Saturday, April 28, 2012

ABT introduces 240-HP tuned VW Beetle

Maybe you want a Volkswagen Beetle that does more than merely get noticed. Maybe you want a Beetle that... provokes. If so, you need to give German tuner ABT Sportsline a call.

Tweaks are made to the 2.0-liter turbo that adds 40 horsepower. A front spoiler, wheels anywhere from 18 to 20 inches, and oval tailpipes boost the aggression. Headlight covers make it look mean, and the "carbon-look deco set" with red trim makes it unforgettable.

The result is the Beetle Limousine 5CO, and if you're a configurating kind of guy, then ABT will let you toy around with options."

Source: Autoblog

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Exotic car rental company owner uses GPS to thwart international auto theft ring

"Watching television news can be depressing. Between the political rancor of election season and the "if it bleeds, it leads" mentality of most news directors, positive stories are scarce. But here's one that should make any lover of fine automobiles pleased.

The story, as reported by CBS This Morning, starts when the owner of a Los Angeles-based rental car company that specializes in exotics and luxury cars noticed that one of his vehicles was uncharacteristically sitting still for a few days after being rented. The $2,000-per-day 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia was equipped with a GPS tracking system, and the Italian Stallion's lack of use made Eric Blumberg suspicious. So he notified the police, who eventually found the car - in Hong Kong. It had been shipped through the port of Los Angeles, labeled as "used fitness equipment," according to the Los Angeles Times.

It seems that the would-be joyrider who had "rented" the Ferrari was part of an international crime syndicate worthy of a screenplay, according to the CBS report. When the police investigated further, they found between 15 and 20 other vehicles that were being loaded into shipping containers and exported to Asia, a total of 1.5 million worth of four-wheeled loot.

The investigators told CBS that the vehicles can command up to twice their value overseas. While no arrests have yet been made in the case, at least these cars now have a chance of being returned to their rightful owners."


Sources: Autoblog Los Angeles Times CBS

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Anonymous Takes Down Formula1.com

The group of hackers known as Anonymous issued a press release last night announcing their intent to hack and take down the official website for Formula One at formulaone.com for the duration of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Their reason? To protest the increasingly violent crackdown on the people of Bahrain by their own government.

formualone.com was shut down as promised and another website, F1-racers.net, is displaying a message from Anonymous that claims responsibility.

In its press release, Anonymous addresses Bernie Eccelstone, president and CEO of Formula One, directly, promising the following.

Anonymous will turn your web site (www.formula1.com) into a smoking crater in cyber space. We will also jam your phone lines, bomb your E-Mail inboxes - and wreck anything else of yours we can find on the internet.

The group also calls upon fans of F1 to ignore the race by either not attending in person or watching it on television. They also appeal to the drivers themselves to protest the race by not crossing the starting line at the beginning of the race.

Last year's Bahrain Grand Prix was cancelled due to civil unrest, and despite the increasing frequency of protests and severity of their crackdown leading up to this weekend's race, it has not yet been cancelled. As a result, activists, now including the Anonymous group, are using the motorsport's worldwide popularity to gain attention for their cause.

Source:Autoblog

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Interesting Video: How Differential Gear Works

This video will teach you what a differential is and how it works. Leave a comment below.
=]

Thursday, April 19, 2012

MOTOGP - OFFICIAL: Audi buys Ducati

Audi, part of the VW Group, officially confirms that it has acquired Ducati

The full statement from Audi announcing its acquisition of Ducati can be seen below.

No price is given, but previous reports from the financial media suggested Audi would pay 'around' 860 million euros ($1.12 billion).

The cash-rich VW Group already owns car brands Audi, Lamborghini, Skoda, Seat, Bentley, and Bugatti, plus the MAN and Scania truck brands...

'Audi AG is acquiring from Investindustrial Group the tradition-steeped Italian sports motorcycle manufacturer Ducati Motor Holding S.P.A. which has its registered office in Bologna. The transaction will be completed as quickly as possible once authorized by the competition authorities.

'The Supervisory Boards of Audi AG and Volkswagen AG approved the acquisition today in hamburg. Ducati is known worldwide as a leading brand in motorcycle manufacture, with outstanding expertise in engine development and lightweight construction.

'Alongside the traditional Italian brands Lamborghini and Italdesign, Ducati is now a third pillar for AUDI AG in Northern Italy. Another building block in the Company's growth strategy thus falls into place.

'Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG, declared: "Ducati is known worldwide as a premium brand among motorcycle manufacturers and has a long tradition of building sporty motorcycles. It has great expertise in high-performance engines and lightweight construction, and is one of the world's most profitable motorcycle manufactures. That makes Ducati an excellent fit for audi."

'The progressive control systems and special combustion chamber process of Ducati engines, their resulting sporty character, and Ducati's extensive know-how in lightweight construction thus offer great potential for Audi AG and the Volkswagen Group.

'Peter Mosch, Chairman of the General works Council of Audi AG, explains that the employee representatives of Audi AG support the Company's sustainable, co determined growth strategy.

"We must use the opportunities offered by globalization for Audi - and that's exactly what we're doing. Everyone at Audi is looking forward to working with our new colleagues from Ducati," commented Mosch.

'Ducati is a globally active company and has manufacturing operations at its headquarters in Bologna and at its own factory in Thailand. It maintains a series of importer companies in strategic markets.

'Experts predict that the motorcycle market will enjoy strong growth over the next few years, especially in Asia. In 2011, Ducati sold around 42,000 motorcycles and generated revenue of some € 480 million, employing around 1,100 people.

'The company was founded by Adriano and Marcello Ducati in Bologna in 1926. Known originally as Societå Scientifica Radiobrevetti Ducati, it initially built parts for radios. It ventured into the manufacture of motorcycles in 1949.

'Ducati has been actively involved in motorcycle racing for many decades through its racing division Ducati Corse.

'Its racing activities are currently focused on the Ducati official factory team in the MotoGP class of the Motorcycle world championship and in the Super bike World Championship, supporting competitive private teams.

'Ducati won the manufacturers' championship in this latter class 17 times in 21 championships and the pilots' 14 times.'
http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/178713/1/official_audi_buys_ducati.html

ABS

Here's a picture that explains how ABS works :p

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

1995 Nissan 240sx

THe owner of this beast is Beni Alway.
Here's a little interview

Monday, April 16, 2012

2013 HONDA NSX TYPE R

The guys at Honda Japan are already working on a Type R version of the NSX that was revealed a couple months ago. If this is true,then take all my money Honda, I don't care how much it costs, just take it!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

1996 Honda Civic DX - Extraordinary

My favorite honda, the civic ek. What a beautiful car. It's sporting a K20a swap and it's supercharged! OEM ITR LSD transmission with a stage 4 clutch. Got to give props to the owner Jonathan Walsh. This build is quite simply greater than the sum of its parts. And that is extraordinary.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Spending Money // Street Sweeper Gang

One of my favorite S14's stateside at the moment. It belongs to Raymond Hargraves Jr. You'll also be able to see more of this car in the upcoming Import Tuner magazine. Hope you like the video.
Shout out to www.stancenation.com

Spending Money // Street Sweeper Gang! from Dax Rodriguez on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Shaved, Tucked, Custom Engine Bays

There is nothing better then a super clean engine bay. Here's some pics for you guys to drool over.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

CR-Z sales not looking to good

CRZ sales have been selling rather badly since may last year when 1557 units sold that month.

Here is how the numbers look:

June 966 units sold

July 878 units sold

August 745 units sold

September 537 units sold

October 289 units sold

December 500 units sold

January 363 units sold

The Insight is in the same boat, with just 492 units sold in october.

I wonder how long Honda will keep selling these two cars or what changes they may make to them.

Personally I would like to see a k20 dropped into the CR-Z. It's the Honda Civic SI motor (K20).

Link: www.hondanews.com

Now for the pictures:

CR-Z 

Infamous Honda Insight tuned by Bisimoto
( pictured on the left )

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Subaru Announces Pricing for 2013 BRZ at $25,495

All-new Sports Car starts at $25,495
 Cherry Hill, N.J., April 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. today announced pricing for its much-heralded 2013 BRZ, starting at $25,495 for the Premium model with a six-speed manual transmission. The six-speed automatic version starts at $26,595. Premium models come standard with touch-screen GPS NAvigation, Bluetooth® connectivity and HID headlamps. Above the well-appointed Premium model, Limited models add Alcantara seat inserts with leather bolsters, heated seats and mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control system, fog lights, keyless Access & Start and body-color decklid spoiler. Limited models come equipped with leather seats and start at $27,495 when equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and $28,595 for automatic verisions.

Trim:
 Premium

  Manual Transmission: $25,495
  Automatic Transmission: $26,595

 Limited
 
  Manual Transmission: $27,495
  Automatic Transmission: $28,595

The Subaru BRZ arrives in Subaru Dealerships this spring after receiving strong media praise for its handling and fun-to-drive persona. The 2.0 liter naturally aspirated BRZ delivers pinpoint handling precision and an unmatched driving experience for sports car enthusiasts of all skill levels.

Subaru developed the BRZ with three fundamentals of sports car design: low vehicle weight, an ultra-low center of gravity, and precision steering. Utilizing Subaru's naturally aspirated 200 horsepower horizontally opposed (Boxer) engine design, BRZ is a sports car that does not sacrifice everyday comfort and practicality.

Prices are MSRP before $750 destination charge.

LINK: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/subaru-of-america-announces-pricing-for-2013-brz-146266225.html

Also check out the Subaru BRZ Sti Concept!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Subaru's doing it big

Monday, April 9, 2012

Dip!!!!!!

This guy drifts the on ramp and gets spooked by a black and white haha Perfect timing I would've done the same thing. Cop @ 0:33

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Like a boss?

Drifting like a boss or should I say like a baboso jaja. I don't think this is safe at all but good footage. Don''t do this at home kids ;]

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Piece of art!

  This NSX started out as a red 91 with 55,000 miles on it. It was stripped down after two weeks of ownership and the build began. The front fenders, rear quarters, and the rockers are Sorcery®. The hood is from Route KS®. Rear bumper, hatch, front splitter, and many other parts are custom made. It has an airlift system not air bags. The car is wrapped in matte white vinyl. Very beautiful car. =]

Friday, April 6, 2012

Ptan's Onevia

Another great video with a 1989 240sx coupe! Definitely picking up an s13 coupe in the near future.

Pic of the day!

Stanced out civic ek hatchback. If I were to get a civic it would be one of these!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

2013 Dodge Viper!!!

Street and Racing Technology (SRT®) brand's flagship performance machine returns with more powwer and performance, superior craftsmanship, new technologies and creature comforts.
 
Two new models include SRT® Viper and SRT Viper GTS
all-aluminum, mid-engine 8.4-liter V-10 delivers an estimated 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque - the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports car engine in the world.
 
Chassis enhancements bring 50 percent improvement in torsional stiffness triple-digit weight reduction results in Viper best power-to-weight ratio.
  Standard safety features include electronic multistage stability control, traction control and new 4-channel anti-lock brake system (ABS).
 
All-new, innovative interior designs set new standards with premium materials, new technologies and superior craftsmanship.
 
All-new carbon-fiber and aluminum skin is sculpted for high-speed stability and a slippery .364 drag coefficient (CD).
 
Timeless exterior design incorporates iconic Viper styling cues with a contemporary execution.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Quick clip

I love the editing from these videos! shout out to socalsidewayz for bringing us these awesome vids.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Canyon Drifting!!

All these guys are passionate about drifting. When they go out and practice they do it with heart. These are the guys who have fun and learn on the streets. They do what they can to build their cars. All of this is part of drifting, they risk a lot (cops) but they keep on doing what they love.

Pic of the day!

Ferrari Racing Days In Suzuka
Japan always has something going on. If you are into cars this is the place to be! The Ferrari Racing Days in Suzuka circuit is the perfect example. I mean the picture speaks for itself.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Do want!!!!

The new subaru Brz
"Mother of God, how effing awesome is this!? Yes, you’re looking at the all new Subaru BRZ aka Scion FR-S that’s as slammed, fitted, stanced, dumped, whatever you want to call it, as it gets. We’re talking literally laying frame and rocking that lip to fender fitment that we all love so much. The only downside to all of this is that it’s not a real car. It’s actually just a render by our very talented friend Esteban Biber. He slammed the car on a set of CCW’s and added a few of our products such as the StanceNation license plate frame, freshasf*ck sticker on the back window and that purple lanyard hanging off the door. He also cleaned up the rear end by removing the badging and lights seen in the rear diffuser. With that said, we want to thank Esteban for showing us just how sexy the new BRZ/FRS will be when the stance/fitment crowd get’s their hands on one! How many of you would consider getting into one of these after you saw this photo? Drop a comment below and let us know!" 
http://www.stancenation.com/2012/03/31/stanced-subaru-brz/

Pic of the day!

This is so true