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 |  Mar 19 2012, 4:45 PM

You don’t want to leave watermarks on the coffee table, but you don’t want to lose your street cred by putting down a coaster. We’ve got a solution – use Race Track Coasters and preserve your furniture (and cool status).

The Race Track Coasters are machined from layered HDPE and are adorned with six of the most well-known racing tracks from around the world: Laguna Seca, Monaco, Nürburgring, Road America, Spa, and Watkins Glen. And these coasters will perfectly match your décor, as they come in black and silver.

The set of six costs $40 and can be purchased at Groit’s Garage.

[Source: Uncrate]

 |  Sep 06 2011, 10:45 AM

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After showcasing the Concept Universe (above) at last year’s Shanghai Auto Show, Volvo will unveil an all-new concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show in just a few week’s time. This latest project will be used as a platform to promote the brand’s new 4-cylinder engine lineup that it claims won’t reduce driving pleasure or the luxury experience.

“It’s time to stop counting cylinders,” says Volvo R&D boss Peter Mertens. “At the Frankfurt Motor Show we will reveal a new concept car. It proves that downsized engines can go hand in hand with our customers’ expectations on luxury and driving pleasure.”

The new VEA (Volvo Environmental Architecture) engine range will include both gasoline and diesel engines with power equal to current six-cylinder engines, with efficiency beyond what today’s 4-cylinders offer. In addition, Volvo claims these new engines will use roughly 60% fewer parts than the current engines and will weigh as much as 200 lbs less.

At Frankfurt Volvo will also announce a new SPA (Scalable Platform Architecture) that will underpin a new line of future models. Weighing 220 to 440 lbs less than the current architectures used by Volvo it will also allow for all future models to receive some sort of electric drivetrain, be it hybrid or fully electric.

And on the topic of electrification, Volvo will also tout its new KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) that it will test on a road-going vehicle this Fall. Storing brake energy in a flywheel, this system will allow the power to then be used to add power during acceleration or simply to keep the car moving at cruising speeds. Mertens says the Volvo KERS system will add 80 horsepower while improving fuel economy by 20 percent.

Finally, Volvo’s new concept car will also give a hint at the brand’s new styling direction. Often criticized for building boxes on wheels, Volvo promises “to give forthcoming Volvo models more exciting looks.”

GALLERY: Volvo Concept Universe

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 |  Jul 15 2011, 5:15 PM

Infiniti has launched two new 15 second commercials entitled “Lullaby” and “Spa” on the brand’s Facebook page, official YouTube Channel and Twitter.

Both commercials boldly reinforce the luxury automaker’s status as the antithesis to sedate “boring” luxury, while poking fun at Lexus. Infiniti is blatantly illustrating the company’s ongoing commitment to design luxury that thrills. The Japanese automaker is trying to encourage enthusiast participation via the brand’s Facebook page by asking which ad is better to air on TV. Both ads will go to network, cable and sport market TV on July 18.“We believe in telling compelling stories with an attitude that feels more energetic and optimistic than traditional luxury brands,” said Infiniti Americas Vice President Ben Poore. “Our commercials are bold, and serve as our proclamation of confidence in our ability to move our customers emotionally as well as physically.”

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 |  Jun 08 2011, 4:40 PM

The RSRNurburg school runs a fleet of brand new Lotus cars at the Nurburgring and Spa-Francorchamps for those feeling the need for speed. Based out of Nurburg, Germany, the company allows drivers to sample a new Lotus Exige S’s and track the car on both the Nuburgring in Germany and the Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

As well as the two track sessions, beautiful twisty turny roads have been selected so the driver gets to experience both road and track. The tour is ended by passing the secret factory workshops of Porshce, Ferrari and Aston Martin. RSRNurburg will teach the driver high speed driving techniques, correst use of the controls, the racing line and the best use of different variations through the convoy training system and finding the importance of balance.

Prices vary from  €249 which includes fuel and insurance for a half day package to €1495 per driver for a full day of racing at the Nurburgring racetrack.

[Source: The Lotus Forums]

 

 |  Jul 30 2010, 3:01 PM

Some Formula 1 fans consider Spa to be on of the best circuits in the world. We’re not sure if Mark Weber is among those, but he certainly seems to be enjoying himself on this cool simulator designed to help him practice for upcoming races.

Weber walks us through the nearly 20 turns at the Spa circuit, showing us highlights like the famed Eau Rouge corner and the trackside hospital tent (which Weber points out with uncanny familiarity).

The video was designed as a companion to a print article available in the Red Bulletin. If you want to read it, you’ll have to go here.

[Source: World Car Fans]

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