luni, 3 noiembrie 2014

BMW Z8

Model car produced between 1999 and 2003. The Z8 was the production variant of the 1997 Z07 concept car.
The Z8 is a roadster for connoisseurs: its unitary aluminium spaceframe, high-performance V8 engine and brilliant design serve to make this homage to the BMW 507 a firm favourite without further ado. Capable of going from 0 to 100 km/h in less than just five seconds, the Z8 quickly assumes pole position in the top-of-the-range sports car market.  (after BMW official)
 Initial price: $128,000
Technical details: wiki 

joi, 4 septembrie 2014

Jeep Willys, 1948

Built mainly during the Second World War, Willys MB Jeep ¼ t was used by the armed forces of the United States on all fronts of battle, being snapped in an impressive number of copies and allies, thus becoming the main vehicle used by the British Army, Soviet and French. Jeep name was borrowed from the pronunciation of the acronym GP (General Purpose, ie general use). In the next period of the Second World War, The term Jeep military vehicle show almost every light, unarmoured, with a similar look of the original Jeep.
Originally, the basic design was a very rustic exterior vehicle: a platform on four wheels with a motor compartment rectangular shape, a protected cockpit easily sidebars that do not exceed in height the engine compartment. The windshield, made up of two separate windows frame were generally folding. Subsequently, several amendments were made to the body, adjusting it needs military officers linked to off-road transport.
Mod Willys Engine 442 series was called and Go Devil, a gasoline engine, the four-cylinder 2196 cm3, 54 hp at 3700 rpm. The transmission was a three speed plus reverse, and traction on all four wheels. The car was provided by hydraulic shock absorbers, four-wheel independent. The first Willys MB models had metal grille bars, the headlights were mounted on the top bar and were mobile, so it can be folded into the engine in case of repairs.
Jeep was built mostly by Willys and Ford, but a number of specimens belong Bantam manufacturer. Each of the three production series differed in several aspects from the basic design described above.
After the Second World War and following a trial with manufacturer Ford to legitimize the use of the term "Jeep" which comes out the winner, Willys produced its first vehicle in a version intended audience - CJ Civilian Jeep - is also the first 4x4 Civil automotive market. The first CJ had essentially the same characteristics as the Willys MB, the vehicle used by the American military during the Second World War. News were visible in the variety of colors available for civilian Jeep, Type Naugahyde seat comfort and chromed applications. From the mechanical point of view, a heftier T-90 replaced the T-84 model MB.
After production CJ CJ 1 and 2, in the period 1945-1949 appears CJ 2A version. The experience of previous versions helped develop the first mass production version CJ 2A, which had the appearance of a civil MB with a rear tailgate and side mounted hand wheel. One of the major differences of the two cars was their grid: MB had recessed headlights and nine openings in the grille and larger headlights CJ 2A was mounted on a grid with seven openings. At the level of motorisation, CJ 2A was equipped with an engine L-134 Go-Devil.

sâmbătă, 5 iulie 2014

Best electric cars and the most economic cars in 2014

Best electric cars:


1. BMW i3
2. Tesla Model S
3. VW e-up!
4. Renault ZOE
5. Nissan Leaf
6. Smart ForTwo ED
7. Renault Twizy
8. Mitsubishi iMiEV

Most economic cars:

1. Peugeot 308 Blue HDi - 91.1mpg
2. Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion - 88.3mpg
3. Hyundai i20 1.1 CRDi - 88.3mpg
4. Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi - 88.3mpg
5. Renaulr Clio 1.5 dCi - 88.3mpg
6. Skoda Octavia Greenline - 88.3mpg
7. Ford Fiesta Econetic - 85.6mpg
8. Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi - 85.6mpg

 

vineri, 14 iunie 2013

Mazda - cars models / Masinile Mazda (galerie photo)

One photo gallery with the most popular models from the nipon car producer Mazda. In 2011, Mazda was the fifteenth biggest automaker by production worldwide.




vineri, 3 mai 2013

2013 Concept cars - Alfa Romeo and LaFerrari at Geneva Fair Auto Show


Alfa Romeo Gloria Concept car

The Gloria is a four-door saloon, sitting on a long 114.2 in (2.90 m) wheelbase, 185 in (4.70 m) overall length, 75 in (1.91 m) overall width and 50 in (1.27 m) overall height.

Toyota FT86 Open Coupe concept car

On 1 March 2011, Toyota Europe presented Toyota FT-86 II Concept at the preview of the 2011 Geneva Motor Show as the successor to the Toyota FT-86 Concept. 'FT' stands for 'Future Toyota'. The vehicle was designed by the Toyota European Design and Development centre (ED2) with increased dimensions compared to its predecessor. It includes redesigned front bumper and headlights, rear bumper and tail lights, an added rear spoiler and side vents.

KIA concept cars Track'ster

Derived from Kia Soul. It is a 3-door concept vehicle with custom HRE-K1 monoblock billet performance wheels designed by Kia's California design team and HRE, 245/40-19-inch front and 285/35-19-inch rear Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires, 14-inch Brembo vented and cross-drilled front disc brakes with six-piston calipers, 13.6-inch rear brake discs with four-piston calipers, angled roof accented with Inferno Orange, lengthened front door with smooth billet push-style handles, carbon fiber lower side valances in Inferno Orange Orange and incorporate functional rear-brake cooling ducts, back hatch incorporates a horizontal Inferno Orange "backpack" panel five inches wider than a production Soul, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated 250hp, electronically controlled four-wheel-drive system, short-throw six-speed manual transmission with a stubby spherical shift lever, Inferno Orange suede-covered racing seats, Granite Gray leather upholstery, Granite Gray suede wraps the sport steering wheel and door panels, red-glowing nacelles, rear seats removed and replaced with a fully integrated equipment tray and spare-tire well, paneled bins in Inferno Orange behind seats, custom rear strut brace incorporates a quick-release handle to allow for fast wheel changes.

Citroen Technospace Concept car Geneva 2013

The Citroën Technospace is a concept car designed by the French car manufacturer Citroën and announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013. It is anticipated that it will form the basis of the replacement for the Citroen C4 Picasso.

La Ferrari - Super Concept Car

LaFerrari (also known as the F70, and by its project name, F150) is a limited production hybrid sports car built by Ferrari. The car and its name were officially unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. It is based on findings from testing of the Ferrari FXX. The LaFerrari is the first mild hybrid from Ferrari, providing the highest power output of any Ferrari whilst decreasing fuel consumption by 40 percent.

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sâmbătă, 23 martie 2013

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miercuri, 7 decembrie 2011

Epic EV to supply Electric DeLorean with composite bodies

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Chassis of Electric DeLorean done in composite material by Epic EV.

The arrangement that has Epic EV supplying the drivetrain for the DMC Electric DeLorean has apparently been working out so well that the two companies have decided to tap yet another of Epic's areas of expertise: composites.

Weight management is an important aspect of electric vehicle design and it was realized that DMC could shave 200 pounds off their retro-futuristic product by replacing the old-school fiberglass material that makes up the main part of the chassis with a modern lightweight resin-infused composite. Not only that, but the new stuff is much stronger, which gives the Electric DeLorean better roof crush and side impact protection.

Epic, of course, has been using composites in its boats for some time and CEO Chris Anthony learned much about using it in automotive applications while creating the now-dead Aptera (sniff). While we look forward to seeing more of the modern Electric DeLorean in action, we also can't help wonder whether Epic might go back to the future with an Aptera-like design.

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SWEDEN: Saab administrator applies for bankruptcy protection to end, GM rejects new deal

Saab has been dealt a twin blow with its administrator applying for the automaker's bankruptcy protection to end as former owner General Motors rejects a new ownership structure.
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miercuri, 23 martie 2011

British Engeneers Kikx

The lane in King's Lynn, Norfolk, was opened by Norfolk County Council earlier this month but has faced criticism because drivers need specialist training to negotiate an extremely narrow corner.

Buses have been forced to slow to walking pace to traverse a challenging pinch point on the route - which runs between Wisbech Road and Boal Street in King's Lynn.

The route was officially opened on 14 March by West Norfolk Mayor Zipha Christopher, but has been branded "unfit for purpose" by locals.

Speaking to Lynn News, Brian Lake, 63, who cycles the route every morning, witnessed the unveiling ceremony.
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Shell gets approval to drill in Gulf of Mexico

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Oil drilling platform

It's near impossible to forget that back in April of 2010, the Deepwater Horizon burst into flames, sunk into the sea and spewed oil for months. In early May, President Obama declared that no additional deepwater drilling efforts would commence until measures were in place to prevent this type of disaster. Then, in October of 2010, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, announced that deepwater drilling would resume. Earlier this month, Salazar said that he expects to sign off on a "significant" number of offshore drilling permits. Guess what? Deepwater drilling is officially set to begin again.

JAPAN 'QUAKE delays new Toyota hybrids

Supply chain disruptions in Japan have forced at least one global automaker to delay the launch of two new models and are forcing other industries to shutter plants and rethink their logistical infrastructure, a media report on Wednesday said.
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marți, 9 noiembrie 2010

1,300 electric charging points for London

Car Enthusiast - Boris Johnson reveals plans to make London the electric car capital of Europe.
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