Ferrari blocks production of Lancia Stratos re-creation.
Monster Tajima’s record-breaking 9:51:58 run up Pikes Peak in his 2011 Monster Sport (Suzuki) SX4 Hill Climb Special (makes 910 bhp out of its highly tuned, twin-turbo 3100cc V-6).
How close he gets to the edge is almost sickening.
10 minute barrier at Pikes Peak is broken!
From the press release:
“Driving his modified 2011 Monster Sport (Suzuki) SX4 Hill Climb Special, Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima broke his own former world record, as well as the seemingly unattainable 10-minute mark, all while capturing his sixth consecutive overall win with a time of 09:51:58 at the 89th Annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.”
New Hybrid Mitsubishi Evo
Photo-illustration by BestCar
BestCar, our Japanese print friends with sources deep within Mitsubishi, informs us that Osamu Masuko, president of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, is so against participating in motorsports that no one dares mention the word around him. However, despite news regarding the discontinuation of the Evo, Masuko was heard stating that Mitsubishi is fully intent on producing a high-performance car in the future, albeit green.
The next-generation Evo will borrow technology from the PX-MiEV concept shown at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. The PX-MiEV touts a plug-in hybrid system that relies on electric motors at low to middle speeds. Operating as a series hybrid, when the lithium-ion batteries run low, the 1.6- liter gasoline engine turns on and powers a generator that in turn provides charge to the electric motors. For higher vehicle speeds, the PX-MiEV’s hybrid system switches to a parallel hybrid system with the 1.6-liter engine providing additional combustion power to the wheels.
A Danish company called Zenvo is bringing sports cars with 1104 and 1250 hp to the U.S.!
Mercedes to build rival to Porsche 911.
Our sources have confirmed that Mercedes-Benz is hard at work on a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports coupe to rival the likes of the Porsche 911, Bentley Continental GT and Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Based on the next-generation SL-Class architecture, the SLC will be smaller and lighter than the luxurious 2-seat roadster.
The SLC will likely be powered by an AMG-tuned 5.5-liter V-8 engine.
It has been a while since the SLC name graced a Mercedes-Benz. The last iteration was the long-lived C107 model, which lasted from 1971 to 1981. The new SLC will borrow some styling cues from the past, though the shape appears wholly modern and less retro in spirit than the SLS AMG.
You had us at “Hello”
“The V12 Zagato is an elegant yet brutal design, which reflects the balance between race performance and pure Aston Martin style. The original DB4GT Zagato was a true icon, powerful and graceful; the new design is a true representation of the spirit of DB4GT Zagato.” - Aston Design Director, Marek Reichman
Aston Martin V12 Zagato.
Next Audi R8 to have a dual-clutch transmission?
Covered in sensors and packing enough instrumentation for a lunar mission, these Audi R8 test mules are reportedly conducting real world trials of a dual-clutch transmission.
Mechanical details of the car are shrouded in secrecy although the speculation is that it’s based on a V-12 Vantage, one thing is almost certain is that it will have Zagato’s signature double bubble roofline.
Aston Martin’s chief executive, Dr. Ulrich Bez, said: “Now is the right time for a new Aston Martin Zagato and in combining our design intelligence I think we can create something fitting of the iconic DB4GT Zagato that has gone before and since established itself as one of the most famous Aston Martins of all time.”
The year of the 4-cylinder?
Not since the 1.9-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder of the 318 and original Z3 has BMW sold anything less than an inline-6. The 2012 BMW Z4 is changing that.
Complete details of the updated 2012 BMW Z4 aren’t out yet, but expect this 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, with what BMW calls TwinPower Turbo technology, to surpass the inline-6 in both performance and efficiency. That technology includes the close-coupled turbocharger, direct injection and Valvetronic.
The Rolls-Royce 102EX has some notable firsts—it has the largest lithium-ion battery pack ever fitted to an automobile. The batteries are stacked in the engine bay in the space usually reserved for the V-12 engine. Despite this massive battery pack, the EX102 weighs just 440 lb. more than the standard car and it has a 50/50 weight distribution thanks to the batteries mounted up front and electric motors in the rear.
First Use of Wireless Inductive Recharging
While the 102EX features a plug for Level 3 240-volt recharging (the plug-in is visible in the right rear sail panel), it is also equipped with a wireless inductive charging plate beneath the floor. The can be parked over the charging pad in a garage and left to automatically and wirelessly replenish the battery.