New Autobots in Transformers 4: A New Optimus Truck, Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, 1967 Chevy Camaro SS (Bumblebee) and 2014 Corvette Stingray
A new-look Optimus Prime has been snapped on the set of Michael Bay’s upcoming ‘Transformers 4’, accompanied by two mystery Autobots - but who are those robots in disguise?
The mystery production pics show the “classy” looking black and blue Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse, worth an estimated £1.6 million, and what Bay calls a “special race-inspired” electric green C7 Corvette, which we’re guessing ain’t cheap either.
The second car is a striking electric green Corvette Stingray, which director Michael Bay says is a “special race-inspired” model .
However, it has not yet been announced which characters will be played by the new cars, while speculation suggests a revival of the Deceptacon (bad guy) bounty hunter Lockdown or even Dinobots. The cast is also getting some new members including comedian TJ Miller, who will co-star along Mark Wahlberg and the regulars.
Despite building what is unquestionably the ugliest C7 Corvette Stingray in the world, Transformers 4 successfully made a pretty-looking Bumblebee out of a 1967 Camaro.
Opel Plays Sweet Prank to Volkswagen Fans at the GTI Meet in Worthersee
The annual GTI Meeting in Worthersee, Austria, is a VW Group-exclusive tuning event where the VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda brands come to show wild concept cars and their customizing options. The event has many followers, especially among young people, which is normal given that it’s a tuning show.
At this year’s edition, visitors were given free 3D glasses to watch the fireworks, with the promise they will see something spectacular. And special it was, as the glasses showed… Opel logos instead of those of VW. The joke was enjoyed by some, while others, more fanatical in their “cult” for Volkswagen, simply burned the glasses.
Naturally, Opel didn’t take official credit for the move, but a video on YouTube that shows how the prank unfolded went viral.
GM designers have afforded the 2014 model with newly styled front and rear ends, which are supposed to make the Camaro look more contemporary and bring it closer to Chevy’s original sports car, the Corvette Stingray.
Moving to the rear, the first thing that catches your attention are the new one-piece LED headlamps that are completely different than those found on the European-spec Camaro, with inspiration likely coming from the 1967 and 1969 Camaros (instead of the 1968-style split units of the outgoing 2013 model).
Chevrolet also redesigned the trunk that is now fitted with a third-stop light and in some models, with a spoiler that looks like its flowing on top. Rounding out the changes at the back is the new diffuser in black that has grown in height reaching the center of the license plate.
Other notable features include the standard Recaro seats with microfiber suede inserts, a special aero package designed to produce downforce at track speeds, a limited-slip differential featuring a helical gear set, rather than traditional clutch packs, huge 305/30ZR19 Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires and a braking system comprised of Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix rotors and fixed, monoblock calipers. Additional chassis changes include stiffer string rates and suspension bushings for improved cornering response.
Chevrolet Sells You a Camaro Body and Chassis, Lets You Put the Engine In for Drag Racing
Chevrolet will produce a limited number of NHRA-certified Camaro rolling chassis designed for drag racing. The package will include a painted body and chassis ready to be fitted with an engine, transmission and other drivetrain components.
All cars produced are painted Summit White and feature a production Camaro hood and SS grille, production window glass, headlamps, tail lamps and more. On the inside, the Camaro gets racing seats, production-style instrument panel, steering wheel, racing switch panel, door panels, headliner and black carpeting. There’s also basic body and wiring built into the rolling chassis, but engine harnesses and a battery are not included.
Buyers can add their own powertrain components, many of which, including crate engines, racing engine parts, electronics and more, are available from Chevrolet Performance.
Each serialized chassis is assembled by hand at the same facility that makes Chevrolet’s COPO Camaro production racecars. The price for a Camaro rolling chassis is $55,000 (€42,520).
The new unit, which makes use of two-small turbochargers rather than a single, larger turbo, is rated at an SAE-certified 420 horsepower (426PS /313kW) and 430 lb.-ft. of torque (583 Nm), making it the most powerful V6 ever from General Motors.
It produces 118 horsepower per liter (88 kW/liter), which GM says is a better power density figure than the BMW 535i’s 300hp turbocharged 3.0L six (100hp or 74kW / liter) and the 550i’s 400hp twin-turbo 4.4L V8 (91hp or 68kW/liter).
With this engine, which is based on GM’s naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6, and the new 8-speed automatic driving the rear wheels, the 2014 Cadillac CTS can reach 60 mph (96km/h) from a standstill in an estimated 4.6 seconds and top out at 170 mph (274km/h).