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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

2010 DUB & OC Car Show

Normally you would think that a car show is a car show.  The thing about the DUB/OC show though, is its theme.  Many years ago 20″ wheels, or “DUBs” as they were known, were the hottest thing.  They were unheard of, exclusive and usually chrome with Massive lips and super low profile tires.  Since then the size of super expensive and exclusive shoes for your ride has changed so much the “DUB” as we know it is almost a thing of the past.  But the spirit of the DUB lives and is alive and well in Ocean City this weekend.

Because of this change in status more people have been able to enjoy entry into the wonderful world of Luxury, Shine and well lets face it…one of the greatest forms of automotive expression to date.  What I loved about this show is seeing well built Civics and Crown Vics next to Bentleys and “Caddy” Broughams.  The variety of cars that you find at the DUB/OC show is very dynamic which means there really is something for everyone.  From the customizable Kia Sol to a fully built drag Integra to the Rolls Royce Phantom Drop Head.

As a car enthusiast who is admittedly a little addicted to all things with an engine and wheels (sometimes without wheels) There really wasn’t anything that stood out about the show that I didn’t like.  The level of professional work that has gone into some of the ride here is so detailed and involved we talked to one owner for almost a solid 10 minutes just about the details of his build.  Now I know that on the surface 10 minutes doesn’t sound like much, but when your at a car show as large as this with so much to see 10 minutes seems more like 40.

If you missed this years OC show, I’m truly sorry to hear it.  But you can catch up in our gallery with the over 300 pictures and enjoy more of the coverage as we continue to write about some of the cars and companies we found at the ’10 DUB/OC car show.

College Park Tuning 2010

I had some free time on my hands this last weekend and decided to hit up the first tuner car meet that I have been to in a few years.  I had forgotten how much I missed hearing turbos on cars that didnt come with them stock.  Or seeing body kits and aftermarket wheels.

The tuner car sceen has changed alot in the lats 10 years and it seems that for once, no one is hopping on the latest fad or fashion and has decided to follow function verses form.  There are still a few gorups out there who are taking the function to the extreme but the majority of people seem to get the idea of “balance”, and it shows in the tuning.

The weather was really hot this last sunday and so were the cars.  Check out pics of our drive down, the show, and the ride back home.

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.

Stance Is Everything – Man, your missing out.

You have to admit, most americans don’t know anything about the rest of the world.  Even our next door neighbors the Canadians.  usually what pops to mind when you think of Canada is Niagra Falls, Maple Leaves and unfortunatly, the French.  Mostly the French.  Surely the last thing you would probably think about is a booming car culture.  Thanks to Dave Thomas, all that is going to change.

Poor Dave never stood a chance and was doomed from the start to be a true car enthusiast.  “I had a lot of hot wheels, transformers, slot cars, and remote control cars growing up.  It was nothing for me to spend all winter building model cars while watching what was TNN, now Spike, and trying to incorporate what I saw on TV into my models.  My dad was somewhat of a car nut as well…

“It didn’t hurt that my neighbor had a white challenger with tripple traps and a daily white IROC-Z either.  I also happened to live on the same street as Scott who runs Hot Rod Scotts (who did my exhaust) and I would see his 32 Ford in his garage quite often.

“In high school I took auto shop, or transportation technologies as it was called and was lucky enough to have an amazing teacher who didn’t just teach us maintenance but modification as well.  Working on a Lambo/Fiero kit car is still a highlight.

All this experience coudn’t have hurt when it came to his first car, an 85 BMW 325e which he did some of his own body work on.  Then there was his second vehicle, a Chevy Blazer that Dave pulled off a well done amp and box installation on and even created a custom center console for even more audio equipment.  Then there is his current ride, an 04 Mazda 3 GT which is in every sence of the word, clean.

Just in the few short interchanges that I have had with him, it is very easy to tell that Dave has a true love for cars that goes far deeper than just body kits and wheels.  Which is funny, because thats exactly where he has decided to make his Presence in the industry with his Automotive Blog – Stance Is Everything.

Just last year it hit Dave that there were no sites for our neighbors in the great north and decided that he would create a place where the Canadian car scene could be well represented and show everyone exactly how its done in the Provences.  Especially in his neck of the woods, the Greater Toronto Area.

“I was somewhat tired of seeing all these other automotive blogs and none based in the GTA, so I figured others were as well.  I wanted it to be a place people can visit that reflects their scene.  If I could do that and make a bunch of new friends along the way then the site has done it’s job.”

We all know it to be true.  Nothing brings a care togethe rbetter than the right offset wheel with a nice lip, just kissing the wheel arch with a perfect ride height.  So take a few minutes to check out his work and that of your fellow car nuts just north of us.  The site is well prepared and always has something new and exciting to check out.  At this rate it wont be long before you see Dave covering much larger industry shows like SEMA which is one of his future plans.

Check out some of Daves work here:

85 BMW 325e – http://www.stanceiseverything.com/2009/06/featured-ride-daves-1985-bmw-325e/

Chevy Blazer – http://www.stanceiseverything.com/2009/08/featured-ride-daves-1992-s10-blazer/

04 Mazda 3 GT – http://www.stanceiseverything.com/2009/09/girlfriend-shot-my-car/

http://www.stanceiseverything.com/2009/10/rolling-experiments-part1/

Police Give Speeding Cameras The Finger

In most cases when a ticket shows up in the mail you or I try our best to remmember if we were in that part of town or not on the date that picture shows.  If your anything like me, you can’t remember what you did yersterday, much less the week or two it takes for that citation to arrive.  So most people usually just cut the county a check and call it a day.

The bad thing about that is, alot of those citations that you would receive could really be for your mom, yeah.  Because her car was in the shop, yeaahh.  So you handed her the keys last month and shes not used to driving a fast car.  Yeah, thats the ticket.

The county on the other hand, doesnt care.  Not one bit.  So it is an acceptable flaw in the system for them, and because it requires much less effort, they simply ticket the owner that the vehicle is registered too.

Well well well.  Because this policy is enforced, the union for Montgomery County Police have advised officers to not pay tickets issued by the camera system because the vehicles are effectively owned and registered by the county.  This has led to some very interesting behaviors from the Montgomery County law enforcement agents.

Twice in as many weeks officers have been cought speeding past cameras while extending a middle finger.  In the last 8 months of 2007 there were 224 instances of officers being photographed doing 10 mile an hour over the speed limit.  76 Of those cases have been dismissed while some 3 YEARS later, two thirds of the remaining 148 citations remain unpaid.

No wonder a badge is known as The Shield

Source:  http://blog.motorists.org/maryland-police-refuse-to-pay-speed-camera-tickets/

Mazda Releases ’20th Anniversary’ Special Edition Roadster in Japan

The 20th Anniversary of the MX-5 Roadster, A.K.A. Miata in the U.S., truly is something to take note of.  Since its launch in 1989 the MX-5 has sold in excess of 860,000 units in approximately 60 countries.  After selling 800,000 units it was certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s most produced two-seat, open-top sports cars.

To commemorate 20 years of Mazda Roadster sales, Mazda Motor Corporation has released a Special Edition version for the Japanese Market.  The Mazda Roadster 20th Anniversary goes on sale today at all Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealerships nationwide.

The new 20th Anniversary is based on the MX-5 soft-top model with a six-speed manual transmission, while the VS Power Retractable Hard Top or RHT model is equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.

There are a host of features that sets the 20th Anniversary apart from the other MX-5 models.  Each unit only comes in Crystal White Pearl Mica, a first for the Mazda Roadster, with exclusive ’20th Anniversary’ badges on each side fender.  Clear front fog lights and bezels.  Black Alcantara or red leather seats appoint the interior with a heated option that has 5 temperature settings.

Owners will appreciate the soft padded door armrests and center console lid.  If they are anything like me, they will need them.  Sure to give the roadster gripping performance are the standard front strut tower bar and 205/45R17 tires with 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Tempted owners can plan on spending 2,860,000 Yen for the Soft-top and 3,120,910 Yen for the RHT model, $29,878.42 and $32,604.15 respectively.

BMW to Exit Formula One at End of 2009 Season

In 1980, BMW announced entry into Formula One racing as an engine supplier. In 1991, a joint talent promotion campaign by BMW and ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil Club) allowed Formula One drivers like Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Timo Glock, Adrian Sutil, Ralf Schumacher and Christian Klien to learn the basics of Formula Racing. Then BMW scored ten victories when it Joined Williams F1 in the 2000 season. In the middle of 2005, BMW acquired the Swiss team Sauber, took to the starting grid, and collected a total of 19 Grand Prix wins. By 2008, the new BMW Sauber F1 Team had established itself as one of the top three teams.

Now BMW is putting a close to yet another chapter in its motor sports history. In a press conference on July 29th, BMW Group announced that they have decided to pull out of Formula One at the end of the 2009 season; dedicating these resources to the development of new drive technologies and projects in the field of sustainability.

The BMW Group is rolling out that strategy in all areas within the BMW Group. “In addition, we initiated an internal change process that goes hand in hand with a new mindset throughout our workforce.” says Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. C02 and other emission requirements standards in the UK continue to be reduced. However sportiness and dynamics remain key attributes of all BMW models, albeit paired with responsibility. Being the world’s leading premium car-company in the automotive industry, Reithofer says, “We believe that this demands accountability.”, and is convinced that they must remain a positive role model within our society.

Reithofer continues:

In line with our Strategy Number ONE, we are continually reviewing all projects and initiatives to check them for future viability and sustainability. We made this clear with the initial announcement of our Strategy Number ONE. And, naturally, this also includes motor sports. And I have always been clear about my position on making tough decisions that will help ensure the BMW Group’s success over the long run. As our company places stronger focus on sustainability initiatives, our participation in Formula One becomes less a key promoter of this engagement. It goes without saying that this step was very difficult for us – as well as for me personally. On behalf of the entire Board of Management, I would like to express our immense gratitude to Mario Theissen for his commitment and successes. Everyone knows that the BMW brand embodies sportiness with sheer driving pleasure. Sportiness and fair competition are firmly encoded in our DNA. This is why we will remain loyal to motor sports. But we will do this in series that enable us to transfer technology more directly and to realize additional synergies, while strengthening our brand values. This is in our customers’ best interest. As a company, we are making a paradigm shift based on our Strategy Number ONE. We are setting new priorities in an ever-changing environment.

Having had great success in touring car, sports car, rally and Formula Two racing, BMW reports they will continue participation in the Formula BMW, Touring Car, ALMS and endurance races as well as their increasing activity in close-to-production customer sports and the Super Bike World Championship.

Ford and Fiat – The Automotive Saviors?

Anyone that knows me will tell you that I am typically not a fan of American automobiles. And I haven’t been for quite some time. However it looks like I might be forced to change my opinion.

As I mentioned in one of my past articles (Auto Americana), some of the greatest sellers from American auto makers like Pontiac are actually European inspired, some even borrowed like the Opel GT. Normally this would be the point at which I climb atop my soap box and start to wail, and I will, however I can no longer be angry at Ford. In that same article I mentioned that “in recent years this has been more a stroke of genius than an affliction of sub-par decision making” and the decision makers at Ford seem to think so as well.

Back when gasoline was selling as high as $5 a gallon in some places, small car sales were booming in America. In Europe however Ford has been selling smaller, smarter vehicles like the Focus (If you question this choice just look at the new Focus RS, or even the old model, you will be impressed), the Ka and now, the new Ford Fiesta. For Europe this might not be such a big shocker or even seen as the light at the end of the tunnel. For US customers though, this means a whole new ball game. Its not hard to see the changes being made and much like the time of the $5 Gallon we are forced to factor in far more than before. That having been said, choices like the new Fiesta and possibly the new Fiat 500 and Grande Punto might just make all the difference in the world.

The news of Fiats decision to step in and help Chrysler reorganize is all the buzz. This type of assistance however isn’t news. A similar “helping hand” was lent when Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault, took the reigns as CEO for Nissan and brought the company from a $6.1 billion loss in ’01 to a $2.7 billion net profit the very next year. Ghosn is also credited with turning Renault around before doing the same for Nissan. If Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne is anything like Ghosn we stand to see amazing things happen with the Chrysler brand. In fact Marchionne already has the credit of bringing the company he hails from, Fiat, back to profitability. Like Ghosn, if successful, this will be Marchionne’s second victory. In the very year Ghosn took over at Nissan we saw a landfall of change in the models offered by Nissan. Similarly Fiat also plans on lending Chrysler several new engine and model designs.

Could you be driving a new Ford Fiesta or Fiat 500 in the next year or so? Absolutely! Learn more about them here…

Ford Fiesta: http://www.fiestamovement.com/

Fiat 500: www.fiat500.com/eng/