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Lexus LF-A Spy Shot in the Eifel Valley

After a few years in hiding the Lexus LF-A has reared its Beautiful head. The sub 5 litre v10 engine sounds like a dream and makes a noise to make the likes of Lamborghini and Ferrari take note. I first came across the car on the 15th of September in Cochem overlooking the picturesque Castle.

But without my camera I dashed back to pick it up and played cat and mouse across eifel trying to get a snap of the most beautifull looking Japanese car I have seen for years (My Opinion).

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The specs :

Powertrain
Engine: V10 (under 5.0-liters) Pistonspy Estimate 4.8
Horsepower: More than 500
Top Speed: Approximately 200 MPH
Tire Size
Front: 265/35R20
Rear: 305/30R20
Dimensions (inches)
Overall Length: 175.6
Overall Width: 74.6
Overall Height: 48.0
Wheelbase: 102.3

Wiesmann GT MF5- Frankfurt Motorshow

The Wiesmann GT MF5 reveals the extent of its energy and dynamism as soon as you press the silver metal start button.

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Once unleashed, the V10 engine roars with a vengeance, leaving no doubt whatsoever about the car’s ability to inspire the driver.

 This powerful GT is manufactured for individualists and sets a new all-time high standard for the already impressive performance of Wiesmann sports cars.

The MF5 is an even more athletic, more intense and more efficient interpretation of the Wiesmann GT concept.

The GT MF5 celebrated its series model premiere in March 2008 at the Geneva Motor Show.

The high-revving BMW 4.9 litre V10 engine delivers 507 hp (373 kW), 529 Nm torque and completes the sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in a breathtaking 3.9 seconds. With a top speed of 310 km/h and a sensational power-to-weight ratio of 2.7 kg/hp, this coupé plays for top honours in the premier league for sports cars. It delivers an adrenalin rush from start to finish, the ultimate in driving enjoyment and perfect, uncompromising power.

Bugatti Veyron Mansory Edition At Frankfurt IAA

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Mansory really have turned the beautifull in to an awe inspiring mix of carbon fibre and elegence the Rinspeed outfit should be proud.

For many years MANSORY has been living its commitment to values like perfection, craftsmanship and well-engineered technology. The location Mansory Switzerland arose from the Porsche refining division of the Rinspeed AG. Therefore our new Swiss AG combines experience and know-how of two top-class automotive companies. Of course also in the future you can count on the high quality you are used to. And additionally you can be looking forward to exciting new features!

Traditionally MANSORY stands for sporty driving pleasure, exclusive design and progressive engineering. In line to this philosophy are also the customization programs of the MANSORY (Switzerland) AG for the Porsche models 997 Carrera and Turbo, 987 Boxster, 987 Cayman, 955 and 957 Cayenne. Our experienced team develops and produces high-end-refining in all disciplines of individual automotive engineering. Within the scope of our individualisation programs we offer to you complete aerodynamic kits, ultra-light alloy rims and powerful engine performance improvement. Furthermore we have exclusive equipment and classy interiors in our range of products. Production at the highest technical stage in combination with masterly workmanship and finest materials – that is MANSORY’s quality standard.

Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro

The Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro –Breathtakingly dynamic open-top driving.

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The above picture was taken at the nurburgring in test on the famous race circuit in Germany click to see more.

•Audi high-performance sports car with lightweight cloth top
•Distinctive styling, carbon fiber body parts
•Mid-mounted V10 engine producing 386 kW (525 hp) and exceptional performance

Exceptional performance and breathtaking dynamism coupled with the intense sensations of open-top driving: Audi presents the R8 Spyder
5.2 FSI quattro. Its lightweight cloth top opens and closes fully automatically; several body parts are made of a carbon fiber composite material.

The V10 engine produces 386 kW (525 hp) and launches the open-top two-seater to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 313 km/h (194.49 mph). Featuring technologies such as the Audi Space Frame (ASF), quattro permanent all-wheel drive, full-LED headlights and with an innovative seatbelt microphone available as an option, the

R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro is the new top-of-the-range Audi.

Radical’s SR8LM Nurburgring 6:48 Video

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Source:- http://www.radicalsportscars.com/

UK’s Peterborough sportscar manufacturer Radical Sportscars has smashed the Nürburgring production car lap record, with driver Michael Vergers posting a committed 6m48s lap time. The road-legal SR8LM smashed the previous record, also held by Radical since 2005, by an incredible eight seconds. All this, less than 24 hours after the car was driven from England to Germany for the record.

German motoring magazine Sport Auto oversaw the attempt, with the UK’s evo magazine confirming the time, which will be officially finalised tomorrow (Thursday).

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Conditions for the record were perfect, with clear skies and temperatures in the high 20s. Vergers initially battled with the Nordschleife’s fearsome kerbs, jumps and bumps, but soon found the ideal setup, inspiring confidence to push harder.

“The car was great, I could push really hard and it felt clearly faster than the previous SR8 in 2005,” said Vergers. “It’s fantastic that we’ve beaten the record; hopefully I’ll get an opportunity to return with Radical in the future.”

Radical co-founder Mick Hyde said: “I’m obviously delighted, the record has been a real team effort headed up by Phil Abbott and Rob Wheldon. Dunlop have supplied us with brilliant, hard-wearing trackday tyres, indeed we’ve only used one set to both drive to the ‘Ring, and set the record.

“We’ve proved that the SR8LM is not only the world’s best trackday car, but it’s also practical enough to drive to and from the circuit. It is a genuine production sportscar, with genuine performance credentials, as we’ve shown today.”

Gumpert Nurburgring Lap Record 7:11.57

New lap record at the Nordschleife (Sport Auto Trophy)

With a lap time under 7:12 minutes on the Nürburgring Nordschleife gets Gumpert Apollo Sport, the Sport Auto Trophy, the coveted cup for the fastest street-legal vehicles with life lap on the Nordschleife. Pilot Florian Gruber to undercut the old record by 3.32 seconds.

The new record   7.11,57 minutes – Gruber drove in the mid-engined sports car  the “Apollo Sport”. Gruber stated “It certainly would have gone a little faster,” said the 26-year-old record after the round and seemed totally uneffected by this committed drive.

The Pistonspy was there and got the pictures of the Gumpert on the 13th August 2009.

Porsche 998 Turbo 2010

Porsche 998 Turbo spotted in test at the Nürburgring heavily disguised but you can see the headlights have been redesigned and a slightly longer wheelbase.

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And also the wing mirrors are fastened on the side of the door.

The rumour is the engine has not been changed so we expect to see minimal changes to tighten up on emmissions and Fuel economy.