2012 Cadillac Ciel Concept (SH)
19-Aug-2011 PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Cadillac today unveiled the Ciel concept, an elegant, open-air grand-touring car inspired by the natural beauty of the California coast.
The Ciel -- pronounced "C-L," the French translation for sky -- is a four-seat convertible that opens a new chapter in Cadillac's design and product ascent, pushing the brand's Art & Science philosophy into a new stratum. Ciel is a new expression of Cadillac's historical grandeur, as well as a celebration of open-air motoring.
"Large, expressive luxury is innate to Cadillac and the Ciel recalls that heritage, while suggesting where the brand can go in the future," said Clay Dean, global design director for Cadillac. "Authentic luxury is driven by experiences, not just products, and Ciel is about the experience of the journey."
The spacious and elegant Ciel is a grand gesture that explores themes driving Cadillac's explorations into range-topping flagship luxury. It is powered by a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.6-liter Direct Injection V-6 engine, paired with a hybrid system using lithium-ion battery technology.
2012 Chevrolet Corvette Performance Enhancements
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 - 2012
■Chevrolet Centennial Edition, featuring Carbon Flash Metallic paint, satin-black graphics, satin-black wheels, unique badges, special-trimmed interior and Magnetic Selective Ride Control
■New PDE performance package, including new Michelin® Pilot® Sport Cup Zero Pressure tires, lighter-weight wheels and full-width rear spoiler
■New seat design, with optional microfiber inserts on 3ZR trim
■New steering wheel with model-specific badges, streamlined switch trim and wrapped spokes
■Padded center console and armrests standard on all trim levels
■Contrasting color stitching in red, blue and yellow offered with the custom leather-wrapped interior
■Available Bose Premium audio system with nine speakers
■Customer-selectable brake caliper color choices in red, yellow, silver or gray (blue calipers are standard)
■New Carlisle Blue Metallic and Carbon Flash Metallic exterior colors
Please see separate releases for Corvette and Grand Sport, and Corvette Z06.
The ZR1 is the ultimate expression of Corvette's technology-driven performance legacy. A supercharged 6.2L LS9 engine and suite of advanced performance technologies, including Performance Traction Management and Magnetic Selective Ride Control, are the elements of the highest-performing Corvette in history, with changes for 2012 designed to make it more comfortable to drive.
Corvette ZR1 is the fastest production model ever offered by General Motors, with a top speed of 205 mph.
Capability of the ZR1 is enhanced for 2012 with the new PDE performance package, which is highlighted by new Michelin® Pilot® Sport Cup Zero Pressure tires. When combined with new-for-2012 Performance Traction Management (PTM) technology -- which manages torque delivery for maximum performance -- the tires are expected to help set new benchmarks for Corvette performance. Engineers estimate an 8-percent gain in maximum lateral acceleration, to more than 1.1g, and improved braking distance.
The PDE package's effectiveness was demonstrated with a new lap time of 7:19.63 around Germany's legendary Nürburgring, which improved on the ZR1's previous benchmark there by more than six seconds.
Corvette ZR1 also celebrates Chevrolet's performance heritage with the 2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette, which features a sleek black color scheme, unique design elements and Corvette's sports car technology. The special package is inspired by Chevrolet's racing-bred foundation and is offered on all Corvette models for 2012.
Corvette ZR1 for 2012 includes interior improvements shared with all Corvette models, including new seats, a new steering wheel design and a new Bose Premium audio system.
Customers who opt for the Corvette Engine Build Experience (option code PBC) can participate in the assembly of their engine at the General Motors Performance Build Center, in Wixom, Mich.
Corvette ZR1 design
■Fixed-roof body style optimizes body rigidity and mass; offered in two trim levels -- 1ZR and 3ZR.
■Wider, carbon-fiber front fenders with ZR1-specific dual ports.
■Carbon-fiber hood with a raised, polycarbonate window -- offering a view of the Intercooler below it.
■Carbon-fiber roof panel, roof bow, front fascia splitter and rocker moldings with clear-coated, visible carbon-fiber weave.
■ZR1-specific full-width rear spoiler with raised outboard sections
■Four large stainless steel Exhaust outlets.
■Standard high-intensity discharge headlamps.
■Two new exterior colors for '12: Carlisle Blue Metallic and Carbon Flash Metallic (Chevrolet Centennial edition only). Also offered are Arctic White, Blade Silver Metallic, Inferno Orange Metallic, Velocity Yellow Tintcoat, Torch Red,Supersonic Blue Metallic, Cyber Gray and Crystal Red Tintcoat
■New customer-selectable brake caliper colors offered in red, yellow, silver and gray (blue calipers are standard).
Chevrolet Centennial Edition Special Edition
■Offered exclusively in Carbon Flash Metallic with satin-black graphics.
■Special badges that signify Chevrolet's racing history, including a graphic logo featuring an image of Louis Chevrolet on the B-pillars, the wheel center caps and the center of the steering wheel.
■The historic Corvette crossed flags badge contains a small adaptation, with "100" in place of the traditional fleur-de-lis symbol in black, only for the Centennial Edition.
■Unique Centennial Satin Black wheels with red stripe, sized specifically to the respective Corvette models, including 19-inch/20-inch for ZR1.
■Magnetic Selective Ride Control is standard.
■Ebony leather-wrapped instrument panel and doors complemented by red stitching also on the steering wheel, seats, console and shifter.
■The seats feature microfiber suede accents on seats, steering wheel, shifter and armrests.
■Seat headrests carry an embossed centennial logo.
■Available on all Corvette models via order code ZLC.
Corvette ZR1 interior
2012 Lotus Exige Matte Black Final Edition (SH)
US Premiere of the North American only Exige Matte Black Final Edition
To mark the end of an era of Exige production, Lotus has created the Exige Matte Black Final Edition -- exclusively for North America. The Exige is one of the world's greatest sports cars, and this Final Edition of the motoring icon will premiere within the Lotus exhibit on Peter Hay Hill near The Lodge at Pebble Beach Thursday, August 18 through Sunday, August 21.
With power upgraded to 257 bhp, an exclusive Matte Black paint finish providing a stealthy presence, black Alacantara sport seats and a high level of standard equipment, the Exige Matte Black Final Edition makes a striking statement.
Only 25 examples of this Exige will be built, each with their own numbered plate, which should help make these cars instantly collectible.
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
HP: 257 hp
HP/Liter: 142.8 hp per liter
C5 Corvette Z06: Spring 2011 Compilation (with new Corsa Extreme exhaust)
Just a short compilation of my 2003 Z06 from Spring 2011. This video was shot a few weeks after getting the vette out of winter storage. I had a Corsa Extreme Exhaust installed before putting the car away in Fall 2010 so this is the first video that includes sound clips with that system on the car.
I had my Panasonic camcorder attached to the back window shooting the interior while my GoPro Hero HD was attached to various points on the exterior of the car, including right between the tail pipes. Both are great cameras.
GoPro Hero HD Motorsport, 720p @ 30fps, 170 degree viewing angle
Panasonic HDC-SD60k, 1080i @ 30fps
WORLDS Quickest ZR1 9.68 @ 1/4 mile - 885HP (Darth Vader)
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This ZR1 became the Worlds Quickest to run a factory power plant (stock block, rotating assembly and blower) 12/09/11 with a 9.682 1/4 mile at 147MPH. With LMR's Reaper Package you too might just own the new Worlds Quickest ZR1!
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09/12 ZR1 REAPER PACKAGE : 885HP
C6 ZR1 1 7/8 American Racing Stainless Steel Headers
Port and Polished Cylinder Heads
APR Head Bolts
GM Head Gaskets
C6Z American Racing X-pipe with high flow cats
NGK Spark Plugs(Iridium)
MSD 8.5m spark plug wires
Custom Heat Exchanger
Heat Exchanger water pump with connector
C6 ZR1 Corvette High Flow Air Intake for LPE SC Snout / Front Cover / Comes with 2.6 Supercharger Pulley 19%OD
C6 ZR1 Corvette High Flow Air Intake for LPE SC Snout / Front SC Cover
09/11 Corvette ZR1 Harmonic Balancer Kit
LS9 160* Thermostat
LS9 Comp Cam Kit, Comp custom grind cam shaft, comp Double valve spring kit good for .675 lift, Titanium Retainers(custom for ZR1), Spring Seats, Valve seals, and comp chromoly pushrods
Water pump gaskets, Oil pump inlet tube, front cover, crankshaft front seal
LS9 Crank Bolt
Mild to Wild Exhaust Switch
Lowering Bolt Kit
Mobil One Synthetic Oil
Mobil One Oil Filter
Forced Induction Dyno Tune
MUSIC: Kaizoku - Imperial March (Darth Bass version)
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Corvette C5/C6 Bash 2011 - 2012 Centennial Edition Corvette
TechTalk with Chad Hembree. We took a trip the National Corvette Museum to cover the C5/C6 bash and the 2012 Centennial Edition Corvette. This is an excerpt from Episode 230 featuring the trip. Be sure to watch the bloopers after the credits. The wind was terrible that day and we did not have sufficient windscreens. Please overlook the sound issues as we will be more prepared in the future. http://www.chadhembree.com
What's New for the 2012 Corvette
Here is the "What's New for the 2012 Corvette" seminar that was held by members of the Corvette at the Corvette Museum's C5/C6 Bash. Corvette Team members who participated in the seminar were product manager Harlan Charles, Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter, Exterior Designer Kirk Bennion and Interior Designer Chris Sass.
ZR1 & Z06 - 150mph acceleration
Some random footage I had of a ZR1 and some Z06 Vettes with views of the speedometer. The ZR1 view shows how fast it can get to 150mph.
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