The 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix is the 2nd back to back race of the year. An interesting race, which was cancelled due to anti-government protests in 2011, the race has been won 3 times by Fernando Alonso, once by Sebatian Vettel, and once by Jenson Button. The track temps are always hot, being in the desert, and there is no chance for rain, and a very low chance for a safety car. Being in the desert, the track is dusty, and conditions improve significantly as the race progresses.
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A stunning race unfolded today at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix, as mixed conditions gave the drivers a chance to show why they’re the best in the world. The race started out in wet conditions, with all drivers on intermediate tires. At the start, Alonso clipped Vettel’s rear wheels and breaks his front wing. In a lapse of judgment, he decides against entering the pits at the end of the lap to replace the wing, and on the front straight, the aerodynamic load breaks the front wing and forces the Ferrari driver to retire. Kimi Raikkonen, the winner of the Australian Grand Prix last week, was forced to start 10th due to a blocking penalty in qualifying, drops down to 12th place by lap 5 as he goes off struggling with his car’s balance.
In a stunning first race of the season, Kimi Raikkonen and Lotus F1 team takes the win at the 2013 Formula 1 season opener in Albert Park, Melbourne. While qualifying only 6th, and running a fairly short 10 lap first stint on the super soft tires, Raikkonen was able to extend his medium tires to 25 laps a stint, making the 2 stop strategy work in his favor.
While Mercedes-AMG brought an entire all-star line-up to the Geneva Motor Show, including a pair of black series cars the SLS Black Series and C63 Black Series “Edition 507″, and E63, and a CLS63. The star of the show, at least for us here in North America is the new A45 AMG. Such a sought after hot hatch that unfortunately won’t be making its way here to our shores so I figured I’d include a few more live shots.
Mercedes-AMG teamed up with Usher to unveil the A45 AMG to the automotive media gathered in Geneva for the 83rd Geneva Motor Show. It was explained that the A45 AMG is representative of the “AMG Performance 50″ growth strategy, in which Mercedes-AMG plans to grow the model line from 22 vehicles up to 30 vehicles and worldwide sales from approximately 20,000 vehicles to over 30,000 vehicles within the next 5 years, in time for their 50th birthday. A huge part of this will be the opening of new markets, a role that will be taken by the AMG Performance Centers, which will grow from the current total of 270 Centers in 24 countries up to around 350 Centers by 2017.
The number of AMG vehicles offered with 4Matic will also continue to grow, not only with the A45 and CLA45 but also on board other AMG high-performance vehicles. This year, the E63 and CLS63 were offered for the first time with a performance-oriented AMG 4Matic all-wheel drive system a welcome addition especially for us here in Canada where we get more months with inclement weather than months with sunny weather.
While Mercedes AMG has said they are going to be announcing the release of the A45 AMG tomorrow, pictures have been surfacing online with what looks to be official pictures. Is this the A45 AMG? The rear roof wing looks a bit different than the teaser picture that AMG teased but the rear diffuser and wheels look to be the same.
My guess is the A45 AMG can be ordered with a track package that adds a bigger rear roof wing and matching front canards like on the C63 Black Series.
We’ll find out soon enough with the official release tomorrow and its first public appearance next month at the Geneva Motor Show
Mercedes AMG posted on their facebook page a sneak peak of what they will be unveiling tomorrow. From the looks of it, it’s the much anticipated A45 AMG, the 2.0L 350hp hot hatch that has the Golf R and RS3 on its sights. Unfortunately for us North Americans, the A45 AMG won’t make it to our shores, and we’ll have to settle for the CLA45 AMG, scheduled to be unveiled in NY at the end of March.
Stay tuned for full coverage of the new baby AMG tomorrow!
Mercedes-Benz will be unveiling the face lifted E class cars at the Detroit North American International Auto Show. We’ve already shown you the facelifted E63 AMG in Sedan and Wagon form but the non-AMG line-up is not going to be left behind. Following their standard 4/3 year cycle, the E Class, introduced in model year 2010 will receive a significant facelift for the 2014 models. Compared to other models in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, this facelift is much more significant, both exterior, and beneath it’s skin.
Shown here are the E Coupe and E Cabriolet, which compared to the 2013 models, reveal a significant departure from the famous dual headlamp front end look. Utilizing a single headlight cluster, the designers cut out a dual headlamp look using LED Daytime Running lights, which also provides a menacing look in the dark. The front bumper intakes have all grown in size, creating a more aggressive and sporty look to the car. The old man’s car look is finally gone.
The big brother Mercedes-Benz ML-Class, the GL has been quite the success for Mercedes-Benz, but since it’s introduction, has lacked an AMG model. For the 2014 model year, the AMG has created the GL63 AMG to fill the gap. It made its North American debut today at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The M157 5.5L twin turbo V8 makes it’s way into the GL63 engine bay, providing 557hp and 590 lb-ft of pulling power in the SUV, resulting in a brisk 4.9s 0-100km/h sprint, with a electronically limited top speed of 280km/h. Coupled with the ECO start/stop system, the GL63 manages a respectable 12.3L/100km in fuel consumption.
The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been blowing every automaker away in the small car segment since it’s introduction. Recently, it was announced that the A-Class has locked in 90,000 orders, double the sales that VW Golf MK7 was able to do. Very impressive for a brand that has a median age of 51 years old amongst it’s buyers.
Unfortunately for us in North America, there are no plans to sell the A-Class here, but it doesn’t stop us from enjoying these new marketing efforts targetting the youth in other markets. The folks over at MB Japan has put together a short little anime story featuring the A-Class. While we might find the storyline quirky, it’s cool to see how awesome the A-Class looks slammed on some nice wheels.
The first of the new C63 AMG Coupe Black Series (we’ll just call it the CBS for short) has arrived in Canada! With 3 out of 30 CBS’s in Canada going to Beyonders, I’m lucky enough to take this beast home. I’ve had my order in for this car since 2010, well before any official announcements, and finally, she’s in my hands!
First impressions of the car… awesome. I owned the predecessor to the CBS, the CLK63 Black Series, which was nearly the perfect car for me. The CBS fixes every complaint I had with the CLK63 BS. The Nav and iPod infotainment system is top notch, there’s even an AMG Performance Media screen that shows me my cornering forces, much like the GT-R’s GT5 inspired display. The gearbox is much faster, and the rev matched downshifts are seamless. The new Speedshift MCT has ditched the torque converter, replacing it with a computer controlled clutch, resulting in improved efficiency, meaning more power to the road.