• News

    Racing Your Mustang Will Void Its Warranty, Despite New Burnout Control

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    The 2015 Ford Mustang holds a lot of promise: independent rear suspension, a turbocharged four-cylinder engine option, and a completely new structure–all huge boons to the sports car fan. But what if your Mustang enthusiasm tends toward the straight strip variety? There’s plenty to love there, too, from the 5.0-liter V-8 in the GT to the recently announced line lock feature that makes burnouts easier.

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    But if you should choose to drag race your 2015 Mustang, know that you’ll void the warranty.

    What, you ask? How? Why?

    After noticing some fine print at the bottom of Ford’s video announcing and explaining the line lock feature, which read “Racing your vehicle will void your warranty,” Motor Authority decided to follow up and see just what that meant.

    Basically, it means exactly what it says: race your Mustang and you can expect the warranty to be void.

    But what, exactly, is racing? Brian Cotter, global Mustang communications coordinator, wrote via email, “If you are using this feature in an actual race (ex. at a drag strip vs. your neighbor’s Camaro) this would create a problem from a warranty standpoint.”

    Cotter further explained, “[T]here is nothing wrong with testing the capabilities of the Mustang in a non-race environment.  You could, for instance, test your quarter-mile time on a closed-course.  This would be permissible because you aren’t competing against any other car OR against a predetermined time, etc.”

    Still not quite satisfied, we asked for clarification, noting the enthusiasm with which Mustang chief engineer Dave Pericak and stability control engineer Scott Mlynarczyk when talking about the new line lock system offering a feature that allows Mustang drivers to maximize their performance at the track.

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    In the video, Mlynarczyk says, “We had one goal in mind, with the Mustang user who takes this to the track, and to provide a feature that we haven’t seen out there in the field before.”

    Pericak adds more color to the idea, “Mustangs have a huge heritage of going out on the track. Our customers take it out on the weekends, they have fun with it. So, line lock is another example of where we’re going to allow our customers to do what they want to do. They want to take this car, they want to go to the track, they want to have fun, and this is going to allow them to do that. It’s going to be another advantage when you’re on the track versus the [inaudible].”

    You’d be forgiven if you heard that and thought it meant Ford had given its blessing to Saturday night grudge matches at the local strip. But you’d be wrong.

    The line lock feature was clearly designed to help Mustang buyers to extract maximum performance “when you’re on the track versus” just about anything. But using the feature for that intended purpose voids the warranty.

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    To be clear, simply using the line lock feature on private property, or even at a drag strip provided there’s no competitor in the other lane or a purse on the line, will not void the warranty.

    Cotter clarified in his e-mail, “Racing (ex. in a bracket-style competition at a drag strip) would be an issue; testing the capabilities of the Mustang at a test-and-tune day where there is no incentive for fastest quarter mile times (etc.) is permissible. You can have plenty of fun at a track without entering the realm of ‘racing.’ Issues would arise when you are specifically competing against other cars ‘wheel to wheel.’ Testing the capabilities of the Mustang is not an issue.”

    via Motor Authority

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  • Top 10s

    10 Of The Best Clever Car Billboards

    With online advertising and expensive multimedia campaigns, you may fear the iconic billboard advert is dead.

    Fear not; billboards are still going strong. And they are as eye-catching and clever as ever; whether that’s a good thing for us consumers or not.

    After looking at lists of the best, and the worst, TV commercials, alongside our top 20 print ads, we’ve compiled our top 10 clever billboard advertisements.

    10) Audi R8 GT

    Advertising is all about personalization these days. And gaining the attention of Lake Forest, IL is a good start. By keeping the locals on their toes looking out for an Audi R8 Gt

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    9) BMW i3 – Become Electric

    What better way to advertise the world’s first premium fully electric car, than with electricity styling? The glowing effect around the cut-out of the i3 is certainly very striking, and is sure to catch the attention of passers by. Although it does vaguely look like something out of TRON.

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    8) Mini – Let there be Xenon

    Attracting a crowd from far further than eye distance of the ad itself, these Batman-esque lights in the sky are sure to make you look at this gravity-defying Mini. Plus, it demonstrates the true power of Xenon.

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    7) Ford Mustang – Fast

    GE Lexan EXL semi-transparent resin gave birth to this advert for the Mustang. So what is it? Well, it blurs the scene behind the billboard, whatever it may be; demonstrating the speed and ferocity of Ford in a way no other advert could. Awesome.

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    6) Mini – Electronic Billboard

    These personalized ads are activated via humans with iPads, displaying photos of drivers and various messages. Mini’s idea was to make their brand feel special, with the hashtag #MiniNotNormal supporting this. I can’t help but think this would be a pretty major distraction for drivers, however.

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    5) Hot Wheels – Loop the loop billboard

    Okay, so maybe this one isn’t directly a car brand. But it’s still car related, and I couldn’t resist including it.  On a long stretch of highway, coming across this Hot Wheels loop-the-loop is sure to bring a smile to your face. Ahh, to be young.

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    4) Smart – Small is beautiful

    Smart have always gone about things differently, and this campaign is no different. Who said billboards have to be huge? Small car, small billboard. Very classy.

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    3) Smart – Bridge jump billboard

    Another entry from Smart, demonstrating the more fun and zany side of advertisements. Having to double-take the view of a car making the jump between this bridge is a very “smart” idea.

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    2) Ford Mustang – Smoking billboard

    Couple a billboard with a smoke machine, and this is what you get. Appearing at the Woodward Dream Cruise, every 3 minutes the rear tire would spin, generating the appearance of a burnout.

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    1) Audi and BMW – Chess Billboard War

    If you have seen this before, then you probably saw this coming. One of my personal favorite brand-wars, the two German car manufacturers BMW and Audi go head-to-head billboard style.  Who wins this game of chess? It’s a tough choice.

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    So the last post was pretty smart, right? Well Audi replied once more, showing off their sports car prowess in the form of the R8. Of course, BMW also have their own heritage of fast cars, in the form of F1. Unfortunately, it seems the blimp was a photoshop, but to be frank, that doesn’t have any effect on the impact for us on the internet. It still remains a stroke of pure genius, in one of the best rivalries going.

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  • Videos

    50 Glorious Years Of Ford Mustang (VIDEO)

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    The Ford Mustang has been on the market for a half-century. That’s a long time from anyone’s perspective, but it’s truly remarkable for a car. The newest Mustang promises to usher in the best era of the Mustang yet, though it will take a thorough road test to see if it lives up to its promise.

    Before the 2015 Mustang arrives, however, it’s good to take a look back at the first five generations. Seeing the evolution of design and performance puts the newest car in perspective.

    50 Years Of The Ford Mustang

    Over the past 50 years, the Mustang has evolved from a futuristic concept to an affordable, sporty car, to a large, potent muscle car, and, now, perhaps, into a true sports car. But whatever the 2015 Ford Mustang shapes up as, its muscle car heritage is written in its bones.

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  • Features

    How did a Ford Mustang get to the top of the Empire State Building?

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    The Ford Mustang celebrated its 50th birthday in style this week… on top of New York’s iconic Empire State Building.

    Onlookers were confused as to how the yellow Mustang made it up there.

    Most people asked by CNN thought it was lowered down to the observation deck by ‘helicopter’. In fact, the car travelled up the 86 floors in an elevator.

    How did it fit? It was cut into 6 pieces and then assembled overnight at the top of the building, before being revealed to the amazed public.

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    For many, it brings back memories of the same stunt carried out in 1965. Back then the car was smaller and was only cut into 3 pieces, but Ford have tried to stick to the original campaign as much as possible to celebrate this classic car.It’s clearly effective and news of this publicity stunt has spread like wildfire, wowing onlookers just as Ford intended! Wouldn’t everyone like to celebrate their 50th in style, on top of one of the world’s most famous buildings!

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  • News

    Rivalry Aside: Chevy Camaro Wishes Ford Mustang A Happy 50th Birthday

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    Among automotive rivalries, there are few as deep-rooted, enduring, and all-American as the one between the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.

    And during this week of the Mustang’s 50th birthday, even GM has been a good sport—putting out a press release acknowledging it, making this little birthday card, and even digging out some of the many magazine covers that helped fuel the muscle-car melee among car enthusiasts and industry insiders alike.

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    Chevy likens the pony-car clash to other great longtime product rivalries like Coke vs. Pepsi, Leno vs. Letterman in the 1990s; or Nike vs. Reebok in the 1970s.

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    And it all comes to a head with the current Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. With the new 2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition that makes its debut at the New York Auto Show this week, Ford is revisiting the past and nodding to a 1964 publicity stunt at the Empire State Building. As for the current 2014 Camaro, it’s revisiting familiar themes, too, with top ZL1 and track-tuned SS models now in the lineup.

    Browsing through the magazine covers here should be enough to get you waxing nostalgic about your favorite era—or for times when certain models ‘ruled the road.’ When did the Mustang have an advantage, and when did the Camaro rule?

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    Stunning 800-HP 1967 Shelby GT500 ‘Tribute’ Built To Celebrate Mustang’s 50th

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    The 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang’s debut on April 17 back in 1964 will be the cause for celebrations large and small this year, with everyone from Blue Oval bigwigs to the car’s legions of loyal fans getting in on the fun.

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    One of those celebrations will take place Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina, where restoration company RK Motors will unveil a tribute car based on the classic 1967 Shelby GT500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, coinciding with Ford Motor Company’s [NYSE:F] own Mustang 50th anniversary celebrations.

    Dubbed RK527, the customized GT500 makes over 800 horsepower, according to its creator, which is sent to the rear wheels through a Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission. The car has been significantly updated, with features like Fast XFI electronic port fuel injection and modern BF Goodrich G-Force Sport tires.

    The RK527 will need to be as reliable as it is powerful, because RK Motors owner Rob Kauffman plans to take it on Hot Rod magazine’s annual Power Tour. The event–which begins in Charlotte this year–is an endurance test for hot rods and muscle cars of all stripes, covering seven states and more than 1,500 miles before ending in Wisconsin.

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    Actually driving a Mustang seems like an appropriate way to celebrate this iconic car’s 50th anniversary, but Ford has some pretty big events of its own lined up.

    It will place a Mustang on top of the Empire State Building this week–replicating a stunt from 50 years ago–and host simultaneous week-long events at the aforementioned Charlotte Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

    via Motor Authority

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    How To Put A 2015 Ford Mustang On Top Of The Empire State Building (VIDEO)

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    How do you get a 2015 Ford Mustang to the top of the Empire State Building? For its ongoing celebration of the Mustang’s 50th birthday, Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] decided to recreate a classic 1964 publicity stunt and hoist a shiny new pony car to the building’s 86th-floor observation deck. That took some creative thinking, and some creative destruction.

    Ford worked with Romulus, Michigan-based DST Industries–the same company it collaborated with on that original 1965 attempt–on the project. The team determined that the lift would be too high for a portable crane, and that the Empire State’s spire would make a helicopter delivery impossible. That’s why Ford and DST decided to employ the same method used to get that original Mustang to the top of the building: chop it up.

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    The team measured elevators and doors in the building, then used a scale-model Mustang to plan cut lines. Two leftover prototypes were used, one acting as a donor so technicians could determine where to make the cuts. Carts were then custom built for the body sections, then loaded up and placed in a mockup of the smallest of the three elevators the car bits would have to ride in. The sections were then weighed, and crews practiced assembling them, pit crew style.

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    Speed was needed, as the Empire State Building’s observation deck is only closed for six hours a day, from 2:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. After crews finish assembling it, the Triple Yellow Mustang will be on display April 16-17, coinciding with the 2014 New York Auto Show. At 2:00 a.m. April 18, it will be disassembled and removed.
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  • Top 10s

    Need For Speed Sucks – Here’s Our Top 10 True Petrol Head Movies

    So, the new Need for Speed movie is being panned by critics. What do you do now? Watch some decent driving movies, of course.

    It seemed like a strange first movie for Aaron Paul after finishing up with Breaking Bad, as it was never going to be a critically acclaimed masterpiece many actors strive to star in. Currently at 24% on Rotten Tomatoes, the plot seems brain dead, and the characterization is poor; which are pretty vital when it comes to cinema. Based upon the gaming series, it seems the only thing it shares is the name, and the concept of driving cars really fast. The action sequences seem to be the only redeeming factor, which is a real shame considering the potential that was there.

    So take a look at our top 10 alternative movies for real petrol heads, for the adrenaline fueled experience you truly crave.

    10. The Italian Job (1969)

    Don’t even think about the remake, as it is nothing in comparison to the glorious original. Minis, Minis, and More Minis, alongside classic quotes and the role that sent Michael Caine into super stardom.

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    9. Days of Thunder

    Trading his planes for cars, Tom Cruise attempts to take the NASCAR circuit by storm. It may not be an obvious choice, but still remains a good watch if you fancy some 90s driving action.

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    8. The Bourne Trilogy

    Perhaps not a car focussed film in essence, but it definitely has enough high speed chases to keep you fuelled on adrenaline. Combine this with a great plot, some immense action sequences, and Matt Damon at his finest, watching this trilogy is time well spent.

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    7. Cars

    Pixar came to the rescue of all fathers out there, sick of watching kids movies. A true homage to NASCAR and classic cars you will recognise, it’s a film that people of all ages can enjoy. Don’t be fooled by the childish exterior; it’s a pretty damn good movie underneath. Plus, Michael Schumacher makes a cameo appearance. Enough said?

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    6. Speed

    Keanu Reeves may not be everyone’s cup of tea, with expressionless acting, but this role landed him his more famous role as Neo. How do you keep a city bus at over 50mph to prevent an explosion? Speed answers all your questions.

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    5. Drive

    A recent entry, Drive has gained a cult status, remaining one of Ryan Gosling’s best movies. Starring alongside Carey Mulligan, Gosling puts on a great performance on his way to gaining a professional driving contract, but ends up being cinematic genius. Definitely worth a watch.

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    4. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

    If you are a fan of Will Ferrell, why haven’t you seen this yet? After Anchorman (and maybe Step Brothers), this is undoubtedly one of his finest films. Chocked to the brim with his classic sense of humour, alongside many NASCAR-based jokes, it’s not one to be missed. It’s also a chance to see Sacha Baren Cohen of Borat fame in another hilarious role.

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    3. The Transporter

    Any film with Jason Statham in tends to be a thrill ride, that’s for sure. Don’t expect an intricate plot, but who needs decent storyline when you have Statham kicking bad guys Matrix-style, when he’s not out-driving them?

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    2. The Fast and The Furious (2001)

    I don’t think there’s any argument that this has been the quintessential racing series for over a decade, whether for good or bad when looking at the mediocre sequels. There is also no argument that the original entry was by far the best, capturing the true spirit of street racing, and coming before the over saturation in the market that Need for Speed is looking to capitalize on.

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    1. Bullitt

    A classic movie for every petrol head. This film led to Steve McQueen popularizing the Ford Mustang Fastback single-handedly, and also led to some of the most celebrated car chases of all time. McQueen became the epitome of cool through this role, and it’s not hard to see why.

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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

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    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

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    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 

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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  • Videos

    This Is The First Ford Mustang Ever Sold and It Is Still Running (VIDEO)

    The first Mustang ever sold – and it’s still running
    The first ever Ford Mustang was bought by 22 year old third grade teacher Gail Wise back in 1964 on the 15th April for $3400 and it is still running today!Gail Wise bought the car two days before the then completely newFord Mustang was supposed to go on sale. But for the recent college graduate, it just so happened to be her lucky day. Gail who needed a car to get to her new went with her parents to the local Ford dealership, where a salesman was all too happy to show her the Mustang hidden in the back.

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    Technically, he wasn’t supposed to sell it to anyone for another couple of days, but business is business. Up until now, Wise and her husband haven’t heard of anyone else buying a Mustang before April 17, 1964.

    So cool!

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  • Celebrity Cars/ Videos

    Paul Walker Kicks Ass and Races a Mustang In New ‘Brick Mansion’ Movie Trailer (VIDEO)

    Paul Walker Kicks Ass and Races a Mustang In New 'Brick Mansion' Movie Trailer (VIDEO)

    The official trailer of ‘Brick Mansion’ starring the late Paul Walker has been released ahead of it’s April release. There are mixed emotions on the nature of the trailer and whether it is too soon to see Walker racing cars at high speed and flirting with danger, given the circumstances of his fatal accident.

    Sure it eery to see Walker so soon and a little sad, but the world should be celebrating him doing his thing as this is what we all loved him for!

    Check out the Brick Mansion synopsis below:

    In the criminal underworld of Detroit, the streets are overrun with violence and drugs and the hand of corruption reaches into the lives of everyone; well almost everyone. For Lino (David Belle) every day is a fight to live an honest life. But when a drug lord kidnaps his girlfriend, Lino is forced to team up with Damien Collier (Paul Walker), an undercover cop who’s been tracking this king pin’s involvement in something even more sinister — a plot to devastate the entire city. Together they uncover a trail of corruption that leads all the way to the top. “Brick Mansions” features thrilling parkour stunts paired with gripping intrigue in this explosive must-see action film.

    Paul Walker Kicks Ass and Races a Mustang In New 'Brick Mansion' Movie Trailer (VIDEO)
    Paul Walker Kicks Ass and Races a Mustang In New 'Brick Mansion' Movie Trailer (VIDEO)

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    Paul Walker Kicks Ass and Races a Mustang In New 'Brick Mansion' Movie Trailer (VIDEO)

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    10 Collectible Muscle Cars You Can Afford: They’re Not *All* $3.5M Corvettes

    It’s mind-boggling. You sit there for hours, watching middle-aged guys in Hawaiian shirts and big watches bid stupid money on muscle cars on the myriad cable channels that broadcast collector-car auctions these days. Crappy models that were being swapped amongst migrant farm workers a decade ago for tens of dollars go for high five-figures now. And the good stuff is all over $100K. The great stuff? That’s in the millions: A 1967 L88 Corvette went for $3.5 million at Barrett-Jackson—before all the fees that make founder Craig Jackson wealthy. So it’s safe to say that you probably can’t afford the classic muscle car of your dreams. (What are you going to do with a $3.5 million Corvette anyway? Drive it?) READ MORE ››

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  • Latest News/ Reviews

    Pricey Pony: The First 2015 Ford Mustang GT Sells For $300k At Auction

    Auction of the first 2015 Ford Mustang GT - Image via Barrett-JacksonThe rights to the very first 2015 Ford Mustang GT was sold to the highest bidder at the Barrett-Jackson auctions taking place in Scottsdale, Arizona over the weekend. The final bid was a respectable $300,000, the proceeds of which will go to benefit diabetes support group JDRF.

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    As previously reported, the first production Mustang GT is yet to be built (the version on display was a pre-production unit), meaning the winning bidder will still be able to select the color of the car as well as any options. On top of this, the team involved in the 2015 Mustang’s design and development will sign the car in appreciation of the donation to JDRF.

    The new Mustang will initially be offered in three flavors: base V-6, mid-level turbo four and range-topping V-8, with the latter being the Mustang GT you see here. Peak output from its 5.0-liter V-8 will hover somewhere around 420 horsepower and 396 pound-feet of torque.

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    Production of the new Mustang starts in the coming months and the first examples are expected in showrooms in the fall. As part of the Mustang nameplate’s 50th anniversary on April 17, Ford is expected to make a major announcement, possibly centering on the introduction of a special edition model.

    Via Motor Authority

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    Equus Bass 770: The $250,000 Muscle Car For The 21st Century (VIDEO)

    The Equus Bass770 is the American dream; a dedication to the muscle car of the 70s with all the tech of a 21st century vehicle. Whether buyers will spend $250,000 is another question?

    Yahoo Motors Report: It’s easy to be dubious when an unknown car company claims it’s built a 640 hp, 21st-century muscle car from scratch out of a small plant in the suburbs of Detroit. Then, despite no evidence of reality bar a fancy video with more Hollywood effects than a James Cameron flick, goes on to announce it’s received orders overseas where buyers are willing to spend $250,000 sight unseen. I was suspicious.

    Equus Bass 770: the $250,000 muscle car

    The Equus Bass770 resembles the American dream; a glorious fastback muscle car evoking memories of the 1960s and ’70s, yet with all the modern luxuries and technologies today’s wealthy expects. It’s perhaps the most beautiful, evocative muscle car in decades. And yet, despite alarm bells ringing louder than Thor, the car pictured above is actually real. I’ve seen it with my own two eyes.

    Better still, at the Detroit auto show, I’ve seen not one, but three Bass770s — one in red; one in white; one in blue.

    Equus, based in Rochester Hills, Mich., began working on the Bass770 six years ago. Its aim was to create the ultimate dream car; one that’s undeniably unique and unequivocally American. When small builders attempt to realize their lofty ambitions, inevitably it becomes a mismatch of leftovers from various scrap yards. Equus, however, created its frame from scratch out of superformed aluminum lined with carbon-fiber inner panels. This helps the Bass770 tip the scales at just 3,640 lbs. — 480 lbs. lighter than aCamaro ZL1.

    Equus Bass 770: the $250,000 muscle car

    Ditching the ’60s muscle car stigma of atrocious brakes, Equus opts for carbon ceramic matrix rotors by Brembo. GM’s magnetic ride suspension comes equipped, too, promising a driving experience as smooth as Frank Sinatra. The engine, a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 featuring 640 hp and 605 lb.-ft. of torque, is the LS9 from a Corvette ZR1, capable of dashing to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and reaching a top speed of 200 mph, while routing said performance to the rear wheels via a six-speed, dual clutch manual transmission.

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    It’s a stunning work of retro-flavored modern engineering, and in the metal, it looks as beautiful as depicted in the video below. Every edge is perfectly finished; the interior is wrapped in more leather than Catwoman, and for an extra $50,000 or so, Equus will grant you a bespoke Bass770 — just in case your neighbor on Palm Islands has one too. According to Equus, opting for this allows you to select things like “unlimited” power, body enhancements and rare materials.

    via autos.yahoo.com

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  • Reviews

    The 2015 Ford Mustang GT Let Loose On Route 66 (VIDEO)

    2015 Mustang GT

    2015 Mustang GT
    Ford released a new video featuring the all-new 2015 Mustang GT and an infamous motoring icon: the US’s Route 66.

    The clip provides some moving footage of the Mustang in one of its most iconic settings: the straight and deserted open road. Though a straight isn’t the only type of road that the new Mustang was designed for, as it sports a completely independent rear suspension.

    As a refresher, the Mustang will be available with a 2.3L EcoBoost four-banger good for 305hp and 300 lb-ft of torque, while the previous model’s naturally aspirated 3.7L V6 and Ford’s 5.0L Coyote V8 will be available. Check out the video after the jump.


    Source: Ford via WCF

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