Friday, April 11, 2008

One Lug Wheels - old race style, for new style cars.

Knock off wheels have been a thing of the past on street driven cars, until now.
Originally designed for racing purposes, a single lug nut in the centre of a wheel acheives much quicker tyre change times - but one new company One Lug Wheels have revived the system specifically for street cars.

These 3 peice rims are made in custom sizes from a selection of styles, even the bolts used in construction of the 3 peice wheel can be customised - gold, black or chrome bolts can be specified. They come with the companies one lug adapter, so they can fit on 4 or 5 lug cars to add that "race-spec-look".

One lug wheels would especially suit cars out of the ordinary such as SEMA show cars, high end imports such as the new Nissan GTR, the Old Toyota Supra, or any european supercar which deserves a race derived one lug set-up such as a Ferrari, Lamborghini or Porsche.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Lamborghini Murciélago SV - Rear Wheel Drive.

Spy shots have been snapped of a Lamborghini Murciélago sporting a large fixed spoiler, instead of the automatic small one which comes off the production line - and it doesnt appear to be just a tacky aftermarket tuner wing, this car is thoguht to be the up and coming Rear Wheel Drive, high performace [can a lamborghini be any more high performance?] version of the Murciélago.

The "High Performance" SV is designed using the simplest supercar formula:

-Lower weight - lose approximatly 100kg over the 1660kg Murcielago. This is acheived through extensive use of carbon fibre and cutting parts out by switching to Rear Wheel Drive - removing the front axle and associated parts.

-Higher Horsepower, the SV is estimated at having more power than the Reventon which has 640, the SV will have somewhere in the vicinity of 680 BHP, all of those horses sent to the rear wheels opposed to the 4x4 system of production LP640.

As with previous Lamborghini SV incarnations, the death of the model usually follows not too long after the special edition is introduced - to leave the market on a high note - the same high note 680 horsepower will make going through the rear wheels of this beast.


left lane news

2009 Porsche 911 - 997 facelift - or 998?

It doesnt seem all that long ago that Porsche put the "broken-egg" eyed 996 911 to pasture and brought out the tasteful 997 model with mid 90's 993 stle headlights - notice the focus upon headlights - well as it is with 911's of late thats pretty much how you tell one model from another.

Already though spy shots and rumors have been spreading about next years facelift [or new model - 998] to come from Stuttgart, on the next generation of bloated and water cooled version of the classic sports car.

One such rumor is of the traditional flat 6 motor being accompanied in the model line up by a Cayenne sourced direct injection V8 - However this is very unlikely, and could be derived from news that the new 911 will actually have a "Direct Injection" system from the Cayenne - Not the whole motor thank god.

So the new generation is rumored and labelled as the new 998 model series - which is highly unlikely since the 996 Porsche 911 was produced from 1998 until 2004 - a run of 6 years, not counting the 996 Turbo models still sold when 997 Carreras were. the 997 model has only been in production for 3 years so this is likely a facelift for the 997... for what reason -who knows -if it aint broke, dont fix it!

From the spy pictures circulating nearly the only indicator of a new 911 is the tailights - again Porsche deciding to update just the lighting on the car [seems like it] The new tailights obviously inspired by the Cayenne's, perhaps Porsches attempt to get some of the S.U.V's sales succes to rub off on "the other" model in showrooms.

The 2009 911 will most likely come to market in the late 3rd or early 4th quater of 2008, sporting significant technologic upgrades under the bonnet, [the one at the back] and in the gearbox [between the rear wheels.]

The flat 6 motors will receive a Direct Injection system in an effort to improve fuel efficiency, and reduce emissions to pass future Euro legislation, while increasing power - Why havnt all cars got Direct injection? and have it ages ago - not just diesels and VW Golf's.

The next part of the driveline to be upgraded is the gearbox, in which the old automatic "Tiptronic" which receives power through a dopey old inefficient torque converter. In favour of this old sloshbox will be the new "DSG" like Dual Clutch "Porsche Doppel Kupplungen" (PDK for short) which swaps gears just like VW's DSG gearbox - without boring you and getting technical - its quicker than an auto - and it is technically a manual gearbox with a clutch [2 actually] but a computer predicts that you'lll want to move up or down a gear and choses the time to change gears.
Improved efficiency greatly, aswell as vastly improving shift times.

Were all going to have to wait a bit longer to see exactly how it all plays out from the Germans - but weather its a facelift or a 998 - it will be another improvement in the 40-year old 911 model from Stuttgart.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008