The Weekly Five For August 24th, 2012 - M History, CEO revvs Vanquish, Kid Crashes M3, Driverless Audi, 390hp X-Bow vs 690hp GT2

History of BMW M Power

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Witness the history behind one of the greatest in-house performance tuning divisions of all time - the M division. Via this brief 4 minute video you too can understand how the M3's, M5's, M6's, M1's, and 1M's of yesteryear and today came to be, with that incredible power band and 8000 rpm redline that makes your skin singe. It all started with the BMW 3.0 CSL Coupe, and took off from there. Enjoy.
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Aston Martin CEO Revving Vanquish

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When you think of a CEO of a business, you usually think of a man in a suit, but Aston Martin's CEO Dr Ulrich Bez wears a different kind of suit most of the time - a race suit. Seeing as Dr Ulrich Bez races cars quite often, its not surprising that when he's presenting Aston Martin's newest model, the 2013 AM310 Vanquish, he makes it worthwhile for the entire crowd. With looks and performance that kill, not to mention SEVERAL different exhaust noises at the startup, the 2013 Aston Martin AM310 Vanquish is without a doubt a sight to behold. Enjoy the revs.

Kid Crashes BMW M3

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The BMW M3 is a high-performance sports car with power figures and handling abilities that are to be greatly respected. The consequences for disrespecting the BMW M3 can be severe as seen here when a 19-year old, or in this case, a mere kid, is piloting a BMW E46 M3 through some secluded mountain twisties, with horrendous wheel grip and what seems like sub-amateur cornering skills - the M3 seems to be doing all the work here - when all of a sudden the 19 year old crests over a slight hill, loses all traction at the front wheels for a split second, and despite his attempt at steering input, sends himself and the car plowing over and through a field of large rocks. "The car is a total loss", says the video's description. What a shame.

Driverless Race Car - The Future?

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Ever wonder what a world of driver-less race cars would be like? I, for one, prefer not to think about it. However, a couple of students from Stanford University have a different opinion on the matter. They call it "Shelley", and its an Audi TTS that can pilot itself. Training has been ongoing for quite some time now, and the team of Stanford students claim that they will soon take their self-driving project car to the legendary Pikes Peak hill climb. As much as I'd hate to see races happen through technology rather than skill, experience, adrenaline, courage, sweat, and tears, I think it would be monumental to the development of safer everyday cars in regards to traction control and skid recovery - things us true 'carnecks' usually can do without, and things that everyone else may really need at times. Enjoy the video.

KTM X-Bow vs Porsche 911 GT2

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What do you get when you put a KTM X-Bow with an Audi S3 turbo kit and other goodies, making an X-Bow with up to 370hp and weighing a little less than a sheet of paper... and put that X-Bow up against a Porsche 911 GT2 making almost 700hp? Both cars put up a serious fight, making for a jaw-dropping, 6-minute-long battle. This is some good racing. Enjoy.