Saturday, September 18, 2010

Peraves E-Tracer wins Progressive Automotive X Prize

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We'd sure like to ride that thing...!

It’s a bit weird, a bit wild and even though it isn’t a motorcycle, the Peraves E-Tracer is probably interesting enough for most people who read Faster and Faster. It’s certainly fast enough – with 150kW (204bhp) and 220Nm from its electric motor, the E-Tracer can sprint from zero to 100km/h in less than four seconds and is electronically limited to a top speed of 240km/h. Derestricted, the E-Tracer could hit a top speed of 330km/h, claim its creators. And that’s not all – it also has a range of 300km, if you travel at a constant speed of 100km/h, after which you hit reserve – 30km at 80km/h. Impressive!

Apparently, we are not the only people who’re impressed with what the E-Tracer is capable of. This ‘thing’ has also won the 2010 Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, in the Alternative Class (Tandem), beating more than 30 other entrants to claim its prize. For more details, visit the official website here

Via: AutoblogGreen

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mick Doohan: “You need to unsettle the Rossi-JB combination…”

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Doohan says that Honda and Yamaha should have tried harder to break the Rossi-Jeremy Burgess partnership...

Speaking to MCN, five-time (1994-1998) 500cc motorcycle GP racing world champ Mick Doohan has said that Honda and Yamaha should have tried harder to break up the Valentino Rossi-Jeremy Burgess partnership, which has already won seven premier class world titles in MotoGP. ‘If I was Yamaha or more importantly Honda, I’d been offering JB and that crew anything it took to get them away from Valentino, to undermine that operation,’ said Mick.

‘You need to unsettle that combination. JB has proven his worth. He’s got lots of world championships under his belt so he’s worth every cent. It’s a cheap investment by the other teams to try and do that. It just makes sense. Even if it was another one or two million dollars on top of what the budget for the year is going to be, for them to have the chance of winning the championship, to spend that extra bit to win is worth every cent,’ added Doohan.

With 78 premier class wins (and counting…) in MotoGP, Rossi is already one of the most successful racers in the history of motorcycle grand prix racing. And The Doctor, who’ll be 32 years old in February 2011, doesn’t look like he’s stopping anytime soon. Sure, he’s having to fight harder than ever before for race wins, but time and again Rossi has proved he’s up to the task of taking on younger riders like Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner. The wily old master can quite hold his own against anyone and with his move from Yamaha to Ducati in 2011, he’s likely to be hungrier and better motivated than he was this year.

With Jeremy Burgess and crew backing the Ducati-Rossi team, can The Doctor win yet another MotoGP world championship? YES!


Monday, September 13, 2010

Lucy Pinder gets it off... a Yamaha R1!

Speaking of getting it off, Ms Pinder does a pretty decent job of getting the grime off that Yamaha R1. We're sure you're now thinking of that crossplane crankshaft...
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We know it’s a bit cheesy and we understand that most Yamaha R1 owners are never going to get Ms Pinder to wash their pride and joy. And yet, we quite love this video and the pics that go with it. Who wouldn’t?

Created as part of Bennetts’ 80th Birthday celebrations, the video shows celeb model Lucy Pinder getting to grips with cleaning an R1. And to make things even more interesting, Ms Pinder is joined by two members of this year’s Bennetts Babes squad – Charlotte Toon and Stephanie Hall.

’Having launched the search for the Bennetts Babes in 2006, it’s great to be back and working alongside this year’s squad in the Bennetts Bikini Bike Wash video. Despite being put through our paces, the video was a lot of fun to make and I hope everyone has as much fun watching as we had making it,’ says Lucy.

Well, we certainly enjoyed watching the video, so we caught up with Ms Pinder for a quick chat. Here are some excerpts:

F&F: Lucy, do you think bikers are a bit more exciting than than car drivers?

LP: I don't know about them being necessarily more exciting but I think you definitely have to be a lot more daring - or plain crazier - to jump on a high speed motorcycle than to get behind the wheel of a supercar!

F&F: Can you ride a motorcycle? Do you prefer cruisers or fast, powerful sportsbikes? What's your current no.1 favourite motorcycle and why?

LP: I have never been brave enough! If I could muster up the courage I would much prefer to be on one that was lightning quick, I'm a bit of a speed junkie. I'd have to say my favourite bike at the moment is a Yamaha R1 after spending so long getting it looking pristine clean for the Bennetts ad!

F&F: Do you watch MotoGP? If yes, who's your favourite MotoGP rider, and why?

LP: I do follow the MotoGP a bit. My favourite rider is Valentino Rossi. He is such a talented, instinctive rider and the way he is bouncing back so successfully after his injury is extremely admirable.

F&F: Have you been to the Isle of Man ? Would you want to ride a motorcycle there?

LP: I've never been to the Isle of Man but would love to go on the pillion seat around the TT track, on a super fast bike!

F&F: What do you like about Faster and Faster?

LP: I like that from a motorcycle fan's perspective there is something for everyone on your site, from interviews and information on motorsport, concept bikes to articles on classic bikes, there's everything you could ever want to know about motorcycles!
...and for fans of Lucy Pinder, here are some of her older pics, with a Ducati 999!