Sunday, July 23, 2006
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
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.
Posted by Rob Good at 8:48 pm
Sunday, July 16, 2006
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.
Posted by Rob Good at 1:56 pm
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?
Posted by Rob Good at 1:39 pm
Friday, July 14, 2006
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
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.
Posted by Rob Good at 12:04 pm