Alpha-N Performance Alpha One teased

Not content with creating programs for cars such as BMW’s 1M and M3 models, Alpha-N Performance is dipping its toe into the supercar segment with this purposeful-looking Alpha One.

Using the Porsche Cayman as a base, Alpha-N replaces the bodywork using carbon fibre panels, resulting in a striking, wider vehicle resembling the forthcoming 918 Spyder, weighing between 1080 kg and 1280 kg (2381lb and 2821 lb). Engine output will range from 221 kW to 588 kW (296 hp to 789 hp), meaning a 625 hp/tonne power-to-weight ratio is achievable, which isn’t far behind the Veyron Super Sport’s figure.


Panamera Diesel by mcchip-dkr

Obergartzem-based tuning specialist mcchip-dkr has revealed its program for Porsche’s Panamera Diesel model.

Optimization of the ECU software sees output from the 3.0 TDI unit rising from 184 kW (250 hp) and 550 Nm of torque to 213 kW (285 hp) and 600 Nm, shaving just over 0.5 seconds from the 0-100 km/h time and taking top speed up to 246 km/h.

Apart from the unsubtle striping, this Panamera also wears a set of three-piece Cargraphic alloy wheels, measuring 9 and 10.5×22-inches and wrapped in 265/30R22 and 295/25R22 Dunlop Sport Maxx GT tyres, and sits on H&R sports springs, providing a 30 mm drop in ride height.


Audi A1 e-tron for Germany’s Olympic team

Audi has handed one of its A1 e-tron cars over to the German Olympic team currently competing in London.

The Ingolstadt company, which is an official partner of Germany’s Olympic Sports Confederation and the National Paralympic Committee Germany, is supplying 60 vehicles to be utilized in the shuttle service running between the MS Deutschland cruise ship and the German House.

Acting as an exhibit during the games, the 75 kW (102 hp) A1 e-tron electric car is capable of reaching a 130 km/h top speed and, if the battery becomes exhausted, a small combustion engine recharges it to extend range, providing a maximum distance of up to 250 kilometres. This particular version wears the country’s colours on its body and a few exclusive trim elements inside the cabin


Akrapovic BMW M5 [video]

Here’s another nice promo from aftermarket exhaust specialist Akrapovic, featuring the latest BMW M5 model.

The Slovenian company’s Evolution Line unit is constructed from titanium and not only undercuts the factory item by 12.3 kg, but also manages to extract a further 7.5 kW (10 hp) and 17 Nm (12.5 lb/ft) of torque from the M5’s 4.4-litre biturbo V8 engine. The tailpipes can be specified in either titanium or carbon fibre.


SLS AMG Roadster by Rennen Forged

Rennen Forged has teamed up with friends and fellow specialists, Anaheim’s Wheel Warehouse, to fit this Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster out with a set of its Rennen RM5 items.

This particular quartet, measuring 9.5×22-inches on the front and 11×22 out back, features stepped lips and custom centres with Mercedes centre caps, and is finished in a combination of Mystic White and Matte Black.



Porsche 991 GT3 Cup car spied [video]

Here’s some grainy footage of what appears to be the next generation of Porsche’s 911 GT3 Cup car during testing. Based on the 991 model, the video was shot at the Oschersleben Motorsport Arena and, judging by the glorious sound it’s emitting – as well as that gigantic rear wing, we can safely assume that this isn’t a road car. The current 997 version will be retained for this year and next before being superseded by the 991 for the 2014 season. Let’s hope MrSing1337 invests in a better camera before then.



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