This is probably one of the best days in my gaming life. I have been a huge fan of games like Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo for years but today Forza has really made a dream come true by adding the Long Beach Grand Prix track to Forza Motorsport 5 in its latest DLC. For those who don’t know, MotorworldHype is based in Long Beach, CA which is pretty much where I was born and raised. I have been attending the Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach since I was a kid so to be able to virtually race on such a detailed recreation in an Indy Car is beyond mind blowing. Heck, not only can you race the full Long Beach course but it looks like you could re-create Formula Drift Long Beach as well. This is beyond awesome! Before this the only way to virtually race Long Beach was with an expensive PC based simulator set up. No more! I can’t wait to try this out for myself when we finally get our hands on an Xbox One (hopefully soon). For now check out the preview video below.
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Video Game Hype: Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach Track Added To Forza Motorsport 5 As FREE DLC! (Video)
Tags: · Dan Greenawalt, Features, formula drift long beach, Forza 5, Forza 5 Long Beach DLC, Forza Motorsport 5, gaming, Hype, Long Beach Grand Prix, Motorsports, online racing, racing games, toyota grand prix of long beach, turn 10 studios, Video, Xbox, xbox live, Xbox One
Mazda MX-5′s easily rank among the most fun cars to drive. Their short wheelbase, suspension set up, and modest power all make up a perfect storm of driving pleasure. Granted not everyone is won over by its cutesy looks but few can deny the mighty Miata is a formidable road car. So, naturally people like us want to screw with that and make it faster and crazy. This is where power adders come in. Before it was popular to turbocharge Miatas, this was mostly because turbo kits were pretty damn cheap. The only problem is that the kits were typically meant for the older model MX-5s. Fortunately, Kraftwerks (a division of Skunk2) has released a new supercharger kit for the ’06-’13 MX-5 (“NC” chassis code).
The Kraftwerks supercharger kit will set you back about $5k but for good reason. This kit provides more power than the old turbo kits did (will add 110hp to the wheels on 91 octane) and is safer for the engine than going the turbocharged route. The engineers at Kraftwerks also took care to make sure that the kit bolts on as efficiently as possible. Which means they made sure to take advantage of existing space so that there are no clearance issues and that the kit will not get in the way of any vital systems. It also comes with everything you need to make it work at its best: fuel pump, bigger injectors, optional ECU tuning, and an intercooler with all the necessary piping.
There were 30 pre-orders available but it looks like those have sold out so if you want one of these kits you will probably have to wait a while but I think it would be well worth it!
[Source: Kraftwerks ]
Pixar’s “Cars” is the greatest thing to ever happen to people who are both car nuts and Disney fans like me. The first two movies were awesome and “Cars Land” at the California Adventure theme park is several types of awesome. So, you can imagine my excitement when word broke that a third Cars movie is on the way! The CEO of Disney himself Bob Iger announced during a shareholder’s meeting that Cars 3 is currently in development at Pixar but no further details were given. I imagine that bits of information such as a release date or plot won’t be made public for quite some time. But hey, I can always speculate in the meantime! Maybe in the third installment Lightning McQueen tries his hand at Rallycross? Or maybe Mater joins the NASCAR Truck series? Maybe Sally the Porsche dumps McQueen for a McLaren P1? Ah, speculation is fun.. Anyhow, when new details emerge I will bring them to you!
[Source: Inside The Magic blog]
Ok this site was starting to get a little dusty so its time to push forward again with some fresh new content. We are starting off with my return to Cars And Coffee Irvine last weekend. In all honesty I just visited to get a little extra shooting time in before I headed off to the Formula Drift Tech Day AKA Source Interlink casting call. However, I lucked out in the fact that it just so happened that Porsche decided to bring a genuine production-spec 918 Spyder to the event! News of the Spyder’s appearance brought out many of my industry friends and colleagues like Jon Sibal, Bisi of Bisimoto engineering, and even my old friend and mentor Craig Lieberman! In fact, I ran into so many people that I haven’t seen in a long time that I actually didn’t take as many pictures as I wanted! But I have a healthy bunch of photos below. Enjoy!
Hype Video: New Transformers 4 Trailer Explodes Internet And Restores (Some Of) My Faith In Michael Bay
For the second time I find myself in a familiar position. Coming off a previous Transformers movie which ultimately turned out to be a disappointing experience, swearing off the movies entirely but then being lured in once more by Michael Bay’s uncanny ability to put together a bad-ass mega trailer thus having my hopes moved once more to the “up” position. I was really having not so great feelings about the upcoming Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction flick but damn if today’s new trailer didn’t re-kindle my interest.
There still is not too much known about the story of the next film but from the trailer it appears that some time has passed since the events of “Dark Of The Moon” and the world advanced to a point to where they do not need to rely on the Autobots to protect them (or so they think). In fact it seems like the world as turned against the Autobots according to the viral marketing site TransformersAreDangerous.com and their hotline (855) 363-8392 (seriously call it!). Then as usual a massive alien threat comes to Earth and starts wrecking stuff and in the middle of all this Mark Whalberg, who plays a struggling salvage man trying to put his daughter through college comes across an old semi truck that just happens to be Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots, then wackiness ensues. There is also a ton of explosions, shooting, and more importantly…Dinobots! It really does look good this time. Don’t take my word for it though, you can watch the trailer below. And to Mr. Bay if you’re reading you have brought me from hopeless about this film to cautiously optimistic, congrats…now make it count!
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Movie Hype: Ford Mustang “Hero Car” From Need For Speed Movie Going To Barrett Jackson Auction Block For Good Cause
No matter how good or bad a car movie is the one constant is that people want whatever featured vehicle played the leading role in said movie. The Firebird from “Smokey And The Bandit”, the Ecto-1 from “Ghosbusters”, the Supra from “The Fast And The Furious” are all highly sought after items for any car collector. That’s why regardless of how you think the new Need For Speed movie will turn out, the Ford Mustang “hero” car would still fetch a premium; which is exactly what DreamWorks Pictures and Ford are looking to accomplish at the Barrett Jackson Auction in April.
If you are unfamiliar with the term “hero car”, “hero” is a Hollywood term that basically means something that was prominently used on-camera by a lead actor in major scenes of a film. So, that means the Mustang going on sale is the actual car that hundreds of thousands (maybe millions) of people will see on screen driven by Aaron Paul and it will still have all of the modifications on it that were added on for the movie.
What really makes this special is that the proceeds from the Auction will benefit the Henry Ford Health System, a non-profit organization that helps bring quality health care to those who cannot afford it. Let’s hope this Mustang can fetch a few million!
Ford-designed and built custom wide body Mustang used in the new movie “Need for Speed” will be auctioned for charity
- All-new 2015 Ford Mustang and 2015 Ford F-150 will be on display at the auction in West Palm Beach, Fla.
- Ford will offer ride-and-drives at the auction in vehicles from its 2014 lineup; Shelby GT500, Focus ST and Fiesta ST are primed for hot-lap experiences
Building on the excitement of the movie, premiering March 14, this Mustang will be offered at no reserve, with proceeds benefiting the Henry Ford Health System, a not-for-profit group founded by Henry Ford to improve the health and well-being of a diverse community.
“Need for Speed” is the latest of more than 3,200 film and television appearances for Mustang over the past 50 years. The Mustang being auctioned is one of a handful developed purely for the movie to appear on the silver screen and at promotional stops.
The movie car boasts a custom-designed wide body rolling on unique Forgiato 22-inch alloy wheels. Other design elements include an enlarged lower grille with new air intakes, extended rocker panels, a twin-snorkel hood and low-profile mirrors. The visual sizzle is amplified by custom silver paint with Kona Blue racing stripes and angel-eye fog lamps in the grille.
“Mustang was cast in a leading role of the movie with screen time equal to many of the actors,” said Steve Ling, North America car marketing manager for Ford. “Director Scott Waugh challenged our team to give this central character enough personality and American masculinity to take on some of the world’s most exotic cars, just like in the popular Electronic Arts video game that inspired the movie.
“The new owner of this particular Mustang will take home a rare vehicle, and their bid will increase access to critical health care services.”
Founded in 1915, the Henry Ford Health System is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive, integrated health systems. It provides health insurance and health-care delivery, including acute-, specialty-, primary- and preventive-care services, backed by excellence in research and education. Additional information is available at http://www.henryford.com.
“Need for Speed” is one of the most successful racing video game franchises in the world, with more than 140 million games sold since the original edition debuted 20 years ago. The Dreamworks Studios film stars Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Dominic Cooper (“Captain America”), Imogen Poots (“Fright Night”) and Michael Keaton (“Batman”), and is directed by Waugh (“Act of Valor”).
Beyond the South Florida Fairgrounds auction stage, Ford will offer ride-and-drive and hot-lap experiences. The public can sample Ford’s stable of 2014 vehicles, as well as hot-lap experiences in the Shelby GT500, Focus ST and Fiesta ST. In addition, Ford is showing the all-new 2015 Mustang and 2015 F-150 in South Florida for the first time.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 181,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.
About Need for Speed:
DreamWorks Pictures’ Need for Speed marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. Tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing, the story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, Need for Speed captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless.
The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Maddon (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save Tobey’s shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frame Tobey for a crime he didn’t commit, and sending Tobey to prison while Dino expands his business out West.
Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge — but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon — the Super Bowl of underground racing. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. With the help of his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.
Need for Speed is presented by DreamWorks Pictures, produced by Patrick O’Brien, John Gatins and Mark Sourian, and directed by Scott Waugh. The screenplay is by George Gatins. The story is by George Gatins & John Gatins, and, based on the video game franchise created by Electronic Arts. The film releases in U.S. theaters on March 14, 2014.
Need for Speed is a trademark of Electronic Arts Inc.
Tags: · Aaron Paul, American Cars, Barrett Jackson Auction, ea games, electronic arts, Features, Ford Mustang, gaming, Hype, Need For Speed Ford Mustang, Need For Speed Movie, Need For Speed Movie Auction, Need For Speed Video Game, News, video games
Its been a while but Wheel Wednesday is back and this week I am showing off a wheel that was specifically designed to make any VW-phile swoon. Its from Work Wheels new “Seeker” line and its called the CX. It has what I can only describe as a “super mesh” design that looks perfect under the arches of just about any generation VW Golf but would likely look just as good on a Jetta or Passat. What’s life without experimentation? The CX is a two-piece wheel and customers can get custom offsets in 1mm increments. A step lip barrel is available as an option as well for those who like it spicy! All in all the CX is a nice pair of euro shoes for your VW and worth of a Wheel Wednesday mention. If you want a set hit up your local Work Wheels dealer and they should be able to hook you up!
I am trying to re-organize things on my computer and I figured out that for some inexplicable reason I took a bunch of pictures of the beautiful Porsche 918 Spyder at the 2013 LA Auto Show but didn’t post them. Again, I have no idea why I didn’t but I didn’t so I am rectifying that horrible mistake right now by posting them! Please click the thumbnails below and enjoy!
Remember when Forza Motorsport 5 came out and everyone complained that there wasn’t enough tracks even though Turn 10 kept telling everyone more tracks were on the way? Well, starting today Turn 10 gets to say “we told you so” as it was announced that a brand new re-captured virtual Road Atlanta course is coming to Forza Motorsport 5…for free! Yes, now you and your friends can fly over that horrifying blind crest on your Xbox One! Check out the official trailer below.
I got super excited when McLaren Automotive dropped a teaser for a new car that would debut at Geneva and slot in between the MP4-12C and the P1 hyper-car. While my imagination ran wild with what could be, a colleague suggested to me that it will likely just be another special edition 12C. Personally I was really hoping against that. Not that I have any problem with the 12C but to see a completely new car from McLaren so soon after the P1′s release would be pretty damn awesome. Turns out that we were both right in sorts.
Like the title of this post suggests the 650S (the 650 representing the HP and the “S” meaning sports) is essentially an evolution of the 12C by using some of the things they learned from building the P1. This pretty much why the 650S looks like a P1 from the front. The McLaren engineers also employed more than a few new aerodynamic bits to add improved downforce over the 12C (the extra 25HP doesn’t hurt either). So while I am a bit bummed that the 650S is more “new” than new, I still think that a next-level 12C is still pretty damn awesome. The real signs of if this car will take off is how the world will react to the 650S’ most important number: MSRP. We should know more about that when it makes its debut in Geneva on March 4th. For more pictures of the McLaren 650S feel free to click on any of the thumbnails and for more details check out the official press release below.
Designed and developed to give the enthusiast driver the ultimate in luxury, engagement and excitement
- The McLaren 650S will offer the widest breadth of capabilities of any supercar
- Coupé and Spider, with electrically retractable hardtop, to be available from Spring 2014 launch
- Joins McLaren’s range of supercars above 12C, which continues on sale
- Uniquely enhanced active aerodynamics and ProActive Chassis Control systems optimise the capabilities and usability
McLaren Automotive will return to the International Geneva Motor Show this year with its fastest, most engaging, best equipped and most beautiful series-production supercar yet.
The McLaren 650S joins the range as an additional model alongside the 12C and sold-out McLaren P1™, and learns from both models as well as 50 years of competing in the highest levels of motorsport. Available as a fixed-head coupé or as a Spider, with a retractable folding hard top, the McLaren 650S promises to redefine the high performance supercar segment, and has been designed and developed to provide the ultimate in driver engagement on the road and on the race track.
The 650S badge designation refers to the power output – 650PS (641 bhp) – of the unique British-built McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine. ‘S’ stands for ‘Sport’, underlining the focus and developments made to handling, transmission, drivability and engagement. Performance figures will be confirmed ahead of the Geneva Show but will improve on the already rapid 12C which continues on sale.
The design is inspired by the McLaren P1™, previewing a new family design language. The front bumper gives the McLaren 650S a dramatic, yet clean appearance and sits below new LED headlamps which reflect a similar look to the McLaren P1™. The more integrated front splitter contributes to increased levels of downforce, giving a greater level of steering feeling and confidence to the driver on turn-in, while also adding to the agility and the car’s handling balance. Unique door blades behind the front wheels direct air from the trailing edges of the front splitter, further benefiting front-end grip and vehicle balance.
The aerodynamic performance of the McLaren 650S is as efficient as the 12C, boasting the same drag coefficient figure, yet the air is being worked harder and more efficiently as it flows over, and through, the functional bodywork. At 150 mph, downforce levels are increased by 24 percent.
‘As always with McLaren, the new design is there for good engineering reasons,’ says McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt. ‘The newly designed front bumper improves downforce and steering turn-in. The high speed handling balance is now even better. The LED lights use less power and last longer.‘
Unique side intakes behind the dihedral doors feed large, efficiently packaged, radiators which help provide the cooling requirements of the mid-mounted, compact engine. A new design five-spoke lightweight forged ‘650S’ alloy wheel is unique to the model, and are fitted with Pirelli P Zero™ Corsa tyres to offer optimised roadholding, handling and driver feedback – the bespoke ‘MC1’ branded tyres have been developed alongside the McLaren 650S by McLaren technology partner Pirelli, and offer strong performance in normal road conditions and on track.
The McLaren 650S builds on experience from success on the track, and groundbreaking technologies fitted to other McLaren models. Active aerodynamics, which feature on both the 12C and McLaren P1™, have been further developed and honed to ensure the ultimate performance and ability for the McLaren 650S. The McLaren Airbrake, originally fitted to the 12C and 12C Spider and designed to offer optimised levels of downforce on the rear of the car, now operates with a greater level of functionality providing increased stability. The newly developed system means the Airbrake deploys whenever the car senses extra downforce is advisable – rather than simply under braking or when manually operated in ‘Aero’ mode. Below the Airbrake, a distinctive rear three-piece bumper, similar to the GT3 racing version of the 12C, compliments the aerodynamic shaping of the McLaren 650S.
The pioneering ProActive Chassis Control (PCC) suspension system, developed by McLaren, has been further enhanced for the McLaren 650S. A feature of the system is the ability to adjust the ride and handling modes – Normal / Sport / Track – in isolation from the drivetrain, which gives complete freedom in terms of ride and handling. These settings, for both powertrain and suspension, have been recalibrated to improve driver engagement. The updates are especially noticeable in Sport mode.
‘McLaren is a fast moving company, continually striving for improvements and technical advantages. We are always seeking to innovate, to be the class leaders, to bring new technologies and thinking to market. That’s our Formula 1 heritage shining through,’ explains Mike Flewitt. ‘Everything we’ve learnt from the 12C and the McLaren P1™ has gone into the design and development of the McLaren 650S.’
The McLaren 650S is designed to be the best and most engaging driver’s car in its class, yet it is not a stripped out road racer. Ride comfort and refinement are to executive saloon standards. The McLaren 650S models are equipped with IRIS satellite navigation with Bluetooth telephony, DAB digital radio (SIRIUS satellite radio in North America), wireless tethering, audio streaming and voice control as standard, while also offering enhanced levels of optional specification than previously offered. Options include fixed-back carbon racing seats, based on the lightweight design found in the McLaren P1™, an electric steering column adjustment assisting ingress and egress, a rear parking camera and extended carbon fibre throughout the interior.
The global reveal of the McLaren 650S Coupéand Spider will take place on Stand 1240, Hall 1 at 12.00CET (11.00GMT) on Tuesday, 4 March 2014 at the 84th International Geneva Motor Show.