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All Porsche 911s to get turbos in 2015?

Posted Oct 20th 2014 1:30PM

Porsche 911

Currently, Porsche builds two turbocharged 911s – the Turbo and the Turbo S (and their cabriolet counterparts). The rest of the 911 range, meanwhile, is motivated by either 3.4- or 3.8-litre flat-sixes of varying outputs. This clear separation could be set to change in the very near future, though, as rumours continue to swirl that Porsche's rear-engined range could switch exclusively to turbocharged power.

This time, it's Car projecting that the 911 range will go turbocharged as part of a mid-cycle refresh, with the base Carrera's 3.4-liter dropping to 2.9 litres and adding an iron lung, bumping the entry level 911 up to 400 horsepower. Yes, a 400-horsepower, entry level 911. The Carrera S, meanwhile, will retain its 3.8-litre engine, but will also benefit from turbocharging, increasing output to 530 horsepower and 520 pound-feet of torque. So basically, it sounds like the current, 520-hp 911 Turbo will become the next Carrera S.

What does that mean for Porsche's traditional high-performance models? Well, it's a safe bet that the Turbo, Turbo S and eventual GT2 will be producing seriously huge power figures. Based on pure speculation, we wouldn't be shocked to see a 600-hp Turbo, with the S and GT2 increasing output markedly from there.

What do you think? Should Porsche go turbo only, or should there remain an aspect of the 911 range that makes its power the good ole fashioned way? Have your say in Comments.

News Source: Car

Image Credit: CarPix

Watch this BMW take flight at Viru Rally and continue a Perfect Drift

Posted Oct 20th 2014 1:00PM

BMW M3 gets some air in Estonia

An E36 BMW 3 Series might be a good choice for a lot of purposes – a long road trip, a track day, rallycross, impressing your friends... but a full-on rally? It's rear-drive when the best rally machines are front- or all-wheel drive. But that didn't stop Pritt Koik and Alari-Uku Heldna from entering their stripped-out E36 in the Viru Rally in Estonia... or from getting some big air time when they did.

Fortunately the jump was not just caught on video... it was caught on video from three angles: two from the side of the rally stage and one from inside the cockpit. Check out all three below to see how this particular BMW got back into the aircraft business.

2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

Posted Oct 20th 2014 11:57AM

Well-Seasoned Beauty Gets Shiftier

2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

Aston Martin previewed its most powerful, quickest-accelerating and fastest production roadster ever at this year's Pebble Beach Concours. The 2015 V12 Vantage S Roadster is essentially a convertible version of the V12 Vantage S Coupe, which we reviewed last year, a model that drops the automaker's most potent powertrain into its smallest chassis.

Unlike the outgoing V12 Vantage Roadster, this new S model boasts a more powerful engine, a new transmission, new adaptive suspension and more luxurious appointments along with freshened styling. While last year's beloved six-speed manual gearbox is gone – a thought that continues to bring tears to our eyes – everything else about the updated roadster piques our interest. We recently spent a full day in the mountains and deserts surrounding Palm Springs with a China Grey (with red carbon fibre accents) version of the British automaker's latest.

Read on for more pics and our review.

This exploding Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow is angering, mesmerizing

Posted Oct 20th 2014 11:00AM

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow explosion

Between Las Vegas and the emirates of the Persian Gulf, we're sure there are Rolls-Royces to be found in the desert all the time. And we don't doubt that, given those locations, one gets torched every so often. There'd probably even be someone in a tuxedo or evening gown running for cover when it happens, too. The thing is that we're seldom if ever there to watch it go down, much less capture it in stunning high-definition, frame-by-frame video when it does.

That's where this four-minute clip by Tyler Shields comes in. The American photographer and filmmaker staged and captured this Silver Shadow being doused in gasoline (or at least what we're supposed to believe is gasoline) and set afire in the Mojave Desert, along with actor Cru Ennis and actress Ana Mulvoy-Ten.

It's heartbreaking but mesmerizing, and you'll want to watch the video for yourself to see which side you fall on. If it's the former, take solace at least in the fact that the Silver Shadow is far from a rare beast. In fact, it remains by far the most prolific Rolls-Royce ever, with over 30,000 made between 1965 and 1980... so we doubt this one will be missed terribly.

In any case, scroll down below for the video, along with a behind-the-scenes look at how it was filmed. If you want to know more about Shields and the reason he blew up a perfectly good Rolls, click here for his blog.

News Source: Tyler Shields, CarBuzz via YouTube

Ford readying 2015 F-150 drift truck for SEMA

Posted Oct 20th 2014 10:00AM

Vaughn Gittin Ford F-150 SEMA 2014 drift truck

Between the Mustangs you'd find in Formula D and the Fiestas in the Global and World rallycross championships, there's no shortage of Ford drift cars on the scene. But at the upcoming SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Blue Oval automaker intends to show off a different kind of drift machine.

Created in collaboration with driftmeister Vaughn Gittin, Jr., this custom F-150 has been designed for "on- and off-road capabilities, as well as drifting and jumping." It's got a suspension with components from Kibbetech King and Air Lift Performance to give it 12 inches of travel and comes packed with 5 Recaro seats. Other details remain limited, but if the rendering above is anything to go by, it ought to be pretty awesome.

Alongside the Gittin truck, Ford will also be showcasing another F-150 designed together with freestyle motorcross rider Brian Deegan, packing the 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine and a long list of enhancements. Between these two trucks, Ford hopes to extend its winning streak for the Hottest Truck award that it's taken four years running now. Feel free to read more in the press release below.

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News Source: Ford

Chevy bringing party of five to SEMA

Posted Oct 20th 2014 9:00AM

Chevy SS Sport

Chevrolet has a seriously packed booth ready for this year's SEMA show. Not only does the company already have the Camaro SS Special Edition, Silverado Toughnology and Colorado Sport, but it is now announcing five more concepts to be on display.

Among this quintet of concepts is the Chevy SS Sport that wears some Australian inspiration. Sure, it has the grille kit, fog light bezels and rear spoiler out of the Chevrolet Accessories catalog, but the 20-inch wheels, floor mats and cargo tray all sport the logo for Holden, General Motor's division Down Under. Power is left alone for this Aussie-inspired muscle sedan with the stock 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque 6.2-litre V8.

The Impala Blackout gets a monochromatic look to fit its name with a black grille surround, rear spoiler and mirror caps. It uses the sedan's standard 3.6-litre V6 with 305 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque.

Chevy also has two takes on the Sonic for SEMA. The Performance concept benefits from a cold-air intake and higher-flow exhaust for the 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder and a suspension kit to chop the ride height. On the outside, it gets some Synergy Green paint and upgraded trim.

The aptly named Accessories concept shows off what's available from Chevy's aftermarket catalog with white headlight and taillight rings and black replacement parts for the grille, mirror caps and rear spoiler. It also gets the suspension kit.

Finally, the Cruze RS Plus wears a custom paint job in Wildfire Metallic with matte black stripes, and the interior gets some ambient lighting, illuminated door sills and upgraded amplifier and subwoofer. Under the hood, Chevy equips the 1.4-litre turbo engine with a cold-air intake and "performance-enhancing stage kit," but total power isn't mentioned. Scroll down to read the company's full release for these SEMA concepts.

News Source: Chevrolet

Porsche slathers Martini livery on 911, Panamera, Macan and Cayenne

Posted Oct 20th 2014 8:00AM

Porsche Martini Livery

This is how we imagine the conversation went in Porsche's Stuttgart headquarters: "Martini livery. Martini livery all the things." Okay, so maybe not, but that hasn't stopped Porsche from showing off images of its entire lineup bearing the iconic racing livery.

While we aren't sure about the questionably yellow 911 and lime green Macan, the navy blue Cayenne and the white Panamera both look pretty spectacular as they lap about the streets of Sochi, Russia.

As for why the liveried sports cars and crossovers were at the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, we aren't totally sure. Porsche's Facebook page, where the images first popped up, was really light on details. Whatever the reason, we fully support Porsche doing more with Martini livery. Take a look at the full gallery to see what we mean.

News Source: Porsche via Facebook

Man drives Mercedes 896,000 kms on epic 26-year road trip [w/video]

Posted Oct 19th 2014 8:00PM

1989: Affenfütterung in Tansania	1989: Feeding monkeys in Tansania

It's a common dream to just drop everything, load up the car and make a life on the open road travelling from place to place. The vast of majority of us just fantasize about it, but it's a reality for the German couple Gunther and Christine Holtorf. They are just finishing what might be the world's longest road trip covering around 560,000 miles (896,000 kilometres) in a Mercedes-Benz 300GD named Otto (pictured above right) over the past 26 years.

Their goal was to visit as many countries as possible, and they ended up reached 215, including places like base camp at Mount Everest; they definitely achieved their dream. The same distance would have gotten them from the Earth to the moon and back, plus a few thousand extra miles to just cruise around.

Holtorf claims that Otto remained mostly stock for the odyssey. "The entire drivetrain with the engine, transmission and axles is still original," he said. However, some upgraded suspension parts were installed to handle the extra load from all the supplies the couple needed to carry.

Otto isn't retiring quite yet, but the hard part is over. The 300GD is going on display briefly at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart and then taking a tour of the company's dealers in Europe beginning in February 2015.

Coinciding with the latest stop in Otto's voyage, the G-Class is celebrating its 35th anniversary. To commemorate it in Europe, Mercedes is launching the Edition 35 version (pictured above left) of the long-living truck. It gets obsidian black metallic parts for the bumpers, wheels arches, side mirrors and roof and a similar motif for the interior, as well. "I promise that there will still be a G-Class in the future," said Daimler chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche in the company's announcement.

There's a full chronicle of the trip with many videos, but it's in German. The BBC also has an excellent long-form piece about the couple in English. Scroll down to watch a brief video about the journey that's also auf Deutsch and read Mercedes' press release.

News Source: Mercedes-Benz, Ottos Reise, BBC News, Stern via YouTube

Former Indy 500 Rookie of the Year turned drug trafficker getting early release from prison

Posted Oct 19th 2014 5:58PM

Randy Lanier

Racing drivers live the fast life, but it's not all glory and fame. That's especially true of Randy Lanier – the former professional racing driver was sentenced in 1988 to life without parole on drug trafficking charges. But now he's being released.

Born in Virginia and raised in South Florida, Lanier won the IMSA GTP title in 1984 and was named Rookie of the Year at the 1986 Indianapolis 500. He even raced at Le Mans for the famous Ferrari-affiliated North American Racing Team and drove for the twelve-time Le Mans winners at Joest Racing. But questions began to arise as to how, exactly, Lanier was financing his racing career. The FBI investigated, and as it turns out, it was through a massive, multi-million-dollar drug trafficking operation.

Together with his partner Ben Kramer (who had ties to Meyer Lansky), Lanier was sentenced in 1988 by federal court in the Southern District of Illinois to life in prison without the possibility of parole. But it seems that life without parole isn't what it used to be, and Lanier is going home. Or almost, anyway. He'll be forced to live in a half-way house for the first six months of his release, and will be under close scrutiny for the next three years. The strange thing is that the same Illinois court that sentenced him and which has now signed his release won't say why he's being set free.

The answer could come down to revised sentencing guidelines that are being applied retroactively by the US federal judicial system, aimed at alleviating the number of Americans incarcerated over drug charges. Just why authorities remain so tight-lipped on the reason for releasing a convicted drug kingpin and alleged murderer, however, remains unclear. But at 60 years old and with a bad hip (possibly resulting from having broken his leg during the Michigan 500 in '86), we wouldn't expect Lanier to pick up his racing career where it left off. According to Autoweek which investigated and broke the story, Lanier will be working at a South Florida classic car museum.

News Source: Autoweek

Image Credit: Indycar courtesy of Autoweek

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