dinsdag 24 mei 2011

BMW Z8

Hey readers!

These days, I keep spotting BMW Z8's more and more often. This rare car shows up in my neighborhood quite alot nowadays, strange. Today I spotted the 4th and the 5th in 3 days time. I didn'n have my camera on me so I couldnt take any pics/vids sadly :(.

A bit of information about the BMW Z8.

2001 BMW Z8


The BMW Z8 was a roadster car produced by German automaker BMW from 2000-2003. It was given the E52 BMW model code.

The $128,000 car had an all aluminum chassis and body and used a 4.9 L (4941 cc) 32-valve V8, that developed 400 hp (300 kW) and 500 N·m (370 ft·lbf) torque. This engine, known internally as the S62, was built by the BMW Motorsport subsidiary and was shared with the E39 M5.[1] The engine was located behind the front axle in order to provide the car with 50/50 weight distribution. The factory claimed a 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) time of 4.7 seconds; Motor Trend magazine achieved 0–96 km/h (0–60 mph) in 4.2 seconds. Road and Track measured the car's lateral grip at .92. Car and Driver magazine also tested the car and found that it outperformed the contemporary benchmark Ferrari 360 Modena in three important performance categories: acceleration, handling, and braking. As with most BMW products, its top speed was electronically limited to 155.4 mph (250 km/h); the car's maximum top speed with an unlocked chip was 186 mph (299 km/h)

(source wiki)

Overview:
Price tag: 128.000 USD
Engine displacement: 4941cc
Engine: V8 4valve
Power: 400HP
0-100km/h: 4.7s
top speed: 299
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maandag 23 mei 2011

Rumormill: Fiat Abarth to join World Rally Championship by 2014?


Abarth Punto S2000

It wasn't that long ago that things didn't look so good for the World Rally Championship. Automakers were dropping out of the series like so many flies, while other manufacturers were heading to the rival Intercontinental Rally Challenge. But things have turned around for the WRC.

While Citro├źn continues to dominate over Ford, Mini has joined the fight, and Volkswagen is on its way in as well. Now word comes in that Fiat could be preparing to take part, as well, with its Abarth performance brand.
Abarth 500 R3T
Abarth has been contesting IRC and national rally championships with the Punto S2000 (pictured above) with considerable success, as well as mounting its own rally, touring car and junior formula spec series. But evidently looking for a new challenge, rumor has it that the Scorpion marque will challenge its European rivals on the world rally stage as soon as 2013 or maybe 2014.

If and when it does, the Punto Abarth will likely be adapted to WRC specifications (which now closely mirror the S2000 spec used in the IRC), as opposed to upgrading the 500 R3T (pictured at right) used in some lower-level rally events. We'll have to wait for official confirmation, but one thing's for sure: the competition in the WRC is getting fiercer by the day.
[Source: La Picadura Del Escorpion (translated) | Images: Abarth]

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