Sketch Update!

Sorry for being missing from here!

Check out the sketches page of the blog.. i posted a new Sketch there! 😉

Still reading this post?? you didn’t click on that link? 🙁

oh come on..have a look… it’s a Honda!! Now click here to view the sketch 😀

Sid 🙂

Transformers 4: The CARS and the Truck you’ll get to see in the movie!

While Transformers 4 is set to hit the theatres across the world on June 27, 2014, The Best CAR Blog Ever! has got for you eyes some interesting images of the CARS and the truck you might get to see in the movie…

Transformers 4
Transformers 4

Transformers (2007) was a box office sensation, opening at #1 and made more than $700 million worldwide. The  second installment, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) grossed more than $830 million worldwide. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) was the biggest hit of them all and grossed more than a billion dollars and became the 5th highest grosing film of all time. Collectively, the franchise has made a whopping $2.6 billion worldwide.

The really interesting CAR, though here is the 6th generation Chevy Camaro Concept or the Chevy Camaro 2015.. Yes that’s right the Concept is going to be unveiled in the movie first!

As can be seen clearly from the photos that follow, most of the work has been carried out on the Front and the Back of this Camaro, alot many fans have said that “they would rather open a body shop when this Camaro gets into production, so that they can make the front and rear of it to look like any of the better-looking previous generation models”. Criticism shall follow and everyone might have their own opinion. But one thing for sure, the Camaro has definitely caught my eyes in terms of the design changes they made.

Without much delay now, here are the pics…

Bumblebee 2014 Concept Camaro
Bumblebee 2014 Concept Camaro |  Source
Bumblebee 2014 Concept Camaro
Bumblebee 2014 Concept Camaro  | Source
Bumblebee as a highly modified, vintage 1967 Camaro SS.
Bumblebee as a highly modified, vintage 1967 Camaro SS.  | Source
The completely upgraded, custom-built Optimus Prime from Western Star (a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America).
The completely upgraded, custom-built Optimus Prime from Western Star (a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America).  | Source
A classy 1,200-horsepower Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse worth more than $2.4 million.
A classy 1,200-horsepower Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse worth more than $2.4 million.  | Source
A special race-inspired C7 Corvette Stingray, based on Chevrolet’s upcoming 2014 production car!
A special race-inspired C7 Corvette Stingray, based on Chevrolet’s upcoming 2014 production car!  | Source
The adventure continues to transform with a very different offering from Daimler Trucks North America . . . the imposing 2014 Argosy cab-over truck by Freightliner.
The adventure continues to transform with a very different offering from Daimler Trucks North America . . . the imposing 2014 Argosy cab-over truck by Freightliner.  | Source

If seen closer, the above photo has been grey-scaled and the lights have been photoshopped to look in colour… Thus hiding the fact which character is it going to be. It is speculated to be either Nemesis Prime, Ultra Magnus or the Motor Master. We’ll have to wait until the movie releases to find out.

More of the CARS and trucks can be checked out at Michael Bay’s website! Bay has been a part of the series since the first instalment.

Also you can check this thread at the Camaro5.com for more snaps of the Transformers CARS and other vehicles!

Cars that brought a unique concept to the world

A concept vehicle symbolizes the designer’s vision of styling dynamics and technology that after years shall come to wide acceptance. The prototypes are developed mainly for observing the reactions of viewers over the world. All the collected responses in turn give information about the predictive feasibility of car’s production and marketing in coming times. The best venue for the purpose has always been auto expos. Almost all the motor shows around the world tend to display concept cars along with new and upcoming official releases.

Many Automobile makers indulge their engineers into bringing up concept cars, so that the firm can show to its enthusiasts, what it is capable of offering in future. The concept of presenting concept cars is in-turn a display of a maker’s technical soundness and advanced capabilities. So if not by the current products you can make out the difference between one and other car maker, you can certainly do that by observing the concept car displays by the car makers you want to distinguish between. The feedback so gained also lets the respective company whether it will be able to bring the car out in time or not. These cars look very distinctive in the entire show, funky, chic, and extra-stylish. But no matter how shiny these cars pose, the fact that they are still not on sales list is because they are still taking opinions at the designing stage. Though it may come to one’s obvious wonder, why a big company would put its costly resources into an exercise that may not conclude so fruitful. But a closer sneak peek into the cars does satisfy many questions regarding the future of the company.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl – The Father of Corvette and the one who gave the Automotive industry its first Concept CAR

What started as Harley Earl’s tool for better marketing and designing went onto become a lot bigger regime. Today this concept is not optional for car makers, to show one’s engineering tools better than others, the display of concept cars have become an essential element. Concept cars somehow reveal the future state of a company, an automaker’s step ahead in future get catch it’s inkling in present. The idea also allows the company to evaluate its own-self on grounds of technological advancement. At times some concepts are just too costly to be brought at reception of the world and some are technically not possible to be produced on mass scale. So one can put in a layman language that designers and engineers pursue their own interests and fantasies for making their unique dream cars, devoid of funding and feasibility of it being produced locally in future.

Companies also utilize concept cars to give clue of cars that they are to produce for wide acceptability. Even the cars that are put to display besides these concept cars go under a lot of changes before being produced. Concept cars let the firms assess how are they being received by people and what changes could be made to bring these cars or modified versions for global acceptance with considerable returns.

Such cars are always made a lot more non-traditional with costly material depicting the exotic nature of design thoughts of the carver. These cars feature unique designs and elements that makes all clearly feel that their wagon has been brought back from future. Yet these cars never actually taste local roads since as many of them are useful to certain extent. It would come to surprise that after a concept car has lived at its show it is either destroyed or put in firm’s museums of remarkable history. Concept cars often sport unique elements that are not seen regular cars. An intriguing example of same is Ford’s Lincoln Futura. Developed in 1954 the concept car enjoyed leisure in a customizer’s shop in LA before it was reanimated to be used as Batmobile in Batman TV series, in 1996.

Let’s take a look at the most admired concept cars, or the American dreams as they call it.

Buick Y-Job:

1938 Buick Y-Job Concept by Harley Earl
1938 Buick Y-Job Concept by Harley Earl

Produced by Buick divisions of GM, this very car actually started the concept car saga. Designed by GM’s chief Harley J. Earl back in 1938, the car sported power-operated secret highlights, electrically powered windows, gunsight hood and wrap-around bumpers. It even sported flush door handles and vertical waterfall grille. The car was brought up only to assess ideas and even before its making, it wasn’t intended to be produced on bigger scale. Harley Earl though drove the two-seater for some years and later it was housed in a warehouse. Ultimately, it found a better home at the Henry Ford Museum till 1993 when it came back to its ancestor company to be part of heritage collection of GM. Then came the year 2001 when Y-Job was reanimated by Buick as BlackHawk, which was largely inspired by Y-Job.

General Motors Le Sabre:

The 1951 Buick LaSabre concept car. - Photo Courtesy of General Motors
The 1951 Buick LaSabre concept car – Photo Courtesy of General Motors
1951 Le Sabre Convertible
1951 Le Sabre Convertible

In 1951 GM’s Le Sabre was second concept car from hands of the legend Harley Earl. The car came out lot better and was advanced than the 1938 Buick Y-Job. The new car showcased design elements motivated by aircrafts like windshield that had wrap-around dynamics and tailfins. It also sported a higher grille that hid the headlamps. It gave a typical look of jet-fighter turned four-wheeler. The 1951 Le Sabre body was made up of lightweight magnesium and aluminium. It also featured 12 volt electrics, automatic transmission about the torque converter technology, oil cooler with fuel injection, built-in hydraulic jacks, chrome-molybdenum frame, rain-activated and jet-like air intake. After replacing Buick Y-Job with Le Sabre in 1951, Earl clocked 45000 miles with the latter.

Cadillac Cyclone:

1959 Cadillac Cyclone
1959 Cadillac Cyclone

So coming onto the last concept work of Harley Earl, Cadillac Cyclone was rather a bold presentation. It was built by the Cadillac Division of General Motors in 1959. American obsession with jets and aerodynamics was realized again with Cadillac Cyclone. The two fenders matched the design of rockets, making this Cadillac look more like an aircraft than a car. It was brought up on a 104 inches chassis and was backed by 325BHP V8 mill mated to a low-profile carburettor, back mounted auto-transaxle and all-wheel independent suspension. The car’s rather iconoclastic design was further commented by sliding doors and radar-sensing crash prevention. The bubble-top canopy closed itself when rain started. Like other concepts, Cadillac Cyclone didn’t get opportunity to be produced on a bigger scale.

Chevrolet Corvair Monza GT:

1962 Corvair Monza GT
1962 Corvair Monza GT

In 1963, the car was not only in the news but was one of the main highlights of New York Auto Show and also of the history of General Motors. The coupe was designed by Tony Lapine and Larry Shinoda under the supervision of Bill Mitchel, the then design chief at GM in 1962. The prototype was based on previous models of Chevrolet Corvair series. Monza GT coupe added 16 inches wide wheelbase as compared to a regular Corvair. The engine too was placed ahead of transaxle and rotated by 180 degrees and so forming it a mid-engine auto. Monza GT also sported magnesium-alloy wheels, disc brakes to four wheels and seats with pedals that could be adjusted. This model never got on the assembly line but did give way to Chevrolet Corvette C3.

Corvette Mako Shark:

Chevrolet Mako Shark concept
Chevrolet Mako Shark concept
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark-II
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark-II
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark-II
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark-II

The idea caught Bill Mitchell, as least what legend says, after he caught a shark while have the deep-sea fishing experience. The truth behind the legend could be seen with credibility since the Mako Shark’s design dynamism matched with that of shark body. Even the color scheme, blue/gray on top and silver white on bottom and rocking panels could clearly depict the inspiration taken from shark animal’s body. The pointed snout, streamlining body and other slim and sleek design details came out of the hands of Larry Shinoda. Other elements contained two additional tail lamps and four-into-two side pipes. Corvette Mako Shark gave way to 1963 Sting-Ray and together, these two cars affected the body design of second generation corvettes.

Even to this day concept cars by GM seem as stunning as back in those times (as can be clearly seen in the case of the Chevrolet Camaro.)

Fast and Furious: The Saga So far and the Missing Part

So I finally got to catch the fast car flick Fast and Furious 6 last week, and I was…really entertained and happy, especially with the awesome CARs and the huge Tank too! 😀

And as I had promised that I would also give my review on it, this post had to come… Better late than never…
While I was out of words to explain the movie, I read an interesting blog post by Mustard Seeds who wrote a complete take on all the five parts of this series… The Saga So far…

Here’s the complete post! Thanks to Mustard Seeds (Jacob Sahms)…

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In 2001, Universal Pictures delivered the car-racing, screen-stealing action flick The Fast and the Furiousintent on launching the career of the pretty boy Paul Walker and continuing the upward trend of the gravelly-voiced hulk Vin Diesel. After a strange step away by Vin Diesel in the out-of-sequence sophomore outing and the out-of-sequence Tokyo Drift, Diesel returned in the third and hasn’t looked back since. And now, we’re just days away from a sixth adrenaline-infused outing that looks to defy anything you’ve expected from it before, while banking on the multi-ethnic, comic, dramatically thrilling stunt show that anchors in the real-life action rather than in CGI “cheating.” So, how’d we get here?

In the original, Walker’s Brian O’Conner goes undercover with the gang of Dom Torretto (Diesel), who oversees a crew of illegal street racers who moonlight as semi hijackers. O’Conner falls hard for Torretto’s sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster), under the watchful eye of Torretto’s girlfriend, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Torretto’s “little brother, Jesse (Chad Lindberg), and Mia’s ex-boyfriend, Vince (Matt Schultze). But O’Conner’s bosses turn up the heat on the investigation after he points the finger at the wrong racer, Jonny Tran (Rick Yune), and the net closes in on Torretto’s crew. A shoot-out, a car/bike chase, and a speeding train all lend themselves to ten minutes of action that best be seen, not read about. Overall, this one is a 9 out of 10 for action and pithy quotes like Torretto’s life mantra: “I live my life a quarter-mile at a time.”

The opening of the sophomore follow-up from 2003, 2Fast2Furious, throws a barrage of actors who are now hot names, like Michael Ealy, Ludacris, Amaury Nolasco, and later, the rapper-turned-movie star Tyrese Gibson. Here, the fugitive O’Conner is responsible for infiltrating an Argentinian drug lord named Verrone (Cole Hauser) with his ex-con buddy Roman (Gibson), as they follow the path blazed by Customs Agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes).   The set-up from the first one has been established as a trend: we’re watching a thrilling car-driven (no pun intended) actioner that mixes race, gender, and style as long as the people are pretty and the chemistry works. But they’ve stepped up the conflict from local and gang-related; now, it’s taking on the mob, and the Diesel element is no longer present. Gibson is no Diesel, but he holds his own (and looks more comfortable than he does running around against a CGI screen in the Transformers series). Verrone is a bad man, as proofed by his rat scene with Mark Boone Jr. (Sons of Anarchy) but this one has its fair share of humor, too (ejector seats, anyone?) The window is bigger but the outcome remains the same: it’s all about the race for freedom!

The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) appears out of sequence, as it’s supposed to happen after all of the others. It was received poorly at the box office and critically, without the star power of Diesel, Walker, or… anyone else. But it did bring in director Justin Lin, who has booted the series back into stunt driving heaven. ‘Nuff said.

Fast & Furious (2009) finds Torretto and his crew hijanking tanker trucks in the Dominican Republic but when they encounter too much trouble, Torretto breaks up the queue. Letty is gunned down by a drug-running street racing crew that O’Conner is also investigating, and suddenly Torretto and O’Conner are back at odds and working against the same common enemy, Arturo Braga (John Ortiz). While this one has more of the sense that the original did, with more racing and less blah-blah-blah, it’s just a subpar movie compared to some of the others. Sure, we can appreciate the opening scene and the final race through the tunnels, but in between, this feels like any other heist movie, and not a particularly good one. But Walker and Vin Diesel are back in the center of the screen, and that makes for better stuff all around.

Fast Five (2011) is quite possibly the best of the lot, yes, even better than the first. After O’Conner and Mia land in Rio de Janeiro, they join up with Vince (who has been hiding out there since the end of the first film) and Torretto to steal some cars. But the car they steal rides in the drug war between drug lord Herman Reyes (Joaquin de Almeida) and Diplomatic Secret Service agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). Which sets up a wonderful beefy meathead versus beefy meathead battle royale between Diesel and the Rock. Let’s see what Lin has cookin’!

The skydiving stunt at the beginning has awesome written all over it. But it’s the first in a long sequence of spectacular stunts as Lin’s crew ramps up the non-CGI action here. The crew goes after the drug kingpin’s money, and that truly ramps up the rest of the film. It has an Ocean’s Eleven-meets-The Italian Job feel to it, given that the crew continues to blossom, the violence is cartoonish (most of the time), and the humor is fast and loose in physical humor and one-line barbs exclaimed between characters. But it also throws out conversations between Torretto and O’Conner about fatherhood (yep, Mia is preggers), showing that it’s family-related AND that even in this fast-and-loose series, that they know some growing up is necessary.

Fast & Furious 6 (2013) shows that Lin, Diesel, et al. have a sense of humor. How else could you appreciate a film that includes a battle with a tank or a car chase-flying-from-an-exploding-plane as we’ve seen in the trailer? And how about the return of Letty, as both a ploy and a major question for Torretto? What will “family” look like when Rodriguez and Haywire’s Gina Carano are done beating the heck out of each other? I’m betting on seamless energy, amazing stunts, and double-doses of humor and entertainment.

Where else can you see a multi-ethnic battle of wills, where race and financial status aren’t what determines who is good and who is evil? Where else can you see men and women fighting for family (and not just sex) to make their way in the world and establish their identities? I’m not saying its great theater or that the films would be half what they are if you sucked out the great stunts, driving, and base backbeats, but please, did you see this one turning into a trivia question about movies that have delivered more than three films successfully at the box office?

Torretto is the godfather of a crime family you find yourself cheering for. Death before dishonour might be what they claim for themselves, but it’s more along the lines of family before isolation or community over individualism. It’s a strange blend because the racers themselves are vying for position, to be the best, the fastest, the boldest, but they constantly attribute their strength to what they hold in common: their value of loyalty above all.

We’ll see what Friday adds to the mix but for now, you have time to kick back and catch a few thrilling chases, a couple of life-defining lines, and a sense of adventure that’s contagious.
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His post was before the film released… So now about the sixth instalment (after most of us have seen it)…
This one is more about the importance of ‘family’ and that too a complete one… When everyone from the last five parts teams together to defeat the mastermind, whom Hobbs has been tracking across 12 countries since the end of the fifth part… they battle against new and powerful machines… The chase are very entertaining, interesting and bring you to the edge of your seat. You get to see improved and matured driving skills…enough to even bring down a cargo plane… In the end, you see a few moments from the Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift where Han (Sung Kang) takes to the streets of Tokyo and gets killed in an accident…this scene is continued with the appearance of Jason Statham (the guy from the Transporter series) as  the new bad guy who’s gonna be featured in Fast and Furious 7

And yeah I haven’t forgot about the missing part…
Well, while on another journey on the internet… I found out about a short film that exists to join the starting three parts of the movie which look haywire and very loosely connected.

The first movie, The Fast and the Furious, revolves around Dominic Toretto and his family who drive fast and are big-hearted criminals. 2 Fast 2 Furious follows good-cop-gone-bad-gone-good-again Brian O’Conner down to Miami, where he meets up with an old friend and has absolutely no interaction with anyone from the first film — except for one of his cop bosses. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift then pulls fans even farther away from the people they’ve come to know and love.

This 20-minute short film was the solution to the explanation that Vin Diesel owed to his fans after he went missing for two movies. The movie is set after the Tokyo Drift and answers a lot many questions.. Where had Dom been all this while? And where was Han before Tokyo? How do they both know each other?

Here’s the video.. Do check it out!

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Get your own Mustang, your color your style. Here’s how.

While updating the blog’s fan page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thebestCARblogever), I came across a post by the Ford Mustang Page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/fordmustang).

Ford Mustang Customizer
Mustang Customizer – [Click on the picture to enlarge]
Ford Mustangs have been running this since quite a few months now. (They already have over 2,000,000 different customs made by their fans! Yes those are the correct number of zeros there!) You can go to this site: http://mustangcustomizer.com  and start customizing your Mustang in your favourite color and style.
And by doing this you stand a chance to get to see your Mustang as ‘The Car of the Week‘ on their Facebook page, which they then use as their cover photo for a week.

While the customization options are as awesome as possible, they can vary from changing the color of the car to changing the car itself. Yes! You get to choose between which models of the Mustang you want to modify – a V6, a GT and lastly the powerful Shelby GT500.

The customization options work on various aspects of the car covering the color, the hood, the roof, the wheel, the bodykit, the door handle, the door trim, the fuel door, the headlight, the hoodpin, the louver, the side mirrors, the plate, the scoop, the side skirt, the spoiler and what not! (need to catch a breath now!!)

Well its fun customizing the Mustang according to your choice for free! When its all done, you can invite your friends to also create their Mustangs and compete with them.

Well, if you are still not convinced to try it out, you can have a look at Sid’s Storm! (my Mustang, you can name yours too!)

Sid's Storm 1
Sid’s Storm 1
Sid's Storm 2
Sid’s Storm 2
Sid's Storm 3
Sid’s Storm 3
Sid's Storm 4
Sid’s Storm 4
Sid's Storm 5
Sid’s Storm 5

Yeah you can also change how the background looks and how much your tyres burn! 😉 And the best part of all this is that you can create as many of them as you wish and download them so that you may use them as your wallpapers!! 😀 😀

Go ahead and have fun. And don’t forget to share your Mustangs with us! 😉

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Skoda’s premium hatchback Fabia to phase out in India

Skoda Auto India is going to discontinue the production of  the Skoda Fabia for the Indian market. While the car isn’t going to be phased out suddenly, it is expected to be in production until August 31, 2013, when the company will finish assembling the remaining Fabia kits. Nearly 2,200 units will be then available, until the stock is cleared (expected by year-end).

Skoda Fabia
The Skoda Fabia

The Czech car company, Skoda has taken this step because of the drastically falling sales figures and high rising production costs. Fabia’s annual sales figures have reached their five-year low of 3,343 units for FY13 (financial year 2012-2013); it sold only 115 units in April 2013. Sources from the industry have indicated that Skoda was incurring a loss of at least Rs 1,50,000 per unit for the past few months.

It was launched in 2008 and after nearly six years, close to 45,000 units of the Fabia have been sold till now. Its current price has come to be 40% lower than what it was when it was introduced in India. Still it wasn’t able to sell more cars because of the pricing strategy which positioned it above the segment leader – the Maruti Suzuki Swift.

No replacement is going to be seen for the Fabia, as Skoda will try to concentrate its resources and money on strengthening its models in the Sedan segment. A new Octavia is said to be on its way for the Indian market, which is expected to be launched during the festive season.

In the last 12 months, a few other cars have had to leave the Indian shore because of similar reasons. They are:

  • Chevrolet
    • U-VA
    • Aveo
    • Optra

    *The Aveo and the U-VA have come to be replaced with the new SAIL and SAIL U-VA.

  • Honda Cars India
    • Civic
    • Jazz

    *The Civic and the Jazz are said to be temporarily discontinued. Though we’ll have to wait to see when they will be reintroduced.

Later this year, Maruti Suzuki India is also expected to announce the stopping of the production of the Zen Estilo and the A-Star, while making way for a new model to replace the vacuum.

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