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Hype: McLaren P1, Porsche 918, and LaFerrari All Part Of LEGO’s New “Speed Champions” Line And It Is All Awesome! (Video)

Posted on 03.05.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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LEGO just made a whole bunch of gear heads very happy!  Why?  Because they just announced a new line of building sets dubbed “Speed Champions” and it includes the three hyper cars of the hour: The McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder, and LaFerrari.  If that wasn’t cool enough there are also sets for a Ferrari 468 Italia GT2 race car, a McLaren Mercedes “Pit Stop” set complete with pit crew and a MP4-29 race car, a set with not one but two Porsche 911 GT cars at the finish line, and a set featuring the Ferrari F14T F1 car with transporter and crew!  Is your mind blown yet??  They already had me at McLaren P1!

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The sets range in price with the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder, and LaFerrari coming in at $14.99 each.  The McLaren Mercedes Pit Stop set is $29.99, the Porsche 911 GT “Finish Line” set is $49.99, and hefty Ferrari F14 T & Scuderia Ferrari truck set comes it at $99.99.  A nice range of prices for those who want these sets but do not necessarily want to bruise their wallets in the process.

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The Speed Champions sets are due to release on March 18th but there may be a chance that those who are a part of LEGO’s “VIP” program may get early access.  For a preview of the new sets watch the video below and to check out all the sets in detail hit the source link below the video.  You can also click on the thumbnail pictures for larger shots of each of the Speed Champions sets.

[Source: LEGO.com]

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Hype: GT Channel Launches Kickstarter To Help Them Distribute Latest Hot Version International Episodes In English

Posted on 03.04.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Some of you kids may not remember this but back in my day before things like YouTube, Vimeo, or Blu Rays, we had to get all of our automotive video content on DVDs or even VHS tapes!  Yes tapes! Big plastic things with magnetic ribbon inside.  They were called “video magazines” and among the most popular of those was a series called Hot Version from Japan.  Starring Keiichi “Drift King” Tsuchiya, Manabu “Max” Orido, and Nobuteru “N.O.B.” Taniguchi,  Hot Version was all about testing the best sports cars and hot hatches Japan had to offer and that included the latest project cars from Japan’s best tuner shops.  They would even take several cars from different tuners and race them against each other in epic battles.

As the media landscape changed, it became more and more difficult to get the latest issues of Hot Version and eventually the only way to watch the latest episodes was to try to find them somewhere online but even then they typically didn’t have English subtitles.  The guys at GT Channel are looking to change all that by launching a Kickstarter campaign to help them localize the latest issues of Hot Version for the American market.  They have already reached their initial goal of $5,000 but that will only cover about one issue.  For each $5,000 they raise they can localize another issue of Hot Version for American audiences.

If you are a fan of Hot Version and want to help make this happen then head over to the Kickstarter page by clicking the source link below  (or the red text in the body of this post) and become a backer.  There are some pretty nice perks like shirts, keychains, stickers, and for a $10 pledge you get your name in the credits!  Not bad huh?  For the whole story straight from the source watch the video below.  Also for the sake of full disclosure, the MotorworldHype YouTube channel is a part of the GT Channel YouTube network.

[Source: GT Channel Hot Version Kickstarter Page]

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Movie Hype: Racing Suit Worn By Chris “Thor” Hemsworth In “RUSH” Movie Up For Auction

Posted on 03.04.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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RUSH was hands down one of the best racing movies I have ever seen.  Chris Hemsworth did a great job playing the legendary James Hunt chasing his rival Niki Lauda (played by Daniel Bruhl) in one of the most dangerous eras of Formula 1 racing.  If you haven’t watched the film yet I highly recommend checking it out.  You can probably rent it right now on Apple TV or Google play for a few bucks which, trust me, is money well spent!  Anyhow, what I really want to tell you all about is that if you did watch the movie, loved it, and want to help a great cause then today is your lucky day!

The racing suit worn by Hemsworth on set during the filming of RUSH is currently up for auction right now with the proceeds going towards Croce Viola, a non-profit volunteer ambulance service in Italy which is trying to raise money to purchase a new emergency vehicle.

The highest bidder gets the racing suit and helps a great cause.  The only downside is that it appears that this auction may be only for Europe, however I could be wrong.  If you are in America and want to bid I would suggest trying to contact the “Charity Stars” organization first to see if you are eligible.  Either way someone is going to end up with a great piece of automobillia and the feeling that comes with doing something good!  For more information on the auction hit the source link below.

[Source: CharityStars.com]

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Hype News: The Civic Type R Returns! Now With Turbo.

Posted on 03.04.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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For five years now those who pray at the church of H have awaited the return of not only the Civic Type R but the “R” name plate itself.  To Honda’s credit they have not remained silent on the Civic Type R the whole time.  While few and far between, Honda did grace the internet with updates in the form of concept drawings, and even early test mule footage.  The last physical Civic Type R concept car really set the internet ablaze with its crazy wing with integrated brake lights.  It was at that moment that the countdown begun and the world wondered how close the final product would stick to the wild concept that came before it.  Today, we finally that the answer to that question is: “close-ish” Late last night in front of a small group of media and VIPs Honda revealed the final production version of the next (what I will further refer to as the 2016) Civic Type R to the planet Earth and the internet is still trying to repair itself as I type this. So, lets get down to the brass tacks shall we?  Let’s start on the outside.  The 2016 Civic Type R finally looks the part.  Its very much removed from the egg-like shape of the previous Civic Type R (FN2 chassis) that was released back in 2008 and personally I think that’s a good thing.  A very good thing.  The 2016 Type R looks less like a space egg and more like a proper, “street legal-ish”, hot hatch which is exactly what a Civic Type R should look like!  The front end is low and aggressive yet there doesn’t appear to be excessive venting despite the fact that this Type R now has a turbo under the hood (more on that later).  The front also begins a wedge-like shape that continues all the way to the back of the vehicle but without the awkward bubble curve in the rear found on the FN2 chassis.

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The fenders make their presence known with sharp arch lines and brake cooling vents (in the front fenders only).  The front and sides are adorned with lip spoilers while the rear has an aggressive (but not obtuse) diffuser.  Speaking of the rear, there is in fact a wild wing situated on the ’16 Civic Type R’s hatch.  However, it isn’t quite the Avant Garde piece that we saw on the concept car.  Instead is a more traditional GT style rear wing that sits just above a pair of sweeping tri-point taillights.  No, there are no integrated brake lights in the wing as demonstrated on the concept; a point that has been polarizing among Honda fans as some really hoped to see it in the production car while others were glad they were left out.   Honda also notes that the under side of the car is “nearly flat” and combined with the rear diffuser, keeps the Type R sucked towards the asphalt at speed.  Aerodynamics seems to be a major part of the new Civic Type R’s exterior design.  Nearly every vent, duct, and ridge is meant for aerodynamic or cooling purposes, at least according to Honda they are. As usual the real story is under the hood as the new Civic Type R has something that no other Type R before it ever had, a turbocharger.  Yes, after decades of tuners adding turbochargers themselves after the fact, Honda has decided to finally offer a turbocharged Civic from the factory.  With the snail in place the 2.0 liter VTEC engine in the Civic Type R will make 305hp at the front wheels and 302 ft-lbs of torque to get it motivated.  Its max power will come at 6,500rpm (just 500rpm before its 7,000rpm redline) and max torque is reached by 2,500rpm.  Certainly not a high strung engine but impressive numbers nonetheless.

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Combine the aero package, the engine, and an advanced suspension system featuring an independent “active damper system” and a “dual axis front strut”, which helps reduce torque steer and you have a hatchback that can lap the Nurburgring in 7:50.63, a front wheel drive track record Drivers who want to take full advantage of all those bits may be interested in what Honda calls the “+R” mode.  Hit that button and the steering, suspension, and torque mapping all change on the fly to tighten things up, improve steering response, and increase performance. Buyers who want to add a few creature comforts to their hot hatch may vie for the “GT Pack” which includes extras such as parking sensors, rain sensing wipers, power folding side mirrors, a navigation system sourced from Garmin, among other goodies.  The GT Pack also features a few sensor based safety systems like lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and front collision warning.

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All together the new Civic Type R sounds like it could be the new king of the hot hatches.  It definitely has the spec sheet to be a challenger but specs aren’t everything.  What’s more is that there is no word on if Honda’s new turbo hatch will reach American shores.  It will however be sold in Japan and Europe this July for 29,995GDP (about 46k USD) for the base model.  Those who want the GT Pack will need to add an additional 2,300GDP ($3,530) to that price.  At that price I’d say only die-hard Honda fans need apply for the new Type R as it would be hard for anyone else to justify paying that much considering the other options available at that price point. According to Honda there are at least 100 people who weren’t scared off by sticker shock and pre-ordered the new Type R already.  Will it come to America? If it does, will it retain its nearly $50k price tag?  Time will tell I suppose.  For now, if you want to check out HD resolution pics of the 2016 Civic Type R just click any of the thumbnails you see in this post.  For more info check out the official press release below. Press Release:

A HOT-HATCH ICON REBORN: ALL-NEW HONDA CIVIC TYPE R ENGINEERED TO BE A ‘RACE CAR FOR THE ROAD’

  • Production version of Civic Type R revealed at 2015 Geneva Motor Show
  • Characterful, high-revving all-new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine offers greater power, torque and response than any previous Honda production car engine
  • Function dictates form – eye-catching styling enhancements optimise airflow to aid performance and stability
  • Advanced new suspension systems, unique to the Type R, ensure rewarding handling characteristics and maximise power transfer
  • New +R mode increases the response of chassis and engine for enhanced driving thrills
  • Under development the Civic Type R has achieved a top speed of 270 km/h

After a five year wait, 2015 sees the arrival of the world’s most keenly anticipated hot hatch, the Honda Civic Type R. Billed as a ‘race car for the road’, the all-new Civic Type R will set new standards in the high-performance front-wheel drive hatchback segment. The production version of Honda’s latest hot hatch icon is revealed for the first time at the 85th Geneva Motor Show (5 to 15 March; Stand 4250, Hall 4). Type R vehicles have garnered a cult following around the world and the new model more than lives up to the high expectations. A world-first application of Honda’s new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine, aggressive function-led styling, and pioneering new chassis technologies combine to deliver one of the most immersive and rewarding driving experiences available in any sector. The new 2015 Civic Type R will be powered by the most extreme and high-performing engine in the 22-year history of the red ‘H’ badge, signalling the start of a new performance era for the Honda brand. All-new turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine At the heart of the Civic Type R is an all-new, direct-injected turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine, which delivers power, torque and performance figures unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment. Peak power output is 310 PS* at 6,500 rpm, and peak torque is 400 Nm* at 2,500 rpm – both higher than for any previous Honda Type R model. Red-lining at 7,000 rpm, the engine – part of Honda’s next-generation Earth Dreams Technology series – features an advanced new turbocharger with VTEC technology that boosts low-end torque and delivers sustained acceleration. The Civic Type R’s blistering performance is unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment: the 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint is covered in just 5.7 seconds* – making it the fastest accelerating performance front-wheel drive hatchback – and top speed, where permitted, is a class-leading 270 km/h (167 mph)*. The new engine is mated to a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission, safeguarding an intimate, rewarding connection with the drivetrain, and power is directed through the front wheels. Function dictates form The styling changes that are unique to the Civic Type R give the car an aggressive, purposeful stance, yet almost all have a functional purpose. The sleek and aerodynamically-efficient design reflects a car developed to perform at speed. The focus on aerodynamics has ensured high-speed stability and high levels of downforce. To achieve this aim, the Civic Type R was subject to exhaustive aerodynamic analysis, testing and development. The development team tirelessly pursued its objectives through computer-based CFD modelling and wind tunnel testing at Honda’s dedicated automotive motorsports facility in Sakura, Japan; home of Honda’s Formula One engine development. This development work was validated through extensive prototype testing both on the road and on track, including at the Suzuka Formula One circuit, the Nürburgring Nordschleife and at the company’s Takasu test facility. A new, almost completely flat underside aids airflow under the vehicle and combines with a rear diffuser to optimise downforce – effectively ‘sucking’ the car onto the road. The rear wing has been reimagined from the Type R Concept. The structure of the airfoil – its angle, height and shape as well as its vertical end plates – have been carefully engineered to optimise downforce without causing a significant increase in drag at higher speeds. This helps improve road-holding abilities, particularly through high-speed corners. A wide front splitter and deep side skirts also manage airflow and reduce lift, while the front bumper has been shaped specifically to inhibit air turbulence around the front wheels, enhancing high-speed stability and reducing lift forces. Heat management was another major focus for the design team, influencing several prominent external design modifications. Enlarged upper and lower grilles in the front bumper allow greater volume of cooling air into the engine bay. The airflow is channelled to outlet vents above the wheels on the front quarter panels and vents at the trailing edges of the widened front wheel arches to provide greater cooling and ventilation for the high-output engine. New lightweight, high rigidity 19-inch alloy wheels, unique to the Type R, complement the visual changes. They fill the enlarged wheel arches with 235/35R19 tyres that were developed specially for the Type R. To help the driver manage the Type R’s prodigious power, the car is equipped with a high performance Brembo brake package, developed specifically for the car. At the front, four-piston calipers apply braking force to 350 mm drilled discs. The Type R is available in five distinctive colours that give the purposeful new styling added visual impact. As well as Championship White – shared with successive generations of iconic Type R vehicles – buyers can choose from Crystal Black (pearlescent), Polished Metal (metallic), Brilliant Sporty Blue (metallic) and Milano Red. A cabin with a sporting ambience A range of aesthetic and functional upgrades within the cabin reinforce the Type R’s sporting character. As with previous Type R models, the gear lever knob is made from machined aluminium alloy. High-backed sports seats, trimmed in suede-effect black fabric with red double stitching, provide driver and front-seat passenger with ample lateral support during harder cornering. Matching red double stitching also appears on the black leather-clad steering wheel and blackgear-lever gaiter. The roof-lining is trimmed in black fabric, augmenting the focused ambience. New suspension technologies for a rewarding, more agile drive A number of innovative new suspension systems, unique to the Type R, have been introduced to produce rewarding handling characteristics and to maximise power transfer to the road. A new four-point Adaptive Damper System, developed specifically for the Type R, enables continuous independent control of each wheel to deliver exceptional road holding performance, limit wheel-load transfer during sharp acceleration and deceleration, and to maintain a stable, flat ride. It also means that the ride is more comfortable and supple in everyday driving and cruising. An advanced Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension system helps to reduce torque steer by 50 per cent compared to the standard Civic’s suspension set up, enhancing high speed stability, on-the-limit cornering and steering feel. At the rear, Type R’s H-shaped torsion beam suspension is constructed with a bespoke ‘crushed pipe’ which improves rear roll rigidity by 180 per cent, further enhancing stability in high-speed corners. These systems are complemented by Dual Pinion Electric Power Steering, which helps to deliver rapid yet linear steering response and abundant feel. New ‘+R’ mode increases responses for enhanced driving thrills The new Civic Type R will mark the debut of the new ‘+R’ button that increases the response of various chassis and drivetrain systems. The result is an even more intense driving experience, ideal for the track and sure to be appreciated by the genuine sports-driving enthusiast. When +R mode is activated, engine responsiveness is heightened, with torque-mapping changed to a more aggressive and performance-focused setting. Steering receives reduced power assistance and is therefore more responsive to driver inputs, and basic damping force from the new four-point Adaptive Damper System is increased by 30 per cent. This means the behaviour of the car is firmer and more agile for high-performance handling. All-new GT Pack offers further enhancements Customers will have the option to specify their new Civic Type R with an all-new GT Pack. Externally, the GT Pack adds signature red highlights to the front and rear splitters for even greater eye-catching impact, but it’s under the skin where the GT Pack’s most significant upgrades will be found. The driver will benefit from extra convenience features such as front and rear parking sensors, dusk sensing headlamps, rain sensing automatic wipers and electric fold door mirrors. Integrated Garmin satellite navigation (including five years of free map updates) is added to the Honda Connect infotainment system. Audiophiles will be attracted by the addition of a CD player and a premium eight-speaker, 320 watt stereo system upgrade. All occupants will appreciate automatic dual zone climate control air conditioning, and sophistication in the cabin is also boosted by red ambient lighting. The GT Pack also includes Honda’s Advanced Driver Assist Systems. This comprehensive suite of sensor-based safety technologies includes Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition system, High-Beam Support System, Blind Spot Information and Cross Traffic Monitor. Honda’s City-Brake Active system will be fitted as standard on the Civic Type R. The all-new Honda Civic Type R will go on sale across Europe from this summer. Full vehicle specifications will be announced in due course. * Honda internal figures

 

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Movie Hype: Tron Legacy Director Tapped To Helm Gran Turismo Movie

Posted on 03.03.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Back in 2013 I reported the confirmation that a movie based on the Gran Turismo racing game franchise is in the works.  Other than some somewhat vague details about the plot being based on the GT Academy journey of a gamer moving from the couch to a real life racing seat.  Well after two years it looks like there is some more movement on the film according to the Hollywood Reporter with a story that Joseph Kosinski, the director of films like Tron Legacy and Oblivion is negotiating with Sony to direct the Gran Turismo film.

This could be good or bad depending on your opinion of Kosinski’s aforementioned films Tron Legacy and Oblivion.  I haven’t seen Oblivion but I have watched Tron Legacy and I actually enjoyed it a lot (I even bought the blu ray).  However, there are also a lot of people who didn’t like those films.  For what its worth, after watching the documentary KAZ (a film about Gran Turismo’s creator Kazunori Yamauchi) I have to say that I think Kosinski’s visual style may lend itself well to the direction that Kazunori may want to go with this flick.

As of now, there is still no definitive word on when the Gran Turismo movie is slated to be released or what the story will actually be (the THR report sites that the script is being re-written).  But, if I hear anything else I’ll be sure to fill you in!  In the meantime what do you think about this news?  Do you think Joseph Kosinski is a good choice to direct the Gran Turismo film?  If not who would you choose to direct?  Did you even remember that this film was being made?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments or you can tweet them to us at @MotorworldHype

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

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German Hype: The New 2017 Audi R8 Is Angular And Beautiful. Its Also A Lot Faster!

Posted on 03.02.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The new Audi R8 has finally arrived and it is…well its just better.  Outwardly, it doesn’t stand apart from the previous (well, current) R8 all that much besides a much more angular design with a much shorter rear end and more than a few rectangles hidden in places like the taillights and a few vents.  While the visual changes are subtle they combine for a significantly better looking R8 in my opinion.  However, this new R8 is about more than just the superficial changes.  The real story comes from the new R8’s performance.  A V8 is no longer an option for the 2017 R8 and now buyers have a choice of two different 5.2 FSI V10 engines.  The base engine is tuned to 540HP but for those who want more (and who wouldn’t?) buyers can choose the R8 Plus which has an additional 70hp bringing the total to 610.  With the optional engine the 2017 Audi R8 makes it from 0 to 60 in about 3 seconds and has a top speed of 205.1 mph.

The new R8 comes in at 110lbs lighter than the current model thanks to a new space fame with a few areas such as the tunnel and B pillars made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic or CFRP.  This new space frame will also be the platform in which future R8 variants such as the confirmed e-tron will be based on.

The 2017 Audi R8 will hit the wallet to the tune of 165,000 euros for the base and 187,400 euros for R8 plus.  That’s about $185,500 and $210,500 in USD respectively.  Audi states that sales of the new R8 will start this summer but they do not specify if that is a world wide release date or just Europe.  We’ll likely find out in the days to come.  In the meantime click the thumbnails below for HD resolution pictures and pick some more information from the press release.

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Press Release:

The second generation of the high-performance sports car makes its debut in Geneva

  • 5.2 FSI engine with up to 449 kW (610 hp), 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.2 seconds
  • New multimaterial Audi Space Frame with high proportions of aluminum and CFRP

 

 

No model with the four rings is closer to motorsport, none is more striking and more dynamic: at the Geneva Motor Show, Audi is presenting the second generation of its high-performance R8 sports car. The V10 mid-engine and a newly developed quattro drive ensure breathtaking driving performance, especially in the top-of-the-range version with 449 kW (610 hp): achieving 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 3.2 seconds, its top speed is 330 km/h (205.1 mph).

A high-revving mid-engine with superior performance, a consistently lightweight construction concept and an extremely dynamic chassis with quattro drive system and fully variable torque control – this is what makes the R8 the sporty spearhead of Audi. The high-performance sports car has been newly developed from the ground up – it is more taut, more striking and more fascinating both on the race track and on the road.

“Motorsport is in Audi’s genes, it has always been a permanent feature of our brand’s character,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development at Audi. “With the new Audi R8, our engineers are bringing accumulated racing expertise from the race track onto the road. No other model of ours evokes more dynamic emotion. The new R8 V10 plus is therefore the most powerful and fastest series-production Audi of all time.” Thanks to the close cooperation between racing engineers, racing drivers and developers, the Audi R8 has seen a clear performance increase – this benefits both the series production car and the R8 LMS developed on the basis of this.

The engines: 10 cylinders in two versions
The 5.2 FSI is available in two versions: one with 397 kW (540 hp) and another sporting 449 kW (610 hp). The range-topping model accelerates in a mere 3.2 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) and keeps going to its maximum speed of 330 km/h (205.1 mph). The sound of the freely aspirated V10 engine, whose maximum torque is available at 6,500 rpm, has become even fuller and sharper. A 7-speed S tronic transmission and a newly developed quattro drive system transmit the power to the road. The distribution of the drive torque adapts to the respective driving conditions – in extreme cases, 100 percent of the torque can be transmitted to the front or rear axle. The new performance mode in the Audi drive select dynamic handling system enables adaptation of the most important ride dynamics parameters to the friction coefficient of the road.

Lightweight construction: only 1,454 kg (3,205.5 lb) dry weight
The top model R8 V10 plus has a dry weight of 1,454 kilograms (3,205.5 lb). Despite a lot of extra equipment and greater rigidity, the new Audi R8 weighs up to 50 kilograms (110.2 lb) less than its predecessor. The multimaterial Audi Space Frame (ASF) ensures low weight and optimum axle load distribution. The combination of aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) in the Audi Space Frame opens up new dimensions with regard to weight, rigidity and crash behavior. The aerodynamic underbody which integrates a long diffuser boosts downforce. The chassis, too, with its double wishbone suspension demonstrates how close the new Audi R8 is to motorsport.

Design: flat, wide, muscular
The design reflects the powerful sporty character of the R8. A visual distinguishing feature which also provides enhanced safety comes in the form of the standard LED headlights. For an extended field of vision and more brightness, Audi offers the laser spot for the high beam as an option – complemented by the dynamic turn signals at the front. Dynamic turn signals are standard at the rear.

In the new Audi virtual cockpit, the displays are digital. The most important controls are grouped together in button clusters on the steering wheel, also known as satellites. In the interior, the driver has the impression of sitting in a race car. The air conditioning controls emphasize the simplicity of the control panel with its floating effect. MMI navigation plus with MMI touch is standard.

Sales of the new Audi R8 start in summer 2015. Prices are 165,000 euros for the R8 V10 and 187,400 euros for the top-of-the-range version R8 V10 plus.

New factory for quattro GmbH: production at the “Böllinger Höfe” site
The new Audi R8 is produced at a new quattro GmbH production site that was specially built for the sports car – the “Böllinger Höfe” site in Heilbronn. An elaborate manufacturing technique ensures that Audi-typical quality is produced.

Specialists: the Audi R8 e-tron and Audi R8 LMS
The second generation of the Audi R8 forms the basis for more models. The latest evolutionary version of the electrically-powered high-performance R8 e-tron sports car achieves a performance figure of 340 kW and a torque of 920 Nm (678.6 lb-ft). It sprints from a standstill to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.9 seconds. Thanks to new battery cells, the range could be more than doubled compared to the first version of this technological wonder – it is now more than 450 kilometers (279.6 mi).

The new Audi R8 LMS race car was developed based on the new GT3 regulations due to come into effect worldwide from 2016. This year it will already be put through its paces at the factory. Despite massive performance increases, around 50 percent of its components are the same as the series-production car.

The new Audi R8
The R8 is the dynamic spearhead of Audi. In its second generation, the high-performance sports car has been newly developed from the ground up – it is more taut, more striking and more fascinating. The high-revving V10 engine is available in two performance variants. In the top-of-the-range version with 449 kW (610 hp), it develops breathtaking power.

“Motorsport is in Audi’s DNA, it is part of our brand’s character,” says
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development at Audi. “With the new R8, our engineers are bringing accumulated racing expertise from the race track onto the road. No other model of ours evokes more dynamic emotion, none is closer to a race car. The new R8 V10 plus is the most powerful and fastest series production Audi of all time.”

The mid-engine principle used for the Audi R8 is not only a classic concept in motorsport but also an important piece of Audi tradition. The powerful engines were located in front of the rear axle even in the Grand Prix race cars brought to the start line by Auto Union in the 1930s – a revolutionary step at the time. In 2000, Audi won the 24-hour Le Mans endurance race with the LMP R8 prototype for the first time. By 2005, the car which provided the name for today’s series-production high-performance sports car had secured five overall victories at the Sarthe – the name chosen for the road version of the super sports car from Audi, R8, indicates the technological relationship between the two winners.

As the R8 LMS, the Audi R8 is also highly successful in customer racing. The basis for its success: motorsport was part of the development strategy from the very beginning. In 2009, the R8 LMS customer racing race car began its success story which would lead it to more than 190 victories and 23 championship titles worldwide. Technically speaking, it is closely related to the road version of the sports car with around 50 percent of the same parts.

Up to 449 kW (610 hp): the two V10 engines
The new generation of the Audi R8 utilizes the latest development of the ten-cylinder engine. With its spontaneous throttle response, quick revving up to 6,500 rpm and inimitable roaring sound, the naturally aspirated 5.2 FSI engine is enough to give you goose bumps. In the new R8, the freely aspirated V10 engine offers even more power and torque than before. Controllable flaps in the exhaust pipe and an optional sport exhaust system make the car sound even more characteristic.

The ten-cylinder engine is available in two versions. In the R8 V10, it develops a power of 397 kW (540 hp)  from its 5,204 cc displacement and a torque of 540 Nm (398.3 lb-ft) at an engine speed of 6,500 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) takes just 3.5 seconds, and it can reach a top speed of 323 km/h (200.7 mph). The R8 V10 plus is even more powerful and is the fastest series-production Audi of all time. It develops 449 kW (610 hp) and its maximum torque of 560 Nm (413.0 lb-ft) is available at 6,500 rpm. The performance figures are equally impressive: 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.2 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h (124.3 mph) in 9.9 seconds, and a top speed of 330 km/h (205.1 mph).

A further innovation in the 5.2 FSI engine is the additional indirect injection. It complements the FSI direct gasoline injection, lowers fuel consumption and enhances engine output. Moreover, the R8 features yet another innovative system in the form of COD (cylinder on demand). It shuts off one of the two cylinder banks by deactivating injection and ignition. The R8 V10 consumes an average of 11.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (19.9 US mpg) with CO2 emissions of 275 grams per kilometer (442.6 g/mi), for the R8 V10 plus those values are 12.4 liters per 100 kilometers (19.0 US mpg) and 289 grams per kilometer (465.1 g/mi). The fuel consumption reduction of up to 10 percent compared to the previous model is also due to the new start-stop system.

The dry sump lubrication completes the technology package of the 5.2 FSI. The ten-cylinder engine is hand built in the Hungarian engine plant in Gy 014Å‘’ type=”#_x0000_t75″>r. As a traditional motorsport technology, it allows for low installation of the engine, which is particularly beneficial for the car’s center of gravity. What’s more, it also ensures oil supply even under extreme lateral acceleration.

Fast as lightning and highly variable: the power transmission
In both engine versions, power is transmitted to a rapid-shifting seven-speed S tronic transmission installed behind the engine. The S tronic has three automatic modes and can also be controlled manually. Shift commands are transmitted electronically (shift-by-wire). The launch control system manages full-throttle acceleration from a standing start.

Another function of the S tronic comes into play when the driver’s foot is removed from the accelerator pedal at speeds above 55 km/h (34.2 mph). In such cases, both clutches open and the car goes into coasting mode. This function saves a considerable amount of fuel, especially in everyday use by the customer.

The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system gives the new R8 a decisive plus in terms of stability and traction when compared with two-wheel-drive competitors. On the front axle, an electrohydraulic multi-plate clutch replaces the Visco clutch of the predecessor model. The newly developed quattro drive system enables completely unrestricted and fully variable distribution of the drive torque to the front and rear axles depending on the driving situation and weather. In normal operation, up to 100 percent is transmitted to the rear wheels and, if required, the clutch continuously diverts up to 100 percent of this torque to the front wheels. Thanks to the mechanical differential lock on the rear axle, the driver experiences maximum traction without any slip.

Audi drive select: the chassis
In the chassis of the new Audi R8, double wishbones made from aluminum guide all four wheels. The R8 V10 plus has a particularly sporty setup – for both engine variants, variable adaptively controlled Audi magnetic ride shock absorbers are available as an option. The newly developed electromechanical power steering system provides close contact to the road surface and makes a further contribution to reducing CO2 emissions. As an option, Audi offers dynamic steering, whereby the steering ratio varies in accordance with the road speed and the settings in the Audi drive select dynamic handling system.

As standard, the new Audi R8 V10 has 19-inch wheels with size 245/35 tires at the front and 295/35 at the rear. Upon request, Audi is also offering 20-inch wheels for the first time in the R8. With this option, the tires are size 245/30 at the front and 305/30 at the rear. The steel brake disks have a weight-saving wave design and the calipers can be painted red upon request. In the R8 V10 plus, high-tech disks made from carbon fiber ceramic are responsible for deceleration of the 20-inch wheels (optional for the V10).

In the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, the driver has the choice of four modes (comfort, auto, dynamic and individual) to control the way in which important technical components operate. As standard, the system takes into account the engine characteristics, steering, S tronic transmission and quattro drive system as well as optional extras such as Audi magnetic ride, the exhaust flaps and dynamic steering. On top of that, there is also the new performance mode (available as an option for the V10 and standard for the V10 plus). The driver activates it by pressing a separate button on the steering wheel. He or she can select between the programs dry, wet and snow using a rotary wheel. These programs support dynamic handling on dry, wet and snow-covered surfaces. In performance mode, Audi drive select also makes use of the ESC stabilization control function.

New Audi Space Frame with high proportions of aluminum and CFRP
The R8 V10 plus has a dry weight of 1,454 kilograms (3,205.5 lb). The key factor behind the consistent lightweight design is the body shell with multimaterial Audi Space Frame (ASF): It weighs only 200 kilograms (440.9 lb). The resulting unladen weight of 1,555 kilograms (3,428.2 lb) leads to a superior power-to-weight ratio of 3.46 kg/kW (2.55 kg/hp).

The ASF body shell features a completely new multimaterial lightweight construction concept. Components made from carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) form the B‑pillars, the central tunnel and the rear wall. The front section of the vehicle, the roof arch and the rear section form a framework made from cast aluminum nodes and aluminum profiles which, in some cases, employ new alloys. As always with the ASF, each component is precisely designed for its location and purpose. Accordingly, the engineers have now integrated some components into the body shell due to their function. Leaving aside its components, the body shell is now around 15 percent lighter than its predecessor. At the same time, torsional rigidity is roughly 40 percent better. Particularly with regard to rigidity, the body of the new Audi R8 is a benchmark. The resulting lightweight construction is unparalleled among the competition.

The multimaterial Audi Space Frame in the new Audi R8 is extremely light and rigid, whilst also being acoustically comfortable and offering a high level of safety. The outer skin is made entirely of aluminum, but as an optional extra (or as standard for the V10 plus), Audi also offers attachment parts made from clear-coated carbon fiber, for example the front splitter, the diffuser or the side blades. A long, rising diffuser in the underbody produces downforce on the rear axle at higher speeds.

Design: flat, wide, muscular
A cockpit positioned very far forward, a long, flowing back and a relatively short wheelbase – the exterior design makes the technical concept of the mid-engine, high-performance Audi R8 sports car clear upon first sight. At 4.42 meters long (14.5 ft), 1.24 meters high (4.1 ft) and with a wheelbase measuring 2.65 meters (8.7 ft), its dimensions have only slightly changed in comparison to the previous model. Its width now measures 1.94 meters (6.4 ft) and has thus grown by about four centimeters (1.6 in). The car’s proportions convey more of a race car character, with characteristic design ideas from the previous model now more pronounced.

The four rings sit proudly on the hood, the Singleframe radiator grille with honeycomb design is wide and flat. Modeled plastic surfaces allow it to merge into the flat headlights – facets of the vehicle which highlight tension, provide an impression of depth and add an air of logic to the design. The grid-type signature of the daytime running lights with vertical elements replicates the structure of the air inlets and emphasizes the width of the car. The entire appearance of the Audi R8 conveys a feeling of lightness and technical precision. LED headlights are standard. Available upon request, Audi can also supply the laser spot which doubles the range of the high beam to 600 meters (1,968.5 ft) as well as the dynamic turn signals at the front. The dynamic turn signals are standard at the rear. The rear lighting signature also combines two vertical elements with a horizontal line. This gives the Audi R8 an even more powerful appearance.

As part of the new laser high beams, one laser module per headlight generates a cone of light with twice the range of the all-LED headlamp. Each module comprises four high-power laser diodes. With a diameter of just 300 micrometers, these generate a blue laser beam with a wavelength of 450 nanometers. A phosphor converter transforms it into white light suitable for roadway use with a color temperature of 5,500 Kelvin – ideal conditions for the human eye that enable the driver to recognize contrast more easily and help to prevent fatigue. The laser spot is active from a speed of 60 km/h (37.3 mph) to supplement the LED high beam of the R8 and, thanks to its long range, greatly enhances the driver’s field of vision as well as safety. An intelligent camera-based sensor system detects other road users and actively adjusts the light pattern to exclude them.

On the sides of the high-performance sports car, characteristically curved contours are drawn over the wheels. The shoulder line, shaped like a powerful muscle, connects the wheels with one another while at the same time dividing the side blade in two to leave an upper and a lower half. This new design solution makes the car appear even longer and more dynamic.

At the rear, as well, the lights and the air inlets visually connect to one another. The two tailpipes of the exhaust system have a trapezoidal design and the rear window offers a clear view of the illuminated engine compartment. The R8 is equipped with an electrically extending spoiler, the R8 V10 plus with a fixed wing made from CFRP.

Just like in a race car: the interior and the controls
Behind the steering wheel of the new Audi R8, the driver feels like a race car driver. All functions are driver-oriented and allow easy operation even when the critical limits are reached – and all without the driver having to take his or her hands off the steering wheel. The newly designed sport seats with integrated headrest provide excellent lateral support. Even more radical seating for a sports car comes in the form of the newly developed R8 bucket seats. These make a clear statement confirming the relationship between lightweight construction and comfort (optional in the V10 and standard in the V10 plus).

The start-stop button and the Audi drive select button are located on several satellites on the new multifunction plus steering wheel. The Performance steering wheel in the Audi R8 V10 plus features two more satellites. One button is for performance mode together with a rotary wheel for selecting the dry, wet and snow programs as well as a button for controlling the sports exhaust system.

The Audi virtual cockpit is set in a free-standing housing and presents all the information on its 12.3-inch display with elaborately computed, fascinating graphics. The driver can toggle between different display modes and also adjust the digital instrument cluster to his needs in individual mode. In performance mode, the driver is presented with information on the driving programs, acceleration, deceleration and lateral forces as well as power and torque. The Audi virtual cockpit also displays a shift light which informs the driver that the engine speed limit has been reached. The driver operates the Audi virtual cockpit using the multifunction plus steering wheel. The driver’s hands remain on the steering wheel and he or she can concentrate on the road. Alternatively, operation can take place via the touch wheel or the buttons in the center console.

In the design of the interior too, the taut geometric lines emphasize the aesthetic lightweight construction of the brand. Its characteristic element is the monoposto, a large arc in the area around the driver’s seat. The MMI monitor of the previous model is no longer available. Instead, the three central control elements of the air conditioning system have taken its place. The three-dimensional design of the air outlet vents bring to mind the air inlets of a race car. The dashboard appears to float weightlessly. The wide console of the central tunnel accommodates the standard MMI terminal as well as the newly designed flat selector lever of the S tronic transmission.

When it comes to upholstery, customers can choose between Alcantara/pearl Nappa leather and fine Nappa leather. Also available are trim elements in clear coated carbon fiber, two leather packages and a new diamond stitching pattern.

Customization
There are numerous customization possibilities for customers of the new Audi R8 – for both the exterior and the interior. The colors for the body have been newly mixed and can be freely combined with the colors of the side blades – a blade made from glossy carbon is a particular highlight of the range. Ten standard exterior colors are available, for the R8 V10 plus there is an additional matt paint finish available, Camouflage Green.

Among the five equipment colors available for the interior, two color ranges can be found, whereby the interior is always characterized by a sporty feel. Additionally, there are numerous options to further customize both the interior and the exterior, for example with headlining in Alcantara with dynamic diamond stitching pattern. The Audi exclusive program makes it possible for you to turn the new R8 into a one-of-a-kind model.

Completely connected: infotainment
In the new Audi R8, the Audi virtual cockpit replaces the analog instruments and the MMI monitor. The driver can switch the all-digital display between two different view modes. These bring either the virtual dial instruments or the large navigation map into focus.

The Audi R8 makes use of the latest technology in terms of infotainment. MMI navigation plus is installed as standard; the MMI touch touch wheel is the central control element. In the background, the second generation of the modular infotainment platform sets about its work – just like the Audi virtual cockpit, it integrates a super-fast T30 chip from Audi’s cooperation partner, NVIDIA.

MMI navigation plus is complemented by the Audi connect module. The passenger can connect a smartphone or tablet via the system’s integrated Wi-Fi hotspot. Tailored online services from Audi connect are displayed on the Audi virtual cockpit. The internet connection uses the fast LTE (Long Term Evolution) network. Optional components such as the fine-tuned sound system from Bang & Olufsen with a system performance of 500 watts or the Audi phone box for convenient cell phone integration round off the infotainment program.

New factory for quattro GmbH: production at the “Böllinger Höfe” site
The new Audi R8 is produced at the new “Böllinger Höfe” quattro GmbH production site, close to the Neckarsulm plant. The production area covering 30,000 m2 (322,917.3 sq ft) comprises a body shop and assembly facilities. The entire production facility is highly flexible, while technical and ergonomic innovations such as the CFRP body shell construction and driverless transport systems ensure top quality.

As was the case for the previous model, production follows an elaborate manufacturing process. In cycle times of about 30 minutes and with up to 400 highly qualified employees, the R8 is created in highly precise craftsmanship. Following completion, each R8 is subjected to a strict quality acceptance process on the internal plant test track and an approximately one-hour test drive on public roads. With the new R8 manufacturing site, quattro GmbH – the high-performance subsidiary of AUDI AG – is further enhancing its small-series expertise, thus creating the opportunity to realize ever more exciting derivatives of the R8.

Electrified: Audi R8 e-tron
The second generation of the Audi R8 forms the basis for two more models. Audi has made major engineering developments in its high-performance electric sports car, the R8 e-tron. The latest evolution of the vehicle takes up the multimaterial Audi Space Frame from the new series-production model.

The supporting structure was enhanced by a CFRP rear-section module comprising the luggage compartment. The walls of the CFRP luggage compartment well are corrugated. This way, in the event of a rear-end collision, more energy can be absorbed despite the reduced material weight.

Thanks to targeted modifications to the outer shell and on the wheels, the Audi R8 e‑tron achieves an aerodynamic drag coefficient (cd) value of 0.28. In terms of performance and range, the car enters entirely new dimensions.

The large T-shaped battery is structurally integrated into the center tunnel and behind the occupant cell – optimally positioned in the car. It supports the dynamics of the R8 e-tron with its low center of gravity. Audi produces the high-voltage battery itself, for the first time based on a newly developed lithium-ion technology which was specially conceived for a purely electric vehicle drive. In comparison to the first technology platform, the battery capacity has grown from 49 kWh to approximately 92 kWh. This progress was possible without changing the package.

The R8 e-tron achieves an electric range of 450 kilometers (279.6 mi) instead of a previous 215 kilometers (133.6 mi) with an energy density that has been increased from 84 Wh/kg to 154 Wh/kg and some other modifications to the car. The electrically powered high-performance sports car has the Combined Charging System (CCS) on board, which allows charging with direct and alternating current. Using this system, it is possible to fully charge the battery in significantly less than two hours.

The power is now twice 170 kW and the maximum torque twice 460 Nm (339.3 lb-ft). The R8 e-tron accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.9 seconds on its way to an electronically restricted top speed of 210 km/h (130.5 mph) or 250 km/h (155.3 mph). Intelligent energy management and an electromechanical brake system enable high energy recuperation rates. Targeted torque vectoring – needs-based distribution of power transmission between the rear wheels – ensures maximum stability and dynamism.

Audi uses the electrical high-performance sports car primarily as a mobile high-tech laboratory. Accordingly, the findings from the R8 e-tron help in creating a vehicle with a sedan character. Upon customer request, the R8 e-tron will be available for order in 2015 as an electrically powered sports car in supreme hand-built quality.

New race car: the Audi R8 LMS
Alongside the new R8 series-production model, the second-generation R8 LMS race car is also making its debut, with colleagues from motorsport and series production working in close harmony as part of its development. Both the series-production model of the R8 and the R8 LMS have seen clear increases in power and performance compared with the predecessor. Both cars have around 50 percent of the same parts.

The body shell of the rear-wheel-drive GT3 sports car is based on a selectively reinforced multimaterial ASF. Engineers have supplemented this feature with a safety cage. Its outer shell consists mainly of carbon fiber reinforced plastics. The vehicle’s type approval weight is 1,225 kilograms (2,700.7 lb). The V10 engine is virtually identical to the series-production engine and produces around 430 kW (approximately 585 hp), depending on the applicable regulations and the restrictor required.

Sales of the new R8 LMS to customer teams worldwide will start with the 2016 season. This year, the new race car will be put through its paces by the works team at international long-distance and sprint races, as well as being available to customers as part of the Audi driving experience.

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Gaming Hype: Fast And Furious Themed Forza Horizon 2 Expansion Coming In March (Video)

Posted on 02.25.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Despite “finishing” the main “story” in Forza Horizon 2 I still love playing it because there is so much more to do beyond said story.  There are tons of races, events, and online multiplayer modes to keep me occupied for ages and that’s not counting the recently released Storm Island expansion.  Today, Microsoft and Universal Pictures announced that another expansion would be coming to Forza Horizon 2 based off the Fast & Furious movies.  In this story driven expansion “Tej Parker”  (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges’ character from the film) to source cars for the crew’s next mission.  Players will obtain the cars by completing several challenges that will take place in Forza Horizon 2’s open world setting.  All the cars that are unlocked will be available in free roam gameplay.

Here is a list of some of the cars that will be included in the expansion:

- 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
– 2012 Nissan GT-R Fast & Furious Edition
– 1998 Toyota Supra Fast & Furious Edition
– 2014 Maserati Ghibli Fast & Furious Edition
– 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner Fast & Furious Edition
– 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
– 1970 Plymouth Cuda Fast & Furious Edition
– 2013 Jeep Wrangler Fast & Furious Edition

The expansion will be available on the Xbox Live Marketplace on March 27th and will be free for two weeks.  After that it can be purchased for $10.  Even though this is likely all part of the promotion for the upcoming Furious 7 film its not clear if there will be any direct tie-ins between the expansion and the next film’s plot or any of the previous films.  Either way it sounds like it could be a good time!  I’ll be sure to give you guys my impressions of the expansion once I get a chance to play it.  I am holding out hope for a challenge involving the world’s longest runway and exploding planes!  For a quick teaser and the official press release scroll below.

Press Release:

Xbox and Universal Partnerships & Licensing Partner to Create

 Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious

Stand-alone Expansion Includes New Cars from Universal Pictures’ Furious 7,

in theaters April 3, 2015

Today, Xbox and Universal Partnerships & Licensing announced an unprecedented partnership to bring a unique, stand-alone expansion to millions of Xbox fans worldwide.

For the first time, the thrilling driving and amazing cars of Forza, the highest-rated racing series of the past 10 years, are combining with the blockbuster Fast & Furious film franchise to create an original adventure filled with high-speed automotive action in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious.

Launching on March 27, 2015, Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is a stand-alone expansion to Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One and Xbox 360.  The all-new expansion will put players behind the wheel of iconic vehicles from the Fast & Furious film series, including exciting new cars appearing in Universal Pictures’ Furious 7, in theaters April 3.  Players do not need to have purchased or played Forza Horizon 2 in order to download and enjoy the open-world adventure.

“Forza is synonymous with racing and fun, so it’s only natural for us to work with one of the most celebrated automotive entertainment franchises in the world,” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox.  “This is a great way to bring Forza players into the world of Fast & Furious, and in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, every fan will get a chance to go wheels-first into the exciting action of the Fast & Furious franchise.”

To celebrate the launch of Furious 7, this stand-alone expansion will be available at no charge for a limited two-week period.  Beginning on March 27 and continuing through April 10, 2015, players can download the expansion on Xbox One or Xbox 360 at no charge.  After April 10, the expansion will cost $10, but players who downloaded it for free during the two-week window can continue to play without restriction.

Furious 7 is the latest installment in our enormously successful franchise, and partnering with the world-class team at Turn 10 Studios offered an exceptional opportunity to thank our fans in an exciting way,” said Bill Kispert, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital Platforms, Universal Partnerships & Licensing.  “In this adventure, fans will experience the thrill of the Fast & Furious series’ most iconic cars through the amazing gameplay of Forza.  We can’t think of a better combination for gamers and movie fans alike.”

In Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, players will be recruited by Fast & Furious expert mechanic Tej Parker, voiced by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, to source cars for the Fast & Furious crew’s next big mission.  Players will take part in a series of thrilling car challenges set in the idyllic south of France, challenges inspired by both the Fast & Furious films and Forza’s legendary gameplay.

As players complete game challenges, they will unlock new cars that can be added to their collection and can be driven throughout the open world in free roam play.  Players will also be able to take photos of their favorite cars in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious and share them with fellow Forza players via the official Forza Web site and the Forza Hub app on Xbox One.

See below for a list of some of the special edition vehicles that will be featured in the game:

 

  • 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
  • 2012 Nissan GT-R Fast & Furious Edition
  • 1998 Toyota Supra Fast & Furious Edition
  • 2014 Maserati Ghibli S Fast & Furious Edition
  • 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Fast & Furious Edition
  • 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
  • 1970 Plymouth Cuda Fast & Furious Edition
  • 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Fast & Furious Edition

Also, don’t forget to check out the exciting Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious teaser trailer out today.

For more information on Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious and the Forza Motorsport franchise, see www.forzamotorsport.net and download the Forza Hub app, exclusively on Xbox One. For assets related to this announcement, please visit this post on Xbox Wire.

About Furious 7

Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Furious 7.  James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black.  They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell.  Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan.  www.thefastandthefurious.com

About Universal Partnerships & Licensing

Universal Partnerships & Licensing (UP&L) oversees NBCUniversal’s consumer product and digital licensing for Universal Pictures, NBC Television, Focus Features and Sprout Channel.  This dedicated division is also responsible for film, home entertainment and television promotions.  UP&L is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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Gaming Hype: Forza Motorsport 6 Will Be Released Before The End Of This Year

Posted on 02.23.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Last month at the Detroit Auto Show Microsoft announced the coming of Forza Motorsport 6 and the new Ford GT as its cover car.  They also suggested that we could expect the game to release before the Ford GT launches in 2016 but that was about the closest thing we got to a release date.  Today, the release window for Forza 6 got a little narrower.  According to a report from IGN, Microsoft exec. Aaron Greenberg mentioned during an interview that Forza Motorsport 6 would be released in “Holiday 2015″ which pretty much means any time between October and December of this year with September being an outside shot but still a possibility.

2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the Forza franchise so hopefully that will ward off any gremlins that may cause the game to be delayed until next year.  Chances are the world will learn more about Forza Motorsport 6 during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) this year but I doubt we will get an exact release date.  Although, a playable demo would do nicely!  In the meantime stay tuned!

[Source: IGN]

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Hype News: NHRA Threatens To Pull Race Licenses From Participants Of Discovery Channel’s Street Outlaws Reality Show

Posted on 02.18.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Street racing has been a part of American car culture since the invention of the automobile.  Over the decades many steps have been taken to try and put a stop or at least reduce street racing as it grew in popularity.  Law enforcement tried a heavy handed approach but that just seemed to make rebellious young drivers want to do it more.  It seemed over time that the solution that the drivers wanted were more tracks and places to race in a legit fashion since over the last 20 years or so many local tracks and drag strips where racers used to go were shut down.  To their credit official sanctioning bodies such as the NHRA worked with local tracks all over the country to organize weekly events that provide a safe place for people to race.  However, even that isn’t enough to lure everyone away from racing on the streets.  This fact inspired a new show on the Discovery Channel called “Street Outlaws.”

Street Outlaws focuses on the illegal street racing scene in Oaklahoma City and features the drivers, cars, and shops who regularly participate in races, sometimes for money but mostly bragging rights. Many of the shows racers aspire to get on “the list” as in an unofficial list of the top 10 fastest street racers in the area.  In just four seasons the show has gained a sizable audience and the Street Outlaws official Facebook page has reached over a million likes.  Some of the show regulars even make celebrity appearances at events like car shows and conventions.

Now, the NHRA is threatening to take away official racing privileges from any officially licensed driver who is on the show and participates in a street race.

One of the regulars on the show Justin Shearer AKA “Murder Nova” posted a warning letter he got from the NHRA on his Facebook page stating that his participation on the show violates the sanctioning body’s rules of conduct and if he continues his competition license will be “suspended indefinitely”.  One would think that Mr. “Murder Nova” would be none too pleased over this action but it seems that he is actually happy about it as this issue is helping gain even more attention for the already popular show in which he is a part of.

So far, we haven’t heard about anyone officially losing their NHRA competition license yet but we plan to reach out to both the NHRA, the Discovery Channel, and Pilgrim Studios (the production team behind the show) for any further comment and we will update this story as it develops.  In the meantime let us know what you think.  Is the NHRA right to make a stand against their licensees participating in illegal street racing? Do you think the NHRA is over stepping their bounds and making a mountain out of a mole hill?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

To see the picture of the NHRA letter that Justin posted just click the thumbnail below.  You can also watch a short clip below to get a taste of what the show is like.

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[Source: Facebook via Justin Shearer]

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Video Game Hype: Project CARS Gets A Second (But Smaller) Delay

Posted on 02.18.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Ever since I played Project CARS at E3 last year I have been looking forward to playing the final version.  Its visually impressive and played like a high quality sim racer that could easily hold its own against the Gran Turismos and Forza Motorsports of the world.  In fact, I even mentioned that Project CARS on PS4 might be Sony’s best answer for games like Forza Motorsport 5 and the upcoming Forza Motorsport 6 as right now there is no information on when the next Gran Turismo is coming.

Unfortunately, Project CARS has suffered a few hiccups along its path to release.  Originally slated to release in November of last year the game was pushed back to March 2015.  Today, in an interview with Games Industry (and reflected on the official Project CARS website) Slightly Mad Studios head Ian Bell announced that Project CARS will be pushed back another 30 days or so to April 2015.  Now the game is set to release April 2nd, 2015 on PC and April 7th 2015 on PS4 and Xbox One.

As for the reason for the delay, Bell stated that their team wanted the “greatest chance for success and visibility”.  Perhaps there are a few other high profile games being released in March and they felt they might have gotten lost in the crowd?  It is an understandable move but no doubt frustrating for fans who have pre-ordered or planned on purchasing the game on release.  Although, while another month to wait seems like a long time keep in mind that this delay is significantly shorter than the first.  This extra time may also allow for the developers to add in a few more cool things that they perhaps weren’t able to get to previously.

Either way, I am still very much looking forward to playing (hopefully reviewing) this game when it does release!  Stay tuned to MotorworldHype.com for any further Project CARS updates.  In the meantime let us know what you think.  Were you anticipating the release of Project CARS?  Did you already put in your pre-order?  Are you upset that the game has been delayed again? Or, are you ok with them taking the time to further polish the game and give it the best chance for higher sales and visibility?  Sound off in the comments or tweet us at @MotorworldHype

[Source: GamesIndustry.biz]

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