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Something For Everyone: The 2011 Lake Mirror Classic

On: Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 4:00PM | By: Clay Ritchings

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This year’s Lake Mirror Classic had everything we come to expect—classic and collectible vehicles, street rods, classic motorcycles, wooden boats, and of course the amphicars, but the show had something new for 2011.

Drop In Accidents Linked To BlackBerry Outage

On: Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 2:50PM | By: David Walter

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Surprisingly, Apple's new iPhone 4S wasn't the only phone making headlines last week. For three days (Tuesday through Thursday), millions of BlackBerry users in Europe, Africa, India, the Middle East, Latin America and parts of North America were left without services like messaging, email and internet due to a major server crash. While the outage may have inconvenienced BlackBerry owners (and really damaged RIM’s [Research In Motion – makers of BlackBerry phones] reputation), it may have made roads in the Middle East a safer place.

According to The National, traffic accidents fell 20 percent in Dubai and 40 percent (with no fatal accidents) in Abu Dhabi during the days of BlackBerry’s disruption.

NASCAR Racing Live

On: Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 12:49PM | By: Peter C Sessler

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This past month I had to privilege to attend a series of NASCAR races. It's actually research for a book I'm working on. So I called a friend whose company is a sponsor of one of the teams. Anyone can go to a race; not everyone can go inside the garage and pit area, but with his help, I was able to get "Credentials"—a fancy word for a pass that lets you go anywhere you want.

I'd never attended a NASCAR race and it was truly an experience. We drove in his motorhome and you get a somewhat different perspective of our economy when you see a vast sea of motorhomes parked together. These things are not cheap to run and maintain. I was impressed with our motorhome, but he told me I should see the one the driver for his team has. It cost over $750,000!

Racing The Top Of The World: Red Bull F1 Rides The Himalayas

On: Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 11:21AM | By: Chris Weiss

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There are some automotive events that are news because of their sheer importance to or greatness within the genre--things like the discovery of a new ultra-clean fuel or the revival of a classic, iconic automobile. Then there are automotive events that are news because they make for such damn good videos.

There's really nothing all that important about being the first F1 team to drive the world's highest road--F1 cars were made to race flat tracks, right? But, seeing a low-to-the-ground race car climbing its way up a road in the world's highest mountains is definitely unique and intriguing enough to make it a headline.


Mercedes Recalls Nearly 7,000 Cars!

On: Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 9:14AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Although dated earlier than today, Mercedes just recently issued a recall for quite a number of its diesel models produced during various (and specific) time periods during the last two years.  The E-Class, GL-Class, ML-Class, R-Class, and S-Class diesel models are all being brought back because it seems they have a penchant for depositing fuel on the roadway, which can obviously cause the roadway to become dangerously slick for other drivers or even catch fire under the right conditions.  Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov

Fuel? Where We're Going, We Don't Need Fuel: DMC Plans Electric DeLorean For 2013

On: Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 5:14PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Start reworking those flux capacitor schematics, saving up for Plutonium (available in every corner drugstore), and finding time-period specific pink cowboy shirts. The DeLorean DMC-12 is back, and better than ever. Although it’s easy to imagine that any modification to the DeLorean would make the vehicle better than the original, this EV version looks like something special.

At the International DeLorean Owners Event in Houston, Texas last weekend, DMC announced the company’s official plans to produce an EV. DeLorean Motor Company, recently reborn in Humble, Texas, intends to use a 260 horsepower electric motor and add a few much-needed interior updates. As for the exterior, expect to see some modern gadgetry blended into the original design. For example, the front grill hinges open to reveal an electric charging port.

BMW To Introduce Laser Headlights Within Three Years

On: Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 4:16PM | By: Chris Weiss

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BMW recently spent some serious time detailing its ConnectedDrive technologies of the future in a comprehensive press kit. Turns out, at least one of those technologies isn't that far away. The company said that laser headlights will make a production debut within two to three years.

Hanafi Abdul, BMW's optical systems designer, explained to Inside Line that the laser headlights are actually production ready now, but are waiting for the right vehicle. That vehicle will most definitely be the i8, which was the first vehicle to feature the laser headlights in concept form, but the laser headlights may even debut before the i8 on a separate vehicle, according to Abdul. The production i8 will debut in about two years at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Checking Your Bulbs May Be A "Bright Idea" But I'm Too Awesome A Writer To Stoop To Such Punnery

On: Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 2:47PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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There have been quite a few how-to-ish articles posted around here but none has covered my particular automobile-upkeep-related pet peeve (OK, one of my many): burned-out bulbs.

Now I know what you’re thinking: “borrrrrriiiinnnnng.”  Well, you are not far from Truthsville on that one. But seeing as how the burned-out taillight is practically the state symbol of Michigan these days—I’m still waiting to hear back from the governor on my idea, though, so it’s still “unofficial”—MANY of you need to need to be bored with this.

Bored into ACTION, that is!

Ferrari 599 Replacement To Break 700 Horses

On: Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 1:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

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We already knew that 2012 is set up to be Year of the Ferrari. While Ferrari will be introducing new models over the next few years (like the recent 458 Spider), 2012 will give us an Enzo successor and a 599 GTB successor. Ferrari's two hottest super-coupes making their debut in the same year means a lot of attention will be on Maranello.

We already heard a few details about the Enzo successor recently, and now we have a little info on the 599. Ferrari confirms that the next 599 will push the bar over 700 hp, 80 hp more than the current 599, and about 30 more than the 599 GTO.

2012 New BMW 3-Series

On: Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 10:59AM | By: Peter C Sessler

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Well, it finally happened! The sixth 3-Series from BMW will hit our shores in February 2012. Of course, the new BMW will be restyled but still remains looking like a BMW should with all the usual BMW styling cues, especially the kidney grilles in the front. After all, the BMW 3-Series is the bread and butter of the entire BMW line.

The sixth generation BMW is slightly larger: 3.66 in. longer, with a longer wheelbase, 1.96. in. The noticeable increase in space is definitely a positive change, especially for larger passengers. Given the fact that the car is larger, it actually weighs 88 lbs. less than its predecessor.

Seven Automakers Agree To EV Charging Standard

On: Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 9:17AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Think about the past several cell phones that you've had. If they were different models from different manufacturers, chances are good that each model had an entirely different charging port. Now think about your laptop, tablet computer, MP3 player, e-reader, and other portable electronics—they all have different types of charging ports. So when you go on vacation with several of them, you have an entire section of your suitcase filled with different adapters.

Now imagine a world where every portable consumer electronics device has the same type of charging hardware. You could bring all your favorite gadgets wherever you need to go, invite all your friends to do the same, and bring a single adapter or two to charge them all. While cell phone makers have made some progress toward a universal charging standard, we have yet to see it trickle down.

Luckily, the auto market is being more proactive. Seven major automakers agreed to universal EV charging hardware this week, meaning that you won't need any special kind of adapter to charge your vehicle and public charging stations won't need to invest in seven different types of chargers.