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14 Apr 2014

BMW M5 turns 30, celebrates sideways

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BMW M5 birthday celebration

BMW has a secret, and it’s not telling. The brand’s M Power blog is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the M5 and is taking a look back at previous models of its Autobahn-storming sedan, but it says that it will end “with a surprise.” The celebration kicks off with a short video showing the latest M5 making some smoky donuts.

The original M5 debuted in 1985 and was the company’s most expensive model at the time. Still, it packed a 3.5-liter six-cylinder generating a claimed 282 horsepower (286 PS), which was rather potent in its day. The company touted it as the world’s fastest production four-door sports sedan at the time.

BMW won’t reveal the surprise until it has chronicled all five generations of the M5, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see an anniversary edition model appear sometime later this year. Scroll down to check out the video of the muscle sedan celebrating its birthday the only way it knows how.

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BMW M5 turns 30, celebrates sideways originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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13 Apr 2014

Watch Formula Drift Championship leader Chris Forsberg drift a 1975 Datsun 280Z

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Screencap of a Clarion ad featuring Chris Forsberg drifting a custom Nissan 280Z

Chris Forsberg won the Formula Drift Championship in 2009, was in the catbird seat to win it last year until the final race of the season and started this year’s season with a win at Long Beach. That is how he can be provide the example for Clarion USA’s tagline, “Dream like a champion.”

In this three-minute video for the audio components manufacturer, Forsberg gives up the race suit for a corporate suit, then takes time out of his commute to think about what he’d rather be doing. In a 1975 Nissan 280Z with a turbocharged 2.0-liter Skyline RBDET20 engine. We’re sure this has never happened to any of you before.

You can watch how dream begins – and suddenly ends – in the video below.

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Watch Formula Drift Championship leader Chris Forsberg drift a 1975 Datsun 280Z originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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13 Apr 2014

Chevy-powered Icon Land Rover Defender 90 goes its own way [w/video]

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Icon Defender 90

As far as resto-mods go, few turn the trick quite as well as the folks at Icon. We’ve seen the California outfit do its thing with everything from a Chevy Thriftmaster pickup and Ford Bronco to an electric bicycle and even an Ural Solo motorbike. For its latest project, Icon has worked over another one of the most legendary off-road vehicles of all time: the Land Rover Defender.

Built on commission for a discerning customer as part of Icon’s Reformer line, the Icon D90 is based on a 1995 Land Rover Defender 90. But as with everything Icon does, this Land Rover has been extensively reworked.

For starters, the standard diesel engine has been replaced with a General Motors 6.2-liter LS3 small-block V8, modified to perfection by Icon’s own mechanics. The aluminum block packs powdered-metal connecting rods, aluminum pistons, investment-cast rocker arms and custom cooling, intake and exhaust systems. It’s all mated to a four-speed automatic transmission with a purpose-built CNC-machined Atlas II transfer case.

That more powerful engine has been mounted inside a media-blasted and powder-coated frame and, as Icon is wont to do, the rest of the vehicle has been fitted with some exquisitely overbuilt fixtures. We could go on and on, but we’ll let company founder Jonathan Ward give you all the juicy details of the build in the video and spec sheet below while you check out the extensive high-resolution image gallery above. Suffice it to say that the finished product is every bit as stunning as you’d expect from Icon, and we’re sure the customer – who has owned several Defenders before – was left suitably satisfied with the results.

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Chevy-powered Icon Land Rover Defender 90 goes its own way [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

VW celebrates 40 years of playing Golf

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Volkswagen Golfs

On March 29, 1974, the very first Volkswagen Golf rolled down the assembly line. That little car has gone on to spawn seven generations, while the Golf name has become one of the models in the hotly contested compact segment, selling over 30 million units during its 40 years on sale.

While we look forward to the seventh-generation Golf, which will spawn three distinct hot hatchbacks – the GTI, GTD and GTE – as well as fuel-sipping diesel-powered variants, Volkswagen has put together a look back at the first six generations of the venerable Golf. It briefly pays homage to each generation of the car, from its roots as a simple people mover onto its larger, better trimmed, contemporary version.

Take a look below for the detailed press release on the Golf’s evolution, and then head into the gallery to see a visual representation of the Golf’s development over the past 40 years.

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VW celebrates 40 years of playing Golf originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 30 Mar 2014 15:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

DeLorean time capsule dusted off, made new again

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DeLorean DMC-12 Time Capsule

Time-capsule cars are their own, interesting little sub-genre of the collector car world. Unlike barn finds, which are generally just forgotten and left to time, there’s a sense of deliberateness to time capsules that makes them even more exciting.

One of the most interesting recent time-capsule cases we’ve heard of has been well recapped by AutoWeek. Ironic as it may be, the time-capsule car in question is none other than the DeLorean DMC-12, the iconic star of the Back To The Future series. This particular example had just 308 miles on the ticker when it was brought in to Mike Vietro, a San Francisco Corvette dealer.

Vietro’s experience with the car and it’s owner makes for an interesting read. Hop over to AutoWeek and have a look.

DeLorean time capsule dusted off, made new again originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

BMW CS reinterpretation proves retro can be sexy [w/video]

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BMW CS Vintage Concept

Designer David Obendorfer doesn’t work for BMW, but perhaps the German automaker should give him a call. His CS Vintage Concept shows a singular ability to understand the brand’s classic style and reinterpret it for today. He isn’t some amateur, either. Obendorfer has an industrial design degree and has been penning the interiors and exteriors of yachts from the Officina Italiana Design for five years, which counts luxury shipbuilders like Riva and Sanlorenzo among its clients. His website shows a real passion and knack for modernizing ’60s and ’70s European cars, too.

Obendorfer prefers to reimagine classic automotive styles. “Retro cars are not copies of their predecessors or renovated specimens, rather they are carefully studied reconsiderations, strongly rooted in contemporary style,” he tells Autoblog. For the CS Vintage Concept, he worked to update the looks of the seminal BMW 2000CS and its E9 chassis while placing them on a modern platform. Obendorfer’s inspiration comes from his belief that the later CS models’ design is partially responsible for defining BMW styling, with its shark-nose front and four round headlights.

The CS Vintage Concept’s shape starts with a jutting hood and a quartet of LED headlights, but the whole design really comes together in profile. The Hofmeister Kink at the rear pillar with the BMW Roundel is a nice nod to the originals, yet the proportions still find the perfect fusion of classic and modern. The interior is minimalist, with a vast expanse of wood for the dashboard at first glance, but the latter opens to expose the car’s infotainment system.

“The design with the four round headlights has proved to be a winning style pattern that BMW has been carrying on for over 35 years,” said Obendorfer about his inspiration. Judging by his work shown in the gallery above and the video below, it would appear there’s plenty of life left in it, too.

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BMW CS reinterpretation proves retro can be sexy [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

The Art of Bugatti exhibit opens at Mullin Automotive Museum

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Art of Bugatti at the Mullin Automotive Museum

Southern California’s wonderful jewel, the Mullin Automotive Museum, opened its latest exhibit this week and it is worthy of a road trip. Titled “The Art of Bugatti,” the new show is an intimate look at more than a century’s worth of Bugatti family creativity – automotive enthusiasts associate the name with cars, but the Italian-born, French-based Bugattis were accomplished sculptors, painters, furniture makers as well as car collectors. The work on exhibit in coastal Oxnard, about an hour northwest of Los Angeles, includes more than 40 automobiles (and an aircraft) from Ettore Bugatti, nearly two dozen pieces of sculpture from Rembrandt Bugatti and more than 40 pieces of furniture from Carlo Bugatti.

Peter Mullin, the museum’s founder and chairman, owns the largest private collection of Bugattis in the world. This exhibit celebrates the achievements of the Bugatti family. “It was one of the rare artistic and artisanal families of the era. Everyone in the family just exuded huge artistic talent,” said Mullin.

At an early private peek at the collection, our eyes were glazed over by the spectacular 1932 Bugatti Type 41 “Royale” Coupe de Ville, with a massive 12.7-liter straight-eight, and the 1927 Bugatti 35C race car, one of its most successful competitive models. The famed 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic is also on display, which recently sold in the range of $30-40 million. One of the most unique items is the Bugatti 100P, a full scale reproduction of a V-tail wood twin-engine aircraft designed by Ettore Bugatti and Louis de Monge, built for the 1939 Deutsch de la Meurthe Cup Race (there are plans to fly it in the near future).

Tours of the museum are by advance reservation only, with both public and private viewings available. For more information, and dates, visit the the Mullin Automotive Museum online.

The Art of Bugatti exhibit opens at Mullin Automotive Museum originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

Father and son team preserving BRM Formula 1 legacy for future generations

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Hall and Hall: XCAR

Generally, maintaining a piece of history is a difficult venture. It’s made more difficult when the history in question is a rare, complex piece of machinery. So you can imagine the task set before Rick and Rob Hall, a father-and-son team that’s taken it upon themselves to preserve the legacy of the legendary BRM Formula One team.

The two have sat down with XCAR to talk about how they became the stewards of the BRM legacy, as well as their involvement with other vintage Formula One cars. There’s even some talk about their entertainment experience – the two were credited in Rush, while son Rob took part in the awesome Shell and Ferrari commercial from a few years back.

Take a look below to hear all about vintage F1 from the Halls and XCAR.

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Father and son team preserving BRM Formula 1 legacy for future generations originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

Autoblog Podcast #375

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Autoblog Podcast logo

Episode #375 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Chris Paukert, Brandon Turkus, and Steven Ewing talk about the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, what we expect to see when the updated Dodge Charger and Challenger are unveiled in New York, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe’s rising stock as a classic, and Ram trucks outselling the Chevrolet Silverado. We start with what’s in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Check out the new rundown below with times for topics, and you can follow along down below with our Q&A. Thanks for listening!

Autoblog Podcast #375:

Topics:

In the Autoblog Garage:

Hosts: Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, Chris Paukert, Brandon Turkus
Runtime: 02:07:46
Rundown:

  • Intro and Garage – 00:00
  • 2015 Cadillac Escalade – 42:59
  • Updated Dodge Charger and Challenger – 01:01:42
  • BMW 1 Series M Coupe – 01:11:50
  • Ram outsells Silverado – 01:27:30
  • Q&A – 01:55:43

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Autoblog Podcast #375 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

Porsche 911 with VW turbodiesel prepares for LeMons assault

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The diesel 911

LeMons racing is a wonderful example that setting limits can actually breed creativity. The series mandates that all entries must cost $500, not counting safety equipment, and that cap forces teams to be ingenious in how they build a racecar. Take for example this diesel-powered Porsche 911, which its creators have dubbed Ferkel the Nein-11, that will be racing in the Sears Pointless race this weekend in Sonoma, California.

This Frankenstein combines a 911 chassis that was originally bought just for its European powertrain and a Volkswagen TDI diesel engine mounted in the rear. After deciding the shell could still be of some use, the team decided to go racing. “We began brainstorming what replacement drivetrain to use for maximum offense and there was really only one answer: a diesel,” said Philipp von Weitershausen, one of the team captains, to Jalopnik. They bought a 1998 Jetta TDI on the cheap and started figuring out a way to hack the engine into the bay. To pay respect to the donor, the VW’s trunk was highly modified (and drilled) and grafted onto the back of Ferkel.

This team isn’t a newcomer to LeMons. Its last car was a classic VW Beetle with a Subaru engine and dual controls, named Ferdinand the Bug, which could be driven from the left or right side. It’s quite a sight.

As Ferkel shows, LeMons offers a way for amateurs a relatively cheap way to go endurance racing. The restrictions force builders to do things far out of the norm and use what’s around them to get things done. The team has chronicled the entire build with videos on Facebook. Bravo to the turbodiesel 911.

Porsche 911 with VW turbodiesel prepares for LeMons assault originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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