Lexus Project GS by Five Axis
The Project GS is the GS F Sport taken to the next logical level, and by
staying relatively true to the production model, Troy Sumitomo & the gang
at Five Axis did something special with the Project GS — they've created
a show car that any fourth-gen GS owner can take inspiration from when
customizing their own car (though it remains to be seen if any body kit
manufacturer will be able to match the "from the factory" look that the
Project GS has).
2012 Fisker Karma
Three years and a billion investment dollars after the Fisker Karma rolled
forth as a stunning plug-in-hybrid concept, it's finally ready to rock as a
stunning production car. All in less time (and for far less money) than GM
needed to produce the Chevy Volt.
The Karma's recipe calls for sexy design stirred with a heap of
sustainability. We had faith in the styling part of the concoction: While
growing up in Denmark, Henrik Fisker inherited from his father a deep
appreciation for American cars of the Sixties. Upon completing formal
design studies, he put his rearing to excellent use. Warming up for the
Karma, Fisker designed the BMW Z8 and the Aston Martin DB9 and V-8
Vantage—all of which stand tall next to any Corvette or Eldorado.
As for sustainability, in the Karma it means consuming no petroleum for the
first 50 miles and interior trim that bows to Mother Nature. Indeed, the
very idea of sustainability permeates Fisker's business plan, which is
backed by venture capitalists and government agencies. On the heels of the
low-volume, $100,000 Karma, there will be a more affordable car, the Nina,
also built around earth-friendly technology. The hope is that these two
plug-in hybrids will give Fisker global reach as a viable carmaking
The Karma lays a good foundation. Up front there's a 260-hp, GM-supplied
four-cylinder engine spinning a mighty generator. Next in line is a 20-kWh,
American-made lithium-ion battery pack. Twin AC motors straddling the rear
axle deliver 402 horsepower to the
differential. The propulsion system, the Brembo brakes, the 22-inch cast
aluminum wheels, and the aluminum suspension components are supported by an
aluminum space frame stitched together with 260 feet of welds and a
thousand or so rivets. The Karma's aluminum skin is finished with a
solar-cell roof, a composite decklid, and plastic bumpers.
Like the Nissan Leaf, the Karma is always electrically driven; the gasoline
engine powers only the generator. Slip into the elegantly tailored driver's
seat, engage "stealth" mode, and you can motor sedately to the future with
little more than a hum from the powertrain. Tugging the "sport" paddle to
the left of the steering wheel brings additional energy to bear. When the
gasoline engine kicks in to supplement the battery pack's wattage—to trim
the 0-to-60-mph run from a claimed 7.9 seconds to 5.9, or to add 250 miles
to the driving range—the extra thrust is accompanied by the whistle of a
turbo spooling up, the snarl of angry Exhaust gas, and a resonant boom or two.
Bent on fulfilling its mission, the generator set keeps growling even when
you ease off the accelerator.
The Karma's initial surge is sufficiently potent to avoid damnation as a
slug. But the physics conspire against it keeping pace with other $100K
sports sedans. In spite of the joys of low-rpm electric torque, the
realities of a curb weight well above 4000 pounds and only one gear ratio
mean that mileage is where this car excels. Until the EPA weighs in on that
subject, we can only guess that the Karma will land slightly below the
Volt's ratings of 93 equivalent mpg (MPGe) in electric driving and 35 mpg
city and 40 highway with the engine running.
Spyker C8 Spyder SWB
The C8 Spyder is the original base model with an Audi 4.2 litre V8 engine
giving the car 400 PS (290 kW) and a top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph). The
C8 spyder T has a more powerful Audi 4.2 litre V8 twin turbo with 525 PS (386 kW) giving it a top speed
of 320 km/h (199 mph). The C8 Laviolette has the 400 PS (290 kW) Audi
engine but unlike the spyder models that come with either a soft or a hard
top, the Laviolette has a glass canopy. The C8 Double 12R is a version made
specifically for the 24 hours of Le Mans also using the Audi V8 engine with
480 PS (353 kW) and the C8 Double 12S is the street version of this car
which has the same glass canopy of the Laviolette and optionally has a 620
PS (460 kW) engine instead of the 400 PS (290 kW) engine from the C8
spyder, giving it a top speed between 301 km/h (187 mph) and 345 km/h (214
mph) depending on the engine. Both Double 12 versions have a modified C8
spyder frame with a longer wheelbase and a bigger fuel tank, 100 litres
instead of 75.
The GT2R is the latest racing model of the car and has 450 PS (331 kW) and
an open top with a metal rollcage. The Spyker C12 LaTurbie is the most
recent road model and also has a long wheelbase but comes with a new 12
cylinder 6.0 litre Audi W12 engine producing 500 PS (370 kW). Despite the
changed designation, C12 instead of C8, the car's appearance is still
similar to that of the C8 models. C12 refers to the twelve cylinders, while
the C8 has only eight.
Though similar in name to the C12 LaTurbie, the limited edition Spyker C12
Zagato is different from the C8 series.
2013 Acura ILX
The 2013 Acura ILX is here, and it will be one of the new first-responders
to address the perception of Acura's weakened health. It might just be our
eyes, but the transition to Acura-spec wheels and paint job makes this look
much more of-the-family than the concept shown in Detroit. However, the
production lines remain true, minus some of the chrome showy bits from the
Motivation will be provided by either a 150-horsepower, 2.0-liter
four-cylinder working through a five-speed automatic, a 201-hp, 2.4-liter
with a six-speed manual, or the first Acura hybrid with a 111-hp, 1.5-liter
four-cylinder getting help from Integrated Motor Assist and a CVT, good for
fuel economy estimates of 35/38 miles per gallon, city/highway.
Car Sounds With Mouth 2 (68 Camaro, M5 Turbo, Honda Civic, and more!)
Sick McVick is back with a huge array of car sounds to show the world!
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Check out part 1 here- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WdMtvlmwA8
Video recorded with a Panasonic ag-hvx200
Audio recorded with a Sennheiser ME 66 shotgun mic
Light was provided by a Kino Flo Diva-Lite 200 Kit
What its like owning a 3 Rotor 20B RX-7
I have one of the most amazing custom RX-7s in the world. I want to share
my experience of owning and driving such a unique car.
I explain where the engine came from, why its so special, and what it does
to a Mazda RX-7
Forced Induction: 3D Supercharger Animation
Self-contained ProCharger Superchargers
provide the industry's highest efficiency and coolest charge air
temperatures. This cool, dense air means more oxygen and fuel for your
engine, less exposure to detonation and more power. ProCharger Superchargers utilize natural centrifugal forces
to compress air and are not exposed to Exhaust-heat transfer.
As a result, they produce cooler air than other designs such as positive
displacement Superchargers and turbochargers. Designed and manufactured in the
USA, ProCharger models for both street/strip and hardcore racing feature
the highest step-up ratio, a patented, self-contained oiling design,
exclusive billet impellers, and precision billet gearcases for superior
rigidity, sealing and appearance.
In addition to higher efficiency and no heat transfer into the blower from
heated engine oil, ProCharger's mounting location also places the Supercharger in a fresh air stream, an additional
thermal advantage. No heat transfer from an Exhaust interface, nor heat transfer from engine
top mounting. Self-contained oiling and this mounting location, together
with high efficiency centrifugal compression, combine to produce the
coolest operating and charge air temperatures.
This high efficiency design also results in optimized fuel economy. With a
unique combination of durability and high performance, with years of proven
performance on the street and championship-winning performance on the
track, self-contained ProChargers are the ultimate power adder.
The STILLEN 500 HP Supercharged Nissan 370Z - /TUNED
TUNED Visits racing legend Steve Millen's STILLEN in Costa Mesa, CA to see
what happens when he gets his hands on the Nissan 370Z. Already a potent
machine, what happens when STILLEN upgrades pretty much everything?
Fortunately, it doesn't suck.
Subaru R-STi - JDM vs USDM: A Friendly Rivalry -- /TUNED
In the US, we never got the best Subaru of them all, the first generation
WRX coupe, getting stuck with the fun-but-not-fast 2.5RS version. One of
the more popular upgrades for those cars is the "R-STi" drivetrain swap. In
the season premiere of Tuned, we look at two approaches: the USDM
drivetrain swap, and the JDM drivetrain swap. Which is better? You decide.
Modified Shelby Mustang GT500 INSANE SOUND on Track!
Full HD 1080p Video By NM2255: Here's a Shelby Mustang GT500 Supercharged fitted
with an extremely loud Steeda Exhaust
system in action on track, by showing you start up, lots of loud
accelerations and fly bys!
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Mountain Drifting | 1JZ 240SX
This is Nick's S13 Nissan 240SX fitted with a 1JZ. We took it up to the
mountains to film some drift shenanigans. Don't try this at home, all
activity performed on a closed course.
How this car used to look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3FYMBGPCSg