Power on Ice is an intensive driving course that puts Bentley’s Continental GT to the test.
In the far northern hinterlands of Finland, the pristine silence is broken by the sound of Bentley Continentals tearing across a frozen lake at full throttle. The class is designed to teach drives the skills needed to push the all-wheel luxury vehicle to limits of their capabilities. Over the course of several days, Bentley’s team of instructors develop and hone your skills so you can take bends at high speed and drift sideways without loosing control.
The course is custom designed for the needs of each individual, thus allowing you to learn at your own pace. While much of your time will be spent in the drivers seat, it’s not all about the car. Other activities include a night-time husky sled safari, traditional Finnish smoke sauna, and snowmobiling.
To find out more about Bentley’s Power on Ice, visit their website: bentleymotors.com
Depending on the conditions, driving sideways can either being terrifying or completely joyous. This is one of the joyous occasions.
Guido Tschugg, a Ghost Mountain Bike professional, spends the afternoon “exploring” his backyard with his Mitsubishi Evo. Slipping and sliding over the snow covered pastures, Tschugg kicks up some serious powderspray while “aerating the soil.”
The aerial portion of the video was filmed using remote controlled rig by AirV8, with static shots and editing provided by Mario Feil. Music courtesy of Ok Go.
In 2009, Land Rover celebrated their 60th Aniversary as a company with the release of a special edition Defender SVX. With only 300 units made available, the limited soft-top was highly sought after, being the first time the factory had offered a drop-top Defender in more than 20 years.
Now comes a special edition of the special edition from Overfinch, the world’s premier Land Rover aftermarket outfitter. Their Defender SVX conversion retains the exhilarating open-top ride, but incorporates their own distinctive luxury style.
For the exterior, Overfinch refinished the loading deck with marine grade teak and black caulking and added 18″ Stain black Apollo wheels with diamond turn face. Overfinch signature color coded hood and roll cage, and a “Union Jack” enamel badge.
The interior has been transformed entirely as well. The upholstered seats have been covered in distressed tan leather with black detailing and stitching. The dash and other surfaces have been finished with a unique teak veneer, for a warm rich feel.
Located in Tokyo, the Speedshop Type One is an auto repair shop that specializes in Honda vehicles, although you’ll be unlikely to see any Odysseys mini-vans here.
This high-end shop was given a redesign by Torafu Architects with the intention of doubling the repair shop as a display floor. According to the firm, this was achieved by “sorting out essential and non-essential elements” and focusing on useable function.
So the exposed cement floors got a fresh coat of paint. Out went the grease-covered Snap-On tool drawer and in came new custom aluminum tool wagons.
By giving the shop a monochromatic grey hue it allows the cars to stand out, but it also puts a tall order on the nightly clean up crew. The minimalist aesthetic may make for a polished debut, but six months from now the daily grind on mechanics working on cars will no doubt catch up with them.
Auto blog Petrolicious recently sat down with James Chen, self-proclaimed gearhead and owner of Axis Wheels, to talk about his prized Lamborghini Countach. This aggressively angular supercar was introduced at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show and was produced from 1974 to 1990. The Countach was designed by a young Marcello Gandini working at Bertone design studio, whose raw ambition lead him to chose aesthetics over practical functionality.
The car’s “outrageous” design is what drew James Chen to it. At just 40 inches tall, you have to literally stoop to get into it. Scissor doors, slit-like windows, cramped cabin, and anemic A/C unit, all made the Countach an extremely uncomfortable ride. However, unlike many other super cars, Chen says that Countach’s limited availability and distinctive design makes it true embodiment of the term “exotic”. The fact that it looks like nothing else on the road is evident by the crowds it draws at gas stations and stop lights.
A relic of an different era, the Countach represents a time when design was king. It may not be the most comfortable car to drive, but it certainly one of the most stylish.
Electric luxury car manufacturer Tesla Motors has announced the launch of a new network of rapid charging stations that will connect major road corridors across the country. Given the current lack of infrastructure, the largest draw back for any electric vehicle is range. If the batteries run out before you can get home to recharge, you’re out of luck. While Tesla’s Model S already has an pretty impressive 300 mile range, which can handle most intra-city travel, it’s not nearly enough for a Los Angeles to San Francisco road trip.
This is where Tesla’s new Supercharger stations come into play. Strategically placed along heavily traveled routes, the stations will extend a drivers range and eventually open up the entire country for all-electric travel. Unlike previous EV power station concepts, the Supercharger stations address the issue of “charge time” by using new high speed charge technology. When unloading at full bore, the Supercharge station can pump 90kW of power into the car’s battery, which is nearly 5 times as fast as Tesla’s already peppy home charging station.
This lightning bolt of energy means a Model S can go from completely drained to full charge in 30 minutes. While it’s a bit longer than filling up a traditional gas tank, it’s roughly on par with a normal road trip pit stop if you factor in stretching your legs, going to the bathroom, getting a cup of coffee, etc.
These stations are powered by a bank of solar panels along their roof, which according to Tesla, will produce enough excess power that they will actually be feeding it back into the grid. To keep things in the family, these stations will offer free electricity for owners of the 85 kWh Model S.
The $130 million Porsche Museum in Stuttgart showcases a staggering array Porsche history, featuring iconic models such as the 356, 550, 911, and 917. However there is more. Somewhere in the suburb of Stuttgart is a secret storage facility where the company keeps rare prototypes, concept cars, and one-off models. All of these wonderful cars are kept together, allowing Porsche maintain and cared for them under one roof.
Many of the models have never been seen by the public. Now, Porsche takes us behind the scenes of their exclusive facility and shows some of its hidden treasures in this two part video series: Porsche Secrets
Josh Clason has been on an absolute dream assignment if we’ve ever heard of one. He launched an automotive series with Hype Beast called Depth of Speed, and for the past year he’s been traveling around the country with his wife in a Airstream trailer documenting unique cars and their owners.
A few weeks ago Clason caught up with an icon of Mercedes design: the 300SL Gullwing. Manufactured from 1954 to 1963, the Gullwing is considered by many to be the pinnacle of 1950′s automotive engineering. Its unique top-hinged Gull wing doors and direct fuel injection engine were the first of their day. Today, most Gullwings spend 365 days of the year in a garage or being shipped with white gloves from one premier car show to the next, but the owner Clason found in Albuquerque, New Mexico is one of the rare exceptions who actually takes his Gullwing out on extended trips.
Seeing the car’s seductive lines in motion and hearing the rich sound of its straight six as it winds down the stretch, makes you wonder how anyone in good conscious could keep one of these beautiful machines locked up in a showroom garage. Minor nicks and dings be damned, true happiness can only be found out on the open road.
It seems that it was only moments after the invention of the first automobile in 1886 that people immediately got bored and started clamoring for a flying car. For well over a century, the hopes and dreams of drivers everywhere have been hitched to the idea that one day soon mass-produced flying car will fill the skies and we’ll never have to sit in traffic again! However today, after many, many, many, terrible attempts there is now a semi-somewhat-viable option: PAL-V ONE.
The PAL-V team has been working on their concept since 2001 and have just now released their first functional prototype. PAL-V ONE is less of a “flying car” and more of a “drivable gyrocopter”. Unlike a helicopter, gyrocopters use an unpowered rotor in auto-rotation to develop lift. So long as the gyrocopter is moving forwards the rotor spins and generates lift, which means even if the engine dies mid-air a gyrocopter can be safely navigated to the ground.
PAL-V has developed a patented DVC tilt-technology to allow the vehicle to keep its high-center of gravity while taking corners on the road like a sports bike. It can reach speeds of up to 180 km/h (112 mph) both on land and in the air. The transition from gyrocopter to high-speed street-legal go-kart takes less than 10 minutes and can be performed entirely by one person.
To drive the PAL-V ONE all you need is a driver’s license, but to pilot it as a gyrocopter you will need a recreational pilot’s license which can be obtained with about 20-40 hours of flight instruction. Since the gyrocopter flies below 4,000 ft, in airspace designated for uncontrolled Visual Flight Rules (VFR) traffic, there is no need to log a flight plan or get clearance for take-offs. You will be free to roam where ever you want.
Which brings us to this: Flying cars are a terrible terrible idea. Given the amount of raw carnage and havoc that motorists are currently responsible for, it would seem insane to let those same individuals loose in unrestricted airspace. You know that yahoo who cut you off on the highway this morning while talking on his cellphone? Well that’s going to be a lot more terrifying at 3,000 ft. So until Google figures out how fly these things then it is probably better if flying is left to professionals. Thankfully the exorbitant price tag of the PAL-V ONE will probably limit to people who are already rocking a G6.
With the release of the Dark Knight Rises trailer, it’s only fitting we share with you the mad genius of Slavche Tanevski. For his fourth semester project at Munich’s University of Applied Sciences, Tranevski submitted his design for a new Lamborghini concept car called the Ankonian.
This fully jacked up, well vented, sharply angular beast is a projection of raw power. Even sitting still the thing looks, well, mean. In keeping with the Lamborghini tradition of naming cars after bulls, the Ankonian is the name of a particular type of black haired bull – hence the car’s charred black color.
Since the Ankonian doesn’t actually exist yet, there are no tech specs to go along with it. Although according to concept art it’s suppose to shoot flames out the exhaust, so that’s something.