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Welcome to "About exotic cars". A news- and photoblog about exotic cars, common cars and car experiences.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Lotus Esprit 2009: 200 mph soft-top!

Coming to a dealership near you in 2009, the all new Lotus Esprit. After being away for more than 5 years, the Esprit is back. And how! Lotus says their two-seater needs to be competition for the "mid-engined rag-tops" from Audi, McLaren and Mercedes. McLaren? Yes, McLaren. Which one then? Can't be the SLR Roadster because that one is a lot more expensive.

The new Esprit will cost 70.000 - 90.000 GBP and will be available in both a convertible as well as a fixed-head form. We believe the car is going to get a V8 from BMW which will produce more than 400 bhp. The topspeed will be around 200 miles per hour. Lotus will make the Esprit a lightweight car, not too big in size but still very comfortable.

Check out this impression of how the actual Esprit should look like according to the big boss of Lotus, Mike Kimberley. We can see airvents on the front and a big grill. Also check out those huge air vents on both sides of the car, remember them from the Lamborghini Gallardo? Even the headlights are "Gallardo-ish". Nevertheless, the new Esprit will be one fine looking car!

Thanks to: Lotusespritworld.com

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Ferrari F430 Challenge Stradale? No... Ferrari F430 Scuderia!

The Ferrari F430 Challenge Stradale will not be given the name "Challenge Stradale". The lightweight version of the F430 will not get the same name as the lightweight version of the 360 Modena. Ferrari came up with the name F430 Scuderia. Michael Schumacher will officially present the car and the name at the IAA, the Frankfurt Motor Show in september.

The figures are impressive thanks to a very low weight/power ratio. The 4.3 liter V8 will produce 510 bhp and it will weigh 100 kg less than the street version: 1250 kg. The front and rear brakes are carbon ceramic discs. Car has a 260 cm wheelbase and the length will be 4512 cm. Ferrari will use a F1 gear box. You will basically get a car with a complete F1 system under the hood. Shifting gears will go in 60 milliseconds, that's only 30 milliseconds slower than a F1 car. The FXX is even slower in shifting gears: 80 milliseconds.

How amazing must this be to drive. We recently wrote about the F430 Challenge, its big brother on the track, two stunning which not only good but sound good. Well, at least that's what we hope from the F430 Scuderia.

This is one bad-ass car...

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Video: Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

"What is it about Ferrari pipes that make them look so damn good?" Check out what Autocar Magazine has to say about this stunning Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

A need for speed: Ferrari F430 Challenge

It comes from the lovely country of Italy, wears a red coat and only built for the track. Purely for the track. Two years ago we would have said "Coming soon to a track near you!". This is the Ferrari F430 Challenge!

A few years ago Ferrari decided that they should also build a Challenge version of the F430. They did it with the 360 Modena so why not with the F430. Two years ago the car was ready to be presented to the grand audience at the IAA in Frankfurt. The F430 Challenge was born. The car was solely built for the track, you will never see this car driving on the boulevard of Cannes in the south of France or on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles. Unless it's on a trailer ofcourse.

The car was also built to be competition for the 360 Challenge that attends the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo. 2007 will be the last year that we will see the 360 Challenge on the track. So what's inside the car? The engine is a 4.3 liter V8 that produces 490 bhp, just like the normal F430. The car weighs 2700 pounds. The car has been modified for the track meaning that for example this is the first track-Ferrari with ceramic brake discs and the gearbox works the same as in the F1 car. This allows the car to shift gears in 150 milliseconds. Pirelli created special 19 inch slicks for the F430 Challenge.

On the steering wheel you will find buttons that allows the driver to communicate with the crew in the pit lane. Ferrari has also developed a brand new system so you can remove the steering wheel faster and easier from the steering column.

If we're looking at the back of the car it is obvious that this car really does look different from the normal street version. Instead of four exhausts, the Challenge only has two of them. They are situated almost halfway the rear of the car. The street F430 has two exhausts on each side and they are located a lot lower and more to the side. These two pipes are center placed just above the diffuser.

The new grille in the middle of the rear of the car was installed to ensure a better evacuation of the hot air coming from the engine. It might looks weird as most people are used to see the rear of the back in the same color as the rest of the car.

It was quite exciting to see how the work done on the car. Just one man drove the car off the trailer, lifted the car off the ground (by using air pressure and small metal piles that are built inside the car), changed the tyres and other maintenance. Very interesting to see. The car makes a stunning sound when it drives by, sometimes you're wondering if it doesn't make too much noise.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Video: Porsche RS Spyder

British car magazine journalist Chris Harris tests the Porsche RS Spyder on the Weissach track. Let's see what he has to say about this car.

Porsche 997 GT2 brochure leaked!

We found the new Porsche 997 GT2 brochure on the web. The 35-page brochure shows all the specifications of the new Porsche. The all new GT2 will get a 3.6 liter V6 engine that will do 530 bhp and 0-100 kilometers per hour in 3.6 seconds. Sick! The transmission will be rear-wheel drive and the top speed will be 204 miles per hour or 328 kilometers per hour.

Source: Porscheguys

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Video: Pagani Zonda F

Check out this sick Pagani Zonda F movie! Incredibly sound from an even greater sportscar.

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Monday, July 09, 2007

Project Kahn Vesuvius Edition!

Project Kahn is well known from their Range Rover tuning. Now they are going a step further and even paint their cars. The Vesuvius Edition is basically a Stage 3 car with some more color. Project Kahn calls the car: Project Kahn TDV8 Twin Turbo Vesuvius Edition. The engine or performance car hasn't been changed compared to a normale Project Kahn Stage 2 or 3 Range Rover.

Hmm, that reminds us of the orange/black Veyron and Mansory Flying Spur from Dubai.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Testing: Lotus 2-Eleven

TopGear has tested the all new Lotus 2-Eleven. Check out what their findings are on this extreme car.

"Forty thousand quid seems to me a lot of money just to go around in circles. Yet that's the way the track-day market is headed.

People used to come in well-used hot hatches but now it's folk in scarily bared-teeth semi-race machinery. And every circuit has more track days than ever.

Well, if it's the only way you can really stretch a fast car these days, you might as well get a really fast one. In which context it seems almost reasonable that Lotus is launching a £39,995 barchetta that'll do 0-100mph in 8.9 seconds and corners so hard the whole world seems to be tipping on its side."

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GP Great Britain 2007: results!

1 Kimi Räikkönen Scuderia Ferrari 1:21:43.074
2 Fernando Alonso McLaren Mercedes + 2.459
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes + 39.373
4 Robert Kubica BMW F1 + 53.319
5 Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari + 54.063
6 Nick Heidfeld BMW F1 + 56.336
7 Heikki Kovalainen Renault F1 + 1 lap
8 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault F1 + 1 lap
9 Rubens Barrichello Honda Racing F1 + 1 lap
10 Jenson Button Honda Racing F1 + 1 lap
11 David Coulthard Red Bull Racing + 1 lap
12 Nico Rosberg Williams + 1 lap
13 Alexander Wurz Williams + 1 lap
14 Takuma Sato Super Aguri F1 + 2 lap
15 Christijan Albers Spyker F1 + 2 lap
- Vitantonio Liuzzi Scuderia Toro Rosso DNF
- Jarno Trulli Toyota Racing DNF
- Anthony Davidson Super Aguri F1 DNF
- Scott Speed Scuderia Toro Rosso crash
- Ralf Schumacher Toyota Racing gearbox problem
- Adrian Sutil Spyker F1 engine problem
- Mark Webber Red Bull Racing gearbox problem

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Ferrari F430 Challenge Stradale

Cought near the Nürburgring! This is the all new Ferrari F430 Challenge Stradale. The F430 Challenge Stradale is based on the road edition of the F430. Like the 360 CS it's lighter and has more power. Great ingredients for a stunning sportscar.

The pictures are taken near the German Nürburgring where many car manufacturers test their cars. An amazing car for the road but even better on the track. That's where the Challenge Stradale really knows how to use all of its power. The F430 Challenge Stradale will be some tough competition for the Porsche 997 GT3 RS and Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera. Both cars that are meant to drive on the track. Thanks to a weight reduction of 100 kg on the Challenge Stradale, the car is lighter than the standard road edition. The power of the engine has been increased with 30 bhp from 490 to 520 bhp. A lighter car with more power, that means that it's faster and like the 360 CS, a hell of a lot louder.

The rear of the car is different as well. The exhausts are mounted higher, next to the license plate. The brake discs are bigger and Ferrari used a lot of carbon which is also visible in the interior. Ferrari will start delivering the F430 Challenge Stradale by the end of this year. Coming up in 2008: a whole new Ferrari.


Monday, July 02, 2007

GP France 2007: Christijan Albers borrows the fuel hose

Not a very smart move. Christijan Albers left the pit lane yesterday during the French Grand Prix on the Magny Cours track with the fuel hose still locked to his car. He left his pit stop way to early and dragged the fuel hose along as he left the pit lane. This is also why pit crew wears safety helmets, check how the hose was dragged over them when Albers left. Check the footage!

GP France 2007: results!

1 Kimi Räikkönen Scuderia Ferrari 1:30:54.200
2 Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari + 2.414
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes + 32.153
4 Robert Kubica BMW F1 + 41.727
5 Nick Heidfeld BMW F1 + 48.801
6 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault F1 + 52.210
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren Mercedes + 56.516
8 Jenson Button Honda Racing F1 + 58.885
9 Nico Rosberg Williams + 1:08.505
10 Ralf Schumacher Toyota Racing + 1 lap
11 Rubens Barrichello Honda Racing F1 + 1 lap
12 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing + 1 lap
13 David Coulthard Red Bull Racing + 1 lap
14 Alexander Wurz Williams + 1 lap
15 Heikki Kovalainen Renault F1 + 1 lap
16 Takuma Sato Super Aguri F1 + 2 laps
17 Adrian Sutil Spyker F1 + 2 laps
- Scott Speed Scuderia Toro Rosso gearbox problem
- Christijan Albers Spyker F1 DNF
- Anthony Davidson Super Aguri F1 crash
- Jarno Trulli Toyota Racing crash
- Vitantonio Liuzzi Scuderia Toro Rosso crash

Sunday, July 01, 2007

First impression of the BMW 1 Coupe

BMW proudly presents a coupe version of the 1 series. The car will be presented to the audience at the IAA in Frankfurt in september. Based on this coupe, BMW will also build a softtop convertible. Upcoming diesel engines will be the 120d and 123d. If you're driving on gas, you'll be able to buy the 135i with a 3,0 liter turbo engine producing 306 bhp. The engine has a torque of 400 Nm at 1300 rpm. Top speed will be 250 kilometers per hour and you're doing 100 kilometers per hour in 5.2 seconds from 0.

The 123d and 120d produce 204 and 177 bhp. All 1 coupe editions will have a length of 4,36 meters and a width of 1,93 meters, only a millimeter wider than BMW's hatchbacks.

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