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Dodge//SRT is bringing back Gold Rush exterior for 2021 on select models, including the Challenger T/A, T/A 392, SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye models. SRT models in Gold Rush require the Satin Black hand-painted hood, roof and decklid.

The golden paint job was first introduced on the Challenger 50th Anniversary Limited Edition, and it’s just as vibrant as some of the other retro colors like Frostbite, Hellraisin, Sinamon Stick, TorRed, F8 Green and Go Mango. Dodge creates some of our favorite car colors, and they are not afraid to get sassy with them.

50th Anniversary Edition Challenger celebrates golden anniversary with new exterior paint color, body-color Shaker hood on HEMI® V-8 models, unique badging and heritage style available on four Challenger models.

Gold Rush joins the list of new options for Challenger in 2021, which include:

  • Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker and T/A 392 now available with the Widebody Package, offering a combination of unique heritage appointments and improved performance with wider wheels and tires
  • 20-inch wheels now standard on Challenger GT AWD, available on SXT AWD
  • SRT branding on high-performance Brembo brakes on Challenger SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye, available on Scat Pack

Dealer orders for the 2021 Dodge Challenger are now open with initial deliveries to Dodge//SRT dealerships scheduled to begin in early 2021.

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What is the Rebelle Rally?

The Rebelle Rally is the first women’s off-road navigation rally in the United States. This 8-day competition allows nothing but topographical maps, compasses, and roadbooks to navigate a 1,200-mile route from Nevada to California. That’s the official description of the rally that you’ll find on the Rebelle Rally website along with all the details about what you need to do to participate.

What you won’t find there is an idea of what it really means to drive this thing, to navigate it, and to cross the finish line. Having just completed the 2020 Rebelle Rally, here’s what it was like to be a rookie Rebelle.

The Work Starts Well Before the Rally

There is a serious amount of planning required to be ready for the rally. This includes everything from securing a vehicle and a teammate to making sure you pack all the required and non-required stuff you’ll need anyway. Tents, sleeping bags, snacks, water bottles, duct tape, zip ties, spare tires, recovery tracks, and an ever-growing list that makes you think, “We’re going to need a bigger car.”

Training, Training, Training

Do you know how to drive off-road? Do you know how to tackle everything from mud to silt to rocks to sand dunes? Even veteran off-road drivers will want to brush up on the skills they don’t use as often. For me, that was sand dunes. I live in the northeast where sand dunes are wee little things and you can’t drive on them, so there was a lot to learn. Several days out on the west coast with an expert gave me the skills I needed to compete.

If you’re the navigator, then you have a whole new world of skills to learn. As I driver, I at least knew how to drive before the Rebelle. But how many people know how to use a compass, read a topographical map, plot latitude and longitude, and then plan a route using scale rulers to track the distance? You in the back raising your hand, good for you, and thank you for your service.
Everyone else, yeah, that’s what I thought.

The Third Teammate

Every team is comprised of two women. The driver drives. The navigator navigates. But it’s really a team of three. The third teammate is your vehicle. In my case as the driver for Team #142, that third teammate was an Infiniti QX80 that was graciously provided by Infiniti.

While you might think about going off-road in more traditional off-road vehicles (Insert Jeep Wave here,) you can do the Rebelle in all sorts of vehicles from 4x4s to crossovers. As the driver, getting behind the wheel of a luxury SUV and taking it into the dirt was especially appealing.

Infiniti gave our trusty steed steel bumpers, a 3-inch lift, new shocks, and rock rails, but underneath it was still a beautiful luxury SUV. It was phenomenal. I thrashed that thing through whoops in the sand dunes in Glamis, gave it a nice bit of desert pinstriping driving through open OHV areas, and maybe put one small dent in the rear bumper in a particularly rocky bit of terrain. (Sorry, Infiniti, my bad.) That thing didn’t even flinch.

There was something especially sweet about sleeping in a tent for a week, showering less than I will admit, and eating nothing but protein bars for lunch every day, but still having a ridiculously comfortable ride to hop into every morning. How comfortable?

There was one self-camp day where we all sleep in our tents clustered together in the dunes. All of us, that is, except for Team #142. We just reclined the seats and slept in the QX0. It was glorious.

The Rally is Hard

No. Really. It’s hard like you wouldn’t believe. This is no lightweight, easy rally that’s toned down for women. This thing is hardcore. Through the entire race it’s just you and your teammate making sure your car is ready, you’re ready, and your stuff is ready.

There’s no hotel at the end of the day. Instead, you have your tent at a base camp that moves every couple of days. One night you don’t even have a base camp. You set up your tent and haul your stuff back and forth to your car. Some nights it’s cold and you’ll find yourself sleeping in your clothes. And jacket. And hat and gloves. Some nights it’s hot. You have to be ready for any kind of weather.

The Days Are Long

Part of what makes the rally hard are the long days. You’re up at around 4am to get the day’s maps so the navigator can start plotting checkpoints – the key to gaining points and winning the rally. Once you cross the start line, you have around 10 hours of driving and navigating to those checkpoints until you return to camp. That’s a long day for a traditional road trip on paved roads. It’s grueling off-road, but you will push through, chug another cup of coffee, and do it again the next day.

It’s Worth It

Long days. Rough conditions. Mental and physical challenges. Why would anyone do this thing?! Because at the end of it all, you did it. The driver drove 1,200 miles of rugged, challenging terrain. The navigator navigated 1,200 miles of checkpoints. You. Did. It.

And through it all, not only did you have your teammate, you had the women of the rally there as support. Everyone is competing against each other, but everyone wants success for each other, too. Whether that means a win, a top ten finish, beating last year’s ranking, or simply getting to the finish. The rally’s biggest cheerleaders are the other teams.

There’s nothing quite like being a part of the Rebelle Rally, crossing that finish line, and being able to call yourself a Rebelle.

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“Obsessive” is not a bad word at Rolls-Royce

When reviewing client feedback from the first Goodwood Ghost, it became clear to Rolls-Royce that its cocooning, near-silent acoustic properties were of the utmost importance. Ghost owners value the sense of calm and wellness that their Rolls-Royce creates. Therefore, in creating new Ghost, the marque’s team of acoustic specialists were obsessively focused on this highly complicated engineering task.

To achieve a sense of absolute serenity, the acoustic team began by adapting the marque’s proprietary aluminum spaceframe architecture. A double-skinned bulkhead section was selected to insulate the cabin from the already near-silent 6.75L V12 engine, and space in the roof, trunk, and floor were created to fill with more than 100 kg of sound-absorbing materials. Additionally, the brand chose double-glazed windows with a clear composite center sheet as well as tires lined with lightweight acoustic insulation foam.

New Ghost Acoustic Engineering Lead Tom Davis-Reason says, “The extraordinary acoustic quality of new Ghost is the result of significant engineering developments and fastidious attention to detail, but it really is underpinned by the marque’s proprietary aluminum architecture. There is simply no way we could have created such an acoustically refined environment using a steel platform.”

Once the sound stage was created, every component was obsessively interrogated for its acoustic properties. Those that produced unacceptable levels of noise were discarded and completely redesigned at the home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex. Even the inside of the air conditioning ducts were smoothed to better insulate clients from intrusive noises.

Whisper-soft sound quality

Here’s the interesting part: upon early testing the acoustic team discovered that removing all noise was disorienting. Their solution was to create a ‘whisper’ – a soft undertone that clients experienced as a single, subtle note. To achieve this, each component had to be tuned to a specific resonant frequency. This task included the creation of acoustically tuned damping units for the seat frames, as well as a suite of ports between the cabin and the large 500-litre boot to ensure the low frequency it generated was consistent with new Ghost’s ‘note’.

The marque’s experts named this exhaustive process the Formula for Serenity. Following its creation, these specialists presented the acoustic advances they had made, showcasing how these developments would serve the demands of new Ghost clients. Rolls-Royce has elected to share elements of these internal briefings to demonstrate the engineering substance that underpins this extraordinary new motor car ahead of its official unveiling this year.

 

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Miles for Parkinson’s Disease

Hagerty is partnering with non-profit Drive Toward a Cure to encourage enthusiasts to do what we all enjoy the most: DRIVE. Over 75 days of Summer 2020, licensed motorists nationwide can appreciate drives near or far and enter to win prizes based on the mileage they drive. Participants share their experiences on social media, while benefiting Parkinson’s Disease awareness, research, and patient care.

Affecting nearly one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s. It’s also the 14th-leading cause of death in the United States. The disease is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (like shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression), as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for Parkinson’s and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the US alone.

Hagerty classic carDrives Generate Memories

According to Doug Clark, vice president of publishing and business development for Hagerty, the joy of driving builds bonds with people on every level.

“No one would deny the memories we all retain from great drives – whether youthful recollections for nostalgic cars or the roads we envision on a crisp and clear summer day or night,” said Clark. “The ‘Summer Drive Toward a Cure’ program is an opportunity to get out safely and just feel good, while doing some good for others, too.”

The first 100 registrants to enter at www.drivetowardacure.org/summer and create a public social media post on Facebook or Instagram featuring a photo of the car they have registered and the message “I’ve just joined the Summer Drive Toward a Cure in support of #ParkinsonsDisease! Will you join too? @drivetowardacure #getoutanddrive @hagerty #letsdrivetogether” will receive a free Hagerty ‘Shift Happens’ baseball cap and Drive Toward a Cure window cling.

Hagerty classic car

Join the Fun

Throughout the entire summer, Drive Toward a Cure and Hagerty will be sharing new suggested driving routes weekly on Hagerty’s Community pages and encouraging participants to share their own driving routes and scenic drives within a dedicated forum.  Weekly prizes will be awarded to individuals selected from social media and community posts, with overall program prizes to be announced on Labor Day.

Special awards for most miles driven and most money raised will be awarded after Labor Day when odometer readings and monetary contributions are tallied.  Top prizes include a certificate for four (4) Michelin tires, valued at $1,500; a $250 gift certificate for DriveShare by Hagerty; and a $150 value ‘Steve McQueen’ gift basket from Hunziker Design including t-shirts and Steve McQueen racing shoes.  Apparel gifts will be provided to entrants at various donation levels.  Initial registration is $20 but larger donations are encouraged – with the ability to make one’s own donation, have individual or corporate sponsors for personal driving experiences, or to bring friends together safely for a group drive through each registrants’ individual fundraising page.

Should an entrant wish to drive something other than their own registered vehicle, they can easily find a collectible or special vehicle through DriveShare by Hagerty.  All rentals applying code DTAC2020 will receive a 10% discount, plus DriveShare will donate their profits from the rental to Drive Toward a Cure!  Sign up to rent a car in your region at www.driveshare.com.

Raise Money by Doing what You Love: Driving

Hagerty has teamed with Drive Toward a Cure since the organization’s inception in 2016 when the Foundation first began blending cars and camaraderie to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s disease.  With more than $400,000 raised over the past four years, Drive Toward a Cure supports both Parkinson’s research AND patient care, raising funds through events and annual rallies enjoyed by the automotive enthusiast community at large.

According to Deb Pollack, founder of Drive Toward a Cure, as the organization enters its fourth year, its awareness is blooming on a national scale.  “During the past year alone, we’ve made some enormous strides.  With a large donation to the Parkinson’s Foundation, we were able to support specific patient care needs and focus on six Parkinson’s Centers of Excellence throughout the country.  By aligning our events to areas within those regions, we can potentially provide even more funds and make a significant difference for challenged individuals.”

Pollack concedes that the easiest way for her organization to raise funds has always been through interactive programs that are both fun and car-oriented, but one doesn’t have to drive to play a role.  Groups and organizations like local area Ferrari and Porsche clubs throughout the nation have come on board to offer panel discussions, garage tours, BBQs and social gatherings to raise funds on behalf of Drive Toward a Cure.  In 2018, the funds raised by those groups enabled the Foundation to offer grants to Parkinson’s patients residing in California that had lost their homes in the devastating fires, and has since become the organization’s ‘Special Assistance Fund.’  Applicants can gain additional funding to support patient care needs during overwhelming catastrophes and other special needs.

Classic cars Hagerty

More about Drive Toward a Cure

Drive Toward a Cure raises funds and awareness for Parkinson’s Disease research and patient care. Inspired by the camaraderie found within the automotive culture, the organization’s mission benefits equally from both enthusiast communities and industry professionals. Drive Toward a Cure events harness enthusiasm for cars and driving and turn that power into support for ongoing work to improve the lives of those living with Parkinson’s, as well as the research that will hopefully one day lead to a cure.

Drive Toward a Cure is a 501(c)(3) non-profit supporting beneficiaries including The Michael J. Fox Foundation The Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center and the Parkinson’s Foundation . For donations, sponsorship and event registration, please visit www.drivetowardacure.org.

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Ford is resurrecting the legendary Mach 1 name for a new, limited edition performance variant of the Mustang coming in the 2021 model year. With teaser photos and a short announcement, Ford says the debut of the new Mustang Mach 1 will come very soon (“this spring” were the words used).

The Mach 1 first appeared in 1969 and was considered the epitome of performance for the Mustang pony car. This new version, Ford says, will have the same focus for the current-generation Mustang, using the 5.0-liter V8 now found in the car. Like the original version, the new Mach 1 will slot between the standard Mustang GT and the Shelby and Boss models.

“Mach 1 has a special place in Mustang history, and it’s time for this special edition to claim the top spot in our 5.0-liter V8 performance lineup and reward our most hardcore Mustang enthusiasts who demand that next level of power, precision and collectability,” said Dave Pericak, director, Ford Icons. “Like the original, the all-new Mustang Mach 1 will be true to its heritage, delivering great looks and as the most track-capable 5.0-liter Mustang ever.”

The original Mustang Mach 1 series, which ran for about 5 years from 1969 to 1974, was a limited edition seller in that it accounted for only a small percentage of overall Mustang sales. The same can be said of the Mach 1 return model that appeared in 2003-04. The 2021 model will be the “most track-ready 5.0-liter Mustang ever” and will have a limited number for production. Ford has not said how limited that may be or what the price tag will run on this special edition.

Whatever those numbers are, the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 is sure to be a highly sought after modern muscle car.

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If you’ve never driven a McLaren, you might imagine how the wheel feels in your hands or how the seats cradle your body capably. You might imagine the roar of the engine and the supple materials inside.

A thrilling new McLaren Tech Club film looks at the materials selected for the McLaren GT. Blending greater comfort, space and usability with the levels of driver engagement, dynamic ability and performance for which McLaren is renowned, the GT has its own unique identity – inside and out.

New interior materials are a key aspect of the GT’s credentials and appeal. The McLaren design team explored alternatives to traditional coverings in areas such as luggage spaces, as well as on seats and other trim. The appearance and tactile attraction of driver controls are also an important part of the interior design, with machined and knurled aluminum that looks and feels both beautiful and technical while delivering precise functionality.

McLaren is committed to pursuing lightweight solutions across all aspects of design and engineering and the interior of the GT is no exception.  A new material called SuperFabric, originally designed for military and aerospace applications, is available as a covering for the floor of the luggage bay. This innovative woven fabric is infused with a layer of tiny armored guard plates, providing increased resistance to stains, cuts, nicks and abrasions.  Breathable, easy to clean and quick to dry, the surface of the SuperFabric is embossed with a hexagonal pattern to provide optimal protection.

This single-minded approach to light weighting extends to more traditional cabin materials with McLaren adopting a contemporary approach to achieve the brand’s design philosophy of ‘everything for a reason’, bringing fashion and lifestyle inspirations to the finest materials and developing new exclusive colorways.  The supple Nappa leather offered as standard in the GT can be upgraded to softgrain luxury leather or Alcantara but regardless of owner preference all of the fine leathers used in the GT are sourced from Scotland’s Bridge of Weir company. Alternatively, cashmere is available in either Dove Grey or Jet Black as one of the most exclusive options from McLaren Special Operations, the chic fabric featuring on the seats and key ‘touchpoints’ in the cabin. McLaren is the first car manufacturer to offer the softest and most luxurious of wools in a production version supercar.

Introducing innovative new interior materials for any McLaren is a huge challenge. With the GT we were creating beauty and luxury but with the additional layers of functionality and advanced technology that are inherent in every car we design – and all delivered in a very modern way. Everything in a McLaren is there for a reason, not simply to look good; the materials need to be authentic not only in appearance and to the touch, but also in meeting our requirements for minimizing weight and performance in use.

Jo Lewis, Colour and Materials Design Manager, McLaren Automotive Ltd.

 

In line with McLaren’s pursuit of innovation while retaining authenticity, machined and knurled aluminum driver controls engage the senses both through touch and by visually ‘guiding’ the driver around the cabin. Designed to harmoniously bring together the full concept of the interior design, the finishers, bezels, paddles and switches create a sophisticated and inviting ambiance that reinforce McLaren’s technical precision. The GT also features the first application of ‘hidden until lit’ interior illumination; appearing at first as a solid metallic finish, this pioneering light design reveals a calming, ambient glow once the ignition is turned on. For design continuity, the ambient lighting pattern also links visually to the speaker grills of the recently awarded Bowers & Wilkins audio system. Detailed around the doors and passenger-side dash, the lit hues can be changed to suit interior colors or mood.

More information about the McLaren GT – and an online configurator that allows you to choose your own perfect specification for the car – is available at https://cars.mclaren.com/gb-en/new-mclaren-gt.

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Do you think of Jeep as a green machine? Jeep’s manufacturer Fiat Chrysler Automotive has completed its latest Global Warming Potential (GWP) analysis, and it compared the redesigned-for-2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with the previous-generation vehicle. Overall, the GWP is 15 percent lower than that of its predecessor.

The GWP improvement was calculated using industry-standard software that examines multiple factors associated with a vehicle’s design, production and on-road performance. These factors include:

  • the environmental impact of fuel production and delivery
  • material use
  • the vehicle’s own fuel consumption

Determinations are based on 150,000 miles of operation. And improvements are measured by contrasting anticipated C02-equivalent greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, with those of comparable vehicles. C02-equivalent, or CO2e, is a term for describing various greenhouse gases as a common unit. For any quantity and type of greenhouse gas, CO2e signifies the amount of CO2 that would have an equivalent effect on global warming.

In this case, the comparison was made with the previous-generation Wrangler Unlimited, as powered by its only available engine – FCA’s 3.6L Pentastar V-6 – and a since-discontinued five-speed automatic transmission.

The new Wrangler’s performance was measured as equipped with the available 270-hp, 2.0L turbocharged I-4 engine, featuring engine stop-start. Accordingly, each new Wrangler Unlimited has the potential to account for a 14-metric-ton reduction in GHG emissions, which is equivalent to:

  • GHG emissions of three passenger cars, driven for one year
  • C02e output from 7.7 tons of coal burned in a power-generation plant
  • C02e produced when powering 2.4 average American homes for one year

The reduced emissions from each 2.0L Wrangler Unlimited, over its lifetime, has the potential to account for the carbon sequestration that occurs in 16.5 acres of U.S. forest, over an entire year.

Photo credit: US Forest Service

Material choices also contribute to the new Wrangler Unlimited’s greener performance. Its ferrous metal content was reduced to 54 percent from 68 percent in the previous-generation vehicle. Non-ferrous metal content, which contributes to weight reduction and corrosion resistance, increased to 20 percent, from 12 percent.

Further improving its on-road performance, FCA’s TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission benefits fuel economy, whether mated to the 2.0L turbocharged I-4 or the 3.6L Pentastar V-6. In I-4 configurations, the celebrated transmission helps the 2020 Wrangler Unlimited achieve a 21 mpg rating in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s combined city/highway test cycle – an increase of three mpg over the previous-generation vehicle and its five-speed automatic transmission.

In the Sahara trim level, the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited may be equipped with a version of the 2.0L turbocharged I-4 that features FCA’s eTorque mild-hybrid technology. In addition, the new-generation Wrangler Unlimited is available with a 3.6-liter V-6 from FCA’s award-winning Pentastar engine family. It comes with a choice of a TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox.

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The 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 is also available in the Jeep Cherokee midsize SUV. To accommodate its continued proliferation across the FCA lineup, the company is committing $400 million to produce the engine at a former transmission plant in Kokomo, Indiana, a project that will bring FCA’s total employment in the state to 8,300.

The results of this latest GWP analysis come on the heels of FCA’s 2019 Sustainability Report. Distributed on April 16, it says the Company further reduced its environmental footprint around the world.

Among the highlights, FCA cut its water use by nearly 40 percent, compared with 2010. Over the same time period, the Company also shaved its carbon footprint by 27 percent, and slashed its waste generation by 64 percent.

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In a new video from Hyundai, celebrating the launch of their latest fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), comes a great explanation of how hydrogen fuel cells work.

“Hyundai fuel cell SUVs, including both the current model NEXO and previous generation Tucson Fuel Cell SUV, have accumulated well over ten million miles on California roads, all while producing clean H2O emissions and no negative effects on the environment,” says Hyundai.

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FC Dallas and Toyota are taking care of those who are taking care of the community by delivering meals to the volunteers at Frisco FastPacs, an organization that provides meals for students in the Frisco Independent School District.

An original member of Major League Soccer since the league’s inception in 1996, FC Dallas plays its regular season from February to October at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. FC Dallas won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 1997 and 2016 as well as the MLS Supporters’ Shield in 2016.

The donated meals were originally intended for upcoming FC Dallas matches at Toyota Stadium. Because of the suspension of MLS play and the growing need for resources and volunteers, FC Dallas and Toyota recognized the need to help the volunteers who are providing such a vital service in our community. Legends Hospitality chefs worked to prepare and package the meals.


“We’re proud to work with Legends Hospitality and the food and beverage team at Toyota Stadium to provide these meals to the volunteers who are tirelessly working to ensure that FISD students do not go hungry during this unprecedented time,” said FC Dallas Foundation Manager Brooke Leverette.

Frisco FastPacs is a service that delivers weekend meals to all 72 Frisco Independent School District campuses, serving more than 1,000 children, to ensure they do not go hungry when school is not in session. Following FISD’s response to extend spring break until Friday, March 20 due to COVID-19 (coronavirus pandemic), Frisco FastPacs is currently working with the district and Lovepacs Frisco to provide meals to those students in need at six different middle schools.

“Mr. Rogers always said that in scary times, we should look for the helpers,” said Frisco Fastpacs Executive Director Heather Canterbury. “Our Fastpacs volunteers have stepped up unbelievably to be those helpers in in this crisis. To have FC Dallas and Toyota take care of our people so they can keep taking care of these kids means everything.”

Original press release here

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