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How the beast is Born: Behind the modern Muscle car manufacturing process

Oct
02

A muscle car holds a particular attraction for car lovers. There is an appreciation of the engineering feat behind the building of a muscle car but also of the image of vehicles that originated in the demand for speed and power, fuelled by the emergence of both stock car racing and drag racing as popular pastimes.

Muscle cars would have been associated by some people with hot rods – old, classic cars modified and fitted with larger engines by dedicated enthusiasts. However, the muscle car segment has been one dominated by the car manufacturers themselves and they take the market very seriously indeed. 

2015 Hennessey Ford Mustang

Oct
02

2015 Hennessey Ford Mustang Front AngleHellcat and Z06, be very afraid. Because when that 2015 Mustang 5.0L with the Hennessey script on its decklid sidles up next to you at the stoplight, it might very well be packing 717 supercharged horsepower. Dig the spurs in, pilgrim, and she’ll bolt to 60 mph in a scant 3.6 seconds. Keep your foot down, and the pressurized Coyote 5.0-liter 4-cammer will blaze to a white-hot 11.2-second quarter mile at 131 mph. It’s ponycar meets supercar.

2015 Mustang: Test Driving Ford’s Radical Muscle Car [VIDEO]

Oct
01

Source: Bloomberg News via YouTube

One-of-a-Kind 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN0001 Raises $1.65 Million for Charity

Sep
30

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN0001Dodge auctioned the first production 707-horsepower 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN0001, the most powerful and fastest muscle car ever, for $825,000 at the Sept. 27 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2014 auction benefitting Opportunity Village, a not-for-profit organization that serves people with significant intellectual disabilities in the Las Vegas area. The Engelstad Family Foundation of Las Vegas matched the auction price, bringing the grand total raised for Opportunity Village to $1.65 million. With their generous donation, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat raised more money for charity than any other car in Barrett-Jackson history.

Mopar ‘Top Eliminator HEMI® Heritage’ Contest

Sep
29

Mopar Top Eliminator HEMI Heritage ContestThe eighth annual Mopar “Top Eliminator” competition is going online September 26 at 5 p.m. ET to find its fourth and final winner for the 2014 edition of the program that recognizes the most skilled Mopar enthusiasts and their restyled, accessorized and performance-enhanced Chrysler Group LLC vehicles.

This year’s edition was renamed the Mopar “Top Eliminator HEMI® Heritage” contest to encompass the brand’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the iconic 426 Race HEMI engine.

1200 HP CTS-V Wagon by Hennessey Performance [VIDEO]

Sep
26

Source: Hennessey

600 HP Supercharged Hennessey VelociRaptor SUV

Sep
25

Source: Hennessey

Top Five Reasons Why Your Steering Wheel is Vibrating

Sep
24

Top five reasons why your steering wheel is vibratingAt some point in just about every car’s life, something will begin to wear in the “front-end” and you will feel a vibration in your steering wheel.  Most of the time the vibration starts out quite subtle and then gets more and more pronounced until there is no question that something’s gone awry.  When it gets to that point, it’s probably becoming unsafe and you should see a mechanic to diagnose and fix the issue.  That being said, knowing what things cause steering wheel vibration will allow you to better informed about the situation and likely put you in a better position to take care of it.

Should I use Synthetic Oil in my Classic Muscle Car?

Sep
24

Should I use Synthetic Oil in my Classic Muscle CarThere are basically two types of oil that you can put in your classic muscle car’s engine; conventional and synthetic.  Conventional motor oils are distilled from crude, pumped-out-of-the-ground, oil and are the kind of oil that has been used in internal combustion engines for over 100 years. About 20 years ago, synthetic motor oils entered the marketplace. These are essentially “designer motor oils” that are created from a blend of pure hydrocarbon compounds.  Synthetic motor oils are superior to conventional oils in virtually all respects.  They are more slippery, hold up better in temperature extremes, last longer, and can provide superior lubrication to internal rubber and other materials. They even contribute to higher gas mileage.

Lasers – more than for just Laser Tag

Sep
24

Lasers – more than for just Laser TagLasers can do some amazing things.  They are being used today to read DVDs and CDs, correct blurry vision and even for transporting Star Trek crew.  Now you can add this to the list, “replacing car headlamps.” That’s right; vehicle headlights are getting beamed up.

Lasers have an illuminating power 1,000 times more powerful than LEDs — which up until just recently provided the greatest power of all the bulb technologies out there. Laser technology has some compelling advantages over standard illumination system, for example: laser automobile lights can be much smaller than conventional lighting systems, they can use much less energy than incandescent lights to operate, and they look pretty darn cool, too.