28 October 2015

Honda introduced the production-ready CLARITY FUEL CELL

Honda has introduced the production-ready CLARITY FUEL CELL on the dawn of the 44th Tokyo Motor Show.
Set to hit the market early next year in Japan and later on in select European markets, the new hydrogen fuel cell sedan from Honda was originally unveiled last week, but now we also have the technical specifications. It is 4,895 mm long, 1,875 mm wide and 1,475 mm tall and can seat up to five people inside the spacious cabin which was obtained by minimizing the space needed by the powertrain that according to Honda has a size comparable to a conventional V6 engine.
Speaking of which, the thickness of each cell has been reduced by 1 mm (20%) which makes the fuel cell stack 33% smaller compared to the one implemented by Honda in the original FCX Clarity. At the same time, the output has increased and now stands at 177 PS (130 kW) while the power density is up by a massive 60% to 3.1 kW/L.
Thanks to a 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen tank, the CLARITY FUEL CELL has a maximum range of more than 700 km (435 miles) based on the testing done with the JC08 method. Once the tank is depleted, a full refill will take around three minutes which is almost as good as a conventional gasoline/diesel refill.
As for the design, it certainly takes time getting used to, but the shape of the vehicle is the result of in-depth testing to elaborate an aerodynamic body teamed up with full LED headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels. The striking exterior doesn’t continue on the inside where the cabin has a conventional layout that you will find on most of the company’s recent models.

 Source: worldcarfans

23 October 2015

Ford Mustang for SEMA

Ford has announced plans to introduce eight modified Mustangs at SEMA.
Perhaps the most eye-catching example is the DRAGG Mustang which is being billed as the "sexiest police vehicle you will see outside of Dubai."  It features a black and white exterior, a carbon fiber body kit and 20-inch Velgen VMB7 wheels with Nitto Invo tires.  The model also has a custom push bar, a police lighting package and a police communications system.
On the performance front, the model has been equipped with a Vortech Engineering intercooler, an AIRAID intake and Wilwood brakes.  There's also an Air Lift performance suspension and "BAMA tuning" by American Muscle.
Another highlight is the Bisimoto EcoBoost Mustang which features a custom body kit, a coilover suspension and 19-inch Fifteen52 Tarmac with Toyo R888 tires.
Bigger changes occur under the hood as the2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine has been equipped with a Turbonetics BTX7668 turbocharger, forged billet pistons, a new camshaft and a custom exhaust.  The engine also features upgraded fuel injectors, new fuel rails and a MagnaFuel 750 fuel pump.  Other highlights include a Spearco intercooler and an Infinity 6 ECU.  Thanks to all these modifications, the engine will produce 900 bhp (671 kW).

Matthias Müller says TDI scandal to generate a much higher bill than originally estimated.

Volkswagen’s newly appointed CEO Matthias Müller says he expects the TDI scandal to generate a much higher bill than originally estimated.
During a tour of the Volkswagen’s headquarters in Germany, Müller told the gathered press the €6.5 billion allocated so far to deal with the dieselgate probably won’t be enough and the company will have to set aside additional funds to cover the forthcoming expenses. He went on to specify the money reserved so far are only for the recalls, so obviously the Volkswagen Group will have to make some cuts from here and there to gain access to a considerably higher amount of money taking into account the upcoming fines will certainly generate a huge bill, with Credit Suisse estimating a €78 billion worst case scenario.
When asked whether only a handful of employees were responsible for the illegal defeat device installed on almost 11 million TDI cars, Müller provided a rather evasive answer: “we are still deep in the middle of the clarification, including the question of the possible culprits and causes.” He also said the investigation is very complex and goes all the way back to 2005 which is quite interesting taking into account the special software made its debut on production cars three years later.
According to a recent report, there are several software versions for the EA189 1.2 TDI, 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI engines and depending on the year, make and model of the car, Volkswagen will have to implement software or both software and hardware modifications.

Source: worldcarfans.com

19 October 2015

Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe by Mansory

Mansory is back with another cosmetic kit tailored to the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe.
The tuner's latest attempt to make the high-performance coupe more appealing includes a newly developed body kit manufactured from carbon fiber. It encompasses a front spoiler add-on with air intakes and built-in LED lights while the front fenders have gained new air outlets. Mansory has also installed a new dual vented hood, beefier side skirts, a roof spoiler and a large rear wing - all made from carbon fiber.
Matching the new look are several power upgrades increasing output of the twin-turbo V8 5.5-liter from 585 PS (430 kW) to 720 PS (530 kW), 800 PS (588 kW), 900 PS (662 kW) and even 1,000 PS (736 kW) as seen in the S63 Coupe Black Edition displayed last month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
This car also has a set of massive 22-inch multi-spoke wheels wrapped around in Vredestein ULTRAC SESSANTA 255/30/ZR22 front and 295/25/ZR22 rear tires while the optional air suspension model lowers the car by 30mm.
Photos of the interior are not available in this set, but Mansory says they have custom floor mats, illuminated door sill trims, aluminum pedals, carbon fiber seats and lots of leather upholsteries.

Source: Mansory

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 by Carlex Design

Carlex Design is back with a fresh new project, this time based on the outgoing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
Chevrolet just launched a new Camaro, but those who want the menacing ZL1 will have to wait a little bit longer as the beefier variant will be out in time for the 2017MY, so until then you're stuck with the outgoing version which has received an interior makeover from Carlex Design. This is actually an older, pre-2014MY with a Bright Yellow paint that has received a matching interior cabin with a striking black and yellow combo.
Just about every visible surface has been given a makeover and the seats are now wrapped around in Nappa leather featuring a black finish combined with a vivid yellow hue which according to Carlex Design takes its cues from Lamborghini's yellow shade. In addition, this Camaro ZL1 also benefits from some artsy airbrush painting on the dashboard and also on the door panels which make the Bumblebee stand out even more.

 Source: Carlex Design

08 July 2015


McChip-DKR has introduced their new tuning program for the Mercedes-AMG GT.
Available for the both the GT and GT S, the Stage 1 package has an optimized ECU which enables the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine to produce 590 PS (434 kW) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque.  The package costs €1,899 ($2,106) and enables the GT S to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds before hitting a top speed of 320 km/h (198 mph).
The tuning program is also available for the C63 and C63 S but in those models the output is 590 PS (434 kW) and 780 Nm (575 lb-ft) of torque.

Source: McChip-DKR

10 December 2014

Audi RS6 Avant by ABT Sportsline

Abt Sportsline recently tuned the Audi RS6 Avant to a devilish 666 HP (490 kW) but that wasn't enough for the company as they have introduced an even more powerful tuning program. Designed to be "striking without being overbearing," the new package includes an ABT engine control unit, a sports exhaust system and "slight engine management modifications." These changes enable the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine to produce 700 HP (515 kW) and 880 Nm (649 lb-ft) of torque - an increase of 140 HP (103 kW) and 180 Nm (132 lb-ft). This enables the wagon to rocket from 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and hit a top speed of up to 320 km/h (199 mph).
Despite the impressive performance, the car is relatively discreet as it can be equipped with carbon fiber mirror caps, sport springs and 20- or 22-inch ABT ER-C alloy wheels.

Source: Abt Sportsline

Porsche Panamera by Caractere Exclusive

Caractere Exclusive has introduced a new styling program for the facelifted Porsche Panamera. Looking tastefully restrained, the model has been equipped with an aerodynamic body kit that includes an aggressive front bumper, revised skirt skirts, a rear diffuser and a tailgate-mounted spoiler.  Customers can also order 21- or 22-inch light alloy wheels with a mirror polished silver or graphite matte polished finish.
Interior changes are relatively minor but the company offers a carbon fiber trim package that is available in a variety of colors and finishes.

Source: Caractere Exclusive

09 December 2014

Porsche Cayenne White Dream Edition by Anderson Germany

Anderson Germany is introducing a "White Dream Edition" of the Porsche Cayenne which comes with an extensive list of upgrades. Yesterday we saw Wald International's SEMA-bound Cayenne Turbo Black Bison Edition and now we take a look at Anderson Germany's White Dream Edition. The car has received a wide body kit encompassing a front apron, hood, enlarged front and rear wings, side sills and apron. It also has redesigned exterior mirrors, rear diffuser and spoiler together with carbon fiber front and rear air inlets.
The German SUV now sits on massive 22-inch alloys and packs 600 bhp (447 kW) under its hood as a result of an engine remap and a new three-pipe valve exhaust system. Other changes include tinted windows and LED undercar illumination which is automatically turned off in 90 seconds after opening/closing the doors.
Step inside the cabin and you will find front/rear LED footwell lighting and crocodile leather upholstery which can be found in the boot as well. There's a new sports steering wheel and a high-end entertainment system with headrest-mounted monitors, together with several carbon fiber applications and black chrome accents.

Source: Anderson Germany

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