While there hasn’t been much in the way of details for the P9552 Black Edition other than it will be loaded with “innovative functions” and offer “excellent sound and image reproduction” along with a fingerprint reader for security, we do know it just picked up the 2009 Good Design Award and the iF Product Design Award.
“Black is the color of Porsche Design”, says Dr. Juergen Gessler, CEO of Porsche Design Group (Porsche Lizenz- und Handelsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG). “Black has characterized us from the start. The very first product from the Porsche Design brand was a pitch black watch – that was revolutionary at the time and caused a worldwide stir. As is typical for Porsche Design, the black has a functional background: the Chronograph I is derived from the appearance of the non-reflective instruments used in racing cars, in which everything right down to the instruments is matt black. This avoids unwanted reflections and guarantees easy readability.”
It couldn’t get much simpler really, duct-tape a hitch type device thing to the four-wheeler and the other end to an old axle, mount some sort of seat – let’s face it, a lawn chair would have worked just as well – to the input shaft of the diff, and voila, you’re ready to start looking for the next big punchline to a Jeff Foxworthy joke. — (Cue – dude who so wants a go but is gonna wait and drink his beer until someone else goes first.) [click to continue…]
Lee Noble is currently working on a new two-seater supercar under the banner of Fenix Automotive out of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The new LS9 mid-engine equipped offering will feature a double wishbone suspension and space-frame chassis, and utilize the masterminds involved with the Noble M12 build. [click to continue…]
Images of this beauty surfaced over at TopSpeed, but there wasn’t a whole heap of info on the latest Audi TT overhauled by OETTINGER, one TS reader claims it’s not an OETTINGER build but rather a privately owned TT with the German tuners parts slapped on. We’re not sure we’re falling for that, these images suggest a certain professionalism, not exactly an iPhone snapshot.
The last OETTINGER TT we remember is the 2007 silver, re-tuned coupe with an impressive minimalist-type body kit where they installed a larger turbocharger, a new charge-air cooler, and modified the fuel delivery system to deliver 350 horsepower and 347lb-ft of torque. Continue for more images – [click to continue…]
Detroit was not prepared for the demonstration organized by SAAB lovers that descended upon its streets today. The convoy rolled in windows down, radios cranking out Twisted Sister’s ‘We’re not gonna take it’, and all eleven of their ‘SAVE SAAB’ posters a wavin’.
This quirky but ardent bunch of fruit loops made their way from states as far away as Kentucky, Iowa, and New Jersey (I always wondered where these people lived – makes sense now), one was even introduced as hailing from parts unknown.
We’re not even sure if GM execs noticed them down there, but by-golly if they had, I’m sure they would have thought twice about letting the Swedish car brand die. The crowd repeatedly belted out the Twisted Sister lyrics from behind those moustached upper lips from early morning to mid-afternoon;
oh You’re So Condescending,
your Gall Is Never Ending,
we Don’t Want Nothin’, Not A Thing From You….
Until a passer-by pointed out that they did, in fact, want a thing from them, more SAABs. As the defeated throng dispersed, heads hung low, a window opened from the GM building and an individual who shall remain nameless at this time, summed up their days efforts by finishing the verse for them;
Your Life Is Trite And Jaded,
Boring And Confiscated,
If That’s Your Best, Your Best Won’t Do….
If you’re a closet SAAB owner, or were actually there today, why not give yourself goosebumps by checking out the Twisted Sister classic and relive the 80’s attitude of Dee Schneider below. [click to continue…]
There doesn’t appear to be much this beast can’t do, with its 7ft of reach from each wheel. That’s 7ft up or down, any wheel, and each limb can be individually controlled hydraulically, or all they can be locked in together.
39.5” tires are churned through chains running inside the swing arms mated to humvee gear reduction hubs at the wheels, and power come courtesy of a ’93 Mustang Cobra 5.0 – can’t say this would have been my first thought for such a powerplant but hey – a C4 transmission was salvage from an old Ford Bronco along with the transfer case and assembled with a 5.38 gears and a ARB air locker that sits below the driver, there wasn’t really much room for it go anywhere else once the beverage cooler/armrest was installed. It all come down to priorities. [click to continue…]
The supercharged LSA will be the most powerful engine Cadillac has ever offered, putting down 556 horses with 551ft-lb of acceleration delivering a 0-60mph time in the region of 3.9 seconds, and next week in Detroit enthusiasts will get a peak at the new two door.
The current luxury mid-sized four-door CTS-V sedan has already stamped down its authority in the market place as the real deal, and the lack of competitors at Bob Lutz CTS-V Challenge back in October confirmed Cadillac not only offer top of the line luxury, but a truly high performance drive-able sedan others, such as BMW and Jag, fear. [click to continue…]
On last night’s Top Gear the Stig was thrown the keys to a Lexus LFA and unfortunately when the Stig-meister graced them with his presence it was a very wet afternoon, so we don’t get a true look at what he could have done with the 550hp Lexus supercar, yet he did manage to set a wet track record, but before they let the Stig loose, they let pint-sized Richard Hammond deliver his take on the Japanese company’s first attempt at such an offering. Now, we’re hoping the graphics, cartoons or whatever it was suppose to be was a one off and we won’t have to endure our favorite car show crossed with Nickelodeon again, but that said, we have to agree with their conclusion that the beast looks awesome, sounds awesome, and totally is awesome, but we suspect someone may have been smoking crack when they decided to set the price of the supercar that doesn’t do 1158mph at a ridiculous 340,000GBP, which we’re not exactly a hundred percent sure where that price come from when we expected a price tag somewhere around $375,000, considerably less than the Britons tell us it’ll cost. [click to continue…]
Dodge have decided their modern-muscle could use a little something extra, if anybody knows how to give a Dodge muscle car a little something extra it’s Mopar, and when you hear Mopar, Challenger, and ‘Performance’ all in the same title you’d be forgiven for starting to drool in anticipation, but you can go ahead and wipe that bottom lip because all you’re getting here is a slew of ‘for-appearance-only’ plastic attachments, a handful of shiney parts, and some stickers. That said, add it to an R/T and you’ve got a pretty bad ass ride. [click to continue…]
Being New Years Day n all, I had intended to lounge around all day and get back to writing next week, but then I see that the founder of Weblogs Inc. and self-pronounced cereal entrepreneur, Jason Calacanis is set to give away his Tesla Model S if……., there’s always an if! If enough people ‘follow him’ on his newly established Twitter account @auto to give him the number one spot as having the most ‘followers’, If that happens then he’ll select a follower at random to give the EV to.
That top spot is currently held by ‘actor and cougar-catcher’ – as described by Autoblog – Ashton Kutcher who has 4,255,387 followers! That’s a lot of cougars!
So for your chance to win, just follow this link and ‘follow’ @auto then retweet the heck out it!
Travis Pastrana, 26 year old extreme sports junkie, had the perfect start to 2010 by pulling off a record breaking jump in his Subaru rally car from Pine St. Pier in Long Beach, California to a ramped barge 250-or-so-feet out in the harbor. ‘Official’ measurements seem to be coming in anywhere from 268 to 272-feet, either way the new record smashes team-mate Ken Blocks previous record of 171-ft set back in 2006 by approximately 100-ft.
Pastrana milked the 20,000+ crowd for all they were worth, starting off with a warm-up teaser run down the 1000-ft run to the launch ramp,he then backed up and unleashed the car down the runway one more time, reaching a top speed of 90mph and shot through the air in the perfect jump. I have to say, the Subaru looked pretty sweet floating through the air, and while control after the landing was kind of ugly due to the dew that had coated the landing ramp, the actual landing was perfect.
“The flight was awesome, I couldn’t have asked for anything better.” Pastrana said, “There’s a 40-foot window where I wasn’t going to break or die, and I hit it right in the middle.”
Had Travis been able to control the landing, and not crash into the fence at the end of the barge, he planned to celebrate with donuts, but seeing as how that was no longer an option he squeezed out of the Red Bull Impreza and celebrated with a back flip off the landing ramp in to the frigid waters below, and unlike the ’99 X-Games where he jumped his motorbike into the Frisco bay in celebration consequently losing his gold medal and prize money, this dip was well-received. Continue for Video. [click to continue…]