Sabtu, 31 Mei 2014

Raxiom LED Lighting Giveaway!

Extreme Terrain is very excited to be offering Raxiom’s full line of LED lighting solutions for Jeep Wranglers. To get the word out about the new line of products we are giving away some of the most popular lights! The winner of this give-away will receive a Raxiom 50” Double Row LED Light Bar, as well as a pair of Raxiom 3” Square LED Lights. These high quality lights come with a Lifetime Warranty and make a great addition to any Jeep Wrangler.
What’s the Retail Value? $900 in Wrangler parts!
What do I Win? 50 inch light bar, 2 x 3 inch square LED Lights, 50 inch light bar mount and wiring harness
Who can Win? Contest is open to anyone within the continental United States
When does the Contest End? 6/27/2014

Sabtu, 10 Mei 2014

Spied: 2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith Drophead Coupe

Rolls-Royce is preparing a new Wraith Drophead Coupe to become the second cabriolet in its range. A soft-top version of the Wraith coupe, the Wraith Drophead is a logical extension of the Rolls-Royce family, but isn’t expected to appear until late 2015, with a likely debut at the Dubai Motor Show in November 2015.

The Wraith Drophead’s styling closely follows the template set by the larger Phantom Drophead Coupe, which costs £305,000. The Wraith coupe’s rakish fastback hardtop makes way for an upright canvas roof, while the Phantom Drophead’s teak panelling on the rear deck could be reprised for the smaller Wraith.

It appears that the Wraith Drophead Coupe borrows the kinked, LED running light-equipped headlight clusters seen on the recently facelifted Ghost saloon. These more modern light units could be incorporated into the Wraith coupe as part of a facelift later in the model’s life-cycle.

Under the bonnet, the Wraith Drophead Coupe is likely to borrow the mighty powertrain from its fixed-head sister. The Wraith coupe is Rolls-Royce’s most potent model, thanks to a 6.6-litre, twin-turbo V12 engine that develops 624bhp.

Powering the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox which can anticipate the need for gearchanges thanks by communicating with the car’s sat-nav, the Wraith coupe can hit 62mph in just 4.6sec, despite weighing in more than 2300kg.

The open Wraith Drophead coupe could potentially push that figure the wrong side of 2500kg, but with 800Nm on tap, it’s still likely to still be unfeasibly fast.

With no Mulsanne convertible in the Bentley range and the demise of Maybach, the Wraith Drophead Coupe will be something of a class of one when it arrives in 2015. The price is sure to outstrip its coupe stablemate at over £250,000.

Meanwhile, Rolls-Royce is also working on designs for a super-SUV to challenge the Bentley Falcon, and the eventual replacement for the Phantom flagship, according to its CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös. For more details click here.

Thanks to: Auto Express

Recall Up Date: 2010-2014 Chrysler Town & Country & 2010-2013 Dodge Grand Caravan

The Problem: Third-row window switches in certain 2010-2014 Chrysler minivans can overheat from short-circuits caused by beverage spills or other exposure to moisture.  

The Fix: Chrysler will contact owners and schedule a service appointment, where the switch can be inspected and replaced free of charge. In the meantime, owners can visit dealers after May 14 to have their window switches disconnected, which will eliminate the overheating risk. Owners can call Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 for more info.  

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: The recall covers around 780,000 model-year 2010-2014 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans built between August 25, 2010 and October 31, 2013, and equipped with third-row power windows. Of those vehicles, 644,850 are in the U.S. Based on warranty data, Chrysler has determined that only 36 vehicles -- or less than 0.0005 percent of affected models -- have experienced the issue.

Thanks to: Motor Trend

Recall Up Date: 2013-2014 Fiat 500e

The Problem: A power inverter module (PIM) in 2013-2014 Fiat 500e electric hatchbacks could seep coolant, causing a loss of power while driving. Over time, the PIM can leak coolant onto electrical components and cause a short-circuit and subsequent loss of power.

The Fix: Owners will be contacted to schedule a service appointment. When the car is brought in, the PIM will be replaced free of charge. Owners can call Fiat's customer service line at 1-888-242-6342 for more information.  

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 4141 model-year 2013-2014 Fiat 500e models built between September 24, 2012 and April 4, 2014 are covered in the recall.

Thanks to: Motor Trend

Recall Up Date: 2014 Buick LaCrosse & 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

The Problem: The rear brake assemblies on certain 2014 Buick LaCrosse and Chevy Malibu models may have been installed on the front. If this is the case, an affected vehicle will experience reduced braking performance, which could increase the risk of a crash. The lifespan of the brake pads will also be shortened.  

The Fix: GM will notify owners by mail, asking them to take the car into a dealer where the brakes will be inspected and replaced, if needed. Owners can request a courtesy vehicle until the repair is carried out.  

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: In total, the recall covers 8590 model-year 2014 Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Malibu sedans, 8208 of which are located in the U.S. Of those vehicles, only 1694 are in customer hands, leaving the rest still on dealer lots. GM expects a very small percentage of the recalled vehicles to actually have improperly installed brakes.

Thanks to: Motor Trend

New Car: 2014 Audi R8 LMX

Audi has become a pioneer in lighting technology ever since it introduced its signature LED headlights, and now it's moved on to the next big thing: laser beams. The Audi R18 e-tron Quattro race car will be the first four-ringed vehicle to sport the cool new headlights before trickling down to a limited-production, road-going Audi R8 LMX for Europe.

Keeping in tune with Audi's philosophy of testing production-bound technologies on the track first, the R18 race car will put the new laser beam headlights to the test during the 24 Hours of Le Mans next month. The automaker says the new tech will provide a major advantage for drivers since the headlights will provide a maximum light yield, which will especially come in handy during night racing. The new laser beam headlights use only one laser module per headlight unit, but those alone generate a cone of light with twice the range of the all-LED headlights. Each module is comprised of four high-powered laser diodes with a diameter of just 300 micrometers. These tiny things generate a blue laser beam, while a phosphor converter makes this light safe for the human eye. BMW demonstrated a laser headlight system on the i8 concept a few years ago.
Not just limited to the track, the laser beam headlights will also be featured on a limited edition Audi R8 LMX. The laser spots are activated at 37 mph and above, and they'll supplement the R8 LMX's LED high beams. Although the lasers are safe and won't blind drivers in oncoming traffic, Audi has installed an intelligent camera‑based sensor system that will actively adjust the light patterns. The cool new lights won't be the only design element separating the R8 LMX from other Audi mid-engined coupes. The limited-edition R8 will also be coated in a unique Ara Blue exterior paint color that has a crystal effect. It's also been outfitted with a massive rear spoiler, while several matte-finished carbon fiber bits decorate the exterior as well. Red brake calipers and carbon fiber ceramic discs peek out from underneath unique 19-inch wheels.
Inside, the R8 LMX cabin keeps true to the color scheme with black Nappa leather bucket seats and blue stitching with diamond patterns on the seats. The headliner is swathed in black Alcantara, while aluminum inlays on the door sills display the limited-edition number. Only 99 Audi R8 LMXs will be produced and they'll arrive this summer in Germany with a price tag of 210,000 Euros, which is roughly equivalent to $291,934 USD -- not that you needed to know since it's likely the R8 LMX won't be coming to our shores.
Thanks to: Motor Trend

Jumat, 09 Mei 2014

Spied: 2015 BMW 2-Series Convertible

What It Is: Now we had to try really hard here, what with the covered badge and all, but our expert powers of deduction tell us this car is the upcoming BMW 2-series convertible in turbocharged six-cylinder M235i configuration. Like the fixed-top 2-series coupe, it will also be available as a 228i with a turbocharged four. The droptop 2-series will aim to be a more dynamically focused car than its big brother, the 4-series convertible, and like its 1-series convertible predecessor, it will have a fabric roof. Unfortunately, the 2-series convertible will also be a relatively heavy car, so it needs all the power it can get. If BMW makes a beastly M2 down the road, there could be a convertible variation as well. 

Why It Matters: The 3-series (and its 4-series coupe and convertible derivatives) have grown and grown, so there’s a now room below. This is where the 2-series comes in. Its styling contains allusions to the legendary 2002, and a tidily sized convertible is a particularly attractive proposition. No competitor offers a convertible of this size with rear-wheel drive, and it lends a lot of credibility to BMW's claim of building serious driver's cars. So it will be sporty, the weight penalty of its ragtop notwithstanding. 

Platform: The 2-series convertible is internally known as the F23, and is an evolution of the defunct 1-series convertible. It therefore shares a lot of componentry with BMW's other smaller rear-wheel-drive cars, such as the 3-series, the X1 hatchback, and the X3 crossover. On the other hand, there is virtually no commonality with the 2-series Active Tourer, a front-wheel-drive people mover which actually shares a platform with the new Mini Hardtop. 

Powertrains: BMW will offer the 2-series convertible with the same turbocharged engines as the coupe, a 240-hp four in the 228i and a 320-hp six in the M235i. The transmission portfolio consists of a six-speed manual and an eight-speed torque-converter automatic. Other markets will be offered with diesels and less powerful entry-level gasoline engines. All-wheel drive won’t be on the table, but, as mentioned, a balls-out M2 model just might. 

Thanks to: Car and Driver

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