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I have a younger sister and an even younger niece and I have to say that lately the kind of female examples that they have been blasted with on mass media lately have frightened me! I mean do I even really need to name names here? We all know the people I’m talking about. So it is awesome to me when I see great news about a real woman doing real awesome stuff like Mary Barra officially becoming the new CEO of General Motors. Becoming a CEO of any major company is an accomplishment within itself but Mrs. Barra is also the first ever woman to claim the title in GM’s history!
Congratulations Mary and thank you for giving my sister and niece another strong role model to look up to.
Tags: · AmericanCars, general motors, gm, GM CEO Mary Barra, Like A Boss, Mary Barra, Mary Barra CEO General Motors, News
Today Lexus dropped a vague-ish image of what they say will be the next “F” car. What that really means is that the 2015 IS-F is on the way. While the released image (click on thumbnail below) doesn’t show much, a keen eye can see nods to the current and previous IS-F’s in the lines. As you may have guessed, I am excited about this as the IS-F sedan has a special place in my heart.
So far Lexus hasn’t released any further information about this F car other than its completely new from the ground up. Could this mean a completely new chassis? Possibly. Personally I just want to know how much they’ve tipped the balance (if any) between its luxury side and its performance side. It would be nice to see the new IS-F be a little less Bruce Banner and a bit more Hulk if you catch my drift. The world will have to wait until January when it will debut at the Detroit Auto Show to know for sure though. I wish they would have debuted it in LA! Oh well. Stay tuned as I will bring you more details as they become available!
Tags: · #NAIAS2014, 2014 Detroit Auto Show, 2014 North American International Auto Show, 2015 Lexus IS-F, 2015LexusIS-F, 2015LexusISF, AsianCars, Hype, Lexus, Lexus F Sport, News
It was announced by Universal Pictures today that a portion of the proceeds from Fast & Furious 6 DVD and Blu Ray (out on Dec. 10th 2013) sales will go directly to the late Paul Walker’s charity foundation Reach Out World Wide (ROWW). ROWW is an organization that Paul founded in 2010 that is a network of skilled first responders (EMTs, Paramedics, Firefighters etc) that volunteer their skills and efforts to provide relief to victims of natural disasters.
I was going to buy the Fast & Furious 6 Blu Ray anyway simply because I thought it was a fun movie, but it feels good to know that my purchase will not only help people but honor Paul Walker’s memory as well. I recommend that you not only buy a copy for yourself but as a gift for friends and family this holiday season!
If you want to donate directly to ROWW, just visit ReachOutWorldWide.org
Tags: · Fast And Furious, Fast And Furious 6 Blu Ray, Fast And Furious 6 DVD, FastAndFuriousSalesBenefitReachOutWorldWide, Paul Walker, Reach Out World Wide, ReachOutWorldWide.org, ROWW
OK after that last post I thought I would try to lighten the mood a bit with something I found at SEMA 2013. When I was racing around like a crazy person trying to get all my coverage done I was stopped in my tracks by what appeared to be an RC car strapped down to the smallest dyno in the world! I immediately started filming to make sure I had proof of what I was seeing! Watch below..
Crazy huh? Well unfortunately this is not exactly what it seems. What you were looking at was a scale model of a larger dyno made by a company called SuperFlow; which builds dynos and flow benches. While the rollers and everything work, this scale model does not actually measure horsepower output from RC cars. Too bad though, I would have totally put that on my Christmas list!
Tags: · all wheel drive dyno, Dynamometer, Dyno, Electric RC Cars, Features, Hype, News, RC Car dyno, RC Car horsepower, RC Car on a dyno, RC Cars, SEMA, SEMA 2013, SEMA Show, SuperFlow, Video
Like many people, when I heard the tragic news on Saturday that Paul Walker and race car driver Roger Rodas lost their lives in a car crash I thought that it was a joke, a social media hoax. How many times have we see the death of a celebrity trend on twitter only to find out later that it was just some random jerk playing a trick to get attention? Although, I did my best to find as my sources as I could even looking to my colleagues who are close with Paul to find out the truth.
Unfortunately the truth was confirmation of the horrible news. Even though I didn’t know Paul personally even I felt heavily stung by his passing. I was even more sad for my friends and mentors RJ de Vera and Craig Lieberman who both knew Paul personally as they worked with him on the first few Fast And Furious movies. During my career I started to meet more and more people who have met and touched by Paul. Everyone in our industry liked him, even if they didn’t like the movies. Why? Because away from the cameras and lights Paul Walker was still every bit the car nut as all of us were in the most genuine way possible.
The main thing I got from everyone who has ever interacted with him is that he was a very casual, friendly, and humble guy who just loved surfing, cars, and racing. He really was one of us. He just also happened to be a talented successful actor. Yet, he never let Hollywood get in the way of just being who he was and hanging out with people who shared the same loves as he did. I can wax poetic on how the portrayal of his character in the fast and the furious series represented the growth of enthusiasts as the films went on but I don’t think that would really suit his memory. He really was just a casual tshirt, jeans, and chuck taylor wearing guy who was friendly, kind, and accessible.
I think Craig Lieberman described it best on his Facebook page when he said:
“Meeting him for the first time on-set when I handed the keys to my Supra over to him, we got to know each other a bit. It was clear that he was a car guy but he was just starting to delve deeper into the car hobby. We talked several times during the filming of the first two films, mostly about cars, car parts, car capabilities and such.
The two fondest memories I have of him came from two separate events: at one point, Universal teamed me up with Paul to go to a couple of events at which my car would appear along side Paul, who would be signing autographs. While killing time at a hotel lounge, I met Paul’s ex girlfriend and his daughter, Meadow, who was about 3 at the time. I was surprised to learn he was a father (he was in his late 20′s back then) as he seemed to be living the dream life. But more surprising was how much he really loved his daughter…I could see by the look on his face that he enjoyed being a dad even more than he loved cars.
The second memory came on set for 2 Fast 2 Furious down in Miami. During some time between takes, I saw Paul for the first time since shooting began on that film. He remembered me (which was a shock) and he thanked me for offering up my Skyline (was he kidding? I was getting paid for it!). During that conversation, I asked him “so you’re back for another one?” Paul replied “Hey, I’m just a surfer who’s lucky enough to get paid to be in movies. I have the greatest job in the world…I drive cool cars, meet cool people, go to cool places and I get a paycheck. Life is good.”
I never saw Paul get swept up in the whole Hollywood scene of partying, scandal or anything remotely controversial. I always admired that about him.
I don’t think Paul would take much credit for the role his movies played in breathing life into our beloved car hobby and whether or not you like the movies, I couldn’t imagine a better Ambassador for our hobby.
Thanks for the memories.”
I think we also should not forget how much of a philanthropist Paul Walker is. Before this tragedy it was not common knowledge that Paul Walker actually founded an organization called Reach Out World Wide (ROWW) back in 2010 when he volunteered as a relief team member responding to the earthquakes in Haiti. Paul saw a need for a better way to get skilled responders, equipment, and technicians to areas that have been devastated by natural disasters; so he started his own and that’s what Reach Out World Wide was about. Since founding the organization ROWW has been able to help countless people at home and abroad. In fact, before the accident that took is life Paul Walker was at an event held in collaboration with ROWW and the shop that he owned with his friend Roger Rodas that organized to raise money for victims of hurricane Haiyan in the Philippines.
Roger was every bit the car guy and humanitarian as Paul was which is probably why they got along so well. Roger was also a very highly educated and experienced business person whom specialized in finance but still cared about his family and fellow man more than anything else. Roger was also very passionate about education and actively participated with the Asomugha Foundation, a group dedicated to helping children in Africa get a quality education.
The world lost two great guys on Saturday. Friends and people close to them would prefer that we honor their memory by following in their philanthropic example and to donate to ROWW at ReachOutWorldWide.org and to the Asomugha Foundatation at AsomughaFoundation.org so that their legacy of helping others in need can continue on.
We will press on as usual because we think that’s what two guys like Roger and Paul would want us to do but we just wanted to take the time to honor these guys who have done a lot not just for our hobby but for people all over the world through their efforts. Our condolences to their families and friends.
Tags: · Always Evolving Race Shop, Asomugha Foundation, AsomughaFoundation, FastAndTheFurious, Motorsports, News, Paul Walker, PaulWalker, Reach Out World Wide, ReachOutWorldWide, Roger Rodas, RogerRodas, ROWW
Just a few hours ago in Yokohama, Japan Nissan rolled out the next iteration of Godzilla AKA the GT-R Nismo. The world knew this car was coming for a while now but despite a forewarning it still seems to come as a shock just incredible this machine is.
First of all lets start off with the most important number: 600; as in horsepower. Yes the R35 era GT-R has finally broken the 600hp mark! Nissan engineers were able to do this mostly due to a new turbochargers taken directly from the GT-R Nismo GT3 race car. The ignition tuning as changed to add power as well as a new fuel pump.
In addition to increasing the power substantially Nissan also added a whole new suspension package using Bilstein shocks, increased downforce with a new aero package (including a massive carbon fiber wing), and saved weight with a whole bunch of carbon fiber including carbon fiber shells for the seats and a carbon fiber trunk. Weight was also saved with new six-spoke forged wheels.
All of these modifications add up to the fastest production GT-R ever. In fact, this thing lapped the Nurburgring in 7:08! That’s 10 seconds faster than the previous GT-R Nurburgring record! To figure out how they did it you can watch two videos below. The first is the record breaking lap narrated by the driver Michael Krumm himself. The second is a near 30 minute long documentary which chronicles how an elite Nissan team brought the GT-R Nismo to life.
Before that though you can click on any of the thumbnails for pictures and below the videos you can read the official press release for all the details.
P.S. No pricing has been announced yet but it has been announced that the GT-R Nismo will be released in Japan in February 2014 and in the U.S. and Europe later on in 2014.
GT-R Nismo Documentary:
REVEALED: NISSAN GT-R NISMO — Nissan GT-R Nismo Joins 2014 Nissan GT-R –
- World premiere of race-inspired version of Nissan’s legendary GT-R
- 600hp (441kw) for blistering performance
- Advanced aerodynamics generating additional 100kg*1 of downforce at 300km/h (186mph) for exceptional road-holding
YOKOHAMA, Japan (November 19, 2013) – Records fall and dreams come true with the debut of the Nissan GT-R Nismo. This race-oriented model delivers “factory tuned” supercar dynamics with revolutionary enhanced aerodynamics and ultra-precise handling. The Nissan GT-R is already established as one of the best performing supercars in the automotive sphere, and now Nissan has drawn on decades of racing experience gathered by Nismo, the brand’s motorsport specialists, to develop the ultimate Nissan GT-R.
Nissan GT-R Nismo
The Nissan GT-R Nismo features exclusive styling that embraces the longstanding racing philosophy of form following function. It has numerous motorsports-inspired technologies to enhance the car’s performance through optimised aerodynamics, suspension and powertrain, creating a well-balanced machine that is at home on both the road and track.
The Nissan GT-R Nismo will be available in Japan in late February 2014, U.S. and Europe later in 2014.
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says this is the fastest Nissan GT-R ever. “With a 7:08.679 lap time, we can authoritatively say that the Nissan GT-R Nismo*2 holds the volume production car lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, which is the gold standard of high performance achievement.”
Nissan GT-R Nismo Overview – Flagship of the Nismo lineup
1. Mechanical Features Nissan GT-R Nismo employs innovation, uncompromising engineering and motorsports-inspired technologies to achieve new levels of power, speed and handling.
- Under the hood, the 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT engine benefits from the know-how that Nismo has gained from participating in such events as the world-renowned Nürburgring 24 hour race. Engine power has risen and is now rated at 600PS (441kw) and 481 lb ft (652 Nm) of torque.
- New high-flow, large capacity turbochargers, which are used for GT3 racing, improve breathing, while optimized individual ignition timing control for each cylinder and upgraded fuel pump improve combustion.
- The springs and custom-developed Bilstein DampTronic dampers in the front and rear suspension are specially tuned to deliver exceptional grip levels and progressive handling response at the limit. Three suspension modes can be selected: Comfort, Normal and R, for circuit applications.
- Exclusive Nismo tires – developed by Dunlop – exhibit outstanding grip and handling characteristics. Front: 255/40 ZRF20; rear 285/35 ZRF20.
- Specially-developed links fitted to the front double wishbone suspension increase castor trail to optimize wheel position during high-G cornering and improve straight-line and cornering stability. Additionally, large high-rigidity bolts are used to increase stiffness of the wheel-hub attachment area.
- To minimize body-roll during cornering and changes of direction, the Nissan GT-R Nismo features a 17.3 mm hollow rear anti-roll bar which raises roll stiffness while reducing weight.
- Increased rigidity in the bodyshell is achieved using adhesive bonding in addition to spot welding leading to precise suspension response under extreme load, the Nismo “factory tuned” enhancement.
2. Exterior design – Exclusive styling with improved aerodynamics
- Using the latest Computational Fluid Dynamic simulation techniques to analyze airflow, Nismo has developed an aero package that improves road-holding, minimizes the negative impact of drag, while giving the car a menacing and muscular appearance.
- Together, the front bumper, engine undercover strake and carbon rear spoiler increase downforce, lowering the center of gravity and generating an additional 100kg*1 (at 300km/h) compared to the freshly updated 2014 Nissan GT-R model. The car’s aerodynamic characteristics are tuned to ensure the downforce is equally spread front to rear at all speeds for progressive handling characteristics. A widened front bumper configuration and elongated yet tapered rear bumper design keep the drag to Cd 0.26, same with that of 2014 Nissan GT-R.
- The Nissan GT-R Nismo will be available in five body colors: Brilliant White Pearl, Meteor Flake Pearl Black, Ultimate Metallic Silver and Vibrant Red. And unique to the GT-R Nismo model, a Dark Matte Grey*3 accentuates the car’s imposing exterior muscularity.
- The GT-R Nismo’s black 6-spoke wheels are inspired by Nissan’s GT-R race car which races in the GT500 class in SUPER GT.
- The Nissan GT-R Nismo cockpit inspires driver confidence through both its craftsmanship and optimized driving position.
- Ergonomically sculpted carbon-fiber-backed reclining RECARO seats (Europe/Japan) comfortably, yet firmly, support the driver and front-seat passenger.
- Nismo racers influenced the design of the steering wheel which is dressed in Alcantara®, with three spokes, red center mark and red stitching to give the best combination of grip, feedback and comfort.
- The combi meter has carbon-like finish, and tachometer features a red design. The meter hood is also dressed with Alcantara®.
- Interior trim features include discreet red stitching on the seats, center console, door trim and steering wheel.
- *1: Compared to 2014 Nissan GT-R
- *2: Nissan GT-R Nismo with track options
- *3: Dark Matte Grey will be available starting from summer in 2014.
- Nismo, a short form of “Nissan Motorsports,” is the performance brand for Nissan, and is one of the company’s purveyors of “innovation that excites.”
- Nismo offers products featuring innovative technology and high performance to a wide range of customers for street use. Nismo cars provide an exciting driving experience with motorsports-inspired aerodynamics and styling, enhanced handling characteristics and unmatched agility.
- In the motorsports world, Nismo competes in the highest forms of GT and sports-car racing, such as Japan’s Super GT Series and the World Endurance Championships (WEC), as well as providing engines to teams that compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the European Le Mans Series (ELMS). The Nissan GT-R captured the Super GT championship in 2011 and 2012.
About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 267,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.
Tags: · AsianCars, Features, GT-R Nismo, GTRNismo, Hype, News, NISMO, Nismo GT-R, Nismo GT-R Video, Nismo GTR, Nissan, Nissan GT-R, NissanGTR, Nurburgring, R35 GT-R, R35 gtr, R35 Nismo GT-R, Video
Hey ya’ll did you miss that lil ol’- OK you know what? I can’t do the fake cowboy Texas cliché thing anymore I am just going to go back to regular typing. Anyhow if you missed the United States Grand Prix this weekend and forgot to tape it then we have the results below. As far as notable occurrences there wasn’t many to speak of really. The biggest news of the weekend was Kimi Raikkonen sitting out this race and the last race due to a “back injury”. Yes, I am sure it is completely isolated and has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Lotus hasn’t paid him a “single Euro” so far this season. Anyway scroll down below for the race results and a video of the race recap from NBC Sports.
1st place: Sebastian Vettel (this makes his 8th win in a row setting a new record for most consecutive wins in a season)
2nd place: Romain Grosjean
3rd place: Mark Webber (This was Webber’s final F1 race. He is retiring from F1 to start his endurance racing career)
Tags: · 2013 United States Grand Prix, Austin Texas, Circuit Of The Americas, F1, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Formula 1, Formula One, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Lotus F1, Mark Webber, Mercedes GP, Motorsports, News, Nico Rosberg, Red Bull Racing, Romain Grosjean, Sebastian Vettel, texas, USGP 2013, Video
In a statement put out by the man himself just moments ago he officially announces his retirement from Indy Car racing due to injuries he suffered earlier this year during an accident in Houston.
You can read his official statement below:
Statement from Dario Franchitti:
“Since my racing accident in Houston, I have been in the expert care of some of the leading doctors and nurses, all of whom have made my health, my safety and my recovery their top priority. I am eternally grateful for the medical care I have received over the last several weeks. I’d also like to thank my family and friends for their unbelievable support.
One month removed from the crash and based upon the expert advice of the doctors who have treated and assessed my head and spinal injuries post accident, it is their best medical opinion that I must stop racing. They have made it very clear that the risks involved in further racing are too great and could be detrimental to my long term well-being. Based on this medical advice, I have no choice but to stop.
Racing has been my life for over 30 years and it’s really tough to think that the driving side is now over. I was really looking forward to the 2014 season with Target Chip Ganassi Racing, with a goal of winning a fourth Indianapolis 500 and a fifth IndyCar Series championship.
I’d like to thank all my fellow competitors, teammates, crew and sponsors for their incredible support over the course of this amazing ride. I’d also like to thank Hogan Racing, Team KOOL Green and Andretti Green Racing for the opportunities to compete on the racetrack, and especially Target Chip Ganassi Racing, who have become like a family to me since I joined their team back in 2008. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank all my fans around the world. I can’t thank you enough for standing by my side for all these years.
I’ll forever look back on my time racing in CART and the IndyCar Series with fond memories and the relationships I’ve forged in the sport will last a lifetime.
Hopefully in time, I’ll be able to continue in some off-track capacity with the IndyCar Series. I love open-wheel racing and I want to see it succeed. I’ll be working with Chip to see how I can stay involved with the team, and with all the amazing friends I’ve made over the years at Target.
As my buddy Greg Moore would say, ‘See you up front’”
As a fan of American open wheel racing I have watched Dario drive for years. I have always been a fan so this is a pretty sad day. However I give much kudos to Dario for taking the advice of medical professionals and having the inner strength to walk away from doing what he loves so much. It is much better for him to go out this way rather than for something horrible to happen in the future due to his injuries.
Hopefully as the man said, we will still see him in Indy Car in some other capacity in the future.
Thanks for the memories Dario!
Tags: · Chip Ganassi, Dario Franchitti, Dario Franchitti Houston Accident, Dario Franchitti Retires, Indy Car, Motorsports, News, open wheel racing, Racing, Target, Target Chip Ganassi
Remember a while back when I told you about that rag tag group of Canadians that built a car with a body that was almost entirely 3D printed? Well that same group of plucky Canucks are bringing their printed car (named the UrBee) to the states with an ambitious challenge in mind. They plan to drive the UrBee from New York to San Francisco with only 10 gallons of fuel…and a dog!
Cody and Tyler Kor twenty-something brothers and son of the UrBee’s inventor Jim Kor will be going on the epic trek across the nation. How are they planning to do that you ask? Well the UrBee is an electric vehicle with a range extending electric power train (supported by an ethanol fueled combustion engine) and due to its lightweight body parts and chassis should be able to extract some serious MPG numbers. Although for now this is still all just an idea. There is still another 2 years or so before the UrBee 2 is ready to make its cross country voyage. However, if the team pulls this off it could be a total game changer. Here’s hoping they make it!
[Source: Popular Mechanics via Yahoo.com]
Tags: · 3D Printed Car, 3D Printing, AmericanCars, Features, HybridRangeExtendingCar, Hype, JimKor, Koreco Logic, News, UrBee, UrBee 2 Cross Country Trip, UrBee 3D Printed Car, UrBee Car, UrBee Hybrid Car, UrBee2
Not to be outdone by Gran Turismo 6′s epic trailer, Turn 10 Studios released their own launch trailer for Forza Motorsport 5 today which includes a huge reveal of the Lotus F1 car making an appearance in the game. Not sure if there will be other F1 cars in game since the Lotus car was the only one shown but it is a possibility. The trailer also includes a reveal of the Yas Marina Circuit which looks gorgeous!
In addition to releasing the trailer Turn 10 also announced some more info about the “Car Pass” program. Basically Car Pass is a way to buy the first 6 Forza 5 DLC packs (each including 10 cars) all at once at a slightly discounted rate. Today it was announced that the Car Pass will cost $49.99. To provide some incentive it was also revealed that the first DLC pack which will be released at launch will include LaFerrari! Yes, LaFerrari will be the “hero car” of the first Forza 5 DLC. We will have to wait until tomorrow to find out the other 9 cars that will be included in the LaFerrari DLC pack. For now check out the new launch trailer below.
[Video Source: YouTube.com/IGN]
[News Source: ForzaMotorsport.net]
Tags: · DanGreenawalt, Ferrari, Forza5, Forza5CarPass, Forza5LaFerrariDLC, Forza5LaunchTrailer, ForzaMotorsport5, gaming, Hype, LaFerrari, Microsoft, News, online racing, racing games, Turn10Studios, Video, video games, Xbox, XboxLive, XboxOne