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, 30 Jul 2014 00:05:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 NHRA Nationals at Pacific Raceways http://egarage.com/videos/nhra-nationals-pacific-raceways/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nhra-nationals-pacific-raceways http://egarage.com/videos/nhra-nationals-pacific-raceways/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:04:19 +0000 http://egarage.com/?post_type=videos&p=13821 eGarage attended the NHRA Nationals at Pacific Raceways last year and shot this short to give you a look and feel into what makes this event so special in the Pacific Northwest.

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Audi RS 7: Shifting Paradigms http://egarage.com/car-profiles/audi-rs-7-shifting-paradigms/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=audi-rs-7-shifting-paradigms http://egarage.com/car-profiles/audi-rs-7-shifting-paradigms/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:06:01 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=13795 Fellow Audi owners walked and struck up a conversation about the car. Others rolled down their windows in traffic to ask questions. The Audi RS 7 stands out in a city filled with average commuter cars.

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Words and Photos: Michael Juergens from Quattroworld

Many people dream of the open road, but they are stuck forever in traffic. I didn’t have the freedom of empty Nevada highways. My daily commute restricts me to Boston traffic. This slow, deliberate time allowed me to get a feeling for the car in an everyday setting.

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Sitting in traffic with the RS 7 certainly allowed for some time to reflect. The seats are comfortable, and they provide just the right amount of support whether I was sitting in traffic or driving spiritedly. Pulling the gear selector back and moving into drive (instead of “sport”) makes maneuvering through the traffic a bit easier as the car is less jumpy. There’s still plenty of power available but moving back to drive mode smoothed out the throttle response, as it doesn’t react as quickly to inputs. The steering is sharp and variable as the steering effort reduces the slower the car is moving. Maneuvering in and out parking spaces takes minimal effort. But yet, you are constantly reminded of how wide the car is. The around view camera system certainly helps and is worth its weight in gold when trying to maneuver through tight streets and cramped parking garages.

IMG 0389 Audi RS 7: Shifting Paradigms The bright Misano Red paint job and its hellish exhaust stands out. “I’ve never heard an Audi that sounds like this” was a common remark during my five days with the RS 7. Fellow Audi owners walked and struck up a conversation about the car. Others rolled down their windows in traffic to ask questions. The RS 7 stands out in a city filled with average commuter cars.

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The RS 7 has an exhaust note like no other Audi. It pairs well with the 560HP 4.0 TFSI V8. Pressing the start button on the center console brings the car to life with a mighty roar. The tachometer and speedometer needles sweep their limits, the navigation screen slides into position, the Bang & Olufsen tweeters rise out of the dash and the steering wheel lowers to meet your hands. After a choreographed dance, the RS 7 is alive.

IMG 0469 Audi RS 7: Shifting Paradigms Selecting dynamic mode from the MMI drive select screen transforms the RS 7 into a Misano Red demon. One blip of the throttle greets you with a raspy roar and two loud pops in what former Quattro GmbH boss Francisus Van Meel described as “just a slight misunderstanding between the injection and ignition.” The raspy roar and backfires are integral to the visceral life of the RS 7.

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When releasing throttle input, the car greets you with two pops. When slowing down to a red light, the engine and transmission rev match and let out two more loud pops. When accelerating in manual mode the transmission holds first gear into redline with the mild rasp growing deeper until you click the upshift paddle. The lightning quick  upshifts produce two more pops as the car rockets off. There’s a theme here.

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You can switch the RS 7 to comfort mode and instantly quiet the exhaust and soften the ride. But why would you? In even its extreme performance it’s still just so easy to drive. You could equate this to your uptight, well-educated friend who often transforms into the life of the party after a couple of drinks. The RS 7 will transform with the twist of the MMI selector.

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Pushing the RS 7 deep into a tight turn rewards you with a smooth turn in and mountains of grip. The RS 7′s locking center-differential, the rear sport differential, and the air suspension all work together allowing you to push the car to the edge of your comfort zone. This car forced me to redefine my definition of fast. It’s a bit incomprehensible just how fast it is. Though, even with 560HP, the RS 7 is still a car I’d consider to be easy to drive. Is it a car you bring to the autocross course? Sure, would I? No, I’d leave that to the TT or R8. It’s a car that’s best suited for everyday life.

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On the highway, the sense of speed is even further removed, and the car floats along Boston’s winter-ravaged highways. While set in comfort mode, the air suspension softens and absorbs bumps effortlessly.

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How was the fuel economy? My average in city driving was around 12MPG with the lowest observed being 6MPG and the highest 22MPG. The highest is due to the cylinder deactivation that occurs at highway speeds. Four of the eight cylinders deactivate and Audi employs active motor mounts and in cabin microphones and speakers to work to cancel out the noise of the 4-cylinder. There was no indication of when the car was operating in 4-cylinder mode. When you needed the power to merge or switch lanes it was always there.

IMG 0848 Audi RS 7: Shifting Paradigms This particular RS 7s options total to $122,545. Included in that is a myriad of safety features. The heads up display project your speed, lane assist, and navigation information on the front window. Though, with my polarizing sunglasses it was a bit difficult to read. There’s also an infrared camera with the pedestrian detection, which locks onto wayward people as they stumble into the busy Boston streets without a care. The adaptive cruise control with an automatic braking system takes some pain out of highway trips in stop and go traffic.

IMG 0299 Audi RS 7: Shifting ParadigmsThe Audi RS 7 is a remarkably powerful car that will force you to redefine what you thought was fast. But fast isn’t its only strong trait. It’s also extremely luxurious and you can dial it back from a demon to mild. It’s the perfect ride from the financial district office to the golf course in the suburbs for you and your three closest friends. You can be safe knowing that you can trudge along in traffic 364 days of the year, knowing that on your next country drive you can open it up and fall in love all over again.

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Pit Stop Top Car 2014 http://egarage.com/events/pit-stop-top-car-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pit-stop-top-car-2014 http://egarage.com/events/pit-stop-top-car-2014/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:17:36 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=13755 Pit Stop Top Cars is not a simple gathering of cars, it is an all inclusive event through 3 days, several Italian cities, with many events and features. Overall, 50 cars are participating, including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche, Lancia, etc.

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Words and Photos: Raphael Belly

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It all started with a simple private message on my Facebook page from a guy named Alberto Deninotti. He explained to me the event’s plan and asked me to come to cover it with photos. We met later during Top Marques Monaco and the organizers gave me some clarification and we decided to work together.

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My first contact in Italy was the Buttieri Giuseppe Camere Agriculturitiche in Cherasco. A very charming farm that has been turned half into bed and breakfast. The other half is still a true farm, with a horse grazing on weed and hay. But what I found in front of the horse under a covered playground, a tractor, which seemed standard. But we are in Italy and I smiled when I got closer and saw the Lamborghini logos on it! A Lamborghini tractor! There was even a plate like on the cars, specifying the model, chassis etc. It was a Lamborghini 1050/DT. Obviously, as a true Italian, our kind innkeeper Giuseppe Buttieri had to have a horse and a bull!

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My girlfriend asked me since when did Lamborghini make tractors because she has never seen one before. In the Monaco streets it’s not very useful or trendy! (Laughs). The brand Lamborghini was born in 1949 as a tractor factory, named Lamborghini Trattori SpA. The story goes that Ferruccio Lamborghini (Lamborghini founder) had owned cars from Osca, Maserati and Ferrari and that he was disappointed with the mechanics (engine and clutch). One day he decided to go to Ferrari factory that wasn’t far, to meet Enzo Ferrari to speak about these problems. But instead of welcoming him Enzo Ferrari simply dismissed him saying him he had no time for a tractor factory, to leave Ferrari making sport cars and to stay with his tractors. It was after this dig that Ferruccio decided to make his own car with his own V12 engine to show Enzo Ferrari that he was wrong.

Digression done, Pit Stop Top Cars is not a simple gathering of cars, it is an all inclusive event through 3 days, several Italian cities, with many events and features. All has been set up by four people : Giovanna Bertola, Giovanni Sobrero, Alberto Deninotti, Enrico Allocco.

Giovanna Bertola told me that they have been planning this event since August 2013! “We did the 2013 Pit Stop Top Car Event in July 2013 and the next month we were already starting to work to set up the 2014 event. This is the first time we are gathering so many cars (this year we are 50 cars). There is a lot of work and things to manage with the participants, hotels, restaurants, etc. And the phone never stops ringing. Due to the large amount of cars, we had to choose a route with less red lights and intersections so as not to break our convoy. It’s a lot of work but we are happy to do it, we do it because of passion”.

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And I must admit that the organization was impressive : when the cars was moving from one place to another there were bikers and two safety cars (Pit Stop entrants too) by the roundabout who were stopping other cars to let the Pit Stop cars drive without interruption, all was made possible thanks to the agreement with the local authorities.

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Alberto Deninotti, with whom I spent a lot of time described the event, “Pit Stop Top Cars Events was made possible thanks to my dear friends Giovanna Bertola, Giovanni Sobrero, Enrico Allocco, and me. The first two are Swiss and did their best to bring Swiss cars into Italy while Enrico and I manage all the meetings in Italy with the authorities, the collaborations and the legal processes. This year, we have created a three day event in which we cross a lot of cities, happy hours offered by lounge bars, kart racing, dinners in each cities, etc. We chose Savigliano because the location called Piazza Santarosa offers us a beautiful place to display the cars, and the promenade of Alassio because the city is very elegant and a refined location in Liguria.”

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Overall, 50 cars are participating in the 3 day event, including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche, Lancia, etc. On the first day, the cars were displayed on Parco Collodi in Marene, Italy, and moved to Piazza Santarosa, Savigliano. The special guest of the night in Savigliano is the completely restored 1958 Lancia Aurelia B24 Convertible.

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The next day, Saturday, the cars drove from Marene to Busca to have some fun in a kart session and then on to Montezemolo (the city where Lucas Di Montezemolo, Ferrari & Fiat CEO, is originally from) to have lunch.

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The 50 cars were finally displayed on Sunday in Alassio, a charming city in front of the sea. In Alassio the Pit Stop group presented, together with designer Simone Porta , a 1:5 scale model of the Maserati “Alfieri”, which was created by and realized by the students of the CEMI (Centro Europeo Modellismo Industriale) of Savigliano during the academic year 2012/2013.

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It was an opportunity to exchange words with the designer, Simone Porta, on his project.

“This is a labour of love. Cars have always been my great passion since I was a child and now the Alfieri is my dream that has come true – to create a fully bespoke hyper-car!

This project started as the realization of a passion and as a very great tribute to Maserati for its 100 years but it became immediately a business project because it is closely linked to the country in which this car was born – Italy. Italy has always represented the car body and the car design all around the world, so the decision to create a limited edition hyper-car or one-off is also to emphasize the ‘Genius Loci’.

In other words if you want an exclusive, handcrafted, high performing and most of all emotional and glamour car you have to buy an Italian one!

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At this moment we’ve realized the 1:5 scale model (length of one meter). Our target is to make at first a real one-off then a very limited edition of maximum 14 cars, each one fully bespoke and marked with an recognizable label and registered on a dedicated register, for hyper-car lovers or collectors. This is a really excellent new project, 100% designed and made in Italy, considered low in terms of quantity but very high in visibility and prestige.

Even if the project idea comes from me, it had been developed by a network of several excellent (companies/freelancers/school and research centres/homologation centres). I’ve coordinated all the activities working in strictly cooperation with CEMI (European Centre for Industrial Modeling), where I’m a teacher in Automotive Technologies. The students had to work on an existing and running object. Starting from the theoretical lessons of “Car Body Design”, they analyzed all relevant design constraints, both technical and legislative/homologation. This means understanding the difference and, at the same time, the inseparable relationship between conceptual creativity and technical feasibility. The intrinsic didactic value has been very high because the design concept has turned into a virtual model, and finally into the physical model, following all the stages of prototyping.”

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I met Gabriele Morosini who joined the event with a lovely red Ferrari 458 Speciale with gold stripe and wheels. As I’m always curious to know why people decide to participate in an event I asked him and he could share some words : “I decided to go to the event as soon as the guys of Pit Stop sent me the email to be part of the rally. I booked straight away the hotels because they are very good friend of mine and very good people.  It’s like a big family who decide to all move together. I spoke a lot with Giovanna and Giovanni and the guys at Pit Stop in the months before the event and I know what a big headache it is to organize everything. So I’d like to thank them a lot, I really enjoyed the opportunity to stay with a lot of people that share the same passion but from different countries and different ages. I have been to a lot of events in a lot of different parts of the world and this was quite unique and I liked it.”

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The last moment my girlfriend and I spent with Pit Stop guys was Sunday lunch, and I must admit we were a bit sad to be leaving behind the so many people that were so kind. Italy has an immense sense of hospitality. That’s why I’d like to thank again all the Pit Stop staff : Giovanna Bertola, Giovanni Sobrero, Enrico Allocco, Alberto Deninotti, but also all the other people linked to this event : their families and friends who welcomed us so kindly.

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Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe http://egarage.com/current-interests/mercedes-benz-s65-amg-coupe/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mercedes-benz-s65-amg-coupe http://egarage.com/current-interests/mercedes-benz-s65-amg-coupe/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:52:38 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=13732 Mercedes-Benz today announced the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe. A biturbo V12 pushing 630hp and propelling the S65 Coupe AMG to 0-60 in 4.1s. The S65 AMG coupe joins the ranks of the S65, SL65, and G65 AMG which all share the biturbo engine.

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14C598 068 Mercedes Benz S65 AMG Coupe

Affalterbach.  The S 65 AMG Coupé is the new twelve-cylinder top-of-the-range model in the S-Class Coupé series. Unique drive comfort, benchmark performance and exquisite appointments are all hallmarks of this two-door vehicle. The irresistible contours of the V12 Coupé are accentuated by a host of expressive design elements in high-sheen chrome. The AMG 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine, with an output of 630 hp and 1000 newton metres of torque, is unique in its segment, as is the AMG sports suspension, based on MAGIC BODY CONTROL with curve tilting function and ROAD SURFACE SCAN.

Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “There are AMG fans for whom our V12 biturbo engine is the measure of all things. For this clientele we have developed a unique car in the form of the new S 65 AMG Coupé. From driving dynamics to comfort and equipment – our new twelve-cylinder coupé surpasses even the highest of expectations.”

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Mercedes-AMG’s unique range and long V12 tradition

Coupé, Saloon, Roadster and Off-roader: following the S 65 AMG, the SL 65 AMG and the G 65 AMG, the new S 65 AMG Coupé is the fourth AMG high-performance car with a V12 engine. No other car manufacturer in the world offers such a wide portfolio of twelve-cylinder vehicles as Mercedes-AMG. Back in 2003 the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz presented a coupé with a powerful V12 biturbo engine in the form of the CL 65 AMG (C215 model series). Its successor, the CL 65 AMG (C216 model series) was available between 2007 and 2014 and was the direct predecessor to the new S 65 AMG Coupé.

Twelve-cylinder engines are still considered the pinnacle of engine design. Among connoisseurs the AMG 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine in particular is seen as an outstanding example of its type. Open the bonnet of the S 65 AMG Coupé, and it is immediately obvious why: the exclusive carbon fibre/aluminium engine cover is synonymous with the exceptional strengths of the V12 engine, built in Affalterbach according to the “one man, one engine” principle. Apart from serving as an AMG hallmark confirming superlative precision and production quality, the AMG engine plate bearing the engine technician’s signature is also a clear testament to the peerless DNA of Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance brand.

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A sensational drive and effortlessly superior performance

The AMG V12 delivers a peak output of 630 hp and a maximum torque of 1000 newton metres – resulting in effortlessly superior performance: the S 65 AMG Coupé accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited). In other respects too the AMG 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine assures a sensational drive: stylish drive comfort, tremendous pulling power and effortless power delivery in all speed ranges are coupled with refined engine running characteristics and the distinctive typical sound of the AMG V12.

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A glance at the consumption and emissions figures shows that the AMG V12 is fit for the future: with fuel consumption of 23.7 mpg (equivalent to 279 g/km CO2), the S 65 AMG Coupé is significantly more economical than all of its rivals. The twelve-cylinder top-of-the-range model complies with the EU6 emissions standard.

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Power transmission with three individual driving modes

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC is responsible for transmitting power to the rear axle. The transmission offers three individual modes: the driver can choose between Controlled Efficiency (C), Sport (S) and Manual (M) by pushing a button on the centre console. Sport and Manual emphasise the vehicle’s dynamism: the ultimate emotional appeal and tangible sportiness are ensured by the brief, precisely defined cutback of ignition and injection when shifting up a gear under full load. This shortens shift times and lends an audibly more emotive tone to gearshifts. The ECO start/stop function is activated in transmission mode “C”.

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Lithium-ion battery reduces weight by over 20 kg

The S 65 AMG Coupé features a lithium-Ion battery as standard. This innovative technology offers numerous advantages over a conventional battery concept: with a capacity of 78 Ah, the lithium-ion battery replaces both the starter battery and the backup battery – resulting in a weight saving of over 20 kg.

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AMG sports suspension with curve tilting function

The AMG sports suspension based on MAGIC BODY CONTROL delivers an incomparable driving sensation. The standard combination of Active Body Control (ABC), ROAD SURFACE SCAN and curve tilting function is unique. This function allows the S 65 AMG Coupé to lean into bends in a manner similar to a motorcyclist or skier. The lateral acceleration acting on the occupants is similar to driving in a banked curve. On country roads in particular, the curve tilting function heightens motoring enjoyment and comfort. The object is not to reach higher cornering speeds, but to produce an even more pleasant motoring experience. The curve tilting function can be selected as one of three drive modes using the ABC switch; it is active in the speed range from 10 to 110 mph.

On bends the vehicle inclines automatically and continuously in fractions of a second – depending on the curve radius and vehicle speed. The innovative suspension system detects curves using both a stereo camera behind the windscreen, registering the curvature of the road up to 15 metres ahead, and an additional lateral acceleration sensor. The curve tilting function is making its debut in the S 63 AMG Coupé and S 65 AMG Coupé.

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ROAD SURFACE SCAN is a technology that can detect surface undulations in advance with the help of a stereo camera. MAGIC BODY CONTROL then adjusts the suspension in advance to suit the situation, effectively compensating for irritating chassis movement. Both suspension modes – “Comfort” and “Sport” – are also available here. In addition the AMG sports suspension on the S 65 AMG Coupé features specific elastokinematics – the driver therefore benefits from more directness with a dynamic driving style.

Speed-sensitive sports steering with variable steering ratio

The electromechanical speed-sensitive sports steeringwith variable steering ratio perfectly complements the sophisticated suspension technology: it optimises vehicle handling and agility while maintaining driving safety at high speeds. In “Comfort” suspension mode, the speed-sensitive sports steering enhances comfort by providing more steering assistance. If the “Sport” suspension setting is selected, on the other hand, the driver feels a sportily stiff level of steering assistance. The pre-programmed curves for power assistance enhancefeedback from the road surface and steering precision.

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Polished forged wheels with fully integrated wheel bolt cover

TheS 65 AMG Coupé features forged wheels in a multi-spoke design, size 8.5 x 20 at the front and 9.5 x 20 at the rear, with  255/40 R 20 and 285/35 R 20 tyres.The exclusive forged wheels of the V12 Coupé fascinate with their exceptional design which represents a contemporary interpretation of the classic sports car rims: each of the 16 spokes twists so that the light-catching contours radiate to the centre of the wheel hub. The effect: the wheel gives the impression of being even bigger.

The matchless visual superiority of the ceramically polished, high-sheen AMG forged wheels is the result of an elaborate finishing process: initial polishing is followed by manual grinding of the light-alloy wheels. Two polishing stages using different grinding pellets ensure the desired deep sheen. Having been cleaned, the wheels undergo final treatment, including sealing with clear varnish.

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As standard the forged wheels feature a high-quality, screw-on, fully integrated wheel bolt cover in forged aluminium. Its shape is reminiscent of a centre lock as seen in motorsport. The AMG lettering is incorporated into the rim as a design element. Three further forged wheels in the same format are available as optional alternatives – one design variant with a matt black finish and high-sheen rim flange.

Optional ceramic high-performance composite brake system

The AMG high-performance composite brake system features brake callipers with a grey finish. Red callipers are available as an option. A ceramic high-performance composite brake system is available as an option. The design, which is more than 20 percent lighter, ensures lower unsprung masses as well as enhanced driving dynamics, agility and ride comfort.

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Design: irresistible contours, lavishly accentuated with chrome

Supreme sportiness combined with the sensual clarity typical of Mercedes-Benz – the irresistible contours of the S 65 AMG Coupé are a captivating sight. V12-specific features include the countless design elements in high-sheen chrome at the front, sides and rear which are particularly effective in conjunction with dark paintwork: the large central Mercedes star on the front apron, the “twin blade” radiator grille, all of the air intake grilles, the trim strip on the “A-wing”, the side flics (air deflector elements) and the front splitter are chromed-trimmed. The three-dimensional front splitter reduces lift at the front axle, while the gap above the front splitter ensures an effective flow of air to the separate engine oil cooler behind it.

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At the side, the eye is drawn to the “V12 BITURBO” lettering on the wings and the high-sheen chrome inserts in the side skirts – which harmonise perfectly with the high-sheen polished forged wheels. The rear view is also memorable: the AMG sports exhaust system’s two chromed twin tailpipes in V12 design are integrated into the rear apron. Above the distinctive diffuser insert, painted in high-gloss black, the trim element forms an effective contrast: It echoes the design of the “A-wings” on the front apron and is finished in high-sheen chrome.

Interior: equipment, quality and ambience of the highest standard

The extraordinary character is also evident on the inside: the S 65 AMG Coupé welcomes its occupants with an incomparably exquisite ambience. This two-door car features the finest materials, the highest manufacturing quality and an extensive range of standard equipment. In visual terms, the interior is dominated by the sports seats. The upholstery in designo AMG Exclusive nappa leather with seat upholstery layout in a diamond-pattern design boasts  delineated perforations: the perforations deliberately avoid the areas where stitching features in the nappa leather. The result is exceptionally neat seams and an unrivalled impression of quality.

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Exclusively developed AMG sports seats ensure optimal long-distance comfort. Electric adjustment, memory function, seat heating and climate control are standard features. More contoured seat cushions and backrests improve lateral support when cornering at speed. High-quality AMG badges feature as standard on all four backrests, and the AMG logo is embossed on the front centre console.

Other features of the Exclusive package include the nappa leather roof liner, a leather-lined dashboard, door centre panels in a diamond-pattern design, leather-clad roof grab handles, chromed door pins and AMG stainless steel door sill panels, illuminated in white. Customers ordering designo AMG Exclusive nappa leather upholstery are able to choose between black, porcelain/espresso brown, saddle brown/black and crystal grey/black.

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New sports steering wheel in three-spoke design

The new three-spoke sports steering wheel allows perfect vehicle control. It features shift paddles, a distinctly contoured rim, trimmed with perforated leather in the grip area, and a metal insert featuring AMG lettering.

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Another typical AMG speciality is the AMG instrument cluster: information on the engine speed, vehicle speed and much more appears on two animated round dials on the 31.2 centimetre, high-resolution colour TFT display. The typography, the needles in red/silver and the “V12 BITURBO” lettering in the rev counter all have a specifically AMG look. When the driver’s door is opened, an AMG start-up screen appears on the right-hand display, while an animated S 65 AMG Coupé appears in the instrument cluster.

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Extensive standard equipment with head-up display and touchpad

The extensive range of standard equipment for the S 65 AMG Coupé includes the head-up display and the touchpad. The head-up display projects key information such as the vehicle speed, speed limits, navigation directions, traffic signs and information from DISTRONIC PLUS onto the windscreen. The visualisation of the engine speed and the current gear is exclusive to AMG. In Manual transmission mode, a coloured upshift bar and the possible gears for a manual gear change are also protected onto the windscreen. The virtual colour display, measuring 21 x 7 centimetres, appears to hover above the bonnet at a distance of around two metres from the driver. The innovative Mercedes-Benz touchpad makes it significantly easier to operate the radio, telephone and navigation system. In contrast to conventional systems, the touchpad can be used to operate all of the infotainment functions.

The input area is approximately 6.5 x 4.5 centimetres in size and is integrated into the handrest with a cover for the keypad.

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Intelligent Drive: new standards in safety

The S 65 AMG Coupé also sets new standards in terms of active and passive safety: what began with PRE-SAFE® ten years ago and continued with DISTRONIC PLUS is now leading to a new dimension in driving. Comfort and safety have merged into one. Mercedes-Benz calls this Intelligent Drive. New systems make the new S-Class Coupé even more comfortable and safe.







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Blancpain Super Trofeo at Paul Ricard http://egarage.com/events/blancpain-super-trofeo-paul-ricard/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=blancpain-super-trofeo-paul-ricard http://egarage.com/events/blancpain-super-trofeo-paul-ricard/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:29:53 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=13642 Paul Ricard HTTT racetrack in the south of France welcomes a new series of the Blancpain race weekends, incorporating Blancpain Endurance Series and Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo.

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Paul Ricard HTTT racetrack in the south of France welcomes a new series of the Blancpain race weekends, incorporating Blancpain Endurance Series and Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo. Whether it be in the paddocks or on the cars, or even on the suits & T shirts you can’t miss the watchmaker Blancpain’s logo when you hit Paul Ricard HTTT racetrack.

IMG 0101 1 Blancpain Super Trofeo at Paul RicardIMG 0320 1 Blancpain Super Trofeo at Paul RicardBlancpain, the high luxury clockwork brand is the official sponsor of the Blancpain Endurance Series since 2011, and of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo since 2009. The Blancpain Endurance Series is an European sport car championship created by SRO (Stéphane Ratel Organisation) in 2011.

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It is a very young endurance series but it has already made its mark on the racing universe with GT3 and GT4 class car such as the Nissan GTR GT3, Ferrari 458 Italia GT3, Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, Audi R8 LMS, McLaren MP4-12C GT3, and recently the new Bentley Continental GT3-R.

IMG 0319 1 Blancpain Super Trofeo at Paul RicardIMG 0169 1 Blancpain Super Trofeo at Paul RicardThe Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo makes dreams come true for the gentlemen drivers as it gives them the opportunity to race, alone or with a team, to compete behind the wheel of a Lamborghini especially made for the track.

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The base car is the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera which has been turned into a race car. All the drivers compete with the same car, the only difference is driving skills and team efficiency (race strategy, speed, etc). This year, the pit lane was off limits to photographers unless you have a full racing suit and helmet (for safety reasons during refueling).

IMG 8655 1 Blancpain Super Trofeo at Paul RicardIMG 8660 1 Blancpain Super Trofeo at Paul RicardHowever, the access was open to everyone during some specific moments. Moments that were full of intensity : before the races, the teams were training hard to be the quickest during refueling, tire changes, driver changes. This is our opportunity to see all of the people who work in the shadows to make the race possible.

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Also, the Paul Ricard staff: the race auditor, doctors, repair men, and rescue units, they are always swarming to ensure the races are safe, orderly, and trying to respect the time table planned. Last but not least, we can’t forget the grid girls who the photographers are sometimes more glued to than the cars! (Laugh).

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Ariel ACE http://egarage.com/current-interests/ariel-ace/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ariel-ace http://egarage.com/current-interests/ariel-ace/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:16:03 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=13659 Ariel Motor Company announced the launch of the latest addition to the Ariel family – the Ariel Ace motorcycle. The Ace represents the first new motorcycle from Ariel for over 50 years and builds on a history that began in 1870 making revolutionary bicycles and patenting the spoked wheel.

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Ariel Motor Company announced the launch of the latest addition to the Ariel family – the Ariel Ace motorcycle.  The Ace represents the first new motorcycle from Ariel for over 50 years and builds on a history that began in 1870 making revolutionary bicycles and patenting the spoked wheel.  More recently known for the iconic Atom, Ariel were famous throughout the last century for innovative motorcycles such as the 4 cylinder Ariel Square 4 and the 2 stroke, pressed steel frame Ariel Arrow.  The new Ace reinforces Ariel’s tradition, both old and new, of all that’s best in British innovation, performance, quality and craftsmanship.

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The new bike will be made in low volume by Ariel at their factory near Crewkerne, Somerset in quantities of between 100 – 150 motorcycles per annum alongside the Atom sports car.  Orders are now being taking for the Ace with production beginning at the start of 2015.

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The Ace builds on the long standing relationship between Ariel and Honda, that began with the Ariel Atom.  The new motorcycle features a Honda 1237cc V4 engine and drive system combining the best high and low volume engineering, materials and production values together with a bespoke build system that has never been seen before on a production motorcycle.

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The unique way that Ariel builds vehicles allows each motorcycle to be tailored and fitted to individual customer choice to give them exactly the bike they want and to personalise it to their own use and taste.  From low riding cruiser, through street and naked machines, to super sport bikes the Ace will be built to owners’ specific requirements and desires.  Adjustable footrests, brake and gear lever plus different seat heights and handlebar configurations allow the Ace to be personally fitted for each rider, whatever their size, to give the perfect riding position.  Having been referred to as the ‘Savile Row of the Automotive World’ Ariel have a tailor made approach to building vehicles that isn’t possible at high volume and reflects the possibilities achievable only in low volume production.

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This unique approach builds on motorcyclists’ great interest in individualising their machines and making them unique.  With the Ace a great number of options will be available on ordering the bike to allow each one to be built giving a personal, but carefully designed and coherent outcome.  Variants of front and rear suspension, low and high seats with pillion options, different sizes of tank, handlebars, wheels, exhausts, bodywork and more, as well as colours, finishes and materials, will form an extensive option list to ensure that each Ace motorcycle is completely unique to its owner.

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Said Simon Saunders, Director of Ariel, “Motorcyclists have a real passion for their machines.  They like them to be individual and they want them to be their bike, not just another bike identical to hundreds or thousands of others.  The usual route is to buy a standard bike and then add various aftermarket components to change the bike into what they want.  However with the Ace the uniqueness is built in as the bike is produced and each one will be as individual as its owner.”

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“The first photos show just two different possibilities of specification for the bike, but the combinations are nearly endless and we plan to continue to add further options in the future.  At Ariel once we understand what a customer wants, whatever it is, we can build the bike they need.”

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Each Ace motorcycle will be handbuilt by one Ariel technician in an individual build bay, as with the Atom sports car, giving customers an even greater degree of personal relationship with the build of their motorcycle and the person building it, to the point of being able to visit their bike in build.  Only when an Ariel technician is satisfied will the motorcycle gain his personal build plate and move on to final testing and inspection.  Said James ‘Reg’ Feiven, chief technician at Ariel and part of the Ace design team, “Nearly every Ariel employee holds a full motorcycle licence and we’re passionate about motorcycles in all their forms as well as quality.   The only pressure we have when building any Ariel, whether it’s a motorcycle or a car, is to make sure that it’s absolutely right.  And one of the best rewards we have is seeing the smile on a customers’ face when they come to collect.”

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The Ace is also upgradeable over a period of time.  Owners of Ariel Aces can return their bikes to the factory where upgrades, modifications and new options can be fitted to change a customer’s bike for different uses or to modify the specification at any time.  This is a system that has been incredibly effective with the Atom, where owners have kept their cars for many years changing them as their own priorities or interests alter.

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Designed by the in house Ariel team the Ace respects Ariel’s past while looking forward with innovative ideas and design.   The unique exterior perimeter space frame is identifiably Ariel and reflects the visible chassis of the Atom but is particular to the Ace both in material and design philosophy.  Styling of the bike picks up on both traditional values and future trends in world superbike design.  Using CAD and traditional clay modelling techniques the Ace was designed virtually and also in full size in Ariel’s own studio facility.  Said Simon Saunders, “The many combinations of components made the design phase particularly difficult as we had to ensure that any Ace works as a coherent whole.  Motorcyclists have a deep understanding of their machines and will appreciate the design, engineering and particular manufacturing techniques that have gone into the Ace. To us a machined from billet component or a piece of carbon fibre is a beautiful thing and I know that bikers feel the same way.”

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Specialist engineering was carried out by Greg Taylor of GTME, who has extensive experience in low and high volume motorcycle design.  Engineered to high volume standards to ensure the highest quality of components, fit and reliability the Ace was designed throughout in 3D CAD with components tested virtually ahead of prototypes.  Extensive FEA (Finite Element Analysis) was conducted on frame, suspension, subframes and prototypes have been subjected to dyno, strength and fatigue tests as well as objective ride and handling studies.

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Performance from the Ace has been aimed at the average rider being able to extract comfortable and consistently attainable performance from the bike, with a top speed of 165mph and 0-60mph figure of 3.4 seconds.  Mapping and fuelling is carried out to Ariel specification although overall power output remains similar to the Honda VFR at over 170bhp.  Said Simon Saunders, “We looked at an out and out, super lightweight race bike but they are already out there and are so far beyond the abilities of most riders that we took the decision to produce a really fast bike that was easy to ride and within the capabilities of most riders. Our motto is Serious Fun and those two words absolutely encapsulate what the Ace is all about.”

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Prices for the Ace aim to start at £20,000, including tax in the UK, with a comprehensive option list to allow each bike to be tailored to order.

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Father and Son RWB http://egarage.com/videos/father-son-rwb/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=father-son-rwb http://egarage.com/videos/father-son-rwb/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:55:16 +0000 http://egarage.com/?post_type=videos&p=13580 We met up with Leh Keen, a professional driver for Alex Job Racing, and his dad McGrath Keen who asked his son to commission a 993 built by Nakai of RWB. Hear why a Rauh Welt Porsche appealed to two generations of Porschephiles and see how it united this father and son in their passion.

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We met up with Leh Keen, a professional driver for Alex Job Racing, and his dad McGrath Keen who asked his son to commission a 993 built by Nakai of RWB. Hear why a Rauh Welt Porsche appealed to two generations of Porschephiles and see how it united this father and son in their passion.

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2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb http://egarage.com/current-interests/2014-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2014-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb http://egarage.com/current-interests/2014-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 05:23:14 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=13545 The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) is a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the second oldest motor sports event in the United States.

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The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) is a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the second oldest motor sports event in the United States. An annual event since 1916, 2014 marks the 92nd Running of the “Race to the Clouds” and the 98th Anniversary of this historic event.

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More Pikes Peak 2014 06 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill ClimbPikes Peak 2014 120 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill ClimbThe race is run on a 12.42 mile (19.99 kilometer) 156 turn course that begins at 9,390 feet (2,862.07 meters) above sea-level and finishes at the 14,115 foot (4,302.25 meter) Summit of spectacular; Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain. As the drivers climb toward the Summit, the thin air slows reflexes and saps muscle strength in addition to robbing internal combustion engines of up to 30% of the power they were capable of at the start line.

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Competitors and vehicles must be in top shape and condition simply to finish, let alone win. This year’s race features five divisions and seven classes of motorcycles/quads, and four divisions and eight classes of cars/trucks challenging the fully paved Pikes Peak Highway.

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There is no other race course in the world like the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. That is why it attracts race crews that are willing to spend several hundred thousand dollars and months of preparation to compete for the right to be the King of the Mountain.

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Unfortunately, the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was struck by tragedy following the death of a 54-year-old motorcycle racer. Motorcyclist Bobby Goodin, competitor #86, crashed near the summit and died of his injuries. Goodin, a 54-year-old from Flower Mound, Texas, was flown to nearby Penrose Main Hospital but eventually succumbed to his injuries. This was Goodin’s second time competing, this year he was riding a Triumph 675R in the Middleweight class.

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A joint statement between Bobby’s family and race organizers was issued and read, “Bobby left our lives while doing something that he loved, and it is the only thing that has the ability to deal with the reality of life, the acceptance of the competitors of the dangers in the race, and the heart and soul of a great athlete. He will be remembered as a fierce competitor with a driven spirit that only an athlete can understand, and as a gentle man who came to Colorado with the support and love of family, friends and those he competed against.”

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Keep chasing curves Bobby Goodin. Ride in Peace.

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McLaren 650S GT3 http://egarage.com/current-interests/mclaren-650s-gt3/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mclaren-650s-gt3 http://egarage.com/current-interests/mclaren-650s-gt3/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:24:20 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=13526 In the grounds of the famous Goodwood Estate, McLaren GT has today confirmed first details of the McLaren 650S GT3. Equipped with the latest generation of the award-winning, 3.8-litre McLaren V8 twin turbo ‘M838T’ engine. McLaren 650S GT-3

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In the grounds of the famous Goodwood Estate, McLaren GT has today confirmed first details of the McLaren 650S GT3 – the latest generation track-focused racer which will contest GT3 championships across the globe from the 2015 season. Building on the highly successful 12C GT3, which has firmly re-established McLaren at the front of the GT grid over the past three seasons, the 650S GT3 was unveiled in front of fans and the global motorsport media at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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As the 12C GT3 continues claiming trophies around the world, the 650S GT3 has big shoes to fill, but it has been designed to do just that. The menacing and purposeful-looking racer is the second-generation GT3 car from McLaren GT, the GT race car building arm of McLaren, and follows in the slipstream of the 12C GT3, now competing in its third competitive season. To date, the 12C GT3 has secured three championship titles, 51 race victories and 71 further podiums, a number that continues to rise on a weekly basis, and currently leads the highly competitive Blancpain Endurance Series and the GT Asia championship.

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Based on the recently unveiled McLaren 650S, and built around the same lightweight carbon fibre MonoCell chassis, the GT3 iteration has been honed using CFD technology and the latest in automotive and motorsport simulation to offer enhanced aerodynamics and improved levels of cooling. At the front, an aggressive splitter and larger air intakes dominate the purposeful new look, incorporating the familiar McLaren ‘face’ – albeit a more aggressive and menacing version, while on the flanks, the all-new lightweight carbon fibre bodywork wraps around reprofiled air intakes, which offer further optimised cooling. The fixed carbon fibre rear wing works in tandem with the large carbon fibre splitter to complete the management of air as it is worked across, through and beneath the sleek lines of the 650S GT3.

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The road-going version has been designed and developed to provide ‘the ultimate in driver engagement on the road’, and the 650S GT3 uses this same approach. Revised suspension geometry, wider track and updates to the overall setup provide enhanced levels of drivability, optimising engagement for the wide range of drivers competing in GT racing. In addition, the updates have been made with added emphasis on endurance racing, pulling from the learnings over the past few years, and responding to feedback from the customer teams.

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Reduced cost of ownership has been a priority during the design and development of the 650S GT3, and this has been achieved through extended component life, including increased engine and gearbox rebuild intervals, together with re-designed components and systems to reduce parts costs. Body panel design and fit have also been optimised which will not only minimise pit lane repair times but also aids weight distribution through the use of lighter components.

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Increased levels of safety and refinement for the driver

Inside the cockpit, the 650S GT3 provides improved levels safety for the driver. Protection offered by the carbon fibre MonoCell chassis is further enhanced with the addition of an FIA-approved rollcage. Redesigned and lighter than that of the 12C GT3, the 650S GT3 rollcage provides a greater degree of driver comfort, with increased leg and headroom.

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Another key area that has been optimised is the level of refinement, underlining the focus on endurance and driver engagement. As with its predecessor, the 650S GT3 is fitted with a bespoke motorsport digital dash display which sits behind the unique 650S GT3 steering wheel, inspired by the wheel design seen in the McLaren Mercedes Formula 1™ car. New to the 650S GT3 is a fully FIA-approved McLaren GT-developed race seat, fitted with a six-point race harness as standard. This seat offers increased levels of support and driver comfort through the use of bespoke moulded seat inserts.

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The layout within the cockpit has been revised to make it even more driver-focused than previously. The seat is directly mounted to the chassis, and the steering wheel and all-new motorsport pedalbox are then adjustable to bring them closer to the driver. The centre console is also developed from the latest 12C GT3 interior, reducing complexity, and features a membrane-type switch panel for ease of use. In addition to this, improvements have been made to further optimise ventilation and driver cooling.

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Award-winning technology, optimised cooling

The 650S GT3 is equipped with the latest generation of the award-winning, 3.8-litre McLaren V8 twin turbo ‘M838T’ engine. Race-prepared and including a McLaren-developed ECU offering increased functionality to incorporate turbo boost and transmission shift control, the engine is coupled to an all-new six-speed sequential motorsport transmission. The 650S GT3 produces around 500PS – the same power as the 12C GT3, which is controlled by the FIA’s Balance of Performance (BOP) regulations. Cooling is improved through larger 650S intakes within the front bumper and re-profiled side intakes. In addition to this, the gearbox oil cooler has been relocated, now incorporated into the larger side intakes, giving the rear of the car a cleaner, more aerodynamic flow.

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Race tuned with increased grip

The 650S GT3 uses an all-new race-tuned suspension system with a 52mm wider track than the 12C GT3. The front suspension also allows the fitment of the latest generation larger diameter racing tyres . In conjunction with the optimised aerodynamic package, this provides increased levels of front-end grip and steering feel on turn-in. Newly designed forged aluminium wheels (front – 12.5” x 18”, rear – 13” x 18”) are held in place with a single wheel retaining nut on motorsport axles, while a revised hub bearing assembly and extended-life suspension components are another example of a simplified service item, and reduced maintenance costs.

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Behind the new design eight-spoke wheels, and bringing the power, aerodynamics and downforce under control is a newly-developed braking system with monoblock six-piston callipers on the front, and four-piston on the rear, with ventilated discs (380 x 35mm front / 355 x 32mm rear).

Existing owners can upgrade

The 650S GT3 development programme has pulled significant data from the findings and lessons learned from the 12C GT3 programme. Testing of the 650S GT3 will continue throughout the summer with customer car production commencing in the autumn. Pricing for the 650S GT3 has been confirmed – £330,000 ex works, plus tax.

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Existing owners of the 12C GT3 are also able to benefit from the updates and enhancements offered by the 650S GT3, due to the use of the shared chassis structure and award winning engine. This upgrade package further extends the life of existing 12C GT3 cars allowing them to continue racing competitively through a second GT racing life cycle. For many McLaren GT3 owners this allows them to race their existing car for an average of six seasons.

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Around 15 examples of the 650S GT3 are planned to be produced and delivered for the start of the 2015 season. With the optional upgrade package for 12C GT3, this could see an additional 15 cars running the new design from next season.

What’s in a number? 59 – a winning pedigree

The car unveiled carries the Goodwood Festival of Speed theme of ‘addicted to winning’, with its livery including the number 59. The number was carried by the now legendary McLaren F1 GTR chassis #01R at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995, and claimed victory in the gruelling test of endurance on its debut – a feat that had never been achieved previously, and has not been repeated since. Deliveries of the 650S GT3 will commence from late 2014, and the competitive debut with customer teams in GT3-homologated series will start in 2015, 20 years on from the famous race victory.

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Stories in Motion 2010-2014 http://egarage.com/videos/stories-motion-2010-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=stories-motion-2010-2014 http://egarage.com/videos/stories-motion-2010-2014/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:44:07 +0000 http://egarage.com/?post_type=videos&p=13521 “Stories in Motion” is a reel highlighting the creative collective working under the name eGarage. We have been ripping around the world with our cameras since August 2010. This is a short visual that commemorates our collaborative efforts with amazing, talented people and simultaneously capturing the essence of our subjects.

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