Archives for November 2011

Land Rover DC100

I’ve always loved the old Land Rovers that dot the farmlands of the UK, be they the Range or Land variety. It seemed like the old workhorse versions never did get a refresh to bring them up to modern times, but with this concept, named the DC 100, I think they might have cracked it. Chief Designer Gerry McGovern has been on record as saying the company is serious about building this new Defender, and if it ends up looking like this and lasting a lifetime, I’m sure it’ll be a success.

(via Autoblog)

The Ultimate Sound System?

A clear contender for worst looking car of the year (or ever?) is this mobile DJ’ing contraption developed by Dutch artist Olaf Mooij. I’m curious why the front end isn’t higher (like 10 foot higher) with all of that weight over the rear axle, but I guess if you want to start an impromptu disco, this is a decent option….

(via DVICE)

Camaro ZL1

If you’ve ever like either Transformers (movie or toy) or big American muscle cars, then this Camaro ZL1 is probably near the top of your want list. Taking the latest generation shape, making a few not so subtle bodywork changes and slapping on 20 inch rims turns the already aggressive car into something you wouldn’t want to meet down a dark alley. And that’s not even the best bit, the motor. We’re talking 580bhp, with a 0-60 of less than 4 seconds and a quarter-mile time of around 12 seconds (12.0 or 12.1 depending on who you believe, so lets not get too concerned). And it probably sounds fantastic, although I haven’t heard it (but the Corvette motors I was driving the other week were pretty spectacular and I think this is a family relative). Rumor has it this one even has suitably modified suspension to handle some track work (which is in stark contrast to first hand reports I’ve had from owners of the current model after a nice little carousel ride off the track).

Cannonball Run – Welcome to the 40’s

Despite the image, I’m talking about the actual race, not the movie. 40 years ago was the actual first “race” cross-country, where people in exotic, as well as wild and wacky automobiles attempted to be first across the line.

Pistonheads has a detailed account of how everything got started if you want to read.

2012 911 Reviews Start Rolling In

Autoblog has theirs here, and provided the “interesting” video below showing of all things, how the new sunroof on the 911 opens. Really guys? It’s a 911 and you show us the sunroof?

Volvo or Ferrari 458?

You might be surprised (except when I told you the Volvo was prepped by a Koenigsegg engineer)

New Honda CR-V out in the wild

It appears that one of the Honda designers was the only fan of the Pontiac Aztek from the look of this thing. Check out the photos here

(I thought about putting the picture up on the blog directly, but just couldn’t bring myself to do it. That and the 300 copyright signs all over them)

Ducati 1199 Panigale

I realize this is a car site, but sometimes there are bikes that are just too cool to ignore. Most of them are Ducattis 😉

This is the Ducatti 1199 Panigale, courtesy of Pistonheads, and it has 195 bhp, which is kind of ridiculous when you consider the thing weighs 177kg (with a full tank of gas!). There’s no way I’d be able to handle a bike like this, but I have to admit, it makes my mind stray from cars for just a second. Pistonheads has some other pics as well, including a rear view where you can see the underseat exhaust arrangement, so go take a look.

How To Confuse An Englishman

In the ever changing world of Formula 1, it’s sometimes hard to keep up. But how about this one – Team Lotus and Team Renault are both changing their names. What’s worse, Team Lotus will now become Team Caterham, and Team Renault will now become Team Lotus. Or something.

(via Pistonheads)

A New Old Mustang

Or maybe that should be old new, but whatever.

Take a look at this beauty, showing this week at SEMA, where all the cool kids (and tuners) are hanging out this week. This is the perfect solution for someone who prefers the looks of the old cars, but wants the performance and reliability of the new model – a complete re-skin of the bodywork using older panels. Autobog as lots more details