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Jusqu’où voulez-vous aller dans le tuning?

Polo, Clio ou Saxo, toutes ces petites citadines sont idéales pour les amateurs de tuning, car elles peuvent facilement être transformées en véritables bolides. Ajout de suspensions, changement du pot d’échappement, mise en place d’ailerons… Les idées ne manquent pas, et il est toujours possible d’optimiser davantage son véhicule.

Après, tout dépend du montant que vous voulez investir dans la personnalisation de votre automobile. Repeindre sa voiture en couleur mate, ou simplement changer les jantes et les enjoliveurs donnera déjà un beau coup de boost, à l’allure de votre auto ! Sans aller jusqu’aux changements, opérés sur les voitures de “Fast and Furious”, vous pouvez déjà changer vos pare-chocs pour des modèles plus sportifs, ou passer par des modifications simples du moteur, pour faire rugir votre voiture. Et, pour se faire entendre davantage : l’incontournable, c’est la sono et les enceintes !

Vous vous orientez vers le type auto rallye ? Qu’à cela ne tienne ! Vous pouvez vider l’intérieur de la voiture de tout équipement superflu, pour alléger son poids, passer à des sièges baquets, et opter pour des pneus et des freins adaptés à la course. De même, il est possible de passer à un levier de vitesse plus petit, et à des pédales sportives en aluminium.

Tuning CineyVous n’êtes pas trop mécano, ou ne disposez pas du véhicule parfait, pour de telles modifications ? Une autre option s’offre à vous, la simplicité : estimez la cote d’une voiture en deux minutes, pour la revendre en un rien de temps et au prix fort, et ensuite acheter la cylindrée dont vous rêvez, prête à être customisé.

Peu importe votre budget, une quantité de possibilités s’offre à vous, pour faire de votre voiture une star de cinéma !

Pre-prototype of flying car AeroMobil 2.5

Yes, you read that correctly. Aeromobile are testing a a pre-prototype of a flying car. The Slovakian engineers successfully finished road and flight tests as well as first wings stress tests. The results of these tests will lead to development of the next stage of the AeroMobil 3.0, which the team announced to be ready in 2014.

Prototype flying car
Aeromobile flying car prototype
AeroMobil 2.5 was first introduced at the SAE 2013 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition in Montreal. The vehicle has the ambition of becoming a means of transport that combines the best of both car and plane. However, the focus of the AeroMobil is not only on functionality but also design, because engineers and developers want that the vehicle does well and be smooth both in the air and on the road.

So it looks as though every little boy’s wet dream is nearing completion. But just remember that the idea is not that drivers start flying over traffic when on motorways! In fact, I wonder how the rules of the road will deal with a car with wings.

A Mercedes engine made out of wood?

I couldn’t resist grabbing this image from the wonderful Left Lane website (check the link for the full story). Artist Eric van Hove went purely organic (as opposed to metallic) to build a replica Mercedes V12 engine. Superb handiwork on show here.

The work consists of 465 parts made from 35 different materials include wood and fossils (hard ones, not liquid).

As someone pointed out, it probably cost as much to produce as a real Merc. Plus, this thing would fall apart if put in a car. But come on, is it not a thing of beauty?

The Belgrade Phantom

Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1979. While Yugoslav president Tito is in Cuba settling international matters, a mysterious Phantom occupies the attention and hearts of Belgrade. Every night, he exhibits spectacular driving maneuvers using a stolen white Porsche car through the city streets. Through the radio the Phantom publicly challenges the police to try and catch him. More than 10.000 people are in the streets supporting their hero. The police are forced intto a game where he sets the rules. The Phantom becomes a political threat. What started as a game turned into a political scandal and remained a myth that would never be forgotten.

8 minutes at Nürburgring in an electric car

We couldn’t resist this. OK, electric cars are not all that sexy. But Toyota managed to beat the previous record by over 25 seconds. Using a motorsport-tuned electric powertrain, driver Jochen Krumbach set a lap time of 7mins 22.329secs. This achievement marks the second milestone for TMG’s electric powertrain this year following its new record at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, US.

Toyota used pioneering off-board battery-to-battery charging technology, developed in partnership with Schneider Electric. After an overnight charge, the TMG DC Quick Charger is able to quickly deliver high levels of power to a battery-based electric car without additional installation or infrastructure, making it the perfect solution for electric motorsport.

Enjoy 8 minutes of power (and glaring sunshine).

Motorcycle sculpture and motorcycle man

The ultimate tuned motorbike
How would you like one of these at home?

I couldn’t resist posting this little beast, a design for a motorbike sculpture made from used parts. Robosteel make sculptures of bikes and monsters from workshops in Ireland. Other creations include the motorcycle man, an example of recycling in the digital age.

From their website: “The original concept art was provided by the illustrator and graphic design artist Simon Roberts from The Red Adventure who used Adobe to create the original digital image.    Simon began by making pencil sketches, using photos of figures and anatomical drawings for reference.  Once the posture had been finalised, he began to piece the Motorcycle Man together, painstakingly resizing, distorting, positioning, and repositioning photos of bike parts, before carefully blending them to create the final mechanical man masterpiece.  When RoboSteel finally meet up with Simon it quickly became apparent that he had created the original graphic in his own image and the metal sculpture looked very much like him.”

Drop over to Robosteel for more.

Soi Cheang burns rubber in “Motorway”

Hong Kong director Puo-Soi Cheang is back with a new action movie that promises to burn rubber. “Motorway” follows on the heels of dark thrillers such as “Accident”. Starring Shawn Yue, Anthony Wong, Barbie Hsu, Josie Ho and Winfred Lau, “Motorway” is the tale of a seasoned police driver that has to chase a dangerous getaway driver.

Anyone got a favourite Cheang film they would like to mention?

Chevrolet Camaro will be 2010’s ‘Collectible Car of the Future’

Most collectble car in 2010?

After heated discussion at the office (OK, I admit it was a bar), we decided to use a Camaro in Tunerz. So we feel vindicated that the 2010 version has just been voted as this year’s ‘Collectible Car of the Future’ by the Friends of the National Automotive History Collection (NAHC) in the US.

Members of the organization, which supports the world-famous automotive collection at the Detroit Public Library, vote annually to predict the “Collectible Vehicle of the Future” from the year’s new American-built cars and trucks. The Camaro was selected from 13 all-new vehicles launched in 2010.

The award will be presented to Chevrolet executives by the Friends of the NAHC at their annual holiday reception on Thursday, December 9 at the NAHC’s quarters in the Skillman Branch Library in downtown Detroit.

Charles K. Hyde, chairman of the NAHC Board of Trustees, said “this selection is unique among all the ‘Vehicle of the Year’ awards, because it is selected by ‘car buffs’ who know what future collectors will value. We asked our members to predict which of this year’s new vehicles will turn heads in the Woodward Cruise of 2035.”

“Our mission with the 21st century Chevy Camaro was to draw on the passion and heritage, expressing it in a new and modern car with design, technology and quality to carry the legacy forward,” said Tom Peters, Camaro chief designer. “It’s simple; the new Camaro puts smiles on the faces of car enthusiasts of all ages.”

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