Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Insane Sound of the LibertyWalk Lamborghini Aventador Zero Fighter


By now LibertyWalk / LB-Performance is no stranger to the internet world, with many of their widebody aero kits surfacing all over – including here in Canada. With the recent addition of the Lamborghini Aventador to their demo fleet, they decided to create a unique concept made to resemble a fighter jet and calling it “Zero Fighter”. The fenders have rivets with an awesome airbrush detail to make them look worn down just as they would on a veteran fighter jet, the AirRex air ride suspension has the Lambo slammed, and the massive concave Forgiato wheels just finish everything off nicely.

If the already amazing look and attention to detail of this custom LB-Aventador isn’t enough to get you drooling, the sound from its fire-spitting straight exhaust from Frequency Intelligent of Taiwan surely will! It roars like no other and makes the already bad-ass 700hp V12 engine sound like a FormulaOne race car – no joke about that!

Video: Marchettino

Mazda Announces Global MX-5 Cup Race Car Pricing

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The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the most road-raced production car in the world. The reason is simple – great performance at an affordable price. The new Global Mazda MX-5 Cup race car follows that formula, and will be Mazda Motorsports’ first-ever ready-to-race MX-5 Miata. The new race car will be available at the special introductory price of $53,000. The race car ordering process begins on with first deliveries scheduled to begin later this year.

Having a turnkey, ready-to-race car removes the effort of engineering and costs of fabrication, enabling the racer to focus on racing. All racers can purchase identically-built race cars so that driving talent will be the number one determining factor for on-track performance, rather than budget, engineering capability or fabrication skills. Production of the MX-5 Cup race cars starts with a street cars that receives motorsports specific modifications for race track safety and performance. The MX-5 Cup is an entry-level professional series, and is a part of the Mazda Road to 24, which helps promote racers up the ladder to the top levels of sports car racing.

“For the past decade, the third-generation sports car has been competing in our own MX-5 Cup series, and has been the ideal platform to showcase driving talent in a competitive environment on high-profile race weekends,” said John Doonan, director of motorsports, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). “With the launch of the fourth-generation MX-5, we are raising the bar by making it even easier for aspiring professional road racers to get involved. We expect to sell out the first batch of cars rapidly.”

The MX-5 Cup series champion earns a $200,000 scholarship to move to a higher level series with Mazda the following year. Additionally, the 2016 Global MX-5 Cup series will culminate with a global finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. with entrants from around the world to crown a global champion. A one-day test in Mazda’s top-level IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship SKYACTIV prototype race car will top the list of prizes bestowed on the global champion.

The MX-5 Cup race car has been jointly developed by Mazda Motorsports and Long Road Racing in Statesville, NC. Long Road Racing will exclusively build the left-hand drive MX-5 Cup race car The team has evaluated key racing components and will announce several strategic component partners at a later date. Mazda factory race driver Tom Long has led the testing, along with fellow Mazda factory race driver Andrew Carbonell and Kenton Koch, the 2014 Battery Tender MX-5 Cup champion and 2015 Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda champion. Tom Long has won races in all previous MX-5 generations, including the championship in the MAZDASPEED Miata Cup, and currently co-drives the Mazda SKYACTIV Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Priority to purchase the new car will be given to current competitors in the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires, and others who intend to compete in the 2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup. MX-5 Cup cars built by Long Road Racing will be eligible to compete in club racing with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and National Auto Sport Association (NASA) as well as many track-day clubs.



Pricing Announced for The Luxury Crossover 2016 Infiniti QX50


Infiniti today announced U.S. prices for the new, redesigned, longer wheelbase 2016 QX50 luxury crossover, which goes on sale in this month at Infiniti retailers nationwide. Pricing begins at $34,450 for the rear-wheel drive QX50 and $35,850 for the all-wheel drive QX50.

For 2016, the QX50 includes more than $1,700 worth of added standard features at a more accessible price when compared to the 2015 QX50, along with very attractive value for the high-content option packages.

The Premium Package, for example, is priced at $500 and includes a Bose® 11-speaker Premium Audio system, advanced Climate Control System, Maple interior accents, aluminum roof rails and much more. The overall improved value of the well-equipped Premium Package model is approximately $4,500 (RWD), positioning the new QX50 in the heart of the luxury crossover segment.

For 2016, the QX50 wheelbase has been extended by 3.2 inches and overall length has increased 4.5 inches – resulting in 8.3 cubic feet of additional interior volume. Most of the increase in interior space can be felt in the second row. Rear seat legroom grows by 4.3 inches and rear knee room is boosted by 3.9 inches.

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Along with increased roominess, the 2016 Infiniti QX50 features a revised exterior, which borrows design cues from other recent Infiniti models. In addition, ride height has been increased by 0.8 inches for a more SUV-like appearance. The exterior look is further refined by a new design for the available 19-inch wheels. Standard content has also been increased; a moonroof is now included on all grade levels, as are heated seats. A new Hagane Blue exterior color is also now offered.

Optional equipment packages have been revised for 2016, with a new Premium Plus Package added to the previously available Premium, Deluxe Touring and Technology packages.”

2016 Infiniti QX50

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP)* for the 2016 Infiniti QX50 are:

Model Engine/Drive MSRP
QX50 3.7-liter V6 / RWD $34,450 USD
QX50 AWD 3.7-liter V6 / AWD $35,850 USD

Destination and Handling $995 USD

“The 2016 QX50 offers excellent utility and cargo versatility, and it’s also great fun to drive,” said Randy Parker, vice president, Infiniti Americas.

About the 2016 Infiniti QX50
The new 2016 QX50 combines a sculpted, elegant exterior design, exhilarating driving performance and an engaging interior environment. Each comes equipped with a standard 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 – one of the most powerful engines in its segment – and a 7-speed automatic transmission.

2016 Infiniti QX50

Standard features found on every QX50 include leather-appointed seating, heated front seats, Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System, RearView Monitor, eight-spoke 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and a power sliding tinted glass moonroof.

Other available equipment includes an Adaptive front Lighting System (AFS) with auto-leveling headlights, Maple interior accents, driver’s seat headrest coat hanger, Bose® Audio System with 11 speakers, Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with Plasmacluster® air purifier, power up-folding second-row seat and 19-inch wheels and tires.

2016 Infiniti QX50

Available technology includes the Infiniti Navigation System, Blind Spot Warning (BSW) system, Around View® Monitor with Front and Rear Sonar System, Lane Departure Prevention system (LDP), Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Distance Control Assist (DCA) and Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning.

Berlin Klassik 2015


Berlin Klassik 2015
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
September 13th, 2015

As one of the end of season car shows in Ontario, the Berlin Klassik is surely the best of the bunch. Held each year at Bingemans (a recreational park) in the city of Kitchener located just west of Toronto, the show keeps growing. We’ve been a proud media sponsor for the past four years and there’s only one reason – this show has it all! People from across Canada and USA come for this two-day event and bring everything Euro they have – from vintage Porsches to modern Mercedes-AMG builds. The Saturday event schedule welcomes those camping overnight and includes a car wash by SONAX alongside, chip tuning / dyno runs by Foreign Automotive and Unitronic, and a swap meet. Sunday’s line-up is an intense show ‘n shine competition with over 100 trophies to be won!

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If orange and old school is a perfect combo, this boosted  and custom widebody 2nd gen VW Golf might stop you in your track. Everything imaginable has been done to this hot hatch, but as you know the mods never stop.

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This cream coloured and slammed beauty is the first generation Mercedes-Benz S-class, known as the W116. It is always great seeing 40+ year old vehicles revived again. What many don’t know is the significance of this model – it introduced many safety firsts in the automotive industry including heavily padded steering wheel (later to be replaced by airbags), padding around window trim and dashboard, headrests with center depressions to avoid injury during an accident, dual asymmetric windshield wipers, and much more.

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Like every year, many vendors come out to showcase their latest demo rides, products, and network with others. One such exhibitor which had jaws on the floor was that of Eurocharged Canada. Their display included some great German machines like a supercharged E63 AMG, E36 M3, supercarged C63 AMG BlackSeries, and a twin-turbocharged Audi R8!

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Have you always dreamed of driving an exclusive luxury car or supercar? Well now you can and you don’t need to fork over the six-figure dollars. Affinity Car Rentals specializes in high end cars and brought out their latest addition to the fleet – a $150,000 (CAD) supercar that is a true electric-hybrid and capable of 0-100km/h in just 4.4-seconds!

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Over at the AutoMotoFoto booth we had our friend Kevin of RimRim bring out his refreshed Audi A3 slammed with air ride on a set of custom Avant Garde wheels and an awesome rootbeer coloured vinyl wrap. Engine work has also been done on this hatch including an upgraded turbo system and exhaust that made this thing growl upon start-up.

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German OEM was back out again this year with a selection of parts for older-gen Volkswagen like these Golfs on display. It’s always great to see the Euro scene embracing the older rides, unlike that of the Japanese tuner scene.

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Who ever said a race car wasn’t a show car was kidding themselves. Case in point, this awesome and incredibly fast Volkwagen GTI track car built by PZ Tuning. Although best known for their work on winning Hondas on the circuit, they have also dived into helping make this VW race car possible – in a limited amount of time, as always.

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There is something to be said about the Audi RS4, regardless of generation. The widebody presence, powerful engine, and motorsport lineage is enough to make any Euro car fan melt. Just look at this thing!

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The food section was revamped this year with the arrival of food trucks! Yes, everyone loves a good food truck especially when they’re serving up things like beef brisket poutine and lobster mac ‘n cheese balls.

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SONAX / JRP had a great display complete with a car wash area (for Saturday’s event) and their booth showcasing some great products as well as a mean BMW M4 convertible.

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The BMW 2002 is one quirky looking machine, but it is loved by many enthusiasts for its heritage. Kudos to the owner for restoring it and making it look great again.

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If vintage German is your thing then the Mercedes-Benz Club of Canada might have just the thing, ranging from old the S-class to the W108 of 1965.

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The more modern club known as MB True North was also out in full force with many C63 AMG varieties on display among others.

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Even the wee ones were having a good time, like this cute little girl behind the wheel of an old BMW. I think someone’s gonna be building her a car for when she turns 18, don’t you?

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One of the craziest builds ever seen at Berlin Klassik is this E30 race car. This thing is all business with its fender flares, slick race tires, rollcage, giant rear spoiler, and lets not forget the 700+ horsepower turbocharged engine under the vented hood!

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By noon the weather wasn’t getting any better only reaching a high of 13-degrees and making everyone dress up accordingly. At least their spirits were up!

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If you want a true VIP car done in German style, this matte blue Audi A8L is sure to please. Everything has been done to this build ranging from the air ride suspension, Junction Produce (JDM VIP) accessories, and unique touches like the trunk area. This is what a full show car ought to be and well deserving of its award.

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There always seem to be a group of oddball cars among the pack of German cars, like these Volvos. Okay, so they’re not German, but at least they’re European and unique – right?

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Some might call this old Beetle a trailer queen while others see it as purpose build. Regardless of one’s take, create must be given to the attention in details throughout the car – it is decades old after all.

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The tunes kept on coming throughout the cold day thanks to DJ Boj and others playing everything from old school hip hop to house and everything with a beat to keep the bodies moving ‘n grooving.

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Campers you say? Yup, there were a few of those scattered about the show grounds. Although they aren’t seen as cool by today’s standards, Euro car fans appreciate them for what they stood for.

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Cold weather? Overcast sky? No matter to this guy and that’s just how the Berlin Klassik crowd is – fun!

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Ever feel like your car build is making you broke? Well one guy figured it out, sort of. Carry an ATM on your roof rack and you’ll never have to worry about the money issue… then again, you might once you realize there’s no money in the machine. Bummer.

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A highlight of every year’s show is the dyno pull. Whether you’ve popped in an air filter or done a motor swap, the dyno is the only way to tell what power gains you’ve got. Plus, it’s always great to guess the numbers as looks can be deceiving.

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It’s always great to see a rare car like this green first-gen Scirocco sitting pretty on gold mesh BBS wheels and showing off its less-than-potent four-banger engine, mind you it was the late 70s when this came out. Restored to perfection, this green beauty is what makes the Euro car crowd so unique – they embrace the old with a mix of the new.

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One of the nicest Jettas at the show had to be this gun metal specimen. It’s sitting perfect, has a cut-a-ways hood, is boosted, and unlike any other.

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The nicest car at the show and one which traveled nearly 7+ hours away from Montreal, Quebec is that of Paulo’s Audi TT. Despite what most think, this machine is driven and the exterior is a custom air brush / paint job that costs more than one would ever want to know. Everything about this car has been thought out in regards to the WW2 Axis warplane, the Messerschmitt.

Still going strong after a handful of years, the Berlin Klassik show was a great success. The weather was less than favourable, but that didn’t stop hundreds of show ‘n shine competitors from showing up, and even more spectators than years before. Once again, a big thanks to the entire staff for organizing such an awesome show and we can’t wait for next year! Be sure to check out our extensive gallery before and don’t forget to tag us (@AutoMotoFoto) in your pics when you share them!

For more information, please visit Berlin Klassik

Porsche’s Mission E All-Electric Concept Aims For 600hp, 500km Range, and 15-Min Charge Time


In presenting the Mission E at the IAA in Frankfurt, Porsche is introducing the first all-electrically powered four-seat sports car in the brand’s history. The concept car combines the unmistakable emotional design of a Porsche with excellent performance and the forward-thinking practicality of the first 800-volt drive system. Key specification data of this fascinating sports car: four doors and four single seats, over 600 hp (440 kW) system power and over 500 km driving range. All-wheel drive and all-wheel steering, zero to 100 km/h acceleration in under 3.5 seconds and a charging time of around 15 minutes to reach an 80 per cent charge of electrical energy. Instruments are intuitively operated by eye-tracking and gesture control, some even via holograms – highly oriented toward the driver by automatically adjusting the displays to the driver’s position.

Drive system: over 600 hp with technologies from endurance racing
The drive system of the Mission E is entirely new, yet it is typical Porsche, i.e. proven in motor racing. Two permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSM) – similar to those used in this year’s Le Mans victor, the 919 hybrid – accelerate the sports car and recover braking energy. The best proof of a Porsche is 24 hours of top racing performance and a 1-2 finish. Together the two motors produce over 600 hp, and they propel the Mission E to a speed of 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds and to 200 km/h in under twelve seconds. In addition to their high efficiency, power density and uniform power development, they offer another advantage: unlike today’s electric drive systems, they can develop their full power even after multiple accelerations at short intervals. The need-based all-wheel drive system with Porsche Torque Vectoring – which automatically distributes torque to the individual wheels – transfers the drive system’s power to the road, and all-wheel steering gives precise, sporty steering in the desired direction. This makes the Mission E fit for the circuit race track; its lap time on the Nürburgring Nordschleife is under the eight-minute mark.


Everyday practicality: convenient and quick charging, over 500 km driving range
It is not just passionate sportiness that makes up a Porsche but also a high level of everyday practicality. Accordingly, the Mission E can travel over 500 km on one battery charge, and it can be charged with enough energy for around 400 km more driving range in about fifteen minutes. The reason: Porsche is a front-runner in introducing innovative 800-volt technology for the first time. Doubling the voltage – compared to today’s electric vehicles that operate at 400 volts – offers multiple advantages: shorter charging times and lower weight, because lighter, smaller gage copper cables are sufficient for energy transport. A moveable body segment on the front left wing in front of the driver’s door gives access to the charging port for the innovative “Porsche Turbo Charging” system. Via the 800-volt port, the battery can be charged to approximately 80 per cent of its capacity in around 15 minutes – a record time for electric vehicles. As an alternative, the technology platform can be connected to a conventional 400-volt charging station, or it can be replenished at home in the garage via convenient inductive charging by simply parking over a coil embedded in the floor of the garage from which the energy is transferred without cables to a coil on the car’s underbody.


Low centre of gravity for superior driving dynamics
Another feature that is typical of a Porsche sports car is a lightweight concept with optimal weight distribution and a low centre of gravity. The battery mounted in the car’s underbody, which is based on the latest lithium-ion technology, runs the whole length between the front and rear axles. This distributes its weight to the two drive axles uniformly, resulting in exceptionally good balance. In addition, it makes the sports car’s centre of gravity extremely low. Both of these factors significantly boost performance and a sports car feeling. The body as a whole is made up of a functional mix of aluminium, steel and carbon fibre reinforced polymer. The wheels are made of carbon: the Mission E has wide tyres mounted on 21-inch wheels in front and 22-inch wheels at the rear.


Design: fascinating sports car with Porsche DNA
Every square inch, every angle, every radius of the Mission E reflects one thing above all else: emotional sportiness in the best tradition of Porsche design. The starting point is the sculpture of a sport saloon with a low height of 130 cm with sports car attributes from Zuffenhausen that embodies visible innovations such as its integrated aerodynamics. Distinctive air inlets and outlets – on the front, sides and at the rear – typify the body’s full flow-through design that enhances efficiency and performance. Integrated air guides improve airflow around the wheels, for instance, and air outlets on the sides reduce overpressure in the wheel wells, thereby reducing lift.

The much reduced sculpting of the front end shows a classic Porsche sweepback, and it relates the concept car to the 918 Spyder and Porsche race cars. A new type of matrix LED headlights in the brand’s typical four-point light design captures the viewer’s gaze. Integrated as an element hovering in the airflow of the air inlet, they lend a futuristic character to the front end. The four LED units are grouped around a flat sensor for assistance systems whose border serves as an indicator light. Distinctive front wings and an extremely low-cut bonnet reference 911 design. As in the 911 GT3 RS, a wide characteristic recess extends from the overlapping front luggage compartment lid up and over the roof. The line of the side windows is also similar to that of the 911, however, with one important difference: two counter-opening doors enable convenient entry – without a B-pillar. Another difference: instead of the classic door mirror, inconspicuous cameras are mounted on the sides that contribute to the car’s exceptional aerodynamics.

The rear design underscores the typical sports car architecture. The lean cabin with its accelerated rear windscreen, which draws inward at the rear, creates space for the sculpted shape of the rear wings that only a Porsche can have. A three-dimensional “PORSCHE” badge illuminated from inside hovers beneath an arch of light that extends across the entire width in a black glass element.


Interior: light and open with four single seats
The interior of the Mission E transfers all of the traditional Porsche design principles into the future: openness, purist design, clean architecture, driver orientation and everyday practicality. The all-electric drive concept made it possible to fully reinterpret the interior. The lack of a transmission tunnel, for instance, opens up space and gives a lighter and more airy atmosphere to the entire interior. Race bucket seats served as inspiration for the four single seats. Their lightweight design is weight-saving, and it gives occupants secure lateral support during dynamic driving. Between the front seats, the centre console – elegantly curved like a bridge with open space beneath it – extends up to the dashboard.


Display and control concept: intuitive, fast and free of distractions
A new world based on an innovative display and control concept opens up before the driver. It is intuitive, fast and free of distractions – created for the sports car of tomorrow. The filigree driver’s display is curved, low-profile and free-standing. The instrument cluster shows five round instruments – they can be recognized as Porsche, but they are displayed virtually in OLED technology, i.e. by organic light-emitting diodes. The round instruments are organized according to the driver-relevant themes of Connected Car, Performance, Drive, Energy and Sport Chrono. The controls are just as innovative. An eye-tracking system detects, via camera, which instrument the driver is viewing. The driver can then activate the menu of the instrument in focus by pushing a button on the steering wheel and navigate in it – which also involves an interplay of eye-tracking and manual activation. But that is not all: the display follows the seat position and body attitude of the driver in what is known as a parallax effect. If the driver sits lower, higher or leans to one side, the 3D display of the round instruments reacts and moves with the driver. This eliminates situations in which the steering wheel blocks the driver’s view of certain key information, for instance. All relevant information such as vehicle speed is always within the driver’s line of sight.

The Mission E can even portray driving fun: a camera mounted in the rear-view mirror recognizes the driver’s good mood and shows it as an emoticon in the round instrument. The fun factor can be saved together with individual information such as the route or speed, and it can be shared with friends via a social media link.


Holographic display with touch-free gesture control
The entire dashboard is chock full of new ideas. Its division into two three-dimensionally structuring layers reinforces the impression of lightness and clarity. The upper layer integrates the driver’s display, and between the levels there is a holographic display that extends far into the passenger’s side. It shows individually selectable apps, which are stacked in virtual space and arranged by priority with a three-dimensional effect. The driver – or passenger – can use these apps to touch-free control primary functions such as media, navigation, climate control, contacts and vehicle. The desired symbol is activated by gestures that are detected by sensors. A grasping gesture means select, while pulling means control. Moreover, driver or passenger can use a touch display on the centre console to control secondary functions such as detailed information menus.

The concept vehicle can also be configured externally from a tablet via Porsche Car Connect. Using “Over the Air and Remote Services” the driver can essentially change the functional content of the vehicle overnight. A simple update via the integrated high-speed data module is all it takes to implement the travel guide or additional functions for the chassis, engine or infotainment system. The driver can use a smartphone or tablet to start updates conveniently from the Porsche Connect Store. Furthermore, Porsche Connect enables direct contact to a Porsche Centre for remote diagnostics or to schedule appointments. Another function of integrated Remote Services is the digital key, which can be sent via the Porsche Connect Portal. It not only lets the owner open the doors, but also other persons authorized by the owner such as friends or family. After successful authentication, the key can be used within a specific time frame and defined location.

The virtual exterior mirrors are literally eye-catching. The lower corners of the windscreen show the images of the outside cameras that are mounted in the front wings. The benefits: the driver gets a better view of images and the surroundings, and safety information can also be actively displayed there.


Cadillac Partners with Fashion Designers Public School for XTC Launch


Cadillac announced a unique project in which its all-new luxury crossover, the XT5, will debut at venues around the world in partnership with acclaimed fashion designers Public School. At a private kickoff event, Public School announced it would debut its Pre-Fall collection on the runway in Dubai, in collaboration with the launch of the first-ever 2017 Cadillac XT5. It is also creating an XT5-inspired capsule collection for the special invited guests at the Dubai show in November.

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The upcoming XT5 will be the cornerstone of a new series of Cadillac crossovers, all bearing the “XT” designation, with number indicating relative size and position. It succeeds the current SRX, Cadillac’s best-selling product line worldwide.

The show in Dubai will mark Public School’s first international runway show, showcasing the pre-fall collection that will be available in 2016. Public School grows its global footprint through the partnership with Cadillac: the curated collection will be revealed as part of the runway show in Dubai on the eve of the Dubai Motor Show.

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“This is a new way for two American brands to join forces, share a passion for design and grow globally,” said Andrew Smith, Cadillac executive director of Global Design. “For Cadillac, it gives new meaning to being a patron of the arts.”

This collaboration continues Cadillac’s engagement with the fashion community, supporting both emerging and established designers. Cadillac previously hosted Public School’s spring 2016 fashion show at its new global headquarters in SoHo. Cadillac this summer was also the presenting sponsor of New York Men’s Day (NYMD) and has a multi-season partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), which included support of the first-ever New York Fashion Week: Men’s. Cadillac earlier this fall launched a specially curated capsule collection chosen and styled by fashion icon Nick Wooster.

TOPP Drift 2015 | Sept 7, 2015


TOPP Drift 2015
Shannonville Motorsports Park
Shannonville, Ontario, Canada
September 7th, 2015

One of the most popular event series in Ontario is TOPP Drift. Essentially it is a grassroots drifting event where drivers pay a small fee to enter the track and they can drift on it or the skid pad all day. What sets TOPP Drift apart from other drifting events is that there is no competition. Everyone is out on the track practicing or mastering his / her skills in a safe and controlled environment.


Another thing that sets TOPP Drift apart from any other event that I’ve been to is that spectators/drivers can camp at the track the night before. Since this was my first TOPP Drift, I figured if I’m going to experience it I might as well go all out. It was safe to say that I was not disappointed. Since Shannonville is far out into the country there is barely any light pollution, as such at night the stars just above our heads were truly breathtaking. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a few shots with my friend’s BMW drift car.


In the morning the drivers made their way to the driver’s meeting and then it was off to the track. Spectators have the opportunity to go for ride-a-longs in the drift cars or just watch from the sidelines. Once on the track everyone took a few warm up laps before starting to go around corners sideways. I had the chance to ride with newer drivers and some more experienced drivers.


Sadly, not everyone was having a good day. Throughout the day there were 2 crashes – both on the same corner, however the drivers were okay and shook it off. It is grassroots drifting after all.


Brad’s Cressida was one of my favorite cars sliding on the track, especially as I have wanted to build a Cressida for a long time. It felt so natural seeing this car sliding around the corners.


Although there were a few other nice cars out there sliding (like S15s, R34s, etc) no drifting event is complete without seeing a few S13s thrashing around the track like our friend Brent from Drifter’s Anonymous.


Back at the pits, everyone is willing to help to do whatever it takes to get a car back on the track – that’s what its all about. No competition, just a big group of people who love to slide around corners and want to have a good time with others.


To sum it up, TOPP Drift is something everyone should experience at least once throughout the summer. We’ve been covering this event since it started years ago and continue to support grassroots motorsports, as should you! So be sure to check out another round of TOPP Drift, you won’t regret it!

Is There A NextMod x Deadmau5 LibertyWalk Huracan In The Works?


Only a couple days ago one of our photographers Markis Sarkis was contacted by Peter of NextMod (a well known parts retailer) to do a simple Photoshop rendering. The rendering was that of Toronto’s own EDM DJ / producer Deadmau5Lamborghini Huracan which he calls the #Purracan, modified with a widebody kit from Japanese tuner LibertyWalk.

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We first spotted the #Purracan after its transformation by Sekanskin at ImportFest just last month. Already the car has gotten tons of coverage for not only being the latest raging bull on the market with 600-horsepower, but also due to its comical Nyan Cat livery – similar to that of Deadmau5′ previous toy, the #Purrari.

Although not much is known as to whether or not Deadmau5 will actually go through with it, NextMod is doing their best to convince him. Should it happen, it will be the first LibertyWalk Hurcan in Canada and one that will have “car spotters” going crazy over it. Personally, widebody kits on supercars are an insult to the pedigree of these great brands and their engineering feats, but to each their own. In the end, Deadmau5 is no stranger to stirring things up and this would surely push him further into the tuning world of cars that he has recently gotten involved with. We just hope for the chance to feature his toys one day… fingers crossed!