Stop On Red! We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. We need drivers to always stop on red. This crash happened at Fruitville Road & Lockwood Ridge Road on Saturday, June 15, at about 6:45pm. Thankfully there were no major injuries. The driver who caused the crash received a citation for running a red light. The crash remains under investigation and additional charges are possible. Credit: Sarasota Police Department
Breaking news from a Canadian Tire store: The upcoming Ford Bronco will use spark plugs. This news comes to from automotive journalist Matthew Guy over at Off-Road.com, who spotted the new Bronco listed on a device used to help shoppers find the correct spark plugs for their cars. Well that’s interesting. #bronco pic.twitter.com/z5gZD5whCx- Matthew the Car Guy (@DudeDrivesCars) June 22, 2019On the little tablet, the 2021 Ford Bronco is listed as having a 2.3-liter dual overhead-cam engine. This is likely the same engine as the new Ford Ranger, with which the Bronco will share its platform. The "4-140" designation likely means four cylinders, displacing 140 cubic inches. So, for those hoping the Ranger would be turbine powered, I'm sorry to say you're likely out of luck.In the Ranger, this 2.3-liter four has a twin-scroll turbocharger and puts out 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. That horsepower figure matches the optional 2.0-liter turbo four available in the the Jeep Wrangler, the Bronco's main rival, and betters its 295 lb-ft of torque. Currently, the only transmission option for the Ranger is a 10-speed automatic. We know for certain that Ford has a hybrid version of the Bronco in the works, too, though the automaker hasn't confirmed any technical details about that. Last year, Jalopnik reported that the Bronco could get a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 paired with a seven-speed manual as well, which is an intriguing possibility. We'll learn more about the Bronco-and, presumably, its spark plugs-when the off-roader finally makes its debut, which should be some time next year.via FullSizeBronco.com
Compilation of body camera and dash camera footage from the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety of the pursuit and arrest of a man who apologizes before leaving traffic. Credit: Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety
BMW knows the future of driving is electric, so it's been preparing. Its latest prototype is this unassuming 5-Series sedan dubbed the "Power BEV," with three electric motors, capable of 720 horsepower and a 0-60 time under three seconds. Wow. According to BMW, this 5-Series, which started out as an M550i xDrive, packs one electric motor at the front axle, and two in the rear. The two in the rear control each wheel independently, allowing for computer-controlled torque vectoring. BMW claims this setup is more precise than a traditional limited-slip differential because it can react to several different inputs, not just wheel speed. Despite weighing 5300 pounds, it can get from 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds. That's on par with the new M5. The electric motors are a variation of the one found in BMW's newest electric car, the iX3 crossover. The difference is, this 5-Series has three motors, while the iX3 only has one.Roadshow spoke to Matthias Tangl, the car's project manager, who told them torque was "around 10,000 Newton-meters on the axles," which translates to 7375 lb-ft. As impressive as that sounds, wheel-torque numbers aren't exactly representative of the car's true torque figure. It's calculated by engine torque multiplied by the car's first gear ratio. As R&T contributor Bozi Tatarevic explains on Twitter, if you were to apply this calculation to a normal M550i xDrive, you'd get a figure of 6744 lb-ft of torque-a lot more than the car's actual 480 lb-ft output. BMW didn't list the car's true torque figure in its press release, and couldn't provide it to Roadshow upon request. BMW hasn't said whether a version of this car will go into production any time soon. More than likely, this car will serve as a test bed for its next-gen vehicles. If this is the future of BMW's lineup, we're totally cool with it.
Volkswagen and FiatChrysler could together face billions of dollars in penalties if they fail to meet the European Union's emissions targets set for 2021, according to a new study. David Pollard reports.
"She loves me, she better love me!" Masaru Ishikawa creates the ultimate OEM+ masterpiece for his wife, complete with a tubbed engine bay and extreme widebody
Ghostrider is an anonymous philanthropist who keeps his identity a closely guarded secret, His face is always hidden behind a mask and only a select few know who he is and what he does. He uses his Lamborghini Aventador SV for charitable causes whenever he can. A proud member of the North face Rally, Ghostrider and other club members use their beautiful exotic machines to make dreams come true for deserving children. They host rallies and community events to raise funds for toy drives, Cops for Cancer events, and other charities and causes. But Ghostrider uses his Lamborghini for fun things too. He loves to feel the incredible power of the car under full throttle, and he appreciates the beauty and style of this piece of moving art. The throaty growl of the 10 cylinder engine brings a smile to his face, although you can't actually see it. Ghostrider takes the car almost everywhere he goes, including camping. Because Ghostrider also appreciates nature, along with the quieter moments in life, a getaway in the forest is always a good thing. Excited as anyone would be, he buys the right snacks and supplies for a little camping excursion. Packing the car isn't what you might be used to though because a Lamborghini trunk is up front, and it barely holds what he needs. He jams in some Jiffy Pop popcorn, a few marshmallows, some charcoal for a campfire and he's off. Who can blame him for being in a little bit of a hurry to get out in the woods and relax? The engine roars as Ghostrider flies along the country roads on his way to the woods. Finding a peaceful spot in a stand of pine trees, he realizes that he has no lighter or matches to start a fire. But one of the advantages to having a Lamborghini is that flames are not hard to produce. All it takes is a little revving of the engine. Ready for a snack, he begins to heat things up and makes an attempt to roast the marshmallows on a stick at the exhaust. There's certainly enough heat but the exhaust just melts and blasts the marshmallows off the stick. Ghostrider didn’t get to where he is by giving up easily. He is a persistent fellow so he tries another approach. He lines up a few sticks and a little charcoal and sets them up behind the exhaust. He's going to summon his inner boy scout and make a campfire that any outdoorsman would be proud of. Yet again, the powerful exhaust simply blows the sticks away. With a little more effort and another attempt, the exhaust lights the fire and the flames are roaring enough to get those marshmallows toasted properly. And when the marshmallows are done, it's time for a little popcorn too. Bring on the Jiffy Pop! As darkness sets in, and the campfire burns, all that is need needed are a few ghost stories, or better yet GhostRIDER stories and this scene will be complete. In typical Ghostrider fashion, even this video will be used to assist a young child who needs help with medical expenses as she battles cancer. Your likes, comments and shares will help him accomplish something incredible for a very deserving family.
If you thought BMW's high-performance M division would slowly fade into history with the rise of electrification and autonomous driving, well, you're dead wrong. The company has just revealed its Vision M Next concept, a 600-horsepower mid-engine supercar meant to show off the M technology of the future. As you can probably already tell, the Vision M Next takes inspiration from the BMW i8 and the legendary M1, incorporating a sleek mid-engine profile and butterfly doors. The black side skirts, which extend into the cabin, are unfinished, showing off their recycled-carbon-fiber construction. Out back, the engine cover is separated into three openings, while the rear houses a thin taillight design and an aggressive diffuser. The front and rear lights are powered by Laser Wire lighting technology, using illuminated glass fibers coated with phosphorous. The front wheels measure 21 inches in diameter, while the orange-accented rear wheels measure 22 inches.The Vision M Next is powered by a hybrid system with two electric motors (one at each axle), combined with a turbocharged inline-four engine to create a total of 600 horsepower. The concept can be driven in pure EV mode in either rear- or all-wheel drive, or in hybrid all-wheel drive with the gasoline engine contributing power to the rear axle. BMW says the M Next can do 0-62 mph in three seconds flat, and hit a top speed of 186 mph. It can also drive up to 62 miles in pure electric mode. Perhaps the most interesting part of the Vision M Next is what BMW calls the "BOOST Pod," an active driver interface that encapsulates most of the interior, meant to provide the driver with the most in-depth experience possible. From BMW's press release:[BOOST] unifies all control options and information on three visual tiers directly ahead of the driver. The first plane is formed by the horizontally arranged steering wheel featuring two small displays. The second plane is a Curved Glass Display, which is making its debut appearance and stretches around the steering wheel. The full-surface Augmented Reality Head-Up Display in the windscreen constitutes the third plane.The interior is focused solely on the driver, with a cut-down steering wheel and a curved three-screen translucent gauge cluster. Bucket seats are split by a center console with two cup holders. If a fast, high-performance two-seater is the future of BMW's M division, we're all for it.
We've waxed poetic about the BMW V12 LMR's victory at LeMans, but it wasn't the race winner that captured headlines in 1999. A set of spectacular crashes stole the show that year, when Mercedes' prototype CLRs kept launching into the air, backflipping wildly, and landing in a mangled mess. Three such crashes occurred throughout the LeMans race weekend, forcing Mercedes to bow out of the race just three hours into the 24-hour slog. Twenty years on, the horror of those flipping Mercedes remains fresh in our minds.We've covered those ill-fated Mercedes before, in the context of the other Prototype cars-like Porsche's 911 GT1 and, later, BMW's V12 LMR-that suffered a similar fate. But a new video from Autosport breaks down the Mercedes crash even further, dissecting the CLR's geometry and explaining the factors that made the prototype susceptible to flipping.The video cites the CLR's long front and rear overhangs as major factors in the crash. The overhangs were meant to reduce drag to a wisp, but they contributed to the car's wing-like qualities whenever airflow inverted from downforce to lift, as it did during each incident. Wheelbase was a factor, too. To increase the area of those overhangs, the CLR had a shorter wheelbase than its contemporaries. Stability at high speeds suffered as a result, with the CLR's chassis prone to rocking under hard braking or acceleration. That rocking, in turn, upset the airflow over the car, and turned the CLR into the pinwheeling Mercedes that's forever stuck in our nightmares of LeMans, 1999. For an even more detailed analysis, check out the full video below.