The KTM 350 EXC-F Factory is works-rider-only racer that will be used to develop the Austrian bike makerâ€™s next-generation enduro models. Like the KTM 350 SX-F that just won the MX1 world title, the new 350 is claimed to make the power of a 450 and weigh only as much as a 250.
The New Stratos is here to suggest that you may be able to have your cake and eat it to, as full technical specifications and performance stats have been released on the one-off retro creation. The aluminum chassis from the Ferrari 430 Scuderia is a good starting point, giving the New Stratos a compact, lightweight frame, a 44/56 front/rear weight distribution ratio and a 4.3-liter V8 tuned from the 508 horsepower delivered in the Scud to 540 in the nuovo Lancia.
That’s enough to rocket the coachbuilt custom from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.3 seconds, past 200 km/h (124 mph) in 9.7 and on to a top speed of 170 mph. (That last figure may not be the most impressive, but the original Stratos was never geared for top-speed runs, but for rapid acceleration and nimble handling, and its successor appears to have followed the same route.)
Today at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Orlando, FL, Ford Racing took the wraps off its latest Mustang race car, the Boss 302S. Serving as a replacement for the now defunct FR500S race car that was used for the Mustang Challenge race series, the Boss 302S is intended for the serious track day enthusiast as well as racing series like the SCCA’s World Challenge and NASA’s American Iron.
John Z. DeLorean, driving force behind such iconic vehicles as the Pontiac GTO, Firebird and the DMC-12 that bears his name, led an interesting life. He helped jump-start the muscle car era, created a unique stainless steel sports car of his own, was charged with trafficking drugs in an attempt to raise funds for his company and later successfully defended himself against those charges.
It’s no surprise, then, that Hollywood has been attempting to get a biographical film together that focuses on the charismatic industry playboy. The idea for the film has been floating around for some time now, but we’ve gotten word that a big name might be cast in the lead role. According to Forbes, George Clooney could be the man destined for gullwing greatness.
Nothing is confirmed and it appears Forbes is merely speculating that Clooney would be the right man for the part based upon a conversation with Stephen Wynne, head of the reborn DeLorean Motor Company. It’s certainly not a bad choice, but we’re sure you have some good ideas as to who could fill John Z’s on-screen shoes. Sound off in Comments and let us know who you think should play John DeLorean in the forthcoming David Permut-produced biopic.
Ford Motor Co. is investing $600 million to renovate its Louisville, Ky., assembly plant to build the next-generation Escape for North America. An estimated 1,800 jobs will be added when the plant reopens in late 2011, Ford announced today.
The automaker said the factory is the third North American body-on-frame truck plant it is retrofitting to build more fuel-efficient vehicles.
The refurbished plant will be flexible enough to produce five additional models — cars, crossovers and wagons — and making it Ford’s most advanced factory in the world, the automaker said. Bloomberg News reported the plant will also produce a small crossover for Lincoln starting in 2012.
The plant has assembled the Ford Explorer SUV since 1990. Ford plans to end output of the 2010 Explorer SUV on Dec. 16.
Ford has shifted output of the all-new 2011 Explorer to its Chicago assembly plant. The Escape and Escape Hybrid are currently built in Kansas City, Mo.
Ford’s Kansas City plant will continue to build the Ford F-150 pickup on one shift. Missouri lawmakers have offered Ford incentives to bring a new model to Kansas City and keep the plant open.
â€œAdditional new products for Kansas City will be announced at a future time,â€ Ford spokesperson Marcey Evans told Bloomberg.
When the Louisville factory reopens in 2011, Ford said it will operate on two production shifts with about 2,900 employees — up from one shift currently and about 1,100 employees.
Ford said the 1,800 additional jobs are expected to
Let’s face it â€“ driving games are best enjoyed when your control surfaces are in the shape of a proper steering wheel. And so we present to you the Thrustmaster T500RS, which will apparently be an officially licensed steering wheel accessory for Gran Turismo 5. At present, Logitech’s Driving Force wheel is the only available steering wheel controller for the real racing sim.
Not surprisingly, fuel-efficient creations like the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf (the first EV to get the award) both found their beating hearts among the winners. Likewise, the 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine in the Volkswagen Jetta TDI found favor with the judges for its green credentials, though the 10 Best list didn’t simply stick to the eco warriors of 2011 for its picks. Lumps like the 5.0-liter V8s in the 2011 Ford Mustang GT and Hyundai Genesis also made the cut. Wards said that it intentionally tried to make sure that there was an engine for everyone, and we have to admit that it looks like they’ve done a smart job of keeping the bases covered.
Glad to see that the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 from Chrysler is slotted among this year’s winners. The engine single-handedly managed to improve vehicles like the Dodge Avenger and Journey by leaps and bounds, throwing in excellent fuel economy and power at the same time. In fact, of all the engines on the list, we’d have a hard time finding an argument against any of the winners. Head over to Wards for a closer look.
Pontiac may be dead, phased out by parent company General Motors in the wake of its financial collapse, but you wouldn’t know it from searching these interwebs. According to search trends tracked by BringPontiacBack.org, more people are still searching for Pontiac on Google than they are for Buick.