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Ford Focus RS500 Assembly Video

It takes a while to build one of the world’s hottest hatches, and after the limited number of 500 units have sold out.

While the car may start life as nearly identical to the standard Focus RS hatchback, the video shows the factory modification that starts with a unique hood and wraps up with a special larger intercooler, bodywork, spoiler and black wheels – all completed by hand.

The FWD 350 horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter 5 cylinder engine is finished off by the team from 3M as they wrap the car in matte black vinyl.

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Lagonda M45 Lemans Team Car – 2010 Eifel Rennen

At the ADAC Eifel Rennen this weekend we spotted one of the Lagonda M45 Lemans Team Car. The Lagonda’s impeccable history included a placing in the 1934 Ards TT in the hands of onetime World Land Speed Record holder John Cobb. The following year it contested in the Le Mans 24 race in the hands of Dr J.D. Benjafield and Sir Roland Gunter a race won outright by its sister car. Another m45 was recently auctioned in the UK for a world price record of £430,000 by H&H auctioneers.

The big and powerful 4 -litre Lagonda M45 is rightly regarded as one of the most desirable post-vintage thoroughbred cars. It was introduced by the Staines-based company in 1933, using the famous 6-cylinder 4,453cc overhead valve engine by Henry Meadows, which itself dates back to 1928. The M45 was well received as an elegant, sporting quality car, and was endowed with considerable performance by the standards of the day. It proved an instant success, and was almost as fast in closed-body form as it was with open coachwork. Upon its introduction it was the largest-engined British sporting car available, and very few competitors could even approach the performance its big 6-cylinder engine offered. The M45 model was based on the 10ft 9ins wheelbase chassis of the preceding 3-litre ZM model, reworked to accept the 4 -litre Meadows engine and its associated Meadows T8 gearbox. The long stroke engine had bore and stroke dimensions of 88.5mm x 120.65mm to displace 4,453cc, producing around 108bhp at a lazy 3,100rpm.

Launched at the 1933 Motor Show, the 4 litre Lagonda M45 was the first model from the Staines sports car company to use the straight six Meadows engine, which gave the new car near 100 mph performance, allied to remarkable stamina, a prototype being driven in the 1500 miles from Dieppe to Brindisi, beating the express train by a massive 14 hours. The M45 offered performance to match the new Bentley 3 litre, at virtually half the cost, and it quickly became the fashionable model to have, notable owners being world land and sea speed record holder Sir Malcolm Campbell, and, on the publication of The Saint in 1935, Leslie Charteris in New York, in celebration of his 25th novel.

A full team of specially prepared short-wheelbase M45s were built and raced in the 1934 RAC Tourist Trophy at Ards in Ulster, finishing 4th, 5th and 8th despite the handicap system favouring smaller cars, amongst only 17 finishers from a field of 40 starters. These TT cars were then re-prepared at Fox and Nicholl, locally in Tolworth, to compete in the 1935 Le Mans 24 hour race. It was Hawkers test pilot, John Hindmarsh, and Luis Fontes, a 21-year old Anglo-Portuguese, who excelled, winning this classic endurance race outright.

Exclusive, just 410 M45s were completed in the 1933-35 period, most of them carrying Lagondas own coachwork. The M45 was regarded very much within its period as a fast and rugged gentlemans sporting car, quickly finding favour amongst the wealthy sporting fraternity.

Eifel Rennen 2010 Gallery Click Here

Nurburgring 24h Free-Practice Aston Martin Vantage GT & Rapide

Two weeks ago we saw for the first time the two Aston Martin Rapide entry in to the 38th Zurich ADAC 24h race at the Nordschleife, both hidden under a matt black wrap.

We wanted to see the 2 cars in all their glory as the wrap revealed some of the hidden Blue Livery. (Previous Story)

It was quite a surprised to see that one of the cars on show was actually bright green, and not the usual “racing green”.

Unfortunately later on we saw this car broken down and flashing its rear hazards as the driver sat, and gazed at the many campers setting up camp.

Good Luck AMR!

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See The Full Gallery Here>>>

Record of the Ferrari 599XX at the Nürburgring announced in Beijing

After the Pistonspy got exclusive shots of the Ferrari 599xx Hot Lapping the Nordschleife it looks like Ferrari did more than confirm it Lap time it made the lap record with a time of 6:58:16 seconds. (If Production Derived is allowed)

This was achieved on the 21-04-2010 after only 2 laps of the Nordschleife that day!

Also worth mentioning is the Radical got a time of 6m 48s and the Gumpert 7:11 so it is up there with the best times.

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Heres the Press release:-

Beijing, 23 April – The Ferrari 599XX is the first ever production-derived sports car to break the 7-minute barrier on the classic 20.832 km Nordschleife circuit, lapping in 6 min 58.16 sec.

The 599XX, which inspired the 599 GTO, is an extreme berlinetta designed for track but not official competition use, and is a veritable technological laboratory incorporating a number of innovative solutions. Some of these will remain the exclusive preserve of the 599XX while others have already filtered down to the 599 GTO, introduced today at the Beijing Motor Show. These include the wheel doughnuts of F1 derivation which serve two purposes – to reduce turbulence and thus drag, and improve brake cooling.

Powered by a development of the V12 engine used by the 599 GTB Fiorano, the 599XX features Ferrari’s High-Performance Dynamic Concept, a novel integrated design and chassis set-up that uses sophisticated electronics to govern the mechanical limits of the handling for maximum performance.

On the aerodynamics front, the car sees the introduction for the first time of the Actiflow™ System that increases downforce and/or cuts drag depending on the car’s trim during cornering. This, together with other careful detailing, ensures that the 599XX boasts extraordinary levels of downforce – up to 630 kg at 300 km/h.

Fundamental to the performance of the car was the development of specific components undertaken together with our technical partners: Brembo for the carbon-ceramic brakes, Michelin for the tyres and Shell for the fuel and lubricants.

Also worth mentioning that I was the only person reporting on the story who was actually there as seen below.

Pistonspy on the Official Ferrari 599xx Laprecord
Ferrari Official Video captures the Pistonspy

Suzuki Swift Spyshots #Nurburgring #spyshots

Today the pistonspy spied the 2011 Suzuki Swift. Two different models of the car were undergoing passenger load test’s as you can see with the headless test dummies.

It also reveals some subtle changes to the headlight and also the wheel arches are also hiding some changes with the increased padding.

Rumour has it the new swift will harness a AWD system and reportedly 180-220ps at the crank.

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