A few weeks ago, David Ray wrote an excellent article about the use of stability control on the track, and that triggered a lot of comments. Rob Schermerhorn has also written an article that touches on the same topic, but from a different perspective. Rob is a great driver and coach, like David. Additionally, Rob’s an engineer – he can tell you how stability control works.
The current popular line of thinking dictates that soon, and in a fairly sudden paradigm shift, driveless cars will be among us, carting us from place to place with little or no input from the driver, a la the Google car. The reality of driveless car technology is that most of its implementation will likely be rolled out gradually through embedded features on your everyday vehicle which will provide different aspects of driving assistance. You might not realize it, but some of the fledgling steps of this technology can probably already be found in your current daily driver.
Dodge and Chrysler Group’s performance parts division Mopar have brought two new challenger models to the SEMA show in Las Vegas. The 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker features a very retro floating hood scoop. The Mopar ’14 Challenger is the newest in a line of annual limited edition performance models from the Chrysler family.
This is the Master Landing Page for the Ford Fiesta ST. From now on, as we further review this car, we will be updating this page with whatever fresh content we create. Future drive reviews, updated specifications, videos, and other relevant information will all be found right here, in one convenient spot.
There was more to the LP550-2 Spyder than taking a very large can opener to a Balboni though. A convertible changes vehicle dynamics dramatically, so Lamborghini was forced to retune the dampers, tweak the aerodynamics, and revise the electronic stability control.
The Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe is a conundrum. Despite its reassuring specifications and sporty body, the car has a love-it-or-hate-it attitude surrounding it. It doesn’t have the rumbly, big displacement engine people expect in an American rear-drive performer. The GXP’s direct-injection, 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine makes more sense for a vehicle like the Solstice, even if it doesn’t summon the emotional response associated with typical Americana. So, to try to wrap our heads around this strange, small creature, we wedged ourselves in the cockpit, and fired her up.
Sometimes, a slight refresh can be a big step forward for an automaker. Take this new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, for example. Parent company Chrysler really needs to prove that it can make attractive, fuel-friendly, good-quality vehicles, otherwise the automaker will indeed have a tough time staying afloat over the next year. And from the looks of the new Grand, we don’t think it’s going to disappoint.