Video: Listen to the Laraki Epitome’s 1,750-hp engine run

Filed under: Concept Cars, Coupe, Performance, Videos, Specialty, Luxury

The outrageous 1,750-horsepower Laraki Epitome caught us by surprise at Pebble Beach, and we caught it from plenty of different angles in photos. While we imagine the $2,000,000 Epitome is probably waiting outside Michael Bay’s estate right now trying to get a walk-on part in Transformers 4, we have YouTuber user BrianZuk to thank for getting the sound of the alien auto form while it sat on Pebble’s Concept Lawn.

When you check out the video below for a listen of the burble emanating from the four high-mounted pipes, the sound might be familiar since it comes from a 7.0-liter Chevrolet V8 – and as you’ll hear, there’s nothing wrong with that at all.

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Video: How to make your car’s engine look showroom fresh

Filed under: Etc., Videos

Last time we saw Larry Kosilla of Ammo NYC and the YouTube show Drive Clean, he was initiating the resurrection of a 1966 Porsche 912. Going beyond the body, the automotive world’s Mr. Clean next lays his gloved hands and brushes on the engine bay, demonstrating how to scour the powerplants of a front-engined Corvette Z06, a mid-engined Ferrari 458 Italia and a mid-engined Ford GT. The three cars were chosen to show the challenges of a modern, plastic-covered motor, an exotic motor with lots of hard-to-reach spots and a “muscle” car that leaves everything exposed.

Kosilla breaks it all down quickly, taking about seven minutes to go through eight steps that will get your engine from dirty to disinfected. For another engaging lesson, have a watch of the video below.

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Official: Forza 5 announces Laguna Seca and Spa, details on new physics engine [w/video]

Filed under: Videos, Audi, Toys/Games, Racing

During Gamescom in Cologne, Germany the Forza Motorsport team showed off another demo of Forza Motorsport 5 and announced two tracks for the game: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Spa-Francorchamps. Laguna Seca and its Corkscrew have been in the previous four versions, while Spa and Eau Rouge are making their first intro to marquee Xbox driving game.

Turn 10 director Dan Greenawalt said during an interview that the power of the coming Xbox One has permitted new tire modeling, and that Turn 10 worked with internationally eminent tire testing institute CalSpan to upgrade the game’s tire science. We won’t know how that translates through the wheel until the game and console launch in November, but we’re told that being able to “collect data on tire variables that have never been isolated” means greatly enhanced “tire physics, suspension, geometry, aerodynamics.”

That sounds like code for getting more feedback, but you’ll need to be a much better driver. You can check out the interview in the video below and a host of new screenshots from the game, featuring the Audi R18 e-tron quattro.

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Auctions: eBay Find of the Day: 1960 Aston DB4GT Zagato replica with supercharged DB7 engine

Filed under: Classics, Coupe, Performance, Auctions, Aston Martin, Luxury

Aston Martin Zagato replica with a eBay Buy It Now price of $2.4 million.

For all of the attention to detail that went into this beautiful, custom-built 1960 DB4GT Zagato, it almost seems a shame to call the Aston Martin a “replica.” But because it started out as a non-Zagato coupe (only twenty originals were built) and is now powered by a supercharged inline six sourced from a 1997 DB7, it must wear the term on its sleeve. What’s most astounding about this eBay find, however, isn’t the fact that it’s claimed to have been built from the ground up or that its original title might have been a duplicate, but the $2.4 million Buy It Now price.

The seller claims he has nearly 40 years of title and ownership history, including all receipts for the $1 million-plus Zagato build, and the big names involved in the project – such as renowned coachbuilder Clive Smart – along with extensive photo documentation go a long way to convince us of the build’s authenticity. Still, the seller claims that a discrepancy with the Vehicle Identification Number forced the builders to register the car with a new VIN plate, so, if you’re somehow in the market for this car, shop with discretion.

The seller’s statement about the car’s identification crisis is this: “We have learned that record keeping in those early days at Aston was not efficient and duplicate VIN plates were not unheard of. We believe this car to be the genuine article, but we know it is 100-percent Aston Martin.”

Feel free to check out the gallery we’ve included of the car, but be sure to visit the eBay page to pore over the extensive photo documentation we’re talking about – there’s something here for every type of car enthusiast, even if it’s just to gaze at the replica’s beautiful lines.

eBay Find of the Day: 1960 Aston DB4GT Zagato replica with supercharged DB7 engine originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 08 Aug 2013 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: Ram 2500 HD video shows off new engine, rear suspension

Filed under: Truck, Videos, Work, Ram

2014 Ram 2500HD

We’ve already had a chance to drive the 2014 Ram 3500 HD, but the big news for the 2014 Ram Heavy Duty lineup might be centered around the three-quarter-ton 2500 model. Chrysler has released a new video highlighting the new features of the 2014 Ram 2500 HD, including its new optional engine and new rear suspension components.

The video starts by showing off the Ram’s new 410-horsepower 6.4-liter Hemi V8 and then gives us an up-close look at the coil spring, multi-link rear suspension – one of the truck’s most important upgrades aimed at delivering a smooth ride. In addition to this coil suspension, the Ram 2500 HD will also be available with a rear air suspension system, which Chrysler says will optimize the truck’s hauling abilities with better load leveling and trailer towing.

Scroll down for the walkaround video of the 2500 HD from Chrysler as well as the original press release breaking down all of the truck’s new-for-2014 features.

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Video: Meet the four horsemen behind Nissan’s GT-R engine

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Japan, Plants/Manufacturing, Technology, Videos, Nissan, Racing

“Handbuilt by Takumi Kurosawa,” a nameplate you can find on Nissan GT-R engine blocks, describes the actions of one of four takumi who build VR38 engines for the Japanese supercar. Each of Nissan’s four artisans ensure that every twin-turbo V6 receives the utmost in care and feeding from the moment each component enters the clean room for assembly.

Takumi Kurosawa is the lead engine builder for Nissan’s halo car, and he is joined by three others, Izumi Shioya, Nobumitsu Gozu and Tsunemi Oyama. The men clearly take great pride in their work, and they should, being the only four people at Nissan sanctioned to put their names on a car.

“By putting our nameplates on GT-R engines it gives us pressure in a positive way,” says Tsunemi Oyama.

Kurosawa states that any skilled person can learn how to build a GT-R engine in three or four months, but, with 100 years of factory experience between the four takumi, they have learned how to inspect parts for quality before assembly starts and can guarantee precise fitments for each engine built – important in a car that can be used for grocery shopping and lapping a racetrack on the same day.

All the magic takes place at Nissan’s Yokohama plant, where the company was established. For your enjoyment, Nissan has made a couple of behind-the-scenes videos, which you can watch below.

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Video: Jay Leno extracts the V12 engine from his McLaren F1

Filed under: Classics, Coupe, Performance, Videos, Celebrities, McLaren

That is Jay Leno standing next to the BMW V12 extracted from his McLaren F1. Calling it “The scariest thing we have ever done here on Jay Leno’s Garage,” his mechanics pulled the motor to replace the Vanos unit, which was leaking.

His fright is our gain, though, as Leno gives us a tour of the 627-horsepower, naturally-aspirated 12-cylinder that powered the very car that taught us new ways to dream about supercars. The motorhead’s VIP tour happens in the video below.

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Report: Next Audi R8 to eschew engine downsizing, go on diet instead

Filed under: Convertible, Coupe, Performance, Audi, Luxury

2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus in paddock - front three-quarter view, matte blue

Looking across the Audi landscape, many models that used to get the company’s high-revving, naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 are now powered by smaller, yet similarly powerful, forced-induction engines. From what Auto Express is reporting, though, the next-generation Audi R8 will not meet this same fate.

Rather than ditching its V8 and V10 powerplants, the next-gen R8 – expected to debut in 2015 – will shed pounds from its curb weight. The 2014 R8 currently weighs between 3,583 pounds and up to 3,957 pounds, but the report says that engineers are targeting a weight of less than 3,300 pounds. All models will get cylinder deactivation, which along with lower curb weights should help to improve fuel economy and emissions. Head on over to Auto Express for more reported information as well as a handful of renderings that take a stab at how the next R8 may look.

Next Audi R8 to eschew engine downsizing, go on diet instead originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Study: East Coast states pay more for Check Engine light repairs

Filed under: Etc., Earnings/Financials

CarMD repair costs

Has it seemed like the cost to keep your older car on the road has gone up? Well, we have good news (you’re not going crazy) and bad news (repair costs are indeed going up all across the country). According to an annual study by CarMD, average repair costs have increased by 10 percent in 2012, with drivers in New Jersey paying the highest prices and those in Vermont paying the lowest.

Interestingly, states on the East Coast are paying more on average for common repairs, including diagnostic services when the dreaded Check Engine light comes on. Our nation’s capital saw the largest year-over-year increase at an alarming 20 percent, while Wyoming saw repair prices drop an average of 17 percent.

CarMD analyzed more than 160,000 individual repairs, targeting those that began with a Check Engine light. A full listing of the most- and least-expensive states can be found below, along with additional commentary from CarMD.

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Paul Newman’s mid-engine V8 Beetle on sale for $250K

Filed under: Car Buying, Classics, Convertible, Volkswagen, Celebrities

paul newman's v8 volkswagen beetle

This Volkswagen Beetle is priced to sell at $250,000. No, there’s no typo in that figure. This 1963 VW Bug has celebrity ownership, as it once belonged to Mr. Paul Newman. Still not doing it for you at that price? Perhaps a peak under the hood will change your mind.

Paul Newman loved him some fast cars, and this ’63 Beetle is no exception. Rather than stick with the old four-cylinder lump in the rear, Newman had IndyCar builder Jerry Eisert set out to turn the droptop bug into a super sleeper.

Eisert dropped a Ford 351 V8 into the middle of the Volkswagen. He added the five-speed ZF transmission (thought to have come from a Ford GT40), and the now-transformed Beetle was pushing out 300-horsepower. That’s a whole lot of juice for this bantam-weight brawler. So much, in fact, that Newman’s handlers advised him to sell the car before he got into serious trouble with it.

Paul Newman’s Volkswagen Beetle Convertible sleeper is now up for sale, after receiving a full restoration. The seller wants $250,000 but is open to “serious offers.” While we think 250 large is rather optimistic, there’s no doubt this car has the potential to plaster permanent smiles on anyone who drives it. Check out OldBug.com for a look at the car’s history.

Paul Newman’s mid-engine V8 Beetle on sale for $250K originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 20 May 2011 11:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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