We’ve talked a lot about the cars that come from Oberlin, Ohio’s Switzer Performance. What we don’t usually talk about are the three generations of Switzer family that currently occupy the sprawling, 80,000 sq. ft. shop space and the whys and hows of the automotive industry that took the shop from a 2 car garage […]
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Earlier this month, the (relatively) new wife and I set off a road trip from Chicago to New England. “We’re leaf peeping!” she said, more than once. Along the way, we stopped off at Oberlin, Ohio and paid a visit to my friends at Switzer Performance. As one of the world’s premier tuning shops and […]
This article is about the Switzer F900. The short version is that it’s a low-emission, 900 horsepower, flex-fuel monster of a Porsche built by a pack of wild-eyed savants in the middle of rural Ohio … but the story behind this F900 started a few years ago, at the same time that the automotive press started to notice that Oberlin, Ohio might be an interesting place to visit after all.
GM’s marketers succeeded in convincing Gas 2 editor Chris DeMorro that Chevy Volt ownership will help you survive the (almost certainly around-the-corner) zombie apocalypse. Chris is an easier sell than I am, apparently, because I’d want one of these. What you see here is a zombie-ready Suzuki Carry pickup, complete with four wheel drive, stabby […]
I assure you, the new 2012 Ram Cargo minivan is green-car news – but (either because nobody’s noticed or because Chrysler’s pr-team was too busy dropping F-bombs to effectively push that angle) it’s not being presented as green car news. Before we get to that, however, let’s look at the van as it is being […]
After teasing us for weeks, Ford has finally unveiled the 2011 Ford Explorer. The vanguard of the gas-guzzling SUV movement has been reimagined and redesigned as a vehicle that promotes fuel economy and the ability to handle a veritable boatload of passengers. It comes with two engines, a standard V6 and the pricier 4-cylinder EcoBoost […]
Just five short years ago, it seemed like our dependency on foreign oil could be solved by a simple fuel known as ethanol. We’d been putting a small percentage of it in our gasoline for years, and Brazil has been running 100% ethanol in their cars for even longer. Then the biofuels argument got complicated by claims […]
There are so many ways to win a car. Most often, it comes down to a raffle and the luck of a draw. But some car contests are based on skill or experience, and those tend to be the most fun. GM’s European branch, Opel, is offering just such a contest. They are looking for […]
[social_buttons] I’ll admit upfront, I’m a Ford fanboy. I bleed Ford blue. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a car fanboy in general, but Ford is numero uno in my book… and now I have another reason to love the Blue Oval. According to a report by the Environmental Protection Agency, Ford has improved its average […]
Bentley has released official pictures of the ethanol-powered GT we previewed a few weeks ago. This new car is the first flex-fuel vehicle in the company’s history, and Bentley is calling the 621 bhp bruiser the “Continental Supersports”. Bentley claims the GT’s owners will be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds on their way […]
[social_buttons] Ever wish you could buy a car that would run on just about anything? An engine that gave you something approaching the efficiency of diesel, and the convenience of gas? Last week, the forward-thinkers at Lotus announced just that. It’s called the Lotus Omnivore, and we’ve got all the details on this little, all-aluminum marvel.
The Ricardo Company has a long history of innovation. From the day Harry Ricardo founded the Two-Stroke Engine Company in 1905, to their direct-injection engine patents that date back to the 1930’s, and to the development of several key technologies found in Audi’s dominant LMP sportscars, they seem to always have something up their sleeves. […]
[social_buttons] Bentley will be using the upcoming Geneva show as a launchpad for a biofuel powered GT that Bentley’s PR reps promise will be the fastest and most powerful production car in the company’s history. Details of the new Continental variant are limited, and the company has only released a single teaser image (above) while […]
Well, actually I wasn’t there, at the Detroit Auto Show, but it stands to reason that someone from Ford uttered those words, near a rotating platform, without breaking into a laugh. I’m willing to go on record, though, with the prediction that Ford’s new engine, the EcoBoost, will bear a new nameplate within two years. […]