Thursday, December 28, 2006

2008 Dodge Viper with 600HP

Rob Good:The 2008 Dodge Viper has gained an extra 90hp over the 2006 model thanks to a nicely revised V10 engine.

The V10 aluminum engine block was revised for a 1 millimeter larger bore, raising the displacement to 8.4 liters from 8.3 liters. This car is not going to be the most economical out there, but hey it has 600hp. Larger valves and Variable Valve Timing (VVT)helps increase the output. It has new cylinder heads as well, equipped with Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC)-shaped combustion chambers.

The snake gets a new transmission which is the latest evolution of the Tremec T56 six-speed manual, known as the TR6060.

According to Damiler Chrysler, 0-60 mph comes in under 4 seconds and 0-100-0 mph shoots through in just over 12 seconds (braking in under 100 feet). Other changes include a new hood with a larger hood scoop for air induction and distinctive hood louvers.

Good thing that Chevrolet is bringing out the super Corvette soon, or Dodge will be getting all the limelight.

Burn some rubber.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Mercedes Benz Ocean Drive convertible

Rob Good:At the North American Auto Show in Detroit, Mercedes-Benz is adding to its reputation as a design trendsetter with the presentation of its Concept Ocean Drive four-door convertible. This study is a one-off creation by Mercedes-Benz which revives the tradition of large luxury convertibles. Not having to work to a design brief or production specifications left the designers free to get on with the job of developing the world's most comfortable and elegant convertible.

The Concept Ocean Drive is an interesting look. As a four-door convertible, it belongs in a luxury genre that has almost disappeared from our roads. Like the luxury convertibles of years gone by, this showpiece from Stuttgart features the maximum in elegance, lifestyle sophistication and exclusiveness. To put it another way, it represents automobile culture at its most attractive and desirable.

The one-off special has an all-new body with an almost classic flavour and with clearly defined lines and vibrant two-tone paintwork which are exceptionally charismatic. Although on one level the Concept Ocean Drive displays the restraint of an elite and aristocratic automobile, it is also an open invitation to go on a "topless" cruise along the world's finest ocean promenades. Luxurious, exotic materials have been crafted with consummate skill to create a showpiece of unparalleled perfection.

Apart from the four doors, the outward distinguishing marks of the concept car include a very large and upright radiator grille, LED headlamps and taillights, two-tone paintwork and a striking interplay between taut lines and large, restful surfaces. This lends the one-off special an air of effortless superiority, power, elegance and forward-flowing energy.

The design study is based on the twelve-cylinder Mercedes-Benz S 600 on account of this model's long wheelbase. It even has neck warming technology so you can keep warm with the top lowered on a cold day.

Interesting concept Mercedes Benz.

Friday, December 01, 2006

LA Auto show December 1st 2006

Rob Good:Today I went to the 2007 LA auto show with fellow vehicle enthusiast G.D Perkins. This is the first time that the LA auto show is being held in December rather than January, as it always used to clash with the Detroit auto show....

I took plenty of photo's and here is a few of the better vehicles we saw today...

The beautiful Ferrari 599

Bugatti Veyron

Bently Continental GTC

Lamborghini Gallardo with it's top off....

The 425HP Dodge Magnum SRT

2008/09 Dodge Challenger.... Nice car...

Audi R8.... This car is going to sell...

The new VW Tiguan

Chevrolet Camaro 2008/09

BMW Hydrodgen 7 series......

2007 BMW X5

Ford Mustang GT500 Shelby

Mercedes Benz CL63

Mercedes Benz S63

2007 Porsche 911 Turbo.... What a great car.

Tesla Roadster 2008.... fully electric 0-60 in 4 seconds.

David Spade was there too looking at the nice cars...He must be a bit of a car freak as the show only opened half an hour before we all got in.

My pick for convertible: Lamborghini Gallardo
Stationwagon : Dodge Magnum SRT-8
Sedan Large : Merceded S63 / Bentley Continental
Sedan Medium : BMW M5 / Mercedes E63
Sedan Small : BMW 335i / Audi RS4
Concept : Dodge Challenger
Exotic : Bugatti Veyron

All an all a great day. Getting in early beat the crowds and if you get the chance, go to the 2007 LA Auto show....

Friday, November 24, 2006

2007 BMW AC Schnitzer ACS3 Coupe

AC Schnitzer will in future have available for current 3.0d models a diesel performance upgrade control module to provide 265bhp and max torque of 406lb-ft making this AC307 powering from 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds over the current 6.6 seconds and the top speed of 250hm/h is still limited however.
The sporty bodystyling still harbours many stylistic characters of the 3-series yet with stronger bolder lines and a stronger looking face.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

2006 Cadillac EcoJet Concept

You could well be fooled to think a helicopter was about to take off within an underground car park if this car was to start up. It's a Honeywell LT-101 Turbine Engine which came from the inspiration of Tonight Show host Jay Leno whom also well known as an automotive buff invited General Motors Advanced Design Studio to assist in designing a mid-engine, Turbine powered supercar aptly named The Ecojet. Leno also owns a K1 motorcycle which is also a turbine powered engine with as people say "would would you take an engine from a helicopter and put it in a motorbike?.... cos you can!!"
This particular engine boasts 650BHP on bio-deisel fuel housed on a modified corvette aluminium and magnesium strutured frame and chassis with the body being made of advance carbon fibre over kevlar keeping weight down and power up.
it's design was built to mimic certain jet aircraft strucural designs however the body like several corvette's may need to be checked over for any flimsy plastic sections of the skin.

Monday, October 30, 2006

2008 BMW 335i Convertible

This new convertible boasts a first in Sun Reflective technology for leather upholstery allowing owners the peace of mind that the wear n tear from deteriorate under the blistering sun or have the fear of greatly singing their buttocks from the searing heat. When exposed to direct sunlight the special pigments witin the leather reflect the infra-red radiation alowing prolonged exposure to sunlight and maintain themselves 20 degree's cooler than standard untreated leather.
The central mounted engine is a twin-turbo Inline 6 with 300bhp that pulls 0-100 in 5.5 seconds and electronically limited to 150mph with the new high precision direct injection engine & variable valve technology this system can deliver the most efficient burn of fuel for max power and economy, brining a beautiful blend of performance and economy to BMW .

Thursday, October 19, 2006

2007 BMW 335i twin turbo

Rob Good:I took the liberty of driving the new twin turbo E92 coupe today at Santa Monica BMW. I must say I was very impressed. It seems that BMW may well have under-rated the hp output of 300HP. Some suggest that the engine puts out closer to 360hp with close to 300hp at the wheels.

It is roomier than the previous model and BMW have done very well with the automatic gearbox. It has paddle shifters on the steering wheel a la SMG, but does not have the akwardness that was sometime evident with the manual SMG version. The gears changed as if it was SMG and this car MOVES.

The sound the engine puts out is like music to the ears, and on top of it, it is well constructed with full service and warranty plans.

There is a rumor out there that the 335i 4 door which is to be released soon is capable in 6 speed manual form of completing 0-60 in 4.8 seconds which is the same as the previous generation M5 and the current M3.

BMW must have something up their sleeve for the next M3 due out next year, as I cant imagine them wanting a sub $50,000 4 door sedan keeping up the top of line 3. M may well be taking a different route by making the new M3 more of a lightened track racing beast and allowing the 335i to be the luxury end of the scale. Having said that that will not work too well in the USA, so I am expecting a mid to low 4 second time to 60mph for the next M3.

If you have not driven the 335i and you are contemplating a new BMW do it.

BMW never fails to impress me.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Rumour Has it..

Due to the untimely passing of racing legend Peter Brock, this years Bathurst has unofficially been rebadged as "Brockhurst" in recognition of a legendary driver.
He was a great abasssdor of motor racing, the Super V8's and of Holden and this is the big race of every year up and over Mount Panorama.


Sunday, September 10, 2006

Ford to sell Aston Martin...?

As much as I love Aston Martin, I was shocked when I first heard the news that FORD were taking over as the new owners being a solid 200% Holden Fan.
Recently noted in the weekend paper is the Ford are now looking to sell AM saying it has been approached by several potential buyers and that it would be the quote "...logical one to sell" Peter Cooke 'professor of automotive industries management at Nottingham Business School'.
Aston Martin were made big in the 1960's as British Secret Agent James '007' Bond's car of choice and still to this day marvelled by many celebrities and spoken very highly of by the Top Gear crew.
I have to admit that under FORD they did bring out the very impressive DB9 which I still drool over as it drives down the road and am very interested to see if sold what the new owners can bring to the Aston Martin Badge.

Michael Schumacher to retire, Kimi to replace him.

7 times Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher will retire from Ferrari and F1 at the end of this season. He is currently 2 points behind reigning champion Fernando Alonso and is targeting an 8th world championship before he steps out of the red car for good at the end of the season.

Kimi Raikkonen currently of McLaren Mercedes has been confirmed with the Ferrari team for 2007, 2008 an 2009.

Fellippe Massa has been confirmed for 2007 and 2008.

Next race is in China in 3 weeks time.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

2007 Porsche 9ff 911 Turbo

Stat's:- A Twin-Turbo Flat 6 engine with 640bhp that hits 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds hitting a top speed of 213mph

As we know, porsche update their cars regularly saying that they are very different from the previous model with all new body kits, yet to the naked eye its as if they traced the previous model and maybe smoothed out a view edges and lines. To this picture there seem to be some kinder supple changes with the most prominient being the wheels. This is the attention seeker in my opinion and quite like them as they carry the most recent edition to the 911 motoring ahll of fame.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Peter Brock 05 RIP

It is sad to see that my favorite Australian motor racer Peter Brock has passed on after a vehicle accident. Brock was participating in a rally in Western Australia when he lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree.

I always enjoyed watching Brock kick ass in the 05 Holden's at Bathurst.

Peter Brock's adoption of the number 05 was to highlight the Victorian Governments 05 blood alcohol limit to the public. So from 1975, Brock maintained 05 as his car number even when as Australian Touring Car Champion, he was entitled to use the number one.

He raced Fords for a short period and also raced Volvo, but he will best be remembered as the King of Mount Panarama in the 05 Holden's.

One word.... Bugger.

The guy was a legend.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

BMW Z10 supercar

BMW'’s last supercar was the M1 back in 1979. That car was the first car produced by BMW Motorsport, which makes the M badged cars like M3, M5 and M6. The BMW M1 had a 3.5 litre inline 6 24 valve engine that made 277hp at 6500rpm and 324Nm of torque at 5000rpm. Tuned versions could make up to 850hp. This engine also powered the first generation M5 and M6 vehicles.

Now with it's involvement with F1, BMW naturally would like to do what the other car manufacturers in F1 are doing, and make a Supercar. Toyota has it'’s Lexus LF-A and Honda has it's new NSX coming out soon, not to mention Ferrari and McLaren Mercedes. BMW'’s new Supercar is expected to be called the Z10. BMW has set development targets for the Z10 to be a rear/mid-engine Supercar powered by a V10. The V10 would be likely a tuned up version of the advanced M5 V10 5 litre engine that won the 2005 Engine of the Year award. Targeted performance figures are 550hp and a curb weight of 1200kg which gives the car a power to weight ratio of 458bhp per ton. The V10 is likely to make 550hp in the M6CSL which may or may not be made shortly, so expect even better performance from the Z10.

The Z10 looks very Ferrari esk in this photo. I would go as far as saying that the Z10 is a spectacular looking automobile, and if built it will certainly have fantastic build quality, performance and reliability.

BMW what are you waiting for?

Thursday, August 10, 2006

2007 BMW X5

BMW has taken the liberty of releasing a new 2007 X5. It has improved it's good looks from the previous model and has a host of great new features and technology.

The engines boast more power, and use less fuel thanks to lighter materials, smarter technology and seven years of diligence.

The new inline six cylinder engine generates 260 hp and 225 lb-ft of torque, while the eight cylinder, 4.8-liter engine offers 350 hp and 350 lb-ft torque. The six cylinder was previously rather underpowered, so the new engine is going to make it a swift performer.

For the first time, the all new X5 offers the convenience of a third row seat, which is really a must in the USA in this day and age. The interior offers more cargo space than the previous generation and a wealth of premium features. Enjoy ventilated leather seats with 20-way adjustments and 10 interior fans to keep you cool and comfortable. Cup holders large enough for any appetite. (BMW has not been very good at cup holders up to date)

BMW has even added the option of a rearview camera to make backing up extra safe.

This vehicle is going to sell very well. I am wondering what the new version of the hi-po 4.8is will be? Maybe they will shoehorn the Alpina supercharged V8 into it at 500hp for humor?

2009 Chevrolet Camaro

It has been announced by GM CEO Rick Wagoner that Chevrolet will bring back the iconic muscle car the Camaro in 2009.

I hope that the car will be similar to the spectacular concept vehicle I viewed at the LA auto show earlier this year. Initial production will begin at the end of 2008, and retail sales will start in the first quarter of 2009.

I am guessing that the car will be powered by a 5.7 V8 similar to that of the standard Corvette available now. Hopefully Chevrolet make use of the 505hp V8 from the Corvette ZO6 in the Camaro possibly as the SS model.... This Camaro is very good looking, and with the right technology and power to weight ratio it will sell very well.

Chevrolet stopped producing the fast and sleek car in the 2002 model year after a run that began in 1967.

Mini Hummers

Your on your way out to the golf course and decide to take a laid back round and decide to take a golf cart to save those legs from all those up hill climbs. Golf carts have been used for that general purpose without and fulfilling need for the status quo, until now.
This year two gentlemen Dominik Jackson (British Racing Driver) and Chris Kirk signed the GM rights for Europe and Russia after the Hummers while Dominik was racing in the USA. They have obtained huge interest from the film industry, promotional companies, marketing executives, land owners, holiday resorts and celebrities.
Here is a sample of some of their 'Golf Carts'
The Hummer H2

And yes this IS a golf cart

For further specs and gallary click here

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Jenson Button wins in Hungary

After 113 Grand Prix starts Englishman Jenson Button with Honda finally wins a race.

Congratulations.... Well deserved.

Both Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher had to retire from todays race, along with Kimi who started from pole position in Hungary....

A magnificent race indeed.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Villeneuve off to NASCAR in 2007?

It is rumored that BMW F1 driver Jacques Villeneuve could be heading for NASCAR next year. This was recently reported in the Journal de Montreal newspaper. The story suggested that Villeneuve has already signed a pre contract with a NASCAR team conditional on him not finding an F1 drive. He would spend one season racing in the Busch Series and then move into the Nextel Cup in 2008. The existence of a deal has been denied by Villeneuve, but it is clear that there is contact with NASCAR teams.

It has been said before, but with what is happening in Hungary at the moment with the 3rd driver replacing Jacques, there seems to be very little chance of Villeneuve returning to F1 again.

This would really boost the ratings of NASCAR with Juan Pablo Montoya already confirmed with Ganassi NASCAR next year. Nothing like seeing Jacques and JPM wheel to wheel.

Plus the money is very good in NASCAR and you can race well into your 40's.

Way to go I guess, although F1 wont be the same without Villeneuve and Montoya.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

2006 Ferrari P 4/5 by Pininfarina

As if it leaped out of the pages of a futuristic comic book, Ferrari bring us the 2006 p 4/5 obviously based on the enzo and is the only one to be produced for owner James Glickenhaus. It will be have its world debut in just under a months time at pepple beach Concours d'Elegance where more information will be made available other than it being a V12 $3m vehilce.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Porsche Carrera GT1

This is an idea of what the supposed upcoming Bugatti Veyron beating Porsche GT1 might look like. If it gets the green light it expect to see it around 2009. The GT1 is expected to be a 950bhp street legal version of Porsche's future Le Mans racer. The beast is expected to use the Carrera GT's carbon fiber frame with a new nose and tail. The GT1's top speed should be about 254 mph, 2 mph more than the Veyron.

No one except people at Porsche knows whether the GT1's powerplant will be a turbocharged version of the Carrera GT's V10 or a bored out, twin turbo version of the Cayenne S's V8, or something else. It seems likely that Porsche wants to take the podium of fastest car from the Bugatti Veyron. I wait the outcome.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

2007 Holden Commodore VE

Holden has unveiled the all new VE Commodore range. The car is the first vehicle based on GM's Zeta global rear wheel drive platform designed by Holden for use in GM vehicles. There is a strong likelihood of it underpinning the new Chevrolet Camaro. Holden's sports performance hero SS model and prestige leader Calais were chosen to debut VE Commodore at an event in Melbourne. Holden also used the event to introduce its new V Series (reminiscent of Cadillac), enabling the company to offer extra variants under the SS and Calais nameplates as well as special edition models. Details and gallery after the jump.

The 2006 Holden Commodore range is as follows:

Omega (new) 3.6L V6, peak power 241 hp (180kW), peak torque 330Nm, four-speed automatic

Berlina 3.6L V6, peak power 241 hp (180kW), peak torque 330Nm, four-speed automatic; 6.0L V8, peak power 270kW, peak torque 530Nm, six-speed automatic

SV6 3.6L V6, peak power 262 hp (195kW), peak torque 340Nm, five-speed automatic or six-speed manual

SS 6.0L V8, peak power 362 hp (270kW), peak torque 530Nm, six-speed automatic, six-speed manual

SS V (new) - 6.0L V8, peak power 362 hp (270kW), peak torque 530Nm, six-speed automatic, six-speed manual

Calais 3.6L V6, peak power 262 hp (195kW), peak torque 340Nm, five-speed automatic; 6.0L V8, peak power 270kW, peak torque 530Nm, six-speed automatic

Calais V (new) 3.6L V6, peak power 262 hp (195kW), peak torque 340Nm, five-speed automatic; 6.0L V8, peak power 270kW, peak torque 530Nm, six-speed automatic

Now with 362 hp in the good old SS and Calais, I am very intersted to see if HSV will be able to use the 505HP engine used in the magnificent Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 for one of it's next releases?

I have always liked the Commodore, the VE looks particularly good, although the rear end might take a week or two to get used too....... Roll them out Holden.

2008 Mercedes Benz CL

The new 2008 Mercedes Benz CL is going to be technologically advanced, but that is not going to make it a great looking car. Mercedes has been doing well lately with the new models, but I am not quite convinced the this CL600 pictured. Expect 388hp out of the CL550 and 514hp out of the twin turbo CL600. What do you think?

Friday, July 14, 2006

New Mercedes-Benz SLR 722 Edition:

A little known fact about this thoroughbred is what/where the 722 came from. Its in reference to two parts the first being a homage by Mercedes-Benz to Stirling Moss and co-driver Denis Jenkinson for their 'unforgetable' victory in a Mercedez-Benz 300 SLR with the starting number 722 which represents secondly the start time of 07:22hrs at the Mille Miglia in 1955. The Special Edition also marked the foundation of the worlwide SLR Club at the Paul Ricard Circuit in Le Castellet located in Southern France and has kept in line with the wishes of enthusiast drivers whom collection exotic expensive sports cars.

The SLR722 has a modified front spoler with an air splitter and rear diffuser to better improve not only the on road contact but over all aerodynamics when it reaches the high end speeds. Managed by a sophisticated suspension system that includes a stiffer damper configuration, larger brake disc's, all to handle a supercharged 5.5ltr V8 engine hand built to deliver 650bhp creating an unmistakable V8 Sound & reaching a top speed of 209mph succeeding the previous at 207mph record. The sporty interior includes bucket sports seats upholstered in leather/alcantara (provides lateral support) and hunting leather lining on the steering wheel for more grip .

The new super sports car will go in sale as of July 11th 2006

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Juan Pablo Montoya to NASCAR

Rob Good: I am disappointed to learn that Formula 1 will be losing one of my favorite drivers to NASCAR next year. Juan Pablo Montoya has secured a deal to drive for his former boss Chip Ganassi in NASCAR for the 2007 season, and may even be in #42 car sometime this year after the F1 season is finished.

Montoya’s only stock-car experience came in June 2003 when he and four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon “exchanged” race cars for an exhibition at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Montoya drove Gordon’s Chevrolet while Gordon took a spin in Montoya’s F1 car.

Juan Pablo's switch to NASCAR comes on the heels of reports that former Formula 1 World Champion and another of my favourite F1 drivers Jacques Villeneuve, an Indianapolis 500-winner himself, has expressed interest in driving in the series. Both the newly-married Villeneuve and Montoya are at the end of their current F1 team contracts with the conclusion of the present year's campaign. Most veteran observors did not feel Montoya was being courted to continue at McLaren/Mercedes with reigning F1 champ Fernando Alonso coming to the team in 2007. imagine Jacques and JPM in the same NASCAR team.....

2007 is going to be an interesting year in motorsport that is for sure.

Good luck to him.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

BMW M6 convertible

BMW M GmbH follows its tradition of producing ultra-performance luxury vehicles by introducing its latest variant, the new BMW M6 Convertible.

The BMW M6 Convertible is a unique performer featuring the internationally acclaimed engine of the year, the 5.0-litre V10, which produces an awesome 373 kW (507 bhp) and maximum torque of 520 Nm. With a suspension developed for supreme dynamics and a Sequential M Gearbox (SMG) complete with Drivelogic, this ultimate power unit turns the latest product from BMW M into an open sports car able to accelerate to 100km/h (62mph) in just 4.8 seconds.

That my friends is faster than the Lamborghini Countach most of us dreamed about as youngsters, and all with the roof off...... What a beast of a car.

I expect the price to be in excess of $110,000 plus markup in USA.....

Ramp up production and get them out fast BMW.

I wonder what BMW M have up their sleeve for the next car?

Friday, June 16, 2006

Mercedes AMG CLK-GTR

To sight this car would be amazing, to view it up close and personal would be a greater achievment, to sit inside this marvel would be a crowning joy, Getting it to work... Priceless.
Newly produced as the worlds most expensive production car at $1.7m ($2.7m kiwi dollars) it overshadows the Bugatti Veyron in cost but not in operational performance. There are only a very small select view that will ever be built and one such current owner in Los Angelas, a car dealer and former ferrari employee is quoted as saying that he couldn't get it 10 blocks down the road before it broke down. If your pockets are deep the car is expected to sell between NZD$2.3m & NZD$3.0m

story here

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Rumor has it in the F1 paddock

Rumor has it that McLaren F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya will leave the team at the end of this season. There is no rumor of where he might go. He is a great driver, and I'd like to think that he would retain a drive for 2007.
It also seems that another rumor is that Kimi has signed for Ferrari.... If that is the case then who will be driving with current world Champion Fernando Alonso at Mclaren next year?