1969 Alpine A220. 1500 lbs. 310hp. @ Circuit La Sarthe.
one word: WICKED.
There are very few automobiles which capture my attention, new or old, these days. My interest in automobiles has faded aside from a few select cars which i’m always chasing. i am, however, BLOWN AWAY by this car. the fact that it is a production car that looks like a concept. The fact that is totally a current car embedded with current technologies capturing the spirit of ‘new’ and ‘fresh’ without copying anything else before it. The fact that it’s the first hybrid sports car that is somewhat attainable (still expensive though…at $135k USA price). But most of all I love this car because it pushes and opens an envelope into the current times. No retro here. No celebration of the past. The BMW i8 is a celebration of the future.
If i had the money…i’d order this and drive it every day!!
Forget 0-60 times (4.4 seconds here), forget curb weight (3200+ pounds here), forget cost for a second, forget the badge, forget the insane aero design features— this car is a pioneer and a real innovation in this realm. It’s rare in these generic modern times of automotive engineering that we see a true beginning, but i have a feeling the i8 is the first of many coming in this realm.
(I don’t count cars like the Porsche 918, because of price and uber-exclusivity)
Live photos from Frankfurt (courtesy of greenCarReports)
promo photos from BMW in Black:
There were prettier, faster, more glamourous, more hyped, and more revered small coupes from that era (mid 60s)—but i would argue none of them were as COOL as the NSU TTS. rear-engined. rear-wheel drive. and definitely the most aggressive looking of them all. Eat your heart out, italians!
file under: off the beaten path, away from mainstream admiration (thankfully).
This new BMW M4 Concept is the business. A beautiful colour named ‘Aurum Dust’ (what a name!) and some of the most aggressive styling i’ve seen out of a german car in recent memory. Thank you BMW—–for keeping the insanity. I am loving some of the details here…
(photos courtesy of BMWblog)
a couple of videos:
Need a place to watch Le Mans 2013?? Every year I put up the links I am using to watch Le Mans. The greatest race in the world is back……on one side of my mind, I have an Audi Sport flag waving and on the other side I have a blue Alpine flag waving for LMP2. Either way….this is the motor racing event of the year and definitely worth watching.
Here are some links to watch, listen, and follow (these will be updated throughout the next 24 hours). Please feel free to make any suggestions to other good sources.
EUROSPORT <——- superb link, British Eurosport in with English commentary
EUROSPORT #2 (also British Eurosport, thank you Ricardo for the link!)
Listen to fantastically detailed commenting at Radio Le Mans
LIVE TIMING via WEC! the best way to follow what’s going on with the positions, as well as interviews and videos
Audi Sport, onboard the R18s with Radio Le Mans commentary
My suggestion? find a video feed you like—and turn on Radio Le Mans and mute the video.
Go Alpine! Go Audi!
Le Mans weekend is here! Links will be up tomorrow about where to watch the race.
After watching 21 hours last year and suffering a near-nervous-breakdown—i have decided I will only follow what happens with the Alpine A450 and the Audi R18s this year. The Audis will most likely win as they usually do…but the A450 is starting 8th in the grid for LMP2. Here’s hoping for a strong showing!
Here’s a beautiful photo of the Alpine A210 during its time at the Le Mans Classic this year.
src of photo: octane
I eagerly await this year’s Le Mans (June 22-23)—-and while I will be, as usual, pulling for the stunning Audi R18s to win (as expected they will), my eyes will actually be peeled out for the Alpine A450 which heralds the return of one of the greatest marques in racing back to Le Mans! Sure this is a car that was developed primarily by Nissan originally, however its tuning and program is now joined to the hip with Dieppe and the Renaultsport/Alpine tuners. It is such a great feeling to see the Alpine marque on the track again, and with reasonable success I am sure that in the near future we will start to see a non-Nissan Alpine race car being developed and run in future endurance events!
Here are some photos shown by Team Signature about the current A450 race car doing Le Mans testing this weekend in France.
As usual, IEDEI will be setting up live feeds of Le Mans on this site as we do every year to help everyone to watch it!
Renault TV posted these official videos in celebration of their history and the resurrection of the Alpine marque. Car videos are mostly uninspiring, materialistic nonsense–but these Alpine A110 videos are out of this world….maybe because the car is out of this world?
Best part….it’s in English! So my rudimentary and primitive French translation doesn’t have to be challenged like it normally does with Alpine videos.
The MK1 TT is quite simply the most beautiful German car design in…what…the last 50 years….since the original Porsche 911, in my humblest opinion. The 80s and early 90s were pretty dark and depressing times for German car design which entered a comfort zone of drab, unimaginative, uncreative designs (except Porsche, who were always putting together interesting cars)..and the TT put an end to those dark ages. Timeless, ageless, and pure…..and with rumours of the next-generation MK3 TT being heavily influenced by the original, the MK1 TT’s legend will continue to grow.
Here’s the original 1995 MK1 TT Concept….the automotive design equivalent of punk rock in 1995! I have turned the original manufacturer photos in B&W to fully appreciate the geometry and design pornography!
It is astounding to me that the MK1 TT Coupe that sits in my garage (for the last 10+ years) is virtually identical to this concept, barring a few select details.
It’s no secret that i LOVE the Porsche Panamera. I think it is simply the most epic looking sedan on the market today. I know that many of you hate it…but I want one. Pretty badly.
Now, having gotten that out of the way…this velvet-covered Panamera spotted in London is definitely one of the most bizarre finishes I have ever seen on a moving vehicle. So………….is it possible to get one finished in Alcantara?
2450 pounds. (a reduction of 660 pounds!)
wow. I never thought i’d see an Audi TT with such a low weight. I think the MK2 TT was a major design flop as I think the MK1 is one of THE great designs in automotive history…but this weight reduction is almost enough to make me forgive the MK2′s unforgivable design flaws. Audi, you’ve impressed me yet again.
Read more details at Fourtitude
I am loving the idea of this…movement in silence. There is something very epic about the sounds of silence….if one can appreciate sounds extensively, one increases their appreciation of silence.
This installation was done by BMW in relation to their “i” sub-brand.
video explaining the installation:
src: intersection (fr)
Well this is quite lovely, as created by Sophie Valla Architects:
“the construction of the north-south subway presented amsterdam north with the opportunity to turn the center of district into a park. sinking the nieuwe leeuwarderweg highway by seven meters allowed to merge three existing green spaces to create a central recreational zone for the residents of the area. located in a site where two gas stations from the eighties were going to be demolished, buildings mirror each other on both sides of the entrance – uniquely suited for public gathering.”
i’d like to sit there, in winter, and have a coffee.
BMW is a pretty uninspiring marque these days; and now they just keep producing terribly designed, AWD monstrosities which have nothing to do with their company’s roots whatsoever. This is the outcome of a company on the way down….a company grasping for every final breath as Audi trample them in nearly every segment. So you may ask “well, Syed—-why is it OK for Audi to make AWD crossovers and not BMW??”….well, maybe because Audi is firmly rooted in AWD technology? Perhaps because Audi built their entire brand on quattro as their main attraction?! Yes it does make sense for Audi to build lots of AWD cars. You may not want to believe it…but it is in line with the corporate ethos.
What in the world is this!? The new X4 concept. Badly designed….for an opportunistic segment….and the resurrection of a failed (but let’s be honest…unique and inspired) 1970s 4×4 crossover. Compared to the long-lost AMC SX4. So has BMW simply knocked the “S” out of SX4 and replaced “AMC” with “BMW”? you decide!
The jury is out. I really still don’t know what i think of this new 2015 Audi S3 Sedan which debut’d last week in NYC. Let me just tell you that I actually have a deposit down to be one of the first US buyers for an S3 Sedan (a deposit i put down last year when the S3 Sportback was first introduced) —-however i am fairly disappointed in the S3 Sedan itself. The design is nowhere near as interesting as the Concept or as I was hoping. It is a beautifully spec’d package with 300hp, 0-60 in 4.7s, quattro, and some beautifully trimmed interior and exterior bits—but somehow i feel like Audi has entered a ‘comfort zone’…in which designing a car has become too easy for them.
Don’t get me wrong. It is a good looking car. I’m certain it’s a fantastic car, as most Audis are. I just wish it was a Sportback….OR that it was a bit more unique. OR I wish that it didn’t look like ‘Audi-by-the-numbers’.
NYC debut photos from: MT