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VLF Automotive is an American luxury sports car company, established in 2012 when it was originally VL Automotive (before the Fisker came in the picture). It is a joint partnership between former General Motors boss Bob Lutz, car designer Henrik Fisker of Fisker Karma, and entrepreneur Gilbert Villarreal. “VLF” came from the initials of each founder.
Over a year ago, the company took the cover off its Force 1 Coupe in Detroit, Michigan. And now, they are getting ready for the roadster version to debut at the Auto Shanghai 2017 in China next week. The roadster was spotted while in transit, so images of the car have surfaced online even before its official launch.
To keep the Force 1 Roadster light in weight, the body panels were built with carbon fiber. In fact, it looks just as sporty and masculine as the coupe. Instead, this was built with a soft top instead of a fixed carbon roof, unlike its counterpart. However, this model weighs a little more than the coupe that is at 1,538 kilograms (3,395 pounds), because of the increased roof complexity. Brembo brakes and Pirelli tires are included too.Read the entire article Photos of VLF Force 1 Roadster are out a week before its debut
The 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas in just around the corner (October 30 to November 2), and people are expecting special parts and equipment as well as concept builds to show up. Three of the builds that are going to the 2018 SEMA Show will be derived from the seventh generation of the Volkswagen Jetta, as announced by Volkswagen of America, Inc.
These Jetta builds are the H&R Special Springs Jetta R-Line, Air Design USA Jetta SEL and the Jetta S by Jamie Orr. All of them will be displayed at various locations in the Las Vegas Convention Center on the entire duration of the 2018 SEMA Show.
Wrapped in the Habanero Orange factory finish, the H&R Special Springs Jetta R-Line is a build that highlights the aftermarket suspension offerings from H&R Special Springs. It features H&R Street Performance Coil Overs and Trak+ wheel spacers that brought the Jetta closer to the ground. It rides on 19 x 8.5-inch Rotiform BUC wheels shod with Pirelli P Zero tires. Visible through the wheels are upgraded front performance brake calipers and 13.4-in rotors.Read the entire article 2018 SEMA Show: Three VW Jetta builds on its way to showcase aftermarket parts
BMW will launch the fourth generation of its X5 SUV to the global market in March 2019. Its high-performance version, the X5 M, would follow but that would take some time. As there would be customers who want their new X5 looks sportier than usual, BMW is allowing them to dress up their SUVs in M style through M Performance Parts.
Just in time for the global launch of the new X5 (05), BMW will be offering an extensive range of M Performance Parts, as available through the Original BMW Accessories program. Just like any other M Performance Parts, the ones that will be available for the new X5 were developed through racing expertise of BMW M. All of these M Performance Parts have a functional purpose, such as enhancing the X5’s aerodynamics or contributing to its already intelligent lightweight concept.
A number of M Performance Parts for the new X5 are made from carbon fiber, giving the SUV a more striking appearance inspired by motor racing. Most of these CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) components feature a final high-gloss polish for further depth effect.Read the entire article Extensive M Performance Parts will be available at launch of the BMW X5 (G05)
A customer looking for a new Chevrolet Camaro is definitely up for the thrill. At the peak, this can be provided the Camaro ZL1, especially when installed with the 1LE package. But the Camaro ZL1 1LE is no match for the Camaro created by Specialty Vehicle Engineering, Inc. After all, this version of the Camaro – the 2019 YENKO/SC Stage II Camaro -- can deliver up to 1,000 hp of mind-boggling output.
This isn't to say that the Chevrolet Camaro isn't a fast car. After all, even in its “weakest” version, the Camaro is a sports car that still offers considerable 275 hp of max output and 295 lb.-ft. of peak torque from its 2.0-liter Turbo SIDI engine. This is the same engine found in the 1LT and 2LT versions of the Camaro, but with the addition of a number of features.
For those who wanted more, the carmaker is offering the Chevrolet Camaro 1SS and 2SS. They are powered by a 6.2-liter V8 DI engine that can provide up to 455 hp of output and up to 455 lb.-ft. of torque. The Camaro range is topped by the ZL1, which is served by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 DI mill that is tuned to deliver 650 hp of max output and 650 lb.-ft. of peak torque.Read the entire article This 2019 YENKO SC Stage II Camaro is a 1,000-hp SS coupe with 1LE package
Here comes a 6x6 pickup truck that can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. It isn't only mean and fully capable, but is also menacingly fast. We are referring to the all-new Hennessey Goliath 6X6, the latest creation of North American automotive tuner Hennessey Performance (HPE).
The new Hennessey Goliath 6X6 is essentially HPE’s follow-up to the VelociRaptor 6X6, which was unleashed in 2017. While the VelociRaptor 6X6 sounds faster than the Goliath 6X6, the latter is actually quicker on the sprint.
HPE created the Hennessey Goliath 6X6 from a Chevrolet Silverado, in particular from a Trail Boss Z71 model. This version of the Silverado was already a capable machine off the road. But HPE transformed it into a creation that most off-roaders would crave for.Read the entire article Hennessey Goliath 6X6 is 705-hp off-road monster with optional 808-hp upgrade
For drivers who love rolling on the off-road for some rough adventures, Chevrolet and American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) has very juicy proposition for you – the new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. It is strong, tough and well-protected and is all ready to create thrilling experiences drivers could never enjoy on the road.
The new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison is essentially an all-new performance variant of the brand’s midsize truck. It is the result of collaboration between Chevrolet and premium off-road aftermarket manufacturer AEV.
The toughness of the new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison lies on the amount of protection it has for off-road adventures. Its key undercarriage elements are well protected even the Colorado ZR2 Bison traverses through rocky or jagged terrain. In fact, the engine oil pan, transfer case, fuel tank as well as the front and rear locking differentials of the new Colorado ZR2 Bison are properly protected by not just one, but five skid plates. These five study skid plates are designed by AEV and are made from hard, durable hot-stamped Boron steel.Read the entire article Colorado ZR2 Bison is a heavily protected off-road machine from Chevrolet and American Expedition Vehicles (AEV)
Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss is a real legend in the world of motorsport. Winning 212 of the 529 races he entered, he is considered as the greatest driver never to win the World Championship. One of his racing highlights came while driving a Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione. This equally legendary car gave Sir Stirling three wins, including the 1960 Goodwood Tourist Trophy.
Just recently, the legends of Sir Stirling and the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione became the inspiration for a new Ferrari 812 Superfast, as ordered by a customer at British luxury dealer group H.R. Owens.
The new Ferrari 812 Superfast is wrapped in a dark blue (Blu Scozia Opaco) paintwork with a white stripe and roundels, similar to the livery of the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione driven by Sir Stirling. Actually, these wrappings are the iconic colors of Rob Walker Racing, the famous privateer that managed to be successful in the world of F1 racing.Read the entire article Custom Ferrari 812 Superfast is wrapped in livery inspired by Sir Stirling Moss
Finally, someone thought and succeeded in reviving back to life one of the legends of rallying -- the Lancia Delta Integrale. This comes months after another rallying icon – the Lancia Stratos -- was resurrected by Manifattura Automobili Torino from the skeletons of a Ferrari 430 Scuderia. Now, Automobili Amos is introducing the heavily reworked Lancia Delta Futurista.
The Lancia Delta Futurista is derived from a 1989 Lancia Delta Integrale. Eugenio Amos and his company Automobili Amos embarked on a project to create a car that is “pure, analogic, raw, and essential,” in contrast to today’s vehicles that heavily employ computer.
Amos’ pet project employs the chassis of the 1989 Lancia Delta Integrale as the base. From there, the company worked to make the Delta Futurista stay faithful Lancia heritage in terms of overall. While keeping in line with Lancia’s iconic looks, the Delta Futurista has nearly everything updated. Amos called Delta Futurista as his “romantic vision,” as he has been in deep adoration with the original model since he was just seven years old.Read the entire article Automobili Amos Delta Futurista is a reborn Lancia Delta Integrale with heavy modifications
In terms of all-terrain driving adventures, the Land Rover Defender is an expert. While it is drivable on paved roads, it shows its iconic versatility and 4x4 capability especially off the road. But if someone is looking for the ultimate Defender, perhaps Italian coachbuilder Ares Design has something to offer – the new Ares Design Land Rover Defender.
Based in Modena, Italy, Ares Design is a relatively new company in the field of bespoke automotive design and modifications. Nonetheless, Ares Design has proven itself to be highly capable of creating high-quality coach-built cars, converting almost any type vehicles into a bespoke creation. One of its latest works, the Ares Design Land Rover Defender, is no exception.
Ares Design founder and chief executive Dany Bahar called the Ares Design Land Rover Defender as the ultimate Defender. He noted that while the Defender is a motoring icon, icons can be re-imagined. As re-imagined, the Ares Design Land Rover Defender doesn’t just offer incredible performance, but also boasts of captivating appearance and opulent touches similar to that of a luxury SUV.Read the entire article Ares Design Land Rover Defender is a blend of 4x4 performance and flashy luxury
With a starting price of around $163,000, the new BMW i8 Roadster (I15) is one of the most expensive offerings on the market from the premium German carmaker carmaker. It is around $20,000 more expensive from its hard-roofed twin, the i8 Coupe. Yet, such a high price doesn’t mean more elements can be added. In fact, renowned German tuner AC Schnitzer have a number of things to offer for the new i8 Roadster.
To sum up the overall effect of these add-ons and to provide clients a good picture of how their BMW i8 Roadster (I15) would like when the extra components have been installed, AC Schnitzer built a sample car. This i8 (I15) by AC Schnitzer looks meaner and more aggressive than a typical i8 Roadster, thanks to the number of added aerodynamic elements, new wheels, lower ride height and a sportier interior.
Finished in white with some black accents, the i8 Roadster (I15) by AC Schnitzer is marked up front with the AC Schnitzer front grille for BMW kidney, which is also known as the hot climate version. The face of this i8 Roadster is also defined by AC Schnitzer carbon front spoiler elements and AC Schnitzer carbon middle front spoiler. Likewise, the AC Schnitzer has crafted carbon front side wings, carbon mirror cover and carbon door handle panels for the new i8 Roadster.Read the entire article AC Schnitzer program for new BMW i8 Roadster I15 results to meaner open-seater
When Mil-Spec Automotive unveiled the Launch Edition of its own makeover version of the Hummer H1 in May this year, the restoration/modification shop managed to attract not just the attention of the few. From its exterior to its interior, the Mil-Spec H1 Launch Edition definitely takes the Hummer H1 military-based civilian four-wheel drive utility into a new level. Now, the company is upping the tempo by releasing Truck #002 of the Mil-Spec H1.
The Mil-Spec H1 Truck #002 is essentially a follow-up to the H1 Launch Edition. The H1 Launch Edition was very impressive to the point that a customer eventually called Mil-Spec and asked the ute restoration/modification shop to build an iteration that suits his tastes and preferences. For this customer, ordering a Mil-Spec H1 truck seemed to be the next logical thing to do. So, here comes the H1 Truck #002, which exemplifies the company’s design, engineering, and execution capabilities
Being Mil-Spec Automotive’s first customer vehicle, the H1 Truck #002 features a number of distinct elements not found on the production Launch Edition series. These elements were basically fitted or installed into the H1 Truck #002 as specially requested by its discerning customer.Read the entire article This black H1 Truck #002 is Mil-Spec Automotive’s first customer truck
A classic Porsche evolved and optimized by modern engineering techniques and technologies – this is the Singer DLS Porsche 911. Taking part at the highly prestigious 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the new Singer DLS Porsche 911 is a bespoke creation by Singer Vehicle Design and Williams Advanced Engineering that boasts of more power yet lower weight that the model it was based on.
It all started when a customer named Scott Blattner approached Singer Vehicle Design and asked the company to not just restore but also re-imagine his 1990 Porsche 911 (964 Generation) as a more powerful yet lighter sports car. Sensing it needs help for this one-of-a-kind project, Singer approached Williams Advanced Engineering. The collaboration between Singer and Williams to come up with a bespoke creation started around two years ago. Eventually, Singer and Williams, along with former Porsche engineers Norbert Singer and Hans Mezger as well as other technical partners, worked hard to re-imagine the 1990 Porsche 911.
In the process, the partners decided into inject into the project car a number of alluring features. Thus, from a standard two-wheel drive 1990 Porsche 911, born was Singer DLS Porsche 911. The DLS stands for Dynamics and Lightweighting Study, which appropriately conveys the fact that the DLS Porsche 911 is more powerful and weighs lighter than the original model. As it is, the 1990 Porsche 911 is powered by an engine that delivers 247 hp, and weighs around 3,031 lbs. The DLS Porsche 911 has become more than twice as powerful as the original model and around 850 lbs lighter – with output and weight pegged at 500 hp and 2,180 lbs, respectively.Read the entire article Singer DLS 1990 Porsche 911 is classic sports car re-imagined for the modern times
The 993 generation of the Porsche 911 (Porsche 993) is already considered as an icon. Gunther Werks, a company from Southern California, has dedicated itself into re-mastering this icon by embedding modern technologies and features. Its Gunther Werks 400R is seen as a modern yet classic masterpiece, and the company has already commenced the limited production run of this bespoke 993 conversion.
The Gunther Werks 400R is essentially a high-performance, bespoke vehicle that pays tribute to the naturally aspirated Porsche 993. Featuring both the silhouette and soul of the classic 993, the 400R is lighter yet stronger and more rigid than the original model. This is thanks to the use of carbon-fiber composite for the body panels, roof, deck lid and spoiler.
Gunther Werks ultimately decided to limit the production run of the 400R to 25 examples. However, each example is completely bespoke. Providing their own 993 as a base, customers could choose from a limitless palette of exterior finishes and even personalize the interior according to whims, choosing their choice of colors, patterns and materials. Even the suspension setup could be configured to the preferences of each Gunther Werks client. As Gunther Werks founder Peter Nam puts it, each 400R is tailored to its owner like a handmade suit.Read the entire article Production of Porsche 993-based Gunther Werks 400R modern classic starts
This car is certainly a Nissan GT-R, judging from a number of design cues typical of the legendary Godzilla of the automotive world. However, it looks distinctly different; it is as if this GT-R was released from its limits. A product of the collaboration between Nissan and Italdesign, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is all set to be unveiled in metal in Europe in July 2018.
For now, GT-R fans and enthusiasts could feast on the video and images released by Nissan and Italdesign. This ultra-limited GT-R prototype commemorates the 50th anniversaries of both the Nissan GT-R and Italdesign.
Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president for global design, remarked that the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign celebrates two big moments that intersect at the same window of time -- 50 years of Italdesign shaping the auto world as well as 50 years of Nissan delivering excitement with the GT-R. He called Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign as a GT-R without limits.Read the entire article Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is a half-Japanese, half-Italian Godzilla prototype
About a year ago, Swedish professional skier, Jon Olsson shared his bespoke Rolls-Royce Wraith, which he named “George”. The monster has an insane 810 horsepower under its hood, and now, he is selling it for a not so budget-friendly price.
The very first time we learnt about this was at The Netherland’s Auto Leitner, with its selling price of around $324,000 (275,000 euros). When looking at the car, it seems that nothing has changed as it remains to have the exterior upgrades and its heavily tuned engine.
Some of the Wraith’s exterior upgrades include Olsson’s signature camouflage wrap, lowered suspension, and the plethora of LED lights. It sits on a set of 24 inch Forgiato matte black wheels fitted with Pirelli Pzero Nero 285/30 ZR24 tires. It also has a jet powered, carbon fiber surfboard that weighs 18 kilograms (40 pounds). We doubt that the surfboard is included in the package though.Read the entire article Jon Olsson is selling his custom Rolls Royce Wraith
Pagani Zonda will not allow the spotlight to be away from it, even years after the Huayra has been introduced. Now, there is a very special one on the road that is specially hand painted by the well-known artist Shalemar Sharbatly. The design is so vibrantly beautiful that it is going to be difficult to keep your eyes out of the supercar.
The project began with Foglizzo, an Italian luxury leather company, who has the desire to show off their huge range of dyes for customizing the colour of their hides. The first thing they did was to wrap the supercar in white, and for four days, Sharbatly took her time to unleash her work of art.
When looking at the finished product, you can see that the artist has used different colours on different sections on the Zonda. To point that out, the front part is a combination of blue and green with purple touches, the driver’s side then has shades of sapphire and cerulean, and the passenger side looks better with some red, orange, and maroon. The rear end of the car, where the tail is, then indicates a mix of these colour motifs. It is a beautiful look for the already stunning supercar. We think that this Zonda is definitely ready to hit the road.Read the entire article Check out this colourful, hand-painted Pagani Zonda
If The Hulk were to be a car, what would it be? Well, you might want to check out this Mercedes-AMG GT R that is just as green and powerful as the angry monster. But before we get to that, let us first talk about the standard Mercedes-AMG GT which is available in a handful of variations. The standard version is the GT Coupe, pumping out a respectable 469 horsepower (349 kilowatts).
There is also the GT C, which focuses more on performance and has as much as 550 horsepower (410 kilowatts). Meanwhile, the range-topping model would be the track-ready GT R, with the ability to deliver 577 horsepower (430 kilowatts). And last but not the least is the four-door GT. But even with those options, one German tuning shop thinks that the AMG GT could use more power.
So going back to the mean, green AMG GT R that Renntech offers as an upgrade. They enabled it to deliver between 612 and 825 horsepower (456 and 615 kilowatts), depending on the trim. The latter of the two is dubbed as the AMG GT R825. This does not only have more power, but also has a torque of 626 pound feet (850 Newton metres). The extra power is attributed to the larger turbo, paired with a software upgrade, blow off valves, and high flow air filter, among others. Of course, expect the transmission as well as the clutch to cope with the change.Read the entire article German tuner Renntech boosts output of Mercedes-AMG GT R to 825 hp
H1 is the first-ever model Hummer developed for the civilian market. The four wheel drive utility vehicle was originally made for the military, to conquer all types of terrains and obstacles. This is why it has got a tough and rugged exterior.
Back in 1992, the H1 suffered backlashes during its production, mainly because it had an uncomfortable cabin and a shortage of power from its engine. Despite its negative traits, the Hummer continued to sell for years, until the automaker called it quits in 2010.
Some people cannot let go of the past though, for instance, Mil-Spec Automotive, a Ute-restoration/modification shop decided to just work on the H1 by looking at its strengths and weaknesses, so it could create the ultimate superstar SUV. And what we could say about the outcome is that it looks impressive!Read the entire article Mil-Spec’s in-depth makeover of the Hummer H1 is impressive
With the latest Star Wars franchise movie, Solo, coming soon, Japanese automaker Nissan decided to develop an exclusive car that would remind anyone of Han Solo’s iconic ship, the Millennium Falcon.
This all started when Nissan entered a partnership with the Star Wars Franchise some time ago. Since then, Nissan has been fiddling with the Rogue. Remember when the Rogue One movie came out in 2016? What’s cool was the Japanese automaker was quick enough to release a Star Wars inspired version of their Rogue model just as its namesake movie was released. This was how Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition was born. Following that model was the quirky Rogue X Wing Concept, which honestly not everyone was fond of.
This year, Nissan’s latest creation would be the Millennium Falcon-inspired Rogue, which they made just in time for the Solo: A Star Wars Story movie that will make its debut on May 25. The model will even head to the red carpet to join the Hollywood stars. Without a surprise, the same company, Vehicle Effects (which fabricated the other Star Wars inspired Rogues) helped create this one as well.Read the entire article Nissan builds Millennium Falcon-inspired Rogue for world premiere of Han Solo movie
Ferrari decided to boost the 488 GTB and made its mid-engined V8 machine beefier for a more hardcore 488 Pista, which we saw around 2 months ago. Now, the engineers from Pogea Racing learnt from this and did the exact same thing, while managing to squeeze out even more power from the biturbo 3.9 liter V8.
If the 488 from Maranello can bring out 720 horsepower and 770 Newton metres (568 pound feet) of torque, the FPlus Corsa project pushes its output even more by another 100 horsepower and 130 Newton metres (96 lb ft), giving it a total output of 820 horsepower (603 kilowatts) and 900 Newton metres (664 lb ft).
The engine isn’t all that was tweaked here, as Pogea Racing decided to play with its exhaust system and decided that it would install stainless steel flaps to make the most out of the V8’s beautiful soundtrack. After all the upgrades that had been done to the powertrain, there is a palpable impact on the Ferrari 488 GTB’s performances as it has become quicker than the Pista.Read the entire article Pogea Racing upgrade package for Ferrari 488 GTB is even better than the Pista
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