SEMA Show 2009: Coming Soon to RevdCars.net!

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It’s that time of the year again when the automotive aftermarket convenes in Sin City to show off their wares for the new year. Although we’ve been hearing down the grapevine that exhibitor and attendee numbers will be down this year due to the state of the economy, we’re quite sure there will be plenty to see and explore in Las Vegas.

We at RevdCars will be headed out next week to take a look for ourselves and to bring you our take on this annual event. And to make things even more fun, Honda has provided us a Fit Sport with navigation to take on the trip. It’ll give us a great opportunity to review the car and save some money on gas at the same time!

So stay tuned to RevdCars.net for our on-the-spot coverage!

Detours of the Week – September 25, 2009

Daniel Lewis


From the BBC – Renault received thier sentencing for being involved with fixing last year’s F1 race in Singapore. Thier sentence was a two year suspension, as well as Flavio Briatore, the now former team principal (boss), being banned for life from all FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) events. During an interview with Fernando Alonso (who finished 3rd at this past weekend’s race), Fernando announced that his victory was for Flavio Briatore. I wonder how many more times Briatore’s name will come up in the last three races of the season. 


From TotalFilm.com – This week I found out that there will be an A-Team movie coming out one June 11th, 2010. I originally found out about this when I heard that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson removed himself from a contracted UFC fight because it conflicted with filming for the movie The A-Team. A-Team fans will be happy to know that the van will remain the same. Will this increase GM sales?


From Acura – Acura announces that they will now offer a six-speed manual transmission for the 2010 Acura TL SH-AWD (starts at $42,385). It seems to me that Acura has finally listened to some of the cries from its performance-minded owners. For the 2010 model year, Acura introduced a V6 version of the TSX, and now a manual transmission for their TL. Lets hope that Acura stays on this route.

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What Does A Clunker’s Last Clunk Sound Like?

Daniel Lewis

Recently, CARS (Car Allowance Rebate System) has sent out step-by-step directions on how to disable a “clunker”:

“Engine Disablement Procedures for the CARS Program
THIS PROCEDURE IS NOT TO BE USED BY THE VEHICLE OWNER

Perform the following procedure to disable the vehicle engine.

1. Obtain solution of 40% sodium silicate/60% water. (The Sodium Silicate (SiO2/Na2O) must have a weight ratio of 3.0 or greater.)
2. Drain engine oil for environmentally appropriate disposal.
3. Install the oil drain plug.
4. Since the procedure is intended to render the engine inoperative, drive or move the vehicle to the desired area for disablement.
5. Pour enough solution in the engine through the oil fill for the oil pump to circulate the solution throughout the engine. Start by adding 2 quarts of the solution, which should be sufficient in most cases.

CAUTION: Wear goggles and gloves. Appropriate protective clothing should be worn to prevent silicate solution from coming into contact with the skin.

6. Replace the oil fill cap.
7. Start the engine.
8. Run engine at approximately 2000 rpm (for safety reasons do not operate at high rpm) until the engine stops. (Typically the engine will operate for 3 to 7 minutes. As the solution starts to affect engine operation, the operator will have to apply more
throttle to keep the engine at 2000 rpm.)
9. Allow the engine to cool for at least 1 hour.
10. With the battery at full charge or with auxiliary power to provide the power of a fully charged battery, attempt to start the engine.
11. If the engine will not operate at idle, the procedure is complete.
12. If the engine will operate at idle, repeat steps 7 through 11 until the engine will no longer idle.
13. Attach a label to the engine that legibly states the following:

This engine is from a vehicle that is part of the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS). It has significant internal damage caused by operating the engine with a sodium silicate solution (liquid glass) instead of oil.

14. File this document in the file for the new vehicle purchase. ” Cars.gov

Which doesnt sound that harsh at all, until you watch the video:

That must be what a dying Transformer sounds like. Wait a minute, could this be part of a storyline in the next Transformers movie? I hope not, the car sounds terrible.

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Now, You Can Even Drink Motorsports

Daniel Lewis

I think this is the sweetest wine bottle I’ve ever seen. I don’t really care what it tastes like. What I do know is that I want a bottle of this in my house. After searching through Google, it was pretty hard for me to find a price (~$70), and I still haven’t found a place where I could buy this bad boy.

Neil Ashmead GTS

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“Elderton’s Neil Ashmead GTS 2008 Grand Tourer Shiraz is a tribute wine who’s packaging celebrates the life and loves of the late Neil Ashmead, a passionate South Australian wine man who had a lust for life and a love of fast cars.

Playing on Neil’s passions and reflecting his outgoing personality, the design pays homage to the Holden GTS – complete with go-fast stripes, shark gills and topped with a 6-speed gear stick. A winner’s wreath neck-label completes the package.” TheDieline.com

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MPG Power Tour, May 2009

Daniel Lewis

As American Express would say, “Membership has its privileges.” And that’s certainly the case with membership in the Motor Press Guild.

At their latest Power Tour event, one designed to “open the doors” to some of the best private automotive collections around, we were treated to three stops. Starting with an immaculate collection of hot rods and customs, then a collection of race cars that competed in some of the hallmark open wheel events in the US, and a final stop at the newly opened Honda Museum, we were treated to sights that are not open to the public.

But that doesn’t mean we can share our experience with you. Check out the following photos of some of the baddest cars & race cars in Southern California and make sure you have a napkin on hand to wipe the drool from your face!

 

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The Latest Pony From Ferrari’s Stable

Daniel Lewis

Scuderia Ferrari, which means Ferrari Stable, is one of my favorite stables to stay up to date with. While everyone may have been talking about “Mine That Bird” from the Kentucky Derby this past weekend, the pony that I was watching was the Ferrari 599XX. Here is Ferrari’s take on the newest speed demon to come out from its stables:

While based on the 599 GTB Fiorano ,with the same transaxle layout and engine type, this prototype is an extreme track car. Ferrari’s engineers have carried out extensive work on the engine’s combustion chambers and inlet and exhaust tracts. These modifications, combined with the fact that internal attrition has been reduced and the maximum revs have been boosted to 9,000 rpm, helped achieve the target power output of 700 hp at 9,000 rpm. Particular attention was also paid to cutting the weight of the engine unit components. This was achieved both by optimising forms – as in the new crankshaft – and adopting exclusive materials, as in the carbon-fibre used for the intake plenums. A new gearbox shift strategy cuts overall gear-change times to 60 ms.

The 599XX is characterised by an innovative electronic concept called the ‘High Performance Dynamic Concept’, which has been designed to get maximum performance from the car by managing the combination of the car’s mechanical limits with the potential of its electronic controls. The mechanical and electronic systems work together to get the maximum performance from the car under extreme high performance driving, for consistent lap times. The sporty handling has been improved thanks to the adoption of second generation SCM suspension system. Track usage is also made easier thanks to the new ‘virtual car engineer’, a screen in the car that provides a real-time indication of the vehicle’s efficiency.

The 599XX’s aerodynamics were honed in numerous Wind Tunnel test sessions with the result that the car now boasts 280 kg of down-force at 200 km/h (630 kg at 300 km/h). The front underside of the body is completely faired-in and the vents that channel hot air from the engine bay have been moved to the bonnet.

The ‘Actiflow™’ system increases down-force and/or cuts drag, depending on the car’s trim cornering conditions, courtesy of the use of a porous material in the diffuser and two fans in the boot, which channel the air flow from under the car out through two grilles next to the tail lights. Winglets have been added to the rear buttresses to increase downf-orce, while synthetic jets have also been incorporated into the rear of the car to control and smooth the air flow and to reduce drag. Ferrari’s engineers have also used F1-derived ‘doughnuts’, which partly cover the brake discs and wheel rim. These have the dual functions of improving aerodynamics and cooling the brakes.

In terms of the bodywork, composites and carbon-fibre have been widely used and the engineers drew on their experience in working with aluminium to reach the weight target. The development of increasingly high-performance materials has also benefited the carbon-ceramic braking system. The brake pads are now made from carbon-fibre, which means the callipers are smaller while guaranteeing the same efficiency. The new racing carbon-ceramic braking system also delivers shorter braking distances and is generally more efficient due to the weight saving.

The 599XX comes with slick tyres (29/67 R19 front and 31/71 R19 rear), specifically developed to maximise stability in cornering and increase lateral acceleration. They are fitted to 19 x 11J wheel rims at the front and 19 x 12J at the rear. Ferrari.com

These pictures of the new 599XX have just been released for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!!

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