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Welcome Back, Kotter, Err, Lotus

On: Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 11:48AM | By: John Welch


Welcome Back, Kotter, Err, Lotus test 1-1

The F1 title fight is coming down to the wire for 2009. At the Japanese Grand Prix, Brawn GP had the opportunity to clinch the manufacturer's title, and though they were not successful will have the chance again in Brazil. Brawn GP is the phoenix rising from the ashes of the Honda F1 team. After winning six of the first seven races, Brawn is finally seeing serious competition from more established teams like Red Bull and Mclaren, but most likely the title fight will go to Brawn.

Next season there will be several new teams entering F1, emboldened by Brawn GP's unlikely success. Manor Racing, Campos Racing, our home-nation favorite, USF1/GPE, and finally the return of Lotus, albeit under Malaysian ownership and based in Sepang. Unlike Brawn, these teams are all starting from scratch, using a brand new Cosworth engine (unfortunately, this is the same powerplant used by Williams in 2006; it should be competitive if the FIA allows minor updates; that's a BIG 'if') and placing that engine in freshly designed chassis.

How far along are these teams? A brief overview of each organization to follow . ..


The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Is Green

On: Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 5:35PM | By: Clay Ritchings


Honda test 2

There is light at the end of the tunnel, but no, it’s not from an oncoming Prius, Insight or Fusion Hybrid

There is much debate on which direction the automakers should go with the development of new vehicles, and this blog is no exception. Should auto manufacturers go the way of the hybrid by engineering more cars like the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight or look at the EV (Electric Vehicle) possibilities? Both technologies have many pros and cons to consider.


Chevy Unveils Caprice Patrol Car

On: Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 9:43AM | By: John Welch


Chevy Unveils Caprice Patrol Car test 1-1

The Pontiac G8 is dead. Even though we all love it, none of us are buying it. I know my excuse, what's yours? Just because GM can't make a viable business case for civilian use of the four door Zeta platform in North America, doesn't mean they can't make a buck off of the Police Patrol Vehicle market. GM is poised to do just that, and on Monday they introduced the vehicle seen here — the V6 or V8 powered Chevrolet Caprice PPV.


Camaros Koni GS Debut Less Than Stellar

On: Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 1:50PM | By: John Welch


Camaros Koni GS Debut Less Than Stellar test 1-1

The Chevrolet Camaro has been a hit, as much as any new car from an American manufacturer could hope for. The Camaro enjoys a long waiting list, has out sold the Mustang for four months running, and is generally regarded as the best use of GM's Zeta platform to date. Naturally, it's time to take the Camaro racing . . .

 


 

A Reminder Of Ford's Innovative SmartGauge™

On: Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 1:35PM | By: Nick Truden


A Reminder Of Ford's Innovative SmartGauge™ test 1-1

There are plenty of perks to owning a hybrid. The main one being the added fuel economy, but how does the owners keep track of how 'green' they're are driving? Ford has the answer to that with their 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan Hybrid models with something they have dubbed SmartGauge™ with EcoGuide.


Peugeot 1-2 At Rain Shortened Petit Le Mans

On: Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 10:32AM | By: John Welch


Peugeot 1-2 At Rain Shortened Petit Le Mans test 1-1

When I was growing up, my taste in Christmas presents was usually fairly predictable. My parents would begin asking what I wanted around Thanksgiving, even though the answer was the same for a solid ten years. Go Cart! All I wanted in the world was the freedom to tear around our neighborhood in my own go cart, and every year the response to my answer would be "we'll see". And every year I'd wake up at dawn, run to where ever 'Santa' had positioned his offerings. And every year I'd get a bunk bed. (They didn't actually buy a new bunk bed every year, but that’s the present that made me stop asking for a go cart.)

Looking over this young blog, it seems I may have been a tad excited about the Petit Le Mans. That’s putting it mildly. I've lost sleep over it. I planned my entire weekend around it. I got my hopes up. Every single time I ever get my hopes up about anything, be it a go cart or 10 hours of Diesel-Prototype carnage; something goes wrong, and I am left broken hearted and disenfranchised.


The “Electric Corridor” From San Francisco to Los Angeles

On: Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 1:35PM | By: Geoff Ciesla


The “Electric Corridor” From San Francisco to Los Angeles test 1-1

Commuters on Highway 101 can now make stops at electric charging stations between San Francisco and Los Angeles. So far, five have been installed between the two major urban areas giving further momentum to the renewable fuels movement. They are believed to be the first of their kind.


GM Dropped The Ball On The EV1

On: Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 3:34PM | By: Clay Ritchings


GM Dropped The Ball On The EV1 test 1-1

One of the most high profile and controversial cars in modern history, GM's electric EV1, evolved from the GM Impact concept car. Through the years, the limited production EV1 has been held high by electric vehicle enthusiasts as a poster child for the electric vehicle's "success", and ultimate demise.

The GM concept car that debuted at the 1990 Los Angeles Auto Show was created by the automotive and energy efficiency wizards at AeroVironment, under the direction of Paul MacCready, renowned for his work in energy efficient vehicles of all types. Shortly after that, General Motors announced that the automaker would build the electric car. This generated tremendous media attention, but was a surprise to many within his own company since much of the technology did not yet exist to transform the concept car into reality.


Bugatti 16 C Galibier, Assorted French Eye Candy

On: Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 4:03PM | By: John Welch


Bugatti 16 C Galibier, Assorted French Eye Candy test 1-1

Diamond-studded wallets are running for cover. The Bugatti will end production of the Veyron, what amounts to a $1.6 million dollar Volkswagen (and you thought the Pheaton was ludicrous?!) in the spring of 2012. That leaves a pretty big gap in Bugatti's product portfolio, . . like, the entire product portfolio. What will they do to rid those sparkling 'gator-skinned wallets of all of that messy cash? And how exactly did they get into the business of building and selling The Ritz-On-Wheels? . . . laisse découvrir

Here is some lovely French Weirdness for you . . .


Petit Le Mans Preview Pt.1

On: Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 2:59PM | By: John Welch


Petit Le Mans Preview Pt.1 test 1-1

While all the other blogs are jet-setting to Germany for the Frankfurt Auto Show, we're sitting here in Florida begging for a reprieve from the oppressive heat. Not being there, or having any sort of operating budget, makes it impossible to compete, high-res image for high-res image. If you'd like to know more about the latest-greatest garbage-fueled nine passenger land-yacht, I direct you to a more qualified source, AOL's Autoblog.

If a steamy tale of woe and redemption involving the finest road-going machinery on the planet is what you're looking for, well, I've got that covered. The time: October 2008. The place: Braselton, Georgia. The man: Scottish-born Allan McNish . . . the circumstances: un-effing-believable.

 


Monza Does Not Disappoint

On: Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 12:14PM | By: John Welch


Monza Does Not Disappoint test 1-1

The Italian Grand Prix lived up to its historic billing as the fastest and one of the most exciting races on the F1 calendar. Force India continued to show their increased competency, even after losing their number one driver to Ferrari. McLaren showed inpressive pace, unfortunately Lewis Hamilton crashed out of the race on the third to last lap. The story of the weekend however, Brawn GP return to dominance with a one-two finish!