Thursday February 24th, 2011 19:05 The New Maserati Grancabrio Sport

Maserati GranCabrio Sport 2011

The new 2011 Maserati Grancabrio Sport is the new horizon of sports cars. With its 450 bhp completely alloy V8 engine it can top over 280km/h, and has the technology to reduce its fuel consumption rate by over 5 percent. The engineering of this superb engine is well supported by the 6 speed automatic transmission, innovations to the uniquely patented Skyhook suspension dampers, and further enhancements by the Maserati Stability Programme makes the Maserati Grancabrio Sport a exceptionally comfortable ride.

Even the convertible hood is part of the enhanced design and handling technology of this Maserati. This soft top weighing only 65kg, allows the centre of gravity to remain in the lower part of the body enhancing the stability of the already great handling.
As equally impressive as its power and handling, is the look of the Maserati Grancabrio Sport. A sleek and elegant design, easily believed to have been inspired by the wind itself, shows off the absolute sensuality and passion put into these sports cars. The style and attitude of this Maserati seems to be reminiscent of the vintage Italian racing cars of the 1950’s and 60’s.
New is the Maserati customazation programme for this car, allowing you personalize every detail of your performance sport car. Maserati being a small company is proud to be able to offer this level of choice and luxury. From the colour of the leather, the stitch of the carpet, the colour of the brake calipers or the material used for the headlining, you can make the Maserati truly your own personal automobile.

 

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Tuesday February 22nd, 2011 09:30 Have you seen the new Gumpert Tourer Sports Car?

Gumpert Appolo Speed

Have you seen the new Gumpert Tourer Sports Car? It is called the ‘Tornante’ which means “hairpin curves” and it is absolutely gorgeous… oh and fast! Reports say that they plan to stick with the Twin Turbo 4.2L Audi V8 used in later models which was able to put out a whopping 700bhp. (No complaints here by the way.)

The Gumpert car company, apparently wanting to shy away from the ‘we make uncomfortable sports cars’ image, has officially enlisted the help of the legendary Touring Superleggera group. In case you don’t already know, Touring Superleggera is the same Italian company that works with both Maserate and Bently, but of course, more recently they came up with ‘the Bently shooting brake concept car’ that stole the show in Paris! Besides that, this company has only been restoring and modifying exotic cars for the last 80 years… and they have been doing that VERY well.

I love any company that is going to make it possible for me to go from 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds… in elegance!

The ‘Tornante’ is all set to be revealed at this year’s Geneva motor show alongside the Gumpert Apollo. The 6-year old Gumpert company is looking to make some serious waves with this one.

No doubt that this Gumpert Tourer sports car will have car enthusiasts all over the world drooling themselves for years to come, as I am sure the this years ‘Tornante’ is an absolute classic in the making!

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Sunday February 20th, 2011 16:32 2012 Lamborghini Aventador Suspension: Race Car precision

Lamborghini Aventador Suspension 2012

When Signore Lamborghini created the Lamborghini Motorcar Company 48 years ago, his focus was on creating gran turismo sports cars that did not have their origins in the world of racing. The Lamborghinis of recent decades have made U-turns away from that philosophy, embodying numerous elements from the race track in their design and engineering. At the Geneva Motor Show in March of 2011, the tentatively named Aventador will be unveiled. The Aventador supplants the Murcielago as the preeminent force of nature in the Lamborghini stable of cars. The Aventador is a 700 hp race car that can be driven on the streets, and it has incorporated the most advanced race car suspension design into its engineering.

The suspension for the Aventador has been basically extracted from one-seat race cars and retuned to make it more suitable for street wear. The foundation of the suspension will employ a horizontally mounted pushrod spring and damper setting as opposed to the conventional vertical mounting. The Lamborghini suspension has aluminium, double wishbone configuration. This space age technology can be very gratifying when cruising at the Aventador’s top speed of 370 kph, or 217 mph.

The Lamborghini suspension does not locate the springs and dampers on the wheel mounts. They are transversely positioned. Rockers mediate the force from the wheel mounts to the springs. Handling is therefore considerably more responsive, and rigid connection to the chassis facilitates more precise spring and damper reaction. Additionally, springs are not quite as stiff as they have been on previous Lamborghinis, which creates a more comfortable, flexible ride as well as a more precise ride. The upper and lower control arms relay levers and wheel mounts are all made from aluminium alloy, which is less stiff than steel and further increases flexibility. Hydraulic lifters have also been incorporated into the shocks, and these lifters can raise the car 40 millimetres at the push of a button to ride over minor obstacles.

The new Lamborghini suspension is a remarkably bold and innovative advance in sports car handling technology.

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Tuesday February 15th, 2011 15:34 Nissan Leaf Arrives in UK

Nissan’s new electric powered car, the Leaf, has been delivered to northeast England. A small number of these environmentally friendly vehicles were delivered via a Japanese car transport ship. The Leaf relies entirely upon electricity to power its motor. Unlike hybrid vehicles, this car does not include an additional petrol reserve tank to create additional power if the battery should fail.

With electricity as the sole energy source, the Leaf can boast that it produces zero emissions as it operates. Some Leaf owners in the United States have managed to use solar powered generators to charge their cars, thereby avoiding the use of any fossil fuels whatsoever. On a full battery, the Leaf can travel an average of 241.401 km.

Wider Release Expected in 2012

This shipment of electric cars is scheduled to go on sale in early March of 2011. The Leaf will be available in limited numbers as Nissan begins to deliver new models throughout Europe and the United States. The slow release allows Nissan to handle any problems that may be discovered during the first year of production.

Limiting the release of the automobile also gives dealerships an opportunity to learn how to perform maintenance and repairs on the cars, which are built using entirely new technology. Nissan expects to increase the availability of the Leaf in 2012.

English Manufacture Begins in 2013

The Sunderland Nissan plant is scheduled to begin production of the Leaf in 2013. Once the plant has been completely converted to manufacture the electric cars, they should become more widely available throughout the United Kingdom.

Nissan dealers will accept orders for the Leaf beginning in March of 2011, but delivery times may be slow in the first year. If British distribution is anything similar to the distribution in the United States so far, orders could take as many as 3 – 5 months to be fulfilled. Delivery rates should accelerate as more Nissan plants begin manufacturing the electric car.

Car Insurance Quotes Comparison is an American car insurance blog that is excited about the Leaf’s arrival in ports all over the world.

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