Our Favorite Bond Vehicles

Aston Martin DBS.jpgIf there’s something that the James Bond film franchise has spoiled us with aside from the impeccable acting and death defying action scenes, it would have to be 007’s larger than life vehicles. Admit it, you’ve daydreamed about being behind the wheel of those mean machines. So we asked the team at Fabiasports.com to help us come up with a list of Bond’s most unforgettable and iconic rides and here’s what we came up with.

Aston Martin DBS

This British high performance GT sports car was first unveiled at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Equipped with a 5,935 cc V12 engine with four valves per cylinder, it produces 510 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 420 lb·ft of torque at 5,750 rpm with a compression ratio of 10.9:1. The vehicle has been featured in elaborate car chase scenes and stunts in both Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008). In both instances, the Aston Martin DBS gets totaled but such was the built and durability of this car that the production crew had to greatly improvise to make the shot.

Aston Martin DB5

Known as the ultimate Bond car, the Aston Martin DB5 is perhaps the most recognizable of 007’s vehicles especially since it has been featured in 6 films to date namely Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Casino Royale (2006), and Skyfall (2012). The British luxury grand tourer was designed by the Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera and released in 1963. The vehicle comes with a 3,995 cc Inline-6 engine, 282 bhp and 288 lb·ft of torque at 3,850 rpm. But because it’s an MI6 agent’s, it was fictionally given some cool add-ons namely machine guns, an oil sprayer, tire shredders, rotating number plates, a tracking system and, an ejector seat.

Lotus Esprit S1

The Esprit S1 comes in a wedge-shaped fiberglass body mounted on a steel backbone chassis. In terms of power, it’s got the 1,973 cc Lotus 907 4-cylinder engine that produces 160 bhp in European trim, and a Citroën C35 5-speed manual transaxle in its less than 1,000 kg body.

Featured in the Spy Who Loved Me (1977), the Lotus Esprit S1 was the most unique in the sense that it not only kicks dust on the asphalt but it also is the king of the sea says Fabiasport. Yes, you’ve read that right. It turns into a submarine for an underwater boat chase. According to the production design team, the vehicle’s body was reminiscent of that of a submarine which brought the inspiration for it. Cool huh?

Advertisements

What’s Up with the 1967 Mercury Cougar

cougarMuscle cars are no doubt scene stealers. They’re celebrities in their own right and such is the case for the 1967 Mercury Cougar. But of all the vintage automobiles there are, what makes this a bonafide stunner?

Known as Mercury’s very own pony car, a term given to affordable, compact, highly styled American cars with a sporty or performance-oriented image inspired by the Ford Mustang, the Cougar was first referred to by its internal code “T-7” which was used to seek the gap between the Mustang and the Thunderbird.

The idea behind the model and design was born in February of 1965 but it wasn’t until September 30, 1966 that sales begun. To say that it was a commercial success would be an understatement as it sold over 150,000 units which accounted for 40% of the company’s total sales for that year alone. In fact, it was named as Motor Trend’s car of the year, a feat and accolade that’s only given to the timeless greats. Plus, it fared really well and quite positively among the critics and reviewers from Car and Driver and Car and Life, naming it as the most pleasant among all pony cars in the market.

The 1967 Mercury Cougar came in only one body style which is a two-door hardtop no center or B-pillar. It was available in two models namely the base and the XR-7 with the latter more popular among collectors today but both having a performance package called the GT. As for engine options, buyers had the choice between a 200 hp (149 kW) 289 cu in (4.7 L) two-barrel V8 and 335 hp (250 kW) 390 cu in (6.4 L) four-barrel V8.

With a 111 inch wheelbase, it’s got 3 inches more than the Mustang. The upper control A-arm was mounted over with coil springs. While the rear came with leaf springs. It was also given softer suspension bushings for a smoother and softer ride. A two pod dash layout and overhead console is featured along the steering wheel alongside a simulated wood-grained dashboard, a T-type center automatic transmission shifter, black-faced competition instruments and toggle switches. The seats and interior finish was done in either vinyl or leather upholstery.

But when it comes to signature, the 1967 Mercury Cougar’s timeless feature would have to be its “electric shaver”. This split or divided grille treatment concealed both the headlights and the T-Bird sequential taillights giving it a unique flair.

Ways You’re Destroying Your Vehicle

engine trouble.jpgSometimes no matter how much we think we’re doing it right, we still unconsciously manage to maintain certain practices that do harm to our vehicles says the experts at the Fabia Sport headquarters. Curious as to whether or not you’ve committed the same mistakes? Check out our list and go see for yourself.

Kill Factor: Inadequate Maintenance

Admit it or not, many of us assume the best with our cars. As long as they’re running, we think they’re doing just fine which isn’t the case all the time. There are a number of issues that won’t become visible or will be felt until it’s too late. Also, regular scheduled maintenance checks not only prevent certain problems from aggravating but also prevents certain issues from ever happening. Take them to the shop on the regular for maintenance checkups and inspections.

Kill Factor: Fluids Mismanagement

Vehicles are the marriage of various parts and machines combined. In order for such parts to function, they need what we call car fluids (e.g. engine oil, water, coolant, antifreeze, brake and transmission fluids, etc). Not only do they need a refill to ensure that they stay at the minimum level but they have to be replaced every certain number of weeks or miles. Failure to do so can cause misfires and can even damage the engine for good.

Kill Factor: Knowledge Shortage

Have you read the car’s manual? Have you read it in full and understood it completely? If your answer equates to your head turning from side to side then we’re in deep trouble. To know how to best navigate, use and take care of any vehicle, owners need to get to know it as much as possible. For instance, the proper tire pressure is in the manufacturer’s manual. Besides, didn’t they say that knowledge is power?

Kill Factor: Overloading

Vehicles may be badass machines but that doesn’t make them a superhero without a kryptonite. They’re not indestructible. A very common mistake that people make is overloading their machines with people and/or stuff. As per the car’s manual, a particular model can only hold a certain number of passengers and kilograms. Although it can fit more, overloading will create strain and added pressure to it making the wear and tear process faster. So avoid loading up your trunk with unnecessary items. Take them out unless they’re necessary for the day’s errands.

Avoid these kill factors and your vehicles will thank you later says FabiaSport.

5 Praises for the 1967 Mercury Cougar

ford-mercury-cougarExactly five decades have passed since the 1967 Mercury Cougar first saw the light of day but its allure has not faded one bit. If any, it has managed to magnify upon itself and the vehicle has now garnered the stamp of approval as an honorary classic.

There’s a lot to say and to praise about the Cougar but since we don’t have all day, we’ll summarize them into five as follows.

  1. Powerful

With two powerful engines of choice: a 200 hp 289 cu in two-barrel V8 and a 335 hp 390 cu in four-barrel V8, Mercury’s pony car has made its competitors eat dust on the road. At 195 horsepower, its top speed reaches 187 kilometers per hour which is already saying a lot for any car manufactured during that decade. It even came with bigger sway bars, a low restriction exhaust system and firmer suspension.

  1. Personality with a Punch

The vehicle was specifically designed to target the executive or working professional class. Because of this, Mercury wanted to give it the right flavor: a sweet combination of brawns with class. Its “electric shaver”, the Cougar’s most celebrated and signature feature, refers to the split grille treatment in both rear and front that concealed both the headlights and T-bird sequential taillights. Inside, it came with leather and vinyl upholstery a wood-rimmed steering wheel, overhead console and toggle switches and a burled walnut appliqué covered dash. Its wheelbase even clocks at 111 inches. That’s 3 inches longer than the Mustang’s!

  1. Commercial Success

With a total of 116,260 hardtop units that rolled out of production, the vehicle is no doubt a commercial success. That’s not even counting the XR-7 units that are more in demand among collectors today.

  1. Award-winning

Los Angeles based American automobile magazine “Motor Trend” has been the leading publication for the motoring world for a long time. Even in the ‘70s, it has been publishing reviews and detailed information about the various machines, trends and releases in the world of automobiles. Every year, it highlights a specific vehicle and crowns it as the best. Such accolade has been given to the 1967 Mercury Cougar.

  1. Timeless

The fact that we’re still raving about the 1967 Mercury Cougar today is evidence itself of how timeless and classic this muscle car is. Time may pass but its charisma and appeal will never fade.