Although we will by no means ever endorse the over-exaggeraged, comedic Will Arnett Arrested Development-like style of this narrator, we will never hold back a good factory tour documentary when we come across one. Just don’t blame us for this one’s overemphasized commentary…
Follow the build of a Z4 in BMW’s Spartanburg, South Carolina factory on National Geographic here:
Update to our March 11th feature: We just ran across this video of the Koenigsegg One:1 final production steps on CrankandPiston.com which we would like to include here as a supplement to our photo collection on the following page. Enjoy:
Bloomberg.com’s Matt Miller visits the Ford factory and takes a firsthand look at his brand new black on black Raptor being built, along with other F-150’s too. An interesting 2 1/2 minute viewing:
The following 4 part video series by http://www.testdriven.co.uk/ shows a 2014 BMW i3 being produced on film just the way we like ’em, with no narration or background music playing at all. As a little bit of background before viewing, the rear wheel drive electric cars are able to be driven between 80 to 100 miles. A “range extender” version is available which has the addition of a 650cc two cylinder gas engine, increasing their range an additional 180 miles per tank. There is reportedly a good amount of torque to be felt right off the line from it’s 250 Nm, 170 hp engine, enabling it to achieve a swift 7.2 second 0-62 mph. While these appear to be fun little runabouts to drive while that restoration project is still in pieces in the garge, we’d like to see a convertible version made available too.
To find out more about the car, find a link to testdriven.com’s i3 article after the videos on the following page.
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Autoblog.com’s Michael Harley was recently asked by Porsche if he would like to take a tour of their private warehouse while he was visiting Stuttgart, to which he graciously obliged. The storage facility had 336 total cars at the time of his tour, the historic vehicles kept there as most make their rotation for display at the publicly open museum down the street, or sent out to events around the world. Filling the building were old race cars, show concepts, development mules, prototypes and engineering displays. In his own words, “…there was an overpowering smell of used motor oil, rubber and fuel…”. Fantastic.
We recently ran across this feature on http://www.bimmerboost.com/content.php which shows a 583 horsepower 6.2 liter V8 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG engine being produced. Since there are no female engine builders at the Affalterbach, Germany AMG factory, Sport Auto decided that they would put a temporary change to that by sending one of their own female editors to complete the task and show them how it’s done. A legitimate rhetorical question in the short article asks if Mercedes Benz plans on ever creating a program resembling what Corvette owners have the opportunity to do, which is be a part of their own engine’s build during their car’s production. What a great bonding experience that would be, not to mention marketing opportunity for AMG. We hope to see it happen sometime in the near future.
Great video by YouCar which shows the build of an AMG V8 engine, from start to finish by the same craftsman. No cheesy background music or narration necessary, just strictly business. Enjoy.
Here are a few pictures we found of the Mercedes Benz SLR production line at the McLaren Technology Center in Woking, Surrey, England. These were sold from 2003 to 2010, with several different versions throughout the years. Although we cannot find any information on the subject now, we recall reading about a conflict between Ron Dennis and McLaren, as he was not being let the freedom to design a mid engine car as he had envisioned it. Mercedes had in mind a modern interpretation of the front engine 1955 300 SLR racing car, which lead them to a compromise in his eyes. Could this have perhaps been the project to have possibly provoked him to spearhead his own production sports car with 100% complete control over his ultimate vision, the MP4-12C? If so, we have Mercedes Benz to thank for the P1, too…
A great time-lapse video by Marussia Winter of the build of a Sky F1 car. Enjoy.
Be sure to watch our other previous time-lapse McLaren F1 build video feature here at:
Skip the morning talk shows and sit-coms today and watch this BBC video special look inside the McLaren factory about the build of the MP4-12C super car. After all, this is what being a car-guy is all about. Canned laughter, not so much…
With your help, we would like to develop a new category that features vintage and current factory photos. We always enjoy seeing cars in their manufacturing phases or during their restorations and modifications. That is ultimately the reason for this site’s existence, so what could be more fitting than having them all together and categorized here in their own section? Until then,please enjoy the few photos we actually have gathered up so far on the following page and if you have something interesting to include, please put a link to them in the “Comments” section below, or e-mail them to us at [email protected] for us to include and update here. Help us make this into a new category booming with an assortment of factory and shop pictures of all types of vehicles from all different time periods, OEM or aftermarket.
Since we are on the subject of COPO Chevrolet’s in our last feature, we couldn’t imagine a better time than now to throw some high octane fuel onto the Chevy/Ford fire with an inside look at the building of a 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet engine. The article is far too technically advanced for us, but we were able to decipher that only 50 editions are produced per year and for 2013, 47 supercharged engines were built alongside 3 naturally aspirated versions. Enjoy the article linked on the next page, then back to our regular planned programming with car builds, modifications and restorations.
Patrick Gosling brings us this short but mesmerizing 1 minute look at the factory build of a Jaguar XJ through seamless video and time lapse. We enjoyed his look at the rebuild of a McLaren Formula 1 car a few features back, and particularly like that his shoots are both quick and entertaining. It just so happens that he was at the Jaguar factory while shooting the build of Jay Leno’s Jag XJ from start to finish for http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/, so while there he shot this video, as well. We don’t want the read here to take longer than the actual video itself, so without further a-do, pull up a chair, stand or momentarily crouch and enjoy the following…
Jaguar XJ production line from Patrick Gosling on Vimeo.
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