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Winter storm pounding Colorado mountains; 10 inches possible in Denver
By Joey Bunch and Tom McGhee
The Denver Post
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UPDATED: 05/11/2014 08:18:59 PM MDT

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Go Drifting on Ice in a Toyota GT86

Christian Seabaugh, Associate Online Editor

Motor Trend, April 3, 2013

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On this week’s episode of The Downshift we head to Norway to see what Scion Formula Drift racer Fredric Aasbo does in the offseason with his Toyota GT86 drift car.

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The episode starts with Aasbo in his garage wrenching on his GT86, sharing how he got into drifting by watching videos of pros racing in Japan. Aasbo then talks about drifting in his native Norway. He and his friends grew up taking their cars heading to the area’s frozen lakes and going drifting. After some gratuitous shots of Aasbo drifting his custom Toyota GT86 on the ice, we take a look at his buddy’s 1977 Toyota Cressida, which was purchased from a grandmother and turned into a drift car.

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Check out Aasbo, his philosophy on drifting, and his Toyota GT86 on the latest episode of The Downshift below.

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Hyundai’s Pikes Peak Plans, Subaru’s Rally Season Prep

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Alex Nishimoto, Associate Online Editor,

Motor Trend, April 23, 2013 

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The competition is heating up for the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, with major manufacturers gunning for the course record this year. Now that the entire mountain road has been paved, last year’s winner and current record-holder Rhys Millen will have to fight to defend the title. With just over a month before the June 30 race, Hyundai has released a series of videos chronicling its preparation.

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Hyundai released the first two videos of a 12-episode series titled “Defending the Crown.” The first installment covers Millen’s history with the event, and how the Australian driver captured the all-time record last year in a modified Hyundai Genesis coupe. Millen himself then explains how the paving of Pikes Peak led him to build the PM-580T, with the “T” standing for tarmac. Millen says the rear-drive vehicle is powered by a Hyundai Lambda V-6. The second video delves deeper into Millen’s 2013 Pikes Peak contender, revealing that the car is underpinned by a Crawford Race Cars chassis and will utilize lightweight titanium and carbon fiber. In the next episode, the RMR team will explain how it plans to get 900 hp from the Genesis’ production V-6.

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Meanwhile, Honda plans to increase its presence at Pikes Peak, becoming a partnering sponsor and bringing more vehicles. Last year, Honda Performance Development (HPD) entered an NSX boasting a twin-turbo V-6 borrowed from one of its LMP2-class prototypes, along with a Le Mans-spec wide body. For 2013, Honda will field entries in nine categories, including cars such as a first-generation Acura NSX, TL SH-AWD, Honda CR-Z, and Fit EV.

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In other rally news, Subaru has released the first video in a series about its two teams, Subaru Rally Team USA and the Subaru-Puma Rallycross Team. The video explains what the teams went through last season, and shows the cars being prepared for next season. Among the biggest challenges Subaru faces is its limited experience in rallycross, a sport that teams in Europe have dominated for years. Though progress has been made since its inaugural season, the Subaru-Puma Rallycross Team still has a long way to go.

Check out all the videos below.

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Pastrana signs with Dodge for another season of Rallycross

By Alex Kierstein, Road & Track, April 10, 2013

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Last year, the popular 29-year-old Travis Pastrana took home the checkered flag in the fourth race of the Global Rallycross season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and finished 10th in the final series standings. Now that Dodge and SRT Motorsports have announced that they’re bringing Pastrana back aboard for another season, Dodge hopes Pastrana will repeat or place even better 2013. It holds the same high hopes for Pastrana’s racing partner and pilot of the second Dart, Bryce Menzies.

Unlike the standard Dart, the Dart Rallycross Car delivers a total of about 600 horsepower through an all-wheel-drive system. With the extra 416 horsepower, the Rallycross car can reportedly sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 2 seconds.

The 2013 GRC season begins April 21 in Brazil.

 

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Denver weather forecast: Rain, cold, snow and more snow!

 

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By Ryan Parker
The Denver Post

Well, here we go again.

Colorado is expected to be in the midst of another snowstorm Wednesday, just days after people broke out their shorts and golf clubs.

“We’re looking at about 4 to 6 inches (of snow) for the Denver metro area,” said Jim Kalina, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Areas in the western suburbs, such as Arvada, Golden and Boulder, and cities to the north, including Longmont and Fort Collins, could see up to 6 to 8 inches by the end of Wednesday, he said.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued an air-quality advisory for blowing dust, which means the snow may have a pink or brown hue at times.

About 60 Colorado Department of Transportation snowplows were scheduled to be working on highways and roads in the Denver metro area Tuesday night through 5 a.m. Wednesday, CDOT said in a news release. After 5 a.m., the highway department would increase its coverage to 75 plows.

The high for Wednesday was forecast to be 31 degrees, with winds out of the north-northeast at 8 to 11 mph and gusts as high as 17 mph, according to the weather service.

Thanks to a series of late-season, scattered snowstorms — which forecasters say are unusual but not unheard of — records may continue to be broken.

The coldest temperature Denver has ever recorded for a high on May 1 is 33 degrees. “There’s a chance we could break that,” Kalina said.

The lowest temperature ever recorded in Denver on May 1 is 23 degrees. The forecast low for Wednesday: 25 degrees.

But the latest snow in Denver? June 27.

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Remember to use snow or winter tires when the temperature drops in the fall, winter and spring seasons. Snow tires outperform all season and all other tires in temperatures below 43 degrees. Some great snow tire brands to consider are Bridgestone, Michelin, Pirelli & Continental. Many other tire manufactures such as BF Goodrich, Goodyear, Firestone, Yokohama, Hankook, Kumho, Dunlop, Uniroyal, Dunlop, Falken, General, Nokian, Nexen, Kelly, Cooper also offer winter or snow tires. To schedule Seasonal Tire Storage visit us at tirestorage.com or call toll free 877-997- TIRE (8473).

Low-Rolling Resistance, Run-Flat Tires Disappointing Consumers

Zach Gale, News Director, MotorTrend.com, April 2, 2013

For the fourth consecutive year, survey respondents in J.D. Power’s 2013 U.S. Original Equipment Tire Customer Satisfaction Study are reporting fewer problems with OEM tires, but that’s not the trend that’s caught our eye. J.D. Power says satisfaction with low-rolling resistance and run-flat tires is declining.

Michelin ranked highest in the luxury, passenger car, and performance sport segments, while Pirelli took the top spot in the truck/utility segment. The survey results are based on responses from about 30,800 owners of new 2011 and 2012 model-year vehicles, taken between October and December 2012.

While low-rolling resistance tires are appearing on everything from efficient hybrids to the sports-oriented Scion FR-S, J.D. Power thinks consumers could use more information about the popular tire technology. Though such tires are often just one of numerous details automakers use to hit a desired EPA-rated fuel economy number, J.D. Power suggests that many consumers don’t understand how much of a sacrifice they should expect in overall performance for improved fuel economy.

J.D. Power also finds that consumer opinion on run-flat tires is low, as well. In the luxury and performance sport vehicle segments, the company found a sizable decrease in satisfaction when comparing run-flat and standard tires. Run-flat tires must be replaced more frequently than standard tires, and often must be installed in pairs.

“Automakers are trying to reach the next level of fuel economy, and are looking to their suppliers — in this case, tire manufacturers — to help them get there,” said Brent Gruber, director, global automotive division at J.D. Power and Associates. “The challenge is doing this while finding tires that meet customers’ expectations.”

J.D. Power says overall satisfaction with OEM tires didn’t change in this year’s survey. Scores in three of four categories improved, but tire ride satisfaction dipped slightly this year.

As we reported in January, the NHTSA is proposing new tire labels potentially for implementation in 2016, evaluating rolling resistance and possibly exterior tire noise and wet traction performance as well. Read more about the future of NHTSA tire ratings here.

From dropping spare tires altogether to adopting run-flat or low-rolling resistance tires, automakers are looking for any options that can increase fuel economy.

Source: J.D. Power and Associates

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Frozen Record: Nissan GT-R Goes 183 MPH on Russian Lake

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Frozen Record: Nissan GT-R Goes 183 MPH on Russian Lake

By

Jason Udy

Motor Trend

April 8, 2013

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The Nissan GT-R has set a new Russian record as the fastest production car on ice with an average speed of 183.18 mph across Lake Baikal. Driven by Russian race driver Roman Rusinov and auto journalist Andrey Leontjev, the stock 2012 GT-R ran on stud-less Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires.

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After a standing start and acceleration for 2.17 miles, the GT-R’s speed was averaged over the next 0.62 miles before entering the braking zone. The record speed was verified by the Russian Automotive Federation (RAF) along with four judges from Yaroslavl, Omsk, Yekaterinburg and Moscow. Lake Baikal, located in southern Siberia, is claimed to be the world’s deepest lake.

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Check out the video of the Nissan GT-R’s record setting 183-mph run.

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McLaren 12C Spider Races X-Games Snowboarder Down Loveland Pass

McLaren 12C Spider Races X-Games Snowboarder Down Loveland Pass

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Jake Holmes

Motor Trend

March 20, 2013

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In celebration of delivering the first McLaren 12C Spider to a customer in the U.S., the automaker has released a short film of the convertible supercar racing a snowboarder down Loveland Pass.

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The video features Pikes Peak Hill Climb winner Rhys Millen behind the wheel of the 616-hp 12C Spider, and Winter X-Games medalist Chanelle Sladics on a snowboard. Millen generously gives Sladics a ride up to the top of 11,990-foot Loveland Pass in Colorado, sliding the McLaren’s tail out gratuitously around each corner of the winding mountain road. At the top, Sladics steps out of the car and onto her snowboard, setting the stage for a race between woman and machine.

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McLaren notes that the 12C Spider, which debuted at last year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, has a dedicated winter mode that optimizes the traction control and engine for use in slippery conditions. That and a set of Pirelli performance winter tires helped Millen avoid wasting all of the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine’s power as wheelspin. Fortunately, he still manages to have fun with the car, giving us a chance to hear its furious exhaust note as the car drifts, slips, and slides around the mountain road.

The McLaren 12C Spider costs $268,250 after destination charges and is sold through ten dealerships in North America.

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