EVENT – SUPER GT ROUND 3 MALAYSIA 2013 – PART 2

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After a good night’s rest we got up nice and early to head on over to Sepang again on Sunday to bring you the final coverage of our 2 part coverage of  the Super GT here in Malaysia and coming early was certainly the right choice to make as Sunday is always more lively at Sepang for Super GT. We stored away our things at the media centre and grabbed our vests and headed out again for coverage and we decided to get a regular spectator’s perspective and see what they see. Read more

EVENTS – 24 Hours of Racing, 36 Hours of Fun! – PT3.

Let me take you back to the Nurburgring 24 hour race once more. Due to the trip both Allard van Grafhorst and myself made to the Le Mans 24 hours these photo’s have been laying around catching dust. Here is more on the Sunday of the race. Read more

FEATURE-”ABT”SOLUTELY STUNNING-THE ABT RACING HERITAGE AND THEIR LATEST VENTURE

When one hears the name Abt, there are two reactions; the first is that you immediately reminisce to Abt’s illustrious racing history, when it all began with a humble Fiat 500 tuned and raced by the Abt family themselves. The second is that of the younger generation,  essentially reaping what the great Johann Abt sewed 115 years ago; the fruits of his labour of what is now one of the most recognisable tuning specialists in the world, where one is mesmerized by the technically advanced continental beauties that one can spot without fault by the unmistakable Abt badge and Abt styling cues and skillfully crafted body kits.
Nonetheless, no matter which reaction you have there is no denying, that Abt has no doubt been successful in living up to its bold company philosophy; which is taking their knowledge and expertise from their illustrious 115 year track experience, and translating all they have learnt into cars the public can buy, therefore if one does buy an Abt you are buying a race bred car and that it will be nothing short of amazing.
Abt already has a dramatic influence on the Asian market, with branches up and running in Kuala lumpur and in Bangkok; with their latest venture bringing them to the sunny island of Singapore, a country with the highest per capita ownership of exotic super cars. The opening ceremony of their latest branch expansion in Singapore, which will also house the Asian regional HQ was an extravagant affair, with the current CEO of the Abt sports line Mr Hans Jürgen Abt and the MD of Abt Asia LLP, Mr Wolfgang Kitzeder gracing the event with their friendly and very knowledgable presence.
Abt also took the opportunity to launch their newest luxury Sedan, the sleek Abt AS7,  whose main target audience is the young executive of today or someone who wishes to savor the pure power and astonishingly beautiful styling. Much like a kosher meal to a food critic, Abt automobiles are skillfully crafted and definitely an indispensable addition to one’s stable.
The AS7 alongside its other relatives; the Scirocco based VSR, and the A5 based AS5 convertible.
The legendary Abt A4 DTM car on display that day.. it is so light and low, it took merely 4 people to carry it into the showroom because it couldn’t clear the ledge!
Guests literally absorbed by a short film on the Abt R8 showcase on Singapore’s Orchard Road and KL’s Starhill.
The Abt GTR R8′s Engine bay; neat and tidy, no nonsense here.
And with all things precise and German, Leica also had a booth set up for guests to test out their cameras, a brand that is capable of capturing extremely sharp images.

And i shall leave you with this final image of Abt’s GTR R8, tastefully reupholstered in Alcantara  leather and Carbon Fiber, a testament to Abt’s impeccable skill and craftmanship

That’s all for this installment from me! Hope you’ve enjoyed it!

Words – Eugene Chan.

Photos – Eugene Chan.

VIDEO – NIGHT DRIVING WITH SOME FRIENDS IN TOKYO

January 23, 2012 by  
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I got a call from a couple of friends of mine who wanted to know if I’d be free to join them on a jaunt around Tokyo. Knowing they were all Audi and Lamborghini owners, I gave them an Insta-Yes and packed my camera gear to make sure I captured as much as I could! I also brought along a friend of mine who shoots some MEAN video and between us, I think we got some great content! Read more

THE M EXPERIENCE – A CLOSEUP LOOK AT THE WORLD’S ONLY BMW M DEALERSHIP

November 15, 2011 by  
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The world’s first and so far only BMW M Dealership. In Singapore. A small island of 5 million people. The local running joke in Singapore being that even the dot used to pinpoint cities on a world map is bigger than the country. Yet in spite of this and the astronomical car prices in Singapore (a Toyota Corolla starts at SGD $109,000) the sale of supercars and the like are flourishing. Prompting BMW in partnership with Munich Automobiles to create this dealership which serves the discerning car enthusiast. Read more

EVENT – FIA GT3 Zandvoort, Races

With a clear sky and a sunny track, the first GT3 race kicked of at 15:42hr on Saturday afternoon. With ear deafening loud roars and high pitched revs the cars came out of the formation lap to decide who would be the king of the dunes! Read more

EVENT – FIA GT3 Zandvoort, The Grid

There is something about the buzz on the grid before a race starts. Tension is in the air as cars approach and the grid girls take their place. The teams get ready for their final checks and the crowd gets excited when they hear the cars come to life. It will not be long before the race starts…. Join me on the grid of the FIA GT3! Read more

TUNERS – IT’S A RAUH WORLD: PART 1

July 12, 2011 by  
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Rauh WELT Begriff. RWB. Any of you vaguely familiar with the German language could easily make sense of Akira Nakai’s catchphrase for what has undoubtedly become one of the hottest Japanese workshop names circulating the net at the moment. 7Tune decided to pay Nakai san a visit a few days ago for what was definitely an eye opening experience… Read more

EVENTS – NURBURGRING 24 HOURS: RACE IMAGES

With Le Mans just two weeks behind us the world of endurance racing had already another adventure to look forward to. The 39th running of the 24 hours of the Nurburgring!!! There were over 200 cars competing with 800 drivers behind the wheel on the largest racetrack in the world. This was going to be something special… Read more

THE FRENCH & THE FURIOUS PT2 – RACE IMAGES

24 Hours of close racing, heavy crashes & continuously changing weather conditions. The 2011 edition of Le Mans had all the drama that you would expect from this famous race. After the race started at three o’clock I stayed at the grandstands watching the race for a good hour before I started walking around the track. I always like to watch the race at the bottom of the Dunlop Bridge. The view is amazing as the cars pop over the crest before they head into The Esses section of the track. Read more

THE FRENCH & THE FURIOUS, LE MANS 2011, PT 1

As soon as I approached the city of Le Mans I flipped the car’s audiosystem to Radio Le Mans. It was early wednesday morning but the guys over at the station were in full swing. Immediately the whole endurance vibe was back with all the great stories flying through the air. The seven hour journey was instantly forgotten and the notorious Le Mans bug started to master my brain. The free practice sessions were scheduled later that day and it was the perfect time to see all the cars run for the first time. Read more

DRIVEN – THE BUSINESS SUIT

January 29, 2011 by  
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I found myself at dinner recently with a group of very prominent Japanese men discussing why Audi drivers, in general, don’t track cars like the R8, the RS6 or the TT-RS despite their cloaked ferocity. The truth of the matter came down to one particular point. We tended to agree that when it comes to the track, a car like the R35 GT-R or BMW M3 is the racing suit of the wardrobe. An Audi on the other hand, is the business suit and gets you to the track and back in comfort and style… Read more

Sneak Peek: 2010 Audi TT-RS

May 31, 2010 by  
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I know. It’s an Audi and Audis are German but we at 7tune think we should broaden our horizons and start opening up our coverage to not just Japanese manufacturers but those from other countries as well. At least one thing is certain though – you can definitely count on the scenery and architecture to be Japanese!
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