Tag Archives: 2009

IEDEI Investigation! Pantera?

So back in 2007 and 2008, there was a mystery supercar being spotted around the UK——people thought it was a Lotus or a McLaren prototype.  I remember reading that it was the next generation Esprit, the early working prototype of the MP12, and even heard Noble being thrown around.

speculation:

http://www.autoblog.com/2007/10/05/mystery-supercar-may-be-all-new-lotus-codenamed-project-eagle/

http://www.egmcartech.com/2007/09/28/spy-shots-mystery-supercar-is-it-a-lotus-esprit-mclaren-or-noble/

Eventually, some people decided that it was some obscure, unknown supercar known as the “MCE MC1”, which has since dissappeared into nowhereland.  Here’s the original article Car published on the matter:

http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/News/Search-Results/First-Official-Pictures/MCE-MC1-supercar/

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So i had forgotten about this car—–even though they ‘claimed’ it was something called the  “Spectre” or “MCE”.

Yesterday, my friend Ron Southern, who is a fellow Audi TT owner and a De Tomaso Pantera owner and enthusiast, showed me this.  THE SAME car exiting the grounds of the De Tomaso factory!  Could it be that this is after all the ‘new’ De Tomaso Pantera? It certainly looks 100% the same as the 2007 car which was mysteriously being spotted around town.  This video was uploaded on YouTube May 2nd, 2011.

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So it seems that either that is a new Pantera OR a car that is being evaluated by the newly resurrected De Tomaso as a possible base for a Pantera.


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drive, Mini, drive!

 

This sort of reminds of WHY i wanted a Mini Cooper so badly during my teenage trips to London….cos they looked so tossable, and they ARE so tossable!

thanks to: Axis Of Oversteer

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foto(s) of the day. GT3 RS Matte Black.

Not sure where these photos are from….but here’s a Porsche 911 (997) GT3 RS with matte black finish. sinister.

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Onboard: Alpine A110.

One of my top 3 ultimate dream cars, the ultra-fantastic ALPINE A110. All i can do is keep imagining myself behind the wheel……errr…..rolling through Brooklyn? Yeah that’s right.


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foto of the day. 12142009.

Maybe i should tell my mum to lower her B8 A4 and add some RS4 rims to hers!  The B8 A4 is a really great ride though….I drove hers a few weekends ago when i was visiting Detroit, and really enjoyed it—even with an automatic tranny.  It’s a great car.

(this is NOT her car….)

Modded B8 A4


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BMW Z4 (new) vs. Cayman vs. Boxster vs. 911 vs 370z Nismo

Best Motoring has pitted the new, uglier, boring, and uninspiring BMW Z4 against some of the usual suspects……and what was the result?  Click below to watch the 7+ minute race.

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Cash for clunkers list of “traded in” cars: the horror.

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What sort of an imbecile decides to trade some of these cars in for $4500?  It’s amazing that ALL of these were likely instantly destroyed.

Aston Martin DB7 Volante (1997)

Bentley Continental R (1997)

Mercedes-Benz 500E (yes, the limited edition one built by Porsche….*sigh*)

Buick GNX

2001 Audi S4 (2 of em!)

2002 Audi S4 Avant (2 of em!)

2001 and 2002 Audi Allroads (a bunch of em)

2001 Audi A8 and A8L

BMW M3 (E30)

BMW M5 (E28)

Mazda RX8 (2005)

BMW 540i (2001)

All sorts of interesting Mercedes Benz

BMW 330xi (2001)

FULL PDF FOR DOWNLOAD HERE:

http://www.cars.gov/files/official-information/trade-in-vehicles.pdf



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IEDEI vs. Toyota Prius (Round 1)

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I’m really hoping some of you reach this blog, while researching information about the Toyota Prius.  If you were googling for reliability, pricing, consumer reviews, problems, troubleshooting, whatever.

Let’s start by stating the obvious; the Toyota Prius is a TERRIBLE TERRIBLE car.  It is SLOW, it is severely UGLY, it handles like feces, and it quite simply lacks any character.  The car is all hype, and for the several thousands upon thousands of minions who were too dim to actually bother trying to find a proper car and instead ended up with a Prius; think about what this car says about you.

Why bother dressing in a suit to go to work in a Prius?  You’ve already told the world you don’t give a crap what you look like; which is exactly why you’ve rolled into the work parking lot driving a misproportioned wedge.

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You wanted economy……OHHHHHHH.  So why have you not picked up a hugely efficient new Diesel which runs clean without spilling Nickel into the environment like the cancerous Prius seems to do.  Audi, VW, and BMW are all making solid diesel cars at the moment.  You can’t afford an Audi or BMW? Fine…..then drive over to the VW dealership and get a Rabbit (Golf in 2010) or Jetta TDI.  You’ll pull a solid 40-50mpg everywhere you go—and it won’t take you 15 years to get to 60mph.  More than that though, your friends will like you a little bit more, and the grass on your lawn will STILL be growing greener than ever.

Saving a few $$$ is not worth making an ass out of yourself.  The truth of the matter is; people hate seeing a Toyota Prius in front of them on the freeway, or getting stuck behind one in the city is generally worse than getting stuck behind a bus. Occasionally, you’ll see a minion of a human driving a Prius really really really fast (which is generally 40-50mph….fast for a Prion…err..Prius) and doing all sorts of weird maneuvers trying to draw attention to their strange little car.  Sometimes I wonder if these people think they are driving a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) tuned sports car?  Do they KNOW how slow and underperforming of a car they are actually driving?

You are NOT making the world a better place by buying a Prius.   You’re just making yourself look like a twit.

If I had extra money lying around, I would buy a Prius—-to have it junked and crushed for kicks!

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a $60,000+ Hyundai coming to the US?

Firstly, whatever drugs and illusionary potions the Hyundai personnel are taking must be working tremendously.  I think the press led you on to believe that your Genesis sedan and coupe were worthwhile options in the luxury sedan and coupe segments.  Sure….be happy and think you made a solid product.  The coupe is nothing more than a cut-rate Infiniti G37 (which isn’t a good thing!) and the sedan is a virtual rear end of a BMW E60 5-series and a Lexus LS (which is also not a good thing).

I thought (and still think) it’s pretty funny that Hyundai are selling a $40,000+ car in the Genesis sedan; i certainly wouldn’t buy one even if a kimchi covered gun was pointed to my head.  But hilariously enough, they’ve decided to launch a $60,000 sedan known as the Equus.  It will surely handle worse than 5-series, not have the majesty of an MB E-Class or S-Class, not be as modern of stylish as an Audi A6, and will be less reliable and more boring than an Lexus LS.  So do we want one?

NO THANKS, Hyundai!  Oh the horror….the horror.

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2009 Audi S4 Avant vs. Oversteer (video)

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The new Audi S4 is almost out here in the USA, and is already out in Europe. Drivers Republic have gotten their hands on a brand spankin new S4 Avant, and Chris Harris is gonna try to make it understeer….

wanna see the results? CLICK here to see the video Continue reading

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porsche generations.

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My friend Matteo from Switzerland has a great site called Swiss Car Sightings where he takes some great pictures of cars he sees at gatherings, around Switzerland, around the rest of europe—along with photos of some of his great cars.  Among his great cars is the 964 featured in these photos along with an older 911 and the newest 997 C4S.  I could analyze and look at these pics all day marking the evolution patterns….

click on photos 2 times to get hi-res versions.

click here to see more pics and get the link to ALL the photosContinue reading

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Mercedes-Benz goes SUPER retro! F-Cell Roadster Concept

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Going back to the 60s for design? MB has decided that it’s going back to the 80s………..the 1880s! The new F-Cell Roadster Concept takes the design from the original, first car ever produced in the world—-the 1886 buggy made by Mercedes Benz!

Full details are not out yet, but the car is controlled by a joystick,  has a top speed of only 25 km/h, and a hydrogen fuel cell technology for power.  I really dig the stitched leather seats, which are laying over the carbon fibre seats (imagine that on a 1886 car!).  The body is composed of lightweight carbon fibre and F1 type fibreglass.  Very interesting stuff…click here to see more photos! Continue reading

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Rally Costa Brava Historic, 2009

My friend Dani from Spain has a terrific blog called Colla Verglas, where you can check out regularly updated pictures and posts about all sorts of automotive stuff. He has posted some great pics of classics running around the Rally Costa Brava, here are some pics. Click at the link below the pics to check out ALL the photos!

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more pics HERE:

http://collaverglas.wordpress.com/2009/03/02/un-avanc-de-les-fotos-del-rally-costa-brava-historic-2009/

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Camaro Vs. Camaro.

I was born and raised in Detroit. I know what an original late 60s Camaro is supposed to look like, and while Chevrolet can desperately try to associate this new 2010 Chevy Camaro as a throwback to the original, it is clearly NOT a clone of the original.

The recent release of the Dodge Challenger, was a blatant style tribute to the original 197o Challenger, although as previously discussed on IEDEI—not an especially accurate or interesting design job.

The 2010 Chevy Camaro is a robotic, hi-tech, warped, twisted, version of the original Chevy Camaro.  I know for a fact (from people who work close to GM), that when this Camaro was designed as a concept a few years ago for the North American International Auto Show—its conception was rushed and pushed out to the public without putting much care into the design. Fortunately for GM, the design was successful with the Auto Show crowd—–the same sad crowd who wait in lines to sit in cars like the Dodge Avenger. Not really the crowd you want telling you what to put in production, is it?

Either way, the new car will sell by the bucketloads, and for Detroit’s sake—i do hope GM recover from their dire puddle they’re sitting in at the moment. I hope it shakes them up, and they stop producing rubbish cars and get back to the glory of the 50s and 60s.

Camaro Vs. Camaro.

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1971 Dodge Challenger Review (vintage)

Don’t you wish american TV still had cool shows like this around? How entertaining……

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