Saturday, October 13, 2018

2008 BMW M5 - Gran Turismo 5 Photos

Here is a 2008 BMW M5 sedan of the Gran Turismo 5 fame - one of my more successful subjects in Gran Turismo 5 photography.

Wearing a splendid coat of Alpinweiss.

And here is an over-the-top in-game description of the crapcan  - sorry - this super sedan.
"The 4th generation M5 is a monster saloon that easily exceeds 300 km/h."
The BMW M5 based on the S-generation E60 5 Series, first appeared in March 2004 at the Geneva Motor Show. Details were shrouded in secrecy at first, but BMW revealed the whole package around the time of the Paris Motor Show that September.
Drawing the most interest was the engine, a 5.0-liter V-10. It featured a 90-degree bank angle and a high strength cast-iron crankshaft, supported by six bearings for extra structural strength housed in a lightweight aluminum crankcase. It incorporated BMW's double-VANOS system, a mechanism that independently varied the valve timing of both the intake and exhaust valves. Each cylinder had its own throttle body with variable throttle valves. The result was 500 HP/7750 rpm and 384.0 lb-ft of torque. The close proximity of peak power delivery to the rev limit of 8250 rpm meant that the power plant constantly produced power all the way to the redline. The 1755 kg car ran from zero to 62 mph in a scant 4.7 seconds and boasted a top speed of 205 mph (with the 155 mph restrictor removed). 
The gearbox was also noteworthy in that it was the company's all new 7-speed SMG. Besides launch control, the transmission also featured six manual and five automatic shift modes, each with their own shift speed and response, allowing finer control in a variety of driving conditions. 
Introduced to the European market in January 2005, the M5 represented ultimate sports sedan of the 21st century.

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

2000 TVR Tuscan Speed 6 - Gran Turismo 5 Photography

Here is a 2000 TVR Tuscan Speed 6 in Gran Turismo 5 photography.


A unique coupe that brings a classic sportscar drive feel to the present."

TVR, a name derived from the first name of founder Trevor Wilkinson, is noted for making high-performance specialty cars, British coachworks style.
The company's first production car, the Grantura, made its debut in 1958, and features the skillful combination of components from existing production cars such as Volkswagens and Austin Healeys, wrapped in a sporty, head-turning body style.
Another model was the Tuscan that, despite its racing struggles in the 1960s, was resurrected in 2000, armed with a bevy of new features. The 2-seat 2-door car didn't look at all like its predecessor and had a detachable roof, making it look as good a convertible as it did a coupe.
Its eye-catching exterior, highlighted by a wild face, makes the car look big but in fact, the car possessed modest dimensions. It had overall length, width, and height at 166.7 inches, 71.2 inches, and 47.2 inches, respectively. The wheelbase stretches to 92.9 inches. The Speed 6 got its name from the number of cylinders in the engine.
Two inline-6s are available; one a 3.6-liter, the other a 4.0-liter model. The latter featured the day's racing technologies, including dry sump lubrication. Output was rated at 360 BHP and 310.0 lb-ft of torque, and when this power was coupled with the car's lean 1100 kg body, the Speed 6's acceleration was impressive to say the least. It sprinted to 62 mph in less than 4.0 seconds, making it one of the quickest cars of its day.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Gran Turismo 5 Photography: 2000 Clio Renault Sport V6 24V

Gran Turismo 5 car photography, from my Gran Turismo related blog.

2000 Clio Renault Sport V6 24V wearing a coat of Gris Iceberg.

The Clio Renault Sport V6 24V '00 is a Road car produced by Renault. It appears in every main Gran Turismo game to date since Gran Turismo 2, with the exception of Gran Turismo Sport. 

It is also featured in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue

"An extreme midship car with a 3 liter engine, developed by TWR."

Renault wanted to build the ultimate hot hatch from the second-generation Clio,.To do so, the company decided to install a 3.0-liter, DOHC V6, in a midship arrangement, into the family hatchback, since there wasn't enough room to accommodate such a large powerplant under the hood.

This engine is the same found in the company's upscale model, the Laguna. It produces 230 HP at 6000 rpm, and an impressive 221.3 lb-ft of torque at 3750 rpm. Shifting is performed via a slick 6-speed manual gearbox. The large power output made the Clio Renault Sport V6 the prototypical "point and squirt" car because it possessed both excellent acceleration, especially at the low end of the rpm spectrum, and remarkable nimbleness.

The suspension system consisted of specially designed struts, and when combined with the grip provided by its wide tires - 205/50R17 up front and 235/45R17 at rear - the little Renault stuck to the road surface through corners. The transformation from little family hatch into a mid-engined sports car was amazing.

A slightly redesigned Sport V6, called "Phase II", appeared at the Paris Motor Show in October 2002. Power for the engine was bumped up to 251 HP at 7150 rpm and 221.3 lb-ft of torque. The suspension geometry was also revised, and, when combined with an additional subframe at the rear, the car handled better than the original. It also featured larger 18-inch wheels, and a more aggressive front fascia