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1963 DKW-Porsche TM Special : Classic Cars
1963 DKW-Porsche TM Special : Classic Cars

Home-built racing specials were popular in American sports car racing during the 1950s and 1960s, as they were a more affordable alternative to the costly European imports. The ingenuity and creative engineering of the builders of these home-grown specials were often very successful in the smallest-displacement classes, F, G, and H modified. Power was derived from small production engines like Porsche, Fiat, Crosley, Panhard, and Saab. The wide range of specials produced included some basic designs to high evolved competitive machines.

Curtis Thews was a mechanic for Studebaker in South Bend, Indiana prior to opening his own Volkswagen and Porsche franchise. He was an avid racing in SCCA production class competition and even built a front-engined Crosley-powered H/Modified. An opportunity presented itself by having access to Porsche's racing parts inventory and the urge was too much to deny. He began in 1963 creating a small-bore sports-racer with a Porsche powerplant and a mid-engine setup like the 550 Spyders.

Thews started with the welded-up sheet steel perimeter from a DKW Junior. The DKW Junior had a front-wheel drive setup with inboard brakes. It was strong and lightweight. After Thews made modifications, the wheelbase measured 87-inches. It was given round tubing for a rollbar and front battery support, and a new rear sub-frame to support an engine and transaxle. Most of the front suspension remained DKW, incorporating Porsche 356 brakes. The rear suspension setup was mostly sourced from a 356, and given Volkswagen Transporter brakes. Centaur, a small racing shop in Detroit, supplied the fiberglass body. Thews then bought a pair of brand-new 1600cc Porsche Type 692 four-cam Carrera engines in Texas.

H/Modified rules stated engine displacement size must be under 850cc. To comply with these rules, Thews made one of his Carrera fours into a Carrera two by removing one pair of opposing pistons and rods. He machined special caps to block the appropriate oil passengers in the crankshaft, blanking off the empty cylinders, removing lobes from two camshafts, and the no-longer-necessary valve train parts. The result was a very effective four-cam twin of just under 800cc. When Thews wanted to race in F Class, the 800cc unit could easily be swapped out and replaced with the 1600cc four-cylinder unit.

The TM Special was raced with great success across the Midwest, though it proved too heavy to be a consistent winner in H/Modified. After retiring from this form of racing, it was entered in autocross events after a six-cylinder 911 engine was installed.

In 2004, the car was sold to a West Coast Collector, who in turn sold it to the current owner. The car was then treated to a professional restoration. It was given new Koni shocks in the front, with Koni coil-overs in the rear. A new, stronger rollbar was fabricated.

Currently, the TM Special is powered by a flat-four engine incorporating a 912 case and heads, Shasta pistons, and a Neutek cam. It produces around 100 horsepower which is more than enough for the light weight vehicle (nearly a thousand pounds).


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CleanTechnica : Blogs
CleanTechnica : Blogs

CleanTechnica is the #1 cleantech-focused website in the US and the world according to Compete.com and Quantcast.com.

Our work has been referenced by the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, MSNBC, Think Progress, Reuters, Scientific American, and plenty of other sites. Some of the cleantech industry’s top CEOs, directors, founders, and board members read us regularly. But plenty of “common citizens” are also addicted to our site.

CleanTechnica strives to be (er… remain) the most indispensable website on the planet for cleantech news and commentary. We have been covering the cleantech industry obsessively since 2008, before it was popular for mainstream media to dedicate blogs or subdomains to the topic, and we are now a well-recognized leader in this field.

Technology-wise, our focus is solar power, wind power, energy efficiency, and clean transport. However, we also get into many other topics — geothermal, hydropower, nuclear power, climate change, energy storage, and more.

Overall, I think our top goals are to:

1. inspire people and help them to take cleantech action in their lives;
2. share correct information on cleantech, including debunking widespread myths and horrible coverage in the mass media.

All in all, we want to be a useful site for the world and want to develop a strong, useful community of world citizens in order to help move humanity forward in a positive direction!

Models : Plug-In Hybrid Version of Peugeot 308 Announced
Author : James Ayre

Peugeot recently unveiled the 308 R Hybrid — a plug-in hybrid version of its popular compact hatchback that possesses a fairly notable spread of specs, based on the recent press release accompanying the unveiling.

The Peugeot 308 R plug-in hybrid hits 0-62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 4 seconds, features a combined horsepower of 500 (373 kW) and a maximum torque of 538 lb-feet (730 N·m), and ‘only’ emits 70 grams of carbon dioxide emissions for every kilometer traveled.

The plug-in hybrid is home to 3 different sources of power to provide these combined specs — a 4-cylinder 1.6-liter THP 270 S&S gasoline engine, and two 85 kW electric motors (one to each axle).

The Director of Peugeot Sport, Bruno Famin, commented: “Peugeot Sport’s expertise applies an uncompromising approach to meeting targets. With our experience in hybrid vehicles developed with the Peugeot 908, the high-performance hybrid powertrain fitted to the 308 gives a glimpse of the potential for ultra-sports models in the future.”

The model features a 3 kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion battery pack (located under the rear seats), as well as a 50-liter gas tank located able the electric motor.

The 308 R Hybrid features 4 different driving modes — a performance oriented “Hot Lap” mode (with access to all 3 power sources); a “Track” mode which delivers 400 horsepower and 391 lb-feet of torque (via the gas engine and the rear electric); a “Road” mode providing 300 horsepower and 295 lb-feet of torque (which relies mostly on the gas engine, while receiving some assistance from one of the electric motors); and, lastly, a ZEV mode that relies mostly on the rear electric motor.

This certainly looks like a nice plug-in hybrid from Peugeot at an initial glance, and it’s nice to see Peugeot finally getting into the game in a decent way. (I’m sure it had nothing to do with EU emissions/efficiency rules.)

Originally published on EV Obsession.


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Cali Smog Check Bill Could Be Skipped? : News
Cali Smog Check Bill Could Be Skipped? : News

A smog check exemption bill proposed in California would allow classic-car owners to pay a $200 fee to dodge the state's strict smog test.

The test is designed to reduce air pollution.

Vehicles would have to meet certain criteria in order to qualify for the exemption, according to A.B. 550.

The vehicles must be 30 years or older, failed a smog test and have failed a "subsequent smog test after necessary repairs were made."

Fees would be paid to the Department of Motor Vehicles and deposited in the state's Air Quality Improvement Fund.

The bill was introduced on February 23 by Republican Assembly Member Marie Waldron. The bill was amended on March 26 and is under consideration by the Assembly Transportation Committee.

The SEMA Action Network is urging passage of the bill.

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Supervettes SV7 : Concept Cars
Supervettes SV7 : Concept Cars

So far, we’ve yet to really see too many tuning houses take the new C7 Corvette and customize it to their own liking. But Florida-based Supervettes thinks the new Stingray needs some enhancing. And a widebody kit.

Announcing the arrival of its new SV7 on Facebook, Supervettes gave us a small sampling of what we could expect from the new tuned Stingray. Along with a revised hood line and a widebody kit, the SV7 will come with “well beyond” 625 horsepower and will “rival of the looks of the new Corvette Z06,” says founder Jason Hunkler.

Other features are still under wraps at the moment, but Supervettes did say that the new SV7 will be ready for sale beginning this fall. All we know is that if it looks anything like the SV8.R concept pictured here, that would be fine by us.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD : Current Models
2016 Nissan Titan XD : Current Models

Nissan debuted the all-new Nissan TITAN full-size pickup to a standing room-only crowd of international media at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. Presiding over the dramatic reveal was Nissan President and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn, who stated, "With the 2016 Nissan TITAN XD, we weren't just going for 'best-in-class.' Instead, we are offering the 'Best New Class.'"

The new TITAN XD, the first of the new generation of Nissan TITAN models, creates a new segment of the American market. It offers the effortless towing and hauling of the larger, more expensive heavy-duty trucks – yet has the fuel-efficiency and affordability of half-ton pickups. It is projected to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in late 2015.

Powered by a new Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel rated at 310 horsepower and hefty 555 lb-ft of torque, the 2016 TITAN XD will offer an available maximum towing capacity of more than 12,000 pounds (when properly equipped), along with available cutting-edge towing features such as an integrated gooseneck hitch engineered into the frame.

Additional available TITAN XD utility features and convenience aids include RearView Monitor with Trailer Guides, Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD) and a Trailer Light Check system that allows one-person hook-up operation – including checking turn signals, brake lights and running/clearance lights from outside the vehicle. Also available are Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and a Front and Rear Sonar System.

The wide range of available interior features includes front and rear NASA-inspired Zero Gravity seats and a large center console designed to serve as a mobile workstation.

"The new TITAN will deliver toughness, capability and quality," added Ghosn. "In addition to a range of cab configurations, the TITAN lineup will ultimately encompass multiple powertrain choices. These include an all-new workhorse gasoline V8, as well as our first V6 offering in this class."

More details on the full Nissan TITAN lineup will be announced at a later date.

The all-new TITAN, like the first-generation Titan, was developed with core Nissan planning, design, engineering and manufacturing teams contributing from Tennessee, California, Michigan, Arizona and Mississippi.

The all-new TITAN also underscores Nissan's commitment to localized production. Nissan has invested more than $5 billion in the United States in the past five years and has moved manufacturing for several models from overseas to its North American plants.

"Our growing U.S. presence is bolstering our performance and helped to make 2014 a year of significant growth for Nissan in the U.S.," said Ghosn. "Our operations, our network of partners, and – most importantly – our products are stronger than ever. Nissan is targeting 10 percent market share in the U.S. And the all-new TITAN is a key part of our growth strategy."

The new TITAN XD Crew Cab is the first of three cab configurations, two frame sizes, three powertrain offerings and five grade levels to be available later in the Nissan TITAN lineup. More information on the full lineup will be available at a later date.

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Mini Superleggera : Concept Cars
Mini Superleggera : Concept Cars

Press your red trousers, internet, because concourse season is upon us. Which spurred Mini to team up with legendary coachbuilders, Touring Superleggera, and create this one-off EV speedster... thing.

But unlike most concepts, which have loosely tangible purposes like previewing styling ideas, the Mini Superleggera Vision seems to have been built for absolutely no reason beyond some lawn ornamentation at Villa d'Este. A bit like those retrogasmic efforts from BMW we got excited about last month.

So, the facts. The Vision's been put together like a proper superleggera (translation: superlight). That means that there's an alloy spaceframe (lots of thin alloy tubes) chassis, which is covered in large hand-beaten alloy sheets - that explains why there aren't any panels gaps.

Louis de Fabribeckers, Head of design of Touring Superleggera, says: "In this car all unnecessary equipment or decoration is sacrificed, as performance is gained through lightness and efficiency of the bodywork and interior. The Italian touch is in the proportions and the typical waistline."

Though, you could argue that the rear lights are both decorative and unnecessary. BMW-owned Mini's keen to hammer home its Britishness, which is manifest in the Union Jack LED light clusters. And the Union Jack bracketry in the doors. Very subtle...

Much like its engine note. Which is entirely absent. And while Mini hasn't told us what it's packing under that long bonnet, we suspect it's spun off the Mini E setup, That means 0-60mph acceleration of eight seconds, top speed of 95mph, and 120-mile range on each charge.

Look closely, and you'll see some slightly more familiar Mini-ish sights. In the middle of the vast, naked aluminum dashboard - which is made out of a single sheet of metal - there's the new car's centre console. It's been extended to include a touch-sensitive control element and two circular instruments with metal surrounds on the right.

Look on the far right and, as well as a wantonly analogue clock, there's a little button that activates a camera set between the driver and front passenger seat, which, as BMW has it, "captures those particularly worthwhile moments on the road." Hmm.

OK, so it's extremely frivolous, and slightly cringey, but you would, wouldn't you?

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