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Video: Lamborghini Gallardo Race Ends With A Fishtail And A Crash
For the benefit of those who are fanatics of Lamborghini Gallardos, this video just might be a little too much to stomach. But if you enjoy the spectacle of supercar crashes – injuries notwithstanding – then check out how a Lamborghini owner managed to destroy his beloved Gallardo in spectacular fashion.
As is the case most of the time with these exotic crashes, the scene for this episode is a rather busy highway where two Gallardos – an orange and a green one – are trying to stretch their legs with their Italian supercar. We understand the adrenaline of putting the pedal to the metal when it comes to cars like the Gallardo, but we also are aware of the dangerous ramifications that could happen should anything go wrong.
Apparently, these two idiots either forgot that memo or they just couldn’t care less.
In the middle of their public showboating, the driver of the green Gallardo inexplicably lost control of his LP 560-4 – yeah, it has AWD – sending it into a massive tailspin before crashing in to the center cement divider.
As you can expect, when that happens, cement always wins.
A poor decision to race that was compounded by some less-than-stellar racing skills all add up to a pretty dinged up supercar and a more than expensive repair bill.
Next BMW X5 Has Begun Testing
The current BMW X5 went on sale back in 2006 and after what will end up being eight years, BMW will finally release a brand-spanking new generation X5 in 2014, and we were able to grab some spy shots of its first tests. The new model will be completely redesigned, much lighter compared to the current model, and powered by more fuel efficient engines.
It’s no surprise BMW will be working on their X5, considering Audi and Landrover have announced they will be focusing on lighter models for the future. BMW is matching these statements with a 330 lb drop for the new X5, compared to the current model, through the extensive use of aluminum. It will be offered with the company’s latest turbocharged engine in a smaller capacity and an improved fuel economy. The top version, however, will still enjoy its usual 4.4 liter V8 engine, but with improved figures. It has been rumored that BMW will also offer a hybrid X5.
In addition to the weight drop and engine modifications, the next X5 will also get a revised suspension, improved xDrive all-wheel-drive technology, and systems like lane departure warning and compensation, night vision, park assist, traffic sign recognition, surround view cameras, and active cruise control.
The new high-tech, low weight Mercedes SL roadster receives its official global unveil next week in Detroit.
“We want to get back to clean, long-lasting design,” director of Mercedes global advanced design and SL project leader, Steffen Kohl told CDN at the exclusive preview of the sixth-generation model. “So the new SL is long, sleek and still full of tension in the feature lines but less wedgy.”
In a short presentation Kohl felt all SLs became successfully iconic in their times because they followed two key rules – ‘sensuality’ and ‘cleanness’ – but alluded that the first rule may have been lost in more recent eras. “We did sensuality for a long time and now we’re coming back to it,” he confirmed, referencing natural shapes like the female form and cultural designs like a violin plus the clean designs of a classic Braun radio and the third-gen SL (1972-1989) as examples.
The design team assembled to take on the new SL starting back in 2007 included project manager Hans-Dieter Futschik with Mark Fetherston on the exterior and Hans-Peter Wunderlich overseeing the interior. The project was signed off in 2010.
Removing the wraps in the studio revealed new proportions with a lower silhouette, longer hood, and a wide, upright and deeper one-bar grille at the front. The official stats back up this impression; the SL is 50mm longer, a significant 57mm wider and boasts a 0.27 Cd drag coefficient.
These exterior dimensions pay interior dividends with 37mm more shoulder room and 28mm more elbow space. The aviation-inspired cabin clearly follows on from the existing SLS and SLK production cars with a whale fin-style IP and graphically clean ‘cross-hair’ air vents that resemble aircraft engines above a wide centre stack. Wunderlich said the treatment on the SL is “slightly more sensual than on the SLS” and great details abound from the narrow but curvy ribbed seat upholstery – inspired by protective racing bike suits by Dainese – to the revived use of the old-school Mercedes-Benz script logo on the bottom of the steering wheel, on a real metal part. From an ergonomic and sensory point of view, to sit in, it feels cosy rather than imposingly cockpit-like, or as Wunderlich added, “you sit behind the IP not over it”.
The idea of lightweight is fundamental to the new model’s structure. It has an aluminium bodyshell that is 110kg lighter than the outgoing steel version. Aluminium makes up 89% of the body with (even lighter) magnesium used around the rear bulkhead and high strength steel only used for the A-pillars to assist rollover safety. On the new SL350 V6 the reduction can add up to 140kg – or two slim men.
This lightweight structure was also developed to better integrate some of the new technology. For instance, the FrontBass stereo system uses the free spaces in the aluminium structures at the front of the footwells as resonance space for the bass speakers – rather than put them in the doors that Mercedes’ designers say can cause more vibration. Other tech includes a new windscreen wiper – ‘Magic Vision Control’ in Merc product-speak – that trades conventional squirters from the base of the windscreen for a series of holes in the wiper blade to deliver water direct to the windscreen and wipe it away at the same time, thus reducing the time the driver’s vision is obscured. As the water mainly comes out on the wiper’s downstroke it also avoids the potential for water spray to overshoot into the roadster’s cabin. Very Mercedes.
Revealed in a matte grey exterior finish first impressions of the car were very positive. One slight concern is the detailing within the front headlight clusters that at an initial view look a little fussy. But that question mark aside, the new wider and longer proportions, clean exterior lines and beautifully designed and finished interior add up to the 6th-gen model looking every inch a classic SL in the making.