Tesla P85D Insane Mode

If you’re wondering what it feels like to turn on Insane mode in the new Tesla and floor the throttle, this might help you get an idea…..

Mad Max: Fury Road

Although it’s not technically all about cars, the new Mad Max trailer (moving coming out in the summer) has enough automotive content (and it’s kinda awesome) I thought I’d share it here. Still remember watching the original when I was about 11 as part of our local school movie club – the new one looks like it could be another classic. Here’s hoping….

Corvette Z06 First Drive

Apart from checking out prices of 2007/09 911 Turbos, the Z06 is my current car obsession. I’m not in the market for a new car just yet, but hoping towards the end of the year I might be able to swap out the E46 M3 I’ve been driving since it was new (although I really want to work out a way to keep it forever and hand it down to my kids, coz that car is pretty much perfect to learn how to drive a track properly).

So fueling my desires was this video from AutoGuide of their first drive of the car, complete with incredible soundtrack. This looks like it took place at Spring Mountain, a track I have spent a good few days driving (6 or 7 at last count) doing a few schools down there (including drive the previous generation Corvettes and Z06’s). If you ever get a chance to head down there, Rick and the rest of the instructors do a fantastic job of helping you drive way faster than you ever thought possible (and you get some pretty heavy discounts if you do buy a Corvette given they’re the official school now). Anyway, enjoy the video.

 

Acura NSX – Details Released

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Twenty-five years after the debut of the original, paradigm-shifting NSX supercar, Acura revealed the production version of its highly anticipated successor—the next-generation Acura NSX, developed and produced in the U.S.—to the world’s auto media at the 2015 North American International Auto Show today. The production model, in a scintillating NSX Red finish, took the stage with a growl from its twin-turbocharged engine.

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The NSX challenges conventional beliefs about supercars — much as the first generation did a quarter century ago. The approach is realized through an all-new power unit—a twin-turbocharged 75-degree DOHC V6 engine with a 9-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and three-electric motor Sport Hybrid system—integrated with an ultra-rigid and lightweight multi-material body with world’s-first material applications and manufacturing processes. Developed under the concept of a “human-centered supercar,” a car that puts the driver first in every aspect of its design, the next-generation NSX will leverage its state-of-the-art hybrid supercar power unit, body and chassis to deliver exceptionally intuitive and immediate response to driver inputs.

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The NSX’s instrument cluster features a dynamic TFT display that responds to changes in the driver-selectable Integrated Dynamics System with pertinent graphics and information. The center console holds the Power button that readies the sport hybrid powertrain, nested in the center of the new Integrated Dynamics System dial control. Interwoven under the handcrafted leather dash panel is the exposed midframe—a functioning chassis structural member that reflects the design aesthetic of a naked sport bike. An ultra-thin, yet super strong A-pillar design and low-mounted instrument panel minimize obstructions to the driver’s view of the road.

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At the heart of the NSX’s performance capabilities is an all-new mid-mounted, 75-degree, DOHC V6 engine with twin turbochargers mated to an Acura-developed 9-speed DCT. The V6 engine employs a race-inspired compact valve train and dry sump lubrication system to help lower the center of gravity. The all-new 9-speed DCT delivers synapse-quick gear changes and rev-matching downshifts. The rear direct-drive electric motor, housed between the engine and transmission, supports acceleration, braking and transmission shifting performance. The NSX’s front wheels are driven by twin independent high-output electric motors which deliver instantaneous torque response and dynamic left-to-right torque distribution.

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The NSX uses its front electric motors for dynamic torque vectoring in addition to enhancing acceleration and braking performance. The result is an instantaneous “zero delay” launch performance and handling response that seems to anticipate the driver’s desire. The NSX has undergone extensive testing at some of the world’s most challenging race circuits, including the famed Nurburgring.

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The NSX utilizes a fully independent, all-aluminum front and rear suspension and puts its considerable power down through ContiSportContact™ high-performance tires—245/35Z R19 front and 295/30Z R20 rear—mounted on 19×8.5 inch front and 20×11 inch rear aluminum alloy wheels. Powerful, natural and confident braking performance is provided by 6-piston front and 4-piston rear monoblock calipers squeezing ultra-high performance carbon-ceramic brake discs.

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Handling is greatly enhanced by Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD), enabling lightning-quick response to all driver inputs—steering, braking and throttle—along with the stability, control and launch performance of all-wheel drive. Agile Handling Assist (AHA) uses the subtle application of brake torque to further enhance yaw response and dynamic stability.

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The NSX’s dial-operated Integrated Dynamic System features Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track modes. The system adjusts engine, motor, transmission and chassis response, as well as the engine sound level, based on the needs of the driver and driving environment. Quiet mode enables electric-only driving at lower speeds for short durations. Dynamic vehicle responses become increasingly sharp as the driver moves from Sport to Sport+ mode and, finally, to Track mode, where the NSX reveals the full spectrum of its performance capabilities. The NSX also features a “launch” function to achieve the ultimate in “zero delay” launch performance, aided by both the engine and three electric motors.

Ford Focus RS – Teaser Video

All the details get released on February 3rd, but until then here’s some slip sliding around in the new car courtesy of Mr Ken Block (and does this mean it really is 4-wheel drive? opinions are mixed but if it can slide like that with just front wheel drive then holy moly. Either way, I’m excited, but 4-wheel drive might just get me tempted to get the wallet out)

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class

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Gone are the days when the Maybach was made to sound like it was it’s own company, as it’s now embedded in the Mercedes name (replacing the Benz, in the same way AMG has replaced it for the new GT). But it’s still a pretty spectacular car, especially if you’re being chauffeured around town in one.

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The US market launch of the Mercedes-Maybach S600 is scheduled for April 2015. Its powerful V12 bi-turbo engine has an output of 523 hp. With a displacement of 5980 cc, the maximum torque of 612 lb-ft is available from 1900 rpm. Inside the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, the level of wind noise is extraordinarily low and even surpasses levels found in the quietest car in the world – the S-Class Coupe. In fact, for rear seat passengers, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is the world’s quietest production sedan.

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Standard equipment includes a Driver Assistance Package (Intelligent Drive), MAGIC BODY CONTROL, Night View Assist PLUS, a Warmth and Comfort Package with a heated windshield, Head-Up Display, LED Intelligent Lighting System, Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound System, Executive Rear Seat Package, Rear Seat Entertainment System and the Air Balance Package.

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(As a note, I have no idea what MAGIC BODY CONTROL is, if it’s really a thing, or if someone just put it into the Mercedes press release as a laugh – you know how fun loving and whimsical those German car makers can be. I obviously will be the first in line to want it though coz it sounds perfect).  

A Porsche (997) 911 Rally Car

Some people have great ideas, and some people implement great ideas. Great job by Tuthill Porsche to pull this thing together. I obviously want one….

Cars are fun and all that but….

sometimes they’re a little dangerous – Dakar Rally footage from this week

Top Gear Coming Soon

And the teaser video is all lego this year. The real big news is the US showing of this will now come right after the UK version (Monday showing after Sunday in the UK) so you don’t have to go downloading torrents to get your fix in a timely fashion.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

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So who wouldn’t want an SUV that does 0-60 in less than 4 seconds? And luckily has the brakes to match the push. That’s the acceleration figures quoted for Porsche’s new Cayenne Turbo S model announced this week at the Detroit Auto Show.

Its re-engineered 4.8-liter V8 twin-turbo engine now develops 570 hp and 590 ft.-lb. of torque. A chassis that is tuned for maximum driving dynamics and packs a wide range of control systems also makes the Cayenne Turbo S a genuine top athlete. It can complete a lap of the North Loop of the Nürburgring in 7:59.74 minutes.

The more spontaneous response of the twin-turbo engine is primarily a benefit of the integral turbochargers, which are now housed directly in the exhaust manifolds. This new approach also improves combustion. The high-performance engine offers 20 more horsepower and 37 ft. lb. more torque than the previous engine. The Cayenne Turbo S accelerates from zero to 60mph in 3.8 seconds – which is 0.4 seconds faster than the previous model. Its top track speed is now 176 mph.

The Cayenne Turbo S also underlines its position as a top performer in its chassis systems. Its standard Porsche Composite Ceramic Brakes (PCCB) include 16.5 inch front brake discs and, for the first time, ten-piston calipers. The rear brakes have 14.6 inch discs and four-piston calipers. The active roll stabilization system, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), actively reduces body roll when driving through curves. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) increases dynamic handling and stability by making specific brake interventions at the right or left rear wheel – this noticeably improves steering into curves and steering precision. The active all-wheel drive system Porsche Traction Management (PTM) permanently drives the rear wheels while offering highly variable power distribution to the front wheels. Some advantages of the interplay between all systems: excellent driving dynamics and traction as well as a high level of agility on any road.

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S will be launched in the United States in late-April 2015with an MSRP of $157,300. Those soccer moms and dads better get saving the pennies. I think I’ll wait a year or 8 until they hit the second hand market.