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Jaguar wants to make real-life driving just like a video game

Posted Jul 11th 2014 9:58AM

Jaguar Virtual Windscreen

Jaguar Land Rover is on a bit of a tech bent today. It's announced its new family of four-cylinder engines and a "self-learning" vehicle Range Rover prototype, and now it's announced what it calls the Jaguar Virtual Windscreen.

The technology is similar to other head-up displays and telematics recorders already on the market, the Jaguar Virtual Windscreen concept takes things to the next level to turn real-life driving into a video game-like experience. It's being demonstrated with data like lap times, grid positions, virtual racing line and brake guidance... even "ghost" cars from previous laps and virtual cones for simulated autocrossing. Just like you'd find in the latest version of Forza or Gran Turismo, but you know... in an actual car – in this case a Jaguar F-Type. It's similar to the Transparent Bonnet system Land Rover revealed a couple of months ago, but instead of rock-crawling, it's for the race track.

The system also incorporates gesture controls and could be configured to display instrument data, a video feed from a rear-view camera to replace the mirror. Check out the details and the video below for a closer look at what JLR has got in store for the near future.

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Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, Jay Leno's Garage snag Emmy nominations

Posted Jul 11th 2014 9:01AM

Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Two of our favourite web series have been nominated for Emmy Awards in the Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction category. Jay Leno's Garage and Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee are up for the prestigious awards, which will be handed out on August 25.

There are four other challengers in the category, including Park Bench with Steve Buscemi, ESPN's 30 For 30 Shorts, National Geographic's Cosmos: A Deeper Dive, and I Was There: Boston Marathon Bombings.

This is the second nomination for Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which is in the midst of its fourth season. Leno, meanwhile, is no stranger to short-format Emmy recognition. This will mark JGL's sixth nomination, and it won the Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format Nonfiction Programs (the predecessor to today's category) in 2011.

News Source: Emmy Awards

Image Credit: Peter Kramer / AP

Speeding Lamborghini hits woman at Vancouver bike race

Posted Jul 10th 2014 8:00PM

Lamborghini Hits Woman In Vancouver
After the recent Lamborghini crash in downtown Vancouver, it looks like the bad reputation continues to get worse for the Italian supercar brand in British Columbia, after an Lamborghini pace car suddenly clipped a woman during the Gastown Grand Prix in Vancouver, BC.

According to reports, the woman was actually a race official attempting to cross the street at the Vancouver cycling event when she was suddenly struck by the Lamborghini supercar. Witness Corey Coates, who captured video of Wednesday's incident (above), said on Facebook that people were allowed to cross the empty race course after a bike group had passed, but the woman "just took too long."

Thankfully the woman suffered only minor injuries, as bystanders indicate the Lamborghini ended up leaving its passenger side mirror behind after the impact took place. Click here to watch the scary crash caught on camera and read the full story at here from The Huffington Post.

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Grand Theft Auto V fans remake Sopranos intro

Posted Jul 10th 2014 7:00PM

The Sopranos Grand Theft Auto V

There is no shortage of things to do in the open world of Grand Theft Auto V. One of the more popular, though, is recreating iconic scenes from TV and film on the sprawling landmass that is San Andreas. We've already seen a famous scene from Terminator II get the GTA treatment, and now, it's the turn of everyone's favorite mob boss.

Yes, someone has gone and developed a very faithful recreation of the opening sequence of TV classic The Sopranos on GTA. YouTuber 8-Bit Bastard is no stranger to these recreations, and the expertise on this latest effort is evident.

Scroll down for the full reenactment of The Sopranos opening. We've also included a second video, which shows the original product with the GTA version, side by side. Take a look, and then head into Comments and let us know what you think.

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Dancing car salesman shows off his best moves

Posted Jul 10th 2014 6:15PM

Car Salesman Impresses with His Dance Moves

When an new car dealership hired street dancers to jazz up a local television ad, little did they know they alread
y had a talented star in their ranks. Click on the video above to check out this Hyundai dealerships assistant manager, Joe Barzelay bust out his best (and most hilarious) dance moves.

Now the only question is who would win a dance off battle if Hyundai's finest were to face Rhode Island's legendary dancing traffic cop or this break dancing gas station attendant?

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How it works: Limited-Slip Differentials

Posted Jul 10th 2014 5:30PM

Car Tech 101: Limited-Slip Differentials Explained

Okay gearheads, it's time to get technical as we take a look at How it works: Limited-Slip Differentials Explained. With today's moderns cars (especially sports cars) coming equipped with sophisticated driving aids designed to improve safety and deliver better performance, understanding how a vehicle with LSD (limited slip differential) works is a key part of becoming a better driver.

Your car's drivetrain would be about as sophisticated as a garden cart if it didn't have some sort of differential. And increasingly,
automakers are touting their use of the limited-slip variant. Click here to watch as CNET host Brian Cooley walks through all you need to know.

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2015 Ford Mustang production to begin on July 14? Not quite, says Ford

Posted Jul 10th 2014 4:45PM

2015 Ford Mustang

Mustang6g.com believes that it has unlocked start date for 2015 Ford Mustang production citing a Ford dealer communiqué. According to the report, job one on the 2015 hardtop will allegedly start in just a few days, on July 14, although units that are known as "OK to Buy" won't enter production until September 9. The cars built between those dates are most likely final pre-production cars for the executive test fleet, and will likely include the cars we'll be driving at the media launch.

Sun worshippers, meanwhile, would seem to have a longer wait. Job one on the droptop supposedly isn't slated to start until September 14, with production models starting on October 27. As is the case with the hardtop, these final pre-pros are for the execs and media to test, while actual dealer orders will come from vehicles made after the October date.

After speaking to Ford, though, we wouldn't put a great deal of stock in those dates as reported. We reached out to Said Deep, Ford's North American Product Communications Manager.

"There are multiple build schedules for any product that we build," Deep told Autoblog. "We don't recognize any of those dates."

While it's a virtual certainty that Ford is actively building pre-production Mustangs (your author spotted an uncovered, fully badged 2015 GT Convertible just yesterday), it doesn't seem like we're going to hear about the first consumer examples until they roll down the line at the Ford factory in Flat Rock, MI.

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How a Chrysler New Yorker rally car turned father and son into best friends

Posted Jul 10th 2014 4:00PM

1951 Chrysler New Yorker Rally Car

Cars have a weird way of bringing fathers and sons together. You might not want to talk to your dad (or son) about politics, but if you can get him into a conversation about 1950s automotive design, then you can chat for hours. The latest video from Petrolicious looks at how Jonathan Auerbach and his dad bonded through racing in long-distance rallies in an absolutely brutish 1951 Chrysler New Yorker.

The Auerbachs have over 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometres) in competition on this behemoth of a Chrysler. It packs a 354-cubic-inch (5.8-litre) HEMI V8 with Weber carbs under the hood, and driving it looks more akin to piloting a ship than any kind of on-road vehicle. The New Yorker can take a pounding and just keep going, too. Jonathan says that they hit two deer during one event, and the only damage to the car was some missing trim up front.

The next goal is to prep the car for the arduous Peking to Paris Rally. The big Chrysler should be quite the sight when it rolls across the finish line in France. Scroll down to hear this poignant story about a father and son becoming best friends while racing an American classic. You might want to have a tissue handy, if you're close to your dad, though.

News Source: Petrolicious via YouTube

eBay Find Of The Day: 1946 Tucker Torpedo Prototype II hides a secret Riviera

Posted Jul 10th 2014 3:15PM

1946 Tucker Torpedo Prototype Replica

The Tucker Torpedo is one of the great what-if stories of automotive history. Preston Tucker hoped to revolutionize the industry with a car unlike any other on the road at the time. However, due to a variety of problems, he only managed build 51 vehicles before closing shop. Over time, they have become highly sought-after; ​In 2012, one sold for $2.65 million at auction.

That brings us to this Tucker "replica" that you see above because it might be one of the ugliest monstrosities ever put together. However, we might extend some leniency to the creator, as the vehicle isn't actually trying to replicate the classic look of the 1948 Tucker Torpedo. Instead, it is attempting to reproduce an earlier prototype from 1946 that actually features that weird, trident nose. According to the seller, his uncle built the car as a labor of love and supposedly used actual plans from Tucker as inspiration.

Underneath all of the crazy changes is a 1971 Buick Riviera powered by a 455-cubic-inch (7.5-litre) Buick V8. Some of the replica's odder modifications include the front fenders that turn with the wheels and the fin running down the back. All three headlights work, but the one in the middle is only for the high beams. Oddly, the small hinged sections on the roof are meant to open to avoid hitting your head when getting in or out. Maybe the seller's uncle was a very tall guy?

According to the eBay auction, the car does run but definitely needs some restoration, as well. It appears to be reasonably popular, though. As of this writing, it has 18 bids with a price of $7,300 with the reserve not yet met. Bidding ends on July 15.

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