Dodge to resurrect the Viper a second time

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First came the mourning for the Dodge Viper, which ended production last year. Then came the Viper’s continued sales run as a “Zombie Car;” we just wrote about how the Viper has racked up 11 sales so far this year, two of them in April. Now Car and Driver reports that the two-seater snake will return shorty for its second encore after being discontinued in 2009. The mag isn’t equivocal about it, either, writing, “trust us: A new Viper is happening.” It won’t, however, be the same Viper that brou Read More

The Iconic Motorcycle Arnold Stole from a Biker in ‘Terminator 2’ Is Up for Sale

When Terminator 2 was released in 1991, it ushered in a new generation of computer-generated imagery, blending live action with virtual graphics. The terrifying T-1000 (Robert Patrick) is composed of liquid metal and its depiction is still impressive even by today’s standards. One of the most memorable scenes in T2 however, involves a freshly-arrived, nude T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) beating down bar patrons on its way to secure a motorcycle. And that very motorcycle is going up for auction. Read More

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1952 Ford 8N

“Frank-N-Ford” 302-powered 1952 Ford 8N for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description:

For all practical purposes, this tractor is like totally rebuilt.
Starts instantly, no smoke on startup or running, uses no oil, everything works including 3 point hitch & PTO. This ain’t your grampa’s tractor!!!
Powerful and fast with a real sweet sound. Read More

“No single form”: How rallying evolved during the 1970s

Many people will point to the Eighties as the glory years for rallying with the advent of four-wheel drive and Group B homologation specials. However, as we saw last weekend, Seventies rallying was no less exciting, and this hour-plus documentary on that decade delves into the reasons why: the transition from amateur to professional teams, more challenging and ambitious circuits, greater speeds, high-profile sponsors, and starting in the mid-Seventies the appearance of rally-specific cars like the Lancia Stratos. And while the names of rally drivers from earlier periods might be recognizable to rally fans, the sport started to make (and attract) better-known personalities during the decade. Plenty of action to see here too. Read More

Used car buying guide: Jaguar F-Type

Hang out the tail or keep it tidy: both are fun in an F-Type

Jaguar’s F-Type has become a half-price hero, available for 50% of its original list price. Yet there are no half measures about how it drives

If you promised yourself a £60,000 F-Type when the model was launched back in 2013 but couldn’t stretch to it, then top marks for waiting. Read More

The Feel behind the Wheel of the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS at Nürburgring

No other Porsche 911 is as special or as focused as the GT3 RS. Aficionados speak of it with lust, and prices of older generation models can approach a half million dollars. It is the track athlete of the entire line and, quite simply, the distillation of fast.

And so goes the brand new model, the 2019 911 GT3 RS, with a starting price of $187,000. Just like the original from 2004 that appeared in Europe (but not the States), the new model sprouts a carbon-fiber rear. The nose is more aggressive, styled for the wind and downforce. And in this era of turbo-charged 911s, its four-liter flat-six engine still breathes naturally. Read More

Lessons in gravel and jumping with Audi’s rallycross stars at Silverstone

After blasting around Silverstone in their S1 quattros, Mattias Ekström and Andreas Bakkerud described the challenge of the new track

I never knew gravel was so interesting as a topic for deep discussion. But at Silverstone tonight, after the screaming 580-horsepower supercars had been silenced, stripped down, cleaned and rebuilt ahead of tomorrow’s second day of FIA World Rallycross Championship action, EKS Audi Sport’s Mattias Ekström educated me otherwise. Read More

Planes Fly In Robots To Up Tesla Model 3 Production To 6,000/Week

11 H BY ERIC LOVEDAY

Six planes flew in from Europe. On board those planes are the final pieces in the Tesla Model 3 production bottleneck puzzle.

Yesterday, via an exchange on Twitter, it was discovered that six planes carrying Grohmann automation components and robots were in route to the Tesla factory from Europe.

We should note that seldom is air transport used by automakers, as it’s incredibly costly. Cargo ship is the preferred method, but Musk and Tesla are obviously rushing this shipment, so air was chosen. Read More

McLaren Hits 15,000 Cars Production Milestone

After just seven years of making cars.

Producing supercars and sports cars is never as easy as making mainstream vehicles. The demand affects the production, which makes the former’s timeline a whole lot different. That’s why reaching a production mark will always be a big deal for these automakers.

McLaren is able to achieve that milestone with its 15,000th vehicle rolling off of its production line after making its first vehicle seven years ago. Even better, it happened just 18 months after the British marque made its 10,000th car 18 months ago. This puts their global production rate at 278 cars a month from its previous milestone. That’s a lot. Read More

This Plug-In Chevy Camaro Goes 40 Miles On Battery, Sips E85

MAY 25 2018 BY MARK KANE

The Ohio State University won (for the fourth consecutive time) the final year of EcoCAR 3, an Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition, sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors.

The Ohio State University named EcoCAR 3 Year Four winners.

In total, 16 university teams were redesigning the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro to reduce its environmental impact, while maintaining performance and safety.

Ohio State University earned 895 out of 1,000 overall points and received three awards for its plug-in hybrid Camaro: Read More

2018 Ford Escape Buying Guide | Compact crossover questions, answered

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The Ford Escape is right in the thick of the compact SUV segment, with rivals including the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. The Escape is perfectly suited to SUV buyers who don’t want to give up car-like driving manners. Handling is fun and sporty, something you don’t often encounter in the sport-utility segment, no matter size or price point. The ride is firmer than some alternatives, however. Read More

Sleepy Super Cobra Jet Hot Rod: 1957 Ford 300

This 1957 Ford 300 is highly stock in its outward appearance, with even its mild rake and larger rear tires barely registering at a glance. This shows some serious restraint on the part of its builder, who also saw fit to install a 429 Super Cobra Jet driving a 3.00 geared posi 9″ rear end through a 3000 RPM stall C6 automatic. Power brakes and steering are notable as well. The car looks beautifully done throughout, with great attention to detail and an almost factory vibe found even under the hood. Find it here on eBay in Standish, Maine for $32,500 OBO. Read More

Formula E Is Going To Saudi Arabia Which Is Both An Incredibly Bold Move And An Incredibly Bad Idea

Photo: Marco Ugarte (AP)

As Formula E coalesced from vague rumors, carbon fiber mock-ups and promising press releases into an actual, real life racing series, it looked like the series of the future. Not only were they turning electric cars into something exciting, but they were paying attention to social cues, too. There were two women (Katherine Legge and Michela Cerruti) lined up on the starting grid—more than you’d find in a lot of other series. They were bringing quiet, pollutant-free racing to city centers. And the first-ever race in Beijing was insane. It seemed almost too good to be true. Read More

Early & Impressive: 1959 Lotus Seven Series 1 Rebuild

This 1959 Lotus 7 Series 1 (chassis 796) is number 147 of approximately 243 built for the initial run, as verified in the Lotus 7 historic registry. Originally registered in its native England, the car was exported to the US in the early 1980’s and has since undergone a documented nine-year mechanical and cosmetic restoration to what appears to be a very nice standard. The car runs a new chassis made in 1990, as well as several non-original body panels, but apparently all the original parts are included, “to prove the car isn’t a clone.” Power comes from a built 948cc BMC A-series four and a gearbox with straight-cut close-ratio gears passes power to the original rear axle. The car has reportedly been with the seller for over 30 years, and is also said to have participated in VSCCA events from 1997 until being put into storage in 2005. Find it here on eBay somewhere in Pennsylvania for $47,500 OBO. Read More

Tell Us Your Most Awesome Motorsport Memory

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May is one of the most incredible months in motorsport for a lot of race fans. Some of the biggest events of the year take place in May for Formula One, NASCAR, and IndyCar, and it’s the time of year that a lot of us look back on fondly as the first time we really understood the particular thrill that got you hooked on racing. So it seems like a pretty fitting time to get a little nostalgic. Read More

2018 F1 Monaco GP: Ricciardo Storms To Pole Ahead Of Vettel

Daniel Ricciardo claimed pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix after Red Bull Formula 1 teammate Max Verstappen missed qualifying thanks to his practice crash.

Ricciardo topped the first two stages of qualifying, with Verstappen unable even to take to the track thanks to damage sustained in a crash at the second part of Swimming Pool that forced a gearbox change, before banging in a 1m10.810s on his first run in Q3 to take top spot.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton briefly threatened Ricciardo’s position with the fastest first sector time of qualifying on his final flier, but lost time later in the lap and ended up third behind Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel. Read More

2018 F1 Monaco GP: Ricciardo Storms To Pole Ahead Of Vettel

Daniel Ricciardo claimed pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix after Red Bull Formula 1 teammate Max Verstappen missed qualifying thanks to his practice crash.

Ricciardo topped the first two stages of qualifying, with Verstappen unable even to take to the track thanks to damage sustained in a crash at the second part of Swimming Pool that forced a gearbox change, before banging in a 1m10.810s on his first run in Q3 to take top spot.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton briefly threatened Ricciardo’s position with the fastest first sector time of qualifying on his final flier, but lost time later in the lap and ended up third behind Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel. Read More

BaT Auction Success Story: 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Fun in the Sun

This just in from the buyer of the No Reserve: 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL that was listed on BaT Auctions 11/14/17 (link):

“Since childhood, I’ve been obsessed with European cars from the 70’s and 80’s – and one (on a very long love-list) is the Mercedes-Benz R107. Having spent most of my adult life in NYC I have had little opportunity to feed my car obsession, nor own any car! Read More

Four-Links – Ballot built, joystick Saab, Seventies staples, students restore cop car

It’s a good bet that the 1921 Ballot straight-eight that John Ballard Engineering recently assembled for a customer may be the last time anybody will take on such a project. Fortunately, Ballard documented the entire process.

* The joystick-controlled Saab 9000 that Gary Axon wrote about this week for Goodwood may not be the most pertinent part of his article discussing the European Prometheus program, but it’s certainly the most photographic. Read More

Someone Modified 1989 BMW 325i Cabrio Into Mobile Bathtub

Strange, but not a bad idea at all.

We human beings are amazing. We can do a lot of stuff that are way beyond our imagination. And what better place to see these things than on the internet? Right? Thank heavens for technology.

But do you really think you’ve seen it all? Like, have you ever felt that you’ve been surfing the web too much, you’ve seen the weirdest of the weirdest that you could possibly imagine? Hold your thought. Apparently, we’ve all just scratched the surface. Read More

James Ruppert on used cars: how to snag a showroom star at a low price

Our used car expert reckons you can buy a near-new showroom model on a Bangernomics budget – but dealers need to be more proactive

Car dealers: on the strength of my recent car-buying attempts, I sometimes wonder if they really want to sell us their fabulous used wares.

That’s right, I’ve been out buying cars and it never ceases to depress me these days. Let’s focus on the big boys. Major dealers have every possible advantage: the facilities, the cars, the warranties and the pot plants to pull off most deals. Even if you are after a motor at the Bangernomics end of things, they should be able to help. Then again, if they are really good, it is possible they might convince you to bundle up your micro-budget into some sort of manageable PCP deal. Sadly, most are not that creative. Read More

Jonathan Palmer: from F1 racer to Britain’s top circuit boss

Palmer’s MSV operates five UK circuits

By applying a racer’s nous to business, the former driver is now one of motorsport’s most influential people

For most talented racing drivers, a career in Formula 1 is the pinnacle.

While fighting to get to the top, stars rarely give much thought to how they’ll occupy their lives once the racing ends, not least because motor racing looks after its heroes better than most other sports. Read More

Renault Nissan Merger Will Not Happen Before 2020

Current head Carlos Ghosn has said it won’t be happening soon.

Renault‘s proposed merger with Nissan isn’t expected to be completed until 2020 at the earliest according to the CEO of both companies, Carlos Ghosn.

The Brazilian executive told a Bloomberg conference that the alliance, which also includes Mitsubishi, is still looking at ways in which to consolidate its business activities. Renaults owns 43.4 percent of Nissan while the Japanese brand also owns a 15-percent stake in Renault – there have been rumors in recent months that the two companies were looking at ways in which they could deepen their relationships with each other. Read More

Should Ferrari Build Sedans and SUVs?

Yes, just like you we too have heard Ferrari’s top brass repeatedly dismissing the idea of building anything other than GTs and supercars out of hand. And yes, just like any other Ferrari fan we hate any kind of major change in the way the brand is represented. But the question is, how long can they resist the temptation? And would it really be that horrible if Ferrari did make sedans and SUVs? Read More

Paralyzed Dirt Rider Beats the Odds, Rides Again

Passion and perseverance put a paralyzed Pennsylvania man back in the saddle after a terrible crash

Mark Frahn’s entire life was turned upside down June 11, 2017. Raised in rural Southeastern PA, Frahn started riding dirt around as a child on a Honda XR50. Over the years he honed his skills and went through a handful of bigger, better bikes before settling on a Yamaha YZ450F. In 2017, at the age of 22, he began racing competitively. Then came that fateful Friday when everything changed. Read More

BaT Auction: 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe G50

This 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe is finished in Marine Blue Metallic over black and was sold new at Japan’s official Porsche dealer Misuwa (now MIZWA). The car was imported to the US by the seller in January 2018 and now shows just 88,088 kilometers (54,735 miles). Factory options include front and rear spoilers. Power is provided by a 3.2-liter flat-six paired with a G50 5-speed manual transmission, and an $8,000 engine service was completed around 4k kilometers ago. Modifications include updated fuel lines, a Sony head unit, an R134 air conditioning conversion, and a Momo Prototipo steering wheel. This Porsche is now being offered in California with a few Japanese service records and a clean South Dakota title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: 1954 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

This 1954 Jaguar XK120 is a left-hand drive roadster that was sold new in Los Angeles to the husband of television and film actress Lenore Kingston, who reportedly kept it until 1964. The car later moved to Ohio, though further history is unclear until it was purchased by the seller’s father in 1992 as an abandoned project without a drivetrain. A body-off refurbishment was eventually performed and completed four years ago, including new paint in the original color, a fresh interior and top, refinishing of the frame and running gear, and installation of a replacement 3.4-liter inline-six and 4-speed manual gearbox. The car is offered on behalf of the seller’s father with a BMIHT certificate, memorabilia, and a clean Ohio title in the name of the seller’s father. Read More

BaT Auction: 1984 BMW 318i at No Reserve

This 1984 BMW 318i was reportedly purchased new by a US Air Force pilot and is finished in Burgundy Red over light tan cloth. The car is powered by a 1.8L M10 inline-four paired with a 5-speed manual transmission and equipped with a manual sunroof, working air conditioning, and a period Clarion cassette stereo. Recent service work included new brakes and tires in 2016 as well as a fresh battery in 2017. The included dealer service booklet is stamped through 1988. This early E30 is offered by the selling dealer with a clean Carfax report and a clear Michigan title. Read More

BaT Auction: 10K-Mile 2001 Porsche Boxster S 6-Speed

This 2001 Porsche Boxster S has just 9,733 miles and is finished in Biarritz White over a black partial leather interior. The car remained with its original owner in Texas and Louisiana until its recent acquisition by the seller from the dealership where he is currently employed. Power is supplied by a 3.2-liter flat-six paired to a 6-speed manual transmission, and the car is optioned with a 6-disc CD changer, heated seats, and the Sport Touring Package. This 986 is now being offered with a window sticker, its original manuals, a clean Carfax report, and a clear Texas title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: 1938 MG TA Tickford Drophead Coupe

This 1938 MG TA is said to be one of 206 Tickford drophead coupes produced and was originally sold in England. The car reportedly received a cosmetic and mechanical refurbishment in Nova Scotia before moving to California in the early 2000s. It was acquired by the seller in 2007 and has since been on display in the showroom of the seller’s restoration shop. Power comes from a 1292cc OHV inline-four paired with a 4-speed manual gearbox, and a 2017 service included a brake system inspection and tune-up. The car has been shown at several GoF West events during the seller’s ownership and is offered with a clean California title. Read More

BaT Auction: 2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Wheels at No Reserve

This set of four 18″ Ferrari wheels were produced by Speedline in Italy and measure 8.5″ and 10.5″ in width. They were original equipment on a 2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta and carry matching 2001 date stampings on their inner spokes. Offsets and sizes are stamped into the exterior of each wheel as shown below, and all four are equipped with Bridgestone tires. These wheels are now being offered at no reserve by the consigning dealer Neptune, New Jersey. Read More

BaT Auction Lot # 10,000 – A Huge Thank You to the BaT Community!

Today we have launched BaT Auction Lot #10,000. Wow! We are humbled and appreciative to have reached this amazing milestone together with the BaT Community. Back in July of 2014 when we listed our own cars as the very first BaT Auctions, we never dreamed that we would see it grow so quickly into the types of listings we have today. Below we reflect on the beginnings of BaT Auctions, and ask that if you have a favorite BaT Auctions experience or story from any of the last 10,000 listings, to please post it in the comments section. Read More

BaT Auction: 1978 Chevrolet Nova at No Reserve

This 1978 Chevrolet Nova comes from the model’s final rear wheel drive iteration and is powered by a 350ci Chevrolet V8. The car was recently repainted in black by the previous owner and features a red interior with a reupholstered front seat. Modifications include a set of alloy wheels with Goodyear tires, Edelbrock carburetor, intake manifold, distributor and a set of polished drive pulleys. This Nova is now offered by the selling dealer at no reserve with a clean California title. Read More

BaT Auction: 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet 6-Speed

This 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet was originally sold at Porsche of Corpus Christie in Texas and remained with the first owner until being acquired by the selling dealer in May 2018. Finished in a paint-to-sample metallic green, this car is equipped with a 6-speed manual and was also ordered with a Natural Cocoa leather interior and a Cocoa soft top. Other factory options include the Sport Chrono Package, heated adaptive sport seats, carbon fiber interior trim, and much more as shown on the included build sheet. Power is sent to all four wheels through a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter Mezger flat-six, and recent service performed in preparation for the sale included an oil/filter change, Pennsylvania state inspection, and a PPI. Now showing just under 71k miles, this 997.1 Turbo is being offered with a clean Carfax and a clean Pennsylvania title. Read More

Eaton eVaptive™ is one-size-fits-all solution for electronic fuel tank venting

Most consumers don’t give much thought to their vehicle’s gas tank, other than filling it up.  Yet for automakers, the gas tank is a critical element that requires careful consideration, specifically to its ventilation system to prevent leaking, vapor lock and harmful vapors from escaping into the atmosphere. Developing a ventilation system for each gas tank configuration takes time and money. Read More

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