06-600x400Making sure that power doesn’t disappear in an automatic gearbox’s torque converter, the Z06 will be coming with a seven-speed manual transmission as standard. However, for those that like the full track-day effect, an eight-speed paddle shift unit will also be an optional extra.  But maybe the best thing is that because the new car is so rigid, the roof panel can still be removed for open air motoring without turning the car into the automotive equivalent of jelly. However, Chevrolet points out that there will still be a slight difference in handling when the panel is out.  Potential owners will be happy to hear that the extra rigidity and performance has been paired with bigger brakes and with Chevrolet’s Magnetic Selective Ride Control dampers (an option on the standard Stingray) which will be fitted as standard on the Z06 when it appears in dealerships in 2015.


Watch Ken Block Tear Up San Francisco.

Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 5.25.03 AMFor readers who don’t reside in the Bay Area, or who may not be familiar with San Francisco’s topographic features, this video shows you what regular driver have ALWAYS wanted to do in our fair city.  There isn’t a man, woman, or child who hasn’t dreams of doing what Ken Block and his drift car do so well in one of his latest stunt videos.  From shutting down the Bay Bridge, to drifting on a moving barge, Block reminds us why he’s the best in the world at what he does.  Check the method below.  And for any local drivers who have seen the tire marks in the middle of the top deck of the Bay Bridge, and wondered what maniac left those there… it was Ken.

ID x NISMO Concept


Blending its box-car design of the late ’60s and early ’70s with today’s cutting-edge innovations. Nissan has created the IDx NISMO Concept, a creation that blends the Japanese automotive brand’s timeless execution with compelling new details. Making its world premier at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, the IDx NISMO measures a diminutive 1.8 meters wide and features a carbon fiber panels and a sporty interior, while large wheel arches and aerodynamic spoilers add to its speedy appearance. To further its high-performance attributes, Nissan has used an eco-friendly 1.6L turbo charged engine with a manual shift mode and synchronized rev control. Blending racing heritage and styling with contemporary execution, the IDx NISMO is a showcase of the where Nissan may be headed in the future.

Bye Bye Bugatti: See The New Fastest Production Car On Earth.


American supercar the Hennessey Venom GT has hit 265.7mph (427.6kph) to beat the Bugatti Veyron’s existing record on a technicality to steal the top speed crown.  The technicality in question is engine tuning. A standard production version of the Hennessey Venom GT managed to come close to 270mph along a 2.9 mile stretch of runway whereas the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, using Volkswagen’s 5-mile+ straight, got closer still, hitting 267.8 mph (431kph).  After setting its record, the production version of the car had its engine slightly detuned so that its top speed would be limited to a mere 258mph in order to guarantee the tires don’t disintegrate.


Therefore, though it is still technically the world’s fastest petrol engine car, the Bugatti is not the world’s fastest street-legal production car.  The Hennessey Venom GT was tested in February but the figures have only now been ratified. The car, which is loosely based on the Lotus Exige, is powered by a twin turbo-charged 7.0-liter V-8 engine. It pumps out 1244 horespower and, as the car weighs exactily 1244kg, its power to weight ratio is 1000 horsepower per tonne.


In February of 2013, the Venom GT officially became the quickest accelerating production vehicle in the world as it ran 0-300 km/h in 13.63 seconds, thus establishing a new Guinness World Record.  The car also managed to go from 0-60 mph in 3.05 seconds and 0-100 mph in 5.88 seconds, and it ran the standing quarter-mile in 10.29 seconds at 158.83 mph.  Only 29 Venom GTs are scheduled to be built and each will cost their lucky owner $1.2 million plus shipping, not including options.

The 2012 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.

Ferrari has recently released a new video with the F12 Berlinetta hitting the track, after the supercar was officially presented to the public at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

The newest supercar in Ferrari’s lineup, the F12 Berlinetta, 599 GTB’s successor is once again placed into the spotlights, and after the automaker showed us just a day before how the model came to life, this time the F12 Berlinetta is going around the track, proving its skills, its racing pedigree and revealing that wonderful engine sound.


The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, which is the fastest ever road-going car made by the company, is powered by a 6.3 liter V12 engine, developing a total output of 730 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque, out of which 80 percent is available from only 2,500 rpm. Ferrari says that the F12 Berlinetta can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.1 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.5 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 340 km/h.

According to the Italian based automaker, the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is a result of the collaboration between Ferrari Styling Centre and Pininfarina. More details on the newest Ferrari supercar will be announced close to its launch.


Bugatti Veyron vs. Nissan GT-R.

Now, for all my car people, (Including Yum Yum), we all know that as impressive as the Nissan GT-R may be… it never stood a snowball’s chance in hell against a Veyron.  That being said, I’m not sure if the folks who made this video honestly tried to see which was faster, but everything said and done, this just turns out to be a very impressive amateur commercial for the Bugatti.

The video has a very “Top Gear”-esque style to it which makes it more impressive than your average handy-cam street racing flick.  Check the method below.

Henely Sequence from ‘The Social Network’.

I don’t know if you’ve been seeing the commercials around, but “The Social Network” is soon to be making its DVD debut tomorrow.  But before everyone rushes out to the store to swoop on this ‘epic achievement in story telling’ -(Thats not necessarily my opinion of the movie, but all the cool kids are saying it), I just want to highlight once scene in the movie that caught the attention of my peers and I when the movie first hit theaters.  (no spoilers ahead)  The crew race with Harvard has a musical accompaniment that makes that scene stand out from the rest of the movie like Amazon Eve in a room full of moderately tall individuals. The entire scene seems to be shot differently from the rest of the movie, and emphases the emotional significance of the race.  All in all it’s by no means the most powerful shot in the film, but its for sure one of the most bad-ass, and the song “In the Hall of the Mountain Op 23” by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, accentuates the sh*t out of it.  Check the method below.

Check Out Ken Block On The Racetrack.

Back in the early days of this blog, I had posted a video of Ken Block featuring Rob Dyrdek that showed of some of Ken’s rediculous drifting skills. I just got a look of another longer, even more insane run, and I knew I had to post it.  It was filmed on the Autodrome in France, and it quite the site to see.  Check the method below.