Category: Automotive

Audi To Build R4 Electric Roadster

Audi R4 Electric Roadster

Audi R4 Electric Roadster

This new Audi R4 is due out in 2012.  With so many electric models out and new models being announced, it seems, weekly, Audi is getting in to the mix now.

The Audi R4 Electric Roadster will be a direct competitor to the Tesla Roadster which starts at $109,000, however there is no word on pricing for the R4.

“As in the e-Tron, the electric R4 Tesla fighter will be powered by a lithium-ion battery pack with four electric motors, one for each wheel. In lieu of a traditional power plant, the 1,036-pound lithium-ion battery will be placed in the middle of the car. The entire e-Tron concept weighs just 3,527 pounds and delivers a range of about 150 miles on a full charge, specifications that could change slightly as the production model moves into the prototype stage.” – InsideLine.com

Audi R4 Electric Roadster

Audi R4 Electric Roadster

The video below is said to be the cheaper Volkswagen version, called the BlueSport Concept.

Resources: http://www.insideline.com/audi/audi-to-build-r4-electric-roadster.html

Spy Video: 2011 Toyota FT-86 on the Nurburgring

Video Courtesy of www.FT86Club.com .

The plane of the future, fits in your garage!

I need one of these!  But for the $139,000 price tag I might just buy a real plane.

It’s the Icon A5.  A two seat, single engine amphibious airplane that can fold up to fit in your garage.  I do like the interior though.

http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/index.php?cl=16124376

Thoughts??

2010 Nissan 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition

2009 Nissan 370Z

2009 Nissan 370Z

 The Nissan 350z, Infiniti G35 Coupe, and their new big brothers 370z and G37 have made some great visual improvments.  Not only that, but they have raised the hp to 332 which is 17 more hp than in the 2010 V8-powered (and heavier) Mustang GT.   A couple other impressive specs to note are the 0-60 time of 5.1 sec and the 60-0 length of 101 feet.  By the way that’s about on par with Nissan’s GT-R supercar.

 “Forty years ago, the Datsun 240Z appeared in the U.S. and the (now Nissan) Z car has had a loyal following ever since. To celebrate four decades of its affordable sports car, Nissan is launching a 40th anniversary edition of the 370Z in 2010.”

Here is a picture of the 40th Anniversary Edition.  Being a special edition of a sports car it only comes with a 6 speed manual transmission.  You get a third peddle folks!

2010 Nissan 370z 40th Anniversary Edition

2010 Nissan 370z 40th Anniversary Edition

Sources:
http://www.edmunds.com/nissan/370z/2009/review.html

http://www.caranddriver.com/news/car/09q4/2010_nissan_370z_40th_anniversary_edition-car_news 
Images Courtesy: CarAndDriver.com

GPS Improving Driver Safety?

I swear I’m not affiliated with Ford, nor do I even own a Ford, but some research that they have invested $4 million dollars in may produce some technology and safety breakthroughs.  The investment is for Auburn University research and 16 safety programs. 

“The satellites track the speed and direction of a car, the road ahead and current conditions to calculate whether an accident is probable. If so, the satellites can communicate with the car’s stability-control system to help avoid it.”

It is a little scary that something in the sky could apply my brakes and steer my car to avoid a wreck.  Sounds like a Knight Rider episode!

(Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

MSN Blog Article

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo MR Touring Edition

I’m starting to like this new 2010 Evo X.  Mitsubishi has given some creature comforts to the MR  Touring models

“The big news is the addition of a Touring package for Evolution MR models. Springing for an MR Touring (pictured above and in the gallery) nets extra sound insulation, a powered sunroof, power and heated leather seats, and automatic wipers and headlights.”

I remember when the WRX first came out and it was like a rally car.  No sunroof option.  Nothing special for the interior at all.  It was a high horsepower turbo 4 street legal rally car.  This class of cars have really come a long.

Car and Driver article

Ford recalls 4.5 million vehicles over fire hazard

When I read this, I realized most these cars got crushed from the Cash for ClunkersFord Windstar program anyway!

“NHTSA warns consumers to be aware of certain vehicle conditions that could signal a possible problem, such as a cruise control system that stops working or can’t be activated, brake lights that stop working, brake lights and ABS warning lights that illuminate on the dashboard, or the inability to shift the vehicle out of the park position.”

Don’t most Fords eventually have at least one of these issues??  I think if it can’t shift out of park then it’s pretty safe…not moving.

  • 1995-2003 Ford Windstar
  • 2000-2003 Ford Excursion diesel
  • 1993-1997 and 1999-2003 Ford Super Duty diesel
  • 1992-2003 Ford Econoline
  • 1995-2002 Ford Explorers and Mercury Mountaineer
  • 1995-1997 and 2001-2003 Ford Ranger
  • 1994 Ford F53 motor home

http://blogs.consumerreports.org/cars/2009/10/ford-recalls-45-million-vehicles-over-fire-hazard.html?EXTKEY=I91CONL&CMP=OTC-ConsumeristRSS

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