► NEW 2012 Camaro Convertible
The Chevrolet Camaro Convertible is the latest expression of the iconic and modern sports car. The new model brings V8 power with top-down crusing to Europe. Welburn, Head of Global Design for General Motors, discusses the design process for the Camaro and how you can be inspired by the brand's heritage and move the brand forward at the same time. Welburn tells the emotional and personal story about bringing this car to life as a designer.
Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Concept
Fulfilling the wish of every child who has ever played with one, Chevrolet and Hot Wheels® have created a life-size Hot Wheels Camaro Concept. The car debuted at the 2011 SEMA Show -- the aftermarket industry's premier display of automotive toys. The Camaro Hot Wheels concept is inspired by the "Custom Camaro" -- the dazzling Spectraflame® 1:64-scale toy that was part of the original 16 Hot Wheels cars released in 1968. The project was a collaborative effort between the General Motors Design studio in Michigan and the Hot Wheels Design studio in California. Each sketched its own ideas of a life-size Hot Wheels Camaro, compared notes and refined their visions until the concept hit the right note for each group of designers. The synergistic project created a car that is instantly identifiable as a Camaro with styling cues -- including flat-black graphics, red-line wheels and, of course, the dazzling metallic-green finish -- that are classic Hot Wheels. The original Hot Wheels cars debuted with their metallic Spectraflame paint finishes, and the Camaro Hot Wheels Concept features a brilliant, chrome-style finish created in a similar manner: a tinted top coat over a shiny base. In the case of the original Hot Wheels lineup, the process involved polishing the die-cast metal vehicle bodies and applying a metallic lacquer to them. With the Camaro Hot Wheels Concept, the process was decidedly more complicated. The reflective finish was created using Gold Touch Inc.'s Cosmichrome product, starting with the application of a primer coat on an immaculately prepared surface. The primer coat was then sprayed with a liquid-metal solution to create the mirror-smooth, silver-chrome base coat. Afterward, the green tint was applied in several layers until the just-right color effect was achieved.
2012 Audi S8 on Track (520 hp)
The new Audi S8 is a luxury sedan with superior dynamics. Its newly developed 4.0 TFSI develops an impressive 382 kW (520 hp), but consumes just 10.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (23.06 US mpg) -- thanks in part to new cylinder on demand technology. The advanced chassis, the ultra-lightweight aluminum body and the richly appointed interior round out the profile of the S8, a model athlete that is scheduled for market launch in early summer 2012.
2012 Ford F-150 SVT RAPTOR 411 hp (OFF-ROADING)
The 2012 F-150 SVT Raptor is set to deliver a new level of the no-compromise off-road performance the truck is famed for and, with a variety of new technologies and interior and exterior updates, it won't disappoint. The F-150 SVT Raptor is the first-ever high-speed off-road performance truck offered by any manufacturer and highlights 34 years of Ford truck sales leadership by emphasizing F-150's Built Ford Tough durability, innovation and engineering. Developed with the DNA of an off-road pre-runner, the Raptor has comprehensive modifications focused on chassis and suspension enhancements. The F-150 SVT Raptor is 7 inches wider than a base F-150 to make room for the additional suspension components that give Raptor its unparalleled off-road abilities. The wider stance also gives the truck an aggressive appearance. Internal triple-bypass shocks by FOX Racing Shox -- the first on a production truck -- provide position-sensitive damping and extra suspension travel for extreme off-roading and a smooth ride on the road. Raptor also has unique cast-aluminum front control arms and SVT-tuned 35-inch BFGoodrich® All-Terrain TA/KO 315/70-17 tires. These components give Raptor 11.2 inches of front suspension travel and 12.1 inches of rear suspension travel on either SuperCab or SuperCrew. The 145-inch-wheelbase SuperCrew adds to the extensive list of F-150 SVT Raptor features. While contributing additional space and flexibility for the customer, the SuperCrew still delivers outstanding performance as well. The standard 6.2-liter V8 engine, which produces 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque, makes F-150 SVT Raptor the most powerful half-ton pickup on the market.