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Wal-Mart claims Tracy Morgan wasn't wearing seatbelt during crash

Posted Sep 30th 2014 11:30AM

Actor Tracy Morgan Wasn't Wearing Seatbelt In June Crash, Wal-Mart Says
According to retail giant Wal-Mart, actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and others involved in his limousine crash were not wearing seat belts when their vehicle was struck by a Wal-Mart truck back in a June. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. made its contention in a court filing responding to a lawsuit by Morgan and three other plaintiffs over the shocking crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.

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News Source: Wochit via AOL On

2016 Chevy Camaro makes camo'd appearance in Germany

Posted Sep 30th 2014 11:00AM

2016 Chevy Camaro

After our initial round of spy photos revealed a heavily camouflaged prototype of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, we've been on the lookout for anything new on the next-gen muscle car. And now, we have it.

This is the best look we've had of the 2016 Camaro yet, and while it may be wearing a Michigan manufacturer's plate, this tester is zipping about on Germany's Nürburgring. As with our first batch of photos, this appears to be a more potent version of the Camaro, potentially an SS 1LE or ZL1, judging by the power bulge in the hood, the quadruple exhausts, the meaty wheels and a significant rear spoiler.

Aside from those items, most of which were available in the July round of photos, our spies point to an even slimmer roofline, which leads into a smaller rear decklid and a rounded rear end. Out front, we can see an evolution of the current Camaro's wide, narrow grille (more than one Autoblog editor points out that there's a Scion tC-like quality to this car's nose, although we'd like to point out that's largely the fault of the camouflage) and a front axle with wheels pushed towards the outer corner of the car.

It's not clear what sort of engine is sitting under this Camaro's hood, although considering it's sporting touches, we're betting it's some sort of V8. Other engines that could arrive on the new Alpha-platform Camaro include the usual suspects – GM's 3.6-litre V6, which is found in the current car, and the 2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder found on the next Camaro's platform-mates, the Cadillac ATS and CTS.

Take a look at our full battery of spy photos of the 2016 Chevy Camaro.

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Kia showcasing Optima T-Hybrid concept in Paris [w/video]

Posted Sep 30th 2014 10:00AM

Kia Optima T-Hybrid Concept

At the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, Kia showcased a new diesel hybrid powertrain. And at the rapidly approaching Paris Motor Show, it will present that new technology in the Optima sedan concept you see here.

Called the Kia Optima T-Hybrid, the concept mates a 1.7-litre diesel with both a turbocharger and electric supercharger to a small electric motor and a 48-volt lead-carbon battery. The mild hybrid setup allows it to travel in electric-only model at low speeds and at cruise, regenerating brake power to recharge the battery. Kia said it chose the lead-carbon battery pack over lithium-ion because it's easier to recycle and does not require active cooling.

Because the powertrain is still under development, Kia isn't saying what kind of fuel economy or emissions figures it gets in the Optima T-Hybrid concept, but it is targeting a "significant reduction" in emissions and fuel consumption, while delivering 15 to 20 per cent more power. Check out the system in action in the video below.

News Source: Kia

Honda reveals more with Civic Type R concept bound for Paris

Posted Sep 30th 2014 9:00AM

Honda Civic Type R Concept

The reveal of the next-generation Honda Civic Type R has been a gradual one. First Honda showed us a camouflaged prototype, then let us drive one at its Japanese proving ground and followed up with a concept at the Geneva Motor Show. Now with the Paris Motor Show looming on the horizon, it has revealed yet another concept to keep hot-hatch enthusiasts on their toes.

The second Civic Type R concept appears almost identical to the first one – right down to the aggressive aero kit, quad exhaust tips, oversized wheels and ultra-low-profile rubber – but wears a new coat of Superman blue with go-fast decals. With its release, however, Honda has confirmed some of the salient details set for the production version.

In the nose sits a 2.0-litre turbo four with 276 horsepower and a 7,000-rpm redline, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Adaptive dampers and a "steer axis" system promise to keep the power under control, while a push of the +R button tightens up the suspension, steering and torque mapping.

All of this adds up to a hot hatch which Honda promises will surpass every Type R before it – including the Integra, Accord, the previous Civic... and yes, even the NSX. Production is slated to take place at Honda's plant in Swindon, UK, with delivery to European showrooms commencing sometime next year.

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News Source: Honda

Caterham F1 changes leadership again as Albers steps down

Posted Sep 30th 2014 8:00AM

Christijan Albers at Caterham

To say that there's been some instability at the Caterham F1 team lately would be a gross understatement. Caterham owner Tony Fernandes sold the team a couple of months ago, its team principal Cyril Abiteboul left for Renault, and a consortium of investors took over. They named former F1 driver Christijan Albers as team principal, supported by former HRT exec Manfredi Ravetto and advised by veteran strategist Colin Kolles. All the while it's been switching drivers back and forth, briefly replacing Kamui Kobayashi with three-time Le Mans winner André Lotterer before bringing Kobayashi back. And now it's switching team principals again.

Although it's unclear whether Albers saw his transitionary mission as complete or if there was some clash with his financial backers, the retired Dutch driver has reportedly stepped aside. In his place, rather than have Colin Kolles (who himself is reportedly working on starting his own team) calling the shots, the team has promoted Ravetto to team principal, with Kolles apparently serving as technical director.

Whether the reconfigured leadership can improve the team's fortunes remains to be seen, but one thing's for sure: there's only one way for Caterham to go, and that's up. In five seasons on the grid (previously under the Lotus banner before that naming dispute was resolved), the team currently known as Caterham (though who knows for how much longer) has utterly failed to distinguish itself. It has yet to take a podium finish (let alone a race win), rack up a pole or fastest lap or even score a single championship point, finishing in tenth or eleventh place in every season in which it has competed thus far.

News Source: Autosport

Image Credit: Charles Coates/LAT/Caterham

Is this the world's cheapest Gymkhana video?

Posted Sep 29th 2014 8:00PM

Skodakhana

We don't know how much Monster Energy spends on Ken Block's famous Gymkhana videos, but we're sure they're big-budget productions, shot on big lots with lots of props, more GoPro cameras than we'd care to count and some big-name personalities involved. But whether you'd consider them distractions or enhancements, what makes these videos great is the driving skills.

Case in point: this latest video from the Czech Republic. It doesn't have any celebrities, no spectacular special effects, not even an exciting location. It's just a local rally driver by the name of Petr Šimurda with unreal car-control abilities, sliding an old Škoda rally machine around a car lot in Central Europe like it was on caster wheels. And is it lacking for not having big-name stars or guys in gorilla suits on Segway scooters? Not one bit. See for yourself in the video clip.

News Source: YouTube via Jalopnik

Watch how hard it was for Jonny Walker to win the 2014 Erzbergrodeo

Posted Sep 29th 2014 7:00PM

Erzbergrodeo

The Erzbergrodeo might be one of the greatest motorcycle events in the world that many people know nothing about. Set over several days, mostly in the pit of a former Austrian ore mine, these riders put it all on the line for hours at a time. It's like the Isle of Man TT for dirt bikes.

The races culminate in the Red Bull Hare Scramble for 500 riders. This year, it was set along a 14.3-mile (23-kilometer) course, and just 31 people were able to get to the finish in the four-hour time limit. Being left on the course wasn't a problem for 2014 winner Jonny Walker (a fabulous name for a racer). He won the scramble in about an hour and 40 minutes and had a GoPro strapped to his helmet for the whole ride. Now, the footage is on YouTube completely uncut and demonstrates quite clearly why the event is such a difficult challenge.

Obviously watching all of this video might be a commitment, but be sure to check out at least the first few minutes as Walker climbs out of the mining pit. At about 55 minutes, things get truly amazing as he's challenged to climb up a mountain of loose boulders. The whole thing is an epic ride.

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News Source: Erzbergrodeo, GoProMX via YouTube, Asphalt and Rubber

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There's a car powered by salt water? Meet the Quant e-Sportlimousine

Posted Sep 29th 2014 6:00PM



If a salt water-powered car was released to the public, would you drive it? The Quant e-Sportlimousine that you see here is just the kind of fascinating concept car we hope to see hit the road someday soon. The product of an energy company called nanoFLOWCELL AG based in Liechtenstein – with help at various points along the way from Koenigsegg and Bosch – the Quant promises a very advanced battery pack to power the electric drivetrain inside of this unmissable bodywork.

Predicted performance from the e-Sportslimousine concept is impressive in turn, with the company calling out sprint of just 2.8 seconds from 0-100 km/h, with a top speed approaching 380 km/h. All that, and the range is said to be about 400 to 600 kms between charges. The company makes note that all of these figures have been simulated in a laboratory, so we wouldn't recommend selling off your Model S just yet. NanoFLOWCELL does say that the vehicle "is neither a show car, nor a concept car" and has been "designed from the ground up to meet all homologation requirements."

Click here to learn more in the video below.

News Source: via AOL On

Image Credit: Drew Phillips

Horses, beer and Mercedes-Benz take credit for the van

Posted Sep 29th 2014 5:00PM

Mercedes pioneers the van

There may not be as many minivans on the road as there used to be, but make no mistake about it: the van is still an indispensable mode of transportation. Especially for things like beer, ice cream, flowers, teams of television adventurers, and... more beer. There have been many automakers that have made vans over the years, and many that still do. But Mercedes-Benz is keen to point out that it pioneered the van.

In this light-hearted, minute-and-a-half-long video clip, Mercedes takes us from the advent of the van before the turn of the century (the previous century, that is) through its gestation and evolution into the vital vehicle that it is today. But it never would have happened if not for some tired horses and many beer-swilling Germans, the former owing their thanks to the latter... and, if the narrative is to be believed, all of us owing that pioneering spirit to Mercedes.

News Source: Mercedes-Benz via YouTube

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