Avon and Carl Edwards team up on Turn 4XT cologne

Filed under: Etc., Celebrities, Humor

Avon Turn 4XTRacing and random sponsorships go together like corn dogs and beer, but even so, we’re amazed by some of the partnerships that the marketing gurus of the world cook up. Allow us to introduce you the newest fragrance from Avon: Turn 4XT. The new cologne is being promoted by none other than NASCAR wonder Carl Edwards, and Avon says that the scent is packed full of manly traits like strength, determination, dedication and real bits of panther.

Fine, that last part’s not true.

If you know someone who’s itching to smell like a winning NASCAR driver, you’re in luck. Turn 4XT hits the shelves next month. Hit the jump for the full press release, but be warned: the term “exude” is used with maximum seriousness.

[Source: Avon]

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Goodbye Lotus Racing-Cosworth, hello Team Lotus-Renault

Filed under: Motorsports, Lotus, Renault, Racing


Lotus-Cosworth T127 – Click above for high-res image gallery

What’s in a name? Maybe not as much as there is in an engine, but given its misfortunes so far this season, the Lotus F1 team is on the verge of changing both.

One of three new entries on the grid, Lotus has – like HRT and Virgin – failed to score a single championship point so far this season. Some of the races it has failed to start, others it has failed to finish, but of those completed, Lotus has yet to place better than 13th. That’s still better than either HRT or Virgin could manage, but Lotus is determined to do better next year, and to that end is making a couple of changes.

Despite a three-year contract with Cosworth – the engine supplier also powering the aforementioned other newcomers as well as Williams – the first of the changes will have Lotus switching to Renault motivation for next season. Notwithstanding some noteworthy reliability issues, Renault-powered cars (including front-runners Red Bull) have fared far better than those employing Cosworth engines.

The other big change may seem less substantive, but was probably just as complicated to orchestrate. Dropping the Lotus Racing moniker currently in use, the team is set to switch to the Team Lotus name for next season. What’s the difference, you ask? Team Lotus was the name used during the (previous) team’s heyday, when the likes of Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Stirling Moss, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna and Nelson Piquet drove the iconic green-and-yellow (and even more iconic black-and-gold) cars to 79 checkered flags and seven world championships. The name belonged in the interim to David Hunt, brother of the late world champion James Hunt, but has now been acquired by the Malaysian outfits backing the new Lotus team.

Gallery: Lotus T127 launch

[Source: Autosport (1) (2)]

Goodbye Lotus Racing-Cosworth, hello Team Lotus-Renault originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 13 Sep 2010 18:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: Team tears down then rebuilds a Jeep in under four minutes

Filed under: SUV, Etc., Videos, Military, Canada, Off-Road

Jeep torn down and rebuilt in under four minutes

A Jeep is torn down then rebuilt in under four minutes – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Remember the video where we got to see how long it takes to put a BMW Z4 GT3 together? It took West Coast Racing 600 hours to complete that task. Canada’s finest, on the other hand, think that time is laughable. A team of soldiers from the Canadian Armed Forces can put together a Jeep in far less time. Not only that, they start with a fully-assembled and running vehicle, tear it down then put it back together again… in under four minutes. Admittedly, though, we imagine that building the Z4 is a bit more complex than the work-ready Jeep seen here.

It’s nothing short of awesome, especially since it normally takes us four hours and a 12-pack of beer just to change our brakes.

Whatever you just did in the last four minutes, it’s not as cool as what these guys accomplished. See for yourself after the jump. Thanks for the tip, Duy Pham!

[Source: YouTube]

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Stillborn USF1 team fined, banned from F1 forever?

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The World Motor Sport Council is just catching up to USF1’s premature disappearance from Formula 1. The WSMC has reportedly banned the American ex-team forever – which we’re guessing means the troika of Ken Anderson, Peter Windsor and Chad Hurley – from competing in F1, and fined it $382,000 as well as legal costs.

USF1 has seven days to appeal, but we wonder how much this really means. If the WSMC couldn’t ban Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds for cheating in an actual race, it’s unclear whether the USF1 ban will stick. And since it’s the team that’s banned, not the people, we’d be less than shocked if Windsor or Anderson or Hurley showed up somewhere else on the grid in another guise. Thanks for the tip, Chris

[Source: ESPN]

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Ben Spies moves to Yamaha MotoGP Factory Team

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Ben Spies in front of Indy Motor Speedway Hall of Fame

Shocking, we know. What’s been called the second-worst kept secret in MotoGP has officially been confirmed. MotoGP rookie and current World Superbike champion Ben Spies (shown at right, with Yamaha’s Lin Jarvis) will be saddling up with the factory Yamaha crew starting next year. Rumors to that effect have been buzzing around the inteweb for some time and were recently fueled by Valentino Rossi’s departure from the Fiat-Yamaha stable in favor of the Ducati Corse team.

Spies has been an absolute terror on two wheels in MotoGP while riding with the Tech 3 Yamaha team. The Texan is currently 7th in the overall standings thanks to a slew of top 5 finishes, and even managed to podium at Silverstone. Not too shabby for the guy’s first year out. There’s some indication that he’ll be riding alongside Jorge Lorenzo, though Yamaha hasn’t solidified anything with the Spaniard just yet.

Those who follow the MotoGP world will have likely noticed the conspicuous lack of a certain prefix from this post. Interestingly enough, ‘Fiat’ was nowhere to be found in the Spies announcement. Odds are we’ll be hearing something about that from the former Fiat-Yamaha team sometime soon. Hit the jump for the full press blast.

[Source: Asphalt and Rubber]

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Team Need for Speed racing team adds Time Attack 1,100-HP Scion TC

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Chris Rado’s Time Attack Scion AWD – Click above for high-res image gallery
Chris Rado has added another car to Team Need for Speed: an 1,100-horsepower all-wheel drive Scion TC taking aim at the Time Attack series. It’s taken a few years to take the idea from concept to reality, and pictures of the build make it clear why. The zebra-marked tC with gold-plated bulkhead and hood-exit exhaust made its debut last weekend at Road Atlanta, and for some reason – maybe the snowplow? – we wouldn’t be surprised to see it on a mountain in Colorado someday. Have a closer look at it in the gallery of high-res photos below.

Gallery: Team Need for Speed Time Attack Scion

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Team Need for Speed racing team adds Time Attack 1,100-HP Scion TC originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 09 Aug 2010 19:24:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2010 German Grand Prix: Tussles, team orders and tire wear [SPOILERS]

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2010 German Grand Prix

2010 German Grand Prix – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Formula One World Championship passed the halfway point with the British Grand Prix two weeks ago, and while Red Bull and McLaren have been the teams to beat of late, several others are showing signs of marked improvement, Ferrari being but one of them. Heading into qualifying for the German Grand Prix, the Maranello squad was telling anyone who would listen that they were in it to the very end. After all, the Scuderia had taken the top step of the podium in the first round of the season and Fernando Alonso was fifth in the drivers’ standings.

Of course, there were still two Red Bull drivers and two McLaren drivers ahead of him, none of whom are mailing it in for the remaining nine races. Vettel, Hamilton and Button have each racked up two wins in 2010, and last week’s victor, Mark Webber, has posted three. If Ferrari, and Alonso in particular, were going to get back into the hunt, they needed a great showing in Hockenheim. There was good news for the tifosi: Fernando was quickest through much of practice heading into the Sunday feature. Would his speed hold through qualifying? And would Ferrari truly take that big step everyone has been anticipating? Follow the jump to read how things went down.

Gallery: 2010 German Grand Prix

[Images: Matthias Schrader, Martin Meissner, Michael Probst, Jens Meyer, /AP | Guillaume Baptiste/AFP/Getty Images]

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Automotive X-Prize: Finals Stage begins, Edison2 remains only team that can win mainstream class, $5 million

Filed under: Concept Cars, Specialty

Edison2’s Very Light Car – Click above for high-res image gallery

This week, the Finals Stage of the Automotive X-Prize finally begins and, as we found our recently, only one team has any hope of driving away with the $5 million mainstream prize. That team is Edison2, which has two cars still competing in the category, both versions of the Very Light Car we first met at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year. There are also 13 vehicles competing in the alternative classes. The AXP sent out a release today describing what is planned for the Finals Stage:

During this stage, teams will compete in emissions, efficiency, and range events conducted by the competition organizers. In addition, teams must successfully complete various dynamic safety events, including a 0-60 mph acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and a double lane change avoidance maneuver, conducted and evaluated by automotive engineers from Consumer Reports. The top finalists in each class will be announced July 27 prior to the start of a “coast down” exercise that will allow competition organizers to gain key performance information about the aerodynamics and rolling resistance of each vehicle to properly prepare them for the Validation Stage to be held at Argonne National Labs in August. Winners will be announced in September in Washington, D.C.

As we can see in this PDF, the two cars that Edison2 has left in the mainstream class were tested at 67.3 and 80.3 miles per gallon equivalent (mpge). Those numbers were good enough to pass the Knockout Stage (where 66 mpge was the important number), but there’s a long way to go from there to 100 mpge, one of the benchmarks needed to win the X-Prize. One of the cars did manage to reach 101.4 mpge during the Knockout Stage, but took an eight lap penalty for “working on the car” during the highway test cycle and “for failure to meet minimum lap time requirements.” We’ll get more information on what this means when we visit the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI later this week.

We’ll also investigate the other important questions here: What are the Very Light Car’s chances to win this thing? If Edison2 doesn’t make it, then what happens? Will there be a second Automotive X-Prize to award the $5 million mainstream award? We’ll ask soon. Until then, you can read Edison2’s words about these cars here. Also, there’s a video of how Consumer Reports is testing the cars after the jump.

Gallery: Automotive X-Prize: Edison2 Very Light Car

Photos by Sebastian Blanco / Copyright (C)2010 Weblogs, Inc.
[Source: Edison2, Automotive X-Prize, Damien Somerset]

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Renntech and Domani Motors team up for meaner Benz SL65 AMG Black Series [w/video]

Filed under: Aftermarket, Coupe, Performance, Mercedes-Benz, Specialty, Luxury

Renntech SL65 AMG Black Series – Click above for high-res image gallery

Allow us to provide you with your daily dose of lunacy. Not too long ago, the head honchos over at Domani Motors happened to find themselves with a Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series in their showroom. Unsatisfied with the car’s already otherworldly performance, they called up the twisted minds at Renntech to have them install the tuner’s Perfomance Package 1. Think of it as PCP for Silver Arrows. The work included remapping the car’s ECU, installing an easy-breathing exhaust and a few other tricks. The result? A mind-bending 805 streetable horsepower and 1,000 pound-feet of torque.

The team had to install a unique, 100 percent locking rear differential just to handle the dizzying power from the engine. Likewise, the gearbox had to be upgraded as well. Even so, we’re guessing this particular SL65 AMG Black Series would have no problem turning its tires aerosol should the driver demand it. So far, neither Renntech nor Domani Motors have released any times on the car, but we’re guessing the numbers are nothing to scoff at. Hit the jump for a video of the car on the dyno, as well as the press release.

Gallery: Renntech SL65 AMG Black Series

[Source: Renntech]

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Ford, Roush and Shelby team up for one-off charity Mustang inspired by the SR-71 Blackbird

Filed under: Aftermarket, Coupe, Performance, Auctions, Ford

2011 Ford Mustang SR-71 Blackbird – Click above for high-res image gallery

For the last couple of years, Ford has played a big part of the EAA AirVenture, offering up one-off Mustangs at auction to benefit the association’s Young Eagles program. Two years ago the AV8R Mustang brought in half a million dollars, while last year the AV-X10 ‘Dearborn Doll’ earned $250,000 for charity.

This year’s aviation-themed Mustang is inspired by the SR-71 Blackbird, a project that brought together Jack Roush and Caroll Shelby for the very first time. The one-of-one pony car, based on the 2011 Mustang GT, features a black and gray matte exterior with an SR-71 design theme, custom SVT wheels, roll cage and various performance upgrades including a Ford Racing supercharger, sportier suspension and high-flow exhaust system. Both Roush’s and Shelby’s signature are embroidered into the custom Recaro seats.

The SR-71 Blackbird Mustang will be on display in the Ford Hangar at the EAA AirVenture beginning July 26th, and it will officially go to the highest bidder on July 29. Follow the jump for the press release from Ford and more details about the car.

Gallery: 2011 Ford Mustang SR-71 Blackbird

[Source: Ford and Roush via MustangsDaily.com]

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