June 2008

Are you fan of Mr. David Beckham? Most of the girls I knew look up to him for many things: handsomeness, gorgeous body, being an excellent and undoubtedly the most popular soccer of the current era, and of course, he is husband to the equally famous, the formerly Spice Girls member, Victoria “Posh” Beckham. Now, if you are fan, wouldn’t you want to learn how many cars are there in his collection? I want to talk about it either, so let’s get it on!

One of the most first notable cars he owned was the 1996 BMW M3, which went on sale at ebay and Beck has gathered more than what it really costs. The car was owned back when he was just starting and was known to be the moderately well-known rising player of the Manchester United squad. The BMW later was sold for around 90,000 pounds, a far cry to the 11,000 pounds for the same BMW M3 sold on ebay too. If Beck is not the popular guy you know of, the car would probably sell the same as the latter cost, or even below it.

Other collections in his fleet include the Lamborghini Gallardo, one of his recent acquisitions with a £110,000 in its tags. A Mercedes S500 is also in the fleet, as well as a Bentley Arnage.The latter was often seen at the Queen of Buckingham Place where he used to pick up his OBE in 2004. If you look inside the car, you will see it complete with baby-seats.

Talking about baby, David and Victoria’s son, Brooklyn, has his own vehicle as well. The couple bought him a stunning Christmas gift of Hummer H2. It was a scaled-down version though of the vast US Hummer 4×4, of course, owned by the father. Apparently, Brooklyn loves to imitate his father. The scaled-down version was bought for £22,000.

Tony Kanaan is a Brazilian race car driver of Lebanese heritage from Salvador, Brazil. Kanaan is an IndyCar driver who holds the unique distinction of being the only driver in the long and storied history of the Indianapolis 500 to lead the fabled event in each of his first five starts. But he doesn’t only love driving cars, but also messing with car off the track.

Kanaan is allways working projects, although he only stays home arround 2 days in the season to work in his shop. Currently on the operating table are an Acura TL and a BMW M3. He plans to upgrade the entire package for each vehicle. For specialized performance parts he can turn to his team mechanics, but for the mobile electronics he’ll have to go elsewhere.


For over 40 years Ferrari has been offering street-oriented versions of its racing models. The most famous of Ferrari nameplates, including GTO, 275 and F40, all owe their existence to the concept of creating a full-fledged race car, and then retrofitting it with the minimal necessary equipment to establish street legality.

In a world flush with acronyms like DOT, EPA and NHTSA, one may question the amount of leeway a modern automaker has to transform a race car into a street car. Yet one run through the gears of a 360 Challenge Stradale is more than enough to convince even the most jaded of Ferraristi that Enzo’s spirit lives on in the latest Prancing Horse.

Just the act of running through those gears is your first indication that the Challenge Stradale is a special automobile, even as Ferraris go. All Stradales come outfitted with Ferrari’s Formula One, automated clutch transmission, which uses paddles just beyond the steering wheel for gear swaps. These swaps take place in as little as 150 milliseconds, and because of the electronic interaction between the gearbox and engine, revs are automatically matched to provide maximum efficiency and stability when downshifting. This same transmission is available on 360 Modenas, and it typically includes a full automatic mode. But on the Stradale there is no such mode — all gear changes must be accomplished by the driver, though the tranny will automatically drop into first gear when the vehicle comes to a stop. The settings of “Street” and “Sport,” used on the standard Modena, have been upgraded to “Sport” and “Race” in the Challenge Stradale. In “Race” mode just the aforementioned 150 milliseconds pass between gear changes, the steering ratio quickens and the suspension settings stiffen.

Even when not in “Race” mode, the Stradale has many advantages over a 360 Modena. Ride height has been lowered by over a half inch through the use of stiffer (and lighter) titanium coil springs. The rear anti-roll bar is thicker, the brake system is upgraded with 15-inch ceramic rotors clamped by six-piston calipers (these are nearly identical to the binders used on the Enzo), and the wheels are lightweight BBS Challenge rims wearing 19-inch Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.

Ferrari put the Challenge Stradale on a serious diet from top to bottom. Beyond the lightweight wheels, brake components and suspension pieces are the use of Lexan plastic in place of the rear glass (Lexan can replace the side glass as an option on European models, but not in the U.S.), carbon-fiber exterior mirrors, carbon-fiber interior panels and the removal of all audio equipment. Even the carpet and sound deadening have been yanked in favor of weight loss. Dropping nearly 250 pounds off the already lightweight 360 Modena is no mean feat, and as you might guess it greatly improves the model’s already stellar performance.

Weight loss is good, but more power never hurts when it comes to creating the ultimate performance car. Ferrari accomplished both tasks with the Challenge Stradale by also bumping horsepower from 400 to 425. Tweaking elements like the compression ratio, intake flow, head porting and exhaust system back pressure provides this engine with a rather phenomenal output of horsepower-per-liter. It also gives it an unprecedented wail when driven like it’s meant to be. Peak torque remains at 275 pound-feet, but with 250 less pounds to pull around the car feels far more willing at low speeds than the standard Modena.

In fact, “willing” is probably the singlemost effective word to use when describing the 360 Challenge Stradale. Our first few minutes with the car were spent escaping the confines of West L.A., and while we experienced fleeting moments of greatness on the rare occasions when space and conditions allowed for it, the overall sense was that of a wild mustang corralled in a petting zoo.

It wasn’t until we found the open spaces of Mulholland Drive in the Santa Monica Mountains that we could truly appreciate what Ferrari hath wrought, and even then the car’s abilities surpassed those of the public roadways. Items like the deleted audio system and cabin insulation were scarcely missed once we found the car’s groove on our favorite twisty tarmac — though your backside will be on a first-name basis with any Bott’s dots and pavement irregularities encountered. Steering feel is as close to perfection as we’ve found, surpassing cars like the new Ford GT and even Porsche’s 911 in terms of ideal weighting and feedback. The brakes are similarly mind (and neck) bending, not only in ability but also in sheer confidence-building (a good thing when piloting a $200,000 vehicle).

Speaking of confidence, the Stradale’s at-the-limit behavior (an area often cited by 360 critics as less than ideal) showed a marked improvement over the Modena. Credit not only the vehicle’s lighter curb weight but also the ultrasticky Pirellis. The few times we got the car out of shape it was remarkably easy to reel it back in, something we hadn’t expected (and thoroughly appreciated). Because many buyers will be taking their Challenge Stradales to the track on weekends, Ferrari has blessed this car with a character that begs for closed course exercise.

The other aspect worth reiterating is the remarkable symphony that emanates from this exotic’s exhaust pipes. Even by Ferrari standards, the Challenge is simply a feast for the ears. Those familiar with World Superbike racing will think a works Ducati has just entered their ZIP code whenever the Stradale’s 3.6-liter V8 hits redline. Like the rest of the car, it’s hard to believe this level of automotive expressionism is still legal in today’s world.

Only a few hundred Stradales will be produced before the 360 drives into the automotive history books. The next-generation midengine, V8 model is due soon, and Ferrari wants to make sure this already-classic nameplate goes out in style. Certainly nobody can argue the point that producing yet another street-legal race car is fundamental Ferrari style.

In this picture, there can be two kinds of audience about to react seriously or not seriously. First audience are those people who would comment on hot and sexy MTV VJ Lala is. And second are those who would wonder what on earth does the woman stands in front of. Well, I am going to give you a little bit of satisfaction to both queries.

First, MTV VJ Lala is, of course, your famous VJ behind MTV shows, Spring Breakdown, Direct Effect, and TRL. She is 27 years old, and is wed to the 22-yr old NBA Star Carmelo Anthony. They have a baby together in 2004.

Now, about the cute, little monster behind her is her vehicle she has no fear of flaunting around. If you can’t guess it right, the lady is driving a Range Rover. Only that this time, you did not see it as the menacing, clean, and sophisticated black Range Rover. Quite a surprise huh? That photo actually came out in 2006, and i know this is quite a late post. However, I want my readers, especially the fashionista and girlie ones, to take a peek how a deep and dark pink Range Rover can actually turn heads and signify your own personality. The Pink Range Rover in the picture above says pretty much about MTV VJ Lala. It shows the girlie side of this hot VJ. Word says that she had it in pink to match her pink cell phone. I wish you can see them, but the wheels are also painted pink. And so do the lights. VJ Lala and her pink Range Rover were featured in Celebrity car in 2006. Here are the words by the mag:

"In every issue of Celebrity car, we profile celebrities who are finding
unique ways to customize their cars as an extension of their
personality, especially matching the paint and accessories to their
favorite color," said Celebrity car Publisher Tom duPont. "LaLa is one
of the most distinctive customizations we have seen and she really
stands out from the crowd when she drives her all-pink Range Rover down
the road."