Sunday, October 31, 2010
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BMW Group has announced that DesignworksUSA is hard at work on what's supposed to be the world's greenest parking garage. In partnership with Canopy Airport Parking, the design house plans to construct a 4,200-vehicle facility at Denver International Airport that will leverage a full spectrum of green technology solutions. The garage (and its shuttle buses) will tap into power sources from solar, wind, geothermal, compressed natural gas, biodiesel and hybrid drivetrains, just to name a few. In an attempt to make the new building more attractive to EV and plug-in hybrid owners, there will be "juice bar" charging stations on hand, too.
As a result of its efforts, DesignworksUSA hopes that the new garage will nab a Platinum certification from the Green Parking Council, a non-profit group that certifies parking structures based on their ecological and social impact. The whole shebang is slated to be open for business starting late next month, just in time for the holiday season. Hit the jump to take a look at the quick press release.
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This weekend at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix could see the realisation of a lifelong dream for Jorge Lorenzo. Can the 23 year-old take his first MotoGP World Championship title? Tune in to find out…
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NASCAR's VP of communications, Jim Hunter, has passed away after a 12-month bout with cancer. Over six decades of motorsport involvement, he moved from from being a sportswriter and editor to handling PR for Dodge racing in the sixties. From there, we went on to handle PR for two marquee raceways and ultimately went on to lead the press charge at NASCAR itself.
In 1983 he became an official NASCAR executive, taking top-level positions in administration and then with Darlington Raceway and the International Speedway Corporation. He moved into corporate communications in 2001 at the request of Bill France, Jr. and had been there ever since. It was he who led NASCAR's PR efforts through its massive growth, and he will be missed. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
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Saturday, October 30, 2010
Contrary to popular belief, ABT can do more than just make your VW, Audi, SEAT, or Skoda look better. They offer a range of power upgrades as well, with their latest being an ECU (Engine Control Unit) upgrade to boost power and performance on 1.2 and 1.4 liter TSi turbocharged lumps.
The award winning engine is a great platform to work from thanks to its class and industry leading qualities, which include good fuel economy, an excellent power to weight ratio, and low carbon emissions. The basic ABT philosophy is to enhance the power output so that it equals that of the next size engine in its class. For example, a 1.2 liter TSi develops 105 HP (77 kW). After fitting it with the ECU, output is upped to 140 HP (103 kW), which is equal to that of the factory 1.4 liter unit. This equates to a gain of around 15% which will surely be felt when driving in both day-to-day scenarios as well as when you?re in a hurry.
The same treatment is available for the 1.4 liter TSi ? power is increased from 180 HP (132 kW) to 210 HP (154 kW), which brings it on par with the Golf GTI. With less weight and more power, one can safely conclude that the likes of the Polo GTI or the Ibiza Cupra with the ABT enhancement will show up the benchmark Golf GTI in the performance stakes.
ABT claim the fuel economy remains unchanged even with more power ? no doubt a useful feature with apparently no downsides. There are a host of other tuners who offer similar products with much higher gains, but the ABT guys ?play it safe? to maintain fuel economy and reliability.
KTM North America, Inc. and Strider Sports International are excited to announce a licensing deal for the introduction of the KTM Strider PREbike™. more »
Friday, October 29, 2010
What happens when a KTM X-Bow and an Audi concept car smash into each other on the drawing board? We get the Roding Roadster 23. This is no longer just a unique-looking, lightweight sports car that we've only seen photos of, because the car has now been caught in action. Despite the hate-it-or-love-it styling, this Roding Roadster 23 looks like it's an absolute blast to drive.
The Roadster 23 weighs just 2,030 pounds and is powered by a six-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. The run from 0-62 miles per hour happens in just under four seconds. Better yet, the car appears quick - not just in the straights, but around turns as well. The drivers in the video, which is waiting after the jump, toss the car around like a toy. It almost looks like the car prefers being sideways.
Unfortunately, the "23" in the name refers to the number that will be built. So it's highly likely that the one you see in the video after the jump is the only one you will ever see.
Gallery: Roding Roadster 23
Casey Stoner looks back on Sunday´s GRAN PREMIO A-STYLE DE ARAGON
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Thursday, October 28, 2010
The latest episode of the MotoGP series with presenter Gavin Emmett looks back over the World Championship’s first visit to the Motorland Aragón circuit.
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Why GM may want to re-think its PR strategy.
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McLaren?s Jenson Button feels like his title hopes are all but gone, after he finished 12th in the Korean Grand Prix.
Button is now 42 points behind the leader, Fernando Alonso, with only 50 points still on the table. Despite this, Button has vowed to keep fighting, despite his belief that everyone will need to have failures in order to get back into title contention.
His teammate, Lewis Hamilton, remains confident in his chances and feels that the new updates that are going for his car will help McLaren remain competitive with the Ferrari and Red Bull machines.
"We can still do this," said Hamilton to the BBC. "We have some stuff coming on the car which should enable us to fight with Red Bull in Brazil and Abu Dhabi."
Hamilton is currently 21 points behind Alonso, but drivers now get 25 points for winning a race. If Hamilton can take the last two races, he might have a great shot at taking his second career championship.
Full story after the jump.
The glamour of the MotoGP Paddock Girls, at the sixteenth race of 2010 in Phillip Island.
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