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Friday
Dec022016

LMP1 Light: Cadillac Returns to Endurance Racing

Cadillac will return to endurance racing with its DPi-V.R, a rather silly name that actually conforms to Cadillac’s rather silly performance road car naming convention. The DPi in the name stands for “Daytona Prototype International”, the formula to which the Caddy (and its competition from Mazda and Nissan) has to conform.

To keep costs under control, the DPi formula doesn’t require hybrid powertrains or unique chassis. In fact, the chassis is shared with the new LMP2 prototypes that run in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA’s World Endurance Championship. Which means they are built by one of four approved suppliers: Onroak Automotive (under the Ligier name), ORECA, Dallara or Riley/Multimatic. In the LMP2 series, the teams are required to run identical bodywork (supplied by the chassis maker) and engines in order to keep costs under control.

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Friday
Dec022016

Preview: 2018 Ford Fiesta

By Christopher A. Sawyer

Fiesta Active adds metallic accents front, rear and sides within matte black trim to mimic skid plates, and give this mode a crossover vibe. Ford’s introduction of the 2018 Fiesta at a press event in Europe this week felt la bit ike a Volkswagen event. It was filled with new cars that looked like smoothed and updated versions of the outgoing models. How the new model lineup will translate to the cars we see in the U.S. is unknown, though it’s unlikely that Ford will sell the top of the line Vignale, or even the Active model with its SUV-like body kit overtones, here.

Of course, the wonderfully mischievous ST and its pocket rocket personality will go on hiatus when the new model launches, and not return until the 2019 model year. However, Ford will be ready with an ST Line Fiesta that will be available from launch and appeal to a broader group of buyers. It has special wheels, an aggressive body kit, sportier suspension, and unique interior trim. Which means the actual ST will look and feel more aggressive to set it apart when it launches in Spring 2018.

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Friday
Dec022016

2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature

By Christopher A. Sawyer

The last time I was behind the wheel of a Mazda CX-9 was 2013. It was the first generation of the automaker’s biggest SUV, and it was on its second facelift. However, unlike a nipped and tucked Hollywood starlet past her prime, the CX-9 still beguiled. Though it shared its platform with the Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX and, by default, Ford Fusion, the Mazda was more than the sum of its parts. So much so that it caused me to wonder why it was not the best selling large crossover. It did everything well, was nicely appointed and had room for seven, but it was getting a bit dated.

Three more years have passed, and the CX-9 is new from the ground up. It shares nothing with Ford, and follows the rest of the Mazda line in moving upmarket and pushing efficiency in pursuit of both performance and economy. It’s the same outline followed by Volvo, though not to the same extreme. The Swedish automaker will sell you a turbocharged, turbo and supercharged, and turbo and supercharged hybrid powertrain in its largest crossover, while Mazda sticks to a single powertrain: a 2.5-liter turbo four with 227 hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a six-speed automatic. (The engine will produce 250 hp on premium gasoline.) You don’t get the choices Volvo offers its customers, or the V6 Mazda offered with the first generation CX-9, nor do you miss them.

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Friday
Dec022016

Mini’s 2017 Rally Raid Specialist

One of the problems with the vehicles that run in the Dakar Rally is that they resemble their production counterparts, but have little in common with them. Which shouldn’t be a total surprise for a rally that retains the Dakar name, but is now run through Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina instead of on the African continent.* The 2017 Mini John Cooper Works Rally is based on the new Mini Countryman, and is being developed with the help of motorsport partner X-raid. It will make its competition debut at the 2017 Dakar Rally. That promises to be a tough launch. 

Compared to the Mini All4 Racing that preceded it, the Mini John Cooper Works Rally (or MJCWR) has been improved in a number of areas, including aerodynamics, thermal management, weight distribution, center of gravity, engine mapping and chassis design. Each area was subject to rigorous design and simulation tests to improve drivability by optimizing traction, agility and vehicle stability, as well as improve aerodynamic and powertrain performance for greater acceleration and top speed with better fuel economy.

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