The Ferrari 458 Speciale to debut at Frankfurt

458 Speciale

The 458 Speciale is the latest product of Ferrari’s core philosophy of extreme technological innovation and research which, in this instance, has yielded powertrain, aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics advances that transform the already exceptional 458 Italia into a car genuinely worthy of the “Speciale” moniker. The result is a completely new, uncompromising, streamlined sports car concept.
Many of the sophisticated solutions being applied for the very first time to an in-range car in the 458 Speciale, including its advanced active aerodynamics, will become a standard feature of all new Ferraris in the future.
Flanked in the Maranello marque’s range by the multi-award-winning 458 Italia and 458 Spider, the new mid-rear-engined V8 berlinetta was designed to boost both performance and driving emotion to unprecedented levels, yet simultaneously guarantee smooth, effortless control in all kinds of situations.
Having lavished meticulous attention on the power unit that was named “Best Performance Engine” at the International Engine of the Year Awards for two consecutive years, Ferrari has now built its most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever (605 cv) with an extraordinary specific power output of 135 cv/l , the highest ever achieved by a road-going naturally aspirated engine.
Thanks to an equally exceptional weight/power ratio of just 2.13 kg/cv, the 458 Speciale can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3.0″ (0-200 km/h in 9.1″) and also clocked a lap time of just 1’23″5 at the Fiorano Circuit.

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Honda’s Hot Hatch Is Back – Civic Type-R Spyshots

Honda's Hot Hatch Is Back - Civic Type-R Spyshots

Here are the latest spyshots of the 2014/15 Civic Type-R, and it looks like the car is to be powered by a turbo for the first time.

This is possibly to improve on emissions which ultimately led to the previous models being chopped, Powering the car is a bit of a mystery but we can assure you that Honda mean business with a 300hp+ serious hatch which will be powered by a new 2.2 liter engine.

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Mercedes Teases the GLA – First Official Pictures Leaked.

Mercedes GLA 250 Official

Well it look’s like Mercedes are the next victim of trying to tease there next model, at the same time the full official images are being leaked.

Here are the first images of Mercedes Benz GLA crossover, The GLA will be officially unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and is powered by the same 2.0 litre turbo as the A250 albeit some recalibration to ensure more low down torque to deal with 208bp mated to the haldex 4MATIC and a 7G-DCT gearbox.

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Alonso Shakes Down the LaFerrari at Fiorano Circuit

La Ferrari

Here is a great video of a serious looking Fernando Alonso you get to see the Spaniard concentrating with a little sweat on his brow while he tames the Ferrari LaFerrari around the Scuderia’s Fiorano test track, It looks like the car will be as demanding at it Enzo heritage.

The LaFerrari also known as the F70 is powered by mid rear mounted V12 Internal Combustion Engine has a 6.3 liter capacity producing 800 PS, providing the highest power output of any Ferrari whilst decreasing fuel consumption by 40 percent.
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The Porsche Macan Turbo’s Family Outing. (SpyShots)

Macan Turbo
The 2014 Porsche Macan looking production ready in these latest spyshots and this is the turbo variant along with the standard car that will be unveiled at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

Here we can show you both the Macan and Macan Turbo with their different front configuration including Porsche’s new ‘C-Blade’ air scoop at the front, which was first shown on the Panamera Sport Turismo concept from 2012.

The turbo is rumoured to be available from early 2015 and is to be powered by the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that debuted in the 2014 Porsche Panamera S and is expected to be tuned for more torque and less horsepower at around 400hp twenty shy from the Panamera S.
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Dynamo Sets Track Alight In Mercedes-Benz Challenge

Dynamo vs. Coulthard
Last night renowned magician, Dynamo, stunned Formula One™ legend David Coulthard by completing a blindfolded, fire-laden run in a Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG… impressive in itself, but it proved to be a prelude to a much bigger mindreading feat.

The specially created circuit was first driven by David Coulthard, who set the lap pace of 38.57 seconds. Dynamo then attempted to beat the time whilst blindfolded, with parts of the track set on fire, and with David in the passenger seat.

Getting around the track unscathed was impressive enough to David, but the real awe came when Dynamo revealed the true outcome in the never-seen-before challenge – Dynamo had correctly predicted and spelt out David’s guess of his lap time, 1:25, in flames, across the track.
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Dynamo Magician Vs David Coultard – Updated With Official Video

Dynamo V Coultard
Mercedes-Benz UK has teamed up with renowned magician, Dynamo and Formula One legend David Coulthard to complete a unique challenge involving a blindfolded dynamo, and a fire-laden run in an SL 63 AMG…

The Mercedes-Benz campaign launches tonight (1st August) at 22:00, with footage of the astonishing feat available on www.DynamoVCoulthard.com, following the TV premiere on Watch at 21:00 during the final episode of ‘Dynamo: Magician Impossible’.

Theres not a lot of information about whats going to happen but it involves the Bradfords answer to Paul Daniels with David Coultard looking rather puzzled.

Who Knows it might be sponsored by Pirelli so there may be some unexpected fireworks and tyres fitted the wrong way round…

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Nurburgring Nordschleife’s Management Pay Tribute To Stefan Bellof By Naming Corner the “Stefan Bellof S”

Stefan Bellof S - Nurburgring Nordschleife CornerIt looks like the new management at the Nurburgring is to name the chicane at pflantzgarten 2 to be called the “Steffan Bellof S” as a tribute to the lap record of 6:11.13 that was set 30 years ago on 28th of May 1983 by Stefan Bellof in a Group C Porsche 956 in training for the 1,000 km of Nurburgring 1983.

1000km 83 stefan bellof

On the 10th of August 2013 former colleagues and friends of Stefan Bellof will officially unveil the newly named section of track.

The incredible speed these Group C racing cars was able to achieve remains clear to this very day through a spectacular record set up by Porsche racing driver Stefan Bellof: Practising for the 1,000 Kilometre Race in 1983, Bellof reached an average speed on the Nordschleife of more than 200 km/h in a Porsche 956. And just one year later he brought home victory in the same race, together with Derek Bell who, in turn, repeated the same achievement with Hans-Joachim Stuck in 1985 at the wheel of a Porsche 962 C.

Born in Germany in 1957, Stefan Bellof began his racing career with karting in 1973, placing fourth in the Automobil club von Deutchsland’s Federal Junior Cup. It was only a few years later that Stefan took the championship in the 1976 International Karting Championship of Luxembourg.

Stefan entered the Junior Formula as a member of Walter Lechner’s Racing School, where he quickly achieved champion status. During this time, he also moved into the German Formula Three Championship on Bertram Schafer’s team. While he suffered poor point performance thanks to missing the first two opening races, Bellof made the claim that racing officials had “better watch my career because I’ll be back here next year and I’ll win my first Formula 2 race.”

He went on to fulfil that promise by signing up with Formula Two Championship team with a limited amount of BMW backing. Bellof won 21 seconds ahead of the second place driver, securing a firm victory. He quickly moved into a high-performing Formula One career, though his reputation was tested by numerous challenges, such as being disqualified from the 1984 season and missing numerous races.

He also set the record for the official fastest lap time of 6 minutes and 25.91 seconds, which remains a record to this day. Continue reading Nurburgring Nordschleife’s Management Pay Tribute To Stefan Bellof By Naming Corner the “Stefan Bellof S”

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