The first official picture of the Subaru BRZ STI concept car, that will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Motor show this month, has been revealed. The new concept is Subaru’s version of the rear-wheel drive sports coupe that is being developed with partner Toyota.
Although it vaguely resembles its Toyota relative, the FT-86, the Subaru BRZ concept has a slightly boxier look and weighs around 1200kg. The engine is likely to be a 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer, delivering around 200bhp/170lb ft in regular guise which will allow a low sense of gravity resulting in edgy handling.
As a concept, details are scarce at this stage but the final production model is expected to appear at the Tokyo Motor Show in December before entering into international markets in early 2012.
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Chevrolet has teamed up with outdoor outfitter Realtree, with whom they have had a seven year relationship, to create the Silverado Realtree Concept. Called the “ultimate hunting pickup” and based on the Silverado HD 2500, the new concept car will debut at the 2011 SEMA Motor Show.
The champagne silver exterior emblazoned with Realtree graphics, a custom front bumper, winch and 35-inch off-road tyres is powered by a Duramax diesel with 765 pound-feet of torque. Other features include retractable running boards for improved entry and exit and a custom designed rear cab for all outdoor gear storage.
The interior continues the outdoor theme with dark cocoa leather seats bearing camouflage piping and orange stitching.
Team Sasol’s Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton made history this weekend as the first privateers to win the 2011 South African Driver’s and Co-Driver’s Rally Championship in 45 years. The rally proved to be a grueling battle, where the skills of the drivers and the performance of their vehicles were put to the ultimate test.
The last privateer team to win a South African National Rally Championship was in 1966, when driver François Tucker and co-driver Raggy Schjolberg drove their Volvo to a championship title.
The Sasol team set the pace in their Ford Fiesta S2000 throughout the 2011 rally championship, winning a hat-trick of events out of eight rallies.
After the victory Cronje stated that “It has always been my dream to win the National Rally Championship in the premier S2000 class, and today is a day that I will treasure forever. The determining factor of winning a rally is the commitment and understanding between the driver and the navigator, and we’re thrilled with this result.”
Conrad Rautenbach and Nicholas Klinger took second place with Enzo Kuun Guy Hodgson taking third.
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the very first James Bond movie, with Sean Connery in the leading role, the iconic cars that accompanied the British spy will go on display at the UK National Motor Museum. The ‘Bond in Motion’ display featuring some of the his most memorable vehicles is expected to be one of the must-see automotive attractions of 2012.
The show, which promises to be one of the largest of its kind in the world, will feature not just Bond’s famous cars but also his boats, motorbikes as well as the Bede Acrostar jet from Octopussy and the sledging cello case from The Living Daylights.
Some of the vehicles that have been confirmed include: The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger, 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me, 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III from Goldfinger and the 2002 Jaguar XKR with SFX weapons from Die Another Day.
50 vehicles in total will be on display for a year from the 18th January 2012.
Race driver Dan Wheldon has died after a horrific 15 car accident during the Las Vegas Indy 300 series finale at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 33-year-old British born Wheldon died after injuries he sustained during the accident when his car went flying through the air into a fence before bursting into flames. Wheldon was a two time Indianapolis 500 winner, 2003 rookie of the year and a 16-time IndyCar race winner. Three other drivers including JR Hilderbrand, Pippa Mann and Will Power were injured in the crash.
Officials called off the race immediately after the accident and after learning of Wheldon’s death, his fellow drivers went on to perform a five-lap run in his honour. The fatal crash came soon after some drivers voiced their concerns about the dangerous speeds reached at the Las Vegas circuit, as cars were traveling at up to 225 miles per hour during practice. Some drivers have called the crash the very worst they have ever seen.
IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard issued a statement saying that IndyCar “is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries.”
British Formula One drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton described Wheldon as a “talented and inspirational” driver.
Dan Wheldon is survived by his wife Susie and two sons Sebastian, two, and Oliver, six-months old.
View footage of the crash below:
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McClaren Automotive unveiled the new MP4-12c supercar at the International Johannesburg Motor Show recently. The bespoke vehicle is considered the modern day successor to the McLaren F1. This occasion marked the first time the the car was made available for public viewing in South Africa since 2010 and is the first car to be produced to South African specifications.
Under the hood, the 12C has a bespoke McLaren ‘M838T’ 3.8 litre, V8 twin-turbo engine that produces 441 kW, driving through a McLaren seven speed Seamless Shift dual clutch gearbox (SSG). This supercar can reach 100km/h in just 3.1 seconds and has a top speed of 330km/h. The McLaren MP4-12C features a revolutionary carbon fibre chassis structure, the Carbon MonoCell which is the first time any car has ever featured a one-piece moulded carbon fibre structure.
The McLaren, with a selling price of between R2.5 – 3 million, is expected to reach the local showrooms at the end of October 2011.
Dayne Ferris was revealed as the winner of a one-of-a-kind modified VW GTI valued at R500 000 at a star studded event at Johannesburg’s Montecasino. The 26 year-old won the car by entering BP’s popular online Ultimate Ride competition. The event was attended by a number of local celebrities as well as well known names in the motorsport industry, including local rally ace Gugu Zulu, who came together to celebrate South Africa’s growing passion and excitement for cars.
Ferris was one of more than 45 000 fans who competed for the exclusive prize over a six month period that included gamers customizing virtual rides, racing against others online and judging others’ cars.
BP’s Ultimate Ride creation was modified by the best customizing crews in the country with features that include the special Viper ultimate exhaust conversion for maximum gains in power, torque and reduction in turbo lag, an unmatched hot hatch sporty tone, a full JL Audio system with 2 x 12”WO- 4ohm on a G1700 mono-block and specially installed brake calipers with a signature BP themed coating which has heat transfer properties that cool down the calipers. Other modifications include custom-made silicone hoses for the engine, one-of-a-kind 19 inch wheels with a custom-made green strip and Pro Kit suspension with sway bars for better handling and lower seating.
After winning, Ferris said: “I have always had a passion for cars and can’t wait to hit the tar with my new wheels, and it’s certainly not just going to be driven on Sundays”. Ferris’s biggest problem will be keeping the keys away from his friends who already have their eyes on his brand new ride.
The brand new Land Rover DC100 Sport was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week. The DC100 Sport was a surprise reveal alongside the much anticipated DC100 and is one of two concepts that the Land Rover team have confirmed will be put into production for 2015. Both were revealed to gauge public interest and gather feedback to give Land Rover an idea of which direction to go in for 2015 to avoid rushing into a replacement.
In comparison to the silver three door 4X4 DC100 demonstrating ‘capability and versatility’, the DC100 Sport is an open-air pick-up version in bright yellow-orange and is described as ‘an active expression of freedom and leisure’.
Under the hood, both concepts use 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines driving all four wheels through a stop/start-equipped eight-speed automatic. However, while the DC100 has a diesel engine, the DC100 Sport has a petrol engine.
Both concepts have a new automatic terrain response system that automatically sets all the driver assist systems sensing the wheel travel, wheelslip, the texture of the ground and a sonar depth-sounder for driving through rivers.