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The 1966 Cobra “Super Snake” was one of the most inspiring automobiles ever designed. On September 7, 1965 CSX 3015 was shipped to Ford Advanced Vehicles Department, just before Carroll Shelby transformed CSX 3015 into the 'Super Snake' Shelby. Shelby was already a world-famous race driver by 1959, when he won LeMans for Aston Martin.
The 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake was a race car adapted for street use. Cobras combined Ford V-8 engines and lightweight British AC Ace bodies to create some of the most sought-after domestic cars ever made.
The Super Snake has an outrageous 427cubic inch, 800hp twin Paxton supercharged V8 with a super three-speed automatic transmission. Shelby drove the Cobra in a running of the "Turismos Visitadores" in Nevada. In February 1968, Road & Track referred to CSX3015 as ''The Cobra to End All Cobras.''
The one-of-a-kind muscle car started life as one of 23 Cobra competition roadsters and was made legal for the street with the addition of mufflers, bumpers, and other requirements. The roadster's aluminum body was upgraded with flared fenders that extended over gumball tires.
Posted In: Auctions, Racing, Special / Limited Edition, Videos
Tags: shelby cobra, Shelby Cobra, Supersnake, supersnake, LeMans, lemans, Barrett Jackson Collector Car Event, barrett jackson collector car event, Shelby cobra 427 Super Snake, Aston Martin, aston martin, Caroll Shelby, caroll shelby
Ford eschewed the usual auto show release when it unveiled the 2011 Explorer through Facebook back in July. However, that doesn't mean the automaker won't be spending plenty of time traveling the country to show off its latest creation. Demonstrating that the Explorer isn't going to shirk from the real outdoors just because it switched to a car platform and lost its transfer case, Ford had the new Explorer on display at the Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City this week. Outdoor Retailer is the outdoor sports industry's ground zero for new products, and Ford being there shows that the company is more than willing to defend the new SUV's versatility and outdoor worthiness.
The new Explorer's DNA is a careful compromise between performance and capability on one side and efficiency and practicality on the other. Certain voices within the media have been quick to question and criticize Ford's decision to trade in some of the Explorer's capability and power, but Ford remains confident in the move, feeling that its latest release reflects what consumers want: enough off-road and towing capability for the campground dirt road, or other light-duty off-roading, inside a slimmer, more economic ride.
Hyundai announced intentions of averaging 50 mpg across its entire line by 2025, pushing to continue its leading role in fuel efficiency. Hyundai's plan, which was announced earlier this week, pushes ahead of U.S. government requirements that dictate an average of 35.5 mpg by 2016. Prior to the NHTSA requirements of 35.5 mpg by 2016, Hyundai had announced intentions of reaching 35 mpg by 2015. Hyundai is clearly embracing the future of efficient technology and looking to maintain an industry lead that it's enjoyed since 2008.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green
Tags: Hyundai, green, fuel efficiency, fuel economy, mpg, ratings, EPA
In its first earnings report since its initial public offering in June, Tesla Motors Inc. reported a second quarter loss of $38.5 million, or $5.04 a share, up from about $10.8 million or $1.56 per share in the same quarter last year.
According to Musk the number one goal for Tesla this year is to build a prototype of the S Model Sedan that is very close (80-90%) to the final production model.The initial public offering was in fact, one of the few lucrative IPO’s in 2010. Tesla actually raised approximately $226 million when it offered 13.3 shares for sale to the public. Historically, this was the very first United States automobile companies to go public since Ford Motor Company in 1956. Palo Alto-based Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA.O) reports second quarter revenue of $28.4 million, up from $26.9 million in the same quarter last year.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Miscellaneous
Tags: Tesla, tesla, Tesla Motors Inc, tesla motors inc., Elon Musk, elon musk, Tesla ISO, telsa iso, initial stock offering, Silicon Valley Automaker, silicon valley automaker, Ford Motor Co., ford motor co., Nummi Plant, nummi plant, NASDAQ:TSLA.O,
Two years into its existence, has Nissan mastered the GT-R? The verdict is still out, but everything is pointing towards yes. Since the GT-R’s 2009 debut in the United States, Nissan has improved the vehicle by deleting and adding, as necessary, to make this vehicle what it is today. From its power to its design and features, the 2011 GT-R is a roaring beast in its class.
The power of the 2011 GT-R is absolutely breath taking. The base level shrouded from American consumers, the Premium is all that remains for purchasing. What does the Premium have? Everything! Rocking a 3.8L twin-turbocharged engine, kicking 485 ponies out, with 434 pound-feet of torque, this vehicle will make those in the car idling next to it experience an adrenaline rush. Can you blame them? This car hits 60 mph in under four seconds and pushes through a quarter-mile in less than twelve seconds reaching a speed of just under 119 miles per hour. For those who like shifting gears Nissan dropped in a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission that makes the most amateur of shifters move through the gears like a pro.
Posted In: Exotics
Tags: Nissan GT-R, nissan gt-r, polyphony digital, Polyphony Digital, 2011 GT-R, 2011 gtr,
Early this year, at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, GM introduced an app for the Chevy Volt that brought basic vehicle controls like locking and unlocking doors to smartphones. With the growth of hybrid and electric vehicle technology, the lines between the automotive and consumer electronics markets are blurring, and the move appeared to be made to highlight the advanced technological aspects of the Volt plug-in. Today, GM announced that it won't be limiting app functionality to the 2011 Volt, or to plug-in vehicles; it will be offering apps for nearly all of its models beginning next year.
Tags: GM, Chevy, Buick, Cadillac, GMC, OnStar, app, technology, electronics, iPhone, Android
The ink has barely dried on the deal that sent Volvo from Ford to Chinese automaker Geely, but the latter is wasting no time in laying out big plans for its new brand. A top-ranking Geely official stated intentions of producing a Volvo-branded high-end luxury sedan to compete with top European offerings such as the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
In a press conference in London, Geely chief Li Shufu told the audience that he believes that Volvo has the technology and research capabilities needed to offer cars that can compete with (and fetch the prices of) other full-size premium models. Citing the aforementioned examples specifically, Shufu said: “At the moment we are competing with BMW, Audi and Mercedes, but we don’t have a product to compete with the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes S-class. We need to fill that gap."
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: Volvo, luxury, premium sedans, Geely, business, rumors,
Showing that you don't have to live in southern California to rock a little gnar, Chevrolet of Europe introduced the Spark Woody yesterday at the Boardmasters surf, skate and music festival in the U.K. The supermini hatch features a prominent serving of woody station wagon circa the 1950s and 60s. Unfortunately for anyone who thinks the surf-ready ride looks like what they've been craving in their driveways, the car is but a one-off art car that won't be available for sale.
Posted In: Concept Cars, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Chevy, art cars, concepts, one-offs, 2010 Paris Motor Show, Art Sparks, Spark Woody
Ford has started the production of the 2012 Focus at the Michigan Assembly Plant, located in Wayne, Michigan. Early production of the Ford Focus will involve pre-production vehicles, built to allow Ford to test the final design and perfect the assembly process. The plant will start formal production later in the year.
The Michigan Assembly Plant was originally built to produce the F-150, Expedition, and Navigator. It has been completely redesigned in order to switch gears and produce smaller cars, such as the Ford Focus. Ford tooled the plant so that several variations of the new Focus could be produced there; one such model is the electric-powered version which will be launched in 2012.
The equipment within the plant is flexible enough to be able to switch production without retooling, which is normally very time consuming and expensive, but necessary when changes to the production model are made. For example: if the market suddenly changes and more electric models are being sold, Ford will be able to swiftly modify the productivity without as much overhead cost and produce those models that the market currently demands.
Posted In: Car News, Videos
Tags: Ford Focus, ford focus, Michigan Assembly Plant, michigan assembly plant, 2012 Ford Focus, Navigator, navigator, F-150, f-150, Grand C-Max Minivan, grand c-max minivan, Geneva Auto Show, geneva auto show
As soon as the last Sprint Cup car disappeared into the Daytona International Speedway garage on the evening of July 3rd, the tarmac surrounding the 2.5 mile landmark began to tremble. It knew its time as the racing surface in Daytona was up. On July 5th, the tarmac realized its worst fears. Crews began disassembling the catch fence surrounding the track, trucking in construction equipment, and making the final preparations for the new track surface.
Now we crawl into August (I say 'crawl' because that is the fastest we can travel when outdoors in Florida; it’s very hot and an elevated heart rate will cause one's head to explode) and The AutoShopperBlog has a few DaytonaConstruction updates for you. Brothers operating cranes, tarmac for free, and month-one progress inside the post . . .
We have seen the redesigned Toyota Sienna, the brand new Honda Odyssey, but where is the third wheel in our Axis of Asian Mini-Vans? Nissan is getting around to it, just be patient.
I say things like that as if anyone cares about a bunch of MommieWagens whose popularity waned towards the end of the twentieth century, giving way to the rise of the fullsize SUV. Considering their tainted, dorkish reputation, these vehicles have a lot of work to do if they want to capture our collective, highly ego-driven American taste.
As far as the Sienna and Odyssey are concerned, these issues have been addressed. Decidedly butch, both bread boxes exude a much tougher persona, and in some ways overcook the, uhm, "rawness". The Toyota delivers an easily understood people-mover with a slightly edgy side. The Honda is a little less easy to comprehend; from a styling standpoint, anyway. Some of those angles . . . yikes. Otherwise, the Honda is as desirable as the Toyota, and, to me, both are far more desirable than any number of SUVs.
This rodeo is missing one bucking bronc, the Nissan Quest. As is custom with foreign automakers, the Japanese version of the Quest, entitled "Elgrand," has been released to the saki-fueled, car crazy Japanese public shortly before the North American release of the Quest.
Posted In: Car News, Miscellaneous, Reports
Tags: Nissan, Nissan Elgrand, Nissan Quest, nissanelgrand, nissanquest, Honda Odessey, hondaodessey, Toyota Sienna, toyotasienna, Mini Van Wars, minivanwars