2013 Hennessey VelociRaptor 600 SUV

Hennessey Velociraptor Suv
2013 Hennessey Velociraptor Suv

Based on the Ford F-150 Raptor, the team from HPE transforms SVT’s super crew cab pick-up truck into a full-sized sport-utility vehicle (SUV) with seating for up to 8 people.

“Over the past three years we have built nearly 400 upgraded Raptor trucks for enthusiasts around the world”, said Don Goldman, CEO of Hennessey Performance. “We are now very excited to be able to offer the VelociRaptor SUV to those who like the Raptor but want more seats and space.”

All of the factory Ford Raptor truck components and systems are kept in tact.

The VelociRaptor SUV base price is $159,500 and production is going to be limited to just 30 units per year. The same 6.2L 411 bhp Ford V8 powers the entry level SUV while Hennessey also offers their VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged upgrade at an additional cost. Other optional upgrades include: Brembo front brake upgrade, larger wheels and tires, LED lighting upgrades, bespoke interior and electronic upgrades. Security and armoring systems are also available.

While vehicle weight is increased by approximately 600 lbs, the standard 411 bhp SUV is able to achieve 0-60 mph times of 7.5 seconds. Bumping power to 600 bhp with the VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged upgrade will drop the 0-60 mph time to 5.9 seconds. AMG G-Wagon and Range Rover owners beware.

The Hennessey VelociRaptor SUV can be ordered directly from Hennessey Performance or through select Hennessey / Ford dealers.

SOURCE: http://www.hennesseyperformance.com/velociraptor-suv.html

“The Crew” Announced at E3

With this year’s E3 came a lot of news surrounding the next generation of gaming. Ubisoft announced it new racing title, “The Crew.” In case you haven’t heard, here’s the low down.

From Ubisoft:

Ubisoft revealed their latest game, The Crew, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). It’s a revolutionary online action-driving game developed exclusively for Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system and for PC, to be released early 2014.

Development of The Crew is being led by Ivory Tower, a team of racing game veterans and an exclusive partner to Ubisoft, in collaboration with several Ubisoft studios including Reflections Ltd., a Ubisoft studio, best known for its work on the Driver® franchise.

The Crew propels gamers on a reckless ride through a massive open world version of the United States of America, brimming with exciting challenges and diverse terrain – from city to suburb, county to county, state to state, coast to summit. The Crew redefines the level of freedom players experience in a driving game by offering a playground of unprecedented scope in which any driving fantasy can be realized: street, dirt, cross-country, circuit and more.

To bring that vision to life, The Crew leverages the capabilities of new hardware to connect players online like never before. The Crew’s persistent online world is populated by other real players, meaning any other car is a potential rival or ally, and naturally fostering both competition and cooperation among players. This living world provides a tailored experience to a new generation of gamers, as each player is given the choice to play alone, or to team up on-the-go with friends to accomplish collective challenges.

Finally, players can continue to interact with The Crew game world on a second screen via the companion application that will be available soon for iOS® and Android™ devices. The Crew companion app will allow for peripheral, complementary experiences, providing a more intricate player experience overall.

“We want to give players a driving experience that goes way beyond the classic circuit-based racing games and really captures the boundless sense of freedom of driving across the U.S.,” said, Julian Gerighty, creative director, Ubisoft. “Our teams are harnessing the power of next-generation platforms to make The Crew a challenging, immersive and non-stop world that can be shared by millions of players. This is a brand new driving game experience unlike anything that’s come before it.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Up In Smoke

An engine failure ended Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s bid to win his first NASCAR race since last June. He lost a cylinder and then, shortly thereafter, his engine expired altogether in a ball of smoke. This is just one of many issues that have prevented Hendrick Motorsports from winning races that historically it has dominated.

First Jeff Gordon’s wreck just six laps in, followed by Kasey Kahne crashing out of the lead just before Earnhardt’s engine went sour, and capped off by Jimmie Johnson hitting the wall while running second with two laps remaining. This was the first time since 2005 that Hendrick failed to have a car finish in the top 10.

However, during post-race interviews Earnhardt Jr. only had praise for his race team, and seemed to be remaining positive even in the face of his missed opportunity.

SOURCE: http://www.sbnation.com/2013/6/16/4436432/2013-nascar-michigan-dale-earnhardt-jr-engine-quicken-loans-400

2013 Barbie Mustang on the dyno

2013 Barbie Mustang on the dyno

We’ve seen a little bit of everything as far as dyno videos go, but someone decided to see how much power a 2013 Barbie Mustang Power Wheel could produce. (Watch until the end.)

Thoughts? Leave a comment below, or send us a tweet to @PowerBlockTV.

Chrysler: Mopar ’13 Dart – The Stylish Sedan With Bad-Boy Attitude

Mopar '13 Dart - The Stylish Sedan With Bad-Boy Attitude

From Chrysler:

Every Dodge Dart leaves the Belvidere, Ill., factory with attitude, but only 500 will reach dealers with Mopar attitude right off the truck. Dealers are taking orders now for the limited-edition 2013 Mopar ’13 Dart, which carries a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $25,485 (plus $995 shipping).

The Mopar ’13 Dart arrives this summer. Each wears a signature Pitch Black exterior with offset Mopar blue racing stripe running from nose to tail. That’s a color scheme similar to previous Mopar editions of the Dodge Charger, Challenger and Chrysler 300.

Inside, the seats are covered in Katzkin leather. The driver’s seat is Mopar blue with black accents while the rest of the seats are black with blue accents. The steering wheel and shift knob get black leather coverings with blue stitching. Black is the dominant theme throughout the rest of the cabin, with Mopar blue lighting accenting the instrument panel.

Power for the Mopar ’13 Dart comes from the MultiAir turbocharged and intercooled 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, rated at 160 hp at 5,500 rpm and 184 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The car announces its arrival with a Mopar sport-tuned exhaust.

Ride height of the Mopar ’13 Dart is 7 millimeters lower than the base Dart and that low and mean look is accented with a Mopar ground effects kit – chin spoiler, deck-lid spoiler, and rear diffuser – and low-profile 225/40R18 tires mounted on gloss-black 18-inch wheels. The Mopar ’13 Dart also gets premium disc brakes with slotted rotors and a revised calibration for the power steering.

Additional features on the Mopar ’13 Dart include an 8.4-inch Uconnect screen, wireless charging for smartphones, bright sport-pedal kit, door-sill guards and premium Mopar floor mats.

Each Mopar ’13 Dart will be delivered with a personalized owner kit in a custom-made black case. The kit includes a personalized plate with vehicle specifications, unique identification number and production date; a limited-edition sketch of the car signed by Mark Trostle, Chrysler Group Chief Designer for the Mopar Brand; a copy of the Mopar ’13 Dart brochure and other memorabilia.

Would you take one home? Leave a comment below, or send us a tweet to @PowerBlockTV.

Trucks! host Kevin Tetz shows off ’66 resto-mod Mustang at Goodguys Autocross

The Goodguys AutoCross event took place in Nashville this weekend, and it was probably one of the most exciting parts of the weekend car show. It gives gearheads the chance to show off the performance of their muscle cars, trucks or rat rods in front of a group of their peers.

Trucks! host Kevin Tetz brought a personal project of his own, a 1966 Mustang that was part of a resto-mod he started on in 2002.

“I drove it 50 miles to the event, did three full out runs, improved on my times with each run, and met a ton of very cool people!”

He says the car got a lot of attention, and the only problem he had was with a cone that “got in the way.” Not bad at all for a ‘Stang that knocks out 600 hp.

“The car did great! It got a lot of attention and was a thrill to drive! … Thanks to everyone that came by to say hello and look at the car!”

If you missed Kevin’s Mustang on PowerBlock this weekend, you can check it out here:

Chrysler Group engineer Martin Morse killed in 2013 SRT Viper accident

Torque News reports that Chrysler Group engineer Martin Morse was killed in a car accident while driving a 2013 SRT Viper April 15 on US 23 in Hartland, Michigan.

As far as anyone knows, this was the first accident of the 2013 super car on public roads.

Michigan State Police said in the story that Morse turned from Michigan 59 to the on-ramp that leads onto US 23 and came to a full stop for several minutes before launching hard as he entered the highway. He then lost control of the Viper as he merged onto 23, sending the car skidding across the driving lanes and into the median. Morse struck a metal cable in the median.

Torque News said it hasn’t been announced if there had been and mechanical issues with the 2013 Viper that would have cause Morse to lose control, but rainy weather and cold temperatures may have contributed to the accident.

Woman trades in Ford Model T for 2013 Corvette

Tina Boyter’s Ford Model T has been in her family for several years. The auto was built as a racer by Ford and belonged to her father for several years.

According to Corvette Blogger, Boyter walked into Red River Chevrolet in Bossier, City, Louisiana, and fell in love with a 2013 2LT Corvette. She decided to trade in the Model T that’s been sitting in a museum for 16 years.

It’s not every day something like that happens! Have you ever traded anything unique for something new? Tell us about it! Leave a comment below, or send us a tweet to @PowerBlockTV.