NASCAR holds open test for Gen. 6 2013 cars

NASCAR help an open test at Charlotte Motor Speedway Today, showing off the 2013 Gen. 6 cars for the 2013 season.

According to sbnation.com, the two-day event brought a dozen drivers to participate in the test, including Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth.

Testing is free and open to the public. It runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. SBNation.com says to enter at Gate B if you plan to attend.

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Ford recalls 2013 Escapes and 2013 Fusions for risk of overheating, engine fires

 

Ford Motor Company announced a voluntary safety recall of 2013 Ford Escape SE and SEL models equipped with the 1.6-liter engine and 2013 Ford Fusion SE and SEL models equipped with the 1.6-liter engine.

Ford estimates that there are approximately 73,320 Escapes and 15,833 Fusions produced and distributed for sale in the U.S. and Canada with 1.6-liter engines, with most in the U.S. market. The issue does not affect 2013 Escape or 2013 Fusion models with other engines.

Customers driving 2013 Escape vehicles equipped with the 1.6-liter engine and 2013 Fusion models equipped with the 1.6-liter engine are advised to contact their dealer as soon as possible to arrange for alternative transportation at no charge. Repair procedures are not currently available.

Ford is voluntarily recalling these vehicles because of reports of engine overheating, resulting in engine fires while the engine is running. No injuries have been reported.

Some drivers who have experienced high engine temperatures followed by engine fires say that their clusters have shown the message “Engine Power Reduced to Lower Temps” or “Engine over temp, stop safely.”  Some also indicated that their instrument clusters sounded a chime and illuminated a red light.

Drivers who see any of these indications should safely pull off the road as soon as possible, turn off the engine and exit the vehicle. Ford will compensate owners for costs tied to overheating as well.

“We have identified an issue and are taking actions in the best interest of our customers,” said Steve Kenner, director of Ford’s Automotive Safety Office. “It is important that affected customers not ignore this recall and contact their dealer as soon as possible. While we recognize the inconvenience recalls cause our customers, we are taking these actions on their behalf to help ensure their safety.”

Ford is working on a repair procedure. When parts are available, the company will notify customers so they can schedule a service appointment with dealers.

Meanwhile, Ford is advising affected owners to contact a Ford dealer as soon as possible for alternative transportation at no cost to the customer; U.S. owners also may call 866-436-7332 and Canadian customers also may call 888-222-7814 for details on securing alternative transportation.

Customers can see if they are affected by the recall by:

  • Checking their 17-digit VIN, located on a label on the driver door opening, at the base of the windshield on the driver’s side of their vehicle, or on their vehicle registration. In vehicles with 1.6-liter engines, the eighth character will be “X” on Escapes or “R” on Fusions;
  • Logging onto Ford.com, click “View Notices and Recalls” in the “Support” tab and input their VIN to determine if their vehicle is part of the recall;
  • Calling 866-436-7332 in the U.S. or 888-222-7814 in Canada; or
  • Contacting a Ford dealer

Escapes equipped with 2.0-liter and the 2.5-liter engines are unaffected. Fusions equipped with the 2.5-liter and hybrid engines are also unaffected – as are all Titanium models.

2013 NASCAR Chevrolet SS Unveiled at LA Auto Show

From General Motors:

LAS VEGAS – Chevrolet today opened a new chapter in its storied racing history, unveiling its eagerly anticipated 2013 NASCAR Chevrolet SS race car. Powered by the legendary small block V-8 engine, the rear-wheel drive performance sedan will be Chevrolet’s newest entry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, beginning with the 2013 SpeedWeeks in Daytona, Fla.

The new NASCAR race car closely resembles the all-new rear wheel drive V-8 Chevrolet SS performance sedan that will debut early next year.

“As a passionate race fan, the debut of the SS NASCAR race car is a genuinely exciting moment for me,” said GM North America President Mark Reuss. “With the SS, Chevrolet is delivering a true rear-wheel-drive NASCAR race car that is very closely linked to the performance sedan that will be available for sale, ensuring that our most loyal enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience the same thrill every day on the open road that our race car drivers enjoy on the track on race day.

“The Chevrolet SS also demonstrates how we are able to leverage our global product portfolio to deliver a unique performance experience,” Reuss said. “The specialized development and testing work done for the race car will certainly benefit the entire Chevrolet product lineup.”

The Chevrolet SS is the next in a long line of famed nameplates that Chevrolet has campaigned in NASCAR. It replaces Impala, which scored 151 wins from 1959-64 and 2007-12.

“We are looking forward to another exciting year of NASCAR competition and expect that the new SS race car, with some of the most skilled drivers on the circuit behind the wheel, will distinguish itself on the track,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.
The Chevrolet SS will be a derivative of the award-winning global rear-wheel-drive architecture that spawns performance vehicles like Chevrolet Camaro and Holden’s upcoming VF Commodore. The limited production version of the Chevrolet SS will be a 2014 model and will arrive in dealer showrooms in late 2013. It is the first time in 17 years that Chevrolet will offer a rear-wheel-drive sedan for sale in the United States.

Chevrolet has long used the SS (Super Sport) designation on high-performance models of some of its most enduring nameplates. The SS designation first appeared in 1957 on a Corvette prototype race car built under the guidance of Zora Arkus-Duntov with the plan to enter it in the Le Mans 24-hour race.
The first production vehicle to be offered with an SS optional package was the 1961 Impala – 453 were built with the performance upgrades, which included a modified chassis and suspension, power brakes, a steering column mounted tachometer and unique wheels and tires.  The SS designation returned to the Chevrolet lineup in 2010 with the debut of the fifth-generation Camaro.

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Chevy debuts Hot Wheels Edition of Camaro at SEMA 2012

Throughout the weekend for SEMA 2012, Chevy teased the concept of the Hot Wheels Edition of the 2013 Camaro. It’s predicted to be going on sale early next year, with early orders available as soon as November 1.

Available in coupe and convertible models, the Hot Wheels Camaro is packed with the option of a V6 2-liter engine or a V-8 SS engine. The coupe model sport a ZL1 front bumper, grilled, front splitter and rocker treatment, 21-inche wheels, smoked lights and a two-tone matte hood graphic.

The Hot Wheels package costs $6,995.

 

 

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Chrysler introduces vehicles that will take center stage at SEMA

The following are select “Moparized” vehicles that will take center stage at SEMA:

Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper

The Dune-in-Matte color, four-door Jeep Wrangler serves as a showpiece for the company’s new portfolio of high-end, hard-core Jeep performance parts.

The Sand Trooper is powered by the new 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 conversion kit. The conversion kit pumps out 375 horsepower and 410 lb-ft. of torque. Paired with the power of the HEMI are front and rear portal axles, providing an extra 5 inches of lift to boost ground clearance capabilities.

Massive 42-inch Super Swamper Bogger tires, endowed with the oversize style of a tractor tire, ensure the Sand Trooper will enjoy a large, aggressive presence on the SEMA show floor. Performance bead lock wheels are painted matte-black. “Moparized” Fox Shox provide racing-level ride traction and stability, while the full-length underbody skid plate prototype helps protect the exposed undercarriage of the Sand Trooper from off-road elements.

For the exterior, the Dune-in-Matte tan color of the Sand Trooper is livened up by numerous black accents throughout the vehicle, including matte-black front and rear off-road bumpers, grille, fuel-filler door, tail lamp guards and black door-sill guards. The Sand Trooper is sans top for an open-concept feel, which is amplified by Mopar half-doors. A vented hood helps the HEMI breathe, and additional Mopar products include a skid plate, Warn winch, LED off-road lights, rock rails and trailer-tow hitch receiver, providing a full arsenal of vital accessories when venturing into the unknown.

Moving inside, premium black Katzkin Leather seats incorporate the exterior feel with unique tan stitching. Interior Mopar accessories include a rearview camera, Mopar prototype CB radio, all-weather slush mats, hood lock, and locking trailside winch kit. The Mopar Add-a Trunk upgrades the Sand Trooper with secure storage, as does the under-seat and center-console locking storage and below-floor storage box.

Dodge Charger Juiced

Imagine a modern-day take on a custom street rod, mated with an emissions-friendly powerplant and a bountiful array of Mopar parts and accessories which demonstrate what the average owner can create. That’s the Dodge Charger Juiced.

Front and center is the Viper V-10 Mopar crate engine, which provides the Dodge Charger Juiced with the soul of a hotrod by taking a fast car and inserting an even more powerful engine. The Viper V-10 injects a venom-worthy boost of 650 horsepower into the Charger Juiced, but tones down the emissions to remain eco-friendly. The Mopar cold air intake and Mopar cat-back exhaust provide even more horsepower and a menacing engine note, while the Mopar lowering kit tightens the ride and improves cornering.

The design of the Charger Juiced complements the aggressive lines of the Dodge Charger while evoking a custom-rod feel with a restrained subtlety. The Mopar front chin spoiler, Mopar Performance prototype hood (with a functional forward-facing intake) and roof carry a darker matte version of the custom Metallic “Copperhead” paint of the vehicle. Unique Mopar matte black hood graphics and decklid graphics are also featured. The body-color split cross hair grille boasts a Mopar grille badge, and Mopar-exclusive 20-inch lightweight wheels are also trimmed in matte black, with an accent “Copperhead” stripe.

“Copperhead” inflections reach inside of the Charger Juiced, where unique black Katzkin leather seats stand out with touches of “Copperhead” color. Accent “Copperhead” color stitching may be found on the steering wheel, shifter and armrest, and a “Copperhead” logo is embroidered on the seatbacks. The large aluminum instrument panel bezel is matte black but also touched by subtle hints of the outside hue. The interior is finished off with Mopar logo door-sill guards, Mopar logo premium carpet floor mats and the Mopar pistol-grip shifter.