Ferrari FF weather testing around the world: Video

Posted: 31 Jan 2011 03:50 AM PST


Ferrari recently released the first details and images on their new shooting style supercar and now the prancing horse company has released a video showing the new Ferrari FF undergoing weather testing in various countries around the world.

The Ferrari FF is the company's first four-wheel-drive model and is powered by a 6.3L V12 engine that produces 651 hp and 504 lb-ft of of torque. Its power is controlled by a transaxle dual-clutch F1 gearbox which helps the Ferrari FF accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 208 mph (335km/h).

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Lee Noble finally reveals his new supercar the M600

Posted: 31 Jan 2011 03:14 AM PST


The designer and engineer who brought us the Noble M12 and M400 is back with his latest supercar, the Noble M600 and boy does it look gorgeous.

Powering the Noble M600 is a mid-mounted Yamaha 4.4L twin-turbo V8 engine that kicks out 650-hp at 6,800 rpm and 604 lb-ft of torque at 3,800 rpm.

The Noble M600 features three APC (Adaptable Performance Control) settings including Road, Track and Race. In the Road setting, the Noble M600 makes 450-hp; in Track mode it makes 550-hp; and in Race mode, the Noble M600 sends everything to the wheels making a total of 650-hp.

Controlling the supercar’s power is a Graziano 6-speed manual transmission, which also helps 2012 Noble M600 reach an estimated top speed of 225 mph (362km/h).

While Noble believes in the freedom of choice, it will not forgo safety. With that said, traction control on the Noble M600 can be totally de-selected and in order to make sure the function is not used in error, the system provides an ‘are you sure’ fail-safe switch guard. Stopping power comes from Alcon with 380mm semi-floating discs with six piston calipers at the front and 350mm discs with four pistons at the back.

No word on pricing yet or official stats yet, check out the rest of the image sin the gallery below.

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Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Race Car practice at Sebring: Video

Posted: 31 Jan 2011 02:30 AM PST

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In the heat of preparation for this year’s Sports Car Club of America World Challenge GT series, Cadillac took their new CTS-V Coupe Race Car to Sebring International Raceway for some tweaking and practicing.

The Cadillac race team released this video titled ‘Sixty Seconds at Sebring’ which shows the new CTS-V Coupe Race Car preparing for future races.

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First electric Smart Car delivered in the United States

Posted: 31 Jan 2011 01:38 AM PST

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Smart USA executive and racing legend Roger Penske personally made the delivery of the first electric Smart car in America. 

The car was delivered to Army Major Mindy Kimball, a big believer in the potential of EVs.  The body of the vehicle is the same as those already in production, but outfitted with batteries that can take the car up to 98 miles on a single charge and 63 miles with mixed driving. 

There are approximately 250 electric Smarts available at the moment and the company are planning on increasing distribution by 2012.

Kimball chose the e.v. after considering other options, and will display her new purchase at the 2011 Washington Auto Show.  She is also a member of the Electric Vehicle Association.

“This is a groundbreaking day for Smart in the United States,” said Smart USA CEO Jill Lajdziak. “We are extremely excited to add the Smart ForTwo electric drive to the Smart product lineup, solidifying our position as a key player in transportation electrification.”

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This is what probably killed the electric car in the 70s

Posted: 31 Jan 2011 01:13 AM PST

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Due to the OPEC oil embargo in October 1973 a few car manufacturers came out with some electric vehicle designs and after looking at them we can see why they never went any further.

The electric car above was the Urban developed by GM and it was a cross between a golf cart and a giant pram.

Another was the more futuristic looking kit-car below that manged to kick out all of 8 hp from a dozen 6 volt batteries. 


Thankfully electric cars have improved substantially since then.

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2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Engine durability test: Video

Posted: 30 Jan 2011 04:31 PM PST

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The Ford team pushed the 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost to its limits through a series of extreme driving tests and then stripped the trucks engine down in front of an audience at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

During the past three months, Ford’s EcoBoost engine No. 448AA went through some rigorous events to prove that the new technology is durable enough for those putting their F-150 through complete hell. The truck engine hauled 55 tons of lumber, ran at full throttle for 24 straight hours towing 11,300 pounds, beat competitors’ larger V8 engine in an uphill towing competition and completed the world’s toughest desert endurance race, the SCORE Tecate Baja 1000, in Mexico.

Ford engineers say that all their world simulates more than 160,000 miles of driving on the EcoBoost ‘hero’ engine and that the engine could go another 150,000 miles easily.

During the 2011 Detroit Auto Show public days, in front of nearly 1,000 show goers, Ford Motor company took apart the engine for the first time.

"I was amazed that, first, the engine looked as good as it did, and second, Ford took the chance of opening it up in front of the public," said Gary Heinz, coordinator of the Automotive Student Service Education Training program at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn.

So if you have enough time to spare watch the three part videos below showing the Ford F-150 V6 EcoBoost engine being stripped in-front of a live audience at the 2011 Detroit auto show..

Ford F-150 EcoBoost Teardown from NAIAS – Part 1:

Ford F-150 EcoBoost Teardown from NAIAS – Part 2:

Ford F-150 EcoBoost Teardown from NAIAS – Part 3:

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