Thursday, July 5, 2018

It's Been Too Long

Time slips by, I lose interest, I find other interests, I loose friends, I gain new ones.

It's been a very long time since I've shared my passion for the automotive industry here, mainly because I have been working my ass off for my marketing company and the clients we have been obtaining.

One client, I have been taking pictures and writing content for a custom car, truck and boat shop here in Orlando.
www.orlandocustomaudio.com

As Next Level Inc. has hired NSG Consulting Inc. for a number of years, and I have been in charge of the entire online presence. I show up, take photo's of their custom work, edit the photos in photoshop, take video, edit that, and then post on their social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Google, YouTube and Twitter. There is more involved but that's why they are my client.

I get my fix of exotics from the Ferrari's and Lambo's they get at their shop. Sometimes I feel small because I actually get to move the vehicles, and I think to myself, how will photo's get me to own one of these. Hopefully one day.

A lot has happened in the last year and I hope to write it all down. The motivation to post more on this blog has increased and it's exciting because I have a lot on my mind. If you ever want to chat about cars, or something that I have posted about before, direct message me on FB or Instagram. @chasewgregory

Enjoy the next year of posts!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mercedes Maybac G650 Landaulet with a Cut Roof and a V12 AMG Motor

Seeing something new is always fun. Seeing something new that you loved the original of, even more fun(whether you admit it or not.)
I caught this gem on Instagram last week and now I find yet another color leaked across multiple sources. This is the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet with a V12 AMG motor.

Stunning!

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Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet

Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet
Open rear seats

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Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet Profile


As reported from GTSpirit.com

It’s a tough act to top a G-Wagen (or G-Class, as the Daimler marketing guys insist). In fact, the only way it can be accomplished is by creating an even more extreme version of the same car. In 2013, the G63 6×6 AMG took away the auto community’s breath; well over 100 were built, far byond projections. In 2015, Daimler fitted the G500 with the new, AMG-GT-derived 4.0-liter V-8, and added the Unimog- and 6×6-inspired portal axles. But this year’s masterpiece, while devoid of a third axle, has set out to beat them all: Meet the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet.

The model designation already gives away part of the story: The engineers stretched the wheelbase by 22.8 inches, took the portal axles of the aforementioned special editions, added the “first-class” rear compartment of the Maybach S-Class, and fitted an updated version of the power-operated fabric top that was purged from the regular lineup four years ago. The engine under the hood dwarfs both the G63 6×6 and the 4×4-square: This G-Wagen is fitted with the ultra-powerful 6.0-liter V-12 that powers the AMG G65.

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6.0liter BiTurbo V12 AMG Engine

Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet
The Badge

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Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet Running

Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet
Not your average Gwagon


Without doubt, this engine is one of the all-time pinnacles of engineering, rated at 630 horsepower at an earth-scorching 738 lb-ft, or 1000 Newtonmeters, of torque. The torque is served up on a lofty plateau that stretches from 2300 to 4300 rpm. Mated to a 7-speed automatic, this engine fires up like a gunshot, it emits a dark and menacing hiss, and it can hurl this 3.3-ton behemoth to 100 kph in less than 6 seconds. Top speed is governed at 180 kph, but we are assured the Maybach could reach around 250 kph. Which seems like a tempting proposition…

While the straight-line performance of this G-Wagen is impressive, its off-road capabilities are truly incredible. With 325/55 R22 tires and a clearence of a full 45 cm, there are plenty obstacles that you simply drive over. Like on every G, a low-range transfer case and three differential locks are standard.

And there is yet another area where this off-roader is second to none: We are talking about the rear seats, the ultimate lap of luxury. The “first-class” Maybach seats and the folding tables are a familiar sight from the Maybach S-Class, as are the massive, silver-plated champagne flutes by Robbe & Berking. On top of that, there are two glove compartments and a center console taken straight from the G-Wagen’s cockpit, an electrically operated partition that switches from transparent to opaque – and no less than eight handles to grab.

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Ill take it in white!

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Really?!

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Nice Ass

Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet Interior
The Maybach Touch

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AMG Mercedes G Wagon

You will need them when you fold down the power top and stand up to scout your surroundings. The window frames are fixed – that’s what turns this G-Wagen into a Landaulet – but there is plenty of fresh air coming into the rear compartment. The cockpit, by contrast, is not exactly pedestrian – but it is almost identical to a regular G-Wagen, albeit , of course, a fully optioned one.

Four paint colors are available, three fabric top colors – and several distinct interiors. Daimler will make exactly 99 units; they could cost as much as a half million euros, and they will be delivered from this autumn onwards. If you want to secure an example of the most extreme G-Wagen ever built, we suggest you talk to your dealer sooner rather than later…

-end gtspirit.com


Thanks to this post on Instagram, it's where I found it first.
Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet Brakes Suspension

Friday, February 5, 2016

Toyota Drops Scion!



Not physically though. Just the dropping the logo and marketing for the Scion brand.

To the point....
"Youth buyers are in a completely different position than they were 13 years ago."
-
Bob Carter, Vice President of Operations of Toyota Motor Sales to Automotive News 

Scion started in 2002 for a younger market that Toyota was having a hard time reaching.

Follow the crowd they say?

I mean sure, it was for the earlier born millennials and lasted but 14 years, and I bet there will be another company to talk to the current young demographic soon. But that generation is not as excited about cars as everyone else so it will be interesting what does come of the earlier year drivers.
Maybe because many states have raised the driving age and that they are finding other ways of getting around.


Find the full article here. 


Monday, February 1, 2016

Spy Shots: Toyota Supra/BMW Z4


Toyota Supra Camo Front End

Sema.org reports:

This is the upcoming BMW/Toyota sports car—purportedly the next Z4 and the revival of the Supra.

The three-year-old partnership between the two companies to build a sports car should finally yield a result in 2018 with a successor to the two-seat BMW Z4 and a new Toyota Supra. BMW engines and a chassis mated to probably Toyota hybrid technology is expected to save lots of money for sports car initiatives from the two companies—one of their numerous partnerships.

The photos here are believed to be the BMW with a folding fabric roof—a departure from the current Z4's retractable hardtop. Underneath are supposedly BMW mechanicals likely tied to the modular structure most rear-drive BMWs will be on, which is already adapted for plug-in hybrid powertrains.

The BMW is likely to stick to BMW engines and a possible hybrid variant, with 2.0L and 3.0L units likely. Expect dimensions to stick closely to rivals, such as the Mercedes-Benz SLC and Porsche Boxster. In keeping distance with the Toyota, the Z4 could be offered only as a soft top.

By contrast, the Supra could use only a hybrid system powered by a BMW inline six, with nearly 500 hp on tap. A dual-clutch transmission may be the only choice. But the Supra should compete with sports cars, such as the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT and Porsche 911. Styling cues from the ’14 FT-1 concept are likely.

Expect to see the new Z4 in 2018 and the Supra the following year.

Toyota Supra Spy Photo Rear End

Friday, October 2, 2015

New Porsche Mission E Electric Concept and the Website to Match

Porsche has released a new electric concept car at the Frankfort Auto Show with a really cool website concept that is new to me. 

Click on the image to go to Porsche's page on the Mission E. 
You will first see a drawing of the outline of the Mission E. And the only way to find out more info is if you scroll down the page. But wait! You don't move down the page. You must keep scrolling and the website starts filling in the details of the car including seats, battery and motor's, followed by the outer body. 

Click the image to experience this new way of introducing a car's design on the internet.

Click On Car

Cool, hu?!?!

I am always looking for new ways people are displaying content and branding on the internet and even curious on creative billboards. And this is definitely cool.

http://www.porsche.com/microsite/mission-e/international.aspx

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Major Explosion in China Leaves Thousands of Vehicles Burnt to a Crisp w/Video


At first glance, it seems like a junk yard. but then the smoke in the background makes you stop and think again what this picture is depicting.....

Yesterday, August 12th, 2015 there was a major explosion that is still unknown of the initial cause. Rumors of a gas leak have surfaced, but since today, other reports have come out, non of which confirming the cause. The explosion occured in Tianjin, China. Other sources report that the firefighters have been told to stand down due to near by buildings containing dangerous chemicals.

The Chinese government has sent in a biological team to find the cause because of a strange odor in the air.  There have been 50 fatalities and hundreds injured with at least a dozen other firefighters missing. Autoblog.com reports that over 2,700 cars have been completely totaled due to the explosion including "1,065 Touaregs, 391 Beetles, 257 Tiguans, 114 Golfs, 84 Up! minicars, 39 SportVans, and 28 Magotans" which is a version of the Passat. Land Rover and Renault have also lost cars but have not stated how many.

Watch the explosion from a near by apartment building. Mind you there is offensive language and your volume should be turned down if you are sensitive to foul words or if there are children near by.

Just OMG!  Click the photo to see the video>>
Tainjin China Explosion
Click photo for video!

To see more photo's of the aftermath, visit http://www.ebaumsworld.com/pictures/view/84695797/
Car numbers reported by www.autoblog.com

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Head to Head Rally Race Footage with Ingram vs. Bergkvist

If you ever think about being a rally car driver, I bet you will always be third because this competition is stiff!


Head to Head - Chris Ingram & Emil Bergkvist I decided to compare my on-board from Rally Estonia with EMIL Bergkvist MOTOR's.. and the result is pretty incredible! Peugeot 208 R2 vs Opel Adam R2 on Rally Estonia - Great close competition in FIA ERC Juniors
Posted by Chris Ingram Rallying on Wednesday, July 22, 2015