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What's in a Name?
Usually the engine found inside a vehicle receives a name based on some sort of manufacturer specific numbering and lettering convention. However, every once in a while a manufacturer will feel a little fiery and give that new hunk of metal an actual, proper name.
These names, more often than not, conjure up images of power and hairy-chested strength. Names like Rocket 350, BOSS and Fireball. Or, sometimes the name will refer to the design of the engine itself like Hemi (referring to hemispherical combustion chambers) or Quad-4, which is a dumb name in itself, but at least referred to four valves on four cylinders.
But now and then a manufacturer will reveal their latest and greatest engineer marvel and slap on a name that leaves us scratching our heads in disbelief, or is just so pretentious our eyes can’t stop rolling. Remember the have-your-cake-and-eat-it-to named Ford inline-6 called the ‘Thriftpower’? Well, that didn’t even make this list.
Top 10 Cars Every Guy Needs to Know
So, you call yourself a car guy. Fair enough, you’ve browsed on over to AutoGuide so you must have at least a little petroleum in your veins. But are you a true automobile enthusiast? Do you know your accelerator pump from your synchronizer? Here are 10 vehicles every car guy needs to know about.
PowerBlock TV will be putting the Factory Five Mk4 Roadster to the test against the original 427 Shelby Cobra. In celebration of that, they are also doing a sweepstakes with the winner getting themselves a do-it-yourself Factory Five Mk4 Roadster kit.
The lucky sweepstakes winner will get an Mk4 chassis and suspension package from Factory Five, a Ford 5.0-liter Coyote powerplant with a six-speed transmission, $5,000 in tools and shop equipment from Matco Tools and Summit Racing Equipment, Weld Racing wheels, Falken Tires and goodies like Royal Purple lubricants. The complete package has an estimated retail value of over $50,000.
PowerBlockTV calls it the ultimate do-it-yourself package. Nothing would be better than having someone essentially sponsor you to build an Mk4 Cobra replica. Click here to enter.
Ford officially announced its 2013 Mustang Cobra Jet at the 2011 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Orlando, Florida, ready to roll into NHRA’s Stock and Super Stock classes and start dominating. The 2013 Cobra Jet will be limited to just 50 units and orders can be placed at a local Ford dealer where it’ll be first come, first serve.
Production of the Cobra Jets won’t begin until June of 2012 and Ford anticipates to start delivering vehicles by mid-summer of that year. It has an approximate MSRP of $86,000 with the naturally aspirated option while the supercharged variant will run $93,000. Additional options and pricing won’t be announced until the beginning of next year in January.
But what we do know about the race car is that both will be powered by Ford’s 5.0L TiVCT powerplant, with the naturally aspirated one featuring a Cobra Jet induction system, CNC ported heads, high lift cams and low-drag accessory drive while the supercharged version sports a 2.9L Whipple supercharger mated to a 5.0L with CNC port-matched manifold and heads and a proprietary 10-rib supercharger drive system for high RPM use without the need of a belt.
Ford also improved the chassis on the 2013 Cobra Jet with lightweight body modifications helping give it better weight distribution and while electric power steering provides better drivability without parasitic horsepower loss. On the inside, a new roll cage was designed to optimize safety and chassis rigidity. Minor tweaks include a new brake pedal ratio for more modulation and stopping power while the rear suspension’s geometry has been tweaked to deliver faster and more consistent 60-foot times.
Unfortunately no horsepower figures were announced with the release of the vehicle at PRI.
Ford is also allowing its fans to vote for the color of the 2013 Cobra Jet (classic white, silver or black) at fordracing.com with voting ending on December 31st, 2011.
GALLERY: 2013 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet
[Source: Mustangs Daily]
For decades, Cobra has provided drivers with the technological edge necessary to speed without the risk of getting caught. After endless efforts from speeders and enforcers to one-up one another, Cobra finally revert to the age old adage of “strength in numbers” and “the power of the people.”
In Cobra’s latest evolution of the iRadar platform is the general availability of the Cobra iRadar Community, an application that allows users to participate in real-time reporting of speed traps, cameras or road hazards. Also, iRadar Community will be available as a free app with free lifetime updates for Apple iPhone and iPod Touch devices beginning November 1, 2011, and coming soon for Android smartphones too.
GALLERY: Cobra iRadar
OK, so you can’t actually download an app to your iPhone that lets it operate as a radar detector. The iPhone may do a lot, but it isn’t all powerful.
No, this product is probably more of a novelty than a necessity, but it’s definitely cool to see where technology and in-car integration is going. Cobra, a popular manufacturer of radar detectors, has paired up their newest product with the ever-popular Apple iPhone. Dubbed the iRadar, it is essentially an app for the iPhone that connects to Cobra’s newest and greatest radar detector.
The Cobra iPhone Radar Detector sports 360-degrees of detection against regular radar and laser guns. Essentially the iPhone is connected to the radar detector via Bluetooth giving the end user a touch interface to control the detector’s settings.
The iRadar is currently available for $169.95 which includes access to Cobra’s AURA Camera and Driving Hazard database.
Official press release available after the break.