Truck tows the frame straight off this Malibu



Truck tows the frame straight off this Malibu!



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myPowerBlock member Brandon Mcwhinnie shared this awesome video of his truck ripping the body off an old Malibu in the junk yard.



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How to remove a Malibu’s engine with a tree and a chain

How to remove a Malibu's engine with a tree and a chain

This video was submitted to myPowerBlock from James Hamilton. He said it took six tires to remove the Malibu motor with a chain, a tree and hitting reverse.

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Photographer nearly taken out by hood of a car during drag race

Photographer nearly taken out by hood of a car

A photographer is almost taken out by the hood of a car as he tries to capture this drag race at the Detroit vs. Chicago: Motor City Mayhem outlaw street car and grudge racing event.

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‘Pulp Fiction’ Chevy Malibu recovered after 19 years

Not everyone knew that the red Chevy Malibu from ‘Pulp Fiction’ was stolen 19 years ago, but the car belonging to Quentin Tarantino recently turned up in Oakland, California.

According to NPR, a San Bernadino’s sheriff’s deputy saw two men taking parts off a car and questioned the men doing it as part of an “investigation of suspicious circumstances.” Everything appeared to be in order, and the car was found to be in the care of its rightful owner, NPR reported.

However, upon running the car’s VIN number, the deputy noticed there was another vehicle in the Oakland area with the same ID. The second car turned out to be the Chevy Malibu belonging to Tarantino.

NPR said that the present owner of the Malibu isn’t thought to be part of the theft and is considered a fraud victim.

No word on whether or not the Malibu is back in Tarantino’s possession.

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General Motors: Climatic Wind Tunnel Puts All-New Malibu Turbo to the Test

DETROIT – Neither snow nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night kept product development engineers from swift completion of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Turbo, arriving this month. The location for all of this torture testing? General Motors’ Climatic Wind Tunnel in Warren, Mich., where all Chevrolet vehicles take on the elements.

On the hottest days of summer, Malibu Turbo, which starts at $27,710, withstood blizzard and hurricane conditions inside the wind tunnel, where the temperature can replicate 40 below zero and the wind can blow 150 mph. Even on the coldest nights of winter, the tunnel’s temperature can easily climb to 140 degrees under 1,155 watts per square meter of simulated sunshine.

At this state-of-the-art facility, engineers take vehicle development and validation testing to the extremes, subjecting powertrain cooling, cabin heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to the harshest weather conditions found from Death Valley, Calif., and Denali, Alaska.

The wind tunnel also simulates driving actual roads with real-world weight burdens, such as hauling a fully loaded trailer up a steep incline by applying resistance through the wheels of the tunnel’s dynamometer, a tool that also allows simulated driving speeds of up to 155 mph.

“Testing in the Climatic Wind Tunnel reduces the need to travel to remote locations, which helps save time and money,” said Ben Cruz, GM engineering group manager for thermal testing at the Climatic Wind Tunnel. “Tunnel testing also minimizes the safety risks and traffic interactions associated with testing on public roads, and because the conditions are repeatable, we’re not limited by the whims of Mother Nature.”

Engineers used the tunnel’s blizzard-making capability to test Malibu Turbo’s air induction system, which is designed to prevent snow from clogging the vehicle’s air cleaning system. The system’s torturous path of multiple barriers blocks water molecules while allowing air to flow freely for engine combustion.

Malibu Turbo’s powertrain cooling system was developed in the tunnel and attuned to the car’s specific powertrain heat outputs and airflow characteristics to provide optimal performance even in extreme heat and cold. The system is designed to allow wide open throttle acceleration at egg-frying Death Valley temperatures, and has been validated in that desert location.

Malibu Turbo’s occupant comfort is just as important when the going gets hot. The car’s air conditioning system was tested against tunnel simulations of the high heat and humidity found along the Gulf Coast. This torture test helps ensure that Malibu Turbo’s all-new 2.0L engine delivers the rapid cool-down performance expected of a turbocharged power plant.
Climatic torture testing helps Chevrolet deliver improved quality and durability. Malibu topped the midsize sedan category in a recent third-party quality study, due in part to development work done at the Climatic Wind Tunnel.

“The new Malibu turbo was designed with the things that matter to our customers in mind, like starting on cold mornings and not overheating on hot summer days,” said Jeremy Loveday, Malibu turbo’s program engineering manager. “The Climatic Wind Tunnel helped us place the Malibu turbo in extreme conditions – if the car survives there, then it’ll perform extremely well when customers have them.”

-Story and Photos from General Motors

 

 

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