Posted Jul 31st 2014 7:00PM
Rob Ford and Deadmau5 go on memorable coffee run
Posted Jul 31st 2014 6:00PM
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.
Posted Jul 31st 2014 5:00PM
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.
Posted Jul 31st 2014 3:59PM
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!
Posted Jul 31st 2014 3:00PM
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.
Posted Jul 31st 2014 2:00PM
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.
Posted Jul 31st 2014 12:58PM
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.
Posted Jul 31st 2014 12:27PM
Purrari-driving DJ Deadmau5 and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford met at Toronto's City Hall for what was later revealed to be a "coffee run." Well, a 30-minute YouTube clip was released Wednesday afternoon showing just that. And yes, they went to a Tim Hortons (how Canadian eh?) drive-thru with Ford ordering a whopping five espressos in one cup. Yes, five!
Click here to watch, as the video opens with Ford and Deadmau5, aka Joel Zimmerman, in an underground parking lot with the mayor adjusting his seat belt. "Ah, there we go," Ford says before Deadmau5 asks if he's comfy. "You won't be the way I drive," the musician adds. Someone in Ford's inner circle then asks if it'll take about half an hour. Deadmau5 replies "not even."
"This thing is cool man, this thing is like unbelievable," Ford says of the car. "I'd be toast owning one of these, man, I know I would be." Ford then says that when he's "up north" on "Highway 11" "sometimes I open it up" but "if the cops catch me I'm toast, that's the problem."
Fifteen minutes in, Ford and Deadmau5 finally get to a Tim Hortons drive-thru.
"Can I get five espressos in one cup?" Ford says as Deadmau5 asks for an extra-large double-double. "I don't know but it's good," Ford adds after Deadmau5 quips "that's cardiac arrest!" Ford hands Deadmau5 a $20 bill since he "can't have anyone paying for it" which causes Deadmau5 to mug for the camera.
"How much caffeine is in that...you should look that up," When they pull up to the window Ford asks to ensure there's five shots of espresso in his cup, giving Deadmau5 the change. "I pound these espressos back," Ford says... WATCH THE FULL VIDEO
Posted Jul 31st 2014 11:57AM
Stuttgart's Entry-Level Crossover Is Everything But
I'd be willing to bet that 99 per cent of all Porsche Macan owners will never take their vehicle on a track or see any more off-roading than a dirt path to a summer cottage, yet I maintain that there is no better venue to explore the absolute outer limits of the automaker's newest small family transport than on a racing circuit and an off-road course. It's testing at each extreme of the vehicle's operating envelope, with both challenges requiring very different capabilities. With that in mind, and looking forward to dirty floor mats and corded tires, I jumped at the opportunity from Porsche to wring out its new Macan S at Willow Springs International Raceway, located in Southern California's high desert.
The range-topping Macan Turbo (base price $82,200), with its 400 horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.6-litre V6 gets most of the glory these days. But many, including myself, would argue that its slightly less powerful sibling, the Macan S, is actually the pick of the new litter. Despite having 60 fewer horses under the hood and giving up six-tenths of a second in the sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 km/h), it costs a massive $27,900 less – money better spent on equipment that improves the crossover's ride comfort and capability, or perhaps a well-used Boxster for weekends.
Despite a reasonably attractive starting price of $54,300 (plus $1,115 destination), very few Porsche buyers will leave the showroom with a base model. My Dark Blue Metallic Macan S tester was equipped with a slew of mechanical upgrades, including air suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), Sport Chrono Package and 21-inch 911 Turbo Design wheels. A Premium Package and a few other miscellaneous options bloated its price to well over $75,000. That's a very steep price for the premium compact crossover segment, but it's still less than a base Macan Turbo.
Rather than toss us keys in the Willow Springs paddock, Porsche delivered its Macan models to us scribes in Pasadena and then routed us over Angeles Crest Highway towards the track, which is located near Edwards Air Force Base. This generously provided me with another three or so hours behind the wheel, most of it on twisty two-lane mountain roads that were a nice preamble before our track and off-road excursions... READ MORE