Self-Driving Ford to Hit the Streets by 2021

On August 16th the Ford Motor Company announced its plans to bring an autonomous car to the market by 2021. The announcement accompanies Ford's recent investment of $75 million in Velodyne, a California company, which produces the lidar sensors used to detect objects. The vehicle is intended to be specifically designed for commercial mobility services, such as ride-sharing and ride-hailing. Ford will also be doubling its staff in Silicone Valley to make sure the project is a success. “Ford is going to be mass-producing vehicles with full autonomy in five years,” CEO Mark Fields said at an event in Silicon Valley that was broadcast online. “There’s going to be no steering wheel, there’s not going to be a gas pedal, there’s not going to be a brake...

August 20, 2016
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Six DIY Modifications for Your Ride

With high-tech computing becoming more engrained with our cars every year, it seems nearly impossible to make custom upgrades without going to the dealer. Well we found a list of six fun DIY improvements you can make to your ride without shelling out a lot of your hard earned cash to the dealer. Stiffer Motor Mounts - If you're looking for better engine response and handling precision then you may want to consider upgrading your motor mounts. This is a relatively easy thing to do if you know your way around the garage. So, what's the downside? You will most likely experience more engine noise and driveline vibration. If you don't mind the occasional vibration, most mounts can be purchased for around $200. Wider Wheels and Tires - This may seem like a no-brainer to most, but a wider...

August 16, 2016
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Huge Transmission Recall Impacts Over 500,000 Cars

Transmission manufacturer ZF has issued a recall of its nine-speed automatic transmission. This recall affects approximately 505,000 cars, many of which are on U.S. roads. This particular transmission has the unfavorable habit of unexpectedly shifting into neutral during driving. This is due to a faulty crimp in the wiring harness being attached to a sensor cluster. The sensor was designed to control shift pattern and quality, according to ZF. For more than two years, thousands of warranty claims have been issued for the problem. The majority of the cars sold with this problem were made by Fiat Chrysler. According to driver reports, the problem has extended beyond the shift to neutral and is now causing rough shifts, hesitation to downshift, acceleration surges, and other very...

August 16, 2016
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Elvis Presley's BMW 507 Found and Restored

Lovers of popular auction television shows like American Pickers, Auction Hunters or Pawn Stars have probably seen countless treasures uncovered in the least likely of places. While we don't know for sure, we're guessing that's exactly how members of BMW Group Classic felt a few years ago when they discovered Elvis Presley's BMW in an Alabama pumpkin farm. Previous owner Jack Castor had been storing the iconic vehicle there and BMW offered to purchase it. Now, 2 years later, the car has been restored to its original glory. BMW took great care in using original parts whenever possible. For those they could not find, they replicated them using 3D printing technology. The BMW 507 chassis number 70079 was originally a race car driven by Hans Stuck. Elvis Presley purchased and drove the...

August 16, 2016
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Indy 500 Veteran Lost on the Dirt at Belleville

One of racing's brightest stars, Bryan Clauson, died late Sunday in Lincoln, Nebraska, after being involved in a turn 4 wreck during a USAC midget dirt-track race on Saturday night in Belleville, Kansas. Clauson had just taken the lead in the 39th running of the Belleville Midget Nationals when his racecar struck the rear of a vehicle being lapped. The collision caused Clauson's car to flip end over end several times before coming to rest in the middle of the track. A third car could not avoid hitting Clauson's stalled car. The talented multi-time USAC National Champion was airlifted to Bryan Medical Center with severe injuries. The Indianapolis 500 is America's most historic racing event. The race is traditionally run over the Memorial Day weekend. It is every open-wheel drivers...

August 12, 2016
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4x4 Lift Kit Tips for the DIY Mechanic

Installing an after-market lift kit is one of the most common modifications 4x4 owners want to make to their trucks, Jeeps and SUVs. Choosing the right lift kit for you and your truck is the first and most important step. What works best for another driver may not work for you. Preferences in driving style, suspension feel, and the type of off-road driving you'll be doing are all factors to take into account. The most common, and somewhat comical thing that happens to first timers is that they either go as cheap as possible or as expensive as possible. What you'll be taking along with you also matters as 4x4s loaded down with extra gear and passengers will need firmer springs and shocks. Conversely, if speed is your thing, a kit with mono-tube styling and increased wheel travel should...

August 8, 2016
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Military Humvee Being Replaced by New Super Truck

The iconic U.S. Military Humvee has been in service since 1984 and is nearing the end of a long journey, being retired in the very near future. Recently a $6.7 billion contract has been awarded to Wisconsin-based truck maker Oshkosh for about 17,000 new vehicles dubbed the Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, or JLTVs. These vehicles are amazing and getting all of us at E3 excited about their debut. Two and four seat options will be available and each will feature more advanced armor than their predecessors. The biggest feature being touted by Oshkosh is called the "Core1080 Crew Protection System" which will help protect the vehicle from mines, detect IEDs, and additional bolt-on armor. Along with a strong defense comes an even stronger offense as optional turret and missile launchers can...

July 20, 2016
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Back To School Takes A Monster Leap Forward

A Michigan credit union made headlines recently by filling a monster truck with school supplies for community children. In Burton, MI, ELGA Credit Union held their 11th annual Pack the Truck event. "The difference between this collection event and others is that the supplies collected and purchased are put right into the hands of the educators at a breakfast that will take place in August," said Karen Church, CEO of ELGA Credit Union. "These are the people who see the needs on a day-to-day basis." This event takes place with the support and help of the Michigan State Police, local firefighters, police officers and city officials. On top of the donations of supplies, the event will also collect over $60,000 in cash donations used to purchase additional supplies. Several local companies...

July 18, 2016
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Kelly Blue Book’s Top 16 Family Vehicles

In February, Kelly Blue Book released their list of the top 16 best family cars of 2016. As the modern family has changed, so has the lineup of vehicles making the list. Gone are the days where only station wagons and minivans were seen as "family" vehicles. This year's list is full of surprises, a few of which we'll review here. Many factors were analyzed including safety, cargo space, child seat readiness, and general usability. The original group of 24 was cut back to 16 after the final tests. Subaru Outback - No big surprise here as the Outback features ample cargo room, off-road AWD, and drives with the agility and refinement of a passenger car. Reclining rear seats make for easy installment of child car seats and a more comfortable ride for adult passengers. Honda Pilot - With...

July 18, 2016
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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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