Ken Block practicing for WRC Sweden in the snow: Video

Posted: 18 Feb 2011 04:11 AM PST

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The WRC season is due to kick off soon with Rally Sweden, Ken Block will be participating in the event and here he is practicing for the rally on a snow covered course.

This two minute video shows Ken Block pushing his new Ford Fiesta WRC to the limits on an extremely slippery track, even with studded tires and AWD, Block tends to drive mostly sideways and has a few close encounters with the high snowy verges.

After watching this video it looks like the new Ford Fiesta with Block behind the wheel may prove to be a strong competitor in the upcoming rallies.

Watch the video below with ken Block and his co-driver, Alex Gelsomino, tackling the snowy terrain in Sweden.

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BMW ActiveE to Debut at Geneva auto show

Posted: 18 Feb 2011 02:18 AM PST

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Introducing the new BMW ActiveE, an all electric vehicle that’s based on the BMW 1-Series Coupe, this new BMW is set to debut at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show in March.

BMW claims that this is the first EV from the BMW Group to combine the space and comfort of a traditionally powered BMW with a fully electric drive train. The intelligent packaging ensures that the driver and all three passengers have the same head, leg and shoulder room as they would in a standard BMW 1 Series Coupé.

The performance figures aren’t exactly impressive but then most people don’t buy an electric for its performance. Power is rated at 168 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, the top speed is limited to just 90 mph and accelerating from 0 – 60 mph is achievable in 9-seconds. to achieve.

The BMW ActiveE has a 50/50 weight distribution and a low center of gravity, so it should handle like any other BMW. No news yet on the range of this electric car but we should have all the details after its launch in Geneva next month.

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Ferrari settles with Ford and changes name to F150th Italia

Posted: 18 Feb 2011 12:56 AM PST

We reported last week that Ford were suing Ferrari over a trademark infringement because Ferrari named their new F1 race car F-150, which is the same name as Ford’s most popular pickup truck.

Ford demanded Ferrari stopped using the F150 on any products in the United States and was also seeking $100,000 in damages under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.

Without hesitation, Ferrari quickly settled with Ford and have renamed the 2011 Formula One car – F150th Italia.

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