Originally released as an arcade cabinet, Konami’s racer stood out with its bright visuals and a big plastic handbrake to yank as you cornered. It also included an unusual range of small fun cars, rather than the usual supercharged speedsters.
Most innovative, though was its free roaming environment, filled with short cuts, something unheard of in driving games at the time. You don’t need cars bristling with cylinder heads or pumped full of nitrous to make an exciting racing game. GTi Club+ (based on a cult classic arcade machine) instead lobs players the keys to a collection of compact but character filled cars, including the Mini Cooper and Renault 5 Turbo. Continue reading »
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Another addition to the MINI family, another delibrate hardly noticeable facelift to MINI’s new 2010 Countryman – that’s what driving a MINI is all about. As you will see, the Countryman has a sporty design, the CUV sits a bit higher off the ground than other Mini models and the company says it’s raised the seating position a smidge. The other big alteration from Mini’s previous models is the addition of all-wheel drive that can send up to 100 percent of the torque to the rear wheels.
Check out these MINIs, the craftsmen pictured have encrusted each MINI with over 30,000 colored glass tesserae – talk about patience! This creates four “artomotive” masterpieces in the themes of a Zebra, Summer Flowers, Tartan plaid and a Dama. The tesserae, each one-half inch by one-half inch in size were used to transform the vehicles, with 31,700 tesserae laid on each convertible and 37,004 on each coupe.
The new Mi.To is recognized as the modern Alfa introduced after the Alfa 8C Competizione. Mi.To is named after ‘Milan’ and ‘Turin’, based on where the car was designed and produced.
Similar to the base as Fiat Grande Punto, Alfa Romeo Mi.To is 4 meters long and just 1.4 meters high. The cost of the all new Alfa Romeo Mi.To is expected to compete with the Mini Cooper and new Ford Fiesta, although the exact price remains unclear.
Some of the features include three different driver settings which control the engine, brakes, steering, suspension and the gearbox. ‘All-Weather’ provides the best grip in difficult diving conditions, such as ‘Normal’ and ‘Dynamic’. Alfa Romeo also confirmed that the Mi.To will initially be offered with a range of four engines, with horsepower ranging from 90 to 155, with even stronger engines to be introduced later.
Alfa Romeo Mi.To will be introduced into the market in July.