Zombie 222 Electric Mustang the First of a Series of Muscle Car EV Conversions

At first glance it's a stunningly pristine 1968 Mustang - black with neon green racing strips and chrome trim. But take a look under the hood and it's immediately clear that this is not your classic restoration. Rather, it's the first of a series of muscle car-to-electric vehicle conversions planned by Texas-based Blood Shed Motors. "Something about old school American muscle just really gets my blood pumping," said host Johnathan Buckley in a recent episode of Autoblog's Translogic video series featuring the Zombie 222. "But when you take two electric motors, in this case, producing 1,800 pounds of torque with 800 horsepower and you've got something really, really special." Special, indeed. This classic Pony car's innards have been completely transformed from a 289-cubic-inch...

July 27, 2015
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The Albanian Tartan Prancer Just Might Be the Coolest Non-Existent Ride Ever

"Crafty like lynx. Fast like Eagle. Tough like bear." That's the tagline used to drive sales of the all-new 2015 Albanian Tartan Prancer, the crazy cool ride that's the Eastern European mid-range. You know you already want one. Sorry 'bout your luck - this one's only available if you happen to exist within the fictional realm of the upcoming Vacation movie. That's right - the Griswolds are on the road again in the new film set for release July 29. This time, it's a grown up Rusty at the wheel with his own brood and a mission to treat them to the same fun-filled, family bonding, Walley World road trip experience that dear old Dad provided in 1983's comedy classic National Lampoon's Vacation. But Rusty (played by Ed Helms), wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) and their two sons have...

July 17, 2015
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When and Why to Recharge Your Ride's AC System

August is just around the corner. For most US states, it's the hottest month of the year. Here in Florida, where E3 Spark Plugs is based, it's brutal - especially if your ride's air conditioning system is busted. In a desperate effort to avoid sweat-soaked hours feeling like you're riding around town in a pressure cooker on wheels, many of us are tempted to take that whole topping-off thing a little too seriously. Of course, that's exactly what you want to do once a year when it comes to motor oil, antifreeze, etc. But recharging your AC system annually typically isn't necessary. Barring any issues necessitating repair, your AC should only need recharging once every two to three years, automotive experts say. Of course there are a few telltale signs that your ride's AC system is...

July 17, 2015
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Detroit Childhood Drives Artist Camilo Pardo

At 10 years old, Camilo Pardo moved with his family to Detroit. The move would prove a major factor in the budding young artist's career, prompting a fascination with 1960s and '70s-era sports cars. Today, he's among the nation's most celebrated automotive artists. After graduating from the Motor City's prestigious design school Center for Creative Studies in 1985, Camilo was hired by Ford Design Center in Dearborn Michigan with assignments in the company's Torino, Italy and Cologne, Germany studios. Among his most celebrated works are the state-of-the-art redesign of the classic Ford GT race car (which became the 2002 Fort GT concept car) and the wildly successful 2005 and 2006 production Ford GTs. Today, Pardo's designs and his Detroit studio have become so beloved in the...

July 16, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Recommends - Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the American Drive-in Movie

Those among us of a certain age remember it well - Sidling up close to your date in the front seat of Dad's car, the window rolled down and topped with a concession tray, and a metal speaker just outside turned up to hear the dialog synched with the action on the giant outside screen. Oh, yeah! Drive-in theaters were the top spot for treating your sweetheart to a fun, romantic night out. Sometimes, we actually watched the movie. With roots going back to 1921, when Claude V. Caver of Comanche, Texas secured a permit from the city to project silent films downtown while the proper folk watched from the dashes of their Tin Lizzies and Hatfield Coupes and Brewster Town Cars, drive-ins are as iconic an American feature as hot dogs and apple pies. The number of theaters grew and the...

July 16, 2015
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Is Your Ride in the Zero Club?

While a title like the "Zero Club" may sound like something you want no part of, we here at E3 Spark Plugs assures you - this one is actually a club you'll hope you're in. Despite the record number of vehicle safety recalls nationwide last year, courtesy of General Motors faulty ignition systems and Takata's airbag fiasco, a new report shows that America's roadways boast more models than ever with proven safety track records. And we're not just talking luxury cars with high-tech safety gadgets -a good number of affordable rides also made the list. Researchers focused driver fatality rates in crashes between 2009 and 2012. They focused primarily for 2011 model-year vehicles, as they're the newest cars that have been on the road long enough to accumulate Federal Analysis Reporting...

July 16, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Digs the Toyota Minivan-Turned- Ultimate Utility Vehicle

Here's one for stepping outside the automotive design box. Toyota recently released a beast of a ride that's best described as a mashup between a Sienna minivan and a Tacoma pickup truck. Dubbed the Toyota Ultimate Utility Vehicle, it sports a chic black matte 4x4 Sienna body situated atop a Tacoma chassis, an aggressive custom front bumper, rear-hinged front doors and off-road tires. This cool concept was created as part of the North American Expedition, the second leg of Toyota's Five Continents Driving Project. Known as the Ever-Better Expedition, this portion of the project involves a 140-member team driving a convoy of Toyota's most popular models across North America. Along with the UUV, eight other vehicles will be put through their paces in some of the continent's most...

July 14, 2015
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Great Scott! Lexus Builds Real-World Hoverboard

  Marty McFly wannabes around the world (including a few of us tech geeks here at E3 Spark Plugs) have begged for this one for years, and luxury automaker Lexus has finally delivered - sort of. Officials with the Japan-based company recently announced they've created the first real-world, rideable hoverboard and have the teaser video to prove it. The 38-second teaser features a kid jettisoning his conventional skateboard for a mysterious, fog-oozing board floating inches above a concrete sidewalk, leaving us all aching to see the board and its rider take flight. No such luck - after all, it's called a "teaser" for a reason. What we do know is what's posted on the Lexus website. "The Lexus Hoverboard uses magnetic levitation to achieve amazing frictionless movement. Liquid...

June 30, 2015
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Long Live the Queen - Racer Lewis Hamilton Gets Schooled in Minding his Manners

Here's a little advice for you should you ever find yourself lunching with Her Majesty the Queen - Mind your manners, says Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, who recently got straight-up schooled in etiquette by  England's Queen Elizabeth herself. Lewis is quite the badass Brit on the track, commanding the Formula One checkered flag in 2008 and 2014, and currently driving for the Mercedes AMG team. He's racked up more race victories than any other British driver in the history of Formula One and is currently 5th on the all-time list, with 37 wins. Oh, but the Queen is not impressed and she will have none of that bravado at the table, thank you very much. After all, there are rules that proper folk follow when lunching with Liz and speaking out of turn and all willy-nilly...

June 30, 2015
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Top News & Notes for Racing Game Enthusiasts from E3EXPO 2015

The OTHER E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, just wrapped its 2015 event and we here at E3 Spark Plugs have a few notable items to share. Among all the great gaming reveals at E3EXPO 2015 were a few that appeal to the speed lovers and gearheads. First there's the Trackmania debut. The arcade-esque game has finally jettisoned the PC for the gaming console, bringing with it "all manner of crazy courses and time trial-mastering gameplay." It's as-yet unclear whether the console version will allow for nearly the amount of customizability that has hooked players of the PC version, from music collections to car feature selections. But there's ridiculousness aplenty, still. Another we love is SMS Racing. This one is not only challenging, but serves to drive home an...

June 29, 2015
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