Category Archives: European Style

New Models by TWS Foged

TWS Forged New Model 2012

TWS Forged builds some of the best wheels for the best cars in the world. TWS (Taneisya Wheel Supply) uses 8000 ton Die Forging technology and the most advanced aluminum alloy as well as Magnesium alloy to build wheels of the highest strength to weight ratio. In 2012, TWS Forged debuted 5 new models to an already stellar line up.

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KW Dynamic Damping Control

With more and more cars being released with a form of dampening adjustment from within the cabin, such as the EDC on BMW’s and PASM on Porsche, it is about time someone came up with an off the shelf solution that will link directly into the OEM system. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work on all cars. KW has developed the KW DDC with electronic damping control for the following cars: VW Golf MK VI, VW Passat 3C, and the Scirocco (which we don’t even get here in the USA).

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Volk Racing VR. G12 for Porsche

With Porsche moving to center lock for the ultra high performance cars, it comes as a mix blessing for tuners as this kind of system seems to have “weeded” out the bad wheels from the good (at least to some degree) but also limited choices. Used to be that any wheel company making 3pc wheels in the US could build wheels for such cars as the GT3 or the Turbo. With some great lighting and even better photography, they even made it look good.

The trick is really to build something that adds positive value to the car. That includes performance and looks. I don’t like the idea of one without the other and unless you drive your car really fast all the time and on the track and it’s visible only to a handful of car junkies for 10 weekends a year, I am quite sure that you’d like it to look good as well.

Volk Racing VR G12 brings tons of positive value. Built by Rays Engineering of Japan, the technology and research and development is not just a marketing punch line. Rays Engineering builds wheels that has graced the tarmac of the F1 circuit through the (now no-more) BMW Sauber F1 cars and endured the torture of the LeMans on the heels of the RLL BMW GT cars. Rays Engineering is also the wheel of choice for the Porsche Motorsport 911 GT3 R.

(source: www.porsche.com)

Volk Racing has not always been synonymous with Porsche or much of the European Marques. Over the past decade, Volk Racing has slowly been developing and designing wheels for the European cars. The efforts have been very successful. Within the 2012 line up, you can find multiple wheels specific to Porsche; Volk TE37 (TUV approved), Volk TE37 Super Lap, and of course the VR. G12 in both the regular lug bolt set up as well as the Center Lock variation.

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ADVAN Racing Introduces NEW Designs for 2012: GT and RS II

ADVANRacing is well known amongst  the BMW community for such offerings as the ADVAN Racing RS, RZ, RZ-DF and of course the TC III.  As they have every year, Yokohama Wheel Original Design released 2 new designs for 2012.  The first is the ADVAN Racing RS II and the other is the new Form Forged GT.

ADVAN Racing GT

ADVAN Racing GT is an technology milestone for ADVAN Racing. This is only the second wheel from the ADVAN Racing line to be built using the latest forging technology. (the first was the RZ-DF).  The success of the TC III’s 5-spoke design in offering a strong and versatile solution for the massive brakes of current has been infused with the forging technology used on the RZ-DF to produce a strong lightweight wheel with multiple rim depths. The result is the ADVAN Racing GT.

This is also the first model to come with the all new finish; Semi Gloss Black and the Racing White. The initial introduction is based on 20″ models and 19″ models are to follow.  This is in line with the need for 20″ wheels on such new performance cars as the GT-R and the F10 M5.

Advan Racing GT machining & hyper black

Advan Racing GT semi gloss black

Advan Racing GT Racing White

ADVAN Racing RS II

The Advan Racing RS was originally introduced in 2005 and quickly became the wheel of choice for many that needed the lightweight performance. back in 2005, the GTR spokes of the RS was unheard of in the world of cast wheels. 2007 was the year they gained world wide recoginition as the supplier of wheels to the Italian PRO Team in the much demanding WTCC.

2012, ADVAN Racing redesigned this highly successful wheel. Why touch on perfection? Well, to improve on it.  Such were the demands of the WTCC cars and the result is the RS II.  The RS II shares the same overall design and feel of the RS butwith more material removed strategically, from the side of the spokes to reduce weight while addiing to the rigidity inan I-Beam like formation.

The RS II also shares the all new Semi Gloss black and the famous 5-coat Racing Hyper colors.  ADVAN Racing also improved on the availability of sizes, compared to the RS.

Advan Racing RS II Semi Gloss Black

ADVAN Racing RS II Specification Chart

The Much Talked About BenSopra GT-R with the ADVAN Racing GT

Nissan 370Z  with the Machining & Hyper Black ADVAN GT

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New BMW M6 to debut at Geneva

2012 BMW M6 (render)

The new BMW F10 M5 has gained much media love and coverage over the past year or so and we’ve all seen the production versions since its debut sometime in June.  BMW Blog has done much coverage on this and there are lots of great articles by BMW Blog on the F10 M5.  But not much is known of its (faster) sibling to come; the M6.  The above picture is a render or an artist’s impression of the M6, but we believe it will be close to the actual model that will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 2012.

Here is what we can speculate:

Engine: bi-turbo V8 4395cc producing 552bhp and 501lb ft of torque that stretches from 1500-5750 rpm (very flat!!)  from the F10 M5.  the F10 M5 has a 0-60 mph of 4.4sec. we expect the M6 will do slightly faster.

Body: 2-door coupe but could see a 4-door Gran Coupe version (don’t know if that is good or bad…). With BMW ///M boasting new composite manufacturing skills, we should see lighter body and more Carbon Fiber use, especially on the roof.

Brake: Carbon brakes with “Blue” calipers (the new BMW ///M Signature?)

Using the very potent bi-turbo V8 from the F10 M5 brother mated with the seven speed M-DCT and the active Differential, the M6 will be blistering fast and styling doesn’t look too shaby!  I am just wondering if a Gran Coupe version wouldn’t cannibalize on the F10 M5 or is there enough demand for both. We can only wait.

(source: Car Magazine UK)

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BMW X6M by Vorsteiner

The E71 X6M by BMW is a mean machine to begin with.  Although, some may call it an SUV or a Cross Over, there is nothing “Utility” about the X6M.

It is all about Performance and with so much power to the rear wheels, I am not sure that this is the best Utility that you’d take to your next ski trip. But, it sure is a mean machine to blast through town and have enough room for that trip to grocery store that you promised your wife/girlfriend about.

Vorsteiner took on themselves to bring some character to the X6M.  They added an aggressive front lip and an all new vented hood (in carbon fiber; of course) and finished up the rear end with a new deck lid spoiler and a full carbon fiber diffuser to match the 4-tip exhaust that will scream “power” at the blip of the throttle.

Here is a video of the BMW X6M by Vorsteiner

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Stretched R8 V10 Limo?

The Audi R8 V10 is a marvel of a machine and has all the ingredients that make it a super car.

The only thing it doesn’t do is probably haul a half-dozen of your best friends around town. Now, LimoBroker of the UK decided that this shouldn’t be the case and they have cooked up (or in the middle of cooking up) a stretched R8 V10 with 8 gullwing doors and 8 bucket seats. I should be surprised but this isn’t the first time as they have done this before with the Ferrari 360 Modena.

Audi R8 Limo

(source: http://www.limobroker.co.uk/audi-r8-limo.htm)

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Porsche Panamera by Vorsteiner

Vorsteiner started life in the BMW world and they have certainly come a long way.

The Porsche Panamera as penned by Vorsteiner.

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All New Porsche 911

Watch the all new Porsche 911 (991) being put through its paces at the Porsche Experience Centre Silverstone. Gordon Robertson explains some of the new cutting edge technology developed for the car while also exploring how it remains true to its iconic 911 roots.

(source:http://origin.porsche.com/uk)

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A visit to Maranello Motorsport

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Pure Bliss~~

Any Given Reason

I had a few spare hours in Melbourne the other day so I decided to head down to Maranello Motorsport in Richmond for a look around.

Maranello Motorsport (MM) is just a 10 minute train ride from Flinders Street Station. From the Richmond stop it’s just a five minute walk down the funky and arty Cremorne Street. It’s quite a surreal walk – the street is very quiet, you pass a whole collection of small designer furniture stores and boutique legal practises and then Bam, there’s an F40 sitting right there.

Mark Coffey, Managing Director of MM, is surely living every car enthusiasts dream. MM are primarily Ferrari race preparation specialists. They are responsible for most of the Ferrari’s you see racing in the Australian GT Championship and field their own entry for regular driver Alan Simonsen and a host of other drivers who are lucky enough to be partnered…

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