Ford Mustang Loses Traction, Takes a Swipe at Porsche 911 During Highway Race


And this is why they don't use real Porsches, Ferraris, Lamborghinis or any other expensive sports cars during the filming of street racing scenes in films like the Fast and Furious or the upcoming Need for Speed flick

B(r)ought to you by the crew from ThatRacingChannel (TRC), who for legal reasons cunningly state that, "The following video was digitally created in Mexico on a closed course," is this incident and almost costly accident that occurred when a heavily modded Ford Mustang drag raced a 997-generation (that’s the previous one) Porsche 911 on a public highway.

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Drag Race of Generations and Fuels: E30 BMW M3 vs. F30 BMW 320d


The E30 M3 is probably BMW’s most iconic and most discussed model of modern times. Its perfect handling and balance makes it a favorite amongst BMW enthusiasts worldwide, as does its timeless styling. But how does its performance stand the test of time? More specifically, is it still fast enough to outpace a modern day regular BMW 3 Series diesel?

UK magazine Auto Express thought the only way to find out was to pit an E30 M3 Roberto Ravaglia edition against an F30 BMW 320d in a drag race. It’s important to mention that the E30 M3 Roberto Ravaglia edition has 212 bhp and 250 Nm of torque, while the 320d has 184 bhp and 380 Nm of torque.

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Nuance Acquiring Tweddle Connect

Some people may never know what spurred it, but they may see new cars communicating with them and other functions following this acquisition.

Nuance Communications announced it has signed an agreement with Tweddle Group to acquire the Tweddle Connect business.

Tweddle Connect is an application and content service delivery platform for in-car infotainment systems, including the Toyota Entune and Lexus Enform App Suite.

Tweddle Connect aggregates third-party applications and content, such as Bing, iHeart Radio, OpenTable and Pandora, and is described as delivering it safely and securely into the driving environment.

Nuance said the combination of Dragon Drive, Nuance’s automotive-grade voice platform, and Tweddle Connect provides automakers with a single set of services to create branded personal assistant experiences for a safer, smarter connected car.

Already shipping in more than 20 million cars each year, Nuance’s voice, text-to-speech and natural language understanding solutions power Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Toyota and many other automakers’ systems.

Nuance’s Dragon Drive voice solution supports a range of functionality like voice dialing, message dictation, navigation, local business search, music search, climate control and more.

Nuance also stated that the combination of Nuance’s Dragon Drive and Tweddle Connect bridges the current gap between voice, on-board applications, and connected third-party applications and content. Tweddle Connect’s end-to-end service delivery platform will be combined with Dragon Drive’s hybrid embedded-connected voice platform to provide automakers a single, turn-key solution that offers voice, natural language understanding, dialog management, expressive text-to-speech, in-car connectivity, apps, content and dynamic application user authentication – all integrated as part of one holistic offering.

Tweddle Connect provides a communication link between its cloud-based services and the car’s electronic system, as well as an integration layer for smart phone applications. Consumers, dealers, or automakers can manage apps and content through an online secure user portal. Dynamic authentication gives drivers the ability to automatically connect to their favorite apps and services as soon as they enter the car.

This acquisition accelerates and broadens Nuance’s participation in the large and rapidly growing connected car market.

According to ABI Research, the number of US connected car subscriptions will grow at a 30 percent compound annual growth rate from 16 million in 2012 to 53 million in 2017.

Automotive News estimates that the global installed base of connected cars will reach 210 million by 2016.

At the heart of this rapid growth is strong consumer demand for in-car access to voice-enabled personal assistant capabilities they have come to love on their smartphones, coupled with additional car-specific applications, such as roadside assistance, real-time traffic and location-based services.

The JD Power 2012 U.S. Automotive Emerging Technologies Study on consumer demands for in-car technology found that 69 percent of respondents want natural language voice activation and 68 percent want wireless connectivity in the car.

The purchase price for the acquisition is approximately $80 million in cash. Nuance expects to close the transaction in Q3 2013.

Nuance will acquire Tweddle Connect’s existing revenue streams, as well as the cash flow and revenue streams associated with ongoing shipments. Nuance expects to drive growth by leveraging existing relationships with the top auto makers and Tier 1 suppliers, as well as Nuance’s operational expertise in managing high-volume hosted services.

“We see explosive growth in the connected car market, and there is clear demand from automakers to deliver safer and more intuitive access to the content and apps that people know and love,” said Michael Thompson, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Nuance Mobile. “The strategic combination of Nuance and Tweddle Connect will greatly improve the ability to bring an important category of content – third party applications and web services – into connected car systems. With this acquisition, Nuance is leveraging an opportunity to increase the value and usability of connected car systems, while accelerating Nuance’s ability to give automakers the elements needed for branded, differentiated connected car experiences.”

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Father of the Year Shoots at Car for Not Giving Way at Crosswalk


Just when I was most tempted to say I’ve seen it all when it comes to surreal moments caught by Russian dash cams, here comes this mind-boggling footage.

It shows a man crossing the street together with a small boy, who we assume to be his son. Suddenly, the man stops in the middle of the crosswalk, pulls out a gun and fires a shot towards a car that denied him passage moments ago. He then continues to cross the street holding the boy’s hand, who witnessed it all.

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Porsche 918 Spyder Hasn’t Sold Out Yet

Many of the world's top boutique or extreme supercars are pre-sold for their entire run--sometimes even before they're announced to the public. But unlike the dozens or few hundreds of these cars typically built, Porsche is planning to produce 918 examples of the 918 Spyder. At $845,000, the 918 Spyder is expensive, but it's a relative bargain...

Disgruntled Serbian Fiat Employee Reportedly Vandalized 31 500Ls with a Screwdriver!


A Serbian assembly line worker from Fiat’s Kragujevac plant has reportedly vandalized 31 half-assembled 500L MPVs with a screwdriver. The worker scratched curse words and offensive messages on the cars’ bodies.

The exact content of the messages was not disclosed, but it appears the curses were aimed at the management of the plant, including the general manager and the workers’ Italian supervisors. Recently there have been tensions between management and workers as parts shortages delayed production, with trade unions saying workers had been forced to work long hours and had been denied cigarette breaks.

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Driver Slams Into a Pole, Quickly Jumps Out to Visit Outdoor Bathroom


I guess if you have to go, you have to go. As scary as this accident may look, the way it turned out can only cause laughter. Allow us to explain.

The driver of the vehicle with the dash-cam noticed an Opel Corsa from the opposite lane veering off the road before crashing into a light pole. Instead of driving away, he did the right thing and turned around to provide help, but what he saw upon arriving at the scene was not what he expected…

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Tesla Stock Smashes Past $100 Per Share

Having just repaid its government loans with interest, and with another positive announcement planned this week – this one about expanding its Supercharger network – Tesla stock rose 13.6 percent yesterday, closing at $110.33

The stock price surge was an unambiguous breaking through the $100 mark, and the first time the company’s TSLA symbol as traded on Nasdaq has seen this much valuation.

Since May 24, TSLA has tripled in value which makes it far more than a mere standout compared to the 16-percent rise in the Russell 1000 Index for the same time period.

Elon Musk, the company’s CEO and co-founder, has said plans are to expand the Supercharger network, most of which are in California.

We’ll keep you posted what specifics are outlined for the growing network of free, solar powered quick chargers, when they are revealed.

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