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The Fastest Amphibious Car in the World?

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The idea is not new. The design is not the prettiest. And the model is not the cheapest. Yet, the Sea Lion amphibious car aims for a place in history – it competes for the title of the world’s fastest amphibious vehicle.

The current record stands at 125 mph on land and 60 mph on water. According to the masterminds behind the project, the grey oddball creation can reach an impressive land speed of 180 mph. So the Sea Lion should have no problem to nab the title on the road. But it looks different on the water. It doesn’t have enough horsepower yet to beat the sea-speed record. The makers plan to exchange the 174 horsepower Mazda 13B rotary engine with a custom-built 300 to 600 horsepower Renesis Rx 8 engine in order to make it the fastest amphibious car out there.

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The Sea Lion is a unique design with only a few structural parts borrowed from other vehicles. It is made from tig-welded aluminium and a variety of CNC-machined components. The car has removable side pods that are used for flotation and can even carry cargo. According to M. Witt, the brain behind the Sea Lion, the design was created from a clean sheet of paper and was calculated to top previous speed records.

It remains yet to be seen if the Sea Lion can make it happen. It is competing against 25 amphibious vehicles that are being designed by different groups of manufacturers, scientists and super car lovers. Despite the big competition, the makers of the Sea Lion believe in its high potential and chance to win. The other designers are struggling to unite a fast car with a fast boat, says Witt. Some of the vehicles are either very fast on land but slow on water or the reverse.

The competition is unofficial and there are no written rules so the participants enjoy the total freedom of having a complete lack of guidelines. In case the competitors can’t decide which project wins, Guinness World Records is called in to settle the dispute. For the most part, though, a simple GPS display with a YouTube recording is accepted as speed documentation.

The Sea Lion might not be the fastest amphibious car yet but it’s for sure the most expensive one of the new cars for sale on the market. For a mere $259,000 the grey oddball creation can be yours.

HRE Vintage Wheels For Modern Cars

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HRE wheels has come up with a brilliant idea: to fit the modern exotic cars with vintage looking wheels.

The new sleek supercars look fantastic with the wire wheels or the old star-shape design. They are brilliant and are made bespoke to each car to match its color and finish.

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HRE Vantage Series range from 18- to 20-inches, and are completely re-engineered as 3-piece forged wheels from quality aerospace-grade forged alloy

HRE Wheels President Alan Peltier said, “The process of recreating vintage designs that captured the style and essence of the originals was very exciting and challenging for all of us at HRE. These designs take us all back to the ’70?s and ’80?s when we were kids falling in love with exotics for the first time and truly becoming car lovers. Capturing all the character and magic of these designs, while ensuring they fit modern super cars and met our current engineering standards, made the project tougher than simply creating replicas of the original cast wheels. We found inspiration in those original designs but created wheels that reflect the HRE of today; wheels that are truly inspired.”

Eibach 2012 ERS Racing Springs

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The suspension specialist Eibach revealed its latest range of competition and racing springs.

Eibach’s ERS range has taken teams in almost every genre of motorsport to championship or race victory over the last two decades. 2011 saw wins and podium finishes in all top level series including, BTCC, CTCC, WRC, Le Mans, F1, NASCAR, SCORE and DTM.

Eibach 2012 ERS Racing Springs Eibach 2012 ERS

The new 2012 range sees many new fitments added, as well as the use of the finest grades of high-tensile steel to achieve class-leading block resistance and superior deflection. Barrel springs, dedicated off-road applications, plus a vast array of helpers and tenders are showcased, along with a simply stunning range of metric and imperial linear and non-linear winds in every popular diameter and length.

New accessories tailored for key markets have also been introduced for 2012.

Vilner Saturn Sky

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Bulgarian tuner famous for their interior work, gave the Saturn Sky a slight makeover.

The treatment, also available for Opel GT, includes an oriental blue exterior finish with a royal red and aureate interior. The body gets a pearl effect finish and comes with a spoiler lip and LED daytimers.

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For the interior, you can count on lots and lots of black red leather and black suede, and carbon fiber trims. The car’s dials are also modified while you get a carbon fiber steering wheel as well.

It’s a nice but somewhat overdone package for the Sky.

Kahn Range Rover Swiss Edition

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The Swiss Edition is the latest Kahn-tuned Range Rover Sport, and it’s a bit special.

And you have already noticed what is so special about it, the two-tone paint job. The black & white effect does give the Rangie a mean and aggressive look. It makes it look much cooler.

Kahn Range Rover Swiss Edition Project Kahn Range Rover Swiss Edition 1

Of course, Kahn’s RS body kit also plays a major part in the styling with flared arches and rear and front skirts, and so does the 22-inch RS wheels.

The car can be had with a supercharge V8 engine tweaked by Cosworth.

Lorinser Mercedes CLS 2011

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Every new Mercedes model get a nice treatment from tuner Lorinser, and the new CLS gets one of the nicest!

It’s not a busy kit, but it features front chin spoiler, tall side skirts, roof spoiler, bootlid spoiler, and a rear diffuser. It does look massive and with new side vents it looks hunkered down and sporty.

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Matte grey paint job and traditional Lorinser wheels are also part of the program, but you have different choices in these aspects to make your desired combination.

This is one of the best packages for 2011 Mercedes CLS we have seen.

Vorsteiner 2011 BMW 5 Series

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Lately we’ve been seeing lots of similar kits for the 2011 BMW 5 Series from different tuners.  And here’s another one!

This is one of the better ones by the renowned BMW tuner Vorsteiner and includes M5-look body kit that really improves the understated style of the 5er.

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It gets carbon fiber front add-on spoiler, new rear bumper with a diffuser and two new tailpipes that fit perfectly on each side of the diffuser and carbon fiber boot lid and roof wings. The new set of white multi-spoke wheels also suit this car rather well.

This is just a preview. The actual car is yet to be revealed.

Opel Astra Turbo by EDS

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Opel Astra has never been a contender in the hot hatch segment, until now!

EDS Fahrzeugtechnik has come up with a super powerful kit for the Opel Astra Turbo that raise the power from 180 hp to a massive 360 hp with 480 Nm of torque. All that power sent to the front wheels without doing anything about the chassis is actually dangerous.

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A light body kit, high performance brakes and suspension, and 20-inch rims with Pirelli P.Zero 235/35ZR20 the front and 275/30ZR20 on the rear axle are other parts of this magnificent but expensive tuning kit for the Astra.

Details of the engine treatment:

  • Pressure reducing high-performance needle valve – 980 Euro,
  • high-quality steel connecting rod – 550 Euro,
  • HG Motorsport turbo manifold – 1200 Euro,
  • EDS high-performance charge air cooler – 600 Euro,
  • Garret GT28 turbocharger – 1000 Euro,
  • 100 mm air-flow meter – 300 Euro,
  • 550 cm3 injectors – 500 Euro,
  • 70 mm down pipe with HJS 200CPSI Sport catalyst – 800 Euro,
  • Friedrich Motorsport 70 mm stainless steel exhaust system – 800 Euro,
  • 240 mm EDS Sport clutch kit – 1100 Euro and Quaife differential lock – 900 Euro,
  • Engine adjustment by EDS Fahrzeugtechnik for 1000 Euros.

Project Kahn Range Rover Sport 2011

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Project Kahn unveiled their packages for all variants of 2011 Range Rover sport all at once! So it makes it easier for you choosing the right posh Rangie for your taste.

There’s the TDV6 RSE Signature Edition, a RSE300 and the RS 600. The first two feature a very cool two-tone paintjob.

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The TDV6 Diesel gets a front bumper unit, rear bumper unit, roof wing, RS twin mesh front grille and a pair of bullet side vent inserts, and of course the Kahn 22” RSL alloy wheel. The other two has more or less the same kit, but the RS600 is way more luxurious. Each car also gets its own unique wheel design or color, which is silver or matte gray.

Kahn cars always have a lounge-like interior with perforated and quilted leather plus blue speedo and rev counter, blue time clock.

MR Car Design BMW 335i

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If you are bored with your BMW 335i but don’t have enough money to get an M3, help is at hand from MR Car Design!

They can turn your car into a mini-M3 for around 7,000 euros.

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For that you get a 100 hp more power output, which means 406 hp and 530 Nm of torque thanks to XXL intercooler for the car’s turbochargers, a sport exhaust system and optimized ECU.

And as for the looks, well there’s an original M3 hood to fool people and new set of 20 inch Breyton Spirit wheels finished in black with 235/30-20 and 285/25-20 tires, and KW suspension system.

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