Old Tech Vs New Tech – VW GTI vs Chevrolet Bolt!

In this video, the team from TFLcar pit the Volkswagen GTI against the Chevrolet Bolt. Believe me folks, it’s closer than you think.

 

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The Okoboji Classic Cars Museum is the best of Automotive Americana

By: Nathan Adlen

The motto of the Okoboji Classic Cars Museum is “The Ultimate Man Cave,” but it’s a lot more than that. Located in West Okoboji, Iowa off of Highway 86, the Okoboji Classic Cars Museum is a journey into the nostalgic memories of the owner, Toby Shine, President of Okoboji Classic Cars.

The Okoboji Classic Cars Museum has a few components:

Restoration and sales – The Okoboji Classic Cars Museum has a world-class restoration “Performance Center.” They restore clients classic vehicles exactly to their owner’s specifications. The Performance Center also acquires vehicles to restore, display on the museum floor and sell.About Us

Museum and shop – A painstakingly detailed re-creation of the main street in Spencer, Iowa and the boardwalk near Arnold’s Park by West Lake Okoboji (both, a few minutes from the museum), the Okoboji Classic Cars Museum one of the largest dioramas you’ll ever see. Landscapes, buildings, shops and people along with a multitude of cars are painted throughout. Seeking advice from professionals, including Disney engineers, the Okoboji Classic Cars Museum’s interior buildings are reminiscent of Disneyland’s Mainstreet U.S.A.

Facilities

There are tons of details, not only for folks who may have a history in Spencer, Iowa, but for folks who want to see 1960’s Americana. You’ll get lots of time to observe and scrutinize the details during the guided tour. I highly recommend looking at the drive-in movie room.

I must mention one component that’s not apparent, the connection between the owner Toby Shine and the community. Everything from establishing the Okoboji Maritime Museum to the saving and preservation of Arnolds Park’s Amusement Park, Mr. Shine’s philanthropic connection to this community is remarkable.

Not only do I highly recommend the Okoboji Classic Cars Museum, I recommend spending time in this community. Without a doubt, I can honestly say, there’s something special around every bend. What a great place.

The Autowerkz.TV crew shot an episode of Undercover Car Guys at the museum which will air by or before the fall of 2017. Check out and subscribe to Autowerkz.TV for more!

 

The view from Arnolds Park , Iowa.

Check out Jaguar’s Next Generation Recruitment with the Gorillaz

Watch as Jaguar and the musical group Gorrilzas attempt to “Crack the Code!”

“Jaguar has enlisted the help of Gorillaz and their new problem-solving app to recruit the next generation of world-class electronics and software engineering talent. With more than 4,000 code-breaking combinations, this first of a kind approach aims to inspire a new way of thinking as we invite applicants to ‘crack the code’ and fast-track their way into employment at Jaguar.”

The best performers will be fast-tracked through the recruitment process, helping to meet Jaguar Land Rover’s ambition to employ thousands of bright new talents over the next year. It’s a major change in the way the business looks for candidates, aiming to tackle the engineering skills gap and inspire and attract a diverse range of talent and new thinking.

The Gorillaz App today launches a new Jaguar Land Rover recruitment area in the form of a 360-environment situated in the garage of the band’s home which also features all the iconic vehicles from Gorillaz past. Here, applicants can explore and take a two-part challenge. The first part, designed to educate users about the benefits of electric vehicles, involves assembling the Jaguar I-PACE Concept, Jaguar’s first all-electric five-seater sports car. Users can learn about the vehicle’s performance, battery technology, space, charging and range.

The second and more demanding part of the game, developed to engage and recruit budding electronic wizards and coders, will focus on cracking code – there are more than  4,000 combinations, as well as cipher in an alternate reality format. The challenges put a stronger focus on skills and talents than on qualifications.

The company has used its debut season in Formula E to promote Jaguar Land Rover’s thought-leadership position as a business that is shaping the future to solve the technology innovation and skills gap challenges.

Enjoy this fun video!

Pro Stock Rescue will be filming an Episode at the Cordova International Raceway – Tomorrow!

Pro Stock Rescue is filming tomorrow (June 17th) at Cordova International Raceway!

If you want to meet the Pro Stock Rescue crew, get on camera and see some spectacular racing, come on down!

Go to the AutowerkzTV Facebook page for more information!

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Come to Cordova International Raceway & Meet the Stars of Pro Stock Rescue on June 17th!

The whole Autowerkz.TV crew will be covering the Black Arrow Cup at Cordova International Raceway (Cordova Illinois) and you can join the fun! We will be there filming and we would love to get YOU on camera!

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Lazier Racing – Across the Bricks, One More Time [Racing Journal]

By Flinn Lazier:

Memorial day weekend had finally rolled around after the long off season for the Lazier Racing team.

Going into the month was probably one of the biggest scrambles we’ve ever had, as one of our old ‘partners’ decided to take some of our body kit and equipment. Finding new gear for our car proved to be a challenge and we were soon asking to borrow parts (even a steering wheel) from other full time teams.

Luckily we were able to bring everything together in time for about 30 laps of practice before qualifying.

Although this does not seem like very much time, the team came in and absolutely gave everything they had to get our car across the bricks once again. Rolling off the line for qualifying it was clear that our car was still in race trim as we never had the time to trim the car out for qualifying still having a lot of downforce in the car. But after the first qualifying season the team decided to take a little wing out to see if we could get maybe just one extra mile an hour out of her.

All said and done, laying it on the line, and putting on an unpredictable set up, we put down a very good time for our program placing the car in the 30th starting possession, the first time in Lazier Racing history that we have not been on the last row of the grid.

After a long week of media appearances it was finally time to see if we had anything new to bring to the speedway. Unfortunately we were missing one piece going into the race and that was the weight jacker. The weight jacker moves weight in the car to allow the driver to make balance changes while in the driving, a very important tool used at Indy.

We started off a little sluggish, we ran out of fuel right before coming in for our first pit stop having to restart the car which held us up and put us two laps down. After our first stop we started to make up ground again and made up 1 of our laps. We started to find a happy rhythm after the red flag and moved up to 26th.

Unfortunately we started to lose radio contact and the car soon became out of balance. The team could no longer give pit instructions for the moment and it started to become clear that the car was suffering from a creeping oversteer.

A tire can only be pushed so far. Entering turn two the car became unstable and threw the middle of the corner the right rear tire gave up sending Buddy and the car into the outside wall at 225MPH. The car spun so quickly he hit the wall head on pulling a several G impact and costing to a stop at the middle of the back straight away.

Luckily Dallara, Chevy, and the whole Indy Car team have become so advanced and so good in their work that he climbed out with only the wind knocked out of him and a sore chest. Without the extreme attention to detail by these groups people like Scott and even Buddy may no longer be with us today and the sport would not be the ex.

The Lazier Racing car suffered bodywork damage and slight brushes to the tub, nothing that can’t be fixed. With a new 2018 body kit, help from our partners, and the priceless work put in from the crew, we will be back and hopefully better than ever.

Every year we build our program and maybe someday we can grow into something much bigger than what we are now. For now we continue to grow the Lazier brand, Lazier name, and the three generation Lazier legacy. We will be coming out with shirts, hats, and other items soon on our web-site that will be announced soon on all of our social media branches. This amazing opportunity would not be possible without the Hulman George Family, everyone who volunteers during the month of May, Jeff Teague with The Factory, Dario, Stalk It, Chevrolet and all the crew members who give it their all during the month of may, Thank you!

Await the Extravagance of the Villa d’Este Concorso

Set Against the Breathtaking Views of Lake Como

The northern Italy region of Lombardy situates itself on the lower edge of the Alps. The area is beaming with fertile valleys and a rolling typography along with breathtaking scenery. Particularly, the Italy Lake District elicits a famous and tranquil setting, especially during the late spring and early summer months.

Lake Como encapsulates the sentiment of ideal scenery fully. With a temperate May climate (albeit a bit cool with temperatures in the 60 degrees Fahrenheit), brisk air coming across the Lake and an abundance of sunshine, Lake Como bestows one of the most wondrous and extravagant events in all the automotive world: the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, starting this Memorial Day Weekend from May 26th to May 28th.

The Mystique of Classic Cars

If the setting does not entice you, the cars will. Located on the grounds Grand Hotel Villa d’Este on Lake Como, the Concorso features 50 cars from a six-decade period of innovation and marvel. The allure of the event lies with the adherence to historic classics.

The theme of the 2017 Concorso will feature “Around the World in 80 Days – Voyage through an Era of Records.” Stunning vehicles set against a serene backdrop will surely live up to its infamous prowess.

Maserati Mostro Zagato on display at the 2015 Villa d’Este. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons user Arnaud.

An exclusive panel of international judges will critique the assortment of 50 vehicles under an array of separate categories. The historic vehicles on display will feature classics crafted between a six-decade period from the 1920s through the 1980s.

Transporting to a Bygone Era

Due to its location and tradition, the Concorso’s atmosphere remains unmatched. From 1920 Delage CO 1/4 Litres to 1934 Rolls-Royce Phatoms, the events of the weekend beam with class and extravagance. Unrivaled beauty and novelty of the location and types of historic classics pits the event in rarified air. The crowning of Best in Show, the BMW Group Trophy, will present the winning classic on Sunday.

The cradle of the Lombardy region houses a certain discipline and refinement. Artisans work to perfect their craft in this area, which has given the world parmesan cheese, the best leather goods and Ferrari vehicles. What better way to soak up this nuance than by being transporting through time.

Follow Via Corsa with more coverage from Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este!

Be part of the action as Autowerkz.TV’s Pro Stock Rescue films at Cordova International Raceway on June 17th

The Autowerkz.TV crew will be filming at Cordova International Raceway on June 17th 2017! If you want to be part of the fun, get on camera or watch some fantastic racing, we’ll see you there!

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Check out the Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X Project Basecamp [Video]

Story by Nathan Adlen at TFLtruck: Nissan invited The Fast Lane Truck to see their first (official) crack at an overlanding truck – the Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X Project Basecamp. For years, off-road vehicles have been extensively modified for extended, rugged excursions. While it’s not a prerequisite for overlanding  (you can do it with a moped and a tent) having a beefy, diesel truck is a smart beginning.

This adventure drive coincides with the 2017 Overland Expo, where Nissan’s overlander trucks was on display May 12-14th in Flagstaff, Arizona.

We spent a whole day driving in or with the Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X Project Basecamp driving into the Grand Canyon, stopping at the shore of the Colorado River. Along with the Nissan Titan XD Hellwig “Rule Breaker”, which debuted at the 2016 SEMA show, the Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X Project Basecamp points at a promising first step into overlanding for the brand.

Extended range, respectable economy and great torque make diesel trucks appealing for overlanding. They are known to be rugged and reliable too. Still, the Big-3’s heavy-duty diesels are pricy and can be ponderous for some drivers. Having something that splits the differences between their heavy-duty trucks and light-duty, 1/2 ton trucks may be the Nissan Titan XD diesel’s best attribute.

Nissan started with a Titan XD Pro-4X with the 310 horsepower, 555 lb-ft of torque, 5.0-liter diesel engine. Hooked up to a six-speed Aisin transmission, the Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X has an electric locking rear differential and tows 11,790 lbs. Being a heavier diesel, it’s rated at 1,744 lbs payload.

It’s a respectable start, but there’s already a catch: the aforementioned Nissan Titan XD Hellwig Rule Breaker holds a 2,000 lbs Lance camper. That’s way over the standard payload maximum. Fortunately, both the Nissan Titan XD Hellwig Rule Breaker and the the Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X Project Basecamp have numerous suspension enhancements from Hellwig. As such, not only are extra loads workable, both vehicles performed on hard terrain as well as our unmodified (and unburdened) Titan Pro-4X 1/2 ton trucks.

“Overlanding is an exciting form of outdoor adventuring, taking participants into sometimes extreme terrain and climate conditions,” said Fred Diaz, division vice president and general manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, Inc. “We’re using the Project Basecamp to showcase the TITAN XD PRO-4X model’s potential as the perfect platform for truck owners thinking of taking their adventures to the next level.”

Seeing the Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X Project Basecamp function off-road while it pulls a trailer, in the rough, was like watching a military vehicle at work. I noticed very little sway on either vehicle off-road (mostly washboard and rocky riverbed) and they certainly looked at home when we made camp.

The Patriot X2 adventure trailer weighs about 2,600 lbs and was an outstanding resource on the trail. We used its kitchen and cargo holds to feed over a dozen hungry adventurers. It rarely bounced (unlike other adventure trailers we’ve worked with) and it simply looks awesome.

The accessory list for the Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X Project Basecamp is extensive, but you can purchase these components and pretty much build one of your own.

 

Endurance Rally Association’s inaugural Baltic Classic Rally Begins in Two Days

The Endurance Rally Association’s inaugural Baltic Classic Rally will see over 70 crews flagged away from the start line in Copenhagen on Sunday 28 May, competing in vehicles which represent over fifty years of motoring heritage. As befits an ERA event, the views are set to be stunning, the competitors varied, and the hotels second to none.

Entrants range from a brace of 1925 Bentleys to a 1978 Opel Kadett Coupe, with models chosen from rallying favourites like the Volvo Amazon and Ford Escort through to exotic Aston Martin DB5s and pre-war Lagondas.

Crews to watch out for include experienced rally goers Bill Cleyndert and Jacqui Norman in the Bentley Super Sport, winners of the inaugural European Cup on the Peking to Paris 2016, Jim Grayson and Simon Spinks in the 1969 London to Mexico Ford Escort, and Ludovic Bois and Julia Colman in the Volvo Amazon of the same year, all ‘P2P’ alumni.

Starting from Copenhagen’s Clarion Hotel, the route will head through Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland before finishing in Berlin on Saturday 10 June, covering over 4,200 kilometres in 14 days.

Highlights include a drive across the Oresund Bridge – the longest road and rail bridge in Europe, a visit to the SAAB museum in Trollhattan, and a sumptuous ferry across the striking Stockholm Archipelago. With almost no darkness, the views are exquisite even in the small hours.

Other attractions for entrants include the Riga Motor Museum, newly reopened with phenomenal vehicles in Latvia. Circuit and rallycross tests join experiences on Finnish gravel roads such as Ouninpohja and Ruuhamaki, and a long regularity event on a former Soviet airfield. On the last morning, the city of Szczecin plays host to a special mystery test, before the finish at the Brandenburg gate in Berlin.

ERA Rally Director Fred Gallagher said: “This is a new adventure for us, with a fantastic entry list, and we think this is going to be one of the highlights in the Endurance Rally Association calendar for years to come. While we have explored some of the territory covered before in an early outing of the Peking to Paris, there is a lot of exciting new territory which we’re keen to share with our competitors.”

To follow the Baltic Classic as well as for more information on other ERA events including the 2018 Road to Saigon and Trans-America Challenge with entries still available, visit www.endurorally.com.