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Ford opens the doors on its Swedish rally skunkworks

Posted Sep 19th 2014 7:00PM

Ford Oldsberg MSE Rally Shop tour

It's always amazing to see how different kinds of racecars are made. Formula One racers are often constructed in modern architectural marvels that hint at some of the cutting-edge technology going into the racing. Conversely, rallying is all about sliding around on a varied course as fast as possible, but it often leaves a vehicle caked in mud. So it makes some sense Olsbergs MSE, or simply (OMSE) rally car shop in Nynashamn, Sweden, shows technological sophistication in a more down-to-earth setting. It builds Ford Fiesta ST racers for Global Rallycross there, and this new video gives viewers a tour through the work.

Former rally driver Andreas Eriksson runs OMSE. These days instead of racing, he and the company's 46 employees are building Ford racers from scratch. A ton of work goes into constructing each one, and according to Eriksson, it takes 400 hours to complete each body. At times, things are so busy that some of the technicians live in the shop in apartments that are on premises. There's even a restaurant to keep them fed. Sadly the dyno room is empty during this visit, though.

By the time OMSE is done, a rallycross car might resemble a Fiesta ST on the outside, but as you see in the video, it's a completely different beast underneath. Check out the work it takes to build one of them, and scroll down to read more about it in the official release.

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News Source: Ford, Ford Racing via YouTube

Are newer guardrails making roads less safe? [w/video]

Posted Sep 19th 2014 6:00PM

Guardrail skewers vehicle - ABC News screencap

As if its name doesn't make it clear, the whole purpose of a guardrail is to prevent vehicles from leaving a roadway and veering into potentially even more dangerous territory. However, at least one type of guardrail may not be doing its job, according to a recent study. Officials are supporting further research to find out if the devices are as safe in the real world as they are in crash tests.

The study from the University of Alabama Birmingham, which was sponsored by the consumer advocacy group The Safety Institute and the state of Missouri, looked at eight years of crashes involving guardrails in Missouri and Ohio (not pictured above). The study found that an end terminal piece called ET-Plus from a company called Trinity Industries "was 1.36 times more likely to produce a severe injury and 2.86 times more likely to produce a fatality than the ET-2000 design [another model from Trinity]." However, due to the small, two-state sample size, the report was only able to gather significant data on these two varieties, rather than five from different makers as researchers originally intended.

Now, according to ABC News, the Federal Highway Administration is conducting further evaluations into this potential safety issue with analysis from public and private groups. "We are supporting a national cooperative highway research program to look into the performance of guard rail terminals," said FHA official Nicholas Artimovich to ABC News.

Trinity is already facing lawsuits over the ET-Plus that allege that the shortening of a piece of metal from five inches to four inches in a guardrail's design may be responsible for the potential danger. The lawsuits centre around fatal crashes and incidents in which motorists lost limbs crashing into the company's guardrails.

ABC News claims that internal company emails show the change reportedly saves the company thousands of dollars each year. However, the business denies this as a reason for the alteration, noting that the model passes federal crash tests and meets safety standards.

UPDATE: An accompanying video from ABC News has been added below.

2015 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition goes dark, looks good

Posted Sep 19th 2014 5:00PM

GMC Sierra Elevation Edition

Forget about the so-called sporty Chevrolet Silverado Rally Edition. If you want a General Motors pickup with some added style, this one looks like a more cohesive, well-done package to our eyes (though it's also not "sporty," despite GM using that term over and over again). It's called the GMC Sierra Elevation Edition, and it hits dealerships later this year.

For its more stylish truck, GMC has fitted the 2015 Sierra Double Cab with a body-colored grille surround, door handles, mirror caps, side moldings and bumpers. The truck also rides on black 20-inch aluminum wheels.

The Elevation Edition, which GMC contends qualifies as a sport truck, comes standard with the Sierra's 285-horsepower, 4.3-litre V6, though buyers can opt for the more powerful 5.3-litre V8 with 355 hp. Other standard goodies include OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and Bluetooth, all housed in the 4.2-inch Intellilink color display.

Pricing information has yet to be announced, but in the mean time, click through the gallery above to see more shots of the Elevation Edition, and take a glance below for the official press blast.

News Source: GMC

Angry motorist dangerously drives car off flatbed truck to avoid parking ticket

Posted Sep 19th 2014 4:00PM

Penalised Motorist Drives Car Off Tow Truck

There are few things more frustrating in life than watching your car being towed away and not being able to do anything about it. However, this guy in the video above from Walthamstow, East London, apparently wasn't going to let that happen to him.

As the story goes, the driver in question made it to his car just in time to find it loaded on the back of a flatbed tow truck over a "civil dispute," a parking infraction. However, his Vauxhall Astra hadn't yet been strapped down to be hauled away. The vehicle wouldn't get the chance to leave on the truck, either, because the owner hopped in, threw it into reverse and mashed the throttle. A brief moment of airtime was followed by a sickening crunch and scraping metal, but according to UK newspaper The Daily Mail, the guy drove off afterward.

Of course, we're now left to wonder which has ended up being more expensive: the repair bill for any damage caused by the three-foot fall or the fine for having his car towed. It's hard to imagine this driver thought about the math before this stunt, and we also have to wonder if the flatbed driver didn't get his license plate number, a reality that might lead to further troubles down the road for our flying hatchback artist.

Wonder if this crazy driver's stunt was inspired by the lady who foolishly fails to drive off as her Cadillac Escalade was being towed in the video below.


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News Source: The Daily Mail, 247NewsVideos via YouTube, Motor Authority

Top 10 most stolen crossovers and SUVs

Posted Sep 19th 2014 3:00PM



Each year, automobile thefts costs Canadians close to $1 billion, including $542 million alone for insurers to fix or replace stolen vehicles. While versatile crossovers and SUVs continue to be in high demand with consumers, it seems they're just as equally popular among car thieves too.

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau report, compact crossovers are the most frequently stolen victims of thefts while the full-size/pickup class of SUVs were the least. How often your make and model of car is stolen can quickly become one of the biggest deciding factors used to set your insurance premium. Meaning, It's a good idea to find out if the vehicle you currently drive or one you've considered buying appears on our list of the Top 10 stolen crossovers and SUVs.

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News Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau

Peugeot Quartz Concept is sinister 500-hp hybrid crossover

Posted Sep 19th 2014 2:00PM

Peugeot Quartz Concept

Peugeot Quartz ConceptThe Peugeot family might be going back to their pepper mill business since losing a big stake in the company, but the automaker itself is still hard at work with a new concept for the Paris Motor Show. Its latest creation is the Peugeot Quartz that imagines a high-performance CUV with a 500-horsepower, hybrid drivetrain on tap.

To move this sporty-looking CUV, Peugeot fits it with the company's 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 270 hp and 243 pound-feet of torque with a six-speed automatic, then augments that with two electric motors that each produce 114 hp (85 kilowatts) to directly drive the front and rear axles. The automaker claims that the Quartz could go 48 kilometres (31 miles) on a purely electric charge. However in Race mode things get really interesting, and all three power units work together to motivate the concept.

With its long hood and sloping roof, the Quartz looks like a sports coupe that lifts weights. Its 23-inch wheels have composite flaps to direct airflow, and look massive. Up front, the concept is all business with a mesh grille and arching LED headlights. The subtle louvers hidden in the sides of the hood-bulge are an especially neat styling trick. Moving back from there, the red accents on the flanks actually disguise extending steps into the cabin.

Being a French car, it's almost a rule to have at least one truly weird design detail. For this one, it's the double rear spoilers mounted on the roof. They make the concept look like an excited dog just starting to perk up its ears.

The Quartz's interior is supposed to be reminiscent of the slightly porous texture of basalt rock, with a driver-focused, wrap-around cockpit. Much of it is covered in a "digitally woven" textile from recycled plastic bottles; the new technique allows the company to create large, complex patters with no cutting required, which means less waste. Scroll down to read the full announcement for this high-performance, hybrid CUV.

News Source: Peugeot

Porsche Macan Turbo vs Cayman GTS in track battle

Posted Sep 19th 2014 1:00PM

Porsche Macan vs. Porsche Cayman GTS

"Well this is stupid." On the surface, that was our reaction to this video, as well. Why would you compare the hottest Porsche Cayman with a crossover of any kind, even if it is the 400-horsepower Macan Turbo?

We're guessing because it'd be bloody good fun, as evidenced Auto Express's latest track battle. To be fair, there is some interesting stuff here. The two do have a similar starting price, separated by less than $4,000 here in the Canadian market. And, factoring in the Macan's hefty horsepower and torque advantages – 60 horsepower and 126 pound-feet – does make for a slightly interesting comparison.

We won't spoil the verdict, so check out the full video from Auto Express, and then let us know what you think in Comments.

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News Source: Auto Express via YouTube

2015 Ford Mustang GT [w/video]

Posted Sep 19th 2014 12:00PM

2015 Ford Mustang

At 50 years old, the object of fantasies, a tuner's dream, a movie star and more than nine million strong, it couldn't be truer to say that the Ford Mustang needs no introduction. This newest 2015 Mustang, however – making the biggest changes we've seen to the pony car since perhaps 1964.5 – is something Ford has been introducing all year long.

We went on a Deep Dive, covered the way it looks when it was revealed, detailed the engine specs, got a ride in the EcoBoost and listened to the V8, got rolling footage and watched it do a standard-feature burnout.

The only thing left to do? Drive it! Having now done so for a few hours around Los Angeles, what we can tell you is to forget everything you know about the Ford Mustang. This new car shames the old, redefines the model and gallops far ahead of anything else in the segment... READ FULL REVIEW

Man orders $20M-worth of Rolls-Royce Phantoms

Posted Sep 19th 2014 11:30AM

Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase order by Stephen Hung

Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase Louis XIII HotelThe term "luxury" gets thrown around a lot when speaking about vehicles that are actually somewhat affordable like BMWs and Cadillacs, but Rolls-Royce and hotel magnate Stephen Hung (above in the wild suit) are proving what real opulence really is with the largest single order from the fabled British marque, ever. Hung is purchasing 30 custom examples of the Phantom Extended Wheelbase (pictured right) for $20 million. To push the deal even further over the top, two of the Phantoms are the most expensive examples ever commissioned.

This assemblage of über-luxury sedans isn't for Hung's personal collection. Instead, the cars are going to be part of the fleet for the swanky hotel and casino that he's opening in Macau, China, in 2016 called the Louis XIII. According to The Washington Post, when the 200-room resort opens, the Louis XIII is supposed to be one of the most mind-blowing places in the world, including a suite that costs $110,000 a night.

When completed, the 30 cars will be in matching crimson red to echo the exterior of the hotel. That colour will be carried into the interior trim, as well, including the gauges, and the seats will have a checker board pattern. Each one will be outfitted with a bespoke clock from Graff Luxury Watches. The two most expensive Phantoms will get all of this attention, plus gold-plated trim covering the interior and exterior.

As this huge order suggests, Hung doesn't do anything on a small scale. If you need even more proof of that, Rolls-Royce isn't just providing him with the cars, the automaker is also helping to design the parking area to house them and training the staff to drive the special fleet. Scroll down to read the full announcement of this historic order.

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News Source: Rolls-Royce, The Washington Post

Image Credit: Rolls-Royce

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