A 2013 Shelby GT500 vs. a 2013 Camaro ZL1 on the Dyno

Edmunds Inside Line takes a 2013 Shelby GT500 and a 2013 Camaro ZL1 and does a dyno comparison of the two muscle cars.

The 2013 Shelby GT500 Mustang is equipped with an aluminum 5.8-liter supercharged V8 that Ford says provides the key to its producing horsepower. As for the 2013 Camaro ZL1, it receives power from a supercharged 6.2-liter V8.

The ZL1 is said to produce 580 horsepower and 556 lb. ft. of torque, compared to the Shelby GT500’s 662 horsepower and 631 lb. ft. of torque.

So, how do they compare? Leave a comment below, or send us a tweet to @PowerBlockTV.

2013 NASCAR Ford Fusion Ready to Make its Debut in Daytona

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From Ford.com:

DEARBORN, Mich. – The “stock car” officially returns to NASCAR.

After more than two years of development , including extensive work by the Ford Design Center and Ford aerodynamic experts, the 2013 NASCAR Fusion will take to the race track as practice opens for the 54th running of the Daytona 500.

“This is a day so many of us at Ford and Ford fans have been waiting for,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. “When we first unveiled the 2013 NASCAR Fusion in Charlotte in January 2012, we said we wanted to help return the ‘stock car to NASCAR.’ Without question, with this car, we have.”

The new “Gen 6” NASCAR race cars being introduced this weekend return manufacturer identity to the sport. It continues the trend of NASCAR introducing more consumer relevance to the sport the past three years, including the use of alternate fuels, fuel injection, and now manufacturer identity.

“We are a car company. This is car racing,” said Allison. “This was a great opportunity to work with NASCAR on creating cars that people see on the race track that really look like what they have at home. The opportunity to bring back brand identity to these cars is something the fans have asked for, something NASCAR led, and something we as a manufacturer enabled.

“The small experiment that showed the scale of what this could be happened with the Nationwide series when we introduced the Mustang with more identity two years ago. We saw the exciting reaction from the fans, and even from people who didn’t follow NASCAR. We knew then we were on the right track.”

The process to get to the 2013 NASCAR Fusion started more than two years ago, with the series’ manufacturers first meeting, and deciding to go to NASCAR with a proposal that they would work hand-in-hand with the sanctioning body on the next generation vehicle. Ford Racing Operations Manager Andy Slankard and NASCAR Cup Program Manager Pat DiMarco would lead the Ford team developing the new car.

At Ford, the process started at the Ford Design Center, where a team of designers, led by Garen Nicoghosian, did the initial clay sculpting of the race car, sitting side-by-side with its production counterpart. It was the first time the Ford Design Center had been actively involved in the design of a NASCAR race car since the late 1960s.

The first full-size clay model race car was shown to NASCAR and Ford drivers and teams in June 2011, and was met with an enthusiastic reception.

From there, joint projects between the Ford Design Center and Ford aerodynamic experts led by Bernie Marcus began working to match NASCAR-mandated aero targets, while still maintaining the look and feel of the new 2013 production Fusion.

In January 2012, the world was introduced to the 2013 Ford Fusion at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and two weeks later, Ford stunned the motorsport world with its unveiling and first on-track test of the 2013 NASCAR Fusion at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

NASCAR took each manufacturer to Homestead Miami Speedway at the end of January 2012 for the first joint test of the cars, and then development continued.

At Ford, development continued on aerodynamics, using both the wind tunnel and computational fluid dynamics, to start honing in on what the final car would be.

There was some re-design of the car’s front end, most noticeably in the grille area, where a full 3D version of the grille replaced what had originally only been a decal treatment.

By mid-summer, 2012, the stamping of sheet metal began in Michigan, and Roush Fenway Racing and eventually Penske Racing started building additional track testing cars.

Following a Martinsville short track test in September with Roush Fenway, and a superspeedway test in October with Roush Fenway and Penske Racing, the final versions of the 2013 NASCAR Fusion were put in place for teams to start building their cars.

Finally, one year to the day after the race car was first shown to the public, 10 NASCAR Fusions roared through the streets of Uptown Charlotte in a lunchtime demonstration run that declared the Ford version of the Gen 6 car was ready to go.

This weekend, Ford teams from Roush Fenway Racing, Penske Racing, Wood Brothers Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Germain Racing and Front Row Motorsports will debut their new Fusions, and, for fans, there will be little doubt that the sport has changed.

The Ford teams will look to continue a streak of success in NASCAR’s biggest race, where Fusions have won three of the past four events.

“We know nearly 40 percent of new car intenders are race fans, and of those fans, almost 84 percent of them follow NASCAR,” said Allison. “Racing helps drive our business. We know Ford race fans consider, shop and buy more Fords than the general public. So bringing back this kind of relevancy to NASCAR is the ‘X Factor.’ Fans may be at the races because they love cars, but then to add the relevancy of the cars we race looking like the cars they own, well, it just adds that emotional connection between us and the fans that we all seek.”

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2013 Battle at the Beach in Daytona results in flips, fires, crashes

Yesterday’s Daytona Battle of the Beach 2013 was a series of flips, fires and chaos, and that’s putting it lightly. The caution flag was issued at least 17 times.

In the video below, Danny Bohn was exiting Turn 4 when Ryan Pries lifts him onto the wall and flips Danny upside down. Within seconds, the car ignites, but luckily, rescue crews were able to get him out of the vehicle in time. Take a look.

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2013 King of the Hammers race takes place Feb. 8

King of the Hammers is an intense off-road race that takes place in Johnson Valley, California, and if you’ve never heard of it, you probably can’t handle it.

Off road rigs that come in all shapes and sizes, topping speeds of ore than 100 mph, compete in front of thousands of fans who watch the race in-person or live online.

“It’s really balls out from the start,” said 4-Wheel Parts CEO in PowerBlock Magazine last year. Adler is also an avid competitor who has described the competition “like a cage fight every time you get into one of those races.”

Time trials are currently going on through today, and the main event takes place tomorrow at 8 a.m. PST. You can catch it live right here: http://ultra4racing.com/live/

And check out highlights from last year at the video below. Watch at 4:37 when someone almost gets run over as they try to get out of the way.

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You can also check out more of Greg Adler’s interview with PowerBlock Magazine here: Greg Adler talks King of the Hammers

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SRT Brand Adds New ‘Core’ Performance Models to 2013 Vehicle Lineup

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From the Chrysler Group, LLC:

February 7, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. Chrysler Group LLC’s SRT (Street and Racing Technology) brand is expanding its “Core SRT” vehicle strategy from the successful Charger SRT8 Super Bee and SRT Viper by offering new 2013 “Core” models of the Dodge Challenger SRT8 and Chrysler 300 SRT8.

“With exclusive content, including the standard premium ‘Ballistic’ cloth interior from the new SRT Viper, SRT-tuned sport suspensions and distinctive exterior accents, the new Challenger SRT8 and 300 SRT8 ‘Core’ models are designed and built with the back-to-basics performance driving enthusiast in mind,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO — SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC.

New 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 “Core” Model
On the exterior, the new 2013 Challenger SRT8 “Core” model features a black grille and black SRT rear spoiler, unique black 392 decal on the front fenders, 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels with black painted pockets and black Brembo brake calipers.

New exterior colors for the Challenger SRT8 “Core” lineup include HEMI® Orange Pearl Coat and Plum Crazy Pearl Coat, in addition to the existing color options, which include Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Pearl Coat, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat, Pitch Black and TorRed Clear Coat.

Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl and Redline Tri-coat Pearl are exclusive to the 2013 Challenger SRT8 392 models.

On the inside of the new “Core” model, seating surfaces use the same premium “Ballistic” cloth inserts from the SRT Viper and are flanked by dark slate gray “Axel” cloth bolsters and door bolster inserts and feature a mini-carbon bezel instrument panel.

All 2013 Challenger SRT8 models are powered by the proven 392-cubic inch (6.4-liter) HEMI V-8 that delivers 470 horsepower (351 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 N•m) of torque. The torque band is extremely flat allowing for strong standing starts and improved straight-line performance throughout the rpm range.

An advanced active intake manifold along with high-lift cam with phasing provides maximum low-end torque and high-end power while still delivering 23 miles per gallon on the highway with the standard manual transmission or available automatic transmission. Performance-tuned engine mounts improve idle stability and ride control at all speeds.

All 2013 Challenger SRT8 models accelerate from 0-60 mph in the high 4-second range; run the quarter mile in mid-12-second range with the automatic transmission (high 12-second range with the manual); go from 0-100-0 mph in the low 15s, reach a top speed of 182 mph with the manual transmission (175 mph with the automatic) and stop from 60-0 mph in just 117 feet.

The starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the new 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 “Core” model is $38,995 (plus $995 destination).

New 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 “Core” Model
The new 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 “Core” model features a 6.4L badge on the front fenders – a first for the 300 SRT8 – 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels with black painted pockets and standard black Brembo brake calipers (also available in red).

On the inside of the new “Core” model, black seating surfaces use the same premium “Ballistic” cloth inserts from the SRT Viper and are flanked by black “Axel” cloth bolsters and door bolster inserts. Various matte carbon and piano black accents surround the instrument panel, door bezels and center console.

Under the hood of every Chrysler 300 SRT8 model is the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 delivering 470 horsepower (351 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 N•m) of torque. On the highway, up to 23 mpg is achieved by use of an active valve exhaust system that allows the standard Fuel Saver Technology (four-cylinder mode) to engage over a wide rpm range. The active exhaust system also allows for straight-through mid and rear mufflers for a throaty exhaust note under engine load.

Performance numbers include 0-60 mph acceleration in the high 4-second range; quarter mile in high 12-second range; 0-100-0 mph in less than 16 seconds, top speed of 175 mph and stopping power from 60-0 mph in 120 feet.

Eight exterior colors are available throughout the 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 lineup, including Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Deep Cherry Red Pearl Coat, Gloss Black Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Pearl Coat, Ivory Pearl Tri-coat, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat and Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl.

The starting U.S. MSRP for the new 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 “Core” model is $43,995 (plus $995 destination).

2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee
The 2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee features a unique SRT badge with a 3-D helmeted bee mascot on the new split crosshair grille finished in Gloss Black. Both front fenders tout the historically significant V-8 engine with “392 HEMI” badges first seen on the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392. Flanking both rear fenders are the legendary round Super Bee graphics, which now include the wording “Powered by SRT” to commemorate the modern incarnation of this celebrated performance icon.

Returning from the 2012 model are the five-spoke cast-aluminum 20-inch wheels with black painted pockets and black Brembo brake calipers that provide a unique performance look.

New exterior colors now available on the 2013 Charger SRT8 Super Bee include the historically significant HEMI® Orange Pearl Coat and Plum Crazy Pearl Coat. The Charger SRT8 Super Bee is also available in Bright White Clear Coat, Pitch Black Clear Coat and TorRed Clear Coat.

The Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee is powered by the same 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that delivers 470 horsepower (351 kW) and 470 (637 N•m) lb.-ft. of torque. On the highway, up to 23 mpg is achieved by use of an active valve exhaust system that allows the standard Fuel Saver Technology (four-cylinder mode) to engage over a wide rpm range. The active exhaust system also allows for straight-through mid and rear mufflers for a throaty exhaust note under engine load.

Performance numbers include 0-60 mph acceleration in the high 4-second range; quarter mile in the high 12-second range; 0-100-0 mph in less than 16 seconds; top speed of 175 mph and stopping power from 60-0 mph in 120 feet.

The starting U.S. MSRP for the 2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee is $41,995 (plus $995 destination).

All 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8, Chrysler 300 SRT8 and Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee models are built at the Brampton Assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

SRT Track Experience
Owners of any Chrysler Group SRT vehicle receive one day of professional driving instruction as part of the SRT Track Experience, designed to maximize their driving knowledge and skills on the street or track. Sessions are held throughout the year at selected tracks. For more information, visit http://drivesrt.com.

About SRT
The Chrysler Group’s SRT (Street and Racing Technology) brand uses a successful product development formula featuring five proven hallmarks: awe-inspiring powertrains; outstanding ride, handling and capability; benchmark braking; aggressive and functional exteriors and race-inspired and high-performance interiors to remain true to its performance roots.

The SRT lineup in the 2013 model year features five vehicles that are world-class performance contenders and bring the latest in safety technologies and creature comforts. The Chrysler 300 SRT8, Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, Dodge Charger SRT8 and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 are joined by the SRT flagship Viper and Viper GTS models, which are making their highly anticipated return to the high-performance sports car market.

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2014 Toyota Tundra to make debut at Chicago Auto Show

From Toyota.com:

Toyota will stage the world debut of the new 2014 Tundra full-size pickup truck at a press conference at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, though spy shots of the Toyota have already been snapped, with this one coming from Chris Doane Automotive LLC on facebook.

The press conference will be held at 9 a.m. Feb. 7 in the Grand Ballroom at McCormick Place, with a livestream being broadcast live at: http://new.livestream.com/toyota.

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