Aaron's Day Off
Random ramblings about not necessarily anything in particular, and not much more....
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Fall Driving School
Well that's another one in the books. We were back down to Pueblo for the Fall Driving School with the Rocky Mountain chapter of the BMW Car Club, and much fun was had by all.
There were lots of highlights, and the general banter with the gang (as well as before and after on email) was all top notch. Ross made it out without breaking anything, although he was in Franks Elise when Frank decided to go all agricultural at the end of the day. We had a winner in the group for best car of the day (they must have liked the Smurf), and everyone seemed like they were fast and happy by the end of the day (minus a couple of run-ins with the shuffle steer nazi).
Gareth had managed to invest in a set of coilovers, which looking at the laps below, paid dividends. It also makes the A8 lower and meaner, so it looked good in the car park the night before as well as on the track.
Mr Wallace kindly let us borrow his new video camera, and Todd's video is here, while Gareth's is below. I somehow managed to not be able to get the video set up when I put it on my car (obvious user error), but I did get about 800 photos of my drive, which provided the apex hitting evidence at the top there.
Everyone is now looking at whether or not they can get out to the track again before winter sets in - this weekend is meant to be the Audi club at HPR, but snow is forecast for both days so that might be tough. Porsche club the weekend after though 8-)) so there's still a chance, as well as the open lapping days. Stay tuned....
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Audi Not Welcome in Maranello
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Ad War - BMW vs Audi
So last weeks news (or probably more like 2 or 3 weeks ago), but I had some issues getting this photo uploaded, and then I was busy for a week, so never got the chance.
Audi and BMW basically started having billboard wars out in California. This was BMW's response (and obviously, anytime a response is done using an M3, I'm a big fan).
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Audi A7 at Detroit?
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Audi R8 V10 (Officially now)
So I've been meaning to post this for ages, and finally got round to it when I got an email from R8 lover extraordinaire Lesley about sorting out the Lotus Driving School thing we're looking to do next year.
Audi finally announced the much rumored V10 version of it's flagship go-fast and gorgeous car, the R8, with the official figures coming out at 525 bhp and 390 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 is 3.9 seconds, and it'll (somewhere) go 196mph. That seems fast enough to me, and along with the subtle changes to the outside, it's right back up there on my list of cars to own when/if I win the lottery. Pricing in the US hasn't been announced (but in the UK it's about 30k pounds higher than the regular V8, so I'm guessing about $160k over here).....
And yes, it's officially pretty enough to get two pics on here - there's more here and here.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
S5 Convertible Announced
One of my favorite looking cars has just come out in a cabrio version, and it still looks very pretty. The usual engine options are available, including the new V6 supercharged engine going into the new S4. I haven't read through all the press release yet, but I'm hoping it's got the suspension and handling improvements I was reading so much about last week in the UK - apparently the new S4 is finally going to up the stakes in the handling department to compete better with BMW (think finally being able to get the back end out on an S4, like you can with your M3 or 335i).
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Don't be silly
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Audi R8 Spider with a V10 Engine
Thursday, July 31, 2008
New 911 (or 997 and a half) Promo
My eternal indecisiveness is further elevated whenever I watch a new Porsche video (about what my next car might be). The choice is still at least a year and a half away, but current front runners are (not in any order) 911 (s or GT3), Elise or Exige supercharged, Caterham R500, Nissan GTR and the Audi R8. And of course, replacing the M3 in my garage with the newer version.
I have a feeling that cars as we know them won't be around for too long, so I'm seriously tempted to get a back to basics pure driving experience car, and then a daily driver (or see if I can keep the M), which further complicates my decision. I normally have an ordered list in my head of what's next at all times, but the whole GTR vs GT3 vs Caterham are all so different cars, that I'm in a confused state. I guess it's a nice confused state to be in though, and I'll probably end up getting none of them if/when the time comes. You never know, maybe I'll get rich and just put the deposit down on the F430 Scuderia - the lottery is up to $75 million at the minute.
Anyway, enough rambling, here's the video
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
2009 Audi A7
I realize I've been slacking a little lately, so I'm going to make an effort to get out at least one post per day (on weekdays, just in case).
First one in my new routine is an alleged spy shot of the Audi A7. Apart from the fact that it could realistically be anything under there, this has to be the best camo shot I've seen. The old cover the thing in a weird black rubber/plastic at key parts (similar to the Colorado obsession with those hideous black 'bra' things they cover the front of the car with to prevent stone chips on their paintwork) is obviously old school now. Not sure how the sack is going to survive under high speed (meaning over 20mph from the look of this thing) testing, but that's not really our problem, is it.
Source: The German site Bilder
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Audi RS 6 Teaser
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
New Cars and Reviews
Reading car reviews takes up a reasonable amount of my spare reading time (and having just got through the yearly highlight known as Evo's Car of the Year article, I'm into even more at the minute). It's amazing what a review can do to the desirability of a car, although there are some reviews you tend to ignore if the fancy takes you (reading an Edmunds review on a 911 for examples, where they ream the car for a small trunk....).
Anyway, the STi has apparently arrived, or at least been reviewed, and it's kind of a mixed bag - it's not really any better than the old one, apart from it's quieter (which isn't really what most STi drivers want in their little boxer enginer), and it's now more expensive.
And then there's Jeremy's review of the new R8, which confirmed that if I ever make it into semi-rich land, I'm going to have a hard time deciding between that and a GT3 (or the RS version..).
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
See Lauren, I make it nice and easy for you to skip ;-)
Anyway, couple of things on the car front, so I wanted to do a combined post to get them all in before my tea is ready.
First off is the official announcement of the much rumoured RS6 Avant from Audi - power is ridiculous (up around 560 bhp), torque at 480 lb/ft and 0-60 in 4.6 seconds.
Pictures are here, with a video of it semi disguised going around The 'Ring at the end of this post (it's fast and loud and fun).
Next up, Alfa has announced they're coming back with more than just the gorgeous (but ridiculously expensive) 8C - it looks like the 159 and Brera (plus Spider, which I guess counts as number 3) are on their way over here in 2009, via the Maserati dealerships (which is lucky for me, as it's just along the road from my house, tucked in with the Ferrari, Lotus and Bentley - hows that for temptation).
If you've got money to burn (but not enough to buy) you can apparently hire a Bugatti Veryon for the day (or 50 miles, whichever comes first, and you already know the answer to that). It's only $40k!!!
Fiat seem like they're kicking arse with their new small cars, and they announced another one I want.
If you prefer the look of the old(er) E46 M3 (which of course I do), but need to have the extra performance of the new one, or even a bit more, here's your option.
There's a new A4 coming in a little while.
And finally, why would you ever do this to a car?
Thursday, May 17, 2007
For the last few years, I think Audi has been leading the way with it's designs (for a mainstream manufacturer anyway - the Alfa 8C is my current fave, and obviously most Ferraris are up there as well). So, there should be no suprise that the Speedster Concept (or the Clubsport Quattro I guess is the 'real' name) is gorgeous.
A few pics emerged earlier in the week, but today was the official Audi release, with lots of juicy details, and the always fun "we could possibly make this" comment thrown in for good measure. The usual quattro drivetrain, a pumped up 2.0 litre FSi engine from the S3, and ceramic brake options add a little substance to the beauty. Anyway, full details of the press release are here, courtesy of Jalopnik.
Oh yeah, and if you need more of an Audi fix, they just launched their new TV site for you to check out.
Friday, April 20, 2007
The worst crash ever?
I don't think so, but pretty impressive never the less. There were no other cars involved (this is just one car, in case you weren't paying attention), but the most amazing thing is the driver walked away from this with no serious injuries (although I bet he needed a new pair of pants!).
Monday, February 26, 2007
Despite owning it's direct competitor, this thing is gorgeous. All the details here coz I can't be bothered to type. If this has the 60/40 rear bias torque split and the M3 doesn't look as good as the current/old model, BMW could have a little fight on it's hands. Oh, and did I say this thing is gorgeous?
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Audi R8 - More Info Released
Loads of info here, and pics here. Once again, I get a spare 2 minutes at work, try and upload and great pic, and Blogger doesn't co-operate - didn't the guys promise it would all work great and be super-scalable once we got the new version out? I guess this is the first upload I've had issues with in a couple of weeks, but still.....
So, I'll post a pic when I can - sorry.