Detroit

EcoBoost V6 Perfect for Ford GT

Posted in Detroit, Engines, News by Dustin Driver | March 7th, 2015 | Leave a Reply |

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The EcoBoost V6 is perfect for the 2017 Ford GT. It doesn’t need a V8. Read More…

Messengers of the V8-Pocalypse

Posted in Detroit, Engines by Dustin Driver | March 6th, 2015 | Leave a Reply |

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Behold! They cometh with four and six cylinders, turbochargers and direct injection! Wielding monstrous power-to-weight ratios and fiendish specific output numbers! Inefficient, high-displacement engines flee in their wake, screaming in terror before the advancing army of forced-induction warriors! Read More…

Detroit: Bankrupt, But Is Rich In History

Posted in auto industry, Detroit, News by Gerri | October 7th, 2013 | Leave a Reply |

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Detroit has essentially been “the Motown roller coaster.” It is worth looking at the history of this Michigan city, which dates back to 1701, to gain a perspective on it’s growth and eventual decline. At that time, what is now referred to as the Motor City, started as a fort in the wilderness. A French settler by the name of Antoine Laumet de Lamothe Cadillac founded Detroit, which was then a mere fort.

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1956 Dodge Power Wagon Swivel Frame

Posted in auto industry, Best of, Car Tech, Detroit, Dodge, Domestic Rides, Educational, General, News, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | August 8th, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

Swivel Dodge Power Wagon

Back in the 1950’s off-road vehicles consisted mainly of the Willy’s Jeep, commercial pick-up trucks and the odd civilian use military vehicle. 4×4 technology was still in it’s infancy, however there were those companies who tried to think outside the box. Take for example this 1956 Dodge Power Wagon that came complete with a swivel frame. The idea was simple, keep all four wheels on the ground at all times by keeping the chassis rotating with the terrain. I have a feeling they handled like crap on asphalt, but off-road this sucker looks unstoppable. Cool idea right?

Source: Youtube.com

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2012 Motor Trend SUV of the Year – Competition Overview

Posted in auto industry, Best of, Car Tech, Design, Detroit, Educational, General, News, Videos by MrAngry | December 3rd, 2011 | 3 Responses |

2012 Motor Trend SUV of the Year

Research, research and more research. That’s what you must do when purchasing a new car. Hopefully you’ll look at things like price, fuel economy, features and overall livability. It’s no easy task, but rest assured that if you do your due diligence you’ll wind up with the perfect car. Now, if for some reason you don’t feel like doing any research then you can turn to guys like us – the motor-journalists who do the research for you. Recently Motor Trend Magazine put together a group of SUV’s for their annual SUV of the Year competition. They judge just about every category and in the end, pick the best overall performer. The video is about 15-minutes long, but if you’re in the hunt for an SUV, then it may be exactly what you’re looking for.

Source: Motor Trend

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Camaro ZL1 Lead Engineer: You’re Welcome, Mustang Fans

Posted in auto industry, Camaro, Chevrolet, Detroit, Ford, Mustang, News by Kurt Ernst | November 23rd, 2011 | 5 Responses |

The 2013 Camaro ZL1, in topless flavor. Image: GM Corp.

If you thought that the announcement of the 650-horsepower 2013 Shelby GT 500 meant the end of the pony car wars, you’d be wrong. Al Oppenheiser, the chief engineer on the Camaro ZL 1 program, was his normal outspoken self in a a letter to the faithful on the Camaro5 website. Read More…

Is there anything wrong with automotive cross-breeding?

Posted in auto industry, Best of, Car Branding, Car Tech, Design, Detroit, General, News by MrAngry | November 18th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

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*This AMX was powered by a Chevy LS-engine that looks as though it was made to be there – simply stunning conversion!

A few weeks ago I was walking around the SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV oogling the thousands of amazing show cars. The entire show is one gigantic aftermarket spectacle that must be seen to be believed, as it showcases just about every trend the automotive spectrum has to offer. One such trend that caught my eye was the crossbreeding of parts (power plants in particular) from one manufacturer to another. For instance, it seemed as though every hot-rod, rat-rod and pro-touring car out there had some type of GM LS motor under the bonnet. Now granted it makes sense, because in the scheme of things, who wouldn’t want a stout 600 hp, aluminum small block under the hood.

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Midwest Muscle Car Challenge 2011: Build em’ Drive em’

Posted in Best of, Design, Detroit, General, Hoonage, News, Racing, Videos by MrAngry | October 24th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

2011 Midwest MuscleCar Challenge

For some, the idea of building, driving and racing old cars from the 1960’s and 1970’s seems somewhat archaic. However there are those who go against the grain, push the envelope and retrofit these old cars with some of the latest and greatest technology available. In fact its not uncommon nowadays to see brand new state-of-the-art engines and suspension systems in these rides. Hell, for some it’s the best of both worlds. Because there are so many enthusiasts who go down this road, small race series have begun to pop-up that give owners a chance to not only showcase their automobiles, but their talent behind the wheel as well. The Midwest Muscle Car Challenge was held this past September on Labor Day weekend and showcased some of the coolest muscle cars in the Country. These are not just some retrofitted show cars, but hardcore rides that can be driven daily and then raced on the weekends. Click play for the video and see how the event went down.

Source: MidwestMuscleCarChallenge.com

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Ford’s New Police Interceptors Get ‘Pursuit Certified’

Posted in auto industry, Detroit, Ford, Police by Kurt Ernst | September 23rd, 2011 | 5 Responses |

That's a cop car? Damn... Image: Ford Motor Company

With the recent death of the Crown Victoria, Ford is looking to remind police agencies from coast to coast that it still builds police cars. Coincidentally, the Michigan State Police have just certified both the Sedan and Utility versions of the Ford Police Interceptor as “pursuit certified.” We don’t know exactly what that means, other than both vehicles have passed tests for acceleration, handling and braking, but we’re sure of this: we’re not going to try and outrun either version. Read More…

Chrysler’s Latest Ad Almost Makes Me Want To Move To Detroit

Posted in Chrysler, Design, Detroit, Videos by Kurt Ernst | September 23rd, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Chrysler’s original “Imported From Detroit” TV ad was pretty bleak. Filmed in the gritty urban heart of Detroit, the commercial was more about surviving that it was about succeeding, and I seriously doubt it inspired anyone to pick up stakes and move to Detroit. Their latest ad, for the 2012 Chrysler 300, shows a kinder and gentler side to the Motor City. The commercial may start out in the city, complete with gray, overcast skies, but it soon wanders into the upscale suburbs of Detroit. Read More…