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Homeland Hero: Andreas Gidlund and his Nordic Tuning Saab 9-5

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It’s not every day you meet someone that finds their own car fuel for a living but if you live in countries like Sweden or Norway then it would be considerably more likely as the oil and gas industry is big business! Swedish car nut, Andreas (Andy) Gidlund is one such oil and gas prospector…

Dodge Viper SRT Convertible unveiled

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This modified Dodge Viper SRT Convertible is called Baptized Medusa and is the fruit of labour from a heavy-duty chain saw and Prefix Performance. Based on one of a very limited 10-vehicle production run, the Medusa’s least expensive modification package costs $35,000 ( 20,492.82). You’ll have to pay extra for every other bespoke option. For the…

Hamilton heads for therapy after Hockenheim

 Hamilton heads for therapy after Hockenheim

The Mercedes AMG F1 W05 of Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 is is recovered back to the pits on the back of a truck after he crashed out of qualifying, 19.07.2014, German Grand Prix, Hockenheim / XPB

Lewis Hamilton is planning a week of physiotherapy following his drive through the field after a hefty qualifying crash at Hockenheim.

Even before the race, the Mercedes driver reportedly had acupuncture, to help with the pain of the 30G smash into the barriers caused by brake failure.

“My knees are no problem,” he said, “but my back and my neck have been the issue really.

“I do need some physiotherapy as my back is in more pain than normal. But I’ll be ok, I’ll get some work done this week.”

Also on the Briton’s agenda will be some therapy to heal his run of bad luck.

He won at Silverstone to peg back championship leader Nico Rosberg’s momentum, but the brake failure was just another black mark against Hamilton’s name as the pair fight for the 2014 title in the dominant W05s.

“Maybe I need to go and visit some Indians, or rub the Buddha belly. I’ll try all the different religions to see if I can get some luck,” Hamilton joked.

But physio and prayers aside, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff thinks Hamilton will need serious treatment in November if he loses out to Rosberg as a result of the Bernie Ecclestone-sponsored ‘double points’ finale in Abu Dhabi.

“It looks like Bernie might be right,” said Wolff after Hockenheim. “The last race is going to be the decisive one.

“I don’t think it’s fair. I don’t think we (F1) should have done it.

“Neither of them will care if they won it that way. But the one who loses on double points will need some psychological treatment,” he smiled.

2015 Honda/Acura NSX spied at the Nürburgring hiding production body

 2015 Honda/Acura NSX spied at the N  rburgring hiding production body

2015 Honda/Acura NSX spy photo / Automedia

Will feature a Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system

The highly anticipated 2015 Honda/Acura NSX has been spied undergoing final testing in Germany around the Nürburgring circuit.

Honda has been relatively quiet lately about the long-awaited NSX revival but now we have a fresh batch of spy photos with a camouflaged prototype testing at the ‘Ring, ahead of a full reveal likely to occur before the end of the year since the company has already announced plans to begin production in 2015 at a newly established Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio where they are investing 70M USD. As a reminder, the 2015 NSX is being developed by Honda R&D Americas in Raymond, Ohio.

The car appears to look virtually the same as the Acura NSX concept shown at last year’s NAIAS in Detroit which itself was a minor revision of a concept exhibited a year earlier at the same venue. It will make use of a three-motor high-performance hybrid system encompassing two electric motors driving the front wheels along with a third motor built into an all-new dual-clutch transmission while a mid-mounted V6 engine will power the rear axle.

Honda has labeled this system as Sport Hybrid Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) and they say it will be capable to provide the NSX reboot with “instant delivery of negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering to achieve a new level of driving performance unparalleled by current AWD systems.”

Fiat Panda Cross 2015

The all-new 2015 Fiat Panda Cross made its global debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March. The 2015 Panda Cross builds on the Panda 4×4 and continuess to offer all-terrain capability, improved performance and higher ground clearance.

Audi A7 Sportback 2015

Audi A7 Sportback 2015 Car Wallpaper

The all-new 2015 Audi A7 Sportback will arrive soon at the Audi Dealerships with its base price in Germany pegged at 51,300. The revised A7 is spacious and more powerful & attractive than ever.

To briefly summarize, the new A7 Sportback has new engine configurations, new transmissions, new headlights, taillights and new infotainment systems. Continue reading for full details.

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Could be Limited to 1,200 Units

Production of the insanely powerful 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat may be limited to only 1,200 units. That’s the word from Edmunds, citing a Chrysler Group person that did not want to be identified. Although the automaker has yet to confirm the said number, we won’t be surprised if this report turns out to be true. And for more than one reason.

First of all, it’s only natural for such a powerful machine to come available in limited quantities. The Hellcat is no regular Challenger and we don’t expect Dodge to keep it in production until the current generation model is phased out. At least not as a regular production car. Selling 1,200 examples each year for the next two to three years would make more sense. Sure, demand will surpass production and Dodge will have a lot of unhappy customers to deal with, but that’s what makes a muscle car like the Hellcat special.

Secondly, a limited run would bring more bad news to customers. As Hellcats will start disappearing from dealer preorder “lots,” the $60,990 sticker (delivery included) will blow through the roof. Dealers win, Dodge wins, and customers will just have to fork more cash for the privilege of owning 707 horses and 650 pound-feet of torque in the shape of a Challenger.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Could be Limited to 1,200 Units originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 18 July 2014 17:00 EST.

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Porsche 934/935 IMSA El Salvador

Introduced for the 1976 racing season, the Porsche 934/935 was the factory-racing version of the Porsche 911 Turbo. Mainly prepared for FIA Group 5 rules, a liberal silhouette formula from 1976 to 1982, the 935 is also known for racing in the IMSA GT championship and the DRM series. The 935 went on to win no less than 123 races through 1986, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 1,000 km Nurburgring, becoming one of the most successful Porsches ever created.

The Porsche 935 can still be seen on the track throughout the United States and Europe in historic racing events. Still a crowd-pleaser, as it has always been, one of the only 31 935s ever built is about to cross the block during an auction event hosted by Mecum in August 2014. A rare occurrence for such a prestigious race car, one that classic race car collectors are likely looking forward to.

What you’re looking at is a 1976 Porsche 934/935 dressed in 1981 Daytona livery and upgraded to twin-turbo specifications. It’s lightning-fast, light as a feather, and ready to storm the track. Unfortunately, this is a vehicle we can’t borrow for a test drive, but we’re more than happy to review it 38 years after leaving the Porsche factory.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1976 Porsche 934/935 IMSA El Salvador.

Porsche 934/935 IMSA El Salvador originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 18 July 2014 18:00 EST.

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Audi teases a new model for Frankfurt [video]

Could be the 2014 A8 facelift

Audi has released a new teaser video which previews an upcoming model that will be introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The company didn’t have much to say about the car but the clip shows that it will feature a massive grille and carbon ceramic brakes. That’s not much to go on, but the size of the vehicle suggests it will be the 2014 A8 facelift.

Our spies have already caught on the model on numerous occasions and it has modified bumpers, a revised grille and new exhaust finishers. The 2014 A8 will also come equipped with Matrix LED headlights which use 25 individual diodes to deliver the optimal amount of light regardless of the situation.

The Frankfurt Motor Show kicks off in September, so expect to learn more in the coming weeks.

Toyota committed to body-on-frame SUVs – report

 Toyota committed to body-on-frame SUVs - report

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser 13.9.2012

FJ Cruiser could be dropped

The world has gone crossover crazy, but that hasn’t spelt the end for conventional body-on-frame SUVs.

While their numbers are dwindling, Toyota says body-on-frame SUVs are still relevant as they appeal to a demanding set of customers. As Toyota’s chief engineer for global trucks and SUVs explained, “Some want to drive off-road, some want to tow with their families and some want to commute.” Motoharu Araya went on to say, “Towing and durability are very difficult with a monocoque vehicle.”

Despite being upbeat about body-on-frame SUVs, sales have declined significantly as Toyota only sold 78,457 units of their FJ Cruiser, 4Runner, Sequoia and Land Cruiser in the United States in 2012. This decline has lead to speculation that the FJ Cruiser could be dropped in the near future. Toyota general manager Bill Fay confirmed that possibility with Automotive News but suggested the company would keep the model around as long as there was enough demand.

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