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2012 Nissan GT-R Preview

When the rumored R35 Skyline started its development, many enthusiasts couldnt believe that there was still room to improve the greatst Japanese Muscle car.  When the GT-R debuted though the performance ability was blistering and impressed everyone in the industry.  That was in 2007 when the Nissan GT-R was turning lap times of 7 minutes and 38 seconds around the Nurburgring.

With an additional 45 HP and shaving 12 seconds from its 2007 lap time, somehow, Nissan has managed to improve on what has already been called an unimaginable level of performance.  The last official lap time recorded was 7:26.70 but an even quicker lap of 7:24.22 this year.  2 seconds over a track as long as the ‘ring is mind boggling. 

Here it is, the all new and somehow improved 2012 Nissan GT-R:

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Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 – A New Reference Among Super Sports Cars – New Video Available

With the Aventador LP 700-4, Automobili Lamborghini is redefining the very pinnacle of the world super sports car market brutal power, outstanding lightweight engineering and phenomenal handling precision are combined with peerless design and the very finest equipment to deliver an unparalleled driving experience. With the Aventador, Lamborghini is taking a big step into the future and building on the glorious history of the brand with the next automotive legend. The first customers will take delivery of the new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 in late summer 2011. Available video includes general views, edited packages and new still images.
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McLaren Automotive and the Groundbreaking new MP4-12C: the Vision

The first MP4-12C production car entered the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) General Assembly Hall in Woking, England. A new £40m manufacturing facility, the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) is currently under construction adjacent to the MTC site, and will open in spring 2011. McLaren Automotive will transfer production of the 12C from the existing MTC assembly line to the MPC in April. A range of premium carbon-based high-performance sports cars from components that are bespoke, innovative and unique, will then start to be distributed to a dedicated network of 35 retailers in 19 countries around the world. With the new McLaren Production Centre fully operational, it is anticipated that McLaren will build up to 4,000 cars across its model range annually by the middle of the decade, a figure that will account for between three and four percent of the annual global market for premium sports cars.

McLaren MP4-12C Sets New Performance and Efficiency Standards

Through a combination of carbon fibre expertise, innovative Formula 1-inspired technologies and development programmes, the new McLaren MP4-12C has redefined high-performance sports car benchmarks. The 12C has been created at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, UK under the same roof as McLaren Racing and the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team. McLaren Automotive’s vehicle development team has been testing prototype versions of the innovative new McLaren MP4-12C high-performance sports car around the world since 2007. And the development programme recently completed the car’s final ‘sign-off’ 1,000 mile development drive. The Formula 1 simulator enabled the first 12C prototypes to deliver remarkable dynamic performance. Four Production Prototype 12C’s (PP7, PP9, PP10, PP11) departed McLaren’s Woking headquarters for the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve race circuit in Portugal taking a detour en-route to a Spanish proving ground to log the car’s definitive and ground-breaking performance times. All four PP 12C’s arrived in Portimão where they undertook further ‘sign-off’ tests.

New BMW E92 M3 Performance Exhaust

An M3 performance exhaust sounds like an oxymoron but BMW have done it yet again.

Made of Inconel Alloy, this new exhaust provides an amazing sound at nearly half the weight.  Because of its properties, Inconel construction allows the side walls of the M3 exhaust to be reduced from 1.5mm to .8mm, cutting nearly 20 lbs off the current exhaust.

M Performance parts are warranted for the New Vehicle Limited Warranty period when the installation occurs before the first delivery of a new vehicle. If the M Performance parts installation occurs after the first delivery, the accessory will be warranted for the balance of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty period or two years and unlimited mileage from the date of installation, whichever one is greater.

To be honest, the car has never sounded better.  But is it worth the $4,374?  See for yourself…

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Bentley Breaking The Ice…speed record

Four time World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen achieved a new world record in the Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible on the frozen waters of the Baltic Sea.

205.48 mph!

With AWD and a 6 Liter, 12 cylinders the Supersports convertible managed this feat on E85 bioethanol, demonstrating the companies dedication to C02 efficiency.  No easy task considering the minus 30 degree weather, sudden snow blizzards and potentially dangerous crosswinds.

How do you trust an over 2.5 ton missile?  Having se tthe record previously, Juha and a team of engineers set the car up with a fully welded roll cage and Pirelli Sotto Zero II 275/40/R20s.  Front and rear spoilers to provide optimum high speed stability as well as a rear bumper mounted parachute, in case of an emergency.

Having called this successful attempt an amazing feat, Bentley’s new Chairman and Chief Executive, Wolfgang Durheimer says that they will be celebrating the achievement with a very special “extreme” Bentley.  A limited edition of just 100 examples of this most extreme Bentley will be made and is scheduled to make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1st.

Lotus looks to Upmarket Brand

Lotus Elan

In an interview this week from Autocar Wolf Zimmerman- Lotus Engineering Chief, stated that Lotus plans to raise its quality to the standards set by supercar makers such as Ferrari, Aston Martin and Lamborghini. Lotus is set to use rivet-bonded aluminium spaceframes and part-stressed aluminium skins on all five of the sports cars it revealed in Paris, the Elan, Elite, Espirt, Eterne and the Elise. Zimmerman also stated that the Elise’s 2.0 powerplant will no longer be supplied from Toyota even though the V8 and V6 motors will still be sourced from them.

AMS runs their beastly 9 second GTR

The guys over at AMS are not new to the game as Im a particular fan of the AMS EVO VIII but they still never cease to amaze. Equipped with their Alpha 10 Package they have bolstered the GTR to a monstorous 1,100HP that thunders through the 1/4 mile in a blinding 9.3 seconds at 153MPH. Check out the video that uses the dramatic score from the movie Inception to setup a dynamic feel for such a rediculously fast Skyline that is sure to please.

AMS Alpha 10 GT-R goes 9.3@153 MPH – Full video from AMS Performance.com on Vimeo.

Spicing up the beast: The Porsche RENM 997 RM580

The guys from down under at RENM Performance are no strangers to taking strong proven platforms and giving them a boost of performance and flair all their own. Some of their other high profile concepts come from platforms such as the Audi R8, Ferrari F430, and Lamborghini Murcielago just to name a few. Their take on the Porsche 997 code named the RM580 is one to see. By re-calibrating the ECU, adding a T309 stainless steel exhaust system that using sports catalytic converters with dual 70mm double end pipes, they improve on the already stout 500HP and bump it up to a respectable 580HP. This increase in power translates to a 0-60 time of 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 201MPH.

The upgrades available for the RM580 also include suspension upgrades that are compatible with the Porshe Active Suspension Management fitted (PASM) models. The program also comes with the option to add carbon fiber inserts and other interior upgrade options. These upgrades and modifications enhance an already powerful vehicle truly worthy of its Porsche pedigree.

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source: www.Renm-performance.com

Ultimate Ski accessory

As I went through my daily pass of auto blogs listings in my Greader I came across one of my favorite listings in Canibeat who always has a great post or 2 of great pictures of amazing Vehicles at artistic angles. Today they posted a beautiful car the Lamborghini LP670-4SV in one of the most interesting environment’s for it to be in… Snow. Check it:

Olsson follow cam… from Jon Olsson Video Blog on Vimeo.