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Lotus Introduces Tron

Lotus Motorcyles C-01Actually it’s called the C-01 and this is why we love small motor companies and builders; creators are able to go from design to final product in a short period of time. On top of this, they actually listen to what the fans are saying and we’re not talking about those so called “journalists”. God knows they cannot say anything negative without fear of not getting a call back for the next test.

Small motors companies that act more like the video game community will probably prosper as the fans are not shy to share their thoughts and give direct feedback, which usually translates into a product people will want to buy.

Here Lotus-Motorcycles introduces the C-01 lead by Dr. Colin Kolles and designed by Daniel Simon (work seen in Tron: Legacy). 100 examples will be built and sold. According to Dr. Kolles: “We set out to create a bike that isn’t just great to ride but also represents a piece of art in motion. Over the years I have seen my fair share of style over substance, what this bike brings to the market is a unique combination of both: state of the art technology with a truly jaw-dropping aesthetic.”

Now enjoy 200HP of pure real world Tron.

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Need more check out their site: Lotus Motorcycles

Read the full press release here: Lotus-Motorcycles Press Release

Automotive, Cars, Driving Enthusiast, Inspiration, Motor Racing, Racing, Track Driving, Video

Pushing the Virtual Divide

Out now on Playstation’s youtube site is a documentary film about Kazunori Yamauchi’s Gran Turismo video game. The documentary covers how this game series brought virtual race car drivers into real world machines. The best part is the results have actually been quite astonishing. The film you’re about to see is how he accomplished his ultimate goal; realizing that video games and the real world can collide in a positive manner as it relates to the automotive industry.

Automotive, Driving Enthusiast, Inspiration, Video

277 Porsche

This 277 Porsche has soul. Why? Because this Porsche does not sit in the garage; its driven hard. Let the folks over at Roads & Rides  tell you more as they decided to focus more attention on the car than the driver. Their video does a fantastic job of sharing images as 277 traverses the California hills. The video does a great job of capturing it all.

277’s highlights:

High(er) mileage [than normal historics], check

Modded out, check

Rock chips, check

Drives to and from the track, check

Battlescars, check

It’s the general use of this car that delivers this much character. Every encounter with the road this car develops another piece of character. The moment this car gets passed on to the next owner there will be a story to tell (especially with 14 years of ownership with Magnus). This Porsche is used and abused, but at the same time cared for with so much love. It is nearly as good as the Jack Olsen Porsche – One Car to Do It All. We need more of these.

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Its Not All About Cars

Here’s a guy who does what he loves. Its not about the money, not about the fame, but for the fact that he created something he can really enjoy; maybe even brings joy to others. If you listen to the words shared by  Todd Blubaugh you can imagine he might be talking about cars too.

Below are some of Todd’s photographs of the bikes he creates.

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BMW Motorrad X Ruby

To celebrate BMW’s 90th anniversary of building motorbikes they teamed up with french manufacturer Ruby to produce epic retro / throwback motorcycle helmets. The collection is entitled Munich 90. Sure the cost is “higher than normal” but you cannot put a price on quality and limited editions. I could not think of a better conversation piece than to place one of these on your table at your next outing.ruby-bmw90-15-1 ruby-bmw90-14-1 ruby-bmw90-13-1 ruby-bmw90-12-1 ruby-bmw90-11-1 ruby-bmw90-10-1 ruby-bmw90-09-1 ruby-bmw90-08-1 ruby-bmw90-06-1 ruby-bmw90-05-1 ruby-bmw90-04-1 ruby-bmw90-03-1 ruby-bmw90-02-1 ruby-bmw90-01-1 ruby-bmw90-07-1

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Hear a Lusso?

I’m sure we have said this before, here is another car that you’ve got to hear. It’s a symphony to any car lover’s ears. The engine sound alone should help your heart beat quicken. The start of this video is a lovely Ferrari 250 GT Lusso. What makes this video a bit different than others is their ability to capture the true sound of the engine revving freely as the driver gains speed while in a deserted L.A. It really makes you feel as if they took something from the movie “Drive”. Something else we enjoyed from the interview was the owner’s description of the start-up sequence. He even goes on to say that it’s a process that cannot be rushed! If you watch closely at the end you’ll see the driver rush the start-up sequence – what a shame. Otherwise turn up your speakers and let the sound radiate into your entire body. Ferrari Lusso sing us a song.

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It’s coming…

Ever since the economic downturn there has been a strategic shift for automotive companies to produce even greater cars for the uber elites. Boy, are they hitting their marks. Here’s one that has really caught our eyes. We’re not really into concept cars, but this one produced by McLaren Automotive is really pushing toward the top of list.

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(Source credit: AUSmotive.com)

Wait for the P1. It’s coming…