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Cosworth to Open Detroit Plant

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The Cosworth brand is a well known British name that is typically connected to high performance engine tuning. Not just an aftermarket parts supplier, Cosworth has partnered with many automakers to help them design and produce high performance engines. One brand that’s always connected in history to the Cosworth name is Ford, so it’s fitting that Cosworth is planning to open up a new $30 million plant in Detroit.

Hal Reisiger, CEO of Cosworth, declined to say which automaker they will be partnering with, but did say that they make “high-performance road cars.” The new plant plan to break ground in 2018 and the multi million-dollar facility is capable of supplying parts to a number of customers.


VW Shows Off the Tiguan GTE Active Concept in Detroit

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Although a little late to the game, Volkwagen’s concept Tiguan GTE Active is packing quite the punch as it debuts at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. The concept SUV is Volkswagens vision on how their brand will be reinventing their SUV lineup which currently only consists of the Tiguan and the Toureag. The Tiguan GTE Active borrows its underpinnings from the all new Tiguan which is set to arrive in the US in 2017.

The Tiguan GTE Active Concept aims at amping up the traditional SUV platform by taking a road worthy and somewhat offroad capable vehicle to full on offroad status. Volkswagen plans to offer the vehicle as a plug-in hybrid, with two electric motors (one for each axle) and a gasoline engine. I’m sure VW’s aim to enter another of their clean technology lineup will be a breath of fresh air for consumers. The Tiguan GTE Vision Concept, if produced, will compliment VWs current e-Golf and Jetta Hybrid.

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991 Gets the Turbo Treatment. The 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo

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While Porsche has downsized the 911 line’s engines to smaller and more efficient turbocharged motors, only the top of the line model will be blessed with the Turbo name. Porsche unveiled the 2017 911 Turbo and Turbo S here at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, rounding out the 991 generation with the most powerful street models in the 911 line.

The 3.8L twin turbo boxer 6 now develops 540hp in Turbo guise, with the Turbo S putting out a whopping 580hp. Changes to attain this horsepower jump includes modified intake ports, new direct injection fuel injectors, and higher fuel pressure, while the Turbo S gets an even bigger turbocharger with larger impellers.

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The 2015 Corvette Z06 Is Here, Is Awesome!

Arguably (not really) the most anticipated vehicle of the 2014 NAIAS in Detroit is the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Since 2001 the Z06 has been a blue-collar track and strip monster, running 11 second quarter miles and pulling over 1G on the skidpad straight off the lot. When we found out that the base C7 ‘Vette was going to have only 50 fewer horsepower than the outgoing Z06, we knew that the new Z06 was going to be ridiculous.

We weren’t wrong.

As is to be expected before a car show, some details were revealed ahead of the official unveiling thanks to a technical miscue. On January 7th we discovered that the 2015 Z06 would have more than 625 horsepower and a better-than-the-C6-ZR1 630+ ft/lb of torque from the new supercharged LT4. We also found out that, for the first time ever, the Z06 would have an available automatic transmission, though we didn’t have any details on it. Now we do.

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We Prepare for the North American Auto Show With the Girls of SEMA 2013

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As we prepare to cover the North American Auto Show in Detroit tomorrow, what better way to start the week off than with our gallery of booth professionals at SEMA from a couple of months ago. Stay tuned tomorrow for our full coverage right from Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. For now, enjoy our gallery of beautiful women in Vegas!

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The 2013 North American International Auto Show

We’re back home after visiting Detroit (and Windsor) for the 2013 North American International Auto Show. It was a great show at Cobo Hall which is still in the midst of a major renovation that will transform the building on the banks of the Detroit River.

The big news out of the 2013 NAIAS was of course the unveiling of the new C7 Corvette but there were a handful of other reveals that many were anticipating such as the Cadillac ELR, the facelifted Mercedes-Benz E-Class including the E63 AMG, the almost-production ready BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe, and the Silverado/Sierra trucks along with Ford’s answer to them, the Ford Atlas Concept, offering a preview of the next-generation F-150. There was also much anticipation of the new CLA-Class which we have official pictures of but sadly it was not a part of the Mercedes-Benz reveal at Cobo Hall but instead was down the street at the Westin. Mercedes wanted to keep the spotlight on the new E-Class so they’ll unveil the CLA to the public in Geneva and will hopefully bring it to New York for its North American public debut.

See all the Debut Vehicles at the 2013 NAIAS


Will Acura show Updated NSX Concept in Detroit?

The new Acura NSX has probably been the subject of more hype than any other vehicle save the Toyobaru FR-S/BRZ. We were teased with an announcement of a new NSX in ‘07, but it became a victim of the economic crisis in ‘08. In 2010 Honda developed a new SuperGT car, the HSV-010 GT, and we all thought the production version would wear the NSX badge but a production version never came. In early 2011 Honda chairman Takanobu Ito said they were developing the NSX again, this time with a hybrid drivetrain. In September of that year we then saw Iron Man driving a mysterious Acura in The Avengers. An Acura which, despite being a convertible, bore a striking resemblance to renderings of the elusive supercar we’d seen floating around the internet.

But then, in January 2012 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Acura unveiled the official NSX concept car with a 2015 model year release date and the automotive world let out a sigh of relief. Here we had, in the (aluminum) flesh, something to look forward to.

It’s been almost a year since that concept was revealed and, worryingly, there hasn’t been much buzz coming out of Honda. So why am I talking about it today? Because it’s being rumoured that the production model will be hitting Detroit for the 2013 North American International Auto Show in January and I need to make sure that everybody else is as excited as I am. With 50 new production models being revealed at the 2013 NAIAS there’s a good chance the NSX is among them and, if it isn’t, I’ll be too distracted by other things to be disappointed.

Update: Yes, yes they will: Acura NSX Concept II


Profiling vs. Common Sense

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab; and no, I’m not mashing keys together. That is the name of the wet, flapping douchebag pictured here. Say hi.


Umar Detroit Bomber

This slimy sack of shit tried to detonate an explosive device that he literally hid in his underwear, and only for the vigilance of other passengers was he unsuccessful.

Media reports, quoting federal investigators, say that the bomb packet contained 80 grams of the explosive chemical PETN, sewn into the briefs of Abdulmutallab. His attempted detonator? A syringe filled with acid. A combination of the two could have been powerful enough to blow a hole straight through the side of the plane, sealing the fate of every person on board.

Face facts. People are stupid. Religion and “beliefs” will continue to be a plaguing factor well into the lives of our grandchildren’s children. However, my sincerest hope is that common sense will prevail at some point and people will can the “political correctness” bullshit and give us a fucking break. Stereotypes perpetuate because, in a nutshell, they’re usually true, again and again. That’s how they became “stereotypes”…

In my lifetime, I have seen with my own two eyes, a senior citizen (who I estimate was LATE into his 80s) pulled aside due to being in a wheelchair and searched by airport authorities like a pack of wolves looking for meat. I get that the chair needs to be checked out, but they really went to town on this guy. He’s like 87 years old, can’t walk, and poses zero threat to anybody – as he would undoubtedly consider himself lucky to still have a heartbeat by the time the plane landed.

While security are examining the shit out of people like poor old Mr. Magoo, fucking Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab…uhlasdojfbagofshit goes through without question, and trots on the plane with a crotch full of explosives. Here is a guy with a name longer than the goddamn interstate, traveling alone, and to top it all off, without a motherfucking passport! (Seriously.)

At the risk of sounding like a SlapChop commercial, that’s not all, there’s more! A quote from a recent release [with editor brackets cleverly placed where subtle clarification is necessary]:

“CIA and [fucking useless] U.S. officials had [zero] intelligence before Christmas that [the always entertaining] al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen were talking about a [dumb shit] Nigerian being prepared for an attack [by blowing up his kibbles on a plane], according to reports.”

Super. So this guy fit EVERY imaginable profile, did not have a passport, traveling alone and was even on the CIA and US officials “watch list” (ie: “do-not-put-on-a-fucking-airplane” list), and Abdulmutallab STILL made it onto a plane – due to the risk of racial profiling by airport officials, no doubt. Right? I mean, why scan a single, young, colored, male, Nigerian, muslim, flying alone, without a passport… when you could be searching Mr. Magoo’s colonoscopy bag for clues?

The CIA/FBI need to follow up with the Amsterdam airport authority and the officials who let this shitsack through, as nobody can be that stupid unintentionally and it is more than likely an inside job. *Hint fuckity hint*

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If you respectfully disagree with anything mentioned above, please note that Abdulmutallab is being held in a federal prison in Michigan and is suffering from severe pecker burns in the bombing attempt. I will happily FedEx you some cortisone cream and help try to arrange an appointment for you to clarify any issues directly with Umar.

A quote was taken from an online posting of Abdulmutallab, reading: “I have no one to speak too, no one to consult, no one to support me and I feel depressed and lonely. I do not know what to do. And then I think this loneliness leads me to other problems.”

(The cortisone should be an icebreaker.)





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