FORM THE NEW YORK TIMES: Carroll Shelby, a Texas chicken farmer turned hot-rodder who went on to build innovative sports cars like the Cobra that challenged Europe’s longtime dominance of road racing, as well as high-performance versions of production cars like the Ford Mustang, died on Thursday in Dallas. He was 89.
His death was announced by his company, Carroll Shelby International.
In the 1960s, Shelby raised the profile of American racing machines on the international sports-car circuit by packing powerful Ford V8 engines into lightweight British roadsters, and by developing racing cars for Ford. MORE»
“Ferrari is the main protagonist even on social networks. This fact is confirmed by the numbers: the brand of the Prancing Horse is the leading player in the automotive sector and the most popular in the general classification. A couple of days ago the Facebook page passed the goal of eight million fans, and, to celebrate, Ferrari commissioned a special video of the 458 Italia “drawing” the number 8,000,000 on the steering pad at the Fiorano race track, which was dedicated to every one of them.”
“Exterior designer Mark Fetherston answered questions about the new A-Class from the community.
Fans from around the world have posted on Facebook and Google + questions about the design of the new A-Class. The questions provided by the users that were of most interest, were presented to Mark Fetherston while he answered infront of the vehicle”
“For quite some time our Porsche Works Drivers have been preparing themselves for the racing season 2012 together with their support team. We took the opportunity and followed the team with the camera to gain some exciting insight into the work of our works drivers Jörg Bergmeister, Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas, Wolf Henzler, Marco Holzer, Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz, Patrick Long and Patrick Pilet.”
“Porsche Intelligent Performance” doesn’t just apply to our cars, but also to our works drivers at Porsche Motorsport. Therefore, our race drivers put a lot of effort into perfectioning technique as well as strengthening their team spirit during a camp in Tenerife earlier this year. We take a look behind the scenes and also show a very personal side of our works drivers Jörg Bergmeister, Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas, Wolf Henzler, Marco Holzer, Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz, Patrick Long and Patrick Pilet.”
Ford Motor Co. is counting on its first electric car, the 2012 electric Ford Focus, to help the automaker become a leader in powertrain technology as consumers demand better fuel economy.
By the end of the year, one out of every three Ford vehicle models will achieve 40 mpg or better, said Kevin Leyden, Ford’s director of electrified vehicles, at a press conference for the Ford Focus here on Monday. This “power of choice” will appeal to consumers as gas remains above $4 a gallon.
With the 2012 all-electric Ford Focus, which debuted earlier this year, Ford has a complete line up of EcoBoost, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric power trains across a range of vehicles.
“We’ve made fuel economy a top priority at Ford Motor Co. and it’s really starting to show,” Leyden said. MORE