The next generation of Mustang.

Source: (Ford Europe, 2013)

The Ford Mustang is one of those iconic cars that will always have a place in automotive history. The Mustang series has been around since the 1960’s and has seen many changes over its lifetime with many ups and downs. This new Mustang though is the most advanced version of the car yet.

The new mustang features a modern suspension platform called “Integral-link independent rear suspensionwhich will improve the handling of the car greatly. It features a four-cylinder engine as standard which is a let down but that little engine does produce 305bhp. On the inside it is also dripping with technology such as blind spot alert and ford’s very own SYNC UI.

All these features are packed into a very nice looking car in my eyes. The new Mustang will be on sale in the Americas as per usual but it will also be available in Europe including Ireland! In the future there will likely be more powerful versions of the new Mustang but I wouldn’t say that those will come to Ireland.

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Paul Walker dies at 40.

Most famous for being the main protagonist for the Fast and Furious series. Paul Walker died yesterday in a car accident after his friend who was driving crashed at high speed. He was returning home from attending a charity event. May he Rest In Peace.

More about this story here.

A Fast Volvo?!?

Source: (Don “dharder9475” Harder, 2013) http://www.flickr.com/photos/dharder9475/

Volvo have a name for being slow, dreary and being built without any passion. Volvo’s are similar to furniture from IKEA ironically since they’re both Swedish. Nowadays Volvo are attempting to change their name with more modern and stylish cars such as the Volvo C30.

Now though Volvo are releasing there most over the top cars yet. It was designed by their Touring Car team who are called Polestar. It is based off of the stock body but underneath many changes have happened. The Polestar S60/V60 will come with four wheel drive to help control its 3litre, 345bhp engine. It will be released in June 2014 and will cost around 40,000 Pounds in the United Kingdom. It even comes in a zangy blue by default.

WRC: Probably the most challenging motorsport

 

Most Motorsports involve a car racing around a certain track that the driver already knows and a nice smooth pavement on that track. Unlike most Motorsports though WRC (or Rally racing in general) does not have pre-made tracks that the cars race on or smooth roads, that’s what makes rally unique, it’s off-road racing.

The driver is accompanied by a co-driver who shouts out the directions to the main driver.  The roads that rally cars race on often bumpy and harsh but rally cars are built for tough terrain. They feature soft suspension that is built to handle the extreme racing conditions that the cars face, they also have engines ranging from 270-300bhp.

Rally series in the tradition sense are usually point to point races where the driver with the fastest time wins the event. Rally races can take place on various surfaces such as snow, dirt or gravel. Imagine trying to drive at 100mph on the snow…

A Glimpse of the Future: Volkswagen XL1

Source: (Motorblog, 2013) http://www.flickr.com/photos/motorblog

 

Here is the car of the future, no it’s not electric nor is it powered by solar panels it actually runs on petrol and has a back-up electric motor. It’s a hybrid, but unlike any other hybrid this car weighs a measly 800kg and has a reported mile per gallon (mpg) range of 260mpg. This is what makes the XL1 important because most normal cars have a range of 40-50mpg so the XL1 has over 5 times the range as an average car.

The XL1 has only two seats so it isn’t going to be a car for the family unless they make a four  door version. It has a 1 Litre diesel engine with a measly 47 horsepower and will reach 100mph to get you from A to B. It won’t win any drag races but that’s not whats it built for.

You can buy this thing for €111,000 if you wanted to (personally I’d rather get a Nissan GT-R for €70k and a €25k VW Polo for economy and have €20k change) if you want to have an idea of what cars in 10 years time will feel like. This car is like a beta test for the future with only 250 of them being sold, It shows us what the future of automotive technology may look like.

 

Sebastian Vettel: The Hero of Red Bull

Source: (Eugune “yoodz”, 2011) http://www.flickr.com/photos/yoodz/

In 2009 a young driver by the name of Sebastian Vettel signed a contract to be a driver for Red Bull’s F1 team. Even though he was only 21 at the time he was showing potential. He won his first race at Red Bull in China and also won at Japan during his first season there. He finished 2nd in the driver’s table with only eleven points behind Jensen Button. 

In 2010 he continued one with Red Bull and dominated the season coming first at Malaysia, Japan (again), Brazil and Abu Dubai. In this season Vettel one his first championship finishing 4 points ahead of Rival Fernando Alonso who was driving for Ferrari.

In 2011 the Vettel domination truely began with him winning 11 out of the 19 races and coming 1st in the championship by over 120 points. In 2012 the season was much closer with Vettel only winning by 3 points over Fernando Alonso and only winning 5 out of the 20 races. In the 2013 season (which is nearly complete with one race left at the time of writing) Vettel won 12 out of the 18 races and is guaranteed to come first with nearly 150 points more than Fernando Alonso.

The Story of the Lexus LFA.

Source: (Adam Hilliker, 2011) http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahilliker/

In 2000 Lexus began development of a supercar codenamed the P280. The first prototype of the P280 was finished 2003 and was seen being tested at Nürburgring which is considered one of the most complex race tracks by many. In 2005 a second prototype of P280 was shown at the Detroit Auto Show and was called the LF-A. It was rumored that the LF-A was greenlit for production in 2006 but these have not confirmed.

In 2007 Lexus decided the LF-A’s aluminium body was too heavy and opted for a carbon fibre body instead meaning they had to redesign the body, in the redesign a retractable spoiler was implemented . Since Lexus were owned by Toyota the LF-A’s engineers got some help off of the Toyota F1 team. In 2008 some specs for the LF-A were released. It had a V10 engine with 500bhp and had a 200mph top speed.

Finally in 2009 the final model was shown off, It started production in late 2010. The final model was a pioneer in many aspects. It was one of the first supercars with a fully carbon fibre body and featured much more advanced aerodynamics than any other car on the market. The final model had a 4.8litre V1o engine with 552bhp and a top speed of 202mph. The LFA weighed in 1480kg. The LFA had a development cycle of 10 years and 500 were produced by Lexus.