Automation Game – Puts You in Control of Your Own Car Company

Automation Game

There are all sorts of “Tycoon” games out there that give players the ability to develop and manage their own creations ranging from theme parks to rail road companies. But, what about us car guys? How cool would it be to have a game that places you in charge of your own car manufacture? Including designing your own vehicles, to managing logistics, sales, and marketing. If that sounds like fun, then you’re in luck because the guys at Camshaft Software are working on such a game and it’s called Automation.

It’s currently under development, but we had to know more about it and thankfully they were kind enough to answer a handful of our questions regarding their forthcoming title. So, if there’s a little Enzo Ferrari in you, be sure to click through to read our entire interview with the development team.

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Fiat Abarth – A Retro Mouse with Rabies!

Fiat Abarth

It is a small, cuddly pet mouse that can be also used for killing burglars – Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear

That has to be the best description of a car that I have ever heard, and it’s about a car that we will finally be able to buy here in the United States.  The Fiat 500 Abarth.

In case you live in a cave, Fiat is an Italian auto maker that is famous for making cars with wicker seats, as well as for owning Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Lancia and Ferrari.  For a time, Fiat and its chairman Gianni Agnelli ruled the world.  And through its life Fiat had more relationships and romances than Cameron Diaz, courting Ford, GM, Chrysler, Tata, Chery, and almost everyone in between.

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Ferrari Daytona – Genesis and Design in 7 Days

Ferrari Daytona

According to the bible, it took God just seven days to create the world as we know it.  Unfortunately, God doesn’t design cars, because the average time to develop a new car can be as long as four years.  With computers and high tech design systems, the time can be shortened, but the process is still massive, costing an automaker billions of dollars.  Even a single component can take years, as in the case of Jaguar and its 17-year development of the V12 engine.

Like God, the automotive world has its own “divine” being, controlling beauty, power, and inspiration.  Of course, I am talking about Ferrari, and when Enzo Ferrari decided it was time to replace the 275 GTB/4, he called Pininfarina studios, who gave the job to a young designer named Lionardi Fioravanti.  Like Genesis, the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 was created in just seven days.

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Scion FR-S Concept – A Closer Look

Scion FR-S Concept

The Scion FR-S Concept was recently revealed for the first time and there’s a lot to be excited about!

 

The Scion FR-S concept was recently revealed at the New York Auto Show to the delight of many anxious “Toyobaru” fans around the world. The FR-S signifies a giant leap forward in the collaboration between Toyota and Subaru, bringing them one step closer to releasing their joint-venture sports car. With that said, the FR-S is still in concept form so what we see before us today will slightly differ from the production version that will show up on car lots in 2012.

Still, our sneak peak is a firm indication of just how brilliant the final version will be. The FR-S looks absolutely stunning with its unique blend of futuristic design mixed with old school form. The old school aspect comes into play from design cues taken from the Toyota 2000GT. The low and long hood, short rear, and bulging wheel arches brings some 60’s styling into 2012.

The concept also features a menacing front-end and overall sleek design that’s almost reminiscent of the Lexus LFA. To think, not long ago there was a lot of speculation that if released under Scion the styling would be watered down in a sense, but the pictures below certainly tell a different story.

So, it looks great, but we’re talking about a performance car here so let’s get to the meaningful information.

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Ford Mustang Boss 302 – The Legacy

Ford Mustang Boss 302

Without a doubt, the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 has some large shoes to fill. True, the first Boss 302 was only in production for two years and only won the Trans-Am championship once, but its meaning and what it symbolized for that era is much deeper than that. The Boss was engineered for one reason, to win, to win the Trans-Am championship and surpass the Camaro. It was built in a time where pride was everything for a manufacture, and the Boss 302 was Ford’s way of rekindling that sense of pride and restoring their selves as the premier muscle car company. More important than anything else, the 2012 iteration must embody that same spirit.

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Toyota MR2 Spyder Overview

MR2-Spyder

*The aim of this article is to provide a general overview of the Toyota MR2 Spyder, it is not intended to be a review of the vehicle.

MR2-Spyder

The Toyota MR2 Spyder made its US debut in 2000 and was the third generation version of the MR2 with its roots beginning in 1985. The Spyder is a mid-engine, rear-drive two-seater being powered by Toyota’s 1.8 liter 1ZZ-FED four cylinder engine. Output is a modest 138 bhp at 6400 rpm, but keep in mind that the car only weighs 2,160 pounds. Of course a 5-speed manual came standard, with Toyota offering a 6-speed sequential manual down the line.

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