Hey kids, the World Motor Sport Council has appointed Microsoft the official supplier of electronic control units (ECUs). The control units were built in order to regulate the engine and ensure the ban on traction control is followed by mechanics. Additionally, Bridgestone has been chosen as the exclusive tire supplier for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons of Formula One racing. The decision came after Michelin threw a hissyfit and withdrew from F1 racing, protesting over only one tire supplier being chosen. Funny, eh? The Michelin Man protests that only one tire company gets to be chosen and bail in a huff, only to have their competitor be the one chosen. Doh!
General Motors announced Tuesday that the?luxury? H3x Hummer will hit dealerships in August with a sticker price of $38,065. The special Hummer comes with chrome tube steps, a chrome appearance package, a chrome fuel filler door, roof rack brightwork, a body-color grille, a hard spare tire cover, 18-inch chrome wheels, and a chrome brush guard. Front seat headrests are even embroidered with the H3 logo.
A systems architect from Leesburg, VA named Jeremy Kusnetz, , recently hacked into his Prius computer operating system and installed a Mac Mini into a cubbyhole of its center console. Why? So he could take his iTunes library on the road with him and for his young daughter to watch DVDs on long trips. He even programmed the Prius's touchscreen to handle commands for the computer. Wow! Richard Dean Anderson eat your heart out...with a spoon, a toothpick, some wax paper, and chewing gum.
Autoblog.com: Man mates Mac Mini with Toyota Prius
A team of engineering students from The University of British Columbia have built a vehicle so efficient that it gets 3,145 miles per US gallon! The futuristic-looking, single-occupancy vehicle requires the driver to lie down while navigating it. It won top prize at The Society of Automotive Engineers Supermileage Competition earlier this month in which 40 teams from Canada, the U.S. and India competed in designing and building the most fuel-efficient vehicle.
From the "What The Hell Will They Try Next" Department comes this item: A new DC Comics comic book called Rush City is being co-funded by General Motors, who are lacing it with product placements in an attempt to expose the Pontiac brand to men in their 20s and 30s. The six-issue series will debut on July 19.
Google-owned dMarc Broadcasting announced they will using GPS to unite Google AdWords customers with GPS-based in-car advertising. Now, not only will your radio will remind you of your errands and stuff to do, but tell you the best place to go do ?em and the best route to get there! In addressing a luncheon of publishing execs, Google CEO Eric Schmidt wasn't clear on how exactly Google would accomplish this, but he expects to unveil something in a year or two.
A car dealership owner is suing Mercedes for making a lemon. Yes, Mark Johnston of Grand Prix Motors of Los Angeles is suing DaimlerChrysler and its Mercedes-Benz arm over the Mercedes Benz AMG CLK-GTR Roadster, claiming he bought the Benz to sell in his dealership, but it tripped the oil lamp within ten blocks on its very first test drive and had a variety of transmission problems, hydraulic jack system failure, and even unglued windows.
An awesome UK man tried to change the speed limit in the stretch of road where he received a speeding ticket. John Hopwood, 44, placed a stolen 40 mph speed limit sign over the 30 mph sign that he violated, took a photo of it, and brought it to court as proof of his innocence. Of course, it didn't work and he's now looking at some jail time as a result, but ya still got to admire him for the effort.
Autoblog.com: Man attempts to change speed limit to get out of ticket
Brian Tee, star of?The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, stopped by Attack of the Show to promote his new flick and drift in our parking lot at top speed, and we've got the skid marks to prove it! G4 had a chance to chat with him about making this high-octane flick, the rising popularity of drifting in America and beyond, and his life as an actor on the West Coast.
Audi will be giving its TT a year off in the U.S. to prep for the debut of the new 2008 coupe. The coupe's frame incorporates aluminum to lighten it up and improve handling, and will even has what Audi is calling a "magnetorheological" suspension. The suspension is a version of Delphi's electromagnetically semi-active suspension, MagneRide, which is also used on the Chevy Corvette, Cadillac XLR and Ferrari 599 GTB.
According to a confidential document leaked by Detroit-area newspaper The Oakland Press this week, Ford Motors is investing $9.2 billion in Mexico by 2012 via a plan called "The Way Forward - Mexico." The Mexico plan could create as many as 150,000 jobs in Mexico over the next decade, as the company leverages the low cost of operating in Mexico.
Jeep Cherokees hate going to the car wash so much that they've started mowing people down while there. Federal investigators are being urged to look into several cases of 'unintended acceleration' with the Jeeps while in a car wash setting, specifically when the automatic transmission is shifted from 'neutral' to 'drive.'
According to TheCarConection, the five-door wagon version of the Volkswagen Jetta is expected to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show this fall. VW even previewed new design, which has a "sweeping roofline" akin to that of the Saab 9-3 SportCombi and Mercedes-Benz C-class wagon. It also sports a roof spoiler, more room than its predecessor, and several engine options:? 2.5L inline five cylinder, a 2.0L turbo four cylinder and a GLI sport model. The diesel should return in 2008 once VW and the U.S. government can work out its diesel differences. Man, after watching The Pacifier, I've been trying to figure out the "diesel difference" myself.
Volkswagen Jetta wagon to be unveiled in Paris
The Ferrari FXX is being sold by Exotic Motorcars based in Boynton Beach, FL for around $4 million dollars? Why so pricey? Well, it seems that Ferrari sold all of the 29 FXX models to Client Test Drivers to become a part of Team Ferrari "through their ownership of this track-bound hotbed of F1 racing technology. Those customers coughed up nearly $1.8 million to own a new FXX, and the car is apparently appreciating in value after only a year in existence. Exotic Motorcars claims this FXX won't be available until December and has 0 miles on the odometer. Exotic Motorcars claims also claims a snively little slacker like me could never afford such an awesome ride and to stop dreaming, punk. Wow. How rude.
Autoblog.com: For Sale:
2006 Ferrari FXX for $4 million
Art student Lauren Porter recently unveiled her new self-made car, a cross between a Ferrari Testarossa and a 355. The catch is that it is made of yarn! The car is made of more than 250 squares over a steel frame and the horse badge is hand-embroidered. Porter spent 10 months making the full-size replica using 12 miles of yarn. Luckily she had absolutely NOTHING else to do for that entire 10 months since she's a complete loser.
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