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Friday
Jul252014

Powering up the C7 Corvette

Corsa Performance Exhaust:

There are few things worse than swapping out the factory exhaust on your car, only to have the new unit drone incessantly around town or on the highway. Corsa Performance claims its Reflective Sound Cancellation (RSC) technology, which was first introduced for the C5 Corvette, will produce a free flow and no droning, no matter your C7 Corvette’s driving mode or speed.

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Friday
Jul252014

I’m Shshshshakin’!

Modern-day Dodge Challenger owners can make their trip back in time complete with the addition of a Mopar Shaker Hood and Induction Kit. It is a bolt-on, two-part kit that requires no drilling or fabrication, but costs a cool $2,660 to upgrade your 2011-2014 model year Hemi Challenger.

The Shaker Hood Kit (Part Number 82213396) is an all-aluminum hood built to Chrysler’s production tooling guidelines, and constructed in the U.S. It is delivered ready for paint, and can be purchased through participating dealers or directly from Mopar.com. Chrysler engineers determined the optimal size, shape and location of the scoop via computational fluid dynamic (CF) analysis, then tested the result in Chrysler’s full-size wind tunnel. This hands-on testing not only allowed the engineers to study the proper locations for bezel openings, it let them assess airflow patterns across the hood.

In addition, the kit endured 150,000 miles of testing to ensure its performance and durability. Testing at Chrysler’s test tracks in Michigan and Arizona confirmed the design operated correctly in all environmental conditions, including water fording, heavy downpours, and under snow pack conditions so they would not allow water to directly enter the clean air duct and, thorough it, the engine. The kit also includes the Shaker Induction Kit (Part Number 82214110AB) that feeds high-pressure air through the hood scoop and into a low-restriction conical air filter, and which can be used in conjunction with other Mopar accessories like the Dodge Scat Pack performance kit. — CAS

 

Friday
Jul252014

An MG for Your Wrist

The marque may be owned by the Chinese, who build sedans and a few semi-hot hatches under the name, but MG forever will be associated with affordable sports cars and its “Safety Fast” tagline. Now the name is emblazoned on a line of watches that evoke images of cycle-fendered models form the 1950s, and which are available on the Motoring Classics website..

German MG enthusiast Ernst Graaf had an Olde English White 1964 MGB whilst in college, and later bought an inexpensive quartz watch shaped like the radiator grille of an MG TD. Unfortunately, the watch wore out, and Graaf wasn’t able to find a replacement, so he made one. Built around a Swiss movement and housed in a stainless steel case with mineral glass crystal that’s water resistant to 5 bar, the watch comes in a choice of three different face and strap combinations named “Abingdon,” “Cecil Kimber,” and “Cream Cracker.” These celebrate the MG factory, the company’s founder, and a famous works MG racer, respectively. Production of each watch style is limited to 100 units. They are priced at £1,405, including value added tax. — CAS

 

Friday
Jul252014

Road Read: The Arsenal of Democracy

By Christopher A. Sawyer

A.J. Baime’s latest tome, The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm and America at War, doesn’t so much lay out the vast production of war materiel that Detroit undertook during the Second World War as it hangs that accomplishment off the trials and tribulations of Edsel Ford as he undertakes what appears to be a Sisyphean task: building the Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber on a modern production line at the rate of one per hour. It was an audacious goal; no airplane had ever been mass produced at such a rate. Unlike an automobile, the four-engined Liberator was the state of the aviation art, and many times more complex than the family car. California’s Consolidated Aircraft Corporation built its versions outside on a large steel bed that baked in the San Diego sun. Parts were built in a plant three times the size of a football field, then trucked outside where they were pieced together by hand. The parts expanded and contracted as the sun rose and set, and each Liberator was unique. No two were alike.

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Friday
Jul112014

Unfortunately, It Has No Effect On CAFE

Admit it. You would have done most anything to get your hands on something like this when you were a kid. This is the Fisher-Price Power Wheels F-150. Available this September at a suggested retail price of $349.99, the electric pickup for kids has a strong resemblance to the 2015 F-150. That’s because Ford shared its design for that vehicle nine months before it made its debut at the 2014 auto show in Detroit. And while the 2015 F-150 will have an aluminum body, the Power Wheels version is made from plastic… or composites, if your kid is a snob. — CAS