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Car Hacking: Imminent Threat or Far-Fetched Fear?

January 2, 2017 in Editorial / Engineering / Featured

Self-driving cars are an incredible advent in modern technology and many people say that they are the only logical evolution of the automobile. There are various benefits to owning a self-driving car, and as the technology improves further, we as humans probably won’t even have to know how to operate a vehicle ourselves; the onboard computer will be able to do all the work for us. You could kick back, relax, even take a nap while your AI driver delivers you to your destination.

This image provided by Google shows a very early version of Google's prototype self-driving car. The two-seater won't be sold publicly, but Google on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 said it hopes by this time next year, 100 prototypes will be on public roads. (AP Photo/Google)

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UPDATED BUILD: Over-The-Top SEMA/ Track Day Chevy Camaro Build

November 2, 2015 in American / Build In Progress / Build Thread / Engineering / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread

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Updated photos from this build-in-progress can be found at the bottom of the following page, originally posted here last year below. Talk about obsessive projects, we look forward to seeing the end results.
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This Generation 5 Chevrolet Camaro is the subject of a home garage build, our absolute favorite kind. The build-in-progress thread is currently at 22 pages long and can be found on Camaro5.com by its owner, forum member Nathan Moreno. While I normally try not to use too many expletives when writing about the build threads here, after fully reading about the project and trying to wrap my head around what exactly is going on here and why, it’s a bit difficult because the attention to every single little bit of detail in it is utterly mind blowing. Its purpose can be best explained as being because it is being built as a SEMA show car with hopes of getting an invite to the 2014 Optima track challenge. The 418 cubic inch V8 engine has already been spotlighted in the media, now his goal is to remove 400-500 pounds from the car and move the motor’s center of gravity down an inch and back 2 in order to improve balance further. This is how it’s being done…

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Designer Tom Meade’s Work to be Featured at Palm Springs Conorso

October 20, 2015 in American / Design / Engineering / guest contributor / History / Italian / Wallace Wyss

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Concorso is pleased announce a celebration of the life and achievements of Tom Meade, the American who went to Italy in the 1960s to follow his dream of designing cars that would be his visions of supercars.

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Mr. Meade blazed a trail. He worked his way across the Atlantic on a tramp steamer to reach Italy. Tom slept on the floors of various coachbuilders as he saved enough to buy old race cars, which he rebodied. He did what many American enthusiasts dreamed of doing. Continue reading →

VW’s Grand Deception- The Greenies get stung, Big time

September 22, 2015 in Editorial / Engineering / German / Wallace Wyss

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Yes, indeedy, I remember only a few weeks ago VW was bragging about how they “own” the diesel car market in the U.S., selling far more cars than all the other automakers.

And in recent years other automakers begrudgingly offered diesels, thinking “If VW can do it, so must we.”

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Reader Submission: The Story of “Project Gemini”, by Peter Gruich

September 8, 2015 in American / Concept Car / Engineering / guest contributor / prototype / Reader Submission

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We are grateful to have been bestowed with a reader submission from none other than Peter Gruich, the legendary vehicle design engineer who has done some memorable work with the big 3, but is here today to talk more specifically about “Project Gemini.” He tells us about working on the advanced Pontiac Fiero successor project in detail on the following page and gives an insightful first hand experience of what it was like working with creative minds in a team environment… Continue reading →

Build Thread Referral: Ferrari F40 Receiving Engine and Suspension Mods

August 31, 2015 in Build In Progress / Build Thread / Engineering / Homologation / Italian / Modification Thread / Video

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If you’re here, then it’s safe to assume that you’re into pictures of vintage cars, stories by Wallace Wyss and interesting eclectic build threads gathered from all over the web and put into one place. If that describes you then today I’ve got something definitely worth checking out that won’t leave you disappointed: a Ferrari F40 getting a host of engine and suspension modifications. The current in-progress build thread appears on Ferrarichat.com by forum member “Carolina Dyno”, a humble and very talented fellow who works in a small but specialized shop located in Wilmington, North Carolina. While you would normally have to be a member of fchat to view the pictures, I have included them on the following page for those who are not signed up but suggest joining because there are many more great build threads there that I haven’t covered (yet). Without any further ado, behold!
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Friday- Vintage Car Photos

July 3, 2015 in Engineering / German / Photo of the Day

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Today’s episode of Vintage Car Photos includes a few McLaren F1 shots, one of our all-time favorite supercars right alongside Ferrari’s 288 GTO and F40. Now if only Ron Dennis would build a 3/4 scale size P1 Lightweight with a manual transmission, naturally aspirated engine and no hybrid technology while keeping the targeted overall curb weight at somewhere well under 2,500 pounds, we’d have a rekindled faith in new exotics all over again. Oh yeah, and a center driving seat too..

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The 2014 COPO Camaro DIY Home Garage Build Guide

October 15, 2014 in American / Build In Progress / Engine Swap / Engineering / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread / Race Car

Here we have the beginning stages of a 2014 COPO Camaro drag car being built up from scratch using a bare “Body In White”, purchased directly from Chevrolet Performance. Forum member “gump” from Camaro5.com started the build thread to show how to do it yourself in your own home garage with the help of a few qualified buddies. Rather than start with a used car and stripping it of all its non-essentials, this is the cleanest approach since it avoids the gathering of unneeded components and clutter that would be difficult to unload anyways, which is exactly why Chevy sells it for everything from road racing to Pro Street and Competition drag racing applications too. During the height of the muscle car era in the 60’s, COPO (Central Office Production Order) was created as a way for dealerships to order cars with large displacement engines and performance packages in models that wouldn’t normally be available together. Then, because of the gas and oil crisis of the next decade, cars became strangled with emissions equipment, robbing them of their horsepower and making them a mockery of their former glorious history. Huge 350 cubic inch V8’s pumping out a mere 150 hp became commonplace, a sad statement to the state of affairs at the time. Certainly because of those issues, the COPO program disappeared until 2011 when the concept was reintroduced at SEMA with such an overwhelming response that they had to make it a reality again. Since then, only 69 fully custom, hand built COPO drag Camaros have been made available to serious racers per year, and if you are fortunate enough to be one of those buyers you are even invited to join in on the build at the Chevrolet Performance Center in Wixom, Michigan. But if you are not one of those who had a full drag race car built for you at the factory and want to build one up from a bare shell, here is how to do it…

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5 Part Video Series: “The Secret Life of Colin Chapman”

July 30, 2014 in Engineering / English / Race Car / Video

colin chapmanThe following 5 part video series, titled “The Secret Life of Colin Chapman” takes a behind the scenes look at the man who founded Lotus Cars and invented the monocoque racing car chassis. While his motto was famously “Simplify, then add lightness”, his cars were known to be fragile because of it, but that didn’t stop Team Lotus from winning 7 Formula One Constructors’ titles, 6 Drivers’ Championships and the Indy 500 between 1962 and 1978. Learn more about the fascinating yet controversial man in the multi part series totaling approximately an hour on the next page…

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Audi’s Unusual UFO Brakes: A Close Look by Spannerhead.com

June 21, 2014 in Engineering / General Discussion / German / guest contributor

Today, we have Matt from www.Spannerhead.com‘s captivating look at Audi’s peculiar UFO brakes from one of his past “Technical Curiosities” series features. It’s an interesting read that can be found re-posted on the following page, then after viewing it you be the judge whether the unconventional system was a success or fail…
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