Adaptive dampers are common because they make it easy to alter the dynamics of a car while on the go. These systems are all the rage in supercars, which strive to be fast on the track but drivable enough that the wealthy want to drive them every day. However, there is a new technology on the horizon. Car and Driver has recently spoken to Ford about a new suspension technology that will make its public debut in the first GT’s to hit the market.
Ford GT’s suspension system is derived from Formula 1 and involves both adaptive dampers and adaptive spring rates. CarBuzz reports, ” Ford uses pushrod-actuated torsion bars, a design which opens up space for the large air channels we see cut into the body. It works by using two springs per corner arranged in a series. Since using multiple springs effectively cut the spring rate of the vehicle in half, this means that when both springs are activated, less force is required to compress the spring, allowing for a softer ride. In Normal or Wet mode, this is the arrangement used with the three mode adaptive dampers set to their lowest setting.”
Seems like this suspension technology could be a game changer for the supercar world. Want to be the first to test it out? You’ll have to get in line for those first GT’s that have yet to hit the market.
Tesla is no stranger to recalls. In the past they’ve recalled the Roadster due to faulty auxiliary cable wiring in addition to seatbelt issues. Yesterday, Tesla announced a voluntary recall for about 2,000 NEMA 14-30 charging adapters, which are used to connect a charging cable to a 240-volt outlet. A few Tesla drivers reported that their 14-30 adapters overheated while in use. Funny thing is, Tesla stopped offering this adapter a couple years ago, but decided to bring it back earlier this year. Tesla says they are recalling the adapter, “out of an abundance of caution”.
Tesla has plans to send out replacements for all recalled adapters. But in the meantime, the automaker suggests that Model S or X owners refill their batteries in alternative ways, “such as with a Tesla Wall Connector, NEMA 14-50 adapter, or by Supercharging,” according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. In addition to the 14-30’s, Tesla will also recall its NEMA 10-30 as well as NEMA 6-50 adapters. Making the total number of recalled adapters about 7,000. “Although there have been no incidents with NEMA 10-30 or 6-50 adapters, they have common elements with the NEMA 14-30,” Tesla said. We can tell that this isn’t Tesla’s first recall-rodeo, so taking precautionary measures sounds like a good idea. What’s the timeline on the replacements? Tesla says the replacements will be shipped out in the next couple of weeks for the 14-30 and about three months for the 10-30 and 6-50.
The all-wheel drive Dodge Challenger GT is arriving just in time for winter’s worst. But this year, the automaker is doing something unconventional .. adding all-wheel drive capabilities. Historically, the Challenger has fallen in third place behind the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro, in both sales and enthusiast comparisons. The interesting thing is, none of the three have ever had all-wheel drive – and it could be a game changer. Dodge is launching the Challenger GT this winter at a starting price of $34,490.
The GT comes with the Pentastart 3.6-liter V6 rated at 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a TorqueFlight automatic transmission and is estimated at 18 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. An FCA Spokesperson said that Dodge will not be offering manual transmission or V8 models on the all-wheel-drive Challenger. Set to display in January at the Detroit auto show.
The minute we were introduced to the 2017 Camaro ZL1, we knew it was something great. The Camaro ZL1 and the Corvette Z06 have a decent amount in common. They use the same 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 engine with the same 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Aside from these major similarities, there are some differences that set these two rides apart. For example, the Camaro comes with a 10-speed automatic, while the Corvette uses an eight-speed. John Hennessey and the Hennessey Performance team decided to put these two cars to the test to see which one reigns supreme. In the interest of being fair, he decided it was best to use two manual transmission cars. Like us, Hennessey thought that the Corvette would come out on top after a drag race with the ZL1. The race was performed from a roll in 2nd gear, so the Corvette’s off-the-line advantage is almost non-existent.
Here it is, 2 bone stock factory vehicles: 2017 Camaro ZL1 vs 2017 Corvette Z06 from a 40 mph roll. Check out who wins:
According to Hennessey, the Corvette wouldn’t start pulling away from the Camaro until around 150 MPH. The ZL1 starts at $61,140 while the Corvette costs $79,450. Which one would we choose? Well, the Z06 might handle better on track, but the ZL1 would save you $18,000 and come with backseats. In conclusion, we are pleasantly surprised with this one, are you?
Let’s talk about the new Buick Regal, the undisguised Opel Insignia. What we also need to address is the fact that it looks a lot like a Mazda. We can tell especially in the grille and headlights, and in fact, if you look at a photo of the vehicle with tape covering the badge in the middle on the grille, you might mistake this car for a new Mazda6. Good news is, Mazdas look pretty sharp these days, so we’re not complaining.
Spend some time looking at the rest of the car, and you’ll notice there’s a fair amount of originality. The lines and details are all fresh, and there seems to be some design elements pulled from Buick’s beautiful Avista concept. A sweeping roofline creates a coupe-ish profile with an abbreviated rear deck. We’d say this look is a big improvement from the somewhat bulbous current-generation Regal, which also started out as an Insignia.