Fastest Lamborghini

Stop, close your eyes, take a deep breath and then take a look at the new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4. This engineering marvel is the fastest Lamborghini car ever created.

When you look at it, after the numbness that catches you by simply looking at it and after the mouth slowly closes back up, you will than be able to realize that it follows the same lines as the Lamborghini Renventon and the awesome Sesto Elemento concept. Automobili Lamborghini chose the fastest aircraft to design the fastest Lamborghini yet.

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Fastest Lamborghini

This hypercar has a set of superflue proportions. It has 4.78 meters in length, its 2.26 meters wide and nothing more than 1.13 m in height. These are the results of hundreds of “air tunnel” testing to improve aerodynamics at maximum while reducing friction from all sides. The bodywork contains all the aerodynamic elements starting with the front spoiler, and ending p with the rear diffuser. Even more, the rear spoiler is now deployable and can be controlled electronically. The approach angle has been set to 4 degrees to considerably optimize the directional stability when riding at high speeds, making it reach the “spectrum peak” making it unchangingly easy to handle. The 11 degrees tilt delivers uniformly and perfectly enough downforce in midrange speed with the same purpose of optimizing stability and handling beyond any other sports car.

If you found yourself among the selected few that actually got to sit inside a Reventon, than you must have seen Lamborghini’s attempt to transform the Reventon’s dashboard into a genuine fighter cockpit. The state of the art gadgets and gauges that react with about the same precision as a jet fighter’s instruments, are only a few of the new technologies integrated in the new Aventador. All the information is displayed a large LCD screen, while another one holds control over the stereo, navigation and other multimedia devices. The center console of the car looks incredibly futuristic. It’s like you’re expecting it to start talking too. ABS, electronic brakes distribution, anti-slip controllers, servo-tronic steering that is dependent on speed AND G-force, ESP and drive select are only a few of the cool gadgets integrated in this awesome car.

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Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

Now let’s talk real business and see what lies under the hood if this …monster. Lamborghini has said loud and clear that there will be no other engine than a V12 powering up these hypercars. Even more, they have worked around the clock to improve the fabled V12 engine from last year that could be seen on the Murcielago SuperVeloce. The Aventador will come with an improved 6.5 liter V12 engine that will produce a shocking 700 horsepower. This is the first completely redesigned, new and improved engine since the Countach. This will enable the Aventador to launch itself from 0 to 100km/h in 2.9 seconds. Of course if you don’t remove your foot from the acceleration you will be literally blasting off reaching 350km/h. Another element that Lamborghini excels at is power to weight ratio. Since the car is only 1.575 kg heavy, it delivers an unparalleled power to weight ratio of 2.25 kg/hp. Feat that hasn’t been matched by any of the competition. Not even Bugatti managed to achieve this incredible ratio with their heavy bulldozer.

For such a powerful car, Lamborghini is very giving this year pricing it only at $379.700. This explains why more than half of them are already on preorder. If this keeps up Lamborghini might have to extend their production limit over 4000 and no wonder since cars like Lamborghini usually are traded for diamonds.

Nightfall at Daytona – 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona

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2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona

There’s a magic to nighttime at any round-the-clock race, but the Rolex 24 at Daytona has its own charm.

Naturally there’s a beauty to watching race cars in the dark, thanks to the manner in which the light – the artificial track lights and the cars headlights -shines so differently on the cars.

Starworks Motorsport Ford Riley

There’s also a big change in the ambiance at the track. Daytona is different because the spectator area is quite compact compared to other tracks and that brings energy to the place. The Ferris wheel spins brightly in the background, while the concession roads become carnival midways. It’s a mellow crowd, much of it made mellower by brewskis being passed around. Tequila Patron has an honest-to-goodness bar with big screen TV sets, all the better to watch the nearby race on.

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It’s hard to say how many in attendance stay up all night to follow the race. We do know that as long time race fans it’s absolutely crucial that at some point every ardent racegoer must stay up to experience a full 24-hours at a race – at least once.

Till tomorrow…

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Best Classic Sports Cars

The best classic sports car in the United States and Japan can be easily one of the following: Nissan 240Z, Dodge Charger, Pontiac GTO, Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Impala, Pontiac Firebird, Chevy Chevelle, Ford Mustang or the Chevy Camaro.

1973 Nissan 240Z Best Classic Sports Cars

1973 Nissan 240Z

The Nissan 240Z, manufactured between 1970 and 1973 had a reasonably price which made it compete with the best cars from America and Europe. It had a very sexy look and performed quite nicely with its 2.4-liter DOHC engine that outputted 151 hp. The engine was linked to a 4-speed manual gearbox and it had front disc brakes.

1966 Dodge Charger Best Classic Sports Cars

1966 Dodge Charger

The Dodge Charger, made between 1964 and 1974 was born after the company decided to come up with a worthy rival for the iconic Pontiac GTO. The exterior design of the car was inspired from the company’s drag racing cars and it featured a couple of goodies, including: roll bar, two true seats, and a rolled pan in the rear, a scoop and a dual headrest mount. The car had a low ride height and a full-length console, making it look more like a jet fighter.

1974 Pontiac GTO Best Classic Sports Cars

1974 Pontiac GTO

Speaking of the Pontiac GTO (1964-1974), it was the automotive icon of the 60s and the first one was the option package for the LeMans which featured a 389 engine with 4-barrel carburetor and a dual exhaust, wider wheels, 3-speed floor shift, larger front sway bar and hood scoops.

 Best Classic Sports Cars

1974 Dodge Challenger

From 1970 until 1974, Dodge made another great car, the Challenger which was designed in order to compete with the Cougar. It had a longer wheelbase and a more luxurious cabin. The car was available with a hardtop configuration and the R/T model was the most powerful, featuring a 383 hp engine linked to a 3-speed manual gearbox.

1976 Chevrolet Impala Best Classic Sports Cars

1976 Chevrolet Impala

The Chevrolet Impala was made between 1958 and 1976. Another legendary car from America and during its course of five generations after the original model, each model suffered significant changes. From ’61 to ’69, they made the Impala Super Sports (SS) but was outsold by other cars belonging to the same segment. Collectors consider the Z24 to be the most desirable model, only a few are left in the world today.

1967 Pontiac Firebird Best Classic Sports Cars

1967 Pontiac Firebird

In 1967, Pontiac launched the Firebird in order to compete with the legendary Mustang. It had a similar styling to the Camaro with the exception of the taillights and the split grille. Manufactured until the early 2000s, the Firebrid was available during its lifespan with many engine, transmission, carburetor and axle ratio choices.

 Best Classic Sports Cars

1964 Chevy Chevelle

The Chevy Chevelle was launched in 1964 and six years later the company rolled out the most powerful model. One year later they had to detune the car in order to make it work on unleaded fuel and the sales plummeted until 1973 when the model was discontinued.

1973 Ford Mustang Best Classic Sports Cars

1973 Ford Mustang

Considered by many Americans as the best classic sports car, the Ford Mustang (the ones made between 1964 and 1973) was the original pony car. The first version was available in convertible and coupe configurations and one year later they introduced the fastback model. In 1967 the Mustang underwent some serious restyling and two years later received other important changes. When the fastback variant was discontinued, the Blue Oval launched the Mach I, Boss 302 and E models. In 1971 the car received its last restyling, when the 351 and the 429 replaced the previously mentioned Boss 302 model.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro Best Classic Sports Cars

1967 Chevrolet Camaro

The last car in this top would have to be the Chevy Camaro, manufactured between 1967 and 2002. Back in the late 60s, the Camaro was Chevy’s answer to the Mustang. The first generation of this model was very successful and the most desirable one was the Z28. The Chevy Camaro went through four generations until it was discontinued in 2002.

Anchorage Used Car Dealers

Seen the situation on the used car market lately? Well it’s improving day by day. Dealers pop-up form every side when it comes to buying, inspecting, insuring, warranties, contracting etc. I’m heading for Anchorage and you should too if you think about buying a car. How do I know this you ask? Why that’s simple. I headed for the fastest way possible. I searched online, and stumbled upon some of the coolest used car dealer websites I’ve ever seen. Let’s check them out.

First of all I stumbled upon http://www.affordableusedcarsanchorage.com/. I entered and I was already impressed. “Your No Nonsense Car dealer” policy greeted me with a hearty hello. So I started snooping around and found out some neat offers from the very beginning, exactly on the “Home” tag. I mean a 2008 Suzuki Forenza with only 28000 miles and a price of 8.995$ isn’t something I’d pass by like a walk in the park. The browsing system is really helpful and the Advanced Search section can reduce the search pattern dramatically by including even Doors and Color options. I just liked that. The only downside is the limited number of Audi models (Audi fan).

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Next stop I head for Harley’s Auto Park at http://www.harleysautopark.com/. After getting used to the nearly blinding red background, I realized that the site is actually pretty user friendly and helpful. Offers were jumping from all sides. I didn’t even know what to read first. What captivated my interest, was the fact that, besides the good prices on cars, I am entitled to a 500$ gas cupon by simply coming with a car for an insurance, or a check-up. A simple online form that asks ONLY for my name and last name is required, I don’t have to get tons of information. I snooped around and found out that this site is heavily rewarded by all sorts of associations and companies for honesty, reliability and customer care.

Moving on, I stumbled across the Continental Auto Group located at http://continentalautogroup.com/. I realized that I just found out the best place for Asian made cars. A ton of great prices for every model of Honda, Acura, Subaru, Mazda, Nissan, and Suzuki I could think of. A friendly search system that was already sorted by manufacturer enabled me to find every type of car I was interested in. the offers presented are pretty good, some of them include discount at every car part you change or purchase from their location, offer that comes with different amounts at different prices. The “Pre owned specials ” are something to really look at, I mean a Honda Civic LX from 2010 that barely has 7000 miles to be bought at only $14.995 that’s something I can’t easily ignore.

Aaah finally, some genuine muscle. Cal Worthington of http://worthingtonford.dealerconnection.com/ServiceSpecials/, seems to be in tune with the needs of the all american American. Ford cars, and big ones too. Ford pick-up trucks, mustangs, muscle Chevy’s and surprisingly, even Hummers. Big dealership for big cars. Seeking some info about the firm, Cal Worthington sais that he’s been selling cars for over 57 years to the day and probably sold more cars that any other dealership in Anchorage. Their dedication and honesty to the client is almost as passionate as their love for big, strong powerful cars.  The amount of info about cars and prices, and deals and finances is amazing, bigger than any of the sites that I’ve came across. This show’s makes me feel more confident about this site than most. The little script problem is not enough to be unsettling.

Goodnight From the Track – 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona

Goodnight From the Track

2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona

As the fireworks erupt, the Oryx Racing team has had a fitful first quarter of the race. Aside from the clutch issue mentioned earlier, the car has had numerous off track excursions.

APR Motorsport has fared much better. Driver Ian Baas has been putting in a series of 1:51-52 lap times and has yet to put a wheel wrong. Let’s see how our fledgling Audi R8 Grand Am cars hold up through the night.

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Video: Flying Lizard’s 40 Sec Comprehensive Pit Stop – 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona

Video: Flying Lizard's 40 Sec Comprehensive Pit Stop

2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona

Watch the Flying Lizard team’s smooth and calm pit stop. Work accomplished on their Porsche GT3 Cup car during this 40 second stop:

  • Driver change
  • Four fresh tires
  • Rear wing gurney flap replacement
  • Full load of fuel
  • The all-important window cleaning
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A View From the Top – 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona

A view of Daytona from the very top of the grandstands

2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona

Here’s what the Daytona International Speedway looks like from atop the grandstands at night.

A view of Daytona from the very top of the grandstands

A view of Daytona from the very top of the grandstands

A view of Daytona from the very top of the grandstands

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View From the Flag Stand – 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona

The view at night from the flag stand

2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona

Tawny is lead flagger at the Rolex 24 and will be at her post for 18 of the 24 hours on the flag stand over the start to the finish line. She has one heck of a view!

The view from the flag stand at night

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The Tale of Ferrari 458 No. 56 – 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona

The Tale of Ferrari 456 No. 56 - 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona

2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona

There are always some interesting driver match-ups at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, but how about this? Legendary NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip and X Games wildman Travis Pastrana in a Ferrari 458. Waltrip called the race, “An amazing experience” and when talking about what it means, said every race driver, “…should take the time to experience this. It’s like racing six World 600 NASCAR races.” His main aim in the drive is to, “Try to turn the car over to the next guy with no drama.”

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APR Motorsport & Oryx Racing Back in Action! – 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona

APR Motorsport & Oryx Racing Back in Action!

2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona

A short time after 8pm, APR Motorsport and Oryx Racing’s Audi R8 Grand Am’s resumed racing action. The culprit in both cases were clutch related. As the fifth hour of racing clicks by, we’ll be watching this story unfold.

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