Autoblog week in photos: Week of March 26, 2007

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Yet another week passes by, and all we have to remember it are the pictures. This week on Autoblog we reviewed the Nissan G35 Sedan and we got in a first drive with the Saleen S331 sport truck. Ford revealed the limited-edition Shelby GT500 KR, and GM came in with two V8-powered Buick Super-edition vehicles. One of the most significant vehicles being unveiled in New York, the RWD Hyundai Genesis concept, was also shown on Autoblog for the first time. We've captured some of the best photos of each and placed them in this video. For your enjoyment, a few of the related galleries are included below.

Music for this piece comes from Bob Kirkpatrick with "Drive Across Texas"



 

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Transformers does TV Part II: "Destiny" spot

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"Hidden" wasn't the only Transformers TV spot to reveal itself this weekend. The second, called "Destiny," gives us Bumblebee as the beater Camaro and shows his transformation in action. "Hidden" made us giddy. This one made us almost lose consciousness. As before, it's embedded after the jump.

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Holy Shift! III: How true gearheads do the "paperwork"

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Yeah, the 6-Speed Plunger is pretty cool and the Downshift handle novel, but neither can help you out with one of the bathroom's most vexing problems. We've all been there. Done with our work, we glance right, then left, to find no T.P. Crap! (yes, literally) Your wife/husband/significant other forgot (again, right?) to refill the roll. And who can blame them? It's such a menial, time-consuming, boring task. Release the roll holder, remove the empty tube, throw away empty tube, install full roll, replace roll holder. That takes, what? Six...six and a half seconds? It's a wonder anyone has time to do anything.

That's why (we assume, anyway) that the Center Lock Racing Toilet Paper Holder was invented. Imagine being able to simply remove the center locking nut and safety pin, remove the empty tube, throw away empty tube, install full roll, replace center locking nut and safety pin. The new roll is in place and ready to race in under an estimated 5 seconds. Amazing.

Thanks to this $48, billet aluminum time-saver, I've already managed to do twice as many Autoblog posts as last week.

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New York Preview: Infiniti EX Concept interior photos released

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Infiniti EX ConceptWe somehow missed these when they first came across, but Infiniti has released photos of the New York-bound EX Concept's interior. As you might have expected, it's quite attractive, and the concept-only liquid crystal roof is neato. We're sure that some of the materials and/or colors used are exclusive to the concept, but otherwise, this is likely the interior that will greet customers when the car lands in dealerships later this year. There are a few more angles to be seen in the gallery, all sized nice and large for your viewing pleasure.

We'll have tons of coverage on the EX from New York later this week.

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Chery to unveil Shooting Sport Concept at Shanghai Auto Show

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Chery is set to have 30 cars on hand at the 2007 Shanghai Auto Show, including three concepts. Our sister site, Autoblog Chinese, has sketches of one of the most anticipated: the Shooting Sport. From the looks of it, the automaker is readying a stylish three-door compact wagon, much in the same vein as the Renault Clio Grand Tour Concept that made its debut earlier in the year at Geneva. Expect heavy dose of European style with a modern interior when the car officially breaks cover. Autoblog Chinese will have full coverage, of course.

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Transformers does TV: "Hidden" spot debuts



IGN has scored an exclusive sneak at the first Transformers TV spot. Entitled "Hidden" it gives us a few more glimpses of the 'bots we're all looking forward to seeing this Fourth of July, including a shot of Optimus Prime completing transformation into truck mode. Our inner fanboys are very excited, and we've embedded the spot after the jump for your viewing enjoyment.

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[Source: IGN via Autoblog Chinese]

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Carlsson intros CK35 performance kit for the new Mercedes C-Class

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Mercedes-Benz tuner Carlsson has unveiled its new CK35 performance kit for the recently-introduced new C-Class. Based on a kit the company had already prepared for the SLK350, the CK35 bumps the C's 3.5L V6 up to 295 horsepower. This, combined with an updated air filter and exhaust system, gives the sedan a 1-62 time of six seconds along with additional growl coming from the twin double-barrel tips.

As you can see, Carlsson has also prepared a new bodykit for C. It incorporates new skirting all around, including a rear diffuser in the rear bumper. 19" Brilliant Edition wheels add the proverbial cherry on top of this Teutonic sundae.

Full press release after the jump.

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VIDEO: Holy holograph! Lexus ad stops foot traffic in NYC

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Holographs have certainly come a long way and you just have to see this Lexus ad to believe it. The company Vizoo is responsible for its creation and has quite a few other non-automotive holographic projectors out there as well. You'll find them quick enough if you click around YouTube for a bit. This particular one is an interactive display for Lexus that allows users to select models and colors before beaming them into the indoor space for a 360-degree walkaround of the lifesize virtual vehicle. It's so realistic that the shop is drawing too big of a crowd for its own good. Police can be seen in the video asking people to move along. The old, "there's nothing to see here" line just doesn't hold water in this case though.

The full clip showing the crowd and parts of the ad is after the jump. There's also a video showing ViZoo's 3D floating video image technology in action.

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Aston Martin workers vote to strike

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Workers at Aston Martin's Gaydon plant voted yesterday to go on strike due to discrepancies in pay for workers performing the same job. The proposed two-year contract would have increased worker pay by four-percent in the first year, followed by another .5%, plus inflation, during the second year. Not quite what the workers had hoped for, especially considering that certain laborers were getting paid a £2,500 premium for doing the exact same task.

Although over 70-percent of the Transport and General Workers' Union members voted in favor of the strike, negotiations will likely continue in order to resolve the matter before anyone actually lays down their tools. It looks like Aston's new owners are getting a crash course in worker management earlier than they expected.

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ALMS Round 2: Penske Porsches lead the grid at St. Pete

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When the the green flag waves later this afternoon (5:05 PM Eastern) to kick off the Acura Sports Car Challenge -- round 2 of the ALMS season -- on the streets of St. Petersburg, FL, Roger Penke's Porsche RS Spyders will lead the way. The Spyders qualified 1-2, and occupy row 1 of the starting grid.

Allan McNish, the polesitter for P1, starts in the 3rd position, but is poised to make hay after turning in the fastest lap at this morning's warmup session. McNish is followed by a trio of Acuras (Fernandez Racing, Andretti Green Racing, and Highcroft Racing). The second Audi R10, both Dyson Porsches, and the Autocon Motorsports P1 car round out the top 10. In the all-Corvette GT1 class, the #4 car will lead the #3, and in GT2, the Petersen/White Lightning Ferrari F430GT starts ahead of the Risi Competizione Ferrari.

Motorsport.com has the full qualifying order here, and you can watch the race tape-delayed on SPEED TV tonight at 8:00 PM. It should be a fun contest to watch, as the top six qualifiers were all within a second of each other.

 

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Spy Shots: Porsche 911 GT2 running the 'Ring

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By many accounts, the new GT3 is the greatest 911 ever. Insane levels of grip, coupled with prodigious power delivery and styling that only a purist could love, it might seem unnecessary to mess with perfection. Porsche disagrees. Again.

Originally caught testing last October, the 997 GT2 has made another appearance at everyone's favorite playground testing grounds -- the Nürburgring. This time, we get a better view of the Turbo-esque schnaz (sans fog lamps), revised intakes and rear fascia. Mounted below that expansive wing is a revised twin-turbo flat six, likely to crank out over 500 HP and sending power to the rear wheels.

We haven't heard any rumblings recently about when the GT2 will be debuted, but we'll keep our fingers crossed that it'll be sometime this year.

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Bringing the turbocharger to the living room: The forced-induction PC

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We know a lot of people who like to customize their rides, and we know a few people who are computer geeks, too. When you marry the two hobbies, some very interesting projects result. If you've already added a turbocharger to your Cavalier and overclocked your AMD processor by going into the motherboard BIOS and messing with the settings, then you haven't yet gone far enough.

Some very clever mod-masters have mated a turbocharger from a late 1990's Mitsubishi Eclipse with a custom-built PC, creating the neatest cooling system on the planet. To enhance cooling, the turbo spins at 3500 RPM to circulate air through the very nicely customized PC. The exotic (and pricey) cooling system has no psi rating, since pressurizing the PC would effectively destroy it. The turbo cooling system really works too, but due to impracticality (and we're presuming the noise) the forced cooling is only used to show off. Click on the gallery below to see pictures of this one of-a-kind system during the build.

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