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2014 Porsche 911 Pfaff Tuning GT3 Alternative

Posted Oct 24th 2014 12:00PM

Pfaff Tuning's 7MT GT3 Alternative - A True Driver's Car, Through and Through



Every once in a while, we get to drive what we call 'What-If Cars'. The kind of cars that pop into your head when you're lost in a "what kind of car would you buy if you won the lottery" daydream or embattled in the same conversation with your fellow gear heads. So when we got the offer from Pfaff Tuning to pick up their 2014 Porsche 911 'GT3 Alternative' - we did a quick inventory to check in with our internal 'What-If' garage to see if this monster was there, and yup, it's there alright, pretty damn close to the top we'd say.

Porsche's spartan 911 GT3 is undeniably a razor-sharp machine and the perfect trackday weapon, without a doubt on the dream car list of most gear heads, but it's missing the one thing we prize above almost everything else - a third pedal. Call us dinosaurs, call us luddites, call us anything you want, we won't judge you - as dizzyingly fast and efficient as Porsche's PDK transmission is, it will never provide the same experience as rowing your own gears.

We'll get the disclaimers out of the way up front:

- Pfaff have proven themselves to be a front-runner for all things Porsche and all things fast. They currently campaign a GT3 Cup Challenge Car - to say they know what they're doing when it comes to Porsches is an understatement and we're ecstatic to be working with them.

- We had a mileage cap on this car and would have liked to have logged more seat time, but alas, Pfaff is indeed selling this car and they wish to keep the kilometres as close to zero as possible for the potential buyer.

- This is an impartial review, we look at it like reviewing any other vehicle that any manufacturer sells. We drive the car and we report back to you with the good and the bad.

In the future, you might be able to stop car thieves with a text message [w/video]

Posted Oct 24th 2014 11:00AM

Texting Standoff Negotiations

As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. Faced with a family member's carjacking, entrepreneur Kelvin Macharia Kuria wanted to do something to stem the massive problem with vehicle thefts in Nairobi, Kenya. Still in his early 20s, he founded a company called Sunrise Tracking in 2012 to do just that, and Macharia has come up with a novel way to potentially get people's cars back, according to CNN.

Sunrise's main business is signing clients and installing GPS devices to track their vehicles. The users also have access to their own cars' location data. Other companies already offer this service, of course – what makes Sunrise so interesting is that it then goes even further in an effort to get its customer's property back.

First, the company uses closed-circuit television systems that can snap photos of thieves. However, if a vehicle is stolen, then the owner has an easy solution. Sending a special text message immobilizes the car until it can be retrieved. To be drivable again, it just takes dispatching a second message.

As CNN points out, even this immobilization-by-text technology isn't entirely unheard of. But it's still an intriguing example of someone like Macharia seeing a local problem and finding a way to craft a business around solving it. Scroll down for a video from CNN that delves deeper in the story behind Sunrise Tracking.

News Source: CNN

Image Credit: Mark Bugnaski / AP Photo

Mazda2 production fires up in Mexico

Posted Oct 24th 2014 10:00AM

Mazda2

Mazda has officially kicked off production of the next-generation Mazda2 at the company's new factory in Salamanca, Mexico. Alongside the auto assembly plant, operations have also commenced at the facility's engine machining factory.

"With the start of production of the all-new Mazda2, operations underway at the engine machining plant, and an increase in our annual production capacity, we now have an even stronger production framework capable of supplying global markets with Skyactiv products of the same high quality level as those made in Japan," Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation's President Keishi Egawa said in a statement. "At the same time, we are pleased to be able to make a contribution to Mexico's further economic growth."

MMVO joins Mazda's Hofu Plant in Japan and the Auto Alliance factory in Thailand, which commenced Mazda2 production in July and September, respectively.

Scroll down for the full press release from Mazda.

News Source: Mazda

Porsche rules out Macan, 911 hybrids

Posted Oct 24th 2014 9:00AM

Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid

Believe it or not, between the 918 Spyder, the Cayenne and the Panamera, Porsche offers more plug-in hybrid models than any other brand. Yes, Porsche. But don't expect that trend to continue. At least, not in the immediate future.

According to Top Gear, the E-Hybrid powertrain in the Cayenne and Panamera is too big to fit into the smaller Macan. A future hybrid system could be small enough to fit, but with the current technology still fresh, that'd still be some ways down the twisting road.

It stands to reason, then, that if the system wouldn't fit in the Macan, it wouldn't fit in the Boxster or Cayman, either. But what of the 911? Surely Porsche would like to stick it to BMW and its new i8, and proved it could do a hybrid 911 when it rolled the GT3 R Hybrid (pictured) out onto the race track over four years ago. But Zuffenhausen is reportedly in no rush to put that idea into production – not for the current 911 and not for the next one, either.

Porsche has indeed proven its performance hybrid chops with the 918 Spyder and the 919 Hybrid LMP1 racer. But for now, it looks like the current trio of Porsche PHEVs will have to carry on by themselves.

News Source: Top Gear

2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek gets more infotainment, safety tech

Posted Oct 24th 2014 8:00AM

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

A couple of months ago, Subaru rolled out a series of minor enhancements for the Impreza, and now it's performed a similar upgrade to its more rugged counterpart, the XV Crosstrek. For 2015, the XV benefits from available EyeSight driver assistance suite, steering-responsive fog lights and a new 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with a seven-inch version on higher-spec models).

Otherwise the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek and XV Crosstrek Hybrid are essentially the same as the 2014 models they replace. The requisite 2.0-litre boxer four drives to all four wheels as always, with or without hybrid assist, through either a five-speed manual or continuously variable transmission. Look for the updated model to reach dealers this December, and in the meantime, feel free to peruse the press release below.

News Source: Subaru

Hilarious ad sells viewers on used 21-year-old Volvo wagon

Posted Oct 23rd 2014 8:00PM

Hilarious Ad Sells Viewers On A 21-Year-Old Volvo

Okay, while we've seen some strange yet effective car ads attract major attention over the years, including this beat-up Nissan Maxima and the hilarious couple selling an old Mercedes-Benz... But the funny classified ad for a used Volvo wagon is something you'll want to behold.

Art Director Castor unveiled his latest ad for
his very own used Volvo, and it's perfect car-ad satire that might make you consider
buying the 21-year-old car Swedish wagon - or at least leave you laughing.

Click to watch the video above and let us know if this ad actually works on you.

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Doctor: Schumacher making 'some progress,' could recover in three years

Posted Oct 23rd 2014 7:00PM

Dr. Payen, Schumacher

It's been about a month since Formula One star Michael Schumacher was moved from a French hospital to his home in Lausanne, Switzerland. While the Schumacher family has kept quiet since moving Michael home, one of the physicians that has been treating the seven-time World Champion is speaking out.

According to Dr. Jean-Francois Payen (above), the head of anesthesiology at Grenoble University Hospital, Schumi is making "some progress." Schumacher's spokesman, Sabine Kehm, confirmed that the German had emerged from his months-long coma in June. "It's like other patients, we are in a timescale that ranges from one year to three years, so it takes patience," Dr. Payen told France's Le Parisien... READ MORE


News Source: The Telegraph

Image Credit: Laurent Cipriani / AP

Ford readying dozen+ Mustang models for SEMA

Posted Oct 23rd 2014 6:00PM

Galpin Auto Sport 2015 Ford Mustang

2015 Ford Mustang Petty Garage show car for SEMA 2014 - rendering Ford is unsurprisingly bringing a herd of its new 2015 Mustang models to next month's SEMA show in Las Vegas. Over a dozen of them are arriving from top aftermarket outfits like Galpin Auto Sports, Steeda, Roush and others. The Blue Oval isn't just shining a spotlight on the V8 model, though. The new EcoBoost 2.3-litre version with 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque is also getting its time in the sun.

Among the shined-up ponies will be a showcar helping Galpin celebrate the Mustang's golden anniversary, with the car is covered in the precious metal. The black paint over the body has gold flecks in it, and the wheels, side sills, brake calipers and badges all match, as well. However, it takes more than something shiny to truly impress at SEMA, and Galpin's Mustang also packs a Whipple supercharger for the 5.0-litre V8, boosting the bottom line to 725 horsepower. Take that, Hellcat. There's even a window in the hood to look through, not unlike a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. The coupe also wears new headlights with LED turn signals that activate in sequence, just like the taillights, and the interior features black-and-gold Recaro seats.

Also set for its SEMA debut is an MRT showcar that takes the EcoBoost Mustang for a gallop with its TKO treatment. The black and orange two-tone car has been designed to incorporate select road racing elements. Mechanical upgrades include 14-inch (355mm) brake rotors with new ducts, a Vortech air-to-air intercooler and an Air Lift suspension. The Mustang also shows off the company's products for added style and performance including a hood with integrated heat extractors and a unique front splitter.

Also in the mix, Petty's Garage will show a Mustang featuring a Roush supercharged engine, and it's painted in Richard Petty's famous No. 43 livery (inset). The car will later be auctioned by Barrett-Jackson for charity.

SEMA certainly looks like quite a corral for the latest Mustang. Scroll down to read the press releases from Ford, Galpin and MRT about what they have in store.

News Source: Ford, Galpin, MRT

Porsche 918 Spyder already almost sold out?

Posted Oct 23rd 2014 5:00PM

Porsche 918 Spyder

Still planning on getting your hands on a Porsche 918 Spyder? You'd better act quickly, because word has it that the hybrid hypercar is nearly sold out.

While Porsche has reportedly only delivered a little over 30 of the 918 examples of the Spyder it plans to manufacture in total, Automotive News says that production is sold out through late March or early April – just a few months shy of when production is set to wrap in July.

That's pretty impressive for a car with a base price of almost $850,000, especially one requiring a $200,000 deposit just to get your name on the list. Still, that sum is significantly less than its competitors get for the McLaren P1 or LaFerrari, both of which sell for over a million (if you can actually get on one at that price), though in fairness, production of each is limited to less than half of the 918 Spyder.

News Source: Automotive News - sub. req.

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