• Green Driving

    How Do You Make A Camaro Muscle Car Green? Students Have 3 Years To Try…

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    If you’re currently shopping for a fuel-efficient vehicle, the Chevrolet Camaro probably hasn’t appeared on your radar.

    With combined economy of 22 mpg for the most efficient, V-6 automatic model, that’s not a huge surprise.

    But given some time and some of the finest young engineering minds as part of the EcoCar 3 Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition, perhaps it’s in with a chance.

    General Motors is providing some sixteen North American universities with Camaros as part of the DoE competition, The Detroit News writes.

    Students will be tasked with redesigning the muscle car icon into a fuel-efficient hybrid-electric vehicle–perhaps having “an epiphany that we haven’t seen”, according to retiring GM vice president for engineering John Calabrese.

    The Camaro is not the most natural starting point, granted–but as we’ve noted on several previous occasions, the biggest gains can be made with the least efficient vehicles.

    Drag its 22 mpg figure up to something beginning with ‘3’, and you make huge real-world gains. Essentially, a car with low efficiency gives students the most room for improvement.

    Giving students a Prius, for example, and letting them struggle over an extra one or two miles per gallon is neither productive, nor does it have much point.

    The aim of the competition is to incorporate innovative ideas, solve complex engineering challenges and apply the latest cutting-edge technologies.

    While the Camaro’s body will remain the same–and therefore its visual appeal–teams will try out different engineering methods and alternative fuels to try and develop a greener powertrain.

    It’s all useful, real-world stuff: Developing a car with lower energy consumption and greenhouse gas and tailpipe emissions, while maintaining the car’s desirable performance, utility and safety characteristics–all to realistic cost and innovation goals.

    Over the course of four years (2014-2018), students will follow a development process that aligns with GM’s own development process.

    Those competing will establish a plan for research and development, analysis, and validation, just as they might working for a big company like GM. The end result isn’t just a greener Camaro, but hundreds of students with the skills to jump into an automotive engineering job.

    EcoCar 3 follows on from the last EcoCar challenge, whose results will be decided at the competition finals in Washington D.C, in May. 15 universities are competing to improve the efficiency of a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.

    Teams in the EcoCar 2 challenge have explored everything from familiar series and parallel hybrid setups to through-the-road and fuel cell powertrains.

    The EcoCar challenge began in 2008, following on from its Challenge X predecessor. Similar competitions have run for 25 years now, with over 16,000 students in 93 countries taking part–many of whom have gone on to auto industry roles.

    via greencarreports.com

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  • Super Cars

    Is this Corvette Photo Worth $5,000?

    To help introduce its 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible, Chevrolet gave three New York-based college students the rare opportunity to shoot the car before its world debut at the recent 2014 New York Auto Show to create entries for a photo contest. The students–none of whom had ever photographed a vehicle–had one day to create four dramatic images of the supercharged beauty, and the winner, decided by the most votes on the Corvette Facebook page, was to receive a $5,000 prize.

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    Well, the fans have voted Dan Wang’s photos the best. Wang, a 22-year-old advertising photography student at Rochester Institute of Technology, chose to portray how the Corvette Z06 Convertible would look on the road by using unique lighting techniques and background elements. All the shots were taken in the same dark room.

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    “The Corvette Z06 photo challenge has been a great experience,” Wang said in a statement. “I plan to use the prize money to help fund the pursuit of some of my personal projects, like documenting the Hardcore Happening, an annual Hot Rod Festival in upstate New York.”

     

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    The shots from runners-up Mike Finkelstein, a fine art photography student from Pratt Institute, and Nico Sforza, a still-life photography student at New York’s School of Visual Arts, can be seen below–let us know in the comments which photos you like best.

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    The 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible goes on sale early next year alongside the 2015 Corvette Z06 coupe. Both cars come powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 delivering an estimated 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque. Both also come with the choice of a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic.

    via Motor Authority

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  • Hints & Tips/ Top 10s

    Affordable-ish Rides That Will Get You Laid and Others That, Well Won’t!

    Affordable-ish Rides that will get you laid and others that, well won’t

    If there is one thing that I have taken away from mainstream media, it is that a sexy vehicle will attract an equally sexy woman. But with so many on the market how do you know which ones are really “chick magnets”? [said in best Borat voice]  Don’t fret any longer; I have compiled a list of the most affordable rides on the market to get you laid, and some to avoid like the plague.

    The Good:

    2014 Chevrolet Corvette

    Affordable-ish Rides that will get you laid and others that, well won’tImage via Autoblog

    Let’s assume for a moment that you have $60,000 lying around to spend on the best wingman money can buy, the 2014 Corvette Convertible.  If you do; then consider purchasing this triple threat that will have ladies dropping their jaws, tops, and panties.

    2014 Lexus IS

    Affordable-ish Rides that will get you laid and others that, well won’tImage via Uncrate

    A Lexus screams luxury and sexiness. The IS series offers up a range of options that are not only affordable, but also a great value.  Take this beauty for a night out and she may not even be the prettiest thing you come home with.

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    2014 Ford Mustang 

    Affordable-ish Rides that will get you laid and others that, well won’tImage via GTSpirit

    A little more reasonably priced, this baby combines the old-school muscle car with a fresh, sleek look.  Pull back the retractable roof and speed down the highway in this American classic. Before you know it, your girl’s hair in the wind won’t be the only thing being blown.

    The Badass:

    2014 Jeep Wrangler

    Affordable-ish Rides that will get you laid and others that, well won’tImage via WakPaper

    Are you a rough and rugged manly man? Well even if you aren’t you can still pull the wool over the ladies eyes with the help from a 2014 Jeep Wrangler. Nothing says fun like a Wrangler and if own one then you’ll see they can pull a lot more than trailers.

    2014 Chevy Silverado

    Affordable-ish Rides that will get you laid and others that, well won’tImage via AutoBlog

    Guys, let’s face it, women love a man who can take control. Nothing says that more than a heavy-duty pickup truck.  The 2014 Silverado is the perfect truck to lasso in your damsel in distress. In no time you will be (cough cough) “like a rock”.

    The Classics Restored

    Affordable-ish Rides that will get you laid and others that, well won’tImage via Roadrunner

    A restored muscle car or even Volkswagen shaggin’ wagon, will aid in your various sexcapades.  Restoring a vehicle will show ladies that you can take time and be delicate with fragile parts. It also broadens your casting net, opening windows of opportunity for nostalgic lays.

    The Ugly:

    The Prius

    Affordable-ish Rides that will get you laid and others that, well won’t Image via Gas2org

    Sure it is popular to be environmentally conscious, but is it sexy? Doubtful! The Prius screams pansy and as we mentioned earlier, girls want a strong, confident man. Who cares about how much gas costs or whether you are leaving a huge carbon footprint on the environment? If you think a girl is going to get in bed with you because you drive a Prius, then you need to stop using that artificial sugar from your Indie coffee shop.

    Toyota Camry

    Affordable-ish Rides that will get you laid and others that, well won’tImage via Wikipedia

    The Camry is one of the most reliable and well known cars available. This is exactly the reason that no girl is going to want to sleep with you for driving one. A girl is not looking for boring and predictable, oh contraire, they want exciting and dangerous. You just are not going to find that in a Camry. Sure, your parents would love for you to drive a Camry because they know you can’t possibly get into trouble in one, but where’s the fun in that?

    The Minivan

    Affordable-ish Rides that will get you laid and others that, well won’t Image via AutoBlog

    This atrocious automobile offers little to nothing for the male specie looking to get laid. Aside from room to perform the act, the vehicles only other benefit is likely to be a backseat DVD Player. It will be a tough task, but if you are able to coax a lady back into the van, you can at least salvage the night with a nice movie. Avoid the minivan or any other van for that matter at all cost!

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  • Super Cars

    Chevy Lists 28 Reasons That Make Its 2014 Z/28 Its Quickest Camaro Yet

    Chevy Lists 28 Reasons That Make Its 2014 Z/28 Its Quickest Camaro Yet

    Muscle cars have never been the most sophisticated of things. For most of their history, they’ve relied on great looks and brute force–and captivated hearts and minds as a result. More recently though, things have changed.

    Muscle car customers today want their cars to go around corners too, so the cars have become much more sophisticated as a result. Latest into the fray is the 2014 Camaro Z/28, which Chevy tells us is its quickest production Camaro yet, quicker than even the more powerful ZL1.

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    To achieve this status, engineers of the 505-horsepower Z/28 focused on three key areas: increasing grip, increasing stopping performance, and reducing weight. And the benchmark they used? Lap times for one of the toughest race tracks on the planet, Germany’s Nürburgring, otherwise known as the Green Hell.

    In wet conditions, the Z/28 lapped the Nürburgring in a time of 7:37.47, which is 4.0 whole seconds quicker than the best lap time achieved in the 580-horsepower ZL1. Here’s a list of 28 reasons straight from Chevy explaining why that was possible. And, as a reward for getting through the list, we’ve added links to videos showing the ZL1 lapping the ‘Ring and GM’s Milford Road Course at the end.

    1. Rear spoiler with wickerbill: to meet downforce requirements for the Z/28, the spoiler was modified with a wickerbill–a small, vertical tab at the edge of the spoiler.

    2. Unique front fascia: although the Z/28’s fascia is based on the Camaro SS, the fog lamps, air dam and the upper-base grille are replaced with covers, reducing weight.

    3. Front splitter: designed to withstand 250 pounds of downforce at its tip, it is matched with an aero closeout panel under the front of the engine compartment that also enhances aero characteristics.

    4. Hood extractor: made of carbon fiber, it provides increased engine cooling by allowing hot air an exit route.

    5. Rocker moldings and wheel flare moldings: help increase the car’s downforce.

    6. Front wheelhouse liners: work with the vehicle underbody to make the most of airflow.

    7. Belly pan: helps reduce front lift and contributes to drivetrain cooling.

    8. Thinner rear window glass: Chevrolet saved 400 grams by reducing the thickness of the rear window glass from 3.5 mm to 3.2 mm.

    9. Lightweight rear seat: 10.3 lbs lighter due to reduced seat foam and a fixed seatback design.

    10. Lightweight wheels and tires: 29.1 lbs lighter wheels and tires than on the Camaro SS.

    11. Carbon ceramic brake rotors: 21.16 lbs lighter than steel brake rotors.

    12. No air conditioning: 28.4 lbs were saved.

    13. LS7 engine with dry-sump oiling: features a durable forged-steel crankshaft, lightweight titanium connecting rods and high-flow cylinder heads with lightweight titanium intake valves, as well as racing-style dry-sump oiling system.

    14. Air intake system: the LS7 uses a unique open air box intake system to make the most of high-rpm airflow into the engine.

    15. Track capable fuel system: he road course-ready fuel system is designed to keep the primary fuel pump reservoir full even under hard cornering.

    16. Active dual-mode exhaust system and high-flow converter assembly: engineered to provide high-flow and muscular sound character under aggressive acceleration, while attenuating noise levels in cruising conditions.

    17. TREMEC TR6060 six-speed manual transmission: with short throws, smooth gear synchronization and shift feel, the gearbox has the capability to stand up to high-performance engines.

    18. 5.1-ratio short-throw shifter: provides quicker, more precise-feeling gear changes.

    19. Strut tower brace: the same as on the Camaro SS 1LE, provides extra chassis stiffness by tying the towers together.

    20. Zero-preload limited-slip differential: features a concentric helical gear set that generates friction proportional to the input torque.

    21. Differential cooler: incorporates an integral heat exchanger, eliminating the need for an external pump, wiring, relays, temperature sensors and fan.

    22. Uprated lower control arm ride link “travel limiter” bushing: offers 50-percent greater stiffness at high load than the SS.

    23. Uprated rear upper control arm bushing and lower trailing link bushings: 400 percent and 25 percent stiffer, respectively, compared with the SS.

    24. Higher-rate coil springs and smaller-diameter stabilizer bars: the stiffness rate of the Z/28’s coil springs was increased by 85 percent in the front and 65 percent in the rear.

    25. DSSV damper technology: the Z/28 is the first high-volume production road car to use Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve damper technology from Multimatic.

    26. Performance Traction Management: integrates the chassis mode selection, Traction Control and Active Handling Systems.

    27. 19-inch wheels and Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires: the widest front wheels/tires of any comparable sports coupe: 19×11-inch wheels with P305/30/ZR19 tires.

    28. Brembo carbon ceramic brakes: 60-0 mph in less than 120 feet (36.6m).

    Chevy Lists 28 Reasons That Make Its 2014 Z/28 Its Quickest Camaro Yet
    Chevy Lists 28 Reasons That Make Its 2014 Z/28 Its Quickest Camaro Yet
    Chevy Lists 28 Reasons That Make Its 2014 Z/28 Its Quickest Camaro Yet
    Chevy Lists 28 Reasons That Make Its 2014 Z/28 Its Quickest Camaro Yet
    Chevy Lists 28 Reasons That Make Its 2014 Z/28 Its Quickest Camaro Yet
    Chevy Lists 28 Reasons That Make Its 2014 Z/28 Its Quickest Camaro Yet

    As promised, here are the links to videos showing the 2014 Camaro Z/28 at the Nürburgring and the Milford Road Course.

    2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Laps The ‘Ring In 7:37.47: Video

    2014 Camaro Z/28 Laps The Milford Road Course: Video

    via: Motor Authority

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  • Latest News/ Videos

    Are The Chevy Corvette And Silverado Commercials Big Enough For The Super Bowl? (VIDEO)

    Chevrolet are back to at the ‘Big Game’ this year after the disappointment of no Chevy Super Bowl commercial last year. And what a better year to sell the award winning 2014 Corvette and Silverado?

    Chevy Corvette Stingray And Silverado Named North American Car & Truck Of Year

    Chevy posted two 60 second spots on their youtube channel last week to, one for Corvette and the other Silverado giving us the indiction that these might be the ads shown at the 2014 Super Bowl.

    The Corvette is introduced in the stunning ‘Machine’ ad below showing that it is now a serious performance car the world needs to see.

    2014 Corvette Stingray: “Machine” | Chevrolet

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27P2vka-shU

    The Silverdo ad is more of a tear jerker about a Father, his daughter and the Silverdo for all “the roads ahead” they have together. It really pulls at those heart strings!

    Silverado “Band” – A Father and his Daughter | Chevrolet
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vFYT4o2SBo

    What do you think of potential Super Bowl ads? Are they both big enough for the big day? Let us know in the comment below…

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