Month: July 2009

Exo-Audi Concept Car

As a driving enthusiast, I love the driver-vehicle connection. To me, there is no better pleasure (ok, almost no better pleasure) than driving down a smooth, curvy road at 20 mph over the posted limit in a proper sports car. The feeling of being one with the car that only a good manual transmission can give you. The feeling that you aren’t driving the car, rather you and the car are working together as a team to propel you down the road. The new Exo-Audi Concept is an extreme example of this driver-vehicle connection – maybe even a little creepy… The Exo-Audi has no engine. Instead, it’s powered by the driver’s kinetic energy (movement.) “Taking advantage of the exoskeleton and nanotechnology evolution, we can create a potential energy source and produce a new generation of human powered vehicles: faster and stronger.” I’m not exactly sure what that means, and I’m no scientist, but I do know that energy cannot be created or destroyed – only transferred and converted. This means that it would take an immense amount of effort for a vehicle powered solely by a human to travel at high speeds. Think of riding a bicycle – they’re small, light, and have few parts. They’re also powered solely by our own movement. I don’t know about you, but I get tired after riding a bike any sort of...

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Senner Tuning Audi A5

German modification company Senner Tuning just unveiled a new appearance package for the Audi A5. The kit, which is their fourth package for the A5, includes a carbon fiber front spoiler, carbon fiber side mirror housings, carbon fiber rear bumper, and rear spoiler. Huge 21-inch alloy wheels along with a new lowered suspension kit give the A5 a sportier stance. A new exhaust system with four tailpipes adds to the unique appearance. If you’re getting a 3.0-liter TDI A5, not available in the States, Senner Tuning has a kit that will boost power to 300 hp and torque to 442 lb/ft. The power kit will give the Senner A5 a top speed of 174 mph. Many more...

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New Audi Q5 Body Kit from Caractere

Belgian tuning company Caractere adds the Audi Q5 to their list of modified vehicles. The new kit is more subtle and less aggressive than the Abt Sportsline Q5, which is good for people who want to change the appearance of their Q5 without being too flashy about it. Most Americans don’t like tuning their high-end cars, but these tuning companies are much more prevalent in Europe and other...

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