Archive for March, 2012

Batman stopped driving a Lamborghini convertible

  Police in Montgomery County did a double take when they noticed Batman driving a black Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder on the highway they were patrolling. What first caught their attention to the car when they drove behind it was the licence plate was missing and instead it had the Batman sign in its place. It turns out the guy decked out as Batman is actually successful businessman Lenny B. Robinson, who has decided to give back to his community. After pulling the car over, they were pleasantly surprised to hear Batman was on his way to visit children at Georgetown Hospital, to brighten their day. For those interested the batsuit was custom made of leather and neoprene and cost $5,000. It looks just as good as any movie costume. As a side note, Lenny Robinson has been visiting sick kids since 2001 and spends roughly $25,000 …

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Demand for fuel efficient used cars is on the rise

  As gas prices continue to soar, demand for fuel efficient small cars continue to climb. Dealers are having a hard time keeping up with demand for compact cars. Auto auctions have dealers aggressively bidding against each other to win these cars for their customers who demand them. With more car shoppers in the market for compact cars, prices for these vehicles are reaching record highs. With higher fuel costs, prices for used SUVs and trucks are down as demand has dropped off. Used Hybrid vehicles are seeing the highest price appreciation with the Toyota Prius leading the pack. When gas prices eventually drop off, so will demand for small economy cars. Unfortunately, there is no telling when gas prices will start sliding. As a result, if you are in the market for a late model compact car get ready to experience some sticker shock.

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Lamborghini Aventador J unveiled at Geneva Auto Show

  All eyes were on the one-off Lamborghini Aventador J at the Geneva Auto Show. The hyper-car has no windshield or roof and is the lowest Lamborghini to ever be produced. The car is powered by the same 6.5-liter V12 engine as the standard Aventador and also delivers an impressive 700 Horsepower. Top speed is 186 mph slightly less than the standard Aventador due to its missing roof. “We knew the Aventador J was something quite special, but we did not anticipate such an overwhelming reaction to the car,” states Stephan Winkelmann, President & CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “We are pleased by the response to this vehicle and look forward to pushing the limits of design and technology for future products and generations to come.” While it would seem that a car produced without a roof or windshield might just be a show car …

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Mercedes-Benz creates an invisible car

  Mercedes-Benz promotes its new F-CELL hydrogen fuel cell technology vehicle by making it invisible. While it may be invisible on only one side, the other side has a camera that records the background as the car travels down the road. The cloaking effect is very cool and was created by adhearing LED lights to the driver side of the vehicle while recording recording video from the passenger side with a Canon 5D Mark II camera. The way it works is the LED’s on the driver side project the image of what is on the passenger side of the vehicle almost making you see right through the car making the car disappear. As a result when looking at the car from the driver side it appears to be invisible. It’s a pretty cool trick that underscores the fact that the hydrogen fuel cell technology …

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Paul Newman’s Last Race Car Auctioned Off

  The late Paul Newman’s Chevy Corvette 2003-2007 SCCA racer, in which he won his last race was put up for auction on Saturday. It sold for $275,000. The car has 700 horsepower with a 6-Speed Manual and weighs in at only 2,680 pounds. Paul Newman won his last race in this car about a year before he passed away on September 28, 2008. An interesting fact about Paul Newman’s racing career was that he started racing late in life. He didn’t become interested in driving race cars until he was 43. An age when many professional drivers start leaving the sport. Paul Newman started racing in 1972. It has been reported that he won his first race and became hooked after that. The car was estimated to sell for between $250,000-$350,000 US.

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All New 2012 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Unveiled

  The all new 2012 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show yesterday. The F12 Berlinetta is the most powerful Ferrari road car ever produced with a 730bhp 6.3-litre V12 engine under the hood. The F12 Berlinetta replaces the outgoing 599 GTB Fiorano which was a very capable sports car. The all new car is also lighter, smaller and more aerodynamic than the car it replaces. Standard equipment includes an electronic differential as well as the latest evolution of Ferrari’s magnetic damping system. The F12 Berlinetta is the fastest road car in Ferrari history. With a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 3.1 seconds and 0-200 km/h in 8.5 seconds this is one incredibly quick car. It also has the lowest lap time of any road car on the Fiorano track with a lap time of just 1 minute 23 seconds. …

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Chevy Volt production to stop for five weeks

  GM will halt production of the Chevy Volt electric vehicle for five weeks, starting March 19th and ending April 23rd. The reason for this is according to GM is to keep proper inventory levels of the Volt which has lagged in sales. Sales of the extended range electric car have not been high enough to keep up with ramped up production which started last month. The two month federal investigation into the fire risk of the Chevy Volt has had a negative effect on sales. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has confirmed in January that the Volt has no more of a fire risk than any other car. However, the damage to the Volts reputation was done and may take a few months for sales to rebound. It seems even with the current higher gas prices, the steep premium the Chevy Volt demands for car buyers, …

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F1 teams test tires ahead of first race of 2012

  With just over two weeks left before Pirelli’s second season of Formula One gets underway in Australia, the teams are embarking on the final four-day pre-season test for the 2012 tires, which takes place once more in Barcelona this week from March 1-4. As the last opportunity to finalize the car-tire package before the first race, this is one of the most crucial tests of the season. One of the key points for the teams will be to understand exactly how the Pirelli tires work with their new cars – at least in the short term. Long-term, the non-stop rate of development in Formula One means that the cars will change considerably as the season goes on. The car that is quickest in Australia may not be the team that is fastest by the end of the year, with most teams …

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