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Faraday Offers Glimpse of 1,000-HP Hypercar Future

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 weekend, the world saw the ultimate fate of that idle doodling in the unveiling of the 1,000-horsepower, all-wheel drive hypercar being touted as the future of automotive design and technology. With a sleek, strong, B...

January 14, 2016


High Tech Cars Drive the Show at CES

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 showing: The 2016 Ford GT's twin-turbocharged, intercooled EcoBoost® 3.5-liter V6 projected to produce more than 600 horsepower; Hyundai's fuel cell-powered Tucson; Mercedes' Concept Intelligence A...

January 6, 2016


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

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 power steering fluid, posing a fire risk. If your ride is affected in one of the recalls, we here at E3 Spark Plugs urge you to head to your dealership or call the automaker for information on free...

January 6, 2016


Mad Motocross Skills Featured in Point Break Remake

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 adrenaline junkies but people that really value what these sports give someone," says actor Luke Bracy, who plays Johnny Utah. Have you seen Point Break? Which scenes are your favorites? Post your thoug...

January 6, 2016


Bold Colors Shaking Up the Automotive Scene

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 2015 models, including the Fanta Yellow Fit, the SRT Viper in Electric Lime Green and the Kia GT4 Stinger in a hue that's somewhere between a golden yellow and a fiery orange. Earlier this ye...

January 6, 2016


Are Your Spark Plugs Talking to You?

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 trouble. It's a warning sign that your ride's engine needs an adjustment. Specifically, it's an indication that the cylinder from which the plug was removed is failing to fully burn all of the fuel taken ...

January 6, 2016


Engine Stalling Risk Forces Recall of For Escape, Focus Models

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. Though no injuries or accidents related to the issue have been reported to the NHTSA, safety officials want to make sure you know what's up. If your ride is among those affected, head to your nearest ...

January 6, 2016


Five Top Holiday Gifts for the Car Buff in 2015

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 like it. The original Recaro sports seat was introduced in 1965 and can be found in some of the finest production cars around, including Porsche, BMW, Aston Martin, Mercedes Benz, Audi and Lamborghini. 201...

December 19, 2015


The Force is Strong With These Star Wars-Themed Rides

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 pics on the E3 Spark Plugs Facebook Fan Page. And in the near-nonexistent chance that you haven't seen it yet, check out the trailer for the year's most anticipated film here…  

December 19, 2015


Driving Safely Through El Niño

Driving Safely Through El Niño

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 5,879,000 automobile accidents each year, according to statistics from the US Department of Transportation. Of them, 23 percent are weather-related. The worst are those involving rain and wet pavement, accounting for...

December 19, 2015


Which Cars do Americans Keep the Longest?

Which Cars do Americans Keep the Longest?

How long have you had your ride? Well, if it's been a decade or more, chances are you're the proud owner of a Honda or Toyota model, according to a new study by iSeeCars.com. The study looked primarily at CarFax vehicle history data about more than 395,000 used cars from model year 2005 to the present. And the findings proved a bit surprising, though perhaps not to the certain vehicle owners. Turns out that of the fifteen car models that people keep the longest, 14 of them are either Toyotas or Hondas. Topping the list is the Honda CR-V. A full 28.6 percent of original owners kept them for 10 years or more. Next up is the Toyota Prius, with 28.5 percent of owners keeping the popular hybrid for a decade or longer. The only ride that wasn't a Honda or Toyota is the Subaru Forester, a keeper according to 22.9 percent of original owners. But it not just the original owners who are enamored with these rides. They're popular among second owners as well. "Cars kept by the original o...

December 19, 2015


Five Top States for Speed Traps

Five Top States for Speed Traps

Remember the story we brought you a while back about the tiny town of Waldo - a notorious speed trap? The town's entire police department was disbanded after five fed up officers fessed up to the city council that their boss had long imposed a "strict ticket quota" on staff. Turns out Waldo isn't the only town known for putting the kibosh on drivers with lead feet. According to the National Motorists Association, serving up speeding tickets has proven a bit of a racket. The group collects information on stretches of road that combine unusually low speed limits with heavy traffic enforcement. They say it's often far less about safety than it is about filling the municipal coffers. In fact, they run a website that details known or suspected speed traps and recently release their latest list of the top five states where even the lightest lead foot is likely to land you a speeding ticket. Hawaii - 4.74 speed traps for every 1,000 lane miles. New Jersey - 4.70 speed traps for eve...

December 19, 2015


Volkswagen Recalls 92,000 Cars over Bum Camshaft

Volkswagen Recalls 92,000 Cars over Bum Camshaft

If you drive a late model Volkswagen, listen up. The company suits just announced a recall of 92,000 2015 and 2016 VW Beetle, Jetta, Passat and Golf models registered to owners throughout the US. The move comes after multiple reports of a faulty camshaft issue that can KO your power brake system and sap your engine power. Turns out the rear camshaft lobe that can actually shear off, causing a vacuum loss in the brake booster and taking out your power brake system. This means your ride will take longer and go further before coming to a complete stop, boosting your risk of rear-ending the vehicle ahead of you. It also can shift your engine into reduced power mode. Though the response is designed to prevent further damage to your ride's mechanics, that won't do much good when you get rear-ended by the car behind you. All of the rides involved in the recall have 1.8-liter and 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engines. Company officials say they've received multiple reports...

December 4, 2015


New Crash Tests Designed to Keep Dogs Safe in Cars

New Crash Tests Designed to Keep Dogs Safe in Cars

The video proves quite disturbing for pet lovers, showing crash test dummy dogs flailing about inside or thrown from cars used in accident simulations. Some show just what can happen to an unrestrained pet in the event of a crash, while others reveal serious performance flaws in multiple products purported to keep our four-legged family members safe in cars. The aim is to help pet owners identify the products most effective at protecting pets while on the road. Consider these statistics: 78 million dogs reside in more than 46 million US. households according to the American Pet Products Association. Some 56 percent of respondents to an AAA survey say they've driven with their dog in a vehicle at least once a month over the past year. Unfortunately, just 16 percent of dog owners who have driven with their pet use some form of restraint while their dog is in the vehicle. A full 84 percent of survey respondents admit to not using a restraint when they bring their dogs along on...

November 30, 2015


Ford Shows Off Redesigned 2017 Super Duty Pickup Truck at LA Auto Show

Ford Shows Off Redesigned 2017 Super Duty Pickup Truck at LA Auto Show

The Los Angeles Auto Show boasts more than 30 debuts this year. Among them is Ford's redesigned 2017 Super Duty pickup truck. The company displayed a white F-450 Platinum dual-rear-wheel pickup and F-350 King Ranch at the 10-day show at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Both trucks feature significantly more aluminum than prior designs, making them considerably lighter. The F-450 boasts a 6.7L Power Stroke V-8 diesel engine, 19.5-inch wheels, a fully boxed high-strength steel frame and military-grade aluminum alloy body that sheds some 350 pounds from the previous year model. "It’s our top-of-the line tow rig," said Mike Levine, Ford's truck communications manager. "It’s the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever." The F-350 King Ranch crew cab 4x4 single-rear-wheel pickup has a 6.2L SOHC 2-valve Flex Fuel V8 engine, best-in-class standard gas 385 horsepower and 405 lb.-ft. of torque. With the CNG/Propane package, it can be upgraded with aftermarket upfits to bi...

November 25, 2015


Motor Trend Names 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Car of the Year

Motor Trend Names 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Car of the Year

Noting its "world-class sports car performance and dynamics," the automotive pundits at Motor Trend have named their 2016 Car of the Year - the 2016 Chevy Camaro. The sixth generation of Camaro, the new ride is powered with Alpha build, designed to improve handling, shed weight and boost speed and engine power. It's got a 3.6-liter V6 engine, 335 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque. It's capable of hitting 60 miles per hour in 5.1 seconds with an automatic transmission, 5.2 seconds with a manual. Design-wise, you'll notice lower, slimmer proportions, broader shoulders and a fastback profile. Behind the wheel, you'll also appreciate its lightweight architecture that lends itself to better handling, improved aerodynamics. The revamped interior includes a flat-bottom steering wheel, high performance seats and an incredible interior spectrum lighting system that flows around the center cluster, console and doors. Choose between 24 colors or select "show mode" for a pulsing, full...

November 25, 2015


Fast and Furious Just Won't Stop

Fast and Furious Just Won't Stop

If you've been wondering just how long the wildly successful Fast and Furious film franchise can keep living before losing its luster, producer and star Vin Diesel has some good news for you. He recently confirmed to reporters that as the car-crazed franchise' eighth, ninth and 10th installments are in development, so too are several spin-off films. All we know thus far is that those spin offs, as well as a few prequels, will feature Dwayne Johnson's character Hobbs, a diplomatic security service agent. Next up, though, is Fast & Furious 8, slated for release April 14, 2017. It will take place primarily in New York with scenes in Los Angeles, Tokyo and the Dominical Republic. Reports are the next film will focus on Kurt Russell's character, Mr. Nobody, and detail his backstory. According to Diesel, Director Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) will "bring the darkness out and bring out the character." One interesting factor is that the plot reportedly has yet to cut out late act...

November 21, 2015


Hyundai Recalls 305,000 Sonatas

Hyundai Recalls 305,000 Sonatas

Drive a Hyundai? Listen up. The South Korean-based automaker this week announced a voluntary recall of some 305,000 Sonata midsized cars because the brake lights can stay on even when the driver isn't riding the brakes. As you can imagine, this can unintentionally punk drivers behind to also hit the brakes, boosting the risk for a pileup. Though no crashes or injuries have been reported (yet) the potential exists. Hyundai officials point to a stopper pad between the brake pedal and plunger responsible for turning on the brake lights. They say the stopper pad can deteriorate, causing the plunger to stick and the brake lights to shin indefinitely. That's not all. The transmission also can be shifted out of park without the brake on, and the system that lets the brakes override the gas pedal may fail. The recall affects Sonatas from the 2011 and 2012 model years. If you're the registered owner of one, head to your nearest Hyundai dealership for a free-of-charge stopper pad replace...

November 21, 2015


Thanksgiving Travel to Hit Eight-Year High

Thanksgiving Travel to Hit Eight-Year High

If you own or drive a vehicle on a regular basis, no doubt you've noticed that gas prices are falling lately. In fact, many states expect to see gas prices dip below $2 per gallon for the first Thanksgiving holiday stretch in years. As a result, the pundits at AAA say traffic will surge to the highest levels in nearly a decade starting Wednesday afternoon and running through Sunday. While we're all about lower fuel costs, more drivers on the road means more risk for accidents. That's a tough pill to swallow considering that Thanksgiving already is among the most dangerous times of the year to be on the roadways. An average 400 to 500 people die and some 46,000 more are injured each year during this time. It's particularly rough on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, known to police and emergency medical workers as "Blackout Wednesday." That's because so many travelers take advantage of Thanksgiving Eve to hang (and drink) with hometown friends before heading to Grandma's for...

November 21, 2015


Five Cool Concepts You'll See at the LA Auto Show

Five Cool Concepts You'll See at the LA Auto Show

The 2015 LA Auto Show is underway at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Among the head turners you'll see are five seriously cool concepts… Aston Martin DB10: This sleek, silver two-door coupe tops our list in large part because it was created specifically for the newest James Bond film, Spectre, which hit theaters nationwide earlier this month. It features a 6-speed manual transmission used on the British carmaker's V8-engined rides and a chassis based on a modified version of the VH Platform that underpins the V8 Vantage, but with a longer wheelbase. Scion C-HR Concept SUV: A four-door, hatchback crossover with an edgy style and huge 21-inch wheels, ergo the "C-HR" which stands for "compact" and "high ride." Interestingly, its look is inspired by sleek chopsticks made from recycled materials and a cutting board with grid lines identified by "yuccies" (young, urban creatives) as design elements they want in their rides. Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept: It's similar to the...

November 21, 2015


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