woensdag 21 september 2011
dinsdag 20 september 2011
Tyre Chisholm was fatally struck by a drunk off-duty cop in the Bronx. The driver was charged with vehicular manslaughter and criminally negligent [...]
Kansas Speedway Announces Fan Hospitality Option for Kansas Lottery 300 and Hollywood Casino 400 Weekend
maandag 19 september 2011
Brandon Wright is the lucky young man who was plucked from beneath the potential tomb of a burning BMW that we told you about earlier this week. Wright's motorcycle collided with the German sedan and it wound up on top of him. Luckily, a group of bystanders banded together and lifted the fiery car, with another bystander then pulling Wright out of harm's way. Now recovering in a hospital, Wright has gone in front of the cameras to thank those that kept him alive.
Wright calls the men and women heroes for putting their lives on the line to save his. He states that he is "forever in debt," and that he "can't thank them enough." Wright, who wasn't wearing a helmet at the time of his crash, goes on to say that he plans to wear the protective gear from here on out.
The young motorcyclist suffered a fractured pelvis, broken leg and burns to one of his feet. Doctors say it will take Wright several months to fully recover. Click past the jump to watch the video with more of his story.Permalink | Email this | Comments
zondag 18 september 2011
zaterdag 17 september 2011
vrijdag 16 september 2011
Many of you have been following the 2011 Targa Newfoundland here on Autoblog, what with our own Zach Bowman competing. Perhaps you were surprised to find out that rare supercars like a Maserati MC12 and a Ferrari Enzo had entered the demanding race.
Unfortunately, the Enzo has bowed out early after taking a turn for the worse when it lost control and dove into the Atlantic Ocean off a coastal road. The Enzo was piloted (and owned) by Zahir Rana, who also owns ZR Auto exotic car dealership. Ferrari produced 400 Enzos, and of them, Rana's was one of the fastest that road-legal after being modified to similar specifications as an FXX. It was tuned in Germany to deliver a bewildering 850 horsepower and held a 0-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds.
We were able to get a few quick glimpses of the Enzo with Rana and his navigator, Roland Linder, heading for the ocean thanks to Kia Canada. Kia is also entered in the race and was waiting in anticipation for their Forte Koup to come around the same bend in the road.
Rana has posted a video, which you can find after the jump, that clearly states his disappointment, but also his reasoning and reflection on what happened. He definitely has the right mindset, explaining how things like this happen in racing and he is lucky that he and his teammate were left unscathed in the incident. He also makes a point to sadly say, "It's only a car, it's not a big deal."
We agree wholeheartedly with Rana, but by the same token, having the incident happen to a car currently valued at $1.5 million is like throwing salt on the wound of enthusiasts and car insurance adjusters everywhere.
Follow the jump to see the devastating video of Rana's Enzo coming down a hill and landing in the ocean, along with a walk-around video of the car before the Targa Newfoundland began.Permalink | Email this | Comments
donderdag 15 september 2011
Van Driver Kills East Harlem Man Crossing 125th Street, Three Blocks From Home (DNAinfo)
Taxi Industry Keeps Livery Cab Bill Off Cuomo’s Desk, Convinces Sponsor To Chop By Two-Thirds (Post)
MTA Spends $500K Just to Study Repairs on Barely-Used Port Jervis Line [...]
Ryan Truex, No. 20 Martin Truex Jr. Foundation / Schick Xtreme3 Toyota Camry Chicagoland Speedway Preview
woensdag 14 september 2011
dinsdag 13 september 2011
The Audi Urban Concept came out from behind its many renderings today, and yes, it is just as funky in person. In fact, it might be more so - the renderings simply can't prepare you for the soapbox-racer proportions of this dinky 1,000-pound open-wheeler. And even though there are but two seats, we're still intrigued by the thought of gaining ingress through the back of the car.
Underneath the slight skin of carbon fiber reinforced plastic, two e-tron electric motors propel the 1+1 with 'powerful' acceleration, which is just what you'd expect from a motorized water strider.
Interestingly, Audi had promised us a hardtop version of the Urban Concept, the Sportback, but we've scoured the German automaker's massive stand and have yet to find it. We'll keep our eyes peeled and let you know if it shows up tomorrow. In the meantime, check out the flyweight Spyder in our gallery.Permalink | Email this | Comments
maandag 12 september 2011
zondag 11 september 2011
zaterdag 10 september 2011
Officials Warn of 9/11 Car Bomb Threat at Transit Hubs (News, NYT)
East Village Sees 50 Percent Drop in Parking Tickets Issued, Boom in Bike Ticketing (DNAinfo)
Karen Schmeer Killer Cries in Contrition After Receiving 5-15 Year Sentence (Post)
Cyclists Say Williamsburg Bridge Barriers And High Ramp [...]
vrijdag 9 september 2011
Frustrations in Baltimore as suspension problems put a halt to Mike Conway's charge through the field
donderdag 8 september 2011
NASCAR Driver Tony Stewart To Race ‘Honoring Our 9/11 Heroes’ Paint Scheme This Weekend At Richmond International Raceway
woensdag 7 september 2011
The DeLorean used in the Back to the Future movie trilogy may be the single most memorable movie vehicle for anyone who grew up in the 1980s (as did the vast majority of the staff here at Autoblog). And so, whenever we hear anything having to do with the car, the movie or its main characters, we sit up and take notice.
No surprise, then, that a company may want to make use of all that nostalgia to market itself - apparently, even one based in Argentina that we'd never heard of called Garbarino. The superstore apparently has all manner of high-end gadgetry, and it's hocked the skills of one Christopher Lloyd - forever known to BTTF fans as Doctor Emmet L. Brown - to help sell them.
You may remember a couple of videos that were floating 'round these parts a little while ago featuring Doc Brown and his time-traveling gullwing. It seems those were viral teasers intended to drum up some nostalgic interest ahead of the real deal.
We'll get this out of the way right off the bat... these are just commercials for an Argentinian electronics store and aren't going to set your BTTF-filled world on fire. Regardless, it's good clean fun, and it gives us yet another reason to ogle over a certain nuclear-powered DeLorean and its flux capacitor (which is what makes time travel possible...). Check out the vids after the break.
Finally, for more on the actual car used to film these commercials, check out this link. We also think it's cool that Garbarino is setting up a way for patrons to make donations to Michael J. Fox's charity to find a cure for Parkinson's disease.Permalink | Email this | Comments
dinsdag 6 september 2011
maandag 5 september 2011
“I’m calling on Congress, as soon as they come back, to pass a clean extension of the surface transportation bill,” President Barack Obama said from the Rose Garden this morning. “This [...]
Get used to it.
Obama said the action was taken in the interest of “reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues [...]
zondag 4 september 2011
Erica Abbott was fatally struck by a driver while riding her bike on Bushwick Avenue. Photo: Gothamist
Fatal Crashes (5 killed this week, 103 [...]
zaterdag 3 september 2011
Now, as summer ends, high school and college students across the country will put the car chases and [...]
vrijdag 2 september 2011
Mecum is set to auction off the very last Mitsubishi Eclipse ever produced at its Normal, Illinois plant.
The 2012 Eclipse Coupe packs the company's 3.8-liter V6 engine and is equipped with the SE package - the only car in the model's history to receive that combination. The Eclipse marks the end of 22 years of continuous production with Kalapana Black paint, 18-inch wheels and SE side graphics. The interior, meanwhile, is laden with leather seats, a 650-watt Rockford Fostgate sound system, rearview camera and HID headlights.
The very first Eclipse rolled off of the line in 1989, and 980,000 vehicles have carried the nameplate since then. That figure makes the Mitsubishi the best-selling Japanese sportscar of the past 20 years, according to Mecum.
The last Eclipse will be featured in the annual St. Charles Auction at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois. The auction is set to kick off on September 17 at 1:55 pm with no reserve, and Mitsubishi has promised to donate the proceeds of the sale to Japan's Red Cross.The event is open to the general public with a $15 entry fee. Hit the jump for the full press release.Permalink | Email this | Comments
donderdag 1 september 2011