Today just seems to be the day for absolutely beautiful automotive cinema. Earlier I showed you the exquisite intro to Gran Turismo 6; now I bring you a new film straight from McLaren Automotive which chronicles the McLaren P1′s battle against the Nurburgring.
McLaren took their new P1 hypercar to the Nordschleife for one purpose: to click off a sub-7 minute lap. With a car as technically advanced as the P1 it almost seems like a lock but then again there is a reason why the Nurburgring is nicknamed “The Green Hell”. Watch below to find out how they did
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I have three bits of the best news you will hear all day. First: its Friday! Second: Gran Turismo 6 comes out today! Third: You won’t need to buy a next-gen console to play it (unless the newest console you own is a PS2)! All awesome right?
Yes, its a little hard to believe its happened so quickly, especially considering how long development on Gran Turismo 5 took but Gran Turismo 6 is finally here! As long as you have a Playstation 3 and 60 bucks you can run out to the store right now and go pick up your copy.
Once you place the game in your system you will be greeted by possibly the best racing game intro I have ever seen. It starts off with a tribute to Ayrton Senna which includes clips of what appear to be interviews with Ayrton’s family members which is a huge deal. Even the official SENNA documentary didn’t go quite that deep. From there comes a beautiful cinematic love letter to the process of automotive design. You will just have to watch to see what I am talking about. Finally in the last few seconds we get a tease of what looks like the ability to play as Aryton Senna in the game! Could this be why he is noticeably absent in F1 2013 classic edition? Who knows! I would have loved to review this game so I could tell you, but I am not on Sony’s “Cool kids” list so alas I was not sent a copy. What I do know is that if you aren’t sold on Gran Turismo 6 yet, this flick just might do it. So scroll down, watch, and enjoy!
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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!
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I think Will Roegge is one of the best automotive cinematographers on the scene right now. So why haven’t I posted anything from him lately? Because the dude is busy doing stuff for his high profile clients and the like. Chances are you probably saw a lot of his work this year and didn’t even know it! Anyhow, Will finally got some time for himself and decided to use it by turning his immense talent on filming the recent All Star Bash/Toy Drive that took place at Willow Springs Raceway here in California. The result of which is about 6 minutes of pure drift candy.
If you are reading this on your phone while waiting in some un-godly “Black Friday” line then trust me when I tell you this will ease the pain a bit. Scroll down and enjoy!
Just Drift – All Star Bash/Toy Drive 13 from Will Roegge on Vimeo.
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There are a lot of reasons to love Audi. What’s not to like about the super luxury A8 sedan? Or the more sporty A7? Seriously how many people out there don’t like the R8? If you are into luxury sedans or exotic cars that are livable then Audi is pretty much the way to go. Although this year in Los Angeles Audi was actually putting most of their energies behind their new A3/S3 compact. Yes, the little guy got center stage at the Audi booth this year!
So why is Audi showering so much attention on the A3? Well there are two answers to that really. The first is that the A3 is getting a refresh in looks and performance for 2015. The second is that the new A3 will also play host to a bunch of new tech including being the first car with 4G LTE connectivity as part of the next gen “Audi connect” system. The Audi Connect system will also allow for the installation of existing apps as well as future Audi-developed apps. Essentially the new A3 line could end up becoming a smart phone with wheels.
What about the performance you say? Well over the course of the next 18 months Audi plans to grant the A3 with 4 engine options: a standard 1.8 liter TFSI 170hp engine, a 2.0 liter TFSI 220hp engine, a 2.0 liter TDI clean diesel 150hp engine, and for the S3 a 2.0 liter TFSI 290hp engine. For those who wish to really be environmentally friendly Audi announced that by early 2015 an A3 sportback e-tron PHEV (plug-in hybrid) will be available in the U.S. It will run off a gasoline engine and a 100hp electric motor. So, if anyone out there is interested in the A3 they will have many different flavors to choose from.
Apart from the A3 Audi featured plenty of other vehicles in their exhibit including the awesome S7 and the new R8 with a factory ”Sepang blue” matte exterior treatment. In other words the Audi booth is just one big piece of eye candy with a carbon fiber wrapper. Definitely worth checking out! For now you can click any of the thumbnails above for a full size picture and you can scroll below for official videos from Audi of the A3 and S3.
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BMW easily had one of the biggest presences at the show this year. Not only did they have their standard booth but just outside of the convention center there was a station with 50 brand new BMW i3′s at what was dubbed “The i3 experience” just waiting there for anyone to test drive. In fact, I don’t even think you need a LA Auto Show ticket to go on a test drive. I could be wrong though so double check if you are planning to head to LA for the show.
Back inside, however it was all about the “i” as BMW gave the production-spec i8 coupe its North American debut; yet, I only have one picture of it. Why? Because the i8 coupe was absolutely swarmed with international media for nearly the entire stretch of press days! Even from the one clear shot I did get, its easy to see why there was such a crowd around it. The i8 coupe looks like a street legal spaceship! More than a handful of the styling cues from the concept made it to the production version which means no matter what this thing will turn its fare share of heads.
Behind all the crazy futuristic bodylines and sculpted LED lights sits one of the most advanced hybrid systems that BMW has ever produced, bolstered by a supercharged 3 cylinder engine that makes 231hp and a 131hp electric motor. The power numbers may seem a bit less than impressive but when you take into account that much of the car is made from a special carbon fiber reinforced plastic then the power to weight ratio becomes something to consider.
Although I think the more impressive number is the price. The i8 will start at $135,ooo! With an MSRP like that I have to wonder if the i8 will be a serious sales contender of this is just more of a PR stunt by BMW to showcase hybrid tech that they plan to include in future models. If the latter is the case then I think the concept would have been more than enough to get the point across.
Beyond the i8, BMW debuted the 4 series convertible. While cool, it wasn’t something that really stopped me in my tracks. I mean who didn’t expect them to take the top off the new 4 series? Additionally BMW debuted the X4 concept. The X4 is essentially what it sounds like and will be a new crossover vehicle to replace the X3. It looked like a great soccer mom van alternative and it will probably do quite well in the luxury crossover segment.
One of my favorite things at the BMW booth however was a 3 series sedan totally decked out with M performance accessories. Sometimes the add-ons really are worth it!
If you would like to see the official intro video for the i8 coupe just scroll down. For pictures of everything at the BMW booth just click any of the thumbnails to enlarge.
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I was super lucky to be invited to the official west coast launch of the Xbox One last week, which was also the official west coast launch of Forza Motorsport 5 since it played a role as a release title for the new console. The party was held at Milk Studios in Los Angeles and Microsoft invited 500 potential Xbox One owners to the party MC’d by world famous DJ “deadmau5″.
However before the party really got started I had a chance to sit down with Turn 10 Studios creative director Dan Greenawalt and talk to him about what’s changed with Forza Motorsport 5 since the last time I played at E3 and also to address some questions that were straight from the official Forza Motorsport forums. Check it out below!
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For the last few years Nissan has been relatively quiet at the LA Auto Show. Not to be harsh but since the American debut of the GT-R they haven’t brought to many exciting things to LA (with the exception of the awesome “food truck” NV200s!), so this year they were definitely due for something spectacular and they totally delivered.
This year Nissan pretty much let NISMO almost entirely take over their exhibit. Sure the obligatory model line upgrades made their appearances. The 2014 Nissan GT-R showed up as well as the leaf and others. However, front and center were not one but three NISMO badged bad-ass vehicles.
First up was the North American debut of the Nissan GT-R NISMO which had the curtain pulled off it by none other than track (as in running) superstar and Nissan’s “Global Director of Excitement”, Usain Bolt! After Bolt pulled the curtain off the car and the media scrum cleared I got in close to appreciate the GT-R NISMO for myself and let me tell you: its damned awesome. Now, I understand that its aggressive looks may not be for everyone. There are a heck of a lot of extra fins, overhangs, and ducts than one might find on a “normal” GT-R but they are all there for a purpose: to make this thing flarking fast!
The GT-R NISMO is definitely one of those cars that looks quick even while sitting still. While the basic body shape remains the same if you look closely you can see small details made in the cars major body panels. For example upon closer inspection of the rear on lookers will notice that the lines from the quarter panels and trunk “extend” past the taillights. There is also a full treatment of carbon fiber on all sides (front splitter, side skrits, rear diffuser) including a carbon fiber rear wing that does the job but isn’t too gaudy.
While Los Angeles was lucky enough to be the site of the North American debut of the GT-R NISMO no further information beyond what was stated at the Tokyo Auto Salon was given. That means we still don’t have a solid North American release date, MSRP, or production numbers for the newest Godzilla. That’s a shame but Nissan made up for it by showing off an additional two NISMO cars!
The first of which totally came out of left field and surprised everyone: a Sentra NISMO concept! NISMO took the new Sentra, which already looks pretty good and then made it awesome with a reworked front bumper that has an integrated carbon fiber splitter, a carbon fiber roof, and rear diffuser.
They (NISMO) then really took things a step further by turbo charging the Sentra’s 1.8 liter engine to the tune of 240hp, bolted on a NISMO suspension package, and added a limited slip differential! The interior also got the full NISMO treatment with Recaro seats and alcantara everywhere.
Nissan insists that the Sentra NISMO is just a concept and “design” study but it would be one hell of a cruel joke if they showed this off to the world without the intention to build at least some version of this in the future. It may be a bit of a stretch to hope for all the exterior mods to translate to production but I am sure all the Nissan fans have their fingers crossed that the turbocharged engine will make its way into production Sentra’s sometime soon.
Nissan then decided just for fun that they would update the Juke NISMO R by debuting the new Juke NISMO RS. The Juke NISMO RS gets a power and torque bump from the R bringing the total to 215hp and 210lb-ft of torque. The RS also gets bigger brakes, a stiffer chassis, a new manual transmission, and a NISMO interior including Recaro seats up front. According to Nissan the Juke NISMO RS will hit American dealerships in “early 2014″
There you have it. Nissan really killed it this year at LA. I would have to say of all the booths I visited I had the most excitement from Nissan since they are doing so many new things that are aimed at enthusiasts. If they weren’t before, Nissan’s competition are definitely taking a hard look now! For pictures just click on any of the thumbnails in this post. If you want to watch Nissan’s LA press conference for yourself just scroll down for the video!
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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.
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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)
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