We know that for Valentine’s Day – yes, guys, today is the big “V-day” – you usually give your loved one candy or flowers, but what if your loved one is a real Audi fanatic? You can easily imagine that for someone like this, candy or flowers won’t do the trick, so, what’s the solution then?
Well, Audi has offered up its own gift for its Valentines and we have to admit, it looks a little bit creepy, but for some people this might be the perfect gift. We are talking about a very cool artwork: the Audi Heart concept. It is the heart of an Audi RS5 that has been reorganized to create ventricles, valves, pumps and an aorta.
In the Audi RS5, the V8 engine develops a total of 450 horsepower and a peak torque of 317 pound-feet. We hope that all of you Audiphiles receive this wonderful Valentine in your Valentine’s Day box today!
February 14th is just around the corner and you all know what that day means. If you haven’t prepared a gift just yet, Ferrari has prepared something for you: a new pair of sunglasses inspired by their Scuderia team.
The new 2013 Scuderia sunglasses features a frame made in TR90 Grilamid - an ultra-light memoflex material specially developed for the aeronautic industry. Additionally, each model will be offered with a copper-colored metal nose bridge, Thermolast rubber applications and with two pairs of interchangeable Zeiss polycarbonate lenses: one colored in Orange and the other with a Red Multilayer lens. Each unit will be offered with a genuine regenerated red leather case.
Still, if you want to surprise your loved one with these amazing sunglasses, you have to prepare a pretty big budget as they are priced at €198 (around $270 at the current exchange rates). Deliveries will be made from the end of February.
Codemasters has officially announced the date their latest pride and joy, GRID 2, will hit the shelves. Mark the date, fellas; the game ships on May 28 for the PS3, the Xbox 360, and the PC.
We have to give some props to Codemasters for at least trying to break some ground for the GRID series, describing the game as setting "new standards for a racing multiplayer experience.” We’re not sure if those claims are going to hold up when the game is released, but at least these guys are throwing it out there.
Another wrinkle Codemasters is releasing is the chance for buyers to receive three special-edition downloadable packs depending on where you place your pre-order for the game: Amazon, Best Buy, or GameStop. If you get the game through Amazon, you get the Head Start Pack, which comes with a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 GT and discounts in the Car Upgrades Store and a RaceNet bonus.
If you get it in Best Buy, you’ll get the IndyCar Pack that comes with the series Pace Car and Dallara chassis, an exclusive online event and two additional routes around The Brickyard.
Finally, Game Stop buyers will receive the McLaren and Nissan GT-R Racing Packs, featuring the MP4-12C GT3 and two new ways around the UK’s Brands Hatch track in the McLaren Pack. In the GT-R Racing Pack, you get a GT-R SpecV , an exclusive online event and finally five daytime circuits at Yas Marina.
With a price tag well over $1 million, the Pagani Zonda is a car that’s certainly out of most peoples’ financial wheelhouse. But what if we told you that for only $2, you can have your very own Zonda? Even better: for $5, you can have three Zondas!
Before you start breaking your piggy banks, understand that you’re obviously not getting actual Zonda supercars. What you’re getting are build-your-own paper cutouts that you can transform into actual small-scale replicas of the Zonda.
As you can see in the instructional video above, the man behind the product, Taras Lesko, shows us exactly how you can build a Pagani Zonda from the comfortable confines of your desk. It’s certainly a fascinating hobby that might be worth picking up on, especially if you’re a fan of the mighty Italian supercar.
Big props to Lesko and the guys over at Visual Splcer for this item. We’re actually in the process of picking out what to buy as we speak, and if we do say so ourselves, so should you guys.
RC manufacturer Traxxas has been featured in our pages on numerous occasions and rightfully so, because when it comes to top speed, their RC racecars are far ahead of the competition.
And as it turns out, they’re even faster than some of the today’s more powerful production cars.
The latter was displayed at a recent drag "event," featuring a Cadillac CTS-V Sports Wagon and Traxxas’ Slash RC car owned by YouTube user hightechcorvette. Common logic suggests that the former, thanks to its 556-horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine would be too much even for a pocket rocket like the Slash RC.
Well, throw out common logic out the window because the Slash RC not only held its own against the CTS-V, it even blew it off of the strip with the kind of diminutive fury that Traxxas RC cars have come to be known for.
There’s a reason why Traxxas sells their RC cars for a pretty penny. That reason was fully displayed in this video.
Whenever you’re stumped looking for the perfect Christmas gift to buy somebody you love, it’s always a good idea to surf the Internet to find out what kind of items are out there that make for the perfect holiday present.
Well, if you happen to be reading this, may we suggest this pretty fancy but affordable mechanical timepiece from Subaru ?
It will only be limited to 300 units and priced at around $700 a piece, a figure that’s not that steep relative to what you’re going to get in the market for a timepiece with an automotive collaboration on it.
As for the watch itself, there are some touches done to it that pay homage to the automotive world, including a power-reserve counter that’s shaped like a fuel gauge at the six o’clock position and a window on both sides of the gears that show hints of a figure that appears to have been inspired by a boxer engine piston. And, and did we mention that the watch itself uses gears to measure the time while also showing local times of a number of international cities and even the Nurburgring race track.
The only caveat is that if you’re thinking of scooping this timepiece up as a Christmas present, you might have to wait past the holidays to get it. Subaru will actually bring the watch to the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon where they will have 30 units on hand ready to be sold.
Although you probably won’t get these products in time for the holidays - or maybe you can with expedited shipping - McLaren’s recently launched eStore has come out with a range of new products that make for some pretty sweet Christmas gifts.
There are a multitude of accessories, including carbon fiber luggages, a leather wallet and card holder that have been finished in carbon fibre weave-effect leather with McLaren orange stitching, and yes, even key chains, gloves, clothing, caps, and jackets.
But the unquestioned highlight of the new line is the Tag Heuer Carrera MP4-12C Chronograph, a collaborative effort between long-standing partners McLaren and Tag Heuer. The special edition timepiece will be limited to only 1,000 pieces and takes direct inspiration from the high performance 12C sports car after which it is named.
The new Chronograph reflects the new sports car in colour, materials and design. The watch’s dials are made in carbon fiber and were inspired by the MP4-12C’s carbon fiber chassis, while the sapphire crystal inserts reveal the movement behind the watch face.
Of course this exclusive watch comes with a huge price: £8950 - or about $14,500 at the current exchange rates.
Drifting is an art that almost everybody would enjoy. Who doesn’t like cornering at a safe speed while leaving a trail of smoke behind?
But, drifting is not without its compromises. It involves burning your tires and reducing the traction, an integral part of your car that doesn’t come cheap, which makes learning to drift an expensive affair. It also involves using a dedicated skid pad.
With the EasyDrift, all those compromises are now squashed.
Developed by a former racing driver and currently being used for police training, the EasyDrift comes in a package that includes a set of rings made of slippery plastic that is made to cover the entire tread surface of the rear wheels. It involves deflating the tires, placing the ring over the tire and reflating the tires to a snug fit. In three minutes, depending on how mechanically inclined you are, you can say good-bye to your rear-end grip and enjoy drifting like never before.
As drifting enthusiasts, we’d definitely recommend it to anyone who’d like to grab some fun or training without spending too much money. However, we cannot list out an exact price, as EasyDrift has yet to release a price on this system, but we’re sure it’s cheaper than burning up multiple sets of tires in a single training session.
Click past the jump to check out a video of its installation.
We’re sure you have gotten all of your friends and family great Christmas presents, right? However, we are pretty sure there is someone you have forgotten about and that’s your car, of course! Luckily, your car is not a very picky person. It only asks that you fill it with premium, open up the throttle once in a while and wash it when you get a chance. The latter is exactly what the gift we are talking about here accomplishes in a rather luxurious way.
This luxury car soap comes from the Scottish specialists in exotic and bespoke car care, Mitchell and King. With this high-end bubbly for your car, Mitchell and King has officially launched the world’s most expensive car shampoo, which it has dubbed “SPA.” When it comes to car soap, you are usually breaking the bank when you splurge and buy a $20 bottle. Well, SPA will do that and then some, as it will set you back £150, which is about $242 at the current exchange rates. However, we are pretty sure that this price is nothing when compared to the love you have for your cars.
The new SPA shampoo includes the finest cosmetic ingredients and is offered in a custom-engraved crystal decanter. Of course this means the bottle costs more than the shampoo, but you know, when it comes about a present is the exterior pack that makes all the difference. Additionally, you can create your own bespoke fragrance for said shampoo.
Unfortunately, it takes about four weeks to develop this personalized shampoo, so if you order it now, you will end up getting it a little bit after Christmas. Buy hey, all you have to do is reset the date on your car and it’ll never know the difference, right?
To snag up this Cristal Champagne of car shampoos, check out Mitchell and King’s website.
If somebody told you that they wanted a Lamborghini Aventador for Christmas, there’s a good chance that you probably wouldn’t be able to afford it. Fret not, as AUTOart has a reasonable alternative in the form of a 1:18 scale model of the mighty Aventador.
The downside to giving this scale model as a Christmas gift is the obvious fact that nobody’s going to be able to drive it. Apart from that, this scale model has all the tools to be a hot seller for the holidays.
The detailing of this Giala Orion Aventador is mighty impressive, particularly the interior, which was done so intricately that a lot of details contained in it can actually be found on the actual supercar. The kind of attention to detail needed to make that possible is incredible and goes to show just how finely built this scale model is.
Here’s the other caveat: this scale model doesn’t come cheap at all. We assume that in large part because of the intricate design of the model – on top of the royalties paid to Lambo – but AUTOart has priced it at a whopping €168, which is about $220 based on current exchange rates.
But if someone’s insistent enough to want an Aventador for the holidays, you can make that person happy without having to burn holes in your wallet.