Archive for September, 2010
Lamborghini Sesto Elemento (Italian for Sixth Element) Concept Revealed
- All Wheel Drive
- V10 Power Plant
- e.Gear Transmission
- 2200 lbs
- 570 hp
- 0-62 mph in 2.5 seconds
- A LOT of Carbon Fiber
This new concept is an extremely lightweight carbon fiber sensation that provides high performance and handling that Lamborghini is known for. With it’s lightweight and power to weight ratio of 1.75 kilograms per horsepower, the Sesto Elemento offers unmatched power and handling seen in the world of super cars.
While taxpayers are flipping the bill to keep America’s auto industry afloat, an undercover investigation shows illegal activities by Chrysler employees who have enjoyed nearly $15 billion in government money.
Dozens of autoworkers in Detroit were caught on camera drinking beer and smoking marijuana before heading to work at the Chrysler plant that President Obama praised in a speech just two months ago.
An exclusive investigation by MyFoxDetroit showed workers at Chrysler’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, Mich., drinking beer and smoking joints while on a half-hour lunch break at a nearby park.
The investigation — conducted over several weeks and based on tips from workers at the plant — outraged the auto giant’s top executives who reportedly called the behavior “totally unacceptable.”
Following reports of a private viewing in Pebble Beach earlier this month, Ferrari has revealed first photos and details of the SA APERTA, a drop-top version of the 599. Production is limited to only 80 units all of which have been pre-sold.
The significance of the 80 units pays tribute to styling firm and long time Ferrari partner, Pininfarina, for their 80th anniversary. The SA nomenclature also pays tribute to both Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina.
Described as a true roadster, a removable soft top design is used which Ferrari describes should “be resorted to only if the weather gets particularly bad.” Other body alterations include a lower-angled windscreen, integrated roll-bars flanked by aerodynamic fins and a lowered suspension.
The chassis has been stiffened to compensate for the absence of the roof, however, Ferrari states that any added weight brought on by the re-engineering of the chassis is negligible.
The SA Aperta is equipped with the familiar 6.0-liter V12 producing 661 bhp, same as the recently announced 599 GTO, the road-going version of the 599XX track car.
The SA Aperta makes its public debut in Paris this week.
The saying goes “it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”
Even so, the first 14 minutes of Saturday’s main event of UFC 119 tested the patience of the 15,811 fans who packed Conseco Fieldhouse, and not even a knockout finish in the final minute of the bout could change fans’ opinions of Frank Mir and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic’s heavyweight encounter as restless fans showered boos for the lack of action.
Mir spent the bulk of the fight bullying the Croatian striker into the fence and using his mass to wear down his opponent. But, Mir wasn’t active enough in the clinch, forcing referee Herb Dean to separate the two and restart the bout in the middle.
When the two did engage, it wasn’t with a flurry of fists and feet that fans were anticipating. With just over a minute left in the third and final round, a decision from the judges seemed to be the likely outcome. Then Mir landed a right knee strike to the jaw of the former Croatian police anti-terrorist commando and knocked out the 36-year-old striker to pick up his 14th career victory.
The fans’ dissatisfaction was also shared by the victor in the post-fight press conference.
“The only thing I can take from this is that I beat him without a single takedown. That’s the only positive I take from this,” Mir said. “I can breathe easy that it didn’t go to a judges’ decision. I guess a sloppy win is better than a sloppy loss. That being said, the knockout was the only highlight. I’m completely upset with my performance.”
Parsons dropout Alexander Wang launched his first full women’s collection in 2007. The label embodies casually cool downtown style, drawing inspiration from the eighties, French chic, and rock grunge—always finished with a slouchy rolled-out-of-bed edge. Wang launched a diffusion line of pre-weathered cotton tees, tanks, and T-shirt dresses in spring 2009, T by Alexander Wang, as well as a footwear collection of towering platform sandals. He won the CFDA/VogueFashion Fund in 2008, an honor accompanied by a $20,000 award to expand one’s business. Megan Fox, Mary-Kate Olsen, Nicole Richie and Gwyneth Paltrow are just a few of Alexander Wangs distinguished clients.
It was announced this week on TMZ that a New Years Eve Sesame Street special starring Katy Perry has been partially canceled due to her revealing wardrobe choice. Katy shot a segment for the show in which she sings a cleaned-up version of her song, “Hot N Cold” with Elmo. The video made its way to YouTube on Monday and produced a million views, but some parents started complaining about how much cleavage was being shown. What the YouTube viewers were unaware of was that what seems to be Katy’s breasts, is actually a flesh-colored mesh that goes all the way to her neck. We’ve learned producers have decided not to air the song on the show.
Among the parental comments:
– “DUDE MY SON SAW THIS AND GOT A BONER WTTTTTTTTTF.”
– “You can practically see her t*ts. That’s some wonderful children’s programming.”
– “they’re gonna have to rename it cleavage avenue”
– “my kid wants milk now”
WOW, talk about some great comments!!! Calm down parents!!!
Sometimes, the best way to determine an outcome is to put it to a vote. Just ask the Audi TTRS when it hits our shores in mid-2011.
“Last year Audi unveiled the RS version of its TT model at the Geneva auto show, but as with many European high-performance unveilings, the question of a U.S. import version was in doubt,” explains CNET. “To settle the question, Audi posted a survey on its Facebook page, and got 11,500 yeas for the Audi TT RS in a month. With this result, Audi says it will bring the TT RS to the U.S. by the third quarter of 2011, enough time in Internet terms for people to have moved on from car fandom to the latest Lady Gaga video.“
Jalopnik notes that the U.S.-bound TTRS has “no prices set yet, and only the hardtop aluminum and steel version makes the trip.”
“Audi is warning American customers that a limited number of cars will be imported, asking them to offer their contact info so that they can receive further information when this becomes available,” writes Autoevolution.
Jay Leno goes in search of Hollywood’s Hidden Street Circuit in the Mercedes SLS AMG. What he finds are the winding roads of the Southern California icon, Mulholland Drive. Sit back and enjoy this awesome video, one of our favorites.
The Fast and the Famous
BMW has announced the world premier of the concept for its new 6 Series concept coupe at the 2010 Paris Motor Show Oct. 12 – 17.
Judging from the preview photos, the new coupe still retains some of those classic hallmarks that make a BMW coupe (stretched hood, short front overhang, a low silhouette with a swooped roofline). The concept has a lower silhouette and a tighter rear end, giving it a sportier visual feel.
BMW says the 2+2-seater will have full-LED, adaptive headlights and a newly designed, freestanding control display for the iDrive operating system. It has a full-glass roof, Bang & Olufsen sound and the driver-oriented cockpit (instrument panel, electronics).
The best part is where most “concept” cars never see the light of day, what you are looking at is a concept car in name only. Now while we like this concept over the current 6 series and it is a definite step in the right direction. We would have liked a little more, lets hope the next time they take a leap instead of just a step. What are your thoughts?
“The LFA is a thoroughbred supercar, a machine engineered to achieve a single goal – to deliver a supreme driving experience,” said Chief Engineer Haruhiko Tanahashi. “Over the past decade we have pushed every boundary in pursuit of this goal and I believe we have created the most driver-orientated car we possibly could.” A decade of development? That makes it sound like that this should be the best supercar out there. Of course then you hear the price-tag of $375,000 and wonder if this Japanese supercar is worth purchasing over Italy’s Ferrari or Lamborghini.
Power for the rear-wheel-drive Lexus LFA, which is constructed using advanced carbon fiber technology, comes from a mid-front mounted 4.8L V10 engine that red lines at 9,000 rpm and makes 552-hp with a maximum torque of 354 lb-ft. Mated to a 6-speed Automated Sequential Gearbox, the LFA goes from 0-62 mph in just 3.7 seconds (0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds) with a top speed of 202 mph.
The Lexus LFA coupe will be produced at the Motomachi plant in Toyota City. Toyota will make just 500 examples at rate of 20 units per month “to ensure the finest build quality and attention to detail.” In fact, each V10 engine will be assembled by a single engineer that will bear his signature as a testament. Buyers will be able to choose from a range of extensive options and 30 different exterior paint colors. Lexus says that certain items on the standard equipment list can also be removed, such as the audio system, if you wish to reduce the car’s weight.
For a $375,000 supercar, that’s pretty exclusive.