Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart Version R Teases US Hatch Fans From Afar

2007 Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart Version R - If only we could get it here...

So, the big news this year is the resurgence of the subcompact car in the US. Here, the Nissan Versa, Honda Fit and Scion xB are the unofficial flag-bearers in the burgeoning segment. Abroad, however, there's another player: the Mitsubishi Colt. Yesterday, the powers-that-be at Mitsu dropped two spicy new Ralliart variants into the Japanese market.

The most notable addition comes in the form of the Colt Ralliart Version R, a hotted-up version of the Colt that is powered by a 154 hp 1.5 liter MIVEC four-cylinder, which is joined to either a Getrag 5-speed manual or the INVECS-III 6-CVT. The exterior gets aggressive styling cues in the form of a deep and purposeful front spoiler, Ralliart badging, hood intake, blacked-out fender flares and rocker panels, a high-mount spoiler and a sporty rear bumper treatment. It rides on 16" seven-spoke wheels, which hide 15" brake discs in front and 14-inchers in back. Inside, Recaro seating, aluminum trimmed pedals, and a leather-wrapped shifter (for the 5-speed) round out the hihghlights.

The Version R is joined in the marketplace by the Colt Plus Ralliart (pictured at right), which applies the same powertrain and similar interior enhancements to the more practical Colt Plus wagon. Its exterior styling is slightly more subdued than the hot-rodded Version R.

In my opinion, one thing is certain: Mitsubishi needs to put the steering wheel on the left side and export this bad boy to the States. How long would it take for Honda to answer with a Fit Si?

Imagine how fun that would be...

You can check out more angles (and download wallpaper) at the Colt Ralliart Version R minisite.

Source: Mitsubishi Media Svcs (JP)

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Mitsubishi Outlander G-Limited: Get Your Gold On

Next week, on June 9th, Japan gets the Mitsubishi Outlander G-Limited. The G presumably stands for "gold," which is applied liberally to the sporty and stylish new SUV. The 18" aluminum rims, the side pinstripes, and the grille surround are all gold. In addition to the precious-metal-colored trim, the lower front bumper is painted the same color as the body (either black mica or white pearl). On the inside, heated leather seats with 4-way power adjust for the driver are standard.

The Outlander G-Limited is powered by Mitsu's 2.4L 16V MIVEC 4-cylinder, and features electronic 4WD and the company's INVECS-III sport mode 6-CVT transmission.

All that (plus the cool-sounding name) retails for the equivalent of a little over $25,000US.

More pics at Mitsubishi Japan's Outlander G-Limited page (it's in Japanese, FYI).

Source: Mitsubishi Media Svcs (JP)

Aston Martin DB5 Featured In Casino Royale

This isn't news to anyone who's seen the film's trailer (which is awesome), but for those of you who aren't aware, James Bond's classic and iconic Aston Martin DB5 does play a role in Casino Royale. The film, which presses the reset button Batman Begins-style, also features the all-new Aston Martin DBS, as previously reported.

In addition to the glimpse of the old-school Aston seen in the trailer, you can download wallpaper of it with the new Bond, Daniel Craig, at the wheel from the flick's official site.

Here's a downsized preview:

Casino Royale opens November 17.

Monday, May 29, 2006

2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: No Turbo? No Problem, Part II

Lighter, Wider, Quicker: The 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Updated: Scroll for details.

Oh, baby.

What else is one supposed to say about the just-unveiled Porsche 911 GT3 RS?

Based on the all-new 997-based GT3, the RS shares its sibling's power numbers (its 3.6 liter six-cylinder produces the same 415 normally-aspirated horsepower), but ups the ante by shaving 20kg off its overall weight and leveraging an RS-exclusive six-speed transmission featuring closer gear ratios and a different flywheel. The weight loss comes primarily from the use of carbon fiber for the seats and rear wing and plastic for the rear window and engine cover.

As a result, the RS makes the sprint to 100 kph (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds, shaving a tenth off the "base" GT3's time. 0-200 kph arrives in a scant 13.3 seconds, and top speed is reported to be 310kph (187 mph).

From the outside, the RS screams, "Weekend Racer!" to all who see it. The familiar GT3 look is enhanced through the use of the wider bodywork from the 911 carrera 4 models, and is dominated by its adjustable rear wing. Esterior colors are Black, Silver, Orange or Green, with the RS trim and wheels finished in either black or orange to contrast the main color.

Inside, the car is track-ready with a built in roll-cage, fire extinguisher, alacantra covered racing seats, and a racing harness for the driver. It comes in one color: black.

The GT3 RS hits the street this October at £94,280. That price includes the new Porsche Vehicle Tracking System and enrollment in the Porsche Driving Experience program.

The previous generation GT3 RS was not available in the US, and until we hear otherwise from Porsche, one must assume that's still the case with the new 997-based model.

Update 5/30/06: Well, we have heard otherwise from Porsche. I contacted the company's UK press office, and they responded with some completely unexpected and very welcome news:

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is coming to the US in early 2007.

Start clearing out that second garage bay....


Related: Geneva 2006: Porsche 911 GT3 - No Turbo? No Problem

Source, Photos: Porsche UK

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Sunday Sightings: May 28, 2006

Here's what I saw today while out and about on errands with the fam. Apologies for the low-res fuzziness, but the Motorola RAZR has the world's worst built-in camera.

Of course, on the way home, I remembered that my real camera was in the back of the car...

Porsche Carrera GT
Syms parking lot. Fairfield, CT

Chevy Bel Air Wagon

Colonel Henry Mucci Hwy Northbound , Bridgeport, CT

That's it for today. The weather's beautiful here, so everyone has their toys out. Also seen but not photographed was a beautiful '69 Camaro heading South on Route 25 in Trumbull, CT.

I'll try to grab shots of any other nice rides I see in what's left of the weekend.

The Indy 500

So, Indy is today. It's still a spectacle, and it has gotten better the last few years. Personally, I pretty much stopped following it after the CART/IRL split. It's got juice again now, though thanks to some talented, young and fast drivers. Throw in the Danica factor and you have a nice event again.

I don't know how much of the race I'll catch live (I'll TiVo, for sure), but I do plan on watching. If anything remarkable happens that I have an opinion on, you'll find it here later tonight.

As for web coverage, you've got ESPN doing its thing, FastMachines will likely be updating throughout the race, and there's always and the official Indy site.

And then there's Jalopnik's Ray Wert and Mike Austin covering it Gonzo style.

One of these things is not like the others...and I'm reading it.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Mini Cooper By DIESEL Created For Charity

2006 Life Ball Mini Cooper Convertible by DIESEL

Last Saturday in Vienna, the annual Life Ball gala benefit raised over $1.2 million for Austrian and American AIDS charities.

Each year, Life Ball brings in a particular fashion design house to do a runway show especially for the event. In conjunction, Mini provides the designer with a car for them to customize and display at their fashion show. This year's selected designer was jeans maker, DIESEL. Its founder, Renzo Rosso, used the little car as a canvas on which to portray his company's "passion for treatments and vintage feel."

The result is an interesting one-off Mini Cooper Convertible.

Copper trim and a denim roof make the Mini by DIESEL stand out.

All the exterior metallic trim pieces (wheels included) are now the same copper color as the rivets you'd find on a pair of DIESEL jeans. The car is painted in a creamy off-white and is made to look like it's faded in spots. Simulated stitching runs along the edges of every body panel, and the convertible top has been redone in denim, complete with back pockets on either side of the rear glass. Finally, the soft top gets dual racing stripes (an option I'm sure regular Mini owners would like to see made available to them).

On the inside, very rich-looking tan leather covers the seats and portions of the dash. The headrests are embossed with DIESEL logos, and as was the case with the outside of the car, all the interior metallic trim receives the copper rivet treatment.

Surprisingly, the whole thing works. I was not expecting a weathered-looking Mini with a blue jean roof to be appealing. it is.

Interior, with its copper trim and beautiful leather, is a nice place to be.

If you think the DIESEL-themed Mini is something you'd like in your garage, you have a shot at getting it. The car will be auctioned on eBay from June 20 to June 30. All proceeds will benefit the Life Ball charities. Be ready to pony up a goodly sum of cash, though. last year's designer Mini, a black Cooper Convertible by Donatella Versace (pictured at right), sold for over $150,000 US.

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Source, Photos: BMW
Hat Tip: Motorpasion

Friday, May 26, 2006

Subaru Legacy GT Goes On Patrol

If you're driving through Kitsap, WA and you notice a black Subaru Legacy GT following you, keep in mind that it may be the fuzz. That's because today, the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office took delivery of a brand-new unmarked Legacy GT patrol car.

The car will generally be used in school zones to combat aggressive drivers. The Sheriff's Office settled on the Legacy because of its highly-regarded safety ratings, standard all-wheel-drive and the performance it affords in that particular region, where the weather plays a factor. (The police-spec sedans from Ford and Dodge are strictly rear-drivers, which don't fare as well in adverse conditions.)

The local public works department outfitted it with all the gear required to make it a functioning police car.

I shudder to think of what it'd be like to have Subie police cars here in Connecticut. The Legacy is such a common sight on the roads here that an unmarked one would effectively be invisible until its too late....

Source, Photo: Subaru via PRNewswire

Mazda Provides LAFD With Tribute Hybrids

The LAFD has received five Mazda Tribute Hybrid prototypes.

Mazda North American Operations has donated five 4WD Tribute Hybrid SUV prototypes to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Each vehicle sports the LAFD badge on the front doors and will be used primarily for support and non-emergency duties. On loan for two years, the LAFD Tributes give Mazda some nice rolling publicity for the upcoming Tribute Hybrid while helping LAFD cut down on some operating costs through the use of the economical SUVs.

Mazda will also be collecting feedback from the department on the trucks' performance. This fire department loan program is not limited to Los Angeles, either. All told, Mazda will lend out 30 Tribute Hybrids to FDs in different areas of Southern California.

Source: Mazda via PRNewswire
Photo: LAFD News & Information Blog

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Not for US: The New Avensis

The 2007 Toyota Avensis

At the Madrid Motor Show this week, Toyota pulled the wraps off the latest version of its Avensis. In addition to the exterior freshening (dig thoose nifty headlamps), the new Euro-cruiser gets two new diesels. The D-4D 180 generates 175 ponies and drives the top-of-the-line Avensis T180. The D-4D 130 powerplant becomes the new entry-level diesel, which burns cleaner and is more fuel efficient than the oil burner it replaces. Presumably, the two existing VVT-i gasoline engines (1.8 and 2.0) will be carried over.

The new Avensis Tourer (read: station wagon) is particularly attractive and makes one wonder why Toyota doesn't offer something similar in the US. As forbidden-fruit wagons go, the Tourer looks even nicer than my other favorite wagon-we-can't-have, the Nissan Stagea.

2007 Toyota Avensis Tourer

2007 Toyota Avensis Tourer

Source: Toyota UK

Honda Develops Plant-Based Interior Fabric

Honda has developed a new plant-based material it calls Bio-fabric which, when used to upholster a car's seats and other interior surfaces, will counteract all CO2 emissions used to dispose of the car at the end of it's usable life. This counteraction actually occurs years earlier via CO2 absorption by the plants that were grown to create the Bio-fabric in the first place. (Note the similarity here to some of the reasoning used by Ethanol proponents: the crops grown to produce the fuel counteract the emissions of the vehicles it powers.)

Honda's Bio-fabric is supposedly more durable than previous plant-based fabrics, and is expected to handle the rigors of daily use and prolonged exposure to sunlight as well as a man-made product. These eco-friendly interiors do not require any changes to the production process, are mass-produceable, and will be used in Honda's upcoming fuel cell vehicle, a car they say will be available within 3 years.

By using the plant-based fabrics, Honda claims it can significantly cut overall energy usage during the manufacturing process and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of each car equipped with the earth-friendly interior.

Source: Honda UK

WilliamsF1 Teammates Tackle Silverstone in a Caterham Seven

WilliamsF1 drivers Mark Webber and Alex Wurz took a break from their day jobs racing and testing their team's Formula 1 car to jump in the saddle of a Caterham Seven CSR260 for hot laps around Silverstone. With F1 Racing magazine's Peter Windsor riding shotgun and covering the event, the two put the ultra-light and very quick (0-60 in 3.1 seconds) sports car through its paces on the British grand prix circuit.

Both drivers pushed the Caterham to its limits in what had to be utterly exhilirating rides for the journo sitting in the passenger seat. Peter Windsor recounts the whole experience in the July '06 issue of F1 Racing, which is on sale now. If you're in the UK, you should be able to pick it up at your local newsstand. US readers should head to their local Borders or similar mega-bookstore and prepare to shell out 8 to 10 bucks.

Above: Mark Webber pilots the Caterham around the Silverstone circuit.

Above: Alex Wurz (right) carves through a turn with F1 Racing magazine's Peter Windsor (left).

Monday, May 22, 2006

Custom 1970 Superbird Convertible on eBay

It's safe to say no one else at cruise night will have one...

The 1970 Plymouth Superbird is one badass machine. How could you make it better? Why, you make a convertible, of course. The ragtop Superbird shown above is up for grabs at eBay. It's orange over white with the thundering 440 Six-Pack underhood and all the long-nosed, high-winged goodness you'd expect. As I write this, the bidding is over $60,000 and the reserve has not yet been met.

The seller's got a ton of additional pictures posted, so head over there and have a look. No detail was given on what the donor car for this creation was. Bummer. The build story would have been an interesting read.

As oddities go, I have to rank this one pretty highly on the NoonzWantsOne-O-Meter.

Source: eBay

Porsche Unveils New Cayman Coupe!

The 2007 Porsche Cayman, powered by 2.7 liter, 245 hp boxer engine, arrives in July.

Porsche announced today that the Cayman line would be expanding to include two seperate models. Joining the Cayman S in showrooms later this summer will be the new Cayman, which is powered by a Boxster-based 2.7-liter 6-cylinder boxer engine. With 245 horsepower and 201 lb-ft of torque on tap, the Porsche Cayman runs from 0-62 mph in 6.1 seconds and has a top speed of 160 mph.

The standard 5-speed manual can be upgraded to a 6-speed with the addition of Porsche's Active Stability Management (PASM). In addition to that, a 5-spped Tiptronic S is also an option. Outside, the Cayman rides on unique 17" alloys and has a few other visual cues that differentiate it from its more powerful brother. The rear-mounted badge drops the "S" designation, and the brake calipers and front spoiler tips are black on the new model. A single-opening trapezoidal center tailpipe is specific to the Cayman.

Inside, the usual list of luxury and convenience appointments are available to the buyer.

The Porsche Cayman hits UK and Irish showrooms on July 29. No official word on when you can get it here in the U.S., but I'd have to guess we'll see it right around the same time.

You can get more info at the new Porsche Cayman minisite, which launched today.

Additional Resources:

Source: Porsche UK
Photos: Porsche

Fit For A King: Spain's Juan Carlos Selects Maybach As Royal Ride

When you're the King of Spain, Dieter Zetsche (left) delivers your car and gives warm hugs.

Yesterday in Barcelona, Spain's King Juan Carlos I took delivery of his new Maybach 57S at the annual Laureus World Sports Awards. Unlike "regular" millionaire Maybach purchasers, however, His Majesty the King got his keys handed to him by someone slightly higher on the org chart than the salesperson at the local Mercedes/Maybach showroom.

On hand to present the keys and pose for photos was none other than DaimlerChrysler's Chairman of the Board (and head of the Mercedes Car group), Dr. Dieter Zetsche! I don't care if you buy 10 Maybachs at once, you're not going to get Dieter Zetsche to fly in to personally say thanks.

Because Juan Carlos is a king, after all, you knew there would have to be something custom about the car. In addition to the standard 612-horsepower V12 and decadantly luxurious interior, His Majesty's whip has custom sterling silver accents on the shift lever, dashboard compartment covers, and ashtray lids. I'd make a joke about keeping that silver clean here, but I'm pretty certain that King Juan Carlos has people to take care oof that for him.

Bonus points to His Majesty for choosing the sportier 57S over the longer, more chauffeur-ready, Maybach 62. Sounds to me like the King likes to be in the driver's seat. Literally.

Source: DaimlerChrysler vis PRNewswire
Photo courtesy of DaimlerChrysler AG

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Goodyear In On The Fun With Disney/Pixar's "Cars"

In the upcoming Disney/Pixar blockbuster, Cars, clever nods to previous Pixar films and real automotive properties abound. For example, the character named King is an unbranded clone of Richard Petty's 1970 #43 Plymouth Superbird NASCAR racer. As if that's not enough, the character is voiced by none other than The King himself, Richard Petty. This is the kind of thing that makes my inner geek jump for joy, and is standard operating procedure for the brilliant filmmakers at Pixar.

King's primary sponsor is "Dinoco," which you may remember as being the name of the gas station where Buzz and Woody find themselves temporarily stranded in the original Toy Story film. A quick look at the tires on King or any of the other race car characters in the film (including the main character, Lightning McQueen) reveals the familiar Goodyear tire logo...oh wait, it's actually Lightyear. Cute. Also appearing in the film is the Lightyear Blimp, who provides coverage of the climactic race.

Goodyear is still a big sponsor and supporter of the film and in that regard they appear to be having a ton of fun. For the May 26 World Premiere of Cars at the Lowe's Motor Speedway, the company has dispatched its "Spirit of Goodyear" blimp to cover the event. However, one would be advised to take a second look at the airship in order to fully appreciate its involvement. It's going to be "in character" until June 1:

Yep. There is something different about it...

Cars opens nationwide on June 9.

Source: Goodyear via PRNewswire
Photo courtesy of Goodyear

Friday, May 19, 2006

BMW Group Readying Massive Display for British Motor Show

Almost every BMW Group product will be on display at the huge outdoor stand at London's ExCeL.

With the enormous display they'll have greeting visitors at this year's British International Motor Show, one can't help but wonder if BMW is obviating the need for patrons to actually enter the ExCeL to see the rest of the show. All BMW group brands will be fully represented, a nod to the fact that the automaker has production facilities for all three of its marques in the UK.

The 11,000 square meter (118,000 sq ft) BMW Group Plaza will be located outside the entrance of the show and feature, among other things, the BMW/Oracle America's Cup yacht, a BMW Motorsports area housing the BMW Sauber F1 car, a BMW WTCC 3-series, and a Formula BMW racer, the full roster of M cars, three new BMW motorcycles, and a Mini display that incorporates a floating hospitality area.

Not content to steal everyone's thunder with their display alone, BMW will stage the world premiere of the 730Ld Edition Exclusive. The venue will also host the UK debuts of the Mini GP, Z4 Coupe, Rolls-Royce Phantom Long Wheelbase, Rolls-Royce 101EX Concept, and the latest iteration of the 2006 Mini Concept (in London, the concept's theme is the 1964 Monte Carlo rally victory).

Mini promises to add a little levity to the proceedings with a group of Fake Minis appearing (think "lawnmower with Mini stripes") and a Mini Fake Invaders game. Finally, folks can recover from BMW sensory overload by heading onto the MINI BARge relax a bit before checking out the rest of the show inside ExCeL.

Source: BMW (Press Release)

Thursday, May 18, 2006

CO Police Unearth Auto Graveyard. Literally.

Little Dead Corvette: Stripped 'Vette is one of two stolen cars exhumed by police.

Acting on info given to them by a tipster, Denver-area sheriff's deputies headed out to a mostly uninhabited spot in Greeley, CO and started digging. They were looking for stolen goods, but I've got to believe that the lawmen never expected to find what they did.

Once the digging was complete, a dirt-filled and stripped C5 Corvette had been pulled out of the ground. Joining the 'Vette in dirt-naptitude was a Mercury Mountaineer in similar condition and a large generator that the thieves had thoughtfully pre-mounted on a trailer. Perhaps they were planning to document the Mountaineer's underground towing capacity.

Authorities have now broken out the metal detectors and are combing the area to see if there are any more automotive surprises lurking underground.

Source, Photo: The

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Audi Introduces New Piezo-Enhanced 2.0 TDI

Audi A3 2.0 TDI 3-Door. Now available with 170 hp thanks to piezo injection.

Earlier today, Audi UK released information about a new, more powerful 170 hp 2.0 TDI 4-cylinder that will be available for both the A3 and A4 model ranges. The increased power (the standard 2.0 TDI produces 140 hp by comparison) comes from the application of piezo-crystal injection technology.

Until now, this technology was only available in the the automaker's larger TDI powerplants: the 2.7 V6, 3.0 V6 and 4.2 V8. The key selling point of the new 2.0 TDI is that it delivers the power and torque of a six-cylinder while retaining the miserly fuel economy of a 4-cylinder. That amounts to 47.8 mpg (slightly lower with quattro) and a maximum range of 589 miles in the A4. In the front-wheel-drive A3, that range increases to mind-blowing 750 miles under optimum conditions.

Backing up the stingy fuel economy figures are some respectable performance stats:
A4 2.0 TDI Sedan
Front-Wheel-Drive: 0-62 mph in 8.6 seconds, 142 mph top speed, 48.7 mpg*
Quattro: 0-62 mph in 8.5 seconds, 139 mph top speed, 42.2 mpg*

A3 2.0 TDI 3-Door
Front-Wheel-Drive: 0-62 mph in 8.2 seconds, 138 mph top speed, 48.7 mpg*
Quattro: 0-62 mph in 7.8 seconds, 136 mph top speed, 44.1 mpg*

The piezo-enhanced 2.0 TDI 4-cylinder produces 170 hp @ 4,200rpm and 236 lb-ft (320Nm) of torque from 1,750rpm to 2,500rpm.

* combined city/highway
Both models are available with either Audi's standard six-speed manual or the optional S-tronic twin-clutch automatic. Price ranges are £18,930 to £24,405 for the A3 and £22,965 to £26,265 for the A4.

The current 140 hp 2.0 TDI engine will continue to be offered.

Read Press Release

Source: Audi UK
Photo courtesy of Audi AG

Monday, May 15, 2006

Lotus Esprit from For Your Eyes Only Expected to Fetch Big Bucks at Auction

Want it? Bidding starts at $250,000.

The Lotus Esprit Turbo driven by Roger Moore in For Your Eyes Only is being offered up for auction by Julien's on June 17, 2006. One of two Esprits used in the film, it is also acknowledged as being the prototype for the limited-run Essex Turbo Esprit cars.

Bidding on the copper-colored Lotus opens at $250,000. Its film role and prototype status have some speculating that it could bring another $100,000 on top of that. The suite of photos published with its eBay listing show that at around 26 years old, the car is showing its age. The interior's well-worn, and the Lotus badge on the steering wheel is shattered, leaving behind an unsightly hole.

The auction description contains an interesting tidbit of info: Both cars provided by Lotus were painted white (that's the color you see in the film's opening sequence). Later, when the production moved to Alpine locations, the white car didn't look good on film against the snowy backgrounds. It was sent back to Lotus and repainted in the darker color it still wears today. The custom ski racks fitted for those snow sequences are also included.

If you ever wanted your own James Bond Lotus Esprit, this is your chance. While it isn't my personal favorite Bond Lotus (that would be the one that turns into a minisub in The Spy Who Loved Me), it's still an interesting piece of automotive and movie history.

Despite its age and visible flaws, the unique nature of the car all but guarantees a boffo selling price.

Additional Info:
Source: Bloomberg
Photo courtesy of Lotus

In X-Men: The Last Stand, Harley's V-Rod is the Ride of Choice

The X-Men films have featured at least one special vehicle in each movie, and the upcoming third film in the series is no exception.
In the original film, we saw the super-powered bike Wolverine "borrowed" from Cyclops. In X2, the custom Mazda RX-8 was the big story. The latest installment, X-Men: The Last Stand, features Cyclops riding a Harley-Davidson VRSCA V-Rod.

Finished in a silver monochromatic paint scheme, the V-Rod in the film has the "X" logo painted on the gas tank. The Harley-Davidson branding is written over it.

At, you can see the X-Men V-Rod in more detail and print a sweepstakes entry form that gives you a shot at winning one of two special edition movie replica bikes.

You can win one by downloading an entry form and bringing it to your local Harley dealer.

You can only enter between May 1 and May 31, and you can't register online, so print your form and bring it to your nearest Harley dealer ASAP if you want to get in on the contest.

X-Men: The Last Stand opens Memorial Day weekend.

Photos courtesy of Harley-Davidson.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Toyo Tires Giving Away a Mitsubishi Evo IX in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Tie-In

Toyo is partnered up with Universal Pictures on the upcoming film, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. In it, Toyo Tires are installed on many of the featured vehicles, including the red Mitsu Evo pictured above.

To commemorate their invovement, Toyo has launched a promotion called the Gettin' Sideways Sweepstakes. Visitors to can enter to win their own Mitsubishi Evo IX modeled after the movie car. The prize car sports a set of Toyo Proxes T1R performance rubber and is, as sweepstakes prizes go, pretty effin' badass.

The second place finisher in the contest wins a custom The Fast And The Furious Gibson Les Paul guitar. No, I don't know what the hell Gibson or Les Paul have to do with drifting, either. I'm sure it's a mean guitar despite its very unfortunate paint scheme.

Click here to read the official press release, which includes the phrase "the sexy and colorful underground world of Japanese drift racing," among other things.

Source, Photos: Toyo Tires

Saturday, May 13, 2006

The BMW Mille Miglia Concept Outdoors has posted new shots of the BMW Mille Miglia Concept. Taken outside, they really do the car more justice than the original presskit pics, in my opinion.

There's also a photo of the interior, which we didn't see in the first batch of released photos.


Source: - Mille Miglia-concept van BMW

It's a CARnival: May 13, 2006

Not even lame on-the-fly rule changes can stop Corvette Racing's ALMS domination.

  • ALMS rules changes favor Aston Martin over Corvette. (Psst. It makes no difference...)
  • Bob Lutz talks about the new GM European Design Center.
  • A Hummer police vehicle you will not outrun...
All that and much, much more at Mark Tapscott's weekly celebration of all things automotove, the Carnival of Cars.

Click on the pic below to head over.