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  • Lamborghini Aventador Pirelli Edition – fancy paint


    This is the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Pirelli Edition, which commemorates the long history between the Italian supercar maker and Italian tyre maker Pirelli. All Lamborghinis have been equipped with Pirelli tyres since 1963 – that’s a really long time.

    It’s basically an Aventador with a special two-tone colour scheme. No mechanical changes, according to the info that Lamborghini have released. There are two different two-tone schemes to pick from.

    One option is for the roof, pillars, wing mirrors, hood, and intakes to be finished in matte black, combined with six glossy finishes for the rest of the body – Giallo Spica, Rosso Mars, Bianco Isis, Nero Aldebaran, Grigio Liqueo, and Grigio Ater.

    The other option is glossy black for the upper parts of the car and the air intakes, in contrast with four matte finishes for the rest of the exterior (Bianco Canopus, Nero Nemesis, Grigio Adamas, and Grigio Titans).

  • LDP contraflow time period shortened from tomorrow


    The Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP)’s three-month contraflow traffic system trial will have its time period revised tomorrow. Previously running from 6.30am to 9.30am, it will be shortened by half an hour from 6.30am to 9.00am.

    The contraflow lane will start at KM21 (Kelana Jaya-bound) of the LDP in Puchong (opposite HSBC, right after IOI Mall), with the exit at KM18. The contraflow lane is for light vehicles and Touch n Go users only. Keep to the rightmost lane to enter the contraflow lane, which will take you pass the clogged stretch between Puchong Jaya and the Petaling Jaya Toll Plaza.


    Having the contraflow lane means that Plaza A at the Petaling Jaya Toll Plaza in the opposite direction (from Sunway) will be closed. Motorists from Sunway to KESAS/Puchong can continue to use Plaza B during contraflow hours.

    Since the contraflow trial has been running for about two weeks now, what do you think of the contraflow system? Does it work, or is it making things worse? We’ve seen plenty of posts from unhappy LDP users on social media platforms saying it has made things worse, but we’re wondering if there are any happy users out there. Please do share your thoughts.

  • VIDEO: Volkswagen RaceApp and LogBox detailed

    Hopping on the performance-data-recording bandwagon, Volkswagen is now offering its customers the option to document every possible performance criteria with the LogBox and RaceApp feature – mirroring what Renault has done with its R.S. Monitor feature.

    Priced at €299 (RM1,276), the LogBox is installed inside the vehicle, which then transmits all the relevant data to the RaceApp feature on the respective owner’s smartphone via a Bluetooth connection. The app then streams live information to the driver including speed, boost pressure, G-forces harnessed and the like.

    For individuals with something to prove, the app also possesses a record mode which registers information such as lap times and best century sprint runs. RaceApp also features the ability to record an overview of the lap of a circuit that the owner has just driven on.

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  • Driving with Polaroid – clear vision in bright sunlight

    Personally, I don’t like wearing sunglasses. They make everything darker and more difficult to see, without actually making an appreciable difference in glare. Added to that, my myopia made getting sunglasses a time-consuming affair, anyway, and too much effort for too little benefit.

    Recently, however, I lost my regular prescription glasses, and had to make do with contact lenses for a while. As it happened, I became the only one in the editorial team that wasn’t wearing glasses, which meant I was perfect for trying out the Polaroid Polarized Sunglasses that had just arrived in the office. Thrilled? Not quite.

    But these aren’t ordinary sunglasses – as the name suggests, they feature polarised lenses, which are promised to virtually eliminate glare, reduce eye fatigue and increase contrast, all characteristics beneficial to the act of driving.


    The synthetic polarised film used in these lenses was invented in 1929 by Edwin H. Land, who went on to found the Polaroid Corporation. In fact, the Polaroid name was first popular on polarised sunglasses, before it became synonymous with instant cameras.

    So how do polarised lenses work? When light reflects off surfaces such as roads or other cars, it travels in two directions – vertically, which enables us to see, but also horizontally, which simply causes uncomfortable glare. At the core of a Polaroid Ultrasight lens is a vertical polarised layer which only allows vertical-aligned light to pass through, blocking horizontal-aligned light from reaching the eyes.

    If you have used a polarising filter on your camera to take pictures, you would have already seen the benefits of such lenses. Apart from reducing overblown highlights, you also get less reflections off shiny surfaces as well as deeper colours, all thanks to the magic of polarisation.

    As soon as I hit the road with the shades on for the first time, the difference was night and day. Despite the sun being right at eye level, it was not uncomfortable to look out the windscreen and continue driving – normally, I would have had to deploy the car’s sun visor just to avoid squinting. It made everything much easier to see, and my eyes were far less tired at the end of the drive.

    There were a number of other benefits as well, some I wasn’t expecting – for example, dashboard reflections on the windscreen were almost completely eradicated, making the view of the road ahead quite a lot clearer than before. Everything was also more clearly defined (there’s the increased contrast for you), and even the cars on the road look better, because the colour of their paints were deeper!

    The Polaroid Polarised Sunglasses have certainly changed the way that I look at sunglasses, and I would definitely continue to use them for the foreseeable future! They are available in a wide range of timeless styles and colours to suit every look and need, and can be had at any reputable optical shop.


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  • Tuned Mazda ensemble to feature at Tokyo Auto Salon

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    Staying true to its ZoomZoom philosophy, Mazda is touted to reveal a number of souped-up models at the upcoming 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon in January. Held annually, the Tokyo Auto Salon centres on the aftermarket scene and is regarded as one of the top shows in regards to the tuning scene.

    Of all the models said to make an appearance, it is perhaps the presence of the Global MX-5 Cup car that has got us most excited. The more obtainable (hah!) ensemble of exhibits include tricked-out versions of the Mazda CX-3, CX-5, 2 (Demio), 3 (Axela) and 6 (Atenza).

    On the Mazda CX-3, changes include a lower ride height, bodykit with red accents, black multi-spoke wheels and a somewhat tasteful vinyl application fore and aft the front wheels. The same treatment is echoed on the Mazda 2 and 3 with the exception of the 3 being featured with an additional red colour scheme.

    Utilising a more stealthy approach, the Mazda 6 and CX-5 will feature black paint, darkened alloys and subtle brushed elements. Presented as Prestige-style concepts, the 6 and CX-5 are rumoured to appear as limited edition models not long after the show, which opens its doors from January 9 to 11.

  • VIDEO: Hyundai Exobaby offers playful take on safety

    In most cases, videos detailing a car’s safety features tend to end up closer in relation to an 8am university lecture rather than say a Gymkhana video. Hyundai, however, has come up with a rather interesting take on breaking down the details of the safety equipment found on its products.

    Dubbed ‘Exobaby’, the cutesy minute-and-a-half ad tells the story of the Hyundai Exobaby as he tackles daily “obstacles” with a raft of safety measures built into his suit including a construction made out of high strength steel, blind spot detection system, lane departure warning system and more.


    Credit has to be given for Hyundai’s creative take on highlighting the firm’s many safety as well as performance features in the aforementioned video. It’s moments like these that prove a creative, entertaining clip is more able to get the point across as compared to the more straightforward, safe methods.

    Apart from the finished product itself, have a look at the behind the scenes video to fully appreciate the effort that has gone into making this clever ad a reality. After all, shooting a video – no matter a short clip or feature length film – isn’t exactly child’s play, is it?

  • Audi Q7 redefines aural pleasure with 3D audio tech

    Faszinierend plastisch: Audi bringt den 3D-Klang ins Auto

    The second-generation Audi Q7 is definitely not a car one would refer to as lacking in technology. To further redefine the genre, the new Q7 will debut what Audi calls a ‘3D’ sound system that will allow the listener to experience spatial height. Yours truly isn’t sure what it means, but it sounds epic.

    Available on both the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System and Bose Surround Sound options for the vehicle, the system is made possible via an algorithm that “calculates the control signals for each speaker swiftly and precisely.” Initially, the system dissects the data from the music source into spatial constituents.

    Said algorithm then calculates and constructs a “mathematical model” of any recording studio, effectively turning the cabin into an almost exact replica of where the source music was recorded. As a result, the audio signal – be it mono, stereo or 5.1 surround sound – and format of the source music is rendered irrelevant.

    Faszinierend plastisch: Audi bringt den 3D-Klang ins Auto

    The data is then processed to match the sound pattern in the cabin as close as possible to the original recording studio. The Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System consists of a total of 23 speakers, together with a re-engineered subwoofer and a 1,920 watt amplifier.

    Four speakers installed in the A-pillars with individual channels broadcast the portions that help generate the spatial height as part of the recording studio “recreation” process. In the Bose Surround Sound system, 20 speakers, along with an additional four, allow for the presence of the aforementioned 3D sound.

  • VIDEO: Indian man performing yoga on his motorcycle

    Here’s something incredible to watch while you wait for the weekend to officially arrive. Gugulotu Lachiram has passion for both yoga and motorcycles, and he’s decided to bring them both together by performing yoga exercises on a moving motorcycle.

    Just watch the video above to see him pull off stunts that will probably put most of our local ‘supermen’ to shame, or perhaps even inspire them. Some of the stunts look physically impossible to pull off – watch out for one where he hangs off the rear of the bike. How does that weight balance even work?

    Of course, we don’t condone doing such stunts on public roads, or for that matter riding in such a manner in the first place. Always remember, safety should always be at the top of your mind – having a helmet on when you’re on a bike, very important!

  • SPIED: W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Plug-in Hybrid


    Like the C-Class and S-Class, Mercedes-Benz’s “middle child” E-Class sedan will also get a plug-in hybrid variant. This prototype Mercedes-Benz E-Class was sighted by our usual spy photographers undergoing winter testing, and if you look closely there’s a small flap underneath the right tail lamp for plug-in charging.

    This plug-in charging flap position is the same for the W205 C-Class as well as the W222 S-Class. From what we’ve seen so far, the connector type looks like the Mennekes/VDE Type 2 variant.


    The question is – will the plug-in hybrid E-Class be an E 500 or an E 350? If it’s an E 500, it will share the S 500’s system which is based on a 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6. The internal combustion engine’s 328 hp and 480 Nm is paired to an electric motor that does 107 hp and 340 Nm.

    If it’s an E 350, it will have more in common with the recently previewed C 350’s system which is based on a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo engine. The smaller system has 211 PS and 350 Nm from the 2.0 litre engine, paired with an 80 hp electric motor. Their competitors from Munich have used a 2.0 litre turbo engine for the Chinese market BMW 530Le, pairing a 242 hp N20 four-cylinder engine to an electric motor, resulting in a combined output of 272 hp.

  • Spyker Cars – Dutch supercar maker goes bankrupt


    It seems the plucky Dutch supercar maker has finally run out of luck, as Spyker Cars, builder of some of the most exquisitely-crafted machines on the planet, has formally declared bankruptcy.

    A Dutch district court halted a temporary moratorium on payments – equivalent to Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States – granted on December 2, because the committed bridge funding did not arrive in time to save the company. This puts Spyker and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Spyker Automobielen and Spyker Events and Branding, into receivership.

    Spyker’s precarious financial position has been at least partly caused by its 2010 purchase of Saab, which itself went bust a year later after a last-ditch sale to Chinese carmaker Youngman Lotus was blocked by former owner General Motors. Spyker sued GM for US$3 billion over the matter, but the case was dismissed earlier this year.

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    “None of the ambitions we had when we founded Spyker 15 years ago has vanished as a result of today’s events,” said the company’s CEO Victor Muller. “In 2000, we set out to establish a super sports car business from scratch with a global distribution, and we achieved that. Over the years, we undertook some daring ventures that left their marks on the company which in turn contributed to today’s demise.”

    “I will relentlessly endeavour to resurrect Spyker as soon as practically possible and, assuming we will be successful, pursue our goal to merge with a high performance electric aircraft manufacturer and develop revolutionary electric Spykers with disruptive sustainable technology.”

    We say good luck to Spyker on its ambitious future aspirations, and, as its Latin axiom proclaims, “Nulla tenaci invia est via” – “For the tenacious no road is impassable.”


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