Archive: May 2009

29 May
Time to have the brakes checked!!

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Can you bring your vehicle to a sudden stop safely? A visitor to the Arrive Alive website sent an email with the attached photo of incorrect placement of traffic signs. I could not help smiling despite knowing that this is a potentially dangerous “road condition” – which I believe has since been addressed by the traffic authorities!

It also reminds us that sometimes we might need to bring our vehicle to a sudden stop – and to have our vehicles properly maintained and the brakes checked!

Also view the new section titled Road Traffic Signs of South Africa.

28 May
Win a Custom 2010 Ford Mustang GT from Chip Foose

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We at Carblog have a passion for the `67 Eleanor from Gone in 60 Seconds, but also enjoy the 2010 Ford Mustang. So now that there’s a chance to win one, we’re all game. All pimped up by the creative Chip Foos, here’s the custom Mustang GT that you can win if you enter yourself on PowerBlockTV.com. And if winning a car is not enough, this pony features an Edelbrock supercharger system for more power, a stylish Roush body kit, Magnaflow exhaust, stunning Foose wheels, Baer brakes, Eibach springs, Bilstein shocks, and a paint cover that charms upon a first glance. The car is going to be awarded on October 12th … [via Autoblog]

28 May
Cops to get a Jaguar XF Diesel S

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If you’ll end up for a couple of days in London you’ll see that these guys take cars really serious. Except for the Police. While I stayed 3 days in the city I *failed* at seeing supercars with the Police signs on them. Apparently, things are about to change because Jaguar UK is going to come up with a specil XF Diesel S model especially for the force. Stylish looks and good performances, the car is one fine addition to the motorpool. It runs on a 3-liter diesel engine that sends it naught to 60mph in 5.9 seconds and achieves a 42mpg.The first ever Police-spec XF is currently being evaluated by Police forces across the country, but I havea  feeling it’s going to stick with them …

28 May
MTM's Birkin Edition Upgrade for Bentleys

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If the stock Bentley is not enough, MTM has what you’ve been searching for. It’s called the Birkin Edition upgrade and is meant for the Continental GT, GTC, GT Speed, GTC Speed, Flying Spur and Supersports. The upgrade kit includes a chrome front grille, a stainless steel exhaust system, centre and end muffler with throttle control, a four-pipe rear spoiler and stylish 21-inch alloy wheels. But it’s not only a visual upgrade because MTM worked the engines, a bit, too. The Continental GT for example, has been upped from 560hp to 635hp and now reaches a max speed of 331km/h. But all these come at a price. MTM is going to charge you 20,000 Euro if you’re not opting for the Individual Programme.

28 May
Subaru Impreza WRX STI Concept by Lars

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We don’t know exactly who Lars is, but he’s got a great talent. Check out his interpretation of a Subaru WRX STI that edges away from the ugly exteriors we’ve been used with. Of course Subaru was never about stylish curves, since they had monsters under the hood, but this rendering exudes sophistication and beauty from every little joint. A new front-end, narrow honeycomb grille, steeper curves and modified headlights, that’s what makes it a great car to drive. [via Jalopnik]

27 May
Celebrating with MINI WC50

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MINI is turning 50. The guys are going to celebrate with a limited edition MINI WC50 that not only says “Happy Birthday” but also pays homage to John Cooper’s 1959 F1 Title. Under the hood nothing changed but if you take a closer look to the outside, it features bi-xenon lights, an aero kit with a carbon fiber bonnet scoop, carbon fiber mirror caps and a stylish rear diffuser. With only 250 units only meant for Europe, the green MINI WC50 is an interesting addition that will definitely cause head turns on the streets. [via TFTS]

26 May
Custom Lotus Exige S in Monterrey, Mexico

Found in Monterrey, Mexico, this custom Lotus Exige S is a sure bet to getting some Latina eyes on you. Running on a supercharged 1.8 liter DOHC engine supplied by Toyota and known as Exige Scuderia, the car features a custom body kit with rear diffuser and a huge wing, and a KOMO-TEC S300 Phase 3 intercooler upgrade kit that takes power output to a good 300hp. It’s a great tuning exercise, but too bad, we don’t have a price for the final version. [via gtspirit.com] (Photos by Jorge Rios)

26 May
Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster [Spied at Nurburgring]

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Nurburgring is an amazing place to spy on, because there’s always something that gets the eye. Same goes for the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster, which is a topless version of the new V12 Vantage that has easily become one of the most charming cars these days. Running on the same 6.0 liter engine as the coupe and sporting 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS) with 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque, the convertible is going to be a BIT slower than its bigger brother because of the extra weight required to stiffen up the chassis. Only limited to 1,000 units (and some saying 500 units) the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster is a gem we’d like to own if we’d have the money. [via WCF]

26 May
Maintain the vehicle spectators use to go to the stadium!

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Sports events are not only keeping us in front of the television, but the reason for thousands of sports enthusiasts travelling to and from sports stadiums across South Africa. We have added a few safety suggestions for our spectators travelling in their own and rental vehicles:

• Check your car’s roadworthiness. Headlights, indicators, stop lights, tail-lights, windscreen wiper blades, mirrors, brakes, steering, tyres, tyre pressures, exhaust system and possible oil or fuel leaks.
• Ensure your windscreen is always clean and scratch-free, both inside and out.
• Make sure your headlight glass is clean, that the bulbs are in good working order and that the lighting system is properly positioned.
• Check that the spare wheel is in good condition and properly inflated. Make sure that you have a serviceable jack and wheel brace.
• Do not overload your vehicle with passengers and baggage. The vehicle will be less stable, difficult to steer and take longer to stop.
• The driver’s control and operating space in the overloaded vehicle is diminished, escalating the chances for an accident.
• The overloaded vehicle cannot accelerate as normal – making it difficult to overtake
• Carry a roadside emergency kit.

We would like to invite all our sports enthusiasts to view the “Spectator Survival Guide to Safety on the Road to Sports Stadiums”

25 May
Honda to Release Acura Coupe in 2010

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Unlike Porsche which is not doing that great these days, Honda is among those that are being hit by the economic downturn, but not that bad. Rumors coming from Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport and Japan’s Holiday, have it that the Japanese automaker is currently working on a sleek four door coupe. Dropped between the TSX and the TL line range, the new Acura coupe is probably going to run on a 3.7-liter V6 engine mated to Acura’s SH-AWD and Motion Adaptive EPS system. An amazing ride that sure gets the eye, we’d love to see this beauty on the streets next year, but can’t help wondering how expensive it’s going to be … [via TempleOfVTEC]

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