Just seven days ago the world was introduced to what could possibly be the fastest prancing horse ever built AKA “LaFerrari”. With a car that is so powerful and so light, superhuman brakes are would be needed to stop it. Naturally, Ferrari turned to Brembo to come up with such a solution; the result of which are the new “Extrema” calipers.
The Extrema calipers are possibly the lightest, most efficient calipers Brembo has ever produced for a production car. They are monoblock aluminum and feature several channels and vents for the best airflow possible to control temperatures. The Extrema are also the first Brembo calipers to have an electronic parking brake integrated into the unit.
Besides the increased performance, Brembo also wanted to make sure their new calipers looked good when they are bringing hypercars to a halt so in addition to blessing them with a very pleasing shape, they will offer Extrema calipers in 9 different colors!
If you want to see how all the tech and style come together, watch the video from Brembo below featuring a 3D wireframe of LaFerrari as well as a few pictures.
A Formula One car is one of the only race cars in the world that can decelerate nearly as fast as it accelerates. You might be used to that fact but when you really stop and think about it, being able to scrub off so much speed in such a short a mount of time and short distances is nothing short of amazing as well as important. Many passes during a race are decided by who has better brakes going into a corner. To pull off such a feat F1 cars need incredibly advanced stopping systems. Usually, F1 teams are pretty hush-hush about how any of their internal systems work but in a rare moment of transparency Brembo and Ferrari created this awesome virtual fly through video that highlights each component of the Ferrari F2012 braking system! I must say, after watching the video I am pretty impressed at how simple yet effective Brembo’s set up really is. You definitely want to check this out!
This is admittedly embarrassing to admit but anything with the word “monoblock” in it will usually get my attention and will probably have a place here. In this instance its the new Brembo Gran Turismo monoblock 6-piston brake caliper for the Mitsubishi Evo X. These calipers aren’t new to the market but they’re new to Evo X owners! And Mitsu-heads will be happy to know that these calipers will work just fine with the stock rotors, which will save you some coin. Also it doesn’t matter if you have an Evo X in regular or MR flavor these pistons have you covered. Don’t like red? You can pick these up in Black, Silver (interesting!), or Yellow.
In part 1 of my review you got to know what I thought about the 2010 Mitsubishi Evo X MR’s looks and my superficial impressions of the car. Now I am going to tell you about my experience driving the car. Strangely enough my first time driving the car was right before I had to leave to go to SEMA. So my first time driving the car was right before a 4 hour trip into the desert. I’ll admit it was a bit daunting but exciting as well.
The first thing I noticed when I started to drive the Evo X MR was the power delivery and throttle response. I was expecting turbo lag but I got quite the opposite. The throttle response was immediate and the power felt like it was all there at once. Which can be bad if you aren’t expecting it. It is really hard to drive the Evo X MR without it kicking you in the ass every time the tip of your big toe touches the throttle. However with sometime you get used to it and your foot learns how to treat the Evo with respect.
Once you have it down the Evo is a blast to drive. Open roads are nothing but fun and traffic is a breeze thanks to the Evo MR’s twin clutch “sportronic-shift transmission” AKA ”TC-SST”, AKA sequential transmission. Speaking of, using the Evo MR’s TC-SST tight and responsive. Unlike the fake “sport shift” transmissions that seemed to become more and more rampant earlier in the decade.
The real beauty of the TC-SST comes through its three “modes”. You see, you can take manual control by pushing the gear selector over to the side or by using the paddles behind the wheel or you can focus on steering input and flip the transmission into one of three driving modes. There is “normal” which really needs no explanation and then if you flip the TC-SST switch up once you go into “sport” mode. Sport mode gives you the 291 horses sooner and holds each of the 6 gears longer than “normal” mode. It really feels like a totally different car but in a good way. If you’re really feeling spicy then simply hold the switch up for about 4 seconds to engage “super sport” or “s-sport mode”. This officially puts the Evo into full-on “Mr. Hyde” mode and transforms the MR into an all out beast.
When in super sport mode the computer keeps the car it its optimal power band at all times. The revs won’t go below 4k, at all. Super sport mode is definitely for track days only. In fact when pro-drivers like Tlyer McQuarrie and Stephan Verdier use the Evo X MR for driving instruction they almost never use the manual mode. They simply put the car into super sport mode and let it do the rest. It seems to know the perfect up shift and downshift points.
The long and short of it is that the Evo X MR is never, ever boring to drive. It always gives you everything you ask of it and never holds back. It can be a brute when you want it to be a brute but if you have the courage to tame it you can make it drive as smooth as melting ice cream. Either way it takes a real man or woman to handle all that the Evo X MR has to offer. This car definitely wont make a novice feel like Michael Schumacher the way a Nissan GT-R might. It simply gives you the weapons and expects you to know how to fight.
Next time we’ll go over the Evo X MR’s practicality. Yes, this is a performance car we’re talking about but unless you have a lot of disposable income, if you buy the MR you are probably going to be driving it every day and that can make a world of difference. Find out just how much in the third and final part of our review.
We have the inside track on Wraptivo’s 2010 SEMA plans and the big news is the announcement of thir Honda CR-Z “Type-F” custom SEMA build. While there will be a few other CR-Z projects making their way to the SEMA floor most are top secret. Wraptivo has decided to go against the norm and are releasing nearly everything planned for their build. That includes showing off this beautiful rendering created by Jon Sibal of what the “Type-F” concept could possibly look like when its completed.
Wraptivo has several upgrades planned for their Type-F CR-Z including a suspension package from Tein, a ECU tune by Hondata, Volk Racing wheels, flat black/carbon fiber vinyl wrap scheme, and HKS Supercharger. Yes, that’s right. Wraptivo, with the help of HKS are supercharging a hybrid. Somewhere a tree-hugger is crying… Scroll down below for the size image and press release!
WraptivoTM Will Create Honda CR-Z “Type F” Concept To Debut At 2010 SEMA Show.
September 1st 2010 Irvine, CA-WraptivoTMwill produce our very first in house SEMA car in the form of a 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid concept build dubbed “Type-F”.The goal for the WraptivoTMHonda CR-Z Type-F Concept is to evoke the notion of fun, which lies at the core of the CR-Z DNA while also giving a nod to the spirit and Honda heritage of the CR-Z. The Type-F concept will feature a sportier aesthetic over stock with the use of a combination of Honda Accessories Aero pieces and along with other aero components from Japan. The aero package will be complemented with a design package created to give this concept a special uniqueness yet with a familiarity that is still unmistakably Honda. The vehicle will be wrapped with WraptivoTMMatte Black and Carbon Black Film while small accents will be left in gloss black. The CR-Z will act as a canvas for Wraptivo to showcase its vehicle wrap options and give customizers a preview of how they can take advantage of this technology as a new way to protect their factory paint while also having the ability to easily change the look of their vehicle.
To increase performance we are looking to develop a supercharger system, suspension package, an ECU Tune, exhaust system, and other components with the help of our technology partners: Honda Accessories, Tein , HKS, BF Goodrich, Volk Racing, Hondata, and others to be confirmed at a later time. Interior enhancements will be subtle but functional. Recaro seats, a sport shift knob, and alcantara panels will be implemented to give the driver a sportier experience for fun filled excursions.
The completed WraptivoTMHonda CR-Z Type-F will closely resemble the concept rendering created for us by automotive digital illustrator Jon Sibal (JonSibal.com) though as the Type-F Concept is still in the early stages of production the final version may differ from the illustration slightly.
The Wraptivo Type-F Concept will make its official debut at the 2010 SEMA Show in the American Honda exhibit while the Wraptivo designer car wraps by Meguiar’s product line will also be launched at the same global event. Visit booth 24643 (in center hall) to learn more about Wraptivo and the American Honda booth to see the Wraptivo CR-Z. From there it is our intention to test all of our performance upgrades by entering the CR-Z Type-F in Source Interlink’s Super Lap Battle time trial event held the week after SEMA’s conclusion.
Updates on the Wraptivo Honda CR-Z Type-F concept will be available on the official WraptivoTMtwitter page (twitter.com/Wraptivo), Facebook page (facebook.com/WraptivoFB), as well as on MotorworldHype.com, the official online media partner for the WraptivoTM Honda CR-Z Type-F Concept. There will also be a feature article and pictorial in an upcoming issue of Import Tuner magazine.
Hyundai finally gave us something this market really needed: A cheap RWD turbo charged coupe. If that wasn’t cool enough they’re also going to release a “R Spec” which gets rid of the frills, stiffens the suspension, upgrades the brakes, and fine tunes the traction control (yes, a Hyundai with traction control). There are plenty more pics over at Jalopnik.
CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2009 – When the colors of your new turbocharged rear-wheel-drive sport coupe are named after international racing circuits, you’d better have the performance and confidence to back it up. Now, Hyundai is upping the ante by announcing an R-Spec version of the all-new 2010 Genesis Coupe, designed to appeal to true enthusiasts who want a low starting price and the ability to tune their car to their own specifications. R-Spec will be available as a mid-2010 model year introduction.
R-Spec provides genuine track-readiness in an affordable model. The R-Spec adds core performance equipment to the most affordable 2.0T model, such as: Track-tuned suspension, 19-inch gunmetal-finish alloy wheels with performance summer tires, Brembo® braking system, Torsen limited-slip differential, and R-Spec badging. To further reduce cost and weight, it also eliminates some non-essential convenience equipment such as: Bluetooth®, automatic headlights, cruise control, trip computer, chrome interior accents and steering wheel audio controls. The Genesis Coupe R-Spec will be priced at $23,750 and $3,000 less than the 2.0T Track model, leaving tuners with extra cash for their own choice of aftermarket performance upgrades. Appropriately, the R-Spec will be available in three performance oriented exteriors colors: Karussell White, Bathurst Black and Tsukuba Red.
R-Spec equipment includes:
2.0-liter low-pressure turbocharged intercooled four-cylinder engine with dual continuously variable valve timing delivering 210-hp, an estimated 30 mpg EPA highway rating and a top speed of 137 mph
6-speed close-ratio manual transmission
Electronic Stability Control with Traction control, ABS, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution and Brake Assist
19-inch gunmetal-finish alloy wheels with staggered-width high-performance summer-compound Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tires (225/40YR19 front, 245/40YR19 rear)
Brembo® braking system with 13.4-inch ventilated front rotors, 42mm four-piston fixed front calipers (red), 13.0-inch ventilated rear rotors, 32mm+28mm four-piston fixed rear calipers (red)
Track-tuned suspension (higher-rate coil springs, higher-control shock absorbers, 25mm front stabilizer bar, 22mm rear stabilizer bar, front strut brace)
Torsen-type limited-slip differential
Quick-ratio hydraulic steering (2.7 turns lock-to-lock)
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Front, side, side air curtain air bags
Active front head restraints
Driver’s lumbar support
Remote keyless entry system
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
Power windows (one-touch up and down), door locks and mirrors
AM/FM/XM/MP3/CD audio system with six speakers
iPod/USB/Aux jack connectivity
Projector beam headlamps
Lightweight temporary spare with aluminum wheel (T135/80D18)
Note: Automatic transmission not available with R-Spec
After Months of Hard Work and getting many of our friends to develop custom parts which, for the most part, be available for any ISF owner – the team is proud to take the wraps off our first official MWH project car. Built for LEXUS and to debut at the 2008 SEMA – here is our IS-F Grand Tourer Concept. Enjoy
The goal behind the MotorworldHype Lexus ISF-GT concept was to evolve the already potent performance potential of the Lexus IS-F to make it an even more track ready street machine. Our goal was to prepare a concept that would still be easily drivable on a day-to-day basis yet more potent and more apt for track day excursions at racecourses like Fuji Speedway, Laguna Seca, or the Nurburgring.
The ISF-GT concept is designed for the individual who not only enjoys his performance car on the streets and byways of the city but also on the paved racecourses of tracks around the globe. This concept is meant for the everyday motoring enthusiast and track affectionado.
The IS-F is a visually stunning piece of automotive art with a more than ample amount of performance to back up its looks.However our team feels felt that we could push the aesthetics and certain performance aspects of the IS-F to make it more unique. Many aspirational automotive brands have special editions for their flag ship models: Ferrari has the F430 Scuderia, Porsche has the GT3 RS, and Mercedes the CLK63 Black Series.All of the aforementioned cars were built for the discriminating enthusiast who wanted a rare limited edition version of the best they could get. The IS-F GT concept was designed with same philosophy.
To accomplish our goals Ventross (a division of Vorsteiner) developed vacuum bagged dry carbon fiber components that increased aerodynamic efficiency with the addition of a front splitter, rear diffuser cap, and boot-lid aero trunk. To further improve handling on and off the track a full suspension package was developed by Tein to achieve a slightly stiffer chassis and also to allow for driver adjustments that would enable him to tune the ride. This combination allowed for greater set-up adjustability for those track-attacking sessions. We also worked to reduce rotational mass with a lighter wheel package using 19 inch Volk Racing TE 37s and looked to improve grip by widening the track with wider wheels (19×8.5 Front and 19×9.5) and Pilot Sport 2 Tires (235/35 Fronts and 265/30 Rears). We also bumped performance a bit with addition of a more efficient exhaust system produced by Borla and a more free flowing aluminum air intake chamber and with a larger diameter stainless inlet tube by Gallery. We looked to improve braking performance with a more aggressive Brembo 6 piston front caliper and larger floating rotor set up (380mm) with stainless steel brake lines. We feel that with these upgrades and modifications we have created a car that is still civil for the streets yet a tad bit more focused to hit the track.
We also wanted the IS-F GT package to be more uniquely styled. We strove to give it a more sinister feel by painting the roof and window sills gloss black along with the emblems. The upper and lower front grills along with the quad exhaust tips were done in Matte black to complement the Matte black TE 37 wheels. To give our concept some ISF character we had the Brembo calipers custom painted ISF ultrasonic blue mica and had the front and rear seats redone with blue suede alcantara. This actually helps prevent the driver and passengers from sliding around during spirited drives as the alcantara has a less slippery surface than the factory leather.
We also strived to create a concept that would be easy to duplicate so any IS-F owner could take his Lexus and create our GT package with ease. We looked to build a vehicle with high quality goods that we would feature and highlight on our website MotorworldHype.com. It was our intention to show current and future IS-F owners that there is an easy to attain evolutionary package for their already potent IS-F that would make it even more of a track attacker. We hope to have showcased a concept that can easily be re-created that gives those owners who are more apt to take days off to hit the track in something that is more uniquely styled, a bit sportier and faster, and more rewarding to drive on those trips through the canyons along with places like Laguna Seca or whatever local “racecourse” is close to home.
Project IS-F GT is a concept meant for that motoring enthusiast.Inspired by the Team Lexus GT2 IS race-car, Project IS-F GT is meant to be more performance driven yet still be very streetable and of course easy to build. Our team looked to compliment what the IS-F is with subtle yet functional modifications that will instantly speak to the hearts of any performance enthusiast.
Project Car: MotorworldHype IS-F GT
Base Vehicle:Lexus IS-F
Project Directors: The Team at MotorworldHype.com
RJ de Vera
Project Builder:Street Concepts
Wheels:Volk Racing TE 37 in Matte Black
Front: 19×8.5 +37
Rear: 19×9.5 +35
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 2s
Front: 235/35 – 19
Rear: 265/30 – 19
Exterior:Ventross Dry Carbon Aero package
Ventross Front Chin Splitter
Ventross Rear Diffuser Cap
Ventross boot-lid aero trunk
Paint: Lexus Starfire White
Misc:Gloss Black Emblems
Gloss Black Window Sills and Roof
Matte Black Upper and lower front grill
Matte Black Tips
Seats:Blue Suede Alcantara Front and Rear Seats
Engine:Lexus 5L V8
Gallery Aluminum Air Intake Chamber
Gallery Stainless Intake Pipe
Gallery engine dress up kit
Gold anodized washers
Polished stainless allen bolts
Exhaust: High Performance Exhaust System by Borla
Brakes: Brembo GT Big Brake Kit
Brembo 6 piston front calipers
Calipers custom painted to ISF blue mica
Brembo 380mm Floating Front Calipers
Stainless Steel Brake Lines
Suspension: Tein Full Coilover Suspension System
A million thanks to all of our partners who supported our first official project vehicle!
Having gobs of power is simply wonderful. There is nothing better than knowing that you can get on to the throttle and have obscene amounts of horsepower at your disposal. Although once you get the car up to 120mph on the straight with a hairpin corner quickly approaching you’ll suddenly realize just how important brakes are as well.
There’s no arguing that Brembo is the king of stopping power. Their Gran Tourismo (GT) kit is pretty much a hybrid of their purpose race technology and street applications. Bolt this set up on and you’ll be fine on the street or at the track.
If you own a high dollar european car chances are you know who GMG is. They tune and build everything from VW’s to Porsche Carerra GT’s. After they’re done making other people’s cars faster they spend their weekends running their Porsche GT3 cup racer in a pro series and they love it. In fact, they love it so much that they decided to build a street going version of it called the “WC-GT3″. The “WC” stands for World Challenge as in SPEED World Challenge the pro series they race in.
So what makes the WC-GT3 different from a normal GT3 (if you consider a Porsche GT3 “normal”)? Well for starters try custom GIAC ECU software mapping and a “WC” center section with titanium piping. Next off you could throw in a custom GMG suspension set up that includes components from Moton and Eibach. Bringing it all to a screeching halt are Brembo GTR F1calipers that have titanium pistons. You also got Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires that are wrapped around BBS E88 wheels. There’s actually a ton of extras that come with this special edition and I’m too lazy to type them all. If you want to know that badly and just happen to have a few spare suitcases full of money I suggest you contact GMG about picking one of these up.