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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

1967 Chevy Camaro Convertible - A Prodigy Is Born



To say Michael Serafine was born in a restoration shop would be an exaggeration. But when mother and the newborn Michael were released from the hospital, a stop by the family shop to show off the new child was in order.
After a few years, Michael would climb out of his playpen and make a beeline to the shop to find his dad and see what he was working on. His mother would come and retrieve the kicking and crying child, who really just wanted to be in the shop, with dad, and apparently, the cars. Over the years it would become more and more obvious Michael was going to be a car nut.
On his 15th birthday, Michael finally got to drive the family racecar, which he had helped build. His very first run yielded a time of 10.92 at 125.5 mph. When he turned 16, his driver's license was just around the corner and he knew what he wanted: a Camaro. Michael wanted to build his own from the ground up and the hunt began for a 1967 convertible. After looking at many prospects, a '67 RS/SS convertible showed up in the newspaper, and it was 20 minutes from the house. The asking price was $1,500. Michael and his father knew it would be rough, but that was OK-the price was right. They dropped everything and rushed out to see the car. As they turned into the dilapidated trailer park, a guy that seemed to be Joe Dirt's less refined cousin greeted the duo and walked them around to see the jewel he was selling. Michael found his dream car in all its rusted glory. After negotiations, they settled on a $1,300 price.

Since the floors were rotted away, and the rear frame rails were non-existent, the decision was made to build a full chassis for the car. The car had to be welded at the outer rockers to a rolling jig to hold what little structure there was in place. Quarter-inch steel was welded in place of factory inner rockers to later serve as attachment points for the perimeter frame. Welding these permanent inner rocker supports, along with some temporary bracing strengthened the center of the car. The cowl, surprisingly in good shape, was bolted through the subframe mounts to lock it in its correct location. At the rear of the car Michael welded temporary bracing to the inner rear quarter super structure to hold everything steady and in alignment. Now all the old rusted metal could safely be removed. Using a Sawzall, Plasma cutter and cutoff wheels, the body was trimmed down to a skeleton of its former self.
A truckload of sheetmetal arrived, including quarters, outer wheelhouses, rear body panel, deck lid, door shells, fenders, hood, and every single exterior panel. After sandblasting the skeleton, Michael installed the outer sheetmetal starting with aligning the doors, and quarters, and getting the skeleton back to a complete body shell. Once the outer body was complete, frame construction began. The goal was to build the frame rigid, stronger then the stock subframe unibody arrangement in an effort to eliminate the flex inherent in convertibles. A couple hundred feet of 2x3 and 2x4 .125 wall rectangular tubing would build the frame from the firewall back.
He also decided the body would be channeled 4-inches over the frame, effectively lowering the car 4-inches with no suspension drop. To achieve this, the exhaust was made to run through the transmission and driveshaft tunnel, under the transmission and driveshaft, Corvette-style. The underside of the car would be smooth, in belly pan fashion, so there is incredible ground clearance even though the ground to rocker height is only 6-inches. The frame was designed so the fuel and brake lines would run through the frame, eliminating the danger of scrubbing these items.

Independent rear suspension was chosen to take advantage of the rigid spine and backbone chassis so front and rear suspensions from a 1987 Corvette was added. The call was made to Wilwood to supply 14-inch front and rear rotors and hats, along with some 6-and 4-piston calipers (front to rear). Since there's not a big brake "kit" available for early C4 Corvettes, Michael had to work closely with the technical staff at Wilwood finding hats, rotors and calipers that would give the proper offsets. Michael then fabricated mounting brackets to hold the massive calipers.
Forgeline SP3P wheels were chosen, huge 20x13-inch rear and 19x11-inch front wheels in a killer polished finish. Pirelli makes tires big enough for rims this size, so the call was made and it supplied massive 345/25/20 rear and 295/30/19 fronts.

When it came to horsepower, a World Products 540-cubic inch aluminum block was built, saving over 100-lbs over a conventional iron block. The short-block was stuffed full of Manley, Eagle and Callies parts, netting just a tick north of 11:1 compression. A Comp Cams mechanical roller ground at 266/272 at .050 with .714 lift actuates the valves in the ported Canfield heads. A Holley intake/throttle body are used and fuel is fed by an Aeromotive 1000 pump inside a Rick's Hot Rods stainless fuel tank. A FAST XFI computer takes responsibility for sending fuel and spark commands. A March serpentine mid mount pulley system turns all the accessories, including the Vintage Air compressor. A Ron Davis radiator keeps everything cool. The tranny is a TKO600 using a McCleod aluminum flywheel/ hydraulic throw out/dual disc clutch set up.
The exterior of the car features subtle changes, like molding the fender extensions, frenching the Cobra-style flip fuel filler, and eliminating the front bumper. Bolt ons include a Yenko Stinger Corvette-style hood, a '69 Trans Am-style wing, and some nice Marquez taillights. One of the most talked about features on Prodigy is the roll bar. It's a functional roll bar using 1 ?-inch tubing and 11-gauge plate steel. The roll bar ties into a full crossmember and acts as a critical part of the structure and overall chassis strength.
The interior draws much praise. Since the top is an emergency use only item, the midyear Corvette dash is highly visible. One of Michael's friends gave him the original '67 Corvette piece. It was cut, sectioned, widened and molded to fit the Camaro. Wabbits Woodworks built the custom front to rear console, which molds perfectly into the dash. Wabbits also supplied the carbon fiber instrument bezel, glove box door and trimmings. The dash is loaded with Auto Meter Nexus gauges. Wally Riggs recovered a quartet of C5 Corvette seats in retro red/black houndstooth and red leather.


Source - Superchevy.com

Saturday, March 14, 2015

2016 Range Rover Evoque Facelift – 2015 Geneva

Facelift includes minor visual upgrades and a new Ingenium diesel engine.

Land Rover will take the wraps off the 2016 Range Rover Evoque at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show tomorrow, previewing the new changes in tow for the baby Range Rover. Chinese auto portal AutoHome however already have the images of the car from the stall.




Building upon the impressive design, the new Range Rover Evoque comes with cosmetic changes that further improves the dynamic appeal of the crossover. The most noticeable changes are the new LED headlamps and DRLs, which are more angled than the previous design.


The top-spec Dynamic variant now comes with a honeycomb grille, while all variants have enlarged air intakes, which now feature slim LED foglamps on the upper portion. The 5-door model comes standard with vents on the bonnet (previously standard on the 3-door model only).


Similar to the headlamps, the taillights also receive the full LED treatment with a redesigned cluster. The facelift also features a new tailgate spoiler that houses a wider, slimmer LED brake light, and also integrates a new a hands-free function, where the owner can automatically open and close it by waving his/her foot beneath the rear bumper.

 Range Rover  Sport

Equipment wise, the new Evoque now comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen display powered by the InControl Touch infotainment system. Higher variants feature InControl Touch Plus which can be spec’d with navigation, a pair of eight-inch video screens and wireless digital headphones for rear passengers, and a 11- or 17-speaker Meridian audio system.


The facelifted Evoque now comes with an all new 2.0L Ingenium diesel engine. The all-aluminum engine will be available in two variants: 180 PS or 150 PS, the latter being 18 percent more efficient than the previous Ford-sourced diesel unit.


The 2016 Evoque will still retain the Ford-sourced 2.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine, producing 240 PS. Transmission options haven’t been confirmed yet, although it will most likely keep the 9-speed ZF unit from the previous model.
Range Rover RRS Sport


Friday, March 13, 2015

2016 Mazda CX-5 and Mazda6 – 2015 Geneva

Euro-spec models receive a minor facelift and an updated interior.

Mazda is showcasing the European spec of the Mazda CX-5 crossover and Mazda6 sedan at this year’s Geneva motor show. Both models sport a minor facelift and a revised interior.



The Euro-spec models feature a horizontal multi-slat grille (unlike the honeycomb grille in the current U.S spec model), a redesigned fog lamp enclosure for both the CX-5 and Mazda6 (with chrome detailing). The company has confirmed that both will feature Adaptive LED Headlights, which has four blocks of LED lights that can also be deactivated individually to prevent blinding an approaching motorist.


The Mazda CX-5’s dimensions measure at 2700mm of wheelbase between 4555 mm of overall length, 1840 mm overall width, and 1670 mm of total height, while the Mazda6 sedan measures at 2830mm of wheelbase, 4895 mm of overall length, 1840 mm of overall width, and 1,450 mm of overall height.


Under the hood, the Mazda CX-5 will come with a choice between two SKYACTIV-G petrol engines: a 155 hp 2.0-liter or a 184 hp 2.5-liter, which is the new addition. Mazda will also offer a 140 hp 2.2-liter SKYACTIV-D diesel engine for the CX-5. Transmission options include a 6 speed manual or automatic for both petrol and diesel engines, which will drive either the front wheels in basic trim, or all four wheels via an AWD system.

Mazda 6
The Mazda6 will be available in both sedan and wagon configurations, which are to be powered by either a 184 hp SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter petrol motor or a 148 hp 2.2-liter SKYACTIV-D diesel unit. The updated Mazda6 wagon body style now benefits from an optional all-wheel-drive system.


The facelift also adds new safety features, including Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane-keep Assist System. Mazda has also upgraded their Smart City Brake Support system and Driver Attention Alert system, which monitors the driver’s attention behind the wheel.
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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Monday, January 5, 2015

America lost $ 9 billion to save Chrysler and GM from bankruptcy

 To saving American companies Chrysler and General Motors, American State have cost nearly 80 billion dollars, of which only 71 were recovered.

In 2008, the financial crisis hit powerful automotive market, General Motors and Chrysler builders struggling with bankruptcy.

George W. Bush, president of the United States decided to grant aid of 25 billion dollars to help both companies are collapsing. Barack Obama, replacement Bush White House has taken further bailout and has offered two other conglomerates 55 billion dollars.

Many analysts have argued that the decision was a risky and totally nonproductive for US state. Now, six years after the start of, government may declare officially closed the rescue plan and any involvement in the business of Detroit.

Last month, the US Treasury sold they last participations in GM. According to simple calculations, the American state has recovered 70.43 billion from a total of 79.69 billion dollars in aid offered initially.

The $ 9 billion that the state has lost, are taxpayers money, but Obama reassured the public during a press conference that they were well spent, proof that the American auto industry is at its best level in the last 10 years.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Ferrari FXX K, the most extravagant model in the history of the brand, was presented today and develops 1,050 hp

Ferrari HAS presented today  the FXX K model . This is a more efficient version of Al Ferrari, but that can not be driven on public roads and can be offered a group of "exclusive" customers.

Ferrari FXX K model was presented today at a special event in Abu Dhabi. The model is a more efficient version of the fastest production model of this brand,La Ferrari, and develops 1,050 hp.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Autocar tested the BMW Alpina Biturbo D4

Steven Sutcliffe challenge the powerful coupe Alpina D4 Biturbo, BMW tuner official interpretation of the BMW 4 Series.





McLaren P1 vs. Porsche 918 Spyder - a duel between giants

British journalists from Evo put together two next-generation supercar McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder.


Monday, November 10, 2014

The New Bugatti Chiron replace the supercar Veyron

The current Bugatti Veyron has already reached the end of career and will leave a replacement place, scheduled to launch next year. The Chiron will be named in honor of the oldest pilot in Formula 1.

According to Automotive News, luxury manufacturer has already chosen a name for the Veyron's successor. It will be called Chiron, in honor of Louis Chiron, originally from Monaco,f 1 pilot, dedicated entirely for Bugatti brand, who will drive for a good part of his career. Moreover, Louis Chiron is the man with most podiums for the Franco-Italian manufacturer.

He has been honored in the past, in 1999 specifically,Bugatti named the Chiron in honor of Bugatti racing driver Louis Chiron. If we look at photos from then, we see that between Giugiaro's concept and the current model there are clear similarities.


Louis Chiron is recognized being the oldest driver who drive in Formula 1. 


About the supercar that will take the place of the act Veyron, already we know that it will be launched next year and will use a W16 engine with a cylinder capacity unknown at this time.