Archive | April 2013

Will KERS be the Next Big Thing in Consumer Engine Technology?

Volvo S60 KERS Module

All photos from volvo.com

Last week, Nicholas D’Amato asserted that as Formula 1 rules and regulations become more restrictive, modern sports cars and supercars have more in common with racing series like World Rally Championship than with the world’s most popular form of motorsport. He noted that those open-wheel race cars lack amenities found on even budget family cars, like ABS, active aero, and traction control. While it doesn’t seem like much technology trickles down from the top these days, there is one notable exception, and it could be a game changer.

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Automotive News Details Why Fisker Crumbled

 

Fisker Karma

We’ve been no stranger to the developing story of Fisker’s imminent demise (see “How Fisker Failed…,” “It’s Another Tough Week for Fisker…,” and “Fisker Woes Continue…“), and last week, co-founder Henrik Fisker, COO Bernhard Koehler, and Department of Energy loan supervisor Nicholas Whitcombe flew to Washington, D.C. to speak to Congress about the distressed automaker, which was approved for a $529 million line of credit from the federal government in 2010. New DOE documents and messages released at the hearing portray Fisker as a company that cut too many corners when manufacturing the Karma, a car that DOE contractor Eric Werner called, “one of the most technically complicated vehicles to ever be designed for mass production.” An article by Automotive News details the backstory of Fisker by examining that hearing and the materials released therein.

Future Classics: BMW E39 M5

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All photos from bmw.com

The Future Classics road was destined to be driven in a BMW E39 M5. It is the last 5 Series to have a truly clean, uncluttered design, and will likely be the last to keep a naturally-aspirated V8 under the hood; it was also exclusively available with a manual transmission, which is guaranteed to never happen again. Unlike the E60, which was famously overstyled by Chris Bangle and utilized a ridiculous 5.0L V10, the E39 was a perfect sleeper with just the right amount of power under the hood. At the time, the M5 and its 394hp 4.9L V8 was the most powerful sports sedan on the market, easily outperforming the Mercedes E55 AMG and Audi S6. Although it is a heavy bastard at more than two tons, the S62 was able to launch the midsized tanker from 0-60mph in a tick under 5 seconds. The power, luxury, reputation, and a current price around $20,000 make this M5 a Future Classic.

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Previewing the Bonhams Aston Martin Auction

Aston Martin DB4

All photos from bonhams.com

The legendary British auction house Bonhams will soon send some of the rarest and most expensive Aston Martins the British automaker has ever produced up to the auction block. The sports cars up for sale range throughout the marque’s 100-year history, but the oldest car up for sale is a gorgeous 1957 DB 2/4 MkII. The majority of cars are in the six-figure range, but if you want a newer Aston on a budget, this 2002 DB7 V12 Vantage or 2005 DB9 might be right up your alley. Here are the highlights for this incredible auction:

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2014 Corvette Stingray Will Start at $51,995

2014 Corvette Barrett JAckson

We already know that the 2014 Corvette Stingray C7 will ship with a 450hp 6.2L V8, seven-speed manual transmission, and a vastly superior interior than the C6. Now you tell me, isn’t that worth a measly 300 credits extra $2,000?

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Andy Warhol’s BMW M1 Art Car Will Be Showcased at the Paris Photo Show in Los Angeles This Weekend

If you are in Los Angeles this weekend, head on over to the Paris Photo Show, held at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. In addition to hosting other exhibitions, BMW will be bringing the legendary M1 Art Car, painted by Andy Warhol himself. The show runs from April 26-28.

All photos courtesy of BMW

See a Contestant on The Price is Right Fumble Chance to Win a Ferrari 458 Spider

Price is Right Ferrari

Today, The Price is Right gave away the most expensive prize ever offered on the show. And look, The Price is Right is still on television. How about that?

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