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YouTube Users Prove it is Possible to Stop a "Runaway" Prius

Wednesday March 17th, 2010 at 10:33 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

proving prius brakes workPrius owners defend their cars online

James Sikes now famous runaway Prius story, is still making headlines, but YouTube users are not buying his story. Several Prius owners have posted videos onto the website proving that it is rather trivial to stop a “runaway” Prius.

The hybrid owners in the video have no problem slowing the car down at freeway speeds using the brakes. The videos also prove the car will turn off and will shift into neutral even if the throttle is stuck.

Check out the videos after the jump.

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Volvo Releases Teaser Video for the 2011 S60

Thursday February 4th, 2010 at 8:22 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

2011 Volvo S60A Volvo drifting in the desert! Really?

Volvo has released an exciting new teaser video showing off the all-new 2011 S60 a month ahead of its public unveiling. The advertisement shows the new Swedish car blasting down the highway and drifting in the desert with dramatic music blaring in the background.

Much of the new S60 is still a mystery, but expect to see the existing five and six-cylinder engines to carry over. It has been rumored that a direct-injected, turbocharged, 1.6-liter will also be included in the engine lineup. There may even be a hybrid model in the future.

In the transmission department, a standard six-speed manual will hopefully be included. More than likely, a six-speed automatic will be standard. The video shows for a brief second the driver shifting an automatic transmission. In a video trying to show off just how sporty the new S60 is, Volvo really should of shown a manual transmission instead of the automatic.

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Honda CR-Z Video

Tuesday January 19th, 2010 at 5:11 PM
Posted by: Derek

honda-crzThe Honda CR-Z is a sporty and fun-to-drive hybrid coupe with a focus on sleek design and efficient environmental technology. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the development of the 2011 Honda CR-Z. In this video the CR-Z’s chief chassis dynamics engineer, Terukazu Torikai, talks about how Honda developed the car’s handling and performance.

The CR-Z is powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC® engine with Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist. The IMA system — motor, battery, electronics — will be like the Insight’s, as will the platform, to save cost. Honda wanted to provide a personal driving experience, that’s why they included a 6-speed manual as the standard transmission. Even the available CVT version comes with paddle shifters for an added level of control.

A senior engineer says, “It must be fun to drive, must remind you of the original CRX.”

Video after the jump

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Video – 2010 Mustang Sessions With Pat Duffy

Monday November 30th, 2009 at 11:1111 AM
Posted by: Derek

2010 Mustang GT Unleashed

Jeff Richter, the video director, came up with idea of the 2010 Mustang GT sessioning with skateboard legends Pat Duffy and X-Games gold medalist Jake Brown on the streets of Los Angeles. Not only does the GT perform its usual dance of burnouts and drifting, but it also shows off its street cred with a few ollies, kickflips, and 360s in a chase scene with Duffy.

This is the ninth installment of Ford’s 10 Unleashed campaign. Follow the link to view all the installments of Ford’s Mustang marketing campaign.

http://www.fordvehicles.com/the2010mustang/

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FT-86 Concept Video and Photo Gallery

Tuesday November 10th, 2009 at 7:1111 AM
Posted by: Derek

FT-86 Gran Turismo 5 screen shot

This video is a quick look at a new car and new tracks for Gran Turismo 5, featuring the Toyota FT-86 Concept car. The rear-wheel drive coupe that will be badged as a Toyota was co-developed with Subaru (who provides the engine) and will make its world debut at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. The name FT-86 is a nod to the popular RWD Corolla AE86 of the mid-1980s. The production version of the 2+2 FT-86 sports coupe, is due to go on sale towards the end of 2011. The engine is from Subaru and is a front-mounted, 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine, a naturally aspirated version of Subaru’s 2.0-liter flat flour normally found in the Impreza that Toyota will massage to boost output closer to 200 horsepower. This is the same engine that, when turbocharged, cranks out 250HP and is found in Subaru’s much loved WRX.

View the video and photo gallery after the jump (updated 1/21/2010)

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Top Gear goes for a ride with Ken Block

Monday July 6th, 2009 at 1:77 PM
Posted by: Derek

James May (Top Gear) visits Ken Block

Ken Block has achieved Internet fame with his gymkhana drifting practice videos. For guys (and gals) who aren’t afraid of having a little grease embedded in their fingerprints, Ken Block’s videos are simply visual artistry in motion.

Well, it seems that the producers at Top Gear were impressed with Ken’s skills and promptly send James May across the pond to the U.S. for a lesson in drifting – Ken Block style. Unless you’ve been camping out in Outer Mongolia or are still using a 56k dial-up Internet connection, you’ve probably seen Ken Block’s gymkhana practice video. As an added bonus, Ricky Carmichael (10 time motocross champion) literally jumps in and “BAM!”, kicks it up a notch Emeril-style.

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Video break – BMW 130 tii Racing Passion

Monday June 1st, 2009 at 11:66 AM
Posted by: Derek

BMW 130 tii

I suppose many of us can identify with that relentless (almost obsessive) pursuit for making something just a little bit better or striving for perfection. A great video by Daniel Michaelis that may strike a chord with a few viewers and brings it all together – visual performance, editing, and a soundtrack that hits all the right notes on cue. Whether you appreciate visual art, high performance cars, or both, I think you will enjoy watching this video.

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Corvette ZR1 Burns Up the Track at Nürburgring (video)

Thursday August 28th, 2008 at 6:88 AM
Posted by: Derek

2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

A ZR1 was never part of the original C6 plan, but, at an early program review, the Z06′s proposed aluminum frame, carbon-fiber parts, and LS7 engine so impressed CEO Rick Wagoner he casually mentioned aloud, “Geez, if that’s what you can do with $60,000, I wonder what a $100,000 Corvette would look like?” With no more formal authorization than that, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter and his team launched a skunkworks effort dubbed “Blue Devil” — a nod to the boss’s Duke alma mater.

The power behind this tire-burning, road hazzard is the new LS9, a supercharged and intercooled, 6.2-liter version of the famed small-block V-8 that is assembled by hand at GM’s Performance Build Center in Michigan. The LS9 uses a new, sixth-generation Eaton supercharger that expands the effectiveness of the compressor, helping give the engine terrific low-end torque and high-rpm power. The tremendous power boost of the “blower” allowed the engineers to spec a “smaller” cam than we use on the Z06’s LS7 engine, giving the ZR1 exceptional drivability. You can drive this car to work every day and it doesn’t beat you up, yet you can drive it to a racetrack on the weekend and “school” the competition.

In-car video of Jim Mero’s smokin’ lap of Nürburgring below the jump

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2009 Cadillac CTS-V Performance Reaches The Stratosphere at Nürburgring (video)

Thursday August 14th, 2008 at 6:88 AM
Posted by: Derek

Certified at 556 horsepower, acceleration times are top among V-8 sedans

2009 Cadillac CTS-V

MILFORD, Mich. – As final testing of the limited-edition 2009 CTS-V nears completion, the results suggest that Cadillac’s upcoming sports sedan is entering the stratosphere of the world’s highest-performing cars. Cadillac announces the following performance specifications for all-new 2009 CTS-V. In-car video of the record setting lap time is below the jump.

  • CTS-V, with its supercharged 6.2-liter LSA engine, has achieved SAE-certified peak output of 556 horsepower (415 kW) at 6100 rpm and 551 lb.-ft. (747 Nm) of torque at 3800 rpm.
  • CTS-V accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. CTS-V covers the quarter-mile in 12 seconds at 118 mph. These acceleration times are believed to be the fastest for any V-8-powered sedan currently in production.

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Ford Verve Concept Debuts at NAIAS

Thursday February 14th, 2008 at 7:22 AM
Posted by: Derek

Ford’s Jim Farley lets the world’s media take a look at both four- and three-door Verve body styles at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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