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Friday
Dec162016

Christmas 2016, Wretched Excess Edition

According to the press release, the Lamborghini-inspired iXOOST EsaVox speaker system shown here can be seen at H.R. Owen’s Lamborghini London showroom from December 20 through the middle of January. But bring your platinum card at the very least. It costs $20,700.

The 116 lb. speaker system measures 49 in wide, 19 in. high, and 26 in. deep. It is based around a pair of single-block hexagonal speaker cabinets hand built from carbon fiber and wood. (The carbon fiber — Twill 245 3k, if you must know — is polymerized in an autoclave at 87 lb./in.2.) Each houses a 6.5-in. full-range speaker and 8.0-in. woofer. In addition, there’s a high-sensitivity Neodymium down-firing subwoofer, and a pair of 1.0-in. Mylar tweeters located inside the exhaust system.

The EsaVox speaker system has two preamplifiers on the input side, a main amp of 600 Watts and a 200 Watt unit dedicated to driving the subwoofer. Audio filtering is optimized via a pair of 24-bit digital signal processors. On top of the traditional AUX connection, the unit also has Bluetooth 4.0 built in.

Atop the unit is an Aventador-like start/stop switch under a hinged cover. To either side sit rotary dials for volume and bass reflex pressure control. Below, nestled among the exhaust outlets, is the subwoofer volume control. The unit has a passive shock absorber system to dampen vibrations, and sits on variable height tapered legs.

If you can’t make it to London to see the EsaVox speaker unit but absolutely have to have one, click on over to the ixoost website (ixoost.it). There you can spec. out the unit the way you like it, and have it shipped directly to your home. Or homes, as the case may be. — CAS

Friday
Dec162016

Road Read: The Complete Book of American Muscle Supercars

By Christopher A. Sawyer

This is going to sound really silly, if not downright stupid, but when Tom Glatch’s 224-page tome on the history of the American muscle car arrived in the mail, I couldn’t stop playing with the cover. Yes, the cover. It has a plan view of a Yenko Camaro and Shelby GT 350 on a background of black and yellow. A strong visual, that’s made even stronger by the fact that the hoods on each of these cars opens to reveal a photo of the engine contained therein. I am not so proud that I can’t admit its appeal to the inner five year-old, though the adult that shares space with that kid is smart enough to know that you can’t open and close the hoods indefinitely without running the risk of destroying the paper hinge. So I started to read the words within.

You would think that a kid who grew up in Dearborn during the Total Performance years would be well-versed in the whole muscle car scene, especially one whose dad brought home test cars that included things like 409 Chevies or monster motor Mercurys. Except that Dad drove English Fords (Anglias and Cortinas) before switching to a Pinto when those cars no longer were imported, and my older brothers also drove small, fuel-efficient Fords or Ford-powered sports cars. We had friends with big-block Detroit metal, but never owned cars like that ourselves. So a book like this could prove to be invaluable.

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Friday
Dec162016

Road Read: Camaro 2016: Chevrolet’s Modern Performance Car

By Christopher A. Sawyer

Before I began writing this review, I stopped by Amazon to check the going rate for a used copy. (It varies from $6.93 to $13.57, with new books ranging from $19.71 to $23.99.) I had a reason. Despite having worked at AutoWeek with the author, Larry Edsall, during the late 1980s, I just could not recommend this book at its $23.99 list price. Yet each of the five reviews on the page gave it five stars. Was I wrong?

I enjoyed working with Larry, and still enjoy his company on the increasingly rare occasions when we get a chance to drive together on new car launches. A talented reporter and crisp writer, Edsall is well-suited to writing a book about the inside story of a new car’s development. Only Camaro 2016 is not that type of tome. It is a quick-turnaround special promoted by the publishing company, and overseen by the marketing and public relations department of the client; in this case, General Motors. In a perfect world, the launch of the book closely follows that of the car, and seeks to add positive hype to the launch. It’s not “warts and all” but rather “Warts? What are those?” in its outlook and tone, always underscoring the camaraderie of the development team, their can-do spirit, and the 24/7 dedication necessary to bring such a dynamic new product to market. In short, it’s pre-digested fan boy fodder.

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Friday
Dec162016

Road Read; Iron Fist, Lead Foot

By Christopher A. Sawyer

If you have read the review of the Camaro 2016 book, you have an idea of what I think is important in a book about a particular car model. No hype. No pre-digested quotes. No PR-manufactured “rah-rah” enthusiasm. The creation of a new vehicle, or of a new model, is a story about individuals and ideas, and the clashes that take place because of them. Especially when those individuals are part of Ford’s now defunct Special Vehicle Team, and that team is under the control of O. John Coletti.

For those who are unfamiliar with the man, John Coletti is the George S. Patton of automotive engineering. He doesn’t suffer fools lightly, has a well-developed ego and strong opinions, knows the corridors of power and how to navigate them, and is more than willing to go to war for something he believes in. (Coletti rallied forces inside and outside of the company to keep the Mustang rear-drive, almost single-handedly killing plans to put the 1994 model on a Mazda platform in a repeat of the 1987 Mustang III/Probe near fiasco.) He was in charge of SVT engineering in 2000 when the group took its prototypes on a drive through the open areas of California and Nevada — its so-called Western Drive. One of those cars was slated to be the 2002 Mustang Cobra.

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Friday
Nov182016

Jaguar’s 1957 Jaguar XKSS Continuation Series

This is a new 1957 Jaguar XKSS. It is a continuation car built to the original specs by Jaguar Classic, and is one of nine the specialist division will build for delivery in 2017. These cars are being built to replace the nine XKSS’s earmarked for export to the U.S. before they were lost in a fire at Jaguar’s Browns Lane facility in 1957. They are the second continuation project for Jaguar Classic, the first being the production of a series of six lightweight E-types in 2014.

The cars are built from the original drawings, as well as scans taken of several 1957 XKSS cars. This made it possible to build a complete digital model of the car, and of all the parts required. A new body buck was built, and the body panels are hand-wheeled over the wooden structure. That’s not an easy thing as the bodies of the continuation cars, like the originals, are made from magnesium.

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