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Shamal.

How cool is the Maserati Shamal?  So cool that plenty of people don’t even know what it is……to me, it is quite possibly one of the coolest Maseratis ever made.  Bulging fenders, a nasty 325hp V8, and a strange but fluid Marcello Gandini design which evolved the BMW-clone understated BiTurbo design into something wonderfully weird.

The other day when Automobiliac, Motoring Con Brio, and myself were at a Skip Barber open house, Bradley from Automobiliac mentioned the Maserati Shamal to me and i clenched my jaws with excitement……it’s a car which really gets me excited!  I’m not sure why….i probably shouldn’t like it—-but i really do.  I think the obscurity of it is appealing, as well as it being from the ‘dark days’ of Maserati…..in a time where we associate the Maserati badge with a fair bit of failure…..but the Shamal was no failure…

Here’s a short, but slightly scary/cryptic video of a Japanese Shamal owners club GTG, to celebrate 20 years of the Shamal.

src : NFScars, carblueprints

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foto of the day. Japan.

As you know, a large earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on Friday.  I found this very strange photo on MSN of a huge supply parking lot for Infiniti.  Obviously I wish the best to the Japanese readers of IEDEI and everyone else there, and for a recovery from this crazy disaster.

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a310.

As some of you know, i have a deep, winding obsession with the Alpine A110.  It is the ultimate holy grail of automotive wonderfulness. Through my obsession with the A110, I have also developed an appreciation for the successor, the Alpine A310.  For a long time, i didn’t really care much for the A310, however now i do.  I found these photos on a japanese site, from what i presume to be the owner of the car. A lot of A310s were very badly modded and turned into pseudo-rally cars, etc….however I have a distinct appreciation for close-to-stock A310s.  I think they were very unique cars.

LINK: http://a310vf1600.exblog.jp/

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foto of the day. 911s

heavily modified, out of LMP motorcars in Japan.

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GT5 details for Japan.

i’m not a big video game buff, but damn i gotta say i’ve HUGELY enjoyed the Gran Turismo series over the years.  So many classic cars, new cars, supercars, regular cars, modifying, some of the world’s greatest tracks, places i don’t think i’ll ever go to…..it’s like being able to enact a dream garage as realistically as possible……..

I haven’t bought a PS3, but i’m definitely ready to buy one when GT5 (Gran Turismo 5) comes out.  And now, FINALLY, after what seems like several years of rumours and gossip; it seems there are some concrete details!

November 3rd is the day it goes on sale in Japan.  What does that mean for us? I have no idea—they’ll probably try to create some cheesy holiday chaos for it, so that none of us will be able to find it…bastards.  But in Japan, they will get a special GT5 Edition PS3 bundled package.  This is the package I would buy, if they make it available here—here’s to hoping they do.  Check out the photo below for what it’ll look like.

link for more info: http://www.electronista.com/articles/10/08/18/sony.japan.to.bring.uniqeu.gt5.game.ps3.bundle

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Death to the Prius! Toyota fighting new safety problems

As you know, over the past year or so—-IEDEI has posted several articles speaking against the most irritating, useless, and crappy car on sale today: the Toyota Prius.

Through all this Toyota recall business going on, i’ve been secretly hoping the Prius gets involved in the hooplah, somehow destroying its squeaky clean image and ruining its mojo.  Well it’s finally happening!

Some Toyota cars accelerate too much……some just cannot stop.  The Prius cannot stop. RECALL pending! Phase I of the Prius Destruction Program initiated.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/04/business/global/04prius.html?hp

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editorial: Honda, Toyota & the US market.

How Honda and Toyota took over the U.S. market.

In the past fifty years, the US auto market has declined tremendously.  With the recent bankruptcy and unsteady industry forecasts, Americans feel uneasy giving their hard earned money to a faltering establishment.  As a result, foreign auto makers like Honda and Toyota are capitalizing on the prospect, raking in all of the U.S. auto business.  In addition, Honda and Toyota continue to break the barrier of new technologies which astound the industry time and time again.

Honda has enjoyed much success in the U.S. auto markets.  With the introduction of the Civic in 1975, Honda’s popularity rose with each passing year.  The new, lighter Honda Civic rivaled its U.S. competition with its low weight and small exterior.  Furthermore, the EPA, in order to reduce emissions, required the addition of expensive catalytic converters in all cars manufactured for the United States auto industry.  As a result, sticker prices rose while consumer demand plummeted.

As American auto makers rebuilt their exhaust systems, Honda busied themselves with the creation of the new CVCC stratified charge engine.   Cars built with these new engines passed the required emissions tests without the need for expensive catalytic converters.  This charge engine technology burst onto the scene with the 1975 Honda Civic, a car met with extreme consumer demand.  With the rising costs of gas and auto insurance, Americans turned their focus to the Japanese auto maker to save money.

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video: Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA

Looks like the Suzuka circuit in Japan…..GLORIOUS sounds coming out of that GTA.

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the coolest Alfa Romeo GTA video….EVER.

I’ve watched this video probably a bazillion times since i first saw it a few years ago….and i never get tired of it. 6 minutes of heaven!

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