This Week on C/D YouTube Channel: A New Series, Supercars on Fire, Beater Champion Showdown, a Crazy Driver, and a Cone-Shoed Plastic Deer
June 11, 2012 at 6:01pm by Automobile and Driver
A new week means new episodes of Total Hoon, Battle of the Beaters, Driver Rehab, and Car and Driver: Tested—and we’re also debuting a new series called Automobile and Driver: Abroad.
These days: The Complete Hoon attributes fiery supercars on the freeway, a canine-driven wagon, and a auto surfer.
Tuesday: Check out the premiere episode of Auto and Driver: Abroad as we go to Pfaffenhausen, Germany, the residence of Ruf Automobile and tour the factory. We also drive the legendary Yellowbird. Seriously.
Battle of the Beaters sees earlier winners Team Champion and Team Valsalva square off in the most recent competitors.
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Ford’s Geelong-based mostly Ford Discovery Centre is set to near its doors on July 29th, right after 13 years of operation.
The Ford museum was opened in April 1999 as component of a joint partnership between Ford Motor Organization of Australia and Deakin University.
The two-degree museum gives patrons an insight into the layout and manufacturing procedure undertaken to develop a contemporary vehicle, along with energetic displays of robots and a cross section of Ford designs.
In spite of the site’s reputation and Ford’s deep-seeded history with Geelong, the Ford Discovery Centre’s latest announcement states ever-altering demands in the museum market as the cause for its closure.
“For 13 many years, the Centre has provided an excellent schooling expertise to more than 250,000 guests, the Geelong neighborhood and individuals interested in automotive engineering and manufacturing. However a current critique, mixed with ever-altering wants in the museum sector, has shown that the Centre can’t proceed to evolve and expand in its existing type.”
Ford has manufactured no announcement concerning plans for further exhibitions or showcases of its background when the Centre is closed.
There is a lot to like about FIA GT Globe Championship races. Great cars, excellent tracks, fantastic grid girls… But, I don’t know, it gets kinda boring following a number of minutes. They are typically so damn lengthy occasionally even the organizers get bored! A single of this occasions the GT1 media guys determined to have a very little enjoyable with Reiter’s Lamborghini Gallardo and some of the grid women. They made a decision to locate out how many of these fine women they can match in the cramped and tight cockpit of the race vehicle.
So, have an educated guess and watch the video immediately after the jump to uncover out.
by way of: GTspirit
At the 2012 WWDC event, Apple revealed that SIRI characteristics will come to BMW vehicles. The updated SIRI will debut in the new iOS which will hit the marketplace this Fall but the integration with a number of automakers will span more than the following 12 months.
Dubbed “Eyes Free”, the integration in between SIRI and BMW will include a handsfree hardware button on the steering wheel that will activate the SIRi assistant.
Apple also announced nine automakers are previously on board to assist launch Eyes Cost-free above the up coming twelve months, which includes: BMW, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, Honda, and Chrysler. Ford, one of the largest automakers was not on the checklist because it at present uses the Microsfot Sync engineering.
To showcase the integration, Apple presented an picture of a new BMW 5 Series and the existing voice-activation button.
SIRI’s new integration with Yelp, OpenTable and other APIs will most likely be available inside the vehicle operations as nicely. Other functions could include texting, emailing, tweeting and updating your Faceobok status.
Volkswagen has announced pricing specifics for its 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI, the only clean diesel automobile in the compact coupe category.
When it goes on sale in August, the Beetle TDI will retail for $ 23,295 in manual transmission form. With a 6-speed DSG twin-clutch automated, you are going to spend $ 1,one hundred additional. All prices exclude a destination charge of $ 770.
The diesel Beetle joins the existing 2.five-liter normally-aspirated and 2.-liter turbocharged gasoline models, but purchasers will get to benefit from the extra fuel efficiency that VW TDIs are renowned for.
No EPA figure has however been confirmed, but Volkswagen predicts figures of 41 mpg highway and 32 mpg city with the six-speed manual. That would make it 2 mpg greater than the Golf TDI in the city, but 1 mpg worse on the highway–no doubt owing to the less aerodynamic retro shape.
The 2.-liter turbodiesel creates the exact same 140 horsepower and 236 pounds-feet of torque, and all designs come with 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and eight speakers. Sunroofs, touch-display techniques and a Fender Premium Audio technique are available on higher-spec designs.
Infiniti recently released a extremely lengthy press release that outlined some future plans for the brand. So guess what, here’s a tiny bit of a summary as to what it basically explained.
We begin with Infiniti’s excellent crossovers, the EX and the FX, the two of which eventually get the brand’s most recent 3.7L 325hp V6 that very first debuted with the current generation G assortment. As a outcome, the V6 EX and FX designs will certainly no longer be referred to as the EX35 or FX35, but instead the EX37 and the FX37 to stick to the brand’s nomenclature principles. But if you are nonetheless searching for more oomph, don’t fret since the V8-powered FX50 monster is still accessible with 390hp on tap.
But to add a somewhat perplexing twist to this bit of news, the new full-size JX crossover nevertheless only comes with the three.5L edition of Nissan’s VQ V6 motor.
Altering topic both way, we then come to the entry-level, economically inclined, G25 sedan. That will be obtaining the axe by up coming year due to slow sales. That said, following December of this year, the G25 will no longer be accessible, leaving just the standard G37 models along with the new high-performance IPL G designs.
And that’s fundamentally it!
- By: Chris Chin
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It’s simple to fail to remember that just before Carroll Shelby grew to become a successful car builder and race group manager he was a effective sports automobile racer.
His most well-known victory was at Le Mans when he won the famous endurance race in an Aston Martin DBR1. His co-driver was Roy Salvadori, a relatively well known British race driver.
On Sunday Salvadori passed away at the good old age of 90, much less than one month after Shelby’s death.
Aston Martin has just released these delightful original pictures of Salvadori and Shelby (far right) in their driver overalls in the pits at Le Mans in 1959 as effectively as 1 of Salvadori (center) sitting in a restaurant searching like a proper English gentleman.
Shelby’s career has been nicely documented in the previous few weeks so it’s time to briefly recap his teammate’s racing career. Salvadori produced his Formula one debut in 1952 driving a privately entered Ferrari 500 in the British GP. He drove a number of distinct vehicles in 50 Grands Prix till 1962. He had two podiums in the course of his profession and completed fourth in the Globe Driver’s Championship in 1958 driving a Cooper T45. He retired from motorsport after the 1962 season and went on to run a auto dealership before being tempted back to the track in 1966 to handle Cooper Racing’s Formula one group.