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  • Musk Ready to Release Part 2 of Teslas Top Secret Master Plan

    07/11/2016 7:49:11 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 19 replies ^ | 11-07-2016 | EV Crusher
    Elon Musk tweeted yesterday that he will be releasing the second part of his Top Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan soon, possibly by the end of this week. The unofficial announcement comes at an interesting time for the company and its boss. Tesla Motors is currently the target of an investigation after a fatal accident with a Tesla Model S that was allegedly caused by the cars autopilot. The car did not stop when it approached a tractor-trailer and crashed into it, killing its driver. The investigation, initially involving the Florida Highway Patrol and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,...
  • Best/Nicest classic car or musclecar

    07/10/2016 10:20:17 AM PDT · by gigster · 106 replies
    What is the nicest, or highest quality classic car or Muscle Car you've ever personally driven?
  • Cheap Gas Latest Victim is Fuel Economy

    07/08/2016 9:42:09 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 9 replies ^ | 08-07-2016 | Irina
    Falling prices at the pump have given motorists reason to rejoice continuously over the last year and a half, but theyre not good news for everyone. At least, not for the people who are about fuel economy. The latest sales-weighted fuel economy ratings report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute revealed that in June, the value of the indicator was 25.3 miles per gallon, down from 25.4 mpg in May. Now, thats not a huge dip, as Road Show author Andrew Krok notes, but it follows a pattern of declining fuel economy that parallels the decline in gas...
  • See Motorists Play, Read and Relax In Self-Driving Cars As Second Tesla Crashes

    07/07/2016 9:09:18 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 36 replies
    Youtube ^ | July 6, 2016 | Inside Edition
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  • Michigan Governor Vetoes Bill Limiting Consumer Auto Parts Choices

    07/01/2016 11:30:25 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/28/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    When the Michigan Legislature passes a bill by wide margins, it is usually signed into law, regardless of how good the actual policy is. But a bill that would have discriminated against certain auto parts and added red tape for consumers and businesses was recently vetoed by Gov. Snyder. As we previously wrote: Right now, if a Michigan citizen goes to get a car repaired, it is fairly simple for the owner of the vehicle and a mechanic to decide what kind of parts to use to provide the fix. Unless a bill that has passed the Michigan Legislature is...
  • Legislature Makes it More Difficult to Use Inexpensive Car Parts

    06/28/2016 6:33:14 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 26 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/20/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    Right now, if a Michigan citizen goes to get a car repaired, it is fairly simple for the owner of the vehicle and a mechanic to decide what kind of parts to use to provide the fix. Unless a bill that has passed the Michigan Legislature is vetoed by Gov. Snyder, that process is about to get a lot more complicated. There are two main types of auto parts: Those made by original equipment manufacturers (OEM) or those made by other companies (aftermarket). By and large, insurance companies, crash tests and research findings do not find a safety difference between...
  • The Ford GT race car climbs the hill at Goodwood Festival of Speed

    06/26/2016 6:45:25 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    youtube ^ | 6-24-16 | Ford Europe
    Fresh from Le Mans the Ford GT arrives at Goodwood for the world famous Festival of Speed.
  • Jerry Browns vow to slash oil use in Californias cars in trouble

    06/22/2016 12:20:04 PM PDT · by Mariner · 26 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | June 22nd, 2016 | By Dan Walters
    The meltdown of Californias cap-and-trade system of reducing carbon emissions has not only thrown its climate change crusade into disarray but caused collateral damage. One victim is Gov. Jerry Browns $3.1 billion plan to spend auction proceeds, now on indefinite hold. It not only affects a $500 million allocation for Browns bullet train project, but another $500 million for low carbon transportation and fuels. The latter is a centerpiece of Browns very ambitious drive to reduce petroleum use in auto travel the largest single source of Californias carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030 even though the Legislature...
  • So,what rust bucket old muscle car should I buy?

    06/15/2016 5:30:44 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 141 replies
    youtube | 6/15/2016 | youtube
    So,what rust bucket car should I buy?It's gotta be cheap,it's gotta be running.I need a truck,love El Caminos,then again I could buy a cheap truck that runs and get a 68 Camaro,then I watched the original "Gone In 60 Seconds" from 1974 and I like the fake Mach 1.It has to be a manual not automatic.
  • Jerry Reed Lord Mr Ford

    06/11/2016 1:02:22 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    youtube ^ | 6/11/16 | Jerry Reed
    Jerry Reed Lord Mr Ford
  • Bill Takes Away Car Owners' Choice of Less Expensive Parts

    05/31/2016 7:14:21 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 23 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/29/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    Under current law, auto repair shops can use replacement parts made by a vehicles maker or an aftermarket supplier. But under a bill now working its way through the Michigan Legislature, customers freedom to save money by choosing the less expensive aftermarket parts would be replaced by a mandate on shops to install only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts for repairs on newer vehicles. "This bill will make our inventory null and void. It will cause people to be laid off. It will raise prices for consumers by taking away their choices, and it will drive up insurance rates," said...
  • Massive Takata Airbag Recall: Everything You Need to Know, Including Full List of Affected Vehicles

    05/27/2016 8:00:26 PM PDT · by Rabin · 17 replies
    Car and Driver ^ | May 24, 2016 | Clifford Atiyeh and Rusty Blackwell
    Initially, only six makes were exposed 2013. When Takata claimed to have "little clue" as to which cars used the frags in you'r faces safety feature, or even it's "root cause" ? The fix: Toyota has advised its dealers to disable the airbags and affix Do Not Sit Here messages to the dashboard. Pontiac may follow suit...
  • San Francisco Woman's Honda Stolen Four Times Keeps Coming Back

    05/20/2016 8:51:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/20 | LiLi Tan
    The Bay Area has one of the nations highest rates of car thefts, according to the FBI.Her friends jokingly call it Boomerang. Maika Nicholsons car has been stolen four times, but has also returned four times. I always come out to make sure its there because often times its not, Nicholson said, about her 97 Honda Civic. Its been stolen in San Francisco three times and probably been broken into three or four times, I would say I cant even keep count anymore. This week, her car came back for the fourth time. San Francisco Police found it less...
  • Get Uninsured Cars Off the Road Through Reforming No-Fault

    05/18/2016 1:24:55 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/16/2016 | Michael Van Beek
    Owning and operating a car in Michigan is expensive and its going to get more expensive soon. Fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees will increase next January. Another cost to driving is being insured, which is increasingly pricey. Having raised the cost of driving by hiking taxes and fees, policymakers owe it to taxpayers to make an effort to bring down the cost of auto insurance in Michigan. The case for reforming Michigans auto insurance laws is straightforward: Michigan has the highest average rate in the entire country at $2,738 per year, according to Thats more than twice the...
  • Ten new made-for-China-only cars introduced in Beijing Auto show

    05/07/2016 7:22:17 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 34 replies
    New China ^ | 05.08.2016 | Huaxia
    BEIJING, May 7 (Xinhua) -- China is already the world's largest car market, yet its demand for more automobiles is still higher than ever. With bulging purses, Chinese consumers have learned to enjoy the wooing of car manufactures from around the world: there are more models available in the Chinese market than any other country in the world, on top of that, 10 new cars that were exclusively tailored to the Chinese market were introduced in the recent Beijing Auto Show. The 10 models, all from globally well-known brands, range from sedans to SUVs and from economy to luxurious price...
  • What was your dream car when you were 16?

    05/06/2016 7:18:17 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 228 replies
    various | 5/6/16 | me
    What was your dream car when you were 16?Wanted a 68 Camaro,bronze,black rally stripes,craiger 5 spokes wheels,bronze morroso valve covers.Kinda looked like this in my mind. >
  • Okay West Coast Freepers, help me out (vanity)

    05/01/2016 11:44:39 AM PDT · by Celtic Conservative · 28 replies
    A Really Neat Antique Shop | 05/01/16 | Celtic Conservative
    Okay folks on the left coast, help me out. Whilst rummaging through a antique shop I found a really neat photo. It is a photo of a combination drive through florist shop and restaurant in Los Angeles. Based on the cars in the shot, It could be from anywhere from 1948 to 1952 (sorry, I don't have the ability to post pictures). The sign on the business says "McEldowneys". From my research it was owned By JK McEldowney, a LA businessman who went on to make the classic 1951 film "The River". He died in 2004 at the age of...
  • The 8 Weirdest Lamborghinis of All Time

    04/30/2016 11:44:40 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 21 replies
    Autos Cheat Sheet ^ | 30 Apr, 2016 | James Derek Sapienza
    Automotive history may be rife with tales of revenge and one-upmanship, but no one can top the story of Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of one of the most outrageous performance car companies in the world, who wouldve turned 100 this week. In 1948, he founded Lamborghini Tractori SpA, and by the mid-50s, Lamborghini had risen from humble roots to become a wealthy industrialist, expanding into air conditioners and oil heaters and building an impressive car collection for himself. By the end of the decade, he had fallen for Ferraris beautiful 250GT, buying several. But their lack of durability and comfort...
  • Islamic State turns to selling fish and cars

    04/28/2016 1:04:03 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 18 replies
    reuters ^ | 4/28/16
    Islamic State earns millions of dollars a month running car dealerships and fish farms in Iraq, making up for lower oil income after its battlefield losses, Iraqi judicial authorities said on Thursday. Security experts once estimated the ultra-radical Islamist group's annual income at $2.9 billion, much of it coming from oil and gas installations in Iraq and Syria. The U.S.-led coalition has targeted Islamic State's financial infrastructure, using air strikes to reduce its ability to extract, refine and transport oil and so forcing fighters to reportedly take significant pay cuts. Yet the militants, who seized a third of Iraq's territory...
  • Will Electric Vehicles Cause A Future Oil Crash?

    03/31/2016 4:37:10 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 40 replies ^ | 31-03-2016 | Tiroler
    The major oil companies greatly underestimate the impact electric vehicles will have on their market, write independent energy advisors Salman Ghouri and Andreas de Vries. According to Ghouri and De Vries, the trends currently underway in the auto industry are likely to have a substantial impact on oil demand in the medium term, and even a devastating impact in the longer term. If there is one event in history that has shaped the crude oil industry, it is the popularization of the internal combustion engine (ICE) by the auto industry. At the beginning of the 20th century, coal and wood...
  • AP Sources: Autonomous braking to be in most cars by 2022

    03/16/2016 10:29:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 16, 2016 12:48 PM EDT | Tom Krisher
    Major automakers and the U.S. government have reached agreement to make automatic emergency braking standard equipment on most cars by 2022, two people briefed on the deal said. The agreement will be announced Thursday by automakers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Automakers will phase in the equipment on nearly all models except some with older electronic capabilities and some with manual transmissions, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because terms of the agreement havent been announced. Automatic emergency braking uses cameras, radar and other sensors to see objects in the way and slow or stop...

    03/11/2016 7:09:11 AM PST · by gridlock · 132 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/9/16 | Daniel Gelernter
    Can computerized cars drive better than we can? The cover story of Times March 7 issue makes the increasingly compelling case for why you shouldnt be allowed to drive, claiming that computerized cars are (or, it is hoped, will be) safer drivers than humans, and so the logical thing is to ban humans from driving altogether. The plan is simple and familiar: First you use behavioral economics (higher taxes) to discourage a certain behavior think of smoking and once its gotten really unpopular, you ban it. Before you know it, you cant smoke in Central Park.
  • Bill Would End Monopoly on New Auto Sales

    03/01/2016 9:57:22 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 25 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/26/2016 | Jack Spencer
    People who wish to purchase a new car can do so only through an auto dealer, and not directly from the manufacturer. A new company could break that practice, but it will need help from the Legislature first. Under what some have called the anti-Tesla law, direct-to-consumer sales of motor vehicles are currently prohibited in Michigan. House Bill 5312 would end that prohibition, meaning that Tesla and other companies could sell their vehicles directly to consumers, provided the sale takes place at least 10 miles away from existing auto dealerships. Gov. Snyder said he wanted the Legislature to have an...
  • Bugatti Chiron: Meet the next 'world's fastest supercar'

    03/01/2016 5:06:12 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | March 1, 2016 | Jackie Wattles
    (CNN)Bugatti unveiled a new high-performance supercar at the Geneva Motor Show on Monday. The French car maker currently produces only four models -- all variations of the famed Bugatti Veyron. The Veyron was introduced in 2005 and the "Veyron 16.4 Super Sport" was named the world's fastest production car by the Guiness Book of World Records in 2013.
  • The Subprime Auto Loan Meltdown Is Here

    02/24/2016 5:36:40 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 29 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 24 Feb 16 | Michael Snyder
    Uh oh - here we go again. Do you remember the subprime mortgage meltdown during the last financial crisis? Well, now a similar thing is happening with auto loans. The auto industry has been doing better than many other areas of the economy in recent years, but this "mini-boom" was fueled in large part by customers with subprime credit. According to Equifax, an astounding 23.5 percent of all new auto loans were made to subprime borrowers in 2015. At this point, there is a total of somewhere around $200 billion in subprime auto loans floating around out there, and...
  • Electric Car War Sends Lithium Prices Sky High

    02/23/2016 4:00:07 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 30 replies ^ | 23-02-2016 | Page
    With lithium prices skyrocketing beyond wildest expectations, talk heating up about acquisitions and mergers in this space and a fast-brewing war among electric car rivals, it’s no wonder everyone’s bullish on this golden commodity that promises to become the ‘’new gasoline”. Moreover, land grabs, rising price predictions, and expectations of a major demand spike are leaping out of the shadows of a pending energy revolution and a new technology-driven resource era. For once, we have agreement across the board on a commodity: Demand for lithium will continue to rise throughout the year--and beyond--spurred by the rise of battery mega/gigafactories and...
  • Ferruccio Lamborghini Fixed His Hated Ferrari With A Clutch From A Tractor

    02/17/2016 5:32:54 PM PST · by golux · 48 replies
    JALOPNIK ^ | 16.02.17 | Máté Petrány
    This is the Lamborghini story like you’ve never heard it before: from the son of Ferruccio, Tonino Lamborghini, the kid sitting at the dinner table. If you’re in the Bologna area, you must visit the Ferruccio Lamborghini Museum. It was set up by Ferruccio’s son, who started collecting his father’s tractors and cars back in the day despite the fact that his old man thought he should be working instead of collecting old stuff. But as more and more vehicles ended up in the warehouse, Ferruccio started to spend more time in there as well, smoking cigarettes and enjoying the...
  • 15 New Cars To Avoid (2015)

    02/16/2016 8:23:19 AM PST · by nuconvert · 91 replies
    New cars just aren’t what they used to be. No, we’re not getting all crotchety and decrying the evolution in styling and technological breakthroughs that have literally reinvented the automobile during the last quarter millennium. Rather, we’re bemoaning the fact that, unlike as in past model years, there’s a dearth of truly wretched cars on the market for us to openly and readily ridicule. We consulted J.D. Power for the latest results in the company’s initial quality and long-term reliability surveys and its scores for performance and design; rankings for resale value depreciation came from the automotive valuation experts at...
  • Why Driverless Cars Will Screech to a Halt

    02/09/2016 8:52:56 AM PST · by PreciousLiberty · 161 replies
    Observer ^ | 2/9/2016 | Steven Hill
    Elon Musk's Tesla recently became the latest big shot company to enter the self-driving car sweepstakes. Mr. Musk recently announced the hiring of software architecture veteran Jim Keller, who previously had played key roles at Apple and AMD, to lead its Autopilot Engineering team. Teslas move follows the recently announced partnership between General Motors and Lyft, in which the automaker is investing $500 million in the ridesharing company as part of a joint venture to develop self-driving cars. And of course Google, Uber, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Apple, Audi, Bosch and Delphi Automotive (the big auto parts manufacturer) all have their own...
  • Decade Long Federal Test To Replace Highway Sign Font Made Legibility Worse

    02/05/2016 6:52:45 AM PST · by prisoner6 · 55 replies ^ | 02/04/2016 | Justin Westbrook
    The U.S. Federal Highway Administration is killing the current decade-long test of looking into replacing highway signs with a new “Clearview” font it designed and developed to be more legible because, twelve years later, it turns out the new font actually made sign legibility worse. Back in 2004, the Federal Highway Administration approved state use of a new font ironically called “Clearview” to be the new face of highway signs around the nation. At the time, testing had “proven” that the new font was more legible to drivers, specifically at night, than the old signs featuring the “Highway Gothic” typeface....
  • CARS LINED UP OUT OF TOWN as Hordes Attend Trump NH Rally

    02/04/2016 2:45:34 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 87 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 02/04/16 | Kristinn Taylor
    Donald Trump is drawing a huge crowd for his campaign rally in Exeter, New Hampshire at noon Thursday. The rally is being held at the historic Exeter Town Hall. CBS News reporter Jacqueline Alemany posted a photo to Twitter showing a long line of parked cars of rally attendees on a street that extended out of town. "Squeezing a Trump rally into the Exeter Town Hall is a sight to behold. Crowded, steamy, and scores of disappointed Trumpeters locked out." A photo posted to Twitter by the Cook Report's Dave Wasserman shows Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace and crew...
  • Toyota killing its Scion brand

    02/03/2016 8:46:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 3, 2016 | Staff
    Toyota is committing corporate filicide. The automaker has announced that it is killing its youth-oriented Scion brand and transitioning the models currently sold by the division to Toyota in August. Scion was launched in 2002 in an effort to attract younger car buyers to the Toyota fray, and was successful at that. Its average customer age of 36 is the lowest in the automotive industry, but its overall sales peaked at 173,034 in 2006 and were just 56,167 last year.
  • Gas Drops Below $1.50 in Some Areas, and We Haven't Hit Bottom Yet

    02/02/2016 7:28:32 AM PST · by thackney · 49 replies
    NBC News ^ | FEB 2 2016 | MARTHA C. WHITE
    American drivers are now enjoying gasoline prices that haven't been this low since January 2009. Data from the AAA shows that the average annual price for a gallon of gas has been below $2 a gallon for about a month now. Just within the past week, the national average gas price ticked below $1.80 for a gallon of regular gas, a drop of 20 cents just since the beginning of 2016. "I think you have probably another three to four weeks of prices in this area - I think we could drop another nickel or so," said Denton Cinquegrana, chief...
  • No football this weekend, so here's a fun thread. Post pics of the sweetest cars of the 40's.

    01/30/2016 12:02:10 PM PST · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 53 replies
    Me | 1/30/2016 | GeorgiaDawg32
    The last time I did this, for cars from the 50's, there were some awesome pics put up. Let's see if we can do the same thing for the 40's. 3...2....1...go!
  • Amid probe, car companys plans havent panned out

    08/11/2013 11:19:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 11, 2013 6:01 PM EDT | Holbrook Mohr and Mitch Weiss
    Four years ago, a startup car company announced with great fanfare big plans for the Mississippi Delta: Using money from foreign investors and other sources, it would build a massive auto plant to churn out a new line of energy-efficient cars and bring thousands of jobs to the area. It seemed like a win for everyone involved. Today, the place where the plant was to be remains mostly vacant except for a temporary construction trailer. The companyGreenTech Automotive under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the probe is reverberating well beyond Mississippis borders, bringing scrutiny to...
  • Ties of Hillary Clintons Brother Invite Scrutiny (Tony Rodham)

    05/11/2015 1:48:47 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    NY Times via MSN ^ | 5/10/15 | STEVE EDER
    **SNIP** I deal through the Clinton Foundation. That gets me in touch with the Haitian officials, Mr. Rodham said, according to a transcript of his testimony. I hound my brother-in-law, because its his fund that were going to get our money from. And he cant do it until the Haitian government does it. And he keeps telling me, Oh, its going to happen tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow. Well, tomorrow hasnt come yet. Mr. Rodhams Haiti project never did happen. The Clinton Foundation said in a statement that it was not aware of Mr. Rodhams Haiti project and had no involvement...
  • Driverless cars work great in sunny California. But how about in a blizzard?

    01/28/2016 12:26:21 PM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 28, 2016 | Brian Fung
    As cities along the east coast finally finish digging their way out of last weekend's historic snowstorm, drivers braving the streets have to contend with icy conditions, snowbanks along the curb and other hazards they would probably rather avoid if they could help it. Enter the self-driving car, which someday may alleviate that anxiety. But although the technology appears to work well in dry, sunny weather, those are just the best-case scenarios. The real test for autonomous vehicles will be when the roads are wet or even icy and invisible to the computerized eye. What then?
  • Paris to celebrate New Year under high surveillance (Muslim tradition - burning cars)

    12/27/2015 3:40:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    France 24 via MSN ^ | 12/27/15 | Avi Davis
    The traditional New Year's Eve celebrations on the Champs-Elysees will be the first large assembly to be sanctioned in Paris since France's state of emergency started in November. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people gather on Paris's Champs-Elysees to celebrate the "Reveillon," as the French call December 31. But after a year that started with the Charlie Hebdo attacks and ended with the November 13 shooting and bomb attacks that killed 130 people, it was unclear whether New Year celebrations in Paris would go ahead as usual. France has been under a state of emergency since November 13, and...
  • 2017 Ford GT: The Star-Spangled, 600-plus-hp Hypercar!

    12/21/2015 6:19:27 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 80 replies
    Car and Driver ^ | Jan, 2015 | Alexander Stoklosa
    "Engineered to keep company with exotics" is how Ford modestly refers to its bombshell 2015 Detroit auto show debut, the GT hypercar. The concept's appearance wasn't a huge surprise, as we learned months ago that Ford was taking a new GT to Le Mans in 2016, and such a car must be homologated. But as it slinked onto a stage at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena, Ford kept feeding us a host of stats that had our jaws opening wider by the second. It packs more than 600 horsepower. It utilizes full carbon-fiber construction and body panels. It has active aerodynamics....
  • Humans Are Slamming Into Driverless Cars and Exposing a Key Flaw (Bloomberg link only)

    12/19/2015 7:28:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only] ^ | December 17, 2015 | Keith Naughton
  • 'Someone's Got To Wear the Pants In This Family': Kia Commercial Mocks American Husband

    12/13/2015 6:26:20 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 83 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    What's been implicit in TV commercials for years—that American husbands are feckless wimps—has now officially become explicit . . . Tuning in to watch a simple Sunday Night Football game, we were treated to a Kia ad. Wife at the wheel as the family pulls into a crowded parking lot for their kid's football game. Wimpy husband suggests they go back and park someplace safe. We get to read the wife's mind as, driving it up a hill, she says "or, we could run it right up the gut." She then adds the coup de grace: "someone's got to wear...
  • Why You Can't Buy a Tesla

    12/08/2015 9:28:15 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 20 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/6/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    If a Michigan citizen wants to buy an iPhone from Apple, they can go to an Apple store, buy one from another merchant, or order it online. But if a state resident wants to buy a Tesla, too bad — they'll have to go to Ohio or another state to get one. That's because a law meant to protect new-car dealerships prohibits a manufacturer from directly selling a car to a consumer. At a luncheon hosted in Lansing this week by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Dan Crane, an associate dean and law professor at the University of Michigan,...
  • The McLaren 570S Pushes The Supercar Brand Into New Territory, Sideways

    12/05/2015 11:00:24 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 19 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 26 Oct, 2015 | Máté Petrány
    The McLaren 570S is the most important car built in Woking since Gordon Murray’s F1. Seriously. And as they discovered that less grip can equal more fun, not only did it turn out to be beautiful, but also bloody fantastic to drive. It’s a proper supercar for normal humans who want to go very fast without breaking a sweat. The McLaren name has been synonymous with speed since Bruce McLaren put his racing team on the map in 1963, but the company that makes the 650S, the 675LT and the P1 has only been around since 2011. Four years on,...
  • Mercedes-AMG will build a successor to its SLR McLaren supercar with up to 1,000 HP

    11/29/2015 3:20:03 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 23 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 29 Nov, 2015 | Miles Branman
    In 2003, Mercedes-Benz and McLaren linked up on a supercar project that showed Mercedes-Benz had a bone to pick with some of the world's fastest vehicles. At the time, the German automaker owned 40 percent of McLaren Automotive, so it had access to some superb race-bred technology. As a result, the Mercedes SLR McLaren was born. Few production vehicles could match the SLR's 617 horsepower and 580 pound-feet of torque from its supercharged V8. In fact, only Ferrari's Enzo, with its 650 hp V12, made more power and was quicker to 60 mph. Other entrants followed, including the Porsche Carrera...
  • Engines Exposed: What is a Flat-Plane Crankshaft?

    11/26/2015 8:03:34 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 49 replies
    Cheatsheet ^ | 26 Nov, 2015 | Owen Brady
    Flat-plane engines This term has become one of the buzz words of 2015 thanks to Ford’s stellar Voodoo V8 (covered previously by us) found in the Mustang GT350. With 526 horsepower and a soundtrack like this, it’s easy to see why it has been attracting attention. Rather than the loping burble of a traditional V8, the sound of a flat-plane engine is much tighter. It’s a tenor to the cross-plane V8’s baritone. However, flat-plane production engines are not a new concept, as Ferrari and Lotus have been using them for years. The engine in the 458 Italia, for instance, is...
  • The 10 Most Forgotten Supercars in Automotive History

    11/26/2015 9:08:24 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 65 replies
    Autos Cheatsheet ^ | 26 nov, 2015 | James Derek Sapienza
    Supercars are built to represent the pinnacle of automotive technology. Brutally fast and impossibly expensive, they are objects of desire and the stuff dreams are made of. But there’s more to a supercar than just speed and good looks. There’s a certain hierarchy in the supercar world – a select group of car builders that seem to control the collective memory when it comes to performance. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and McLarens build supercars, unquestionably. Acura, Aston Martin, and Jaguar? Maybe not. Despite looks, speed, and handling to compete with the best, some plenty capable dream machines just get left behind. And...
  • Jeremy Clarkson: 10 things we know about new Amazon show [son of Top Gear]

    11/22/2015 7:49:06 PM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies
    The Week (UK) ^ | 11/22/15
    Motoring presenter Jeremy Clarkson is working on a new show for Amazon Prime, eagerly awaited by his many fans. He's also being sued by the BBC producer he punched earlier this year.The blow Clarkson struck in March led the BBC not to renew his Top Gear contract. Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans will take over the BBC show, while Clarkson works for his new online employer.So what do we know so far about Clarkson's new TV show?The presenters will be the same Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond will provide their signature banter as a trio for the new show...
  • Which is Fastest to 186 mph? LaFerrari vs. 918 Spyder vs. P1

    11/21/2015 8:22:31 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 20 replies
    Yahoo Autos ^ | 20 Nov, 2015 |
    And so the titans convene. When it became known that Ferrari, Porsche, and McLaren each had hybrid hypercars in the works, the world had one collective question that merited investigation. Which is fastest? For that answer, take a peek below. YouTube channel TheSUPERCARDRIVER decided to solve that lofty query by running the hypercar trio—Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder, and McLaren P1—from naught to 300 kph (186 mph) on the long expanse of the UK’s Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome. In case each hypercar’s power figures escape you temporarily, here’s a refresher. The LaFerrari combines hybrid drive and a 6.3-liter V12 for 949 horsepower....
  • On the move now, deer can be a danger to motorists

    11/20/2015 9:37:18 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | November 12, 2015 | David Boyce
    One day in the first week of November, Pete Pringle and his brother, Luke, were talking about car accidents involving deer. Pete and Luke work at Pringle Auto Body, 2720 S. 34th St., Kansas City, Kan. It is a family business started by their grandfather in 1968 and now is run by their mother. It was natural for them to have a conversation on deer accidents this time of year. It’s when a higher percentage of collisions involving deer occur because it’s the breeding season for deer. “We are getting into that season,” Pete Pringle said. Bucks and does will...
  • 5 of Donald Trump’s Favorite Cars

    11/05/2015 11:53:30 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 16 replies ^ | 5 Nov 2015 | James Derek Sapienza
    In certain parts of the country, it seems that Trump has his name on everything. He owns skyscrapers, hotels, golf courses, mansions, helicopters, and of course, cars. While a man that has his own $100 million private jet, and has a fondness for limousines probably doesn’t get behind the wheel much, his taste in cars is, unsurprisingly, expensive. Here are 5 of Donald Trump’s best-known rides.