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Shocking: America's First All-Electric Supercar

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If you’ve ever dreamed of a 500 horsepower supercar that packs 1,000 pound-feet of torque, and can go from zero to 60 in under 3.4 seconds—and runs off of a giant battery, then the 2015 Renovo Coupe is the car you’ve been looking for.
For a cool half-million dollars you not only get the ridiculous performance numbers we mentioned above, but you also get a zero-emission vehicle that can go 100 miles on a charge and can be refilled at a DC quick charger in a half hour or in five hours at a standard Level 2 charger.
Like the Tesla EVs, the Renovo is built in Silicon Valley, but the relatively new company uses modified, two-seat,  Shelby American CSX9000 rolling chassis as its starting point.
“There’s nothing like this on the road today,” company founder Christopher Heiser said in a recent interview. “We don’t have to replace any of the supercars out here today. It just adds to the landscape. It’s its own thing.”
Renovo started working on the vehicle four years ago, according to Automotive News, and says it's now taking orders for the roughly 100 cars that will be made starting next year.
Renovo’s founders, Christopher Heiser and Jason Stinson, previously worked at the computer security company Verisign and chipmaker Intel. Though they are new to the industry, they hope to find space in the supercar market alongside venerable names such Ferrari and Lamborghini, and relative newcomers such as Pagani and Koenigsegg.

Dodge Unveils 707 HP 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat

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Dodge announced this week that it is putting the infamous Omni era of the 80’s behind it by cramming the insanely powerful Hellcat Hemi V8 into its 2015 Charger sedan.
Of course, they’re going to have to modify the hood a bit to fit all that power in…but, they are clearly willing to do whatever it takes.
The new Charger will feature the automaker's brand-spankin’ new 6.2-liter Hemi Hellcat engine that produces an impressive 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque.
It’s the same engine that will debut in the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, which was announced earlier this year. The Charger Hellcat, thanks to some healthy modifications to the car’s aerodynamics, will have a top speed of 204 miles per hour – five more than the Challenger Hellcat.
Like the Challenger Hellcat, the Charger Hellcat boasts some impressive performance figures like 0-100 mph in under 13 seconds and an 11-second quarter-mile.
Dodge President and CEO Tim Kuniskis said during a recent interview that he expects the Charger Hellcat, like the Challenger (see video clip below), to anchor an impressive lineup of vehicle models for the 2015 model-year.
"It's a muscle car, a performance sedan, a family capable sedan; its success is that it can be any or all of those things, depending on how the customer chooses to equip their car," Kuniskis said.
Pricing and fuel economy for the Charger Hellcat will be announced closer to the vehicle's launch, according to officials. The Challenger Hellcat starts at roughly $60,000.


Look Ma, No Hands!

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The Active Lane Control technology found on the 2014 Infiniti Q50 is reportedly a top-notch piece of technology. Heck, some folks might even argue that it's a better driver than most people on the road.  But, what is this piece of seemingly magical technology really capable of, you may ask?
Well, in a nutshell it is a camera-based system on the luxury sedan that goes well beyond traditional lane departure/guidance systems by reading the painted lines on the roadway and automatically applying steering corrections to keep the car from wandering outside of its lane. In a nutshell, it is designed to keep you from running off the road and striking a cow on those occasions that you make the mistake of taking a selfie while speeding down the interstate. Pretty impressive, right?
But is this miracle of modern science smart enough to safely drive a car in heavy traffic?
Apparently one total jack-wagon in Germany recently decided to test the Infiniti’s system—not on a test track—but on the Autobahn to see what it was capable of!
Taking things way too far for our comfort, at one point in the video (seen below) the driver not only take his hands off of the steering wheel, he crawls out of the driver’s seat entirely while traveling at freeway speeds.
Despite the fact that the Infiniti Q50’s system works flawlessly, we highly suggest…Nay, demand…that you never try this at home...or on the Autobahn. 


How to Enjoy the Gumball 3000 Rally on a Yugo Budget

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If you didn’t have the chump change required to participate in this year’s version of the infamous Gumball 3000 Rally, don’t worry. The race organizers have crammed all the ridiculously expensive car-on-car action into a 15 minute video—that won’t cost you a dime to watch.
Just in case you've never heard of it...the Gumball 3000, now it its 16th year, is an intercontinental car rally that, according to event organizers, is built on the idea of extreme excess, unbridled thrills, and amazing changes of scenery.
The 2014 rally, which took place in June, tore a path from Miami to Ibizia and included lavish flights, rockin' parties, and ferry rides when necessary. In years past, the notorious Gumballers have raced everywhere from Marrakech to Bangkok, to Dubrovnik to North Korea—and everywhere in between.
Membership has its privileges…and a hefty price tag. This year’s contestants had to shell out nearly $100,000 for the privilege of racing.
The film follows the experience of Team Betsafe drivers Xzibit, Jon Olsson, Jens Byggmark and also includes appearances by David Hosselhoff and singer Eve.
So, watch the video below, start saving your pennies, and who knows, maybe next year you can be featured in the rally video!

35 Reasons You Are Not A Drifter

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Def: Drifting: To cause a vehicle to exceed its tire’s limits of adhesion, exhibiting a lateral slip, resulting in an oversteer condition.
Sounds pretty easy, right?
Movies like the 2006 hit film Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and others have lead many of today’s drivers with the desire to stomp on their brake pedal (or yank the emergency brake!) as they power into a corner. Whether they are simply looking to master the skill of drifting, or look cool for their buddies, many young drivers find out the hard way that drifting ain’t for whimps…or amatures.
Although the exact origin of drifting is still heavily debated, there is little doubt that it was born in Japan where Kunimitsu Takahashi began developing the techniques that are still used today way back in the 1970s.
These days drifting has evolved into a competitive sport where drivers compete in primarily rear-wheel-drive cars in an attempt to earn point from judges for style, speed and a whole host of other complex factors.
Despite its legitimate “sports” status, it hasn’t kept a whole generation of drivers from honing their cars…right into YouTube infamy.
See why below:


A few more reasons...


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