Sales of Exotic Cars Are Up

Posted by Frank

Here’s some encouraging news during this recession – sales of high-end, exotic cars are up.

An article I read explains that the “top six exotic luxury brands have grown 16 percent in the first seven months of 2010, compared with the same period last year,” accounting for 3,065 exotics sold by Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, Maserati, Maybach and Rolls-Royce through July versus the 2,650 sold in 2009.

This is great news for the economy and for the exotic community. There’s nothing like listening to the Ferrari V8 on the road as you’re driving in triple digits!

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Posted on: 9/13/2010 at 9:23 AM
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KWIKFILMS presents Ramon's Ferrari 360 Modena

Posted by Joel
A few weeks ago we shot a red 1999 Ferrari 360 Modena for a client. The finish product is truly a work of art. Frank Castillo of KWIKFILMS has crafted a remarkable video piece. His editing creativity paired with his videography skills made the Ferrari video one of the best KWIKFILMS has produced so far.

Check out the video and you'll see what I'm talking about!


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Posted on: 3/28/2010 at 2:07 PM
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Product Review - The Fat Gecko Camera Mount

Posted by Frank
KWIKFILMS has used the Fat Gecko for 2 projects now and we are highly impressed. The suction cup design is simple and lightweight, but strong and rigid -- inspiring confidence in the field.

Although their website shows consumer type video cameras and DSLR's attached, the Fat Gecko is capable of holding much larger cameras weighing as much as 8lbs.We used a Panasonic AG-HMC40 HD video camera that weighed a little over 2 lbs with the battery, and a Canon 7D DSLR, shooting HD video.

Operation was surprisingly simple. We made sure the suction cups were clean and that the area was clear of debris. A fresh layer of wax on the "subject" vehicle also works well for added "stickiness." This rig only relies on 2 suction cups instead of 4, like other mounting systems, adding real flexibility to your shoot. The footprint is relatively small giving you more creative options and angles.Of course this all depends on the type of vehicle you are shooting. You can feel confident telling your client that this suction cup system won't scratch or damage the paint, or cause unsightly dimples on the body.

Our test car was a 1999 Ferrari 360 Modena. We attached the Gecko at several key positions on the body. Our first position was at the rear of the vehicle shooting the prancing horse emblem while the test driver drove through several levels of a parking structure. The shot turned out great. We also positioned the Canon 7D on the front bumper looking back at the front wheel for a more dramatic angle.After reviewing the footage we considered the Fat Gecko a success.

We would recommend using safety straps as an added layer of safety and protection for your gear, especially if you are using a larger prosumer camera like we did. You should also purchase the optional extender bar from delkin so you can really explore dynamic angles. The affordable price and ease of use makes this piece of equipment a must have for any serious videographer.

You can purchase the Fat Gecko here.

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Posted on: 3/17/2010 at 12:39 PM
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Ferrari 360 Modena San Diego Photo Shoot

Posted by Joel
We shot a stunning red 1999 Ferrari 360 Modena for a client last week at a San Diego State parking garage. KWIKFILMS previously produced videos of his 2006 Dodge Viper Supercharged and his 2006 Lamborghini Gallardo. This time he wanted us to produce a video of his 1999 Ferrari 360 Modena. I shot photos inside and outside the parking garage. The parking garage lighting made the red color of the Ferrari 360 Modena stand out. Having a tripod in the parking garage was essential in providing a sharp photo.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think about the photos.

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Posted on: 3/7/2010 at 11:29 AM
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Ferrari Goes GREEN with the Ferrari 599 Hybrid Concept

Posted by Joel

Ferrari is going green literally, with the Ferrari 599 Hybrid at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show. Ferrari announced the first hybrid model, on Tuesday. Ferrari chairman, Luca di Montezemolo stated,

“This is the first step of a long project and we want within three years, maximum four, to have a hybrid Ferrari car ready for every single product of our range. This is our goal, ”

Up front is the standard layout of the 6.0 liter V12 engine producing 611bhp. In the middle are a pair of lithium ion batteries packs. Ferrari then decided to lower center of gravity since the battery packs are very heavy. Attached to the rear of the 599’s seven-speed F1 transmission, power from the electric motor is applied seamlessly via either of the gearbox’s two clutches. The electric motor is good for another 100 horsepower over the V12’s standard output.This model makes use of a unique hybrid system, which Ferrari is calling HY-KERS, referring to the hybrid use of a traditional combustion engine and a KERS device, which stands for Kinetic Energy Recuperation System.

Montezemolo mentioned they would like to cut emissions by a minimum of 35 percent.


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Posted on: 3/5/2010 at 9:06 AM
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