2016 Chicago Blackhawks Chevy Camaro SS Coupe

One of the most talked about NHL teams of the last year has been the Chicago Blackhawks.  After winning their 6th Stanley cup (3 in the past 6 seasons), the team has been gaining a bigger fan base with each game.  A Blackhawks related contest has been gaining momentum and fans as well; I mean, who wouldn’t want the opportunity to win a one of a kind, custom car?  The 2016 Chicago Blackhawks themed Chevy Camaro SS Coupe is the sixth model designed and given away by Chevy Drives Chicago.  One lucky fan will drive away with this awesome car at the end of the 2016 season. 

From (L) to (R) - 2010,2011,2012,2013,2014, & 2015

RealWheels Corp (RWC) has taken the challenge from day 1 to bring you a unique, one of a kind Camaro, and in the last 6 years it has gained the attention of many fans.  This is also Captain Jonathan Toews’ and Patrick Kane’s 6th year being the ambassadors of the project. I am proud to have been able to assist with the project and very excited for the lucky winner to take home his/her prize. 

In previous years, the Blackhawks Camaro has been a convertible.  But with Chevrolet introducing a newly redesigned Camaro for 2016, the convertible was not available until the Spring, so RWC went with the coupe. This SS is the fastest Camaro SS to date, pushing 455hp and 455 lb-fts of torque from a 6.2L V8.  I had the opportunity to drive the car before the transformation begun and wow.  There really is a night and day difference from last year’s project.  It’s lighter, smaller, shares the same motor as the Corvette Stingray LT1 6.2 V8, and has 29 more horsepower than 2015. 

Whoever wins this car better hold on!!  It’s going to surprise you in every way.  The car came so well equipped that we didn’t do anything underneath the hood or structurally.  I believe you’ll be ok with the amount of horsepower the car comes with.  What RWC did do was team up with a number of design teams, including B-Forged Wheels, a local manufacture out of La Grange, IL.  B-Forged did an amazing job designing custom made, 22” 180 RL 3 piece forged wheels, which are staggered and wrapped with Pirelli tires.  The photos do not do these awesome rims justice…you must see them in person.

The exterior has a custom paint job courtesy of Modern Bow Tie featuring a GM Phantom Satin Grey metallic base, with a Raven Gloss Black racing stripe on the hood, full roof and rear wing.   This black was also used for accent pieces around the car.  As an added touch, Victory Red was added on the bottom of the side mirrors and grill accents. This paint combo really gives the car an “I mean business” look.  This was the whole vision when the Chevy Drives Chicago and RWC teams met late last year, and I think you’ll agree they definitely achieved that with this year’s design.

You can’t just have a cool paint job and rims without having a unique interior.  Alea Leather returned to the project to contribute to the entirely redesigned interior.  Not only did they go above and beyond with adding custom embroidery featuring the Blackhawks logo, but included an entirely new pattern that they have recently announced will be added to their award winning line up.  This is a soft napa leather with team color stitching.  Mostly black with little grey with red stitching.  They did a fantastic job once again, and are a great partner to work with. 

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Click on Image to be re-directed to Chevy Drives Chicago To register to win 

You are probably asking yourself now, “How do I win this vehicle?”  All you have to do is visit the Chevy Drives Chicago website to register.  There is no purchase necessary, and you can get a peek at the car at the Chicago Auto Show going on RIGHT NOW!  Head to the Chevy Drives Chicago fan zone, check out the car, and register on site.  There will also be a Blackhawks gift shop, special appearances from several players, games and many other surprises so don’t miss out on the excitement. 

I’d personally like to thank all who contributed to this project, with a special thanks to B-Forged Wheels, Alea Leather, and Modern Bow Tie painting for an amazing job.  RealWheels Corp has outdone themselves again for the 6th year in a row.  Now that you have seen exclusive photographs of the vehicle, make sure to head over to Chicago Auto Show and register at the Chevy Drives Chicago fan zone booth.  This vehicle will also be displayed after the Auto Show at all Chicago Blackhawks homes games.  If you can’t make it to the auto show or home game, visit the Chevy Drives Chicago website today. 

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2016 NAIAS - Lexus revealed two new vehicles

Lexus entered the 2016 North American International Automotive Show with not just one but two new reveals.  There has been some rumors of a new sports coupe but never would have thought on what was revealed.  Lexus has set the bar high within the last 5 years and doesn’t look like they are slowing down at all.  Just late last year they released the highly anticipated Lexus GSF with it’s 5.0 V8 pushing out 467hp adding to the RCF coupe that has been on sale for a year.  Well just few weeks after it’s reach the show room floor Lexus released two new vehicles.  

 

Lexus introduced the new all electric sedan looking to be available in 2020.  Not much information was said but 2020 is right around the corner.  Only that it will have 0 emissions and no oil.  This beautiful sedan design had people talking and realistic doesn’t look far off to becoming a production vehicle.  

 

The second vehicle that was revealed was the 2017 Lexus LC 500.  This follows a concept design that was revealed in 2013 with the LF-LC.  Following the same power plant as the RCF and GSF, with a 5.0L V8 / 467hp.  By time vehicle gets released I will not be surprised if the squeeze a few more horses out of it.  This is Lexus first 10 speed automotive that will be in this new model. Talking to a representative, the price point will be just shy of $100k fully equipped.  

Akio Toyoda chief branding officer and master driver explained the direction Lexus in heading.  Having took some opinions that was said in 2011, he took it personally and took over the whole operation in making a statement that there will be no boring in Lexus.  5 years later, he kept his word and having a recently redesigned line up in the IS, ES, GS, NX, RX, GX, LX, RCF, GSF and recently revealed LC 500, Mr Toyoda stated that this is only the beginning.  Oh boy.  

All photographs are taken and owned by Chris Chavez Photography

Below is the full revealed of both vehicles. Lexus showing no signs of slowing down. 

Nissan Titan Warrior Concept

Truck that speaks for itself.  The recently revealed Nissan Titan Warrior Concept vehicle took everyone by storm with it's mouth dropping designed.  A mixture of the Raptor and Reaper then times it by 10.  You have the Titan Warrior.  

Everything about the truck was immaculate.  This particular concept will stay where it is but gives many truck enthusiast a glimpse of what the recently release Nissan Titan can be.  The cummings diesel in the new XD had been getting many intrigue and it's just the beginning.  With a slight lift, aftermarket wheels, bigger tires, exhaust and a mean looking facelift, who wouldn't want to drive this?  You'll have your hard core Chevy, Ford & Dodge die hard fans dissing this truck but deep down, you know they won't hesitate when you hand over the keys.  

Below is a video made by Nissan.  Here brief information will be mentioned about this concept vehicles.  Who knows, maybe one day Nissan will decide to make this a truck we can own.  Till then, we can just dream about it.  

All photographs are taken and owned by Chris Chavez Photography. 

The Future Is Here. Mercedes-Benz F 015 - Video

Mercedes-Benz F 015 during NAIAS

Mercedes-Benz F 015 during NAIAS

The world premier of the new Mercedes-Benz F 015 at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier in the year took the world by storm.  The future is certainly here with this vehicle that pretty much drives itself.  

It's unbelievable how far technology has come.  This practically is a moving office and/or living room.  I won't go into the  full breakdown of the vehicle, rather have you check out this video provided by Mercedes-Benz to see it for yourself.  

What doesn't this car do?  This is an F-Cell plug-in hybrid like what you see in today's F 125, which is technology that has been used and tested since 2011.  This car offers it all from safety to convenience. It may not be the best looking vehicle on the road but take notice, the future is here.  

Photographs provided by Chris Chavez Photography.  

Video by Mercedes-Benz

2015 Dodge Viper SRT - DNA of a Supercar Video

2015 Dodge Viper SRT on display at 2015 NAIAS

2015 Dodge Viper SRT on display at 2015 NAIAS

Here is a video released by Dodge Viper during Media Days at NAIAS in Detroit January 12 & 13th.   The media usb kit they handed out included a very impressive video on the performance and how  the car is built.  A Motor Trend film, they did a great job going through the design, engineering behind it, hows it's built and testing to maximize the performance on the 5th generation of the Viper.  Grab some popcorn, sit back and enjoy the 20 minute video.