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Autoblog Night Watch: Europe’s Time Attack in full effect

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Time Attack is about the purest a form of motorsport you can get. Take a car, strip it of everything unnecessary, spot weld anything you lay eyes on, throw in the required safety equipment and data systems, then couple the biggest, baddest engine to a close ratio gearbox (sequential preferred), forget the term “quality ride,” and then get the meanest driver you can find. One lap, one time, one winner. Exponentially awesome.

So when Clash Productions threw a video collage of the second round of the European Time Attack series, held at Silverstone, we thought it was worthy of a few minutes of our time – and yours. The audio is acting a little wonky (static and such), but all is forgiven when you get to bask in the aural glory of an 800 HP Evo, a 380 HP Elise and the raucous soundtrack of a 650 HP Subie. The video is after the jump, and Clash’s body of work is open for your perusal at StreetFire.

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Autoblog Night Watch: Europe’s Time Attack in full effect

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Time Attack is about the purest a form of motorsport you can get. Take a car, strip it of everything unnecessary, spot weld anything you lay eyes on, throw in the required safety equipment and data systems, then couple the biggest, baddest engine to a close ratio gearbox (sequential preferred), forget the term “quality ride,” and then get the meanest driver you can find. One lap, one time, one winner. Exponentially awesome.

So when Clash Productions threw a video collage of the second round of the European Time Attack series, held at Silverstone, we thought it was worthy of a few minutes of our time – and yours. The audio is acting a little wonky (static and such), but all is forgiven when you get to bask in the aural glory of an 800 HP Evo, a 380 HP Elise and the raucous soundtrack of a 650 HP Subie. The video is after the jump, and Clash’s body of work is open for your perusal at StreetFire.

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BMW welcomes the iPhone, first driver review posted

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BMW's iPhone integration

Wasting no time at all, BMW announced iPhone compatibility for its passenger cars yesterday. Apple’s latest supertoy will work in Bimmers equipped with BMW Assist and Bluetooth connectivity. Furthermore, the iPhone’s iPod feature gets full radio / iDrive screen integration in the following vehicles that have the iPod/USB interface installed:

  • 3 Series built March 2007 and later
  • 5 Series built March 2007 and later
  • X5 built April 2007 and later
  • 6 Series built September 2007 and later

It’s all detailed on BMW NA’s Owner’s site.

E90post.com member PAMidge has the first review of the iPhone/Bimmer implementation up on the web (as pictured above). The car used was the poster’s 1-week-old 2007 328xi. The verdict: “Fully functional.” Read the whole thing.

[Sources: BMW, E90Post]

 

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BMW welcomes the iPhone, first driver review posted

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BMW's iPhone integration

Wasting no time at all, BMW announced iPhone compatibility for its passenger cars yesterday. Apple’s latest supertoy will work in Bimmers equipped with BMW Assist and Bluetooth connectivity. Furthermore, the iPhone’s iPod feature gets full radio / iDrive screen integration in the following vehicles that have the iPod/USB interface installed:

  • 3 Series built March 2007 and later
  • 5 Series built March 2007 and later
  • X5 built April 2007 and later
  • 6 Series built September 2007 and later

It’s all detailed on BMW NA’s Owner’s site.

E90post.com member PAMidge has the first review of the iPhone/Bimmer implementation up on the web (as pictured above). The car used was the poster’s 1-week-old 2007 328xi. The verdict: “Fully functional.” Read the whole thing.

[Sources: BMW, E90Post]

 

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Enter the rumormill: McLaren F2 under development, again

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There’s this thing about sequels – they normally suck. And this time of year the suck surrounds us. Autocar decided to add to the detritus by reviving the return of the McLaren F1 legend in the form of the F2.

The information surrounding the new supercar is sound, considering that Mercedes originally tapped the engineering firm in 2004 to produce a less expensive alternative to the SLR. The mid-engine prototype – codenamed the P8 – was put on hiatus after some financial and quality woes hampered Mercedes’ forward momentum, combined with the less-than-stellar reception of the P8’s big brother. In short, Mercedes was pissed and didn’t want to explore future projects with McLaren.

Although we’ve always taken Autocar‘s pontifications about as seriously as our local read through the supermarket tabloids, they claim to have sources within McLaren that says the F2 has been testing around the company’s Woking headquarters, wearing Ferrari 360 bodywork. Time will tell, but in the meantime, watch out for Batboy.

[Source: Autocar via Winding Road]

 

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Enter the rumormill: McLaren F2 under development, again

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There’s this thing about sequels – they normally suck. And this time of year the suck surrounds us. Autocar decided to add to the detritus by reviving the return of the McLaren F1 legend in the form of the F2.

The information surrounding the new supercar is sound, considering that Mercedes originally tapped the engineering firm in 2004 to produce a less expensive alternative to the SLR. The mid-engine prototype – codenamed the P8 – was put on hiatus after some financial and quality woes hampered Mercedes’ forward momentum, combined with the less-than-stellar reception of the P8’s big brother. In short, Mercedes was pissed and didn’t want to explore future projects with McLaren.

Although we’ve always taken Autocar‘s pontifications about as seriously as our local read through the supermarket tabloids, they claim to have sources within McLaren that says the F2 has been testing around the company’s Woking headquarters, wearing Ferrari 360 bodywork. Time will tell, but in the meantime, watch out for Batboy.

[Source: Autocar via Winding Road]

 

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Volvo R-DESIGN accessories unveiled

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We recently reported on the forthcoming Volvo R-DESIGN component packages that will be offered in lieu of the performance “R” models going forward (sniff, sniff), and Volvo’s UK division released some official information and photos. The R-DESIGN option will be available on the C30, S40, and V50 models. The cars receive new grilles, the requisite badging, aero kits, matte silver accents and unique 5-spoke alloy wheels. Inside, the cabin is given a great-looking black-and-cream two-tone look with contrast stitching, blue gauges, an R-DESIGN wheel, revised trim for the center stack, sport pedals, custom floormats, and R-DESIGN badging and embroidery. The whole deal looks quite nice, really, and it’s available on cars in Sport or SE Sport trim.

[Source: Volvo]

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Volvo R-DESIGN accessories unveiled

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Click for a gallery of the R-DESIGN components

We recently reported on the forthcoming Volvo R-DESIGN component packages that will be offered in lieu of the performance “R” models going forward (sniff, sniff), and Volvo’s UK division released some official information and photos. The R-DESIGN option will be available on the C30, S40, and V50 models. The cars receive new grilles, the requisite badging, aero kits, matte silver accents and unique 5-spoke alloy wheels. Inside, the cabin is given a great-looking black-and-cream two-tone look with contrast stitching, blue gauges, an R-DESIGN wheel, revised trim for the center stack, sport pedals, custom floormats, and R-DESIGN badging and embroidery. The whole deal looks quite nice, really, and it’s available on cars in Sport or SE Sport trim.

[Source: Volvo]

Gallery: Volvo R-DESIGN Package

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VIDEO: BMW 135i begs for a flogging

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BMW is slowly letting out a barrage of new (and approved) media material today, including a promotional flick of the new 135i in action, and although it’s not the most compelling cinema, it gives you more angles than the paltry leaked shots we’ve seen so far. Additionally, you can hear the twin-turbo three-liter come to life and see how the Bimmer boys managed to shoehorn the motor into the tight confines of the 1-series engine bay.

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VIDEO: BMW 135i begs for a flogging

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BMW is slowly letting out a barrage of new (and approved) media material today, including a promotional flick of the new 135i in action, and although it’s not the most compelling cinema, it gives you more angles than the paltry leaked shots we’ve seen so far. Additionally, you can hear the twin-turbo three-liter come to life and see how the Bimmer boys managed to shoehorn the motor into the tight confines of the 1-series engine bay.

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