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The Audi R8 is a wonderfully enjoyable car
"Simplify and add lightness," as Lotus founder Colin Chapman said. In a world where even supercars are subject to environmental, efficiency and emissions standards, lighter vehicles are being looked on as a sort of panacea - make it lighter, and it's automatically faster, more agile, easier to brake and better on gas.
Knowing this, it comes as no shock that Audi is looking at ways to lighten up its next-generation R8, with the brand's head of technical development Ulrich Hackenberg targeting a 110- to 130-pound diet for the mid-engine rocket. This supports previous reports regarding the focus for the next R8. Motor Trend reports that aluminum and carbon fiber feature heavily in plans for the next R8, which should go a long way toward slimming down even the lightest of R8s, the 3,678-pound V10 Plus model.
There's more over at Motor Trend, including the buff book's attempts to get Hackenberg to discuss powertrain options for the next R8.Permalink | Email this | Comments
The Price is Right is well known for giving away automobiles as prizes. Whether for a well-placed Plinko chip or expertly valued Showcase Showdown, the allure of free cars has always been strong for this television game show going on its 42nd season.
The secret to hearing the announcer call you to come on down is acing your pre-show interview with the producers.
Now hosted by comedian Drew Carey, The Price is Right is giving away dream cars all this week, significantly upping the ante from its usual four-wheeled fare with prizes like the Audi R8, Porsche 911, Mercedes-Benz SL550 Convertible, BMW 640i Convertible and Jaguar XK Convertible. Contestants will play a pricing game to win one, though the show is keeping secret which games will be played to win each dream car.
We also don't know which days of the week each car will be given away, so if you arrive at the show's studio in Hollywood tomorrow hoping to win the R8, you may wind up with an XK. All we know is that the Porsche 911 was today's dream car (and wasn't won), so that car's out of the running for the rest of the week.
You might need some help preparing to collect your dream car, so we found this excellent piece on Deadspin about how to score a seat on Contestants' Row. The secret to hearing the announcer call you to come on down is acing your pre-show interview with the producers. Being over the top with enthusiasm appears to be the proven key.
Next, you'll need help winning, and for that we turn to Slate, which published a guide last week that uses game theory to help you win the show's pricing games. Sadly, Plinko is not one of the guide's 71 pricing games that benefits much from game theory - you just really have to know your prices, which in this case isn't hard since you're only after one of five prizes. You can look up their MSRPs on AOL Autos for help with that. But for other pricing games, using Slate's guide will give you a significant advantage, and in the case of a game like Now and Then, success is guaranteed 100 percent of the time. Good luck!Permalink | Email this | Comments
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I was never a huge fan of the Audi R8's in the aesthetics department. It was a mid-engined V8 beast with a hushed exhaust note, slits instead of eyes, and a big Egyptian stele for a nose. But in all black, I think I finally get it. It's menacing.
Still in the process of trying to get its trick LED Matrix Beam headlights legalized in the US, Audi is now trying to get its front and rear sequential LED turn signals approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Just like its auto-dimming headlights, the sequentially illuminating turn signals don't meet NHTSA's Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 108.
The problem, according to Automotive News, is that the individual lighting elements are too small to meet current US safety regulations. The rule states that each lamp should be 22 square centimeters (8.6 square inches) and the whole lighted combined area must be 50 square centimeters (19.6 square inches). In the individual sequence, Audi's lights are much smaller than that. As for the Ford Mustang, which has had sequential turn signals since 2010, this system is legal since the first lens is large enough to meet the required size, so the other two lights really aren't even necessary.
It sounds like it could be some time before we see these turn signals on Audis in the US, which is a shame because in addition to their styling bebefuts, we think they're more effective at signaling the vehicle's intended direction of travel, and they do a better job of grabbing the eye. Scroll down to watch a pair of videos showing the headlights in action on the redesigned A8/S8 as well as the recently updated R8.Permalink | Email this | Comments
As part of Motor Trend's Best Driver's Car competition, the buff book has held its third iteration of the World's Greatest Drag Race. With an airfield and a dozen of the world's finest performance cars at its disposal (oh, and a helicopter), the MT team did what any good group of enthusiasts would do, and tried to figure what car could cover a quarter mile the quickest. World's greatest drag race, indeed.
The contestants, as MT points out, cover a huge variety of engine types, drivelines, aspiration types and body styles, making for a genuinely varied and interesting field of competitors. Here's the full list of cars taking part.
Aston Martin Vanquish
Audi R8 V10 Plus
Bentley Continental GT Speed
BMW M6 Coupe
Ford Focus ST
Jaguar F-Type V8 S
Mercedes-Benz E63S AMG Wagon
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series
Nissan GT-R Track
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S
Porsche Cayman S
Quite a lineup. The group includes one previous winner, the Nissan GT-R, which took the original World's Greatest Drag Race, before being unseated by the Lamborghini Aventador last year. Let us know who your pick is to win in Comments, and then scroll down to watch the full video from Motor Trend.Permalink | Email this | Comments