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Silverstone Foul – Toyota Gazoo Racing Hands Rebellion a Win

The two Toyotas were found to be in non-conformity of Article 3.5.6.d of the 2018 LMP1-H Technical Regulations which covers the deflection of the skid block. Toyota intends to appeal the Decisions and therefore the race results remain provisional. Continue reading

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VIR Upset – BMW M8 Finally Tallies First Win as Corvette Leads GTLM Driver’s Championship

The No. 25 BMW M8 GTE, driven by Connor De Phillippi (USA) and Alexander Sims (GBR), completed 88 laps of the classic Virginia International Raceway two-hour-and-forty-minute race, winning with just a 1.323 second margin of victory over the relentlessly driven Corvette. Continue reading

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Peter Sellers DB4GT at Hampton Concours of Elegance

A comedy crime caper revolving around a gang of criminals who impersonate policeman, the DB4GT provided a getaway vehicle for the thieves. The DB4GT led a high-speed chase through Uxbridge Moor, followed by a Wolseley 6/90 police car. Post-filming, Peter Sellers himself took ownership of the car. Continue reading

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Ford Opens Corktown Station to Community as Mustang puts Camaro and GM on Trailer During Woodward Dream Cruise.

Ford said that a diverse gathering of millennial tech and business talent explored new avenues to grow an inclusive tech and entrepreneur ecosystem in and around the iconic Michigan Central Station, the centerpiece of Ford’s new campus and a cornerstone of the company’s vision to become the world’s most trusted mobility company, whatever that means. Continue reading

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Back End of IMSA Season at VIR This Weekend

With three races left on the 2018 schedule starting with this Sunday’s two-hour, 40-minute Michelin GT Challenge at VIRginia International Raceway, it’s officially “go for the juglar time” in the championship. For Magnussen and Garcia, who co-drive the No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, their chief competition for the title has been the pair of entries from Ford Chip Ganassi Racing. Continue reading

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Belle Isle Race to Continue for Three More Years

Under the terms of the agreement, the Grand Prix will return to its home on Belle Isle for three more years beginning in 2019, with an option for extending the agreement two additional years through 2023. Continue reading

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Fastest Ever? 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet

The 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet is a limited-edition of 68 turnkey race car that honors the 50th anniversary of the original that dominated drag strips in 1968. The new Cobra Jet makes its public debut this weekend at the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise. Continue reading

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Ford Releases Self-Driving Vehicle Safety Assessment

The 44-page document, titled “A Matter of Trust,” details Ford’s “prioritization of safety” during self-driving vehicle development, as well as how the company is working with industry and government, and how it is applying the technology to solve the challenges our cities face. It’s partly technical but looks to be largely a marketing document design to sell self-driving vehicles to potential buyers. Continue reading

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Ford Launches with Alibaba Cloud Autonomic in China

In February 2018, Ford Smart Mobility announced its acquisition of Autonomic (Ford Forms Smart Mobility Subsidiary) to accelerate innovation and delivery speed in mobility initiatives such as full connectivity, micro-transit solutions and non-emergency medical transportation. Continue reading

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Rain Shortens Fourth Annual Roadkill Nights – Street-legal Drag Racing on Woodward Avenue

A total of 128 street-legal cars were on a specially prepped 1/8-mile drag strip on Woodward Avenue between Rapid Street and South Boulevard to compete in high-powered drag racing for cash prizes. Heavy rains ended the races early, so 16 total finalists split $20,000 in cash prizes. Continue reading

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Ford to Unveil New Model During Woodward Dream Cruise Tomorrow. Mustang NASCAR Cup Edition Coming?

This remains ‘Merican pavement pulverizing territory. The burnt rubber on Woodward avenue in the run up to the Dream Cruise with the prelude of Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge at the MI Concourse just off Woodward in Pontiac are just the latest examples. With American passenger cars now an endangered species, the pony cars thrive. I’ll wager the Mustang is the last passenger car assembled by FMC after the crossover tidal wave finishes washing though the auto industry and it wrestles with connect and self-driving vehicles. Continue reading

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Profits of Trucks – Tahoe, Suburban Premier Plus Models

” Premier Plus gives both Suburban and Tahoe customers another option to choose from with several added premium touches.” They start at +$75,000. Continue reading

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Can New Ferrari CEO Camilleri Meet Marchionne’s Targets?

Ferrari stock year-to-date gained 19.1% compared to the 6.2% the S&P 500 Index. The stocks of other automakers are laughably weak. Fiat Chrysler (FCA) -5.2%, General Motors (GM) -8%, and Ford (F) -18.7% were easily lapped by the Prancing Horse. Continue reading

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Autonomous Vehicle Market – CAGR of 39.47% 2019-2026

Currently, the North America dominates the market, followed by Europe. In 2019, the U.S. is expected to remain dominant in the North America market, while the UK is projected to lead the overall market in Europe. Continue reading

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SAE to Administer Autonomous Testing Program

The program is long, long overdue with Google and automakers such as Daimler, GM, Ford and FCA – among others – are well underway to turning loose on the untrained public semi-automated and fully automated vehicles. Waymo – the Google driverless car will be in service in Arizona this fall. Apple is expanding its fleet of driverless vehicles in California. Continue reading

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