Disney Hype: Take An Early Ride On Radiator Springs Racers In Cars Land (Video)

Posted on 03.20.12 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

The official opening of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure is only a few months away (June 15th) but if you just can’t wait that long to see their E-ticket ride Radiator Springs Racers then you will want to check out the video below.  Some Disney Imagineers stuck a camera on one of the cars from the ride and gave it a run through then posted it to YouTube for our viewing pleasure.  Now, we don’t get to see everything in the video but we do get a quick peek at what is inside of the mountain range of Radiator Springs.  Check it out!

[Source: Disney Parks Blog]

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Hype News: Disney Announces Cars Land Will Officially Open June 15th 2012 (With Video)

Posted on 03.08.12 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Yesterday it was announced on the Disney Parks Blog that Cars Land (along with other new attractions) will officially (and finally) open to the public on June 15th 2012!  On June 14th California Adventure will be closed to the public as they get things ready for the big open and give the media a preview.  So there you have it!  If you are like me and have been waiting impatiently for Cars Land to finally open, now you have a date to mark on your calandar.  Although if you are going to visit on opening day I would reccomend bringing several books, a spare battery for your cell phone, and various hand held video game systems as you will probably spend a LOT of time in line!  I am already hearing rumors of hardcore fans making plans to camp out the night before!

[Source: Disney Parks Blog]

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Disney Hype: Cars Land Behind The Scenes Preview

Posted on 03.06.12 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

If you have been paying attention to this blog over the last 6 months are so you should know that I am pretty damn excited for the opening of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure this summer.  So when I heard that there was a new behind the scenes exhibit opening up at the park I was all over it!  In this exhibit (located in the “Blue Sky Cellar” at California Adventure), there are scale models and concept art that inspired all of the up coming Cars Land attractions, as well as the entire Cars Land area in miniature!  Seeing all of these art pieces up close is pretty inspiring if you are the creative type.  If nothing else it will make you even more excited for Cars Land if you weren’t hyped up already.  If you are visiting Disneyland any time soon I highly suggest checking out this exhibit.  Otherwise just check out my pictures below instead.

    

    

    

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Hype Preview: Disney’s “Cars Land” Merch. To Be Available Before Official Open

Posted on 02.15.12 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

The opening of Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure is approaching but not quite fast enough for people like me who are overly excited for it.  To really get people drooling, Cars Land will be part of the  “Preview Nights” at California Adventure March 27th through the 29th.  During these previews, guests will get guided tours and sneak peeks of upcoming attractions.  In regards to Cars Land, there will be early access to shirts and other merchandise before the official opening.  The only catch is that you have to be a Disneyland annual pass holder to get into the previews.  Examples of a few shirt designs can be seen by clicking the thumbnails below.

 

[Source: Disney Parks Blog]

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Hype Timelapse Video: Watch Ramone’s “House Of Body Art” Start To Come To Life At Disney California Adventure’s Cars Land

Posted on 01.13.12 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Things at Cars Land are starting to come together with more speed now as you will see in this “fast motion” video of the “imagineers” working on the exterior paint of Ramone’s “House Of Body Art” paint shop.  I love that Disney is showing us so much of the behind the scenes work to bring Cars Land to life.  I am dying to see the finished product!

[Source: DisneyParksBlog]

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Hype Video: Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree Ride Begins Testing At Cars Land In Disney’s California Adventure.

Posted on 12.21.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

We have another update from the rapidly progressing construction of Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure.  Today Disney released video of the “Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree” ride going through the testing process.  From what we can see it looks like the ride will be a variation on the famous (or infamous) “Tea Cup” ride at Disneyland but a little bit easier on the stomach if you catch my drift.  The cool part is that you get tow’d around by the tractor “cows” from the movie!  Check out the test video below.

[Source: Disney Parks Blog]

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Hype Video: Leaning Tower Of Tires Goes Up At Cars Land In Disney’s California Adventure

Posted on 12.08.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

There are still several long and agonizing months before Cars Land officially opens at Disney’s California Adventure park but every time an update comes in from the “Imagineers” it feels a little bit closer.  In the latest update we get to see the team erect the 35 foot tall “leaning tower of tires” outside of “Luigi’s Casa della Tires” which will be the site of the “Luigi’s flying tires” ride.  Seeing everything come together makes me feel like a kid on Christmas morning getting his first remote control car.  Yes, I went there…  Anyway, if you want to see the tower of tires go up and get a quick preview of the flying tires ride then scroll down and watch the video below.

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Hype News: Jaguar C-X16 Concept Confirmed For North American Debut At LA Auto Show

Posted on 09.19.11 | admin No Comments

Earlier today the official Twitter account for the LA Auto Show confirmed that the Jaguar C-X16 concept will make its North American debut at the LA Auto Show at the end of the year.  We cannot wait to get up close and personal with it either!  We fell in love with the C-X16 concept as soon as it made its world debut at Frankfurt earlier this month and it looks like our wishes of getting to see the beautiful cat in person have come true!  If you ever needed a reason to visit the LA Auto Show you now have no excuse!  If you want to see more pics of the C-X16 concept check out our first post on it.

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Feline Hype: Jaguar C-X16 Concept (With Video)

Posted on 09.07.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

The good people at Jaguar found themselves much too eager to wait for the Frankfurt Motorshow to debut their newest creation, the C-X16 concept.  First thing’s first: this car is F’ing beautiful!  I think this is the first car to ever literally drop my jaw from its looks alone.  The C-X16′s lines, dimensions, and wheel base all lend themselves to one of the most stunning automotive sculptures I have ever seen! I don’t know who Jaguar hired to design this concept for them but they need to give that person a raise ASAP because this is hands down the best looking car I’ve seen all year.  The good looks aren’t just on the outside either.  The C-X16′s interior struck the perfect balance between plush class with leather, alcantara, and carbon fiber wrapped around race inspired ergonomic bits everywhere.

    

I think by now it is quite clear that I am totally in love with this car, and I haven’t even talked about the specs yet!  What motivates a car this beautiful?  If you went by current trends you may be inclined to think that there is some massively over powered V8 forced under the hood of the C-X16 but you’d be wrong (you know what they say about assuming things).  The C-X16 houses a supercharged 3.0 liter V6 that makes just under 380HP and 332ft-lbs of torque.  Consider those numbers along with its 3,500 curb weight shows that Jaguar was not trying to create some type of supercar beast with the C-X16, they wanted something balanced, lean, and ready to do battle with the likes of the Porsche Cayman and Lotus Evora.  Speaking of doing battle, if you’re driving the C-X16 and just happen to come across one of your rivals on the track but you just can’t seem to get around them Jaugar has created a hybrid “Push to Pass” type system for the C-X16 concept.  Simply push the big red button on the steering wheel and an electric motor mounted to the transmission will provide an extra 92hp and 173ft-lbs of torque to help you complete the attack.  The hybrid boost is so powerful that you can maintain 50mph on just the electric motor alone.  If you keep your foot planted the C-X16 will reach a top speed of 186mph.

    

While Jaguar is still calling the C-X16 a “concept” it looks pretty damn close to a production model.  If you’re name is Porsche or Lotus I would be afraid right now, very afraid…  Check out all the beautiful pictures of the C-X16 as well as the debut video below.  In the meantime I will be praying that this concept will make its way to the LA Auto Show at the end of the year.

    

Press Release:

C-X16 PRODUCTION CONCEPT REDEFINES JAGUAR SPORTS CARS

  • C-X16 is a bold statement of Jaguar’s future design and technological intent
  • A compact, rear-wheel drive, two-seater, with a true sporting character, underpinned by immensely strong aluminium architecture – perfect 50:50 weight distribution
  • Powered by an innovative supercharged 3.0-litre V6 producing 380 PS (280 kW) and 332 lb ft (450 Nm) of torque
  • Hybrid system controlled by a steering-wheel mounted ‘Push to Pass’ button boosts output by 70 kW and 235 Nm
  • Top speed of 186 mph, 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds and 50-75 mph acceleration in 2.1 seconds with CO2 emissions of 165 g/km

Jaguar has released details of the C-X16 concept ahead of its world debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Looking firmly to the future, the C-X16 marks a new chapter for Jaguar.  The two-seater concept has inspired new advances in design, in engineering and in vehicle technology to create the most compact and responsive Jaguar in a generation.  A hybrid, the C-X16 combines searing performance with beautifully realised styling.

Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars:”The C-X16 embodies the established Jaguar strengths of sensual design, animal-like agility and inspirational performance and combines these with attributes that set us on a course to create sustainable sports cars of the future.”

Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar Cars:”Jaguars have always been dramatically different. With the C-X16 we have moved the current award-winning design language on to the next generation, creating a car that is the very essence of future Jaguar performance.”

Under the muscular clamshell bonnet is a next-generation supercharged V6 petrol engine producing 380 PS (280kW) and 332 lb ft (450 Nm) of torque. Already boasting a high specific power output of 126 PS-per-litre, the performance of the C-X16 is further supplemented by a Formula 1-inspired hybrid boost system with a steering-wheel mounted button for on-demand acceleration.

Integrated into the eight-speed gearbox is a motor generator which draws power from a 1.6kWh battery pack mounted behind the seats for ideal 50:50 weight distribution. Charged through a brake energy regeneration system, the batteries allow the motor to provide an additional 95 PS (70 kW) and173 lb ft (235 Nm).

Mounted in an aluminium chassis structure, the result is 0-62 mph acceleration in 4.4 seconds, a top speed of 186 mph and acceleration from 50-75 mph of 2.1 seconds. The C-X16 is also able to travel at speeds of up to 50 mph under electric power alone and has CO2 emissions of 165 g/km.

The C-X16 measures 4,445 mm in length, 2,048 mm in width and 1,297 mm in height and has a wheelbase measuring 2,622 mm.  In terms of overall length, the C-X16 is the smallest Jaguar created since 1954 and the XK120.

The C-X16 will be presented at the Jaguar Land Rover press conference in Hall Five at the Frankfurt Motor Show on Tuesday September 13 at 09:15 CET.

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British Hype: 2012 Bentley Continental GTC (With Video)

Posted on 08.24.11 | admin No Comments

Here in southern California Bentley’s are somewhat common depending on the neighborhood you’re in but for some reason we can’t help but be attracted to them.  Maybe its their British-ness, although internally they are as German as you can get.  Either way the Bentley continues to exude British class which is why we’re hyped to see the new Bentley Continental GTC.  Yes, its a convertible but its a Bentley convertible!  That B word in front of convertible makes it worlds apart from any other convertible that you may feel inclined to rip on.  First off the GTC has a beefy twin-turbo V12 that makes just under 570hp!  That fact is enough to make me want it no matter what the configuration is.  Throw in all of the luxury that Bentley is known for and we’re beyond sold.  It’s just too bad that we couldn’t afford one anyway…  Maybe you can if you happen to have a spare $212k laying around and if you do….are you hiring?  Ok joking aside if you want to get a better look then just scroll below for pics and video.

    

    

 

Press Release:

THE NEW BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC

  • Bold, contemporary, sculpted design employing advanced production technology.
  • Sensuous, luxurious, hand-crafted cabin with class-leading infotainment.
  • Coupe-like refinement with unrivalled comfort and practicality.
  • More powerful 6.0-litre W12 engine with FlexFuel capability, delivering exhilarating performance.
  • Uprated chassis for a more dynamic and engaging open-top driving experience.

(Crewe, England. 24 August 2011). The second generation of Bentley’s iconic Continental GTC convertible will debut at next month’s International Automobile Exhibition (IAA) in Frankfurt.

Taking cues from its GT coupe sibling launched last year, the new Continental GTC builds on the highly successful foundation of the previous cabriolet, which premiered in 2006. Bentley’s design and engineering teams have improved virtually every aspect of the iconic convertible with an uncompromising focus on quality.

While the first Continental GTC was elegant and understated, the sharper radii and assertive stance of the new model delivers a more contemporary and muscular presence. Advanced manufacturing techniques produce aluminium front wings without the need for seams or welds creating the look and feel of a coach-built car. Twenty-inch wheels are now standard with three styles of 21-inch wheel, a first for GTC, available as an option, reinforcing the distinctive, sporting stance of the new Bentley.

The four-seater luxury convertible features a new, even more spacious and sumptuous hand-crafted cabin, with soft-touch leather hides, an extensive range of wood veneers, cool-touch metals and deep-pile carpets. There are 17 standard soft-touch leather hide colours with six colour split combinations, complemented by a range of seven veneers, all produced by Bentley’s talented craftsmen and women.

The GTC’s renowned coupe-like refinement is also enhanced. The tailored, multi-layered fabric hood is complemented by acoustic glass and under-body panels, for optimum noise isolation.

Superb everyday practicality for a luxury convertible was a hallmark of the original GTC and much valued by its customers. The cabin of the new GTC is now even more practical, with additional rear legroom, new storage solutions and innovative features such as touch-screen infotainment, automatic seat-belt presenters and a Bentley-designed Neck Warmer for comfortable roof-down motoring whatever the temperature.

A wider track, front and rear, sharper steering and retuned suspension provides a more exhilarating and class-leading drive. Bentley’s advanced all-wheel drive system features a new 40:60 rear torque bias (compared with 50:50 of the original GTC) minimising understeer during hard cornering and allowing the spirited driver to manage the car’s line and balance via precise throttle control.

This compelling dynamic package is combined with a more powerful 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 engine as well as a new QuickShift transmission enabling faster gear changes than ever before. Power output is raised from 560PS to 575PS (567bhp/423kW) and the famed Bentley ‘wave of torque’ has been increased by a further 50Nm to 700Nm (516lb ft).

“The GTC has always been the most emotional model in the Continental range and a showcase for Bentley design. With its tailored soft top, the GTC is a pure British convertible true to those classic Bentleys of the past. However, the technology, performance and overall design excellence invested in this model means that we are now writing a new chapter for the Bentley convertible driver.”

Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive, Bentley Motors.

The Bentley Continental GTC is now available to order and first customer deliveries will begin in late 2011.

Pricing Information

POUNDS STERLING £149,350
US DOLLAR $212,800 MSRP
EURO €170,060
RENMINBI RMB 3,838,000
YEN ¥26,400,000
  • Pounds Sterling inclusive of 20% VAT.
  • Euro price does not include individual market taxation rates.
  • US Dollar pricing is exclusive of individual state taxes.

THE NEW CONTINENTAL GTC – AT A GLANCE

Sculpted exterior design

  • Advanced production techniques such as aluminium Super Forming (front wings) allow for a more sculpted body and sharp ‘power lines.’
  • Unique jewelled headlamps with LED daytime-running lights.
  • More upright matrix radiator grille and new ‘double horseshoe’ rear profile first shown on the flagship Bentley Mulsanne.

Luxurious, practical, hand-crafted cabin with class-leading infotainment

  • New interior with a bold, sweeping dashboard and instrument panel finished in premium soft-touch leather.
  • Choice of 17 hide colours, six colour split combinations and seven veneers.
  • Distinctive ‘cobra style’ seats for added comfort and enhanced rear cabin space.
  • A new touchscreen, 30GB infotainment system introduces advanced satellite navigation with dynamic route guidance, seven-digit postcode entry and Google Map compatibility (market specific).
  • Audio systems feature the latest wide-frequency Balance Mode Radiator speakers as standard.
  • Revolutionary Dirac Dimensions™ DSP for exceptional sound reproduction (Naim for Bentley premium audio).

More powerful 6-litre W12 engine with FlexFuel capability

  • 6-litre W12 engine twin-turbocharged engine produces 575PS
    (567bhp/423kW) and 700Nm (516lb ft) of torque.
  • FlexFuel capability – runs on E85 biofuel, petrol or any combination of the two.
  • 0 – 60mph 4.5 secs (0-100 km/h 4.8 secs).
  • 0 – 100mph 10.9 secs (0 – 160km/h 10.9 secs).
  • Top speed 195 mph (314 km/h).

Dynamic Bentley driving experience

  • ZF 6HP28 transmission with ‘Quickshift’ system that cuts shift times by up to 50% and enables double downshifts.
  • New 40:60 rear-biased torque split for the all-wheel drive system reduces understeer when powering out of bends and provides for better modulation of line and attitude by ‘throttle steering.’
  • Increased front and rear track improves grip and stability.
  • Advanced ESC system fully exploits the potential of the more powerful W12 engine and improved chassis.
  • 20” ‘Five Spoke’ alloy wheels with optional 21” wheels in ‘Five Spoke Two-Piece’, ‘Seven Spoke Elegant’ and ‘Ten Spoke Propeller’ designs.
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