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.
The Ram 1500 faced down the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 and new Chevrolet Silverado in Motor Trend’s half-ton truck shootout. The three contenders were put through a broad array of testing, including a 260-mile drive through California and Arizona. Measurements included: Testing without load: 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and maximum lateral grip (Ram was Limits-handling without load: closed-course cornering, braking, [...]
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has long expressed his desire to slash the number of Fiat and Chrysler platforms, emulating Volkswagen’s “back to the future” move of putting just about everything onto a single platform. Mr. Marchionne has allowed major exceptions; the combination of an over-ambitious plan and a grip on reality delayed the Jeep Renegade and some other cars, because the [...]
Some time ago, Sergio Marchionne, head of Fiat Chrysler, said that the only way to reboot Alfa Romeo would be by amortizing engineering costs with Dodge. That’s gone down the memory hole, now. It had to. The Alfisti will have fitsies if they overtly share with Chrysler. The D-RWD platform is now Giorgio, an Italian name for something developed largely in Auburn [...]
This year’s winners of the prestigious Ward’s Top Ten were (in alphabetical order) the BMW 5-series electric motor, the Corvette Stingray’s 6.2 liter V8, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat V8, the Ford Fiesta three-cylinder, one-liter turbo, Hyundai Tuscon fuel cell vehicle, Mini Cooper 1.5 turbo three cylinder, the Ram 3-liter VM diesel, Subaru WRX four-cylinder turbo, VW Golf 1.8 liter [...]
We may have the first clear 2017 Chrysler Town & Country minivan spy shots, adding to a small “phone pic” shot posted some time ago. The vehicle, parked with the Chrysler Technical Center in sight, has camouflage and padding, but you can clearly see the openings for the side and front door handles. The photo gives some idea of the relatively length [...]