Super Trofeo heads towards Sepang

Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo heads towards Sepang (Malaysia) for the World Final, with an expected 42-carrecord grid, and for the conclusion of the Europe and Asia Series.Round 5-6: Watkins Glen 2014 355556Sant’Agata Bolognese, 17 November2014. The weekend of 20-23 November will be a full one in Sepang for Automobili Lamborghini, with the final rounds of the European and Asian Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo – the World Final of all three series including North America. Followed by the dynamic launch of the Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo race car.

Opening the weekend’s racing at their sixth and final venue for both, are the European and Asian series. Qualifying for each series takes place on Thursday 20 November with all sixth round, 50-minute races on Friday, plus free practice sessions for the North American series drivers.

If the final standings have already been decided in the Asian Super Trofeo, in the European series the PRO and AM titles are both still there for the taking. The PRO leader Jeroen Mul, with five race wins under his belt this season, will have to defend his five-point lead over the Milos Pavlovic-Edoardo Piscopoduo (four wins).  A more reassuring 26-point margin puts the AM crown within easier reach for Simone Pellegrinelli over Shota Abkhazava.

On Saturday 22 November the protagonists from all three series – Europe,  Asia and North America – come together for the World Final qualifying, followed by two 50-minute races on Sunday with a record 42-strong grid of Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo race cars.

In last year’s first edition of the World Final in Vallelunga, the American Andrew Palmer proved best with the Italian Alberto Viberti taking the AM title. This year watch out for the Italian Max Wiser, who is the new PRO-AM Asia Champion: Wiser already has experience of racing in Sepang and will compete in the PRO Class in the World Final.

The spotlight is also on the European protagonists, among them the current PRO Class leader, Dutchman Jeroen Mul racing with Automobili Lamborghini Racing Team Germany. He will be used to the tough competition from the Serbian/Italian Bonaldi Motorsport duo Piscopo and Pavlovic who raced alongside him this year in Europe. There’s strong potential also from the Autocarrozzeria Imperiale drivers Andrea Amici (2013 PRO-AM European winner), and Viberti Giovanni Venturini and Gerald Tweraser will be lining up in the GRT Grasser Racing Teamcar, while Mirko Bortolotti (Bonaldi Motorsport), who has raced the whole European season along with gentlemen in the PRO-AM Class, will race solo in the World Final’s PRO category.

An exciting PRO class entrant from the North American Series is Richard Antinucci, nephew of former F1 driver and Indy 500 winner Eddie Cheever. Antinucci will race in the No. 69 entry fielded by O’Gara Motorsports representing Lamborghini Beverly Hills.

In the PRO-AM Class, a spirited entry comes for sure from the new 18year-old Italian European PRO-AM winner Alberto Di Folco (Autocarrozzeria Imperiale). Bonaldi Motorsport will once more line up the strong Italian/Ecuadorian duo Andrea Ceccato-Sebastian Merchan. There’s a new pairing from Automobili Lamborghini Racing Team Germany (Frenchmen Paul-Loup Chatin-Bernard Pailler), and also for Change Racing  who will count on Kevin Conway, the two-time PRO-AM champion of Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America, and veteran Lawson Aschenbach. The Malaysians Fairuz Fauzy and Danial Hiqmar (GRT Grasser Racing Team) are also likely to be in top positions.

The Asian Series drivers are likely to be those to watch out for in the AM Class. Not to be underestimated are Simone Pellegrinelli (DTMotorsport), Shota Abkhazava (Automobili Lamborghini Racing Team Luxemburg) and Jake Rattenbury (Automobili Lamborghini Racing Team UK) that animated this year’s European AM Class. All the way from North America a serious contender will be the Joe Courtney – Peter Argetsinger pairing (Musante-Courtney Racing).

 

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Following the race weekend will be the dynamic launch of the Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo already seen in Nuerburgring (GER), Shanghai (CHN), and Alton (USA) during the latest rounds of the three series this season. All entrants will have the chance to test the new car, which in 2015 will be included in the Super Trofeo along with the Gallardo.

The European Series races will be live streamed  on the Lamborghini Squadra Corse website:
http://squadracorse.lamborghini.com/en/live
Race 1 is set for Friday 21 Novemberat 10.50 (local time –GMT+8) while Race 2 is set at 16.00 (local time – GMT +8).

Saturday 22 November will be Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo World Final qualifying time. The two 50-minute races will follow on Sunday with the green light given at 10.00 and 15.00 (both local time –GMT +8). Races will be live streamed on the Lamborghini Squadra Corse website.

GOLF R 400 CONCEPT CAR MAKES NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT AT THE 2014 LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW

Debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

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  • Ultimate concept version of the Golf R has 394-horsepower 2.0-liter TSI engine
  • Accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds, top speed of 174 mph
  • Vehicle’s design and performance inspired by VW’s motorsport experience
  • Power is put to the blacktop via 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system

Los Angeles, CA
After making its global debut at the Beijing Auto Show earlier this year, Volkswagen of America is presenting the exciting Golf R 400 concept car for the first time in North America at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Developed by R GmbH, the Golf R 400 concept shows just how far the Golf R can be taken using the experience gained from VW’s involvement in World Rallycross (WRC). The “400” in the name refers to the vehicle’s 400 PS (394 horsepower) 2.0-liter TSI® engine, which propels the car from zero to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 173 mph.
The Golf R 400, including its all-wheel drive system, weighs just 1,420 kilograms (3,130 pounds) thanks in part to its compact high-performance engine and lightweight dual-clutch gearbox. Its weight-to-power ratio is a stellar 7.72 pounds per horsepower (3.55 kg per PS). The 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive system is one of the most fuel-efficient systems of its kind and the Golf is also exceptionally aerodynamic, even in R 400 form. The car is painted in “Silver Flake” and features a glossy black roof, carbon-look front splitter, and genuine carbon mirror caps. Inside, additional carbon accents further reiterate the Golf R 400’s sporty nature.

R 400 Drivetrain
The Golf R 400 is powered by a 2.0 TSI four-cylinder engine with the technical genes of VW’s WRC racing engine. Compared to the 292-hp engine in the production Golf R, the Golf R 400 develops more than 100 additional horsepower—394 hp, delivered at 7,200 rpm. The specific power output of around 200 hp per liter is on the same level as a supercar’s. The engine’s maximum torque was increased to 332 pound feet, up from 280 lbft, available between 2,400 and 6,000 rpm.
In this car, the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system is coupled with a six-speed manual transmission. The all-wheel drive system, which features a Haldex-5 coupling, is activated even before slip occurs. Under low load conditions, or during coast-down, the front wheels handle most of the propulsive power, while the rear axle is decoupled, saving on fuel. If necessary, the rear axle of the Golf R can be variably engaged in fractions of a second. This is done by means of the Haldex coupling that is activated by an electro-hydraulic oil pump.
Along with the Haldex coupling—which acts as a center differential—the electronic differential locks (EDS) integrated in the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system act laterally. In addition, the Golf R 400 is equipped with the XDS+ system on both the front and rear axles, which brakes the inside wheels and optimizes steering response. The Golf R 400 also has an “ESC Sport” function like that of the production car, activated via a two-stage switch on the center console. When the driver presses the button briefly, the “ESC Sport” mode is selected. When engaged in spirited driving in this mode, the ESC does not intervene as frequently. If the ESC button is held down more than three seconds, “race mode” is engaged, designed for high-speed track driving.
The production Golf R’s sport suspension, which is lowered by 0.8 inches compared with a regular Golf, did not have to be changed for the Golf R 400. In front, the two Golf Rs each have a strut-type layout with lower control arms, with a multi-link suspension at the rear. The aluminum-alloy wheels of the Golf R 400 are based on the 19-inch “Cadiz” production wheels, but they were highly modified and equipped with high-gloss black inserts which are designed as air vanes to help to cool the brake system. Like the production Golf R, the tires are sized 235/35 R19.

Exterior design
Volkswagen Design made wide-ranging changes to the Golf R 400. The body was widened by 0.8 inches on each side to accommodate the 19-inch wheels that are further outboard due to their larger wheel offset. In front, the designers developed an entirely new front bumper, which—harking back to the Ralley Golf G60 of 1988—is significantly flared. Similarly, the rear fenders were also flared over the wider rear wheels. In addition, the lower sides of the car are characterized by a wrap-around splitter made of carbon-fiber that doubles as a motorsport-style aerodynamic element.
Beneath the high-gloss black radiator grille with “Lemon Yellow” accents, there’s a slot that serves as an air intake to address the Golf R 400’s elevated cooling requirements. On the bumper, the central air inlets are surrounded by C-shaped wing-like elements with high-gloss black inserts. Nestled between these design elements is a protective screen whose honeycomb structure—like so many details of the Golf R 400—is reminiscent of motorsport vehicles. There is also a motorsport-style splitter at the front, with a cabon-fiber look.
At the rear, the wrap-around motorsport splitters transition into a diffuser that protrudes slightly from the body. Two exhaust tailpipes are integrated into the diffuser, recalling the Golf R32—the original R-series model that debuted in 2002. However, in the R 400, the inside of the tailpipes has a honeycomb-look that ties in to the design on the front of the car. The rear bumper has been redesigned with C-shaped carbon inlays at each end, with a reflector in the lower horizontal part of each inlay and the vertical part protruding slightly. The designers have also worked in whee-larch exhaust vents. On top, the black roof transitions into a roof spoiler with an integrated LED light bar.

Interior
Inside the Golf R 400, the driver and front passenger have motorsport-style bucket seats with integrated head restraints, openings for seat-belts, and “R” badges embroidered on the back. The cross-quilted middle seat panels are finished in Anthracite colored Alcantara; the seat bolsters, headrests, and lower lateral supports are covered in exclusive “carbon leather”. The divided rear seats also have carbon leather outer areas, with Alcantara seating surfaces in the center.
Carbon is used as the dominant material for accents in the doors and on the passenger’s side of the dashboard—in contrast to the exterior, however, it is glossy rather than matte clear-coat. The center console accents, cockpit surround and trim around the air nozzles are designed with a glossy “Piano Black” piano. Contrasting stitching in the car’s signature yellow accent color is used also throughout the interior. There is white ambiance lighting around the door accents and the stainless steel door sill plates.

BMW R32 – 1923

BMW R32 - 1923
Bavarian Beauty
The BMW R32 was the first motorcycle produced by BMW under the brand name. Since banned from producing air crafts by the Treaty of Versailles (World War I), BMW had to come up with new ideas to stay in business, hence the R32 was born. Responsible for getting the R32 in motion, was the M2B33 engine with a displacement of 494 cc and a cast-iron side-valve cylinder/head unit. The tough little engine produced 8.5 hp (6.3 kW), traveling at a respectable top speed of 95 km/h (59 mph).

Moto Guzzi novelties at Eicma 2014

(Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori),
or the Milan Motorcycle Show

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V7 II – Completely new – infinite versions.

The second generation of the Moto Guzzi V7 keeps the stylistic personality of its predecessor intact: a design that dialogues betw   een Moto Guzzi shapes from the past combined with the needs of a modern bike capable of satisfying the widest possible range of enthusiasts.  At the same time, Moto Guzzi V7 II is a completely new bike in terms of technology, power train, ergonomics, safety, construction quality and finish and riding pleasure Moto Guzzi V7 II also marks a decisive turning point in the quality and wide range of Moto Guzzi accessories. In fact, the brand from Mandello del Lario introduces a wide range of accessories at EICMA 2014 which are dedicated to the “V7 family”. In fact, simultaneously with the Moto Guzzi V7 II commercial launch, customers will also have more than 60 brand new accessories available to them which allows a totally unique level of personalization. In addition to the vehicle accessories line, which will now be in excess of 90 items with the important new products, from the beginning of 2015 there will also be brand new helmets as well as technical and lifestyle apparel to complete a 100% ‘Made in Guzzi’ style. But that’s not all: another extremely important aspect was the design and development of numerous parts in order to allow each customer to personalize his or her V7 to the extent that it becomes a true “special” in the most diverse interpretations, from the Dark Rider to the Scrambler, from the Legend to the Dapper.

BMW Laser Light goes into series production

BMW Laser

The BMW i8 is the first production vehicle to feature the innovative light technology.

Munich
From the autumn of 2014, BMW will be the first manufacturer worldwide to offer a production vehicle equipped with headlamps featuring a completely new laser light concept. With this laser light technology, the BMW i8 (fuel consumption combined: 2.1-0.0 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 49–0 g/km) is not only making automotive history as a plug-in hybrid sports car, but also as the first production vehicle to incorporate the totally new laser light technology. Whilst the basic version of the BMW i8 is equipped with high-intensity, energy-efficient full LED headlamps, the optional laser boost feature additionally ensures a high beam range of up to 600 meters. This means that the already high illumination range of the modern LED high beam is doubled. Thanks to the new laser technology, it is possible to increase energy efficiency by a further 30 percent compared to already highly power-saving LED light.

Better visibility and enhanced safety when driving at night.
With the sum of its properties, BMW Laser Light is the ideal light source for the main beam of a vehicle. It combines unparalleled performance and safety with a high level of efficiency and exceptional compactness. Its outstanding range facilitates improved illumination and even better visibility when driving in the dark.

Conclusion.
Laser light is the future of automotive light technology.

The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class of 2014

B-Class Campaign 2014
Alternative drive systems – A pioneer in terms of efficiency, too
Mercedes-Benz has given the already successful B-Class a thorough facelift, giving particular attention to an upgrade of the interior. With the addition of the B-Class Electric Drive and the B 200 Natural Gas Drive the portfolio from now on includes two models with alternative drive systems. Both feature the modular “ENERGY SPACE” body shell concept: the under body houses either the lithium-ion battery (B-Class Electric Drive) or one large and two smaller natural gas tanks and a 12‑liter petrol tank (B 200 Natural Gas Drive).
In terms of their exterior design, the B-Class Electric Drive and the B-Class Natural Gas Drive combine refined sportiness and aesthetics with powerful, taut lines.

 

B-Class Electric Drive: locally emission-free, chargeable in three hours
With its torquey electric motor, the B-Class Electric Drive offers lively and effortlessly superior fun at the wheel over a range of around 200 kilometers – all locally emission free. Full climate control for the interior as standard and some innovative optional extras, such as the recuperative braking system with radar support or the RANGE PLUS range extender, add to the car’s ride comfort and everyday practicality. The B-Class Electric Drive will be available to order from 3 November, with deliveries starting before the end of the year.
For the standard sprint from zero to 100 km/h, too, the electrically powered B-Class requires only 7.9 seconds.
Model
B-Class Electric Drive
B 200 Natural Gas Drive*
Number of cylinders/arrangement
4 in-line
Displacement (cc)
1991
Rated output (kW/hp at rpm)
132/180
115/156 at 5000
Rated torque (Nm at rpm)
340
270 at 1250-4000
Fuel consumption, combined, from
16.6 kWh/100 km
4.3 kg (4.2 kg)
Combined CO2 emissions from (g/km)
0
117 (115)
Efficiency class
A+
A (A)
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)
7.9
9.2 (9.1)
Top speed (km/h)
160
200 (200)
*Figures for model with 7G-DCT in brackets

Mercedes 300SL “Gullwing” (W198 I)

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The Mercedes-Benz 300sl “Gullwing” was built from 1954 until 1957. The price was 29.000 “Deutsche Mark”, or about 69.753 Euro in today’s money. Come to think of it, it’s actually a bargain if you consider the price of today’s top sports cars. A total of 1400 “Gullwings” were built. The majority – about 1100 – exported to the USA. But if you are looking for one of this beauties today, you will have to invest somewhere between one and two MILLION Dollars.

Some figures:
Engine: 6-cylinder-inline engine (four-stroke), front-mounted
Displacement: 2996 cc
Max. Power @ rpm: 215 PS (158 kW; 212 hp) @ 5800
Max. Torque @ rpm: 274 Nm (202 lb·ft) @ 4600
Gearbox: 4-speed manual