Entries Tagged as 'Features'

Hype Video: Jenson Button And Fernando Alonso Star In “Back To The Race Track”

Posted on 01.29.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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If the classic movie Back To The Future has taught us anything, its that the “future” officially happens in a little under 10 months away on October 21st 2015 at 7:28pm.  However, that fact didn’t stop McLaren Automotive, Jenson Button, and Fernando Alonso to gloriously recreate one of the most iconic scenes in BTTF but naturally, a McLaren 650S plays the part of the time machine rather than a Delorean.  Where will Jenson and Fernando go?  To an epic F1 race of the past?  A hovercraft race in the future?  Watch the flick below to find out.  Trust me, its worth it!

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Gaming Hype: Forza Motorsport 6 Goes Behind The Scenes Of The New Ford GT’s Development

Posted on 01.26.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) just ended and by now I think it is safe to say that the new Ford GT easily stole the show with its striking looks and the debut of its new “Ecoboost” V6 engine.  Further increasing its momentum was the announcement that Forza Motorsport 6 was coming and that the new Ford GT would be the cover car.  Today, thanks to Forza, we get to see a behind the scenes look at how the new Ford GT was created and some insight into the design choices made by the Ford team.  Its a pretty awesome way to spend five and a half minutes!  Check it out below.

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Gaming Hype: What We Want To See In Forza Motorsport 6

Posted on 01.15.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Just a few days ago we learned that Forza Motorsport 6 is coming and that the new Ford GT supercar will grace the cover.  Although, that is about all we know and I suspect the world won’t learn more about Forza Motorsport 6 until E3 this year.  Which is kind of crazy because it feels like just yesterday when Forza Motorsport 5 came out and I still play Forza 5 quite often because its awesome.  However, its not perfect.  It has its flaws and issues here and there so I’d like to list off some things that I would like to see in Forza Motorsport 6.  Some of these things are just improvements over what was done in Forza 5 and other items may be things that have yet to be done in the Forza Motorsport series.  Ready? Here we go!

Revise the menu system

As much as I like Forza Motorsport 5, one point of frustration for me is their menu layout.  Most of the menu isn’t that bad just a bit cumbersome but the part that annoys me the most is the menu for buying cars.  For some reason they went from organizing the cars by OEM in alphabetical order to organizing the cars in alphabetical order.  In case you have yet to play the latest Forza games and don’t know what I am talking about; it means whenever a player goes to the car buying menu and wants to pick out a car they will start at say an Audi A3 and if they want to just buy a Nissan GT-R they have to scroll right through EVERY CAR that each OEM between Audi and Nissan has in the game before they reach the car they actually want.  Its really annoying.  There are filters but in my experience they are only a minor help as “manufacturer” isn’t a filter option that is available.

They have done the same thing in Forza Horizon 2 but I let it slide in my review because the car list is not as extensive.  So while they’re at it I’d like them to fix this for Forza Horizon 3 as well!

Add night racing and weather

This is something Forza fans have been asking for since Forza Motorsport 3.  They eventually got it but in the Horizon series and not in Forza Motorsport.  The rumor is that Turn 10 Studios very much wanted to include night racing and weather in Forza Motorsport 5 but since FM5 was slated to be a launch title for the Xbox One the team just didn’t have the time to include it.  However, the Xbox One is going on two years old now and I imagine that Turn 10 went to work on Forza 6 not too soon after Forza 5 was released so I am hoping and slightly expecting that they have had the time and space they needed to include weather effects in the next Forza game.  Personally I would be fine even if the weather wasn’t “dynamic” but just an option that players can turn on and off before a race.

Add timed/endurance racing

With world famous races like the 24 hours of Le Mans, Rolex 24 Hours, 12 hours of Sebring, and the glamorously prestigious 24 hours of LeMons its kind of surprising that there was not any timed endurance racing in Forza Motorsport 5.  I think it would be a really cool option for multiplayer racing.  Imagine getting your Forza club together and organizing a 2, 4, 6, or 8 hour endurance race?  It may be a tricky thing for Turn 10 to  do but if they could include it I think it would be incredibly cool.

More cars from more racing disciplines

Forza Motorsport 5 saw the inclusion of open wheel cars for the first time in the Forza series and that was awesome but I’d like to see that idea go even further in Forza Motorsport 6.  I want to see lots of WRC rally cars, rallycross cars, Grand-Am style Daytona Prototype cars, Japanese Super GT cars, and proper drift cars.  I am aware that there are Formula Drift and D1 cars in the Forza games now but those are mostly custom liveries and tunes made by the community.  I’d very much like to see Turn 10 create some of those cars in studio and include them out of the box or as part of a DLC car pack.  I would also like to see more liveries for the Indy Cars.

Add more wheels and body kits

This is something that has been lacking since Forza Motorsport 4.  The wheel and body kit options in the last two games are lacking and what is included is starting to become out of date.  One of the best things about the early Forza games was the level of exterior customization that could be achieved and the ability to add real body kits to a particular build.  I understand that there are many cars out there that just don’t have any body kits available for that specific application.  Yet, the default body kit of a front splitter and rear bi-plane wing are starting to get a bit tired.  If Turn 10 cannot incorporate more real body kits then I’d like to see more “default” body kit styles from them.  For example, a way to make any car into a widebody.  Their wheel catalog is also in severe need of an update.  More wheel options are always good!

Last but not least: Figure out how to end this silly kerfuffle with EA and Porsche!

RUF is cool but we want Porsche!  Now, it isn’t like Turn 10 has been ignoring this issue.  Hardly.  However, I think its about time to push a little harder to settle this issue with Porsche licensing.  As of now EA has switched their Need For Speed series to an “every other year” schedule with mobile games inbetween.  As such, its likely that the Porsche license isn’t as important to them now as it was back when they pushed Porsche as a main feature of their games.  If there was ever a time when EA may be willing to loosen their grip on the Porsche brand, it is probably now.  Hopefully Turn 10 Studios has a hard charging negotiator at the table with both EA and Porsche right now to work something out.  I would not hold my breath for this one but my fingers remain crossed.

Well, there you have it.  That’s my list for what I’d like to see in Forza Motorsport 6.  Do you disagree with anything on my wishlist.  Is there something you want to see that I may have left out? Let me know in the comments or tweet it to us at @MotorworldHype

If any more Forza Motorsport 6 news comes out we will do our best to keep you updated!

 

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NAIAS 2015: The New NSX Has Finally Arrived! Is It Everything We Have Waited For?

Posted on 01.12.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Just hours ago in Detroit, the sheet was finally pulled off the production version of the new Acura NSX.  After three years of waiting, the world finally gets to know what the successor to Acura’s iconic sports car is all about.  As far as its looks, nothing is really a surprise as the concept was revealed some time ago and as promised the production version is nearly identical.  A few changes were made in its dimensions but they are so incremental (we’re talking millimeters here) that they are hardly worth mentioning.

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What everyone was really waiting for was the numbers, as in specs of the new NSX.  How much horsepower would it have?  What would the new hybrid drive train be like?  How much would it weigh?  What kind of brakes would it have? And most importantly, how much is it going to cost?  Well with its official reveal today we got the answers to some of those questions.  Follow along to get the details…

The Engine

The new NSX will be a hybrid, which was a surprise when it was first announced but today with hybrid hyper cars like the McLaren P1, Porsche 918, and LaFerrari having an electric engine in a supercar is almost par for the course.  Dubbed the “Super Hybrid Power Unit” the heart of the NSX’s powertrain is a 75 degree mid-mounted twin-turbo V6 engine.  Yes, not one, but two turbos!  The engine is bolted to a 9 speed (yeah, 9) DCT transmission which is capable of sending power to all the wheels via Acura’s SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) set up with torque vectoring.  The DCT is promised to offer “synapse-quick” upshifts and automatic rev-matching on downshifts.  There will be three electric motors on the new NSX the first one will sit in the rear between the V6 and the transmission.  Its main purpose will be to aid in acceleration, braking, and shifting.  Now, I’m not sure how an electric motor will help the transmission shift faster but I’m definitely no engineer!  The other two electric motors will be mated to each of the front wheels independently.  Those motors will essentially act as instant torque for the front wheels and can actively shift torque from the left to the right and vice versa depending on driving conditions.  Put all three of these electric motors together and you have a twin-turbo car that will virtually never experience turbo lag.

The Chassis

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The first NSX was also the first all aluminum sports car.  That was ground breaking for the time but since then, OEMs have found many more ways to save weight.  The new NSX still has an aluminum space frame but it now also shores up that frame with a carbon fiber floor.

The Techy Bits

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What Acura refers to as the Advanced Sport Package is really a suite of tech and tuning that offers a range of driving modes by adjusting the engine (and electric motors), drivetrain, and suspension.  The NSX will have an all aluminum full-independent front and rear suspension which will be mated to staggered (19×8.5 inch front, 20×11 inch rear) wheels wrapped in Continental Tires “ContiSportContact” rubber.  A mode dial in the cabin will allow the driver to change between Quiet, Sport, Sport+, and Track modes.  Each mode will make adjustments on everything from the suspension to engine to meet that specific driving condition.  As you may have guessed, Quiet mode turns off the gasoline V6 and runs the NSX purely on the electric motors. Although Acura does not specifically detail the all-electric mode range or speed.  They simply state that it “enables electric-only driving at lower speeds for short durations”.   I think its safe to say we shouldn’t expect the new NSX to go very far on electric power alone.  This suggests that, much like LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918, the electric motors in the NSX are purely for aiding performance and not so much about economy.

Conclusion

Now if you read all that you may have noticed a few things missing: power, and price.  Thus far, Acura has not “officially” announced either of these figures.  Although rumors from the NAIAS show floor is that the horsepower will be somewhere above 550 however we are not sure if they are including the added power from the electric motors or not.  There are also rumblings that the price tag will hover somewhere around $150,000.  If that’s true then the NSX is definitely going after Audi and Porsche’s lunch, but will they get it?  Will all that the NSX is comprise of something that enthusiast equate to a $150k car?  Personally, I think the price (if true) is right but I have my doubts that the market will agree.  One also has to consider the monstrous mark ups that dealers are likely to tag on to the NSX once its released in…well, that’s also another mystery.  As of now its unclear as to when the new NSX will hit dealers but given that the production model has just made its debut, I would be willing to guess that the NSX will be for sale very soon.

If you want to take a closer look feel free to click any of the thumbnails for HD resolution pictures.  There is also more NSX information available in the official press release below.

Press Release

Jan 12, 2015 – DETROIT

Twenty-five years after the debut of the original, paradigm-shifting NSX supercar, Acura revealed the production version of its highly anticipated successor—the next-generation Acura NSX, developed and produced in the U.S.—to the world’s auto media at the 2015 North American International Auto Show today. The production model, in a scintillating NSX Red finish, took the stage with a growl from its twin-turbocharged engine.

The next generation NSX showcases the production styling, design and specifications of Acura’s mid-engine sports hybrid supercar, and Acura announced key details of the all-new vehicle’s design and performance. The company will begin accepting custom orders for the new NSX starting in the summer, with customer deliveries expected later in the year.

Specifically created to bring a “new sports experience” to the supercar segment, the NSX challenges conventional beliefs about supercars — much as the first generation did a quarter century ago. The approach is realized through an all-new power unit—a twin-turbocharged 75-degree DOHC V6 engine with a 9-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and three-electric motor Sport Hybrid system—integrated with an ultra-rigid and lightweight multi-material body with world’s-first material applications and manufacturing processes. Developed under the concept of a “human-centered supercar,” a car that puts the driver first in every aspect of its design, the next-generation NSX will leverage its state-of-the-art hybrid supercar power unit, body and chassis to deliver exceptionally intuitive and immediate response to driver inputs.

“Our commitment was to create an all-new NSX that is true to the heritage of NSX—a supercar that delivers a new driving experience, one where every part of the vehicle is respectful of the smartest part of the car, the driver,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of the Acura division. “The soul of a car is the emotional connection it makes with the driver. With the NSX, that connection will be intense and immediate.”

As the pinnacle representation of Acura performance and prestige, the NSX was introduced at the auto show under the theme of “Precision Crafted Performance.” The theme was the original tagline for the Acura brand, a guiding force behind the development of the original NSX and a critical component of its launch.

The development of next-generation NSX, driven by precision crafted performance, has resulted in a clean-sheet design, which involved nearly three years of intensive development effort by a global design and engineering team led by engineers at the company’s development center in Raymond, Ohio.

“The NSX reflects Acura’s American roots and makes a powerful statement about the strong role being played by our North American operations in envisioning and building the future of Acura,” said Erik Berkman, executive vice president of the Acura Business Planning Office.

“Our global team embraced the challenge to create a new sports car experience, leveraging new technology to deliver incredibly vivid performance in a vehicle that responds intuitively and immediately to the will of the driver,” said Ted Klaus, chief engineer and global development leader of the new NSX. “The NSX delivers pinnacle supercar performance, with zero-delay acceleration and exhilarating, confidence-inspiring driving dynamics.”

Interwoven Dynamic Exterior Design
“The new NSX is a product of what we term ‘Interwoven Dynamic’ design,” said Michelle Christensen, NSX exterior design project leader. “It represents the ideal blending of exotic sports car form and supercar function.”

The NSX body features classic low and wide proportions married to modern and alluring surfacing, an aggressive front design, and tail lights that pays homage to the original NSX. The signature side intake and floating C-pillar collects air to feed the mid-mounted engine and directs airflow over the rear deck to increase downforce. To accommodate the new longitudinally mounted twin-turbo V6 and 9-speed DCT, the production vehicle was lengthened (+3 inches) and widened (+1 inch) with a slightly more cab-forward package, compared with the proportions of the NSX Concept shown in 2012.

Every element of the exterior body design has been carefully fashioned for total airflow management for both stability-enhancing downforce and vehicle systems cooling. The NSX has undergone extensive testing at the company’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel in Raymond, Ohio, leading to a number of significant changes from concept to final body design, including modified hood vents, new front fender vents, modified side air intakes, and an optimized deck spoiler.

Dimensions:

NEW NSX 2013 NSX Concept Diff (in.) 2005 NSX Diff (in.)
Length 176 in.
(4470 mm)
172.8 in. (4390mm) +3.1 174.2 in.
(4425 mm)
+1.8
Width 76.4 in.
(1940 mm)
75.4 in
(1915 mm)
+1.0 71.3 in.
(1810 mm)
+5.1
Height 47.8 in.
(1215 mm)
47.2 in.
(1200 mm)
+0.6 46.1 in
(1170 mm)
+1.8
Wheelbase 103.5 in. (2630 mm) 102.8 in.
(2610 mm)
+0.8 99.6 in.
(2350 mm)
+11.0
Front track 65.2 in.
(1655 mm)
- - - - 59.5 in.
(1510 mm)
+5.7
Rear track 63.6 in.
(1615 mm) 
- - - - 60.7 in.
(1540 mm)
+3.0

Human Support Cockpit
“Consistent with the ‘human-centered supercar’ development concept, the NSX was designed from the inside out with an uncompromising focus on the driver,” said Johnathan Norman, NSX interior design project leader. “Like the original NSX, we created a ‘Human Support Cockpit’ that provides exceptional driver control, visibility and packaging, but further advanced to meet the extreme performance expectations of a modern supercar.”

The NSX interior boasts exceptional forward visibility, simple and intuitive controls, and class-leading ergonomics—most notably the seat, which features top-class holding performance with outstanding comfort and easy ingress/egress.

The NSX’s instrument cluster features a dynamic TFT display that responds to changes in the driver-selectable Integrated Dynamics System with pertinent graphics and information. The center console holds the Power button that readies the sport hybrid powertrain, nested in the center of the new Integrated Dynamics System dial control. Interwoven under the handcrafted leather dash panel is the exposed midframe—a functioning chassis structural member that reflects the design aesthetic of a naked sport bike. An ultra-thin, yet super strong A-pillar design and low-mounted instrument panel minimize obstructions to the driver’s view of the road.

Sport Hybrid Power Unit
In keeping with the foundational philosophy of the original NSX, the next-generation NSX is designed to provide a new sports car experience that maximizes the capabilities of the driver, delivering exceptionally intuitive and confidence-inspiring response “at the will of the driver.”

Acura engineers leveraged the company’s expertise both with high-performance engine and hybrid electric-drive technologies, as well as its two decades of experience with industry-leading dynamic torque-vectoring technologies, including Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), to create the most sophisticated, technologically advanced and intelligent powertrain in the supercar universe.

At the heart of the NSX’s performance capabilities is an all-new mid-mounted, 75-degree, DOHC V6 engine with twin turbochargers mated to an Acura-developed 9-speed DCT. The V6 engine employs a race-inspired compact valve train and dry sump lubrication system to help lower the center of gravity. The all-new 9-speed DCT delivers synapse-quick gear changes and rev-matching downshifts. The rear direct-drive electric motor, housed between the engine and transmission, supports acceleration, braking and transmission shifting performance. The NSX’s front wheels are driven by twin independent high-output electric motors which deliver instantaneous torque response and dynamic left-to-right torque distribution.

The NSX uses its front electric motors for dynamic torque vectoring in addition to enhancing acceleration and braking performance. The result is an instantaneous “zero delay” launch performance and handling response that seems to anticipate the driver’s desire. The NSX has undergone extensive testing at some of the world’s most challenging race circuits, including the famed Nurburgring.

Advanced Multi-Material Body
Also in keeping with the legacy of NSX—the world’s first all-aluminum supercar—the new NSX features an innovative new multi-material body design with world’s-first material applications and construction processes.

The NSX body utilizes a space frame design—an internal frame constructed of aluminum, ultra-high strength steel and other advanced materials. Anchored by a carbon fiber floor, torsional and bending forces are taken up entirely by this ultra-rigid structure which also utilizes advanced joining technologies.

The NSX features world’s-first casting technology that combines the design and manufacturing flexibility of a casting process with the strength and elongation properties of a forged material, enabling significant weight reduction. The body panels are composed of a combination of aluminum and sheet molding composite (SMC).

Advanced Sport Package
The NSX features an “Advanced Sports Package” with placement of key powertrain components –the mid-mounted engine, twin front motors and Sport Hybrid battery pack and power control unit – optimized to concentrate vehicle mass low and toward the center of the vehicle, to further enhance dynamic response.  The combination of this packaging concept and the lightweight body give the NSX the lowest center of gravity in its class.

The NSX utilizes a fully independent, all-aluminum front and rear suspension and puts its considerable power down through ContiSportContact™ high-performance tires—245/35Z R19 front and 295/30Z R20 rear—mounted on 19×8.5 inch front and 20×11 inch rear aluminum alloy wheels. Powerful, natural and confident braking performance is provided by 6-piston front and 4-piston rear monoblock calipers squeezing ultra-high performance carbon-ceramic brake discs.

Handling is greatly enhanced by Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD), enabling lightning-quick response to all driver inputs—steering, braking and throttle—along with the stability, control and launch performance of all-wheel drive. Agile Handling Assist (AHA) uses the subtle application of brake torque to further enhance yaw response and dynamic stability.

The NSX’s dial-operated Integrated Dynamic System features Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track modes. The system adjusts engine, motor, transmission and chassis response, as well as the engine sound level, based on the needs of the driver and driving environment. Quiet mode enables electric-only driving at lower speeds for short durations. Dynamic vehicle responses become increasingly sharp as the driver moves from Sport to Sport+ mode and, finally, to Track mode, where the NSX reveals the full spectrum of its performance capabilities.

The NSX also features a “launch” function to achieve the ultimate in “zero delay” launch performance, aided by both the engine and three electric motors.

New Production Facility
The NSX will be manufactured exclusively at the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, where approximately 100 highly-skilled associates will conduct full body construction, paint, and final assembly using domestic and globally-sourced parts.

The PMC and its processes have been developed to perfectly blend associate craftsmanship and technology in a new approach to manufacturing. By in-housing the body construction, Acura maintains complete control over total body quality, including critical strength, suspension accuracy, and fit and finish—from initial construction all the way to final assembly.

Associates will utilize innovative techniques to deliver next-generation craftsmanship and world-class quality in the realm of specialized, supercar vehicle production.

 

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Hype Video: Fredric Aasbo Takes A Kid On His Dream Ride Through The Streets Of LA In His Formula Drift Scion tC

Posted on 01.06.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Ever want to know what its like to suddenly come across a drift car in the middle of the city and then have the owner of said drift car take you on the ride of your life through public streets?  Papadakis Racing just dropped a new flick that illustrates just such a daydream.  In “Dream Ride LA” Fredric Aasbo takes a young kid drifting through the streets of LA in many iconic locations.  Is it a bit of a rip off of what Ken Block did? Sure.  But, its still pretty entertaining to watch!  Scroll down and check out the five minute film below as well as the official press release.

Press Release:

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (January 6, 2015) — Papadakis Racing and driver Fredric Aasbo today launch #DreamrideLA, a short video showcasing the precision driving of top drift competitor Aasbo and presented by Scion Racing, Motegi Racing and Hankook Tire.

The five-minute video, available on the Papadakis Racing YouTube channel, features Dillon Bryant Akers as a boy who makes an astonishing discovery on the bank of the LA River and is rewarded with the experience of a lifetime in the 800-plus horsepower Papadakis Racing Scion tC Formula Drift competition car.

“A lot of kids grow up dreaming about being in a real racecar,” said Aasbo. “In Dreamride LA I had the chance to make one of those dreams come true.”

Team boss Stephan Papadakis said that once he and Aasbo decided to make a video, it was important to innovate and push the genre forward. The narrative approach offered by director Michael Tiddes was a perfect fit.

“So many of the drifting videos out there focus on the technique of the stunts and the technical aspects of the car,” said Papadakis. “In Dreamride LA the driving is amazing and the Scion tC is definitely front-and-center, but we also wanted to spotlight the experience. This video is personal and we hope that resonates with the fans.”

Tiddes, a feature film director whose big screen credits include box office hits A Haunted House and A Haunted House 2, merged Hollywood techniques with a fast-paced videogame aesthetic to create a short film that captures the emotional intensity of the drifting experience.

Aasbo is one of the world’s leading drift competitors. He won the 2014 Formula Drift Asia title and finished runner-up in the 2014 Formula Drift championship. Originally from Ski, Norway, Aasbo splits his time between his native country and Redondo Beach, California. This is his first feature project.

Team owner Stephan Papadakis is a legend of sport-compact racing who began building his reputation in the 1990s with the first front-wheel-drive, tube-chassis drag car in the U.S. A respected innovator, Papadakis moved to drifting in 2005 and has led his team to two Formula Drift championship titles (2007, 2008) and runner-up in the 2014 and 2010 championship seasons.

New Jersey native Tiddes is a comedy specialist who has worked with legends Keenen Ivory Wayans and brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans for over a decade. His viral videos featuring talents including Damon Wayans Jr., Affion Crockett, Omar Epps and FRED have become internet phenomena reaching more than 50 million views.

Young star Dillon Bryant Akers is the son of Veronica Valdes and actor Howard Alonzo (Akers) and the godson of Damon Wayans Jr. He made his acting debut in the Wayans family pilot Growing Up Wayans, and works with the Wayans family and Producer Will.i.Am on various projects. Outside of acting, Dillon is an AAU-ranked basketball player and an honor roll student.

#DreamrideLA is available on the Papadakis Racing YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/papadakisracing). Follow #DreamrideLA on social media for more.

THANKS TO OUR VIDEO PARTNERS:

Hankook Tire (www.hankooktireusa.com); Scion Racing (www.scion.com); Motegi Racing (www.motegiracing.com)

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12 Days Of Hype: Hit The Open Road And Enjoy!

Posted on 12.24.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Its Christmas eve! For those who celebrate we want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and we hope you enjoy this time with your friends and family.  Today is also the last “12 Days Of Hype” post.  By now its probably too late to get any kind of physical gift for the holidays.  The good news is this post isn’t simply a product that can be bought off a shelf.  See, if you love cars or know someone who loves cars one of the biggest joys is driving.  Car lovers need little reason nor excuse to jump behind the wheel of their project or even their daily driver to go for a drive.  So, we would suggest that as a gift for that car lover in your life (or yourself if you’re that car lover) you plan a road trip.  Preferably to somewhere you’ve never been and make sure you take the scenic route.  Stop a long the way to take pictures.  Enjoy the ride and the road.  Its a great experience, especially if its with friends or loved ones.  Memories can be made that will be far more valuable than any amount of money you may spend or have already spent on other gifts.  Besides gas is kind of cheap right now!

And with that we will take a short break as we enjoy the holiday and bring in the new year.  We will definitely be back in 2015 to keep bringing you news, stories, and hyping all the cool things we think you would like.  We also want to take this time to thank you for taking some time from your day to visit our little corner of the internet this year.  We really appreciate it and are humbled that there are people who actually care enough about what we have to say to read our words!

Next year we have a few new things we want to try and as the time comes we will reveal more details but we are looking forward to it!  Happy Holidays!

 

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12 Days Of Hype: Forza Horizon 2 Is The Virtual Automotive Theme Park All Car Lovers Need To Visit

Posted on 12.23.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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There are lots of things many of us want to do in our lives that we just can’t.  For example: I have always wanted to plow through giant hay bales in a Lamborghini Huracan on a European countryside.  Sadly, such a thing is out of my reach.  …Or is it?  Forza Horizon 2 is the latest game in the Forza franchise and just as its predecessor did, it encourages ultimate automotive mayhem and mischief!  There are all kinds of events and races that players can participate within the world of Horizon 2 that it is easy to get sucked into the game for hours.  If you want a bit more info as to what’s in store then check out the review we did when Horizon 2 was released.  The cliff notes is that its a great game that any car lover would enjoy.  It is also available for Xbox 360 and Xbox One (although the version we reviewed was Xbox One).  If you want even more info on the game check out the source link below.

[Source: Forza Horizon 2]

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Hype Video: Watch As The Magic Phenomenon Of Seeing Faces In Cars Is Ruined By Scientific Explaination

Posted on 12.23.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Have you ever looked at the front end of a car and felt like you could see its “face”.  Eyes in the headlights? A mouth in the grill?  You aren’t alone!  Many people (including myself) tend to see facial shapes when they look at cars, especially if those people are car enthusiasts.  Before today I just chalked up that experience to the connection that enthusiasts like me have with automobiles.  Although, it looks like science has discovered some kind of neurological reason that explains it all and takes the mystery out of it.  A bit depressing but still interesting to know.  To learn how it all works watch the video below.

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12 Days Of Hype: A GoPro Makes A Perfect Accessory For The Track Day Junkie

Posted on 12.22.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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What is cooler than punishing tires all day at the local track or autocross event?  Having video documentation of it!  Although back in the day such a thing was tricky.  Recording footage at the track required really expensive mounts and head-scratching trying to find a place to put said mount.  However, in the age of the GoPro those problems are in the past.  A GoPro can be mounted just about anywhere and are relatively inexpensive compared to the options of the past.  If you have a regular track day visitor in your life and he/she does not already have a GoPro camera then I would highly recommend getting them one as a gift!  While the newest HERO4 Black model is pictured, GoPro actually has several models available that range in price from as little as $120 all the way up to $500 (for the aforementioned HERO4 black model).  Just pick the model that best suits your budget and its intended purpose.  Don’t forget to pick up some of the motorsports related accessories as well like the suction cup mount ($39.99) and the roll bar mount ($29.99).

As a bonus GoPros aren’t just for motorsports stuff there are mounts that will allow for filming of just about any kind of sports activity or other things depending on how creative the user is.  Its really hard to go wrong with this as a gift!  I wish I had one!  For more info hit the source link below.

[Source: GoPro.com]

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12 Days Of Hype: “Dream Cars” Book Belongs On Tables All Over The World

Posted on 12.20.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Yes I am doing two “12 days” posts in one day since yesterday some technical issues kept me from posting.  Anyhow, on to the next!  In this post I’d like to recommend the book “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas”.  This book is a showcase of some of the most beautiful concept and production cars ever made featured with high-end photography.  This is a great gift for any car lover and perhaps even artist.  The best part is it can be had for only 30 bucks!  That price is from Barnes and Noble but if you search around it might be found for even less.  Either way its a pretty good deal and a nice gift!

[Source: BarnesAndNoble.com]

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