The Ferrari Celeritas that is the work of Aldo Schurmann, a student from the Istituto d’Arte Applicata e Design in Turin, Italy.
The 1987 HDT Commodore VL SS Group A prepped by Australian racing legend Peter Brock. So before we get into the details on the new VL/VE Group A package, allow us to fill you in on a bit of the history.
Up until the late 1980s, Peter Brock was running HDT, or Holden Dealer Team, but GM’s Australian division subsequently cut ties with him after he began publicly supporting and fitting all HDT models with the a device called the “Energy Polariser”.
It seems that Brock was undergoing a weird phase in his life then and had somehow been convinced that the “Energy Polariser”, which was a box containing crystals and magnets, mysteriously gathered all the lost energy from the car and put it back, bettering performance and handling through “aligning the molecules”. Weird stuff indeed…
More than two decades after and following Brock’s death in a racing accident in 2006, the “Energy Polariser” is making a comeback as a tribute to the Australian legend in HDT’s new VL/VE Group A Plus Pack based on the latest Commodore.
Along with the magical box, HDT’s proposal comes with all the styling hallmarks of its classic predecessor including 1980’s type aero components, a huge bonnet scoop, large 20-inch alloy wheels, original Peppermint Red body finish, a Bilstein suspension package, performance brakes and a heritage interior with rectangular headrests.
Power comes courtesy of a modified 6.2-liter V8 LS engine delivering a healthy 350kW or 470-horses along with a peak torque of 610Nm (450 lb-ft), and if that ain’t enough, HDT also offers an optional supercharger package.
Only 250 examples of the VL/VE Group A Plus Pack Commodore will be built, each with its build papers, Peter Brocks’ signature and individual build plate.
We’re a little less than two weeks away from this year’s edition of the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, which means it’s time for major carmakers to begin teasing their bespoke creations.
Ford promises to have a little something for everyone at the show, from “mild to wild” and “old to new” though the company will pay a whole lot of attention to its compacr Fiesta and Focus models.
There will be seven Ford-sanctioned Focus hatchback and Sedan models customized by 3dCarbon, ROUSH Performance Products, The ID Agency, Capaldi Racing, Steeda, Bojix Design, and COBB Tuning. All of these cars will boast a variety of performance and styling modifications.
“Millennials, which this car is all about, want to personalize every aspect of their lives – everything from laptop covers to body art, and even cars,” said Mike Murphy, Ford C-Car Marketing manager. “Being unique allows them to stand apart and be different, and all the Focus models we have on display at SEMA live up to that standard.”
The sub-compact Fiesta will be represented in SEMA by three customized models developed by M2-Motoring, Gold Coast Automotive, and Aaron Vaccar.
Over the next week, Ford will also release details on its other SEMA models and debuts including an all-new 363-cubic-inch Ford Racing stroker engine and a Ford licensed restoration part, which the company says is “sure to delight fans of the classic 1964-66 Mustang”.
The prototype sports typical RS-styling traits such as the prominent front bumper air vents, a large rear wing and a rear diffuser with space for two bulbous tail pipes.
The production version may also feature carved wheel arches along with the usual interior goods like bucket sport seats, a different steering wheel and RS-specific trim.
And now for the big question: what’s going on under the sheetmetal? Well, first of all, Audi has been working on a Quattro all-wheel drive system for the A1 that is similar to the one found in A3 and TT models. The Ingolstadt-based company even showed a prototype A1 Quattro earlier this year.
Now this brings us to the engine bay. It is believed that Audi will opt for a four-cylinder turbocharged unit (though there have been rumors about the turbocharged five-pot). It should be substantially more powerful than the most potent standard A1, which features a 185HP 1.4-liter TSI, producing somewhere around 250-ponies.
We’d look for the RS1 making its debut at an international motorshow in 2012 or 2013 the latest.
For the Polo, Volkswagen has introduced two R-Line styling packages. The first is the R-Line Exterior package that is available as an option for the Polo Comfortline (€1,450) and the Polo Highline (€1,010).
It includes 16- or optionally 17-inch alloy wheels shod in beefy 215 tires, black gloss finish for the front grille, model-specific front and rear bumpers, a rear diffuser, chrome tail pipes, a roof spoiler, side skirts, fog lamps and LED license plate illumination.
The second option for the Polo is the R-Line Plus that styles up the interior. Priced at €855 for the Polo Comfortline and €450 for the Polo Highline, it brings a pair of sport seats up front (optionally available in Alcantara and leather), black roof lining, a sport leather steering wheel, glossy black dashboard trim, and aluminum pedals and door sills.
The owner of this modified Bug tried to keep the looks of the car as close to stock as possible, but underneath, it’s a completely different story.
This DIY project is said to combine the body shell of a 1978 Beetle with a 1993 Chevrolet S-10 front frame and a 1989 Ford Mustang rear end, while power is provided by a Chevrolet small block 350 (5.7-liters) V8 engine.
Not the kind of vehicle you’d like to take a trip in but nevertheless, an impressive ride for a quick run around the block.
The Czech automaker’s smallest vehicle will go on sale in its home market before the end of this year, with the UK and other European countries following at the beginning of summer 2012.
Unlike its Wolfsburg sibling that will launch in a three-door body style, the Citigo will be offered in both three-door and five-door versions.
Even though lately the Volkswagen Group has tried to cover up the common platform and mechanical hardware shared amongst its brands with unique body shells, that’s not the case with the Citigo.
The main styling differences with the VW Up! are limited to the Skoda’s front end including the bumper, headlamps and grille designs, the alloy wheels plus the tail lamp graphics (not the shape) and the bumper.
The two cars share more or less the same dimensions, with the Citigo measuring just 3,563mm long, 1,641mm wide and 1,478mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,420mm.
The Czech automaker says the Citigo can accommodate four-passengers in comfort. Boot space is a respectable (for the car’s size) 251 liters, which can be extended to 951 liters by folding down the rear seats.
There are no photos of the interior yet, but we suspect that there won’t any be significant / noteworthy styling changes over the VW Up!. Like its German sibling, the Citigo will be offered with an available portable navigation system featuring a 5-inch screen, which will also provide hands-free calling with built-in Bluetooth and onboard infotainment.
The Skoda model will launch with two new, three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engines delivering 60HP (44kW) and 75HP (55kW) in both standard and Green Tec flavors.
The standard versions return 62.8mpg UK (52.3mpg US or 4.5lt/100km) and 105g CO2/km for the 60HP engine, and 60.1mpg UK (50.0mpg US or 4.7lt/100km) and 108g CO2/km with the 75PS unit.
The Green Tec derivatives are rated at 67.3mpg UK (56.0mpg US or 4.2lt/100km) and 65.7mpg UK (54.7mpg US or 4.3lt/100km) respectively with emissions of 97g and 99g CO2/km respectively.