New Supercars Will Take Your Breath Away

For the past two years rumors have been circulating among sports car enthusiasts about the LaFerrari Spider. Earlier this year, Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed that the Spider is "the only future product connected to LaFerrari" to the excitement of fans everywhere. More details have emerged and it turns out that the 499 units being built for 2017 have already been sold-out to wealthy enthusiasts. But, the pics of this $1.7 million supercar have been released and it is simply breathtaking. Even at a standstill, it looks like its moving fast. The car is powered by the first ever hybrid power train featuring a V-12engine combined with an electric motor. The beautiful combination will pull 963 hp and be available in a soft top or hard, carbon fiber top. Ferrari wasn't the only...

July 15, 2016
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The Future of the Mazda BT-50 with Isuzu Onboard

In 2008 Ford announced that they'd be selling much of their stake in Mazda, dropping their shares from a controlling interest of 33% down to 13%. Among mixed emotions was a chance for Mazda to carve its own path without Ford's influence. Takashi Yamanouchi (Mazda's first post-Ford CEO) is noted as exclaiming, "This is a godsend!" Much of the cause for the breakup is blamed on China's rapid economic rise and the U.S. financial crisis of 2008. Ford was the only U.S. automaker that did not accept a bailout from the Federal government. They made bold moves, such as selling their shares in Mazda and using their branding rights to the "blue oval" as collateral for a loan. This helped the company weather the storm and come out on top on the other side. For anyone who has traveled throughout...

July 15, 2016
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Green Car Sales Continue to Lag Behind Projections

By now it’s no surprise that the plummeting price of oil has stalled the green car movement. In fact, sales of SUVs and trucks have been up all year.  Tesla Motors, the electric car company at the forefront of the green car initiative, reported lower-than-expected sales in June. In fact, their delivery rate was the lowest it has been since Q3 of 2014 having delivered 14,370 vehicles for the quarter, including 9,745 Model S sedans and 4,625 Model X SUVs. Tesla isn't the only company feeling the pinch. Overall, sales of diesels, plug-ins, and hybrids fell in the US by 22% in June to about 34,700 units. Plug-in vehicle sales have been especially slow, only increasing by 5.1% total over the past year. There is good news for the industry however. In Q2 Tesla produced more than...

July 14, 2016
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Smaller Lawns Lead to Mower Turnover

The 2015 national census keyed many of us in to several events affecting the quality of life of Americans. The most startling is outlined in a recent article from The Atlantic entitled The Shrinking of the American Lawn. This article reviews the census and compares the average home and property size in 2015 to those from 1978. What they've found is almost shocking when all elements are considered. The American home is growing but the American lawn is shrinking. In 1978 the average home measured in at about 1,650 square feet and sat on a lot measuring 0.22 acres. By 2015 both of these numbers have changed, and in the "wrong" direction. A new home built in 2015 averaged 2,500 square feet and was placed in a neighborhood with lots measuring 0.19 acres. While these numbers may not seem...

July 13, 2016
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Race Fans Fulfill Childhood Dreams with Mario Andretti

Imagine racing around the track in an Indy car at 200mph. The wind drowning out everything but the 600+ horsepower, V-6 turbocharged motor and the sound of rubber on pavement. You can almost feel the G forces pushing you into your seat as you go into each turn. Well a few weeks ago 33 very fortunate men and women got to make their dreams a reality as racing legend Mario Andretti took them for a 3 minute thrill ride around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Each participant paid $3,300 for the 180-second ride and each said it was worth every penny. But don't take it from us, here are quotes from the fans: Gary Berg from Baltimore, MD said, “From a race fan point of view, it’s the epitome of anything I could ever do. You’re at the Holy Grail of racing grounds, the...

July 13, 2016
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BMW Celebrates Centennial by Unveiling Futuristic Mini Cooper

In early June the auto world had a bit of fun during an unveiling event in London where the Mini Vision Next 100 was shown to an eager audience. The BMW design was centered on a vision of the future, set 100 years from now. With the advent and recent surge of autonomous driving technology, chances are very high that people will not have the need to drive their own vehicles at the start of the next century. For decades, Mini Coopers were based on the concept that driving is fun and should be enjoyed. With this in mind, the Mini Vision Next 100 is intended to be a fully customizable, shareable vehicle. While many new cars today feature custom settings for the gauges, seats, and mirrors, this concept Mini takes the idea to the next level. The exterior skin is designed to display any...

July 12, 2016
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New Russian ATV Puts All Others To Shame

When you love motorsports and cars enough to keep up with the E3 blog, chances are you played with toy trucks and cars as a kid. Many of our favorite Hot Wheels and Tonka Trucks came in larger-than-life proportions not seen in the real world. Well get ready to awaken the excited 9 year old inside of you with the Sherp ATV. This monstrous piece of off-road technology comes from designer Aleksey Garagashyan and has hit the ATV world by storm. This mini monster-truck's most prominent feature is its set of 4 gigantic self-inflating tires which perform in EVERY terrain including deep open water. Sand, snow, swamp, ice, mud, you name it and the Sherp dominates it no problem. This behemoth can climb obstacles up to 28 inches tall and can turn within its own wheelbase with a unique skid...

July 12, 2016
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26,000 Vehicle Recall – Fiat Chrysler Jeep SUVs and Vans

Following the very public news of a recall possibly being responsible for the death of actor Anton Yelchin, automotive manufacturer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles faces another large, and potentially hazardous, recall effecting over 26,000 of its most popular vehicles. The transmission pumps installed in model-year 2015-2016 Dodge Journey SUVs, Grand Caravan minivans, and Chrysler Town & Country minivans have been found to be faulty. This recall also impacts 2016 Ram ProMaster vans. The pumps do not meet required specifications which can lead to the loss of propulsion, significantly increasing the likelihood of a crash. If you own one of these vehicles, contact your local dealer immediately to schedule a repair. The dealership will replace the transmission pump free of charge. You can...

July 11, 2016
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Fight Breaks Out at Gateway Motorsports NASCAR Truck Race

NASCAR fans were in for a surprise at Gateway Motorsports Park as a full-on fist-fight turned wrestling match broke out between 2 drivers, Jon Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher. The fight broke out shortly after the second of two crashes between the drivers, which took both trucks out of the race. It is unclear who was “at fault” for the crash but both drivers blamed it on the other. After safely stopped, Townley and Gallagher exited their trucks and began a heated discussion. A few words were exchanged followed by blows and grappling. Officials broke up the scuffle once they reached the infield grass. In an official statement, NASCAR Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell said that repercussions were likely following the incident. "We've...

July 11, 2016
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Monster Trucks Movie Set for 2017 Release

Monster truck fans, get ready! The big, crazy, gas-guzzling, dirt-slinging, show-stealing performance rides you love are set to hit the big screen in January 2017 in a comedy/action/animation film titled, appropriately, Monster Truck. Thus far, not much is known about the film except for its IMDB.com-listed cast and synopsis: “Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.” The cast includes Till, known for his role as Havoc in...

July 1, 2016
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