Electric Motor Show 2010

November 4, 2010 by  
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The Electric Motor Show, or Moottorikelkka as it is referred to in Finland, is an event that exhibits a variety of motor industry related products such as electrical parts, performance enhancing systems, service related products and special equipment. It attracts manufacturers, importers and exporters, and most visitors to the show are trade visitors, specializing in repairs, disposal, design refinement, accessories and automotive services. Exhibitors at the Electric Motor Show 2010 will have a variety of products on display, everything from lubricants and batteries, to designs and paint.

For more information in regard to the Electric Motor Show, contact the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre or the organizers, The Finnish Fair Co-operation.

Date: 6 – 8 November 2010
Venue: Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre
City: Helsinki
Country: Finland

Frankfurt Auto Show 2010

September 7, 2010 by  
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Motoring enthusiasts in Germany are spoiled for locations when it comes to the annual Frankfurt Auto Show, as it is hosted in Frankfurt and in Hanover. Each year, the show displays an array of vehicles, both production vehicles and concept vehicles, for visitors to enjoy. Last year, production vehicles such as the Audi R8 Spyder, BMW X1, Aston Martin Rapide, Dodge Caliber and Ford C-Max were showcased, with concept cars including the Lexus LF-Ch, Mini Coupe, Bugatti Galibier 16C and the Mazda MX-5 Superlight taking visitors breath away.

This year promises to be another display of magnificent vehicles and state of the art technology that will create the cars of the future and vehicles that are safe for the environment.

Date: 23 September – 30 September 2010
Venue: Various
City: Frankfurt and Hanover
Country: Germany

Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing

August 18, 2010 by  
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With history going back to its first FIM organized event in 1949, Grand Prix motorcycle racing is an international series which has gathered a loyal following of fans who turn out in droves to watch driver and machine become as one as they compete for the checkered flag. As the main championship of motorcycle road racing, the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix is divided into three categories: 125cc, Moto2, and MotoGP. Setting the Grand Prix series apart from other motorcycle racing series, such as the Superbike World Championship, is the fact that the motorcycles competing in the Grand Prix are built specifically for racing and therefore cannot be bought at a dealership and are not licensed to ride on public roads.

The MotoGP series consists of eighteen races, held in fourteen countries, on four continents, with global television coverage ensuring that fans all over the world can share in the excitement. Currently seven nationalities are represented among the riders who line the starting grid, with four manufacturers – Ducati, Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki – providing the latest in motorcycle technology.

Now in its 62nd year, MotoGP is not only the premier motorcycle racing world championship, but it is also the longest running championship series. Under the supervision of the FIM, the series is managed by Dorna Sports and has been since 1992. With more than 2.2 million people attending races in 2009, there is no doubt that spectators appreciate the effort put into the organization of each of the eighteen events, which feature races in each of the three categories.

The 125cc category is the stepping stone into this exciting sport. The minimum age for riders is 15 years, with the maximum set at 28 years – the exception being for wild-card riders, or riders who are newly contracted and competing in a 125 cc event for the first time, where the minimum age will be 25 years. Maximum engine displacement in this category is 125cc single-cylinder units. As announced in December 2008, from 2010 the 250cc category has been replaced by Moto2 – a 4-stroke class aimed at being a cost-effective, but prestigious, class to accompany the star of the show, the MotoGP.

Recognized as the ultimate test for motorcycle racing’s finest talents, MotoGP allows a maximum engine capacity of 800cc (4-stroke engines) and the motorcycle must be a prototype. The minimum age for riders competing in the MotoGP class is 18 years. Fiat Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi is the current MotoGP World Champion, having claimed his seventh premier class title in 2009.

2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup

July 27, 2010 by  
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The Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois, will be the venue for Round 6 of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup on Sunday August 1 at 09:50. Practice and qualifying sessions for this event will take place on Saturday July 31, where drivers will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the 21-turn, 3.56 mile racetrack. Launched in 2008 with the goal of giving beginner drivers the opportunity to develop their talent, while at the same time introducing clean diesel technology to the United States market, the SCCA Pro Racing Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup has earned its place on the calendar as a popular motorsport event.

During the racing season, drivers between the ages of 16 and 26 who have been recognized as having potential to take on the fast-paced world of auto racing and succeed, compete on road courses at venues around North America. Driving identical factory-prepared clean diesel powered Volkswagen Jetta TDI’s, competitors are awarded a professional racing license from SCCA Pro Racing at the successful conclusion of the season. In addition to the sheer exhilaration of competing in this series, drivers who achieve can look forward to generous prize money, with the Series Champion being the recipient of up to $100,000 worth of career advancement support from the sponsors, Volkswagen.

There are a number of factors that sets the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup series in a league of its own. It is the only clean diesel racing series to be held in the United States, with Volkswagen being the only manufacturer participating on a full-time basis in motorsport with diesel-powered cars. In keeping with the growing demand for reducing our carbon footprints, the TDI diesel engine technology provides improved fuel economy when compared to gasoline engines, as well as boasting a 95 percent sooty emission reduction, even under the most demanding of racing conditions. As the cars are maintained by Volkswagen of America, competitors are assured of a level playing field, where driving skill is paramount. From a marketing viewpoint, the series appeals to spectators as the cars on the racetrack are similar to the cars available at local Volkswagen dealerships. If they make the grade under punishing racing conditions, they can be counted on to make the grade as a day-to-day means of transport.

TAG Heuer Eyewear Introduces Squadra Night Vision Glasses

July 19, 2010 by  
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Stylish, contrast-enhancing eyewear is no longer limited to daylight hours. TAG Heuer Avant-Garde Eyewear has created Squadra Night Vision – the world’s first ophthalmic mask made specifically for night driving. This high-performance eyewear combines proven technologies for ergonomics and comfort, with contrast-increasing lenses to enhance night-driving safety. Utilizing patented technology, TAG Heuer Night Vision is the first in the world to provide a correction for “universal nocturnal myopia” – the tendency of human eyes to lose sharp distance viewing at night – while better distinguishing contrasts in the dark, reducing eye fatigue. The Squadra Night Vision’s innovative design and performance has received the prestigious Red Dot Design Award from among 4000 entries from 40 countries.

The Squadra Night Vision eyewear fits comfortably and securely with a flexible titanium inner arm, overmolded by a hard outer elastomere and a soft composite inner rubber. Ideal for under-the-helmet wear, TAG Heuer was the 2010 Official Partner to record-breaking motor-racing team Audi Sport, who swept the podium at the 78th edition of 24 Hours of Le Mans while wearing Squadra Night Vision glasses. Squadra is also the preferred eyewear of the 2004 NASCAR Cup Champion, Kurt Busch.

By working with professional drivers like these, TAG Heuer has perfected its Night Vision lenses to offer constant clear, sharp vision that maximizes performance from dusk to dawn. Now, you don’t have to be a professional driver to benefit from Squadra Night Vision. The new TAG Heuer Squadra Night Vision collection is available at authorized retailers nationwide. Shields are available in two shapes and offer a combined black and yellow temple.

TAG Heuer – maker of high-end sports watches and chronographs since 1860 – has been applying the same standards for design and quality found in their timepieces to the creation of exceptional eyewear since 2002. All TAG Heuer “Avant-Garde” Eyewear lenses are shatter-resistant, ultra-light and provide 100% UV-A and UV-B protection. TAG Heuer Eyewear is available at authorized retailers nationwide.

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