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eBay Find of the Day: MINI John Cooper Works CHALLENGE racer

12/31/2008   [Original: eBay via MotoringFile via Autoblog]
Category: Motorsports, Auctions, MINI

Click above for a hi-res gallery of the MINI JCW CHALLENGE racer on eBay

There are a lot of one-make racing series' being held around the world using exotic equipment like Porsche 911 GT3 Cups, Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeos and Ferrari F430 Challenges, but devastatingly fast as they are, none are as impossibly adorable as the MINI John Cooper Works CHALLENGE, rivaled only by the Fiat 500 Abarth Assetto Corse for go-fast cuteness. But while the series takes place in locations around the world, the U.S. series has yet to take off. For most American MINI racing enthusiasts, that will mean holding out a while longer to get their hands on the hottest MINI yet. But at least one sufficiently motivated buyer can have one now.

This solitary American example was privately imported by a buyer in California, who drove it for two hours around Infineon Raceway at Sears Point before deciding to put it up on eBay. The car's features a full race package, including 17" Borbet alloys, adjustable competition-spec suspension and aero kit, electronic telemetry system, AP Racing brakes, competition exhaust, fire suppression system, Recaro buckets with 6-point harnesses and more. Of course, the car is in no way street legal, but it can be had for a Buy-it-Now price of $64,900. Act fast, though... the auction ends today.

Gallery: MINI JCW CHALLENGE racer on eBay

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Racers from Germany and France announced for Pixar's CARS 2

04/09/2011   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Etc., Toys

Max Schnell in Pixar's CARS 2

Two new characters from Pixar's CARS 2 - Click above to view all of the new characters

Pixar has released more goodies this week about its upcoming sequel, CARS 2, due to hit theaters in the U.S. on June 24. What we have for you today are the cars representing Germany and Spain in the movie's championship race, the World Grand Prix.

First up is Max Schnell, who not only represents Deutschland, but also appears to be carrying the torch for all DTM racers in CARS 2. His last name, Schnell, is also a nice touch, being the German word for 'fast'. He hails from Stuttgart, which is the home of both Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, but we think his design is actually inspired by the Audi A4, hence him wearing the #4. He's also won more races at the Motorheimring (Pixar-speak for Nürburgring, and also German for Motorhome-ring) than any other car in the World Torque Champion League (Pixar-speak again for World Touring Car Championship).

Miguel Camino in Pixar's CARS 2Next up, representing the country of Spain, is Miguel Camino, who hails from Pamplona. Miguel gained fame in his homeland by participating in the famous Running of the Bulldozers and competing as a toreador in the dozer ring. He now races as car #5 in the Grand Touring Sport circuit. If we had to venture a guess at who Miguel is modeled after, we'd say Spanish F1 champ Fernando Alonso. Why? The shape of his headlights suggest a Ferrari influence, and Spain's real greatest racer drives for Ferrari in Formula One.

Finally, Pixar has also released some cool retro posters promoting the World Grand Prix in each of the four locations it's raced. Check them out in the second gallery below, and follow the jump to watch turntable videos of Max Schnell and Miguel Camino.

Gallery: CARS 2 Characters

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Gallery: CARS 2 World Grand Prix retro posters

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Video: MEV rocks up with electric mini Hummer HX

06/08/2011   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Concept Cars, SUVs, Videos, HUMMER, Electric

2011 MEV Hummer HX

2011 MEV Hummer HX - Click above to watch the video after the jump

The 2008 Hummer HX concept was supposed to be General Motors' answer to the Jeep Wrangler. To put it mildly, that failed to materialize. General Motors killed Hummer as part of its bankruptcy-induced limb severing in 2009, before the HX could be brought to fruition as the H4, as had been rumored.

For those of you who wish the HX had indeed surfaced, we have some excellent news: My Electric Vehicle, or MEV, has appropriated the HX concept, added an electric drivetrain and created the MEV Hummer HX. The MEV HX is a fully electric golf cart resort vehicle, licensed by GM and sporting Hummer wheels and skid plates.

We're still trying to figure out if the MEV Hummer HX has any practical purpose, which could take some time. While we're doing that, feel free to hop the jump to see a video of the $16,000 electric Hummer knockoff in action.

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Project Kahn offers a Facelift for the Audi A8

06/27/2006   [Original: Project Kahn; a tip of the hat to Fourtitude via Autoblog]
Category: Aftermarket, Sedans/Saloons, Audi

If the Audi A8's stock wheels do nothing for you, or if the ride height as delivered from the factory still makes you think of a pickup truck, Project Khan has the fix. The British/Italian tuner starts with its 21" RS-X wheels (9.5" wide in the front and 11" out back), and then fits the vehicle with its TUV-approved electronic lowering module to drop the big sedan by 1.5". Privacy tint is applied to the glass, and to top off the modifications, a bespoke exhaust system with twin bazooka-sized machined 90mm tips is installed. There's no word on what effect the changes have to the performance of Audi's flagship, but we think that the modifications achieve subtle but very pleasing visual results. We also can't speak to the pricing of the package, but you know what they say about having to ask...

There are a couple more shots of the black bullet posted after the jump.

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eBay Find of the Day: Copperhead Cobra

09/20/2006   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Auctions, Supercars

If you thought 50 Cent was crazy for taking his Lamborghini to Alsa Corp to be painted with a chrome finish, you will flip when you see this. For about 17,500,000 pennies, you can own this Cobra replica that's been skinned in copper. The aptly titled Copper Head Corba is an example of the roadsters that Kirkham Motorsports has hand-built in a former Polish jet factory. Kirkham Motorsports' claim to fame is its aluminum bodied cars, which utilize the same skills necessary to create an aluminum skin on a Mach 2 capable aircraft. The factory in Poland used their expertise to apply sheets of formed copper over the steel chassis. David Kirkham et al also created a '40 Ford convertible based on the Ford GT with sheets of this brilliant material. Copper certainly is taking off as a fashionable material for the home, but this special Cobra is truly one of a kind.

Thanks for the tip Mike.

We took the liberty to snags some more photos from the seller's gallery, you will find them after the jump.

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eBay Find of the Day: Alice Cooper's Supercharged Mustang GT

11/12/2006   [Original: eBay via MustangBlog via Autoblog]
Category: Coupes, Sports/GTs, Auctions, Ford

Alice Cooper 2005 Mustang GT

Alice Cooper is a serious car guy, and as you might expect, his garage has seen its share of cool toys pass through. Those who watched this past January's Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale may remember Cooper's sublime '39 Lincoln Zephyr, which changed hands for $248,000. Well, Matt over at MustangBlog shot us a note letting us know that another one of Alice's machines is on the block, this time over at the virtual auction house for everyman: eBay.

The car in question is a black 2005 Mustang GT pushing out over 500 horsepower (535, according to a graphic on the car itself) with a little help from things like a Paxton blower and intercooler and Billy Boat exhaust. An automatic transmission tackles the duty of wrangling those ponies to the rear wheels. It looks good too, sporting a Shaker hood (very sweet), red racing stripe, and red line tires that look right at home on the neo-retro Mustang.

"No More Mr. Nice Guy," the title of one of the well-known songs off the rocker's Billion Dollar Babies album, is emblazoned on the quarter panels under the "GT" badging. Those who don't heed the subtle warning may find themselves getting dusted should they decide to get frisky with the car at a stoplight. If you're interested, head on over to eBay and check it out. Bidding starts at $30,000 and yes, there is a reserve to meet.

(Additional photos after the jump)

Alice Coopers's Supercharged 2005 Mustang GT

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PSA Peugeot Citroen, Bosch working on compressed-air, battery-free hybrid

01/27/2013   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Emerging Technologies, Hybrid, GM, PSA, Citroen, Peugeot

PSA Hybrid Air

Nike single-handedly popularized the term "swoosh." If a new and unexpected project works out as planned, PSA Peugeot Citroen might do the same with "whoosh."

PSA Peugeot Citroen is working on a drivetrain that would hybridize a conventional engine with compressed air in one of the automaker's B-segment compact hatchbacks. The vehicle, which could go into production as soon as 2016, would include a hydraulic pump that allows the car to run in all-gasoline, all-air or combined (aka "hybrid air") modes. The system, which is being developed with Bosch, could offer more than 80 miles per gallon (on the more lenient European driving cycle) without the need for a big hybrid battery. PSA Peugeot Citroen is ultimately looking to develop an air hybrid that would get 118 miles per gallon.

Additionally, a PSA Peugeot Citroen spokesman tells Automotive News that General Motors may use the air hybrid system as well. Early last year, GM acquired a seven-percent stake in PSA Peugeot Citroen as part of an agreement in which the two companies plan to share vehicle platforms and components. PSA Peugeot Citroen's press release is available below.

Other air cars (not hybrids like this one) have been tried before, but the promises we heard about those didn't always turn out.

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Paris Motor Show: Peugeot 908 RC concept

09/29/2006   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Concept Cars, Sedans/Saloons, Euro, Paris Motor Show, Supercars, PSA

Our man on the ground in Paris John Neff is reporting on one the most imposing, scariest car at the show: the sinister Peugeot 908 RC. The concept sedan shares its engine with the 908 Le Mans , a 5.5-liter HDi V12 turbodiesel pumping out an earth-shattering 700 horsepower, driving through a six-speed sequential gearbox.

Constructed of a carbon composite and aluminum, the sedan is capable of reaching over 300 km/h and covering a kilometer from a standstill in a scant 22 seconds. To get the enormous 5-meter-long sedan back to a standstill, the car is equipped with the latest carbon ceramic brakes from Brembo with 6 pistons up front and four in the rear.

Check out our previous posts for the full specs and even a couple of videos, and follow the jump for more photos from the show floor, factory-sourced press pics, and even a few design sketches.

Related posts:

  • Video: Peugeot 908 RC concept
  • Paris 2006: Peugeot 908 RC Concept - UPDATED

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RR of the Day: Camaro goes around, comes around

10/27/2006   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Time Warp, Coupes, Sports/GTs, Chevrolet, RR of the Day

Another Camaro entry was submitted to the Autoblog Flickr pool, and while certainly not as significant as the first two Camaros we featured this week, Flickr member Lex9000's 1986 Chevy Camaro IROC Z has an interesting story nonetheless. Lex had always wanted a third-gen Camaro in black and he finally found one in good condition back in January of 2001. He got to enjoy the car for one Utah summer until financial trouble forced him to sell it the following October. In October of 2005, Lex was cruising the car lots when he happened upon a similar looking third-gen Camaro. You can guess what happened next. Turns out the Camaro on the lot was the same one Lex was forced to give up exactly four years and one day earlier.

We're not going to pretend that 1986 was as good a year for the Camaro as 1967, because it assuredly wasn't. The pony cars were still recovering from being neudered after a couple of oil shortages, and this particular car was distributing what power it did make through a four-speed automatic. Still, Lex apparently has fun with it and has installed a set of Z06 wheels that look positively strange on a Camaro, seats from a 1995 Camaro Z/28 and tinted the glass. In his own words he says, "Four years and a day after I sold her, I had my baby back. I'll never sell her again."

It's the age old tale of boy meets car, boy sells car, boy and car reunite and live happily ever after. How many of you have ever come across vehicles you've parted with out on the street again? It's an awkward situation that happened to me before, and while I didn't offer to buy the car back, I did wonder if the new owner was taking care of it as well as I had.

We're still willing to continue our Camaro theme this week if more submissions come pouring in, but if not we have no problem dipping deeper into the pool to find something special for you. Follow the jump to find out how to submit your vehicle for our RR of the Day feature.

How to submit to RR of the Day:

Create a Flickr account if you don't already have one. Search for and join the group called 'Autoblog RR of the Day'. Upload up to three photos of your ride to your own account at a size no larger than 450 pixels wide if possible and include as much information about it and yourself as possible. Even if your ride is sweet, it will not be chosen if there's not a lot of info accompanying it. Click on each photo and just above the picture it will say "Send to group". Click that and select the Autoblog group. You're done, that's it!

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SEMA: Mazda CX-7 running on Adrenaline

11/01/2006   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Aftermarket, Concept Cars, SEMA, Crossovers/CUVs, Mazda

Though you would think the MazdaSpeed booth would be filled with examples of the MazdaSpeed3 tuned to within an inch of its tires, the CX-7 was actually the darling of this display. No other CX-7 in the MazdaSpeed booth could come close to the Adrenaline concept in terms of presence, which sounds about right considering the design director in charge of its build was Frank von Holzhausen, the designer behind the amped up Kabura concept that debuted at the 2006 Detroit auto show. The Adenaline's exterior features a completely new front clip with a raised hood element containing two vents. The headlight clusters are all new, too. The CUV is droped on a JTC coil-over suspension setup that takes the lower front fascia with its two Modena-like air intakes and new chin spoiler right to the show floor. The whole exterior is awash in color shifting yellow paint from Nippon that fades to white in the light. MazdaSpeed brought the Zoom-Zoom too by dropping in a Rhys Millen-modified version of the CX-7's turbo-four that produces 300 horsepower, which we imagine is the bare min needed to twist those 22-inch EXE wheels. Brembo brakes take the edge off of when things get out of hand, and credit must be given for the installation of a six-speed manual transmission so you can row your own boat. Mazda Design North American also redid the interior with new leather seat coverings, a built-in iPod dock, DVD system, new gauges, and floor covering. The Adrenaline was a nice surprise from the boys and girls at MazdaSpeed, as the team hadn't released info on their plans prior to the event.

Follow the jump for more pics and a complete listing of modifications for the Mazda Adrenaline.


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