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Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat in the works

Posted Jul 29th 2014 4:45PM

2015 Dodge Charger

In our recent First Drive of the 2015 Challenger SRT with the 707-horsepower Hellcat V8 we found its engine to be as brutally powerful as the numbers would suggest, even if it wasn't the best handler. However, the muscle-car-styling just isn't right for some buyers that need four doors and proper rear seats to haul around the family. It appears that Dodge has their backs, though, because the Hellcat is very likely on its way into the Charger in the near future. Imagine the looks on your passengers' faces when you stomp down on the throttle.

According to Road & Track, when Dodge submitted the Hellcat for engine power certification to the Society of Automotive Engineers, the company included the Charger on the paperwork. That showed that the automaker wanted the engine checked out for the sedan, too. R&T reckons the 707-hp Charger would hit the road about a year from now, clearing the Challenger for a year of exclusivity with the powerplant.

When the Charger SRT Hellcat does hit the road, it may carry a very special accolade. Assuming nothing beats it in the meantime, it might be the world's highest horsepower production sedan. Think on that for a second. Even a Mercedes S65 AMG only has 621 horsepower, though a good bit more torque at 738 pound-feet to the Dodge's 650 lb-ft. So while the beastly engine is getting put into other models, where else would you like to see it? The Ram? Grand Cherokee? Let us know in Comments.

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Drift Mania DMCC 2014 Round 4: Riverside Speedway

Posted Jul 29th 2014 4:00PM



The Drift Mania Canadian Championship (DMCC) Round 4 took place at Riverside Speedway in Ste Croix, Quebec. It was a super nice day out (for the majority of the day), and the stands filled up in anticipation for the next round of madness.

Despite the sunny weather, not everyone was having a good day. Maxime Cyrenne crashed hard during practice. His car was declared totalled, and he suffered a sprained ankle and a compressed vertebra. Seb Grandmaison also had a mishap during qualifying, luckily he is okay, but his car will be needing some work... READ MORE

World's first driveable deckchair hits the beach

Posted Jul 29th 2014 3:00PM

World's First Driveable Deckchair Hits Brighton Beach
That's right folks, it's time to meet the world's first fully driveable deckchair. This ultimate beach bomber designed exclusively for truly the most lazy sunseeker was unveiled at Brighton beach in front of a stunned crowd. The open-air party machine also comes complete with a beach-ready boom box, ice drink machine, assortment of umbrellas and a sandpit at the front in case you feel the need to make an emergency sand castle en route to your next destination.

Watch as the video above shows this crazy idea come to life, as it's seen driving about the boardwalk and right onto the sand (of course!) Click here to play the clip above and let us know if this custom creation is something you'd actually drive or if we should add it to our list of the top 10 strangest cars ever made.

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Nissan commits to adding 'iconic' design after Cube killed off

Posted Jul 29th 2014 1:45PM

Nissan Cube

The Nissan Cube is officially on its way out of the brand's vehicle line-up in North America. In a way, that's too bad, simply because the Cube's styling was nothing if not distinctive – much like the company's own Juke. However, the flame for uniquely styled models is indeed still burning over at Nissan.

We might never see an exact replacement for the Cube in the brand's lineup, but product planning boss Andy Palmer says that its retirement leaves a spot open in the Nissan lineup for something else. "To be clear, we will morph this space in our portfolio into something iconic," said Palmer to Automotive News. Unfortunately, he wouldn't hint at what that could mean.

However, his lack of suggestions makes it fun to speculate about what oddity could replace the Cube, especially since two of Nissan's more recent quirky concepts might have problems hitting the road. The Bladeglider is mired in Nissan and Deltawing Technologies' ongoing patent lawsuit. Alternatively, the retro-inspired IDx might be too expensive to build profitably. Still, this is the company that created both the (nearly dead) Murano CrossCabriolet and the very successful Juke; it can probably come up with something else delightfully weird.

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eBay Find Of The Day: 1988 Saleen Ford Mustang General Tire 21R race car

Posted Jul 29th 2014 1:00PM

1988 Ford Mustang Saleen 21R General Tire racecar auction

Saleen may be making headlines these days for working on the Tesla Model S, but its history and bread-and-butter is all about the Ford Mustang. The rear-wheel-drive Dearborn pony cars singlehandedly put the company on the map in the '80s. Founder Steve Saleen was already a talented American racing driver when he started the venture, and like many auto industry businesses before him, Saleen went to the track to prove his vehicles' worth. Now, there's a chance to buy one of those early racers on eBay Motors.

Saleen Mustangs raced in the Sports Car Club of America Escort Endurance Championship – a series of multi-hour races meant to challenge man and machine. Ostensibly a showroom stock class, the cars had larger wheels, tuned suspensions and other upgrades that stretched the concept slightly. Saleen found major success though, taking the championship for its class in 1987 and winning the 24 Hours of Mosport consecutively from 1986 through 1988.

According to the seller, Saleen only built eight of these cars, and this one carries the #21R serial number. They all started life as new Mustangs from Ford dealers but were immediately stripped and prepped to go racing. Beyond obvious mods like a roll cage, they featured eight-inch wide wheels in front, an inch of additional track width, stiffer suspension bushings and much more.

Saleen #21R is still in its well-known "Bumblebee" livery and includes its SCCA logbook, original wheels, a Saleen title, Steve's signature on the interior and many of the company's ID tags still on the car, according to the auction. It carries a Buy It Now of US$65,000, and the auction ends on August 13. That's not cheap, but it would likely be quite a conversation piece whenever it arrived for a day at the track.

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2014 Cadillac ELR

Posted Jul 29th 2014 12:00PM

Translogic 155: Cadillac ELR Plug-In Hybrid
For the past decade, Cadillac has been searching for ways to breathe life into its lineup of luxury sedans and SUVs. While it has enjoyed recent success with the CTS and Escalade, brand perception still skews older and stuffier than Caddy's German and Japanese counterparts.

Can the electrified Cadillac ELR shock the system and return a pulse to this storied American brand, or will the Chevy Volt-based plug-in price itself out of the market? Host Jonathon Buckley heads to Los Angeles to test the 2014 Cadillac ELR and you can click here to watch it all in the video above.

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2014 European Car of the Year candidates

Posted Jul 29th 2014 10:59AM



Every year a panel of jurists representing a variety of automotive publications in different languages and from different countries get together and pick their Car of the Year. It's a long and exhaustive process, and it starts right here.

For the 2015 award, the panel has identified this list of 32 automotive candidates. These Car of the Year contenders (shown here) will be whittled down to a short-list of just seven nominees to be announced on December 15, followed by the announcement of the winner on March 2, 2015 at the Geneva Motor Show.




Past winners include the Peugeot 308, Volkswagen Golf, Chevy Volt/Opel Ampera, Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen Polo (going back to 2010). This year ought to present an interesting challenge in that three of the entrants – the Toyota Aygo, Citroën C1 and Peugeot 108 – are all essentially the same car. Last year saw the jury award second place jointly to the Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ, which was (as far as we can tell) the first time it had split the award between manufacturers of essentially the same vehicle. The Renegade, 500X, GLA, Qashqai, X-Trail and Macan seem to be at a distinct disadvantage, though, because the jury has never named a sport-ute or crossover into the top three, let alone as the winner, in its 50-year history.

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Jaguar buys world's largest collection of British cars

Posted Jul 29th 2014 10:15AM

James Hull Collection

Whether you're looking at Bertone going bankrupt or Spyker facing (and subsequently resolving) a large tax bill, it's saddening to see an automaker having to sell off its factory collection. That's why we're glad to report that there are still some acquiring historic vehicles from their pasts. Like Jaguar, which has just bought the largest private collection of classic British cars in the world.

The collection of 543 cars was painstakingly assembled by one James Hull, a British dentist with some 50 dental clinics to his name across the UK and who was keen to find the right buyer to take possession of his life's work and preserve it for years to come.

Of those 543 cars, the majority are of British origin, including over 130 Jaguars. The collection includes seven XK120s, several C- and D-Types, a rare XKSS, eight E-Types, thirty Mark-series Jaguar sedans, nineteen XJS coupes and convertibles, some twenty XJ sedans as well as some pre-war SS models and Swallow sidecars and coachbuilt specials from the company's early days. Among the many noteworthy examples are a rare SS100, an alloy-bodied XK120 and an MK X owned by company founder Sir William Lyons himself, as well as Winston Churchill's Austin, Elton John's Bentley, and racing driver and motorcycle rider Mike Hailwood's E-Type.

The collection was acquired by Jaguar Land Rover through its new Special Operations division – the same unit responsible for the F-Type Project 7 and which now incorporates Jaguar Heritage. It will be housed at a new facility at Jaguar's historic home at Browns Lane in Coventry, the cars to be used at future events to promote the brand and highlight its history.

Although most of the cars were made by other manufacturers, Jaguar spokesman Dan Connell confirmed in correspondence with Autoblog that "the collection will stay together for the foreseeable future." As for the final price, neither party is saying, but while it was reportedly listed for sale at £100 million ($170m), we're told that wasn't the price which JLR paid for the collection. As Hull put it in the press release below, "My primary motivation was not to get the maximum price but rather to secure the future of the collection in this country with the right custodian." Evidently Jaguar was deemed to be "the right custodian."

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The making of Deadmau5 Nyan Cat Purrari in under two minutes

Posted Jul 29th 2014 9:01AM

The Making of the Deadmau5 Nyan Cat Purrari 458 at Sekanskin
Love it or hate it, the bright blue Nyan Cat wrapped Ferrari belonging to none other than Deadmau5 underwent quite a transformation in order to become the highly recognizable Purrari we know today.

While wrapping a car in a different colour, texture, graphic or design may sound as simple as applying a giant sticker, the complex car wrap experts at Sekanskin in Mississauga, Ontario can be seen hard at work in the video above. The detailed clip actually captures the making of the Deadmau5 Nyan cat Ferrari in under two-minutes, thanks to a terrific time lapse video shot by Rick Skyler while the Purrari was coming to life at the shop.

Click here to play the video and then read our 15 things you didn't know about car wraps. If you still want to know more or really like what you see, the Deadmau5 Purrari is actually up for sale too and the team at Sekanskin is always busy working on something new.

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