Faraday Offers Glimpse of 1,000-HP Hypercar Future

Tech geeks around the world had their eyes and ears focused on Las Vegas this past week, as the International Consumer Electronics Show unveiled some of the coolest concepts and most advanced products coming to the marketplace over the next few years. For automotive aficionados, nothing on the show floor turned heads quite like the Faraday Future FFZERO1 concept car. With financial backing from Letv, a Chinese media and technologies company with a market value of tens of billions of dollars, the FFZERO1 began as a doodle sitting on the desk of Richard Kim, Faraday Future’s design head. Along came Nick Samson, the company’s product architect and VP of product R&D who promptly saw a potential publicity powerhouse for its Variable Platform Architecture. This past...

January 14, 2016
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High Tech Cars Drive the Show at CES

For years, the International Consumer Electronics Show, known informally as CES, has showcased the latest and greatest in electronic gadgetry, from toys to televisions. But this year, a major highlight driving crowds is technology on wheels. In fact, the 2016 show, running Jan. 6-9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, features no less than a dozen concept and new production cars outfitted with futuristic, state-of-the-art tech attributes. In fact. A full 10 percent of the venue's 2.2 million square feet of display space this year is dedicated to all things automotive. Tech features that automakers are showing off at CES support the future of autonomous/automated driving, including parking assist, collision avoidance, emergency braking and much more. Among those expected to make a...

January 6, 2016
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Fire Risk Prompts Recall of 570,000 Jeep and Dodge SUVs

If you drive a Jeep or Dodge SUV, listen up. Officials with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles this week announced two major recalls of four different vehicles, warning registered owners and drivers of a fire risk. First up - a recall of 352,831 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durango SUVs made before Sept. 2012. Wiring in the headliners of these rides is prone to overheat, short circuit and potentially catch fire, according to officials with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The second recall affects the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot SUV made during a five-month period earlier this year - some 60,100 of which are registered to US owners. Turns out a clamp located in the power steering assembly of these vehicles may be out of place. If so, it could cause a leak of the...

January 6, 2016
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Mad Motocross Skills Featured in Point Break Remake

There's been much debate over this year's remake of the 1991 film Point Break. But even among those questioning the move, there's been nothing but praise for the amazing stunts performed not by run-of-the-mill Hollywood stunt drivers but actual, legit extreme athletes. Among them are pro snowboarder Xavier De Le Rue, freeclimber Chris Sharma and legendary surfer Laird Hamilton. But our favorite here at E3 Spark Plugs just might be motocross racer Steve Haughelstine. He was one of two bikers featured in scenes shot in Swingarm City, Utah, considered the "holy grail of American motocross riding." In the scene featured in the video below, he and another rider dropped onto a rock spine that, to anyone's knowledge, had never been traversed on wheels before. "These guys are not just...

January 6, 2016
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Bold Colors Shaking Up the Automotive Scene

According to Forbes magazine, and backed up with a quick glance around any American mall or grocery store parking lot, white is the most popular color for automobiles in the US. In fact, Forbes lists the top 10 colors, in order of popularity, as follows: White Black Silver Gray Red Blue Brown/Beige Yellow/Gold Green Everything Else But leave it to the millennial market to shake things up a bit in a brightly hued way. Head to your nearest dealership selling most any brand of new rides and you'll likely see at least one ride that's a bit of a color shock. Examples are Subaru's new BRZ two-door sports car and STi sports sedan in Hyper Blue with matching interior features including stitching on the seats, console, door panels, shift knob and steering wheel. The trend started with...

January 6, 2016
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Are Your Spark Plugs Talking to You?

If inanimate object6s could talk there would be no end to the stories they tell. But while they may not be audible, the spark plugs in your ride actually are quite capable tale-tellers. You just have to know how to read them - preferably before your car, truck, SUV or motorcycle's engine suffers damage. To that end, the automotive experts at E3 Spark Plugs offer a few clues: Safe hues: Take a look at the tips of your spark plugs. If they're somewhere between white and grayish-tan, it's an indication that your engine is in good shape. If you see a pink hue, don't be alarmed. It's simply a sign of deposits from additives in unleaded fuel burned off during combustion. The color of trouble: If your spark plug tips are a charcoal color and smell of gasoline, you've got potential...

January 6, 2016
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Engine Stalling Risk Forces Recall of For Escape, Focus Models

There's nothing quite as unnerving as experiencing a sudden stall-out while zooming down the highway. But that's just what may happen if you drive a 2013 Ford Escape SUV or a 2013-2014 Ford Focus ST hatchback. The company is recalling 9,017 of these rides registered to US owners over a stalling risk. "Insufficient compression in the engine wiring harness splices to the Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor may provide incorrect signals to the powertrain control module," officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wrote in a recall summary. "The incorrect signals could cause the vehicle to hesitate or the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash." The recently announced recall actually is an expansion of a previous recall that first went out last year....

January 6, 2016
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Five Top Holiday Gifts for the Car Buff in 2015

Hey slackers - We're six days away from Christmas. Is your holiday shopping done yet? If there's a car buff on your gift buying list, we here at E3 Spark Plugs have a few fool-proof ideas for you. Samsung Gear VR: It looks a bit like those vintage View-Masters you loved as a kid, with a seriously cool, uber-modern makeover. It's actually a virtual reality viewer that allows you to watch select TV shows and films like never before. Imagine feeling as if you're standing right in the middle of your favorite Fast & Furious scenes. Yeah - the Samsung Gear VR is just that good and is fully Netflix and Hulu enabled. Recaro Sport Office Chair: One can't always be in the driver's seat of one's favorite classic ride. Oh, but with this specialty office chair, one can certainly feel...

December 19, 2015
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The Force is Strong With These Star Wars-Themed Rides

Film buffs and sci-fi nerds worldwide have been in a constant state of baited-breath anticipation over the past few months, gearing up for the December 18 opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. To celebrate, Dodge unleashed a trio of themed rides that have been patrolling the streets of Los Angeles in the weak leading up to the much-awaited opening. In a promotional partnership with Disney and Lucasfilm, Dodge created three head-turning rides designed after Star Wars characters: The First Order Stormtrooper-themed white Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, plus Kylo Ren-inspired black Dodge Viper ACR. Throughout the week, fans could track the cars in real time on Twitter via #Dodge and #TheForceAwakens. Did you spot one while out and about in LA? Post your...

December 19, 2015
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Driving Safely Through El NiƱo

Despite the name (which means "the little boy" in Spanish) El Niño is a force to be reckoned with. And the 2015 season is just around the corner. In weather terms El Niño is a warming of the surface water of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean that occurs every 4 to 12 years and wonks up global weather patterns. Weather pundits say the 2015 season will be a breeze for East Coasters - fewer and weaker hurricanes. But it may prove a rough one for those on the Pacific Coast - far wetter and more dangerous than usual. The last time El Niño behaved the way it's predicted to this year was 19 years ago, when the weather phenomenon brought over 20 inches of snow and rain in some areas in California. West Coasters dealt with flooding and mudslides. Nationwide, there are...

December 19, 2015
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