Archive for April, 2012

Ferrari Enzo abandoned in Dubai is not for sale

  Currently there is a million dollar plus Ferrari Enzo sitting in a police impound lot in Dubai literally collecting dust and sand. It was reported that the super-car was to be auctioned off to the highest bidder in the next week. That news appears to be false as Dubai Police are now saying the vehicle is being held as evidence in a theft case along with another Ferrari. Whether or not the car is for sale is one question, however, the burning question to car enthusiasts from all over the world is how they can let the car sit in the dessert sun and cook. The car has been out in the hot sun since August 2011; no question the paint will have sun damage already, not to mention the interior is being baked everyday in direct dessert sunlight. Also, the very expensive …

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Police in hot water after leading ‘Death Race 2012′

  Two New Jersey state troopers have been suspended after they escorted a large number of exotic sports cars down a freeway at speeds topping 100 mph. Eye witnesses stated that in the early afternoon of March 30th they watched as 30 or more super cars raced along the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey. What makes this story so remarkable is that two state police marked cars with their lights flashing, one at the front and one at the rear were leading the Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches and other luxury vehicles along the highway. Witnesses also stated that the super cars were weaving in and out of traffic at speeds well over 100 mph and some even had their license plates taped over. One witness, Wayne Gantt, dubbed the escort “Death Race 2012.” He stated “I had the great pleasure today of nearly …

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New cars to include black boxes by 2015

  Without question many car accidents would be easier to solve with the help of a black box recorder installed by automakers. There is a bill that passed the US senate that would require, starting in 2015, all new cars to have installed event data recorders (EDRs) from the factory. These EDRs would work similar to the way black box recorders work in airplanes recording such things as speed, airbag deployment, braking velocity. It should be noted that many vehicles built in the last several years already have EDRs installed. To see if your current vehicle has a black box recorder look at your owner’s manual. Auto manufactures are required to indicate in the owner’s manual if there is an EDR installed. All vehicles made by GM, Ford, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Suzuki have EDRs as standard equipment. The bill still has to pass the House however …

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Electric and hybrid car sales surge as gas prices rise

  New car buyers are turning to electric and hybrid vehicles more than ever as gas prices continue to rise. Both the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf have seen increased demand in the last couple months. Although their higher initial cost had discouraged consumers in the past, all that has changed as even higher fuel costs have taken hold. Hybrids such as the Toyota Prius are also seeing a resurgence in demand with both the new Prius C subcompact and the Prius V wagon hitting the market at just the right time. If gas prices top the $4 a gallon mark across the US these cars will see an even bigger boost in sales going forward. Some say gas prices could even reach $5 by midsummer. If that ever happens demand for hybrids and electric vehicles will go through the roof.

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Self-Driving cars could hit the market by 2020

  While Google was the first to test a fleet of driverless Toyota Prius hybrids usings cameras, GPS and radar systems. It now appears that this technology is closer to becoming a reality than many people think. The former head of Research and Development at GM, Larry Burns expects to see driverless vehicles in dealer showrooms by 2020. Many of the features that make driverless vehicles possible are already built into todays cars. Safety features such as collision avoidance systems, lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control are all available currently. Current laws on self-driving cars put the ultimate responsibility for operation in the hands of people on board who can quickly take over driving if things go wrong. Larry Burns sees a day when true driverless cars with no one on board will be shuttling around picking up many passengers every day similar to current …

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The all-new 2013 Dodge SRT Viper has arrived

  The long awaited return of the high-performance Dodge Viper is finally here. 2013 SRT Viper front-side view The all-new 2013 SRT Viper was unveiled to the world at the New York International Auto Show. Many improvements over the previous model have been released: •All-aluminum, mid-engine 8.4-liter V-10 delivers an estimated 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque – the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports car engine in the world •Chassis enhancements bring 50 percent improvement in torsional stiffness •Triple-digit weight reduction results in Viper best power-to-weight ratio •Standard safety features include electronic multistage stability control, traction control and new 4-channel anti-lock brake system (ABS) •All-new, innovative interior designs set new standards with premium materials, new technologies and superior craftsmanship •All-new carbon-fiber and aluminum skin is sculpted for high-speed stability and a slippery .364 drag coefficient (Cd) •Timeless exterior design incorporates iconic Viper styling cues with a contemporary execution [...]

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