Video: Xcar gets muddy with BRP’s Can-Am Maverick

December 16th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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XCar flogs the BRP Can-Am Maverick UTV around a muddy English field.

Xcar has channeled its inner Dukes of Hazzard, but uses a BRP Can-Am Maverick as substitute for the General Lee and a muddy English field instead of Hazzard County, Kentucky Georgia. The Maverick is a side-by-side or utility task vehicle (SxS or UTV) from the same folks who make the Spyder, but BRP considers this is a “Sport 2-Seater” of the UTV world that will “get you in front of the pack.”

It does so with a 976-cc, V-twin Rotax engine with 101 horsepower that propels the Maverick’s 1,294 pounds, it can be either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive at the flick of a switch, it’s got 14 inches of suspension travel, and it’s road legal in the UK. Eschewing the sanity of the road, Xcar flogs it in an English field and finds the Maverick is capable of a great many things, including the reward of “a childish state of giddiness.”

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Report: Dodge delaying Challenger Hellcats ordered with satin black hood [UPDATE]

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is one of the most formidable muscle cars on the planet. And it looks the part, too – especially with the optional satin black hood. But if you were one of the first customers to place an order for the 707-horsepower Mopar muscle car and specified the black hood on the options sheet, you may have to wait awhile.

According to members of the Hellcat.org forum cited by Car and Driver, deliveries of certain Challenger Hellcats have been delayed without explanation. When these fanatic customers started looking into the issue, they realized that all of the delayed orders shared one thing in common: they all had ordered their Dodges with that optional black hood.

Although an exact reason wasn’t specified, those who ordered the black hood on their Challenger coupes were told that delivery was being pushed back to February. But some were reportedly informed by their local dealership that things could be moved along if they switched their order to a body-colored hood instead. It’s not clear if the issue is a supplier problem, a paint booth issue at the factory, or something else entirely.

We’ve reached out to Dodge for clarification, and will update this story when we hear back.

UPDATE: Reached for comment, a Dodge spokesperson confirmed to Autoblog that the satin black hood “is not currently available for production” and that customers who ordered it “can opt to change their order to a body-color hood” or otherwise have their orders delayed until the option becomes available at a later date to be confirmed.

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Official: European jury picks finalists for 2015 Car of the Year

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Citroen C4 Cactus

There are countless Car of the Year awards handed out each year, and naturally, Europe has its own way of doing things. Every year, a panel of jurists representing seven publications in seven different languages and seven different countries get together to name their joint Car of the Year. The panel released a list of 32 candidates back in July, and it has now whittled that list down to seven nominees.

The list consists of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, the Citroën C4 Cactus (shown), the Ford Mondeo, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Nissan Qashqai, the Renault Twingo and the Volkswagen Passat. Of those seven, only two are available in the US – those being the Mondeo (sold Stateside as the Fusion) and the C-Class. The Passat is an entirely different model in North America, the Qashqai isn’t offered here, Citroën and Renault don’t even participate in our market and the BMW 2 Series is represented here only by the completely different coupe and convertible.

Expect the one and only recipient of the 2015 Car of the Year award to be announced at the Geneva Motor Show this coming March, and while you’re waiting, you can place your guesses for the eventual winner in Comments.

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Official: Raminator sets world record for fastest monster truck [w/video]

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Raminator at Circuit of the Americas

Monster trucks are made for a lot of things: crushing jalopies, jumping over jalopies, wowing spectators while crushing and jumping over jalopies, and so on. But powerful as they tend to be, monster trucks are not built for outright speed. Still, one has to be faster than another, and as it turns out, Raminator is the fastest of them all.

Alongside Rammunition and the new Mopar Muscle, Raminator is one of three Ram-based monster trucks run by the Hall Brothers Racing Team with support from Chrysler. It’s been named Truck of the Year by the Monster Truck Racing Association a record eight times, its driver Mark Hall has been named the association’s Driver of the Year nine times and its crew chief Tim Hall its Mechanic of the Year five times. And now Raminator and the Hall Brothers have claimed the Guinness World Record for the fastest monster truck, recording a top speed of 99.10 miles per hour to break the previous record of 96.8 mph.

The record was set at the Circuit of the Americas, the 3.4-mile track built on the outskirts of Austin, Texas, to host the United States Grand Prix. Aside from Formula One, the track has hosted endurance racing, touring cars and motorbikes, and while Raminator may not be the fastest vehicle ever to lap the circuit, it’s surely one of the biggest. Scope out the video from the record run below.

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Video: This McLaren F1 replica was built from scrap by a Top Gear fanatic

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Polish mechanic Jacek Mazur builds himself a McLaren F1 replica out of scrap metal and spare parts.

If Field of Dreams had been made about an automotive enthusiast, its most famous line would need to have been, “If you build it, they will come… and then build their own replicas of yours.” More evidence of that comes from Polish amateur mechanic Jack Mazur, who decided to build a copy of his dream car, the McLaren F1.

Mazur spent eight years on it, using scrap metal and parts to fabricate everything from the chassis to the seats, spending 20,000 pounds ($31,297 US) to get it done. Mazur is no novice at such endeavors, either, having worked up a homebrew Porsche 911, a Meyers Manx dune buggy and at least three Lamborghini Countachs, among other creations. It sounds like his McLaren replica, however, is the only one with a special seat just for Top Gear co-host Richard Hammond. This video tells Mazur’s story in his own words.

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Official: Chrysler officially rebrands as FCA US LLC

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Chrysler Announces Its Changing Name To Fiat Chrysler, And Will Be Headquartered In Holland

Detroit’s third-largest automaker has had a lot of names over the years. It was founded as the Chrysler Corporation in 1925, a name it held until 1998 when it was bought by ze Germans in 1998 to form DaimlerChrysler AG, then it went independent in 2007 under the name Chrysler LLC before being retitled once again as Chrysler Group LLC in 2009. And now the automaker headquartered in Auburn Hills, MI, is getting yet another new name.

Announced today and effective immediately, the company formerly known as Chrysler will now be called FCA US LLC. That’s a lot of letters, but they make a lot of sense, too: FCA stands for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the US telling us this is the company’s American division and the LLC tells us it’s a limited liability company – a legal classification similar to (but not quite the same as) a corporation. The announcement comes shortly after the company decided to phase out its long-serving Pentastar logo.

The sum total is that the once-independent industrial giant is now formally part of a larger European parent company, owned by Fiat and (for taxation purposes, anyway) based in the Netherlands. What the company formerly known as Chrysler wants to emphasize, however, is that FCA US LLC will remain based in Auburn Hills and retain its “holdings, management team, board [and] brands.”

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Report: Tesla China president steps down after fewer than 9 months on the job

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Inside Tesla Motors Inc.'s Flagship Showroom

In July, 2013, before Tesla had delivered its first car to China, CEO Elon Musk called the country a “wild card.” A year on, that continues to be the case, with media reports all over the spectrum concerning how Tesla is doing in China. The immediate future won’t be any calmer with news that Tesla China president Veronica Wu has resigned from the company, having just taken the job in April. Hers follows the sudden departure of Kingston Chang, the man she replaced; he was hired away from Bentley China in March, 2013 and left in March of this year citing personal reasons.

Observers have put the latest departure down to the difficulties of Tesla’s expansion efforts. In spite of widely acknowledged pent-up demand and the Model S being priced below expectations in China, the company has stumbled a few times navigating issues such as customs paperwork, on-time customer deliveries, navigation systems with local mapping and the installation of charging equipment for customers in rural areas. Speculative articles questioning the company’s actual sales numbers in China inflate the narrative of a “speed bump” in the way of Tesla’s ambitions.

Tesla China’s head of charger network development, Tom Zhu, will run the company in the interim.

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Official: Citroen reveals updated C4 hatchback

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2015 Citroen C4

Everyone wants a slice of the pie that’s mostly eaten up by the likes of the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. That includes Citroën, of course, which competes in the segment with the C4. Based on the same underpinnings as the Peugeot 308, the C4 was introduced back in 2004 to replace the Xsara and was replaced with an all-new model in 2010. But that was almost five years ago, so to keep pace with the competition, the Chevron marque has launched an updated version for 2015.

The changes to the new C4 are limited, but include new headlights with LED running lights, 3D-effect tail lamps and an interior with new upholstery and streamlined dashboard with seven-inch touchscreen display. The sound deadening has also been enhanced, there’s a massaging front seat, a panoramic glass sunroof and a host of new technologies including hill-start assist, blind-spot monitoring and an intelligent traction control system. Power comes from a range of engines including a new three-cylinder option with 130 horsepower.

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Official: Edag planning this lightweight backlit-fabric sports car for Geneva

December 15th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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The Light Cocoon concept from Edag Engineering, to be shown at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, front three-quarter view.

At the Geneva Motor Show this year EDAG Engineering showed off its Genesis Cockpit concept. Built with a 3D printing technique called “fused deposition modeling,” it was a skeletal passenger cell suspended inside a protective shell. At next year’s Geneva show EDAG will present another take on the natural forms combined with 3D printing with its Light Cocoon concept (click the image to enlarge).

Whereas the Genesis took inspiration from a turtle skeleton, the Light Cocoon tips its hat to the humble leaf – the tree kind, not the Nissan kind – by being a fabric membrane stretched over a skeletal structure. EDAG considers its creation the “ultimate in lightweight construction,” its outer coating a waterproof fabric from Jack Wolfskin called Texapore Softshell that we’re told is one-quarter the weight of copier paper. Making the most of the design, backlighting shows off the coupe’s ‘bones’ underneath its skin.

Undoubtedly a neat concept, it reminds us of the BMW GINA Light Visionary Model from 2008, which had an opaque fabric covering stretched over metal and carbon fiber wires. Its aim was not only light weight and a take on new build processes, it was a shape-shifter; electrohydraulic actuators could rearrange its skeleton. We look forward to checking out the Light Cocoon next year, but we’re more interested in seeing how EDAG would render its Genesis cockpit as a complete vehicle. EDAG’s official press release with a few more details is below.

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Report: Koenigsegg coming to North America with two models

December 15th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Koenigsegg Agera One:1

It’s not every day that Koenigsegg comes out with something really new. Its Agera may be one of the fastest cars on the road, but though there have been many iterations along the way, it’s essentially based on the same car the Swedish automaker has been building for the past decade or two. The latest word has it, though, that Koenigsegg is planning something new – but that’s not even the biggest news.

According to Car and Driver, the House That Christian Built is planning a full-on assault of the American market. The company has already announced representation through Manhattan Motorcars in New York, which will sell one example of the highly exclusive One:1 for use only on the track and in limited “show and display” outings on public roadways. But C/D reports that there will be another three dealers set up across North America. With the northeast already covered, we’d imagine there’ll be one in Toronto to cover the Canadian market, one in California, and one somewhere in the South – maybe in Texas or Florida.

To get its cars on the road, Koenigsegg will have to invest big to meet US homologation standards, and that means costly smart airbags, among other requirements. The Agera will need to be retrofitted, then, but the new model – whatever it will be – is likely being developed with US regs in mind. Just what that model will be, we don’t know for sure at this point. C/D says we’ll find out sometime next year. But we have a feeling it won’t be an SUV.

Last we heard, Koenigsegg was planning an “entry-level” supercar with a $650,000 price tag. That might not be accessible to most, but it’ll bring the Scandinavian exotic supercar manufacturer into a whole new market from the million-dollar exotics of which it’s only made 115 examples in its history.

Koenigsegg coming to North America with two models originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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