The cabriolet version of the new 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, has been spotted testing once again, this time lapping the Nürburgring test track in Germany and sporting some Austin Powers inspired Camouflage.
Earlier this year Aston Martin revealed its all new Vanquish model the direct replacement for the outgoing DBS. Even though it is not due for release for another 6-7 months the British automaker has started testing the Volante.
Powering the Volante will be the same 6.0-liter V-12 engine and 6-speed Touchtronic paddle-shift gearbox as the conventional coupe and his rumored to come with rear seats as an optional extra.
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Sometimes it’s time to leave the city. Escape the restrictions of everyday life. Yes you guessed it the flagship I8 is lapping the Nordschleife.
After successful initial testing of the vehicle concept, the decision for a series production vehicle was quickly made. The BMW i8 Concept is the next step in the evolution of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept.
And now it looks like BMW I8 is looking close to completion, the I8’s plug-in hybrid concept combines the modified electric propulsion system from the BMW i3 Concept – fitted over its front axle – with a high-performance three cylinder combustion engine producing 164 kW/220 hp and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) at the rear.
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Here are our latest and most revealing photos showing the new BMW i3 out on test.
BMW continiues the strip tease on the i3 and now we can clearly see the roofline and lower parts of the front bumper without cammo.
We can also see the lines of those classical BMW kidneys and the window line in the rear doors.
And when we look at the side photos we are slighly chocked, will this be one of the first BMW i modern time that is missing the Hofmeister kink?
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What looks like a normal BMW X1 on these photos is actually an all electric X1. As we can see its been given away by the lack of exhaust pipes and of course the Hybrid stickers.
To be really sure we waited for it to leave and there was absolutely no doubt about this being a fully electric vehicle.
So will BMW bring an EV version of the current X1 or are they already testing the technology for the next generation X1 or perhaps they are just testing range of the unit with different tyres and chassis weight?
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Motorists hate black ice like the devil hates holy water. No wonder, because when the going is icy, directional stability is all too often an unpredictable lottery.
With its Hakkapeliitta 8 studded tyre, Finnish tyre manufacturer Nokian, traditionally committed to this cold problem area, has provided impressive proof that it is possible to drive at blistering speed, under control and in a straight line even on an icy surface.
The Finn Janne Laitinen clocked 331.61 km/h on the thick ice sheet of the Gulf of Bothnia on 6 March 2011.
Armed with his speed record experience at Nardo – where the boss pushed his “RS 6 Nardo Edition” to a record of 362.5 km/h – Roland Mayer provided a new RS 6. Modified for a hot run in icy cold.
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Bentley will unleash some of its fastest and most powerful cars at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. The flying Bentleys include the 616 bhp (625 PS) and 202 mph (325 km/h) Continental GT Speed Convertible (the world’s fastest four seat convertible) and two of Bentley’s 2003 Le Mans-winning Speed 8 race cars.
Instantly recognisable with their iconic British Racing Green livery, cars No. 7 and No. 8 secured a famous first and second at Le Mans, and are set to make a special reunion ten years on at Goodwood. Brian Gush, Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, said:
“Goodwood’s atmosphere is unique and this summer we’re bringing even more speed to the Festival. The 202 mph GT Speed Convertible is set to turn heads in the supercar paddock as will our Speed 8 Le Mans cars marking the tenth anniversary of Bentley’s 2003 victory. It is also the ideal scene-setter for Bentley’s return to top-level motor sport with a GT3 race car later this year.”
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On the Sebring International Raceway in Florida/USA the GTE race car from Weissach completed another successful test on Thursday. The successor to the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR will be run exclusively by the Porsche AG Team Manthey works squad at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the World Endurance Championship (WEC). The vehicle celebrates its race debut on April 14 at the WEC season-opener in Silverstone.
“We are very pleased with how the testing has gone so far.”
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Here are the latest spyshots of the Ferrari Enzo replacement dubbed the code name the F150.
In detail, this supercar is expected to weigh in at only 1100kg will be powered by brand new F12’s V12 developing 740hp already, and coupled to an electric motor providing an extra hundred horses and 270 nm of torque.
The small Lithium Ion battery will not allow the car to drive in electric-only driving like in the Porsche 918, this is purely a Formula 1 inspired Kers system.
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