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…It’s Tuner Tuesday: RENNtech Pikes Peak Rally Racer GLK?

RENNtech Pikes Peak Rally Racer

Every year, SEMA serves as the debut for some of the most outrageous cars and stunning concepts from tuners around the world, and this year, Mercedes-Benz decided to get in on the action with the debut of their new GLK.

One of those GLKs that stormed the SEMA show is this Pikes Peak Rally Racer from RENNtech, and with its inspiration coming from the winged, unlimited-class rally cars of the famed Pikes Peak Hill Climb, it’s no surprise that the styling needed to be kicked up a few notches.

However, beneath the menacing exterior lies a powertrain that might surprise a few people: a hybrid, designed to make the GLK a formidable performer while at work and at play.

By combining an electric motor in parallel with the 3.5 liter V6 petrol engine, RENNtech has been able to capture the impressive torque that characterizes electric motor drives, adding 54 Nm to enhance the GLK’s performance off-the-line and out of corners.

In addition, internal combustion engines can start to wheeze as the ambient air thins at the higher altitudes that a hill climb takes place in, but with a hybrid drive, thrust is maintained at any altitude with help from the electric motor, allowing the GLK to remain strong during every part of the race.

The 3.5-liter V6 engine that comes stock in the GLK received a special intake manifold, cams and cylinder heads directly from MB, and then RENNtech added their own long-tube headers, composite air intake, and RENNtech ECU software to make the engine put out approximately 350 horsepower on gas power alone.

RENNtech Pikes Peak Rally Racer Detail

To help with speed, RENNtech cut weight by removing most of the sound insulation and replacing the Mercedes-Benz seats with lightweight carbon-fiber buckets. With the addition of a full roll cage and the movement of several components towards the rear of the GLK, weight distribution almost reached the perfect 50/50, which helps handling on tight, demanding rally stages.

Custom coil-over suspension was created by KW for RENNtech, allowing for adjustments in height, rake, damping rate, camber and toe-in, and 412mm, 2-piece rotors with 8-piston callipers from RENNtech handle stopping power in the front, while 4-pot callipers grab 356mm discs in the rear.

Not so subtle exterior modifications include a front splitter, rear diffuser, and lower side skirts all designed to help direct airflow underneath the GLK to reduce drag and produce added downforce, while improving high speed stability at the rear. The rear wing elements also serve an important aerodynamic purpose, and flared wheel arches and other bodyshell modifications “create a powerful side line that highlights the dynamic thrust of the Rally Racer”.

It’s definitely not the subtlest Mercedes-Benz on the road, but if you want cutting edge, rally ready technology that’s designed to get you where you want to go at a very high rate of speed, then look no further than the RENNtech Pikes Peak Rally Racer.


[Via: Serious Wheels]

…Hulu is growing?


As a major supporter of the Hulu movement, I’m glad to see that they’re continuing to develop the online TV alternative with new shows and exclusive viewings.

Their “Fall Premiere Lineup” includes favorites like “Bones,” “Heroes,” “House,” “The Office,” “Family Guy,” “The Simpsons,” “My Own Worst Enemy,” “Crusoe,” and “30 Rock”, while shows like “Knight Rider,” “Chuck,” “Life,” and “Lipstick Jungle” are even slated to debut on Hulu more than a week before they go live on broadcast TV.

Even the technology continues to improve, as more and more shows are available in 480p for resolutions that approach HD. (And on most computer monitors, you’d probably never notice any difference above 480p, though that’s not true if you’ve got your computer hooked into your home entertainment system.)


[Via: Mashable]

…McDonalds is a Line Rider?

McDonalds Line Rider

Typically, when McDonalds hops on board, you know your product has jumped the shark.

Line Rider may soon be making its debut at a console near you, but it’s sure going to be tough to live this down:

[Via: Kottke]

…The Challenger is looking to challenge?

Dodge Challenger

According to Dodge, “It’s On”.

The new Challenger, which will debut in 2008, is scheduled to arrive in SRT8 trim at a comparatively cheap $37,995. (Comparatively, because the 6.1L HEMI V8 will be making an estimated 425 horsepower.)

Initially available in only three colors (black, silver, and HEMI orange) the Challenger SRT8 will also feature the concept car’s carbon fiber hood stripes for extra style points.

Though the original is going to be tough to beat, I wouldn’t mind parking one of these in my garage in between stoplight sessions:

Preorders begin on Monday.

[Dodge Challenger]

[Via: Autoblog]

…Tila Tequila can’t sing?

Tila Tequila Magazine

Tila Nguyen, better known at Tila Tequila, might be the girl with the most popular MySpace page, and she might be the girl who turned that MySpace fame into Maxim and Stuff covers, and she might be the most Internet famous of all potential porn stars, but as her debut in the music world shows, her fame might be due less to her singing talent than it is due to her other “assets”.

[MySpace – Tila Tequila]

[Tila’s Hot Spot]

[Wikipedia – Tila Tequila]

[Via: Kineda]