PZ: Evening the Teams (on Wattpad) http://my.w.tt/UiNb/EnjowjMjSs ——————————- When Rippen gets word he’s getting a new partner, he’s not thrilled. But, he’d never be prepared for what this woman would do to him.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Just a series of short stories about Audry and Rippen’s relationship.
Slammed Ford F-150 Proves Altitude Isn’t Everything
Lift kits. In the modified truck scene, a good lift kit and a set of big knobby tires is a sure fire way to bring attitude to an otherwise stock pickup. As they say, the higher the “altitude,” the bigger the attitude. But ask anyone from the stance or lowrider community and they’ll tell you differently.
And when the results look this impactful, well… they may be right.
This 2013 Ford F-150 FX2 started life as any other Ford pickup would, however it eventually made it over to the custom car wizards at Southern California’s Tjin Edition. It was set low on air bags, given some super-mean body mods, and showcased at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Looking to do the same mods to your truck? Take notes.
If you’re thinking, “hey, those look like Ford F-150 Raptor fenders,” you’d be right. Tjin Edition modified the pickup with the heady Raptor flares, and added a custom-built metal front bumper, LightWurkz head and taillights, hidden LEDs in the grille, and a pair of Webasto sunroofs overtop. It all comes dressed in a clean, but menacing shade of Axalta Gun Metal Grey paint.
But instead of craning over some serious off-road rubber, the Raptor fenders sit low and get cozy next to a set of four 24-inch Rotiform wheels, wrapped in Falken tires. Note the big six-piston Baer brakes poking out from behind them. The whole truck gets its low-slung stance from a set of Air Lift air bags, managed by an Accuair system.
Ford doesn’t build its SVT Lightning super trucks anymore, but if the Blue Oval did, we’d imagine the new ones would look something like this.
At the back, Tjin Edition swapped the F-150’s standard bed for a custom-built unit with larger wheel arch tubs, a necessity when housing that lowered suspension. But don’t think the Ford is all-show and no-go. Under the hood resides Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, which now benefits from a Vortech intercooler and breathes easy through a set of Magnaflow side-pipe exhaust. It can tow as well, the team cleverly hid its tow hitch behind a flip-down license plate. Pretty slick.
It’s a bit of a star too. The Tjin Edition Ford F-150 graced the covers of Truckin’ magazine and Street Trucks, as well as featured in Vortech literature and other ads. Now, the muscle truck is up for sale online, and garnering quite some attention.
My family’s weird. My dad’s ginormous, my mom’s half wolf, they are former cannibals and outlaws, we have a pet pig and a pet chicken and a noseless cat, my brother is so annoying that he needs to be in a freak show, my little sister talks to ghosts… whoa. Okay, actually I do that, too.
Doe Sawyer, unused quote that will eventually get in Cherise’s book series
Cloudy, misty day in Athens. Moving trucks every where as Ohio University classes end for the summer break. Busy place with lots of smiling people! #10TV scott doelling by wbns10tv http://ift.tt/1rnHC6f
This Stunning ’69 Camaro is a Restomod Done So Right
Most muscle and pony car fans would agree, the high point of the breed (in terms of design and performance) came in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, a period when new cars like the Shelby GT500, ‘Hemi Cuda, and Pontiac GTO roamed free on American roads.
Fast forward nearly five decades and survivors still prowl today’s day streets… some with even more attitude than before. This is the restomod movement—classic cars meshed with modern components—and the results, when done right, can be frankly staggering.
This is one of those times. No longer bone stock, this 1969 Chevrolet Camaro convertible has had a host of modern performance upgrades, of which include a brand new GM LS3 crate engine. Try not to drool.
Power? This car has it in spades. The LS3 V8 in question is said to be a heady 525-horsepower variant, which ought to do wonders for the pony car’s straight line speed. It comes mated to an automatic transmission, and bellows through custom ceramic coated headers and a rorty Borla dual exhaust.
While punishing horsepower is a big draw for modern restomodders, so is handling, and this Camaro has been spec’d up with a proper “pro-touring” suspension setup to cope. Beneath its impactful body lies a new Art Morrison subframe, Detroit Speed Quadralink rear-end setup, uprated sway bars, coilover shocks at all four corners, power rack-and-pinion steering, as well as big Wilwood disc brakes. Sharp twists in the road are no longer feared, but welcomed.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt to just look mean too, and this Camaro convertible certainly does. The blacked-out Chevy boasts body-color badges and door handles, new hood vents, a set of staggered 17- and 18-inch Budnik wheels, a pronounced metal rear lip spoiler, and a racy roll cage popping out from beneath its fabric top. Overall, its low-slung body accentuates that predatory pro-touring and restomod look.
The interior however might be a bit too shouty for its no-nonsense exterior—it’s vibrant red—but it appears to be well wrought and features a Vintage Air air-conditioning system, Kenwood stereo, and some big subwoofers in the boot.
Like it? The Camaro convertible is up for sale online, with bidding just over the $40,000 mark.
Audry jolted awake, a bloodcurdling scream escaping her as she tried to catch her breath. She didn’t bother to turn on her light, the switch was across the room. Audry hugged her knees to her chest, and rocked in her bed, trying to calm herself down.
After a moment, Rippen came into the room and turned on the light. On sight of her, Rippen’s face sank from shock to worry, and Audry’s went from scared…..to crying. She let him hold her in his arms, and cried to him. The whole time she cried, he repeated: “You’re okay. I’m here.”
Just over a month away, the famed Indianapolis 500 is set to celebrate its 100th running at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Chevrolet has announced the event will be paced by a legend, in fact, two.
Earlier this week, Chevrolet revealed it has prepared a new 2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition to pace the historic centennial race, which will be driven by none other than Roger Penske, founder and longtime owner of Team Penske—the winningest team in Indy 500 history, with 16 wins.
In an announcement from Chevrolet, the Detroit automaker says it will send four identical cars to support the race, all dressed in Abalone White with Indy 500 graphics on the doors. But while you can’t buy one of those, you can buy a standard Camaro 50th Anniversary Edition, which will arrive later this summer.
Available for both the 2LT (2.0-liter turbo, 3.6-liter V6) and 2SS (6.2-liter V8) coupes and convertibles, the 50th Anniversary Edition Camaros come dressed in Nightfall Gray Metallic paint, and feature a unique appearance package that includes 20-inch wheels, a reworked grille, body-color front splitter, orange brake calipers, an orange-stitched black leather interior, along with special stripes and badging. All convertibles come exclusively with a black top.
It certainly isn’t the first time a Camaro has paced the Indy 500—the classic pony car has lead the event nine times since 1967, with Chevrolet pacing the race a total of 27 times since 1948. Neither is it Penske’s first go. Team Penske’s Indy 500 winning record began in 1972 at the hands of legendary racer Mark Donohue, who had already made the Camaro and Team Penske names famous in Trans-Am racing.
The growing electric vehicle market presents an arms race of sorts for today’s automakers, where the weapon is ever-improving battery technology and the war is to clamp down on the inherent EV range anxiety.
The latest to add more battery-powered driving range is the 2017 BMW i3, which will offer a new 94 amp hour battery pack beginning in summer 2016 that increases range by 50 percent from 81 miles (130 km) in “real world” conditions to 124 miles (200 km).
The improved battery pack is said to be the result of a higher density lithium ion cell configuration, developed by BMW and Samsung, which crucially takes up no more space than the first-generation battery.
According to BMW, both battery packs (the original 60 Ah unit and new 94 Ah pack) will be offered for the foreseeable future, and the new pack will also be available on the 2017 BMW i3 range extender models, which feature a 650cc two-cylinder engine gas engine that adds an additional 93 miles (150 km) of range.
Curb weight does increase by about 88 pounds between the lighter 60 Ah pack and new 94 Ah pack, however driving performance should remain the same. Both 2017 BMW i3 EVs race to 60 mph in around 7.3 seconds and to a top speed of around 93 mph. Charging speed does improve with the larger battery pack though; the 94 Ah battery can utilize three-phase charging currents to top off capacity in under three hours and “fast charge” up to 80 percent full in only 40 minutes. Plugged into a typical wall outlet, the new i3 will charge in around ten hours.
Miffed that your BMW i3 came with a first-generation battery pack? Thanks to their identical exterior dimensions, BMW is offering a program to retrofit older i3 EVs with the new battery type. The firm is also offering a more powerful i Wallbox charging station for homes as well.
Rolling updates like these will allow today’s EVs to compete against the newest and ever-evolving range of electric vehicles coming to market—especially standouts like the new Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet’s highly anticipated 200-mile-plus range Bolt EV hatchback.
Back in 2008, Audi stormed to yet another 24 Hours of Le Mans win, accumulating its eighth win in just nine years, and since then the German outfit has claimed five more. Fittingly, the film Truth in 24 was even produced to document the team and its historic reign of terror at Le Mans.
This however isn’t that storied 2008 car—the Audi R10 TDI—it’s not even an Audi. This is the car that came in second place, behind by four minutes—a Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Le Mans prototype, chassis number five. And in the exclusive world of racing where many historic cars are squirreled away for the rest of eternity, this one won’t be.
It will surface on May 14th in the principality of Monaco and go up for auction with RM Sotheby’s, expected to fetch between $1.4 and $1.8 million for its history and provenance, of which there’s much.
First teased in concept form in 2006, the 908 cars proved to be winners off the bat, taking a debut win in 2007 at Monza and wrapping up the European Le Mans Series championship later that year. At their core was an innovative 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged diesel V12 which chucked out over 700 horsepower and a massive 850 plus lb.-ft. of torque. An exhaust particulate filter made these cars much cleaner to race, a rather noteworthy item amongst today’s diesel headlines.
Chassis number five (one of two built for 2008) was constructed by Team Peugeot Total in late 2007 and also proved to be quick straight out of the gates. With Nicolas Minassian, Marc Gene, and Jacques Villeneuve (1997 F1 champion) at the wheel, this Peugeot 908 prototype finished second at Le Mans and earned another second place finish later that year at the Nürburgring 1000km.
Greater success followed in 2009 when chassis number five won the Petit Le Mans and Algarve 1000km, followed by another second place finish at the Silverstone 1000km in 2010. All told this car took three 2nd place finishes, three pole positions, and four fastest laps in addition to its pair of wins.
Following the 2010 season, chassis number five was retired as Team Peugeot Total moved to a newer 908 prototype design, featuring a smaller diesel V8. It has once before been offered up at auction, but come May it’ll find new ownership once again. Imagine turning up to a track day in this beast.
Back in 1965, famed racer Carroll Shelby took Ford’s youthful pony car, added a high-rise intake, Holley carburetor, tri-Y headers, plus a handful of other modifications, and the end result would become a track legend—the ’65 Shelby GT350 Ford Mustang.
Two years later, another famous Mustang would emerge from the house of Shelby—the storied 1967 Shelby GT500, a big-block V8 monster with serious straight-line speed.
Fast forward to modern day and Ford has rekindled its GT350 nameplate, but the question in the minds of many Blue Oval fans is this, “will a new Shelby GT500 follow suit,” perhaps even in two years? While Ford has in no way confirmed or even hinted that such a car will arrive, the Internet is yet again abuzz with rumors pointing to the contrary.
The latest comes from Torque News, which cites “a guy who knows a guy who works for Ford,” and they state that a new Shelby GT500 is in the works, soon to pack a twin-turbocharged V8 with anywhere from 750 to 800 horsepower.
Admittedly, that’s far from a concrete source, but if there’s a grain of truth in that, the Dodge Challenger Hellcats and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1s of the world better be on guard.
From a status standpoint, the move would surely make sense. Ford can’t possibly be thrilled about all the buzz that surrounds Dodge’s 707-horsepower Hellcat muscle cars, and even more so considering the Hellcats usurped the late-great GT500’s title of housing the “world’s most powerful production V8.”
If indeed Ford is eyeing a horsepower war though, it has a good car to do it with as well. The current generation S550 Ford Mustang GT (with 5.0-liter V8 in tow) weighs around 700 pounds less than the Hellcat-powered Challenger, which (if generating the alleged power figures) ought to make it more nimble on the road.
And whereas the last-generation Shelby GT500 netted its colossal 662 horsepower thanks to a supercharger, a turbocharged V8 setup would seem the likely route to go for the Blue Oval in any future GT500 endeavors. Ford already sells the current Mustang with a turbocharged four-cylinder, the Ford F-150 with the popular EcoBoost V6 engines, and the all-new Ford GT is going twin-turbo.
Of course, absolutely nothing has been confirmed about any new Shelby GT500, so we’ll all just have to wait and see. Nevertheless, consider our collective attentions piqued.
Here’s What Future US Military Ground Vehicles May Look Like
Historically there’s been a tried-and-true way of increasing a military vehicle’s level of protection—simply add more armor. Of late, the formula has created some of the safest war-fighting US military ground vehicles ever built, but the recipe has a major drawback, its sizable heft.
The more armor you add, the heavier, less nimble, and more costly to develop the vehicle becomes. The Department of Defense’s latest endeavor to counter this trend is known as the GXV-T program (or “Ground X-Vehicle Technology”) and it’s being spearheaded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Its aim? Create nimbler, faster, and smarter armed ground vehicles which don’t compromise on safety and don’t break the budget to develop and manufacture. You can take a look at the agency’s conceptual renderings in the video, below.
According to DARPA, eight organizations have been given contracts to develop the new technology to make these future fighting vehicles possible, and this includes Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University as well as engineering firms Honeywell International, Leidos, and Pratt & Miller.
“We’re exploring a variety of potentially groundbreaking technologies, all of which are designed to improve vehicle mobility, vehicle survivability and crew safety and performance without piling on armor,” said Maj. Christopher Orlowski, DARPA program manager.
The agency previously highlighted four concrete goals of the US military program, which included reducing vehicle size and weight by 50 percent, slashing operational crew size by half, doubling driving speeds, and allowing access to 95 percent of battlefield terrain.
Further, the program also aims to implement autonomous evasion technology, which could allow the ground vehicles to independently avoid incoming threats by shifting, dodging, and repositioning in real-time—a truly revolutionary advancement if achieved.
DARPA also lists reducing the vehicle’s detectable signature (visible, infrared, acoustic, and electromagnetic) as well as increasing situational awareness through 360-degree data visualization and the automation of minor crew functions.
“DARPA’s performers for GXV-T are helping defy the ‘more armor equals better protection’ axiom that has constrained armored ground vehicle design for the past 100 years,” says Orlowski, “and are paving the way toward innovative, disruptive vehicles for the 21st Century and beyond.”
The US Army and Marines likely won’t deploy anything of this magnitude in the next few years, however the recently-approved Oshkosh JLTV will begin to see service in 2018 and 2019.
This Aston Martin DBS Has Lived in a Barn Since 1986
For a moment, think of every major event that has occurred in your life since 1986 (if you’re old enough, of course). Many birthdays have come and gone, children have grown to become adults, and we went from listening to “Rock Me Amadeus” to well… Justin Bieber.
In a nutshell, things have changed quite a bit, but not for everything.
In 1986, this Aston Martin DBS was rolled into a barn and locked safely away from prying eyes, and for the last 30 years, that is exactly where it has remained, until now. The dusty yet gorgeous Aston will cross the Silverstone Auctions block in May, where it’s expected to fetch upwards of £60,000 (about $87,000). New in 1968, it would have cost about £4,470.
Few words can describe the emotional weight of these barn find images, but “haunting” seems to fit. The Aston’s three decades of shed isolation have written their story across its fastback bodywork, which now comes layered thick with dust, dirt, and a spot of bird dirt or two. Peer beneath the grime though and the DBS still wears its original coat of Mink Bronze paint.
Inside the grand tourer’s cabin, time has stood equally still, however the elements have been a bit less fair. The rich leather front seats and upholstery have grown grey and mottled with age. And while no one has sat in the back seat of this DBS for ages, it would appear critters haven’t long given up roost there. Even so, it’s utterly jaw-dropping to see in its untouched state.
According to the auction house, the Aston Martin was sold new on November 5th, 1968, to its first owner in Surrey, England, who held onto it for a little under two years. In April 1970, the DBS passed to its second owner—a ‘Mr. Pasqua’—who relocated the car to the island of Jersey (the largest of the UK’s Channel Islands).
For the next 16 years it would accumulate a scant number of miles before getting tucked away in a barn on the island, and to this day, the odometer reads just 30,565 miles driven. Then again, how far can you really drive on an island that’s only five miles wide and eight miles long.
As for its model history, the DBS was the rather radical successor to the storied and much more sweeping Aston Martin DB6. It arrived new in 1967, intended to receive a new V8 engine, but it wasn’t ready in time for production so the first series housed the firm’s lauded twin-cam straight six.
On May 20th the Aston Martin DBS will find a new owner, but the question is this: do you restore it to like-new condition, or keep it as is… and untouched?