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I read with interest the January Technical Correspondence piece concerning the advantages, or not, of inflating tires with nitrogen. Costco, for one, uses nitrogen exclusively, and without additional charge. I purchased a set of Micheiins from them for my F-150 Supercrew and, indeed, received a nitrogen fill. I was recently surprised when I took the truck to the Ford dealer for routine maintenance and was informed they would not add any air to the tires if needed because they can't mix nitrogen...

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Most people familiar with Brock Racing Enterprises immediately think of John Morion and the Datsun 510. With good reason. The boxy red, white and blue No. 46 BRE car won the SCCA 2.5-1 iter Trans-Am championship in 1971 and 1972. And the affordable 510 adapted so well to racing that scads of them, many painted like original BRE cars, popped up at racetracks around the country. Even today youTl see the occasional 510 road racing, often in BRE-inspired paint. Before the 510, however, Peter Brock...

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O Event data recorders, EDRs for short, have been in the news of late, as part of Toyota's quandaries and subsequent government actions. There have been misunderstandings and misinformation about the purpose of EDRs, their access and their future utility, i thought we might all profit from learning more about these devices. To do this, I got in touch with automotive specialists at Audi, BMW, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Toyota as well as with people at the National Highway Traffic Safety...

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I'M ANNOYED AT LOTUS WHY CAN'T THCY spend a few more pounds and put some elastic nets in the cabin for storing mobiles and sunglasses My phone has just tumbled out of my pocket for the umpteenth time and has buried itself between the driver's seat and the central tunnel. And it's ringing. Actually that last bit isn't strictly true as the ring tone is an Aston Martin V8 Vantage under full-bore acceleration. Boys and their toys And I hate London traffic. Snapper Dawson and I are in an...

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The Maserati attracts sideways glances and oblique stares like a proper exotic, but it does so without a retina-searing paint color, ear-splitting exhaust or a seemingly imminent threat to small animals. Its shape is subtle and organic, yet alluring. Those pinned-back headlamps and hungry suckerfish grille capture our attention. It makes passersby daydream and whistle wistfully This is the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible. Well, this particular car is actually the European...

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This month's evocative cover shot of the Aston Martin Rapide, Lotus Evora and Maserati GranTurismo Convertible is our interpretation of rapid transit for the enthusiast. Whether it's can ing a mountain two-lane in the tidy Evora, basking in the open air while driving the Maserati along the coast or taking a spirited drive with three of your best friends in the Rapide, each of these caTS in their own way embodies the passion and exhilaration to be found behind the wheel of a fine automobile. It...

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ONE COULD ARGUE THAT MID-ENGINE SPORTS CARS make the best sports cars. You could back your thesis by saying this layout inherently provides superior balance, or simply state that there are mul ti million dollar Le Mans prototypes and Formula 1 race cars that prove your case for you. Regardless, this logic has found its way into some of the most listed-after exotics in the world. But for the consumer without a Swiss bank account, or one who simply can't rationalize spending over S100K on...

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A small office upstairs still has the desk where ACBC designed his first cars, the peg holes for the drawing board are plain to see. A locked safe dating back to Lotus days still remains cemented in another wall. The key disappeared years ago, but it's tempting to think there might be some long lost designs secured inside. In another room, there's a pair of abandoned fireproof filing cabinets from Chapman's time, too heavy to remove. It's all very poignant and a bit sad as the office block and...

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Hybrids are all the rage, as they should be. Efficiency and economy are more important now than ever. But at Honda, we weren't about to turn our back on hairpin turns and manual gearboxes. So we designed a hybrid that seemingly defies logic. One that embraces the driving experience most hybrids ignore. The result is certainly a hybrid. But also obviously something else altogether. For more, visit cr-z.honda.com. EX model shown with accessory wheels. 2010 American...

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Don't confuse an EDR with an Engine Control Unit's feature of storing fault codes. Fault codes are retained by a car's ECU for purposes of later diagnosis by technicians. Some of these are part of OBD-II emissions control compliance as well. They're the sort of thing illuminating your car's Check Engine Light. On-Board Diagnostics equipment has been required of all new cars sold in the U.S. since the mid-1990s, SAE J1979 defines a protocol of access as well as a list of operational data that...

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Respective times to 62 mph have been quoted as 6.9 and 7.9 seconds neither top speeds nor fuel consumption figures were available at launch. Saab's XWD all-wheel drive includes an electronically controlled limited-slip reardif-ferential eLSD standard on the uplevel Aero model. The eLSD can transfer up to 50 percent of torque between whichever rear wheel has more grip. A 6-speed automatic and DriveSense it alters damper and throttle settings are standard on the V-6, while a 6-speed manual...

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They're young and feeling guilty about paying off student loans, or worried about rent money. But back in the 1960s, when social roles were more traditional some would say medieval , there may have been another unspoken, implicit message here Women were expected to own cars from which they could be rescued by men, rather than the other way around. No guy with a Chevy II wanted to find out his new girlfriend owned a Hemi Cuda. It just wasn't right. Anybody could see that. We had no mythology...

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When Peter Egan wrote about Phil Hill's cross-country journey in the Jaguar C-Type Side Glances, June 2010 , it reminded me of a story Phil told to my Porsche Club about his visit to Omaha, Nebraska, on that trip in 1952. Phil had dinner with his friend General Curtis LeMay, Commander of the Strategic Air Command, who also had a strong interest in sports cars and was very proud of his Allard J2R, After dinner, LeMay had every Jeep he could find at Offutt Air Force Base line up along one of the...