Sunday, 26 June 2016

Thanks to Nico Müller: Audi wins again

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Audi wins both DTM races at the Norisring Two wins within 24 hours following a 14-year barren spell Youngster from Switzerland celebrates first DTM triumph Audi has another DTM winner: youngster Nico Müller (24) won a turbulent DTM race at the Norisring on Sunday, causing Audi to triumph twice within the space of 24 hours [...] More »


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Finally! Audi wins at the Norisring

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First victory for Audi in the DTM race in Nuremberg since 2002 Edoardo Mortara on winning takes lead of the standings Jamie Green completes Audi one-two In the first of the two DTM races at the Norisring, Edoardo Mortara kept a cool head in sweltering heat and, 14 years following the brand’s most recent success [...] More »


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The Mill Blackbird Is The Future Of Computer-Generated Cars: Video


It may not look like an actual car, seeing as it doesn’t have a body, but if I were to tell you that the Mill Blackbird can replicate the driving characteristics of any car, past, present, and future, would you believe it? Well, you better because that’s what the Blackbird is all about. Officially, it’s described as the world’s first fully adjustable car rig that can alter its own chassis to match the precise dimensions of any car. Unofficially, it could become the saving grace for every TV, movie, and commercial production that will rely on automotive content in the future.

Ok, so how does the Blackbird work exactly? The basic principle of the extendable chassis has already been mentioned. Other than that, the Blackbird is also CGI-compatible, which means that it can be re-skinned to look like any car, be it a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 or a Jaguar XF. The rig also comes with 3D laser-scanning and high-dynamic range imagery that allows users to build a virtual version of the environment the car is in. Just as important, it also comes with an electric motor that can be programmed to literally emulate the driving characteristics of the car being used. In other words, the Blackbird can go from doing burnouts and donuts like the Shelby GT350 to driving around gracefully about town like the XF.

The implications are far-reaching, especially in the TV, film, and commercial industries. If a TV show, movie, or a commercial client needs a car, it doesn’t need to actually have a physical car on set. The Mill Blackbird can do it by itself, potentially saving these companies a ton of money, time, headaches, and possible insurance and legal battles in the process.

The Blackbird is a product of The Mill, which worked in conjunction with partners JemFX, Performance Filmworks and Keslow. It took two years to complete and its name - Blackbird - was thought of as an homage to the original Blackbird SR-71 supersonic jet. In a nice symmetry between the two, the Mill Blackbird was hand built in the same hangar as the more famous jet that it got its name from.






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Petrolicious Showcases Spike Feresten's 1968 Porsche 911L: Video


It has to be said. Petrolicious can make a case for being the best car channel on YouTube. The production value of these episodes is absolutely top quality and the content always brings something new and fresh to the table. That’s the case with the latest episode, featuring Spike Feresten and his rare 1968 Porsche 911L.

As with most episodes from Petrolicious, Feresten’s story with his 911L is a rich one that dates back to his days as a writer for David Letterman. As Feresten puts it, Letterman’s own car collection spurred him to contact a dealership in Georgia, which then sent him a beat-up Porsche with 300,000 miles and had what he describes as “the worst color in Porsche history.” Unflattering as the description sounds, Feresten immediately fell in love with and thus began his love affair with the German automaker.

Today, Feresten owns his share of Porsches, the most significant of which is the 1968 911L, a factory race car built in period for Trans-Am competition that has since been configured to be street legal. The car is also famous for a number of reasons, something that will be best explained by Feresten himself.

It’s the kind of story that will make you look back on younger days when all you had were dreams and car posters. It’s also a good reminder that the world is smaller than we think and that dream cars, no matter how old we get, are still attainable.






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Jaguar Kicks Off Wimbledon Campaign With Commercial Starring Andy Murray: Video


As the official car provider of the Championships, otherwise known to everybody as Wimbledon, Jaguar is making its presence felt ahead of this year’s tournament with the launch of the #FeelWimbledon campaign. To give the campaign a public face, the British automaker has even enlisted the services of 2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray to serve as brand ambassador for the tournament, which kicks off on June 27, 2016.

Speaking of Murray, Jaguar has also created a promotional video featuring the tennis player and a number of Jag models, specifically the XE, F-Type SVR, and the company’s new Formula E race car. The premise of the ad is pretty straight-forward. One at a time, the three Jaguars take to the line with a target placed at the rear section of the cars. Once the Jaguar speeds up, Murray is tasked to hit a serve into the target. Standard tennis scoring applies so, if he misses, Jaguar gets the score and if he connects, he gets the score. One at a time, the XE and F-Type SVR take in their runs before the Formula E race car comes into the picture. What follows is a pretty funny exchange between Murray and the driver, who is probably one of the last people you’d expect to see behind the wheel of a race car, let alone Jag’s new Formula E contender.

In addition to the Murray ad, Jaguar’s #FeelWimbledon campaign will also touch down in various locations around the country, specifically the Goodwood Festival of Speed where extensive promotional activities are being planned to raise awareness for the campaign. The British automaker also hired a coupe of digital specialist companies - Mindshare and Hammerhead - to create a 360-degree virtual reality tour of Center Court from the perspective of the number one British player in the world.

All of these marketing endeavors are tied into the five-year partnership Jaguar signed with the All-England Club in 2015.






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Nissan's GT-R Drone Can Run To 60 Mph In The Blink Of An Eye: Video


Nissan is already responsible for giving us the GT-R, one of the most impressive performance cars in the world. So with that in mind, Nissan collaborated with World Drone Prix Champions Tornado Blades Racing to create a drone that could give the GT-R a run for its money. The result is the GT-R Drone, a first-person racing drone equipped with the latest in performance-enhancing technology that enables it to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in a ridiculous 1.3 seconds. Considering that an electric racer just set the fastest 0-to-60-mph sprint for an EV with a time of 1.5 seconds a few days ago, the fact that a drone can do it two-tenths of a second quicker is incredible.

To break in the GT-R Drone, Nissan invited 2015 British National Drone Racing champion James Bowles to drive the GT-R Drone against Nissan NISMO driver Ricardo Sanchez and Godzilla itself at the Silverstone circuit in England. The race was chronicled in this expertly done video by Nissan showing the supercar and drone engage in a highly entertaining race. The result is what you’d expect. The drone immediately shoots out of the line only to be caught up the GT-R in the circuit’s twisting corners. Ultimately, the GT-R’s 196 mph top speed also flexed its muscles, outgunning the 115-mph GT-R Drone to the finish. Surprisingly, the drone actually did well for itself considering the circumstances, proving that, while it may not be able to match the GT-R in a lap around a track, it’s got the tech to leave the car in the dust in an acceleration race.

The whole thing makes for a very entertaining race and it shows because anybody who watches it will likely end up wondering what it’s going to take to own the GT-R drone. Trust me. I’ve thought about it myself. It’s unlikely that it’s going to go up for sale anytime soon, but hey, people can dream, right?

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Swiss Students Set 0-To-60-MPH EV Record: Video


Students from Swiss universities ETH Zurich and Hochschule Luzern have achieved something very few in the auto industry have been able to do. They developed an electric vehicle that has just set the world record for the fastest 0-to-60-mph sprint time for an electric vehicle, clocking in an incredible 1.513 seconds on a runway at the Dübendorf Air Base in Switzerland.

The EV, dubbed “Grimsel,” was developed all the way back in 2014 for the “Formula Student” engineering competition by the students who are part of the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ). By any standard, Grimsel is an incredible piece of engineering and the fact that it was created by students speaks to the skills of these young, brilliant minds.

It may look the part of a go-kart-sized Formula racer, but underneath that body are four wheel hub motors that the students themselves developed to produce a combined output of 200 horsepower and an eye-popping 1,250 pound-feet of torque. Combine that with a carbon fiber body that weighs just 370 pounds and it’s no wonder it managed to hit 60 mph from an idle position in just 1.513 seconds.

By comparison, the “previous” record was 1.779 seconds and was set by another EV from the Formula Student competition developed by the Green Team Uni Stuttgart e.V. This record still stands in the Guinness World Records but it should only be a matter of time before Grimsel takes its place atop the record books.

On a more specific context, the Porsche 918 Spyder can do 0 to 60 mph in 2.2 seconds (as tested by CarAndDriver). That’s 0.7 seconds slower than Grimsel. Wrap your heads around that.

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Recently Restored 1969 Ford Mustang 429 Boss Gets Jay Leno's Attention: Video


Jay Leno has seen a lot of cars in his life as a passionate auto collector and, by now, it takes a special kind of car to get his attention. It just so happens that a beautifully restored 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, a classic Mustang if there ever was one - fits that “special kind of car” description.

Recently, the comedian and world famous auto collector hosted this particular Mustang boss 429 in an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. Leno also invited Marcus Anghel of Anghel Restorations to talk in detail about the process of restoring this car back to opulence after being purchased for just $4,934.76. A lot of work was put into the restoration of the car, which eventually received a new front fascia, front spoiler, a very noticeable hood scoop, modified fenders, and all the way down to period-correct boss 429 badging and smog pump. Under its hood, the Mustang also got Ford’s massive 7.0-liter 429 V-8 engine that produces 375 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, numbers that Anghel says were conservative because of Ford’s decision to detune them for road use since the engine was initially used for racing purposes, specifically in NASCAR.

Today, this Mustang Boss 429 is about as unique as any classic Mustang in the road. For those who don’t know, Ford only built 1,358 examples of the Boss 429, making it one of the rarest and most sought-after Mustangs in history.

And, as you can expect from Leno, he managed to spend some time behind the wheel of the Mustang Boss 429, an occurrence that shows the kind of cache that Jay Leno has as a car collector.






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