Archived Features For November 2012
With the first press day of the LA Auto Show now complete, we can assemble a gallery of highlights from the show floor.
Porsche used the opportunity to launch the second-generation Cayman in LA today. Both the regular 2.7-litre and 3.4 S model were launched for the world market.
Mercedes-Benz also brought out their yellow SLS AMG Coupé Black Series which was previously photographed for the press release photos.
Tomorrow, Jaguar will launch their 550 bhp XFR-S at the show.
Today we have three performance sedans starting out with the TMG Sports 650 developed by Toyota Motorsport GmbH. This is the same company responsible for the potent Le Mans prototype that beat Audi a few times in the World Endurance Championship.
TMG's sedan is based of the Lexus LS 460 and achieves 650 ps which is technically 641.1 bhp.
Very soon we hope to have complete details on the limited edition Jaguar XFR-S which will be sold to the US Market for the 2014 model year. It will be revealed up the upcoming LA Auto Show.
The new Dodge Charger Daytona will also debut in LA. The Daytona gets updated graphics and distinct Daytona Blue accents.
Today John Hennessey has kindly shared some details on his updated Venom GT which will be released with a new name next year.
The 2013 GT uses a twin-turbocharged 7.0-liter V8 which we assume is a highly modified version of the Chevrolet 427 LS7.
We hope to have more information in the new year about the updated Venom. Currently Hennessey's team is building their 10th car.
As early as 1961 APAL was creating some of the first fibreglass-bodied cars in Europe and their Porsche coupe was the most exciting.
As little as 30 APAL Porsche's were made and far exceeded the performance capability of the better known 1960 Porsche Abarth 356B Carrera GTL.
Being someone limited to information due to a factory fire in 1969, we have pieced together as much as we can from the APAL story. If you can contribute in any way let us know.
Today Novitec Rosso have released the full details on their first tuning package for the F12berlinetta.
Central to Novitec's work, which we could call stage one, is a reprogrammed engine control system. While this offers only a modest increase in performance, it opens up the door for future tuning.
Novitec have also lowered the car and fitted their NF3 wheels in 22 inches at the rear. To accommodate the lower clearance, Novitec have also fitted an automatic system to raise the suspension.
Can't wait to see what these guys have in store for future builds. We have been covering Novitec since 2003 and have many of their supercars in the database.
This year's final Global RallyCross event was held in conjunction with SEMA and that's where Tanner Foust secured his second championship season.
Setup in the Silver Parking lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the somewhat tight layout featured the optional 70-foot jump built from 10,000 tons of dirt.
Organization of the event was somewhat sloppy at times, but all was set to go by the eight lap final race that determined the champion.
Almost all the cars use rear-mounted coolant radiators to run massive inter-coolers up front. Despite a restrictor plate, many of the GRC entrants have 600+ horsepower and can reach 60 mph in two seconds.
Our gallery of GRC at SEMA features almost all the cars running at Las Vegas including the Hyundai/RMR team which was racing for the last time.
After hearing about a launch in Miami for the last few days, Lamborghini have finally released some details on the Aventador Roadster.
The new flagship uses a two-tone paint scheme to separate the canopy structure from the body. For comfort it has an electronically controlled rear window and a two-piece carbon fiber roof that fits in the front compartment when not in use.
Also new to the design are twin windows on the hood which reveal details of the engine and rear suspension.
Painted in a hue called Azzuro Thetis, we have some high-resolution versions of the first press car.
Today, Mercedes-Benz AMG have launched the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series, a special edition of the flagship SLS that's lighter, more powerful and features a new body kit inspired by the SLS GT3.
Furthermore, AMG has tuned the car in almost every area for better performance. Small details such as a slightly increased track, lowered transmission and newly developed Michelin tires all contribute to the Black Series package.
Mercedes-Benz will deliver the new car globally in June 2013. For now we have some great studio shots of the Coupé Black Series including images in Nevada's Valley of Fire state park.
Today Maserati revealed their plans to launch the next generation Maserati Quattroporte at the 2013 NAIAS in Detroit.
The performance sedan has a new V8 developed jointly by Ferrari and Maserati.
There are very little available details on the upcoming model, so we will have to wait until the new year to learn more.
Today we have finally finished our 800 image gallery of SEMA highlights. This includes all the manufacturers and some of the interesting cars in between.
It's interesting to note which manufacturers support the aftermarket while some European companies like VW really lost out by not taking part.
This gallery is also our first that takes advantage of our high-resolution system. Depending on your resolution, the system chooses the best available size. At the higher resolutions, the flashed interior and engine images are especially revealing.