Got this from the great blog, Automobiliac.
Silent 8mm footage of the 1000km race at Nurburgring, filmed in 1966. Sure there’s no sound, but watching this is like watching an action painting. beautiful!
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Well i gotta give it to Audi, not just because they are my favourite car company, but because they are the only company I can think of who are currently designing cars which will look classic in 10, 20, or 30 years from now (pardon me Alfa Romeo, but you’re kinda losing it). They are the only company I can think of who have attention to detail. The evidence for this is in the brand new Audi A7 introduced this past week in Germany. The rear end of the new A7 has been getting under my skin since the introduction….and now i know why.
The back end flows inwards, going back towards the body. Sure there is a bumper, however this inward flow hasn’t been used in many modern cars….until now. They have brought back the inward flow of the rear end! I know Alfa Romeo have used this ‘inward flow’ (as i refer to it) in their 8c Competizione, however it was a bit overdone with the weird round tail light, but i’m not complaining! The 8c was a stunningly designed car. I think Corvettes and special edition cars like the Ford GT also used this, but when have you recently seen it on a production sedan? i can’t remember any car in the last 10 or 20 years with this….production sedan, shall is say.
Alfa Romeo has a long history of sports cars with this inward flow, I generally recollect one of my favourite Alfa Romeos, the superb Montreal:
Audi claims their inspiration for the new style rear-end comes from them analyzing the 1970s Audi 100 Coupes and i can definitely see what they were looking at…..in fact, i think this new car has more similarity to that design than any other current Audi.
Apparently, this was a very conscious effort to consider ‘older’ designs when designing the A7. Check out this drawing that Audi issued to the press about the influences of the A7 design.
It seems though, that Lamborghini has been flirting with this idea for a while! Well at least in concept form. Check out the Lamborghini Estoque Concept and the Lamborghini Miura Concept from the past several years. Same indented inward flow rear end. Lamborghini, however, is a company essentially operated by Audi, so this isn’t surprising at all….
So what do you guys think about this? will this set a trend and bring this design sense back into the currently lackluster japanese & korean-influenced automotive design world? Can Audi influence other car makers to bring something new & old back into design? Alfa Romeo from a few years ago (2000-2007) really influenced alot of automotive design, however it didn’t last…..but I feel that Audi has already caused all these companies to use “big grilles”….can they get the rest of the industry to throw a bit of retro in the game? I hope so.
The original AMG…..the daddy of ALL AMG cars.
“In its early years, AMG concentrated on building racing cars based on the Mercedes-Benz 300 SE sedan and competing in European touring car races. The first racing success came in 1971, when a Mercedes 300 SEL 6.3, modified by AMG with a 6.9-liter engine, took a surprise class victory in the 24-hour race at Spa in Belgium, finishing in second place overall. The 1971 success proved to be the springboard for an enviable record on the track that has continued to this day and has formed a cornerstone of the AMG philosophy (see AMG racing history at end of this section)”
Found out some info on the TT-RS:
$65-68k, 300-350 cars coming to the US market, all coupes, all manual transmission (unofficial estimates, taken from a couple sources IEDEI has spoken with)
The sound of the 2.5L turbo 5 is amazing. I saw this car today at Waterfest (VW/Audi gathering in held in New Jersey every year). It was brought there by the Fourtitude guys and was provided to them by Audi. It is the only TT-RS in the USA at the moment. I didn’t get any chance to drive it or drive in it…however the exhaust note is simply animal…love it.
some more pics (sorry about the crappy quality…forgot my camera and took cell phone pics!):
So lately i’ve been commuting by the NYC subway for work every morning. I gotta say that i really miss driving to work (although my previous commute from Brooklyn to Long Island was pretty UN-inspiring).
But i did see this today on my walk to the subway!
Citroen Service Van! Not sure what year or the story behind it…saw the owner get out, but didn’t get a chance to speak with him…if i see him again, i’ll be sure to ask.
I have to be honest and say that a couple of years ago, when this current Maserati Granturismo Coupe came out, i was completely underwhelmed. I thought it looked like a gigantic Mazda RX-8 built by Fiat……however SO WRONG I WAS. A few years later, it has become one of my favourite designs in all of the automotive world. There’s something about the Maseratis of the last 5-7 years which has made them age very gracefully; Coupe GT, Quattroporte, and now the Granturismo.
Anyway, i want one. bad. I could never say that about any Ferrari….
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yeah it’s the 1-series. I know plenty of people are going to disagree with me…..and i know that plenty of people hate the way the 1-series looks; however i have always loved the styling of it. It’s the only modern BMW that has an interesting design, aside from the strange 6-series which started to grow on me towards the end of its current life cycle.
There’s plenty of retro going on in the 1-series styling, some cues of the E30, some cues of older BMWs from the 70s, even some NSU TT in there.
The previous generation Z4 Coupe was also beautiful, but unfortunately discontinued and replaced with the currently boring and uninspiring ‘new’ Z4.
The current 3-series is very pedestrian, and completely uninspiring as far as i think….the 3-series hasn’t been interesting since the E30 and E36.
Let the hate messages begin!
LOL @ Segler’s honesty…….so you like it then, man?
BMW 1-Series M….coming out in early 2011 (supposedly)….i’m hearing 340hp, losing 100-200 pounds, stiffened suspension, big brakes, all sorts of wacky modded options. The price estimate by IEDEI? $45k.
watch the video:
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No, 1001 HP simply wasn’t enough! It is now 1200 HP, and the top speed is now officially 267 mph, which makes it THE fastest road car in the world…………..again!
It is quite simply the fastest, most outrageous, maddest, and amazing car in the world—-and it’s been reborn to be even better.