The Drive for Sustainability

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium Automotive, Premium Transportation

BMW i3 and i8

Sustainability is spreading throughout every industry, and BMW is taking it to the streets.  As city streets become more and more overcrowded and threats of congestion charges prove probable, the necessity for an electric car has arrived and the accessibility of having one is in our near future. BMW has been working hard to bring the electric car to the market, ever since 1969 with the electric BMW 1602 used in the 1972 Olympics in Munich. Now, BMW’s i3 (compact electric car for cities) and i8 (plug-in hybrid sports car) will hopefully be launched in 2013 and 2014. The i3, starting around $47k, and the i8 ($130k) are not only environmental  being made mostly of recyclable materials and manufactured in part by using renewable energy, but are also practical for driving! The LifeDrive structure (high-strength and light-weight carbon-fiber reinforced plastic) and eDrive technology (agile mobility) create an enjoyable driving experience. But BMW is not limiting its sustainable resources to its products, it has invested $100M into BMW i Ventures to create services like MyCityWay and ParkatmyHouse for improving the driving scene in overcrowded cities.

BMW i8 and i3

On the left is BMW’s i8 Hybrid sports car and on the right is the i3, BMW’s compact Hybrid.

BMW I8 Hybrid

i8 by BMW

Flat black Rolls Royce Phantom

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium Automotive

If the Rolls Royce Phantom just isnt flashy enough for you than maybe you should consider the flat black Phantom. This flat black Rolls Royce Phantom is the new project of MANSORY and as you can see, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea but it definatly stands out from the crowd (as if the Phantom didnt already stand out enough)!



Flat black Phantom

Mansory Phantom


First off you wil notice the flat black laquer paint job and the much softer chrome exterior accents. The interior has carbon fiber and bright maple wood inlays and an implemented ambiance-light-effects that give the Phantom an amazing glow. The interior also features an alcantara roof lining, alcantara dashboard and a sport steering wheel. In the back there there are new electrical business tables with seat integrated multimedia monitors and perhaps best of all is the suspended particle device glass which allows the passangers to continuously regulate the transparency (opacity) with a remote control (similar to what you find in the Maybach)!

mansory driver view

Mansory after dark

Mansory lcd
Performance upgrades include a boost in horsepower and an increase in torque to 575 lb-ft @ 3920 rpm. The top speed is also increased to 168 mph. In addition they outfitted the Mansory Phantom with black forged 24inch wheels and huge 6 piston Brembo brakes.

For more specs and a closer look at the Flat black Masory Rolls Royce Phantom check out this video (unfortunately the only version I could find was in German):

Jay Leno’s Super car unveiled

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium Automotive

Jay Leno recently unveiled his secret project at the SEMA auto show. All we know about this super car so far is that it’s built on a Corvette Chassis and powered by a Honeywell LT-101. This green supercar has been named “Ecojet” by Jay Leno. I doubt that Jay’s supercar will ever go into production but it sure looks sleak! I’ll update this post as soon as I have more info!

Jay Leno Supercar

Porsche Panamera picture

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium Automotive

When I hear the word “Porsche” I think small, sporty, and impractical, but very fun and very fast. However, after the Cayenne SUV and now the Porsche Panamera it looks like those “small” and “impractical” notions are changing.
The new 4 door Porsche Panamera will be fierce competition for the Maserati Quattroporte the Aston Martin Rapide and CLS55 AMG. The Porsche Panamera is going to be a front-engine, rear-wheel drive, four-seater and will look similar to the spy shot below).

Panamera
I usually like Porsche styling but to be honest, I am not sure if I like the Panamera. The front looks great but from the rear view mirror back it?s Read more…

Ariel Atom is a street legal Race Car

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium Automotive

Pure and simple… but simply insane! The Ariel Atom is a true enthusiast’s racecar. Ariel is designed by Ariel Motor Company of Great Britain and although it only costs between $40,000 and $75,000 it will give you the performance you would expect from a $1,000,000 super exotic sports car. So… if you are a true racing enthusiast and you don’t have $1,000,000 to blo on a supercar but you can afford more than a 250cc shifter cart than you might look into getting an Ariel Atom.

Ariel Atom racecar
No AC, no stereo, no leather seats, and best of all, no unnecessary weight! In fact, the Ariel Atom has a power to weight ratio that rivals most super cars. Take for example the McLaren F1 supercar that has a power to weight ratio of 4.01 to 1, the Bugatti Veyron which has a power to weight ratio or 4.35 to 1, and the Ferrari Enzo which has a power to weight ratio of .56 to 1. Compare that to the Arial atom which has a power to weight ratio of 4.10 to 1! This beautifully simple (and affordable yet rare) racecar is capable of 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds (that’s 1 full second faster than the Porsche Carrera GT, and .7 seconds faster than the Ferrari Enzo!
So… we know its fast, but how does it handle? Well, in one word “perfectly.” In fact if you watch the video below you will see just how amazing the Ariel Atom handles on the racetrack. In fact, even when matched up against a street bike the Ariel Atom posts better lap times.
Perhaps my favorite thing about the Ariel Atom is that you can buy it as a kit car for under $40,000, build it yourself and even make it street legal! Better yet the Ariel is powered by a reliable and fuel efficient supercharged Civic Type R motor.

For more information about the Ariel Atom check out the howstuffworkscom write-up on the Ariel Atom.

Exotic Car forum

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium Automotive, Premium resources

I just came across a great exotic car forum and wanted to share it. I was looking through all the cool exotic car pictures and different topics and figured everyone that reads the premium automotive section of my blog would probably appreciate this forum as well. This exotic car forum (called ExotiXboard.com) is a great place for all those car nuts who have a passion for exotics.

Exotic cars forum

The forum has only been online for about a year but it seems to be getting very popular with close to 2,500 members. Forum topics cover all aspects of owning and/or appreciating exotic cars. I have been hooked for the last couple hours, looking at pictures, videos, and info. The site is very well designed and super easy to navigate. It’s broken down into Asian Exotics, American Exotics, and European Exotics. Other forum topics include tuning and mods, exotic car care, events and gatherings, and a “Member’s Garages” section for members to show off their exotic cars (I’m hoping to have one to show off soon) :) Lastly, there is a photography section with some beautiful exotic car pictures that make great exotic car wallpaper for your desktop.

Anyway, If you own an exotic car or have an appreciation for premium sports cars and luxury automobiles check Read more…