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Electric Porsche 959 / 911 Pictures & Video

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I recently had a chance to check this Electric Porsche 911 / 959 while at Supercar Weekend 2009 in Palm Beach Florida.

This EV’s purpose was built for 95% driving around town. Battery options range from 50-200 mile range and can reach over 100 mph. Lead acid package includes 17 Odyssey series-2150 93AH batteries, EPN DC 11″ motor, 1000 amp water cooled controller, 5 speed 915 Porsche trans. 17″ Cup wheels. Power windows, A/C. Color change available. Available for $65,000 USD.

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Godzilla 700 – Hennessey Nissan GT-R Upgrade

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Hennessey Performance has just come out with the Godzilla 700 Nissan GT-R Upgrade tuning package just in time for Christmas 2008. If you are one of the lucky few to have a Nissan GT-R, you might want to re-adjust your Xmas list to include this moderately priced tuning upgrade package!


Hennessey Godzilla 700 Price:
Mail Order: $18,500 USD
Installed: $24,500 USD

Tuned Power Output:
700hp @ 6400 rpm
630lb-ft @ 5200 rpm

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Godzilla 600 – Hennessey Nissan GT-R Upgrade

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Hennessey Performance has just come out with the Godzilla 600 Nissan GT-R Upgrade tuning package just in time for Christmas 2008. If you are one of the privileged to own a Nissan GT-R, you might want to re-write your Christmas 2008 wish list to include this moderately priced GT-R tuning upgrade package from Hennessey Performance!

Hennessey Godzilla 600 Price:
Mail Order: $11,500 USD
Installed: $14,500 USD

Tuned Power Output:
600hp @ 6400 rpm
570lb-ft @ 5200 rpm

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Renault Megane R26R Has Plastic Windows

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Renault has launched a limited edition of its Mégane R26 sports car with polycarbonate (clear plastic) rear and side windows! Honda currently uses polycarbonate (PC) for the lower portion of the rear window in its Euro version of the Civic and most automakers are currently only using PC on their concept cars.

In North America PC has yet to fully transition the auto market due to its higher than glass cost on a part for part basis. The only NA car which currently employs PC can be found on some models of the Chevy Corvette in their panoramic roof system. However tougher fuel economy standards will have automakers searching for ways to shed pounds of of their upcoming cars and I guarantee you we will see PC windows in the market within the next few years.

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Gordon Murray – Reflections on the Acura NSX

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Gordon Murray is a renowned designer of Formula One race cars and the famous and ultra wicked awesome McLaren F1 supercar. This is a translated reflection on the ACURA NSX by the Automotive Rockstar Designer himself.

To this day, the NSX is still a car that is near and dear to my heart. I put 75,000 Km on my NSX over the course of six or seven years.

It’s very difficult to discuss the NSX using current values and sensibilities. When the NSX debuted, the word “supercar” was still a relatively new idea in Europe. There are some who would say the Lamborghini Miura from the late 1960s was the first supercar. However, the truth is the explosion of modern supercars really started at the end of the 1980s.

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Ford Hybrid Interior Smart Gauges

Ford is placing LCDs on either side of new Hybrid speedometers. Similar to the concept cars which have been seen at all of this years car shows, the LCDs can be configured to show different kinds of information.

Ford breaks the different standard displays down like this:
-Inform: Fuel level and battery charge status
-Enlighten: Adds electric vehicle mode indicator and tachometer
-Engage: Adds engine output power and battery output power
-Empower: Adds power to wheels, engine pull-up threshold and accessory power

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Infiniti’s Around View 360 Monitor Gets Award

Popular Mechanics magazine recently unveiled its “Breakthrough Awards,” the publication’s annual celebration of the best and brightest innovators and innovations. Of automotive interest, Infiniti’s Around View monitor received an innovation award. You have also probably started to see Infiniti’s advertising campaign on TV with respect to this new innovative “Around View 360 Monitor”.

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Nissan GT-R R35 Racing Brake Calipers by ENDLESS

Endless is a race quality brake manufacturer which many of the best Nissan GT-R R35 tuners choose to use. They finally launched their Racing Mono6 brake upgrade package to the general public this this month. Having been tested and love by MCR and Hirano Tire on the track in prototype form, these are now available in the form of Endless “System Inch Up Kits”.

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Michael Schumacher Abu Dhabi Tower Unveiled

The Michael Schumacher World Champion Tower was recently unveiled at Cityscape Dubai by a fresh new Architecture firm called LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture). They integrated Formula 1 Technology in their design and drew further inspiration via collaboration with Michael Schumacher himself! It is set to break ground early 2009.

Developed for clients Vedera Capital|Marasi, completion is expected around June 2011.

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