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Flash Engineering brings the Saab 9-3 trackside

Just as Saab looks to exit the world, Flash Engineering is here with their new race prepped Saab 9-3 looking to battle it out in the Swedish Racing Elite League. The group will have some limited official backing from Saab Parts and battle it out with Volvo, Citroen and BMW along the way.

  

Honestly it’s a bit sad to se such an amazing machine enter in at the closure to Saab’s story, it looks brutal in every way and for me it brings a new impression on the brand as well. If you want to see more of the car, tune in if you can to the Swedish Touring Car races or catch them online and show your support as much as you can. For now the pictures released by Flash Engineering will have to hold everyone over.

 

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2013 Nissan GT-R

If you were looking for a reason to sell a kidney, The 2013 Nissan GT-R may be the number one contender. The beast is back and even more head shakingly potent.

According to Nissan, A reworked and improved intake system and repiped intercooler, result in not only improved emissions but also an additional 15 hp and 15 lb-ft. The GT-R now puts out an astounding 545 hp and 563 lb-ft! That is good enough to move the GT-R from 0-60 in 2.7 seconds.

Scope the official press release below after the photos.

  • 2013 NISSAN GT-R GAINS 15 HORSEPOWER TO 545 HP TOTAL
    – Nissan’s Multi-Dimensional Supercar Receives Engine and Suspension Refinements for New Model Year; Set to Arrive at Select Certified Nissan Dealers Nationwide in January 2012 –

    Since its introduction, the iconic Nissan GT-R has had one goal in mind – never rest on its laurels. One of the most acclaimed supercars in automotive history, the Nissan GT-R is the ultimate expression of the Nissan brand and its “Innovation for All” philosophy. A multi-dimensional performance machine that lives up to the concept of “the ultimate supercar that can be driven by anyone, anytime, anywhere,” the Nissan GT-R receives a number of engine and suspension refinements for the 2013 model year, all designed to enhance its already legendary performance.

    “The 2013 Nissan GT-R once again sends a bold statement that it remains on the leading edge of international sports car design, technology and performance,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. “It’s our desire to keep pushing the envelope, to never settle for second best or second place – a philosophy that makes Nissan GT-R one of the most coveted and affordable supercars in the world today.”

    The major refinements to GT-R’s renowned engineering masterpiece of an engine include improved intake efficiency, reduced airflow resistance including an enlarged air intake duct for the intercooler, and improved exhaust emissions efficiency and enhanced control. The engine is hand-assembled in a special clean room, similar to racing powerplant construction. As a result, horsepower is rated at 545 hp, an increase of 15 hp over the 2012 GT-R’s 530 hp. Similarly, torque has been increased to 463 lb-ft from 448 lb-ft.

    Transmission shift feel and quietness have been refined through a strengthened design of the shift fork arm and a firmer fixing bearing for the flywheel housing. Also, high performance differential oil, used in GT-R motorsports competition, is now standard for production models.

    In addition, the suspension has been retuned and a handmade dry carbon rear spoiler has also been added to the Nissan GT-R Black Edition model. Other enhancements include the addition of a new blue lighting treatment inside the tachometer ring to match the shift position indicator light, helping provide a more sophisticated cockpit atmosphere. A RearView Monitor is now standard on all models.

    The 2013 Nissan GT-R is scheduled to go on sale at select certified Nissan dealers in January 2012.

    About the 2013 Nissan GT-R

    Following a major revision just last year, the 2013 Nissan GT-R is offered in two models – GT-R Premium and the GT-R Black Edition with special lightweight black aluminum forged RAYS® wheels, unique read and black interior, Recaro® leather-appointed seats and new dry carbon fiber rear spoiler. The 2013 Nissan GT-R is once again anchored by an advanced 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 engine matched with a high-performance 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. Engine efficiency has been improved for the new model year, which helps raise horsepower to 545 hp (versus the previous 530 horsepower) and torque to 463 lb-ft (versus the previous 448 lb-ft). The engine is hand-assembled in a special clean room.

    GT-R is built on an exclusive Premium Midship platform, which enables the use of the world’s first independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system. This system places the transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the vehicle, optimizing weight distribution and maximizing handling capability.

    Total vehicle adjustability is provided by a “set-up switch” located in the center of the instrument panel, enabling the driver to adjust transmission shifts, shock absorbers and the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC-R) among three settings – Normal, Special or “R,” for ultimate handling.

    The Nissan GT-R suspension has been retuned for 2013. The vehicle again utilizes a special Bilstein DampTronic system, and the braking system consists of Brembo full-floating drilled rotors, low steel high stiffness brake pads and Brembo monoblock six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers.

    The 2013 Nissan GT-R’s lightweight 10-spoke forged aluminum 20-inch RAYS® wheels feature a premium dark (near black) finish, which provides a high quality, high-performance look. They are mounted with Dunlop Sports Max GT 600 DSST CTT tires – P255/40ZRF20 in front and P285/35ZRF20 in the rear. The Black Edition features special metallic black six-spoke RAYS® lightweight wheels with Dunlop Sports Max GT 600 DSST CTT tires – P255/40ZRF20 in front and P285/35ZRF20 in the rear.

    Nissan GT-R’s aerodynamics were improved last year with increased downforce and the coefficient of drag reduced to 0.26 (from 0.27). A new front fascia with aggressive double rectifier fins and integrated high intensity LED running lights was also added, enhancing the car’s strong visual presence. Other exterior features include high-mounted LED stoplights, bright LED rear combination taillights, “super wide beam” headlights, heated door mirrors and flat-blade windshield wipers. Six exterior colors are available for 2013: Deep Blue Pearl, Jet Black, Solid Red, Gun Metallic, Pearl White and a 4-stage metallic Super Silver.

    Inside, Nissan GT-R’s four-passenger cabin again balances functionality with a sense of ease and comfort. It features sculpted performance bucket seats for an optimal driving position, a cockpit-style instrument panel with a large center-mounted tachometer and multi-function display – which includes mechanical and driving information, as well as an on-board driving recorder, and carbon fiber trim. The Black Edition adds custom red and black Recaro® leather-appointed seats, red and black interior trim and a dark headliner.

    A specially designed 11-speaker Bose® sound system with speakers mounted in rigid aluminum die cast panels, which provides sound quality suitable for a supercar, is standard.

    Additional standard equipment for 2013 includes a RearView Monitor, Nissan Navigation System with XM NavTraffic® with Real-Time Traffic Information and NavWeather™ capabilities (XM® subscription required, sold separately), and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System.

    Safety equipment includes a Nissan Advanced Air Bag System for driver and front passenger, front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags for driver and front-passenger and standard roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front seat occupant head protection – along with front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters and tension reducers, and three-point ELR/ALR rear seat belts.

    The 2013 Nissan GT-R is sold and serviced through nearly 700 Nissan dealers that have attained “GT-R Certification” status by meeting a number of strict sales, service and facilities commitments – including dedicating a master technician to GT-R service, special training for service managers and technicians, and designating dealer principals, executive managers and general managers as the primary communicators and negotiators in sales transactions. The names and locations of local GT-R Certified Nissan dealers are available onNissanUSA.com.

    About Nissan North America
    In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, design, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010 and has been recognized as a 2010 and 2011 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information about Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.comand www.Infiniti.com.

    About Nissan
    Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second largest Japanese automotive company by volume, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan and is an integral pillar of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 150,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4 million vehicles in 2010.

    With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year award.

    For more information on our products, services and commitment to Sustainable Mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

Source- AutoBlog.com

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Subaru BRZ STI Concept reveal gets a little closer

While we’re closing in on the LA Auto Show reveal, Subaru has taken mercy on eager auto enthusiasts waiting to get a more realistic view of their new FR sport coupe, today we have some pictures of that. and also a press release that still lacks any information on the engine performance. Catch the release using the tag below and check out 11 pictures of goodness after that of the BRZ STI Concept.

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“SUBARU BRZ CONCEPT – STI -” to Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show

Tokyo, November 16, 2011 – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today unveiled the world premiere of “SUBARU BRZ CONCEPT – STI -” at the 2011 Los Angeles International Auto Show. (Press days on November 16 and 17. Open to public from November 18 to 27 in US)

The “SUBARU BRZ CONCEPT – STI -” is a concept car based on the “SUBARU BRZ”, an all-new rear-wheel drive (RWD) compact sports car developed from an ongoing joint-project between Subaru and Toyota Motor Corporation. By making full use of the Horizontally-Opposed Boxer, Subaru’s core technology, this concept car further pursued a “Pure Handling Delight” driving experience that can be realized by the Boxer engine’s low center of gravity. Combined with motifs of Subaru’s iconic performance brand “STI”, the concept car embodies an ultimate handling performance and symbolizes the possibilities the SUBARU BRZ holds for the future.

Styling
• By installing the Boxer engine as low as possible, the low hood and sleek roofline together compose a sophisticated form. This is also blended with STI performance touches for a Subaru sporting profile.
• A hexagonal lower front grille, hawk eye headlights and fin-shaped fog lamps make the front face instantly recognizable as Subaru.
• STI-made lower front spoiler and rear wing magnify down-force and aerodynamics performance. They allow stable straight driving and excellent handling at high speeds.
• The rear design with bold rear fender flares, large rear-diffuser, and twin dual tailpipes intensifies the STI performance feel.
• A carbon-fiber roof, already installed in a WRX STI model and highly acclaimed, has been employed by the concept car. With it, extra weight reduction and an even lower center of gravity were achieved, contributing considerably to the ultimate handling performance this concept model aims to offer.
• The lively exterior color “WR Blue Pearl II” is a new generation of the iconic WR blue paint scheme that emphasizes the racing image.

Engine
• The Boxer engine has inherent qualities of light weight, compactness, low center of gravity, and high rigidity – all pointing toward its great potential as a sports car engine. Taking full advantage of these features, a 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed four-cylinder direct fuel-injection gasoline engine has been developed exclusively for BRZ.
• The engine has been designed with a square bore and stroke of 86 X 86 mm. Combined with Toyota’s D-4S direct injection technology (fuel injection system), high output and high environmental standards were both attained, both expected of a new generation sports car.

Chassis and Body
• Compared with other Subaru models, the engine in SUBARU BRZ CONCEPT – STI – sits an impressive 120 mm lower and is positioned 240 mm closer to the center of the chassis. As a result, this car has achieved one of the lowest possible center of gravity in cars on the market today.
• By incorporating lightweight parts such as a carbon-fiber roof, the overall weight has been reduced. Subaru has also succeeded in attaining a body structure that is both lightweight and highly rigid in a striking balance. The concept car is the embodiment of pure driving enjoyment only obtainable with a “Boxer sports car”.
• Its unique handling performance has been remarkably refined by adopting STI’s lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels with performance tires and STI tuned suspension with excellent lateral stiffness.
• Brembo brakes enhance braking performance.

Major Specifications
Overall Length × Width × Height (mm): 4,230 × 1,800 × 1,280 Wheelbase (mm): 2,570
Engine Type: 2.0-liter direct fuel injection naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder
Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine Tires: 215/45R18 (Front), 225/45R18 (Rear)

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Subaru BRZ Concept – STI pictures emerge

The BRZ Concept pictures are here, for those scratching their heads this is the Subaru version of the Toyota / Scion FT-86 project that they’ve been working on. Not only do you get a taste of the Subaru design in this version coming to the LA Auto Show, you also get some of the specs on this model now.

SUBARU BRZ Concept – STI Specifications
Body size (Overall: Length x Width x Height): 166.7 X 70.9 X 50.4 inches
Wheelbase: 101.2 inch
Engine: Subaru Boxer “FA” engine – 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine
Tire size: 215/45R18 (Front), 225/45R18 (Rear)

The car is in World Rally Blue Pearl II (WR Blue Pearl II) their racing production color for all STI models, they set the body down with a special aero kit on the front and rear with a new form of wing deviating from what the Impreza has traditionally used. Topping that off they’ve added flared fenders, larger wheels, quad pipe exhaust tips and a carbon-fiber roof. Hopefully the roof option will be available for more than the 400 units of the Impreza STI tS or it might be a mad dash for those that jump in. Under the body are Brembo brakes and a STI suspension tuned for low clearance and sharp turning.

Disappointing is the use of the NA Boxer engine, I know Subaru has sunk a ton of money into improving fuel economy with that base engine but the history of the company with performance cars has tended to rely on the Turbo. How this pans out is up in the air, but if they plan on putting the BRZ against the Impreza WRX and STI in pricing they might find it hard to get an audience if it’s low on power. The only thing they’re promising is high RPM output while utilizing the torque of the Boxer design.

Subaru says the car should appear in Spring 2012 in FR format and it’s touting itself as the only FR with a Boxer engine in the world. The official pictures of the car (non-renders) will appear as the veil at the LA Auto Show lifts in a few weeks.

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GrimmSpeed introuces new goodies

Always a goodie for car enthusiasts when new parts get announced, GrimmSpeed is launching quite a few new pieces for Subaru fans today. Check out the info below for more details and ordering information.

Subaru Oil Cap

Sleek and arriving in 4 colors, it replaces the OEM cap with a touch of style, coming in silver, blue, red or black. Performance gains? None really, unless your current cap is broken, in which case it’s a solid replacement with some style. The notes include that it allows room for intercooler piping or other cables around it. Perfect for the holidays coming up.

Price $59.99Click here

Legacy GT Master Cylinder Brace

The brace is finally here for 05-08 Legacy models without the VDC equipped, it looks beefy and for $99 it’s not a bad price when it comes to reducing firewall flex when hard braking comes into play. Check out this page by GrimmSpeed for some clarification on how it reduces that flex.

Price $99.99Click here

Impreza License Plate Delete

A final handy item from their release list is the front license delete plate, helping polish up those mounting holes on the stock bumper. A bit pricey for my taste but for the Subaru fanatic in your life it might be a good present to grab before they buy it.

Price $49.99Click here

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US Spec STi takes Isle of Man TT crown

Slightly older news but still awesome to watch, felt compelled to share it after the Pikes Peak video. They’re both pretty epic and based around tracks that only the bravest can really tackle at full attack speed. Check out the video below to get an idea of it and how close to the limit of control Mark Higgins got on the TT course.

Sit back and enjoy the video below for some extreme racing goodness.

 

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The Monster is Back – Tajima breaks 10 mins at Pikes Peak

Defying the odds is never easy, Tajima has grown to become a cornerstone of Pikes Peak history. In the 2011 event he managed to not only take top spot, but to shatter the 10min barrier sought by so many. For those hoping that someone captured it all on video, you’re extremely lucky to have the embedded footage below. This isn’t your average SX4 by any means.

 

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VW aims for WRC again with VW Polo R

VW for new rally fans doesn’t seem to set off many bells. Today marks a change to that as they unveil the 2013 Polo R which they’re aiming to get into the WRC circuit. The engine is set to crank out 300HP from a 1.6l turbo charged engine in all wheel drive dressings. Given the ties to Audi and many other companies it isn’t that much of a shocker though.

The company has leaked a few concept images to the public with the perk of a giant youtube clip as well. When WRC lost Subaru and Mitsubishi the event felt like it was losing steam, now, it has a new lease on life with many companies from the past returning to power it up.

Hopefully Subaru decides to get back into the game, although the 2012 leaves much to be desired so maybe after the next refresh. A full roster of the worlds best would be great to see.

The Bugatti Veyron SS World Record Edition arrives

…and we don’t get to drive it. At all. But we did find a short clip of it from the importer; Symbolic Motors that was plastered on Youtube for everyone to drool over.  Because the car is already spoken for there are no yummy growls of the W16 to be found in this clip,  I’m sure while they could pony up the purchase cost for the vehicle they don’t intend to refund the 2.5+ million that it cost the owner for any damages.

Because that’s such a painful teaser I couldn’t help but dig up the Top Gear moment where James May takes this rocket ship to top speed.

A Veyron SS WRE walks among us, currently in California but most likely spending the rest of its life in a garage. Feel free to let us know if you spot this beast in the wild though.

Underground Racing Gallardo goes to the limit and then some

For those uneasy with crash footage I might suggest avoiding this one. For those okay with the content, let’s jump ahead to the talked about 1500+ HP beast that the team at Underground Racing has been working on.

For many the Gallardo is a sexy piece of motoring, sleek lines, quick power and able to grab looks from anyone who passes it, Underground racing took it to the next level with a Twin Turbo setup shooting the Gallardo into a different level entirely. While the end of the run wasn’t the prettiest I don’t see this holding the team back from trying this run again in better conditions with possibly a longer stretch of tarmac. Check out the awesomeness below.

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