A Peek Inside Iron Man’s Garage, the Audi R8 and More!

Audi is not only a super sophisticated luxury car, it is apparently also one with an attitude, as was made apparent by the Audi R8 being selected to appear in the highly anticipated “Ironman” movie.  Ahh…gearheads and geeks alike will be clamoring see the remake of this classic film with a comic strip background.

Yes, just a few days ago it was announced that the luxury carmaker would be supplying cars for the Iron Man movie.  Billionaire industrialist Tony Stark will be making many jealous by both his arsenal of luxury cars, and steaming sidekicks Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson.  Oh Tony…how we envy you, buddy.  So without further ado, let’s take a peek inside Iron Man Tony Stark’s garage, which is host to five fabulous exotic cars:  a 1932 Ford Flathead Roadster, a 1967 Shelby Cobra, a Saleen S7, a 2008 AuAudi R8 in Ironman II di R8 and a Tesla Roadster prototype. 

The Electric Race About Car-Far From Nerdy

Let’s be honest here, Finland isn’t exactly known for its exotic car arsenal.  That is what the Swedes are famed for, right?  Well, that may be on the threshold of changing, with the ERA (Electric Race About) car (pictured below, surrounded by future James Bonds). Oh yes, it is a carbon fiber luxury hybrid car, and it is gorgeous!  Who says nerds can’t be sexy.

The 2011 Lotus Elise is Sexy, and Green

2011 Lotus Elise Who would have known social responsibility could be this sexy?  Yes, fans and readers, the 2011 Lotus Elise is one environmentally sound luxury car, capable of an astounding 56.1 miles per gallon European, which translates to approximately 46.7 U.S.  Don’t worry, we are just as shocked as you must be.

After all, it is not natural for an exotic or luxury car to exactly be green, quite the contrary.  Lotus is on the environmental fast track, so to speak, and we think that is incredible.  Lotus has made this is a fast car that owners can feel good about owning and driving, and likely created a standard for other luxury automakers to follow.

BMW and SGL to Develop Carbon Fiber Plant

Two of our favorite luxury forces are about to combine, as BMW has plans to enter an agreement with SGL Group to develop a carbon fiber factory, right here in the U.S.  BMW is one of the leading luxury car makers in the world, and carbon fiber is currently the industry standard of what defines a luxury composite material.  This union pleases us, immensely.

The carbon factory will be located in Washington, and will have the capacity to supply material for the hybrids and electrical cars that are being developed for the future.  We can see the dollar signs now.

The BMW 335d Diesel Hybrid Retains Impressive Power

The 2010 BMW 335d has managed to not only look like every other 3-Series BMW on the roadways, but also to retain performance standards we have come to expect from the luxury brand.  So what is the difference?  The 335d is a diesel hybrid with increased fuel efficiency and lower emissions.2010 BMW 335d Diesel Hybrid

Yes, BMW is known for being at the forefront of the ever-changing auto world, pounding out model after tasty model, each more modern and sophisticated than the next.  And now it seems, this particular model appears to be greener than its predecessors!

New Kia Ray Hybrid Resembles Honda’s PNUT

Kia has a bit of a reputation for being cheap (likely because their models appear to be disposable).  Judging by their latest concept car unleashed at the Chicago Auto Show, they are working on altering that percKia Ray Concept Hybrideption.  Yes, it would appear that Kia Motors has stepped up its game a notch, and is heading in a decidedly “green” direction.

The Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid Concept

Yet another luxurious Lotus concept is rumored to be appearing at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show next month-watch out for the Lotus Evora 414E hybrid concept.

This is a hybrid version of the Evora, and is joining the ranks of the select few luxury carmakers that have jumped on the hybrid bandwagon.  Yes, as we have mentioned previously in our luxury blog, it certainly takes more financial backing and strategy to introduce hybrid technology into exotic cars.