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Audi A8: the Car Body of the Year

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The flagship model released by German manufacturer Audi earlier this year, the A8, has been so far at the center of several awards, but up until now, most of them have been given for the car as a whole. This time, only one part of the A8 has been recognized at the 12th International Car-Body Benchmarking Conference.

The body of the car has been handed the Euro Car Body Award after a huge panel comprising 500 experts and a jury of specialists analyzed the submissions (14 of the latest series-production vehicles).

Audi’s A8 body weighs 231 kilograms (509.27 lbs), is made of aluminum (the Aluminum Space Frame technology), which gives it a weight reduced of some 40 percent compared to a steel version and offers a stiffness/weight ratio 20 percent higher than steel.

The technology has been voted this year’s winner after specialists from 22 countries evaluated its characteristics, crash-test results and several other engineering and performance criteria.

The A8 offers perhaps the most comprehensive range of technologies available today. The car comes powered by four engines (4.2l FSI V8, 4.2l V8 TDI and a 3.0 V6 TDI in two power versions). The units are paired to an 8-speed tiptronic transmission.

The highlights of the technologies featured on the model include Bang & Olufsen Advanced sound system or BOSE Surround Sound, Adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, Night vision assistant with pedestrian detection highlighting, Audi lane assist, Audi side assist, ESP stability control with electronic all-wheel-drive torque vectoring, Audi braking guard, automatic emergency braking and reversible belt tensioners.

Original article posted on Auto Evolution

5 Tips For Preventing Damage To Your Car When Living By The Ocean

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Living near the ocean can be a dream come true, but it may not be as desirable when it comes to keeping your car in great condition. The salt air can be bad for your car, leading to the car rusting far quicker than in other climates. Luckily, there are several things that you can do to prevent your car from being damaged when living by the ocean.

Take Care of Prime and Paint



A new car will always be more resistant to damage that can occur from living by the ocean due to the new paint job. After your car has been driven for many years, it’s likely that the paint has begun to chip off and the sheen steadily disappears. By touching up on any areas with missing paint or taking your car in for a full paint job, you can provide an extra layer of defense towards the ocean air.

Wash and Wax Your Car Often



Even with a new coat of paint, your car can be vulnerable to rusting if you don’t make a habit of washing it. This is due to the fact that once salt and moisture has been allowed to sit on your car for an extended period, causing the car to rust. By learning how to wax your car and making a habit of car washes, you can keep your car looking good and prevent corrosion.

Get Repair Work Done Right Away



When you get in an accident or some damage is done to your car in any other way, the paint is often chipped off and there is exposed metal as a result. To keep rust away, you’ll need to make sure that you get a repair job arranged as soon as possible. This will ensure that any exposed metal is covered up right away so that rusting won’t occur.

Make a Garage a Priority



Keeping your car parked in a garage is the best way to prevent it from getting damaged since it keeps the car away from the elements. While a garage may not be available at your home, it might be a good idea to look into renting a separate garage.

Use a Car Cover for Long-Term Parking



If a garage is not an option for you, it can be helpful to buy a custom-fitted car cover to keep your car protected while outside. By keeping a cover on your car, you can reduce the exposure to the salt air that can lead to corrosion.

Preventing rust from causing damage to your car should be a priority when living near the ocean. By making special preparations and looking into additional ways to protect your car, you can ensure that the car is in good shape in the years to come. Talk to a professional at Prestigious Auto Body for more information.

Original article posted on RManz Photography

Paint Versus Car Wrap Options

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Over time a car’s exterior can fade or suffer some dings and dents. Before owners sell or trade in their rides for something new, investing in a new color may be all that’s necessary to revitalize the look of the vehicle.

Changing the color of a car is not something every driver should try on their own. Such a task can be time-consuming, and it requires a good deal of skill to turn out looking good. Furthermore, painting a car involves a variety of different tools and equipment, from a spray gun, sander and buffer to specific types of enamel or acrylic paints.

After considering the work involved and the expense of investing in the equipment to get the job done right, many vehicle owners opt to hire a professional to change the color of their vehicles. Many service centers offer two options to change the look of a car or truck: painting and car wraps.

Paint Job

A professional paint job will yield an impressive result. A skilled auto painter can recommend the right type of automotive paint for your make and model and guide you in color selections. While there are hundreds of different color choices available, professionals also may be able to mix colors to create the custom look you desire.

Paint work may be done to match the existing color of the vehicle after accident repairs have been made. Or you may be tired with the color of your car and simply desire a change. Experienced service shops can offer these services and more. Other shops may specialize in custom paint jobs that may entail graphics, detail work or the blending of multiple colors to give the vehicle an airbrushed effect.

Custom painters are artists, and their work may be very detailed. Painting may demand your vehicle be off the road for a week or more, so its best to have an alternative travel plan. Also, be sure to investigate how painting will affect the value of the vehicle.

A paint job may end up depreciating the value of a resale because its changing the original vehicle permanently.

Car Wrap

Car wraps are typically made of high-quality vinyls that come in a bevy of different colors and styles. Wraps also can be used for custom graphics or to advertise businesses. The vinyl wrap completely covers the paint of the vehicle.

But because car wraps can be removed, they do not permanently change the vehicle and are therefore unlikely to affect its resale value. Car wrapping can take less time than a labor-intensive paint job. Some jobs can be completed in only two or three days.

Car wraps also may be the less expensive option if you’re not selecting a complicated, custom design. Many car wraps will last between five to seven years, which is on par with the life span of a professional paint job, which lasts five to 10 years.

Original article posted on Sun Journal

Here’s How McLaren Will Keep The Remaining 100 F1s Alive

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McLaren-F1-Crash Of the 106 McLaren F1s ever made, only six have been destroyed so far, to the best of our knowledge. McLaren Special Operations boss Paul Mackenzie told me how they intend to keep it that way. The first prototype burned to the ground in the Namibian desert while XP2 was used for crash tests. According to our resident F1 expert, the four lost customer cars were damaged “beyond repair” when the values were at or below the original MSRP, which was £650,000. Today, F1s sell for $12+ million. The first time I talked to McLaren’s Paul MacKenzie, he was at the Geneva Motor Show as the leader of the P1 development program. Last week, I sat down with him to talk about how MSO keeps McLaren’s fastest alive. By looking for stuff on eBay, for example. McLaren Special Operations is busier than ever. Most P1s were customized by their buyers, and 650S owners are also willing to spend more in return for something tailored to their taste. Since the X-1 was launched, it’s clear that their engineering department is big enough to make almost anything happen, but another important part of their business is maintenance. When somebody wants a new color on their P1, the car has to be shipped back to Woking and stripped back to the bare chassis. That has happened already, but the Texan car crashed on day one also went straight back to MSO. Repairing P1s is almost easy at this point. The car is so fresh that they have all the parts right at hand to bring them back in after an accident. Doing the same with the now 23-years-old F1s is a bit more challenging. See those headlight covers? Well, they don’t have any more of those. The side windows also ran out of stock, so for these parts, they had to remake the tooling. Even with the blueprints on the shelf, that’s one expensive hobby to have, but $1.4 million repair bills keep the business more than viable. Ending up with a cracked carbon tub like Mr. Atkinson is no problem either. Paul told me they just knock on the material like wheeltappers at a railway station, listen to the sounds, cut out the ill part and glue in a new one. The chassis remains just as rigid as before. Chassis number 072 that got flipped badly last summer in Italy is currently undergoing such a full restoration. They hit a tree, crashed the roof and one side of the car completely, but MSO will take car of that. So, where is the point of no return now? That’s because while engines can be rebuilt, glass can be recut and interiors can be re-trimmed, MSO’s next big challenge is fixing the F1’s electronics. While the F1 doesn’t use as many computers as a Toyota Camry nowadays, those few chips are already almost impossible to get. The good news is that since McLaren developed its own software back in the day, the coding part is covered. For housings and other hardware though, they even have browse through Ebay. You know, “for those big laptopy things”. You don’t want to think into how hard will it be to fix a P1 in 23 years… Original article posted on Jalopnik.com

The Porsche Cayman GT4 Is A Sports Car Fairy Tale Come True

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Porsche-GT4-Cayman-Racetrack-1 The Porsche Cayman GT4 is a car Jalopnik has been waiting for since the Clinton administration. Now they’ve driven it. Can it possibly live up to their expectations? Let’s find out.

No modern sports car seems quite as underappreciated as the Porsche Cayman. We can almost imagine poor, er, Caymanella scrubbing the garage floor as its rear-engined stepsisters speed merrily off to the ball — or racetrack, as it were.

But what’s this? Porsche’s GT boss Andreas Preuninger emerges from the shadows. He summons his Weissach minions, and in a flourish of Stahlwille wrenches, they transform Caymanella into the enchanting GT4. Happy in its new guise, Caymanella rushes off for a half-day of merriment on a racetrack in Portugal, and wins the heart of a Handsome Prince (that’s me, I guess?). Alas! At the first stroke of 12, the spell is broken. Caymanella vanishes into the noonday sun. The heartbroken Prince shambles wretchedly toward the airport, with just a memory of off-camber corners taken at ridiculous speeds to comfort him during a long, boozy flight home. In his twilight sleep, a hazy coalescence of a new sports car and an old fairy tale. The end. The moral? The Porsche Cayman GT4 is an absolute masterstroke, a delight to toss headlong over blind crests and into fast bends, and a fitting halo for the Cayman ethos. Finally, we have a Cayman that inhabits that ephemeral desire-space of bedroom wall posters, magazine spreads and fastidiously planned savings accounts. The GT4, forgive me, is made of want. It’s exciting to see Porsche’s mid-engine platform reaching its potential. While even the base Cayman’s playful disposition had me at hello, tuners have, for years, taken it on themselves to expand its top spec. Back in 2007, race team and tuning shop Farnbacher Loles, now defunct, built a Cayman “GTR” with a 395-hp 911 Carrera S engine. Motorsports tuner Rick DeMan, of Blauvelt, NY has built several “GT3” models for the street and track. Clearly, if Porsche wasn’t going to deliver an edgier Cayman, someone else would. Porsche-Cayman-GT4-Upgrades Now, Weissach is involved, and that means the mojo of the Porsche GT team, lead by Mr. Preuninger, is in effect. That team’s era began with the dazzling 996 GT3 in which rally legend and Porsche development driver Walter Röhrl lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7:56, back when witnessing a road car crack eight minutes on the ‘Ring was like eyeballing Sasquatch on your back porch. A decade-and-a-half later, and the Cayman GT4 — Porsche says — can do the deed 16 seconds quicker. With a time of 7:40, the GT4 is in league with the previous-generation GT3. Even better, mere mortals can derive actual enjoyment from driving the Cayman GT4 beyond the rarified air of the Eifel mountains. What was the engineering brief? Take the Cayman, make it wider and stiffer and more responsive. The simple formula: a judicious treatment of powerplant, suspension and aero, and a manual transmission. The engine, based on the Carrera S’s boxer six – flipped 180 degrees and shoehorned into the Cayman’s compact center bay — produces 385 hp and 310 lb-ft. Porsche engineers insist there’s nothing nefarious in the slight detune from the Carrera S’s 400 hp, but is the result of the Cayman’s particular intake challenges, and subsequent manifold redesign. And while purists may balk at the lack of a “special” GT build, like the 911 GT3’s 9000-rpm cooker, the 3.8-liter is a lovely engine that makes great sounds, and hucks the lighter Cayman down a stretch of pavement with a delicious crackle of kinetic energy. With the concept proven, what’s to stop the GT boys from continuing the Cayman’s march to glory? We’ll see. Porsche hasn’t said how many GT4s they will build, but I can’t imagine they won’t will sell every one they make. And all of them will, most assuredly, live happily ever after. Original article posted on Jalopnik

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