Thursday, 31 March 2011
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It wasn’t that long ago when Horacio Pagani confirmed that their latest Huayra supercar would indeed see a roadster version in about three years. And although this news doesn’t exactly surprise many of us who saw this car coming from a mile away, its potential look is something that can only be dreamed about. That is, unless you’re the impatient type and want to check out our rendering for a sneak peek at its design instead.
So, Pagani will slice and dice the roof off of their Huayra supercar and consequentially eliminate the gull wing doors, but little else will be changed at all. Expect the same carbon-titanium chassis, 700 HP twin-turbocharged engine, X-trac seven-speed sequential transmission, and all of the rest of the goodies that make the Huayra special. You can also expect slower performance times thanks to the added weight of the convertible roof, not that you would notice the difference as the wind barrels through your hair at high speeds.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Pagani Huayra Roadster.
gallery: 2011 Pagani Huayra
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Lewis Hamilton has come in for criticism
The word scarlet evokes thoughts of only F1′s most historic and successful side – ensuring that the competition must get used to once again savouring the taste of biting a caffeine-free red bullet.
Here are some pictures of a Revell '32 Ford Sedan I just finished. It's built pretty much out of the box with the exception of wheels and tires and a few small details. I swapped in the "Hemi" from the 5-Window Coupe kit that required leaving off the hood sides ( I prefer them on). The tires are resin pieces from the Modelhaus, all four wheels are parts box items and the caps are from Replicas and Miniatures. The front and rear suspensions, the wheels and caps were all chrome plated by Chrome Tech USA. The paint is Testors #1214 Yellow and #2936 Clear from spray cans. I lowered the front end and removed the air bags from the rear end and "hung" it from the kit coilover shocks. The "fuzzy dice" were scratch built by ME. I'm kind of "pleased" with how it turned out.
Thanks for looking and I hope you all like it.
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
I've been more of a watcher than a poster and I've really enjoyed some beautiful builds. I want to post one of mine. I've really slowed on my building due to so many obligations so I thought to get back in I would start with something simple. I've always enjoyed the old Monogram F bodies (the Turbo TA was one of my favorites) so I ran with the '79 Z28. Not much engine detail so I didn't focus on that...I focused on the body and interior. I had a great time with this one!
The BMW M3 GTS is no doubt one of the most impressive M3 ever: lightweight body parts, carbon aerodynamic parts, titanium exhaust, racing suspension, roll cage and racing bucket seats for six-point seat-belts. However, according to G-Power the GTS is missing one important thing: the ultimate output. And the German tuner is ready to offer it.
G-Power announced today that the company is preparing a specially adapted version of G-POWER?s SK II CS supercharger system that will increase the GTS’ output from a standard of 450 HP to a more suitable 6XXhp. After this modification the BMW M3 GTS can finally show the armada of Porsche 911 GT3 RS who?s the boss at the various clubsport racing events. However the tuner did not revealed how this updates will increase the model’s performances. Just as a reminder, a stock GTS can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4,4 seconds, and can hit a top speed of 189 mph.
The tuner said they are already working on updating one model, but two more will also follow.
After the off-season deal with a Russian sportscar maker, the team returns under the new name Marussia Virgin Racing, and with the MVR-02 completing over 4000kms in pre-season testing, the team are confident for success in the 2011 season.
There is also a change behind the wheel, as Lucas di Grassi is replaced by Belgium youngster Jerome d?Ambrosio after he successfully trailed with the team late in ...
Over the final two pre-season tests in Barcelona, team analysts have been poring over reams of data, calculating fuel levels and conjuring tyre tactics to try to find out where their team falls in 2011's pecking order.
The teams were unanimous in one thing - Red Bull will once again be the ones to watch in 2011.
But as the field of 12 teams prepares to race under new regulations for the new season, the champions may not have it all their own way.
Just like last season, Ferrari are not far behind Red Bull.
Nevertheless, after four pre-season tests, it is widely agreed Red Bull have an advantage in both qualifying and race pace.
The Red Bull has looked ominously fast in all conditions in pre-season testing. Photo: Getty
In terms of pure pace, the champions have yet to push the RB7 in full qualifying trim - with some insiders saying they believe the car has never been on track with less than 80kg of fuel on board when 10kg is usually enough for qualifying.
Red Bull have also raised eyebrows with their consistency and speed over longer spells on track.
Analysis of Webber's long runs at the final test suggested that after 10 or more laps he was 0.7 seconds per lap faster than others, showing the car has pace and is kinder on the tyres.
That could be crucial in a season when tyre wear and management is expected to be key factors.
Over at Ferrari, championship runner-up Fernando Alonso and his team-mate Felipe Massa have both shown pace in shorter bursts and strength in race simulations, but analysts point to tyre life as a potential weakness for the Italian marque.
Insiders within the team are confident they are now the third fastest team on track - if not the second.
After a catalogue of headaches, from exhaust, hydraulics and engine problems to a lack of spare parts, McLaren have done little to show they will start 2011 where they left off as F1's third fastest team.
And on the plus side, it would not be the first time McLaren have had to battle back from a difficult design through determined development.
Ferrari appear to be best of the rest - just as they were in 2010. Photo: AFP
"If you had to pick a team on the grid who could make most progress throughout the course of year, McLaren are the ones to flag up every time," one rival team insider commented.
"In 2009 they took a car that was 3.5 seconds off the pace of the [eventual champions] Brawn to races wins at the end of the year."
Of 2010's three new entrants, Team Lotus appear to have made the most progress - on pace alone the Norfolk-based team have made up at least a second over the winter to move closer to Force India at the back of the pack.
There is, however, a view up and down the paddock that Formula 1's new regulations could upset the form book.
When Pirelli won the contract to supply the sport's tyres this season in place of Bridgestone, the Italian company was asked to make the rubber less durable in the hope that it would spice up racing.
The early signs are Pirelli have delivered on what was asked of them.
Throughout the four pre-season tests, two themes have come up time and again; how quickly the Pirelli tyres are degrading and the performance difference between the four compounds.
For the first three races in Melbourne, Malaysia and China, the teams can only choose between the soft and hard tyres.
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery predicts the soft tyres will last between 10-15 laps and the hards up to 25.
One experienced F1 race engineer estimates the difference between those tyres could be worth as much as 1.3 seconds a lap.
Tyre selection and when to change them during a race will be crucial to deciding 2011's winners and losers.
Team strategists believe by getting it right - or wrong - strategy calls could be worth up to six positions.
"The team with the fastest car may not necessarily win the races," warned Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn.
"If you are out on track on the wrong tyre at the wrong time, people will overtake you. There is more potential to get it wrong than there was last year. It's a challenge I'm relishing."
The pit wall strategists and the drivers will have to work together to determine tyre strategy over the weekend.
Drivers who have a good feeling for tyres and how to manage them - the likes of Schumacher, Button and Renault's Nick Heidfeld - will use that skill to their advantage.
"Drivers used to drive the car and were not that good at controls and switches; now they are totally dominated by them," explained Williams technical director Sam Michael.
"It will be a real thinking game now; tyre degradation, how you are using Kers and the rear wing. You are going to see drivers making some mistakes, that's for sure."
At the final test in Barcelona, the F1 field were beginning to tire of looking into their crystal ball to respond to questions on form and expectations for the new season.
In less than two weeks' time, the drivers will race through the leafy surroundings of Melbourne's Albert Park and find the answers - whether they like them or not.
Monday, 28 March 2011
Last weekend the wife and I went to the Cleveland Autorama. We had a great time except for one instance.
There was a Model Car Car Contest and the models were out on display on several different tables.
We walked over to look at the models and were completely ignored my the men standing on the other side.
I even asked one of them a question and received a very curt, NO.
There was no attempt by those men to engage us in conversation, tell us about the models or anything.
That does not seem to be a very good way to promote a Hobby we all love.
Just my thoughts.
Hey all. For those that don't follow the CBPs, here's some progress on my scratchbuilt Rockwells...more pics in my "Axle" album.
Sunday, 27 March 2011
AHA ! Did that get your attention? Good ! Now what I am going to do is take you on a walk-around of a real car and you see if you can tell what details are always forgotten or just plain omitted ! The first thing is the body . Are there any details here that aren,t on your favorite model .Good that,s why we add them . Now , lets open the door . What do you see ? look good now because this is where one glaring omission is in %98 of model cars built , even the ones that garner a lot of hardware in show after show. Look , carefully now .See the slot in the door and vent window frame for the windows to ride up and down in . Why don,t folks put these obvious things on their cars ? Next how thick is the edge of the door ? Now I know scale thickness is darned near impossible. So fudge a little and put that edge in there . Not as thin as stock , that,s okay at least it,s there. How about those vent windows on the older cars ? Why don,t the builders show them open ? I dunno , I do and folks notice that too .Open the hood and trunk . How many times have our fine friends at the mag recommended the support frames you see under the hood and trunk ? I lost count . This includes little bits representing the stabilizer wedges that keep the hood and trunk lids from closing cockeyed . Now how about the interior of the doors ? You do know that I have seen many models with open doors (late models ) . Okay , where,s the little light that lets folks see an open door at night ? Yes , I am picking nit and for good reason . With all the aftermarket goodies out there ,why omit the obvious . I got picked to judge at a contest last year and boy , did I catch it . Why . because even though they were models, I looked for the OBVIOUS. The things that are THERE and NOTICEABLE ! You might say " ,Well , I weathered my model to look dirty , fine , then put wiper sweeps on the windshield . You see them every day . Now about the underhood area . I know of no one that sells a sheet of decals of underhood markings . There may be . If you can,t find any then use artistic license (the same urge that drove you to do that model) A few squiggly lines on an apparent label aren,t readable, so what ? I don,t know of a judge , including myself , that uses a magnifier to see if that,s a prestone sticker from your local service provider . The point is it,s there . Now about those other little bits of stuff inside the car . How many of you when you put in the rear view mirror have it facing the right way ? I have seen many that were in the position one might see if a young lady in the passenger seat checked her makeup ! Now , YES , that,s picking nit . I very rarely use aftermarket stuff because of cost . I still build them the way I was taught . If it,s there put it in there or at least make folks think that is what is there . Now to the underbody . We all could go nuts down there . Why? It looks cool . Well how about that almost factory stock beauty you put so much effort into ? Did you detail the engine bay , ? Good , now I have to ask where,s the fuel lines ,the A/C hoses ad infinitum. I turned one car over (this club makes it clear your models will be handled unless you say not to ) Guess , what I didn,t find on a kick butt custom with at least 12 to 14 hours spent on the engine and all the surrounding goodies , No fuel lines to the gas tank , no parking brake linkage , and the exhausts were solid as a rock ! Now do you see why I wrote this . I have spent at least seven months on a BUICK that is box stock . Now I am building a full house superdetailed CHRYSLER 300 (that,s 1957 type) and it will have all the stuff I am talking about if the real car had it . WHY ? well I want to enter it in next years show ,without using even ONE aftermarket part and see how it does in "FACTORY STOCK" . No lie ! I am not a perfectionist , but ,I will put in all the obvious things that you would see if it was the real car sitting on display with all the doors , the hood and trunk open to the world . No , I will not forget to put a spare tire under a cover I will make for it , and the jack will be under the spare and held in place by the jack base and the wingnut , But,it will be there ! . That includes , but is not limited to the ignition key in the ignition with an accompanying key ring . Now want to meet me at ALAMO SQUADRON /I P M S show next year ? Look for the deep maroon CHRYSLER 300 . oldcarguy
I am looking to do a few 1/16th builds and the 55 by AMT is one I would like to build,has anyone built or got one? I am just wondering what the Centrelines are like? Could anyone possibly post a pic? as it will quite expensive to import one so I need to know if the kit is worth it,any help any one can give would be mostly appreiciated.
Thank you,Paul, NZ