VIDEO: Veyron races BMW M3... guess who wins

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The all-new, V8-powered BMW M3 is one hot ride, and 414 HP can leave a lot of rubber behind. Yet while the M3 is one of the most highly anticipated vehicles on the road, it doesn't even hold a candle to the quad-turbo, 16-cylinder, 1,001 HP Bugatti Veyron. The Veyron is a true supercar that costs a cool $1.4 million, hits 60 mph in less than three seconds, and has a limited production run of a few hundred copies. Regardless of the obvious disparity between the two cars, someone just had to pit the two against one another in a race and put the video on YouTube. The video starts with the M3 understeering through a corner and doing a series of figure eights, and it ends with the Bimmer taking its medicine. The driver of the Veyron even gave the poor sap in the M3 a head start, yet the margin of victory was wide. If you're like us and interested in seeing the carnage even when you know the outcome, check out the short video after the jump.

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McLaren and Prodrive sitting in a tree, R-A-C-I-N-G

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F1 panjandrums have been working all year on a suitable definition of the term "non-constructor." If they can get that done soon, and then figure out how to split F1 income among constructors and non, then Prodrive will officially join the 2008 F1 circus.

McLaren and Prodrive have recently signed a "detailed commercial agreement." However, it is being held up due to a lawsuit initiated by Spyker (and supported by Williams) that is now in arbitration. Spyker, an independent full constructor, has argued that allocation of income should be different for Toro Rosso and Super Aguri, since they essentially "buy" cars from other teams. The outcome of that will affect this year's income disbursements as well as next year's.

It isn't revealed yet just how much collaboration there will be between McLaren and Spyker on the chassis-engine package. Regardless, one just hopes McLaren will have a better experience with them than Red Bull and Honda have had with their respective "junior" teams.

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Run Like Hell - Pink Floyd's Nick Mason takes to the 'Ring

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Picture this - you're screaming around the Nurburgring in a not-insubstantial Rolls Royce Phantom, hammer down, stereo on, trying to complete a circuit of the 14-mile course before the woofers go still. Driving on the 'Ring certainly requires concentration, but for a drummer, sometimes you've just got to find the beat. So, when the drums come in, you're going to be compelled to tap along on the rim of the steering wheel, no matter what. Nick Mason impressed his passenger, a reporter from the Times of London, with his ability to multitask like this. Mason, the man on traps for Pink Floyd and noted car nut, had taken to the German racetrack to test himself. The challenge was to complete a single lap of the Nurburgring in the time it takes for half of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" to play. While he didn't quite make it, a good time was likely had by all. We would like to know, however, if the accelerator pedal in his V12 Phantom has been replaced with a Speed King.

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VIDEO: Jeremy Clarkson's Supercar Showdown trailer

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In addition to hosting the world's most popular car show, authoring a library of books and writing regular columns for a variety of magazines and newspapers, celebrity automotive journalist Jeremy Clarkson has turned out a tall stack of DVD specials.

The video after the jump is a trailer of his latest video, called Supercar Showdown. In the new special, scheduled for a November 5 release, Clarkson takes to the road and the track in some of the most mouth-watering and earth-shattering supercars, including the Ferrari 430 Spider and 599 GTB Fiorano, Lamborghini Gallardo and Murcielago Roadsters, Bugatti Veyron, Audi R8, Porsche 911 GT3, Radical SR3, Aston Martin V8 Roadster and Ascari A10. Sabine Schmitz and The Stig also feature in a head-to-head in what looks to be a jaw-dropping orgy of Octane.

Click through to catch a sneak preview.

Kudos to Mike for the tip.

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Nissan developing "Slip Hazard" warning system

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Carmakers like Volvo and Mercedes-Benz are usually the pioneers of vehicle safety in this industry, but lately more and more companies are developing their own safety innovations and gadgets. Nissan's new safety technologies include a pop-up engine hood for the Skyline and now it has announced the development of a "slip-hazard warning system," which it's prepping for commercial use. The new system can detect slippery road conditions and alert the driver depending on how severe it is using "real-time voice alerts".

The set-up works by relaying information from the antilock brakes through Nissan's Intelligent Transport System, a new feature that links the vehicle with third-party traffic data gathered from other motorists and local police as well as "historical records of the slippery points".

Initial testing is being conducted in the northern parts of Japan where it's common for roads to get covered in ice. This seems like one case of technology giving drivers an extra edge in safety without nannying them with useless safety gadgets.

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Virtual Wheel-ality: Porsche 911 Turbo S game controller

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In a perfect world, everyone who wanted a car like the Porsche 911 Turbo S would get one. In the real world, sadly, not everyone can afford the six-figure price of admission. Fortunately there's virtual reality in between, where enthusiasts can toy with cars like the Turbo S in video games. To bridge that ever-narrowing gap for game-playing Porschephiles, Stuttgart has licensed this super-realistic force-feedback gaming wheel package.

The Porsche 911 Turbo S Wheel from Fanatec is a proper replica of the wheel found in the actual car, complete with hand-stitched leather, authentic metal badge on the hub...the works. But while a real Porsche has one engine, this wheel has three belt-driven force feedback motors to perfect the feeling. The wheel is accompanied by a three-pedal set, gas, brake and clutch likewise calibrated for an ultra-realistic feel. Fanatec even provides two interchangeable gearsticks - six-speed manual H-gate and Tiptronic sequential. Two versions are available, for Playstation 3 or PC, the former with lap braces and the former with table clamps. It even comes with a special 1GB USB drive in the shape of a Porsche key.

In addition to the manufacturer's online shop, the wheel package is available through Porsche dealerships and will set you back $350, who can hook you up with the only thing more realistic for about 200 times that.

[Source: Fanatec via Motorpasion]

 

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BMW introduces new R1200S-based HP2 Sport

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Longtime BMW riders would hardly recognize the motorcycles coming from the Bavarian bike maker these days. Starting with the redesign of the R-Series models and their bump in displacement to 1200cc's a few years ago, BMW has been making a statement that it's going to be moving the brand up in the performance ranks. The four cylinder K1200 series has given BMW an image-bike that further cements it into the high performance race, and now the R1200S HP2 Sport will take the BMW brand back to the race track in style.

Starting with the R1200S as its base, already BMW's sportiest model, the HP2 adds new 4-valve heads sporting dual overhead cams. Redlining at around 9,500 RPM, the power output of the engine has been increased to 128 horsepower, and the 85 ft-lb. of torque makes this engine very powerful for an air-cooled boxer-twin. Routing that muscle to the rear wheel is a six-speed gearbox featuring a quick-shifter that allows the bike to survive full-throttle up-shifts and performs quicker than what can be done using your hands and feet.

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Tokyo 2007 Preview: More Suzuki X-HEAD pics!

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Suzuki X-HEAD
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Suzuki X-HEAD The Tonkalicious Suzuki X-HEAD is already one of our favorite Tokyo '07 concepts, and not one of us has laid eyes on it in the metal. We hear the 4x4's a dash over 12 feet long and is powered by a 1372cc engine, but that's about it. For the rest, it seems we'll have to wait. The new batch of photos we've obtained shows us that the plucky pickup can carry at least one dirt bike in back and that its bedsides flip down to reveal additional storage compartments. The matte charcoal tailgate matches the grillework, which receives the same finish. Inside, the "X" theme is carried through in the yellow portions of the seats (which do not look comfortable) and the shape of the harnesses. The letter "X" is so prevalent, we half expect to see this thing in the motor pool at Professier Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. We'll bring you full coverage from Tokyo later in the month.

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Third time's a charm: Subaru releases another dark image of STI

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click above image for more dark shots of the impending Subaru Impreza STI

It was a dark and stormy night... inside the studio where Subaru shot its first batch of Impreza STI images. Like the dutiful fanboys we are, Autoblog has already posted on each of the first two pics, a dark head-on shot and a dark rear shot. Here we have a dark 3/4 shot (check out the lightened version at left), and we don't know if it will be the last of the bunch before the Subaru Impreza STI is officially unveiled on October 24th at the Tokyo Motor Show. Hopefully at that time we'll be supplied with some properly lit photographs, and we'll of course have a slew of improperly lit live shots from the unveiling, as well.

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Gallery: 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi

 

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Spy Shots: 2009 Acura TSX

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Chris Doane has finally caught the 2009 Acura TSX outside of a Honda facility in the U.S. It would appear the car is about the same size as the current model, or perhaps slightly larger. From the rear it looks like those fender blisters give the car a wider track. The design will reportedly get more aggressive, which you can already see on the nose of this test vehicle despite the liberal application of tape by Honda engineers.

We're especially excited for the next iteration of the TSX, because along with a 20 - 30 bump in horsepower for its rev-happy 2.4L four-cylinder, we're also expecting an S-Type model powered by the same 260+ HP motor in the Acura RDX. We've sampled that mill before, and are addicted based on what it can do in a CUV. The 2009 Acura TSX S-Type, however, should be on a different level entirely. Torque steer is an issue, as the TSX is and always has been front-wheel drive. We have faith Honda engineers, some of the best in the biz, can quell it, though.

Follow the jump for Brenda Priddy's full report on the 2009 Acura TSX.

[Source: Chris Doane for Brenda Priddy & Co.]

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Update from the Rumor Mill: Where are you going, Fernando?

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Earlier reports that reigning Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso has signed with Ferrari for next season seem to be mere speculation, although the prospect of the Spanish driver leaving McLaren at the fast-approaching end of the season is looking likely.

The back-to-back title holder has had an upsetting season battling it out with rookie driver Lewis Hamilton, who is all but completely assured the championship with 107 points to Alonso's 95 and only two races to go. The two leading pilots have been at each other's throats all season, and at last weekend's Japanese Grand Prix Hamilton stated repeatedly that he'd like to see his teammate leave. Alonso, in return, has professed his preference for obliging Hamilton's request, but only if he could find his way into a competitive car for 2008.

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ROUSH adds 30 extra HP to ROUSHcharger

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Ponies and horses go together, don't they? The tinkerers at Roush decided that their current ROUSHcharger didn't provide enough horses for Ford's pony car, so they added another 30 to the corral. Now, for $5,599, the ROUSHcharger increases the HP of your Mustang GT from 300 to 445. That's a 48-percent increase and 30 more horsepower than before due to a smaller, faster-spinning pulley and altered PCM calibration. The result is the aforementioned 445 HP as well as 418 ft-lb of torque.

The add-on will soon be legal for use in all 50 states, and those who already have ROUSHchargers can upgrade by ordering the new pulley for $389. A polished version of the supercharger is also available for $5,899. Installation won't alter the balance of your Ford warranty, which is a bonus, and the supercharger comes with its own year-long coverage if the manufacturer warranty has ended.

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Pics Aplenty: 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X detail shots

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Mitsubishi has just released a slew of new images showing many individual components of the upcoming 2008 Lancer Evolution X. Want to see what the new turbocharger looks like? Perhaps a close inspection of the ENKEI wheels is warranted. Or maybe the BBS Alloy wheels? The Bilstein shocks and Eibach springs? Mitsubishi even included naked shots of the Lancer Evolution X chassis and body (shown at right).

The set also includes pics of both the GSR interior and RS interior, so we can see how much of a difference there is between the well-appointed digs of the more expensive model and the stripper variant. Turns out there's a lot, and the difference in bolstering on the seats of the GSR and RS is surprising. Plus, you lose the suede seat inserts, center armrest and some flashier trim in the RS interior, as well. The new pics have been added to our gallery and begin here, and we've added captions on each one so you know what you're looking at.

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SEMA Preview: Buick Enclave Urban CEO Edition

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Like most full-line automakers, General Motors has begun taking seriously the SEMA Show in Las Vegas that occurs annually at the end of October. Once a giant exposition center's worth of third-party products, it's now also a stage on which automakers can debut new products and crazy concepts. One of GM's SEMA cars this year is the Buick Enclave Urban CEO Edition. It'll be unveiled the day before the SEMA Show opens by former NBA player Jerome Williams. We don't have any details on it other than what you can see in the above pic, but it looks sharp. Ditch the wheels that don't fit the super smooth upgrades and we're in.

Below is a list of other vehicles we know GM will be debuting at SEMA:
  • 50 Cent's custom Pontiac G8
  • GMC Sierra Denali Concept
  • Two more custom Buick Enclaves by Custom Motor Sports and Mitek Corp.
  • Much more we don't know about yet...
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BMW to bring twin-turbo diesel to the U.S.

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Those of us Stateside have been deprived of more diesel models than you shake an oversized fuel nozzle at, but it looks like the folks over at BMW may be on their way to curing our high-mileage, high-torque lust. The automaker's 286 HP, 427 lb.-ft. of torque 3.0-liter twin turbo engine may find a way under the hood of various models throughout BMW's lineup, likely to append the "35d" designation to the 3-, 5- and 6-series models. Fuel mileage should be up over 35 MPG, but there's no word on when it will arrive. If we had to guess, we'd say late next year.

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Ford to suspend Super Duty production

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Beginning Monday, October 8, FoMoCo will suspend production of its F-series Super Duty pickup for two weeks. According to Ford, sales have slumped because of the housing slowdown (Damn subprime mortgage market!), a variable that seems to have a profound effect on pickup sales. Ford's sales analyst, George Pipas, says that the production halt is a way to avoid excess inventory and has nothing to do with September's sales decline of Ford pickups by 20.8-percent.

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Schumacher to leave Toyota at end of season

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Another Schumacher has left the building... almost. Ralf Schumaker, who's been racing for Toyota since 2005, will leave the F1 team at the end of this season. Saying that he's looking for a "new challenge" the younger half of the Germanic duo still plans on racing the wheels off his F1 whip for the last two races of the season.

There's no word on what the other Schu will be up to in the future, but he plans to make an announcement at the season-ender Brazilian Grand Prix later this month.

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Jalopticons swell in rank



Our good friends over at Jalopnik have recently expanded their virtual office to include a couple new cubicles for bloggers Eric Tingwall and Laura Burstein. Laura joins the team as an established blogger and car nut having written for CNET.com and Forbes Auto. Ray Wert, who she'll likely surpass as the best dressed blogger of the bunch, found her on Facebook.com. Ray trolling Facebook for new recruits is a little creepy, but you can't argue with the results.

Eric's path to Jalopnik, meanwhile, is the kind of rags to blogging story we love. He's a student at Michigan State University majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Journalism who won a writing contest sponsored by Inside Line, the prize for which was a trip to the Frankfurt Motor Show. That's where he met the Jalopnik crew, and Ray ultimately wined and dined him with a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks. Earlier this year he was just a schlub with a dream, now he's an underpaid and overworked blogger. Dreams can come true, people.

You may be surprised (or not) to learn that most bloggers on the Autoblog team are not professional journalists, either. We like it that way, because the passion of an enthusiast usually stays lit far longer than that of a veteran journalist. We're always looking for more bloggers to join the Autobot, errr... Autoblog team, so if you've got passion, know the difference between 'its' and 'it's', and have a sharp wit to match those good looks, follow the jump to learn how to submit yourself for consideration.

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Indulge your Germanic car lust now, prices expect to rise

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With the U.S. dollar's decline against the euro, the Wall Street Journal's crystal ball gazers have determined that the price of vehicles shipped over from the old world are set to rise in the next year. European manufacturers have been able to lock exchange rates by buying contracts that keep currency fluctuations at bay, but for some automakers abroad, that's about to change. Those contracts are set to expire soon, and that means either prices will rise or European automakers will have to begin producing their wares in the Land of the Free.

Profitability may be sustained in the short term by BMW and Mercedes, as U.S.-built products are used as a tourniquet to slow the financial bleed. Volkswagen is supposedly in good shape through next year, but the idea of building more vehicles here in the States has been mentioned numerous times. Plus, there's always the option of building in China, something that's inevitable given the "flat" world in which we're living.

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Racing-spec Mercedes-Benz 722 SLR GTR found in Germany

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This one kind of crept up on us, but it appears Mercedes-Benz has released a new race-spec version of the SLR supercar dubbed the GTR. It's been revealed that the limited edition 722 SLR released last year was in fact a homologation special designed for a potential FIA GT race car, and the new GTR is a production version of the future racer.

The GTR is loosely based on the 722, but tips the scales at just 2860lb (1300kg), which means it's roughly 660lb (300kg) lighter. The mechanical package remains largely unchanged but, with the lighter body, the 650hp supercharged V8 should see it reach 62mph from rest in just three seconds flat. Top speed remains at 210 mph.

To shed all that weight, engineers stripped the cabin and replaced most of the parts such as the door panels and dash with carbon-fiber. They also installed a set of 19-inch OZ wheels, removed the front grille and installed a huge rear wing and diffuser.

Only 21 new GTRs will enter production and the first one has already been spotted at a Mercedes-Benz dealer in Germany by HDennis who posted these pics of the car on Supercars.net

Thanks for the tip, Richard!

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AutoblogGreen for 10.03.07

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From Agent 00?: Need more information on unknown white road airplane seen in center surveillance photograph. Please advise.

From HQ: We believe it to be the Aptera. ETA unknown, but it is affirmative that that thing looks weird. Not recommended for spy use. See AutoblogGreen for more. HQ out.

 

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More automakers leading a Second Life

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The virtual world Second Life is a virtual dream for marketers, with branding opportunities aplenty. As the online universe has grown, so too has the number of automobile manufacturers with a presence in the "game," for lack of a better term. KZERO is a consulting firm that helps companies study Second Life and other online virtual communities, and in a blog post that's basically shilling a case study they'd like to sell prospective clients, we're given a glimpse at the number of automakers involved in SL. Unsurprisingly, the manufacturer presence has climbed along with Second Life's subscriber base. We've covered some of them in the past -- Renault F1, for example. Click the "Read" link to check out a graph that shows when various automakers jumped on the bandwagon. We'd create SL accounts and investigate the virtual automotive landscape ourselves, but that would take time away from the second life we already lead called "Autoblog." Sigh. We guess that dream vacation on Peugeot Island's never gonna happen.

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ACO adjusts rules for '08 race season

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Even though 3 different makes made the podium of this year's Le Mans race for just the second time in thirty years, diesels have owned the course of late. To increase parity, the race's sanctioning body, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), has slightly modified the rules to aid gas-engined entrants -- like the 3rd placed Pescarolo Judd. For 2008, the air restrictors in gas-engined cars will be 3% larger. Three percent isn't likely to entirely rock the standings, but it should help make the racing more lively. The other change announced is that all LM P1 cars will be allowed a lower minimum weight of 900 kg, down from 925 kg.

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Bentley to increase in-house coachbuilding

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Bentley Continental GT Speed - Click to view hi-res image gallery.

As Bentley's production numbers continue to grow, taking the classic British marque farther from the fringe and closer to the mainstream - that is, in as much as six-digit luxury automobiles could be considered "mainstream" - the company's exclusivity seems to dwindle. But the premium Volkswagen Group automaker is on a path to put some individuality into its cars by increasing in-house coachbuilding efforts.

Through its own Mulliner division, Bentley already offers a range of customization options for bespoke Arnage models, but Crewe is planning on broadening the coachbuilding efforts to include the Continental range as well. Among the various techniques Bentley will offer will be a slew of hi-tech materials including composite materials and something called Laser Metal Sintering which F1 teams use to produce high-strength little parts. In the process, Bentley has also ruled out the option of providing stripped engines and chassis to outside coachbuilders.

The prospect of putting new bodywork on the epically fast (but not necessarily the best-looking) Continental Flying Spur sedan has us foaming at the mouth...if only we had the cash. We'll stay "tuned" (pardon the pun) to see what sort of creations Bentley turns out for their most discerning and moneyed clients.

[Source: Motor Authority]

 

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