When you think of Gumpert, images of gargantuan aerodynamic pieces and flared wheel arches most certainly come to mind, but so do their frightening performance figures.The Gumpert Apollo made about 640 horsepower when it debuted in 2005 and would do an astounding 223.9 mph flat out. Its aggressively styled body, minimal curb weight, and roaring V8 engine earned Gumpert some serious street cred.Sadly, the automaker couldn’t stay in the black and was forced to file for bankruptcy protection in 2013. Three years later, China’s Ideal Team Venture pulled the supercar manufacturer (and its founder — Roland Gumpert) from the ashes and at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the brand was reborn with an all-new model and attitude.Borrowing the name of its predecessor, the Apollo Arrow is unlike anything we’ve seen from Gumpert before … well, except again for its mammoth performance figures. Under its sculpted bodywork rests a 4.0-liter biturbo V8, courtesy of … [Read more...] about Gumpert’s Apollo Arrow is that 223 mph new hotness
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The 1LE elevates the Camaro, particularly in SS form, to new heights for very little coin. Mustang GT350 owners have every reason for concern. A year ago almost to the day, I set out on an 800 mile road trip from New Orleans to Dallas in a six-speed manual equipped sixth generation Camaro SS. That kind of seat time gives one the chance to really get to know a car – its strengths, limitations, and any eccentricities that might go overlooked during a brief stint behind the wheel.The switch from the Holden architecture over to the smaller, more sophisticated Alpha platform that the Camaro now shares with the Cadillac ATS was nothing short of transformative in terms of performance dynamics. And along with a significant reduction in weight across the range, the SS model received the 455 horsepower, direct injected LT1 V8 from the C7 Corvette.Beyond straight-line performance, the Camaro gained a sense of grace.But beyond straight-line performance, the Camaro gained a sense of grace. … [Read more...] about 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE first drive
Many have already written eulogies for the virtual worlds. Dead, they claim; the avatar is dead in the corporate realm. But the truth reads like the "Star Trek" script for the "The Trouble with Tribbles" episode: just because you don't see them, doesn't mean they are not breeding like mad in a closed grain bin. Without doubt, many corporations are indeed tribbling their avatar action."The ease with which entities can close off public access in Second Life makes it difficult to know exactly what might be going on behind closed boardroom doors with regards to their presence in Second Life or other virtual worlds," Shenlei Winkler, CEO of The Fashion Research Institute, told TechNewsWorld.Winkler is also author of Shengri La Spirit: A Designer's Perspective of the Making of OpenSim on content licensing for virtual goods, virtualization of enterprise in immersive workspaces, OpenSim enterprise application development, and user immersion in virtual worlds. A successful designer, her … [Read more...] about Where Have All the Avatars Gone?
Sports cars represent the pinnacle of driving pleasure. Practicality is for crossovers and sedans; driver assistance technology is for commuter cars; the best sports cars arrange a passionate love affair between man and machine.There are subcategories within every vehicle segment, but no more so than among sports cars. The design, performance, and usability spectrum is vast, with each automaker tailoring their halo models to a well-defined buyer group. For this reason, it’s difficult to say one sports car is better than every other. Instead, we’ve decided to pick our favorites among five categories, with five unique consumer personas.Why should you buy this: It’s the everyday supercar Our Score The Best 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus Audi’s R8 V10 Plus is the supercar … [Read more...] about The best sports cars you can buy
The 50th running of the BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000 is about to get underway.That’s a big deal, even if you’re not one of the hundreds of racers leaving Ensenada, Mexico and racing to La Paz on November 14. This race is one of the toughest motorsports events on Earth, and in its 50-year history, the Baja 1000 has become something of a legend – a bucket list event for amateur and professional racers alike.50 Years of the Baja 1000The first Baja 1000 race happened in 1967, running from Tijuana near the U.S. border in Baja California Norte to La Paz, near the southern tip of the peninsula in Baja California Sur. The route has shifted over the years, and the event now starts in Ensenada and finishes in La Paz in some years, while in others the route loops around and finishes back in Ensenada.The Baja 1000 has become something of a legend – a bucket list event for amateur and professional racers alike.From the beginning, the event has featured both off-road cars … [Read more...] about Breathing dust and hanging on for dear life at this year’s Baja 1000