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2010 TechArt GTstreet RS

2010 TechArt GTstreet RS

The TechArt GTstreet RS is a super tuned version of the Porsche 911 GT2 and is the latest masterpiece from the German tuning that specializes in the German sports car maker’s work with the GTstreet RS being of the 700 HP variety. The vehicle features a new body kit consisting of a GT RS front apron complete with carbon splitter, new side carbon-flics, aero bonnet, headlight shades, mirror shades, new side sills, a carbon roof spoiler, a rear spoiler GT with winglets and carbon gurney and a rear apron GT RS with carbon diffuser and air outlet as well as carbon air wings.

techart gtstreet rs

In order to obtain the astonishing power TechArt has upgraded the flat six with a new turbocharger to provide more boost, a high performance intercooler to handle the extra heat, a sport tuned exhaust system to let the boxer engine breathe and new engine electronics to make sure that everything remains in working order. As part of TechArt’s high performance design philosophy, they test their machines on the track. The GTstreet RS has most recently established a new lap record at the Sachsenring race track clocking in at 1:31.94 minutes around the former DTM and current Moto GP circuit. Aside from setting a new speed record the highly tuned GT2 also scored a win with its proven ability to stop from 60 MPH just short of 108 feet, once again reassuring the RS’s super car competitor status.

Press release after the jump!

TECHART GT Street RS established new lap record
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Forza Motorsport 3 to be showcased at E3

Forza Motorsport 3 to be showcased at E3

At last, the long awaited third installment in the Forza Motorsport video game trilogy for the Xbox 360 will make its world debut at the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the L.A. Convention Center next month. Along with the racing simulator, the games creators will also be showing off their new Porsche 911 Turbo S steering wheel controller, created by Fanatec, specifically for Forza.

Furthermore, a Fanatec spokesperson revealed that the new racing video game controller will support a newly added feature for the upcoming release. Do you want to know what it is? So do we, it looks like no one will know until after the E3 Expo. So stay tuned to Top Speed for future updates about Forza as well as other excellent racing video games.

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Ferrari F-460 GT by Iding Power

Ferrari F-460 GT by Iding Power

The Japanese tuning house Iding Power, has been tuning high perfromance machines like Ferraris and BMWs for some time now. This particular example, based on a Ferrari F-430, has been named the F-460 GT. The car features some unique features like a rear spoiler with massive posts integrated into the vehicle’s structure. The number 460 comes from the freshly bored out 4.6 Liter V8 that now makes 508 HP. The added displacement and power allows the car to go from 0 to 60 MPH in under 3.8 seconds and reach a top speed well in excess of 200 MPH.

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Video: MTM Audi RS6 vs Bmw M5 Touring

Video: MTM Audi RS6 vs Bmw M5 Touring

We here at Top Speed love tuned machines, we love them even more when they are racing, but there is a special spot in out hearts for fast wagons. The owner of the BMW M5 must not have known what he was looking at when the Audi RS6 Avant built by tuners MTM rolled up and challenged him to a race. It appears that the BMW is equipped with a Super Sprint exhaust, good for another 40 HP over the 5.0 Liter V10’s 500 HP, but one thing is for certain, an exhaust is no match for a fully built 700+ HP machine.

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New Need for Speed SHIFT, more images revealed

New Need for Speed SHIFT, more images revealed

Need for Speed is at it again, they must have been reading Top Speed when we talked about them tantalizing Nissan enthusiasts with classic models both new and old. These most recent screen shots of the racing simulator, SHIFT, come courtesy of Speedhunters. If you liked seeing the Hakosuka GT-R in its red, white and blue race livery; feast your eyes on this: a clean silver on black example complete with fender flares in the rear.

One of the NFS team’s goals was to create realistic racing action, both outside the vehicles as well as in the cockpit, and they have done a fantastic job. Grabbing the virtual steering wheel with your video game hand will probably be as close as you will ever come to sitting behind the wheel of this Japanese classic.

In car view after the jump.

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Free downloadable Challenge Series for Need For Speed Undercover

Free downloadable Challenge Series for Need For Speed Undercover

Despite the less than stellar reviews for Electronic Art’s Need For Speed Undercover, the video game’s developers are still working hard to make NFSU as fun as they possibly can with a new Challenge Series. This downloadable expansion pack comes with 60 new challenges divided up into three levels as well as three highly modified prize cars.

The reward for completing the lowest tier of challenges is the “Battle Machine,” a vehicle that has been distinguished as one of the legendary cars behind NFS Pro Street. The next prize to be won is the “Speed Machine,” a tuned version of Rose’s 911 GT2 hero car from the game. The last and most difficult to unlock of the prize cars is the “Dominator”, a custom Z06 Corvette with a #1 license plate and lots of power. All three of the prize cars from the new Challenge Series come equipped with NOS, and are playable both on and offline. The best part about this new downloadable expansion pack is, that it is 100% free.

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Porsche 997 GT2 by Wimmer Rennsporttechnik

Porsche 997 GT2 by Wimmer Rennsporttechnik

Wimmer Rennsporttechnik is a hard name to pronounce, but the only thing that I can think of that would be harder is trying to catch up to their modified Porsche 911 GT2. This one makes 680 HP and can go from 0 to 60 MPH in only 3.4 seconds and hit 300 km/h from a standstill in just over 25 seconds.

Press release after the jump.

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Bmw Z4 by Hartge

Bmw Z4 by Hartge

The German tuners Hartge have just released a host of accessories for BMW’s latest hard top roadster, the Z4. Parts include a new stainless steel exhaust, new gauges, aluminum pedals and a host of new emblems. The most striking addition to the Hartge Z4 are the company’s signature design rims, offered in bot 18 and 19 inches.

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Activision Blizzard preparing new racing game

Activision Blizzard preparing new racing game

The videogame makers Activision Blizzard have announced that they are currently preparing a new racing game, IP Blur. The upcoming racing simulator should be a hit. According to Activision CEO Michael Griffith, “Blur brings real innovation to the racing category and is looking very strong. You will all get a chance to see this game first-hand at E3, but suffice it to say, we are excited to be entering this genre with this game.”

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KW becomes official partner of the WTCC

KW becomes official partner of the WTCC

The German suspension manufacturer has just become an official sponsor of the World Touring Car Championship. This means that every weekend of WTCC action, over 400 million spectators world-wide will now see a purple and yellow KW logo next to the number plate of every vehicle. The WTCC sets itself apart from other series because the racecars use no electronic assistance, and therefore promote the series’ motto: "Real Cars, Real Racing!"

Although this global motor sport is almost unheard of in the States, these compact, front wheel drive, small displacement engines could be the future of green racing here in the U.S. If you have now been inspired to follow the WTCC, the next race will take place in the Pyrenees town Pau on Sunday, May 17th.

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Brad Pitt will play Steve McQueen in upcoming biopic

Brad Pitt will play Steve McQueen in upcoming biopic

Hollywood is planning a biography on the King of Cool, Steve McQueen. The amazing actor, motorcycle enthusiast and LeMans racer is best known to car fans for his role in the film Bullitt. Ford sells a model in honor of the movie’s infamous car chase that pits a flying Mustang, McQueen’s car, against an all black Dodge Charger through the streets of San Francisco.

Contrary to prior reports that actor Brad Pitt was being prepped for a remake of Bullitt, it appears that he will be playing the role of McQueen in the upcoming biopick.

Check out the clip from Bullitt after the jump.

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Fast And Furious R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R Stolen

Fast And Furious R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R Stolen

There have been some pretty memorable Skyline GT-Rs in the Fast and the Furious family of movies. From the yellow R33 nicknamed “Big Bird” in the original to the Tomei powered R34 that Paul Walker drove in Miami and you can even consider the RB26DETT powered Mustang that drifted in Tokyo. Unfortunately for the movie studios that hold onto those cars, there are people in this world who take things that don’t belong to them.

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BMW Z4 by Hamann

BMW Z4 by Hamann

The BMW tuning specialist Hamann Motorsports, not to be outdone by fellow Germans at AC Schnizter, have come up with their own wheel and tire package for the new Z4 roadster. Hamann has been tight lipped about their plans for the new drop top, but what we can tell by the photos is that they are offering the rollers in a variety of attractive styles.

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Gran Turismo 5 to receive weather changes and night racing features

Gran Turismo 5 to receive weather changes and night racing features

The creator of the real driving simulator, Kazunori Yanauchi, has revealed that the final version of his video game Gran Turismo 5 will include both weather changes and night races. Vehicle damage will not be incorporated in this version, but will appear in a future GT. However there has been no word confirming whether GT5 will be released sometime in 2009.

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Lamborghini Gallardo by LB Performance

Lamborghini Gallardo by LB Performance

Lamborghini Gallardo by LB Performance

This Lamborghini Gallardo modified by the Japanese tuners LB Performance is an over the top interpretation of the Italian super car, with its extremely slammed body and wild rear wing. The Lambo rides on two piece alloys are from Forgiatto, another Japanese company. One thing is for sure, LB Performance created one stunning vehicle.

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Mercedes-Benz GLK by Lorinser

Mercedes-Benz GLK by Lorinser

The German tuners Sport Service Lorinser have upgraded the appearance of this Mercedes Benz GLK crossover with the company’s latest aero package. The kit includes a redesigned front and rear bumpers, side skirts, roof spoiler, tuned exhaust system and Lorinser’s own turbine inspired RS8 wheels.

Press release after the jump.

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Mercedes Benz SL600 by Swarovski

Mercedes Benz SL600 by Swarovski

Only a Japanese company could upgrade a Mercedes Benz SL600 with over a quarter of a million Swarovski crystals and find it stylish, when it was unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon earlier this year. Even without the bedazzled treatment the twin turbo SL with its 510 HP V12 can go from 0 to 60 MPH in under 4.5 seconds.

Rear 3/4 view after the jump.

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Porsche Cayenne by Maff Tuning

Porsche Cayenne by Maff Tuning

MAFF Tuning created their Muron project based on the Porsche Cayenne in order to offer an alternative for a truly custom super SUV. The Muron is unique because this is the base model as far as MAFF is concerned. Owners can upgrade from FRP to carbon fiber, choose from a wide variety of wheels and finish. MAFF is even ready to make up to 700 HP to make their customers happy. They have created one truly custom SUV, just check out the interior.

Press release after the jump.

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NFS Undercover downloadable expansion pack for the PS3

NFS Undercover downloadable expansion pack for the PS3

The game developers at Electronic Arts are releasing the same great Boss Car bundle from Need For Sped Undercover as a download for the Play Station 3 game system. There is also a Challenge Series featuring new cars and more game modes, but it also provides trophy support.

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Nissan GT-R by Vivid Racing: El rojo diablo

Nissan GT-R by Vivid Racing: El rojo diablo

The American tuning company Vivid Racing has been hard at work for the past four months developing the ultimate Nissan GT-R. Their goal was to create a car that would not only turn heads, but also freeze people in their tracks. This GT-R is a showcase for their performance, handling and aero abilities, a car that not only terrorizes drag strips but is competitive on the circuit as well.

Check out the video after the jump.

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Danica Patrick, "Got Milk?"

Danica Patrick, "Got Milk?"

Female indy car driver Danica Patrick is responsible for bringing newfound life and massive appeal to her sport. By being an attractive member of the opposite sex in a male dominated environment, Danica stands out as the face of the IRL.

Well the notorious guy behind the “Got Milk?” ads, you know, the ones with famous celebrities sporting the infamous milk moustache all asking the same question, took notice of Ms. Patrick and recruited her for a photo session.

Danica didn’t waste the opportunity to add her own twist and bridge the gap between milk and the winner’s circle at the Indy 500. She told the press that chocolate is her flavor of choice for this season.

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2009 Nissan 370Z by Zele

2009 Nissan 370Z by Zele

2009 Nissan 370Z by Zele

The Japanese tuning house Zele International has come up with a slew of upgrades for the Nissan 370Z. Upgrading the styling with a unique aero kit consisting of new bumpers, spoilers and side skirts. A Bembo big brake upgrade to slow down the Nissan built sports car and their FZ-Titan muffler to finish off the Z acoustically.

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Manhart Racing M3 Estate V10

Manhart Racing M3 Estate V10

Günter Manhart is the man to talk to at Manhart Racing, especially if you like fast BMWs. A short while back the tuners dropped a M5 sourced V10 into a Z4, and are at it again by combining the 550 HP ten cylinder engine and a 3 Series wagon to create the fastest estate on the planet.

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Lucas Ordoñez moves from racing game to real life racing

Lucas Ordoñez moves from racing game to real life racing

Most people who play Gran Turismo have wishes of success behind the wheel. But the question is, does virtual success translate directly in to the real thing? For one lucky gamer, Lucas Ordoñez, winner of The Nissan-Playstation GT Academy contest, he had the opportunity to score one for the couch potatos.

The GT academy was a competition in which players of the real driving simulator, Gran Turismo, vied for the oportunity to prove their abilities behing the wheel of a racecar. Lucas recently raced in the European GT4 round at Silverstone. His team’s 350Z started 11th and moved up to 4th before pitting for the driver change that would put Ordoñez in the driver’s seat.

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2009 BMW Z4 by AC Schnitzer

2009 BMW Z4 by AC Schnitzer

The Z4 is BMW’s newest roadster, and the German tuner AC Schnitzer have just released the first wheel and tire combination for the future bimmer. The tuners are currently working on performance enhancements, suspension set-ups, interior accessories and aero parts.

Press release after the jump.

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Opel Insignia Sports Tourer by Steinmetz

Opel Insignia Sports Tourer by Steinmetz

The tuning specialist Steinmetz is showing off their Opel Insignia Sports Tourer kit at Tuning World Bodensee 2009. The kit consists of a new front grill, new rear wing, a set of 20 inch rims and a 25 mm drop in ride height. Steinmetz has also added a little performance to the 2.0 CDTI powered Opel Insignia Sports Tourer.

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2009 Mercedes C63 AMG by AVUS Performance

2009 Mercedes C63 AMG by AVUS Performance

Avus Performance has modified the already awesome Mercedes Benz C63 AMG with their stage 3 engine package bringing output up to 585 HP and increasing top speed to 198.8 MPH. That much power and speed requires added attention to the braking system so Avus installed a set of 8 piston calipers to bring the vehicle to a halt.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Bentley Continental GTC by Arden

2009 Bentley Continental GTC by Arden

The aftermarket tuners Arden are currently working on an upgrade package for the Bentley Continental GTC. Included will be a flying B for the hood, 21 inch wheels and a new set of LEDs. The engine also gets an additional 60 HP bump. Pricing starts at €980.

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Classic tuning: the first Cargraphic 911

Classic tuning: the first Cargraphic 911

This white 1982 Porsche 911 is the vehicle that started it all for the German aftermarket company Cargraphic. The vehicle was originally purchased second hand in 1985 by Thomas and Michael Schnarr, founders of Cargraphic, and modified to showcase the budding tuners abilities. The 911 started off as a "G type" witha 3.0 liter flat six producing 204 HP, by the time that the two men were finished with the Porsche it was making 285 HP, weighed in at just over 2,300 lbs. (1050 Kg) and could reach speeds in excess of 175 MPH (285 km/h).

Modifications to the power train began with a Cargraphic Mass Air flow sensor from a larger 3.6 liter motor to register the added air, a G50 trans axle with better gear ratios, a reprogrammed computer to make it all works and a RUF-CTR oil cooler to keep temperatures withing operating range for the air cooled engine. The engine also benefits from a set of Cup manifolds and a GT exhaust made in house by Cargraphic.

The car sits on a special Bilstein suspension with Cargraphic turbo sport torsion bars. The gentlemen also fitted a sway bar kit, three part strut braces and stiffer suspension bushings in order to make the tail heavy Porsche handle better. For founder Thomas the suspension setup is just as important as the peak output in order for a quick car and to turn fast laps.

Inside each wheel well are 18 inch Cargraphic racing wheels that measured 8.5 inches up front and 10 inches in the rear. Aerodynamic upgrades consisted of RUF front and rear spoilers.

Press release after the jump.

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MEC Design presents new Multifunctional Steering Wheel

MEC Design presents new Multifunctional Steering Wheel

Aside from the seat back, the only object that the driver is constantly in contact with when behind the wheel, is the wheel. MEC Design has released their multi-function steering wheel, it is thicker and more luxurious than the standard offering. Hand-made from the finest leather and wood available, drivers will be impressed with the level of quality.

Comparison photo and video after the jump.

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Lexus IS-C for SEMA

Lexus IS-C for SEMA

Fox Marketing and Artisan Performance are preparing a very striking version of Lexus’s smaller open air sports coupe. Dubbed the IS-C; this tuner machine will become a wide body, twin turbocharged full-on show car. Covered from head to toe in candy green, this vehicle should be sitting pretty in the Lexus booth later on this year at SEMA.

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Need For Speed Undercover released for iPhone

Need For Speed Undercover released for iPhone

EA Mobile has just released Need For Speed Undercover for both the iPhone and iPod Touch. Although Undercover is being eclipsed by SHIFT on traditional consoles, running from the police is working out well for the portable Apple units. The new game features 20 customizable licensed cars like the R35 GT-R and Carrera GT for only $9.99.

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering

2010 Chevrolet Camaro by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering

Well known for creating ultimate GM street cars, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering will release tuning packages for the 2010 Camaro, ranging from a 550 HP supercharged version to the full blown twin turbo LS7 making 800 HP. LPE is also working on a full aero package.

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Audi A5 by Avus Performance

Audi A5 by Avus Performance

Avus Performance has returned with a flat black Audi A5 simply called the A5 Coupe Matte Black. Not only has the TDI power plant been massaged to pump out a few more ponies, but the tuner’s main focus was on improving the vehicle’s handling characteristics as well as adding a bit more style to the Audi’s simplistic and sleek exterior.

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2009 Nissan GT-R by Mine's

2009 Nissan GT-R by Mine’s

The Japanese tuning house Mine’s have been hard at work developing parts for all versions of the R35 Nissan GT-R, SpecV and traditional. They have already unlocked and remapped Nissan’s uncrackable ECU and are currently developing a Super Big Throttle Body to work with their VX-ROM. The tuners have also created a number of dry carbon fiber products and are working on a VR38DETT Super Complete Engine.

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Dotz Custom Finish

Dotz Custom Finish

In the world of tuning, nothing is more important than being unique. That is why the English wheel manufacturer Dotz is offering a their Custom Finish Box, a package that lets owners of their rims further customize the exterior appearance of their vehicle starting with their colored center caps.

Press release after the jump.

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Mercedes Benz SL63 Evo RS Spec by Kicherer

Mercedes Benz SL63 Evo RS Spec by Kicherer

Although still hot off the production line, the Mercedes Benz SL63 AMG is already one of the sportiest models in the German automaker’s luxury car lineup. But for tuners like Kicherer, sporty is not enough, so they started by upping the output to 560 HP.

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Get behind the scenes of Formula D with Dai

Get behind the scenes of Formula D with Dai

The guys and gals at Live Sockets Entertainment got a hold of Formula D drifter Dai Yoshihara for a behind the scenes look at round 1 competition at the Streets of Long Beach. In the video Dai talks a little bit about his new ride for ’09 the Discount Tires Lexus IS 350, powered by a V8. Check out the video after the jump as we ride along with Dai during a practice run. Notice has calm and collected he is sliding the car sideways at 80 MPH. Round 2 of the Formula Drift series will take place at the Proving Ground on May 8 and 9 at the Road Atlanta Raceway.

Video after the jump.

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Playstation Home receives new car racing game

Playstation Home receives new car racing game

While the rest of the developers at EA Games were busy perfecting the company’s latest racing simulator, Need For Speed SHIFT, another group was occupying their time in the virtual universe of Playstation HOME. The new section called the EA Sports Complex, features several sports-related mini-games, and the latest addition to the Complex is EA Sports Racing. The game allows for up to four players to burn rubber in Formula 1 inspired machines at a time. The mini-game is quite impressive and has more depth than regular flash games and will certainly entice lots of gamers, especially considering that the game is free.

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PPI RAZOR GTR based on the Audi R8

PPI RAZOR GTR based on the Audi R8

The tuners at PPI have kept their promise and unveiled their all new Razor GTR based on the four ringed supercar, the Audi R8, at Top Marques Monaco. The engine in the modified R8 makes 580 HP while the chassis has been lightened by over 500 pounds thanks to some new carbon fiber bodywork and a set of lightweight MAG9 carbon fiber forged aluminum PPI wheels.

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2009 Cadillac CTS-V by Hennessey

2009 Cadillac CTS-V by Hennessey

Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE), the Texas based tuning specialist, have announced their intentions to produce a number of highly modified Cadillac CTS-V sport sedans intended for release near the end of 2009. One thing is for certain, the Hennessey CTS-V’s will have plenty of tire shredding potential.

Video and specs after the jump.

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Need For Speed Shift: new photos revealed

Need For Speed Shift: new photos revealed

For those who enjoyed the Nissan inspired images from Need For Speed’s latest creation, SHIFT, we here at Top Speed say, enjoy. The game’s creators have released a few more images of these virtual racers at speed. Judging by the game’s trailer and these screenshots, Need For Speed SHIFT very well could be the next standard in racing simulators.

Check out the images after the jump.

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Vw Golf VI GTI by Mcchip

Vw Golf VI GTI by Mcchip

The aftermarket tuners Mcchip have just unveiled their latest kit for the VW Golf VI GTI. The package includes a reprogrammed ECU which gives the 2.0-liter TSI unit a maximum output at 252 HP, and for only 849 Euros, includes a new suspension from H&R and a fresh set of 19 inch flat black rims from OZ.

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5Zigen ProRacer SP Exhausts for the 370Z coming to the US

5Zigen ProRacer SP Exhausts for the 370Z coming to the US

5Zigen Japan, has the aftermarket exhaust market cornered for the new Nissan 370Z with their handcrafted ProRace SP hot pipes. The SP is a full cat-back dual exhaust made from durable stainless steel that can be yours for $1,900. If you want one, just ask for part number SP-1004.

Still not sure, check out the video after the jump to see and hear for yourself.

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2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class by Carlsson

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class by Carlsson

The German tuners Carlsson have finally made the future a reality. Up until now the aftermarket has only been releasing renderings of modified 2010 Mercedes Benz E-Class models, you know, the ones that haven’t even hit the market yet, until now.

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Range Rover Sport by Arden

Range Rover Sport by Arden

Arden takes care of its customers. For those clients who have grown bored of the company’s power package in your Range Rover’s supercharged 4.2 Liter V8, Arden is offering an upgrade that nets 470 HP consisting of a new blower, reprogrammed ECU, and a new exhaust with high flow cats for only $26,000 plus installation. By the way, that’s $3,250 per additional ponie.

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Phantasma CL Chrome based on the Mercedes-Benz CL

Phantasma CL Chrome based on the Mercedes-Benz CL

Asma Design creators of the shark faced Mercedes are at it again, this time with the CL65 based Phantasma CL Chrome. The unique appearance of these cars is meant for drivers looking for that over the top exterior to set them apart from any other Benz on the road. The 6.0 Liter V12 has been boosted to make 735 HP letting the Merc go from 0-60 MPH in only 3.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 205 MPH doesn’t hurt to set owners apart even further.

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Audi RS6 by Avus Performance

Audi RS6 by Avus Performance

It is nice to see the return of the sport wagon. This white Audi RS6 built by Berlin based tuners AVUS Performance is a perfect example. As if a 580 HP Biturbo V10 with Quattro isn’t enough AVUS boosts the four ringed estate to 700 HP and restricts the top speed to preserve the tires.

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Need For Speed Undercover to receive new boss car package

Need For Speed Undercover to receive new boss car package

Having a hard time staying atop the Need For Speed Undercover leader boards? Tired of getting pulled by the fuzz. Well if you already bought the boss car, NFSU is offering a premium package that delivers 8 of the level ending machines tuned to the max.

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Porsche Carrera GT by Koenigseder

Porsche Carrera GT by Koenigseder

Why mess with perfection. From the factory the Porsche Carrera GT is capable of tremendous things. Mostly thanks to the 612 HP 5.7 Liter V10 mounted behind the driver. But the appearance of the supercar from Stuttgart did well with the Koenigseder treatment of an aggressive aero treatment and a shocking orange paint job.

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G-Power Hurricane CS based on the Bmw M6

G-Power Hurricane CS based on the Bmw M6

The German tuners G-Power are able to boast being creators of the world’s fastest sedan, and a wild SUV. The latest addition to their list of extremely modified bimmers is the BMW M6-based Hurricane CS.

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Carbonetic presents Carbon Clutch

Carbonetic presents Carbon Clutch

Carbonetic have created the only OEM replacement carbon clutch in the world. The “Blade” is capable of holding more than 450 HP and 450 lb-ft of torque. Because carbon has 1/3 the specific gravity of iron, when combined with a lightweight flywheel can easily reduce the rotating mass by about 15 pounds.

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Fujimara Auto presents aero pack for Nissan 370Z

Fujimara Auto presents aero pack for Nissan 370Z

Japanese tuners Fujimura Auto have released a new aero kit for the Nissan 370Z to take Nissan’s latest Z car design and give it a bit more attitude. Included is a complete ground effect kit that is complimented by a set of carbon fiber mirrors.

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class by Lorinser official details

Mercedes-Benz E-Class by Lorinser official details

The Mercedes tuners at Sport Service Lorinser are ready for the 2010 E-Class with an exterior restyling as well as an impressive power package. Included is a redesigned front bumper with matte grill and a pair of spoilers for the rear end. While output has gone from 388 to 435 hp.

Press release after the jump.

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 by Wheelsandmore

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 by Wheelsandmore

Adding a modern touch to an American classic, the German tuners Wheels and More have taken a Shelby GT5000 and given it a full Eleanor makeover. It is hard to imagine Carroll Shelby ever intending for a set of 20s to find their home in the wheel wells of a Mustang, but I can assure you that he won’t disapprove.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Alpina B7

2009 Alpina B7

Luxury tuners Alpina are responsible for taking care of the lack of an M inspired version of BMW’s larger limousine. Based on the BMW 7 Series the B7 Biturbo combines exclusiveness, athleticism and comfort in perfect harmony to create a high performance saloon. The engine output has been raised to 507 HP thanks to the turbochargers. The suspension is electronically adjustable, ready for any situation and because it is an Alpina the vehicle rests on the signature 20 spoke 21 inch Alpina Classic wheel.

Press release after the jump.

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Piecha Design Avalange based on the Mercedes-Benz SL

Piecha Design Avalange based on the Mercedes-Benz SL

The stylists at Piecha Design have just released a revised front end for the Mercedes Benz SL. The re-engineered front end has been dubbed the Avalange RS Frontspoiler, and has proven its worth at speeds of over 300 Km/h. Added benefits include built in running lights and Parktronic parking assist sensors.

Press release after the jump.

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AC Schnitzer presents new cover design for the BMW i-Drive system

AC Schnitzer presents new cover design for the BMW i-Drive system

While a set of flashy rims or a wild bodykit is apreciated by onlookers, it is the interior modifications that the driver gets to enjoy on a regular basis. Adding a little interior bling to BMW’s i-Drive controller AC Schnitzer have designed a new cover to match their Type IV wheels.

Press release after the jump.

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Volvo-The Game: free racing game featuring the S60 Concept

Volvo-The Game: free racing game featuring the S60 Concept

In the spirit of Ferrari’s recent video game offering and BMW’s expression of joy advertising campaign, Volvo will be joining the competition by offering a free PC and iPod based racing game with the new S60 Concept Car as the star of the show. Teaming up with fellow Sweedish videogame developers SimBin, Volvo plans on releasing Volvo-The Game, for free, on May 26. The game will give players the opportunity to race the concept car along with a host of other Volvo racecars on two different tracks and three different difficulty levels.

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2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class by Carlsson

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class by Carlsson

German tuners Carlsson have just released this rendering of a very wicked 2010 Mercedes E-Class. The bold muscular lines are more appropriate for an SL65 Black Series than Benz’s midsize sedan. Everything from the blistered and vented fenders to the aggressive 20 inch 1/5 Revo Carlsson wheels makes a little more sense when the tuners announced that the E500 will have a CM50K compressor under the hood.

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Need For Speed Shift: new images available

Need For Speed Shift: new images available

The makers of Need For Speed are apparently appealing to fans of the hamburger logo with their most recent screenshots from their foray into a true racing simulator, Need For Speed SHIFT. Middleaged fans will notice the Hakosuka GT-R from the early 1970’s in the traditional red, white and blue Nissan livery. The 1969 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R, known as the original Godzilla.

For the younger generation of drifting enthusiasts is an S14 Silvia, Kouki to be exact, leading a pack of imports with it’s shark eyed headlights. No matter whether you are a Nissan aficionado or not these screen shots are enough to get you riled up over the new release.

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BMW E46 by RDX Racedesign

BMW E46 by RDX Racedesign

Sometimes modifying the latest and greatest from automotive manufacturers is out of reach for most tuning enthusiasts. Thanks to RDX Racedesign bimmer fans have a few new options for modifying the E46 3-Series.

Press release after the jump.

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Codemasters presents Formula 1 teaser

The videogame makers Codemasters are the proud owners of Formula 1 licensing. So with the approval of Bernie Ecclestone the game developers are teasing the public with this trailer for their latest racing creation. Although the video reveals almost nothing about the game, it made me anctious to run out and buy a Nintendo Wii. But not to worry it apears that Codemasters will also be bringing Formula 1 action to the PSP portable gaming device later on this year, and shortly after on the PS3, Xbox and PC platforms.

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BMW 3-Series Coupe by Lumma Design

BMW 3-Series Coupe by Lumma Design

BMW tuners Lumma Design have just taken the latest 3 series coupe to a whole new level of style. Adorned with the woven black stuff, everything from the grill inserts to the front fenders are made from the composite material, while resting on a set of 19 inch staggered rims.

Press release after the jump.

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Okada Projects (OKD) presents Nissan GT-R Plasma Direct coil upgrades

Okada Projects (OKD) presents Nissan GT-R Plasma Direct coil upgrades

Okada Projects have just released a Plasma Direct coil upgrade for the Nissan GT-R. The units are specifically designed for Godzilla owners who are running higher than stock amounts of boost, and thus pushing the factory coils beyond their capacity to create adequate spark.

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Ferrari is offering a free racing game for the PC

Ferrari is offering a free racing game for the PC

For those who have always dreamed of lapping the Famed Mugello Circuit in their personalized prancing horse, Ferrari is now making that a reality. No, Luca de Montezemolo has not gone mad, he has just taken the super car franchise virtual. The Ferrari Virtual Race is a racing simulator that can be downloaded for free from the Italian automaker’s website. Once downloaded, gamers can customize one of a handful of modern Ferrari’s to their liking at the Atelier and then have the opportunity to stretch its legs at the Formula 1 test track in Northern Italy.

The program can be downloaded at:

More information after the jump.

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Irmscher 7 Turbo

Irmscher 7 Turbo

Irmscher, the Germany-based tuning firm has just unveiled their latest creation to fight the war against overweight ridiculously powered big budget supercars with their lightweight Irmscher 7 kit car that can be purchased for less than 20,000 Euros.

Following in the footsteps of Callin Chapman’s original Lotus 7 and the later Caterham iteration. The Irmscher 7 is set to compete head to head with other affordable sportscars like the Ariel Atom that are capable of supercar like performance.

You can have your 7 in four different flavors. The base model is powered by a 2.2 Liter naturally aspirated Opel power plant producing 150 HP. There is also a 2.0 Liter turbocharged model with 210 HP and the next up the line makes 265 HP. However the top of the line Irmscher 7 weighs only 725 kg and makes 280 HP giving it an excellent power to weight ratio which allows it perform like a vehicle 100 times more expensive.

The Irmscher 7 is a versatile machine; it comes complete with a fully adjustable suspension for the track and creature comforts like air-conditioning and a rag top for rainy days. So for those looking for speed on a budget or those just wanting to pretend to be Jim Clark, the Irmscher 7 is worth taking a look at.

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Burnout Paradise Cops and Robbers trailer

Burnout Paradise Cops and Robbers trailer

Yesterday we posted a behind the scenes look at Burnout’s Cops and Robbers development. Today, Criterion Games, the makers of Burnout Paradise have just released their latest iteration of the classic pastime of playing Cops and Robbers with their multiplayer upgrade of virtual cop cars from around the world. Burnout Paradise won Spike TV’s Racing Game of the Year in 2008 which further emphasizes the games entertainment value.

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SEGA releases new arcade simulators based on Hummer

SEGA releases new arcade simulators based on Hummer

Videogame makers SEGA are expanding their arcade lineup with a new simulator based on the classic American symbol of Excess the Hummer. The system is simply called “Hummer” and has been designed as a full motion arcade game that moves along with the operator’s inputs while displaying the game footage on the oversized monitors in front of the driver.

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BMW M3 brake upgrade by AC Schnitzer

BMW M3 brake upgrade by AC Schnitzer

The German tuners AC Schnitzer have just released a new brake upgrade for the latest generation of BMW’s entry level high performance machine, the M3. The lighter setup with increased braking power was track tested on the Nurburgring’s North Loop, ensuring consistent fade free braking.

Press release after the jump.

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Video: Lamborghini Reventon V Max run

A Middle-Eastern Lamborghini Reventon owner recently pushed his Italian supercar to its limits conducting a top speed run which ultimately showed an astounding 356km/h (222mph) on the jet fighter inspired instrument panel.

For those who are a little confused by the title, V Max stands for maximum velocity, so now you know.

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BMW X6 by Hartge

BMW X6 by Hartge

The BMW tuners Hartge from Germany’s Saarland region have modified a diesel variant of the German Automaker latest Sports Activity Vehicle. The Hartge BMW X6 is a blend of high-performance street machine and crossover workhorse. The output of the straight 6 has been boosted to produce 328 HP and almost 500 lb-ft of torque while consuming less fuel. The body has also been widened to accommodate the addition of 22 inch rims.

Press release after the jump.

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RDSport RS35 Biturbo based on the BMW 335i

RDSport RS35 Biturbo based on the BMW 335i

The BMW tuners RDSport have modified the twin turbo 335 to create the RS35. This lower, more aggressive Bimmer rides on either monoblock or multi piece 20 inch rims and benefits from a carbon fiber front bumper. While modifications to the straight 6 boost power up from 300 to 414 HP, making this vehicle more powerful than the high-performance eight cylinder M3 variant.

Press release after the jump.

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Seat Exeo by JE Design

Seat Exeo by JE Design

The German tuners JE Design modify all things from the Volkswagen Group. This time it’s given Europe’s econo-car the Seat Exeo a unique aero kit, quad tipped exhaust and a set of 19 inch rollers. Transforming the rather bland Spanish sedan into an aggressively tuned sports car.

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Need For Speed Undercover DUB Challenge

Need For Speed Undercover DUB Challenge

The makers of the Need For Speed racing videogame series are hosting their own version of a virtual car show. The NFS DUB Challenge allows gamers to design and modify their own show car using the plethora of aftermarket accessories and customizable options from Need For Speed Undercover.

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Nissan GT-R receives LSD wind doors

Nissan GT-R receives LSD wind doors

With the Nissan GT-R receiving every possible performance and aero modification imaginable, the only thing left is the ridiculous. So for the GT-R owner who has already done it all to their Nissan super car comes the Lambo Style Door kit at a price starting at around 2000 Euros that give the car the added flair traditionally reserved for Italian exotics.

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Lexus IS by Tom's

Lexus IS by Tom’s

The Japanese tuners Tom’s have a long tradition tuning Toyota vehicles for both the racetrack and the street. Their latest treatment for the Lexus IS consists of an aero lip package that accentuates the aggressive styling of the littler Lexus without extensively modifying the exterior, as well as a sport tuned exhaust system.

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FAB Design Mercedes-Benz SLR

FAB Design Mercedes-Benz SLR

We have already shown you the outrageously styled Mercedes McLaren SLR tuned by FAB design. The Swiss tuners have finally released the official details about the 750 HP 310 kilometer per hour SLR. Enjoy!

Press release after the jump.

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Rockstar AEM Scion tC

Rockstar AEM Scion tC

The Rockstar/AEM Scion tC and driver Tanner Foust are off to a good start with a podium finish at its competition debut at the Streets of Long Beach where it competes in the Formula Drift Championship. The tC was built by drag racing legend Steph Papadakis, and thanks to TRD’s NASCAR efforts is powered by an Ed Pink 700 HP V8.

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Mopar Underground bring six customized vehicles to the 2009 Moab Jeep Safari

Mopar Underground bring six customized vehicles to the 2009 Moab Jeep Safari

Jeep enthusiasts are a special breed of car owners. They admire the go anywhere do anything attitude of the rugged American made off-road machines. As capable as the vehicles are from the factory, Jeep owners are suckers for customization. So they luck owners who attended the 2009 Moab Jeep Safari could not be happier when the team from Mopar Underground brought 6 of their highly modified Jeep vehicles out for a day in the dirt. These vehicles are not just pretty show cars. They take the already outstanding abilities of the factory vehicles they are based upon and raise the performance and styling bar to a whole new level. If there is anything that these vehicles have in common its big tires, added ground clearance and a whole heap of Jeep attitude.

The Surf Blue Wrangler “All-Access” is the perfect option for mudding enthusiasts. It features a 4 inch lift, over sized tires and a winch to get it out from the sloppiest of situations. The Jeep “Liberator II” makes the diminutive Jeep Liberty a more muscular off-road machine. The Jeep Wrangler Overland, based on a 2009 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited, is a completely self contained camp site on four wheels. Aside from the added storage inside the vehicle there is also a roof mounted tent that can sleep 2 comfortably.

The “J8 Sarge” is a modern day military interpretation of the classic Jeep Wrangler. Built as a support vehicle for the army, the J8 received substantial structural bracing that increases the vehicle’s maximum capacity up to 7,400 pounds. The “Grand Canyon II” is boasted to be the most luxurious of the off road vehicles thanks to being based on the top of the line 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland. The last of the wild creations is the Jeep “Lower Forty.” The goal of this bright red Jeep was to increase ground clearance without disturbing the vehicle’s center of gravity.

Press release after the jump.

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MTM Audi RS6 R vs Ski-doo

MTM Audi RS6 R vs Ski-doo

The French enthusiasts at Grip have set up an interesting competition between an MTM modified Audi RS6 Avant and a Ski-Doo snowmobile. The German tuners MTM have boosted the Audi’s 5.0 Liter TFSI 10 cylinder engine from the standard 580 HP to an astonishing 730 HP. The driver is banking on the Quattro all wheel drive system of the MTM RS6 R to get all that power to the snow covered surface. Watch and see how the tuned twin turbo V10 stacks up against the 1200 cc Rotax motor in this downhill battle. The action starts at around 1:00.

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Sony patents PSP controlled toy car

Sony patents PSP controlled toy car

Sony Computer Entertainment is developing a remote controlled car that uses a PSP portable gaming device as the vehicle’s controller. The unit will be made up of a camera mounted on top of the r/c car that transmits the image back to the screen of the PSP that creates a racetrack out of the real world obstacles surrounding the miniature racer. Very clever Sony!

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2009 Audi TTS by Mcchip-DKR

2009 Audi TTS by Mcchip-DKR

The German ECU tuners, Mcchip-dkr, have come up with program that boosts Audi TTS’s 2.0 Liter TFSI’s output by over 40 HP to a maximum of 315 HP and raise the top speed to 275 Km/h for only 850 Euros. Adding some style to the more powerful Audi is a set of lightweight 19 inch O.Z. Ultraleggeras that bring the package price up to 3840 Euro.

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Tommy Kaira sets their sights on Nissan

Tommy Kaira sets their sights on Nissan

The Japanese super tuners Tommy Kaira are well known for creating their own custom vehicles from high-performance machines. The aero specialists have announced that they will soon be setting their sights on Nissan’s next generation of sports and super cars the 370Z and GT-R. Expect nothing short of amazing to wear the company’s signature in the near future.

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Outrun Online Arcade making its debut this week

Outrun Online Arcade making its debut this week

The highly anticipated remake of the OutRun Arcade racing classic will make its way to XBOX game consoles later this week. The modern day version, OutRun Online Arcade, will be available on XBOX Live on April 15th. The game allows for up to six players to compete in 10 classic and modern day Ferrari’s on 15 different courses. The game can be yours for only 800 Microsoft Points.

Press release after the jump.

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Audi R8 by MTM

Audi R8 by MTM

The German tuners Motoren Technik Mayer have turned their attention to Audi’s supercar, the R8. The exterior received a wild green paint scheme while a supercharger was fitted to the 4.2 liter FSI V8 boosting output from the stock 420 HP up to 560 HP. Of course no MTM creation would be complete without a set of Bimoto rims.

Press release after the jump.

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Audi R8 based PPI Razor GTR

Audi R8 based PPI Razor GTR

The German supertuners PPI Automotive Design are planning for a release of their PPI Razor GTR at the Top Marques in Monaco. Based on the Audi R8 the engine is supercharged to produce 580 HP and the weight is reduced by over 250 kg to give the modified supercar a top speed of over 330 km/h.

Press release after the jump.

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Underground Racing Twin turbo Lamborghini Murcielago LP640

Underground Racing Twin turbo Lamborghini Murcielago LP640

The American tuning specialists Underground Racing have chosen a Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 to showcase their twin turbocharged abilities. The underground racers have already used a pair of snails in a Gallardo to produce an astonishing 1300 HP, so when bolted to the 6.5 liter V12 the numbers should be impressive.

More details when available.

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Midnight Club Los Angeles -South Central gets you a free pizza

Midnight Club Los Angeles -South Central gets you a free pizza

Rockstar Games and Pizza Hut have joined forces once again to promote the Midnight Club LA videogame. Before they were giving away a Saleen Mustang, but this time winners will take home a year’s supply of pizza. In order to win players must post the fastest lap times on the leader boards in order to win $599 worth of Pizza Hut gift cards. Remember, Pizza Hut takes competitors coupons, which will add up to a rather large stack of pizza boxes.

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Wipeout HD for PS3

Wipeout HD for PS3

The latest in futuristic online racing is Wipeout HD for the PS3 game system. Wipeout is as close as you will ever get to piloting a pod racer like vehicle from Star Wars. The game allows you to compete against other Wipeout fans from around the world can be downloaded for only $19.99 from the Playstation Network.

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Nismo 370Z

Nismo 370Z

NISMO is Nissan’s in house motor sport development program; their interpretation of the next generation Nissan Z car will debut in New York. Upgrades include a 350 HP version of the VQ37DE, an aerodynamically enhanced body and a set of lightweight 19 inch forged alloys.

Press release after the jump.

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Carlsson CK63S based on the Mercedes C63 AMG

Carlsson CK63S based on the Mercedes C63 AMG

The German tuners Carlsson specialize in modifying Mercedes products. Their latest creation the CK63S, which is built from a C63 AMG, combines high performance with upscale luxury. Up from the 460 HP offered from the factory, the Carlsson mechanics have extracted a total of 565 HP from the hand-built 6.3 liter V8.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class by Lorinser: real life photos

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class by Lorinser: real life photos

Just last month TopSpeed showed had a few sketches of a modified 2010 Mercedes Benz E-Class sedan from the German tuners Lorinser. Well today we have just received photographs of the kitted four door as well as some design sketches of the future Lorinser tuned E-Class coupe. Enjoy!

Images after the jump.

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Seat Ibiza Cupra for iPhone and iPod Touch

Seat Ibiza Cupra for iPhone and iPod Touch

As a thank you to all the Seat Ibiza Cupra buyers, the Spanish Volkswagen brand has released an App for the iPhone and iPod touch so that Cupra owners can continue to enjoy their vehicles even when away from their Ibiza’s. The App is free and has already been downloaded by over a quarter of a million users.

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JE DESIGN presents new designs

JE DESIGN presents new designs

The tuners who specialize in everything Volkswagen, JE DESIGN, have just released two new wheels. The Multispoke is a racy thin-spoked design and is available in colors ranging from matte black to pearl white. Whereas the SUV-Select rim is intended for larger applications.

Press release after the jump.

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Arden Mini Cooper S

Arden Mini Cooper S

Arden, the German tuner that specializes mainly on Jaguars and Range Rovers are trying something new. It has dressed up a Mini Cooper S to resemble a Mini Challenge competitor. Aside from the fancy graphics, the vehicle has been tuned to produce in excess of 200 HP from the little turbocharged four cylinder.

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Need For Speed SHIFT Trailer: frame-by-frame analysis

By now it is no news that EA Games is venturing into the realm of racing simulators with their upcoming Need For Speed SHIFT videogame. You may have already seen the trailer for SHIFT, but not like this one. This version points out some details that you might have missed the first time.

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WCC Challenger Convertible

WCC Challenger Convertible

Star power couldn’t event sell this one. Towbin Dodge (from King of Cars) commissioned West Coast Customs (from Pimp My Ride) to build what the factory wouldn’t: a Dodge Challenger convertible. The car went on eBay last week but the $50K+ higest bid wasn’t even enough.

More info and pics after the jump.

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2009 Mercedes-Benz by Relux

2009 Mercedes-Benz by Relux

The German tuners Relux pride themselves on only refining only the upper class of Daimler cars. That is exactly what they have done with this Mercedes Benz S Class. No feature has been left untouched; from the interior to the engine bay this luxury limousine has been completely modified.

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Bentley Continental GT Imperator by Hamann

Bentley Continental GT Imperator by Hamann

German tuners Hamann have added a new sense of style to the super luxury car the Bentley Continental GT, creating the Imperator. The body kit includes a more aggressive front bumper, side skirts, rear trunk spoiler and a redesigned rear bumper. However one of the nicest additions is the lightweight 22 inch rims.

Press release after the jump.

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