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Biker girl throws trash back into the cars of litterbugs caught in the act

Posted Sep 17th 2014 11:00AM

Revenge is a tricky thing. On one hand, it can be childish or just plain pointless. On the other hand, it can be very satisfying. Each and every case is different and of course, taking revenge on someone or something often leads to more negativity and more trouble. Whatever your stance on it, the video below will be somewhat satisfying to you.

It's 2014, no one likes a litterbug. It's lazy, gross, bad for the environment around us (we all live in it!), expensive to clean, potentially hazardous, and just outright disrespectful. It's interesting how anyone in their right mind in a large city would probably agree with those statements but yet, littering is still a large problem in many large cities.

Anti-littering campaigns and fines only go so far, the rest is up to us, the public. In the video below, we see a motorcycle rider (on a gorgeous Triumph Thruxton, no less) that's fed up with the littering in her city. The video begins with the words "I want to live in clean city" in Russian.

The video goes on to show her facing off against various motorists that deem it ok to just pitch their waste out onto the public roads and lots. There are many who feel the video is staged, we're on the fence, and frankly, it doesn't really matter. It's satisfying and also makes a great point, nonetheless.

Check it out below, we won't ruin it for you but the last scene involving a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen is particularly satisfying as the driver is also parked in a disabled driver spot before pulling out and littering.

News Source: Huffington Post via YouTube

Toyota Hilux successor spotted

Posted Sep 17th 2014 10:00AM

Toyota Hilux spy shots

The midsize truck segment is suddenly seemingly exploding with new vehicles worldwide, even here in North America. Not only will the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon be available very soon, Toyota is already testing a replacement for its aging Tacoma and Honda has promised a Ridgeline replacement within the next 18 months. Also, the recently shown Nissan Navara is said to portend the future of our Frontier. Here's some more fresh evidence from Europe of this pickup boom with the next generation of its venerable Hilux in testing.

Thanks to Top Gear and sometimes the evening news, the Hilux has built a reputation of being able to go just about anywhere. According to out spy shooter, this particular pickup was spotted during hot weather testing in southern Europe. Interestingly, a Volkswagen Amarok was along for the ride as a benchmark. Because the VW tends to offer a bit more comfort than the generally utilitarian Hilux, this could indicate Toyota is considering taking the new truck in a slightly comfier, more refined direction.

Compared to the current model, this camouflaged tester sports a narrower front grille and headlights. The hood scoop is also absent here. The lower air dam also receives a more horizontal look, but the more vertical fog light housings provide some contrast. The crazy camouflage pattern makes things hard to discern at the rear, but the taillights appear to be more slender than they on the current model. Unfortunately, mechanical details about the new truck remain a mystery at the moment, but enjoy these spy shots as a preview of one more upcoming pickup.

Image Credit: CarPix

Dodge Viper saved from crusher by students, but will it last?

Posted Sep 17th 2014 9:00AM

The saga of the Washington state community college hoping to keep its allegedly pre-production Dodge Viper out of the maw of the crusher is going strong. Not only does the school still have the car, but there's a chance that the college might even get to keep it.

The whole situation flared up in March when the South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, WA, received a notice from Chrysler Group that requested that the school's Viper be destroyed. The automaker had loaned the muscle car to it about a decade ago to use for educational purposes in its auto tech classes. With the Dodge growing long in the tooth, "it is unlikely that these vehicles offer any educational value to students," the company said in its press release on the matter.

However, the college balked at destroying its Viper, despite the fact it had signed a contract with Chrysler Group to do so. The school further claimed that its car was incredibly special because it was a pre-production example and just the fourth one made back in 1992. Although, as we pointed out at the time, the photos of the school's vehicle showed a coupe that looked like a newer Viper GTS.

In a recent followup from Fox News, things appear to be tenuously positive for the college. It's negotiating with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to find a way to get ownership of the Viper. A company spokesperson said for Fox's story, "We continue to pursue an amicable resolution of the matter." Until there's a final verdict, this muscle machine is safe as an education tool to teach students how to wrench on its big V10. Hopefully, we won't have to watch this Viper get crushed.

News Source: Fox News

Xcar goes analog with the Ferrari F40

Posted Sep 16th 2014 8:00PM

Ferrari F40

We will forever be in love with the Ferrari F40. From its blunt-force appearance to its 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine living and breathing perilously close to the driver's head, the F40, the last model designed and built with input from Enzo Ferrari himself, has been and likely always will be the Ferrari of Ferraris for automotive enthusiasts who grew up in the 1980s.

All of this raises an interesting question: is the Ferrari F40 the best supercar of all time? A case can certainly be made, and after watching – and, just as importantly, listening to – all 17 minutes of blood-red Italian glory from Xcar, you're going to have to try long and hard to convince us that anything could be sweeter than this particular Prancing Horse.

Watch the video below, aptly titled Analogue Animal. You owe it to yourself. So go ahead, sit back, turn up your speakers and click play.

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News Source: Xcar Films via YouTube

Fiat 500 Abarths invade Go-Kart Track

Posted Sep 16th 2014 7:00PM

We love go-karting, you love go-karting, everyone loves go-karting. For most people go-karting is the closest they'll get to racing an open wheel "race kart" around a track. The feeling of strapping into a race harness, planting your butt into the bucket, praying that you picked one of the "good ones" and preparing to run some blistering lap times is always good feeling.

What if, however, you had the chance to take your personal car to one of these mini tracks? Of course that raises the issue of "Dude, I don't think my Panamera would fare too well around that tight course." The truth is, it probably wouldn't. Well the guys over at HGMotosports decided they wanted to find out what it'd be like to drive a real car on a tight indoor kart track and managed to get two of their Fiat 500 Abarths into a K1 Speed karting track in Carlsbad, California.

What better mini rocket could you ask for than a 500 Abarth to tackle the slippery concrete surface and tight corners of a go-kart track. Watch the video below to see how these Abarths understeer and yank e-brake around the course while having the time of their lives!

News Source: HGMotorsports via YouTube

Indications of 825 hp and emissions issues for Hellcat called 'speculation' by Chrysler

Posted Sep 16th 2014 6:00PM

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is probably one of the hottest cars of the moment mostly because of its insane, 707-horsepower supercharged V8. However, there are conflicting reports coming out that the powerplant might be having problems with its emissions compliance and may be capable of even more power.

Jalopnik says that an unnamed source within Fiat Chrysler Automobiles told it that the Hellcat was having problems meeting emissions standards at its 707-horsepower tune. The person claimed that the automaker has been testing the V8 with different types of sensors, possibly to make it a bit cleaner in the future. Autoblog spoke to SRT spokesperson Dan Reid, and he said about the claimed poor emissions, "It's totally speculation."

The source also claimed that the Hellcat had been dynoed at a monumental 825 horsepower, internally. Based on the other rumour, though, it's hard to imagine the engine being emissions compliant like that. Autoblog also asked Reid about this speculation about more power and was told, "They are totally speculating about that."

Of course, Reid's implication of speculation, in both cases, doesn't constitute a denial exactly, either. Suffice it to say that we expect more an firmer information to crop up on both fronts, before too long.

In fact, the much-anticipated muscle car will start arriving at dealers in just a few weeks, which should open the door to transparency on both issues. Waiting really is the hardest part.

News Source: Jalopnik

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Seyth Miersma / AOL

Tony Stewart case to be presented to grand jury

Posted Sep 16th 2014 5:00PM

Federated Auto Parts 400 - Qualifying

Upon my review of all of the information contained in the entire investigation, I have made the determination that it would be appropriate to submit the evidence to a grand jury, for their determination as to what action should be taken in this matter. Accordingly, the evidence developed in the investigation will be presented to an Ontario County grand jury in the near future.

With that quote, Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo has signaled to NASCAR driver Tony Stewart that the case against him in the matter of the death of fellow racer Kevin Ward, Jr., will be an ongoing concern.

According to the D.A., specifics of the information presented to the grand jury, including who is called to testify as a witness and what evidence members are shown, is confidential. The public in general will have to wait until the jury's "determination has been made" before hearing what the status of the case will be.

Stewart, who has been described as cooperative by investigators up to this point, has released a statement indicating that he will continue to cooperate as required in this next phase of proceedings. NASCAR has chimed in as well, stating that Stewart will be allowed to continue racing.

Tony Stewart Could Face Criminal Charge in Driver's Death

News Source: USA Today

Image Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty

Dangerous driver banned after being caught on camera

Posted Sep 16th 2014 4:00PM

Dangerous Driver Banned After Being Caught on Camera

We've seen some pretty dangerous drivers caught on dash cam before, but the video above of a man nearly causing a crash on a busy highway has seen him banned from driving for 12 months. The video footage was turned over to authorities after the hatchback driver was spotted performing a rather dangerous lane change, cutting off another car and then hitting his brakes hard.

Did this driver deserve a more severe punishment or is a 12-month ban what he deserves? Click on the video above to watch and tell us if you think justice was served in the poll down below.

Was a 12-month ban from driving enough?

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Galactic Gear is a pitch-perfect Top Gear sendup from the future

Posted Sep 16th 2014 3:00PM

Galactic Gear Video for Star Citizen

Top Gear and particularly host Jeremy Clarkson have come to define how you do a show about cars. Mix big power, an opinionated presenter, a few jokes and fantastic camera work together, and you end up with the show's basic formula. But what happens in the far-flung future when the automobile is long dead, assuming we could keep his brain alive, could Clarkson keep up his act? Upcoming PC space flight sim Star Citizen shows in a promo video that the Top Gear method would still work in the centuries ahead long after we leave the bonds of Earth.

To show off the game's Origin M50 space racer, the designers created Galactic Gear, and these folks clearly know the show very well because the video nails every bit of Top Gear. Anyone can get the silhouetted opening right, but far more impressive is the spot-on copy of Clarkson's cadence. The accent might not be quite right, but you can easily imagine him coining these same tortured metaphors about an Aston Martin, as about these spaceships.

Star Citizen is being spearheaded by Chris Roberts, the man behind classic PC space sim Wing Commander. The game eventually hopes to offer players a persistent online world to fly around in, but until then it's slowly rolling out new ships and modes. Judging from the videos online, it looks like an absolutely beautiful experience.

News Source: Roberts Space Industries via YouTube