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Categories: Aftermarket

New Smartphone App Fights Drunk Driving

On: Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 10:12AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Need to be entertained in the dwindling hours of work? Smartphone app. Need directions to the bar where your co-workers are gathering for happy hour? Smartphone app. Need to make sure that combination of light appetizers and cheap drinks didn't leave you too inebriated to drive? Smartphone app.

A new smartphone app called BreathalEyes gives you an approximation of your blood alcohol level to prevent you from getting behind the wheel.

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee HPE800 Twin Turbo

On: Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 5:10PM | By: Stephanie Lunsford

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If you’re looking to upgrade your Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 you might want to have a look at the all-new 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee HPE800 twin turbo. It has all the performance you would need if you love fast cars.

The crew from Hennessey took their factory 6.4-liter Hemi and increased the displacement to  7.0-liter and added twin turbo to go with it. The result is 805 hp and 823 Ib.-ft. of torque which lets the HPE800 go from 0-60 mpg in 3.1 seconds and in a half a mile quarter run it makes it in 10.9 seconds at a speed of 130 mpg.

All Electric Jeep Grand Cherokee By AMP

On: Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 10:51AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Auto tuning must be among the least green endeavors on Earth. These tuners take gas-powered cars that are often among the least efficient and dirtiest on the planet and make them even more powerful (and more dirty). But not every single tuner thrives on increasing displacement and adding pressure charging toward outrageous output figures. Ohio-based tuner Amp actually makes cars cleaner. The tuner's latest endeavor is a fully electric Jeep Grand Cherokee.

I'd love to enjoy the efficiency of an electric vehicle, especially since I don't drive often or far. Problem is, I live in the mountains and the winter gets cold and snowy. A compact, FWD electric car isn't going to cut it. The Toyota Rav4 EV, which will launch in the next couple of years, looks promising, but what I'd really like to see is a fully capable all-electric SUV. And I can't think of a better model than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

OnStar To Showcase 4G Technologies Like Video Chat

On: Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 5:28PM | By: Chris Weiss

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At last year's Consumer Electronics Show, GM's OnStar unveiled a new level of in-vehicle technologies developed in cooperation with Verizon. The platform, which was equipped to a Buick LaCrosse research vehicle, utilized Verizon's 4G LTE mobile network to deliver all kinds of advanced technological in-vehicle functions like remote monitoring, home monitoring and video chat. At this year's CES show, OnStar will show the latest evolution of its system.


Japanese Smart Seats Could Prevent Theft

On: Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 11:30AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Researchers in Japan have designed an interesting new type of anti-theft device for vehicles. The specially designed driver seat is capable of recognizing its owner and cutting off the ignition if a foreign...um..backside is present.

Developed at the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology in Tokyo, the seats, which we'll call smart seats, incorporate a series of 360 pressure sensors that are capable of recognizing the size and shape of the owner. Data from the sensors is sent to the cloud where an external computer analyzes it. If the profile matches the rightful owner, the car starts. If the profile doesn't match, the car doesn't start.

Rob Dyrdek Slays Sonic Kick Flip [Video]

On: Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 1:32PM | By: Chris Salamone

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As of Saturday, Chevrolet has demonstrated advertising supremacy in the subcompact field. Forget about strange animals being arranged into a Honda Fit or fancy endorsements from Leno’s Garage, no amount of marketing genius can possibly top Rob Dyrdek’s Chevy Sonic kick flip stunt. Although classically reserved for skateboards, a kick flip requires a full 360 degree lateral rotation in mid-flight, and Dyrdek unabashedly achieved this feat whilst strapped to the helm of a stunt-modified Chevy Sonic.

What started with Sonics being launched from high altitude has transformed into an ad campaign challenging consumers to a veritable match of one-upsmanship (aka the ‘Game of Firsts’) on letsdothis.com – where consumers can attempt wacky public challenges like Sidewalk Limbo or Urban Camouflage and earn points in the hopes of winning a brand new Chevy Sonic.

Since you’re all wondering: no, a 360 degree flying Sonic rotation is not listed as a recommended ‘First’.

Mopar Delivering Jeep JK-8 Pickup Kit Early

On: Sat, Dec 17, 2011 at 9:38AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The minute I saw the Jeep Nukizer 715 staring at me under the crimson cliffs of Moab was the minute I knew: If I ever own a Jeep Wrangler, I really hope it can be a pickup. Besides the fact that the little bed in back delivers some utility space for hauling gear, there are few pieces of metal and rubber on earth that look tougher than a jeep with a pickup bed.

So far, Chrysler isn't granting my wish. The company has no public plans to build a new Jeep pickup, though speculation has indicated that it is considering it. What the Chrysler group has done, though, is offer an aftermarket kit that lets Wrangler owners convert their Jeep into a pickup. It's the JK-8 and it's coming early.

Jeep began delivering the JK-8 kit to dealers this week, pushing it out a little early. That's good, because if you're a hardcore Jeep enthusiast, a JK-8 kit could certainly be the ultimate Christmas gift.

World's Ugliest Supercar Now On Sale

On: Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 9:14AM | By: Chris Weiss

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There are ostentatious, excessive and gaudy cars and then there are cars that are just plain 'WTF were they thinking'. The Anliker "999 Red Gold Dream" Mercedes SLR McLaren is 100 percent in the latter category. It's one thing to cover a hot supercar like the SLR in weird aerodynamic parts and expensive accents, but it's another thing to pretty much destroy the car's styling with a lip gloss-red paint and gaudy gold. This is one of the most heinous pieces of tunage I've ever seen. And if you're wealthy, you now have a chance at owning it.

The car was modified by Swiss designer Ueli Anliker several years ago. The car's modifications are primarily cosmetic with tasteless things like 24-karat gold-plated wheels, ruby-encrusted lug nuts, gold-trimmed interior and ruby-covered drive components. It even has 11 lbs. of gold dust mixed in with its paint. All in all, the 999 Red Gold Dream cost about $5.4 million in parts alone.

Anliker still plans some engine modifications that will push the SLR's twin-turbo V-8 up around the '999' mark. A garish number for an unbelievably garish car.

Rinspeed Unveils Range-Extending 'Backpack On Wheels' For EVs

On: Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 11:56AM | By: Chris Weiss

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It looks like more utility within the electric city car segment is going to be a theme at next year's auto shows. We've already seen a Detroit-bound Smart For-Us pickup concept, and now we have another versatile Smart: the For-Two Electric Drive equipped with Rinspeed's new Dock+Go.

Unlike the Smart For-Us concept, Rinspeed's Dock + Go is an aftermarket accessory, not a unique model. It is designed to work with the Smart For-Two and is essentially a range-extending trailer that can be outfitted with either a gas engine or fuel cell. In this way, you can have an electric city car for your daily commute and a longer-range hybrid or fuel-cell electric for longer drives.

Navigon Offers Driving Maps A La Carte

On: Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 1:36PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Just in time for the busy holiday travel season, Navigon has updated its iPhone/iPad navigation app with a feature that should prove quite popular: a la carte US maps. The update eliminates the need to download a bunch of maps that you don't need and lets you focus only on those that you'll actually put to use.

Navigon's iOS-based app used to entail downloading a full set of US maps that took 1.7 GB of memory captive. Unless you happened to be a trucker or a frequent road-tripper that meant eating up memory with a pile of maps that you'd never use. How often do you travel through all 50 states?

Countrymen, Lend Me Your Gears! (Video)

On: Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 11:37AM | By: Chris Salamone

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Much has been said about Prodrive-enhanced Minis as the latest and greatest Mini modification. Step aside, Prodrive, X-raid has entered the arena. Sponsored by Monster, the German-based Baja racing team X-raid plans to enter five excruciatingly excellent Minis in a high-stakes South American desert rally race starting January 1, 2012 and concluding two weeks later across the continent.

In addition to five brightly-colored Minis, X-raid also intends to throw in three BMW X3s in the 2012 Dakar rally which spans from Mar del Plata, Argentina to Lima, Peru.