Ok, not practical, ridiculously expensive, but still a blend of engineering, performance, and craftsmanship to be appreciated. Maybe I could pick up a used one someday from the newly formed Wall Street Derivative Specialist and Mortgage Banker repo row of shame down in the Treasury Dept parking lot:)
Ok, this isn’t that big of a deal but this is a cool place to check out
some cool mustangs from everyday folks around the world.
My car is featured for December
Check out all the mustangs at http://www.mustangworld.com
Cheers! Only 8 more months until the sun comes back in Seattle.
The new 2010 Ford Mustang was rolled out. Looks good-interior
upgrades are the story here-the exterior has been updated but
definitely evolutionary which is good since the 2005 design was about
as perfect as you can get for a modern interpretation of the classic.
Nissan 370z rolled out as well-much needed refresh and looks good.
It’s more expensive cousin Infiniti G series has a vert now-very nice
but IMO the 370z design is too tame-too conservative for it’s first redesign
in 5 years. Power is up in the 400hp range now.
Lambo anyone? I can dream…
Think of the Volt as an electric vehicle with an onboard generator. The wheels are driven exclusively by electricity, with an E85-compatible engine available to replenish the lithium-ion batteries when needed. GM claims the Volt will travel up to 40 miles on power from its T-shaped lithium-ion battery pack, which lies under the rear seat and center tunnel. The battery weighs 375 pounds and has a 16 kw/h capacity. The 1.4-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine can extend that range as needed. The electric drive unit produces 150 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. Zero to 60 mph is expected to be around nine seconds.
A plug-in vehicle, the Volt can be recharged from both 120- and 240-volt electrical outlets, with an eight- and three-hour charge time, respectively. Based on 10 cents per kWh, GM estimates that the Volt would cost about 80 cents a day to operate fewer than 40 miles. Or put another way, recharging once a day would cost less than operating the average household refrigerator. For contrast, a Toyota Prius Touring earning 42 mpg in our overall fuel economy test would cost almost $4 to go the same distance based on current gasoline prices.
Sizing it up
The four-seat Volt is similar in length and height as the Honda Civic sedan, though it does measure about two inches wider. While it stretches two inches longer than the current Prius, the manufacturer-claimed cargo volume is less at 10.4 cubic feet versus 14.4.
Production is expected to begin late 2010.
|620 hp and 24mpg on the highway? Insane but in a very good way. Check out the view of the supercharger|
|Check out the tires…this is hilarious-guess the new Skyline will have a good view of them huh?|
It all boils down to the power-to-weight ratio and the ZR1’s is exceptional," said Chevy’s Ed Peper. "Better than the Porsche 911 GT2, the Ferrari 599 and even the Lamborghini LP640. In fact, the ZR1 is expected to be the first production Corvette to achieve a top speed of at least 200 mph."
GM used the Z06 chassis as a starting point, but further tuned the front and rear independent suspension to work with the ZR1’s ultra-wide tires for increased grip. According to GM, the car achieves 1g cornering grip.
Exotic looks, exotic materials
The use of carbon fiber is pretty extensive throughout the ZR1. The wider fenders are made of the material, as are the hood, roof panel, roof bow, front fascia splitter and rocker moldings.
The roof and front fascia splitter have a raw carbon fiber appearance with a protective clear coat. The hood is painted like the rest of the car, but the underside is exposed carbon-fiber-weave for increased novelty.
Another standout feature of the hood is a clear polycarbonate "window" that provides a view of the top of the engine’s intercooler, with embossed "LS9 Supercharged" lettering.