Father does donuts with son in ’68 Camaro, ends up in handcuffs

October 20th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Joe Graham recounts his story

Think pulling a couple of donuts in an empty lot is harmless? That’s what one Joe Graham of Ontario, New York, thought… right up until he was arrested.

Graham was driving by a parking lot in the Wayne County town with his son in his red 1968 Chevy Camaro SS on Columbus Day when he entered the empty lot and did a couple of donuts. The whole episode was said to have lasted only about 15 seconds, but Graham seemed to have chosen the wrong location: that lot was next to the town hall and a local sheriff’s office. And when the commotion started, a deputy came out and proceeded to place Graham in handcuffs – right in front of his teenage son – and impound his muscle car.

“We were just pulling out of the lot and the cops rushed over to the car and proceeded to arrest me,” Graham said to the local ABC affiliate, 13 WHAM. The culprit said he offered to pay to have the freshly painted yellow lines on the lot redone, but officials reportedly claim that he put his son’s safety in jeopardy.

What do you think, should the cops have gone this far with Graham given that he had a youngster in his car? Have your say in Comments.

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First new Land Rover Discovery Sport rolls off assembly line

October 20th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Land Rover Discovery Sport #1

When Land Rover revealed the new Discovery Sport at the Paris Motor Show, it didn’t just present a new model; it kicked off a whole new era for the British purveyor of sport-utility vehicles. And that new era has officially started now with the production of the very first model you see above.

To produce the new Discovery Sport, Land Rover has invested over $250 million in its Halewood plant (where it also produces the Evoque), added 250 new jobs and awarded some $4.5 billion in contracts to 55 suppliers. Billed as “the world’s most versatile and capable compact SUV,” the seven-seat Discovery Sport replaces the LR2/Freelander and opens up a new range of models to include a new Discovery as well as an anticipated third model.

This first Discovery Sport was being handed over to Virgin Galactic, “the world’s first commercial spaceline” with which Land Rover has partnered. The vehicle will be used to support the company’s activities in the UK as it prepares to send the first paying customers into space. The Discovery Sport is scheduled to make its US debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month before it joins Land Rover’s North American lineup.

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Has Dodge stepped in it again with Scat Pack lawsuit?

October 20th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Dodge Challenger and Charger Scat Pack

Lawsuits are an unfortunate part of doing business in just about any industry, so the latest complaint filed by a California-based aftermarket firm against Chrysler would seem to be nothing more than business as usual. But this isn’t the first time the two companies have sparred over this particular issue.

According to a report from Automotive News, the dispute revolves around the Scat Pack name that Chrysler first offered on the Charger, Coronet, Dart and Super Bee starting in 1968. Scat Enterprises, a manufacturer of crankshafts and other components for Dodges and other vehicles, sued Chrysler for using its name. A few years later the Scat Pack disappeared from the Dodge catalog.

Fast forward to August 2013 when Chrysler applied to register the Scat Pack name anew. The US Patent and Trademark Office turned down Chrysler’s application, but the automaker proceeded anyway, unveiling new Scat Packs for the Challenger, Charger and Dart at last year’s SEMA show.

Now that Chrysler is preparing to reveal a new Scat Pack at SEMA, Scat Enterprises has filed a new lawsuit, demanding that Chrysler stop using the name, turn over all its materials for destruction, and pay the plaintiff damages. Auburn Hills is refusing and refuting Scat’s claim, dismissing it as an “opportunistic attempt to hold Chrysler hostage just days before the upcoming SEMA show,” noting that it (unlike the plaintiff) only uses the word Scat together with Pack and is responsible for the term’s association with its products. We doubt we’ve heard the last of this one…

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This exploding Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow is angering, mesmerizing

October 19th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow explosion

Between Las Vegas and the emirates of the Persian Gulf, we’re sure there are Rolls-Royces to be found in the desert all the time. And we don’t doubt that, given those locations, one gets torched every so often. There’d probably even be someone in a tuxedo or evening gown running for cover when it happens, too. The thing is that we’re seldom if ever there to watch it go down, much less capture it in stunning high-definition, frame-by-frame video when it does.

That’s where this four-minute clip by Tyler Shields comes in. The American photographer and filmmaker staged and captured this Silver Shadow being doused in gasoline (or at least what we’re supposed to believe is gasoline) and set afire in the Mojave Desert, along with actor Cru Ennis and actress Ana Mulvoy-Ten.

It’s heartbreaking but mesmerizing, and you’ll want to watch the video for yourself to see which side you fall on. If it’s the former, take solace at least in the fact that the Silver Shadow is far from a rare beast. In fact, it remains by far the most prolific Rolls-Royce ever, with over 30,000 made between 1965 and 1980… so we doubt this one will be missed terribly.

In any case, scroll down below for the video, along with a behind-the-scenes look at how it was filmed. If you want to know more about Shields and the reason he blew up a perfectly good Rolls, click here for his blog.

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Ducati Testastretta DVT borrows VW tech for more power from less fuel [w/videos]

October 19th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Ducati Testastretta DVT

Just as much as (if not more than) any other automaker, the Volkswagen Group is all about synergies: making the most out of the considerable resources it has at its disposal, and letting one division help the other. But if you wonder what benefit Volkswagen could possibly get from its acquisition of Ducati, and vice versa, wonder now more. Just a few weeks ago VW demonstrated one thing it’s gotten out of the Ducati takeover with the XL Sport concept, and now Ducati is showcasing its side of the bargain with the new Testastretta DVT motorcycle engine.

Shorthand for Desmodromic Variable Timing, this V-twin is the first motorcycle engine to employ independently variable timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts – a technology borrowed from its new German parent company. With continuously adjusting valve timing, the engine churns out an impressive 160 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque from a 1.2-liter two-cylinder engine, all the while returning 8-percent better fuel efficiency than the non-variable version, further enabled by a new fuel injection system that sprays directly into the intake valve instead of the intake port wall.

The DVT system in Ducati’s new engine is just the latest advancement in motorcycle propulsion, arriving hot on the heels of the supercharged engine Kawasaki recently revealed and the turbocharged v-twin showcased by Suzuki nearly a year ago.

Want to delve deeper into the technical details of Ducati’s new engine design? There’s plenty to geek out on in the press release and pair of videos below.

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Ford readying 2015 F-150 drift truck for SEMA

October 19th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Vaughn Gittin Ford F-150 SEMA 2014 drift truck

Between the Mustangs you’d find in Formula D and the Fiestas in the Global and World rallycross championships, there’s no shortage of Ford drift cars on the scene. But at the upcoming SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Blue Oval automaker intends to show off a different kind of drift machine.

Created in collaboration with driftmeister Vaughn Gittin, Jr., this custom F-150 has been designed for “on- and off-road capabilities, as well as drifting and jumping.” It’s got a suspension with components from Kibbetech King and Air Lift Performance to give it 12 inches of travel and comes packed with 5 Recaro seats. Other details remain limited, but if the rendering above is anything to go by, it ought to be pretty awesome.

Alongside the Gittin truck, Ford will also be showcasing another F-150 designed together with freestyle motorcross rider Brian Deegan, packing the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and a long list of enhancements. Between these two trucks, Ford hopes to extend its winning streak for the Hottest Truck award that it’s taken four years running now. Feel free to read more in the press release below.

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Polestar looking to tune Volvo CUVs

October 19th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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2015 Volvo XC90 R-Design

Volvo is getting serious about emerging from the fringes and into the mainstream of the luxury automobile market. But if it’s going to challenge the Germans, it’s going to need a performance line. And that’s just what it’s developing with Polestar.

Building on the motorsport partnership that has seen Polestar represent Volvo in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, World Touring Car Championship and V8 Supercars series, Polestar has been charged with developing road-going performance Volvos as well. It currently offers comprehensively tuned versions of the S60 and V60, as well as engine upgrades for other models, but the latest word has it that Polestar will turn its attention next to tuning Volvo crossovers like the XC60 and the new XC90, pictured above in top-spec R-Design trim.

Details on how Volvo would modify those models remain to be determined, but it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to imagine the XC60 outfitted with similar enhancements to those offered on its sedan and wagon stablemates to mount a challenge to the Audi SQ5. As for the larger XC90, it seems Volvo is already squeezing as much out of its new 2.0-liter triple-charged inline-four as it can, but more aggressive handling, aero and brakes could stand to transform the flagship crossover in pursuit of performance utes like the Mercedes ML63 AMG and BMW X5 M, even if it couldn’t quite match their impressive horsepower outputs.

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VW bringing Fox Pepper, Saveiro Surf to Sao Paulo show

October 18th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Volkswagen Fox Pepper concept

We’ve gotten used to the idea of Volkswagen keeping certain models like the Scirocco and Amarok to the European market and not bringing them to North America, but the German automaker also has a full line of vehicles made right here in the Americas that don’t make it to US showrooms either. Those are the products of Volkswagen do Brasil, which has just revealed two new debuts for the upcoming Sao Paulo Motor Show.

First up is the Fox Pepper, a spicy little concept based on VW’s sub-Polo hatchback. The show car features a front bumper and honeycomb grille with red lower lip (like you might find on a GTI), contrasting wheel arch extensions (like you might on the Golf Alltrack revealed in Paris), a black roof, 15-inch alloys and an interior decked out in two-tone leather and all the bells and whistles. Power comes from a 1.6-liter that burns ethanol to the tune of 120 horsepower to send it to 62 miles per hour in 9.8 seconds (or 10.3 on ordinary gasoline).

VW is also showcasing the similarly Fox-based Saveiro Surf. Starting with the single-cab version of the recently revised Saveiro ute, the Surf packs a less potent version of the same engine with 104 hp on tap, along with cosmetic upgrades including a unique set of 15-inch wheels, honeycomb grille, roof bar, unique graphics and, of course, a surf board resting in the bed.

You can delve into all the details in the press releases below if you read Portuguese, or in the auto-translated versions enclosed as well.

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Audi inaugurates new R8 production line at Neckarsulm

October 18th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Audi Böllinger Höfe

Of all the factories which the Volkswagen Group operates around the world, the Audi plant in Neckarsulm may not be the very largest, but it is among the most diversified. That’s where Audi builds versions of the A4, A5, A6, A8 and Q7 lines. It’s also been home to the R8, but now the German automaker has moved supercar production to a new facility just a few miles down the road.

Back in August, Audi stopped production of the R8 at its main Neckarsulm site and moved it to the new Böllinger Höfe site in Heilbronn, restarting production just three weeks later. The new assembly line brings together various workshops that had been scattered about the Neckarsulm complex under one roof, and will surely make production of the next-generation R8 that much smoother.

The Böllinger Höfe facility is about a quarter the size of the main Neckarsulm plant, and will also house a small-scale production line – similar, we gather, to what Audi subsidiary Lamborghini recently built in Sant’Agata Bolognese – and a massive, state-of-the-art logistics center with capable of handling 4,500 containers each day.

The expansion is part of a major infrastructure campaign that will see Audi invest some $28 billion worldwide through 2018, about half of which will be invested in German facilities – including over $800 million each year at Neckasulm. Last month, Audi Sport opened its new headquarters in Neuburg.

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Nissan teases Sao Paolo CUV concept, production future likely

October 16th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Teaser photo of unnamed Nissan CUV concept for 2014 Sao Paulo Motor Show

Back in 2012 at Brazil’s São Paulo Motor Show, Nissan showed off an angular subcompact crossover concept, Extrem, that seemed to to portend the future of the Nissan Juke. Now, the Japanese automaker is teasing an as-yet-unnamed CUV concept for this year’s show. The new showcar, set for an October 28 unveiling, is expected to be a closer-to-production version of the Extrem ethos.

Why should we care? Autoblog has reason to believe that this vehicle is under consideration for global distribution. The production Extrem – or whatever it ends up being called – is likely to be positioned size-wise in between the Juke and the recently upsized Rogue, offering more space and still-adventuresome styling, yet at a less expensive price. If accurate, that sounds like the production model will be a fair bit larger than the conceptual Xtrem, which was built atop a modified version of Nissan’s V-platform, a model that underpins its March supermini (and speaking of the March, Nissan has also teased what looks to be a sporty concept version of it for the Brazilian show, too).

It’s important to note that Nissan already has a bustling small CUV portfolio globally, what with its popular Qashqai / X-Trail models in markets beyond ours. There continues to be persistent rumors that Nissan is considering bringing over the Qashqai, as well, a model seemingly already quite close in size and execution to the Rogue. Despite this, Nissan has shown no hesitation in exploring every niche of the burgeoning CUV market, and while not every derivative has been a success, models like the Juke have rewarded the company’s bravery with handsome sales.

CEO Carlos Ghosn is apparently very keen to further diversify Nissan’s utility offerings and he’s pushing his team hard to innovate, but it won’t happen right away – a North American Extrem descendant is likely a few years away.

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