Modded diesel shows off on the dyno, burns rubber

A modified diesel pickup that puts out more than 1000 horsepower takes its turn on the dyno and lays a little rubber afterward.

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GM rumored to build full-sized pickup truck

Reuters reports that General Motors will be working towards an aluminum-bodied pickup truck by late 2018.

This comes after pressure from the federal government to improve fuel efficiency standards.

According to their story, GM recently locked-in contracts with two suppliers to increase their aluminum sheet production to supply the next-generation GM pickup.

Right now, aluminum is in such high demand that the companies need to order it years in advance, Reuters said.

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Dodge Cummins shows off with smoky donuts

Dodge Cummins shows off with smoky donuts

The youtube poster of this video says that he sent a friend to go get coffee and a donut, and this is what he got in return!

That’s what he wanted, right? Hopefully the coffee didn’t spill.

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Dodge Ram 2500 smokes some tires doing donuts

Dodge Ram 2500 smokes some tires doing donuts

Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy these donuts from a Dodge Ram 2500 that packs a Cummins 5.9-liter turbo diesel engine.

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Consumer Reports: Ram 1500 ranks at top in Consumer Reports’ tests of full-size pickups

Ram 1500 ranks at top in Consumer Reports' tests of full-size pickups

From Consumer Reports:

YONKERS, NY- The freshened 2013 Ram 1500 now tops Consumer Reports’ rankings of, full-size pickups, delivering impressive performance and outpointing strong competitors, both domestic and foreign.

“The Ram 1500 is surprisingly luxurious and refined-but still fully capable of doing hard work when needed,” said Jake Fisher, director of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Connecticut. “Continued interior and powertrain improvements make the Ram a particularly well-rounded choice.”

For 2013, the Ram got a lighter and stiffer frame, a revised interior with a new infotainment system, and updated powertrains. Consumer Reports tested a four-wheel-drive Ram 1500 Crew Cab, with the most popular engine option-the 5.7-liter Hemi V8-and the new efficient eight-speed automatic transmission. The combination delivers seamless power and still returns a class-leading 15 mpg overall in CR’s own fuel economy tests.

The complete tests and ratings of the Ram 1500 appear on www.ConsumerReports.org. Updated daily, ConsumerReports.org is the go-to Website for the latest auto reviews, product news, blogs on breaking news and car buying information. Check out CR’s ongoing Twitter feed at @CRCars.

The Ram 1500 earned a 78-point overall road test score. Other tested full-size pickups include, the Toyota Tundra (69) and the iconic Ford F-150 (68). Consumer Reports is evaluating the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and will announce its findings later this summer. First impressions are that the Silverado is a well-rounded and refined truck that will strongly challenge the Ram in our Ratings. Ford’s F-150 will be redesigned for 2015.

While the Chevrolet Avalanche currently outscores the Ram by two points, Avalanche production ended after the current 2013 model year.

Prior versions of the Ram have been reliable so Consumer Reports is Recommending the freshened truck. To be Recommended, a vehicle must perform well in CR’s battery of tests, have average or better reliability in CR’s Annual Auto Survey and perform well in government and industry crash tests.

The Ram delivers one of the best rides of any pickup, thanks to its unique coil spring rear suspension. It has a super-quiet, super-roomy crew cab, and the optional UConnect infotainment touch screen is one of the best in the business. On the downside, the step up to the cabin is very high, and-unlike some other pickups-the Ram’s tailgate isn’t damped or sprung, so it’s heavy.

Consumer Reports is the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, website and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace.

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Chevy experiences trouble on the dyno

This twin turbo Chevy was going for one of its first dyno runs, when one of the charge tubes flew off, according to the YouTube video description.

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Kenworth vs. Chevy C10

Kenworth vs. Chevy C10

There are several factors that could be weighed in this race between a 68 Kenworth and this Chevy C10, but watch how the two compete against one another at the NHRDA Nationals last year, and tell us what you think.

(Notice that pre-race burnout?)

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