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Superformance MkIII sets Cobra speed record

A Superformance MkIII set a new speed record for the Shelby Cobra. Owned by Ted Taormina, the model recently hit 201 mph on an airport runway. The previous record of 198 mph was set by Dick Smith in 1967.   

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Aston Martin recalls Vantage over gearbox issue

Aston Martin has issued a recall that affects 1,658 examples of the Vantage built from June 2010 through September 2013 and equipped with a Sportshift transmission. The clutch wasn't properly re-set after technicians installed new code, which can cause the engine to stall or lose power.   http://bit.ly/2tvL8gE

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Tesla 3 shows its interior

Amateur spy shots posted on Reddit have given us the best look yet at the Tesla Model 3's interior. As expected, the company's long-awaited entry-level model boasts a huge touch screen positioned right in the middle of the dashboard.   http://bit.ly/2sWZn15

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Harley-Davidson to buy Ducati?

American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson is allegedly in talks to buy Ducati. The Italian company is currently owned by Volkswagen, but executives might sell it in the near future to cover the cost of the emissions fiasco.   http://bit.ly/2sWyjiD

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First Laguna Seca race winner to headline Rolex Monterey reunion

The first car ever to win a race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, a 1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa piloted by Pete Lovely, will be front-and-center at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion this August. The reunion marks the 60th anniversary of the staple California road racing circuit. Lovely campaigned the Ferrari in historic races at the venue for many years before passing in 2011 at the age of 85.   

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Automakers among America's largest wind/solar power consumers

Large corporations are some of America's most voracious consumers of green power, Reuters reports, and General Motors is one of the biggest. GM has solar farms at many of its facilities, including its Lordstown, OH (pictured), assembly plant and has a contract with Texas wind farms to supply enough electricity to power several more of its operations.   http://reut.rs/2tumA7N

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New Chevrolet Silverado retains steel bed?

Despite rumors to the contrary, it appears the 2019 Chevy Silverado pickup will retain a steel bed. Spy photographers caught the Silverado testing in the wild this week and used a magnet on the mule's bed side, confirming that aluminum is not being used in for that part of this engineering example.   http://bit.ly/2sTKoFb

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Tesla to build factory in Shanghai?

Tesla's long-rumored Chinese factory is close to becoming a reality. Sources close to the California-based company told Bloomberg a deal with the city of Shanghai will be made public before the end of the week. Building cars locally would allow Tesla to circumvent the 25-percent import tariff, but it would need to set up a joint-venture with a Chinese automaker.   

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Texas brings back electric car incentives

Motorists in Texas who buy an electric car are eligible for a $2,500 rebate, according to Green Car Reports. However, the rebate only applies to cars sold through franchised dealers, meaning Tesla buyers are getting left behind.   

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Is the Civic Type R more powerful than Honda claims?

A recent dyno run reveals the Honda Civic Type R makes 295 horsepower at the wheel. That's surprisingly close to the 306 horses the 2.0-liter turbo four churns out. Assuming a 10-percent drivetrain loss, the two-liter makes closer to 325 horsepower.   http://bit.ly/2tqcKUm

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