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Video of the Day: The History of AMG in 6 minutes

The sport branch of Mercedes celebrate 43 years of existence in a six-minute video. Moment of nostalgia.

AMG invite us on a journey through time with this video that traces the history of Mercedes sports industry. It all began in 1967 in a small workshop in which two friends Burgstall Hans-Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher decided to specialize in the preparation of race cars (Mercedes-Benz). Four years later their 300 SEL 6.8 AMG finished first in her class at the 24h of Spa-Francorchamps. This is the beginning of success for AMG that remains loyal to the star. The two companies join forces in 1988 in the field of competition.
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The video focuses primarily on the action in it detailing the models designed and awards received. The clip ends with the presentation in 2010 CL63 AMG with a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8, but the history of AMG does not stop just because the evidence with the revelation of SLS AMG Roadster second model developed entirely by AMG (the first being cut SLS).
AMG what does that mean?
The three letters AMG evoke the founders of the company. “A” for Hans-Werner Aufrech and “M” for Erhard Melcher. The “G” refers to Grossaspach, the hometown of Aufrech.

 

 

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Ford will launch 15 models in China

The American group will sell 15 new models in the Chinese market. In addition, double the number of dealers in China and create 1,200 jobs. Ford expects 70% growth over the next 10 years come from Asia-Pacific and Africa.
The Ford motor company has announced on the eve of the Shanghai Motor Show,that he will commercialize 15 new models in the Chinese market. The first to arrive will be the Focus, which will  be built from 2012 in Chongqing and 14 models will appear until 2015.
Ford wants to make an expansion “unprecedented” and double its sales network in China, Available to lease at Intelligentcarleasing.com. The goal is to reach the 680 stores (currently 340). Also comes into its plans to increase the number of employees, with around 1,200 people .

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Video: BMW M3 E92 at Spa-Francorchamps

A M3 at Spa? Surprising. But for once, the video board can fully enjoy the sound of the V8 for 2 full turns.
A video of the BMW M3 at Spa is not necessarily a scoop. Except that it was registered under a big sun, can well determine the paths chosen by the pilot. Plus: the sound has not been sabotaged by any music.
The driver, Junior Strous, is Dutch. He drives a completely original version of the BMW M3 with 420 horsepower transmitted to rear wheels only. Enjoy as much as we did.

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Active Autowerke celebrates 30 years of love for BMW

Last March, Active Autowerke BMW enthusiasts gathered in Miami to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the preparer. The result is a little movie in HD.
ActiveAutowerke is a trainer based in Miami (Florida), on the southeastern tip of the United States. This “tuner” is exclusively dedicated to BMW and prepares this brand for three decades . Obviously, the preferred models remain the Motorsport series, already powerful and particularly appreciated by some Americans.
This video features two reworked M3 E92 by Active Autowerke. Originally, the V8 4.0L produce 420HP , here at Active Autowerke offers an extension of 200 hp via a compressor E9X. The handling is also treated by the addition of KW Variant 3 suspensions  and Advan wheels.
Active Autowerke is also (and especially) a distributor of parts for preparation and has a very large network of stores in the United States.

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Ford Mustang White, Yellow and Black by SMS Supercars

SMS, Steve Saleen’s company, offers three new formulations in a Ford Mustang. The preparer is simple by naming its cars by colors.
For connoisseurs of sports cars , Saleen is primarily a manufacturer of prototype endurance. During the 24h of Le Mans 2010, won by a Saleen SR7 LMGT1 on behalf of the team Larbre Competition. Today, Saleen and SMS are separate companies.
In 2008, Steve Mark Saleen creates SMS Supercars , a company dedicated to the preparation of supercars. First on the list: the Ford Mustang 2011 V8 4.6L with two versions called 302 and 302 SC. For the 2012 Mustang model , SMS Supercars offers three different preparations distinguished by the names of colors: White, Yellow and Black.
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The White Label, base model receives only a small body kit with the same engine of the 302 model from last year (440 hp) .
The Yellow Label announces 545 horses through a supercharging and is also equipped with 19 inch rims with tires dedicated.
The Black Label produce 575 horsepower, better calibrated suspension, full body kit, combo rims + tire and a custom leather interior. Black Label version without the supercharger is also on the agenda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aston Martin arrives in India

The British manufacturer has just made its official entry into the Indian market.
Aston Martin has officially opened on Friday its first franchise in India. Gaydon brand chose the city of Mumbai, located on the west coast. New customers will be able to discover patterns V8 Vantage Coupe and V12 Vantage Roadster, DB9 Coupe and Volante, DBS Coupe and Volante and Aston Martin Rapide. The new V8 Vantage and Virage S also are preparing for entry. “India represents a new opportunity for us in our program for growth …,” said Michael van der Sande, sales manager of the brand. Aston Martin now has 134 concessions across 42 countries worldwide.

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BMW X5 M and X6 M, up to 655 hp with Romeo Ferraris

The most powerful X of the Bavarian house.

The coach Romeo Ferraris for the X5 M and X6 M have developed two different steps of processing. The first allows for an increase of 49 hp and 10 lb-ft of torque to the reprogramming of the ECU. The second step (+100 hp, +19 lb-ft) allows the standard engine of 555 horsepower to express the best of his power, over 655 hp, thanks to the new electronic remapping, the elimination of pre-catalysts with a new downpipe and installation of two metal sports catalysts. As an option, you can complete the replacement of the pipe with two terminals central right and left.Given the increase in horsepower, the standard braking system has been upgraded with a new kit on both axes, with 6-piston calipers and 380 x 32 mm discs at the front and with 4-piston calipers and 380 x 20 mm discs at the rear. Ample space to the customization of internal and external aspects, with the possibility of covering the entire body or only some details (gray brushed, carbon fiber, leather, wood, black opaque and any PMS color), and to enrich the ‘interior with fine leather Alcantara ,steering wheel, seats and door panels.

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BMW Z4 GT3 is available

Remain in the world of GT3. While Aston Martin has announced the arrival in 2012 of his new car (Aston Martin Vantage GT3), BMW has revealed few days ago the 2011 version of its Z4 GT3, which has already made its debut in the GT Tower, France.
The changes on this 2011 version are minor and mainly affect the aerodynamics. Recall that the Z4 GT3 is equipped with a 4.4-liter V8 (where the standard version is satisfied with a 6-cylinder) and is sold at 315 000 euros.
While she won her first endurance race at the 24 Hours of Dubai in January, she will be back in a race (24 Hours)in the month of June, held on the Nürburgring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aston Martin Vantage GT3

Aston Martin Racing has announced that its new racing car will be the Vantage GT3. Based on the sporty V12 Vantage, will be ready in 2012. The model will replace the GT3 DBRS9 Vantage, launched in 2006 in Le Mans.

Aston Martin has designed this model according to FIA regulations. The GT3 Vantage is constructed from aluminum technology Vantage VH with a 6.0-liter V12 engine and overall design is inspired by the V12 Vantage. The new car will have a semi-automatic transmission Xtrac cams and the latest ABS and traction control optimized.
The model will replace the GT3 DBRS9 Vantage, launched in 2006 in Le Mans and has since been amended to 26 times. His most recent triumph was in the GT in Australia at Mount Panorama in October last year, also achieved a podium in Zolder last week.
Aston Martin Racing has reached a maximum weight of 1250 kg and a power of 600 hp with a torque of 700 Nm. The first car will be completed in July and will be subjected to harsh testing sessions and a development program for the rest of the year. Ten units of this model will be ready for their clients for the start of the 2012 season.
The new Vantage GT3 DBR9 joins the Vantage GT2, GT4, GT1 and LMP1-ONE AMR to create the largest range of Aston Martin Racing cars to date.

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Peugeot SXC at Shanghai Motor Show

At the Shanghai Motor Show, Peugeot launches 508 model set for the Chinese market and a new crossover concept called SXC (Shanghai Cross Concept), 100% Chinese design with hybrid propulsion (petrol – electric).
Peugeot unveiled today more details and photos with the new concept car that it will present at Shanghai Motor Show 2011. Peugeot SXC is a modern crossover, athletic, strong and elegant by the manufacturer reaffirms its international ambitions, refining their skills to adapt to the specific expectations of each market.
In 2010, Peugeot unveiled its language evolving design through numerous concepts: SR1 (grand tour roadster), BB1 (city vehicle, 2.50 meters long, for four people), EX1 (2-seat roadster, 100% electric, which broke records for the acceleration in France and China), HR1 (city- car, innovative and ultra-connected). At the Shanghai Motor Show 2011 Peugeot  stylists bring to public attention another category (crossover), which is becoming more popular in China. Peugeot SXC (Shanghai Cross Concept) is a new theme: the concept adopted certain features of the World of SUV’s (power, high position in the run, protection, etc.) without caricaturing them, inspired by modern style, elegant and refined, closer to the world upper saloon.
Peugeot SXC concept was created by international design team in China Tech Center , Shanghai. As a result, Peugeot has managed to implement a vision of easily recognizable style that is adaptable to different vehicle types, and different expectations of the market.
Peugeot SXC has a strong character, while expressing his style and performance, without being ostentatious, with both simple and refined lines, elegant and fluid. Every detail is carved precisely on a body with impressive dimensions (length 4870 mm, 2035 mm wide and 1610 mm height).


Peugeot SXC theme grid “floating”, which seems to be independent from the body, fits harmoniously with his stature. Feline headlights are precise and refined, brand emblem illuminated with LED light, THE lion, dominates the front of the hood. This signature is repeated on the rear lamps, in the shape of a boomerang. Other high-tech details were carefully studied in the same way that the side mirrors were replaced with video cameras. Bars on the roof with a very original design, the margins of glass surfaces and other components are made of aluminum, subtly amplifying the exclusive nature of the vehicle.
Generously dimensioned wheels (22 inch) suggesting refinement and power design, contributing to the overall balance of the vehicle. The cabin, with panoramic roof of two parts and sliding doors for easy access, promises a vast space for the 4 passengers who will benefit from special attention.
Hybrid drive
Peugeot has opted for hybrid technology HYbrid4 to move this prototype, with a heat engine of 1.6 THP 218 hp at the front and an electric motor of 95 hp at the rear, and all-wheel drive is achieved when both engines running at the same time in solidarity. In addition, it can run on 100% electric mode at low speeds. In total, develops a maximum power of 313 hp, with an average consumption of 5.8 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 143 g / km.