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Opel Astra OPC Race Camp at Essen Motor Show

Published by on Dec 4th, 2007, 1 Comment

Opel Astra OPC Race Camp

If you were expecting a sports car from Opel then how about this blue 2-doors beauty that they’ve created partnering with Kissling Motorsport? The name is Astra OPC Race Camp and I can bet you this bug is fast just by mentioning the supercharged and air-cooled 2.0 liter turbo engine that sports 300hp at 6,300 rpm.

Opel Astra OPC Race Camp is a racing version that comes with a six-speed sequential racing (of course) gearbox, has a nice little wing in the back, Recaro and Dunlop to design the seats and should be available for production early next year so you’d better save some cash if you want to park one of these in front of your garage.

via OPC Blog

Speed and Sound Issue 75 is now out

Published by on Dec 3rd, 2007, 3 Comments

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Speed and Sound Issue 75 is now out.

Featuring the best local content from around South Africa, we bring you coverage from the Speed and Sound / Yokohama Sport Compact series finals.

Our cover car is a VW beetle that features a groundbreaking sound install from the guys at Moniers.

We bring you a pant wetting classic in the form of a GTV6 3.0 twin turbo and chat to the guy that made it fast, Dawie De Villiers about building a quick Alfa Romeo. We dive into the truth behind sponsorships and take a look at what goes into the manufacturing of alloy wheels.

In a long awaited feature, we finally get hold of The Judge, Sav’s monster BMW Turbo. Anyone who has seen the car in action knows that it’s a serious machine. As is Alec’s 3S-GTE powered Toyota Conquest, dubbed Hot Wheels.

Representing the Cape is Robbie with his violent 2-door Mk4 Golf GTi in full race trim, built and driven as only Robbie knows how.

The sound guys are catered for with coverage from the Carino Sound Off and a report from the IASCA World Finals held in Atlanta where South African, Wayne Allen was invited to judge some of the cars.

VDUB Issue 9 features a smoking hot Mk2 GTi with motor work by JMS. This turbo chariot has the cleanest, neatest original paint that we’ve ever laid eyes on.

Still staying with the Mk2, we bring you a limited edition Spitze GTi 16v with a bit of a background as to what makes it so special and rare.

Ryan shows us how he supercharged his Jetta Mk2 – in an afternoon – in a step by step article.

We cover the VW Jamboree and bring you an über clean Mk1 Cabriolet as well as the usual regulars that you’ve learnt to love.

A new Audi R8, by the end of 2008

Published by on Nov 29th, 2007, 4 Comments

new Audi R8

With all these fires and crashes of Audi’s super car, the R8, it’s curious to know how interested would be those rich guys to buy the new one, which will be much more powerful. Evo Magazine got an interview with Audi and found out more about it. Apparently the biggest upgrade will be on the engine side, which is now a V10 that sports 520-bhp inspired from Audi’s RS4 V8 engine.

Sounds like a good idea but I’m sure if I would like to see a convertible before a more powerful new R8. Time will tell if they took the right path.

Koenigsegg's CCXR 1018 HP Special Edition

Published by on Nov 28th, 2007, 3 Comments

Koenigsegg CCXR

While details of Koenigsegg’s CCXR supercar were released in March, above is an official rendering of the final production version of the car recently released by the company.

Under the hood the CCXR will have a cast-aluminum V8 engine that will be able to run on biofuel which will cool the combustion chambers. Combine this with a higher octane rating and the enviro-friendly car has 1,018hp at 7,200rpm with peak torque of 1,060Nm at 6,100rpm. The 4.7L engine sports a four-valve double overhead cam design with a compression ratio of 8.2:1 and a sequential multipoint fuel injection system. Combined highway/city fuel consumption stands at 22L/100km. It accelerates from 0-100 km/h in about 2.9 seconds and the Swedish manufacturer is claiming top speeds of over 400 km/h.

The worlds fastest and most fuel efficient supercar can be yours for the price of EUR 1,575,000 plus taxes and fees.

Pictures of Koenigsegg’s CCXR were already circulating the net as of last spring when the car was in a crash but only a hint of the car’s look could be seen.

Koenigsegg Crash

[Source: TheCarsBlog]

New Spyder Inspired Porsche Boxster

Published by on Nov 28th, 2007, No Comments

Porsche RS60

In early December Porsche will launch a special edition Boxster that has been inspired by the 1960s Porsche Type 718 RS 60 Spyder. Limited to only 1,960 models worldwide the biggest change is the modified exhaust system that consists of a sports exhaust combined with a dual tailpipe that increased engine output to 303 bhp.

Offered in a GT silver metallic grey, the car comes accentuated with a red roof and natural leather interior in Carrera red, though the pictures make it look like a magenta leaning more towards hot pink than red. Thankfully, the car is also offered in dark grey leather with a black roof. The car sits on 19-inch wheel, which spacer plates have moved outwards, and its front end is a standard feature from Porsche’s SportDesign Package. Completing the sporty orientation is the Porsche Active Suspension Management system.

Porsche Spyder

Further features include a windscreen in a black finish, with the center console, headrests and rollbars are all finished in the same GT Silver Metallic finish as the car Porsche Spyder RS60body. Also finished in GT Silver are the instrument dials that don’t have the usual hood over the cluster but the large central rmp and 2 side gauges continue the sporty, racing style. Each model comes with door trim strips made of stainless steel and embossed with the “RS 60 Spyder” model designation.

Worldwide market launch will be March 2008 with a base price of 53,500 Euro (561,371 ZAR) in Germany and a retail price of 63,873 Euro (671,215 ZAR) (which includes 19% VAT and country specific requirements.)

[Source: WorldCarFans]

New Jaguar XF Rolls Out of Production Line

Published by on Nov 28th, 2007, 4 Comments

First Jaguar XF

Since Ford is trying to sell Jaguar and Land Rover, yesterday’s roll out of the first Jaguar XF model is being seen as a huge step for the company. The company needs to torque up interest and success of Jaguar if it hopes to find someone interested enough to buy out the company.

The XF that was first to come across the production line at the Castle Bromwich plant in the U.K will be donated to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust collection where it will be proudly displayed along side other memorable Jaguar models.

Jaguar XFAfter being the first to drive the new car, Jaguar founder Sir William Lyon’s grandson stated; “The new XF is a car that truly represents the core values which have lain at the heart of this great brand since its foundation in 1922 and I am thrilled to have been asked here today to witness this historic event from the best seat in the house!”

The Jaguar XF is a mid-size luxury car/sports sedan that will replace the S-Type in the Jaguar lineup. The production version debuted at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show and it is expected to reach market in March 2008.

[Source: AutoUnleashed]

Ferrari shoot out

Published by on Nov 27th, 2007, No Comments

Ferrari FXX.jpg

Most, if not all Ferraris are developed on the twists and turns of Fiorano. But its safe to assume that the most track focused production car that Ferrari has ever produced, the 430 Scuderia (although based on the F430, the F is dropped) has spent more than the average time being thrashed around Fiorano in its development.

Fiorano Circuit is the private track owned by Ferrari for development and testing purposes. It is located near the Italian town of Maranello.

It’s 3.1Km long. Average F1 lap speed is over 160 Km/h and top speed of only 290 Km/h. Because it’s a testing track, it has many different kinds of turns and corners, with corner diameters between 13 and 0.3 meters. All in all it has a lot of similarities with most European GP circuits. Fiorano has witnessed many great Ferrari drivers at work such as Lauda, Prost, Mansell, Alesi and of course Schumacher. Also you’ll find many tourists clawing on perimeter fences hoping to get a glimpse of a new model being tested. And most people say if you more than lucky to be in Maranello when the F1 team is testing, you are bound to hear the sound of the cars wailing at 19000rpm echoeing through the town from far on the Modenese wind.

However, like the Nurburgring, there is much myth and mystery surrounding lap times at the circuit. Some are official and others not as they are posted by various drivers or the very lucky few journalists like Fifth Gear’s Tiff Needell that gets invited to the track, of which a video can be seen on a earlier post on CarBlog.

So coming back to the shoot out, here is a sample of the current times held at Fiorano:

F2004 (Schumacher, 2004) 0.55.999

F2007 (Massa, 2007) 0.58.360

FXX Evolution (2007) 1.14.000(est)

FXX (2005) 1.16.200

Enzo (2002) 1.25.000

430 Scuderia (2007) 1.25.000

360 Challenge Stradale(2003) 1.26.500

599 GTB Fiorano (2006) 1.26.500

F430 (2005) 1.27.000

So it can be seen the 430 Scuderia is as fast as the Enzo and the 360CS as fast as the 599 which is extremely impressive. But due to nature of the turns at Fiorano, the Enzo struggles to get to its limit. On any other track with longer straights the 430 Scuderia might be in the shadow of the Enzo and who knows the 360CS in the shadow of the 599, but never the less they up there with the best of them besides of course the old V10 F2004 of Schumacher (as apposed to the new F1 V8s ) which just seemed to have been in a league of its own with a whopping 55.9 seconds record that still stands today.

(Lap times sourced from Evo magazine)

Autostyle Newsletter Issue 106

Published by on Nov 27th, 2007, No Comments

Autostyle Newsletter Issue 106

Issue 106 is a bumper newsletter with an added row of new products.

Issue 106 is a bumper newsletter with an added row of new products.Last week a new car audio brand quietly snuck it’s way into our stores, Fire Audio. This week we feature their range of Roofmount screens. Calibra have also launched their Daytona Combo, this powerhouse system consists of a 2000watt amplifier, wiring kit & 2000watt subwoofer housed in a perspex faced bandpass box. Expect some serious bass with a bandpass box!

Several new Alloy Wheels have arrived including the illusive hyper polished TA21, aptly nicknamed the “Pot Wheel” by our crew, no guesses as to where they got that idea from.

Congratulations are in place for Warren Govender, the winner of our Sony CDX-GT270 Mp3 Front Loader competition, many thanks to all who participated (all 1653 entrants!) I assure it was no easy task choosing a winner.

For more new products, check out this weeks newsletter.

Ps. Keep an eye out for our exclusive Car Audio Promotion newsletter which will drop in email boxes on Wednesday Evening.

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