Project Ugly Horse: Part IX

Filed under: Aftermarket, Budget, Performance, Hatchback, Ford, Humor

One Step at a Time

Subframe Connector Install

Nearly every flavor of exotic driveline has been shoved into the ubiquitous Ford at some point or another.

Chuck Schwynoch had been patiently listening to my ramblings on the other end of the phone for a solid half hour. I’m not too big of a man to know when to ask for help, and at this point, I desperately needed some assistance. The truth is, working on a machine like a Fox Body Mustang is as easy as breathing thanks to the wealth of information available on the web. Nearly every flavor of exotic driveline has been shoved into the ubiquitous Ford at some point or another, and odds are the sorry souls behind those builds shared the highs and lows of their torment with the internet community.

That is, unless you’re trying to drop an EcoBoost 2.0-liter four-cylinder behind the clouded headlights of an ’89. Then you’re kind of on your own.

As the CEO of Maximum Motorsports, Schwynoch knows a thing or two about making old ponies fast around a road course. He and his team run an active research and development program committed to squeezing precious seconds from track-built Mustangs, and I was hoping that if anyone could help me navigate the vagaries of planting my modern engine into my old Fox, it was him. The fact that he had neither laughed me off nor hung up entirely seemed promising.

Project Ugly Horse is an ongoing series. Need to catch up? You can read all of the previous posts here.

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Jaguar: A Look Into The Leaping Cat’s Future – Part 1

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Jaguar the brand has probably had a little more in common with jaguar the big cat than it would like: too infrequently seen, too little understood, too much threatened. But both car and feline have endured, likely owing to two other common traits: tenacity wrapped in dangerously come-hither looks that inspire rescue impulses from others (after all, when’s the last time you heard of anyone clamoring to protect the just-as-threatened blue-billed duck?).

The automaker unsheathed three of its newly sharpened claws at the New York Auto Show in the forms of the 2012 XF, XJ and XK, but before that we spent a day at the company’s Whitley Engineering Center in the English midlands to learn what went into those cars and what will come after them.

In Part 1 of our Deep Dive we’ll look at the numbers, the future and the message of the new Jaguar, while in Part 2 we’ll check out the technology and powertrains and drive the 2.2-liter diesel (that, of course, won’t be coming to the U.S.). While we can’t speak for the cat, the future could be quite promising for this storied English concern. Continue reading…

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Report: ‘Car Czar’ post nixed as part of federal budget deal

Filed under: Etc., Government/Legal, Earnings/Financials

Ron Bloom

Last week, the government avoided a costly shutdown by cutting $38 billion from the 2012 federal budget. The American people are just now hearing what those cuts consist of, and it appears the auto industry and industry regulation have been affected.

The Detroit News is reporting that the currently vacant Car Czar posts was among the positions that didn’t make the cut. The post was last held by Ron Bloom (above), Senior Adviser to the Secretary of the Treasury, who left the job in February. The Car Czar was originally appointed to oversee the government’s investment in the industry in the wake of the bankruptcies of General Motors and Chrysler.

We’re guessing the task force position won’t be missed much by the auto industry, but a $408 million cut from a $ 2.3 billion program to research fuel efficiency technology might be. Also getting the axe? A whopping $2.9 billion from light rail initiatives and $37 million from a program that advocates seatbelt usage.

[Source: The Detroit News]

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Video: Inside P4/5 Competizione, Part 2

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Videos, Ferrari, Specialty, Design/Style, Racing

2011 Ferrari P4/5 Competizione

James Glickenhaus’ Ferrari P4/5 Competizione – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Way back in October, we showed you the first installment of Inside P4/5 Competizione, a documentary about James Glickenhaus’ now-iconic racecar. The second installment of this ongoing story is now on YouTube, following the saga of the car’s build and the hype that has surrounded it from the beginning. Throughout the documentary, Glickenhaus insists that media attention was never the goal or expectation, but that he just wanted to go racing.

The video covers everything from the the obsessive web coverage of the car to Ferrari’s attempts to make the project stop. The footage is splattered with images of the P4/5 Competizione both on the track and in various stages of undress, which is always a good thing. Couple that with a fantastic soundtrack and Glickenhaus’s indomitable attitude, and you have the recipe for a winner. See for yourself in the video after the break.

[Source: YouTube]

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Shayton Equilibrium: Would-be supercar one part Ferrari, one part Lotus

Filed under: Concept Cars, Coupe, Performance, Europe, Design/Style, MISC

Shayton Equilibrium

Shayton Equilibrium – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Shayton Equilibrium looks like it could be a whole barrel of fun. Or rather, it might be – if only it existed. For now, the Shayton remains a digital rendering only, but the Slovenian company is apparently toiling away at making the design a reality.

The Shayton packs a 1,000-plus-horsepower V12 amidships, and, Shayton says it will nail down 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds, on the way to topping out at 248 mph. Couple that with carbon fiber bodywork equaling just 2,600 pounds, and you have a true hypercar recipe.

The design is a little bit Ferrari Enzo, a little bit Lotus Esprit, and maybe even a little Marussia B2, but looks to spank all three of them on a track. To do that, the 20 or so Shayton plans to build will need to exist, and so far there’s no notion of when that might be.

Gallery: Shayton Equilibrium

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[Source: Car Advice | Images: Autowereld]

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Video: BMW examining future of mobility in four-part documentary

Filed under: Technology, Videos, BMW

BMW documentary

Wherever You Want to Go documentary – Click above to watch video after the jump

We’ve spent lifetimes obsessing over the next stage in the human transportation saga. Constantly unsatisfied with the humble car, we’ve looked ever onward toward rocket ships, jet packs and personal flying contraptions of varying design to take care of ferrying us to work in greater comfort and speed than ever before imagined. BMW seems to be willing to wade into that universe with its new four-part documentary on the future of mobility called Wherever You Want to Go. The film delves into the various forms of what we think of as futuristic transportation by speaking with everyone from Buzz Aldrin to Syd Meade, Robin Chase and Marissa Mayer.

If you’re thinking this all sounds like an automaker rallying the troops against the internal combustion engine, don’t be so sure. The short trailer for the film features a ride in a Superbird clone, so it can’t be all bad. Hit the jump to soak up the trailer. BMW will release the films on February 1, 8, 15 and 22nd, so stay tuned.

[Sources: YouTube, Activate the Future]

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Officially Official: 2012 Buick Verano is one part Cruze, one part Regal

Filed under: Detroit Auto Show, Sedan, Buick, GM

2012 Buick Verano

2012 Buick Verano – Click above for high-res image gallery

We’re tempted to go ahead and call the 2012 Buick Verano a “baby Regal,” because the truth is, the two cars are much more alike than you might think. Since the Verano is based off of the Chevrolet Cruze’s Delta II platform (which is relatively large for what General Motors calls a “compact sedan”) the new Buick’s dimensions are awfully close to that of the larger, Epsilon II-based Regal. What’s important to note, however, is that while the Verano is Cruze-based, it uses different materials throughout the interior and it has a totally different look. GM is convinced that there is indeed a market for an entry-level Buick sedan, and the automaker will be showing off its latest creation at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show next week.

2012 Buick VeranoAt 181-inches long, the Verano may be just over nine inches shorter than the Regal, but it’s only about two inches narrower and less than half an inch shorter in height. Buick’s design language is nicely carried over to the new small sedan, with the front fascia also looking a bit more like the larger LaCrosse sedan. The upward sloping lower character line on the sides are very similar to what we’re used to on the Regal, but perhaps the most interesting design cue are the taillamps. We like the angry-looking downward slope to the taillamp design, but even after seeing this car in person at a GM backgrounder, we remain unsure if the chrome eyebrows are a tasteful addition. Stare at an image of the Verano’s rump for a few moments, imagine it without the silvery garnishes, and things still look mighty fine to us. The car rides on a set of 17-inch alloy wheels, though larger 18-inch alloys are available on higher-level trims.

Like the Regal, the Verano is only available with front-wheel drive. And also like the Regal, a 2.4-liter four with direct injection lurks underhood, producing 177 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. The Cruze, meanwhile, uses different engines altogether, either a normally aspirated 1.8-liter or a 1.4-liter turbocharged four. Interestingly, despite having only four cylinders, the Ventiports on the hood offer a bit of false advertising, with six holes to suggest that there’s a six-cylinder engine underhood. Either way, Buick says the larger four-cylinder is estimated to achieve 22 miles per gallon in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

Inside, the cockpit is exactly what you’d expect out of a car that is essentially the lovechild of a Cruze and Regal, with Buick-spec materials fit-and-finish carried down into a smaller package. Even so, the Verano’s cabin is only about two cubic feet less capacious than the larger Regal, and we already know that the Cruze is still plenty comfortable for four full-size adults. In addition to standard OnStar, the Verano will be available with features like pushbutton start, dual-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel and heated leather seats.

Official pricing will surely be announced closer to the car’s on-sale date near the end of 2011. If early reports are to be believed, however, expect the Verano to be priced around $21,000 for base models, going as high as $26,000 for cars with all of the trimmings. We’ll have more information live from the Detroit Auto Show next week, but in the meantime, check out our high-res gallery and official press release after the break.

Gallery: 2012 Buick Verano

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[Source: General Motors]

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Video: Translogic in Japan, Part 2

Filed under: Motorsports, Japan, Videos

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The last time we checked in with the Translogic crew, they took an in-depth look at Japan’s modding culture, with an emphasis on the odd, exotic and ill-advised. This week, Bradley gets schooled in the art of drifting with professional sideways slider Shino Murai. It’s a good novice primer on the sport in Japan and some of the in-car advice is both helpful and hilarious. Who knew the handbrake is like a woman? Hit the jump to find out what Murai means…

[Source: Translogic]

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Video: Inside P4/5 Competizione – Part 1

Filed under: Videos, Ferrari, Racing

The story of the P4/5 Competizione – Click above to watch video after the jump

The story of James Glickenhaus’ P4/5 Competizione continues with Chapter 1 of the story put together by Kinetic Fin. The car has long been in gestation, and although we have no idea how many chapters will be involved in this tale, it looks like we’ll be seeing the completed racer soon.

So while you won’t get a glimpse of the finished product in the video, Glickenhaus will explain his motivation and he’ll do it among some of the other eye-pleasing cars in his collection. Follow the jump for the prologue, and let the road to the 2011 Nürburgring 24 begin.

Gallery: Ferrari P4/5 Competizione

Ferrari P4/5 Competizione

[Source: Inside P4/5C]

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Video: Ken Block in Gymkhana Three Part 2

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Ken Block Gymkhana Three Part 2 – Click above to view the video after the jump

Gymkhana Three Part 1 left most of us cold, but the second installment of Ken Block’s Gymkhana series is finally upon us, and consider the series officially redeemed. If you haven’t clicked past the break yet… SPOILER ALERT: 360 alley-oop at the top of France’s l’Autodrome de Linas’ 51-degree bank. In a Ford Fiesta. Now… JUMP!

Gallery: Ken Block’s Gymkhana Three Part 2

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