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Mercedes-Benz SLR to Vault Three-Pointed Star Brand into Exotica

New M-B Will Be Made in England Do you remember when Mercedes-Benz was a force in sports car racing? Im not talking about Formula 1, where its engines are made by Englands Ilmor Engineering (now 55% owned by M-B) and chassis by McLaren (40% owned by M-B). Im not even referring to DTM, where Bernd Schneider often dominates in heavily modified CLKs. I mean sports car racing, where real production cars go head to head for race track dominance. Mercedes wants us to remember the mid 1950s when Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss and Karl Kling guided the all-powerful 300 SLR to its place as one of the most successful racing sports cars of all time. While the closest the new SLR will make it to the track might be running pace car duties, it

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Mercedes-Benz SLR to Vault Three-Pointed Star Brand into Exotica

New M-B Will Be Made in England Do you remember when Mercedes-Benz was a force in sports car racing? Im not talking about Formula 1, where its engines are made by Englands Ilmor Engineering (now 55% owned by M-B) and chassis by McLaren (40% owned by M-B). Im not even referring to DTM, where Bernd Schneider often dominates in heavily modified CLKs. I mean sports car racing, where real production cars go head to head for race track dominance. Mercedes wants us to remember the mid 1950s when Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss and Karl Kling guided the all-powerful 300 SLR to its place as one of the most successful racing sports cars of all time. While the closest the

New Automotive TV Station Set to Air Later This Year

New Channel to Focus Less on Motorsport and More on Consumer Vehicles If youre not familiar with Speed Channel, formerly known as SpeedVision prior to Fox Network taking it over from media guru Ted Turner, it is cablevisions mecca for automotive enthusiasts. Specializing in motorsport, including two-wheel and four-wheel varieties, Speed Channel also dabbles in mainstream automotive information programming. Obviously Wheels TV President Jim Barisano thinks Speed Channels viewers are being left unfulfilled as his new automotive channel, focusing on automotive information programming, is set to hit the cable and satellite small screen in Q4 of this year. Barisano stated, “Weve been producing automotive programming for major networks and the auto industry for 15 years. This experience will be put

2005 Ford Mustang Wont Only Be a Throwback in Style

Drag Racing Core Buyers Force Ford to Keep Anachronistic Chassis Architecture Its hard to believe but the news regarding the 2005 Mustangs rear suspension is official. After much speculation regarding a progression to a fully independent setup, it seems the sheetmetal wont be the only retro touch. Under the skin it will still incorporate a live rear axle. Why the continuation of what many consider to be a substandard suspension system? The models core buyers prefer the straight-line performance the old system offers over the dynamic handling available with an independent rear suspension. This news should be taken well by Fords imported competition. Sightings of the new car at the North American International Auto Show no doubt caused some concern,

New Ferrari 456 Replacement to Debut in Detroit January 2004

V12 Power May be Derived from Enzo Supercar Its not like Ferrari is having trouble selling cars or anything. As usual, enviable waiting lists grow longer than any other brand while its continued motorsport success, both as a front runner in F1 and Le Mans winner via its Prodrive 550 Maranello, put its prancing horse brand in the limelight over and over. So why the early lead on the 456 replacement? Thats hard to say. Normally Ferrari buyers dont just jump over the fence for the latest Porsche or Mercedes-Benz when their car is aging, heck theyre even more unlikely to lay cash down on a Lamborghini. Maybe Ferrari wants to create another 2-year queue, whetting the collective supercar appetite

Detroit Report: Ford Centennial Wrap Up

More than 225,000 Devotees Flock to Blue Oval Mecca The tents are down and crowds have departed from Ford Motor Companys 152 acre world headquarters complex, but still the memories remain of the automakers centennial celebration that lasted from June 12 through 16. Ford estimated that more than 225,000 people came to the five-day affair, called “The Road is Ours.” “Attendance at the event was far beyond our expectations, said Gary Nielsen, executive director, Centennial Operations, Ford Motor Company. “We anticipated about 100,000 guests over the five days and we are thrilled by the huge turnout. Including todays visitors, our total numbers topped 225,000.” There are still several ancillary events related to Fords 100th anniversary that will be occurring —

Will a Flat-Folding Third Row Seat Equipped Minivan Be in Chryslers Future

2004 May Be Final Year to Buy All-Wheel Drive Chrysler Minivan With a substantial share of the minivan market, its not like DaimlerChrysler did a bad job redesigning the latest Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country. The latter is arguably the most luxuriously equipped van on todays market, while both deliver high levels of standard equipment offering features other van makers cant even compete with. But nevertheless the Chrysler/Dodge duo is leaving a few slices of pie for its competitors to gobble up due to its lack of a tumble under third row seat. In its 2000 redesign, all-wheel drive (AWD) was deemed more important than cargo/seating flexibility, a philosophy the worlds number one minivan maker seems to be