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domingo, diciembre 13, 2020

NHTSA // Tire Recall ID Number : 20T021


Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC (BATO) is recalling certain Firestone Destination LE3 255/60R19 tires with DOT codes 2420 through 2820 and Bridgestone Ecopia H/L 422 Plus P255/60R19 tires with DOT codes 2820 through 3120. The recalled tires may have been manufactured with a small pinhole in the upper sidewall of the outboard side of the tire. As such, these tires fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 139, "New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles." Tires containing a pinhole may slowly leak air, and if undetected or ignored, the continued loss of air may increase the risk of a vehicle crash. BATO will notify owners, and based on the date code and press identification number of the tire, dealers will replace the tires with a comparable replacement free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 18, 2020. Owners may contact BATO customer service at 1-800-847-3272.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 20T021000

Manufacturer Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations,LLC

Components TIRES

Potential Number of Units Affected 1,827


Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC (BATO) is recalling certain Firestone Destination LE3 255/60R19 tires with DOT codes 2420 through 2820 and Bridgestone Ecopia H/L 422 Plus P255/60R19 tires with DOT codes 2820 through 3120. The recalled tires may have been manufactured with a small pinhole in the upper sidewall of the outboard side of the tire. As such, these tires fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 139, "New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles."


BATO will notify owners, and based on the date code and press identification number of the tire, dealers will replace the tires with a comparable replacement free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 18, 2020. Owners may contact BATO customer service at 1-800-847-3272.


Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

2 Affected Products 


4 Associated Documents 

martes, diciembre 01, 2020

TECHART Porsche 911 Turbo Unveils New Aerodynamic Bodykit.

Turbo, unlocked.

Maximum freedom of design for Porsche 911 Turbo models.
TECHART unveils new aerodynamic bodykit. 

With its new aerokit, TECHART redefines individual styling for the Turbo models. The new aerokit includes a complete front apron which replaces the original part. Dynamically shaped side skirts a roof spoiler and air blades for the Turbo’s side air intakes emphasize the sport-focused character of the TECHART-upgraded Turbo. At the rear, a central diffusor element, air outlets with fins on both sides of the rear apron and a new wing profile of the rear spoiler visualize the sporty characteristics of the TECHART-refined sportscar. 

Contributing to the active aerodynamic features of the 911 Turbo, the TECHART bodykit maintains the variable front spoiler as well as the adjustable rear wing in combination with the new body parts.

Already in the development process, every part has been designed to allow maximum versatility in order to be personalized to the customers‘ preferences. The TECHART front apron consists of several parts, each of which can be painted in the owners‘ preferred color scheme. Styling add-ons such as side air outlets on the front apron or aerodynamic canards on both edges of the front spoiler enhance the desired character traits, ranging from subtle elegance to motor racing infused sport design. 

The multi-part design concept does also apply to the side skirts and the rear part. The diffusor element incorporates five prominent fins and a design trim which surrounds the exhaust section. 

All parts of the TECHART aerokit for the 911 Turbo and Turbo S are designed and produced in Germany to the brand’s high quality standards 



At a glance: the elements of the new TECHART Aerokit for the Porsche 911 Turbo models. 

  • TECHART front apron, Polyurethane-RIM, 14-piece,
    allows further individualization by multi-color paint finishes and visible matt/glossy carbon fiber elements,
    integrates the series variable front spoiler
  • TECHART air outlets at front apron
    painted in body color or individual color
  • TECHART side skirts, Polyurethane-RIM, 4-piece,
    with optional multi-color paint finish
  • TECHART carbon fiber side air intakes,
    matt/glossy visible carbon fiber or paint finished as an option
  • TECHART rear diffusor, Polyurethane-RIM, 8-piece,
    fits vehicles with standard and sports exhaust system, includes personalizable fins as well as design inlays available in paint finish or mat/glossy visible carbon fiber
  • TECHART rear apron air outlets, Polyurethane-RIM, 2-piece
  • TECHART roof spoiler, Polyurethane-RIM
    (not available for 911 Turbo/Turbo S Cabriolet)
  • TECHART rear wing profile, Polyurethane-RIM,
    automatic deployment and adjustment of the variable rear spoiler including Performance position, Wet mode and airbrake function, remains fully functional
  • TECHART carbon sport mirrors
    distinctive mirror housings, entirely made of matt/glossy carbon fiber,
    optional functions of the standard mirrors (e.g. ambient lighting or kameras) remain fully functional

    also available for standard side mirrors: TECHART trims in matt/glossy carbon fiber
  • TECHART rear lettering
    3D lettering in black or silver


The new aerokit completes the TECHART personalization range for the 911 Turbo models which also includes forged wheels with central lock, performance upgrades in terms of engine power, chassis setup and exhaust systems as well as sports steering wheels and custom interior refinement, handcrafted in TECHART’s in-house leather shop.



Configurate your TECHART-refined 911 Turbo online in realtime 3D:
new aerokit and other options for the Turbo will be available in TECHART’s Online Configurator from December 3rd.

In just a few days, individualists can virtually create their completely customized 911 Turbo model online. At www.techart.com/buildyourown, TECHART's browser app provides a powerful realtime 3D engine which is platform independent and therefore works across all operating systems. 

After choosing the basic 911 model - which then also includes the Turbo models be cutomized selecting refinement options from TECHART's wide range for the 992. The body color, the aerokit, wheels, exterior trims, carbon fiber parts, exhaust tips, ride height and much more can be configured in detail, even the color of selective bodykit parts can be defined. In order to compare the work with the standard model, the user can switch the view from the TECHART refined model to the standard car and back again at any time during the configuration process. 

The configuration can be saved and continued or changed later on, a PDF equipment list with screenshots can be created automatically and, if desired, can be sent directly to a sales manager at TECHART in order to get further assistance. And for everybody who likes to share her or his individual dream car on Instagram or facebook, the TECHART Configurator includes this function, too. 

Build your own TECHART individualized 911 now on www.techart.com/buildyourown.


Certified TECHART power boost and emotional Turbo sound. 

The new TECHART TECHTRONIC powerkit TA092/T1.1 provides additional 60 horsepower (44 kW) which results in an overall power output of 710 horsepower (522 kW). The maximum torque is increased by 100 Newtonmeters to a total of 900 Newtonmeters. 

The TECHART powerkit integrates intelligently into the vehicle’s electronic management and its assistance systems. The TECHART power boost is active in the 911’s driving modes
Sport and Sport Plus. In other words, a switch of the standard driving mode button is everything it takes to enter a new level of driving performance. The TECHART powerkit also considers the 911’s assistance systems, such as the „Porsche WET mode“. If wet driving conditions are detected by the system, the TECHART powerkit reduces the power gain automatically. The TECHART powerkit is homologated for road legal use and comes with a part certificate.

The new TECHART sports exhaust system for the 911 Turbo S completes the emotional individual driving experience. Dynamic exhaust valves create an impressive soundscape which is also adjusted in accordance to the selected driving mode. This allows the driver to easily switch from standard power and sound to increased performance combined with sporty driving sound whenever she or he is in the mood. In combination with the powerkit TA092/T1.1, the TECHART sports exhaust system is certified for road-legal use.


TECHART Powerkit TA 092/T1.1




911 Turbo S (3.8 l/650 hp/800 Nm)

power enhancement

+44 kW (+60 hp)

torque increase

+100 Nm

total power output

522 kW (710 hp)/900 Nm

consisting of



road-legal, Certificate of Conformity



Acceleration (911 Turbo S with Sport Chrono Package)


0-100 km/h

2.6 s

0-160 km/h

5.4 s

0-200 km/h

8.1 s

0-300 km/h

21.8 s

Top speed

330 km/h

New forged TECHART Formula VI wheels with central lock. 

Slender spokes, low weight, appealing sport-oriented styling and central locking devices: the all new forged aluminum wheel for the 911 Turbo S in 20- and 21-inch. To match the drivers‘ preferences, the Formula VI wheels can be ordered in single and multi color paint finishes or with an optional gloss turned front surface. 

The dimensions of the new forged wheel are 9.5 x 20-inch at the front and 12 x 21-inch at the rear axle, the tire sizes are 255/35 ZR20 (standard tires) or 265/35 ZR20 Michelin Cup 2 sports tires at the front and 315/30 ZR21 (standard tires) or 325/30 ZR21 Michelin Cup 2 sports tires at the rear. 

For all drivers who prefer a 5 lug configuration and for the „non-S“ 911 Turbo models, TECHART offers the Daytona II forged wheel in 20-inch for the front and 21-inch for the rear axle. Like the Formula VI, the TECHART Daytona II wheel can also be configured individually in one- or two-tone color.


TECHART sport springs and height adjustable spring kits provide increased driving dynamics and a striking appearance. 

TECHART sport springs and height adjustable spring kits add more sportiness to the 911 Turbo S. Sport springs allow a lowering by 40 mm and apply agile driving characteristics. The springs are also compatible with Porsche’s optional front axle lift system. 

With the TECHART height adjustable sport springs kit, full flexibility is at the driver’s command. A lowering range of 15 mm to 40 mm allows customized height adjustment. 


TECHART Interior: refinement made of leather, wool and carbon fiber for the 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S.

Supple leather, Merino wool and visible carbon fiber. The interior manufactory at TECHART creates individual refinement highlights according to the customers’ preferences. The elegant combination of leather and wool was introduced by TECHART not long ago, now, it enriches the wide range of TECHART options for the 911 Turbo interior. If preferred, full leather interiors can also be both refined or completely tailor-made. 

Illuminated carbon door sill plates, sporty aluminium or carbon pedals, new carbon parts and trims, handcrafted TECHART sports steering wheels and much more is at the customers’ choice to turn their Turbo into an individual piece of art.

jueves, noviembre 26, 2020

VW new 2021 Tiguan R (320 Hp) - Available to order.


Powerful 320 PS Performance version of the successful SUV: new Tiguan R now available to order

– New: Volkswagen is launching the Tiguan as an R version for the first time with a powerful 320 PS1 turbocharged engine. Price in Germany: 56,703.53 euros2

– New all-wheel drive: 4MOTION with R-Performance Torque Vectoring provides enhanced driving dynamics

– Exclusive standard equipment: features such as the premium sport seats developed especially for the Tiguan R and a specific design define the individual character of this sporty SUV

Wolfsburg (D) – Volkswagen is launching the most powerful Tiguan to date: the Tiguan R. With a power output of 235 kW (320 PS), the SUV accelerates to 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds. Featuring a newly developed all-wheel drive system, the Volkswagen with a top speed of 250 km/h fascinates with outstandingly agile and confident handling. The new Tiguan R combines the dynamic performance of a sports car with the variability of a Sport Utility Vehicle. It is now available to order. Price in Germany: 56,703.532 euros.

The latest generation of the EA888 evo4 – an icon among sporty turbocharged engines (TSI) – is responsible for delivering the SUV’s vehement power. The four-cylinder engine already provides its maximum torque of 420 Nm as low as 2,100 rpm; the TSI maintains this high torque at a constant level up to 5,350 rpm. This power is distributed to four wheels by the new all-wheel drive system: 4MOTION with R-Performance Torque Vectoring. Volkswagen has implemented a rear final drive with two multiplate clutches for the first time. This system does not just distribute the drive power between the front and rear axles, but also distributes it variably between the left and right rear wheels. With the new all-wheel drive system, Volkswagen has noticeably improved handling agility when cornering in particular. With this system the Tiguan R sets a new benchmark for SUV driving dynamics.

The Tiguan flagship was developed by Volkswagen R. The sporty DNA is not just to be found in the turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive system of the Tiguan R, but also in its extensively customised equipment. Taking the exterior as an example: the standard equipment here includes bumpers in R design with aerodynamic elements in high-gloss black or the car body colour, exterior mirror covers in matt chrome, a unique and also high-gloss black rear diffuser, black wheel housing extensions and 20-inch Misano alloy wheels. And in the interior: the Tiguan R sets itself apart from the other models in the product line with features such as the premium sport seats with integrated head restraints and R logo developed exclusively for this model, a customised Digital Cockpit with integrated lap timer, as well as R-specific decorative trim (Carbon Grey). The decorative trim elements are illuminated via the background lighting. Also illuminated: the R logo in the aluminium front sill panel mouldings. The pedals are made of stainless steel.

The extended technical R equipment includes a powerful 18-inch brake system including blue brake calipers (with R logo at the front), a DCC chassis (with adaptively controlled shock absorbers) lowered by 10 mm, and a driving profile selection enhanced for the Tiguan R with an additional R profile. This particularly sporty mode can be activated directly by means of a blue R button on the new multifunction sports steering wheel. This is also equipped with separate large paddles for manual control of the 7-speed DSG dual clutch gearbox (DQ500). The standard equipment also includes deactivatable ESC as well as a four-branch sports exhaust system. Optionally available: a titanium exhaust system from Akrapovič and 21-inch Estoril alloy wheels. The exterior of the Tiguan R can also be personalised with the Black Style design package; in this case, selected add-on parts are finished in black.

The Tiguan is Europe’s most successful SUV

A Tiguan left the production line every 35 seconds last year – a new record for the product line. The story of this bestselling model began in 2007 with its world premiere at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. Later that year, the first Tiguan came onto the market. In 2011, Volkswagen unveiled a major update at the Geneva Motor Show. By then, 700,000 units of the Tiguan had already been produced. With the new version, the annual volumes passed the mark of 500,000 units for the first time. The IAA in Frankfurt in September 2015 provided the stage for the world premiere of the second Tiguan generation; the sales launch followed in April 2016. The importance of the product line increased further in 2017 with the debut of an XL version with lengthened wheelbase under the name Allspace. In 2019, one in seven of the 6.18 million Volkswagen cars manufactured was a Tiguan – 910,926 vehicles, to be precise. The annual volumes have therefore increased almost eightfold since the first full year of production.

1) Tiguan R 2.0 TSI 4MOTION DSG, 235 kW (320 PS). NEDC fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 10.2, extra-urban 7.0, combined 8.1; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 186; efficiency class: D.

2) Manufacturer’s recommended retail price, plus delivery and registration costs. Gross price incl. 16% value added tax. In the case of delivery from 1 January 2021, the value added tax rate applicable then will apply, and this may affect the gross price.

jueves, noviembre 19, 2020

Astronaut Patrick Baudry and Bugatti's pilot Officiel Pierre-Henri Raphanel


Space and the racetrack – two worlds that could not be more different. At least that is how it seems at first glance. However, in a conversation, Patrick Baudry and Pierre-Henri Raphanel discover what they have in common... A video about incredible speeds, extreme conditions and true passion.

Patrick Baudry already dreamed of becoming a pilot at the age of 4. In 1970, this dream came true: he became a fighter pilot in the French Air Force and only ten years later an astronaut candidate for the French space agency CNES. In 1985, he was on board the Discovery (Mission STS-51-G) on its way into space.

Pierre-Henri Raphanel also knew from a very young age that he would one day become a race driver. Between 1986 and 2000 he participated 14 times in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in 1985 he won the French Formula 3 Championship and four years later qualified for the Grand Prix of Monaco. In 2010, he broke the world speed record for Bugatti in the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport (268 mph (431.072 km/h)), becoming the fastest series production sports car in the world.

miércoles, noviembre 18, 2020

Stephan Winkelmann additionally becomes the new President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.

Bugatti President will perform dual role in future

Molsheim, 18 November 2020. With effect from 1 December 2020, Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann will additionally take up the position as President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. on top to his current function. The Bugatti President will therefore have a dual role. “It is both a great honour and pleasure, but also a great challenge for me to manage these two companies, which are very special to me with their exceptional cars,” says Stephan Winkelmann.

Over the last three years, Stephan Winkelmann has successfully initiated and driven forward a number of exciting projects at Bugatti. Never before has Bugatti presented so many different and unique projects in such a short period of time, such as the Divo1, La Voiture Noire2, Centodieci2, Chiron Pur Sport2, Chiron Super Sport 300+2 and Bolide2. Last year Bugatti set a speed record that is still valid. And with the now delivered Divo, Bugatti has also transformed modern coach-building for the 21st century.

Lamborghini is also well-known territory for Stephan Winkelmann: he was President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. in Sant` Agata Bolognese, Italy, for over eleven years up to 2016. In these roles, Winkelmann successfully expanded the brand into one of the world’s leading super sports car manufacturers, and was responsible for making substantial investments in the company’s future. Under his leadership, Lamborghini experienced extremely fast growth: sales were more than doubled, while sales revenue more than tripled. This growth was due to the success of the Lamborghini Aventador and Huracán super sports cars – but even the decision to launch the bestselling Urus was taken under the direction of Stephan Winkelmann. Together with his team, he also realigned sales structures for the future. Stephan Winkelmann will be taking over the responsibilities of Stefano Domenicali, who has decided to leave Lamborghini at his own request after four successful years with the company. He will become the new CEO of Formula 1 from January 2021.

Markus Duesmann, Chairman of the Board of Management at Audi AG: “Stephan Winkelmann has decisively shaped the history of Lamborghini. He represents the Lamborghini brand like only a few, and is exactly the right person to lead this unique brand into a successful future.”

“I would like to thank everyone for the trust they have in my work as well as my team for their support in the past and in the future too. I am really looking forward to my new responsibilities,” explains Stephan Winkelmann. “I have had the privilege to manage both companies separately in recent years, and I can now do this for both together. This is something very close to my heart. Bugatti stands for the most superior, powerful, elegant and luxurious hyper sports cars in the world. Lamborghini builds the most exclusive super sports cars with outstanding design. Both companies still have so much creativity yet to be explored.”

Stephan Winkelmann was born in Berlin in 1964 and grew up in Rome. After passing his A-levels at the German School in Rome, he studied political science in both Rome and Munich. Before Winkelmann took over as head of Lamborghini in 2005, he had been employed by Fiat in various functions, including Chairman of the Board of Management at Fiat Auto Austria, Switzerland and Germany. In March 2016, Winkelmann moved from Lamborghini to quattro GmbH (today Audi Sport GmbH), which he managed in the role of CEO for two years. Winkelmann was appointed President of Bugatti on 1 January 2018, a role which he will continue performing in the described dual role from 1 December.

lunes, noviembre 16, 2020

❗ Consumer Alert: Important Chevrolet Bolt Recall for Fire Risk ❗


❗ Read for critical vehicle recall information ❗

Owners of select Model Year 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt vehicles should park their cars outside and away from homes until their vehicles have been repaired, due to a new recall for the risk of fire.

GM has issued a recall of 50,932 Chevrolet Bolt vehicles for the potential of an unattended fire in the high-voltage battery pack underneath the back seat’s bottom cushion. The affected vehicles’ cell packs have the potential to smoke and ignite internally, which could spread to the rest of the vehicle and cause a structure fire if parked inside a garage or near a house.

These vehicles can catch fire even if they are turned off, parked, and disconnected from a charging unit. NHTSA has confirmed five known fires with two injuries; at least one of the fires spread from the vehicle and ignited a home. Until these recalled vehicles have been repaired, the safest place to park them is outside and away from homes. 

NHTSA has an open defect investigation into this issue.  The opening resume for this investigation is available here.

NHTSA encourages all consumers to report any safety concerns to the agency online or by calling our Vehicle Safety Hotline (Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236 / Hearing Impaired (TTY): 1-800-424-9153).

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November 13, 2020

Vehicle owners can visit NHTSA.gov/recalls and enter their 17-digit vehicle identification number to see if their vehicle is under recall.  If it is, vehicle owners should call their nearest dealership immediately to schedule a FREE interim repair.

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