Trion Nemesis to unleash 2,000 American horsepower in 2016

October 23rd, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Trion Nemesis

If it seems to you that everyone and their cousin wants to get into the hypercar game, you’re right. We see new supercar startups popping up all the time. Some make it to production and some don’t, and while it may be too soon to render verdict on this latest project, we hope it’s one that comes to fruition.

The company is called Trion Supercars, and its bid for high-speed glory is called the Nemesis. We first reported on the project back in the spring, but a few more details – and a handful of additional images – have surfaced, whetting our appetites and giving us a clearer idea of what to expect.

Targeted squarely at the likes of the Bugatti Veyron and Koenigsegg Agera, the brief for the Trion Nemesis calls for a 9.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 driving around 2,000 horsepower through an eight-speed sequential transmission to all four wheels. If Trion does its considerable homework, that should be enough to propel it to its anticipated top speed of 270 miles per hour, reaching 62 in 2.8 seconds.

Trion Supercars aims to have the first prototypes – being built by California-based coachbuilder N2A Motors – ready by February, after which it plans to build 50 units at over $1 million apiece starting in at the beginning of 2016. We wouldn’t be surprised to see that cost inflate by the time it reaches the road, though, joining similar world-beating hypercar projects like the Hennessey Venom F5 and SSC Tuatara in the high-speed pipeline.

Trion Nemesis to unleash 2,000 American horsepower in 2016 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mercedes-AMG spotted testing GLC63 at the ‘Ring

October 23rd, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Mercedes-AMG GLC63

Mercedes is preparing to replace its aging GLK-Class crossover with an all-new generation, and it’s tipped to alter the model’s nameplate to more closely align with the C-Class sedan upon which it’ll be based. The move to a GLC-Class nomenclature is all well and fine, but the tantalizing news revealed by this latest crop of spy shots is that an AMG version is apparently in the works.

Spied at the entrance to and roads around the Nürburgring, this prototype for the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GLC63 shows a performance crossover with a lower, sportier suspension, along with upgraded wheels, tires and brakes and a more aggressive aero kit.

Under the hood, we’d expect to find the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 as the Mercedes-AMG GT and C63 sedan, in which the engine is offered in both 456- and 503-horsepower specs. As to which version will power the GLC63, we can’t speak at this point, but it could be both. Either version, however, figures to be more than enough to put the Audi SQ5 and the recently spied BMW X4 M40i to shame.

Mercedes-AMG spotted testing GLC63 at the ‘Ring originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Monster Energy Cup

October 23rd, 2014 by admin No comments »

There is nothing worse then sitting in a movie theatre and watching one of the best movie previews you have ever seen only to see at the end that the movie comes out in summer two years from now.  Well thats the same feeling we got after watching Monster Energy Cup this past weekend in Las Vegas!  Anaheim 1 cant come soon enough for us, first and foremost to watch a healthy Davi Millsaps take the top spot on the podium was awesome, and who knows what would have happened if Trey Canard wouldn’t have wrecked, but hey thats racing right?  We cant forget about Eli Tomac taking the second spot on the podium either.  All three of these dudes made this race amazing to watch, and once you throw Ken Roczen, James Stewart, and a trained and ready Chad Reed into the mix who knows who is going to take the championship this year.  

Being a stand alone event the Monster Cup tends to act as a testing field for everyone that is on new teams and new machines.  So we cant wait to see what happens at A1 this year.  Here are a few pictures from last weekend we got down at Sam Boyd Stadium.  

 

 

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Mercedes moving some Sprinter production to North America

October 23rd, 2014 by admin No comments »

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2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

If you look at the Sprinter and wonder how Mercedes-Benz can possibly compete against locally produced commercial vehicles with a model built in Germany and shipped over the Atlantic, you’re not alone. In fact, in order to mitigate the tariffs (but at the cost of added logistical expense), Mercedes builds the vans in Germany, takes them half apart again, ships them as kits and reassembles them in Ladson, South Carolina.

Apparently the method is worth it, because the United States has become the largest market for the Sprinter outside of Germany. But Mercedes is understandably keen to cut down the costly process, and so it is reportedly looking to build the Sprinter somewhere in North America – although it has yet to confirm the move, let alone determine (or at least announce) where that location may be: in the US, Canada or Mexico.

According to Automotive News, regardless of where a new facility might be located, production would still continue in Germany, where Mercedes builds the Sprinter in two factories: one in Düsseldorf (150,000 units per year) and another in Ludwigsfelde (50,000/year). The Sprinter is sold as a Mercedes or as a Freightliner, was formerly offered as a Dodge and is still rebodied as the Volkswagen Crafter in a deal that is soon set to end.

Mercedes moving some Sprinter production to North America originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jaguar Land Rover opens first overseas factory in China

October 22nd, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Company

Anyone who’s a car fan knows that Jaguar and Land Rover cars and trucks all come from the UK. And while we don’t doubt that will remain true for the most part, it won’t be an absolute truth for long, as the British automaker has just opened its first factory overseas.

Its new plant in Changshu, China, is the result of a $1.8-billion joint venture between JLR and local automaker Chery. It covers some 4.3-million square feet and will, once at peak capacity, produce 130,000 units specifically for the Chinese market, where JLR sells over 100,000 vehicles each year to make it the company’s single largest market worldwide.

Production at what’s officially known as the Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Company will start with the Evoque, of which one in five globally are currently sold in China. Production will eventually encompass three models. We already know that the Discovery Sport will be next, but the third model line has yet to be announced. JLR has confirmed, however, that the Changshu plant will produce unique models and derivatives specifically for the Chinese market, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see a long-wheelbase version of the forthcoming XE or next-generation XF assembled there to satisfy local tastes.

The Changshu location isn’t the only overseas plant Jaguar Land Rover has in store. A new plant in Brazil is set to come on line in 2016, and another is reportedly being considered in the southern United States. Don’t think that JLR is abandoning its traditional home, however, as the company is also set to open a new engine plant later this month in Wolverhampton, England, in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

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Jaguar Land Rover opens first overseas factory in China originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Caterham F1 manufacturer files for bankruptcy

October 22nd, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Caterham F1

Caterham is hardly the most stable and successful team on the Formula One grid, but things are looking even more troubling for the embattled outfit, as the company that makes its racecars has reportedly filed for bankruptcy protection.

The company in question, Caterham Sports Limited, is separate from both the team that races its cars and the consumer automaker of the same name, an outfit best known for continuation versions of the classic Lotus Seven. Tony Fernandes, the Malaysian executive who first started the F1 team, then bought the automaker and thereafter sold the team to a consortium of investors a few months ago. But unlike other teams which produce their own chassis in-house, the Caterham team that fields the cars (incorporated as 1 Malaysia Racing Team) is a separate entity from the factory that makes them. It’s that factory which has fallen into financial trouble.

In the short term, Caterham Sports Limited (CSL) has reportedly transferred the contracts of its 200 employees to 1MRT, but if the factory is liquidated, they won’t have the facility or the equipment to operate. 1MRT insists that it remains unaffected by CSL’s bankruptcy administration, but if the factory falters, the team likely won’t have cars to race next season.

This is just the latest episode in a string of problems affecting the team, which recently changed leadership again after only a couple of months of independence. In five years on the grid now, the team has yet to score a single championship point (let alone a podium finish or race win) and currently sits dead last in the standings. It’s only managed to get both of its cars to the finish line at seven of the sixteen grands prix so far this season.

Caterham F1 manufacturer files for bankruptcy originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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McLaren offers glimpse inside P1 GTR program [w/video]

October 22nd, 2014 by admin No comments »

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McLaren P1 GTR prototype on track in Bahrain

Among the many things we were looking forward to seeing at Pebble Beach this year, the McLaren P1 GTR was near the top of our list. Invoking the spirit of the legendary McLaren F1 GTR that dominated sports car racing in the mid-1990s, the P1 GTR was unveiled in Monterey this past August in concept form, giving us an idea of what to expect. But now McLaren has given us a little more.

McLaren P1 GTR cockpitEnvisioned as a track toy for the wealthy who want to play racing driver, the P1 GTR is a further evolution – and a more extreme one – of the road-going P1. The GTR is being developed exclusively for use on track. To that end, Woking has stripped out the cockpit and installed a multifunction steering wheel said to be derived from the championship-winning MP4-23 grand prix car, allowing the driver to “fully adjust the setup and characteristics of the car without having to take their hands off the wheel.” The racing buckets are modeled after a DTM touring car, equipped with six-point harnesses and affixed directly to the chassis. Outside you’ll notice Pirelli slicks and a fixed rear wing with F1-style Drag Reduction System.

The P1 GTR is about more than the vehicle itself, though, as McLaren – similar to what Ferrari offers with the XX client test-driver program – is launching a full driver support program to go along with it. Customers will have access to the advanced simulator at the McLaren Technology Centre (typically reserved for the team’s contracted racing drivers) as well as the factory’s coaches. The program will also include 10 to 12 track sessions each year, to be held at F1-certified tracks around the world, at which each customer will have his or her own garage and crew, all for the benefit of their enjoyment.

The program is laid out in the video below, along with which McLaren has released a fresh batch of images showing the uncamouflaged prototype inside and out undergoing hot-weather testing at the grand prix circuit in Bahrain.

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McLaren offers glimpse inside P1 GTR program [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BMW i8 with 500+ horsepower in the cards?

October 22nd, 2014 by admin No comments »

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2015 BMW i8

While BMW makes plenty of machinery to keep enthusiasts interested, its most enticing models are often based on more ordinary ones. That’s what made the arrival of the i8 so captivating, emerging as the first stand-alone BMW sports coupe since the M1. But if its dual purpose – trying its best to both embrace the earth and traverse it rapidly – somehow left you disappointed, the next development could prove to fix that.

According to Automobile, BMW is working on a more potent i8S model. The hardcore version of the hybrid sports car would offer more power and a stiffened chassis to make it that much more aggressive. The Bavarian automaker is reportedly still evaluating two potential powertrain options: The first would pair a 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder good for 320 horsepower to an electric motor with another 204 hp. The second would use a 3.0-liter straight six with 480 hp and an electric motor with 109 hp. Both would be mated to a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission and an integrated starter motor packing an extra 27 hp.

Either way, we’d be looking at a combined output well in excess of 500 horsepower – far more than the existing i8’s 228-hp turbo three and 129-hp electric motor – dropping the 0-62 time down from 4.1 seconds to an estimated 3.5. Couple that to a more advanced carbon chassis, wider tires and other goodies, and the i8 would be transformed into a far more capable performance machine than it already is.

Automobile says the project is not being undertaken by the M division but by the i brand that developed the i8 in the first place – including new program director Roberto Fedeli who came over from Ferrari. Its arrival would be timed to coincide with BMW’s centenary celebrations in 2016.

BMW i8 with 500+ horsepower in the cards? originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Spy Shots: Land Rover spotted testing long-wheelbase Range Rover SVR at the ‘Ring

October 22nd, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Land Rover Range Rover L SVR spied

For the past couple of decades, Land Rover has watched pretender after contender try to topple it from its throne as the world’s ultimate purveyor of luxury SUVs. The British automaker has answered with an ever-expanding and ever-improving array of entries of its own, capped by a flagship Range Rover that seems to go more upscale every year, positioning itself as the high-riding counterpart to fellow British luxury marques like Jaguar and Bentley. It might even abide by the Leaping Cat, its sister company, launching a crossover of its own – heck, it’ll even lend a helping hand or two – but in the case of Bentley, well, it won’t be so quick to concede ground. What we’re looking at here seems to be the fight it’s preparing to put up.

This camouflaged prototype was spotted entering JLR’s test center at the Nürburgring (our base for the day when we drove the XFR-S Sportbrake and other supercharged Jaguar specials recently around the Nordschleife). But what is it, exactly? It appears to be based on the long-wheelbase version of the Range Rover introduced nearly a year ago, but if you look around back you’ll see four round tailpipes protruding from under that geometrically camo’d rear bumper – suggesting (even more than its presence at the ‘Ring) that something more potent is afoot.

The natural conclusion is that JRL’s new Special Vehicle Operations department is preparing an SVR version of the Range Rover L, which would likely feature the same 5.0-liter supercharged V8 as the XFR-S, XJR, F-Type R and (most poignantly) the new Range Rover Sport SVR. The engine will presumably arrive in similar 550-horsepower spec, but could also conceivably go for the 575 horses squeezed out for the Project 7 roadster. A sportier chassis, enhanced aero and upgraded brakes would help keep all that power and heft in check as it hustles VIPs around at breakneck speeds – and give Bentley’s forthcoming SUV (which promises unprecedented levels of luxury with a 200-mph top end) a high-speed run for its leather suitcases full of pounds sterling.

Land Rover spotted testing long-wheelbase Range Rover SVR at the ‘Ring originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Land Rover spotted testing long-wheelbase Range Rover SVR at the ‘Ring

October 22nd, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Land Rover Range Rover L SVR spied

For the past couple of decades, Land Rover has watched pretender after contender try to topple it from its throne as the world’s ultimate purveyor of luxury SUVs. The British automaker has answered with an ever-expanding and ever-improving array of entries of its own, capped by a flagship Range Rover that seems to go more upscale every year, positioning itself as the high-riding counterpart to fellow British luxury marques like Jaguar and Bentley. It might even abide by the Leaping Cat, its sister company, launching a crossover of its own – heck, it’ll even lend a helping hand or two – but in the case of Bentley, well, it won’t be so quick to concede ground. What we’re looking at here seems to be the fight it’s preparing to put up.

This camouflaged prototype was spotted entering JLR’s test center at the Nürburgring (our base for the day when we drove the XFR-S Sportbrake and other supercharged Jaguar specials recently around the Nordschleife). But what is it, exactly? It appears to be based on the long-wheelbase version of the Range Rover introduced nearly a year ago, but if you look around back you’ll see four round tailpipes protruding from under that geometrically camo’d rear bumper – suggesting (even more than its presence at the ‘Ring) that something more potent is afoot.

The natural conclusion is that JRL’s new Special Vehicle Operations department is preparing an SVR version of the Range Rover L, which would likely feature the same 5.0-liter supercharged V8 as the XFR-S, XJR, F-Type R and (most poignantly) the new Range Rover Sport SVR. The engine will presumably arrive in similar 550-horsepower spec, but could also conceivably go for the 575 horses squeezed out for the Project 7 roadster. A sportier chassis, enhanced aero and upgraded brakes would help keep all that power and heft in check as it hustles VIPs around at breakneck speeds – and give Bentley’s forthcoming SUV (which promises unprecedented levels of luxury with a 200-mph top end) a high-speed run for its leather suitcases full of pounds sterling.

Land Rover spotted testing long-wheelbase Range Rover SVR at the ‘Ring originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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