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Cadillac shows dealers convertible rendering

Posted Oct 31st 2014 6:30PM

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

Cadillac is getting serious about revitalizing and expanding its lineup, and to that end, a new report claims that brand boss Johan de Nysschen has been showing plans for several new models to the marque's dealer body – among them, a new convertible.

The droptop which Cadillac reportedly showed its dealers in sketch form, would be based on the same platform as the ATS and CTS, those it's unclear to which (if either) of those model lines the new convertible would be added, or whether the design features a canvas or folding hardtop roof. One way or another, it would be the first time Cadillac would offer a convertible since the Corvette-based XLR roadster was discontinued more than five years ago.

Quoting an unnamed brand spokesperson, Cadillac would "like to introduce an open car to the portfolio at some point," however, "it's not likely to be one of the near-term portfolio additions."

According to Automotive News, the convertible isn't the only model under development which Cadillac showed its dealers. Among the others were a small crossover, a large crossover (to slot in between the SRX and Escalade) and even an entry-level sedan to undercut the ATS.

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Top Gear's Clarkson in trouble again over beer tweet

Posted Oct 31st 2014 6:00PM

Jeremy Clarkson

Ah, if we had a nickel for every time we wrote this sentence, we'd be quite well off – Jeremy Clarkson is in trouble again. The notorious host of the BBC's wildly successful Top Gear, Clarkson's latest controversy surrounds a tweet he sent while filming a special for the show in northern Australia.

Apparently, the 54-year-old Englishman chose to broadcast that he was driving with a beer in his car's cupholder. Now, there's nothing wrong with driving a vehicle, sober, with an unopened can of suds in the cabin. You don't get into truly illegal waters until the top has been popped, which Clarkson never admitted to. Still, that hasn't stopped a rather vicious rebuttal from the masses on Twitter, accusing the host of condoning drinking and driving.

One user called the host "a bloody idiot," although a fair few came to his defense, pointing out that he never said he was drinking the beer. Still, for someone that can so effortlessly court controversy, it seems like a pretty absent-minded move on his part, especially considering the rather short leash he's on with the BBC.

This is also not the first time Clarkson has raised the public's ire when it comes to drinking and driving. Clarkson and co-host James May were accused of encouraging the risky behavior by drinking gin and tonics while driving to the North Pole, as part of a previous TG special.

Take a look below for Clarkson's latest attempt at swallowing his own foot.

News Source: The Telegraph, Twitter

Makeup company shows you how to apply a car-crash face for Halloween

Posted Oct 31st 2014 5:00PM

Car Crash makeup how-to

Still deciding on what to wear for Halloween? There's not much time left to choose, but this clip might help you decide, especially if you want something gory that might scare a few people too.

The step-by-step guide here shows how to apply makeup to look like a very grisly car-crash victim with injuries like a missing eye and exposed teeth. The costume definitely isn't for the faint of heart, but the actual process to put it on doesn't look that hard. The technique even includes a few common household items, but you might need a friend's help on some parts.

Going this route certainly shows more creativity than just buying a something from a store. Give the clip a watch to see how it's done.

News Source: Ellimacs sfx makeup via YouTube

On the trail of the Aston Martin racer who helped change WWII

Posted Oct 31st 2014 4:00PM

Jock Horsfall, MI5

Arguably one of the most crucial operations of the second World War, Operation Mincemeat was a British disinformation mission responsible for misdirecting Axis forces towards Greece and Sardinia, and in turn, opening up the Italian island of Sicily. That led to the downfall of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and opened up the soft underbelly of Hitler's Third Reich.

While we won't go into all the details of Operation Mincemeat (it really is worth studying, though), an integral aspect required the transport of a dead body from Hackney, London, 400 miles (643 km) north to Holy Loch, Scotland as quickly as possible. The corpse, which was disguised as a major in the Royal Marines and loaded with faux sensitive documents pointing to a landing in Greece, needed to be appropriately fresh. That's where Aston Martin racing driver turned MI5 operative Jock Horsfall came into play.

The body was loaded into Horsfall's customized 1937 Fordson van, and hustled north. For the rest of the story, you'll need to take a look at Xcar's recapping of Horsfall's fateful journey while at the helm of an Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, the far more civilized successor to the English legend's black 2 Litre Speed.

News Source: XCARFilms via AOL ON

World's Fastest Hearse now up to 1,300 hp, looking for more records

Posted Oct 31st 2014 3:00PM

World's Fastest Hearse

Unfortunately, for many people, a ride in the back of the hearse is the last chance they ever get to be in a car. In the case of "Madness" from AMS Performance, it could get folks to their final resting place faster than anything else around.

Based around an actual hearse from a 1996 Chevrolet Caprice originally converted by Superior Coaches, Madness has been the ongoing project of AMS Performance Vice President Arne Toman for years. The idea was partially inspired when he saw the Guinness Record for the fastest hearse was a a 13.72-second quarter mile, and that seemed quite beatable.

In the video below, under the hood of this beast is a Chevy LQ4 6.0-litre V8 out of a van with light mods like new cams and valve springs. However, it also has a turbo running at around 23 psi that brings power to around 1,000 horsepower. It makes this hearse go like a bat out of hell, It can hit 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) in about 2.3 seconds at the strip, but the interior still has air conditioning, a stereo and all of the original equipment to carry a casket in the back.

Since shooting this video, AMS has installed an upgraded 6.0-litre mill, a new rear differential and stronger transmission, and they reportedly allow power to be bumped to 1,300 hp. It should make the quarter mile go even faster. Check out this clip to see what a 1,000-hp hearse can do at the drag strip, and scroll down to read even more about it.

News Source: AMS Performance, Amstuned via YouTube

Is Land Rover developing an all-electric Tesla Model X rival?

Posted Oct 31st 2014 2:00PM

Land Rover Range Rover Hybrid

Tesla will soon put its all-electric Model X crossover on sale, and if it's anywhere near as successful as the brand's four-door sedan the Model S, then it'll be a hell of an attention getter for mainstream automakers. Land Rover isn't waiting for proof of the Model X's success, though.

According to reports, Land Rover could be preparing an all-electric Range Rover. Likely more crossover than full-size SUV, the new vehicle would probably be far more aerodynamic than current models. But the new EV would still take advantage of LR's high-tech aluminum structure, and could potentially be a close relative of the production Jaguar C-X17, according to Autocar.

It seems unlikely that this new Land Rover EV will have the off-road chops of the brand's other models, but that doesn't mean that will be useless on the rough stuff. AC, citing Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern, claims that a height-adjustable air suspension will allow a low, aerodynamic ride height for high-speed travel while it can easily be transitioned to a higher level for off-road duty.

As for range, AC believes (and we agree) that a successful effort would need to get as close as possible to the Model S' 265-mile (425-kilometre) EV range.

Autocar is anticipating a price of around 90,000 pounds, equivalent to $162,000, which roughly matches the cost of a UK-market Model S. If the Range Rover EV comes stateside, we'd wager that prices will start under six figures, much like the US-market Tesla.

News Source: Autocar

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Noah Joseph / AOL

An inside look at Mopar's SEMA fleet

Posted Oct 31st 2014 1:00PM

Mopar SEMA Preview

Mopar is heading to the SEMA show in Las Vegas with a fleet of customized vehicles that appeal to enthusiasts of all stripes. There's a Dodge Viper ACR concept that follows in the lineage of the supercar's great road racing past, and a custom Ram ProMaster that might just be the ultimate outdoor party machine.

We got an inside look at Mopar's cars that will be on display at the show, which also include a Dodge Challenger T/A concept, two crazy Jeeps and a Ram 2500 Outdoorsman that could change the way you camp. While these are some of our favorites, Mopar is bringing plenty to SEMA, so let us know your top choices in the comments section.

Five cursed and haunted cars

Posted Oct 31st 2014 11:57AM

From Franz Ferdinand To James Dean, Things That Go Honk In The Night

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Any kid lucky enough to grow up in Detroit is familiar with the Henry Ford Museum. It's huge, full of shiny things and a great place to take a child and let them burn off some energy. After several field trips and weekend outings however, the dusty concept vehicles and famous aircraft tend to lose their punch for youngsters. As a fifth grader, I was already gazing on the museum's many gems with glassy eyes. On yet another school trip, we made our way to John F. Kennedy's death car, a gleaming black Lincoln limo. The aging volunteer docent told our little group something I had never heard before.

"You know, this car is haunted. Several employees have reported seeing a gray presence right here," he said, pointing to the back passenger side seat.

I perked up. Now here was something I had never heard before. A haunted car? Sure, it happened in Goosebumps, but this was real life. It made sense, in a way. Cars can be violent, emotional places. That's certainly the case with JFK's limo, as well as the other four cars on this list. And maybe those gut-wrenching deaths can permanently doom a car. READ ON...

Image Credit: Wikicommons, The Surrey Advertiser, Getty, Wikicommons, Renault

Nurburgring bought by Russian billionaire

Posted Oct 31st 2014 11:00AM

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The Nürburgring is among the greatest racetracks of the world, with decades of fantastic motorsports history born on the snaking course. However, it seems that running the place as a business is about as difficult as learning the 12.9 miles (20 kilometres) of corners on the Nordschleife. After a long bankruptcy sale, things appeared to be looking up for the track when a Düsseldorf-based business called Capricon bought the circuit for 77 million euros, plus the promise of future investment. However, just months after being sold once, the 'Ring has yet another new owner: Russian billionaire Viktor Kharitonin.

According to the German business magazine Wirtschafts Woche, the change in ownership came because Capricorn wasn't keeping up with its payments for the track. The company's boss Robtertino Wild was supposed to pay regular 5-million-euro ($7.1 millIon) installments but reportedly missed the second payment. When he couldn't come up with the funds, Kharitonin stepped in to take over for Capricorn's share. According to the magazine, the Russian has not only already paid the missed amount, but put the money down for December early. He has also set up a company called NR Holding AG to run things.

Kharitonin is a founder of Pharmstandard, Russia's largest pharmaceutical company. According to Wirtschafts Woche, Forbes estimates his net worth at over $1 billion and puts him as the 1,342nd richest person in the world.

While Kharitonin now has a controlling stake in the 'Ring, he's not the sole shareholder. According to the local Rhein Zeitung newspaper, Capricorn's bid only covers two-thirds of the track; the remaining third belongs to German motorsports company GetSpeed.

According to Rhein Zeitung, there are no changes to any of the tracks future events or races at this time.

News Source: Wirtschafts Woche, Rhein Zeitung

Image Credit: Tom Gandolfini / AFP / Getty Images

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