It’s a sad day when you hear about the destruction of one of the more iconic american cars in recent history.
Talking about Chrysler killing – as in destroying – the first 93 or so original Vipers. Cars that represent the reemergence of Chrysler. Cars that are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Cars that deserve to be in a museum or private collection.
“WTF??”, you ask? Because these Vipers were part of a program where Chrysler sent off the first batch of Vipers to schools for students to learn on. These Vipers didn’t meet certain safety and emissions standards for use on public roads. These are cars, that if happened to be on the public streets and say, have an accident or two, would put Chrysler in the cross hairs of a huge liable suite for damages.
And that’s what happened. Two of these non-street legal Vipers were involved in an accident. To prevent any more risk of liability for the company, lawyers are having them all destroyed.
If you want to do SOMETHING, there’s an online petition going around.
And to bring a tear to your eye, below are two videos of the carnage.
[photo | YouTube]
In a recent article on Business Insider, the currently bankrupt Nurburgring was said to soon become the new acquisition of an American investment group. F-yeah!
For Daily Derbi readers, the Nurburgring is commonplace, known to anyone and everyone who has ever wanted to test their driving mettle. It’s also one of the most popular courses featured on many driving sims like Forza and Gran Turismo. Games that nowadays have such good graphics that it’s almost like you were really there at the racetrack in person, practically forgetting that it is, indeed, a video game. Which is exactly what Business Insider did today.
While going through the article’s photo gallery, which was clearly put together to give folks unfamiliar with The Green Hell a quick introduction, I noticed one photo looked ever so slightly out of place. This one actually:
At first it took me a minute, but yes, this was actually a screenshot of a Mazda 787b blasting up the Fuchsröhre section of Germany’s most famous track from Gran Turismo 5.
Ladies and gents, that’s how good video game graphics now are. A screenshot from an in-game moment of a racing simulator on a PlayStation can now be mistaken for reality by even the most prestigious of online publications like Business Insider.
Also, the watermark in the top right is a dead giveaway.
A racing event on the tail end of winter? Must be another WinterX event at Miller Motorsports Park!
This was the fourth WinterX event of the season. A season that’s had it’s share of cars and SUVs – yes, SUVs – tearing it up on the track in a slew of winter driving conditions. From snow packed, to all sorts of slushy goodness, to gray and rather boring. As long as mother nature cooperates, you’ll have your fill of high performance driving in a variety of driving conditions on one the northern hemisphere’s better tracks.
And yes, I’ll say it again, this is one of the better values to get that all important “seat time” drivers need to maintain and improve their driving skills during the “down time” of racing.
Those interested in participating, the last event of the season is March 15th.
As always, appreciate the help of the staff at Miller Motorsports Park for the their help over the weekend!
We automotive journalists can be pretty skeptical cats. It’s no surprise that there were a few eyebrows knitted when Jeff Gordon, disguised as your average minivan driving, middle class American, took a car salesman on the ride of his life. Cursing and issuing threats to the undercover Gordon, the captive salesman held on for dear life as Jeff Gordon throttled a Chevrolet Camaro through a vacant industrial yard. Is that even legal?
One editor of Jalopnik, Travis Okulski kind of thought it was just a fake. Like those reality TV shows that aren’t actually reality. Okulski voiced his opinion and even had a few articles pointing out little pieces of the commercial where he thought proved it. Turns out, it was a little bit fake. This bothered NASCAR’s famous champ and he wanted to do it bigger and better. So they contacted Okulski’s boss man and set up #Testdrive2, (aka ‘Revenge’). The clip below is the result and it’s absolutely hilarious and absolutely legit.
Jeff Gordon is disguised as a taxi driver, who also happens to be an ex-convict with an apparent record of recent violations. Driving a taxi version of the venerable Chevrolet Caprice, Gordon begins to get uncomfortable when a police officer tucks in behind him shortly after leaving the hotel parking lot. Okulski becomes visibly uncomfortable when the police officer doesn’t get out of his car after pulling them over but instead asks to see their hands over the megaphone. Unwilling to go back to the clink, Gordon hammers down and takes the cop on a high speed chase. Panic ensues and Okulski attempts to kick in the protective glass between himself and Gordon. Failure leads to telling the cabbie that running from the cops never works. If he only knew who was behind the wheel. Classic.
The Chicago Auto Show has never really been as big as the Detroit show. Being only a few short weeks after Detroit it is easy to see why. There is much debate if the Chicago Auto Show is even necessary anymore since it is essentially Detroit all over again. Nonetheless there are still a three new cars and a truck worth mentioning.
Let’s get the least exciting one out of the way first. Joining the new WRX STi unveiled at last month’s Detroit show is the 2015 Subaru Legacy. It uses the same design language as the new Impreza and has received mixed reviews for its soft lines compared to the bonkers styling of old. The Legacy will make use of a 2.5L flat 4 making 175 hp and will also be available with the previous 3.6L flat 6 making 256 hp. Both versions will only be available with CVTs and will be added to the list of cars no longer putting use to manual transmissions.
Volvo on the other hand came with their big guns. Meet the 345 hp all-wheel drive rocket, the S60 Polestar. If you are unfamiliar with Polestar you’d better familiarize yourself with them. Polestar is Volvo’s AMG division, their M model. This V6 turbo will do 60 mph in 4.9 sec, wears 14.6 inch front brake rotors, and will be quite rare. If you want one you’d better act fast as only 120 of them are coming to the US. Their price has yet to be released but expect them to hit showrooms this summer.
Possibly the most interesting of the vehicles unveiled was this Lingenfelter tuned Chevy Silverado. It is clear that they are aiming at the Ford Raptor with this one. And the name? The Reaper. I know what you must be thinking, couldn’t they have come up with a better, more original name than Reaper? After all, Reaper sounds very similar to Raptor. And what about that face? It looks as if a Silverado and a Shelby GT500 hooked up and spawned this ugly brute. Once you get past the looks you’ll note that it the package is mostly a just a lift kit and some aesthetic bits. There is however an optional supercharger available for both the 5.3 and 6.2 L V8s available in the standard Silverado. The best part about the package is that it is that it will still be available with a 3 year/36,000 mi warranty.
The most surprising and possibly the best vehicle unveiled at this year’s show was this Volkswagen GRC Beetle. To be raced in the Global RallyCross Championship series this year by Tanner Faust and Scott Speed, this Beetle comes with all-wheel drive and 560 raging horsepower under the hood. It is scheduled to make its racing debut midway through the season during the 2014 Summer X Games held in Austin, TX.
That will sum up our coverage of the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. Next on the 2014 auto show calendar is the Geneva International Motor Show held March 6th-16th. Geneva is one of the largest shows on the calendar and often brings out some pretty wild rides!
It’s a sad day for the automotive enthusiast. A tragic day for the Corvette elite. Some time around 5:30 a.m. CT a sink hole formed underneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Just nine minutes after the sink hole began the power to the museum went out and the authorities were notified. Upon arriving on the scene… carnage.
Information has not yet been released on which cars tragically fell into the hole but let’s be honest those eight Corvette’s weren’t likely there just to keep dry. The sinkhole is 40 feet wide and 25 to 30 feet deep. Apparently the section of the museum where the sink hole is located is called the sky dome and it’s one of the most iconic spots of the museum. So far, only one car has been evacuated from the clearly unstable structure. The only existing 1983 Corvette. From the photo taken by the museum personnel, a C1 and C4 can be seen among the carnage. We should know what the other six casualties were later today.
Kentucky is well known for its sink holes. Mammoth cave national park is just 30 miles away and with over 400 miles of explored caves, it’s no big surprise to discover them under the museum. GM’s Corvette plant is only a half-mile from the Museum. Could it too be in danger of unstable ground? Let’s hope not.
Source: USA Today & The Courier-Journal