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Audi, Volvo, and Even a Ram: Nurburgring Safety and Medical Cars

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Enthusiasts will appreciate the automotive color of the 2016 Nurburgring 24 Hours, with high-performance wagons and crossovers dressed up as safety cars, medical cars, or official shuttles, operating not far from the racing action that surrounds us. About that, don’t miss Motor Trend OnDemand’s coverage here.

2016 Ram Power Wagon: Trail Driven

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - When I think about heading off-road and hitting the trails, I have to admit – my first thought usually involves an SUV of some kind, such as my 2015 Jeep Wrangler – something smaller, lighter, with a short wheelbase and plenty of ground clearance on chunky tires that can scale rocks and ford streams without undue effort. But what about a pickup truck?

Semi-autonomous car hits new record speed at Indy track

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Arrow Electronics second semi-autonomous racecar (SAM) has broke another speed record, achieving 152 mph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. Former IndyCar driver and current team owner, Sam Schmidt, was in the driving seat of the modified 2016 Corvette Z06 during the Indianapolis 500, surpassing his previous record of 107 mph in 2014. Schmidt has been paralyzed since his racing accident in 2000, but found a new way to drive thanks to Arrow’s autonomous technology.

The start of the Indianapolis 500 is unique, thrilling and dangerous

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - The Indianapolis 500 is steeped with traditions but only one kept Michael Andretti awake the night before a race: The start. In a format as dangerous as it is unique, the 33 drivers in the Indy 500 start the race in 11 rows of cars lined up three wide, rather than the conventional two-wide starts elsewhere in IndyCar, NASCAR and Formula One racing. The cars also are cramped as they rush down a front straightaway that’s only 50 feet wide at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and they’re approaching 200 mph when the green flag is waved.

Truex Jr. earns Coors Light Pole for Coca-Cola 600

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Martin Truex Jr. crashed a Ford party on Thursday night, winning the pole for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. With his team making adjustments to the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota throughout the qualifying session, Truex saved his best lap for the round that counted, covering the 1.5-mile distance in 28.077 seconds (192.328 mph) to edge Team Penske Ford driver Joey Logano (192.007 mph) by .047 seconds for the top starting spot in NASCAR's longest race.

Chevrolet Malibu: Old vs New (with video)

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - The midsize sedan segment is crucial to any auto manufacturer. It’s the arena in which you’ll find the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Ford Fusion, to name a few, and they sell like hotcakes. That is why the all-new 2016 Chevy Malibu is so important to the brand. I recently had the chance to drive the new ‘Bu alongside its predecessor to do a side-by-side comparison.

Vauxhall Astra long-term test review: technology test

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Our Vauxhall Astra is packed with an impressive amount of technology; but does it work? Recently I dictated a text message to my wife while driving at 70mph (and not one mile per hour more) on the M6.

Incredible Story of the Very First Camaro Ever Built

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Camaro is Chevy’s second and America’s third most popular collectors car behind Corvette and Ford Mustang. The fact that it celebrates its golden anniversary this year only speaks in favor of such a statement. Incidentally, GM has the real treat for Camaro enthusiasts since they’re about to showcase the first Camaro ever assembled prior to this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise. The historic event takes place on August 20, and VIN plate N100001 Camaro will be exhibited in the glass cube for a full week between August 13 and 20.

Future Collectibles: 2014-16 Chevrolet SS

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - The following story was excerpted from the April 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine. When considering the 2014-16 Chevrolet SS as a future collectible, it’s impossible to ignore the one-year-and-out 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP that we looked at back in the October 2010 issue of Collectible Automobile.

1957 Corvette Fuses Traditional Looks with Cutting-Edge Performance

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Dave looked to his past as a drag racer and wanted to blend the car’s classic styling with that of his time spent as a racer fused with cutting-edge technology for the ultimate in handling.