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Renault Twizy €EU20

Posted: May 20th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Eco Driver | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Renault Twizy €EU20

The ultra-compact footprint of Renault Twizy – length: 2.32 metres / width: 1.19 metres / height: 1.46 metres – is ideally suited to city motoring. It will go on sale in Europe at the end of 2011. Renault’s wizbang all-electric Twizy – single passenger, 2 seat electric vehicle – can be reserved online by would-be buyers in Europe for just €EU20, with the French car-maker opening the books for pre-orders of the cross-bred car/scooter ahead of its world debut in production form at the Barcelona motor show. The vehicle is priced to sell at €6990/$9335 to €8490/$A11,335. Renault describes potential punters as “will clearly appeal to busy, car owning city dwellers looking for a second vehicle, as well as to younger drivers interested in a safe way to gain experience in traffic thanks to the availability of a version that will not require a car driver’s licence” The Twizy is essentially a four wheel scooter, according to Renault though it’s even cheaper to run than a Vespa. “Twizy’s running costs – insurance, maintenance and energy – battery lease and electricity for recharging – are just as modest, working out at 15 percent lower than those of a three-wheeled scooterRead the full article »»»»

World's First Concept Vehicle: 1926 Rolls-Royce Experimental Vehicle, 10EX Phantom 1 Continental

Posted: May 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Concept Vehicle, Rolls Royce, World First | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on World's First Concept Vehicle: 1926 Rolls-Royce Experimental Vehicle, 10EX Phantom 1 Continental

Unlike most of the concept cars we see at auto shows – dummied up with clay, smoke and mirrors – Rolls Royce has always pursued an entirely different philosophy, building fully functioning Experimental Vehicles. All of Rolls Royce’s Experimental Vehicles has been meticulously hand-built to investigate how a potential production model will operate in real world conditions since 1919, when the Experimental Vehicle – 10EX – was constructed, predating the 1938 Buick Y-Job  – often claimed to be the world’s first concept vehicle – by almost two decades. Oh and she’s up for sale by RM Auctions. Read the full article »»»»

Satin Black Celebration

Posted: April 11th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, gm | Tags: , | Comments Off on Satin Black Celebration

Chevy 2012 Corvette Centennial package

Chevrolet the old girl of American Auto is 100 years old this very year. To celebrate and bring back that youthful feeling – late midlife crisis ? – Chevy is releasing the Centennial Edition Z06. The Centennial Package itself can be applied to all of the current Z06 models, all the way up to the King of the Hill ZR1. No price has been released for the upgrade as of yet. To keep the party spirit going Chevy auctioned a Silk Black Centennial Corvette through  Barrett-Jackson Auctions, who auctioned it off for charity, it sold for $175,000 USD

The Centennial Package brings together parts from previous option packs and some special parts from the next vette the Z07. It’s sort of like a best of compilation to celebrate. Carbon is used extensively, rockers covers, front splitter, roof and raised hood. Performance upgrades include Brembo ceramic brakes, Magnetic Ride Control. Tech include Heads up Display, Bluetooth hands free and Bose stereo. Lots of leather over heated seats finishes it off. Read the full article »»»»

Goes Around, Comes Around

Posted: March 15th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, ecodriver | Tags: | Comments Off on Goes Around, Comes Around

Electric powered Motor Vehicles are the buzz of the auto-world at the moment. Ford UK has been trifling through it’s huge photographic archive and some boffin stumbled upon this little gem. The Ford Comuta was previewed at the Geneva Motor Show in 1967. It had a top speed of 60 kmh and a range between charges of 60 kms. The then Ford Assistant Managing Director  said ” The Ford Comuta was never going to oust the best-selling Cortina as the drivers’ favourite. Electric cars will be primarily as city centre delivery vans and suburban shopping cars.” To celebrate the centenary of Ford of Britain in 2011 the company is exploring its photo archive to reveal rarely seen images. Read the full article »»»»

Potential Gasoline Replacement From Cellulose

Posted: March 11th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip | Tags: | Comments Off on Potential Gasoline Replacement From Cellulose

With the situation in Libya causing a spike in fuel prices worldwide there’s some good biofuel-related news out of the U.S. Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) that could help to reduce many countries’ dependence on oil imports. For the first time, BESC researchers have succeeded in producing isobutanol directly from cellulosic plant matter using bacteria. Being a higher grade of alcohol than ethanol, isobutanol holds particular promise as a gasoline replacement as it can be burned in regular car engines with a heat value similar to gasoline. Gizmag More


Wiki: Aston Martin Lagonda

Posted: August 9th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Aston Martin, Blip, Wiki | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Wiki: Aston Martin Lagonda

Aston Martin Lagonda Limited is a British manufacturer of luxury sports cars, based in Gaydon, Warwickshire. As with all great endeavors there are successes and challenges. What makes Aston Martin such a great marquee is that even though the challenges always seemed to outweigh the successes, the product was always notable.  Read the full article »»»»

Wiki: Jensen Interceptor

Posted: May 9th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Jensen, Wiki | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Wiki: Jensen Interceptor

The Jensen Interceptor was a sporting GT-class car hand-built in the United Kingdom by Jensen Motors between 1966 and 1976. The Interceptor name had been used previously by Jensen for an earlier car made between 1950 and 1957. The car broke with Jensen tradition by having a steel bodyshell instead of glass-reinforced plastic and by having the body designed by an outside firm, Carrozzeria Touring of Italy, rather than the in-house staff. The early bodies were Italian-built, by Vignale, before production by Jensen themselves began – with subtle body modifications – in West Bromwich. Read the full article »»»»