SRT takes to Facebook to reveal a striped version of the new 2013 Viper. While the world is waiting with baited breath for the new Viper to be launched, Chrysler is apparently still busy with prototypes, as they say about this striped version: “passed its dry-track stability control testing with flying colors.” They are also fully ready to launch the Viper GTS-R race car in the ALMS next month, but we have to wait for the production version.
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There’s something inexplicably cool about the iconic baby blue and orange paint scheme of the Gulf Oil-sponsored racers from the 1960s and 1970s (before the company went down in the 1980s), which provided the inspiration for this previous generation Porsche 911 from German aftermarket firm Oxigin.
The racy-looking 997 coupe is covered in a foil wrap with the colors of the Gulf Oil team, which also extend to the new deep-dish alloy wheels.
Oxigin said the demonstrator car was created to display its work. The German tuner did not provide any additional information on the 911.
Mazda has just dropped another teaser for the new Mazda6, following the first teaser that was released earlier this week. The new teaser shows a muscular front fenders, the A-pillar and side view mirrors.
The design of the new Mazda6 is said to be heavily inspired by the Takeri Concept, which made its stateside debut earlier this year at the 2012 New York Auto Show.
Sales of the new Mazda6 will start next year.
Note to Mazda: Please tease us properly if you’re going to continue this until the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
Masten Space Systems is flying rockets higher than it ever has before with the latest flight of its Xaero. The rocket launched from the company’s Mojave test pad and reached an altitude of 444 meters (1,457 feet) before returning to the pad for a precision landing. At first glance, launching a rocket a quarter-mile into the sky might not seem like much of an accomplishment. But right now Masten is focused more on the precision control of its rockets than on maximum altitude.
The company believes that precision landing capabilities poses one of the biggest challenges in the space program, and the task isn’t being met by many of the other next-gen space companies. Many rocket systems currently being used rely on a ballistic re-entry, basically free-falling back to earth under parachutes within a target range that can be many miles in diameter.
Masten has developed a family of small rockets in recent years aimed at reducing the target landing area from miles to inches. The company won the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge back in 2009 using its Xoie rocket with a flight that kept the landing area to within eight inches.
The latest flight of the Xaero rocket used a new set of landing gear Masten says saved them weight and reduced complexity and the associated replacement time for quick turnaround flights. And unlike many of its predecessors, the new Xaero features body work giving a classic, almost retro rocket look.
Over the last few months we have heard rumors of a new diesel powerplant coming to the U.S. market. The rumored engine was a 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel that would produce 184 horsepower. While BMW has yet to make an official statement, we have heard today through multiple channels that indeed the Munich-based automaker is will be introducing a 2.0 liter diesel to U.S. customers.
What it remains unknown is which variant of the 4-cylinder diesel will they use. Currently BMW offers 184 bhp and 380 Nm (280 lb ft) of torque, and also a twin-turbo variant of the same displacement but with 204 bhp and 400 Nm (295 lb ft) of torque.
Jason Cammisa of Automobile Mag says the engine is the single-turbo version. The engine currently powers the 320d model in Europe and is rated at 52 MPG. We believe BMW will use the 325d or 330d designation for U.S. models.
Furthermore, MotorTrend now reports that a 3.0 liter diesel inline-six will also be added to the U.S. portfolio.The all-new engine will replace the unit found in the current X5 xDrive35d model and previously offered in the 335d Sedan. U.S.-market specifications are still being ironed out, but it’s expected to produce close to 255 hp, and 413 lb-ft of torque between 1500-3000 rpm. In the X5 xDrive35d, the outgoing diesel is rated at 19/26 mpg city/highway.
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On the 11th July, a team of students from The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), Cape Speed headed off to the UK where they will be competing against 110 teams from around the world with their very own formula built car for the Formula Student Cup.
South Africans can show their support for the Cape Speed team by powering a real-time Silverstone Scalextric race track with the replica car around the race track using the power of social networking, namely Twitter and Facebook. The digital agency behind this campaign Saatchi & Saatchi’s AtPlay decided to combine the fun of a Scalextric model and the best of social media. Now you can get in the driver’s seat and take your own lap around a race track.
The miniature 16m track is currently set up at Canal Walk Shopping Centre in Cape Town for the rest of the weekend. Anyone can participate by sending out tweets with the hashtag #capespeed or liking the team’s Facebook page, and power the car one lap around the track.
You can also determine the speed you want the car to go at various stages of the track by logging into your Facebook or twitter account on www.capespeed.co.za. There you can programme all 7 sectors on the race track with speeds varying between 1 – 10. The website will even show when you’re powering the lap, your lap time and where you are placed in the standings.
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When you see that magic 40-miles-per-gallon number in a car ad, does it make you pay attention?
Most likely it does. (Among other things, it’s usually in much larger type than the other two EPA ratings.)