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2012 SoCal Euro Gathering in San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium

This years So Cal Euro Event was a Blast! Held at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium. Thanks to Audi of San Diego for having Clutchrides at there Booth! Tons of awesome cars this year and with a Larger area for cars to park there were tons of opportunities to capture pics of all the best cars.

See All the Pics of the SoCal Euro Gathering on CLUTCHRIDES.COM HOME – UNDER “Car Shows”

WekFest Long Beach 2012

This Year at WekFest Long Beach was a great turn out. Tons of the best cars you’ve ever seen. Check out more pictures on our Car Show Page on Clutchrides.com!

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Sticker City

I just want to Thank the guys at STICKER CITY for a awesome job, on our Clutchrides 2012 Audi A7. They Wrapped the whole roof with a gloss black. This is the first mod done to the A7 and it looks awesome.Keep checking back for more updates on the Clutchrides A7!

Check out there site and go get hooked up! They have all sort of Wraps, tint, and stickers…

http://www.stickercity.com/

2012 Audi RS3 Sportback

Sad News for the US, no Audi RS3 for us, Looks like it’s gonna be another sick Audi we’ll never see! Why can’t we at least special order these high performance cars!

It’s been a while, even years, but after waiting for what seems to ever have been, Audi has finally unveiled the long awaited Audi RS3 Sportback. 2012 Audi RS3 Sportback is the level of performance of the new Audi A3, and see how the A3 finally came on the market, it’s not that hard to believe that the 2012 Audi RS3 Sportback was sure to follow. And here we are.

2012 Audi RS3 Sportback engine power is transferred to the road via a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch with two cars and a manual mode, the Ingolstadt company, and quattro permanent four-wheel drive system. With a weight of 1575 kg (3,472.28 pounds), 2012 Audi RS3 Sportback an addition to the standard 0-100 km / h (62 mph) sprint in just 4.6 seconds while top speed is limited electronically to 250 km / h (155 mph). 2012 Audi RS3 Sportback adding that delivers a fuel consumption of 9.1 liters per 100 km (25.9 km / l U.S.) and emits 212 grams of CO2 per kilometer (341.18 g / km).

Starting with the chassis, the 2011 Audi TT-RS S-tronic division expanded the vehicle front and rear tracks, and added a new coil springs and dampers adjusted. 2012 Audi RS3 Sportback is 25 mm (0.98 inches) closer to the ground compared to Audi RS, even when driving on a new 19-inch alloy wheels with 235/35 series tires and 225/35 rear. Wheels come standard with machine polished titanium-style look, but comes in black with a red rim flange.

Improve stopping power, 2012 Audi RS3 Sportback is equipped with internally ventilated brake discs measuring 370 mm (14.57 inches) in diameter front and 310 mm (12.20 inches) on the back.

Unfortunately, there are also some sad news for all our audio-loving fans here in America. 2012 Audi RS3 Sportback is amazing because it is not seen on the roads over the Atlantic Ocean. From what we have heard, there is a slim-to-none chance that 2012 Audi RS3 Sportback ever see this side of the world.

Audi A3 Sedan Concept

Just as planned, Audi introduced its new A3 sedan concept at the Geneva Motor Show. The Audi A3 is a four-seater compact car, which Audi promises to be a fun to drive sports car. The design of the Audi A3 sedan concept symbolizes Audi’s sporty elegance design.

The A3 sedan concept is loaded with an abundant of carbon fiber. Its frame is made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, and even the 20-inch wheels are molded from carbon fiber and aluminum as well. The headlights represent a new stage of evolution in LED technology. They are broader as they extend outward, and it makes them seem to float on air.

Powering the Audi A3 is the turbocharged FSI five-cylinder engine that produces 408 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque, which is available between 1,600 and 5,300 rpm. The engine is mated to a seven-speed S-tronic dual clutch gearbox that sends power to all four wheels via the Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system. Audi claims the A3 sedan concept can sprint from 0-62 mph in just 4.1 seconds and with an electronic governed top speed of 155 mph.

As for fuel economy, it is estimated at 25.85 miles per gallon U.S. We can expect production of the Audi A3 is likely to happen by the end of this year with the production models to hit the showrooms by the beginning of 2012.


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Concentrated technical expertise – all in the Audi A3 concept technical study

Audi is set to unveil an attractive technical study – the A3 concept – at the Geneva Motor Show. The four-seat notchback sedan integrates the full breadth of the brand’s technological expertise – from the improved MMI operating system, to the high-tech infotainment system, to the drivetrain. A five-cylinder turbo developing 300 kW (408 hp), a seven-speed S tronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive ensure thrilling dynamics along with high fuel efficiency.

Design and body
The Audi A3 concept is a four-seat notchback sedan. It measures 4.44 meters (14.57 ft) long and 1.84 meters (6.04 ft) wide, but just 1.39 meters (4.56 ft) high – proportions that underscore its dynamic character.

The design represents the typical Audi language of sporty elegance. The single-frame grille is integrated into the front end, giving it a sculptured look. Its frame is made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), and the transversely mounted, three-dimensional aluminum louvers create a visual effect that emphasizes the showcar’s width. The headlights merge with the beveled upper corners of the single-frame, forming a transition that marks the starting point of the prominently accentuated lines of the engine hood.

The headlights represent a new stage of evolution in LED technology, a groundbreaking innovation from Audi. They become broader as they extend outward, and a line underneath them makes them seem to float on air. Above the front spoiler is a full-length air intake, also made of CFRP, framed by a metal clasp. The spoiler features a splitter that raises the downforce on the front wheels.

When viewed from the side, too, the A3 concept is recognizable at first sight as an Audi. Harmonious proportions, taut, muscular surfaces and a low roof dome with fluid lines flowing into a flat, coupé-like C-pillar. The shoulder area transitions elegantly into the tailgate. Characteristic of Audi design, the greenhouse accounts for one-third of the height, while the sheet metal makes up the remaining two-thirds.

Powerfully flared fenders hint at the power of the engine. Two prominently elaborated lines accentuate the flank: the undercut tornado line beneath the window edge and the dynamic line above the sills. The outside mirrors, made of aluminum and CFRP, are perched on the top shoulder, just like on a sports car. The door handles with their brushed-aluminum clasps are recessed flush with the door. When the driver touches them, they power-extend.

The intelligent interplay between surfaces and lines also defines the tail end of the A3 concept. The broad, flat tail lights are sculptured and culminate in a point on the inside, and the tailgate bears an elegant spoiler edge. The rear apron includes a diffuser insert of CFRP and metal, which in turn surrounds the two large tailpipes for the exhaust system.

Ultra-modern components, design methods and joining techniques keep the body weight low. One example of this are the custom tailored blanks (panels of various thicknesses) in the floor area. The doors, engine hood and tailgate are made of aluminum. The extra stiff body provides the basis for the sedan’s precise handling, excellent vibrational comfort and low weight – the Audi A3 concept tips the scales at just 1,540 kilograms (3,395.12 lb).

Interior
The interior of the showcar is generously proportioned. The long wheelbase measuring 2.63 meters (8.63 ft) – a best-in-class figure in the premium compact segment – gives rear passengers on the two individual seats a pleasing amount of knee room. The front sport seats with prominent side bolsters are slim and elegant.

The cockpit also gives an impression of lightness and airiness. The horizontal lines emphasize its design. The instrument panel draws the driver in – typical of Audi. Defined in three dimensions, the large trim strip is made of solid aluminum and includes control functions. The high-quality sound system in the doors and on the rear shelf has aluminum trim panels. When the audio system is turned on, they extend a few millimeters, thus orchestrating a visual accompaniment to the system’s excellent sound.

On the center console four large, round air vents echoing a jet’s design catch the eye. The air flow is adjusted by pulling and pushing on the center axis of the vents. The control knobs for the automatic air conditioning system are located in the lower section of the center console on a boldly protruding dedicated control panel. Visually, they are reminiscent of airplane turbines.

Located behind the compact, flat-bottomed, three-spoke multifunction steering wheel are two analog dial instruments with black dials and red needles, complemented by additional kidney-shaped displays. Engraved rims made of brushed aluminum underscore their classy look. In between the two large round dials is the large, eight-inch display for the driver information system. The display is user-programmable – the driver can select the content to be displayed from an extensive menu.

The control panel for the MMI multimedia system is located on the center tunnel console. The surface of its large rotary pushbutton includes the touch pad, MMI touch. This new solution, which makes the already exemplary operation even more intuitive, will soon be introduced in series production at Audi. The ultra-thin MMI monitor power-extends out of the instrument panel, another feature taken from the full-size car class.

In terms of infotainment, the Audi A3 concept shows why the brand is leading the competition. A UMTS model provides full access to the Internet, allowing the car to retrieve convenient services from Google. Thanks to the WLAN hotspot, passengers can surf and send e-mail to their hearts’ content. Holders for iPads are installed on the back of the front seat backrests.

A classic notchback sedan, the Audi A3 concept boasts a large luggage compartment with a volume of 410 liters (14.48 cubic ft) and a low loading lip.

Drivetrain
The A3 concept has a five-cylinder engine under the hood that combines the Audi technologies of turbocharging and FSI gasoline direction injection. It develops a hefty 300 kW (408 hp) from a displacement of 2.5 liters. Its peak torque of 500 Nm (368.78 lb-ft) is available over a broad rev range between 1,600 and 5,300 rpm.

The five-cylinder powerplant unleashes a rousing soundscape – its typical sound pattern calls to mind the Audi sound of the 1980s and the huge motorsport successes of that period. Its performance is a complete homage to tradition: The A3 concept catapults from a dead stop to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.1 seconds, and its electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph) is merely the official figure.

In terms of fuel consumption, the four-seater requires just 9.1 liters of fuel per 100 km (25.85 US mpg) and emits 212 grams CO2 per km (341.18 g/mile). A regulated oil pump, the intelligent Audi thermo-management system and a energy recovery system – technologies from the brand’s modular efficiency platform – all contribute to this high efficiency.

A compact seven-speed S tronic serves as the transmission. It comprises two transmission structures, which are operated by two clutches. Gears are alternately shifted by the two clutches – at lightning speed, comfortably, and without any perceptible interruption of traction.

The driver can operate the seven-speed S tronic in one automatic mode and one manual mode, using the paddles on the steering wheel to shift gears manually. Elegant touch control buttons on the center tunnel console are used to select drive positions R, N and D. These are backlit in red when it gets dark. Drive position P is automatically engaged when the electric parking brake is applied. The launch control system manages the sprint from a dead stop, furnishing explosive turbo power with minimal tire slip.

Power is effortlessly transmitted to the road via quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Its centerpiece is an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch at the end of the propeller shaft. When slip occurs at one of the axles, the clutch redirects the majority of the torque input to the wheels with the better grip.

Chassis
Derived from the current RS 3 Sportback, the chassis of the Audi A3 concept is fully capable of handling the power from the drive system at all times. The four-seater masters any type of curve with speed, stability and composure, turning spontaneously into corners going in and providing superior traction going out. Its self-steering response remains essentially neutral all the way up to the lofty handling limits.

The front suspension – a McPherson construction with a separate axle support – has a track measuring a full 1,572 millimeters (61.89 in). To a large extent, its components are made of aluminum. The rack-and-pinion steering is extremely efficient because its electromechanical drive system requires no energy when driving straight ahead.

The four-link rear suspension with its 1,542-millimeter (60.71-in) track is likewise fixed to a subframe. Its control arms made of high-strength steel enable the suspension to absorb longitudinal and lateral forces separately. The shock absorbers and coil springs are mounted separately from each other.

The Audi drive select dynamic handling system gives the driver five modes from which to select the engine characteristics, power steering and the seven-speed S tronic. The modes are comfort, auto, dynamic, individual and efficiency, the last of which is designed for maximum economy.

The imposing light-alloy rims measure 20 inches in diameter. In five twin-spoke design, they are made of CFRP and aluminum. The slender, recessed rims optimize ventilation. The tire format is 245/30 at the front and rear. The front brake disks are gripped by four-piston calipers. The ESP stabilization system has a Sport mode and can be completely deactivated. The parking brake is actuated electromechanically.

The equipment and data specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.

2012 Audi R8 E-tron

The electric-powered, two-seat Audi R8 E-tron could qualify as the world’s first zero-emissions supercar.

Scheduled for sale in Europe before the end of 2011, the 2012 R8 E-tron should be available in the United States sometime in early 2012, according to Audi officials.

Whenever it arrives, the R8 E-tron will join the Tesla Roadster in the marketplace for electric-powered sports cars. Yet some car enthusiasts debate the proposition that the Lotus-based Tesla is powerful enough or large enough to merit official supercar status. The Tesla’s single electric motor develops the equivalent of about 295 horsepower.

The Audi R8 E-tron will be powered by four separate electric motors to retain Audi’s familiar quattro all-wheel-drive system. Combined output will easily surpass 300 hp and 500 pound-feet of torque. Current indications suggest the E-tron will be first to arrive among several green-oriented electric or hybrid-powered supercars from traditional manufacturers, including the Mercedes-Benz SLS E-Cell and Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid.

The R8 E-tron was approved for production in June 2010. Some official statements suggest its model designation will be changed to R4 (for four electric motors) to separate it from the existing, gasoline-powered R8 supercar, which has been widely lauded as one of the world’s great sports cars. Other announcements indicate that the R4 designation will be reserved for a subsequent, smaller and less powerful electric sports car from Audi.

Prototypes for the E-tron are based on the conventional R8 chassis. As such, the electric car is nearly identical in dimensions to the gasoline R8, measuring 14.5 feet long, 6.2 feet wide and 4.1 feet tall. The E-tron retains the conventional R8’s mid-engine proportions. However, Audi’s E-tron show cars have been finished in single-tone paint, with more chrome work than the standard R8, and a single-frame trapezoid grille with thin horizontal slats. As a result, the E-tron looks less overtly aggressive and perhaps a bit classier than the conventional R8.

E-tron’s lightweight electric motors are located at each of its four wheels, delivering power to each wheel independently. Each generates 78 horsepower, for a total of 313 hp, with combined torque of 502 foot-pounds in conventional terms, according to Audi. Moreover, the separate motors will allow what’s known as torque vectoring, or targeted acceleration of individual wheels and active distribution of traction. That, in turn, allows the motors to actually steer the car, and control understeer and oversteer, by changing power output at any of the wheels for a few milliseconds.

The E-tron will hit 60 miles per hour from a stop in about 4.5 seconds, according to Audi. Theoretically, the car should reach a top speed beyond 150 mph, but Audi says the production car may be limited to 124 mph to preserve the battery charge. In June 2010, an R8 E-tron prototype won a rally for modern electric cars in Austria, beating both a Tesla Roadster and Mercedes SLS E-Cell prototype.

E-tron’s lithium-ion battery pack and control electronics will weigh about 880 pounds, according to Audi. The package will be located behind the seats and in front of the rear wheels, where the conventional R8’s engine is mounted, to maintain the car’s mid-engine balance. The battery will store 53-kilowatt/hours of energy, and can be fully charged on household current in six to 12 hours. Target range for the production E-tron is 150 miles.

Because it has no power-generating engine, the E-tron will technically be a zero-emissions vehicle, just like a child’s radio-control car. Of course, that analysis does not account for emissions generated producing the electricity to charge the E-tron. Depending on the power station and fuel source, supplying electricity for the E-tron could generate more emissions than a gasoline engine the produces equal power.

Inside, the E-tron will share the conventional R8’s sweeping cockpit-style interior layout, though its instrumentation will be specific and appropriate for an electric vehicle.

Audi will build at least 1000 E-trons on special order. While it has said the car will be available in Europe by the end of 2011, Audi has been less specific about a launch date in the United States.

The E-tron will definitely cost more than the least expensive conventional R8 model, which retails for about $115,400 for 2010. How much more depends on whether Audi considers the E-tron primarily a profit-earning venture or a promotional vehicle and real-world laboratory.