Yokohama introduces first eco-friendly race tire.

Monday January 25th, 2010 at 9:11 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

Yokohama ADVAN ENV-R1 tire
Nano-Power rubber uses orange peels to go fast

Normally racing and the environment are not mutually exclusive terms, but Yokohama wishes to change that with a line of eco-friendly line of tires for the SCORE, SNORE and the American Le Mans Series. Much like the Yokohama dB Super E-spec tires that we covered in the past, these new tires also use orange oil to reduce the amount of petroleum used to make a tire.

According to Japanese tire maker, the ADVAN ENV-R1 reduces petroleum use by 10 percent and is easier to recycle. Yokohama also claims the ENV-R1 is the first environmentally-friendly tire to ever be used in a racing series.

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The 2010 Porsche 911 GT3: Oh Yeah!

Wednesday March 11th, 2009 at 8:33 AM
Posted by: tonyb

2010 Porsche 911 GT3

Lots of good stuff at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, take the Porsche 911 GT3 for 2010. Nice, yeah? Logically, the GT3 features a naturally-aspirated six-cylinder cranking out 435-horsepower due to a bump in engine capacity to 3.8 liters (up from 3.6 liters for the last version). Porsche claims the new GT3 will do the 0-62 in 4.1 seconds and will max out at 194 mph. Porsche, looking out for its customers, as well as looking for ways to break the laws of physics, has seen fit to include the sport-oriented Porsche Stability Management system that can disable stability control and traction control separately for better performance and flexibility.

There’s a unique aero package with bi-Xenon headlamps and LED tail lamps as well as a trick, active suspension. The GT3 comes with improved anti-rollbars and larger brakes. Later in the model year, the GT3 will be available with Porsche Active Drivetrain Mount engine mounts. Porsche says the slick engine mounts can recognize high-performance driving and stiffen up the normally stretchy “engine suspension.”

The Porsche GT3 goes on sale this October with a starting price of $112,200. European buyers can get their hands on a GT3 in May. Lucky bastards.

Source: LeftLaneNews

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New Porsche 911 GT3: At Home On The Road & On The Track

Thursday January 29th, 2009 at 10:11 AM
Posted by: tonyb

2010 Porsche 911 GT3Ah, the Porsche GT series … such fun. The kind of fun that keeps lawyers employed, tire dealers stocking up on new meats and cops waiting with their radar guns at the ready.

Let’s take a deeper look at Porsche’s new performer, shall we?

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