’63 PONTIAC SD-421: SWISS CHEESE LITE!

Production of lightweight ’63 Super-Duty Pontiacs was extremely limited, but high-profile racer Mickey Thompson got the first two. One of those featured here is in the Factory Lightweight Collection. Roger Huntington writing in Hi-Performance CARS is often credited with first using “Swiss Cheese” to describe lightened Super-Duty Pontiacs. It came to him after he counted 120 holes drilled in the perimeter frame of Royal Pontiac’s Catalina, driven by Jim Wangers. A total of 18 aluminum body parts...
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GREEN4U/PANOZ: ELECTRIC RACECAR!

Don Panoz reveals his ‘plug-in and play’ Concepts for road & track at Le Mans.  Green4U Technologies, Inc., formed in 2016 to provide electric vehicles (EVs) and EV technologies, and Panoz, a Green4U company, today unveiled an all-electric racecar concept with the goal of delivering performance and range similar to internal combustion engine and hybrid powertrain racecars. And be able to compete in long-distance endurance races. Chairman Don Panoz unveiled the new racecar concept this mo...
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LYNN ST. JAMES: RACER, AUTHOR & MENTOR!

Our racer-in-residence, Stephen Cox, chats with Lyn St. James about everything Indycar. Indycar fans fell in love with Lyn St. James in 1992 when she won Indy 500 Rookie of the Year and kicked off a decade-long open-wheel career that would eventually include nine starts at the Brickyard. She worked her way up through the road racing ranks, starting with a 1970s Ford Pinto. It took four years of sponsor hunting before she was able to land an Indy ride with Dick Simon Racing, which specialized ...
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‘17 AUDI A8L 3.0T: OLD SCHOOL MAGIC!

There’s an all-new A8 on the way, but it’ll be hard to beat the current version of this high-luxe limo, blogs Road Test Editor Howard Walker. It’s no secret that Audi will be pulling the silk off an all-new A8 flagship next month. Word has it that not only will the car have a polarizing, love-it-or-hate-it new design, but it’ll pack more computing power than a Google server farm, allowing it to move one step closer to fully automated driving. One of its multitude of ground-breaking featu...
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MERCEDES-AMG: HALF-CENTURY OF SPEED AT GOODWOOD!

Concepts, Formula One racecars, championship drivers and modern and classic AMG models will be celebrated at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The performance brand’s golden anniversary will be marked with some of the most memorable cars in Mercedes-AMG’s history, including the striking new AMG GT Concept, which will be making its UK debut. Many notable AMG models, both past and present, will be taking to the famous Goodwood Hill, including the powerful new 612 horsepower E 63 S 4MATIC Saloo...
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DAYTONA REDUX: STUDENTS BUILD COBRA DAYTONA CLONE!

Motown students build and test a Factory Five ’65 Daytona Coupe as part of Ford Fund’s STEAM Education Learning Experience. More than 50 Detroit high school students gathered to unveil a unique class project – a ‘65 Ford Daytona Coupe. The assignment – in which students assembled a working vehicle from nearly 1,000 parts – is the culmination of a learning experience created by Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. It was in collaboration with Detroit Public Schoo...
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FERRARI DRIVERS GROUP: ROAD TRIP!

Mario Parker chronicles eight days (May 14-22) of spirited driving with nary an incident or traffic ticket. Welcome to the First Annual Buona Fortuna 3400. Day 1: Buona Fortuna means good luck and we started our adventure to Troy, AL at our clubhouse at Joe Brielmann’s Collection. TripTik: I-75 north to Florida State Road 27 to Georgia 84 to Alabama 231. Day 2: Troy, AL to Little Rock, AR. TripTik: Alabama 10 to Alabama 19 to Alabama 16 to Natchez Trace to Alabama 36 to Alabama 82 to Alabama...
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JAGUAR LAND ROVER: FUTURE TECH!

The future is now at JLR’s Portland Tech Incubator. LISNR and Pilot Automotive Labs are the latest start-ups to join Jaguar Land Rover’s Portland Tech Incubator. It seeks to encourage, promote and support new automotive, mobility and connected car technologies that are being developed by start-ups. LISNR and PILOT bring new expertise to the Incubator team as their research will focus on transmission over audio and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and connected car services. Incubato...
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‘17 LINCOLN MKZ: WHAT A DIFFERENCE 400-HP MAKES!

A feisty new twin-turbo V6 adds some spark to Lincoln’s mid-size luxe sedan, blogs Road Test Editor Howard Walker. Not since Abe was in the White House has there been a Lincoln with this much power. For 2017, those artisans at the Lincoln Motor Company have endowed their stylish MKZ mid-size sedan with a honking 400-horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. That’s the equivalent of strapping an Exocet rocket to the back of a kid’s Radio Flyer wagon. Pedal-to-the-metal this new MKZ 3.0T AWD can ...
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TECHRULES REN: THE ELECTRIC SUPERCAR!

Aerospace-inspired form by renowned designers Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro and featuring an innovative turbine range extender system, the first production Ren will break cover at one of the world’s most prestigious Concours. Techrules, the China-based automotive research and development company, will display its first production electric supercar, Ren, at the 2017 Concorso d’Eleganza at the Villa d’Este. Featuring a dramatic aerospace-inspired design, Ren delivers power and performance like ...
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