Saturday, August 31, 2013

3500 Miles covered with 3500Bhp of Porsches

After taking the Lambos to Italy, we are planning another trip soon, but not like other arabs and their supercars in London! this is gonna be all racing and tracks kind of trip.

I found this video very inspirational!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Review - Ferrari FF Panorama

I was in Dubai for a personal vacation with friends in June. when I got a call from Ghita Majdi from Ferrari Office -ME located in Dubai offering me a test drive of the Ferrari California.

So I had to say no, and stab my heart.. since I told her, i'll be with 3 friends and I don't wanna drive the car with only one of them at a time.

An hour later, she calls..and says.. you and your friends will get a Ferrari FF for the whole trip, Keep it till you get bored!! 

Since I drove the Ferrari FF last time in Dubai, I will leave the boys to tell you the story..
Some of them never been in a Ferrari before. to be in the first hatchback Ferrari was not what they expected.

Lets see what they think..

I'll introduce you to my friends first..
Big O : is the oldest one, this is why he's the O
QMoe : is the fat guy dieting all his life, got the front seat all the time.
FMR : is the tech freak.. always finding stuff in the car we can't find.

First impressions:

Big O : Hated the car.. he thought Ferraris should never be hatchbacks and was not convinced about the design

QMoe : Love from first sight.. my future car.

FMR : Wow! loved the car, shape, colour and interior.

Ride Quality..

Big O : 9/10 

QMoe : 10/10

FMR : 10/10

Interior :

Big O : Perfect, Perfect........   Perfect. amazing colour combination matching the carbonfiber and sticthing. amazing Panorama view in Dubai especially when cruising around JBR. with so many attention to details.. matching the price tag.

QMoe : Interior comes with best quality material, screen is not up to the Ferrari standards very simple. not easy for people who never been in a Ferrari Before.

FMR : Perfect, Lousy Navigation system. not easy to use and was expecting it to be more suer friendly.

Big O - Back seat (Hight - 176cm)  : Very comfortable, not easy access in-out but the seat was comfy even for long distances.

QMoe - Got the front seat the whole time : Very comfortable although i'm overweight and was able to wear the seatbelt.

FMR  - Back seat (169 cm):  Very comfortable, easy access and was comfortable during the four days of the trip.

Engine Sound : 

Big O : Noisy :P

QMoe : I thought it would be louder for a Ferrari, but was OK to have a conversation while doing high speeds.

FMR : OK, not noisy, not crisp. just like a Ferrari.

The Way people look at the car?

Big O : Everyone is looking at us! makes you feel special and VIP like! people taking pictures of the car.. Very classy..

QMoe : Everyone was looking at us! feels easier to make friends while in the FF!

FMR : Every one was like.. "Daaaamn! Rich kids"

Boot Space?

Big O : Very spacious for a Ferrari! shocking!

QMoe : Enough for full day shopaholics..

FMR : Enough for two people + luggage for a road trip around Europe.

These bags were all in a Ferrari! A Ferrari! with 4 adults!

Air Condition :

Big O : was cold, no complains at all.

QMoe : Perfect!

FMR : Never felt I need to use the highest fan speed! was cold enough!

General Comments :

Big O : Never thought I'd like the car after the first impression.. I hated it. But after spending four days in the back seat.. I LOVED IT. now I know why Ferrari made that car this way. And really could find customers.
The pocket in the back seats.. was very tight.. for a magazine maybe.

QMoe : Love the shape of the car, loved the way it looks and colour. appleaing.. After driving the car.. Felt so fast for a four seater Ferrari! sounds amazing.. very composed and direct! 

FMR : Panorama is open and can't be covered, but in the GCC summer, this might be hot. but the vast glass roof might be hot at 50C. 

The car we got, was fully loaded with Ferrari Original bags and a Golf bag! the boot is just enormous!

Our car was equipped with air con for the front seats.. feels cold enough, but over cold! you won't get sick..

Hope you like the review of the guys.
Thanks Ghitha from Ferrari for the great opportunity and the 1.5 million Dirhams car for the whole trip..

We still talk about how we got a car that costs more to rent than the whole trip!!!!!!


Fully Loaded 458 Italia.. Again

I still find this car stunning.. although I've seen the new 458 Speciale.
But the blue colour seems suitable too on the Italian car..

Fully loaded, full carbon.. Loved everything in the interior except the colour :/


Monday, August 26, 2013

@OTQ8 T-shirts

Yesterday I got a package.. for some reason I thought it was milk!!

Then It appeared to be two t-shirts done by Original T-Shirts Made in the US but printing is done here in Kuwait by @MyMPrints.

I loved the packaging !! and loved their original ideas!
Check also what Amatraveller got! Click Here

You can follow them now on instagram @OTQ8

If you still live in the stone age, and you don't have Instagram yet, call them 50881776

Model : Unknown


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Ferrari 458 Speciale

Ferrari just released the final images and specs of the new lighter version, more track-oriented and a future classic.. The new 458 Speciale. 

A little bit of history..
The first lightweight I loved was the the 360 Challenge Stradale.. and it was bloody fast, and there was no other car in this category. the 996 GT3 RS was underpowered compared to it.

Then the 430 Scuderia, Still considered fast around tracks and people love seeing it cuz it represent ferrari in a good way.

The 430 was faster than the 599 GTB Fiorano and can do the same time of the Enzo around Fiorano track in Italy.

When the 458 came later to replace the F430, It was fast, nimble and easy to drive even for amateurs.  Check my test drive Here.

Moreover, the Italia managed to get the same time of the Enzo and Scuderia! and it wasn't the lightweight version yet! which makes it even hard for Ferrari themselves to beat.

I can talk about this for months.. but I am not in the mood..

Cuz what you see here is the lighter, sportier, more focused version of the 458 Italia!
Now you wonder after all the numbers I mentioned above.. what could be faster than that?

After the Enzo, the faster Ferrari now is the F12 (740Bhp) and the V12 makes more torque anyway.

So, the 458 Speciale did it 1.5 seconds faster than the standard 458 Italia, Enzo and F430 Secuderia.
Yet half a second behind the V12s

The car can achieve such numbers because it is 90 kg lighter..
So that's ok for you to drag race a Standard 458 Italia with your girlfriend and a full tank and still you have a chance to win.

0-100 is now done in 3 seconds flat!

The car is now squeezing 596 Bhp from that V8 engine.
Weight : 1290KG Compared to 1365KG (Enzo) and 1440KG (Scuderia)

Amazing !!!

Horsepower per liter :

Speciale :    133 Bhp/Liter
Enzo :        110Bhp/Liter
Scuderia :   121Bhp/Liter
F12 :          116Bhp/Liter

Power/Tonne :
Speciale  : 463Bhp
Enzo : 477Bhp
Scuderia : 359Bhp

As you can see below,

The interior is completely stripped out as compared with the standard 458 Italia.. and the gear mounted in the middle is copied from the great LaFerrari.

Can't wait to see how fast this car can do in reality.. when driven by normal drivers..
Not sure if i'll get a chance to see this one in black!


Monday, August 19, 2013

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class

I was invited by Abdulrahman Albisher & Zaid AlKazemi company (Dealers of Mercedes-Benz in Kuwait) to the launch of the new Mercedes-Benz S Class.

The car features so many new technologies as always.
I still remember the 1999 old S-Class that had 21 buttons in the drivers door only!
This car features a whole lot more.

Watch the video and you'll know everything..


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Audi RS7

What Do I think of the RS7?
An engine that is so great,
4wheel drive
Great transmission

But styling (Which is a matter of taste) is not cool.

Same engine goes into the RS6 and Bentley GT.
The Bentley is a Luxury car and the RS6 is spacious and can stuff more people and shopping bags in it.

Watch first..

He said faster than a 911! Thats 160bhp more than the Porsche!! and I recon it can't performa as good on a track!

All in all.. i'd take the RS6 over this any day..