Archive for December, 2010
Mercedes-Benz will unveil its face-lifted 2012 C-Class sedan next month at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show and will begin shipping cars to U.S. dealers next summer. The updated C-Class gets restyled front and rear ends. The cockpit features a new instrument panel with a high-resolution color display.
For the U.S. market, the 2012 C-Class sedan will be offered initially in three variants. The C250 is powered by a new twin-turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder engine delivering 201 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque. The C300 4Matic features a 228-hp V6 with 221 lb-ft of torque and all-wheel drive. The C350 gets a new direct-injection V6 with 302 hp and 273 lb-ft.
Among the new optional driver-assistance systems for the 2012 C-Class are adaptive high-beam assist, Park Assist with Parktronic, lane-keeping assist and blind spot assist. The Attention Assist drowsiness detection system will come standard.
Sometime after introduction, look for a C-Class AMG Black Series with twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 as a potential M3 killer.
4 oz. of bourbon
4 oz. of brandy
4 oz. Tia Maria
1 doz. eggs, separated
1/2 lb. powdered sugar
1 qt. whipping cream
1 qt. half and half cream
Nutmeg as needed
Add bourbon, brandy and Tia Maria to egg yolks. Add powdered sugar and beat thoroughly. Refrigerate at least 24 hours. Reserve egg whites; when yolk mixture is ready, whip whipping cream until thick and add half and half. Add yolk mixture and mix. Whip egg whites and add mix thoroughly. Serve with nutmeg sprinkled on top. This is a great Christmas specialty.
The Lotus Exos T125 is an F1 race car in all but a few ways. The company’s building twenty five of ‘em, selling each for a cool $1 million and forming a private racing league for the owners. Totally. Awesome. Think of the Lotus Exos program as the most brilliant F1 development strategy in history. Lotus is returning to F1, having announced their new F1-car and begun development testing already. The competition is fierce though, and development costs for the series are phenomenal, so what if there was a way to offset the cost and get some additional development while not breaking F1′s testing ban? That’s basically the Exos. Of course, that’s not the “official” story, but a wink’s as good as a nod.
The 1,433 lb Exos is an all carbon fiber F1-style race car fitted with a 650 HP Cosworth V8 with a blistering 10,300 RPM red line, an on-board starter, and a (get this!) 2,800-mile tear down schedule. That’s like sending the space shuttle up a half-dozen times before servicing it. As awesome as the machine is, the really slick part is the program surrounding it. Lotus will be forming the “Exos Club,” something that might be considered the greatest owner’s experience ever conceived.
The Exos Club’s perks read like every racing fantasy you’ve ever had. The owners will go through rigorous drivers training managed by a collection of engineers, race drivers, mechanics and physical trainers and physicians. The owner will be honed into a legitimate racing driver in not just the mental but the physical. Then, beginning in 2011, Lotus will put on five races for the owners across Europe.
New details on the upcoming Lamborghini LP700-4, pictured here thanks to a rendering by Graphicar.it, have emerged from a leaked dealer ordering guide. Oddly enough, the document still just refers to the model as the LP 700-4, as Lamborghini is still putting off an announcement as to the name of the car, which reports have as the Aventador.
The document confirms the impressive power and performance specs on the LP 700-4. Powering the supercar is a 6.5 liter V12 producing 690 bhp and 509 lb-ft of torque. The engine is coupled to a 7-speed independent shift rod transmission with shift times of just 50 milliseconds. The model also features a Haldex all-wheel drive system.
With a curb weight of just 3,472 pounds, that’s all good for a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 2.8 seconds and top speed is 217 mph. Options such as a transparent bonnet and yellow or orange-colored brake calipers are on offer. Finish options include the new Arancio Argos (orange color) paint in a pearl effect, as well as a selection of matte finishes, and bi-color interiors such as the Sportivo with Alcantara.
Get out the pruning shears and make sure the lawn bags are emptied! This is gonna be one GRASSY tasting event, Friends! Presenting Meloza tequila, perhaps the most VEGETAL and “green” tasting blanco currently on the market.
In this omnibus Meloza tasting (from blanco to extra anejo!), Th’ Lip walks his palate through the 4 ages of Meloza looking for that vegetal goodness to be present throughout the product line. Will he find a “Harvester Heaven”, or a “Hackneyed Hell”? Watch and be surprised at how it all shakes out!
A few weeks back a friend showed me a video, that stuck with me. It was the music video for Yelle – A Cause Des Garcons the song itself is super catchy. But also in the video, are these kids with Mohawk Mullets waving their hands around in some sort of crazy dance style. I couldn’t shake the song or dancing out of my head, so I did some research. Turns out it’s called Tecktonik and originated in Paris.
While this “new” dance craze has recently blown up in France and other countries, it has been around for years. Part of the Electro Dance “family” it also draws inspiration from other dances; such as shuffling, hard-style, jump-style and others. I think we will see more Tecktonik in the states soon as the boom for electro music here continues to grow.
Check out the video that intrigued me so much as well as a French documentary about the Tecktonik craze.
John Gotti Jr. was born on October 27, 1940. John Gotti was flashy, fearless, fierce and ruthless. He was the type of mob leader that had not been seen since the heydays of Al Capone and Lucky Luciano. John Gotti ushered in a second glory period for the Gambino crime family in the 1980s. He used a combination of old-school charm and a ruthless desire for power, money, and respect. He was a man of contradictions; a man who could go from vicious murder operations to throwing barbecues for his neighbors.
John Gotti Jr. was known as both the “Dapper Don” and the “Teflon Don” for his flashy attire and ability to beat any rap that the authorities tried to throw at him. He was the top dog in the underworld throughout the 1980s, and executed his commanding presence with an unparalleled toughness and willingness to do whatever it took to stay at the top.
John Gotti began his life born and raised in Brooklyn. His days of crime started when he joined street gangs and committed petty thefts as a youngster. John Gotti Jr.’s first arrest was at the age of 14. He was caught trying to steal a cement mixer, but dropped it and broke his foot. An example of the suave character, which served him well for most of his life, Gotti managed to talk his way out of trouble by attributing the incident to a boyhood prank.