Carrozeria Castagna Aznom: 750Hp Corvette Z06 Based Italian "Stud"

Back in April at the Top Marques Show in Monaco, Carrozzeria Castagna gave us a glimpse of its then unfinished, Corvette Z06 based supercar, the Aznom concept. Well, ladies and gentlemen, here’s the Milanese coachbuilder’s final product. Since I nearly threw up my Napolitano pizza upon seeing the Aznom, I decided to zip it up and leave its appearance uncommented...

So moving on to, using the Corvette Z06’s steel chassis, Castagna dressed the Aznom with an exterior body made from carbon fibre with magnesium and aluminium structural components also used in the coachwork process to help reduce overall weight to 1400 kg. Further weight savings and aerodynamic efficiency come from a composite-material 'flat bottom', while there are smaller overall details such as the carbon-shelled rear view mirrors mounted on perpendicular posts. -Continued: Click “Read More…” below

According to Carrozzeria Castanga the Aznom is fitted with a supped up version of the Corvette Z06's 7.0-litre aluminium V8 engine lifting power from 505 Hp, to an immense 750 Hp at 6,200 rpm while maximum torque has hiked to 980 Nm at 3,800 rpm. The Aznom’s top speed is a claimed 350 km/h (218 mph) while 0-100 km/h (62mph) is reached in 3.4 sec.

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Breaking: BMW 1-Series Coupe Video!

While we’re waiting for BMW to "officially..." unleash the press release and high-res image gallery on the 2008 1-Series Coupe later on the day -yes, at last, times up!, we thought it would be a good idea to finally break loose the first official promo video of the Bavarian compact coupe. Static interior and exterior shots of the 1-Series Coupe aside, the video also includes some acoustic fireworks from the 135i’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-6 engine. And that’s not all because we’re working on a few more "things" on the 1-Series Coupe. Stay tuned...
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Ultimate Ferrari Sacrilege?

Here we have a fella who either A. has no morals what-so-ever, or B. Can’t tell the difference between his Ferrari 360 Modena and a bike rack. We think it’s probably a little bit of both. Isn’t it strange how some people in the world don’t have the means to buy a Ferrari and others drive bicycles to work? This guy is just selfish. Apparently the Ferrari wasn’t enough of a mode of transportation.

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2009 Dodge Challenger Scooped On Public Roads

Long live cell phones! Be in the right place at the right time and you too can become a spy photographer just like member "98Formula" at the LS1GTO forums that managed to scoop a camouflaged 2009 Dodge Challenger prototype on his way home from school in Auburn Hills, MI on I-75. According to "98Formula", the Challenger’s proportions were spot on the concept and the car sounded quite nice, as its driver would push the pedal to the metal occasionally. -More photos after the jump

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New 2008 Mazda 2 / Demio Video

Back in March, we uploaded the first promo video of Mazda’s new subcompact hatch that’ll go on sale in Europe this autumn. Thanks to our “Français” pals at Le Blog Auto, we have a second video of the all-important ’08 Mazda2 that will also find its way to Japan, Australia, China and other markets but not the U.S.

Youthful design aside, the most intriguing aspect on the ’08 Mazda2 (also known as Demio in Japan and other markets) is that for the first time ever, a new Mazda is lighter than the model it replaces. According to the Japanese carmaker, the Mazda2 is approximately 100 kg (220 lbs) lighter than its predecessor weighing in at less than 1,000 kg (2,200 lbs). Even if that’s partially due to the new Mazda2’s reduced overall length and lower roofline, still, it’s admirable. -Click "Read More..." below to see the video

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BMW Z3 Replica Based On Mazda Miata / MX-5

Here’s a replica that we wouldn’t be proud of owning even if we were dead drunk or stoned up to the point that we started hallucinating of having a love affair with Madeleine Albright. Think we’re a bit harsh on the “Ziata”? Then may we suggest that you take a closer look at the toy-car rims and the elephant size BMW badge on the steering wheel… -More images after the jump

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Abt Audi TT Roadster

Kempten-based tuner Abt presented a new sport package for the 2008 TT Roadster that follows in the footsteps of the TT-S and TT-R coupe versions. The package includes a full bodykit consisting of a rear wing and front, rear and side skirts. The exterior look is completed with a new ser of 5-spoke allow wheels and a 4-pipe rear muffler incorporated in the rear skirt inset and its integrated rear diffuser.

Abt’s top notch version of the TT Roadster is equipped with the same supercharged 3.2-litre V6 unit that we find under the hood of the TT-R Coupe. With an output of 355Hp, the V6 engine accelerates the car from standstill to 100 km/h in about 5,0 sec. The German tuner also offers various upgrades for the favored 200Hp 2.0-liter Turbo FSI, pushing power from 240Hp up to 300Hp. Chassis upgrades include Abt’s suspension kit along the Abt sports brake system with its huge disc diameters of 380x34 millimeters. -Continued after the jump

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England Bans Smoking In Trucks...

English smokers get ready for a new ban as from July 1st, lighting a cigarette is prohibited in vehicles used for work, including lorries and vans, and there is no exemption for heavy goods vehicles with a sleeper cab. According to England’s Freight Transport Association, the ban is designed to protect shift and other workers who use the same vehicle from the health risks associated with second-hand smoke and provides consistency with other non-mobile work places.

What a democratic society; ok, I fully understand that non-smokers are totally justified to demand that they not have to deal the so-called “second hand smoking”, but isn’t this taking it a bit too far? I mean, what about the rights of people who do want to smoke? If a government or an organization believes that smoking is bad for everyone then in my humble opinion, politicians should ban the product, not the consumer...

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Criminal Crashes Car In Lake After High Speed Chase!

Here at Carscoop, we love laughing at the expense of others, especially when people do really stupid things. We also really love high speed car chases that include a stolen vehicle, a few cops, and a criminal that just refuses to surrender. In the video you’ll see nothing will stop this man from getting away from the cops, not even a little body of water. This “Olympic swimmer” decided to jump in the lake his car crashed into thinking if he couldn’t out run the cops in a car, he could just swim away! You couldn’t help but feel bad for the guy after he was washed up onto shore falling into the face of two K-9 police dogs. I’m sure of one thing: No matter what this guy did, it won’t compare to the amount of trouble he’ll be in for this little adventure. -Watch the video after the jump

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BMW 1-Series Coupe: New Image Gallery & US Press Release

Leakity succotash! So let’s see what we’ve got up until now: leaked studio shots, an official image accompanied by the initial press release from BMW UK and 17 official images along with the detailed North American press release. Not bad at all, wouldn’t you say?

But enough with our “leak drama”, time to check out what’s new in the US press release. The most interesting fact is that apart from the twin-turbocharged 306Hp 135i Coupe, the N. American market will get a 128i Coupe equipped with a 230Hp strong naturally aspirated 3.0-liter straight six. We remind you that in Europe the new 1-Series Coupe will also be offered with two diesel options, the 120d fitted with a 177Hp turbocharged 2.0-liter unit and the 123d with a twin-turbocharged, 2.0-liter diesel gem delivering 204 Hp and a whopping 400Nm of torque –same as the 135i.

And now to the question that all of you have been passionately waiting for Carscoop to answer (… just being sarcastic): do we like the 1-Series Coupe look’s? Mmm, yes but(t)… -you guessed it, we’re torn apart with BMW’s new iteration of the “Bungle Butt” that’s combined this time with a set of Hyundai Lantra inspired taillights. Any ideas? -Click “Read More…” below for the US Press Release and the image gallery

US PRESS RELEASE: Woodcliff Lake, NJ –Since its introduction in 1966, the BMW 2002 has been at the core of BMW’s philosophy. By combining exhilarating rear-wheel-drive performance, agile handling, seating for four and powerful value, the 2002 created a new niche—the sport sedan—that is still a BMW stronghold today. The understated appearance never belied its capabilities but those who knew performance, knew the 2002. In 2008, BMW will introduce a modern and authentic performance coupe that will be the next BMW legend—the 128i Coupe and the 135i Coupe.

The 128i Coupe is powered by a 3.0-liter, 230 horsepower inline 6-cyinder engine that generates 200 lb-ft of torque. Featuring Valvetronic valvetrain management and aluminum/magnesium contruction, the elements of BMW’s EfficientDynamics mindset is alive and well in the 128i. The more powerful 135i is briskly motivated by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower and an incredible 300 lb-ft of torque from as low as 1,400 rpm. With its direct piezo gasoline injectors, twin low-mass turbochargers and air-to-air intercooling, optimum performance and economy is achieved with no loss in engine response. For the 135i Coupe, acceleration from 0-62 mph is 5.3 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. Both engines feature on-demand engine coolant pumps that improve fuel economy and reduce parastic losses for increased output.

Handsome looks with sporting intentions

The new 1 Series combines unique, dynamic and unmistakable coupe design elements with a powerful and muscular body. The greenhouse with its characteristic “Hofmeister kink” is moved rearward and offers a particularly nimble look with its long hood. Its short front overhang, long wheelbase and large frameless doors sit on a body with a striking shoulder line for a modern interpretation of BMW’s characteristic look. On the 135i Coupe, a standard M Aerodynamic Kit appears.

The 1 Series boasts aggresive rear end styling with new taillamps specific to this new model. A particularly interesting feature is the trunklid with its spoiler chiselled into the rear end of the car, accentuating the short rear section and building up extra downforce on the rear end at high speeds.

The individual sections within the L-shaped rear taillights follow the horizontal orientation of the car’s lines at the rear. The back-up lights and directional indicators form a white band across the back of the 1 Series. Horizontal lights integrated in the rear light clusters offer a homogeneous lighting effect with a help of light-emitting diodes (LEDs). This light design, as found on other BMW models, makes the BMW 1 Series Coupe stand out in the dark. Also, the Adaptive Brakelights operating in two stages in relation to brake application force, are yet another feature typical of BMW, with the additional benefit of extra safety on the road.

Available as an option on the 128i (standard on the 135i) Xenon headlights with Adaptive Headlight feature complete with integrated Cornering Lights make driving in the dark safer than ever before. The daytime headlight function in typical BMW style with two corona rings on each headlight unit enhances the perception of the car under normal and “murky” light conditions.

Luxurious interior appointments with today’s technology

The innovative interior design incorporates high-quality and sophisticated trim elements with luxurious upholstery and color choices. A rear 60/40 split rear seat is standard. The control console for the entertainment and air conditioning functions is integrated smoothly and harmoniously into the dashboard through its soft radii and flowing surfaces. The Controller featured in the optional iDrive control system is integrated to the center console, again following BMW’s characteristic philosophy. Galvanized pearl gloss surfaces adorn the interior door handles, the glove compartment handle, the radio’s rotary knobs, on the knobs of the automatic air conditioning system, on the iDrive Controller, and on the ornamental trim strips featured on the optional leather sports steering wheel.

Also available as an option, Boston leather upholstery adds further style to the high-quality impression of the interior. And as a practical feature, map pockets are integrated in the lower part of the doors. Map nets in the backrests of the front seats available as an option and a storage shelf between the individual rear seats featured as standard enhance the range of storage options to an even higher level. The BMW 1 Series Coupe is available with a choice of two upholstery options—sporty and comfortable Leatherette or rich Boston Leather. When the optional Sport Package is selected, sports seats are then included for enhanced side support and are finished in highly distinctive leatherette materials and can also be optioned with Boston leather.

Enhanced iDrive and integration of an external MP3 player.

Interacting with the central Controller, the optional iDrive control system enables the driver to mastermind all secondary and comfort functions easily and conveniently to control all communication, air conditioning, entertainment and optional navigation functions with perfect ease.

In the BMW 1 Series Coupe, the newest version of iDrive is equipped with six Programmable Memory Keys that allows one to individually program functions that are used particularly often such as navigation destinations, radio stations or specific telephone numbers. The sensors on the buttons preview the function on the iDrive screen by a simple touch before the driver actually presses down the button to use the stored function. This allows him or her to choose the function safely and conveniently, always keeping his eyes on the road in the process.

A wide choice of audio, communication and navigation options are available, never before seen in the compact performance market include SIRIUS satellite radio, HD radio, Premium Sound, Bluetooth interfaces For simple and straightforward connections of an MP3 player, an Auxiliary input jack is standard, and a USB port for direct control of an Apple iPod or iPhone media player is available separately.

The mid-range speakers and tweeters differ visually from conventional loudspeakers. They are recognizable by the silver loudspeaker covers and by a grille, which - to match the hexagonal structure of the diaphragm - has a honeycomb design. The lightweight and ultra-stiff Hexacone diaphragms are particularly suitable for both powerful and demanding sound reproduction. Not only do they have generous power reserves but they also offer a high degree of effectiveness. The maximal acoustic pressure is 112 dBA, the frequency range being 18 to 24 kHz. Both subwoofers are located in the vehicle floor and the mid-range speakers and tweeters are installed in the doors or in the rear panels, in the instrument panel, in the mirror triangles and in the rear shelf respectively.

High-tech suspension with newly-developed final drive

In typical BMW style, the new BMW 1 Series Coupe transmits the power of the engine to the rear wheels. This design concept and configuration – engine at the front, drive wheels at the rear – guarantees optimum traction, good weight distribution front-to-rear, excellent directional stability, and safe handling. And the separation of drive power and steering, to add a further important point, gives the car extremely agile driving behavior at all times.

The new 1 Series has an elaborately designed suspension with an aluminium double-joint axle at the front, a five-link rear axle in lightweight steel and Dynamic Stability Control. BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control also includes a Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) function that still provides electronic intervention to prevent loss of vehicle control, but at a higher actication point. If the driver desires, both DSC and DTC can be disabled entirely. Active Steering, a variable ratio steering system exclusive to BMW, is available as an option. Traction by electronic rear brake management provides a high level of differential lock on the BMW 135i Coupe.

The final drive on the 1 Series comes from a new generation of final drive units optimized for running smoothness. Featuring double-helical ball bearings for the first time, the final drive runs at an even lower operating temperature reached more quickly than before thanks to the reduction of fluid required in the final drive transmission.

The front axle on the BMW 1 Series is also built to a standard quite unique to its competitive group. The double-pivot spring and strut front axle with its anti-roll bar, is made largely of aluminium and offers an optimum combination of stiffness and low weight. Together with the very stable track control arms and thrust rods, as well as exact wheel guidance, makes an important contribution to the car’s driving dynamics.

Driving dynamic programs for perfect handling of the car

The BMW 1 Series Coupe benefits from BMW’s industry-leading brake and stability control systems. Standard ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) and ASC (Automatic Stability Control) prevent the drive wheels from spinning while CBC (Cornering Brake Control) stabilizes the car whenever necessary during application of the brakes in a bend.

All of these functions are part of the car’s DSC Dynamic Stability Control that can apply the brakes to each individual wheel in particularly demanding situations and by reducing engine power, it can prevent the rear end of the car from swerving around (oversteer) or the front of the car from “pushing” out of a bend (understeer).

When networked with the optional Active Steering, DSC can is also prevent the car from swerving out of control on slippery surfaces by countersteering with the appropriate amount to allow the driver to regain control.

To ensure enhanced traction when the DSC is completely switched off, a software-controlled locking function slows down the drive wheels when spinning in an appropriate, properly controlled process. This, in turn, enhances the car’s traction without any negative effects on its steering behavior.

High safety standards exceeding International requirements

No less than six airbags come as standard within the new BMW 1 Series Coupe for optimum protection of the car’s occupants. The frontal airbags are activated in two stages as a function of impact severity, while side airbags integrated into the sides of the front seat backrests reduce the risk of injury at chest and hip levels in side impact situations. HPS (Head Protection System) side curtain airbags fitted in the roof lining protect both the occupants on the front seats and the passengers at the rear. The new BMW 1 Series Coupe also comes with crash-optimized seats with specially padded headrests and backrests significantly reducing the risk of injury in an impact from the rear.

All seats within the 1 Series Coupe are fitted with three-point inertia-reel seat belts and headrests, with the front seat belts fastened on the frames of the driver’s and front passenger’s seats, keeping the belt in an optimum position around the occupant’s hips regardless of seat height.

Also, the driver’s pedals move back automatically with a predetermined amount of deformation in the event of a head-on collision so that the risk of driver foot injury is reduced to a minimum. And last but not least, the rear seats come with ISOFIX fastenings for child seats standard.

M-inspired Performance for the 135i Coupe

The standard M Sports Package for the 135i Coupe offers more performance and a striking look. Features of the M Sports Package include M Sports Suspension for higher traction and reduced body roll, 18-inch wheels with performance tires, M logo doorsill trims, an M leather sport steering wheel and an M logo footrest for the driver’s left foot. The leather appointments on the gearshift lever and handbrake, as well as the handbrake handle are finished in high-quality soft leather. The roof lining on the M Sports Package comes in Anthracite, and the interior features offered in this package are rounded off by Glacier Silver aluminium interior trim that highlights the sporting character of the cockpit. The M Sports Suspension also comes with a high-performance brake system incorporating six-piston fixed calipers on the front axle and two-piston fixed calipers at the rear.

The particularly sports-minded driver of the BMW 135i Coupe will also be happy to know that aesthetic dynamics have also been adjusted accordingly for his or her tastes, thanks the included M Aerodynamics Package. The M Aerodynamics Package includes specially-designed front and rear bumpers as well as special rocker sills and foglamps. Together, they give the 135i Coupe a signature BMW M look in a tasteful yet distinctive manner.

The new BMW 135i Coupe comes not only with a sports suspension, but also with appropriate modifications of the ASC and DSC driving stability systems, taking the particularly sporting character of the car into account. And as a further point the top model in the range has an even more spontaneous control map for the gas pedal.

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Porsche Design Limited Edition Cronographe PTC

Blending timeless style with technology, Porsche Design’s new wrist-watch is a “must” for petrol-head’s like us. Offered in limited edition, the Cronographe PTC with the characteristic accentuated orange stitching has a titanium case that measures 42mm and is water resistant up to 100 meters. Powered by automatic chronograph caliber ETA 2894-2 with special Porsche Design rotor, the Cronographe PTC has a power reserve of 42 hours. We like it a lot but as the saying goes, time is money and Porsche Design’s Cronographe PTC is no exception; priced at €5,600 or approximately $7,540, this is one watch that we'll probably never get our hands on -or rather in... -One more picture after the jump

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Hyundai i30 Sport By MS-Design

Hyundai’s new C-Segment hatch (Golf, Focus, Auris, Megane etc) won’t go on sale in Europe before autumn, but that doesn’t mean tuners haven’t already started “fooling around” with the Korean hatch as MS-Design proves. Dubbed Sport Package, MS-Design’s proposition for the i30 consists of a stylish bodykit that includes front and rear aprons, side sills, a roof spoiler, new air-intakes along with a black plastic cover for the grille, twin exhaust pipes and plastic mouldings on the rear bumper. The i30 Sport Package also includes 17-inch alloy wheels (optionally 18-inch) and a new set of sport springs that lower the body-height.

Funny how a tasteful bodykit and a new set of rims spice up an utterly boring design into something Paris Hilton wouldn’t be embarrassed to receive a DUI in-One more picture after the jump

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Video: GM’s Camaro Designers Talk About The Transformers Movie

GM Blogs just released two videos featuring lead Camaro interior designer Micah Jones and GM’s Director of rear-wheel drive performance cars and Corvette, Tom Peters, talking about the Camaro and the forthcoming Transformers Movie. Yes, we agree both are acting kinda geeky but to be honest, we definitely prefer these folks to all those Armani suited car-folks walking around with a set of yellow-Bilsteins stuck up their a$... -Follow the jump to see both videos

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Spy Cruiser: '08 Toyota Land Cruiser Caught Off Guard

Thanks to a watchful friend, our blog-pals at Jalopnik managed to get their hands on a set of totally undisguised shots featuring the upcoming 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser. Due to make its official appearance at the Tokyo Show this October, the ’08 Land Cruiser is nothing more and nothing less than a rebadged ’08 Lexus LX570. That said, don’t expect to find anything other than the LX570/Tundra derived 381Hp strong 5.7-litre V8. Hop over to Jalopnik to see the rest of the images.

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Mini Solar Powered Vehicle

Here is just another example of alternative energy through solar power use: The world’s smallest solar powered car. Measuring in just 33 x 22 x 14 mm, when the sun shines on the solar panel, the panel makes electricity that turns the motor and the wheels- An extremely exciting concept (note the hint of sarcasm). Even though I’m not a scientist (I got a C in Physics) can we please siphon our intellect and money into something more promising and productive like: a vehicle that runs on solar power energy that we can actually fit in!

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The Oldest Car In The World That Still Runs Up For Sale

On August 19th, at Pebble Beach California, an unprecedented automobile auction will be taking place. The oldest functioning car in the world will be auctioned off by Gooding & Company. Built in 1884 in France, the four-wheel steam-powered De Dion-Bouton et Trepardoux (aka La Marquis) was driven by the co-founder of the company, Count De Dion.

The vehicle is fueled by coal, wood and bits of paper and can reach a top speed of 38 miles per hour. The car had two previous owners since it was built with quite the lengthy resume. It covered a 19 mile course with an average speed of 26 miles per hour and was the winner of the first car race in 1888.

At an estimated value of somewhere between $1.5 - 2 million USD, our tip for the next owner: keep history where it belongs, in the past! Take care not to bring this thing out on the highway for a joyride. (pic via Gooding & Company)

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Volvo R-Design Official: Available For C30, S40 & V50

That was quick; a couple of weeks after we first heard about Volvo’s intentions to present a sport package and the Swedish carmaker made it official. The option package will be named “R-DESIGN” (and not R-Line as we initially thought) and it will be available on the C30, S40 and V50 model range as of autumn 2007. The R-DESIGN package offers a range of sports-inspired interior

Exterior design includes an R-DESIGN badge in the front grille, color coordinated body kit, rear or roof spoiler, silver matt finish front grille and wing mirrors, and 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels (18-inch optionally). Interior design includes a two-tone black and cream upholstery with contrast stitching and embossed R-DESIGN logo, leather trimmed steering wheel with R-DESIGN logo, an aluminum center stack, blue instrument dials, sports pedals and tufted dark floor mats with cream leather seams. -Full press release along with a high-res image gallery after the jump

Spice up your Volvo with R-design - the choice for a refined taste

Volvo Cars is now introducing R-design - an exclusive factory-fitted options package for customers who want a car with refined attributes.R-design will initially be available on the Volvo C30, Volvo S40 and Volvo V50 as of autumn 2007.

"The possibility of tailoring one's car to suit personal tastes is becoming increasingly important to car buyers today. R-design has been developed for buyers who want a refined and sporty look for their cars," says Gerry Keaney, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Cars.

Customers can choose between 10 exterior colours, and the R-design badge in the grille is accompanied by a range of specially designed exterior and interior details. Exterior features include a satin matt-finish grille, colour co-ordinated bumpers and lower side mouldings, rear or roof spoiler, satin matt-finish door mirror caps and five-spoke aluminium wheels (17 inches, 18 inches available as option). There is also a decotrim on the tailgate of the C30 and V50.

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