Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 Concept Shocks

Making its world debut earlier this month in London, the Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 concept certainly turned heads, offering a glimpse into just how today’s designers believe the iconic luxury ride’s street versions may look a century from now. The somewhat other-worldly-looking car’s official title is 103EX and its design is a striking departure for the brand. Measuring nearly 20 feet long and five feet tall, this fully autonomous coupe is something of a super yacht on wheels. It sports a glass canopy that retracts when the coach doors swing open, and a “Crystal Water” lower surface exterior material designed to make the car look as if it were floating. Should the car ever make it to the production line, it will be powered by a zero-emissions powertrain...

July 1, 2016
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Strategic Vision's 2016 Total Quality Impact Awards Winners Released

Each year, San Diego-based Strategic Vision, a research-based consultancy that helps companies understand human behavior and decision-making patterns, releases its list of the top vehicles in multiple segments. This year, the firm collected thousands of consumer surveys, analyzed their data, crunched the numbers and boiled it all down to a total of 31 cars, trucks, and utility vehicles, as well as four manufacturers leading their respective packs in 2016. Factors considered include both quantitative and qualitative issues; tangible features like seat comfort, the effectiveness of side-view mirrors, and cornering abilities; intangibles such how easy a vehicle's technology is to work with and the image that a vehicle conveys; and emotional aspects that focus on the feelings evoked by...

July 1, 2016
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Michelin, XBOX to Host Global 24 Hours Forza Motorsports Challenge

Hey gamers – Start your virtual engines! Tire maker Michelin and Xbox are gearing up for a day-long gaming event that will land one lucky winner a trip to the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans in France.   The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will host the 24 Hours Challenge online, with competitors from around the globe playing the new Forza Motorsport 6. The competition will coincide with the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans in France on June 18-19. "Michelin wanted to connect racing fans around the world to the 24 Hours of Le Mans," said Oscar Pereda, director of ultra-high performance at Michelin North America. "We hope this contest will help bring the excitement from France right into their living rooms." "It is fitting to celebrate Ford's return to Le Mans with some exciting...

June 13, 2016
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Formula 1 Headed Back to Las Vegas?

Las Vegas hasn’t seen a grand prix since 1982, when drivers hit the gas in the parking lot of the Caesar’s Palace casino. But the iconic race may be headed back to Sin City as early as 2018. Formula One Group CEO Bernie Ecclestone confirmed he is in talks with potential promoters for a Vegas street race. And, according to a BBC (British Broadcasting Corp.) report, a Beijing-based conglomerate has said it will help bankroll the event. "They are very close to Las Vegas and have got businesses in media, sport, technology and entertainment, so they are a massive conglomerate,” said P2M Motorsports founder and CEO Farid Shidfar, who is developing the event, said of the as-yet-unnamed Chinese firm. "They came to us out of the blue late last year, because of the initiatives...

June 13, 2016
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Season 2 of Jay Leno’s Garage Starts This Week

In its first season, it became the the most watched original series in CNBC history. And we here at E3 Spark Plugs don’t doubt it. Jay Leno’s Garage is a popular spot on the TV dial for auto enthusiasts and its second 12-episode season starts this week. Formerly a web series for NBC.com, the show since has morphed first into a special that aired on CNBC in August 2014 and now a weekly prime time network series.   The show features Leno doing reviews on all sorts of rides from restored classics to ultra-modern super cars. Home base for the Emmy Award-winning show is Leno’s Big Dog Garage in Burbank, CA. The next 12-episode run debuts on Wednesday with a look at actor Nick Cannon’s Ferrari California. Other celebrity guests on the roster this...

June 13, 2016
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Canadian Mounties Bring Out the Big Guns – or Cameras, Rather – To Bust Texting Drivers

Each year in the United States, some 3,100 people die and another 424,000 are injured in car crashes blamed at least in part on distracted drivers. And all too often, that distraction involves someone texting while behind the wheel. Law enforcement and safety officials in countries around the globe all are looking for ways to curb this roadway scourge, and Canada just may have a solid solution. In British Columbia, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, known informally as the Mounties, are rocking the roadways with a new traffic surveillance system that uses powerful spotting scopes mated to high-definition digital SLR cameras. These cameras have a resolution of 24.4 megapixels and are equipped with a fast 50mm lens. When attached to the spotting scope, these badass rigs can see objects...

June 13, 2016
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Fast and Furious Fans Get a Theatrical Throwback

A decade and a half after Dom, Brian, Letty and the rest of the crew debuted in theaters and set up shop in the collective consciousness of fast car enthusiasts and film fans worldwide, the movie that started it all is getting a big screen throwback and we here at E3 Spark Plugs can't wait! Universal Pictures announced it will celebrate the now iconic film with a 15th anniversary, limited theatrical release of The Fast and the Furious starting June 22.  “Fifteen years ago my life changed forever. Dom was born,” lead actor Vin Diesel, who plays street racing, carjacking anti-hero Dom Toretto in the series, recently told Entertainment Weekly. “Little did I know back then what that really meant. The brotherhood formed with Brian, the love personified in Letty...

June 13, 2016
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Ford Recalls 271,000 F-150 Pickup Trucks Over Potential Brake Fluid Leak

Drive a Ford F-150? Here’s a heads up. The company just recalled upward of 271,000 2013 and 2014 model pickups over a defect that can cause the brake fluid to leak from the master cylinder into the brake booster. Thus far, the issue has caused nine non-injury crashes and one non-crash injury, the company says. The recall affects certain 2013-2014 Ford F-150 vehicles powered with 3.5-liter GTDI engines built at the Dearborn Truck Plant, Aug. 1, 2013 - Aug. 22, 2014; and the Kansas City Assembly Plant, Aug. 1, 2013 - Aug. 31, 2014. Think your ride might be included in the recall? Find out with a visit to the company’s Field Service Action and Recall page. Enter your VIN and if you get a hit, take it seriously. Your friendly neighborhood Ford dealer will replace your bum...

June 4, 2016
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Rock Gives Instagram Followers First Look at his Fast 8 Persona

Instagram followers of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson just got an unexpected surprise – a first look at his darker, grittier, angrier persona for the upcoming Fast 8, the latest installment in the wildly successful Fast and Furious film franchise. Remember that in Furious 7, Johnson’s character, Diplomatic Security Service Agent Luke Hobbs, was severely injured in a bomb blast. In terms of character development, that’s gotta leave a physical, emotional and mental mark on a guy. In fact, there are rumors that the strength of the Hobbs character may lead to a spin-off film. Along with a first-look photo of Hobbs as he appears in Fast 8, Johnson writes: When you strip a man of all he has. All that's important to him. You force him to return to his roots.. and...

May 31, 2016
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“Logan Lucky??? Makes NASCAR Track the Setting of a Comedic Heist

If you’re a racing fan with an affinity for comedy films, this one’s for you. E3 Spark Plugs just learned of the upcoming Logan Lucky, a comedic heist film directed by Academy Award-winning Steven Soderbergh and featuring an all-star cast. Starring Magic Mike’s Channing Tatum, Bond film alum Daniel Craig and the gorgeous Riley Keough, Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, Logan Lucky reportedly will be something of a Days of Thunder-meets-Ocean’s Eleven story. The plot revolves around a heist at Charlotte Manor Speedway in North Carolina during a NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Initially called Hillbilly Heist, the film went into production during the recent Coca-Cola 600 and is slated for theatrical release in the fall of 2017. "We are excited to work with...

May 31, 2016
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