3D Modeling Software Could be Spark Plug for Getting High-Dollar Concept Cars into Production

Ferrari’s tribute to late designer Sergio Pininfarina is headed to (very) limited production thanks to 3D aerospace technology. At first, we weren’t sure if it was coming or going. But the radically-designed Pininfarina Sergio introduced at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este definitely got our attention here at E3 Spark Plugs. Now, the one-time one-off concept car may be headed for production, albeit a very limited production. Word has it that a grand total of five Sergios may soon be available, each fetching a $2 million asking price. Created in tribute to the late Sergio Pininfarina, the legendary automotive designer who passed away last year, the Sergio is a super-sleek red and black speedster with completely custom body work, no windshield, an interior...

February 6, 2015
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British PSA Aims to Curb Drunk Driving via a Pub Loo and a “Holy Crap!??? Factor

This guy just got schooled on drunk driving risks in a very visual way. There’s something to be said for the effective use of abject terror in getting across a public service message, as illustrated by a recent PSA produced using footage from a hidden camera in a British pub loo (that’s “restroom” across the Pond). We here at E3 Spark Plugs got quite the jolt when we first saw the video, and apparently so did a million others. The 52-second video which quickly went viral shows unsuspecting pub patrons, who presumably have already enjoyed a cocktail or two, wandering into a bar bathroom. While looking into the mirror, they’re suddenly face-to-face, literally, with the bloodied noggin of a woman smashing through the glass. While producers won’t say,...

February 6, 2015
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Harleys Line Up by the Thousands for Pope Francis’ Blessing of the Bikes

Biker culture hit the Vatican City this past weekend as Pope Francis held a Blessing of the Bikes in St. Peter’s Square. He didn’t pop a wheelie when he rolled up to the Vatican in his popemobile, but Pope Francis definitely showed his cool side, greeting tens of thousands of Harley-Davidson owners at Sunday’s Blessing of the Bikes. In celebration of the iconic motorcycle maker’s 110th anniversary, leather-clad bikers lined the streets of Vatican City alongside habit-clad nuns.  Revved-up engines thundered throughout the Latin recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in a quintessential biker’s benediction as Pope Francis drove up the main boulevard to St. Peter’s Square, blessing bikes and bikers from his open-top jeep. The four-day celebration...

February 6, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Mourns the Loss of NASCAR Veteran Jason Leffler

NASCAR racer Jason Leffler leaves behind a five-year-old son. The NASCAR community was dealt a heartbreaking blow last night when driver Jason Leffler was killed in a crash during a 410 sprint car race at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway. Running second with just a few laps left, Leffler crashed into a wall, flipped several times and fell unconscious. He was quickly airlifted by helicopter to Chester, Pennsylvania’s Crozer-Chester Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead just after 9 p.m. Eastern time. A subsequent autopsy report listed the cause of Leffler’s death as blunt force trauma to the neck. Leffler began racing at age 12 and started his professional  career in the mid 1990s, racing midget cars in the USAC series. He quickly established himself as a...

February 6, 2015
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Ford Wants Your Teen to Text While Driving – But Only on their Innovative Training Course

Ford’s Driving Skills for Life program shows teens just how dangerous common behind-the-wheels distractions can be. Your kids call it “summer vacation,” but rescue workers call it the “100 Deadliest Days.” Car crashes are the No. 1 cause of death for teenagers in the United States, and invariably, teen-involved auto accidents spike during the three months that school is out for the summer each year. E3 Spark Plugs urges parents of teens to consider these facts and stats: Car accident deaths double during the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day over the rest of the year combined; Teens are responsible for nearly 50 percent more drunk driving accidents during the summer months than during the rest of the year; Teen drivers average 44 percent more...

February 5, 2015
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E3 Reveals More on Upcoming Need for Speed Game, Film

Actor Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad” fame stars in the upcoming “Need for Speed” film based on the enduringly popular video game series. E3 – No, not E3 the spark plug maker, E3 the Electronic Entertainment Expo – revealed a few tantalizing tidbits of new information about the upcoming Need for Speed: Rivals video game and the feature film starring Breaking Bad alum Aaron Paul. Newly wed to a beautiful blonde and looking entirely unlike his famous meth-pushing character, Paul made a celebrity appearance at the E3 Conference on Monday and filled in an eager audience with some crowd-pleasing details. First up – the November 19 release of Electronic Arts’ Need for Speed: Rivals for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Playstation 3 and PC....

February 5, 2015
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Got a Ticket to Ride? You Could Go Home in John Lennon’s First Car

John Lennon’s 1965 Ferrari 330GT is headed for auction at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The day a young John Lennon passed his driving test, the famed Beatles frontman had his pick of high-priced rides from luxury automotive dealerships vying for his attention. Aston Martins, Jaguars and Maseratis were offered hand over fist, parked in literally in his front yard. But the one that caught his eye was a beautiful blue 1965 Ferrari 330GT. Half a century later, and 33 years after his murder by a gun-wielding fan, Lennon’s car is headed for the auction block, where it’s expected to fetch upwards of $340,000. Valued at around $10,000 at the time Lennon acquired it, the car is inextricably linked to the Fab Five’s No. 1 hit, Ticket to Ride, which the group had...

February 5, 2015
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Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 1 Winner Cheyanne Phillips

Cheyanne Phillips (9, left) ready to greet fans with her racing brother Shane and mechanic dad Tom. She’s quite the little spark plug, herself. Nine-year-old Cheyanne Phillips is already several years into a go-kart racing career and currently is in second points in her series, behind only her younger brother Shane. But she’s as compassionate as she is competitive. That’s why she’s the latest Team E3 Racing Tier 1 winner. Racing runs in the Phillips family’s blood. Phillips’ grandfather built engines for Winston Cup racecars and her father (a friend of E3 Spark Plugs-sponsored racer Kevin Probst) ice raced three-wheelers and raced off-road buggies. It didn’t take long for Phillips and her little brother to follow suit. She began racing...

February 5, 2015
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Rare Dymaxion Car Blueprints Up for Grabs

Buckminster Fuller’s 1933 Dymaxion just might have changed the automotive world had tragedy not struck – twice. It might have forever changed the way the world thought of transportation and altered the course of the automotive industry, were it not for a buzz-killing fatal crash at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair and a fire that destroyed two of three completed prototypes. And we here at E3 Spark Plugs rather wish things had gone differently for Buckminster Fuller and his gleaming, three-wheeled road zeppelin. Alas, just one Dymaxion car prototype survives locked away at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada. But all that could change if the right bidder prevails. On June 6, a set of 18 blueprints believed to be the only Dymaxion-related items not currently...

February 5, 2015
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Team E3 Racing Winner Shea Holbrook Launches SteelOvaryNation.com

Team E3 Racing winner Shea Holbrook recently launched SteelOvaryNation.com. Who says professional racing isn’t a girl’s club? Team E3 Racing winner Shea Holbrook is a standout among a burgeoning number of female drivers, engineers, mechanics and motorsport execs. And there are more racing fans and auto enthusiasts of the fairer sex today than ever before. Yet, there are precious few resources for gearhead gals to hang out and share their love for all things automotive. To that end, Holbrook recently launched SteelOvaryNation.com, a new website with an accompanying #SteelOvaryNation hashtag campaign. The brand represents female drivers, engineers, mechanics, broadcasters, bloggers, fans and car and motorsport gurus and features articles, photos and merchandise. Says...

February 5, 2015
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