Force Breaks His Own Records at the 48th Gatornationals

It's hard to beat the seasoned veterans on Sunday at the Gatornationals. Since 1987, there's only been one season where John Force did not stand atop the podium in NHRA Funny Car. After qualifying for Sunday's final round, Force said, "There's no magic wand." Although there's a pit full of competitors who might disagree. "It's all about heart," added Force "let's go drag racing." Early this year Force traded teams with son-in-law Robert Hight to shake thing up and that's exactly what happened. When Force buckled in at Gainesville Raceway for the weekend's final race, his only thoughts were to win his 148th NHRA national (99 more than second all time Ron Capps). When the smoke cleared, John Force had his eighth Gatornationals trophy in Funny Car and John Force Racing's 2500th...

March 20, 2017
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3D Road Maps for Self Driving Cars on the Horizon

<p>Vehicles with limited autonomy are already hitting the streets with more due to arrive in the near future. However, the dream of a fully automated driving experience is still a long ways off with the limits of current technology. Tech and auto giants are teaming up to solve this problem faster by developing HD maps for auto-driving programs to follow. </p> <p>"The notion of a HD map was created during a joint project with Here and Daimler for the 'Birth of Benz' drive, and we developed a core technology and HD map that was created as a research prototype in order to facilitate the functioning of that car driving through the German countryside," said Sanjay Wood, Here's VP of Highly Automated Driving. "When it comes to automated driving, the map becomes another...

March 17, 2017
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Polaris Slingshot Delivers Excitement to Bike Week

The long anticipated Slingshot from Polaris is turning heads and opening wallets at this year's Daytona Bike Week. For the first time demo rides for the full MY17 lineup of Slingshots are available at the Daytona International Speedway. If you've seen one of these things on the road there's no way you didn't do a double take. In the rear-view you may think you're looking at a Ferrari Enzo at first, then when it pulls up next to you that's when you see it for what it really is. This insane, three-wheeled reverse trike features an open-air race-ready cockpit set on 3 beautiful wheels. Its stunning from stem to stern and is simply a joy to ride. “Daytona Bike Week is the epicenter for motorcycling enthusiasts,” said Rachel Elia, Slingshot Marketing Manager. “There is no...

March 17, 2017
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Off Roading Tips for Summer Fun

Going off-road can be an extremely fun adventure, but it can also turn sour fast. Here are a few tips from our seasoned off-road pros which will help you before taking to the trail. First, choose the right gear before going off-road. If you have a 4WD vehicle, be sure to shift it into 4x4 before setting a single tire off the road; you may forget to do it later. If you're sporting an all-wheel-drive be sure to lock the center differential. These are important to do from the onset because once you're stuck you may not be able to make this change. Having an off-road transmission is also important. Additional gears are used to help slow down your speed and keep your wheels from spinning. Second, know what you're getting into. Before encountering a patch of trail too aggressive for your...

March 16, 2017
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Hidden Car Show Gems In 2017

Many car lovers can't make it to the major International auto shows. There's good news though. All across the country there are literally hundreds of events going on this year. Sometimes smaller venues host some of the most unique shows around, especially for niche auto lovers. Here are a few of our favorites coming up. 21st Annual Cherry Blossom Mustang & All Ford Show: Ford fans near Macon, GA will definitely want to make their way down to the William S. Hutchings Career Center on April 1st. Sponsored by the Flag City Mustang Club, this judged event is great for all ages and includes a full festival for the family. Outlaw Nationals car Show: If you want to do a good deed while enjoying your hobby, come on out for this incredible fundraising event. Proceeds will be raised for...

March 15, 2017
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Roborace Releases New Formula E Car

As Formula E enters its third year as a racing series, new competitors hope to enter the races in the form of fully automated robotic cars. In Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress the company debuted its latest design for the Robocar built by chief designer Daniel Simon. Known for designing vehicles for movies such as Captain America, Tron: Legacy, and Prometheus, Daniel also took inspiration from VW, Bentley, Bugatti, and Audi to create his latest design. Roborace hopes to spark a new global sport of robotic racing. The initial plan is to begin debuting the vehicles as part of the Formula E (all electric car) racing series. “We want people to see this like a Tron, or an Oblivion, or a Star Wars spaceship,” says Justin Cooke, Chief Marketing Officer of Roborace. Fans in...

March 14, 2017
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Sudden Death Rocks Motorcycle Racing World

On March 9th at the Nogaro Circuite in France, FIM Endurance Motorcycle Champion Anthony Delhalle was killed in a testing crash. During the first testing session for the 24 Heures Motos event, Delhalle's Suzuki lost control early in the testing session and fell from his bike, breaking his neck. "Anthony came out straight, without reason or loss of grip," explained his teammate Vincent Philippe. "It's incredible and inexplicable. I feel like a part of me has gone." Though Anthony received medical treatment immediately, he did not survive the injuries. Delhalle was a highly decorated racer, taking the Junior Team Suzuki team straight to several championships and leading the Qatar Endurance Racing team from 2008 to 2010. By the end of last year, Delhalle had five world titles to his...

March 13, 2017
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Report Is In ? U.S. Auto Recalls Hit Record High in 2016

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released their review of 2016 auto recalls. A record high of 53.2 million vehicles were recalled last year, a massive uptick from previous years. The majority of these recalls involved the Takata Corp 7312.T airbag inflators. Tens of millions of these inflators were recalled as they would send shrapnel flying at drivers and passengers. To date 9 Americans have been killed by these airbags along with at least 139 reported injuries. The problem started with the propellant chemicals used to inflate the airbag. It was found that these were mishandled and improperly stored during assembly. Researchers also found that one of Takata's North American plants allowed a defect rate "six to eight times above" acceptable limits. Nearly all automakers have...

March 13, 2017
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Like Father... Like Son-in-Law?

One thing is for sure. When the gates open for the 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, the pits will be filled with the Force Clan. Like his father-in-law before him, Robert Hight now runs the entire operation having been promoted to team president two years ago. And, like his father-in-law before him, Hight will be looking to win the third round of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Funny Car championship at Gainesville Raceway. In fact, they will be a slew of team members named Force or married to someone named Force getting the family's three Funny Car teams and one Top Fuel team ready to compete. Patriarch John Force is unmatched in his 25-year career with 134 national wins and 15 NHRA Funny Car championships. But, when the 63-year-old Force climbs into PEAK...

March 8, 2017
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Paul Lee Retires from NHRA

Funny Car favorite Paul Lee has announced that he will not be returning to the races in 2017. Last December he returned from a successful PRI show in Indy and experienced a heart attack. Not just any heart attack, but a "widow maker" with 100% blockage in the LAD artery. Though he has made a recovery after surgery, Paul now has significant heart damage. “I’m very lucky to be alive,” said Lee. “The paramedics are close to my house and were there in minutes. They got me to the hospital in time for the doctors to save my life. The doctor told me that this is the worst kind of heart attack someone can have and only about 1 in 10 survives. So I’m extremely grateful to the local paramedics and the doctors for doing a great job of saving me.” Lee has...

March 7, 2017
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