TSS RS500 2 Cylinder 2 Stroke



TSS RS500 2 cylinder 2 stroke

TSS RS500 2 cylinder 2 stroke engineWhile most everyone else has moved on to the land of 4 strokes, there’s a group of intrepid engineers and builders in Australia devoted to the idea of building a 500cc 2 cylinder 2 stroke motorcycle, starting with the Aprilia RS250 chassis and installing their own highly engineered 2 stroke powerplant.

Grand Prix Engineer Wayne “Wobbly” Wright who has a 30 year career building GP engines and pipes went to work on the engine and the finished piece puts out 112 horsepower and 60 foot pounds of torque. Mounted in a bike weighing 286 pounds total and having the power delivery you would expect from a 2 stroke gives you a bike that one might call entertaining.

The idea here is to bring 2 stroke technology up to the best that can be built right now and place it in a modern frame and suspension package, a combination you can’t buy in your neighborhood showroom.

The company the group formed is called the Two Stroke Shop, and besides many other parts for the 2 stroke fanatic, they offer not only complete RS 500 motorcycles but also the engines alone or kits to adapt your own RS250 to accept their engine.

There are no prices on the site, expensive I’m sure, but what they offer seems somewhat unique. It’s an extremely interesting setup and just the thing to surprise the heck out of your average GSX-R pilot. I like it.


TSS RS500 2 cylinder 2 stroke

Honda 50 Powered Vintage Bicycle Project



Honda powered vintage bike project

Here’s an interesting project that takes little money, isn’t too hard to do and actually has a practical side, it’s a Huffy bicycle found at a flea market, a couple of vintage looking pieces found on eBay, a new Honda 50cc engine and a few other modifications to make it look like an early grey Harley Davidson.

According to the builder it gets about 120 mpg and cruises at a comfortable 25 to 30 mph with a top speed approaching 40 mph.

Looks like a cool project to get the kids involved in a little “hands on” activity or something to get your own hands into the building process. Neat.


Honda powered vintage bike project

2009 Confederate C120 Renaissance Fighter



2009 Confederate Fighter

Confederate Motors has put more photos of their new Confederate Fighter up on their web site, or more accurately the “C120 Renaissance Fighter.” It’s a much better look at how everything goes together, it was difficult to get an idea of proportions from the single perspective of the catalog shot.

One thing that would be helpful is a photo of a rider on the bike to get an idea of the ergonomics. The seat looks a bit uncomfortable and the feet forward / lean forward appearance doesn’t help, but that’s just what can be seen from these shots and a bit of imagination. It may work out very well.

Just noticed something, the catalog shot and these shots have a different girder fork, different exhaust arrangement, too. Hmm …

Interesting and definitely different!

More photos below:

2009 Confederate Fighter

2009 Confederate Fighter

2009 Confederate Fighter

Marisa Miller on Harley Davidson Muscle



Marisa Miller on the Harley Davidson V-Rod Muscle

Harley Davidson is about to launch a series of ads for the V-Rod Muscle featuring supermodel Marisa Miller. What’s not to like?

Harley Davidson press release:

To emphasize the non-traditional pairing of sophisticated style and brute strength, Harley-Davidson chose to launch the new 2009 V-Rod Muscle in a distinctly non-traditional way—by teaming up with American Supermodel Marisa Miller in an innovative marketing campaign to introduce the latest addition to Harley-Davidson’s high-performance line of V-Rod motorcycles.

The new V-Rod Muscle features a powerfully sculpted new physique that exudes a contemporary and urban sense of style. The Muscle’s long, low profile and super wide rear tire are inspired by the drag strip, while the free-revving performance of the liquid-cooled Revolution V-Twin engine co-developed with Porsche give it an unmatched combination of power and sophistication.

More photos below:

“The V-Rod Muscle stands out in a crowd of copies and generic motorcycle profiles,” said Mark-Hans Richer, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Harley-Davidson. “It stretches the very definition of what it means to be a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.”

Partnering with American supermodel Marisa Miller is a perfect match. The V-Rod Muscle’s sculpted body and commanding physique complement Miller, who not only represents classic American beauty, but also strength and athleticism. Miller is best known for gracing the cover of many prominent publications, but she also represents the return of the great American Supermodel. Miller grew up around motorcycles in California and has a strong appreciation for Harley-Davidson.

“To represent such an iconic American brand is incredible,” said Miller. “I have grown up watching my dad and uncle ride Harleys. It’s amazing to circle back at this point in my career, and work with a brand I have so much respect for.”

Marisa Miller on the Harley Davidson V-Rod Muscle

Like the bike itself, Harley-Davidson chose a distinctly non-traditional marketing campaign for the V-Rod Muscle. Starting Oct. 13, an ad campaign launches that shows Miller stretched atop a sleek, black V-Rod Muscle. The black background and distinct lighting capture the aggressive styling of the bike, contrasted by Miller, which brings the idea of American Supermodel to life. In lifestyle magazines such as GQ, Esquire, Complex, Road & Track and Trader, ads will make use of a new technology called SnapTell, which provides access to exclusive content upon photographing the ad with a mobile phone camera.

Marisa Miller on the Harley Davidson V-Rod Muscle

The campaign was pre-launched on Oct. 6 on Harley-Davidson’s official YouTube channel, with a “making of” video that takes viewers behind the scenes at the Marisa Miller V-Rod Muscle photo shoot (http://www.youtube.com/harleydavidson). Motorcycle bloggers and Harley-Davidson fans and friends on Facebook and MySpace were exclusively tipped off to the campaign. The video will also be available on www.h-d.com/muscle which launches Oct.13.

Pettinari’s Triumph Specials: Daytona 675 and Street Triple



Pettinari heat up the Triumph Street Triple and Daytona 675...


Pics: Motociclismo

Pettinari have worked their special brand of high-performance magic on the two Triumphs you see here. Starting with the Daytona 675, the three-cylinder has been tuned and fettled to produce 130 horsepower (at the rear wheel), and the bike is now capable of hitting a top speed of 293km/h!

The Daytona’s stock exhaust has been replaced with a complete Arrow system, while the stock ECU has been replaced with a Magneti Marelli Marvel 4 unit, which now controls the bike’s fuel injection, data acquisition, traction control and launch control systems. The bike’s stock fork has been retained, but with fully reworked internals, while the rear shock is a fully adjustable Bitubo unit.

The Pettinari Street Triple gets a special red-and-black paintjob, 3-into-1 aftermarket exhaust system, and slightly lower gearing for better acceleration. The suspension and brakes have been tweaked and fine-tuned for improved performance. The red anodized fork and red painted wheels look a bit over the top to us, but otherwise the bike looks good…

Visit the Pettinari website here for more details


We'd take the Daytona 675, please. Yum...

Pettinari’s Triumph Specials: Daytona 675 and Street Triple



Pettinari heat up the Triumph Street Triple and Daytona 675...


Pics: Motociclismo

Pettinari have worked their special brand of high-performance magic on the two Triumphs you see here. Starting with the Daytona 675, the three-cylinder has been tuned and fettled to produce 130 horsepower (at the rear wheel), and the bike is now capable of hitting a top speed of 293km/h!

The Daytona’s stock exhaust has been replaced with a complete Arrow system, while the stock ECU has been replaced with a Magneti Marelli Marvel 4 unit, which now controls the bike’s fuel injection, data acquisition, traction control and launch control systems. The bike’s stock fork has been retained, but with fully reworked internals, while the rear shock is a fully adjustable Bitubo unit.

The Pettinari Street Triple gets a special red-and-black paintjob, 3-into-1 aftermarket exhaust system, and slightly lower gearing for better acceleration. The suspension and brakes have been tweaked and fine-tuned for improved performance. The red anodized fork and red painted wheels look a bit over the top to us, but otherwise the bike looks good…

Visit the Pettinari website here for more details


We'd take the Daytona 675, please. Yum...

Aprilia working on Shiver 1200, Dorsoduro 1200



Aprilia may unveil the Shiver 1200 and the Dorsoduro 1200 at the EICMA show in Milan next month!
Pics: SoloMoto

SoloMoto seem to have got a spy pic of the Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200, which the Italian company might unveil at the upcoming EICMA show in Milan next month. Along with the Dorsoduro 1200, Aprilia are also expected to show the Shiver 1200.

Both bikes will be fitted with Aprilia’s new, 1200cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 8-valve v-twin, which makes 130bhp at 9,000rpm and 120Nm of torque at 6,500rpm. Given that the Shiver/Dorsoduro 750 engine makes 90bhp and 75Nm of torque, the 1200 should be considerably more entertaining, especially since the increase in weight is expected to be only around 5 to 7 kilos…

The Aprilia Shiver / Dorsoduro 1200 will be fitted with Öhlins suspension components, Brembo brakes monoblock radial-mount calipers and perhaps some carbonfibre bits.

Finally, another rumour doing the rounds is that in addition to the Shiver and Dorsoduro 1200 bikes, Aprilia may also unveil a brand-new Caponord 1200, and dual-purpose adventure-tourer which would be slotted against the BMW R1200GS. Now all you have to do is wait for the EICMA to kick off next month, and all shall be revealed…!

Suzuki Alto Unveiled

Suzuki Alto has been unveiled at the Paris auto Show after its previous announcement in August according to this car news.

Suzuki Alto will be available with a choice between a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic gearbox, and powered by a 1.0 liter petrol engine that outputs 68PS at 6,000 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm.

Suzuki Alto offers a 62.7mpg fuel economy and a 103g/km CO2 emissions level, and it’s included in Euro 5 compliant car.

Suzuki Alto will be launched in spring 2009 in Europe, and the Suzuki Alto price will be announced at a later date.

Suzuki Alto Photo

Press Release
At the 2008 Paris Motor Show, Suzuki is unveiling the all-new Alto — the fifth and smallest member of its acclaimed lineup of world strategic models. The new Alto combines eye-catching style and easy urban mobility with great performance in terms of fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions, thereby meeting the lifestyle needs of today’s motorists and the pressing global need for environmental compatibility. Plus, it is one of the most fun-to-drive city cars available — a great new example of Suzuki’s “Way of Life!” philosophy.

As the second model in the second phase of Suzuki’s world strategy (a phase that’s focused on user-friendliness and delivering expanded possibilities for family members), the new Alto offers good levels of comfort and convenience within a modest overall length.

Plus, a design that combines sporty, European-inspired looks with great aerodynamics means the new Alto is the most stylish car of its size.

The new Alto reflects the unparalleled knowledge of small-cars that has made Suzuki so successful with minivehicles in Japan and compact cars like the Swift all over the world. Alto is a definitive response to the need for enjoyable, eco-friendly motoring. Suzuki aims to achieve annual sales of 60,000 units in Europe following a sales launch in spring 2009.

Suzuki Alto Interior

Suzuki Alto - Concept

Eco-friendly
Low CO2 emission and low fuel consumption
Lightness achieved through downsizing
Stylish and sporty design
Ample roominess and comfort as a city commuter within compact dimensions

The new Alto is aimed mainly at urban people who want a small car that offers style and enjoyment together with great environmental credentials, and it reflects the ideals of the second phase of Suzuki’s world strategy. At the heart of the concept for the new Alto is Suzuki’s belief that people should be able to enjoy economical, eco-friendly motoring without sacrificing style, comfort, practicality, or performance. Compact dimensions (the new Alto is the smallest of Suzuki’s world strategic models) play a large part in realising outstanding environmental credentials by keeping weight to a minimum, but without detracting from user-friendliness.

Suzuki Alto Image

Suzuki Alto - Design, Comfort and Practicality

An aerodynamically efficient form
Stylish, sporty and youthful design reflecting European tastes
An environment that prioritises front-seat occupants
Ample storage spaces and a roomy, user-friendly luggage area within the compact dimensions

The new Alto has a sporty, solid look that exudes urban energy despite the body’s compact dimensions. The design is elegant and beautiful thanks to aerodynamically efficient contours that combine tautness with evocative curviness. It is ideally matched to European tastes and with a drag coefficient of just 0.30 promotes fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions.

The cabin layout apportions most of the space to the front seats but still provides ample space for four adults. Handy storage spaces for small items are located all around the cabin. Notwithstanding the new Alto’s compact exterior dimensions, there’s a usable amount of luggage space behind the rear seats, and folding down the rear seatback expands the space into a roomy luggage area suited to daily use.

Suzuki Alto Picture

Suzuki Alto - Dimensions

The new Alto has an overall length of 3,500mm, width of 1,600mm, height of 1,470mm and a wheelbase of 2,360mm.

Suzuki Alto - Performance and Environmental Compatibility

Euro 5 compliant 1.0-litre petrol engine
Combined fuel consumption: 62.7mpg (4.5l/100km)
CO2 emissions: 103g/km
Front MacPherson strut suspension with high rigidity
Rear suspension in Suzuki’s proprietary 3-link rigid axle design
A minimum turning radius of 4.5m

Suzuki Alto - Engine and Transmissions

The new Alto is powered by a three cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine successfully launched as an engine of the Splash*. This unit is light and compact with low friction characteristics. Maximum power output is 68PS (50kW) with maximum torque of 90Nm. Fuel consumption is low at 62.7 mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions are just 103g/km. Standard transmission is a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic transmission (uncommon among one-litre cars) with gate-type shifter is available as an option.

* Available in certain markets

Suspension The front suspension is of MacPherson strut type and the large, high-rigidity suspension frame is complemented by further strengthening in the strut mounting areas for superior handling. The rear suspension has Suzuki’s proprietary 3-link rigid axle design, and incorporates numerous refinements for the new car. The coil springs and dampers were tuned for optimum handling stability through extensive testing on roads in Europe.

Suzuki targeted handling that makes driving enjoyable on urban roads, so drivers enjoy linear response, gentle roll movements, light steering feel, and good absorption of shock and vibration. These benefits reflect the experience Suzuki has gained in motorsport around the world.

The new Alto has a minimum turning radius of just 4.5m making it easy to manoeuvre and park in tight spaces.

Suzuki Alto Photo

Suzuki Alto - Safety

Electronic Stability Program (ESP®*)

Crushable structure, energy-dispersing frame and a high-rigidity body combined with lightness. Six airbags (SRS dual front airbags, SRS dual front-seat side airbags and SRS dual curtain airbags) To help the driver avoid hazards on the road, the new Alto is available with Electronic Stability Program (ESP®*), which modulates the engine performance and applies the brakes during cornering and under aceleration.

In the unfortunate event of an accident, the new Alto’s body reflects Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) concept in the form of crushable structures that absorb impact energy, frame members that disperse impact energy away from occupants and a strong cabin structure. Use of high-tensile steel for major body parts means the resulting high level of occupant safety does not add excessive weight to the body.

SRS front, side, and curtain airbags are available to reduce the severity of impacts suffered by occupants in the event of a collision. Energy-absorbing trim materials provide further head protection.

* ESP is a registered trademark of Daimler AG

Note: Figures are not yet homologated. The information in this press release is based on the specifications of the Alto for Europe. The Alto may have different specifications in other markets and full UK specifications will be released closer to the launch date in March 2009.

Citroen Hypnos Unveiled

Citroen Hypnos concept has been unveiled in Paris Motor Show. Citroen Hypnos concept is an elegant and distinctive cross-over vehicle, and explores new avenues in the design of luxury ecological vehicles.

Citroen Hypnos may delivers 200 bhp (147 kW) and 420 Nm of torque as it’s powered by a 2-litre HDi DPFS diesel engine. Citroen Hypnos engine is coupled with a 6-speed electronic gearbox system.

Citroen Hypnos hybrid drivetrain also includes an electric motor positioned on the rear axle that resulting an additional 50 bhp and 200 Nm of torque.

Citroen Hypnos is able to get from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 212 km/h with this powertrain.

Citroen Hypnos Picture

Press Release
CITROEN HYPNOS CREATIVITY AND TECHNOLOGIES

Citroen is revealing its new concept car, Citroen Hypnos, at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. An elegant and distinctive cross-over vehicle, Citroen Hypnos explores new avenues in the design of luxury ecological vehicles. Its creative technologies deliver outstanding performance and environmental efficiency, combined with subtle but powerful motoring sensations.

Citroen Hypnos - HYmotion4 technology for guaranteed thrills and efficiency

The special hybrid technology used on Citroen Hypnos highlights Citroen’s commitment to the environment and shows once again that this strong ecological focus is always accompanied by driving thrills and efficiency. Feasible from an industrial standpoint, the architecture of the concept car’s HYmotion4 diesel hybrid drivetrain features a rear axle-mounted electric motor. This innovative and particularly simple set-up is a perfect fit with the character of Citroen Hypnos, optimising dynamic performance and traction while delivering impressively low fuel consumption and emissions (4.5 l/100 km and 120 g/km of CO2).

And Citroen has made this advanced hybrid technology even more attractive by giving it the form of a beautifully proportioned and boldly styled concept car.

Citroen Hypnos Car

Citroen Hypnos - Spellbinding style

Citroen Hypnos’ sleek, flowing body lines and high-set stance atop 22-inch wheels clearly denote a car looking for new driving thrills.

The initial appeal of the exterior styling is confirmed inside. The cabin, with its original colors, makes the technology more human and approachable, as illustrated by the dreamlike clock, color therapy and body-hugging seats.

Passengers enjoy a powerful sensory experience, verging on the magical.

Citroen Hypnos

UNIQUE BODY STYLING AND CABIN DESIGN

Citroen Hypnos is a hybrid in terms of both technology and styling. The body combines the vitality and elegance of a saloon with the volumes of a cross-over.

Powerful, flowing and expressive, Citroen Hypnos’ unique proportions and balance promise a driving experience of outstanding emotion. The concept car’s rear-hinged doors and color-splashed interior draw onlookers in and make them want to climb aboard.

Premium cabin materials, exceptionally comfortable individual seats and dreamlike in-car technology are designed to set high standards in driving pleasure and passenger comfort.

Citroen Hypnos Image

Citroen Hypnos - Innovative and elegant body style

Citroen Hypnos exudes exceptional elegance and strength with its dynamic, sculpted body lines that are both taut and fluid.

Citroen Hypnos is eye-catchingly proportioned at 4.90 m long, 2.17 m wide and 1.58 m high. From the pronounced wheel arches to the tautly drawn bonnet and raised waistline, all the body lines reflect strong but sophisticated muscle power.

Citroen Hypnos also appeals with its vitality, giving the impression of movement even when at rest. The pillarless “floating” roof, suggesting generous interior space, flows purposefully back to the concave rear window so typical of Citroen executive saloons. The feeling of movement is also conveyed by the powerfully sculpted flanks.

Citroen Hypnos’ sleek looks are showcased by the deep radiant grey of the bodywork. Varying in intensity according to the light, this color gives Citroen Hypnos an elegant and prestigious sheen commensurate with its luxury standing.

The rear-hinged doors on Hypnos make access easier, revealing the vehicle’s prestige interior as if uncovering a jewel. A cargo tailgate at the back gives unrestricted access to the boot. Alongside their aesthetic appeal, these opening systems add to the car’s functionality and underline its identity as a vehicle for long-distance travel.

Citroen Hypnos Photo

Citroen Hypnos - A luxurious welcome

The ambience inside Citroen Hypnos is light years away from a conventional motoring experience. The cabin embodies the magical content of the concept car, making each journey an unforgettable sensory adventure.

The shimmering interior makes a dramatic and eye-catching break with the deep grey bodywork. Onlookers will marvel at the rainbow hues of the cabin. Using these bright colors in the interior of an executive car interior underlines Citroen’s creativity.

Using premium materials such as leather and brushed aluminum, the Marque has produced an exceptionally refined cabin that creates a feeling of comfort and confirms the exceptional nature of Hypnos.

The cabin contains four seats positioned on either side of a central helix in a unique configuration that brings to mind DNA and organic life, reflecting Citroen’s focus on human values.

The long, three-meter wheelbase combined with the original, staggered seat layout gives each passenger an astonishing amount of personal space. Never have the passengers in a vehicle of this size had this much room. Leg room, for example, is practically that of a limousine.

In keeping with executive standards of comfort, passengers can customise their own space using the pivoting blades of the central helix, which include a range of controls, such as the air conditioning settings. The seats are made up of prism-shaped components that can be inflated and deflated to give occupants upper and lower back massages.

Citroen Hypnos

Citroen Hypnos - Creative interior design

Citroen is committed to making technology more human, accessible and attractive. Giving fitting physical form to this technology and adding new, almost magical, content was one of the main aims when designing Citroen Hypnos.

The instrument cluster in front of the driver is presented through prisms, like a diamond, with each facet displaying driving information. And like a jewel, the cluster is mounted in a metal setting of premium quality. This cluster is the main feature at the front of the cabin, embracing a touch screen in the middle of the console and encompassing air vents on either side of the dashboard.

Using micro-diodes located inside the air-conditioning duct, the air vents gently diffuse halos of soft light, in a color that varies with the chosen temperature.

Citroen Hypnos also innovates by bringing passengers the benefits of color therapy. A ceiling-mounted camera films the driver’s face and regularly measures anthropometric data. The system compares these measures with pre-recorded data to gauge the driver’s state of mind and adjusts the cabin lighting and scented air-freshener fragrance in consequence. Travelling in Hypnos is a remarkable experience in relaxation.

Citroen Hypnos combines technology with creativity to striking effect with its original onboard clock, designed by the artist Michel Serviteur. Combining advanced technology and sheer poetry, the clock changes color depending on the light at different times of day. Dispensing with needles and digital read-outs, this dreamlike timepiece emits a succession of rhythmic color pulses like the breathing of a living being.

Citroen Hypnos

HYmotion4 TECHNOLOGY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND MOTORING THRILLS

Citroen’s active policy of environmental protection has made it one of today’s leading manufacturers in this field. The Marque is underlining its position as a pioneering carmaker by fitting Hypnos with an all-new diesel hybrid drivetrain: HYmotion4. This original technology combines dynamic performance with respect for the environment and low fuel consumption.

Citroen Hypnos Concept

Citroen Hypnos - HYmotion4: innovation for the environment

The intelligent design of the Citroen Hypnos concept car combines:

a 200 bhp (147 kW) 2-litre HDi DPFS diesel engine mated to a six-speed electronic gearbox system, with torque of 420 Nm;

an electric motor located on the rear axle developing 50 bhp for 200 Nm of torque.

Citroen Hypnos’ diesel hybrid technology is designed to respect the environment. This is particularly true in the city in ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle) mode – an “extended”, completely silent all-electric mode with a range of around 3 km at 50 kph – and on roads demanding successive acceleration and deceleration. In this second case, the hybrid architecture limits consumption by using the two forms of energy together.

Hypnos is also equipped with high-power Stop & Start technology that cuts out the engine when the car comes to a halt in urban traffic jams or at red lights. This system also powers the electric motor when the vehicle is in 4x4 mode.

The 2-litre HDi DPFS diesel engine is extremely efficient on the motorway, cutting fuel consumption by 20% compared with a petrol engine.

By controlling fuel consumption and, hence, pollutant emissions, Citroen Hypnos boasts combined cycle consumption levels of 4.5 l/100 km for CO2 emissions of 120 g/km.

Citroen Hypnos Concept

Citroen Hypnos - HYmotion4: hot-blooded driving thrills

No sacrifices have been made in terms of driving pleasure, which remains a key priority for motorists. If the driver keeps a foot on the accelerator pedal, the boost function kicks in to provide the immediate torque required. This function combines the torque of the combustion engine with that of the electric motor to deliver outstanding performance without increasing fuel consumption. Hypnos accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in 9.4 seconds and takes 31 seconds to travel 1,000 m from a standing start.

Driving pleasure, rather than sheer speed, was the goal with Citroen Hypnos.

To this end, it was equipped with the third-generation hydraulic suspension fitted on Citroen’s upmarket models. This technology combines the highest standards in passenger comfort with benchmark road manners.

In situations of low grip or intense handling, the car switches to four-wheel drive mode, with the electric motor powering the back wheels and the combustion engine the front wheels. Four-wheel drive mode brings improved traction and ensures full use of the potential of Citroen Hypnos in all grip conditions and in complete safety.

In particularly difficult driving conditions, such as a snow-covered uphill road, the driver can select 4×4 mode.

MDI AIR Pod

A French company called MDI (Motor Development International) has developing the AIR Pod. Powered by a 44P06 active chamber that uses compressed air, the MDI AIR Pod may develops 5.45 hp and 15 Nm of torque.

With these specs, the MDI AIR Pod may reach its top speed up to 70 km/h and offer the AIR Pod with a 220 km range in an urban cycle.

MDI AIR Pod

The MDI AIR Pod is 2 meters long and 1.6 meters wide. This vehicle has been designed for city use, and this vehicle is able to transport 3 adults and one child and has space for their luggage.

Pagani Zonda F Carbon

Pagani Zonda F Carbon has been announced to have its UK debut at the MPH show on 30 October, in London’s Earls Court, UK.

Pagani Zonda F Carbon may delivers 650 bhp and reach its top speed at 214 mph, as it’s powered by a 7.3 liter V12 engine. Pagani Zonda F Carbon has 0 to 62 mph acceleration time of 3.6 seconds.

Pagani Zonda F Carbon

Pagani Zonda F Carbon equipment list will be included with carbon ceramic brakes, a racing exhaust system, and also a lifting system to cope with uneven road surfaces.

The price tag for Pagani Zonda F Carbon will be at 668,000 pounds.

Pagani Zonda F Carbon Photo

Citroen C-Cactus Production

Citroen C-Cactus might go into production as announced by the French manufacturer. Based on the concept that was premiered at the Frankfurt Auto Show last year, the company embarked on a new project to look into the feasibility of producing an ultra-environmentally friendly vehicle.

Some of the design features of the Citroen C-Cactus include the removed dashboard which offers an increased interior space and the two-part door panels (12 parts in a conventional car).

Citroen C-Cactus

Citroen C-Cactus that will go into production, assumed will be powered by a 1.0 liter, sub 100g/km CO2, petrol engine or a HYmotion2 diesel–electric hybrid powertrain that offers nearly 100mpg fuel economy and 78g/km of CO2 emissions.

The company also takes into account going 100% electric on the Citroen C-Cactus, with a range of 100 miles and a top speed of 70 mph.

Citroen C-Cactus Photo

Lexus IS250 Sports Concept Car

Lexus IS250 Sports Concept Car has been premiered in Sydney, at Australian International Auto Show this year.

Lexus IS250 Sports Concept featuring both visual and performance upgrades. The upgrades are included on clutch, exhaust, air intake, short shift kit, shock absorbers, brakes, 19-inch wheels, sway bars, chassis braces, engine cover, and also spoilers.

Lexus IS250 Sports Concept’s brakes come with six-piston callipers at the front, four-piston at rear and larger cross-drilled, two-piece brake rotors at front.

Lexus IS250 Sports Concept also comes with Bilstein shock absorbers and springs, sway bars and a chassis brace.

Lexus IS250 Sports Concept Car

Press Release
Lexus Australia has previewed a sports-inspired IS250 at the 2008 Australian International Motor Show.

Based on the popular IS250, the Sports Concept features a number of performance and visual enhancements designed to enhance the driving experience of the IS range.

Enhancements include brakes, shock absorbers, sway bars, chassis braces, air intake, clutch, short shift kit, exhaust, 19-inch wheels, engine cover and spoilers.

Each component has been designed and tested to strict Lexus standards and provides a quantifiable benefit to the vehicles’ handling, performance or visual appeal.

The Sports Concept’s braking package is designed to increase stopping power and reduce fade. It features six-piston callipers at the front and four-piston at rear.

The larger cross-drilled, two-piece brake rotors at front and rear assist with reducing vehicle weight and aid in retardation performance.

Lexus IS250 Sports Concept

The IS Sports Concept is also fitted with co-developed Bilstein shock absorbers and springs, which deliver a firmer ride, increased stability for track use and reduced body roll - resulting in increased handling.

Body roll and chassis flex is further reduced with the adoption of sway bars and a chassis brace - increasing overall cornering performance, stability and rigidity.

Under the bonnet, the IS250 receives a performance air intake, resulting in a three per cent power increase and a carbon-fiber engine cover.

Vehicles with manual transmissions also receive a short shift kit, resulting in a 35 per cent reduction in fore and aft gearshift movement

A performance clutch delivers a 16 per cent increase in clamping force, delivering a sportier pedal feel and increased power delivery.

Lexus IS250 Sports Concept Picture

The Sports Concept has a stainless steel “cat-back” exhaust system, delivering a deeper, richer exhaust note and a power increase of 1.5 per cent.

To top it all off, the Sports Concept also features front and rear lip spoilers and striking lightweight graphite gray, 10-spoke, 19-inch forged aluminum wheels. Lexus chief executive John Roca said the performance accessories fitted to IS250 Sports Concept were currently under consideration for Australia. “The introduction of the IS250 Sports Concept is still in preliminary stages but it’s something we definitely want to investigate,” Mr Roca said.

“The addition of the performance enhancements to the IS range would assist in attracting younger buyers to the Lexus brand - and give Lexus a vehicle that aspiring IS F customers could step into.

“In the meantime, Lexus will concentrate on introducing the IS F performance sedan to the local market,” Mr Roca said.

“Once we get the hero car into the marketplace, the rest will fall into place.”

Hyundai Genesis Coupe on Korean Market

Hyundai has launched the Hyundai Genesis Coupe on the Korean market. Powered by the new Lambda V6 RS engine, Hyundai Genesis Coupe may develops of 303PS at 6300rpm (306 hp for the U.S. market) and 36.8 kg/m of torque at 4700rpm. Hyundai Genesis Coupe gets a 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of under 6.5 seconds.

Hyundai Genesis Coupe’s new engine is equipped with Dual CVVT (Continuously Variable Valve Timing) on both the intake and exhaust valves and a revised intake system.

In addition, Hyundai also released a new promotional video of the vehicle that can be found in the last page of this post.

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Press Release
Hyundai Motor Co. launched its Genesis Coupe in the Korean market at an event on Jeju Island attended by members of the Korean and international press. The logical extension of the highly acclaimed Genesis sports sedan launched earlier this year, the Genesis Coupe raises the Hyundai brand’s emotional quotient to a new level with its high performance capabilities and front engine rear wheel drive architecture. Genesis Coupe is an exemplification of Hyundai’s design evolution: simple, modern, crisp lines with wonderful proportions and aspiration appeal.

“The Genesis Coupe is our very first thoroughbred, a true halo car with all the hallmarks of a high performance car,” said Dr. Hyun–Soon Lee, president of the Corporate Research and Development Division. “The Coupe will do exactly what it was designed to do: Provide a thrilling driving experience and attract new customers to Hyundai showrooms and continue the transformation of our brand.”

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Hyundai Genesis Coupe - Styled to Thrill

Genesis Coupe projects a unique sports car look with strong character lines, pronounced shoulders and dynamic details. The aggressive, wedge-like silhouette, short overhangs and long wheelbase give it classic sports car proportions.

Inside and out, the design is thoroughly provocative and emotionally-charged. The exterior front styling radiates a sporty character. Its dynamic, voluminous hood, carefully articulated bumper surfacing and sharply distinctive headlamps combine to give hints of strong performance.

Two signature design elements truly define the Genesis Coupe’s highly distinctive look and escalate its dynamic appeal: the emotionally sculpted Z-line and the unique day light opening of the quarter glass. The rear view with its two-tone bumper and dual square-shaped exhaust tips project a solid, vigorous look.

The interior with its aggressive and futuristic design reflects sophistication and sportiness in every detail. Powerful and elegant, exclusive materials have been applied to the interior to create a unique atmosphere. Dual cylinder-type gauge cluster, a floor-mounted accelerator pedal and engine start button are among the innovative design touches.

A full bucket-type driver’s seat provides excellent support at all critical points. For convenient entry and egress, the front seat backrests feature walk-in memory design so that the original position of the backrest is restored on entry or egress of the rear seat passengers. Rear seats can be made to quickly fold down with the folding lever in the cabin or the folding button in the trunk.

With its 2820mm wheelbase (290mm longer than the Tiburon/Coupe), Genesis Coupe’s cabin provides more headroom, legroom and shoulder room than its predecessor.

The 55/45 front-rear weight distribution endows Genesis Coupe with near-ideal balance for exceptional handling and more refined steering characteristics.

The advantages of a rear-wheel-drive setup include:

- Transfer of weight to the rear axle during heavy acceleration which improves traction
- Larger steering radius as there are no complicated drive shaft joints in the front wheels so that they can now be turned farther
- Better handling and braking thanks to even weight distribution so that the front and rear tires and springs are placed under more even loads, allowing for more grip during cornering and braking

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Hyundai Genesis Coupe - Superior Performance

The Genesis Coupe is the most thrilling performance coupe yet from Hyundai and most importantly, it is attainable – It promises to be the most affordable 300-hp sport coupe on the planet!

At the heart of the story are two performance-focused engines: The range-topping, all aluminum 310 horsepower (premium fuel), 306 horsepower (regular fuel), DOHC 3.8-liter V6 Lambda RS. The base engine will be the 223 horsepower (premium fuel), 210 horsepower (regular fuel) 2.0-liter turbocharged Theta.

Based on the highly successful Lambda V-6 first introduced in 2004, the high performance RS edition (Racing Sport) of the Lambda features several key modifications which have raised power to a maximum of 303ps@6300rpm (306 horsepower for US market) and peak torque to 36.8kg/m@4700rpm enabling the Genesis Coupe to catapult from zero to 100km/h in just 6.3 seconds. The Lambda RS features all-aluminum construction, Dual CVVT (Continuously Variable Valve Timing) on both the intake and exhaust valves and a revised intake system.

Because of the sporty, low hood line of the Genesis Coupe, RS engineers were forced to redesign the intake and exhaust systems trimming 5cm from its height.

The exhaust manifold’s length and cross section were optimized for reduced resistance which maximizes high speed performance and yields a pleasingly sporty exhaust note. At the same time, the diameter of the intake port in the ETC (Electronic Throttle Control) module was enlarged to improve engine breathing.

Attention was also paid to stiffening the aluminum engine block so it could endure higher stresses while a piston cooling jet was added under each cylinder to reduce thermal loading and prevent heat damage. A further boost in performance was attained by adopting more aggressive camshaft profiles on the Continuously Variable Valve Timing system which governs both the intake and exhaust valves. The V-6 is mated to a six-speed ZF automatic with a 3.4 final drive ratio. A six-speed manual is also available and features a short-stroke shifter (under 41mm), optimized gear ratios and triple cone synchronizers (1st, 2nd and 3rd gears) for smoother shifts.

For economy, Hyundai offers the Theta 2.0-liter inline four cylinder engine with a turbocharger for excellent performance. Maximum power is rated 210ps @ 6000rpm (210 horsepower for US market) while peak torque is 30.5kg-m @ 2000rpm (30.8kg-m for US market), sufficient to propel the car from 0-100km/h in just 8.3 sec. Like the V-6, the Theta employs a Dual CVVT system plus a piston oil cooling jet which is positioned under each cylinder to deliver improved cooling and better fuel efficiency.

Genesis Coupe’s chassis has been optimized for dynamic handling and more accurate steering feeling. Dual MacPherson struts in the front improve maneuverability by reducing the offset between the wheel center and the tie rods and increasing the caster angle.

For securing body rigidity while cornering, a front tower strut bar is optional. The rear rides on a five-link setup with reduced toe variation during acceleration, braking and cornering thus yielding precise maneuverability.

The Limited Slip Differential features a torque sensor for improved ride and handling under any road conditions. The rear differential transfer case sits atop a three-point mounting system (including a hydraulic bush mounting) for reduced noise and vibration

Mono tube-type shock absorbers have separate gas and oil chambers to enable stable damping force resulting in better ride and road holding performance.

The use of crash durable adhesives in critical areas has increased dynamic torsional rigidity by 15 percent enabling better ride and handling, increased safety performance and reduced NVH. The Coupe is one of the quietest cars in its class thanks to special reinforcements and applications of various poly-urethane foam as well as sound interceptive materials that have helped eliminate both noise and vibration.

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Hyundai Genesis Coupe - Safety

The use of high strength steel enhances safety and overall performance by achieving a stiffer, lighter body structure. When combined with the six-airbag system, active headrests, Genesis Coupe is expected to earn a five-star crash safety rating.

The Genesis Coupe promises to stop just as fast as it goes. Premium high performance disc brakes from Brembo will be available as part of an optional track–use performance package. For the Genesis Coupe´s front 18–inch wheels, Brembo engineers developed 13.4–inch x 1.1–inch rotors (340mm x 28mm) and four–pot fixed calipers (42mm+42mm) while the rear setup features 13.0–inch x 0.78–inch rotors (330mm x 20mm) gripped by four–pot fixed calipers (32mm+28mm).

At the highest level of international motorsports, Brembo´s signature fixed monobloc brake callipers and oversized rotors are recognized as delivering the ultimate in braking performance. The Italian brake manufacturer is acknowledged as the world leader in high performance braking systems and is a supplier to the world´s best–known formula racing teams as well as Italian and German manufacturers of supercars and sports cars.

Available safety equipment also includes Electronic Stability Program which uses the speed sensors on each wheel and the ability to brake individual wheels that are the basis of antilock brakes. ESP adds a control unit that monitors steering wheel angle and vehicle rotation around the vehicle’s vertical axis.

This unit uses the steering and rotation information to detect that the vehicle is about to travel in a direction different from the one indicated by the steering wheel position. Then ESP automatically brakes the appropriate wheel to help the driver maintain control.

Touches of convenience include USB/iPod connectors, auxilliary audio inputs, 5.6-inch information display unit (for audio controls, digital clock, climate control, inside/outside temperature) and steering wheel-mounted remote controls for the audio system. An eight-speaker Infinity sound system is optional.

Hyundai hopes to sell 40,000 Genesis Coupes annually, 5,000 in Korea and 35,000 in overseas markets. The Genesis Coupe’s target customer is a middle-aged male (64 percent) looking for superior performance in terms of acceleration and handling. The competitive set includes the Mitsubishi Eclipse, Nissan Altima Coupe and Mustang.

Korean retail prices start at 23,200,000 Korean won for the base version and with full options, including the V-6 Lamda RS engine, the Coupe tops out at 33,920,000 Korean won.