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Hydrogen cars to hit the road by 2015?

Published by on Jul 15th, 2006, No Comments

SAN FRANCISCO–Hydrogen cars aren’t necessarily slow.

Kevin Eslinger, a graduate student at the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, points to one of the projects the university is studying: a Toyota SUV that runs on a hybrid electric/hydrogen engine (). “We drove this past 100 miles per hour,” Eslinger said. And it accelerates as well as a standard gas car, he added..

Rockford Fosgate turns 25!

Published by on Jul 15th, 2006, 2 Comments

U.S. Car audio manufacturing giant Rockford Fosgate is celebrating its 25th birthday, and to mark the occasion, they have created a special line of amplifiers.

Branded as the ’25 to Life’ range, the amplifiers incorporate a distinct design that clearly separates them from Rockford’s normal range. The main three amplifiers in the anniversary range incorporate a ‘heatsink-type’ design for their external case, which is covered in a gunmetal grey paint finish.

All the input and output sockets for each amplifier’s wiring is incorporated along one side of the amp, which not only makes the amplifiers look really clean, but it will surely help car audio installers create some seriously neat installations.

As we all expect of Rockford’s products, the amplifiers are built using only the finest materials and have insane but very reliable power output ratings. This of course also adds up to a rather steep price tag: The cheapest in the range is the ‘Punch 45’ (70w RMS 2 channel) with a RRP: of $500. Next is the ‘Punch 75’ (120w RMS 2 channel) for $600, followed by the ‘Punch 150’ (180w 2 channel) for $800.

The real grand daddy of the lot, though, is the ‘Power 1000’. Just the name sounds expensive, and it is: If you want an amplifier that is seriously going to impress your friends, be the envy of every car audio addict you ever meet, and power your car audio install with 1400w RMS over 5 channels, you’ll have to cough up a staggering $1 600! (almost R10 000!). Yikes!

[http://www.rockfordfosgate.com]

Richard Hagan

‘Random Rich’

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A centenary of Grand Prix: With Renault at the forefront.

Published by on Jul 13th, 2006, No Comments

The French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours this Sunday the 26th will mark the 100 year (to the day) anniversary of Grand Prix racing.

The very first Grand Prix (Grand Prix de France) was held on July 26th 1906 on a 1240 km road circuit just outside of Le Mans in France.
Renault won the race at the hands of Hungarian-born Ferenc Szisz.

Renault 1906

The car was a far cry from the Grand Prix cars of today. The winner of the first ever Grand Prix was a 13l engine pushing 105 bhp and reaching a maximum speed of 148kph. Although by no means the fastest car on the circuit, it had one clear advantage over the rest of the field:
Michelin’s jante amovible (detachable rim) allowed a new wheel rim and pre-inflated tyre to be fitted in under two minutes while the rest of the field needed up to 15 minutes to replace a rim and inflate the tyre.

After 2 days of racing, the Renault claimed the win, with Fiat’s Felice Nazzaro coming in second.

Renault 2006

100 years later and Renault hope to use the R26 close out the centenary of Grand Prix racing by taking the chequered flag once again in the French F1 GP this coming weekend.

SLR but Zoopedup.

Published by on Jul 12th, 2006, No Comments

Mercedes-Benz has boosted its SLR super car with more muscle by launching the “722 Edition” – it has all the attributes of a thoroughbred racing car.

The new model variant SLR 722 Edition is a homage by Mercedes-Benz to the unforgettable victory won by the British racing legend Stirling Moss and his co-driver Denis Jenkinson in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR with the starting number 722 (indicating a start time of 07:22) at the Mille Miglia in 1955.

Its supercharged 5.5-litre V8, which is hand-built in the AMG engine shop in Affalterbach, generates 478 kW…. carry on reading

New BMW flagship now in SA

Published by on Jul 12th, 2006, No Comments

A new BMW range-topper has just cruised into South Africa – the 760i, which features some smooth V12 power.

reviously, the 6-litre V12 was only available in the long-wheel base 760Li, and now this engine is also under the bonnet of the normal 7 Series.

Displacing 5 972 cc, BMW’s V12 power unit develops maximum output of 327 kW at 6 000 r/min, with maximum torque of 600 Nm at a moderate 3 950 r/min.

And indeed, no less than 500 Nm is maintained consistently throughout the wide speed range from 1 500 to 6 000 r/min.

According to BMW the fuel consumption of the BMW 760i in the EU cycle is a just 13.4 litres/100 km.

BMW also claims that the 760i accelerates to 100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds and reaches 200 km/h in less than 17 seconds. Top speed, finally, is limited electronically to 250 km/h….. carry on reading

Zoopedup convoy to Germany vs Japan

Published by on Jul 12th, 2006, No Comments

Its Germany vs Japan time again and we organising a Zoopedup display @ the show

Message from Kevin Leak, Zoopedup Cape Town car club chairman:


Guys Zoopedup will be having a Club display at Killarney’s event GERMANY VS JAPAN this coming Saterday the 15th. I’m picking up tickets on Thursday so we don’t have to sort that sh*t out at the gate. I’m getting 50 tickets and stickers. It costs R30 per person at the gate to enter and you can then go park on the karting track. Guys i’ve told them we’ll have a big turn out so please make an effort to get there.

Date: 15th of July

Meeting: Milnerton Macdonalds

Meeting time: 8am -> leaving lot @ 9am

You pay me at Macdonalds. I’ll only have tickets for the car club display guys. Spectators must pay at the gate. Leaving Macdonalds at 9am- event starts at nine. Guys please i told them we’ll have anything from 30 to 50 cars so lets make this big. For any more info please call me on the contact numbers below.

more.

Kevin
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083 444 0476

De la Rosa replaces Montoya for 2006

Published by on Jul 12th, 2006, No Comments

It has now been confirmed that Montoya will not complete the remainder of the 2006 Formula 1 season and will be replaced by McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa.

Montoya will spend some time with his pregnant wife Connie in Miami and will be looking to make his NASCAR debut some time later this year.

Pedro de la Rosa is the only other Spaniard on the Formula 1 circuit and has only ever completed one race for his team since starting his career with McLaren in 2003.
He completed the Bahrain GP in 2005, finishing in 5th place and scoring 4 points for his team.

I’m of course extremely thrilled to have this opportunity to race the MP4-21 – a car in which I’m really comfortable,” said Pedro de la Rosa. “I know the MP4-21 better than anyone else and I’m confident that I can achieve important World Championship points for the team.

West Coast Customs unpimps MTV

Published by on Jul 11th, 2006, 7 Comments

It’s official: West Coast Customs has parted ways with MTV! In a move sure to reduce to tears the many thousands of ride-pimping hopefuls across the United States, West Coast Customs (WCC) has officially announced that it will no longer be involved with MTV for the production of the world-famous Pimp my Ride series.

One of the main reasons for this move is apparently because WCC has signed a new deal with a production house called ‘Pilgrim Films’, which is the company responsible for the hit shows ‘American Chopper’, ‘American Hot Rod’, ‘Dirty Jobs’ (don’t worry, I’ve never heard of that one either!), and ‘Survivor’.

If you have a broadband internet connection, you can check out WCC owner Ryan ‘Haus chatting about the decision here:
http://www.westcoastcustoms.com/Home/Pages/press_release.htm

Personally I think this is some of the best news with regards to WCC and the Pimp My Ride (PMR) series that I have heard in a long time. Although I enjoyed the PMR series for a while when it first began, I felt as though the concept soon began to grow ‘old’. More importantly though, as a modifying enthusiast I was continuously frustrated by the lack of time, depth and general attention given to the incredible feats of modifying that WCC was performing for PMR.

The new series, however (no name announced yet) looks set to change all that. The WCC media release states that in it, WCC will be ‘building on TV, not for TV’. Let’s hope that this means that the new series will offer us a more in-depth and comprehensive look at the world of modifying as seen through WC Customs’ workshop. One thing’s for sure: If the show ‘American Chopper’ is any measure of what to expect, then we are surely in for a pleasant surprise.

Richard Hagan
Random Rich
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