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Limited Edition Ferrari 599 SA Aperta (With Video)

Ferrari SA Aperta 599

The car in the following video is a limited edition Ferrari 599 SA Aperta roadster, one of the 80 units that the Italian automaker will roll out.

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This is in fact the roadster version of the 599 model, and “SA” comes from Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina, the father & son team that once led the famous Italian coachbuilder. The Aperta (“open” in Italian) sports a manually removable soft-top roof.

Ferrari SA Aperta 599

It features a massive V12 6.0-liter engine that produces 661 hp (670 PS / 493 kW) and has a peak torque of 457 lb.-ft (620 Nm), the same power unit you will find in the 599 GTO.

Ferrari SA Aperta 599 Roadster

With a curb weight of 3759 lb (1,705 kg), the car can do the 0-60 mph sprint in only 3.6 seconds, on its way to a maximum speed of 202 mph (325 km/h).

Ferrari SA Aperta 599 Roadster

All of the 80 units have secured buyers already so you can forget about grabbing one of these beauties.

Source: Youtube via WCF

Scary V8 Supercar Crash At Barbagallo

Yesterday during the Australian V8 Supercar series at Barbagallo a pretty scare accident occurred, before even the first corner. Karl Reindler in his Holden Commodore stalled after the green flag was waved and he was rammed behind by driver Steve Owen. The latter already had reached to almost 95 mph when he hit Karl.

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The impact was so powerful that Reindler’s car burst into flames, sending both vehicles into the infield. The good news is that Karl managed to escape with only a couple of minor burns on his face and hands. Owen wasn’t injured at all, but the officials of the race sent him to the medical center after the driver complained of soreness.

Source: YouTube via Autoblog

Only in China – Driving Two Bumper Cars In Hectic City Traffic

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This is probably the first person in the world who had committed a DWD (Driving While Driving) felony. How is that possible you ask? Well, if you think that the bumper cars you see in this short video were somehow chained together, you’re wrong. The driver (aka “Mr Zhang”) straddled the two bumper cars with one foot on each acceleration pedal and one hand on each wheel. Talk about multi-tasking!

The police caught Mr Zhang, but he was only let off with a warning because there are no laws specifying that you are not able to drive two bumper cars simultaneously.

Source: Metro via DailyPicksandFlicks via AutoBlog

BMW Explains The Driver’s Seat

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This video explains the extensive development necessary every time a new seat is created. For the German automaker, the seat is considered a part of the car’s suspension and is designed in order to bring the driver into a perfect position. Extensive testing is conducted, on various driving conditions, and the final decision is made after rigorous analysis on BMW’s test track.

PS: Pay close attention at 3:34

Source: BMW via Youtube

Audi Techday Lightweight 2011

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In this video, Audi talks about the development of lightweight materials and their use in the automaker’s current and future lineup. The German manufacturer promises that each new model will be lighter than the one it replaces thanks to the use of the best steel and aluminum compositions, along with various components made out of carbon fiber.

From this video we can learn that the Audi-owned Lamborghini also benefits from the same lightweight profile, especially in the latest model, the Aventador, which features a carbon fiber monocoque construction, a premiere for Lamborghini.

Source: Audi via Youtube

Chris Pfeiffer Explains How To Do A Stoppie

[youtube width="470" height="344"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5dyX6c6VeQ[/youtube]

After explaining how to do a wheelie, Chris Pfeiffer is back with the second episode of the series, and in this one we are able to learn more about how to do a stoppie.

As the video says, don’t try this at home, unless you want to.

More videos should follow in the weeks to come. Stay tuned for the rest of the series.

Source: BMW via Youtube

BMW Reveals TwinPower Turbo Engines CGI Animation

[youtube width="470" height="344"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLKH1k12Ayk[/youtube]

At the beginning of this week the German automaker BMW has released a very cool CGI animation promo for its EfficientDynamics family of engines featuring TwinPower Turbo. This video kicks off with an android that builds an engine, demonstrating the company’s “Perfect Cylinder” combustion with the help of the turbo, Valvetronic and direct injection technology.
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Ouch! Audi RS5 Safety Car Causes Serious Crash At Le Mans Race In France

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Not a good way to advertise a car, for sure. During the Le Mans series race in France, the Audi RS5 safety car caused a massive pile-up crash at the Paul Richard High Tech Test Track last weekend. Why? Because it didn’t pull off the track after a green light.
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Jimmy Keeney Flips His Subaru WRX

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Last weekend at the inaugural Global RallyCross Championship, Marcus Gronholm managed to win both races, but people talked more about Kenney’s accident rather than Gronholm’s success. Kenney was behind Hyundai driver Marcus Dodd and he wanted to win back the lost ground. However, his 70-foot jump didn’t turn out to be as he hoped and the result you can see for yourselves.
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30 Minutes Of Delight With The New BMW M5

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Here is a long clip with the 2012 BMW M5 prototype where you can see some very soothing static shots and hear the commentary from test drivers Frank Lutz and Bernd Limmer. According to various rumors, the German automaker will launch the M5 Concept at a private press event near Munich on April 1st, followed by its public debut at the Shanghai Motor Show which will occur in a few weeks.

Until then, enjoy the clip.

Source: BMW

Morons And Porsche Cayennes Don’t Go Well Together

[youtube width="470" height="350"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXQNpGmK5Qs[/youtube]

This is the perfect example of why morons shouldn’t be able to drive a car. This guy in the video got stuck in mud (God knows what he was doing there) and at first a truck tried to pull that blacked German SUV, but for some reason the owner of the car decides to do it by himself. In his attempt to get out of the mud, one of the Cayenne’s wheels explodes, activating the airbags and causing some significant damage to the car.

Source: Carscoop

BMW’s Plant Zero – Where The Secret Prototypes Come From

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This week BMW uploaded a video where they show us their Experimental Vehicle Shop (Plant Zero), located somewhere amongst the array of buildings at the company’s Research and Innovation Center in Munich, Germany. In this video you can see where first-off prototypes are built and assembled by hand.

Those so-called “zero” prototypes are made from a solid block of aluminum and the entire development process is not meant to create the best car available, but also devise the most efficient and accurate methods to produce the car on the company’s  assembly lines – all highly robotized and digitized.

In this video appears a secret prototype for what will probably be a future vehicle but the image is blurred so we cannot make out what it is – this is what I call a proper teaser. In addition, we also see an X6 prototype and find out why BMW enjoys using that swirling white-on-black camouflage over black plastic and metal body panels.

Pretty interesting stuff if you ask me. But I do hope that the production version of that X6 prototype will look better than the current generation of the model which is simply outrageous, in a bad way of course.

Source: BMW

Chris Pfeiffer Explains How To Do A Wheelie

[youtube width="430" height="270"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8S-fWLpN3w[/youtube]

If you are curious to find out how a wheelie is done, you have arrived to the right place. BMW wanted to know more about motorbike stunts and they asked four time stunt riding world champion Chris Pfeiffer and he explained it.

Kids, don’t try this at home!

PS: This is part one of the series. More clips will be uploaded pretty soon. Stay tuned.

Source: BMW


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