Feb 05

Ford Focus RS

Ford today revealed the all-new Focus RS, a high-performance road car that debuts Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control, which contributes to performance never before seen in a Focus RS. The all-new Focus RS is equipped with a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine producing well in excess of 315 horsepower.

Focus RS is the latest unveiling in a new era of Ford performance that will bring more than 12 performance vehicles to global customers by 2020.
In addition to pleasing enthusiasts, these vehicles help deliver the company’s One Ford plan for profitable growth, product excellence and innovation in every part of its business.

“The all-new Focus RS is a serious machine with high-performance technology and innovative engineering that sets a new benchmark for driving exhilaration on the road and track,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company. “The RS line has a proud history of technical breakthroughs that have migrated to mainstream Ford vehicles to benefit all of our customers, and the new Focus RS is no exception. It’s a great example of our passion for innovation through performance, and creating vehicles that make people’s hearts pound.”
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Feb 04

The Porsche Cayman GT4

Porsche’s GT family is proud to announce the addition of an exciting new member: the Cayman GT4. This is the first Porsche GT sports car based on the Cayman and features components of the 911 GT3. Clocking a lap time of 7 minutes and 40 seconds on the North Loop of the Nürburgring, the Cayman GT4 earns the same lap time as the 2011 911 GT3 and positions itself as the new benchmark atop its market segment. The Cayman GT4 clearly demonstrates Porsche’s dedication and passion to continue to promote truly industry-leading two-door sports cars in the future – sports cars that are developed at the Motorsport department in Weissach.
The engine, chassis, brakes, and aerodynamic design of the Cayman GT4 are configured for maximum driving dynamics while retaining the versatility and everyday utility that are typical of the two-seater Porsche coupe. Powered by a 385 hp 3.8-liter flat-six engine derived from the 911 Carrera S engine, the Cayman GT4 transmits its power solely through a six-speed manual transmission with dynamic gearbox mounts. Zero to 60 mph is accomplished in 4.2 seconds; its top track speed is 183 mph. The chassis – which features a 30 mm lower ride height and a generously sized brake system – consists almost entirely of components from the 911 GT3.
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Jan 29

Photos From the St. Louis Autoshow

I’ve been to Autoshows before but I’ve never been to the St. Louis Autoshow so time to try something new. Now like all autoshows the St. Louis show is a lot of new cars with a classic scattered in occasionally. Packed with people and indoors it makes for a photographer’s nightmare. I’m not going to sugar coat it, my pics are far from high quality.

I did manage to get a shot of that Sublime Scat Pack Dodge Challenger driving by outside the show. She’s a real beaut.
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Jan 25

It was a car kind of weekend: Sunday Commentary?

Too many time here at IG I think I focus on being professional and making a good informative article and I just forget the passion. It’s why lately I’ve just posted a lot of pictures instead of a lot of rambling. Photos are really what you guys want to see I know it’s what I like but still there are stories to tell. Stories of passion, excitement, and all the other reasons we love cars. This weekend I was reminded that it’s a multitude of reasons.
One thing I suppose I’ve always known but never realized what that one of the coolest thing about cars is that they can be fun alone or with a group. This weekend I did a little bit of both. I met some friends on Saturday to go to the St. Louis Autoshow. I’m not a big “autoshow” guy because standing around in a big mass of people looking at a bunch of new cars really isn’t my thing. Oh I love car shows, you know where cars people actually own get together and show off their personal rides. That’s fun, but I could care less about the latest Kia suburbia or Toyota boring as hell. However I was pretty excited about the prospect of seeing the new Hellcat and Z06 as well as some others. So off to the autoshow we go.
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Jan 23

Lotus goes green with their new racer

When I’m looking through the dozen or two press releases I get each day I’m looking for specific things. Muscle cars, interesting technology, and cars that look crazy. If a car looks crazy and is green that’s probably going to get my attention. Lotus is today’s winner of the green car contest with their new racing Elise Cup R. att29b4a
I once tried to test drive an Elise. It would have went well if I could have fit in the darn thing. Unfortunately when I tried to work the clutch my knee would hit the wheel and I couldn’t let the clutch out. That was a bid disappointment because I do love these little cars.

Renowned for its race-bred ethos, the development of the Elise Cup R into an enticing new model is now complete.

Following extensive testing, Lotus has finely honed its engaging Elise S into a Cup variant. A dramatic 3.0s reduction of the Hethel lap time of the Elise S suggests that enthusiasts seeking a viable track-day / road car need look no further.
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