Archive for February, 2008

Tennis Players Aren’t Just for Clay Courts

February 27, 2008

“Having a passion for cars and motor sport, I am really looking forward to the opportunity to be part of all the GP action.” That is what Mark Philippoussis, the Australian tennis player champion, said about being included in the 2008 FORMULA 1™ ING Australian Grand Prix. The race is going to be held in Melbourne, Australia.

Philippoussis was one of the recent additions to the list of participants for the said event. The 193 centimeters tall Aussie tennis player will be in the race along with other athletes across various sports such as ALF, athletics, basketball, cricket, netball, rugby, soccer, and surfing.

The tall stature of Philippoussis was a bit of a concern for a moment, as there were qualms about him being able to fit into the vehicle that he would be using, the Celebrity Challenge Fiat 500. All worries were dispelled when he climbed into the Fiat and fitted in just right. The Fiat 500 is one of the hottest cars in Europe, with the proof of being awarded in different occasions several times. David Stone, General Manager of Fiat Cars in Australia, had something to say about the Fiat 500: “With its outstanding advance sales, its unique parentage and cheeky good looks, the new Fiat 500 is already a celebrity in its own right.”

source: Scoop


Paris Hilton Fuels Up

February 26, 2008

For what seems to be a mundane task for everyone else out there, the mere action of Paris Hilton gassing up her vehicle had somehow earned its way to the headlines of tabloids and blogs alike.

Apparently, hotel heiresses don’t just go around partying or promoting their latest products (like shoes). The ever popular Ms. Paris Hilton was spotted at Mobil gas station. She wasn’t there for some product promotion or publicity stunt but rather for fuelling up her Land Rover. The Land Rover the hotel heiress was filling up has fuel requirements of premium unleaded (91 pump octane) with a fuel tank of 18.5 U.S. gallons or 70 liters.

source: Nacho Foto

Britney’s Kids Dropped Off in a Dodge Ram

February 25, 2008

Hollywood kids these days sporting expensive clothes and being indulged in expensive vacations are not unusual anymore. It should not come as a surprise that Britney Spears and Kevin Federline’s sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, were dropped off to see their mommy in a ride which no regular children would be seen in.Sean Preston (nearly 3 years old) and Jayden James (almost 2 years old) were seen to be dropped off in a gray Dodge Ram SRT-10 with their dad’s (Kevin Federline) bodyguard. The Dodge Ram has the body of a Ram powered by a 500-horsepower V10 engine of the Viper. Those kids weren’t just getting dropped off in style. They were getting dropped off with an unbelievable ride.

Britney Spears was allowed to see her toddler sons for a three-hour visit at her home in Los Angeles, California. Spears has not seen her sons for more than a month due to the temporary and legal custody granted to her ex-husband, Kevin Federline.

source: Celebrity Cars Blog

John Mayer and His Land Rover Defender

February 22, 2008

John Mayer is synonymous with “great music.” With catchy lyrics and equally catchy tunes, his songs make it clear just how talented he is. Ever since his debut single, “no Such Thing”, there is no stopping this guitar playing, singer-songwriter of the blues-rock/pop rock music. Everything he sings about is taken notice of, including which vehicle he prefers coasting around in. His choice? The Land Rover Defender, which looks just as cool as he is. Simple yet tough, this Land Rover seems to clearly parallel its owner’s personality.

The Land Rover Defender has a chassis that boasts of strength and durability, lending its hand to make the vehicle strong, versatile and durable. It body is made of lightweight aluminum, making it appear to be no-nonsense and yet wholly functional. The interior gives off the same impression of simplicity: clean and smart, each and every feature is there to function with great performance. It runs on a 2.4-liter Diesel engine which produces 360 Nm of Torque. Its six-speed transmission is particularly developed to perform smoothly, giving a relaxing drive no matter where it goes.

There are various accessories that are available to add a more personal touch. Exterior styling and unique alloy wheel designs are some of the accessories available. John Mayer opted to style his Defender with a roof rack. He was seen getting inside his vehicle at one of TMZ’s videos.

source: Celebrity Cars Blog

Scott Storch: “You Can’t Compromise”

February 19, 2008

“You can’t rush into the first deal that somebody offers you. As much as you feel like you need to or whatever emergency it is financially, you can’t compromise. It might work for you at the time, but you might regret it later. People have a hard time thinking of themselves as successful and [end up] limiting what their future can do if they sign to somebody exclusively or make the wrong decisions in a contract. My advice is, look before you leap.” These words came from Scott Storch, the famous record producer. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Storch was an early member of The Roots. He was the man responsible for Dr. Dre’s comeback record, jumpstarting his popularity. After that project, Storch worked with Xzibit (the “X” lead single on the Resltess album back at 2001), Snoop Dogg (3 tracks on The Last Meal album), Beyonce (“Dangerously In Love”), 50 Cent (“Get Rich or Die Tryin’” and The Massacre), and Christina Aguilera (Stripped). Among his list of clients are Paris Hilton, Mario, R. Kelly, Mya, and Chamillionaire.

Now that his bank account’s reportedly around $70 million, it should come as no surprise that Storch’s car collection is as extravagant as his wardrobe and accessories. His car collection includes four Rolls-Royce Phantoms, one Rolls-Royce drop head coupe, a Bentley Azure, Bentley Continental GT, 1973 Jaguar XKE, Aston Martin Vanquish S, Maybach 62, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, Ferrari Superamerica, Lamborghini Murcielago roadster, and finally a Bugatti Veyron 16.4. His taste in cars definitely holds no compromises, as it seems he wants nothing but the best.

He also owns a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti. This car model is the successor of the 456M and is named after the well-known coachbuilder of Ferrari, Sergio Scaglietti. Its engine is the 5748 cc, 12-cylinder, 48-valve, 65°V and has 434 lb-ft of torque at 5,250 rpm. It can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds, reaching 196 mph as its top speed. Large and spacious, this Ferrari has no problem zipping past.

source: Glam Girl Cars

Beckham: All Blacked Out

February 18, 2008

David Beckham was recently spotted driving a Porsche Turbo Cabriolet when he picked up his wife, Victoria (“Posh Spice”), at the LAX Airport. This Cabriolet was customized for Beckham, getting an overhaul to suit his taste and style. The headrests of the vehicle had custom embroideries and the exterior was made all black. Beckham fans would be keen to know that his customized Porsche Turbo Cabriolet now matches the rest of his five black vehicles.

Distinctively styled with class, the Porsche Turbo Cabriolet has an engine which is all about power. It has turbochargers which features Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) and its 3.6-L engine has 353 kW at 6,000 rpm. It has a maximum torque of 620Nm, where it can rise to 680 Nm with the “overboost” function that comes with the Sport Chrono Package Turbo option. Safety is not left behind with this model. It has 6-piston fixed calipers at the front and the rear has four-piston fixed calipers. With monobloc aluminum construction, these brakes provide more stability and added efficiency in braking. This is just scratching the surface of safety. This particular model also comes with anti-theft protection and six separate airbags.

The standard seats have full electric adjustments, its seat base lowered to give more headroom. The rear seats have a lot of storage area. One simply folds the backrests down for that extra 155 liters’ worth of luggage space. The additional features of the Porsche Turbo Cabriolet are the “Welcome Home” lighting, ParkAssist, Cruise control, HomeLink, and Dimming mirrors.

The Porsche Turbo Cabriolet is the vehicle with high torque at low engine speeds. This means that there is no turbo lag. It also has excellent handling and increase in performance. The power output may be high but that its fuel consumption? You’d be surprised to know that it’s low.

source: Celebrity Cars Blog

Fuel-friendly Fleet at the Academy Awards

February 17, 2008

Green cars. Environmentally friendly. Conscious of the environment. Drive green. Recently, these all seem to be the words spoken or mentioned when cars are brought up. Now even the 80th Annual Academy Awards will be joining in on the green fun when vehicles from GMC and Chevrolet are tasked to provide transportation to Hollywood celebrities during the said event. GM has already been in a similar scene before, at the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards, not to mention the 39th NAACP Image Awards. GM had participated by contributing their “fuel-friendly” vehicles to both events. Their Director of Marketing Alliances and Branded Entertainment, Dino Bernacchi had spoken about their involvement and said, “GM’s longstanding relationship with Hollywood and our strong commitment to bringing advanced technologies to market that will help diversify fuel sources and reduce vehicle emissions makes this the perfect time for GM to drive ‘green’ to the Oscars… Our outreach to showcase GM’s ‘fuel-friendly’ products will be increasingly evident in the entertainment industry in 2008 with presence at awards shows, film festivals and special events, as well as a heightened product placement effort in movies and television.” One of the vehicle models which GM will provide is the GMC Yukon Hybrid, their first full-sized SUV hybrid which no other hybrid vehicles can compare to when it comes to fuel efficiency and performance. Its maximum towing is 6,200 pounds and can seat eight passengers.

Chevrolet will also be stopping at the red carpet with their Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell electric vehicles. These vehicles are zero-gas and zero-emissions without sacrificing its performance. In 12 seconds it can go from zero to 60 miles per hour. It has 236-lb.-ft. of instant torque; top speed is roughly around 100 miles per hour. The Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell electric vehicles can seat up to four passengers.

Celebrities will also be seen being shuttled by a couple of FlexFuel E85 ethanol-compatible Yukon SUVs (still provided by the world-renowned automobile company, the aforementioned GM). It seems that the Hollywood celebrities who will be attending this year’s 80th Annual Academy Award will be enjoying rides that are both stylish and environmentally friendly.


Britney Spears’ Cars Gets Towed

February 16, 2008

Britney Spears has done it again. Whatever it is she’s doing, from ordering a Starbucks to simply getting out of her car, there is nothing ordinary about it. She has media captivated with her every word (ex. her false British accent) and every action (case in point: The time her Mercedes Benz had a flat tire.). There is nothing that this pop princess and mother of two that the media won’t leave alone. It would be to everyone’s knowledge that not so long ago, the aforementioned white Mercedes Benz was impounded due to the said flat tire.

The latest about Britney Spears is all about her cars. It was reported that they were towed from her house. Ms. Spears’ tan convertible Mini-Cooper and black Audi were spotted to have been towed from her house at around 5:30 in the afternoon, Pacific Standard Time.

The video can be seen here.

source: Britney Breaks the Ice

The Cars That Stars Ride Are for Sale

February 14, 2008

They are selling celebrity cars at MyRide. One of the celebrity rides up for grabs is Spice Girls’ “Scary Spice” Melanie B. Her car is a black Mercedes Benz SLK55 AMG. It has a powerful, unbeatable 5.4L V8 engine with seven-speed automatic. The brakes will put anyone’s mind at ease when it comes to worrying about stopping in time. The well-trimmed interior and notable stereo adds to its appeal. Its AMG bodywork and 18-inch twin spoke wheels are there to impress. To get to 60 takes no more than 5.1 seconds. The Mercedes Benz SLK55 AMG is a luxurious convertible dressed to impress but without sacrificing its speed and power. MyRide is offering this sleek and powerful roadster for under $46,000.00

Another celebrity car for sale is Holly Madison’s (Hugh Hefner’s girlfriend in “Girls Next Door”) Porsche Cavenne. This vehicle has a low mileage of 13,700 miles and a 4.5L V8 engine with Tiptronic Paddle-Shift. It is power steering and all-wheel drive and its interior is customized with leather. “This hot ride delivers everything you can expect in a performance midsize luxury SUV by Porsche.”

The late Milton Berle’s 1983 Mercedes Benz 380SL is also for sale. Berle was an Emmy award-winning American comedian and actor. He was also known as “Uncle Miltie” or “Mr. Television” during the golden age of the TV. This Mercedes Benz model has a 3.8L V8 engine with automatic transmission. It is fully loaded with power windows and cruise control. It being part of history and being one of a kind, only serious offers will be entertained. The asking price s $24,900 with an immediate deposit worth $500 required.

source: MyRide

David Beckham’s Car Collection

February 12, 2008

With $1 million earned per week, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that David Beckham, the world-renowned soccer player married to none other than Spice Girls’ “Posh Spice” Victoria, has a fleet of cars which would make anyone’s eyes pop. One of the cars he owns is the Aston Martin DB7 is a sleek sports car powered by a V6 engine. It gives off a top speed of 171 mpg, providing stunning acceleration and power, able to go from 0 mph to 60 mph in just a matter of 5.4 seconds. Its interior leather and heated seats finishes off its truly one-of-a-kind experience when driving or riding it. The new model, the DB7 Coupe, is offered in the market at £96,250. It is made even better because they allow you to personalize it. Selections of adding personal touches include overmats and wire mesh grilles. Handling and power enhancements are also offered from the Driving Dynamics range.

Yet another remarkable car of Beckham is the Bentley Continental GT. This model is “inspired by the grace and power of Bentley’s thoroughbred bloodline.” The Continental GT combines power and world-class performance. It comes in three different colors: Beluga, Diamond Black and Midnight Emerald. It has either 19-inches or 20-inches chrome wheels. Other options are available, such as the painted finish. The interior is not ignored. It has engine start/stop button, gear lever and infotainment system, and 4-spoke steering wheel with gear shift paddles. These are just to name a few. The Continental GT has a 6-liter engine with twin turbochargers. These turbochargers make it possible to speed up the power output to 552bhp. Not only that but its internal efficiency results to the decrease in the emissions of CO2 as well as fuel consumption. The Bentley Continental GT offers 479 lb-ft torque. All of this makes for a thrilling drive.

Other noteworthy car David Beckham owns are BMW X5, Chrysler grand Voyager, Ferrari 550 Maranello, Ford F-Series pickup, Hummer H2, Lincoln Navigator, Prosche 911 (993) Turbo, and TVR Cerbera.

source: MSN Cars UK