Monthly Archives: March 2013

Match.

I need this lighting in my life.  “Match” is marketed by Vidia and designed by  Jordi Vilardell & Meritxell Vidal

“This innovative product stands as a new lighting concept based on co-creation. Match allows you to create structures arranged chaotically, automatically planned on-line and adapted to fit into the room and the space available. The result is infinite artistic configurations based on thin rods of aluminum and LED light terminals, forming a light sculpture that illuminates central themes of space and interior decoration.”

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src:  minimalissimo

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Static Motion.

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by the wonderful Italian band Calista Divine

you can download their EP/Album for free on the link above.  What are you waiting for, again?

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iconic.

it’s that shape….far beyond just a machine..into the realm of pure art….iconic, thought-provoking, timeless, old, new, beautiful, and always interesting.

2001 Audi TT 225 Coupe quattro, owned and driven hard by IEDEI since 2003.

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Audi and Alfa Romeo in “negotiations”.

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Has Sergio Marchionne finally buckled?  Is Audi buying Alfa Romeo?  Let’s hope so!

Ward reports:

“Alfa Romeo is at the core of top-level negotiations between Audi and Fiat and might be near to a sale, reliable sources here and in Ingolstadt, Germany, say.  Sources close to both Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne and Audi CEO Rupert Stadler confirm the two are in talks over a major deal.

The top subject reportedly involves the sale of Alfa, but this time not only the brand but Fiat’s Pomigliano assembly plant also is on the table. If the discussions bear fruit, the facility would return to building Alfas under Audi. Pomigliano was built in the late 1960s specifically for Alfa production, but currently makes the Fiat Panda.”

src:  Wards

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CLA45 AMG.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG is NOW.  An AWD, 4-cylinder, turbocharged, 360hp, dual-clutch gearbox, in a beautiful slope-y sedan outline ready to launch this week at the NY Auto Show. 

In the past, i’ve been very excited about this entire generation of upcoming MB ‘smaller’ cars…..even though i had spewed some critique about the original A-class concept back in the day.

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src:  autoExpress

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Fovea.

When i sit quietly staring into my own eyelids, i dream of places like this.

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“How long can we respond to our visual perceptions and sound together? Working on the positioning and distance of light, sectioned on multiple reflective surfaces, the installation will be focusing on the idea of dark adaptation and how the contrast with light movements and illumination can heighten our senses. Sound will reflect on the repositioning of light on each reflected panel to create an intensified live performance.”

src: florenceTo via iLikeThisArt

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Vortex Rikers.

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I’ve been listening to this quite a bit while I get my work done.  Really fantastic stuff.  Made even better by the fact that you can download much of their stuff quite easily (and freely most of the time at the link below).   Really love their artwork as well; entirely adds to the listening experience.  They are from Germany.

download Vortex Rikers records at their Bandcamp

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bizarre Audi TT crash.

How this lovely Amulet Red MK1 Audi TT flew into a house is beyond me….possibly launching off the side of one of the parked cars?  Definitely bizarre.  Hope all are OK.

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src:  Sun via Fourtitude

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waves.


Gliss

What a boss tune.  Listened to it about 20 times on Friday.   Last year, i remember bickering with my wife (who has loved this band for a couple of years) about how they weren’t any good….but my mind has changed.

from the album “Langsom Dans”

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Alpine #36.

This is heading to 2013 Le Mans in the LMP2 category! I’m so excited my Alpine neurons are spazzing out.

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src:  renault

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intersection.

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i really enjoyed looking at these series of nighttime photographs by Navid Baraty of nyc streets and intersections.  many evenings, you’ll find me glaring out of my own window staring at the intersection nearby.  i do think they are fascinating for their motion and for their halt and go premise.

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Matra 670.

Le Mans is coming in June!  Exciting times this year with the return of Alpine.  What better way to celebrate than a tribute to the wonderful Matra 670.   The video at the bottom is really quite wicked.

this beautiful painting is by Yuriy Shevchuk:

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video:

src photos: motorlegend

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all photos taken by IEDEI.

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OFFICIAL: Alpine will be racing at the 2013 Le Mans!

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I was expecting an announcement for 2014 Le Mans, but Renault has somewhat surprised everybody by announcing that there will be an Alpine badged car racing the LMP2 class in THIS year’s Le Mans.  Wow.  They’ve also released the ‘teaser’ pic above (tastefully tweaked by yours truly).

Here are some quotes directly from Renault:

“Today, another important step has been taken with the announcement that an Alpine prototype is to race in the competitive 2013 European Le Mans Series endurance racing championship (ELMS), as well as at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours (June 22-23).

The decision to compete at Le Mans fits perfectly with the brand’s heritage, since Alpine contested the famous 24-Hour race 11 times between 1963 and 1978, running a total of 55 factory cars. In addition to its successes in the ‘Energy Index’ classification in 1964, 1965 and 1968, as well as in the ‘Performance Index’ classification in 1968 and 1969, its efforts harvested seven class wins in total and, above all, outright victory in 1978 with the Alpine A442B prototype shared by Jean-Pierre Jaussaud and Didier Pironi. The two Frenchmen were joined in the top four by the A442 of Jean Ragnotti and Guy Fréquelin.

For its return to Le Mans, Alpine has joined forces with Signatech. The Philippe Sinault-run team will enter an Alpine LM P2 prototype with an Alpine chassis powered by a 500hp Nissan engine for the five rounds of the ELMS, including the opening race at Silverstone, England (April 13). The drivers will be Nelson Panciatici and Pierre Ragues.

The highlight of the season will naturally be the Le Mans 24 Hours. The name of the third driver who will join the team for the world’s most famous endurance race will be announced when the car is officially presented at Le Castellet, France, on March 24.

Said Carlos Tavares, Chief Operating Officer, Renault: “Alpine’s return to the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours in 2013 marks the beginning of a new adventure which is set to last. The passion that drives us is matched only by the humility and careful attention paid to costs that epitomise this comeback which itself has been made possible thanks to the involvement of our partners and supporters who I would like to thank formally here. Together, step by step, we will do our very best to write another exciting page in the history of Alpine, a truly outstanding name in the world of French sports cars.””

I AM SO EXCITED.

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src:  renault press services

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It’s been a while since I posted some new photos.  I am exclusively using my 21mm Elmarit on the M8 these days….an amazing wider angle lens, and a whole lot of fun to shoot with:

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ALPINE returning to Le Mans!

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An announcement is expected Friday to hear Renault introducing the plans for their return to endurance racing!  LMP2 is surely expected by the 2014 racing season with possible LMP1 ambitions as well, and the engines are expected to carry the ALPINE badge!  Renaultsport (which evolved out of the original Alpine after it stopped making cars 20+ years ago) will be tuning them and involved with the engine construction.  All of this seems consistent with the Renault plan to resurrect one of the finest racing and rallying marques ever!  I wonder if the cars themselves will be badged “Alpine-Renault” like the old days.

IEDEI is, of course, devoted to Alpine news and will offer updates as they come in.  My biggest issue is going to be whether I root for Audi or Alpine?  I have stayed up to watch almost all Le Mans races for the past several years….and am a die hard Audi fanboy.   If Alpine makes it to LMP1 against Audi…..it will be very very tough for me to root against the boys in blue.

Exciting news.

BTW, to fuel the imagination, here is an interesting ‘re-interpretation’ (rendering) of the glorious Alpine A220 by Racing Emotion found at le Blog Auto. Obviously this is not a realistic vision, but still entertaining to look at!

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src:  racecarEngineering

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Fulvia.

it’s been a long time since i posted a photo of a Fulvia.  oh…..and being driven like a man!

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Kia Provo.

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Times have changed haven’t they?  5 years ago, i couldn’t have ever imagined getting excited over a Kia product.  These days, with Peter Schreyer (one of my design heroes) in charge, Kia concepts are as exciting, design-wise, as any of the germans.   If this car had a Lancia, Audi, or Alfa badge on it….we’d ALL be on the waiting list.  Unfortunately as a Kia concept, much of the stunning concept material never makes it into production.  That being said, Peter Schreyer is now HEAD of of Kia/Hyundai operations; so anything is possible!  Could this be the next generation Veloster?  Honestly if it looked like that, i could drive this work every day.

Behold the Kia Provo, set to debut in Geneva.  My my…..what a wicked little car.  Look at that funk filled interior.  Love it.  That front end is just sinister.

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src:  leftLaneNews (thanks to TTQ2K2 for the tip)

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