Friday, February 15, 2013

Airline's sexy calendar ruffles feathers



Spanish cabin crew pose for a sexy calendar to
raise money for back pay after their airline,
Comet Air, went broke.

Thai low-cost airline, Nok Air, have created a stir by dressing sultry models in bikinis for a Maxim magazine shoot.

The images feature in a calendar used to promote the youthful, sexy appeal of the airline.

But the Thai Culture Permanent Secretary, Prisana Pongtatpitakkul, has objected to the overt use of women’s bodies as a marketing tool.

"They lack the sense of social and cultural responsibility and ignore social and cultural repercussions - particularly female dignity," she told The Nation.

Although they're not happy with the message it sends, the ministry admits they can't take any action against Nok Air because the company hasn't broken laws by producing the calendar.

Ryanair crew get their kit off for the
airline's annual charity calendar

Nok Air chief executive Patee Sarasin brushed off the criticism and said the airline hasn't crossed the line.

"It was supposed to be a gift to our customers, and so far the campaign has received positive feedback, increasing the number of passengers. There were so many viewers that the webpage crashed," he told a Bangkok newspaper.

Nok Air are by no means the only airline to feature nude or semi-nude flight crew for promotional purposes.

Other airlines to exploit the sex appeal of their female flight attendants include Ryanair, Aeroflot and Varig. And these examples are unlikely to be the last.

A group of flight attendants from Mexicana airlines, which has
been in limbo since suspending operations, pose almost nude
in a 2011 month's edition of Playboy Mexico

Three former Varig crew go the full monty for Playboy

Thursday, February 14, 2013

1963 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage cabriolet


1963 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage cabriolet more than doubled its pre-sale estimate at €805,000 at Bonhams auctions recently

First look: Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG V8 Supercars

Erebus Motorsport has unveiled its brand-new
Mercedes-Benz E63 AMGs at a launch event
in Sydney Olympic Park this evening.
Read full report at Speedcafe.com

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

50 Years of the Porsche 911


 A sports car celebrates a special anniversary


For five decades, the 911 has been the heart of the Porsche brand. Few other automobiles in the world can look back on such a long tradition and such continuity as the Porsche 911. It has been inspiring car enthusiasts the world over since its debut as the model 901 at the IAA International Automotive Show in September 1963. Today it is considered the quintessential sports car, the benchmark for all others. The 911 is also the central point of reference for all other Porsche series. From the Cayenne to the Panamera, every Porsche is the most sporting automobile in its category, and each one carries a piece of the 911 philosophy.

Over 820,000 Porsche 911s have been built, making it the most successful sports car in the world. For each of its seven generations the engineers in Zuffenhausen and Weissach have reinvented it, time and time again demonstrating to the world the innovative power of the Porsche brand. Like no other vehicle, the 911 reconciles apparent contradictions such as sportiness and everyday practicality, tradition and innovation, exclusivity and social acceptance, design and functionality. It is no wonder that each generation has written its own personal success story. Ferry Porsche best described its unique qualities: “The 911 is the only car you could drive on an African safari or at Le Mans, to the theatre or through New York City traffic.”

In addition to its classic yet unique lines, the Porsche 911 has always been distinguished by its advanced technology. Many of the ideas and technologies that made their debut in the Porsche 911 were conceived on the race track. The 911 was committed to the performance principle from the start, and motor racing is its most important test lab. From the very beginning it has been at home on circuits all over the world, earning a reputation as a versatile and dependable winner. Indeed, a good two thirds of Porsche's 30,000 race victories to date were notched up by the 911.

How Porsche celebrates the anniversary
For Porsche, the 50th anniversary of this iconic sports car is the central theme of 2013. There will be a wide variety of anniversary events, starting with the “Retro Classics” automobile show in Stuttgart. From 7 to 10 March the Porsche Museum will ring in the anniversary year with four special exhibits, an early-model 911 Turbo Coupé, a 911 Cabriolet study from 1981, a 1997 street version 911 GT1 and the pre-series Type 754 T7. This chassis by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche was a milestone on the way to the 911 design.

The company is also sending an authentic 1967 model 911 on a world tour. Over the course of the year, this vintage nine-eleven will travel to five continents where it will be shown in places like Pebble Beach CA, Shanghai, Goodwood UK, Paris and Australia. As an ambassador for the Porsche brand, this vintage 911 will be in attendance at many international fairs, historical rallies and motor sport events. Fans and interested individuals can follow the car’s progress at www.porsche.com/follow-911 (end of February).

The Porsche Museum is celebrating “50 years of the Porsche 911” from 4 June through 29 September 2013, with a special exhibition featuring the history and development of the nine-eleven. In the spring the museum’s own publishing house, Edition Porsche-Museum, will publish an anniversary edition entitled “911x911.”

The generations


Type 911 T8, 1964, Prototype 901-1

The First 911 (1963) - Birth of a Legend

As the successor to the Porsche 356, the 911 won the hearts of sports car enthusiasts from the outset. The prototype was first unveiled at the Frankfurt IAA Motor Show in 1963 as the 901, and renamed the 911 for its market launch in 1964. Its air-cooled six-cylinder boxer engine delivered 130 hp, giving it an impressive top speed of 210 hp. If you wanted to take things a little slower, starting in 1965 you could also opt for the four-cylinder Porsche 912. In 1966 Porsche presented the 160 hp 911 S, which was the first to feature forged alloy wheels from Fuchs. The 911 Targa, with its distinctive stainless steel roll bar, made its debut in late 1966 as the world's first ever safety cabriolet. The semiautomatic Sportomatic four-speed transmission joined the lineup in 1967. With the 911T of the same year, and the later E and S variants, Porsche became the first German manufacturer to comply with strict US exhaust emission control regulations. The Porsche 911 became more and more powerful as displacement increased, initially to 2.2 litres (1969) and later to 2.4 (1971). The 911 Carrera RS 2.7 of 1972 with 210 hp engine and weighing less than 1000 kg remains the epitome of a dream car to this day. Its characteristic “ducktail” was the world's first rear spoiler on a production vehicle.

Porsche 911 S 2.7 Coupé, 1974

The G-Series (1973) - The Second Generation

Ten years after its premiere, the engineers at Porsche gave the 911 its first thorough makeover. The G model was produced from 1973 to 1989, longer than any other 911 generation. It featured prominent bellows bumpers, an innovation designed to meet the latest crash test standards in the United States. Occupant protection was further improved by three-point safety belts as standard equipment, as well as integrated headrests. One of the most important milestones in the 911 saga was the 1974 unveiling of the first Porsche 911 Turbo with a three-litre 260 hp engine and enormous rear spoiler. With its unique blend of luxury and performance, the Turbo became synonymous with the Porsche mystique. The next performance jump came in 1977 with the intercooler-equipped 911 Turbo 3.3. At 300 hp it was the best in its class. In 1983 the naturally aspirated 911 Carrera superseded the SC; with a 3.2 litre 231 hp engine, it became a favourite collectors’ item. Starting in 1982, fresh air enthusiasts could also order the 911 as a Cabriolet. The 911 Carrera Speedster, launched in 1989, was evocative of the legendary 356 of the fifties.

The 964 (1988) - Classic Modern

Just when automotive experts were predicting the imminent end of an era, in 1988 Porsche came out with the 911 Carrera 4 (964). After fifteen years of production the 911 platform was radically renewed with 85 percent new components, giving Porsche a modern and sustainable vehicle. Its air-cooled 3.6 litre boxer engine delivered 250 hp. Externally, the 964 differed from its predecessors only slightly, in its aerodynamic polyurethane bumpers and automatically extending rear spoiler, but internally it was almost completely different. The new model was designed to captivate drivers not only with sporty performance but also with enhanced comfort. It came with ABS, Tiptronic, power steering, and airbags, and rode on a completely redesigned chassis with light alloy control arms and coil springs instead of the previous torsion-bar suspension. A revolutionary member of the new 911 line right from the start was the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 model. In addition to Carrera Coupé, Cabriolet and Targa versions, starting in 1990 customers could also order the 964 Turbo. Initially powered by the proven 3.3 litre boxer engine, in 1992 the Turbo was upgraded to a more powerful 360 hp 3.6 litre power plant. Today, the 964 Carrera RS, 911 Turbo S, and 911 Carrera 2 Speedster are particularly in demand among collectors.

The 993 (1993) - The Last Air-Cooled Models

The 911 with the internal design number 993 remains the one true love of many a Porsche driver. The remarkably pleasing design has much to do with this. The integrated bumpers underscore the smooth elegance of its styling. The front section is lower-slung than on the earlier models, made possible by a switch from round to polyellipsoid headlights. The 993 quickly gained a reputation for exceptional dependability and reliability. It was also agile, as the first 911 with a newly designed aluminium chassis. The Turbo version was the first to have a bi-turbo engine, giving it the lowest-emission stock automotive powertrain in the world in 1995. The hollow-spoke aluminium wheels, never before used on any car, were yet another innovation of the all-wheel drive Turbo version. The Porsche 911 GT2 was aimed at the sports car purist who cherished the thrill of high speeds. An electric glass roof that slid under the rear window was one of the innovations of the 911 Targa. But the real reason dyed-in-the-wool Porsche enthusiasts still revere the 993 is that this model, produced from 1993 to 1998, was the last 911 with an air-cooled engine.

Porsche Type 911 Carrera 4 3.4 Coupé, 1999

The 996 (1997) - Water-Cooled


The 996, which rolled off the assembly line from 1997 to 2005, represented a major turning point in the history of the 911. It retained all the character of its classic heritage, but was an entirely new automobile. This comprehensively redesigned generation was the first to be driven by a water-cooled boxer engine. Thanks to its four-valve cylinder heads it achieved 300 hp and broke new ground in terms of reduced emissions, noise, and fuel consumption. The exterior design was a reinterpretation of the 911's classic line, but with a lower drag coefficient (cW) of 0.30. The lines of the 996 were also a result of component sharing with Porsche’s successful Boxster model. Its most obvious exterior feature were the headlights with integrated turn signals, at first controversial but later copied by many other manufacturers. On the inside, drivers experienced an entirely new cockpit. Driving comfort now also played a greater role alongside the typical sporty characteristics. With the 996 Porsche launched an unprecedented product offensive with a whole series of new variations. The 911 GT3 became one of the highlights of the model range in 1999, keeping the tradition of the Carrera RS alive. The 911 GT2, the first car equipped with ceramic brakes as standard, was marketed as an extreme sports vehicle starting in the fall of 2000.

Porsche 911 Carrera S 3.8, 2005

The 997 (2004) - Classicism and Modernity

In July 2004 Porsche unveiled the new generation 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S models, referred to internally as the 997. The clear oval headlights with separate blinkers in the front apron were a visual return to older 911 models, but the 997 offered more than just style. It was a high-performance vehicle, with a 3.6 litre boxer engine that turned out out 325 hp while the new 3.8 litre engine of the Carrera S managed an incredible 355 hp. The chassis was also substantially reworked, and the Carrera S came with Porsche Active Suspension Management as standard equipment. In 2006 Porsche introduced the 911 Turbo, the first gasoline-powered production automobile to include a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. A model update in the fall of 2008 made the 997 even more efficient thanks to direct fuel injection and a dual clutch transmission. Never before had the 911 series made such extensive allowances to suit drivers’ individual preferences, and with Carrera, Targa, Cabriolet, rear or all-wheel drive, Turbo, GTS, special models, and road versions of GT racing cars, the 911 family ultimately comprised 24 model versions.

The 991 (2011) – Refined by Experience

This car, known internally as the 991, represents the greatest technical leap in the evolution of the 911. Already the class benchmark for decades, the new 911 generation raised performance and efficiency to new levels. A totally new suspension with a longer wheelbase, wider track, larger tyres and an ergonomically optimized interior – it all adds up to an even sportier yet more comfortable driving experience. Technically, the 911 is the epitome of Porsche Intelligent Performance - even lower fuel consumption, even higher performance. This is due in part to the smaller 3.4 litre displacement in the Carrera basic model (yet developing 5 hp more than the 997/II), and to its hybrid steel/aluminium construction, which significantly reduces curb weight. Other innovations include Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) and the world’s first seven-gear manual transmission. The design of the 991 has likewise met with high critical acclaim. With its flat, stretched silhouette, exciting contours, and precisely designed details, the seventh generation of the Porsche 911 Carrera remains unmistakably a 911 that has once again succeeded in redefining the standard for automobile design. It is the best 911 of all time – until the next generation.

Source: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

TOYOTA 86 RACE CAR READY FOR TESTING


The first GT4 racing version of the Toyota 86 sports car will hit the track later this month following completion of the first chassis by UK-based motorsport engineering pioneer GPRM.

The new car is powered by a 2.0-litre direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder 'Boxer' engine which has been developed in conjunction with Nicholson McLaren Engines.

The 86 will be shaken down at a UK circuit ahead of a schedule of European tests and the pre-season "balance of performance" sessions organised by GT4 series organiser SRO.

GPRM and its directors Gary Blackham and Roger King believe the new Toyota will be a serious GT4 contender.

"The new engine from Nicholson McLaren will be capable of between 360 and 400 bhp, although the definitive output figure will be determined by the balance of performance testing," Mr Blackham said.

"We have gone all out to engineer quality and reliability into the 86 as well as competitiveness, and the result has provoked a lot of interest," he said.

"The Toyota 86 will make an ideal GT4 contender in British GT, as well as in the many GT4 series growing in strength and popularity around Europe."

GPRM's Toyota 86 is a cost-efficient entry-level endurance car.

The company embarked on the GT4 project immediately after the Britcar24 last September, where the new Toyota sports car made a successful UK race debut.

Although not a works effort, the GT4 project has the blessing of Toyota GB, which is providing technical support.

Man Owned and Drove Same Car for 82 years

 


Can you imagine having the same car for 82 years?.
It was no longer under warranty.

Mr. Allen Swift (a gold leaf manufacturer from Springfield , MA.) received this 1928 Rolls-Royce Picadilly P1 Roadster from his father, brand new - as a graduation gift in 1928.
He drove it up until his death in 2005 at the age of 102!
He was the oldest living owner of a car from new.
He donated it to a Springfield museum after his death.
Is in perfect cosmetic condition thanks to a 1988 restoration. (82 years)

Unique Aston Martin DB4GT going for auction.

 
The multiple award-winning 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT Bertone 'Jet' – the only one of its type ever built – is expected to realise between £2.8m and £3.8m when offered for sale in May
 
A unique Aston Martin DB4GT that was the last off the production line and is the only one of its kind with coachwork by Italian design house Bertone will be offered for sale at the 14th annual Bonhams auction of Aston Martin and Lagonda motor cars at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, UK, on Saturday 18th May.
 
The complete 'one-off', which has been fully restored by Aston Martin, will go under the hammer in the manufacturer's 100th anniversary year, and is expected to realise between £2.8 million and £3.8 million.
 
In 1960 Aston Martin commissioned Bertone to conceive and build a special Gran Turismo version of the DB4GT to be premiered at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show. The finished design – with its strikingly angular lines – was penned by a young Giorgetto Guigiaro, who would go on to become one of the most celebrated automotive designers of our time.
 
The final DB4GT to come off the production line, the car was named 'The Jet' and debuted as planned in Geneva alongside Jaguar's new E-type.
 
The car is offered from a deceased estate, and comes to market for the first time in over 25 years. Its late owner owned several other Aston Martins, before falling for 'The Jet' in 1986.
 
He had it restored to concours condition by the factory, since which time it has won 12 awards including 'First in Class' at Pebble Beach and the Hurlingham Club, and 'Best in Show' at Villa D'Este.
 
Tim Schofield, Director of the UK Motor Car Department, said: "Over the 14 years Bonhams has been holding dedicated Aston Martin auctions in Newport Pagnell we have sold many examples of the marque's most celebrated models as well as a number of motor cars like this one – that are completely unique. It gives us great pleasure to offer this important Aston Martin in this most important of years for the factory."
 
The 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT Bertone 'Jet' will be on display at the 2013 Bonhams auction at the Grand Palais in Paris, France, on Wednesday and Thursday this week, prior to being offered for sale in May.
 

Political correctness in China - it all comes off for the motor shows

Local sensation, Gan Lulu, caused a near riot at the Beijing Auto Show

China, as anyone who has travelled there knows, is a land of beauty, extremes and contradictions.

Free speech, internet access and religious expression are all fraught with danger for the ordinary individual while the well-placed officials seem to do okay - until they are publicly outed at least.

Pornography in China may be officially banned and the racy content filtered by the so-called 'Great Firewall of China', but when it comes to international motor shows, the veil of political correctness is very obviously lifted.

Slender, nymph-like models in skimpy suits, starlets dressed as harlots, hotpants, string swimsuits, body-painted sirens, even (WTF!?) five-year-olds in bikinis putting on a totally baffling show (which you will not see on this site). Local scandal queen, Gan Lulu, appears to have stolen the limelight, particularly with her parade of outrageous costumes at the Beijing Motor Show.

Happy however, delighted even, to share with you this collection of imagery that is sadly now appears gone from western mainstream motor shows.

Our last almost-controversy was in 2006 when a body-painted model opened for Peugeot in Sydney. Heck, even the infamous Summernats Wet T-shirt competition has been run out of town!

But it seems even the Chinese Government (after close scrutiny of course) has issued a reprimand on the most recent Chengdu Show organisers, so maybe even the titillating anomaly of China may soon be a thing of the past.


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