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Toyota GT86 CS-R3 rally car presages for-sale customer racecar

Posted Aug 1st 2014 9:00AM

Toyota GT86 CS-R3 rally car

Rallying may enjoy a very strong association with all-wheel drive, but it wasn't so long ago that the World Rally Championship was populated by cars that slipped and slid across gravel and tarmac using rear-wheel drive. One of those was the Toyota Celica. While the little Celica eventually joined the gravel-spewing masses with an all-wheel-drive rally car, Toyota is returning to its rear-drive rally roots with a modified version of the critically acclaimed GT86.

Called the CS-R3, the new model boasts all the necessary changes to turn the diminutive twin of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ into a car capable of tackling the tough, twisting paths that are so routinely conquered by the world's rally cars. That means, of course, the CS-R3 has gotten a power bump.

Expected output sits between 240 and 250 horsepower, thanks to a new racing exhaust and manifold, as well as other changes. The ECU has been replaced with an item a bit more suited to racing, while the compression ratio has also been adjusted to boost the output.

Power continues to travel to the rear wheels, although a six-speed sequential racing box, complete with a racing clutch and a lightweight flywheel, has replaced the GT86's six-speed manual. The brakes, meanwhile, are 13-inchers (330 mm) in front and 11.8 inches (300 mm) in back on tarmac stages, while gravel stages demand 11.8-inch (300 mm) rotors at all four corners. Regardless of brake disc size, four-piston front calipers and two-piston rears are standard.

While Toyota is debuting this car at the 2014 Rallye Deutschland, it's not going to be racing there. Instead, the event will serve as the "pathfinder" car for the rally, and will tackle each course with an eye on safety, ahead of the actual WRC cars.

Toyota has already committed to offering the CS-R3 as a customer option, promising that it will be a "cost-effective option."

"It's important to say that the GT86 CS-R3 which Isolde [that's Isolde Holderied, a two-time women's WRC champ] will drive is not the finished article; we need the data from Rallye Deutschland to finalize our development program," Nico Ehlert, Toyota Motorsport's principal engineer for customer motorsports. "But it does represent a significant step in the GT86 CS-R3 story and gives a clear indication to our future customers that this project is progressing quickly."

Scroll down for the full press release from Toyota.

Watch insane high-speed police chase of drunk trucker, shots fired

Posted Jul 31st 2014 7:59PM



What's crazier than a police chase ending with the cops shooting out the tires on a car? Well, how about a high(ish)-police pursuit of a fully loaded car transporter that ends with some cops hanging out the window and firing their guns directly at the fleeing truck's tires and fuel tank... yes, fuel tank! As avid players of the Grand Theft Auto franchise, we're instantly drawn to footage like this.

According to the original poster of the video on LiveLeak, in Belarus, the drunk driver of this truck (which was fully loaded with cars for transport) was spotted leaving the scene after hitting a parked Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Police were notified of the hit-and-run by witnesses and were dispatched immediately to intercept the wild truck driver before he could do more damage.

The driver of the truck was allegedly driving drunk and when the cops showed up, he proceeded to speed up and cause a big ruckus while dodging in and out of lanes, driving into oncoming traffic, the shoulder and into ditches instead of stopping for police.

With the chase lasting over 180 kilometres in distance, the cops decided it was time to end it. In the video, you can see an officer draw his service pistol and fire three warning shots into the air. The cop then decides to unload a few bullets into the truck's tires and fuel tank in an attempt to stop the reckless driver. (We're just going to assume that the truck runs diesel and the officers were aware of the difference between gasoline and diesel.)

The tactic worked and after a reported 90 shots were fired, the crazy police chase came to an end when the truck developed two flat tires and ran out of fuel from from bullet holes put in its side. There were no injuries reported so check out the video below!

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News Source: VIDAGEO News via LiveLeak

Image Credit: VIDAGEO News

World's greatest Corvette rally car goes like stink, looks like fun

Posted Jul 31st 2014 7:00PM



In general, most Corvette owners aren't exactly known for getting their cars down and dirty outside of commonly being spotted at track days and drag strips all over North America. But the hard-driving owner featured in the video below clearly prefers to trash and bash their Chevy over polishing and pampering it.

Contrary to the habits we've come to expect from most Corvette enthusiasts, it's awesome to see this driver pushing an American-bred sportscar to the limit in a whole new way, by tearing through rough roads rally car style and kicking up plenty of dirt along the way.

Sporting a mismatched driver's door and a hood of a different colour, you can tell this baby has seen some rough use and we love that it's both different and bad ass at the same time. Subaru drivers, eat your heart out as this Chevy proves you can have just as much fun without AWD.


Click here to watch this improvised rally car in action.

News Source: Autoblog Quebec via YouTube

Image Credit: YouTube

Mercedes details 4.0L twin-turbo V8 for AMG GT

Posted Jul 31st 2014 6:00PM

Mercedes-Benz AMG M178 V8

We can lament the passing of the Mercedes-Benz M156 6.2-litre V8 until the end of time (and we probably will), but none of our moaning is going to stop Mercedes or the madmen of AMG from coming up with more modern, forced-induction mills like the 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8, or this, the company's new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. The freshly unveiled mill will make its production debut in the Mercedes-AMG GT, and based on the stats, it should prove a real honey.

Code-named M178, the new, turbocharged mill comes to party with 510 horsepower, but its big trick is the 479 pound-feet of torque it deploys between 1,750 and 4,750 rpm. Engine, thy name is usable power. The new 4.0 can rev to the same 7,200 rpm redline as the 6.2-litre V8 in the SLS AMG, meaning it should be a jolly good engine to wring out. The two turbochargers, meanwhile, can run to a maximum pressure of 17.4 psi and can spin to 186,000 rpm.

The measure of an engine isn't limited to just its power output. In today's world, it needs to be light. According to AMG, the new 4.0 is just that, boasting a dry weight of just 461 pounds (209 kilograms), thanks to an aluminum crankcase. AMG even cast an eye on the way the engine's fat is distributed, fitting the turbochargers not outside the cylinder banks, like on a typical engine, but in what it calls the "hot inside V" configuration. That allows a lower, more compact engine package whose weight is better distributed.

Sound is arguably one of the AMG engine's most important aspects, and in that important arena, the 4.0 shouldn't disappoint. Slated to debut in the Mercedes-AMG GT, the 4.0 will be paired up with an exhaust that includes variable flaps that open and close depending on things like the transmission mode and throttle inputs. That should allow the GT's new engine to balance the AMG sound we know and love with a more relaxed, mellow and quieter character in everyday driving.

We'll have much more on both this engine and the car it will debut in, the Mercedes-AMG GT, in the coming months. Until then, there's a wealth of nitty gritty information available in the attached press release, from Mercedes-Benz. Scroll down for a look.

News Source: Mercedes-Benz

Man dies after car crashes into bee-infested house

Posted Jul 31st 2014 5:00PM

honey bee, hive bee (Apis mellifera mellifera), bee swarm leaving a beehive, Germany

Leaving buildings vacant can present all kinds of dangers, as officials in Michigan in particular have found in recent years. But this tragic incident has to be a new one.

A 54-year-old man was driving his Hyundai down Spruce Road in the town of St. Charles, MI on Wednesday afternoon, but when he got to a curve in the road (just west of the M-52), he didn't turn, and his car went straight into an unoccupied home. Well, we should say that is was unoccupied by humans. In their place, the house was infested with bees. When rescue workers arrived at the scene, they were reportedly "driven back by swarms of bees," according to local news.

Sadly, the unfortunate driver died in the accident, but It does not appear to have been the bees that killed him directly. Although the Saginaw Country Sheriff's Department is still investigating the matter, preliminary reports suggest that the man suffered from a "medical emergency" (such as a heart attack, from the looks of things) before his car ever left the road.

News Source: MLive

Image Credit: Blickwinkel / Alamy

Xcar goes Radical in a big way

Posted Jul 31st 2014 3:00PM

Inside Radical for XCar

In just a relatively short period of time, Radical Sportscars has proven to be a company true to its name. It only completed its first car in 1997 but has become among the leaders in the world of dedicated track day specials since then. These days it's even dipping its toe into the world of road models with the RXC, which stretches the definition of a vehicle for the street nearly to the breaking point. In it's latest video, Xcar Films sits down with the company's managing director Phil Abbot to talk about the business' genesis and its future.

Abbot weaves an intriguing tale. He left school at 15 to become an auto mechanic and eventually branched out into engineering. He didn't become an amateur racer until he was in his 40s. After doing that for a while, he decided that he could build a better mousetrap and set out to build a fast, affordable track car. The company's original Clubsport model was heavier and more expensive than Abbot wanted, but it was enough of a success for the business to push forward.

With the RXC the company is now aiming more at the on-road business. With a price of US$171,280, they aren't cheap, but it's hard to imagine finding a more hardcore vehicle for the street. "Our cars will always be racecars, but if people are crazy enough to put them on the road, then that gives us a good market," said Abbot in the video.

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News Source: XCar Films via YouTube

'Blood Muscle' auction to sell impressive collection of ill-begotten classic cars

Posted Jul 31st 2014 2:00PM

Blood Muscle auction

The old saying goes that if you can't do the time, don't do the crime. But being a criminal can involve more than just taking a trip to the big house; it can also mean losing possessions purchased from any ill-gotten gains. Still, one man's loss is another's gain, and if you're in Lodi, NJ, on September 12, you stand the chance to buy some of the ultimate muscle cars from the US Marshals in what is being gruesomely nicknamed the Blood Muscle auction.

The grisly moniker was earned because all of the vehicles belonged to the president of a blood testing company who is facing prison time for alleged bribery, according to Hemmings. After all, they are muscle cars bought with actual blood money. The seven-vehicle collection includes some of the ultimate muscle cars ever made, and the original buyer clearly had an eye for rarity.

This cornucopia of V8 power includes a teal 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429, a 1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang, an orange 1970 Plymouth Superbird, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS convertible and perhaps most prized of all – a trio of 1969 Yenko Chevys with a Chevelle, Nova and Camaro all represented. From the included photos, all of them look to be in fantastic condition.

A.J Willner Auctions, which is coordinating the sale, has authenticating documents for all seven vehicles on its website. "This is a live auction, all bidders will need to attend and bid in person with the required $10,000 cashier's check as a deposit on them," the company says about the event. If you can get past how the cars were purchased, there could be some bargains here.

News Source: A.J Willner Auctions, Hemmings

Image Credit: A.J Willner Auctions

Kawasaki recounts the highs and lows of the 2014 Isle of Man TT

Posted Jul 31st 2014 12:58PM

Kawasaki at the Isle of Man

There's no event in the world of motorsports quite like the annual Isle of Man TT. The course is long and treacherous, the scenery breathtaking, the motorcycles fast and the riders like gods on celestial chariots of two wheels. It's an amazing experience, and one that Kawasaki has decided to focus its efforts on, capturing the highs and lows of its time on the Isle in video form.

If there's any one motorcycle manufacturer that has had a foothold on the TT, it's Honda, representing most of the top riders of the last few decades, but more recently there has been surging participation from the likes of BMW, Suzuki, Yamaha, the aforementioned Kawasaki and others. At the 2014 running, Kawasaki performed pretty well for itself, scoring victories in the sidecar and Lightweight TT classes and reaching the podium in Superstock.

Scroll down below for all the action.

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News Source: Kawasaki Motors via YouTube, Asphalt & Rubber

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