Friday, January 22, 2016

Uber Cool 2016 Cars

McLaren has been on a roll. It hopes to continue that streak with a new, smaller model with the Sports Series.

Previously known as the P13, the Sports Series will be based on the same carbon-fiber chassis that underpins McLaren’s other recent models. It will also get the 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged, likely tuned to around 500 horsepower. The Sports Series will be significantly less expensive with prices expected to start around $200,000.
The new Acura NSX will feature weight-saving construction combined with a hybrid powertrain that has three electric motors and a mid-mounted twin-turbo V-6 making a combined 573 hp. The NSX offers pulse-pounding performance paired with everyday usability.

A nine-speed dual-clutch automatic and all-wheel drive are standard. Production starts in spring 2016.
MSRP $157,800
While artists are creating different versions of the Chiron, Bugatti is putting the final touches on the actual hypercar prior to its Swiss debut in March. Reports indicate the use of an 8.0-liter W16 quad engine, sourced from the Veyron.

The unit will be upgraded to an alleged 1,479hp and 1,107lb-ft of torque, which should be enough to help the Chiron do the 0-100kmh/ (62mph) sprint in as low as 2.2sec and to hit a top speed of around 470km/h (290mph).
Entry point for the Chiron is expected to be something around $ 2.5m
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio offers best-in-class performance with a 3.9 second 0-100 kmh (0-62mph) time, 307 kmh (190 mph) top speed, and a blistering Nürburgring lap time (7min, 39secs). Built on the new Giorgio architecture developed in conjunction with Ferrari, its standard elements are a 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V6 with 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque.
Power is sent to the rear wheels through a short throw six-speed manual transmission and carbon fiber driveshaft. The Quadrifoglio model will cost approximately $70,000, a figure that will make it roughly $7,000 more expensive than the M3 and about $5,000 more than the Mercedes-AMG C63.
Maserati Alfieri is a 2+2 grand tourer from the Italian car manufacturer Maserati. It was first shown as a concept car at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The production version will receive three V6 engine choices, producing 410 bhp (306 kW; 416 PS), 450 bhp (336 kW; 456 PS), and 520 bhp (388 kW; 527 PS), with a 560 bhp (418 kW; 568 PS) V8 appearing in 2018.The 450-horsepower and 520-horsepower versions will only have an all-wheel drive system.

The Alfieri will be joined by a convertible variant in 2017.
The Alfieri will compete against the Jaguar F-type, the Mercedes-AMG GT, and the Porsche 911 with a starting price around $100,000.

The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is like a four-door Corvette Z06, boasting the the same supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8 used in the 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06, tuned to 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque.

Channeled to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, that will get the CTS-V from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, and on to a top speed of 200 mph. That makes the CTS-V one of the fastest sedans currently in production. MSRP $84,000
The new 2017 Audi R8, which offers 540-horsepower and 398-pound-foot of torque from its V10 engine alongside Quattro all-wheel drive and a seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch transmission, will start at $164,150

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Future Cars 2016

2016 Pontiac GTO


2016 Dodge Barracuda Concept

BMW M8 2016

2016 Chevy Camaro

Renault Alpine A110

Lamborghini Ankonian

2016 Nissan Z Concept

2016 Dodge Charger: Barracuda Concept

2016 Samir Ferrari Concept

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG 2016 Concept

Mazda 2016 MX-5 Roadster

2016 Bugatti 16C Galibier

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Bonhams: The Scottsdale Auction January 28, 2016

1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster. $ 1.5 - $ 1.8m

1956 Ferrari 250 GT Alloy Coupe. $ 1.5-$ 1.8m

1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta. $1 - $1.2m

1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Silver Ghost "Roi-Des-Belges" $ 800,000 - 1m

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SC Coupe. $ 650,000 - 750,000

1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale US$ 150,000 - 180,000

1931 Packard 840 Roadster US$ 250,000 - 275,000

2006 FORD GT US$ 320,000 - 360,000

1953 Kaiser-Darrin Sport Convertible US$ 200,000 - 250,000

1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT US$ 325,000 - 375,000

1936 Rolls Royce Phantom III 40/50HP Sendaanca De Ville US$ 75,000 - 100,000

1962 Bently S2 Continential Flying Spur US$ 200,000 - 300,000

1934 Packard Eight 1101 Coupe US$ 100,000 - 120,000

1948 Bently Mk VI Drophead Coupe US$ 120,000 - 150,000

1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon US$ 800,000 - 1.1 million

1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Continential Coupe US$ 140,000 - 180,000

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Siberian Methane Blowholes

Vast expanses of permafrost in Siberia and Alaska has started to thaw for the first time since it formed 11,000 years ago. It is caused by the recent 3+°C rise in local temperature over the past 40 years - more than four times the long-term global average.

A global temperature rise of 1.5 °C (2.7 °F) above current levels would be enough to start the thawing of all permafrost in Siberia, according to one group of scientists.

Well-Preserved Mammoth Discovered in the Permafrost of Northern Siberia
It is one of the coldest parts of Siberia. The frozen landscape has trapped methane in the ice-packed earth. This soil has, in recent decades, begun to soften as the climate warms.
A view from the edge of a crater - about 100 feet across - that has opened in Siberian permafrost.
Siberia's blowholes are exploding in numbers: Up to 20 have now been located, raising new fears the warming permafrost is releasing its methane reserves. Expeditions to the bottom of several craters late last year appeared to support speculation that they may have been caused by pockets of defrosted methane gas erupting though the softening surface. Deep lakes of methane-infused “slurry” were found beneath.
The ripples caused by bubbling methane shows in this picture of a lake in Siberia.

Global distribution of methane averaged over 2011 by NASA/AIRS. Note the very high concentrations in the Arctic region.
Climate monitoring by the Hydrometeorological Centre of Russia indicates spring 2015 was the warmest in the 125-year history of regular meteorological observations.

As formerly frozen methane hydrate/clathrate deposits on sea and lake beds thaw, the methane migrates to the surface where it can be temporarily trapped.
It looked like a vision of hell, if hell was a golf course. Muddy bubbling water churning several feet in the air at a golf course June 15, 2015 in Lambton Shores, Ont., was clearly no regular water hazard.

The exploding pond at the Indian Hills Golf Course in Lambton Shores, Ontario, Canada is on Lake Huron and is only 25 miles from the US border in Michigan.