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GM to begin testing autonomous vehicles in N.Y.

Uncategorized October 17, 2017

The planned tests by GM and its self-driving unit, Cruise Automation, will be the first by a Level 4 autonomous vehicle in the state, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
Source: Automotive News – swapmeetclassified

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Vintage Photos of the Corvette that Never Was

Uncategorized October 17, 2017

The key to unearthing gems from the Petersen Publishing photo archive is knowing how to navigate the archive’s logbooks. The loose-leaf binders hold a chronological record of all the film that passed through the company’s photo department beginning in 1955. Photo jobs were logged by date, the magazine requesting the photos and a brief—and sometimes cryptic—description of the photo subject. A vague description like “Detroit trip,” for example, could encompass visual records of all sorts of activities that the photographer experienced while in Motown, from drag races to sneak peeks of Big Three engineering prototypes.

So when we saw a photo job labeled “1983 Corvette” by Eric Rickman, we were intrigued. There was no 1983 Corvette.

As early as the mid-1970s, Chevrolet designers and engineers were working on the fourth-generation Corvette. Company brass had set high goals for the car: more room for passengers, better aerodynamics and more contemporary-looking proportions. For a time there were both front- and mid-engine proposals moving through the process, with the Aerovette concept car making a strong visual case for the latter. But the engineering side of the house was limited in powertrain choices for such a layout, the X-car’s 2.8-liter V-6 being their only option. Bringing it to a level of output expected from a Corvette would be a pricey proposition. So it was decided to retain a conventional front-engine/rear-drive layout.

At the same time, Chevrolet recognized it needed a new manufacturing facility to produce the C4 Vette. The already cramped St. Louis plant couldn’t accommodate the changes needed for the all-new car. In 1978, GM took over a former Chrysler facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and quickly (in corporate time, anyway) converted it to Corvette production. Once GM knew it had a place to build the C4, it could green-light the new Vette, which it did in 1980 and planned to introduce it as a 1983 model.

But the challenge of meeting the car’s new design and function parameters, coupled with the retooling required at Bowling Green, pushed production of the first C4 Vettes into early 1983. It was Bob Stempel, Chevrolet’s general manager, who decided that the new car would be considered a 1984 model. Since C3 production ended with the 1982 model, there would be no 1983 Corvettes available to the public.

The C4 was shown to the press at Riverside Raceway in December 1982, where Rickman shot the car. His are the black-and-white photos seen here; it was Bob D’Olivo, head of the PPC photo department, who paired the first and latest Vettes for the color photo. We don’t know the exact date Stempel made his 1984 decree—and we weren’t at that 1982 press conference to know for sure—but when Rickman tripped his shutter, he considered this Vette a 1983 model.

The post Vintage Photos of the Corvette that Never Was appeared first on Hot Rod Network.

Source: Hot Rod

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Germany's Hubject raises funds to advance e-mobility in China, U.S.

Uncategorized October 16, 2017

Germany’s Hubject, which is developing a standard method to pay at EV charging stations, secured fresh funds from shareholders to expand into China and the United States.
Source: Automotive News – swapmeetclassified

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Turn One’s Versatile Performance Plus Steering Box

Uncategorized October 16, 2017

What it is: Turn One’s Performance Plus steering box.

Why you care: Turn One’s new Performance Plus steering box is ideally suited for track cars that occasionally see some street use. Each gearbox weighs about 5 pounds lighter than traditional boxes and delivers authentic fitment with a wide range of custom ratios available: 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, and 20:1. It’s a direct bolt-in pattern for the Saginaw 600 box that’s precision-balanced, comes with AN -6 fittings standard, and is tested and certified to ensure unparalleled performance and integrity.

How much: Prices start at $1,350 from Turn One

Learn more: Turn One; TurnOne-Steering.com

The post Turn One’s Versatile Performance Plus Steering Box appeared first on Hot Rod Network.

Source: Hot Rod

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Leaked 2018 Jeep Wrangler user guide gives details of off-roader's amenities

Uncategorized October 16, 2017

The user’s guide for the next-generation Jeep Wrangler has been leaked before the start of production, showing some of the off-roader’s modern goodies.
Source: Automotive News – swapmeetclassified

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Your Call: Anderson Speedway Figure 8 Mayhem

Uncategorized October 16, 2017

It’s time to bring you another wild YouTube video from the world of short track racing.

Although this may not be your typical short track race, this Outlaw Figure 8 race at Anderson (IN) Speedway is one of the biggest events of the season at the facility.  With a major prize and a massive amount of pride on the line, there was sure to be plenty of intensity.

This particular incident hits a boiling point after two cars come together on the track.  We won’t spoil it for you.  Have a look at the video.

To us, this is a rough situation, but it’s worth the discussion.  If you were in charge of this race track, how would you handle this turn of events? Is this the craziest thing you’ve ever seen at a track?

Shoot us an e-mail at mpanure@enthusiastnetwork.com and let us know your verdict.

The post Your Call: Anderson Speedway Figure 8 Mayhem appeared first on Hot Rod Network.

Source: Hot Rod

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Grim reality of NAFTA talks sets in after tough U.S. demands

Uncategorized October 15, 2017

Negotiators from Canada and Mexico grappled with U.S. demands to drastically alter NAFTA as talks over renewal of the pact vilified by President Donald Trump ran through a fourth straight day.
Source: Automotive News – swapmeetclassified

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Advice to dealers on managing used-car inventory

Uncategorized October 15, 2017

In this excerpt from his new book, Dale Pollak, founder of vAuto, offers two alternatives to managing the age of a dealership’s used-car inventory.
Source: Automotive News – swapmeetclassified

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Tesla fired hundreds of employees in past week, reports say

Uncategorized October 14, 2017

Electric vehicle maker Tesla fired about 400 employees this week, including associates, team leaders and supervisors, according to a local news report and a former employee.
Source: Automotive News – swapmeetclassified

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Leather-maker GST files for bankruptcy

Uncategorized October 14, 2017

Automotive leather supplier GST lists its woes, despite a global market yearning for premium materials.
Source: Automotive News – swapmeetclassified

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