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The NHTSA Has Opened a Recall Query in to some 400,000 GM Vehicles

Looking in to an estimated 400,000 GM Vehicles, including the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, Sonic, Cruze, and others, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened what it calls a “recall query”

Following a minor recall series, broken up in to two different recall segments by GM to correct an issue with the driver airbag module, the NHTSA is now looking in to the scope and value of the recall to ensure that it was sufficient for owner and driver safety regulations.

“(The) shorting bar inside the dual-stage driver’s frontal airbag inflator module may contact the primary-stage airbag terminals,” said NHTSA in its problem description. “In the event of a crash, if the shorting bar and terminals are contacting each other, the primary-stage airbag will not deploy.” This problem resulted in the recall of close to 9,000 vehicles–a relatively small number of vehicles; however, if the NHTSA’s recall query proves that more vehicles are in need of this safety recall, that relatively small number could jump to a massive estimated 400,000 vehicles.

Of course, for drivers of 2012 GM vehicles, there is no reason to worry, yet. GM was thorough with their recall and performed the full program in two stages to ensure that all owners received the vehicle support they needed. It’s very likely that the NHTSA’s query will turn up no further requirements for GM vehicles, but it is worth noting that such a query is being undertaken due to the size of the procedure.

GM originally recalled the close to 9,000 vehicles between October 2012 and January 2013 to repair the shorting bar defect in the driver’s front airbag module connectors.

“To identify the scope of each of the two recalls, GM stated it conducted an investigation into the root cause and an analysis of the warranty claim data, including a review of claim rates by airbag inflator build date,” said NHTSA in its summary of the recall query. “However, among other things, it appears that a production issue (root cause) was not fully identified, particularly for the second recall.”

So far, the NHTSA has reported zero accidents, injuries, or crashes in relation to either the recall or the driver’s front airbag module issue. The original recall occurred before any such incidents as a preemptive safety measure from GM. Right now, 2012 GM vehicle drivers have no reason to worry, but should remain in the loop with news concerning their vehicle in case this full scale NHTSA recall query results in an expanded recall. Right now, there is nothing of note that the vehicle either needs or which dealerships are authorized to do in conjunction with this issue.

A Video Look at the new Camaro MyLink Infotainment System

First Look: 2013 Camaro MyLink in action

One of the first delivered 2013 Camaros has a video out there showing off the MyLink infotainment system

Simple post today. Just wanted to share this great video that showcases the new MyLink car infotainment system that is being installed in 2013 Camaros. It’s a great little system, looks nice, and definitely gets my jealousy going. I know a lot of current and potential future Camaro owners are curious about the system, so, just wanted to share the video.

What do you think of it? Thoughts? Opinions?

Popular WindRestrictor Coming for Camaro Convertibles

Extremely Popular Corvette WindRestrictor Product Coming Soon for Camaro Convertibles

The etched acetate and LED lit Convertible WindRestrictor Product that has taken the Corvette world by storm will be available for Camaro Convertible owners as well. (1/21/2012)

The Corvette community has fallen in love with the WindRestrictor convertible wind screen by King Penn Industries, and with good reason. While browsing through their YouTube channel I stumbled across a video yesterday that shows, without question, that they’re about to release a new version of their popular Camaro WindRestrictor for the Camaro Convertible as well.

The product sets itself apart from other wind screens–a common product for the Corvette line and one I’m sure to see begin picking up popularity in the Camaro line as well–by combining the incredible functionality and wind buffering of others, but with a gorgeous and stylistic visual design. The piece is made from high quality materials that are certain to retain their look and finish for quiet some time, and which are finished with your choice of GM official licensed engravings/etchings, and LED light options. The lights provide a fantastic look, and are able to be turned on and off. If you want even more show from them, also, there’s also an option for a special LED package that includes remote control and availability of switching between all color options, with dimmer and fader functions.

Here’s the video for you to check it out for yourself:

And their press release concerning the new product:

“Introducing the brand new, patent pending Windrestrictor for the Camaro Convertible from King Penn Industries Inc. No we do not own rights to this song but it is All American just like the Chevy Camaro so we hope you enjoy! This product is now available through our online shop at www.KingPennIndustries.com or simply give us a call at 972-487-5987. The all new Camaro Windrestrictor is an official licensed product of GM. Our product will fit the SS Super Sport, and all other models of the Camaro Convertible. Our patent pending design is the only product in the world that you can fully customize. You can choose from multiple color options. We offer Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Purple and Pink LED illumination systems. Or, if you prefer, we offer an “Extreme Lighting Kit” with remote control. This option allows you to choose whichever color you want at any given time. It also has a fading option that is HOT for car shows. Our product will be featured at the world of wheels show in the Grabiac Chevrolet Booth as make sure and stop by and check it out! Our windscreen for the Chevy Camaro is also customizable with different graphics options. You can choose from multiple GM licensed graphics or you can use your own and make it custom! Don’t do another burn out without having one of these hot, head turning products on your Camaro. It’s the best personalized accessory for the Camaro that is available today. Also, it’s brand new so be the first in your city to have one! There is no comparrison between our version and others on the market. We also have this awesome product available for the Chevrolet Corvette, Cadillac XLR, Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky, Crossfire, Mercedes SLK, Honda S2000 and the Porsche Boxster. If you were to do a side by side review ours would wind hands down every time! The Windrestrictor for the Camaro is already highly reviewed by owners! This is the only personalized Camaro Windscreen in the world! Windrestrictor is a registered trademark of King Penn Industries Inc. All GM Trademarks are used under licencse to King Penn Industries Inc. If anyone knows about GM coming out with a convertible model of the Camaro ZL1 please let us know! Don’t wait another day to add this product to your wish list of Camaro Accessories!”

Product Spotlight: Camaro Painted License Plate Frames

Here’s a great product I came across that’s available at a great price: Painted Aluminum Camaro License Plate Frames. Trying to keep up with a semi-regular product spotlight series, these seemed–based on their quality, great looks, and affordable price–like a logical next product.

The manufacturing for these is really cool, and, SouthernCarParts–who is one of the major retailers for them and a company that I personally enjoy dealing with (I feel like, as far as Camaro products go, they’re like my everyday Cheers-esque bar)–provides a lot of information for how they’re produced. Beginning with a solid brass, heavy cast mold, the base aluminum plate is formed. Each plate is then CNC machine cut for precision, and given a precise, fast machine engraving. The Engravings on these are of the Camaro lettering, with your choice of either RS or SS badging emblem to accompany it. Once engraved, the plates are given a multi-coat paint job using actual GM paints. I questioned this, but, was assured that the paint being used is derived from the GM WPA code, and, I’ll be damned if the one I received didn’t match perfectly. The paint is applied in a multi-coat process, with a final clear coating, for shine and durability and looks just like the stock Camaro paint job.

The last part of the production process is the one that impresses me the most. The Camaro engravings on these plates are actually hand-filled with an acrylic epoxy. Typically, hand-filling means that a product is prohibitively more costly than machine ones, but these are definitely affordable. The quality of the acrylic epoxy is perfect, there are no imperfections, and the plate looks awesome to be finished off with these emblems. These things are absolutely gorgeous.

As with any license plate frame, this is easy to install. The painted screw caps are a nice touch to help keep the whole thing looking uniform, and once installed, the plate really looks like it belongs on the vehicle. All-in-all, I’m really happy with the product, considering that it cost under $115 and adds more Camaro badge-ing with an OEM (or better) quality finish. That can never be a bad thing, can it?

The Year of the Convertible for the Camaro

The cat is finally out of the bag and on the streets. The Camaro, in keeping with tradition now has a sibling—the convertible. The new age pony car sibling to the mighty coupe has begun to hit streets all over the US, and with it comes the long anticipated warm weather. The Camaro has come out just in time for spring and summer and the perfect top down weather. The best time of year to sport a topless car is here, and what better way to do it than in legendary style and power in the SS convertible?

Don’t feel bad—we couldn’t think of any other better ways either.

The lack of a lid on this can of whoop*** holds no weight against the traditional argument of “ah, well convertibles are so much heavier and the handling is so much poorer…” The new SS convertible is only 246 pounds heavier than the coupe. When you couple that with the ability of being able to take the top down, the extra weight (essentially the equivalent of your really big beer bellied buddy- not such a huge difference overall on a 3800lb car) really isn’t that bad of a deal. On top of that, Chevy decided to up the ante and add some structural rigidity improving modifications to

the car as well to stiffen things up. Perhaps the biggest weakness of a convertible is the absence of a lid and a more importantly a B-Pillar. This means a lot less structural rigidity to the chassis overall and the solution is to improve handling characteristics through other means of chassis strengthening. And that my friends, is exactly what Chevy did. The engineers in charge of strengthening the chassis decided that just like your awkward 13 year old yearbook picture—braces were in order. The front receives a strut tower brace, which aids in tightening the front end up a bit, and the underside of the car receives new V braces under the front and rear of the car, a new transmission brace and a new sheer panel below the driveshaft to aid in bracing the chassis. From what we’ve read, the handling is superior to the coupes and steering response is improved. The steering wheel is unchanged however, so the same wheel many have come to despise in the coupe still resides in the convertible. The added weight is also said to bring the weight distribution closer to a 50/50 point, and coupled with revised damper settings, the combination of all of the above further increase handling.

When designing a convertible, the aesthetic exterior styling is most definitely the hardest task to achieve. There have definitely been convertibles in the past that go down as being somewhat… how do you phrase it—awkward to look at. Motor Trend pointed out the Nissan 350Z, and Audi A4 convertibles. The Mini Cooper Convertible is another that immediately comes to mind, as does the Volkswagen Beetle convertible. The Camaro Convertible design team however did a fantastic job.

The top fits smoothly, and isn’t an awkward oversized top that looks like an “emaciated horse.” The top folds down into the trunk in about 16 seconds after you unlatch the top with a simple pull downward and a twist to the right. There is an optional tonneau cover that can be affixed once the top is down neatly covering the folded soft top. The cover is all a matter of personal preference, of course, as it is certainly not mandatory, and leaving it off eradicates a step in the top up/down procedures. However, going back to a full soft top again seems to be a bit more of a tricky (read: slower) situation. The top unfolds back up to the original position in about 25 seconds, so—if you do find yourself in an unexpected downpour count on packing an extra pair of clothes and probably a towel in the trunk, as you’re probably going to be a bit more than damp. The Camaro might not be for those of you in the rainy cities. But then again, I’ve heard that you can stay dry if you keep moving…

As far as space in the trunk goes, the convertible is understandably a bit lacking. The coupe has 11.3 cubic feet of cargo space, and the convertible has 10.2…unless the top is down, at which point is has a little less than 8 cubic feet of space. But, with the top down, I’m sure you won’t be too taken aback about the lack of trunk space. The upside of the convertible is a lack of B-pillars for lane changes, something the coupe has become notorious for not doing well. Backseat passengers will also appreciate the fact that the rear quarter windows now roll down on the convertible, making sure not to leave passengers out of the fun. On the other hand though, the convertible is exactly the same as the coupe from the windshield forward, so the absurdly large A-pillars are still present blocking views off the front corner of the car, but roll over protection is something Chevy doesn’t take lightly.

The convertible also comes with the Heads-Up-Display or HUD for short, a digital display that shows up on the windshield just below the driver’s line of sight that reads out pertinent information like vehicle speed, radio information, and engine speed. Think of it as a secondary digital dash that you can see through that doesn’t require you to take your eyes off of the road. While nothing new in the car scene- a nice added touch for the new model. The convertible will be available in the SS trim model, as well as the LT trim model with a 3.6L V6 that outputs 310 horsepower. V-6 convertible will start at $30,000 and the V-8 will start at a respectable $37,500. The V8-powered SS model makes 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds, 0.2 second slower than the SS coupe. The soft top does 13.2 seconds in the quarter-mile at 109.2 mph, just behind the coupe, which runs the quarter-mile in 13.1 seconds at 110.8 mph. 60-0 braking took 107 feet, one foot shorter than the lighter coupe’s 108-foot performance. On the skidpad, the convertible was able to pull 0.89 g, a bit worse than the coupe’s 0.93 g, and ran through Motor Trends figure-eight course in 25.9 seconds at 0.61 g compared with the coupe’s 25.2-second lap at 0.73 g.

The introduction of the convertible, as Motor Trend pointed out, comes at a very opportune time for the Chevy marketplace. Mustang sales have been steadily catching up to the Camaro, after the Camaro outdid the Mustang in sales during the 2010 fiscal year for the first time in 25 years. The convertible enters the scene just as buzz is waning on the coupe, and considering the coupe was all the Camaro had competing against the Mustang coupe, convertible and GT500—their run has been good, and will hopefully continue into the new year with the introduction of the ZL1 alongside the convertible.

Smartest Battery Charger In the World?

When it comes to Camaro Parts, just about every Camaro owner gets a battery charger. Battery Chargers have come a long way in the last few years and CTEK is certainly leading the charge. They have recently released a line of battery chargers that they coin “the smartest Battery Chargers in the world”. I have always associated a Battery Charger as something fairly and clunky, nothing that I would want permanently mounted in my car nor would I feel comfortable leaving it connected to my car, boat, or Motorcycle without supervision. The CTEK Battery Charger will completely change the way you look at battery chargers, guaranteed! The CTEK is rugged, outdoor safe, dust and water proof while still maintaining the sleekest and sexiest look I have ever seen in a battery charger.


It can be mounted in the engine compartment as a permanent addition to your car or just used as a temporary solution during the winter months. Either way, you can leave it connected to your battery all the time without the worry of overcharging or damaging the battery. Unlike other battery chargers, the CTEK Charger does not require the car battery to be disconnected from the car prior to use. The CTEK 3300 Battery Charger is perfectly safe to use with your car battery connected to the car. The charger will not damage your vehicles computer or electrical equipment. Once the charger harness is connected to your battery it has quick release clips that allow you to remove and install the charger easily at any time. The charger is spark proof and reverse polarity proof so that you do not have to worry about accidently connecting it backwards, try that with a traditional battery charger.


The CTEK Battery Charger is 100% automatic, just hook it up and turn it on….It does everything else. You can leave it connected for months and months without any concerns. All CTEK chargers come with a 5 year guarantee and are shock proof, weather proof, dust proof, and certified for outdoor use. For the money (less than $100 bucks) it is the best darn charger I have ever seen and would recommend it for just about any application. I was so impressed with the CTEK charger that I installed the CTEK US3300 in my C6 Corvette Z06 permanently.

 

The CTEK 3300 is the charger I recommend for all Auto’s, Motorcycles, and ATV’s. It charges them all, with the simplicity of hooking it to the battery and plugging it in, that is it, very simple. CTEK also offer a CTEK lighter adapter, which allows you to use the CTEK3300 charger to charge the battery through the cigarette lighter plug.


People sometimes ask, why should you buy a CTEK battery charger instead of one that costs half as much and looks virtually the same (even the product description is the same)? But this is not the whole truth. CTEK products have a unique system (patented functions) not available in other legal battery chargers that can therefore not offer the same performance. As for “copy cats” or forgeries, it is guaranteed that they will not maintain the same standards as a CTEK charger. It is impossible to use the quality materials, hire qualified engineers that produce the right product composition, maintain an even and fine level of quality control while at the same time keeping the price down. The “copy cat” battery chargers do not meet the standards that CTEK enforces and do not guarantee to be non sparking, reverse-polarity proof, and electronics safe.

800HP Lingenfelter Camaro

Before his death, John Lingenfelter built an engine for a ’69 Camaro that exceeded 220 miles an hour. That is brutally fast. To put that into some perspective, an Agusta A109E police helicopter tops out at 193 mph. The Kawasaki ZX14R (1400CC) superbike’s top speed is 213 mph when unrestricted. The Lamborghini Diablo GT’s top speed is 214 mph. To say that the man liked speed is an understated remark. Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE) has become an industry leader, and set a somewhat high bar for the standard for creating the most lethal, precision tuned, beastly machines on the road. LPE has once again outdone themselves and brought our beloved Camaro’s a Lingenfelter package that sets the bar absurdly high.

Do you like speed, power and the reliability of a 3-year 36,000 mile warranty? How do you feel about 800 horses and 800 lb/ft of torque? With Garrett ball bearing turbochargers- that’s right- two of them, and enough custom goodies from Lingenfelter, this package is enough to make even the grumpiest of old men click their heels with joy and grin from ear to ear. The Lingenfelter package consists of a complete teardown and removal of your stock LS3 (or L99) and replacing it with a LS7.

A raw meat eating, Mustang devouring, snarling warrior of an ass-kicking LS7.

The LS7 that ousts your (once thought to be pretty boss in itself) original engine consists of the following:

- Chevrolet LS7 7.0 L aluminum block
- Chevrolet LS7 aluminum heads
- Callies 4340 forged steel crankshaft – 4.000″ stroke
- Lingenfelter CNC porting of LS7 cylinder heads
- Lingenfelter multi-angle valve job, cc, surfacing & assembly
- High temperature Inconel exhaust valves
- Competition Cams dual valve springs, titanium spring retainers, 10 degree locks
- JE Forged aluminum pistons and tool steel pins
- Manley 4340 forged steel “I” beam connecting rods
- Computer balanced crankshaft & rotating assembly
- File fit rings, heavy duty rod & main bearings, head gaskets, head bolts
- Professional assembly and blueprinting of engine
- Properly sized fuel injectors and high capacity fuel system

Basically in a nut shell, this thing is built to the hills, and ready to romp on the most unsuspecting of combatants (and this isn’t even half of it). One of the most beautiful things about the LPE package, is the exterior of the car can remain as original as you want to keep it. Meaning you could leave everything exactly the same on the outside as the day it was born. Personally I’m a big fan of the “sleeper;” all go and no show. So when that kitted up Mustang rolls up next to you with a single chambered exhaust and a cam at the strip thinking he’s the bee’s knees- you can tear his world up from the inside out. And on top of that, as if the above build wasn’t enough to make you pee your pants a little bit- remember Lingenfelter loves speed. Big power and big speed don’t come from naturally aspirated cars. As much as I hate to admit it- it’s true. The real cohunes behind this monster build are the twin Garrett turbochargers that when all things are said and done, put your right foot in its most ecstatic state and your back into the seat. Hard.

These ball bearing pups come hand in hand with the glory of no expense spared, and no shortcuts taken to provide you with the most reliable setup and the best warranty you’re going to get on ANY heavily modified Chevrolet anywhere. A 3-year, 36,000 mile warranty is embedded with your new engine when it rolls out of the bay doors in Decatur, Indiana. I know what you’re thinking, “WAIT! So you’re saying I can have my cake and eat it TOO?!” The answer my friend, is yes.

- Twin Garrett oil lubricated & liquid cooled true ball bearing turbochargers
- Lingenfelter turbo compressor housings & exhaust housings with integral waste gates
- Lingenfelter super high efficiency air to air charge coolers
- Lingenfelter 304 Stainless steel 4 into 1 custom exhaust manifolds & turbo outlets
- Lingenfelter belt driven turbocharger scavenge pump & turbo oil drain reservoir
- Lingenfelter custom molded silicone air ducts
- Two S&B 360 degree conical air filters
- Stainless steel / ceramic heat shields & stainless clamps
- Port matched LS7 intake manifold

The two beauties that so mercilessly force air into that engine are so meticulously tuned to each motor, that once the car has been assembled it receives a custom tune and upon pickup of the vehicle you are presented with the complete dyno sheet and tune history, along with the Lingenfelter certificate of authenticity. Another trademark of LPE monster builds is that the original drivability is not sacrificed, and on the Camaro- the highway MPG is not affected whatsoever. And of course, after your 800 stamping horses are under your right foot, mile one of your thirty-six thousand mile warranty begins. I know I keep harping on the warranty, but when you start playing with forced induction, and extreme horsepower, there is A LOT that can go wrong. A simple air/fuel miscalculation at a certain engine speed could spell disaster and put you out hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Peace of mind on a professional installation is worth its weight in gold. Especially considering how new this generation of Camaro is- it’s not like you could go pick up another shell for 800 bucks at the local yard. This is a $45,000 investment, so protect it!

Here are the finishing touches in the package:

- 160 Degree thermostat
- Ported & polished LS3 throttle body
- Professional engine installation, testing & tuning
- Chassis dyno report before & after installation
- Excellent drivability, highway mileage not adversely affected
- Lingenfelter 3 year/ 36,000 mile warranty
- Lingenfelter certificate of authenticity

 

The whole package rings in at just under $65,000 from start to finish. But honestly, if you’re going to be pushing that kind of power, and looking for the best route to go- look no further. The history and lineage that is Lingenfelter is simply unsurpassed. Look up some videos of the Lingenfelter ‘Vettes. They were (and still are) a real force to be reckoned with, and now the Camaro can join that elusive club of insane power, and unsurpassed reliability. The LPE Camaro not only meets the stringent demands that John Lingenfelter would have laid down, but surpass even the wildest dreams of what a warranty equipped, 800 HP monster muscle car could ever be expected to do. And do it with air-conditioning, and a radio with factory leather.

Good on ya Lingenfelter!

The 2012 Camaro ZL1 as heard by Motor Trend

At the top of the automotive journalism food chain, there are a few select individuals with the right strings to pull that can get sneak peeks of just about anything. The guys over at Motor Trend happen to have the know-how and some pretty fantastic connections and were able to set up some (relatively) “alone time” with Chevy’s answer to the GT500 and Boss 302. Instead of taking it on the chin, like we’ve been doing for the last couple of years- Chevy listened when we complained about our spankings. The answer they have given to us and the world of motorsports is nothing short of a pants-wetting great answer. The ZL1 is a monster. The time that they’ve put in to creating this magnificent piece of power is starting to show and we can only hope that it will be a Ford stomping beast.

The ZL1 has been rumored to be released in February of 2012, so we can speculate that it’s going to be a few more months before we get to read a review of exactly how aggressively this beast can be driven around a track. But the LSA powered monster has been seen at the ‘ring doing some pretty impressive hot laps. So until the clock really winds down on the release date, we’ll just have to wait to see what the big boys think. Regardless of how it drives, Motor Trend got to hear how it sounds and thankfully for the rest of the world- they brought a camera. There’s really only one word to sum it up: magical.

The raspy LSA with its ever so faint whine of the supercharger is incredible. In person, I’m willing to bet it will make old men cry, small children wail, and panties drop from coast to coast. It’s going to be a mean machine. With the supercharged LSA, and magnetorheological suspension and brakes derived straight from the ZR1- it’s power and handling should be superb. 550HP is a spectacular number, and so is the ability to put it to the ground in a thorough fashion. The 20×11 (yes, you read that right- 11 inches wide) rear tires should help this feat immensely.

The car looks mean, sounds mean, and I’m sure it’s going to drive mean…but will it be enough to put the Shelby in its place? I honestly think so. If for nothing else, these two will be so closely matched that it’s going to be such an epic battle to see who comes out on top, it will be worth paying attention to regardless of the outcome. The Shelby GT500 does 0-60 in 4.4 seconds, and the quarter mile in 12.1 seconds. With 550HP/510LB-Ft, the Shelby will certainly be a contender at 3,820 lbs and revised gearing for the 2012 model year. It has lost 120lbs since the 2011 model year with the implementation of an aluminum block instead of the previously used iron block. The ZL1 should be somewhere right around 3,900 lbs and with an ever so slight advantage on gearing, it just might be enough to put the Shelby in its place.

Between the two it will be a show of who has better handling and the ability to keep the most traction while putting the most power to the ground. Needless to say, I can’t wait for the new Camaro to come out, and really can’t wait to see the competition between the two get heated. Until time crawls closer to the final due date, we’ll just have to wait and dream.

Until then, marvel at Motor Trends unique first listen to the beast:

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GM and Chrysler Hostage Crisis

One thousand seven hundred and four hostages have been taken by Allied trucking company.

Ok. A bit dramatic, but nonetheless the 1,704 “hostages” happen to be 2011 Silverado’s and Camaro’s from Chevy with an estimated worth of $47 million. General Motors-it goes without saying- is obviously far from pleased with the situation. The original rift that sparked the “hostage crisis” came after Allied (AAG) attempted to cut union members pay by a whopping 20%, yet was unable to do so due to stipulations in the company’s labor contract. The union- Teamsters Local 414 responded with a 72 hour strike notice to the pay cuts. The recent surge in fuel prices from the conflict in the Middle East and North Africa prompted the logistics group to apply a 15% surcharge to the bill with GM. GM refused this unexpected surcharge (although Ford Motor Co. had agreed to the charge) and then severed ties with the logistics company on March 16. The rebuttal from Allied was to keep the 1,704 cars that have already been bought and paid for (think dealerships more so than consumers-although certain customers awaiting delivery of cars/trucks will find themselves in limbo until things are resolved) by GM and were awaiting shipment across the nation.

GM filed suit against Allied, and the following day Chrysler filed suit against the logistics company as well. Chrysler has already reclaimed at least 200 of 700 vehicles reportedly being held at Allied locations, made possible through court order. The Chrysler Corporation has now outsourced the delivery of their vehicles to numerous other logistics companies, and plans to continue to do so in the future.

 

 

Allied transports vehicles for big names in the car industry like Toyota, Honda, Ford, and until recently Chrysler and GM.

The odd thing about the entire situation, which only adds to the absurdity of it all, is Teamsters Local 414 is not out of work. Nor are they on strike. A competitor of Allied Auto Group, known as Jack Cooper Transport, has stepped in to fill the void from Allied. Teamsters Local 414 supplies workers to both Allied Auto Group and Jack Cooper Transport. So, in effect- for the union members, the only real difference in their days work is who the company is that they call “boss” at the moment. There are expected to be no interruptions in production from the split, and the cars in “hostage” will be dealt with in the coming days and weeks, probably via court orders.

Let Operation Recovery Horsepower begin.

For sources, and further reading on the situation please visit:

http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20110318/BIZ/303189934

and

http://detnews.com/article/20110323/AUTO01/103230335/1148/rss25

 

APR Carbon Fiber Splitter for the Camaro

Carbon fiber was only the stuff of Formula One fifteen years ago. Today it can be had for your Camaro. Out of the many manufacturers that produce carbon fiber components for the automotive industry, there is one that consistently stands above the rest. APR has time after time proven to be the heavyweight contender when it comes to the industry of making solid quality, aerodynamically tested, great pieces. They have made pieces for world record setting race cars to show stopping trophy queens. APR doesn’t just arbitrarily come up with random cars to produce pieces for, they take a car that is designed for performance, and then they focus on how to make it better. In the case of the Camaro, they have started with the front diffuser.

The Camaro is a performance driven machine. It is a front engine, rear wheel drive car with a big engine under the hood. What APR has done is design a front splitter for the front end of the car. The idea behind a front splitter is to direct wind over the splitter which is attached to the front valance. What this does is direct air up into the front air dam, while simultaneously producing downforce on the front of the car-keeping the front tires planted better. With a firmer stance at the front of the car, and a better contact patch on the tires, the ability to perform better at higher speeds goes up. High-speed cornering, driving, and traction are all improved while the effect of lift is reduced. The effect is an aerodynamic win/win for the driver. So, after the contact patch is provided with a better grip, the tires and the suspension can perform better. In short, by altering one facet of our aerodynamics, we can change a host of things suspension and traction related. Basically, aerodynamics is the key to a good handling car, and to make a good handling car handle better. Better aerodynamics = better traction, better traction = higher speeds and better cornering, which in turn means faster lap times, which means better driving.

In all, a front splitter will not make you win on its own, but it will help you add some more traction up front and reduce front end lift. I would really only recommend this for the track, or shows, because if you live anywhere like I do, the number of potholes, and high curbs turning into the gas station could pose a threat to the splitters well being. However, on the track this guy will work like a charm. The guys at APR also took the time to write up a couple of great articles on their website about aerodynamics, and some cool pictures of the splitter installed on a number of different cars, from full race Porsche’s to show winning Volkswagens. However, to install a splitter, it must be noted that this is a job that does require some ingenuity and a little bit of fabrication. The stresses on a splitter can exceed 100 pounds of vertical force on the splitter’s surface. So, in order for the splitter to handle this kind of force, it needs to be mounted properly. Usually, a splitter is mounted to the bumper via the frame, and if necessary there are brackets that can be fitted to the front frame rails. If you plan on tracking the car, your regular track speed shop should have the knowledge to do this kind of installation. APR does provide a great article on how to mount the splitter if you do decide to tackle the job yourself.

Here’s a (funny) picture for an example of how much stress a splitter should be able to support.

This is a link to the article on Southern Car Parts website that has a great explanation of the aerodynamics for a splitter:

How A Camaro Splitter Works

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