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Ford Completes F-150 Torture Test At Baja 1000 Race

On: Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 2:32PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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Ford utilized an F-150 EcoBoost race truck with the equivalent of 10 years of rugged use to complete a grueling Baja 1000 race in a little over 38 hours; traveling a whopping 1061 miles!

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine used to power the race truck performed spectacularly in the harsh terrain and extreme temperature swings of the Baja California Penninsula in Mexico. The truck endured accelerations at full throttle, and stiff decelerations across the mountains at temperatures that ranged between freezing and 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Facebook Fans Will Name the 2012 Mustang Performance Package

On: Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 10:28AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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Ford Motor Company plans to bestow a new name on the 2012 Ford Mustang V6 Performance Package. By inviting Facebook fans to submit ideas for the best name for the package, Ford hopes to appeal to Mustang fans and sports car enthusiasts alike. The contest will run through mid-December, with the winner walking away with a two-year lease on a new 2012 Ford Mustang V6 equipped with the same performance package that the contest winner actually helped to name!

The Performance Package combines lightweight 305-horsepower all-aluminum V6, a 3:31 performance rear axle, and Mustang GT-based suspension and braking components, with 19-inch wheels and Pirelli performance tires that provide superb grip and an aggressive appearance.

Consumers Invited To Participate In Designing New Toyota Technology

On: Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 10:20AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Consumers Invited To Participate In Designing New Toyota Technology test 1-1

Toyota Motor Co., USA, Inc. announced its new brand campaign, “Ideas for Good,” a unique initiative centered on what the company has been doing for many years—designing new automotive technology with the goal to benefit society in the non-automotive realm. The campaign invites consumers to share their own ideas to improve quality of life beyond the automotive world.

The “Ideas for Good” initiative asks consumers to propose new possibilities for Toyota technologies, and share ideas on how to find new, non-automotive applications for five distinct Toyota technologies that will benefit society.

Honda Still At Work On NSX Successor

On: Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 5:37PM | By: Chris Weiss

The still-born NSX test 2

Currently, Honda stands as the only one of Japan's Big 3 to not have a flagship sports car. Toyota has the limited, ultra-expensive Lexus LF-A. Nissan has the less exclusive but more affordable GT-R. And Honda doesn't have a car that comes close. Yet. 

Less than a decade ago, Honda was the only one of those three to have anything in its line that could be referred to as a supercar. That car was the Acura NSX, a 3.2-liter V6-powered car with a distinctive and sporty look. That car faded in the middle of the decade and left Honda without much of a sports car presence. But that all could change. Rumors of an NSX successor are nothing new, but it had looked as though Honda had scrapped any plans for such a car, thanks to the economic meltdown of recent years. According to Motor Trend, the down economy may have set Honda back, but it didn't end the next NSX project. While it might not be the all-out supercar that the LF-A is, it's expected to be a high-performing hybrid.


Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid (Model) Shows Up In a Teaser Photo

On: Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 5:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid (Model) Shows Up In a Teaser Photo test 1-1

Porsche is playing it coy with automotive fans. The company clearly knows just how much the world wants the 918 Spyder Hybrid—in fact, if it weren't for that heartfelt desire, it would have never given the concept a production go-ahead. So in what would otherwise be a rather mundane, snooze-able press release about a €150 million investment in its research and development center in Weissach (yeah, we wouldn't have been covering that on its own), the Porsche brass decided to slip in a little teaser of the 918. While it's just a picture of a designer working on a clay model, it's a little reminder that Porsche R&D= 918 Spyder Hybrid awesomeness. And that we have to cover. Hat tip, Porsche.

GM and Ford Will Rank in Top 10 of Best Performing Platforms

On: Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 11:46AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

GM and Ford Will Rank in Top 10 of Best Performing Platforms test 1-1

GM and Ford Motor Company are two automakers on track to build some of the top performing platforms in the world. Both automakers have designed global car platforms that will be the structural base for their top vehicles throughout 2015 model year, according to Daniel Chang, consultant from AT Kearney. The top platform in the world is currently Toyota’s Camry platform. None of Detroit’s Big Three automakers are on the list of the top 10 performing platforms in world-wide auto sales. But all that is about to change; in 2015 Ford’s Focus platform is projected to take 3rd place worldwide followed by GM’s Cruze platform which will be number 4.

Development of new platforms can cost automakers millions of dollars and several years to build. High sales of cars such as the Focus can generate the capital it will take for U.S. automakers to stay competitive in the world-wide market.

Automakers Showcase Vehicles That Get 40 mpg or Better At L.A. Auto Show

On: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 4:40PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

2011 Hyundai Elantra test 2

At this year's L.A. Auto Show, new cars with exceptional fuel economy were hard to miss. Most major automakers are starting to focus on improving fuel economy due to the impending government guidelines mandating that cars have an average of 35.5 mpg by 2016. Not only are there many new fuel efficient hybrids and electric vehicles being launched, but also there is an abundance of new combustion engines that are seeing better gas mileage than ever before. In fact many new models for 2011 and 2012 will get 40 mpg or better.

Lamborghini Confirms That Sesto Elemento Production is a Possibility

On: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 1:31PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Confirms That Sesto Elemento Production is a Possibility test 1-1

Last week we reported that Lamborghini was considering a limited run production of its Sesto Elemento concept that it showed in Paris. That report originated out of rumors and whispers reported on by a French automotive blog, so it was far from confirmed. While Lamborghini hasn't completely confirmed the concept for production, indications from CEO Stephan Winkelmann are that the company is heading in that direction. Due to safety restrictions, the car would be offered as a track-only model.

Audi Quattro A Go Go

On: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 1:02PM | By: John Welch

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In the last decade Audi has absolutely dominated open-formula sports car racing. Recently, Peugeot has stolen some of Audi's thunder, but overall Audi will be remembered as the brand that dominated Le Mans at the beginning of the Twenty First Century. Before tackling the sports car world, Audi dominated a different form of balls-out open rules racing. It was called Group B, and like all racing that starts with the infinitely cool moniker "Group", it was to good to have a future. The cars of Group B were nutso turbocharged demons, and they did their best to kill every driver crazy enough to strap in and go for a relaxing drive in the woods. Many drivers lost their lives in the few short years Group B was around; because of this the insane lack of safety regulation simply could not continue. Though Group B didn't make it out of the Eighties, the legends created by the monstrous Group B cars will continue to grow on the Internet and elsewhere.

Audi's contribution to Group B would spawn a road car, necessary for homologation, that is instantly recognizable by boxy shape and name: Quattro. Every all wheel drive Audi since has carried  a "Quattro" badge, but none have captured the mystique of the original. The blat of the turbo five cylinder engine is unmistakable, the fender flares highly outrageous, the awd grip tenacious to a fault. The looks of the Quattro tick all of my Mad Max Apocalypse Car boxes; square headlamps, angular proportions, two doors. The original Audi Quattro has long deserved a second coming.

And so it shall be, Audi announcing this week that its drop dead gorgeous Audi Quattro Concept will in fact make it to production. The fenders may have been toned down, but the essential ingredients remain. A blown, 408 bhp five-pot, mounted lengthwise and connected to that ever present AWD system. The car should weigh in under 3,000 lbs., like the original, and should be able to eclipse 60 mph in under four seconds. And it will look astounding when it does.

Pagani C9 To Use Bespoke AMG V12

On: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 11:31AM | By: Chris Weiss

Pagani Zonda TriColore test 2

Pagani confirmed that its next hypercar--the C9--will be powered by a V12 powerplant from Mercedes-Benz AMG. Unlike previous rumors had indicated, the engine will be unique to the C9 and will not be shared with the AMG SL65 Black Series. The big V12 will pump around 700 horses and 740 lb-ft of torque onto the C9's high-performance tires.

Will Volkswagen Bring Back the Legendary Microbus?

On: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 10:31AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Volkswagen Transporter Type 2--also commonly called the minibus or microbus-- is a remnant of a bygone era, an era when free love, anti-war and timeless music were all the rage. In fact, it's hard to think of the classic VW and not think of long-haired hippies, psychadelic drugs, tie dye and Woodstock.

According to reports, the VW Microbus will soon be part of a new era. Volkswagen Chief Designer Klaus Bischoff has confirmed that VW is working on a new version of its classic minibus. The news is far short of a full production confirmation, but it makes clear that VW is at least giving some careful thought to bringing back the legend.