The world of design has changed dramatically. Graphics, products, interior decoration, sound, film, and art influence one another all the time. We live in a world of walls. Between us and the walls are objects that we have created. The current trend is for these objects to wander, either toward the walls or toward us. The bulky television sets of the past have been replaced by flat screens that we hang on the walls. In contrast, those heavy old phones have migrated toward us and now nestle in our hands. Audio systems? They’ve moved either to the walls or to our ears. Lights, air-conditioning systems, refrigerators—they’ve moved closer to the walls than ever before. Our world is becoming cleaner, tidier, and more streamlined. That is a key aspect of the work of a designer. There are, of course, quintessential objects [...]
The history of the Porsche automobile brand began in 1948, but the groundwork for the company was laid in the design office of Professor Ferdinand Porsche. The first order book in 1930 recorded the start-up phase of a legend in the making.
It sits unremarkably in a gray safe in a climate-controlled room: the first ledger of the Porsche design office, stored in a fireproof room in the archive of the Porsche Museum. In the timeworn ledger one can find order number 1, placed on August 21, 1930. The job involved manufacturing individual components for a “Hesselmann engine,” a cross between a diesel and a gas engine—a sign of the company’s innovative spirit since its inception. Order number 7 was of another dimension altogether. “Small-car project,” reads the description in the ledger. [...]
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Lotus Exige Race 380: first class in competition
Unapologetic, uncompromising and built to win, Lotus has announced the development of the mighty Exige Race 380 – the track-only sibling of what has been hailed as one of the marque’s most significant and sensational cars, the critically acclaimed Exige Sport 380.
Combining Lotus’ vehicle development skills with its motorsport pedigree, the class-leading competition car will set the pace when the first production cars reach owners in May 2017. As part of the current Exige’s development cycle, the Race 380 will become the race car of choice for teams as well as privateers for the 2017 / 2018 season.
Taking one of the world’s best supercars, the Exige Sport 380, the new model provides the ultimate in race-bred engineering and comes with a host [...]
Beautiful weather, great comradery and driver training that was second to none! Weissach hosted the first ever driver training program at the brand new Area 27 racetrack on Sunday, October 2nd. 28 super cars came together including a mix of Porsche, Lotus & Lamborghini. Saturday morning kicked out with a relaxing convoy drive from Vancouver to Osoyoos before checking in lakeside, to the stunning Watermark Beach Resort Hotel.
After a good night sleep and a light breakfast on Sunday morning, drivers set off together to the race track approx 15 mins from the hotel. The rest of the day was only short of spectacular.
Racing legend Mr. Richard Spenard introduced himself along with the very talented and experienced driving instructions who shared their knowledge with the group for the next 8 [...]
Koenigsegg has a vision of the future. In it, 1,500bhp hypercars have cloaking devices. They’re not only massively effective, rendering the car utterly invisible, but also activate almost instantaneously. Ingeniously, the system is linked to throttle position. So, say you’re being pursued through a dystopian city by a rampaging gang of social-media supercar baggers, all you have to do is briskly take the throttle to ooh, about 30 per cent, a puffy white cloud appears and all they’re showing on Periscope is the inside of that thick, choking cloud while, somewhere off in the distance, a plainly furious T rex is bellowing in pursuit of a hapless triceratops.
I have never experienced anything that bonfires its tyres like the Koenigsegg Regera. Anything. Despite the best tractive efforts of the vast 345-width Michelins, they’re as nothing in [...]
Most accomplished Elise racer yet from HethelBroad range of track-specific options as standardEligible for race series around the world
The latest race car from Lotus, the new Elise Race 250 distils the famous company’s engineering expertise into one hardcore, track-orientated package.
Eligible for many race series around the world, this sensational new Elise has been developed to meet the high demands of the track, with a raft of performance-orientated features as standard. Packing a supercharged, 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine with a 6 speed manual gearbox, the Elise Race 250 boasts 243 hp (246 PS) at 7200 rpm and an impressive 250 Nm of torque between 3500 rpm and 5500 rpm.
Delivering a level of ability you’d expect from one of the world’s most famous racing marques, [...]
From the unmistakable roar of the engine to the legendary attention to detail, RUF cars are in a league of their own, and Vancouver and Calgary-based Weissach Performance Ltd. is proud to announce it has become Canada’s sole representative of RUF Automobile of Germany. RUF Automobile GmbH began its life in 1939 in Pfaffenhausen, Germany, and in 1981 became officially recognized as a manufacturer by the German Department of transport. In 1974, Alois Jr. Took control of the business from his father and founder Alois Ruf Sr, and inspired by his love of Porsche automobiles decided to start a Porsche repair and service shop. The company has since become the ultimate driver’s car proving that sports cars do not necessarily need to be without compromise.
This weekend the #44 Lotus Evora and the #46 Lotus Evora raced in rounds 7 and 8 of the GTS class of the Pirelli World Challenge Series. In race one of this weekend’s double-header at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, the #46 Lotus Evora finished in fourth position while the #44 Lotus Evora finished 15th.
In race two of the weekend, the #46 Evora finished 14th and the #44 Evora finished in 10th. In-depth race coverage here: http://world-challenge.com/latest/series-news/riddle-wins-canadian-tire-motorsport-park-gts-round-8/
The results place Scott Dollahite (#46) in 6th place and Kevin Marshall (#44) in 10th place for the driver’s championship after 8 rounds completed of 18 for the 2016 GTS Class Drivers Championship.
SDR Motorsports (#46) is in 6th place and VSA Motorsports is in 9th place for the 2016 GTS Class Team Championship.
The Koenigsegg One:1 owned by the BHP Project and driven by Oliver Webb broke the Vmax200 speed record not once, not twice but three times last weekend, with a terminal speed of 240mph over the 1.4 mile track at Bruntingthorpe, in the United Kingdom.
If some of that last sentence didn’t make sense to you, here are the main players in this drama…..
The BHP Project is the online presence that represents a rather extraordinary collection of sports cars, including the blue carbon Koenigsegg One:1.
Oliver Webb (Oli) is a World Endurance Championship driver from the UK, driving in the LMP1 class for ByKolles Racing in 2016.
Vmax200 by Auto Vivendi – from the event’s own website – “is the UKs premier top–speed driving event where owners of sports cars, supercars and [...]
We will change the engine oil and filter, check belts and hoses for age and wear, check air filter for cleanliness, check pollen filter for cleanliness, check horn operation. All lights will be checked and tested. The battery and alternator will be checked and tested for correct performance. Brake pads and rotors, front and rear will be measured and checked against the factory specification. Tires will be checked for correct inflation and wear. Windshield wipers and washer system will be checked for correct operation, aim and wear. The front and rear suspension including bushings, mounts and shocks will be tested to make sure they are within specification. The hinges and latches on all opening panels will be lubricated. All fluids will be topped off and the brake fluid will be checked for moisture content. Finally a road test will be performed and the service reminder [if [...]