Archive for the 'Ferrari' Category

24
Oct
10

A whole lot of updates on AK – pics and video!

Hi everyone,

this space has been left unattended for a month at the very least, but I now have the opportunity to share with you what we’ve been doing over at http://www.auto-kinesis.com. We have car reviews up with several more on deck, a multitude of photos and our first original videos!

We attended the Americana Manhasset Concours D’Elegance on Oct. 10th. click here to see our video and photo gallery of the event.

This is our first venture into cutting a video for the site. It’s more of an exercise in what we hope to accomplish in the near future.

Also live is our long overdue review of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited, a car I enjoyed but learned a painful lesson about time management and the delaying of writing a review. I have several new ones to write and I’m desperately trying to avoid repeating the same pattern.

Check out the Sonata review here.

And lastly, here are some shots for upcoming features on AutoKinesis:

Thanks for reading! Keep checking AutoKinesis for more news and articles!

and visit our youtube channel and let us know what you think of our new videos.

-Alex K-

 

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17
Feb
10

2011 Lotus Elise: pics and specs

Lotus (which we really should talk more about here) has bestowed upon us news on the 2011 Elise, the latest version of the consummate roadster from the Norfolk gents. The bog standard model will feature a 1.6 liter Toyota engine that puts out roughly 134 HP, while the top of the range, the Elise SC, will sport a 1.8 supercharged engine that produces 217 HP.  That gives the SC a 0-60 of 4.3 secs, with a top speed of 145 mph.

The key to the performance and efficiency of the new Toyota engine is the Valvematic system (a variable valve lift mechanism), which is combined with the dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent). The engine continuously controls intake valve opening/closing timing and the intake valve lift to vary the volume of the intake airflow, giving significant improvements in efficiency and fuel economy. This ensures optimal performance based on the engines operational condition,  helping the Elise achieve both high fuel efficiency and high performance.

Max power output is achieved at near 6800 rpm and maximum torque (a respectable 160 Nm, 118 lb.ft) is reached at 4400 rpm. This makes for a good combination of mid range pull but also encourages the driver to rev the engine to the redline of 7000 rpm . Like all Elise sportscars, there are three shift up lights, on the binnacle cumulatively lighting when the driver is getting closer to the rev limiter. When all three light up, they’ll flash, signaling the ideal upshift moment.

If Lotus cars are synonymous with anything, it’s most definitely handling. The entry level Lotus Elise weighs 876 kg, making it one of the lightest fully homologated sportscars in the world. The low weight translates into efficient performance with minimal fuel consumption, and a little horsepower goes a long way. The delicacy and accuracy of the steering, throttle and brakes of the Elise and all of these factors are what contribute the “rides on rails” reputation.

Some key changes to the 2011 models are the body design changes (more on that in a moment), new all in one headlights with LED day running lights and indicators, new cast and forged wheels, and an extended warranty.

The body changes not only update the Elise to match the Evora’s style, but also reduce the drag coefficient by 4%, improving speed and fuel economy. It may not seem like much, but a little goes a long way in racing.  What I can’t shake is that, yes, the Elise’s new look has been evolved from Evora design, but I can’t help thinking that the front end looks more closely related to a different sports car…

I dunno, I could be alone in thinking this. If you agree that the new Elise is the milkman’s kid, drop me a comment. And if you think I’m way off, do the same, I’m eager to see what your thoughts are.

-Alex K-

04
Feb
10

Just another day at the office

Feast your eyes on mechanics and test drivers showing off the Ferrari 599XX in Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit while the rest of us sit in front of our computers and weep as if viewing the Gods fraternize on the unobtainable peak of Olympus. I want one of those bad-ass Stilo helmets with the carbon fiber stripes down the middle to permanently replace my face.

11
Jun
09

AutoKinesis is 2!!!

autokinesis collage copy

A year ago, there wasn’t even an AutoKinesis, it was just a blog that didn’t want to be called “blog,” a journal of all the things I had happen to me, which all changed thanks to some delectable apple pie.

What was once a silly blog with a silly name, then became something slightly serious, has become a chronicle of adventures and stories, a photo gallery of gorgeous cars, a forum of news and discussion, and more to the point, my own little slice of the internet that I get to hang out at and talk to you about cars.  Here’s a quick look back at all the things we got to share:

Whoo. I got tired typing that.

Many thanks to the people who make this blog happen, like Melissa for her editing (even if it’s just to point out misplaced caps and so forth) , and Victor for his photos (and both of them for being my partners in crime). Thanks for the commenters who give this blog life with their opinions, and most of all, a very sincere thank you all for reading. I am excitedly looking forward to what year 3 will bring, and I hope you all are as well.

Thanks Again!!!!

-Alex K-

12
Feb
09

This is what it’s all about

A friend just reminded me of this footage, and since I’ve been particularly grumpy today, I figured I’d do something positive and share it.

The details are below, but I’ll just say that this is bite-the-back-of-your-hand stuff that melts the hearts of enthusiasts.

Do yourself a favor and turn up the volume for the most satisfying soundtrack to come from the late 70’s.

On an August morning in 1978, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB and had a friend, a professional Formula 1 racer, drive at breakneck speed through the heart of Paris . The film was limited for technical reasons to 10 minutes; the course was from Porte Dauphine , through the Louvre, to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur.

No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain a permit.

The driver completed the course in about 9 minutes, reaching nearly 140 MPH in some stretches. The footage reveals him running real red lights, nearly hitting real pedestrians, and driving the wrong way up several one-way streets.

Upon showing the film in public for the first time, Lelouch was arrested. He has never revealed the identity of the driver, and the film went underground until a DVD release a few years ago.

02
Nov
08

2008 F1 Champion: Lewis Hamilton

Just a few moments ago, Lewis Hamilton secured the mother of all last minute saves at the very last corner of Brazil’s Interlagos making him this year’s Formula 1 champion.

As far as final results go, I think this one will be hard to top for a while (indeed, this was quite an amazing season as well). I can’t say that I prefer McLaren over Ferrari, or vice versa, but I was definitely in Hamilton’s corner this year. Last year’s hollywood-worthy drama made the fight between the two top teams only sweeter, or bitter depending on how emotionally invested you are in one or the other. all of that is summed up fantastically in this article of WIRED, one of the most intriguing pieces I’ve read in a while, made richer by being all completely real. Hamilton was on the short end of many penalties and it seemed to some that the stewards really had it out for him, yet he managed to persevere, regardless of his self sabotaging impulsiveness. Massa (whom I don’t particularly like, but is a fantastic driver) had his equal share of hardships, too. He sometimes schooled himself on the track, put some people out and continued, and had to endure the pit crew’s wildly disastrous performance.

But in the end, Massa won his hometown race, Hamilton one a well deserved championship, and the best car, Ferrari, took the constructor’s championship. You couldn’t have asked for a better end. well, Coulthard could.

I’m left a little bummed only because it’s all over with for the year, and I had genuinely enjoyed myself all these Sundays.

… But at least Top Gear starts in an hour 🙂

-Alex K-

15
Oct
08

The Miracle Mile

Every year around this time, the Americana Manhasset, a high end strip of shops an boutiques, holds a fantastic Concours D’elegance.

All the local exotic car dealerships come out and make their presence known, as they come and feature the best of their collections, while the local car community comes out in their finest to do the same. The result is a breathtaking combination of new and old dream cars lined up for all to see and enjoy. It is window shopping for the dream garage, and probably the only time men are dragging their wives and girlfriends to “the AM”, and not the other way around.

What is also fantastic about this event is the parking lot in the back, which sort of becomes an unofficial suppliment to the show itself. Like I’ve said before, the car community here is vast, and those who didn’t enter usually show up in a wide variety of exotics and mix together in the back with all the other cars. There’s usually a concentrated center, where the most intriguing and wild rides convoke themselves away from the main party, and you kind of discover it like Baby wandering away from the aristocratic function and finding an automotive Patrick Swayze and his crew rocking out with all the “regular” cars.

Here are the highlights:

The Phantom's Menace

 

Uncle George would be proud

Uncle George would be proud

Guy Frost's Dino

Guy Frost's Dino

Oh! here comes my dream angel baby...

Oh! here comes my dream angel baby...

...and there she goes. one day, I promise...

...and there she goes. one day, I promise...

no naked James May in sight this time

no naked James May in sight this time

Bugatti boombatti

Bugatti boombatti

Still don't know if the "S" in DBS stands for sport, spy, or sexy

Still don't know if the "s" in DBS stands for sport, spy, or sexy

''back in my day, we didn't have roll cages..."

Tommy brought this up from Vice City

Tommy brought this up from Vice City

*sigh* I just...really want one

*sigh* I just...really want one

Dad hints that the SLR 722 would make a fine Christmas gift

Dad hints that the SLR 722 would make a fine Christmas gift

I had to put a Porsche in here, otherwise V throws a fit

This is for V.

It doesn't get much better than this

It doesn't get much better than this

don't worry sunbeam, it happens.

don't worry, Sunbeam, it happens

288 GTO. how do you like me now, Magnum?

288 GTO. how do you like me now, Magnum?

Alright, Dad, we'll get you a Testarossa too

Alright, Dad, we'll get you a Testarossa too

GT-R in the wild

GT-R in the wild

The court finds you bad-ass, and sentences you to a lifetime of smoking bitches

The court finds you bad-ass, and sentences you to a lifetime of smoking bitches

Number one...

Number one...

...with a Bullitt.

...with a Bullitt.

Check out all 300+ pics at my Picassa album : http://picasaweb.google.com/Alex.Kal…i/Americana08#

-Alex-