Monthly Archives: June 2008

Bugatti Veyron not exclusive enough for you? Try the Veyron Sang Noir on for size!

As if I’m not dreaming about the Veyron enough, Bugatti released teaser pictures of their latest Limited Edition version of their already Limited Edition supercar.  This one has been tagged the Sang Noir, or “Black Blood” for those of you who don’t know French and Americans are going to get the first crack at purchasing the lot of 15.

The car itself is all black, except for the wheels and the vibrant orange interior.  An unpainted carbon fiber hood, roof, and rear body panels adorn this new beauty.  A picture is worth a thousand words, so start drolling over the gallery below.

Concept Car: The Lamborghini Miura

Found pics of this car while stumbling around the internet. It is a remake of their original, which had its production run from 1966 to 1972. The original was a mid-engined, rear wheel drive 4 Liter V-12 powered monster. Although the V-12 engines of that era were not as potent as they are in this day and age, it still output 345 horsepower, and in a 2100 pound vehicle this thing moved pretty well.

Fast forward to 2006 and you’ll see that Lamborghini has not really tried to improve upon the legendary shape of the original Miura, but they have modernized it quite nicely. In 2006, Lambo had only hinted that they might put it into production, but there’s a chance that we’ll see it in 2009. Gander at the pics below; which do you like more, the original or the new concept?

Dreamin about the Bugatti Veyron

The Veyron is and forever will be legendary.  It is the perfect blend of science and art, with a hell of a lot of engineering in the boot.  I’ve dreamt about this car since I first saw the concept photos.  I’ve even been lucky enough to see one at Symbolic Motors in La Jolla.  It is even more breath taking in person.  Want to dream like I do?  This Bugatti Configurator should help.

The Flatmobile: The Lowest Street Legal Car – Presented by AutoAnything

A guy by the name of Perry Watkins is the brains behind this beast. He started with two Hillman Imps which were donated for the cause. A Hillman Imp is, as the name suggests, a rather small car to begin with, but after removing the roof and nearly a foot out of the mid-section, he had the base chassis carved to his liking. Perry did have to add about 17″ of length to the rear of the car to house the secret weapon: a home made jet engine!

After a whole lot more work, and probably a few beers, his creation came together to be not just the lowest street-legal car in the world, but a Batmobile look-a-like to boot! Check out these pictures below and make sure to stop by his site to scope the build process. Great work Perry!

Top Gear is coming to American Television

Unfortunately Clarkson, Hammond, and May have decided to stay on their side of the pond, so Hollywood did what Hollywood does and re-cast the show with some good ol’ American boys. Who got selected to host the new show? You might know Adam Carolla from either his popular radio talk show or the legendary production run of “The Man Show”, which he co-hosted with Jimmy Kimmel. Tanner Foust was also chosen to host the show, bringing with him his experience and clout from the world of rally, drifting, various other motorsports. Tanner is also a stuntman on the side, so that should indicate some interesting driving challenges to be included in the series. And Eric Stromer, that handyman from HGTV, was selected to bring a more refined outlook on the cars and trucks they’ll be testing, and maybe even a fraction of the female audience. It should be a good blend of personalties, something the British version had masterfully managed. The new show is tentatively being called “Gear”, look for it on NBC next year.

Chevy Corvette ZR-1 Specs Released

Today Chevy released the official numbers for their legendary race car.  For $103,000 you can rocket up to 60 mph in just 3.4 sec, run the quarter-mile in 11.3 sec at around 131mph, and then keep you can keep that petal floored until you hit 205 mph.  The performance figures are quite impressive, as is the thorough use of carbon fiber…but what we at AutoAnything want to know is how fast it’ll run around the Nurburgring!  Can Chevy fulfill the Corvette’s destiny to be King of the ‘Ring, or will Nissan hold onto that title for a while longer?  Let me know what you think, pictures of the new Vette are below.

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Corvette ZR-1 3/4 Shot

Setting the Pace at Le Mans

This weekend, June 14th and 15th, is the 24 Heures du Mans race. Started in 1923, this year marks the 85th anniversary of the 24-hour long race near Le Mans, France. Le Mans is the ultimate endurance test, which Audi has practically dominated for the last eight years. However, Peugeot is setting the pace at qualifying laps this year in their diesel-powered 908. Peugeot cars not only hold the top three spots with lap times of 3:18.513, 3:18.682, and 3:20.451, but those times are also the fastest lap times ever to be recorded at Le Mans!

Not far behind is Audi in the 4th and 5th place spots, running their best times of 3:23.847 and 3:24.287. Coincidently, those times also beat the old “Fastest Lap” record, but Peugeot ultimately takes that honor away from Audi. Although Peugeot is running faster times, Le Mans is an endurance race and you only have a chance of winning if you actually finish the race. If you don’t follow the race this weekend, make sure to check back next week for the highlights and final standings.

Nissan’s new GT-R is King of the ‘Ring, but for how long?

In case you’ve missed all the chatter about Nissan’s latest rendition of the Skyline, formally badged as the GT-R, it has officially set the pace on the Nurburgring with a lap time of 7:29.03.  If that lap time means little to you, maybe the following list of cars which were slower than the GT-R will mean more: the Porsche Carrera GT, Porsche 911 GT2, the Koenigsegg CCR, Mercedes’ SLR McLaren, and that limited-production-run vehicle which barely got any press coverage, the Bugatti Veyron.

Chevy has taken this harder than most other automakers.  The latest version of their iconic American super car, the 2008 Corvette Z06, ran around the ‘Ring quickly at 7:42.9 seconds, beating a stable full of super cars like the Pagani Zonda S, the race-bred Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and Ferrari’s own F430 Scuderia.  But coming up for 2009 is Chevy’s supercharged version of the Z06.  Codenamed the Blue Devil, officially released as ZR-1, Chevy says their new hot rod will beat the GT-R.  Maybe so Chevy, but are you ready for the GT-R V-Spec which is unofficially running lap times of 7:25 seconds?  We’ll see come the new year…for those of you that haven’t seen what the new GT-R is all about, scope the pics below.

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Top Gear: New Season starts June 22nd

Not sure how many Top Gear followers are out there, but I personally adore this TV show.  Between Jeremy Clarkson’s never-ending thirst for more horsepower, Richard Hammond’s silly antics, and James May’s general complaints about everything in life, there just isn’t much to hate.
Entering its 11th season, or series if you’re on the other side of the pond, Top Gear is the top-rated car enthusiast show over in Europe.  They have reviewed everything from a SmartCar to the Bugatti Veyron.  This season proves to be one of their most challenging yet as there have been few new exotic cars released this year.  I expect to see more fun challenges like last seasons race to the North Pole.
It can be hard to find playing stateside, but I was able to catch re-runs on the BBC2 last night.  If you’ve never seen it, program your DVR to record the series or keep your eye out for re-runs, you won’t regret it.

WRC: Petter Solberg takes 2nd Place in a new car!

This is really BIG news in the racing world for Subaru, one of the biggest names in the World Rally Championship.   Why is this such good news?  Subaru has had a rough run in the WRC over the last two years…Petter Solberg, their lead driver, has had tons of car problems, bad luck on the race courses, and even trouble from the WRC Officials.  Petter is regarded as one of the best drivers in the world but in the last season he couldn’t finish in the top three to save his life.  But Subaru knows they have one of the best drivers, so they just produced a better car for him to drive.  The new Subaru WRC car is a hatchback, the ideal body style for drifting in mud, dirt, snow, and tarmac.  The 2.0 liter 4-cylinder boxer engine produces 300 horsepower, per WRC regulations, but also manages to crank out 480 ft. lbs. of torque!  This new monster is just what Petter needed to get back on top, shown by him finishing 2nd place overall driving a new car in the toughest rally of the WRC.  The Acropolis Rally is in Greece, characterized by loose dirt and big rocks.  This means there is little grip on the track and even littler room for error.  Yet Solberg was able to keep it together and finish second, although Sebastian Loeb still reigns supreme in his Citroen.

Next up is Rally Turkey and I look forward to seeing Petter on the podium with another trophy in his hands.  For those who are interested, make sure to check out the pics of the new Subie below.

PolyUrethane Body Work taken to the Next Level

Some guys over in Lithuania had a spark of creativity and the recipe for success, which surprisingly involves a luxury CL class Mercedes and a whole lot of polyurethane foam. What they started with was a junker Merc and a spare set of 30″ rims, but what they ended up with is a one of a kind stylized monster! I’m willing to bet Darth Vader would be particularly proud of the grill that was chosen for this one-off. Scope the gallery below and leave your thoughts in the comments.

Mission Unpossible: The 422-million-mile journey for dirt

296 days after launch, the Phoneix spacecraft has successfully landed on Mars. The purpose of the mission is to gather dirt samples to testing. The hope is that we will find ice, salt, or other evidence that life on Mars can or could exist. The outlook is good as new pictures that were taken on Saturday suggest that the lunar spacecraft may have actually landed on an ice table. We should know more as soon as the scientists start remotely operating the unmanned spaceships back-hoe arm. It’s a good thing this mission is unmanned because life on Mars doesn’t exist for good reason… the weather report for Mars suggests you can expect it to be sunny with a high chance of dust storms, temperatures ranging from the low -120 degrees Fahrenheit to a max of -20 degrees. For all the sci-fi fans and dirt lovers out there, make sure to check out the photo gallery below!