Entries Tagged as 'European Cars'
Car people love to put cool car stuff on their desks. Its just a fact of life. Anyone who loves cars probably has some cool car related thing on their desk at work or maybe hung up on their wall and they are always looking for something even cooler to replace the already cool thing they currently have. Well this is the cool desk thing to end all cool desk things! Right now from Ferrari, you can buy an engine valve from a genuine Ferrari F1 engine! It even comes with a certificate of authenticity and a cool stand to display it with. The stand will have a plaque that will state the car the valve came from and everything. This is pretty awesome for just about any car person, specially if they are also an F1 fan!
This desktop piece will set you back $210 plus shipping, which may also be pricy if you want to get this in time for Christmas. Hit the source link below if you are interested in ordering one.
Tags: · 12 Days Of Hype, Accessories, christmas, european cars, Ferrari, Ferrari F1, Ferrari F1 engine valve, gift guide, Hanukkah, Holidays, Hype, kwanza, Scuderia Ferrari
In the last “12 Days Of Hype” post I talked about Skip Barber racing school as a great gift for the hardcore motorsports fan in your life. However, if you want to just gift someone a day on a race track with crazy exotic cars like Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and the like, then Exotics Racing is a good choice as well. With Facilities at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway in California they are within relatively easy reach for anyone on the west coast. Exotics Racing offers different packages that allow participants to take hot laps in one of up to 15 cars that cover the gamut. Want to drive a Lamborghini Huracan? They have one. What about a Ferrari 458 Italia? They have a few of those too. McLaren MP4-12C? Yessir! They even have Nissan GT-R’s available.
Since all of their experiences are one day they are much easier on the wallet than say a full racing school such as Skip Barber. Driving packages at Exotics Racing start at around $199 and go up from there. If someone just wants to ride shot gun then there are high-speed ride alongs offered for $99. I have personally checked out the facility at Auto Club Speedway and I can tell you that the staff really goes the distance to make sure participants have a good experience. If you are trying to think of a good gift then I would recommend considering a day at Exotics Racing. Hit the source link below for more info.
Tags: · 12 Days Of Hype, Audi, Auto Club Speedway, California Speedway, christmas, Exotics Racing, Exotics Racing California, Exotics Racing Las Vegas, Ferrari, gift ideas, Hanukkah, Holidays, kwanza, Lamborghini, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, McLaren, Nissan GT-R, Porsche, Track Day, xmas
Tags: · #LAAS2014, #LAAutoShow2014, 2014 LA Auto Show, european cars, Events, Hype, Jaguar, Jaguar F-TYPE, Jaguar F-TYPE AWD, Jaguar F-TYPE manual transmission, Jaguar FTYPE AWD, Jaguar FTYPE manual transmission, LA Auto Show, LAAS, laautoshow, los angeles auto show, News
This year’s LA Auto Show was an opportunity for me to see many of cars that have previously had their worldwide debuts overseas or had their worldwide debut at this event. One such car that I was very much looking forward to getting up close to is the new Mercedes Benz AMG GT-S which is their new flagship sports car slated to replace the SLS AMG. Does it look as good in person as it does in pictures? How is the interior? Why did I cut off the top of my own head in the frame? Find out the answers to those questions and more in the video below! You can also check out pictures of the AMG GT-S fresh from the show floor by clicking on the thumbnails!
Tags: · #LAAS2014, #LAAutoShow2014, 2014 LA Auto Show, AMG GT-S, AMG GTS, LA Auto Show, LAAS, laautoshow, los angeles auto show, Mercedes, mercedes amg, Mercedes AMG GT-S, Mercedes AMG GTS, Mercedes Benz
Tucked away in a quiet corner of the LA Auto Show is one of the prettiest Italian sports cars I have ever seen! The Alfa Romeo 4C but not just any 4C, the Launch Edition! Only 500 of which will make it to North America. How is the Launch Edition different? Let’s take a look and find out.
Tags: · #LAAS2014, #LAAutoShow2014, 2014 LA Auto Show, alfa romeo, Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition, european cars, Features, Hype, LA Auto Show, LAAS, laautoshow, los angeles auto show, Video
It was a day or two before SEMA. I had just walked away from my computer, confident that I had finally put together a solid list of all the cars I wanted to cover from the show; and then it happened… I get on instagram and see a post from Mark Arcenal (creator of the Fatlace & illest brands) with this crazy looking widebody Porsche with a caption saying “I lied. Here is my secret project”. If you’re thinking that this was the point that I exclaimed an expletive then you would be correct. However I knew this car was a must have on the list so I found out where it would be and sent my SEMA photo ninja after it.
Despite my desperation to get shots of this car I admittedly do not know much about it. What I do know is that the widebody kit design is all new and dubbed “FRF”. I am speculating but I think this will be a new brand of body kits meant for modern Porsches as a sub-brand RAUH-Welt Begriff (RWB) as typically the RWB brand deals more with older generation 911’s and not so much the newer stuff. I also know that Mark Arcenal is working with Toshiya Ichiraku, the International Director of RWB to bring this FRF kit to the states in which Fatlace would be the exclusive USA distributor. So, technically this kit isn’t here yet. In fact the car you see in the pictures was not built in the states but shipped to Las Vegas directly from Japan. Although Mark did mention on instagram that they are taking pre-orders for the FRF kit but did not mention when the kit will officially release. If you have a Porsche 997 and you’re interested in sporting the FRF kit then I would suggest hitting up Mark on instagram or contacting the RWB USA office and they may be able to help you out.
Tags: · 2014 SEMA Show, Events, fatlace, Features, FRF, FRF Widebody Porsche 997, Hype, illest, mark arcenal, Porsche, Porsche 911, Porsche 997, Rauh Welt Begriff, RWB Porsche, SEMA, SEMA 2014, SEMA2014, Tom Ichiraku
Tags: · 2014 SEMA Show, Events, Features, Hype, Liberty Walk, Liberty Walk Aventador, Liberty Walk BMW M4, Liberty Walk Lamborghini Aventador, Liberty Walk M4, LT Motorwerks, LTMW, SEMA, SEMA 2014, SEMA2014
I have a theory when it comes to building cars, or basically any kind of creation and that theory is that it is impossible to create something truly innovative and awesome without violently pissing off at least a few people. No matter how brilliant an idea is, if it is something that changes the status quo major flame wars are to be expected. To take on something that like regardless takes some brass ones. That is where Falken Tire Motorsport Marketing Manager Nick Fousekis comes in.
Like all of us Nick was witness to the explosion of the Toyobaru phenomenon AKA the rise of the Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ and saw all the individuals who were picking up rear wheel drive sport cars for $25k. Nick decided that he wanted to have cool sports car for $25k too but he didn’t want an FR-S or a BRZ and he wanted his car to have double the performance offered by the split personalities of the GT86 platform. Being constantly surrounded by Porsches due to Falken Tire’s GT3 race program Nick decided that a Porsche 911 would be his platform of choice. Its not hard to find a Porsche chassis for a decent price, but making one fast is another story. Their flat six engines have tons of potential but it also takes tons of money to get those engines to that point. He needed a less expensive way to make reliable power. It was at this point he was inspired by the current trend in drifting, (another motorsport in which Falken Tire is heavily involved) he was going to shoe-horn a Chevy V8 into it. “Sayyyy whhaaaaaat?!” Said all the Porsche fanboys in the world!
Saying that you are going to put an American V8 in a Porsche 911 is enough to get you thrown off a bridge in some parts of the world, or at the very least harassed in some parts of the internet. However, as crazy as the idea sounds, dropping an American V8 into a Porsche is not unheard of. In fact there is a shop out in Las Vegas called Renegade Hybrids that specializes specifically in just such a conversion. Naturally, Nick turned to them to build the conversion for a 996 chassis he had on deck for the project. While the conversion was being done Nick was able to find an authentic GT3 widebody aero kit thanks to his Motorsport connections and turned to Race Tech Services (a race car shop that works closely with Falken Tire’s drifting program) to install it. The Aero package is a bit out of the price range but this wasn’t about the looks, the goal was to create performance as good as or in this case much better than any new sports car in the $25k range.
The result is what Nick has dubbed the “DV8” (get it?) Porsche 911. Its awesome, its innovative, and its mere existence is driving some people into a complete rage spiral and I love it! For a closer look, just click the thumbnails in this post. If you’re lucky you may just catch the DV8 Porsche 911 at a car show or motorsport event next year.
Tags: · 2014 SEMA Show, 911DV8, DV8 911, Events, falken tire, Features, Hawk Performance, hre wheels, Hype, KW Suspensions, Nick Fousekis, Porsche, Porsche 911 V8, Porsche 911 V8 conversion, Porsche DV8, SEMA, SEMA 2014, SEMA2014, Sparco
Vorsteiner is known for their BMW tuning and back when the E9X M3 came out they blew everyone’s minds with their GTRS3 widebody conversion that added some significant junk in the M3’s trunk (no pun intended). When BMW released the new M4 coupe many were wondering how long it would take for Vorsteiner to work their widebody magic or if they would even do it at all. Well right now at SEMA Vorsteiner has answered those questions with “yes” and “right now” as they revealed the GTRS4 (the 4 is for M4…get it?).
When Vorsteiner was creating the GTRS4 conversion they wanted to go for something that was still aggressive but not quite as wild as what they did with the GTRS3. On lookers will notice that when comparing the GTRS4 to the GTRS3 the S4 has very few hard lines or angles. Its much smoother and more in harmony with what BMW was already going for when they designed the M4. I would almost go as far to say that the GTRS4 looks like something BMW created themselves, which is a testament to how good Vorsteiner’s body design artisans are. Despite its harmonious looks the GTRS4 conversion actually adds an additional 4 inches of width to the front of the car and a whopping 7 inches of width to the rear.
With fenders that wide it would take a special wheel to fill it. Luckily since Vorsteiner also produces wheels they created a forged three-piece specifically for the GTRS4 finished in “Gloss brushed shadow”. The 20 inch wheels are 10.5 inches wide in the front and 13 inches wide in the rear which contributes to a massive footprint left behind by the Pirelli tires adorn the rollers.
Naturally all of the body pieces on this conversion are made from Vorsteiner’s patented carbon fiber. With many wide body kits these days made from fiberglass, its crazy to the think that Vorsteiner sticks to their guns and always uses carbon. Its also crazy to think how much this set up will probably cost due to the quality of the materials used. There aren’t many performance mods on this particular GTRS4 but the mods that were done certainly count. First, a KW Suspension system was bolted on which gives the GTRS4 its low stance. Then, Vorsteiner turned to ESS Tuning for a special ECU flash that bumps the horsepower to 550HP at the crank. However those performance bits are not included as part of the package. Everything else you see (including some special edition badges and interior bits like floor mats), is included.
Even though this is only the debut of the GTRS4 and Vorsteiner has not “officially” began taking orders, as of this post I know of at least one confirmed customer of the kit so far. Although I am sure that number has likely gone up significantly since the car has been seen by thousands of people online and on the SEMA show floor. Again, pricing and availability of the GTRS4 is still unknown at this point but I already know for sure its WAY more than I can afford! If you are in the same boat then dream with me by checking out some official pics and live pics from the SEMA show!
Tags: · 2014 SEMA Show, BMW, BMW M4, BMW M4 Widebody, european cars, Events, Exterior, Features, Hype, SEMA, SEMA 2014, SEMA2014, Vorsteiner, Vorsteiner GTRS4, Vorsteiner M4, Widebody M4
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