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2014 Acura MDX – Spyshots

Here are a set of the 2014 Acura MDX and a new news category for the Acura at Pistonspy. (Hope to see more)

The MDX is currently touring the Eifel at the Nürburgring Area 51.

Albeit the Crossover is hiding under heavy camouflage, we are expecting a revised front end and some other design hints from the Concept along with total redesign of the light clusters.

The Entry model will be powered by a V6 engine with about 300 HP, It is also likely that there will also be a hybrid version with three electric motors working in conjunction with a 3.5-litre V6 engine sharing technology with the upcoming NSX.

The new Acura MDX will be launched in late 2013 as a 2014 model.

2014 Acura MDX - Spyshots

Opel – Vauxhall Junior or Adam Spyshots

Here are the latest spyshots from the Nordschleife industry pool at the Nurburgring in Germany.

Here is the 2013 Opel – Vauxhall junior still hiding under its camouflage.

We snapped the Adam on its first laps around the Nürburgring but as you all know it has been photographed in both other places in Germany as well as in Sweden during the winter. The Adam is based on a shorted version of the new platform that will also underpin the next generation Corsa and will be available at the dealers in spring 2013.

Production will begin at the Eisenach plant in Germany in late 2012, with sales beginning in 2013and will retail at around £9500.

Opel Junior (ADAM) Spyshots

Honda NSX Past to the Future

The Acura NSX, or Honda NSX, is one of my favorite sports car that was originally produced between 1990 and 2005 by Honda. It was a mid engined affair mated to a rear-wheel drive layout, powered by an all-aluminium V6  engine featuring Honda’s Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) system.

The video shows its prowess on the likes of the Nordschleife in Germany’s Eifle and also at Le-Mans.

Now after many years of rumour about a second generation NSX and the concept shown in Detroit, Honda are starting to tease us with the prospect of a new NSX reaching us in 2015.

Hopefully some prototypes will be showing up soon as there is usually a 3 year development cycle.

 

 

Chuck Porter’s Mercedes 300 SLS – ADAC Eifel Rennen 2010

At the ADAC Eifel Rennen this weekend we spotted the Chuck Porter Mercedes 300 SLS,  the “S” defines that it was a wrecked 300 SL Gullwing and Chuyck Porter went about rebuilding the Mercedes marque.

After Mercedes-Benz retired their highly successful 300 SLR program, many racing teams and amateur drivers started creating their own versions from the 300 SL production cars. These became known as the SLS and most were prepared with a wide variety of modifications. One of the most famous of these is the Porter roadster which was actively campaigned in America.
Chuck Porter used a wrecked 300 SL Gullwing to create his own SLS. A new body was designed out of his body shop in Hollywood, California and executed by Jack Sutton from .064 aluminum sheet. For the most part, the body stayed faithful to the Mercedes-Benz styling. It featured a much wider front opening, no windscreen, removed doors and a custom interior.

Despite working from a fire-damaged hulk, Porter persisted with the SLS. After it was done, the car was considerably taller than the SLR, since the production SL is much taller than the SLR’s grand-prix chassis. This didn’t stop it from keeping up with the fastest cars in its class with drivers like Ken Miles, Billy Krause and Porter himself.

The car was used from 1956 until 1962, later being fitted with a few different American V8s. Throughout this colorful career, the Porter Special challenged even the Ferraris and Maseratis of the period. This was possible even though the engine was pretty much stock except for a factory performance camshaft.

Sports Car Illustrated tested the Porter SLS against a factory aluminum-bodied 300 SL Coupe and found the SLS to be considerably faster. In 1999 the car was restored by HK-Engineering and subsequently raced at the Monterey Historic Races.

Historic Pictures courtesy of  Bill Tibbetts hopefully well see some more of the historic moments in time from Bill !

Eifel Rennen 2010 Gallery:- CLICK

ADAC Eifel Rennen – Bugatti Type 37 Racing

At the ADAC Eifel Rennen this weekend we spotted the Bugatti Type 37 Racing, the valuation of this model of car varies from £200k.

The Type 35 was powered by a four cylinder in line, overhead camshaft, 3 valves per cylinder, 1496cc, 60hp; Gearbox: four speed, transmission to rear wheels; Suspension, front: Bugatti axle on semi-elliptic leaf springs, rear: solid axle on quarter elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: four wheel drum, cable operated. Right hand drive.
Blue with black leather inter.

At the French Grand Prix at Lyon in 1924, Bugatti unveiled a new production racing car, the famous Type 35. They were officially campaigned in every possible competitive event until 1930, during which this little jewel recorded a huge number of successes in the hand of Works drivers and private drivers. Today, it remains the symbol of the Bugatti marque. Throughout production, there were a number of variations offered by the factory for the Type 35, including supercharged versions, but always based on the eight cylinder engine. A four cylinder variant was introduced at the end of 1925 and designated the Type 37. It benefitted from the same chassis, and with a few alterations, the same chassis as its bigger sister. The Type 37 was renowned for its lightness, nimbleness and reliability, and was good for 145kph. Over the four years of production, approximately 270 examples were completed, of which many have disappeared, due to being worn out by active sporting careers. So, original examples with continuous history such as the car on offer today, are extremely rare.

Thanks to Ralph the owner of the vehicle for the Model number of this car you can see his personal website here :- www.bugatti37.de

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[ Source:- Sportscarmarket ]

2011 Mercedes CLS AMG Nurburgring

This morning as I was driving to the ring I spotted the 2011 Mercedes CLS AMG driving in an aggressive manner overtaking traffic on the road to the ring.

I wanted to get a few snaps of the car so my partner Jane pulled the camera out and attempted to get some shots as the driver tried to evade being snapped.

The current CLS 63 AMG shares its engine with the previous-generation E 63 AMG 378kW (514hp) from a 6.3-litre V8 installed and the new amg should be making making 387kW (527hp). The rear wheels should be Mercedes Speedshift MCT 7-speed gearbox.

All i can say is the current testcar and driver tried to evade the pursuit and we still managed to get some very average pictures, So they obviously need to tune the powerplant a little before the release in 2011.

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Lotus Evora Nurburgring

Evora
The Evora’s iconic styling, elegant proportions and unique mid-engined 2+2 configuration make it a truly exclusive proposition. A sports car of true character.

Treat yourself to a wallpaper and the official specs here :-

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http://www.lotusevora.com/img/wallpapers/L_wallpaper_3_1600x1200.jpg
http://www.lotusevora.com/pdf/Lotus%20Evora.pdf

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