eGarage http://egarage.com Automotive enthusiasts and storytellers; a car, a collection, a builder, or a race. Exclusive content with highest production value. Automotive Porn? Automotive passion. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:29:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Aston Martin Vantage http://egarage.com/videos/aston-martin-vantage/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=aston-martin-vantage http://egarage.com/videos/aston-martin-vantage/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:25:25 +0000 http://egarage.com/?post_type=videos&p=12911 Aston Martin Vantage rips from Northern California down to Southern California. This video was made over two days by Carbon Studios and eGarage. This vehicle features HRE wheels and full black metallic satin wrap by SSCustoms.

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Aston Martin Vantage rips from Northern California down to Southern California. This video was made over two days by Carbon Studios and eGarage.
This vehicle features HRE wheels and full black metallic satin wrap by SSCustoms.

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With the Concept Coupé SUV, Mercedes-Benz is raising the standard to a new, higher level in literally multiple respects. This extremely sporty study impresses as a typical representative of the long-standing coupé tradition at Mercedes-Benz, with a flowing side line, stretched greenhouse and striking radiator grille with central chrome louvre. At the same time the Concept Coupé SUV stands out with its muscular wings, large wheel arches, imposing 22-inch wheels, high beltline and generous ground clearance. Its dynamic handling on the road is also on a superior level. Not only thanks to air suspension, but also to the networking of the powertrain, suspension and interior that it realises. The variable dynamic control system “Dynamic Select Control” provides four fundamentally different transmission modes and an individually programmable setup.

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“Sensual as a coupé – visionary as an SUV,” is the succinct choice of words used by Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Mercedes-Benz, to describe the physiognomy of the Concept Coupé SUV. The four-door, all-wheel drive Coupé has a length of almost five metres, and an imposing width of a good two metres thanks to its broad shoulders and flared wheel arches. At the same time it has a modest height of around 1.75 metres, exhibiting the flat, extended roofline that is typical of a sports coupé. “The Concept Coupé SUV stands out thanks to its extreme proportions and in doing so interprets our hallmark Mercedes coupé design idiom perfectly. With its superior sportiness it conveys a sense of modern luxury and aesthetic aspirations of sensual clarity”, continues Gorden Wagener. Like the recessed door handles, frameless side windows blend perfectly into the vehicle flanks to accentuate the coupé-like character even
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In line with a tradition and like all recent study vehicles, the Concept Coupé SUV is painted in the “ALU-BEAM” paint finish, which is also reminiscent of the technically ground-breaking Silver Arrows of the 1930s and 1950s.
The upright sports grille with single louvre, framed by the three-dimensionally designed modern, all-LED Multibeam headlamps, is the major feature of the front end with its short, stylish overhang. Soft cubes dominate the grille insert, and the forward-sloping bonnet with its typical Mercedes power domes underlines the membership of the Concept Coupé SUVin the line-up of particularly sporty Mercedes-Benz models. A discreet reference to the SUV genes of this study is provided by the harmoniously integrated, illuminated side sills, which are reminiscent of the running boards found on classic SUVs or off-roaders. Indicators have always pointed the way in the best sense of the word, however in the Concept Coupé SUVthey take on a new form. The direction indicators operate with a moving digital light band whose lighting elements light up sequentially from inside to outside, indicating the change in direction in two ways.
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Elegant rear end: in the style of the S-Class Coupé
The coupé-like nature of the Concept Coupé SUV is also emphasised by the design of the rear end with its obvious elements of the design line first presented with the S-Class Coupé, which will be followed by all coupé models from Mercedes-Benz in future. The styling characteristics of this include the slim band of rear lights with their ruby-like, three-dimensional look and the registration plate now incorporated into the rear bumper. Another feature that has for generations distinguished the large coupé models from Mercedes-Benz is the typical shape of the rear window which is rounded off at the top. A discreet SUV reference is made by the simulated underguard into which the tailpipes of the dual-flow exhaust system are integrated. Polished aluminium predominates here, as on the integral door handles, the side sills, the front air intakes and the edging of the greenhouse.
Wide, flush-fitted 22-inch wheels with tyres in size 305/45 R 22 make the vehicle sit squarely on the road, and leave no doubt about the passion of the Concept Coupé SUV: at very first glance this trailblazing study signals its sporty, dynamic ambitions.
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Haute Couture: the Mercedes-Benz coupé range
Developing and creating new model families and vehicle classes has traditionally been one of the strengths of Mercedes-Benz, the inventor of the automobile. This is particularly obvious in the history of its coupés, and most especially in the very recent past. Models such as the four-door Coupés or the Shooting Brakes in the CLS-Class have not only created completely new vehicle classes, but have also had a lasting influence on the model policies of different manufacturers, found numerous imitators and proved to be an outstanding sales success. The same can be said of the CLA-Class, which has been able to transfer the success of the CLS into the compact class and is also extraordinarily popular with customers. With the Concept Coupé SUV, Mercedes-Benz is now taking a similar approach. The study follows this coupé theme within the SUV sector consistently and demonstrates how a four-door, all-wheel drive series production coupé might look.
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Concept Coupé SUV – pilot project for new SUV worlds
As a compact all-rounder, the GLA has already translated the suggestion of a coupé-like design idiom into an SUV format, thereby giving indications of a new SUV line from Mercedes-Benz which the Concept Coupé SUV now fully brings to perfection. With this concept car, Mercedes-Benz is announcing the possible expansion of the previously uniform SUV off-roader family: The Concept Coupé SUV illustrates the possibilities of a more sporty and dynamic “on-road line”.The model families of the GLA, GLK, M, GL and G-Class stand for a versatile and superior “off-road line”.

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The eGarage Hashtag http://egarage.com/current-interests/egarage-hashtag/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=egarage-hashtag http://egarage.com/current-interests/egarage-hashtag/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:19:20 +0000 http://www.egarage.com/?p=12416 We love the worldwide perspective of the eGarage hashtag and the reach Instagram offers. It proves automotive passion is on every continent and is thriving. As we recently shuffled our way through over 50,000 eGarage hashtags, it's clear we've done a decent job spreading the automotive passion. eGarage Hashtag

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The smartphone has changed the perspective of photography.  Today, almost anywhere in the world, we will find a cellphone with its focus upon a moment of time. It’s incredible how an individual cellphone’s 8-megapixel camera can carry with it a perspective that can grow Instagram accounts to 400k or 2.4m followers…quickly. It could be argued that Instagram has watered down a profession that was once time dependent and precise.

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Traveling with a bulk of photography equipment tends to generate serious questions about photography. A commonly asked question is what damage, if any, has Instagram done to photographers? Why are people lugging around all that equipment, to produce an image that will have significantly less reach than the single image Justin Bieber’s social media account manager posted today?

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The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You. This is a tip from Chase Jarvis. It’s simple and proven. Perspective is what allows photography continue to evolve. It doesn’t matter what fancy equipment, tools, or post production you are working with. As photographers, we must continue to differentiate ourselves by expanding our perspective. This is what drives eGarage, we have an uncontrollable urge to create an automotive perspective that’s unique to us.

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eGarage loves the worldwide perspective of the #eGarage hashtag and the reach Instagram offers. It proves automotive passion is on every continent and is thriving. As we recently shuffled our way through over 50,000 eGarage hashtags, it’s clear we’ve done a decent job spreading the automotive passion. We found some fans that, while they only publish a few automotive images, they tag them #eGarage. Thankfully, we have a handful of repetitive #eGarage contributors, and many fantastic Instagram photographers using our hashtag.

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eGarage wants to continue evolving the perspective. Our fans help us keep the #eGarage alive and creative. So keep up the #eGarage #eGarage #eGarage

Here is a shoutout to our favorite eGarage hashtag images captured by our fans:

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2014 Formula Drift Long Beach http://egarage.com/motorsports/2014-formula-drift-long-beach/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2014-formula-drift-long-beach http://egarage.com/motorsports/2014-formula-drift-long-beach/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:29:17 +0000 http://www.egarage.com/?p=12825 Formula Drift Long Beach - the 2014 season opener. I personally think it's the toughest course of the year. Its a mayhem of concrete and tire walls. It's a great road course for racing but for drifting it becomes an alley of distraction.

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Words and Photos: Alex Bucur

Formula Drift Long Beach – the 2014 season opener. I personally think it’s the toughest course of the year. Its a mayhem of concrete and tire walls. It’s a great road course for racing but for drifting it becomes an alley of distraction. Both rookies and seasoned drivers have a hard time here. Nothing scarier then heading sideways at a wall approaching triple digit speeds.

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He knows he has to be better then everyone – it’s in his blood.

FRF 1219 2014 Formula Drift Long BeachMichael Essa is last year’s champ and he will make everyone know it

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The Norwegian Hammer was on point all weekend.

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Ken Gushi on the other hand was turning rubber into smoke. His Greddy power house Scion FRS was a driving science experiment.

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Jr’s RTR Mustang sounded and looked amazing.

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Aasbo’s TC photographed so well. Loved watching the colors pop in my camera.

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Nate Hamilton was my favorite. He shows that hard work and determination really pays off.

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This shows how fast your luck can change at Long Beach. The photo above is from the same set. One minute you’re in control the next you’re not. Nonetheless Nate’s still my favorite. Keep it up buddy.

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Another crowd pleaser here at Long Beach is JTP. His entries this weekend caught a lot of drivers off guard.

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Tyler McQuarrie patiently waiting in line to shoot down the straight

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The wrap on Denofa’s E46 was cool. You can always tell which drivers came from the streets.

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Ken Gushi smoking out Illest teammate Dai Yoshihara. Even though the cars look alike, they are two different animals.

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Chris Forsberg was the winner of the event, which was perfect as he celebrated his birthday right after the event.

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Ken Gushi again. Don’t stay behind this guy.

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The empty track.

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Dai Yoshihara’s car sounded crazy with its turbo charged V8.

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Drivers battled their way through the ranks.

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Michael Essa did not forget he is champ. He held on strong to his title.

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The stands are always packed here at FD. Who’s going to Road Atlanta?

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Handmade in Los Angeles http://egarage.com/videos/icon-handmade-in-los-angeles/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=icon-handmade-in-los-angeles http://egarage.com/videos/icon-handmade-in-los-angeles/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:39:23 +0000 http://www.egarage.com/?post_type=videos&p=12818 Over the years, eGarage has gotten to know Jonathan Ward; owner and lead designer of ICON. He is a family man, a teacher, a student, a humanitarian, and a friend. In this feature, Jonathan talks about the ICON brand as a whole. He opens up and shares his passion for classic styling, modern performance, and […]

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Over the years, eGarage has gotten to know Jonathan Ward; owner and lead designer of ICON. He is a family man, a teacher, a student, a humanitarian, and a friend. In this feature, Jonathan talks about the ICON brand as a whole. He opens up and shares his passion for classic styling, modern performance, and timeless utility.

• LINK to watch video : The Derelicts by ICON 

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Tesla Model S - The Ultimate Sports Car http://egarage.com/car-profiles/tesla-model-s-ultimate-sports-car/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tesla-model-s-ultimate-sports-car http://egarage.com/car-profiles/tesla-model-s-ultimate-sports-car/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:41:11 +0000 http://www.egarage.com/?p=12652 It's something that can only be described once you drive the Tesla Model S. Exhilarating, inspiring, thought provoking, and you just feel good, both from a philosophical and physical standpoint, driving the car.

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Words: Teslarati | Photos: Alex Bucur

Our goal racing the Tesla MS is to prove that an electric car (Tesla in specific) can perform just as well as any gasoline powered car, if not better. We’re able to drive to and from the track instead of being trailered, refuel by recharging in between sessions, be competitive with gasoline cars in the same class, and do this time after time with 100% reliability especially as there’s hardly any mechanical parts in a Tesla.

FRF 0471 Tesla Model S   The Ultimate Sports Car We want to inspire tuners, race organizations and large sanctioning bodies to invest more R&D + Marketing dollars to grow this new EV racing category which we wholeheartedly believe will replace its gas counterpart one day!

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The MS does exceptionally well for the first couple of laps while the battery is fresh and components are cool. It has fantastic acceleration, excellent handling and supercar style braking with no brake fade since regenerative braking handles a lot of the deceleration. We use 265/20 R1s which provides sufficient grip, but provides just enough drift to make for a very fun driving experience.

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After a couple of laps, electronically controlled power limitation kicks in and cuts acceleration by x%, presumably as a way to guard against overheating of the electric motor. Due to the format of open track racing which is based on best lap times, we can stay competitive in the upper middle of the Intermediate group.

FRF 0477 Tesla Model S   The Ultimate Sports Car For example, at Willow Springs, our best lap time was 1:45, ranking #7 out of 26 cars in the group, with the fastest car being 1:38 and the slowest – 1:54. Once power limitation takes effect, the MS goes from being one of the fastest to one of the slowest cars on the track, losing as much as 10 seconds per lap.

FRF 0476 Tesla Model S   The Ultimate Sports Car Sunday March 30th was our second time at Willow Springs Raceway. It’s been 3 months since our first time here, and in between we’ve raced on several other tracks, ButtonWillow, Chuckwalla, the Streets of Willow, and Fontana Auto Club Raceway. But none were as much fun as the Big Willow track.

48 Tesla Auto Club Speedway 1 Tesla Model S   The Ultimate Sports Car 48 Tesla Auto Club Speedway 4 Tesla Model S   The Ultimate Sports Car The Tesla Model S was made for this track ! It has high enough sustained speeds and wide enough turns to fit MS style perfectly. Our best lap time improved significantly from the first time we were here, from 1:56 to 1:45. Check out our brand new video from Willow Springs (Big Willow): http://youtu.be/SFbt4NBkY5s

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Power consumption and recharging is one of the biggest challenges. While the car has a range and relative power consumption similar to gasoline cars, “refilling” takes a lot longer since we’re forced to use a traditional 50 amp RV plug which charges 100x slower than the Tesla Supercharger. Clearly, this will no longer be an issue once EV racing becomes more mainstream and the battery charging / swapping technology and infrastructure evolves.

FRF 0472 Tesla Model S   The Ultimate Sports Car The MS is rated for 260 miles of conservative driving, but on a track it eats about 4 rated miles of range per actual mile. Meaning the effective range on a track is about 70 miles, which translates into 20 to 30 laps on a single charge. Recharging available at or near the tracks via 220v outlets is at about 28 miles per hour of charge, which can add 100 rated miles of range back, enough for 10 more laps.

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One of the best things about the Tesla compared to a gasoline car is that not a lot can break. Outside of tires and suspension, not a lot of stress is being put on the car. It does not have an engine or transmission which usually takes most of the beating in racing. Mechanical car components can overheat due to friction which the MS doesn’t have to worry too much about.

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However, the MS does require thermal management for both the battery and the drive train which it manages through software. As battery nano-technology becomes more advanced and produces less heat under draw and a more robust cooling system is in place for the electric motor, we wouldn’t be surprised if this 4600lb, 7 passenger sedan can compete with the best track-ready cars out there.

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Vlad from Teslarati and driver of Car #48:
Off the track, MS is one of the best cars one could wish for. Quiet and nimble, with plenty of horse power and torque, has one of best aerodynamic properties, the safest passenger car ever built, and quite simply a really fun car to drive. It’s purely electric and does not use gasoline. For the same amount of driving compared with my previous Mercedes car, $200 per month in gas translated into approximately $40 per month increase in the electric bill. On top of that you can use Tesla superchargers, which are free. The car practically has no maintenance such as oil changes. Much of the car is controlled via software, and many of the updates are downloaded over the air.

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I grew up as a motor head (Gene from Teslarati speaking) and have owned and raced cars ranging from Turbocharged E36 M3s, E90 M5, Porsche 996 GT3 to the latest R35 Nissan GTR. Despite having experienced some of the most awesome feats of engineering out there, the fundamentals behind it all was the same – gas burning, valve slapping, piston pumping, crank spinning power. It’s loud, it’s powerful … and dare I say, it’s an extension of a root that has grown for the last 100 years since the days of Henry Ford.

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There’s something completely remarkable when it comes to driving an electric vehicle and Tesla clearly leads in this category. It’s something that can only be described once you drive it. Exhilarating, inspiring, thought provoking, and you just feel good, both from a philosophical and physical standpoint, driving the car.

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Skoty Chops http://egarage.com/videos/skoty-chops/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=skoty-chops http://egarage.com/videos/skoty-chops/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:37:38 +0000 http://www.egarage.com/?post_type=videos&p=12632 Skoty Chops is self taught and self driven. Skoty has had his hands on hotrods, muscle cars, and low riders for over 2/3rds of his life. From starting with humble beginnings to now owning his own shop, Skoty Chops invited eGarage in to help him tell his story.

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Skoty Chops is self taught and self driven. Skoty has had his hands on hotrods, muscle cars, and low riders for over 2/3rds of his life. From starting with humble beginnings to now owning his own shop, Skoty Chops invited eGarage in to help him tell his story.

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LaFerrari and Enzo http://egarage.com/car-profiles/laferrari-and-enzo/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=laferrari-and-enzo http://egarage.com/car-profiles/laferrari-and-enzo/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:45:44 +0000 http://www.egarage.com/?p=12605 Our beloved Monaco photographer Raphaël Belly sets his lens upon the LaFerrari and the Ferrari Enzo. The beautiful scenery of Monaco makes the perfect backdrop for these two Italian supercars.

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Words|Photos: Raphael Belly

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For YouTubers the holy grail is to get a ride in a Supercar. And for car spotters it’s to get a photoshoot of a Supercar.

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Honestly, as a frequent spotter the opportunities are rare. Even though I am in Monaco, a magical place for any car enthusiast, setting up a photoshoot is not as easy as it seems.

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First you have to get in touch with the owner. Sometimes he contacts you but normally you have to find a way to contact him. There is not a typical way to make a photoshoot, but you always need some basic components. It’s like a cooking recipe: take a bit of luck, add some hazard, mix it with organization and good communication and you’ll have your photoshoot.

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When a friend tells you that he managed to bring a grey Enzo in addition to the red LaFerrari that was planned first…well, it’s impossible to screw up this recipe. A LaFerrari AND Enzo!

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This particular Enzo is quite well known in Monaco as it is often driving around town and usually parked in front of Monaco nightclubs. Moreover it is one of only a few Argento Nurburgring factory painted Enzo and it screams like you never heard thanks to its straight pipes.

Just listen to this sound

At this time, the LaFerrari is one of 6 LaFerraris with Monaco plates. And this particular example is the first arrived and delivered in Monaco and one the first LaFerrari spotted with customer plates in the World (it was first spotted for the first time at the beginning of December 2013).

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It was a great opportunity to put the two cars together and to compare them. The owners enjoyed the photoshoot and spoke together a lot about their cars even if the main purpose for the shoot was the new LaFerrari – the latest weapon from Maranello.

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Maybe the Enzo owner got convinced to buy a grey LaFerrari! And you, will you buy the latest from Ferrari – the full of technology LaFerrari or the classic, mythical, and iconic Ferrari Enzo ?

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Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car http://egarage.com/current-interests/optima-search-for-the-ultimate-street-car/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=optima-search-for-the-ultimate-street-car http://egarage.com/current-interests/optima-search-for-the-ultimate-street-car/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:27:11 +0000 http://www.egarage.com/?p=12587 The first OPTIMA Search for the Ultimate Street Car and USCA-sanctioned event of the year saw a full field entrants enjoy more time behind the wheel than drivers get at almost any other driving event, with competitors making nearly 900 autocross/speed stop laps and over 1,400 laps on the track.

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The first USCA-sanctioned event goes smoothly with over 2,000 laps, competitors from across North America and dozens of new friendships as the best American, Japanese and European performance street cars battled in Monterey, CA for top honors and a spot in the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational.

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Grafton, WI (March, 2014) – The “Corkscrew” at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is perhaps the most famous corner in motorsports and has seen everything from modern production-based and prototype race cars to historic vintage racers clip its apexes.

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This past weekend, OPTIMA’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car Qualifying Series, sanctioned by the Ultimate Street Car Association, added performance street cars to that list when they brought together driving enthusiasts to participate in a three day event at the famous track that focused on safety, education and fun.

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Created for real street cars, this event tested every facet of a vehicle’s performance and gave the owners their first shot at earning a spot in the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational scheduled to begin the day after SEMA in Las Vegas, NV.

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The first OPTIMA Search for the Ultimate Street Car and USCA-sanctioned event of the year saw a full field entrants enjoy more time behind the wheel than drivers get at almost any other driving event, with competitors making nearly 900 autocross/speed stop laps and over 1,400 laps on the track. The event kicked off on Friday with a 60-mile Road Rally presented by Detroit Speed & Engineering that took participants through historic Cannery row and along some of the most beautiful coastline California has to offer.

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The Road Rally ended at the host hotel with the Holley Welcome Party and Cruise-In where six decades of street cars from the 1950s to present were represented. Saturday’s events included the Ridetech Street Challenge Autocross and the Wilwood Disc Brakes Speed Stop Challenge while judging for the Lingenfelter Performance Design & Engineering Challenge took place throughout the day. The final day of the event on Sunday was dedicated solely to the BFGoodrich Hot Lap Challenge road course segment where the three run groups made a total of 1,422 laps before the end of the day.

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Taking top honors at the inaugural event were Mike Maier and his 1966 Mustang in the GT3K class, Mark Frazier and his 1971 Datsun 240Z in the GT2K class, and in an unexpected tie, Ricky Kwan and his 2012 Nissan GT-R, and Betim Barisha and his 2011 Porsche 911 in the AWD class. These drivers put together a solid, consistent performance throughout the weekend to earn their spots in the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational taking place in November immediately following the SEMA Show. Taking home the K&N Spirit of the Event Award and the 5th spot in the Invitational was Martin Pond, whose 1980 Ford Fairmont captured the attention of the judges for best embodying the spirit of having fun in your street car.

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“We are extremely happy with how well this event went,” said USCA Co-Founder Jimi Day. “We had a great group of enthusiasts and a very diverse field of cars. The participants enjoyed more time behind the wheel than you would get at just about any other high performance driving event. Everyone had fun and the five Jet-Hot driving instructors were busy all day teaching everyone how to be safer and faster in their cars. With this event now officially under our belts we are looking forward to the rest of the season and our upcoming events at Texas Motor Speedway and Daytona International Raceway.”

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Ferrari Land http://egarage.com/current-interests/ferrari-land/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ferrari-land http://egarage.com/current-interests/ferrari-land/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:53:42 +0000 http://www.egarage.com/?p=12567 If you need another reason to visit Spain then Ferrari is here to help. Ferrari Land Spain is set to open in 2016 and spans 75,000 square metres just outside Barcelona. Prancing Horse enthusiasts of all ages, including Europe’s highest and fastest vertical accelerator.

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PortAventura Entertainment S.A.U., a subsidiary of Investindustrial, has signed a licensing agreement with Ferrari to build Ferrari Land, a new Prancing Horse theme park, inside the PortAventura resort and theme park outside Barcelona in Spain.

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Ferrari Land will cover 75,000 square metres and include a variety of new and exciting attractions for Prancing Horse enthusiasts of all ages, including Europe’s highest and fastest vertical accelerator. An opportunity for the whole family to experience and discover the world of Ferrari.

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More good news is that the first Ferrari-themed hotel is also to be built inside PortAventura and will be a luxury five-star establishment with 250 rooms, restaurants and a driving simulator.

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The project will involve an overall investment of 100 million euro and the Ferrari theme park itself officially opens in 2016. PortAventura already welcomes 4,000,000 visitors a year, of whom 50% come from outside Spain.

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