And yes, we had the same dorky expression on our face like you’re having right now; a paintjob, a leatherjob and a set of alloys for 25.000 USD? Oh, boy was he ripped off… -More high-res pics after the jump
Monday, April 30, 2007
Not exactly the turnout most industry observers were expecting when SAIC bought the design rights for the Rover 75 & 25 from MG Rover before the latter collapsed in 2005. Albeit SAIC’s "SsangYong dribble" seems like a smart move now, helping them fastforward their European penetration, I believe it would have been wiser to wait a couple of years until they created a SAIC network.
Stealth-Bomber for the race track: HAMANN Lamborghini Murciélago LP640
- Aerodynamic-components provide impressions of racing motor sports
- double-pipe stainless steel rear silencer
- Wheels „Edition Race“ in 20 inch
- Carbon-look interior set
- Complete interior kits to customer preferences on individual basis
It looks like a Stealth-Bomber on four wheels. It is one of the most masculine looking sports car and it is fast. The Lamborghini LP640 through its appearance gives a clear impression it’s not just for show. HAMANN decisively set its goal to send a clear message and sharpened the Italian steer’s horns. HAMANNs modifications through look, driving dynamics and sound create a distinct difference.
Maintenance of road contact is most essential when one is pushing a super sports car to the limit. To achieve greater downforce on the front and rear axle HAMANN offers a front spoiler as well as a rear wing. Whoever prefers to show their affiliation to motor sports can order the parts in Carbon-Kevlar instead of the fiberglass version. Where’s the starting grid?
HAMANN applies further aerodynamic components in form of a two-part rear diffuser with additional air hoses for the extendable side air intakes, side sills as well as a two-part front wing and Carbon-pendants for the original side intakes in the sills in front of the rear wheels. Furthermore, a central running air box on the roof brings back memories of past Lamborghini Diablo GT-R days. Naturally, these parts are also available in Carbon-Kevlar or fiberglass.
Impressive sound and stunning rims
The HAMANN double-pipe stainless sports rear silencer (2x120mm end pipes) emits a sound similar to that generated from race tracks announcing the arrival of the blood-curdling steer. Positive side effect; an even sportier rear look. Export customers can extend their exhaust system with a HAMANN sport metallic catalytic converter.
Also for individualization of vehicles within this high performance calibre, a choice of new wheel design is inherent. HAMANN suggests its own creation „Edition Race“. This multi-pieced, forged light alloy metal wheel with black wheel spider, “Y” spoke design, Titan bolts and high polished rim flange utilized for Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 comes in the combination 8,5Jx20“ front and 13,0Jx20“ rear. As expected, HAMANN also offers here a complete wheel set with typical tires sizes 235/30 ZR 20 (FA) und 325/25 ZR20 (RA).
HAMANN prepares the cockpit of the Super-Lambo providing even more sports racing atmosphere. For this, the tuners from
These modifications are enough to increase output 480Hp @ 6000 to 600Hp @ 6.700 rpm and max torque from 620Nm @ 1950-5000 to 800Nm & 4.000. According to the Swiss company, the “
Press Release: The Swiss Porsche specialist Rinspeed launches its new and exclusive accessories program "Le Mans" for the latest Porsche 997 Turbo models
The "Le Mans" front skirt with integrated Carbon splitters appears eye-catching and produces a higher aerodynamic down force at the front axle. This increase results in a better road handling. The bigger and re-shaped air intakes for the radiators and the brakes improve the cooling of them considerably. Additional headlights with day light driving lights and the inboard moved fog lights guarantee a sporty yet elegant appearance. The newly - especially for the Turbo developed - side skirts connect optically the front and rear fenders in a maximal way. It follows the new body lines harmonically. Further appearance improvement is achieved by the Carbon covers for the rear view mirrors. The "Le Mans" rear skirt with integrated exhaust tips also increases the down force on the rear axle and esthetically supports the high performance exhaust system with integrated metal catalytic converters. Eye-catching yet not separable element is the rear wing which sits tightly above the rear hatch. The wing profile is also available in a Carbon finish.
For the first time the Swiss tuners have also addressed the engine output. The 3.6 liter power pack produces in the "Le Mans" breathtaking 600 hp (441 kW) at 6'700 rpm, the torque is increased to almost unbelievable 800 Nm at 4'000 Nm. The engine conversion includes two special VTG turbo chargers, a new Carbon air intake ram-air system with sport air filters, improved intercoolers as well as a high performance exhaust system with metal catalytic converters.
These modifications allow the Rinspeed "Le Mans" to be accounted amongst one of the fastest street legal sports cars. The sprint from 0-100 km/h is achieved by the super sportsman in just 3.3 seconds, the 200 km/h mark is reached in 10.9 seconds and the top speed is clocked at 343 km/h.
Further equipment of the "Le Mans" consists in an adjustable suspension which is based on the original PASM damper system. It has been developed in cooperation with Bilstein and assures a precise road handling in the top class. Maximum braking is achieved by an efficient and stable high performance brake kit with 8 pistons aluminum calipers and 380 mm x 34 mm at the front axle and 6 pistons calipers with 360 mm x 32 mm at the rear axle.
A close contact to the road is ensured by the typical and well sold Rinspeed 20 inch aluminum wheels in the C5/1 design. The rear wheels have been widened to the size of 12 x 20" especially for the Turbo. The tires sizes of 245/30-20 at the front axle and 325/25-20 at the rear axle hug the road for sufficient grip for the Swiss super sportsman.
Gaffoglio’s CEO George Gaffoglio noted that, “we relied on our aerospace and coachworks divisions to make sure Shaq could fit in the car, but the naked eye could not detect any differences from the original Gallardo". Umm, sorry but, we can…
Sunday, April 29, 2007
A Dodge employee/visitor managed to scoop some very interesting inside pictures featuring what seems to be a couple of handmade test mules of the actual Challenger production version. If you zoom up in the ¾ front view image you’ll see a piece of paper referring to various parts “Manually Weld” hence the handmade test mule characterization. From the looks of it, Dodge has stayed loyal to the original concept with differences including the addition of a B-Pillar that hosts a stationary window and the roof lines both of whom were absent from the concept. -More Images after the jump
Update: Wagoner gets a 29% raise in base salary for 2007 and not a cut as Reuters / Automotive News reported
Late Friday night we posted an article questioning news-website reports that Rick Wagoner got a cut in his base salary. To make things short, Automotive News published an article via Reuters saying that GM’s CEO Rick Wagoner got a 25% cut in his base salary for 2007. We checked around several news sites and to our surprise, we found variations not only in concern of Wagoner’s 2006 total salary but also in whether he got a raise or not. You can check our full article here.
Sunday morning we sat down and riffled through GM’s 121 page-long SEC Fillings. A coffee and a few cigarettes later we found what we were looking for: As you can see on page 24 (or 26 in the PDF), GM notes, “Messer. Wagoner, Henderson, and Lutz recently reviewed this matter and in support of the continued GMNA Turnaround Olan, again decided that beginning March 1, 2007, they will continue voluntary salary reductions. The Committee agreed with this approach. Mr Wagoner’s salary will be $1.65 million. 25 percent less than his January 2006 base salary of $2.2 million.”
Confused? Well, let us straighten things out. Wagoner’s base salary in January 1, 2006, was $2.2 million. However, in February of the same year, Wagoner agreed to a 50% cut -actually, it was a 42% reduction as he got a $1.28 million “pay check” for 2006. As of March 1, 2007, Wagoner’s base salary is $1.65 million. Therefore, compared to what he should have received as a base salary according to his contract, Wagoner’s getting 25% less but, compared to last year's paycheck, he’s actually getting 28,9% more! In other words, GM agreed to restore 50% of the cut he received in February 2006.
Obviously, Reuters and subsequently Automotive News who citied the first as the source, neglected to check out Wagoner’s cut in February 2006.Thumbs up to Bloomberg for being the only site we checked that got all the facts right.
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Saturday, April 28, 2007
Honestly, we’re not joking at all; this wooden two-seater was created by a furniture maker named…Friend Wood! Boy, this guy must really cherish his African mahogany! Mr. Wood based the Tryane II on the chassis and the mechanicals of a Citroen 2CV using the French car’s 0,6-liter engine. Weighing in at 900lb / 408 kg, the Tryane II can go up to 101 mph (162 km/h), but to be honest, this is something we’d never attempt in this wacky woodie! Via: Dailymail
Friday, April 27, 2007
Next stop, Detroit News. Whereas the two articles (Automotive News / Reuters & Detroit News) agree on Wagoner’s total compensation, the site reports that GM’s CEO received a basic salary of… $1.28 million in 2006. Note that Detroit News doesn’t talk about any cuts in Wagoner’s “wage”. Detroit Free Press on the other hand, agrees with Detroit News on the basic salary -$1.3 million, but cuts $600.000 off his total compensation ($9.6 million)!
Before we go to GM’s official site, we decide to look at Bloomberg. According to the latter, Rick Wagoner's total compensation for last year was $10.2 million, including $1.28 million in salary, $769,566 in other compensation and $6.67 million in stock options and awards. Bloomberg notes that Wagoner's salary was 42 percent less than the $2.2 million he got for 2005, due to a 50 percent pay cut he agreed to in February 2006. And here’s another surprise, Bloomberg adds that GM said Wagoner's salary for this year will be $1.65 million, restoring half of the cut! In other words, according to Bloomberg, Wagoner got a raise!
Finally we head over to GM’s site to get the official numbers: $ 1.283.333, Stock Awards: $3.574.594, Option Awards: $3.095.560, Change in Pension Value & NQ Deferred comp: $1.468.100, All other Compensations: $769.566, Total 2006 Compensation: $10.191.153. Confused? So are we and its getting really late so we’ll just let the facts talk for themselves, we think….
Engine: 6 Cylinder-Boxer-Motor
Performance: 585 HP/(438 kW) at 6.790 U /min
max. Torque: 780Nm at 4.530/min
Top speed: approx. 345 km/h
0 - 100 km/h approx. 3.7 s
0 - 200 km/h approx. 9.9 s
- Increase performance to 585 HP
- New Turbocharger
- BMC-Sport air filter
- Sport-end pot stainless steel with Tri-alloy cat converter
- Stainless steel tail pipe
- edo competition Sport- brake system – FA:370mm brakepads wit 6-piston-single block-saddle und sports brake lining, RA: 342mm brakepads wit 4-piston- single block-saddle und sports brake lining, steel flex- brake cables
- 18 inch racing wheel set 3-part with FA : 9.0x18 ET41 with 245/35R18, RA :12x 18 ET45 with 315/30R18, painted wheel rim star and ZV- cap
- RDK-tyre pressure control system
- Stainless steel threaded chassis adjustable in compression and rebound
- Sport clutch kit
- Compacted gear change
- Front spoiler lip
- Front protective grill
- Tail lid 996 GT2
- Tail aerofoil profile with increased contact pressure
- Porsche – CD changer
- Porsche – telefone module with light wave cable setup