Monday, May 29, 2017

Winners of the 2017 Nurburgring 24Hr

Photo: Nurburgring


The 2017 ADAC-Zurich 24-Hour Race at the dreaded Nurburgring pits the best drivers from the motorsport realm in the world's most challenging racetrack in history and because the race lasts for 24 hours, winning the race isn't just the key in this punishing event because in an endurance race like this, survival is paramount.

So, after twenty-four hours spent at the Green Hell, there are many who have entered, some didn't make it due to troublesome failures, and only a few managed to survive the dead of a day not by chance but by skill. It's no wonder this place is jam-packed, not to mention the added security because of the recent events as heard from the news.

Without further ado, time to jot down the winners of this year's Nurburgring 24-Hour race;

AT - #320 Porsche Cayman GT4
CUP 3 - #307 Teichmann Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport
CUP 5 - #249 ADAC Team Weser Ems e.V. BMW M235i Racing
SP 10 - #72 BLACK FALCON Team TMD Friction Porsche Cayman GT4
SP 2T - #114 Stanco & Tanner Motorsport Renault Clio Endurance
SP3 - #131 Renault Clio RS Cup Avia Racing
SP 3T - #89 LMS Engineering Audi TT RS2
SP 5 - #83 LEUTHEUSER RACING & EVENTS BMW 1M Coupe
SP 6 - #81 Hofor-Racing BMW M3 CSL
SP 7 - #66 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup-MR
SP 8 - #7 Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd Aston Martin GT8
SP 8T - #40 Securital Sorg Rennsport BMW M4 GT4
SP 9 - #29 Audi Sport Team Land Audi R8 LMS
SP 9-LG - #37 Bentley Team ABT Bentley Continental GT3
SP-X - #702 TRAUM MOTORSPORT SA SCG003C
TCR - #175 mathilda racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR
V 3 - #161 Team Mathol Racing e.V. Toyota GT86
V 4 - #156 Securital Sorg Rennsport BMW 325i
V 5 - #144 Porsche Cayman
V 6 - #133 BLACK FALCON Team TMD Friction Porsche Carrera
V2T - #177 Opel Astra J OPC

Full Result: http://24hrennenassets.azureedge.net/wp-media/2017/05/24h-Rennen_Race_Result_Class.pdf

Congratulations to all the winners of this year's Nurburgring 24-Hour race.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Doctor Who S10E07

Doctor Who S10E07

This season of Doctor Who is becoming realistic than ever and as demonstrated in the latest episode titled "The Pyramid at the End of the World", it shows that Doctor Who is becoming more serious and relevant to today's chain of events.

Summoned by the United Nations Secretary General, The Doctor and his allies are on a distant nation to investigate the emergence of a mysterious pyramid until the deadly negotiation with the Monks kicks in. The Monks predicted the end of the world unless mankind surrender their fate to them in exchange for salvation, but for The Doctor's case, this is deadly conspiracy these new threats have orchestrated with and working against the clock, The Doctor is piecing the contents until the inevitable sacrifice occurred that will change not just The Doctor but the whole world.

The Monks will continue to plague the world in next week's episode but for now, here's what they say about the recent episode on this week's DW Fan Show webcast.



NEXT EPISODE PREVIEW:

AZ Convention bans prop weapons following incident


Now, here's a shocking news that might affect future conventions you are planning to visit while you're still young. The Phoenix Comicon, which is one of the biggest conventions happening in the Arizona state, announced that they are banning all prop weapons during the convention period, which lasts until the 28th of May.

The ban was enforced after authorities arrested a 31-year-old male who brought weapons into the convention on Thursday. Reports told that he is allegedly threatening to kill policemen as well as actor Jason David Frank, who played Tommy, the Green and the White Ranger from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show.

The actor's statement is as follows:




The convention is offering refunds to attendees affected by the "last minute changes."


So, the main question is, following what happened at Arizona, would future conventions might end up on the same fate as PHXCC? Only time will tell...

McLaren's P1 LM sets the fastest Nurburgring lap time record

2016 McLaren P1 LM

A few moments ago, a Chinese-made electric supercar called the Nio EP9 set the fastest Nurburgring lap time of 6 minutes and 45.9 seconds, which is faster than the Lamborghini Huracan Performante's controversial 6:52.01 lap time. Now, Nio's reign as the fastest production car to lap the Nurburgring has been short lived by the McLaren P1 LM, after it set a lap time of 6:43.2.

WATCH:



Unveiled at last year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, the McLaren P1 LM is the extreme, road-legal version of the P1 GTR. Lanzante, the firm responsible for the F1 LM, managed to convert five (or six) P1 GTR machines for road-legal use. That meant, revamped the hybrid powertrain to retain its 1000PS power output and reducing 130lbs of weight from the GTR by removing the onboard air-jacking system, fitting polycarbonate windows, refabricating the exhaust and cat pipes out of lightweight Inconel and the bolts out of titanium. The engine bay is lined in gold, just like the original F1.

Last year, it broke the Goodwood FoS road car record in 47.07 seconds.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Biohazard: Vendetta

Biohazard (Resident Evil) is back with a brand new 3D CGI film that promises to be a big thrill just like Degeneration and Damnation from the past pulled off and zombie-shooting aside, this latest film is a fantasy that extrapolates from terrorist attacks of today.

Biohazard: Vendetta

Biohazard (Resident Evil) Vendetta is the third entry of the Biohazard 3D CGi films inspired from Capcom's hit survival horror franchise and just like the past two films, it serves as picking up where the games left off much like where Degeneration is set after BH4 and BH Revelations and Damnation set before the tragic events of BH6. Set moments after the Tall Oaks Incident and the Lanshiang Incident as seen from Biohazard 6, two agents from two different agencies; Chris Redfield from the BSAA and Leon S. Kennedy from the DSO are facing against a new threat; a wanted terrorist plotting to unleash a terrorist attack on New York City using a new kind of virus. In addition to the new friends and foes we'll be running on this film, Vendetta sees a much-awaited return of Rebecca Chambers, who's about to apply some science for the main characters facing off against a new kind of terrorist attack and the rivalry they set for themselves.

This film is directed by Takanori Tsujimoto from The Next Generation -Patlabor- at Marza Animation Planet, script written by Psycho-Pass' Makoto Fukami, BGM by Kenji Kawai, and Takashi Shimizu as the film's executive producer.

Despite being a great Japanese 3D anime movie, this film is too much English on the dialogue and while this is nice for English-speaking people, some Japanese moviegoers might get drowned over by this latest Biohazard film because with no Japanese voice on sight, it can be resolved sooner or later if they had the chance but for Vendetta, the blokes know that with all the zombie action pouring in, the material in this film shows how serious and relevant this is because with the film set in New York City, there's going to be a lot of talking to do about why this film was made but because of the never-ending nightmare the world is facing in today, Biohazard: Vendetta is a great way to fuel yourselves with fear and adrenaline while dealing with scenarios inspired by today's terrorist attacks.

My rating: 3.7 out of 5.

Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Captain Jack Sparrow and the pirates are back in the most intense and the most epic installment of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean film series to date as our favorite swashbuckling pirate is facing against a familiar foe and an army of the undead.

Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean:
Dead Men Tell No Tales

Dead Men Tell No Tales is coined as the final chapter of the Pirates of the Caribbean saga and in this final chapter, a horde of ghost sailors led by the once-fallen rogue pirate Captain Salazar (played by Javier Bardem) have escaped from the Devil's Triangle, plotting to kill every living pirate on sight, including Captain Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp), who is on a mission to find the mythical Trident of Poseidon with some uneasy alliances along the way. This film also stars Brenton Thwaites as the Royal Navy sailor named Henry, Kaya Scodelario as a young prodigy named Carina Smyth, Kevin R. McNally, Golshifteh Farahani, David Wenham, Stephen Graham, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.

It's sad to say that because this is the final chapter of the Pirates saga, we might think we are going to miss the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow but they sure know how to really end the Pirates saga with a blast by pitting our pirate hero against a once fallen pirate villain for a last showdown beyond life and death. While this film can suffer from a very common slow start like most great action-adventure films would be, the thrills and the humors just like every Pirates movie got are still there, delivering the rollercoaster ride the fans deserved until the final blow has landed to show that the Pirates saga is the best as well as Captain Jack Sparrow himself.

While we are waving goodbye to everyone's favorite pirate as well as his iconic lines that made us watching the films because of him, Dead Men Tell No Tales is the saga's final blow to bring out the thrills as we are hoping for the summer blockbuster season because when it hits, that's it, so congratulations, Disney. You guys made the best Pirates movie ever and we are going to treasure these films forever and ever.

My rating: 3.9 out of 5.

Forza Horizon 3: King of 911?

Porsche's trump card against the Nissan GT-R, the 991 911 Turbo S, has returned on Forza Horizon 3 as an event car you can win on this weekend's Forzathon event. We had so many memories on this first 991-spec 911 to arrive in the world of Forza since our European journey two years ago and now it's back for more.



If I recall, the 911 Turbo S is powered by a turbocharged 3.8L flat-6 engine mounted on the back, producing 552bhp of power and 516lb-ft of torque. Combined with its 4WD, low centre of gravity, and a 7-speed PDK, this car does 0-100kph in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 318kph, faster than a hot version of the Nissan GT-R, which is why it was Porsche's trump card against Godzilla after all.

Sadly though, even though this is the king of 911s, this isn't my favorite 911 because the less powerful and more hardcore 911 GT3 RS is my new favorite 991-spec 911 because even though it produces a hundred less than the Turbo, it's still more enjoyable to drive than the Turbo because it's way more track honed compared to the Turbo. I know that the 911 Turbo is a great car to use on the road and on the track, it's nowhere near as good as the GT3 RS that I drove a while back...or is it?



Let's give the 911 Turbo S another chance by giving it a rollercoaster drive on the twists and turns of Hot Wheels Thrilltopia since we're in a middle of our Hot Wheels adventure. Okay, ready?



Still not my favorite 991 though. Sorry but even though it has a lot of power than any of the 991-spec 911s, its arm-breaking grip won't impress me and no matter how hard I handle, my arms are getting the beating more than the wheels itself and that's why I'm not interested with the 911 Turbo anymore. Anyway, you still have lots of time to get that powerful 911 Turbo to your garage while you can.

Bubble Gang - May 26, 2017 #Ika6NaUtosOnBG

In the May 26, 2017 episode of Bubble Gang...

- "Di makapagenroll" gags

- Words to live by with Tata Lino

- Something different about this farmer...

- Girlfriend directs a film, her boyfriend's the star.

- Mas Pinabonggang Sumbong Sumbong Kay Bonggang Bonggang Bongbong takes on people going to gym taking pics, people posting comments even when they're together on occasions, and women posting vacation pics without their pals.



- Today's Balitang Ina topic is booking for vacations!

- This boy's manners are too good...

- It's pinching time!

- Basa-basa pik!

The Destined To Be Yours Finale

Throughout a short period of time, sadly, GMA's TV drama Destined To Be Yours highlights the life and times of Benjie (Alden Richards) and Sinag (Maine Mendoza) as they overcome against all odds and destined to be themselves in the face of times.


In the final episode of Destined To Be Yours, after the Obispo family's old home in Pelangi is saved from being demolished, Benjie learned the truth about why his grandfather, Vicente, lied about what happened to him and Sinag just to part themselves. Meanwhile, Sinag and her family are packing up to go to America while Benjie and his mother returned to the Philippines to find Sinag. However, it was too late as Benjie presumed that Sinag and his family left the country.

Saddened about Sinag's departure, Benjie traveled through Pelangi by himself and when he arrived at the very place where he and Sinag made a promise, Benjie finally encountered Sinag and reunited at long last.

The next day, Benjie and Sinag got married and they can finally start a new life altogether.

That concludes the story of Destined To Be Yours. Although this show ended on a short run, it was a start for the breakthrough love team, AlDub, as they showcased us how much love is tested through time and against all odds, they are destined to be themselves. Although not enough, this show will be remembered as a landmark for the phenomenal love team and here's for more AlDub in the future.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Let's Do The News! (May 26, 2017)


- Onto the Martial Law in Mindanao, President Rodrigo Duterte hinted of possible implementation of ‘curfew’ in some parts of Mindanao following the Marawi Siege that led him to declare martial law in the entire island.

- Meanwhile, Senate President Franklin Drilon believes that President Duterte has no basis in declaring Martial Law in the whole country since the problem in Marawi City can be resolved by the combined forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police.

- The Land Transportation Office's official vehicles stripped off their tints. Attorney Francis Almora, law enforcement services director of LTO, led the removing of tint from official vehicles of the agency.

- According to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, about fifty members of the Maute Terror Group are guarding Abu Sayyaf Leader Isnilon Hapilon.

- Coach Freddie Roach is dismayed over the performance of boxer-senator Manny Pacquiao during his recent sparring session. According to him, it would be better for him if he get some foreign sparring partners to improve his boxing skills while getting ready for the July 2 fight against Jeff Horn.

- For this year's offering at the Worthersee event, Volkswagen will showcase a  Golf GTi First Decade concept featuring a hybrid powertrain producing 396HP of power.


- BMW unveiled the 8-Series Concept, which serves as a preview of the return of the 8-Series grand tourer coupe.


- Meanwhile, BMW made a race-spec GT4 version of the M4 Coupe fit for racing purposes.


- This year's Pikachu outbreak will have more Pikachus in Yokohama's Minato Mirai than the previous outbreaks since the event started in the summer of 2014.

TTFN!!!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS LITTLE STARS! Étude wa Ikkyoku dake

THE IDOLM@STER
CINDERELLA GIRLS LITTLE STARS!
Étude wa Ikkyoku dake

As you have fun watching the latest Cinderella Girls Gekijo shorts every Tuesday nights, the second closing theme from the CG Gekijou anime shorts has arrived and this one is dramatic enough to grab your fancies into liking this latest closing song.

This latest CG Gekijou closing song is titled Étude wa Ikkyoku dake, and the Cinderella Girls behind this song are Rin Shibuya (CV: Ayaka Fukuhara), Haruna Kamijo (CV: Mina Nagashima), Nao Kamiya (CV: Eriko Matsui), Ranko Kanzaki (CV: Maaya Uchida), and Miyu Mifune (CV: Sayaka Harada). Not only the whole song is featured but it's got solo versions performed by each of the featured Cinderella Girls on this album. When you're finished, get ready for the special track performed from one of the Cinderella Girls you are familiar with.

The Cinderella Girls Gekijou anime shorts air every Tuesday nights at 10:55 PM JST on Tokyo MX.

TRACK LISTINGS:

01 エチュードは1曲だけ
02 エチュードは1曲だけ 渋谷凛ソロ・リミックス
03 エチュードは1曲だけ 上条春菜ソロ・リミックス
04 エチュードは1曲だけ 神谷奈緒ソロ・リミックス
05 エチュードは1曲だけ 神崎蘭子ソロ・リミックス
06 エチュードは1曲だけ 三船美優ソロ・リミックス
07 エチュードは1曲だけ オリジナル・カラオケ
08 lilac time ピクニックライブ・アコースティックVer

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe (C213) and All-Terrain

It's the weekend, you're a regular E-Class man, you want to go out but knowing that the normal saloon or estate is a bit too vanilla to you or the full-blown AMG model cramps your style. Well, there are two possibilities you might come across; it's either you are single or you're a dad doing stuff from your sweetie like picking up stuff from the store and taking kids to a practice. Don't worry because Mercedes-Benz offers these kinds of E-Class for a certain kind of E-Class person who's not into either a saloon, estate, or an AMG.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe interior

Let's start for the bachelors first because for these kind of persons, this is the E-Class they'll be going with; the all-new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe. Starting at 46,493 Euros plus tax and delivery, the new E-Class Coupe offers the same tech and features as the saloon version but with less doors and a much sleeker posture to stand itself out from the rest of the E-Class lineup. 

Under the hood lies a wide range of engine choices just like the one from the saloon version such as a 2.0L petrol, 2.0L diesel, and the more powerful 3.0L V6 biturbo engine equipped with ECO Start/Stop on the E400, producing 333PS of power and 480Nm of torque, shooting this one to a 0-100kph time of 5.3 seconds and limited to 250kph. All of these engines are mated to a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission.

To make it handle like a sports car, the new E-Class Coupe has a lowered suspension with selective damping so it can behave either like a luxury car in terms of comfort or a sports car in terms of agility. While it was basically an improvement compared to the previous E-Class Coupe, you can still feel its regularity from within and while this is basically a sports car fit for bachelors and bachelorettes, it doesn't feel the enjoyment as expected on the legendary CLK-Class, the E-Class Coupe's predecessor.

It may not be as thrilling as it hoped for but this E-Class Coupe isn't about being a fun-to-drive sports car, this is all about being smooth on the weekend drives and it doesn't need to go fast to see how much of a Mercedes this car is because it's all about the posh parties, the reservations at the fancy restaurant, a trip to the opera house, or whatever fancy you're going right now for the weekends. The new E-Class Coupe is all about mixing business and leisure for those who are all talk, all go, and it's a showcase of what this car can do when you're still a bachelor or a bachelorette.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain

Now for the moms and dads alike; here is the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain, a clear example of why wagons can get easily radicalized into crossovers.

To help differentiate it from the normal E-Class Estate, the All-Terrain features a twin-louvre grille, black wheel arch covers, raised suspension, and pretty much everything about it, and the only engine offered for now is a 2.0L diesel engine with 194PS of power and mated to a 9G-TRONIC gearbox as standard. There will be a six-cylinder diesel engine coming soon but for now, the first-ever E-Class All-Terrain features DYNAMIC SELECT with five transmission modes with a special All-Terrain mode which offers settings for off-road driving and couple that with its 4MATIC all-wheel drive system, you got yourself a go-getter that can get around any weather and any road condition, whether you're in a frozen lakebed or in the Australian Outback for some wrangling. Nothing like trying to make your mamas proud, huh?

While on the subject for being a mom or dad's car, the All-Terrain's real beauty is the spacious interior and with the rear seats present, it has 670 litres of boot space. Not only it is a very accommodating sports utility wagon but also a very spacious one for those who are planning to buy some camping gear on a nearby sports shop (or a thrift store in case they have one).

Price? The All-Terrain starts at 58,102 Euros, that's more than the Estate it was based upon and slightly more than its Audi A6 allroad quattro rival had. It maybe costly to own than either of these two but no matter the pricing, the E-Class All-Terrain is all about making memories families and travel bugs alike. Benefitting from the same stuff from today's E-Class, the All-Terrain feels like everyday's a great day, unless Murphy's Law chewed through the leash like wolves.

And there you have it, if you are single or you're a dad doing stuff from your sweetie but you're an E-Class kind of person knowing that the normal saloon or estate is a bit too vanilla to you or the full-blown AMG model cramps your style, these new variants are for you.

Photo: Daimler AG
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