Official: 2013 GTA V Bravado Banshee is life imitating video-game art

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2013 GTAV Bravado Banshee

Bravado BansheeEven though our first response was something along the lines of “It should have been the Cheetah,” we will admit that building a real-life version of a Grand Theft Auto V car is a pretty meta, pretty cool promotion.

Details on the Banshee’s mechanicals are pretty scarce, but the car has obviously been crafted using a Viper as its base (a fourth- or fifth-generation car seems likely). Created by the West Coast Customs shop of reality TV fame, the body panels of the Banshee were designed and cut to form a “screen accurate” replica of the in-game car (which is pictured in the inset photo). Even the interior of the vehicle has been customized to be gamer-friendly, with reconfigured dashboard, door panels and center console, as well as the Banshee name and insignia stitched on the seats.

Best of all, video game retailer GameStop is giving away the car as part of the promotion for GTA’s September 17 release. As if the title needed more publicity, right? Get a bit more info about the car in the press release below.

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2013 GTAV Bravado Banshee

Bravado BansheeEven though our first response was something along the lines of “It should have been the Cheetah,” we will admit that building a real-life version of a Grand Theft Auto V car is a pretty meta, pretty cool promotion.

Details on the Banshee’s mechanicals are pretty scarce, but the car has obviously been crafted using a Viper as its base (a fourth- or fifth-generation car seems likely). Created by the West Coast Customs shop of reality TV fame, the body panels of the Banshee were designed and cut to form a “screen accurate” replica of the in-game car (which is pictured in the inset photo). Even the interior of the vehicle has been customized to be gamer-friendly, with reconfigured dashboard, door panels and center console, as well as the Banshee name and insignia stitched on the seats.

Best of all, video game retailer GameStop is giving away the car as part of the promotion for GTA’s September 17 release. As if the title needed more publicity, right? Get a bit more info about the car in the press release below.

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Video: Motor Recall app makes game out of identifying vehicle lights at night

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motor recall app

What will they think of next? This is an app called Motor Recall, and if you’re at all like us, it’s pretty much the equivalent of any nighttime car ride as a kid – see a pair of headlights or taillights, pick out the make, model and if you’re lucky/good, the year. Now, the clever folks at Case By Case Studios have turned that time-honored way of surviving a long drive into an app.

Loaded with over 250 different headlight and taillight patterns, players have the choice of either matching the headlights with taillights in a game called Match, or out and out guessing which vehicle is being shown, not surprisingly, called Guess. Players can score points and unlock even rarer vehicles the longer they play. Case By Case is claiming that it will continue to update with new vehicles to keep you guessing, which makes us quite excited for this new game. Could be a great time waster.

Take a look at the demo trailer below. Motor Recall is only available in the Apple App Store, but we’d expect it to arrive on other platforms in the future.

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Spy Shots: BMW X4 tunes up its crossover game in Germany

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BMW X4 spy shots

Except for the fancy wheels and the overly expressive fascias, the production version of the BMW X4 looks like it will carry over practically untouched from what we saw in the X4 Concept several months back. With the same fastback roofline as the concept, these spy shots show that the X4 is taking shape to be a baby version of the BMW X6.

Sharing the same platform as the X3, the lower and wider X4 will be positioned slightly more upmarket – as is the case with the X5 and X6. We hear that this could mean that the X4 will ditch the X3’s base engine to give an even sportier feel right out of the gate, but word has it that an M version will being showing up down the road as well.

BMW has already revealed what it plans to show off at the Frankfurt Motor Show (i3, 4 Series Coupe, next-gen X5, refreshed 5 Series, X5 Concept eDrive plug-in hybrid and Concept Active Tourer Outdoor), so barring any surprised we definitely won’t be seeing the X4 there. At this point, with as close to production as these images would have us believe, our best guess would be that we’ll see the X4’s official unveiling happen either at LA or Detroit.

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Official: Audi designs science fiction car for Ender’s Game movie [w/video]

Filed under: Videos, Audi, Design/Style, TV/Movies

Audi is no stranger to product placement in movies, but the upcoming sci-fi adventure movie, Ender’s Game, will be the first time the German automaker has ever unveiled a “purely virtual” vehicle design in a movie. As the movie’s star car, the futuristic Audi fleet shuttle quattro was created by Audi Design as a “vision for the future world.”

This new movie car comes almost 10 years after one of our favorite Audi movie cars ever, the Audi RSQ that was prominently used in the 2004 sci-fi action film, I, Robot. Looking back, the RSQ obviously used cues from the Audi R8, but it’s unclear if the fleet shuttle quattro has any design implications for future Audi production models.

The movie, based on the best-selling novel of the same name, stars Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield, and it premiers in the US on November 1. Audi has provided images of the fleet shuttle quattro, and Summit Entertainment has released its latest trailer for the movie, which is posted below along with an Audi press release.

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CarmaRace board game seeks funding on Kickstarter

Carmarace box coverAutomotive geekery isn’t just limited to internet forums, dingy garages, or coffee shop parking lots. It extends far beyond that, actually. Board games – and we’re talking the complex ones with rulebooks longer than The Grapes Of Wrath, not Chutes and Ladders – are actually a fairly popular outlet for auto enthusiasts. Take the wildly addicting Formula D, for example.

The problem with board games is that they are often too long and complex to be played on a whim. CarmaRace aims to change that, by delivering a game that is both easy to learn and difficult to master, making it a bit like Risk. Unlike Risk, though, this game is all about getting from point A to point B as quickly as possible.

Players will need to hitchhike across the continent, be it on a plane, train, or by car. Each mode of transport has a card, while players can collect bonuses for future use, or obstacles to slow down an opponent. The strong social element can force players to make and break alliances at the drop of the hat, which is one of the things that’s so darn entertaining about these types of games.

Normally, we wouldn’t be quite so keen on a board game, but it comes from one of the producers for the online board game review show (yes, there is such a thing) Board to Death TV. That gives this game just a bit more credibility than one made by a big corporation. It’s sort of like what you’d get if you bought a car designed by the Autoblog team. Take a look at CarmaRace’s Kickstarter, which has 26 days to go and is already one-third of the way to its goal.

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Video: F1 2013 game to feature ‘classic’ cars from ’80s and ’90s

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Codemasters’ series of Formula One games focus heavily on realism, both in terms of physics and appearance. Every team, every car and every driver are represented, with every track recreated in high definition and exacting detail.

This attention to detail is only reflected if you’re looking at modern F1, though. The market for video games that show the sport’s past is disappointingly bleak. For F1 2013, the latest installment in the yearly franchise, that’s set to change.

For the first time, Codemasters will explore F1’s past with cars, drivers, and tracks from the 1980s and 1990s. This is, of course, in addition to the modern content the game is known so well for. The content from the 1980s is available regardless of which version of F1 2013 is bought, giving gamers access to five cars from Ferrari, Williams and Lotus. Ten drivers will also be added to the game, including greats like Nigel Mansell, Mario Andretti, and Gerhard Berger. Finally, Circuito de Jerez and Brands Hatch, former homes of the Spanish and British Grands Prix, respectively, have been added.

Believe us, though, you want to spend however much extra is demanded for the Classic Edition of F1 2013. The 1990s content, which is standard with the Classic Edition, adds new cars from Ferrari and Williams, along with seven legendary drivers, like David Coulthard, Alain Prost and others (that being code for Ayrton Senna, we think). Two extra tracks have been added, as well. Estoril, former home of the Portuguese Grand Prix, joins the legendary Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, the track more commonly known as Imola.

F1 2013 hits stores the fall, and will be available for Playstation 3, XBox 360, and PC. There’s no word on whether it will be ported to the next-gen systems. Scroll down for the official trailer of F1 2013 Classic Edition, as well as the official press release.

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2011 Spanish Grand Prix goes down as a game of leap frog [spoilers]

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2011 Spanish Grand Prix

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Ferrari. McLaren. Renault. Williams. The past few decades of Formula One racing have seen each of these teams at the top of their game, claiming championships and dispatching the others along the way. But after watching Brawn GP – having started out as the humble BAR-Honda team and emerging as Mercedes’ own factory squad – claim the titles just a couple of years ago, are the years of domination behind us? Or was Brawn’s victory merely a hiccup before things return to “normal”? Will Red Bull’s championship prove another exception, or will the Anglo-Austrian team emerge as the new force to be reckoned with?

It may take another year or two to watch the pattern unfold, but after winning both titles last year, Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull have come back strong in 2011. The team has converted pole position to the checkered flag at every race but one so far this season. Would this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix further gird Vettel and Red Bull in the defense of their titles, or would a new challenger draw blood around the corners and down the straights of Barcelona? Continue reading for a recap of today’s action.

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Name Game: Ram “Adventurer” re-christened 1500 Express

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2011 ram 1500 express pickup

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Ram has re-named its affordable performance truck the Ram 1500 Express. Originally launched at the Chicago Auto Show in mid-February as the awkwardly named Ram 1500 Code Name: Adventurer, the 1500 Express will still pack the 390-horsepower Hemi found in the 1500 Tradesman work truck.

Hemi-powered special editions from Chrysler generally command a pretty serious premium, but Dodge seems bent on attracting a younger audience with this offering. According to Chrysler, the truck will sticker at an affordable $23,830 – including destination charges. For that, you get the Hemi engine, a body-color grille, specific front and rear fascias, chrome dual exhausts and 20-inch rolling stock. The Ram 1500 Express channels its prodigious grunt through a suitably short 3.55 rear end.

Inside, there’s a 40/20/40 split folding bench seat atop your choice of vinyl or carpet flooring. If the Hemi’s soundtrack gets boring, there’s a six-speaker iPod-compatible stereo as standard. Buyers can also choose to specify UConnect voice command technology, Bluetooth and a USB port.

Gallery: 2011 Ram 1500 Express

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Video: Cars 2 game gets own trailer

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Cars 2 video game trailer

Cars 2 video game trailer – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Cars 2 is coming to theaters everywhere on June 24, and if we’re honest, we’re pretty stoked. The original Cars movie was, after all, a great flick with an all-car cast. And thanks to the popularity of the first Cars movie, Disney and Pixar plan to make a Mater-load of cash with this second round, and not just on the movie itself.

Disney Pixar is (predictably) working on the video game Cars 2: Spies Wanted, which will reportedly become available in July for the Sony PlayStation 3, XBOX 360, Nintendo Wii and DS. And this time, it looks like Lightning McQueen and the gang won’t be maxing and relaxing in secluded Radiator Springs.

Judging by the post-jump trailer, there appear to be bad guys, guns and rockets. We’re typically not all that thrilled about games that are based on a movie (because they usually aren’t that great), but since we’re always fans of games that involve driving, we may be willing to give this one a shot. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Gallery: Cars 2

Gallery: CARS 2 Characters

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