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BREAKING: There was No Pelican


In what seems like an uncanny, unpossible chance of coincidence, there were some guys driving parallel to and videotaping the Bugatti when it crashed into the salty marsh.   From the video, it’s clear that the guys recognized the Veyron as being an exotic car, although they weren’t sure what kind it was.  As they were admiring the ulimate super car,  the Bugatti all of a sudden veers to the right and hits the drink!  The driver reported to the authorities that he swerved to miss a low-flying pelican, but I don’t see a pelican, do you?

Bugatti Veyron Misses Hitting a Pelican?

Bugatti Veyron Misses Hitting a Pelican?

But before we reserve judgment, lets review some freeze frames.  You can see there is a small white smudge in front of the Veyron, which could potentially be a Pelican.  However, the original report stated that the driver swerved to miss a low-flying Pelican… this smudge ain’t flying.  Even if the bird wasn’t flying, if a car came so close to it that the driver had to swerve to miss it, you would think that the bird would be startled enough to fly up in the air, at least a few feet, in an act of self preservation.  There are some strange details to the drivers story, but in a grassy-knoll kinda way, I’m not buying the idea that the white smudge is a pelican.

The sleuths over at AutoBlog did some digging around and discovered that the person driving the 16/4 was none other than Andy House, the owner-operator of Performance Auto Sales, the “leader in Exotic Salvage Restoration”.  So far, this doesn’t look good for Andy as it sounds like it was nothing more than a publicity stunt.  Although this notion is unconfirmed, but it is an unthinkable atrocity to crash an exotic car as rare as the Bugatti Veyron for some kind of business gain.  Sounds pretty bad, huh?

Here’s the crash video.  WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE, NSFW.

The Z28 Returns to the Camaro Family


Chevy Camaro Z28

It’s been rumored for quite some time that the Z28 would be making a comeback, and it’s a smart move for GM as the Camaro is one of their best sellers.  The SS’s V8 is fast and throaty, while the body lines give it a sinister look… the perfect recipe for American muscle.  Well all that’s about to change for the better as it looks like the Z28 will finally become an option for new car buyers.

Spied and facebooked at the SEMA show, the above picture is probably of the new Z28.  There are absolutely no details yet, and we only know whats been rumored, which is that there’s an LSA-engine under that hood.  The LSA is the same powerplant used in the Cadillac CTS-V, which means it’ll be brutal; 550 HP and 550 FT-LBS of torque. Stay tuned, more details to follow.

Via AutoBlog

New 2010 Camaro Performance Chip from SuperChips!


2010-Camaro-Hardtop-Convertible

Lets face it, the new Camaro is HOT! And we want to help make it even hotter, which is why we’ve added a new Street Scene body kit and spoiler to make it look mean.  And now you can give all that show some serious go with one of our performance chips. There’s a handful of tuners that already support the 2010 Camaro, here’s the breakdown:

  • Hypertech Max Energy – For the 6.2L engine, you get an estimated 12+ hp, 20+ft-lbs of torque (manual transmission)
  • DiabloSport Predator– For the 6.2L engine, you get an estimated 10-20 hp, 10-20 ft-lbs of torque (manual transmission)
  • DiabloSport Trinity – For the 6.2L engine, you get an estimated 10-20 hp, 10-20 ft-lbs of torque (manual transmission)
  • Jet Performance Chips – For the 6.2L engine, you get an estimated 15-17 hp, 15-17 ft-lbs of torque (SS, manual transmission)

While these are all good options from companies that have proven their tuning abilities time and time again, now there’s a new guy on the block that’s looking to push the limits and deliver some serious performance gains.  Meet the Special Edition Superchips Flashpaq.

2010-Camaro-Superchips-Flashpaq

The Flashpaq SE delivers performance results that the others can’t touch.  If you’re sporting the SS with a manual transmission, you can now pack an additional 19.9 ponies under your hood and 18.3 ft-lbs of torque.  Did you get the automatic? Good news there too, because the drivetrain efficiencies net you 21 extra horses and 21 ft-lbs of torque!  Now that’s some serious muscle; throw on the standard bolt-on’s and you’ve got a Camaro that’ll lead any pack.  Get yours today at AutoAnything.com.

 

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For reference here are the part numbers for all these tuners:

  • Superchips 2885 – Flashpaq Programmer, 2010 Chevy Camaro SS, 6.2L V8 (Manual and Auto)
  • Hypertech 32006 – Max Energy Programmer, 2010 Chevy Camaro SS, 6.2L V8 (Manual and Auto)
  • Jet 11008 – 2010 Chevy Camaro SS, 6.2L V8 (Manual and Auto), Stage 1 – For Vehicles with No Modifications
  • Jet 11008S – 2010 Chevy Camaro SS, 6.2L V8 (Manual and Auto), Stage 2 – For Vehicles with Modifications
  • DiabloSport U7194 – Predator Programmer, 2010 Chevy Camaro SS, 6.2L V8 (Manual and Auto)
  • DiabloSport T1000 – Trinity Programmer, 2010 Chevy Camaro SS, 6.2L V8 (Manual and Auto)

Ferrari 458 Italia Rocks Our Socks… and then some.


Ferrari 458 Italia Engine

Ferrari is the company that seems to be always teasing.  They tease those who can’t afford their cars, and they tease those who can.  Watch and listen as a pair of 458’s scream around the track at break-neck speeds.

Porsche Releases Details: 2010 Porsche 911 GT3


2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS - Rear Shot

Hot on the release of the 2010 Porsche 911 is the GT3 RS. This super-tuned version of the GT3 gets the same upgraded 3.8-liter flat-six engine that the 911 inherited from the Carrera, but this version is sans-turbos. Either way, power output is pegged at 450HP, more than enough to make the RS leave blurred streaks of neon through the air. A wider track, custom suspension and light weight body work improve grip, handling and general sex appeal.  Full gallery below, but there’s two track videos after the jump!

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Unveiled: 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo


2010 Porsche 911 Turbo - Yellow

Out with the old, in with the new. Although Porsche hasn’t made any real changes to the exterior, it’s whats under the hood (boot?) that counts.  And Porsche delivered for 2010; gone is the peppy 3.6-liter, replaced by the Carrera’s beefier 3.8-liter flat-six.  Not only does the new engine have 5.5% more displacement, but it also features direct-injection, which gives a bump to power and fuel economy. What also gives a bump to power? The twin set of variable-geometry turbines they mounted to the boxer.

Power output has been raised to an incredible 500 ponies, and if you can keep your lead foot in check, you can also expect an EPA-estimated 24.1 MPG with the 6-speed tranny.  If you want to go for the 7-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (aka: dual-clutch) system, you get bumped up to an environmentally-friendly 24.8 MPG.  Being green never felt soooo good.  :)

2010 Porsche 911 Turbo - Gunmetal Cabriolet

What else is new? A refined Porsche Traction Management System (PTMS), a more rear-wheel-biased Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and an optional set of super expensive, super light RS Spyder Rims. The Coupe runs $132,800, but you can expect to pay another $11,000 if you want to sport the convertible.  All this amounts to quite an upgrade for the 911, probably Porsche’s way of pushing back on the GT-R.  Check out the full photo gallery after the jump.

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Hennessey Gets Gozilla Drunk Off it’s Own Power, Run’s High 10’s


Hennessey GTR700 - Nissan GT-R
The Hennessey tuning shop is known for making Big power come out of monstrous engines.  From their 1,000+ horsepower twin-turbo Dodge Vipers to their track-demolishing Corvettes, John knows his muscle cars.  But that’s why his work on the GT-R is special; it’s not the traditional naturally-aspirated V8 muscle that’s capable of producing gobs of torque and astronomical amounts of horsepower.  Rather, the GT-R is a highly tuned and balanced V6 that makes lots of horsepower per liter, making it super quick around the track.  But like what many tuners in this world have asked; what would happen if we gave Godzilla even more power?
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Wallpaper of the Week: Tesla Model S


Tesla Model S - Front View in White

Tesla Model S - Front View in White

Tesla’s Roadster had a lot of hype in 2008.  It was the hot, eco-friendly roadster that could do 0-60 in four seconds while reportedly getting 120 MPG.  While the car is still hot-off-the-presses, Tesla’s been burning the midnight oil, working on the Model S.  It’s a five seven seater sports-saloon that can do 0-60 in five seconds while still having a 300 mile range before needing a recharge. It looks like their work has paid off; I think it’s got the edge on the Porsche Panamera’s styling, while keeping up with it in all it’s performance specs.

So here’s some new wallpapers for your work week, enjoy!

New Wallpaper(s) of the Week!


This week it’s more than just one wallpaper, it’s a whole gallery!  Last week I posted up the classic photo of the Bugatti Veyron running down the Salt Flats, but this week I bring you something fresh.  For the time being, it’s a car that only Japan is privy to enjoy.  It’s the latest GT-R Spec V.  Nissan just released the details, which I’ll post up soon, but they also sent out a huge collection of photos.  If you follow this blog at all, you’ll know I’m a big fan of the GT-R, so I wanted to get them posted up here ASAP so you could enjoy them.  What better post than the second WOTW?  :)

New: Wallpaper of the Week!


I thought it would be fun to start offering up a new desktop wallpaper every week, so starting today until I run out of motivation images, you can find a fancy new wallpaper for your desktop every Friday.

If you have a cool image you want to submit to WOTW, feel free to send it in to AutoAnythingBlog -at- gmail -dot- com.

This weeks wallpaper: the Bugatti Veyron at the Salt Flats.  Resolution is 1280x1024px.  On a Window’s based PC or laptop, open the image, right click and select “Set as Desktop Background”.

Mercedes-Benz Snowflake Generator


Mercedes SnowFlake Generator

If you’re looking to kill some time and like car parts & fractals, then Mercedes has just the thing for you.  Their snowflake generator uses auto parts like a spoiler, tach needle, brake disc, shift knob, wheel and tire to create something beautiful.  When you’re all done, enter a personalized message and click go.  A short but sweet animation will play and then you’ll have the option to send it off to a friend via email.  Check it out at Mercedes-AMG.com.

Have a Seat in the Ferrari F430 Scuderia Spider 16M


Ferrari F430 Scuderia Spider 16M - Red

This is the Scuderia Spider 16M. It is Ferrari’s latest and greatest version of their F430, a track-ready convertible which was created to celebrate the 16 titles they won this year as a manufacturer. Why you would ever need a convertible track car is beyond me, but sure, why not?

The Scuderia version of the F430 Spider is 80 kilos lighter and packing 27 extra ponies to give you a little extra kick in pants. Combine that 510HP 4.3-liter V8 engine and sub-3,000 lb curb weight with improved aerodynamics and you get blistering fast acceleration; 0-62 in 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 196 miles per hour. You can check out the full gallery of Scuderia pictures below, or you can find out what it’s like to sit in one by taking a 3D Tour. :)

Top Gear Puts the Bugatti Veyron Around the Test Track


Some pretty fast cars have raced around the Lotus-designed Top Gear Test Track. Being at the top of the Power Lap board is almost as prestigious as have a sub-7:30.0 lap time on the Nurburgring. Last nights episode was a big one with the Pagani Zonda F Roadster managing to shave 6-tenths of a second off of the Zonda F’s lap time! To save you from Google’ing it, here’s an updated list of the top 5 fastest cars to have gone around the TG test track:

  1. 1:17.1 – Gumpert
  2. 1:17.3 – Ascari A10
  3. 1:17.6 – Koeniggsegg CCX (with the Top Gear Wing)
  4. 1:17.8 – Pagani Zonda F Roadster
  5. 1:18.4 – Pagani Zonda F

But the Zonda wasn’t the only car the Stig got to drive on last nights episode of Top Gear. He also got to put his foot down in the Bugatti Veyron. Where do you think the Veyron will finish? It’s a pretty heavy car, will it even be in the top 5 or can the 1,000 horsepower on tap overcome it’s handling limitations to let it claim it’s thrown at the top of the Power Board? Make a guess before you watch the video!

GT-R Eye Candy – SEMA Show 2008


Here’s the last set of SEMA photos that our sharp shooters were able to get from the show this year. Perrin, Seibon, H&R, BBS, Toyo and more all put in parts, time and effort to make these GT-R’s look so good, so give it up to them for all their hard work!

Sports Cars and Super Cars from SEMA 2008


Now that SEMA is officially over, our AutoAnything crew has returned home to the nest.  But they didn’t come back empty handed.  Our photography buffs were able to get some great shots at SEMA this year.  This first post includes photos of both super cars and sports cars alike, from the Subaru STi to the Ferrari California, from an old school Pontiac GTO to the new school Audi R8.  There’s more photos on the way, so stay tuned!

Ferrari F430 Replacement to be Turbocharged and Lighter Weight


The F430 has been one of Ferrari’s top selling models for several years now.  Although it still looks like one of the best supercars on the street, it is due for replacement.  Codenamed the F142, the 430’s successor will be even lighter than the current Scuderia version which weighs a scant 2,750 pounds.  Some of that weight will be shed from the engine by moving to a smaller V8 than the current 4.3-liter.  To make up for the loss of displacement, Ferrari will probably be turbocharging the new model to give it that extra boost and maintain peak performance. It also seems likely that the F142 will look similar to Ferrari’s Mille Chilli concept, pictured above. 

Ferrari’s goal to reduce emissions by 40% by 2012 is, to say the least, very admirable.  Using lighter materials and smaller engines is one logical step for the Italian car maker, so you can expect to see similar treatments across the Ferrari lineup in the future.

Source: AutoBlog

An Underground Garage Would Be Perfect for Hiding Your Exotic Cars, No?


From Honda making everybody listen to the William Tell Overture to someone wrapping their entire car in automotive foil, we’ve had a lot of strange and funny stories come buy our desks and the creativity of some peoples projects are simply amazing.  I don’t know if you can really classify this as creative or just very James Bond-ish, but whatever you want to call it, there’s no denying that it’s cool.

Unofficial: Dodge Viper ACR is the new King of the Nurburgring


The Dodge Viper ACR has gotten a lot of press from car magazines and blogs lately, and for good reason.  The Viper ACR is a wolf in sheeps clothing, a street-legal racecar that was built for pure speed.  It looks like all of Dodge’s hard work has paid off because it ran around the Ring in 7.22:1!  Motor Trend has a video to prove the run, however, the time is still considered “unofficial” because it was only timed by the manufacturer and not any of the lap officials.  Enjoy the video!