2015 Ford F-150 engine lineup will include three V-6s and just one V-8

For many an American pickup buyer, a full-size truck without a big V-8 engine is like apple pie without the apples. But Ford has changed the big truck paradigm, starting with the introduction of a 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 in the F-150 a couple years back that was—surprise—pretty awesome. Then, earlier this year, Ford showed us its all-new, aluminum-bodied F-150 that is expected to weigh up to 700 lbs. less than the 2014 model. And now, this week, Ford has announced that two new engines that join the lineup when it goes on sale this fall as a 2015 model, and neither of them are V-8s. What the truck?

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 Marshawn Lynch surrounds his parked Lamborghini with velvet ropes
If you’re a star running back in the NFL, you’ll likely drive an expensive car. So when you come to park said exotic on a busy street, protecting it from dings and curious pedestrians will be of paramount importance. And that’s why Seattle Seahawk’s Marshawn Lynch apparently enlists his own form of protection: Heavily armed guards? No. A set of velvet ropes. Oh yes.
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Marshawn Lynch surrounds his parked Lamborghini with velvet ropes

If you’re a star running back in the NFL, you’ll likely drive an expensive car. So when you come to park said exotic on a busy street, protecting it from dings and curious pedestrians will be of paramount importance. And that’s why Seattle Seahawk’s Marshawn Lynch apparently enlists his own form of protection: Heavily armed guards? No. A set of velvet ropes. Oh yes.

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Hot Wheels creates real-life 526-hp Darth Vader Corvette

Unless you’re rather primitive and don’t believe in things like TV, Internet or magazines (and let’s face it, if you are, you won’t be reading this), then you’ve likely heard that Star Wars is returning to the big screen in 2015. In celebration, Hot Wheels has created something special: A 526 hp Darth Vader Corvette.

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Driving the 2015 Subaru Outback, the sleepy adventurer

I’ve reached that age where all my friends are married, having kids, and replacing their cramped sports cars for sedate family haulers. They all seem to be getting Subarus too—like my good friend who embraced momhood and swapped her unruly Lancer Evo VIII for a 2013 Outback. As a single guy who cares little for practical considerations like rear headroom, it’s still a foreign world, and when Subaru invited me for a test drive of the all-new, 2015 model, I wondered if I could grasp why people become fanatical about these things. Off-roading through the forests and snaking through the hills of Bend, Oregon, to some extent I have.

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 July 23: Jim Hall, builder of the Chaparral race team, was born on this day in 1935
Texan Jim Hall was pretty good as racers go, but as an engineer and team owner, he’s one of the all-time greats. It was Hall who first took a systematic approach to finding engineering solutions to some of the long-standing challenges in race cars, reflected in the Chaparral 2-series cars of the 1960s with everything […]
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July 23: Jim Hall, builder of the Chaparral race team, was born on this day in 1935

Texan Jim Hall was pretty good as racers go, but as an engineer and team owner, he’s one of the all-time greats. It was Hall who first took a systematic approach to finding engineering solutions to some of the long-standing challenges in race cars, reflected in the Chaparral 2-series cars of the 1960s with everything […]

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 The definition of lunacy: Flickr photo of the day
Is this not the most ludicrous thing you’ve ever seen? I mean, full respect for those that do it, but you wouldn’t catch me in a sidecar, especially not in the passenger seat where your job is to stick your head over the side to balance the machine and prevent it from toppling over. Nope. Not for me. If you have a shot to share, please add it to the Motoramic group on Flickr, or send us a message via Twitter, Facebook and Google+, and thanks to Paul for this one. High-res

The definition of lunacy: Flickr photo of the day

Is this not the most ludicrous thing you’ve ever seen? I mean, full respect for those that do it, but you wouldn’t catch me in a sidecar, especially not in the passenger seat where your job is to stick your head over the side to balance the machine and prevent it from toppling over. Nope. Not for me. If you have a shot to share, please add it to the Motoramic group on Flickr, or send us a message via Twitter, Facebook and Google+, and thanks to Paul for this one.

Teenage son discovers his deceased father’s ghost car in Xbox rally game
Losing a parent at just six years of age is unimaginable. You may vaguely remember some of the wonderful memories from that brief time spent together, but the pain surely never goes away. I imagine you cling to those memories dearly, grasping hold of them and praying that over time you won’t forget. For one teenage YouTube commenter (00WARTHERAPY00) that scenario is real. And in the comments section of a piece about whether video games can be a spiritual experience, he told his story:
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Teenage son discovers his deceased father’s ghost car in Xbox rally game

Losing a parent at just six years of age is unimaginable. You may vaguely remember some of the wonderful memories from that brief time spent together, but the pain surely never goes away. I imagine you cling to those memories dearly, grasping hold of them and praying that over time you won’t forget. For one teenage YouTube commenter (00WARTHERAPY00) that scenario is real. And in the comments section of a piece about whether video games can be a spiritual experience, he told his story:

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