September 30: James Dean dies in a crash on this date in 1955
No car crash involving a celebrity has ever touched a culture the way James Dean’s death on this date in 1955 did. Dean was Hollywood’s next great star — “Giant” was about to wrap; “Rebel Without A Cause” and “East of Eden” had already been shot — and had been pursuing his racing career when […]
New 2016 Chevy Camaro Latest Spyshots GM surprised us today at the Nürburgring where it brought along a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro prototype without the heavy camouflage of the previous testers. With all those black plastic bags gone, we get a much better view of what the sixth generation Camaro’s sheetmetal will look like when it debuts sometime next year as a 2016MY. What we see is a much pointer and lower fascia, not unlike the Transformers 4’s Camaro Bumblebee Concept, edgier surfaces on the body, an even lower roof and profile window line, and a rear end that flows into the body. The twin nostrils on the scooped hood, the big tires and wheels, the decklid spoiler and the quad pipes at the rear point towards this being a ZL1 or an SS 1LE-equivalent model in the next Camaro’s range. This is hard to tell from pictures alone, but it looks like the new Camaro might be a tad shorter than the current model, which could make sense since the Mk6 replaces the cut-down Zeta architecture shared with cars like the Chevy SS with the Cadillac ATS’ new and lighter scalable Alpha platform. Under the hood, we’ll see the usual crop of GM’s latest V6 and V8 engines such as the Corvette Stingray’s 455hp LT1 6.2-liter V8. The big question is whether GM will compete with Ford and its turbo’d four-cylinder Mustang EcoBoost offering a similar powertrain on the Camaro. If it does, then the 2.0-liter turbocharged four found in the ATS and CTS, in which it generates 272hp, is a prime candidate, possibly in tuned form. Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops Source: http://ift.tt/1vpLP7w Music: “Hitman” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://ift.tt/oKTIFM. New 2016 Chevy Camaro Latest Spyshots
$845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder burns to the ground in Canadian gas station
Because of its nature as one of the priciest, fastest, rarest, most high-profile super cars in existence, a Porsche 918 Spyder involved in any kind of incident will make headlines. But when one burns to the ground in a Canadian gas station, well, that goes viral.
September 29: The Chevy Camaro first hit the streets on this date in 1966
Even before Ford launched the Mustang in 1964, executives at General Motors knew they’d need a stouter two-door sports car than the Corvair. The idea percolated inside the company under the code name XP-836; it was often known as the Panther, and at least one mockup carried the name Chaparral, borrowed from Chevy’s successful Trans-Am racers. The name had been revealed in June of 1966, and with a slow rollout to build anticipation, Chevy put the Camaro — a name derived from an obscure French-English dictionary that supposedly meant “friend” — on sale on this date in 1966.
How a 2015 Ford Mustang GT teaches “Burnouts for Dummies” with Line Lock
Who doesn’t love a good burnout? Some may say it’s pointless, and that shredding your own tires is nothing but a waste of coin. Of course that assumption is entirely correct, but there’s nothing more satisfying than sitting in a plume of your own tire smoke, listening to a monster V-8 roar to the point of explosion. It’s like Candy Crush: hideously futile, pitifully childish, and yet you can’t help but indulge.
September 26: “Knight Rider” brings KITT to life on this date in 1982
How is it that a guy fighting crime with a talking Pontiac Trans Am became one of the favorite TV shows of a generation? I was watching “Knight Rider” when it debuted on this date in 1982, and as a kid I remember caring little about whatever David Hasselhoff was up to in between appearances […]
Ferrari reveals a topless 458 Speciale for 499 shrewd investors
It has been said that driving doesn’t get any better than when behind the wheel of the $298,000, 596 hp Ferrari 458 Speciale. Only now it does, as a topless version has surfaced promising to make that driving experience even more evocative still.
September 25: Henry Ford makes the five-day work week standard on this date in 1926
By the time Henry Ford decided to make his plants work a standard five days a week on this date in 1926, he had already drawn the ire of other industrialists for doubling his workers’ pay to $5 an hour for an eight-hour day. The moves weren’t altruistic; Ford expected the same level of production […]
September 24: Soichiro Honda incorporates Honda Motor Co. on this date in 1948
When World War II ended, mechanic and tinkerer Soichiro Honda sold his piston-ring business to Toyota and asked his wife to take care of him for a year-long “human holiday” of unemployment. Neighbors called Honda “a wizard at not working,” and he became known for spending his days puttering around the house and garden while […]