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F1 Update, New Teams And New Regulations

On: Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 1:19PM | By: John Welch


F1 Update, New Teams And New Regulations test 1-1

You gotta love it when "the man" takes one on the chin. In this case, "the man" is Bernie Ecclestone and the Euro-racing elite. Ecclestone has been very open about his feelings regarding the four new teams entering F1 in the 2010 season. Specifically, he doesn't believe some of the teams will make it to the grid; more specifically, he does not believe USF1 will make it to the grid.

Well, how's that crow taste Bernie? Not only is USF1 the obvious leader as far as the new teams are concerned, they appear to be one of the most well prepared teams, period! First, we go over the new "Sporting Regs" and how they will affect the look of the car, then we will update you on each new team on the grid . . . assuming there is anything to update .. .


Red Light Camera Ticketing Company Resorts To Bogus Threats

On: Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 9:07AM | By: Clay Ritchings


Red Light Camera Ticketing Company Resorts To Bogus Threats test 1-1

Red light camera companies’ profits are falling far below expectations all over the country. The cash cow is drying up for the cities because of the citizen effort to ban the cameras is gaining steam, and more and more drivers are ignoring the tickets they get in the mail after hearing from fellow speeders that there are often no consequences to doing so.


The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

On: Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 5:43PM | By: John Welch


The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly test 1-1

The Buick Regal GS is as exciting as a Buick could possibly be;

Chevy Aveo RS is . . . interesting .. .

and the numbers are in: 2009 SUCKED!


Sebring Fast Approaches . . .

On: Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 12:48PM | By: John Welch


12 Hours of Sebring 2009 test 2

Ahhh, the Florida air is thick with the stench of high-octane diesel and burnt rubber. The sounds of several hundred pistons pumping in unison is filling the crowd's ears and the excitement is as palatable as the paté being served at the Audi press tent. This is Sebring in March- physical, tangible magic.

The Twelve Hours of Sebring has been held on a reclaimed B-17 runway in the middle of Florida (literally) since the end of the second World War. The worn asphalt has witnessed some of the greatest battles waged outside of the hedgerows of Normandy. To put it simply: La Sarthe, eat your heart out.

Last year's race saw an epic showdown between German and Franc, VW and PSA, Audi and Peugeot. Acura intended to join the fight, but the ARX-02a was hopelessly out-matched in this war of diesel-powered titans. A small gas-powered V8 was a knife compared to the V10 and V12 European gun-fighters. Several videos depicting the beginning, middle and end of the 2009 12 Hours of Sebring inside this post . . .


 

2010 Begins With Positive Sales Numbers

On: Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 11:28AM | By: John Welch


2010 Toyota 4Runner test 2

It appeared, at the beginning of the year, that 2009 would be the Harbinger of Doom for the American Car Industry. The last year of this decade saw GM burn through two CEOs, Toyota try to murder Americans via floormat, and Ford present itself as the most sensible car-maker on the planet . . . who saw that coming?!

Well, turn that 2009 frown upside down;, the sales results from December are in, and they kick ass! Ford, Toyota, Subaru, and Hyundai Group are all up 15% compared to December 2008, while GM brands Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac are all up 13%. The industry as whole is down 21%, but we will take positive news where we can get it. Venture inside the post for the hard numbers and statistics . . .


Mercedes SLS So Awesome It Hurts!

On: Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 3:23PM | By: John Welch


Merceds Benz SLS AMG test 2

Yes yes , I know, I know! This is the second post in a row with a video kyped directly from a competing website. It happens to us all the time; check the date on this post, and then the date on this one. Yeah, exactly. That same thing has happened many times since the 'Shopper Blog went live in September. I'm not mad at all, just pointing out that we are not the only shameless thieves.

This, my friends, is the best audio I have found of the Mercedes AMG SLS. Eff Jay Leno and his weirdness; these videos are here to celebrate the SLS, in all its glitteringly perfect glory . . .


Top Gear Tests The LFA; JD Installs Drool-Bucket In Cubicle

On: Mon, Jan 4, 2010 at 5:54PM | By: John Welch


Top Gear Tests The LFA; JD Installs Drool-Bucket In Cubicle test 1-1

I like fast cars and I like comic strips. Combine the two and you've got me pretty smitten. Cell-shading has been used in many video games and movies to create an 'illustrated' feeling for real-life video. Top Gear has taken the idea to new heights with its review of the Lexus LFA.


Ford Takes The Fight To Chevy; New Power For Mustang On The Way

On: Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 3:16PM | By: John Welch


Ford Takes The Fight To Chevy; New Power For Mustang On The Way test 1-1

The Ford Mustang has always been a desirable car. Not a good car per se, but certainly desirable. From the compact proportions of the Fox-body cars to the muscular quarter-window dogleg found on SN-95 Mustangs, there were always things to like about the modern Mustang. In 2005 Ford decided that the car deserved an influx of 'cool'. The consumer climate at the time was arguably as fertile for Ford as it was in 1965. Having the intensely popular "pony-car" market to yourself (GM killed the Camaro/Firebird in 2002, and there was no offering in the sub-thirty grand price range featuring a V8 and rear-wheel drive . . . from any manufacturer!) is one thing, but Ford placing itself on the leading edge of 2005's retro-styling trend was sheer genius. The Mini was selling like Copenhagen at a Marine BX and Ford had learned many lessons on how not to produce a retro car from the ill-fated 2002 Thunderbird.

Using this knowledge and the market reports from Mini, among others, Ford redesigned the Mustang and pooped out a serious winner. Ford took the car racing. They won . . . everything. Grand-Am, Euro GT3 and 4, even the Shelby Cobra began to rack up victories in the Speed World Challenge GT division.

For 2009 the Mustang was updated with smoother exterior styling and a niffty one-piece dash. The car is nice looking, but as usual the powertrains offered in the non-Cobra models left something to be desired. Still, the Mustang was able to take comparison test wins from the Camaro and Challenger despite being down nearly 100 bhp to those to cars. Ford hath conquered, but there is no rest for the wicked.

For 2010 the Mustang GT gets the power it has been sorely lacking, in the form of a high-tech DOHC beast affectionately named "Coyote". To those of us occupying real estate in Central Florida, the engine is called, simply: "Five-Oh" . . .


USF1 Launches Website; Chew On That, Bernie!

On: Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 3:13PM | By: John Welch


USF1 test 2

Politics, finance, lawyering, and F1, all business full of dirty, cheating scumbags. Industries rife with parasites, teeming with socio-economic disease. Foul people, doing underhanded work, making a gazillion dollars by holding down the little guy. Most unfortunately, without the work of these money-grubbing societal denizens, the world would cease to spin on its axis. Economies would collapse, professional atheletes would actually go to jail, and my Sundays would not be filled with carbonfiber-dressed, 3g-pulling, techno-overload. Filthy, filthy occupations, yet absolutely necessary. Now where's that phone book, I am going to contest every single one of these jay-walking tickets . . .


Merry Christmas, Jerks!

On: Thu, Dec 24, 2009 at 1:22PM | By: John Welch


Suitably festive Volkswagen . . . test 2

The 'Shopper is taking off for a few days - when your staff is four dudes with other jobs, it's kind of tough to fill space during time off . . . sorry.

We've had a great first "year" - Here's hoping 2010 is just as exciting (re: gutwrenching) for the car industry as 2009 was! Merry Christmas from everyone at the 'Shopper!


Schumacher Trades Rosso For Silver

On: Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 4:27PM | By: John Welch


Schumi to Mercedes! test 2

Yesterday the 'Shopper reported on the possiblity of Michael Schumacher returning to F1, under the MecedesGP Petronas (formerly 'Brawn GP', a mouthful, I know!) banner. Well, this morning (for Germans anyway, we were all still asleep), Schumacher made the announcement we have all known was coming: He is returning to the Formula One grid in 2010.

Inside the post you will find extended quotes from the central parties involved: Schumacher, Ross Brawn, and Norbert Haug, Mercedes-Benz Sporting Director. Welcome back, Michael!