Toyota FT-1 Concept Car

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North American International Auto Show 2014

First post of 2014! Happy New Year!!!
Besides the antics going down at CES. The most exciting thing going on right now is the North American International Auto Show aka The Detroit Auto Show. Detroit is a great city that is both iconic for its automotive industry and the hard nose grit of the culture and people who live there. There was a time when Detroit was one of the beacons of the U.S.A. A place people looked to for inspiration. It still stands as a testament of the ingenuity and never die attitude we Americans seems to display on an everyday basis. It should be interesting to see what is unveiled. I’m looking forward to the FT-1 concept from Toyota and the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Pics and details of some of the cars that catch my attention will be posted as the days continue. Happy New Year everyone.

RUF CTR3

Based on a Porsche Cayman chassis and body, the CTR3 is enhanced by RUF with a twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat six, which pumps out 700 hp. Carbon fiber and aluminum components help bring down the weight to about 3040 lbs, and the lightweight, mid-engine supercar is capable of reaching a top speed of 233 mph

Ferrari Vows to maintain image. Gorgeous, Exclusive, Powerful Cars!

Ferrari revealed today that after hitting an all-time record for sales in 2012, it will cut its output this year to fewer than 7,000 cars in a strategy to maintain its aura of exclusivity — which Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo compared to waiting for a beautiful woman.

In 2012, Ferrari sold 7,318 cars, its best year ever, and the 499 copies of the LaFerrari supercar unveiled in Geneva in March have already been bought up.

“Ferrari is like a beautiful woman,” Di Montezemolo said. “You must desire her, you must wait for her.”

Detroit Electric debuts SP:01

The SP:01 tips the scales at just 2,354 lbs. Power derives from an air-cooled, asynchronous AC electric motor, delivering 201 hp and 166 lb. ft. of instantaneous torque. Stats estimated at 0-62 mph time of just 3.7 seconds, complimenting its top speed of 155 mph lightweight carbon-fiber body.

A power rating of 37 kWh, the lithium polymer batteries provide a range of 180 miles with a charge time of around four hours (when using a 240V charge point). A patented bi-directional charge feature enables the car to power your house, too. Cooling is controlled by an in-house system, with a thermal management pack fitted to keep the batteries and motor running at an optimum temperature.

At $135,000, the SP:01 will not be an electric sports car for the masses

2013 Peugeot RCZ

Peugeot’s 2013 RCZ coupe ­– the stylish French answer to the Audi TT – is live and in color on the Paris show floor. Peugeot, in a sign of welcome restraint, hasn’t done a lot to alter the overall exterior appearance of the RCZ, a car that looks as ahead-of-its-time today as it did when it came to market 3 years ago.

Some mild updates to the car’s front fascia – a satin-chrome grille, reshaped lower intake and LED running lights – can be pretty easily picked out. The double-bubble carbon fiber roof can now be ordered in a matte or a satin finish, and the sweeping roof rails can be had in black, aluminum and “sand.”


Four total engines will be offered for the RCZ coupe, with a 200-horsepower, 202-pound-feet 1.6-liter as the top gasoline-powered mill, and a 163-hp, 250-lb-ft 2.0-liter diesel as the top derv-burner

 

 

Venturi America

Venturi-developed electric powertrain is said to produce 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, which is pretty great for a 3,100-pound car. There are also three driver-selectable modes (Cruising, Sport and Super Sport), so the car’s dynamic settings allow the driver to choose between maximum driving range and maximum performance. Powered by a 53 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, the America has a driving a range of around 186 miles (presumably in Cruising mode) with a top speed of 124 miles per hour.