Toyota Recalls 870,000 Vehicles, Blames… Spiders?

We’re cool with spiders. Until the creepy little critters crawl inside our cars’ condensers and force an 870,000-vehicle recall. Well here’s a story you’ll find helpful and perhaps a little creepy. Toyota is recalling 87,000 vehicles because of spontaneously inflating airbags. And they’re blaming… spiders. Yep. Those 8-legged, screech-inducing little bastards have finally gone too far. Arachnids who likely will swear they were just minding their own business, looking for a high, dry place to catch a nap , have been known to spin webs inside cars’ condensers. While that’s all well and good for the spider, it’s a dirty deal for your otherwise perfectly nice ride. That’s because the webs can block your car air conditioner...

February 9, 2015
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James Bond Submarine Car About to Become the Real Deal, Says Elon Musk

Tesla CEO Elon Musk plans to turn the iconic James Bond submarine car prop into a real, working deal. So it seems Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was a bit miffed when he learned that Agent 007 James Bond’s iconic submarine car, for which he recently plunked down a cool $920,167 at a London auction, didn’t really work underwater at all. Turns out it was just a cool, but non-functional prop that had the entire movie watching world fooled. “I was disappointed to learn that it can’t actually transform,” Musk said in a Tesla release. Well, what did you expect for such a paltry sum? Seriously, though. Musk has a plan for the custom white Lotus Esprit built specifically for the 1977 film, The Spy Who Loved Me by Florida’s Perry Oceanographic -and, of course,...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Digs Video that Captures Pure Joy of Dogs in Cars

Does your dog love to ride shotgun? There are a few things to look for in choosing a pet-friendly car. If you’re a dog lover with a vehicle of any sort, you know that pooches love to take rides, preferably shotgun with the windows down. So, we here at E3 Spark Plugs bet you’ll appreciate this beautifully produced video by director Keith Hopkin. With a camera mounted on the hood of an SUV, just outside the passenger window, Hopkin produced this slow-motion video that perfectly captures the pure elation of a dog going for a cruise with his/her human. We dare you to try to watch without cracking a smile. Meanwhile, if you’re in the market for a dog-friendly ride, here are a few features to look for: A backdoor or hatch that opens up so your pet can easily jump into...

February 9, 2015
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Year-Long Waiting List to Drive the New Corvette Stingray Z51

Buyers of the new 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 may have to wait upwards of a year for delivery. Picturing yourself behind the wheel of the super-sleek new Corvette Stingray Z51? Well, hold that thought. Even if you’ve got your checkbook out and are ready to plunk down that first payment, you’re likely gonna have to wait a while, E3 Spark Plugs has learned. After an already intense period of anticipation that seemed to last FOREVAH, those who have ordered new Stingrays with the enviable Z51 package must now wait even longer – About a year, to be exact. Turns out the Z51 hype has proven effective, as a full 75 percent of all new Corvette orders being placed include the package. To be fair, that kind of ordering frenzy should have been expected, considering reviews like...

February 9, 2015
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LA Auto Show Tickets on Sale Now – E3 Spark Plugs is Stoked for More than 50 Auto Debuts

The new BMW i8 debuts at the LA Auto Show next month. It’s the first major car show of each season and one of the top annual events for car buffs nationwide and around the world. And with good reason – This year, 56 automobiles will make their U.S. debuts, including 22 making their world debuts at the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles. That’s more than double the number of world premieres at the show over last year. Among the sleek new rides that the world will see for the first time at the LA auto show are four Mercedes-Benzes, three Porches and more from BMW, Chevrolet, Jaguar, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota in the luxury, performance, green, tech and concept categories. Here are a few of our favorites: BMW i8: The German automaker’s flagship i8 electric vehicle is a...

February 9, 2015
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Controlling Your Car with Gestures? Google Files Patent to Make it Possible

An image from Google’s patent filing for gesture-based automotive controls. Image courtesy of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It’s the stuff of sci-fi movies and one greatly exaggerated forensics show. And now, it may be headed to your car’s dashboard. Every time you watch an episode of Fox’ Bones and see Angela (Michaela Conlin) swish her hot little hands around in the air, doing her craniofacial reconstruction thing on her giant 3D “Angelatron” hologram machine, you know you secretly wish you could have one in your living room/man cave/ garage. Well, that particular fantasy may just be a little closer than you think. Not only is the Angelatron based on existing technology (including one similar massive machine used to forecast...

February 9, 2015
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Money Can’t Buy you Love – But it Can Buy You Ringo’s Starr’s 1964 Facel Vega, Spark Plugs and All

Ringo Starr’s 1964 Facel Vega Facel II is expected to fetch upwards of $500,000 at auction in London. Still reeling from missing your chance to drive home John Lennon’s blue 1965 Ferrari 330GT when it was auctioned off back in July? Well, don’t fret. All you need is love. And one more chance at a sleek, vintage Beatles ride. Lucky you! If you’ve got an extra half-million or so to throw down, pack up and get ready to ship out to New Bond Street, London, where Bonhams will place bandmate Ringo Starr’s 1964 Facel Vega Facel II on the block on Sunday, December 1. The former Beatles drummer bought the sleek red ride straight from the stand at Earls Court Motor Show in 1964 and drove it for four years. Built by the short-lived French firm Facel, the Vega...

February 9, 2015
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October Marks 100th Anniversary of the Day that Changed Automotive History

The modern day assembly line was launched 100 years ago this month. A century ago this month, something happened in the halls of Henry Ford’s Detroit factory that would forever change the course of automotive history. On October 7, 1913, engineers constructed a crude rope-and-winch system to pull a Model T past 140 workers in the sprawling new “Crystal Palace” facility. And thus, the modern assembly line – and a radical transformation of both the manufacturing industry and society in general – was launched. Prior to that day, it took factory workers more than 12 hours to assemble a Model T. With the advent of the assembly line, that timeframe was chiseled down to a mere 93 minutes. Soon, other industries would catch on, and assembly lines would be...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Digs the New “Need for Speed??? Trailer

Based on the popular video game series, the new “Need for Speed” film stars Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper. It’s not set for release until next summer, but we here at E3 Spark Plugs are already itching to see the new Need for Speed feature film starring everyone’s favorite (fictitious) meth pusher, Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame. We’re expecting big things from the young actor and two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner as he enters his post-Jesse Pinkman era (by the way, this dude’s been acting for a lot longer than anyone realizes – 1998, yo). But we’re really anxious to see him in action behind the wheel of some seriously fast rides (including a Ford Mustang powered by a supercharged 900HP V8 with a custom body based on the Shelby...

February 9, 2015
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Sting Ray with Elite Pedigree Could Break L88 Record – E3 Spark Plugs is Watching

Harley Ear’s custom 1968 Corvette Sting Ray is expected to fetch a record sum at Mecum Auctions’ Chicago event. October 10-12 should prove to be an interesting weekend in the world of rare car collectors. Despite many of us feeling the pressure of the current economic climate, cars with elite pedigrees and history are selling at auction at record breaking numbers. Eyes and ears will be watching and listening as Mecum Auctions’ event at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois near Chicago has the potential to break them all with the sale of Harley Earl’s custom custom 1968 Corvette Sting Ray taking center stage. Among many custom features, the one-of-a-kind Sting Ray showcases side exhausts and a second instrument panel, details the former...

February 6, 2015
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