Carroll Shelby dies at 89

Carroll Hall Shelby, credited with the Shelby Cobra and numerous powered-up adaptions of Ford and Dodge cars, died last night at the age of 89 after being hospitalized for pneumonia. After starting out as a chicken farmer and part-time auto racer, he became a full time racer in the 1950s. The AC Cobra, which debuted in 1962, used a Ford V8 engine, providing far more power than most cars of its kind; he also sold small Ford V8s to Rootes in 1964 for their LeMans Sunbeam Tigers, though the engines all failed at the race.

When Lee Iacocca went to Chrysler, he carried his relationship with Shelby with him, resulting in numerous “hot-rodded” cars powered by various 2.2 liter engines. He later returned to working with Ford, particularly on Mustangs. He said late in life that only a few of the projects he tried turned a profit, though it was enough to keep Shelby America operating. Shelby was reportedly involved in the creation of the Viper as well, and test drove one of the originals from 0-100-0 despite having recently had heart surgery. He also drove the Viper at the 1991 Indy 500.

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The Chrysler Journey

The current Dodge Journey form-factor is bound to move to Chrysler, according to Allpar sources, as Dodge moves to a rear wheel drive crossover — like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

A relatively inexpensive people-moving crossover will still be needed, and most likely, that will be Chrysler’s job. It won’t be based on the current Journey, whose design dates back quite a few years now.

Given current styling trends,

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Hellcat Charger-Challenger production soared in ’16


Final production numbers for the 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and the 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat have been posted on the enthusiast website Assuming they are accurate, the production of the 707-horsepower Dodge cars nearly doubled from the 2015 model year.

FCA rocked the world when they introduced not one, but two 707-horsepower production cars with the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

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Longtime Pro Stock Dodge driver Allen Johnson, cut off by Mopar at the end of the last season, has renewed his sponsorship deal with Marathon Oil for the 2017 NHRA drag racing season. It’s a natural fit: Johnson owns Greenville Oil and Petroleum, which has 37 Marathon-branded Quick Stop Markets.

The champion in 2012 and runner-up to Jeg Coughlin Jr. in 2013, Johnson is the only Dodge driver to have made it to a final round in the past two years.

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We may not know much about the upcoming all-wheel-drive Dodge Challenger GT, but we do know this: it will get 18 mpg city, 27 highway. The car is now listed in the database.

Those economy figures indicate that the AWD Challenger GT will have the Pentastar V6, since they’re the same on the V6 Charger. All wheel drive cuts about 1 mpg off city mileage and,

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Behind the rumors of “22 minute diesels”

German newspaper Bild am Sonntag claimed back in May that the German transport department, KBA, had discovered FCA was shutting off their diesel emissions controls after 22 minutes. That accusation was reportedly widely in worldwide media, but was never confirmed.

FCA’s chief technical officer, Harald Wester repeatedly denied the  “22 minute” charge in statements to the EU Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS):

Contrary to allegations,

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