Monday, December 31, 2012

Gymkhana 5 - The making of

I love watching great videos, then wonder how difficult is it to make them actually. And Ken Block is one of the best drivers ever, and works with the best TV crew too.

This one here is so special and took 4 days to shoot, while we watch it in 4 mins! God knows how long does it take to edit and make a whole one video!


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Review : Ferrari FF - Get to know..

I got a call from Ferrari Kuwait (Al-Zayyani) to test drive the new Ferrari FF in Dubai for a day, but they were generous enough to arrange for a second car to drive, the 458 which will follow in another post later on.

As for now, I arrived to Dubai, got into a nice Audi A8 all the way to the hotel! this has nothing to do with Ferrari :P and got to spend the rest of the day relaxing and bumming around.

I got a call from Ghita Mejdi PR Manager at Ferrari.. and took care of everything regarding hotel reservation and made sure I am ok.

Next Morning, I was meeting Ghita for breakfast to get to know the car better, and get some more information on the roads and the car that I am going to drive for the day..

Breakfast was so quick as she was telling me about the car and I was eager to meet the FF.

Signed some papers without reading anything at all.. and here we go..

I edited all the pictures not to show you guys the true color of the car, as I only wanna show you in this post the details about this car..

Take a look at the profile of the car from the front.. to the side.. to the far end..
Every curve and vent is functional.. since Ferrari are the masters of wind tunnels and tried to use the experience in road cars.  

I was happy to see cars like the Rolls Royce Phantom and Bentley Continental GT parked outside along with another FF. Why???

Since these are all 4 seaters and were made for the elite customers and can be great to drive for a movie premier opening and red carpets.

But non can drive you as fast and as cool..

The side profile can be one of the most amazing lines ever for me, The door is so long for a reason, you need to open the front seat far enough to the front to fit another adult.. YES ADULT! in the back.

And since you paid a good amount of money for the car, the seat will slide automatically.
The other part, the high roof line in the back ensures a great headroom for someone who's tall enough. plus the rear seats can be folded to give some greater space to fit 800 Litre of luggage including two golf bags.. You gotta be a golfer!! 

Time to open the door! Ready??

Oh God! Red intrior goes well with the exterior which you'll meet later..
But carbon fiber goes along with anything!! including Jay Leno's chin!

The concept of having a sports car, is to drive fast. and to drive fast, you need less distraction.. For that, you will meet the most exquisite and simple interior ever, mixed with the finest materials like carbon fiber, and hand stitched red dead cows.  

One of the new key features in the Ferrari FF is the Passenger Display.
Which gives more details to the passenger on what the driver is doing, like Trip information, speed, RPM and what gear you're using.. If you have a wife that screams a lot or you don't wanna be a bad influence to your kids, just don't tick that option. and save some money for something else.

Naaah! Kidding.. If you can afford this car, you won't care much about saving money..

The FF I got was fully loaded with almost every option you can tick..
Full Carbon Fiber interior, red leather, white stitching, four cameras and the works..

This reverse camera only functional when you're in Reverse Gear. Shows you the car behind or the dwarf people you're about to run over. with nice metering lines and parking assist noisy peep. but all of that is necessary so you don't ruin your 100,000 car. 

On the 1st gear mode, you get a small camera mounted in the front to show you the path you're about to eat so fast..


Since the car is so long..
And you sit waaay back, behind the engine that already sits entirely behind the front axle.. You need to know what comes your way from both left and right side when going out of a T-Junction.

So they did mounted two other cameras on the side.
This feature is not new to the car industry, but maybe important to this particular car.

The RPM or the big yellow dial..
One of the most important features in a Ferrari in general.. Because they value "The Pleasure of Driving" so you should always know what gear you're using, and what RPM you're reaching.

After spending sometime with the car, you become part of it and you'll change up based on the noise that 660 Bhp V12 6.3L makes.. LOVE THAT Roaring V12!

Manttino, is the Italian name for (Little Lever) and was featured first in 2004 with the launch of the F430.

Changing the set up of the car depending on the condition of driving and your mood or driving style.
And this is the only Ferrari now that uses "Snow" As one of the option because it is the only and first Ferrari ever to have four wheel drive.

Will come to the Manettino setting in depth in the next post when i take the car for a drive around Duabi.

Signals, Windshield wipers, suspension, high beam lights and stereo and radio controls all mounted on the steering wheel.

Ok, I always say "Less is more" meaning : less controls and technology gives less weight and more fun, more engagement with the car.

But I was not expecting to like the new Ferrari steering wheel, and I stayed in the car for at least 8 hours, with both my hands mounted on the wheel all the time.. cuz you can do almost everything without removing your hands.

Horn in style!

And the big red button..

There's this problem with all modern Ferraris with "The Red Big Button" 
Is that you would love to spend more time starting your engine, then turn it off again.. and do that for few hours like 1000 time.. cuz IT IS FUN!

When that V12 comes alive.. its like a whole Jurassic Park just came back to existence ROoaRR 

This screen on the left side of the RPM shows you different readings on the status of the car.

Below the center consol, You can see the main gear buttons, Launch control, Auto and reverse..
Will talk about them during the test drive too

The Navigation system is the same used in some Chrysler and Jeep cars.
For me, It was ok, why would I worry who made the navigations system and media center if it works properly and functions as I want?

The leather smell! Ahhh! such a seduction and would love to spend time in the car.

I had so much fun in the car I forgot to take proper shots of the back seats.. So here you some of the media I got from Ferrari in a fancy metal USB flash with the prancing horse..

I would love to do a road trip in Europe in the FF and not worry about the luggage!

All in All.. It is hard to find anything wrong with a Ferrari interior!
The stitching is perfect and aligned, but you find some places where you think Hmmm..!! That was not made by a machine!! There was an Italian guy called Roberto maybe who did this by hand!

I love the attention to details.. they've been making ONLY sports cars for the past almost 85 years..

Stay tuned for the new post about the test drive of the car..  

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Drunk Santa Drives a Lambroghini Aventador

When you dont have to deliver all the gifts for kids on a kart with deers.. You might consider to have a Lamborghini Aventador to deliver 0-100 gifts in 2.9 hours.

Hello Santa!

Friday, December 21, 2012

This is 2012..

Porsche UK took a group of Porsche drivers across Europe.
2000-mile trip.. full of great scenes and roads..

One day.. will do that.. Hopefully!

If the plan goes well.. the trip will be in May 2013..

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

I am in love with this car as I probably stated before and Yes I love the Ferrari FF..
But I know I might never have enough money to buy even a 2nd hand FF.

But this one is more affordable.. and reliable..
and no one will buy it..


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe

Finally a car to compare with the CLS63

The all new BMW M6 Grand Coupe..
4.4L engine twin turbo, producing 570 bhp to take on the Audi S7 and CLS 63 AMG Mercedes-Benz.

The Car still feature the carbon fiber roof just like its predecessor.
And the quad pipe exhausts..
Sprinting from 0-100 in 4.1 Sec. and electronically limited to 255 km/h 

The car is equipped with a 7-speed duel clutch transmission. and the first BMW M car to be equipped with ceramic brakes.

The M6 got new M1 & M2 buttons.
M1 gives a sportier car feel and sharper throttle response and steering.
M2 is more of trackday button! Cool!

Can't wait to see this car roaming the streets!

GulfRun 2nd Endurance Karting Race

Karting for 24 hours!
So this year, GulfRun decided to repeat the success story of last year of the endurance karting race. 

I was busy and couldn't go to the opening of the race! but it was a good chance for me to visit them after midnight.. 9 hours after the race started..

to see some action and people sleeping and tired! LeMans style.

Safty first

Only Red


Main VIP Stand


Pit Stop

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Back up cars

Safety Car 

I am proud to see such races taking place here in Kuwait year after year! Thanks to the daring guys behind GulfRun.

Teams were enjoying it too! cheering for 24 hours is not easy.. Driving for two hours is not easy as well, but yea! they did it..

Can't wait for the carshow for this year, and the main event in January..

Monday, December 17, 2012

Corvette C7 Interior craftsman teaser

Chevrolet's latest teaser shows some footage of the new focus on the new interior of the upcoming flagship sports car, The Corvette 7th generation.

When you first see the video, gives you a glimpse of Bentley!

We'll wait and see!

Ferrari Celebrates 10 millions fans on Facebook

What a lovely animation video done by Ferrari featuring Luca Di Montezemolo, Massa and Alonso.

Very nice and funny, shows how powerful social media is.. allowing the Chairman to be animated.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

SUVenture With Mercedes Benz in Oman - Part 3

Day 3 
We reached a new hotel called Sifawy. Newly opened and very clean.. spacious and cozy.

Very nice view and close to Muscat.. 

We reached the hotel by night at around 7 pm.. had a fancy dinner and then headed for bed as we gotta wake up at 6 am. to go for the ultimate wadi crossing and loose rocks.

The whole Sifawy area was new and looks great.

The pool, very tempting, but it was too cold for me..

Goats ride cars..

So we headed for the last wadi as we get out from the sifawy area..

First we went to a new experience dirt wadi pass. 

Shit happens.. we were lucky to have only one puncture during the three days events..


The big moment!

Leading car go first to demonstrate! it was not as easy and artistic as you see here.. very steep slope and we had to use everything in the car FINALLY!

The car was almost tilted on one side for about 30% which is very scary if you're in the car..
You can see how it looks from the side mirror.

we finally used the diff. lock and on the way up, we had to switch the front differential lock.

Now everyone, would know the G-Class got a high suspension not as the ML and the GL.

The GL500 got longer wheelbase compared to the ML500 and G500, so the car was harder to drive.

BUT, it was amazingly nimble during the final stage!
you set up the car to a certain hight.. stage 3
engage off-road set up 3
and you go for action

Up in the air..

All in all..
Summery : 
Me and my friend, never experienced Mercedes cars in action or off-road conditions..
And to be honest.. We were amazed by the capabilities of the cars.. I had the chance to drive 10 cars in 3 days.. MLs GLs and Gs

All very capable under so manny terrains and situations.
I would ask anyone considering any other brand for an SUV.. to visit their local Mercedes-Benz dealer and ask for a test drive.. 

Follow me on Keek for more videos about our test drive. 

Thanks to Mercedes-Benz Kuwait for the great trip.
And see you in more test drives soon..

Click here for Day1 and Day2 posts if you missed them.