Best Buy to Begin Sales of Electric Vehicles

Best Buy Electric Vehicles

Best Buy has been in talks with various car companies to begin the sales of electric vehicles in their stores. It is rumored that Best Buy will not only feature some major brands but also small start up brands as well. Best Buy’s Geek Squad will already be offering warranty and repair services for the 2012 Ford Focus Electric as well as the Mitsubishi I-MiEV.  Best Buy is still in negotiations with car companies and can not fully disclose the details and inner workings of the partnerships.

With this news there are things that one would have to ponder. Where will they place these vehicles, next to the televisions or next to the candy bars while you wait in the queue line? Where can I take my vehicle for repair when Best Buy closes its doors? Anyone who has ever been on the internet or to a Wal-Mart knows that Best-Buy is having an extremely difficult time staying competitive. They have far higher overhead than any online retailer. Wal-Mart’s massive amount of sales will keep their prices down, and any car lot will be able to offer far more vehicle specific information and services. So why bring cars to Best Buy? In order for this to work out, Best Buy will have to offer some sort of exclusive service or packages that others cannot, i.e., throw in a 52 inch LED TV with the purchase. It’s not everyday someone is thinking “WOW, I really need a new camera. Hey! I should buy a new car while I’m here.” Well maybe people do but I don’t know those people. So maybe I’m the loser.

I am not sure which direction this plan will take Best Buy but I wish them the best.

First US BMW 1M Coupe Reviewed

BMW 1M Coupe

The first US recipient of the BMW 1M coupe has offered his evaluation of the vehicle and you should find his feedback very insightful, and maybe even a bit surprising.

“So my overall impression is that this is a fantastic little car. It can be quiet and reserved but can show its aggressiveness at a moments notice. Compared to a Cayman or Boxster, it is more reserved. It doesn’t have that visceral feel and responsiveness unless you push it. Think of the 1M as the quiet, introverted but just as competent cousin to the more extroverted, sometimes in your face Cayman. If I could only have one car, I’d probably opt for the Cayman.

Luckily, I have more than one car. And I’m having a blast in my 1M.”

While he doesn’t rank the 1M ahead of the Cayman, he does sing very high praise for BMW’s new offering. The small, nimble, and responsive nature of the 1M seems to harken back to the E30 M3, the first car to be introduced in the M series.

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Mustang Facebook Fans Double as Marketing Reps

Mustang Facebook Fans

Ford put their nearly 1.4 million fans on their Mustang Facebook page in charge of their marketing department, albeit on a temporary assignment. That assignment was to create a new name for the Ford Mustang V6 Performance Package.

“We saw great enthusiasm from fans, with tons of creative, unique names coming in,” said Brian McClary, Ford social and emerging media specialist. “The contest was twofold – it let us engage with fans by letting them have a say, and it helped build awareness for the package.”

This package capitalizes on the Mustang GT’s potent power by upgrading the suspension/handling for a complete package that’s efficient on the track as well as the road. With that said a name was needed to properly represent what this kit delivers to customers.

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BMW F10 M5 at the Test Track

BMW F10 M5

Initial videos of the next generation BMW F10 M5 showcased the car performing in a snowy environment. While that’s significant from a daily driver standpoint it definitely didn’t do much to excite the senses.

For those desiring a bit more action from the highly touted F10 M5 then this is the video for you. Here, the M5 can be seen being put through its paces at a test-track in Miramas, France. BMW engineers destroy some rubber, check the handling characteristics, shifting performance, and hit speeds of 190 mph, all to ensure that the new M5 meets the lofty performance expectations that have been set before it.

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Porsche Cayman S Black Edition Announced

Porsche Black Edition Cayman S

Porsche again has demonstrated “the power of attraction” with the announcement of an irresistible Porsche Cayman S Black Edition. The smoked headlights, 19 inch black wheels, and stunning all black paint bring a bold edge to the classy Cayman S design. The details also carry over inside the vehicle with its black dashboard trim to go along with the gear lever/selector trim, and the instrument dials in the instrument cluster, all being decked out in black.

If that’s not enough to let you know you’re in a special vehicle, along the door entry panel sits an emblazoned “Black Edition” tag made of stainless steel to remind you. While the glove compartment lid bears a badge recognizing its limited edition status. Porsche will only produce 500 Black Edition Cayman S models.

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Snake and Mongoose – Inspirational Drag Racing Movie

Snake and Mongoose Movie

Rhino Films and newly formed shingle, Storywise Productions, have acquired life-story rights from legendary drag racing rivals, Don “ The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “ The Mongoose” McEwen and partnered with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) to produce a motion picture about their years revolutionizing one of the world’s most thrilling sports on and off the track.

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Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 Confirmed

Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

The rumors were true, Porsche has officially announced that the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 is on the way. Kudos to the guys at teamspeed.com for being the first to leak this information to the public. Who knew forums could be used for something other than flame wars?

But, they were right, the GT3 RS 4.0 will be made in limited production, 600 vehicles in total, and will further enhance the racing pedigree of the GT3 RS. So, how do you improve upon a model with such strong ties to a Cup car?

Increasing power is a good start. As you guessed, Porsche has upped the displacement of the engine to 4 liters, now boasting a 500 horsepower rating. That means the car is capable of hitting 62 mph in 3.9 seconds, and 124 mph in under 12. Even more impressive is their claimed lap time of 7:27 minutes around the Nurburgring, which is a second faster than the Porsche Carrera GT.

The GT3 cars are not simply about having gobs of power, although it has that in abundance, the whole purpose is providing enthusiasts with a road-going version of the track only GT3 RSR. To further blur the line between track and street cars Porsche has dropped in the exact same crankshaft that’s used in the GT3 RSR, to go along with forged pistons and connecting rods fashioned from titanium. To say that this car is ready for the track would be an understatement.

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2011 Ferrari Challenge and 458 Challenge Debut

Ferrari

The 2011 North American Ferrari Challenge Series begins its 2011 season, April 29-May 1, at Infineon Raceway, located in the heart of the famed Sonoma Wine Country.  This highly-anticipated race also marks the North American debut of the new Ferrari 458 Challenge, the fifth and latest generation of Challenge cars.

Adding to the excitement at Infineon Raceway, the Corse Clienti Department’s 599XX, FXX and F1 Clienti programs will also participate on the track.  Further, the Ferrari F430 Challenge will compete alongside its successor, the new Ferrari 458 Challenge.

The 458 Challenge is based on the spectacular Ferrari 458 Italia, and introduces a number of important modifications to adapt it for competition use.  While the direct injection 4497 cc V8 remains strictly in production tune, modifications have been made to the gear ratios and calibration of its dual-clutch F1 gearbox to guarantee higher torque at lower revs.  Significant work has also gone into cutting the car’s weight, focusing on both the interior and exterior with Ferrari’s engineers concentrating in particular on reducing the thickness of bodyshell panels and on using lightweight materials such as carbon-fiber and Lexan.

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Adam Carolla – The Car Show

Adam Carolla - The Car Show

The image above provides what we believe to be another small glimpse of The Car Show (name subject to change), Speed TV’s upcoming series.

In the photo we see Adam Carolla interviewing Porsche driver Patrick Long, in front of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid. If this is indeed from their new series then this would go along with other pictures from the show that showcased a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, along with other oddities like the Camry, Volt, and DeLorean.

The series is set to debut in July and will be hosted by Adam Carolla, accompanied by auto journalist Dan Neil, Matt Farah, and former NBA star John Sally.

While we await Top Gear’s US rival you can view Matt Farah’s work at The Smoking Tire and Adam Carollo’s Car Cast.

[Photo Source: Porsche]