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Michelin’s Clever New Tires Stay Just as Grippy as They Wear


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The more you drive on your tires, the more they wear down. After a while, the grooves that improve traction, particularly in the wet, wear away. Eventually, you either buy a new set or risk running off the road next time it rains. But thanks to some clever engineering, Michelin has made tires that don’t age the way they usually do. As the rubber wears off, new grooves emerge to keep you on the road.

Modern street tires have radial grooves—the ones that go around the circumference of the tire—that channel water so the rubber can make solid contact with the road. The more water that can be channeled, the more traction the tires have to do things like turn and stop the car. Typically, these grooves get shallower and less effective as the tire wears, so it takes longer to stop the car on wet roads. When Michelin began looking at designing a new all-purpose tire, it decided improving wet-weather traction on worn tires was the problem to solve.

“That was our mission,” explained Ron Margadonna, senior technical marketing manager for Michelin. “We wanted to change that as much as we could.”

And so the company’s engineers did something very clever and very simple for its new Premier A/S tire: They designed tread grooves that expand as the tire wears, allowing the tire to perform nearly as well when it’s half-worn as it did when new. It’s a novel safety feature with the potential to save lives, and it’s such an obvious idea, we wonder why it took so long to hit the market.

Michelin’s new “Evergrip” tire technology includes three key changes. First, the four radial rain grooves have been redesigned to resemble an inverted V, with a wall angle that results in wider grooves as the tire wears. As the grooves become shallower over time, they retain nearly the same volume. Michelin wouldn’t reveal much about how the tires are actually made, but did say that with a little “tire Pam”, they can pop the tires off their molds during manufacturing—that’s trickier than usual because the tire is actually wrapped around the mold.

The tires also include an “emerging groove” on the shoulder of the tire. Narrow sipes, or tiny carvings on the edge of the tire, help to channel water away from the center of the rubber. On the Premier, these grooves are shaped like teardrops, wide at the bottom and very narrow at the top. As the rubber wears away, the sipes expand into larger grooves appear around half-tread depth, further assisting in wet weather performance by giving a little more room for water to disperse from underneath the tire.

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Lastly, the company changed what the tires are made of. It mixes a ton of silica into the rubber compound. The common additive to modern tires limits resistance (for better fuel economy) while simultaneously improving grip under braking and acceleration. In the Premier tire, Michelin has put as much silica into the rubber as possible. A little sunflower oil is added to the mix too, improving flexibility and performance in colder weather. Michelin says a half-worn Premier with 5/32″ tread stops 14 feet shorter in the wet than Goodyear’s Assurance Tripletred A/S tire, its most direct competition.

The Premier A/S (all-season) went on sale earlier this year in 32 sizes, covering 70 percent of the market. A recreational pickup/SUV version is coming next year. The company demurred when asked about the Evergrip technology coming to other Michelin tire lines, but said it has the capability to deploy it more widely.

And now, we have evidence that this isn’t just marketing mumbojumbo. Testing by Consumer Reports shows the Premier stops in similar distances on wet and dry roads, both when new and when the tread is worn down to 5/32″, the point where getting new tires is often recommended.

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2014 AmericanMuscle Car Show Recap

The 2014 AmericanMuscle Car Show brought in its largest number of cars and spectators to date while raising $35,000+ for Charity

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#am2014 Highlights

- Vaughn Gittin Jr. returned to sign autographs, meet fans and reveal his 2015 RTR Mustang for the first time to the public
- Chip Foose gave away our SEMA car Project MMD to Zachary Villareal of Alice, Texas
- “Pass Time” Host Brett “Big Schwag” Wagner was one of the car show’s hosts
- 2,600 Mustangs came, 10,000+ Spectators attended
- $35,503.02 was raised and donated to the Special Olympics
- Over $20,000 worth of prizes where given away
- A burnout contest, revving contest, and dyno competition showed off some of the best Mustangs
- Best in class awards were presented to each generation of Mustang, with Chip Foose and Vaughn Gittin Jr. awarding their Best in Show Pick
- Free AmericanMuscle themed tattoos were done at the show all day long


MALVERN, Pa  – AmericanMuscle held their annual car show on August 16th, 2014 in Mohnton, Pa at Maple Grove Raceway. This was the first year the show was held at Maple Grove and allowed a far greater number of Mustangs and spectators to enjoy the show. Brett “Big Schwag” Wagner, host of the show “Pass Time” was one of the hosts of the show, MCing different events. 2,600 Mustangs converged at Maple Grove to make it one of the largest Mustang Events in the country, with 10,000+ spectators at the event. $35,503.02 was raised for the Special Olympics, with $4,300 of that donation coming from the Red Mustang Registry.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. was at the show signing autographs and meeting fans. A highlight of the show was Vaughn revealing his 2015 Mustang RTR to the public for the first time at the show. The RTR reveal was one of the most talked about events at the show. The 2015 Mustang RTR will be at the SEMA show in November and for sale at select dealers in January. 2015 RTR Mustang Parts will be available in January as well through AmericanMuscle.

Hot Rod legend Chip Foose was as the AmericanMuscle Car Show signing autographs and meeting fans. He signed autographs all day and even after the show ended. To make it an even more memorable moment, Chip Foose gave away Project MMD to Zachary Villareal of Alice, Texas. Project MMD was last year’s SEMA vehicle that was worth $70,000 with all of the upgrades done to the 2014 Mustang GT.

There was a Roush Burnout contest, a BBK revving competition and a Bama Performance Dyno Contest that ran throughout the day. The Roush Burnout Contest produced a lot of white smoke and shredded rubber, with a push rod 5.0L swapped New Edge Drift Car winning the contest. The BBK revving contest brought challengers from Fox Bodies to 2014 S197’s. The dominating sound of the 4 valve coyote engine with a full exhaust system took first place. The Bama Performance Dyno contest saw some modded Mustangs Putting down power from the low 600 HP range to the winner, a 2014 Turbo GT, putting down 926 RWHP.

Revelation Studios gave out free AmericanMuscle Tattoos all day long at the show. The Tattoos incorporated the AmericanMuscle Brand with car parts to truly embody the Mustang experience. After the awards ceremony and all of the $20,000+ in prizes were handed out, Mustang owners were able to drag race at the show for a heavily discounted price. By far this was the biggest and best AmericanMuscle show to date; from the Sponsors and vendors, to the Mustangs, spectators, and special guests, it was truly a memorable show.

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blank 08/29/14 07:57AM Backup Cameras, Car Technology, Keyless Entry

Technology in Todays Cars

Few technology-laden car things for an overwhelming experience

Today’s tech-laden vehicles are considered challenging for drivers who don’t know the market. Some people just don’t want to change their old cars, and they would rather have theirs until it dies completely. To some, a car is like a favourite pet and rather than buy a new one, some owners choose to add improvements. Let’s see some technology-laden car things that will leave you speechless.


Backup camera

Backup cameras on vehicles help drivers with the parking as they offer better vision of what’s behind their cars. All you have to do is place the car in Reverse and switch on the display screen. In spite of this technology, you may still have to physically look behind to check for blind spots. The cameras may not be 100% accurate now, but in the future new improvements will offer better precision. This feature is regarded as a safety attribute and it will become a gov-mandated standard in 2018. If you’re curious to test a backup camera, test a 2013 Honda Civic.

Lane departure warning and blind spot monitor systems

A blind spot monitor makes use of sensors to audibly and visually alert drivers if there are any objects in their blind spot. The lane departure warning system makes use of audible and visible alerts to notify the driver that he strayed into a different lane. These systems are extremely simple to use and they’re quite useful, too.

Heat up/cool off

We all want cars that heat up/cool off instantly. One particular car model – the Audi SQ5 2014 – has heated side mirrors, windshield washer jets, and heater driver/passenger seats. However, what makes this car truly incredible is the heated steering wheel. In wintertime, it will certainly come in handy.


Multimedia screens

Most vehicles have a separate instruction’s manual for their multi-media systems; this is usually linked to a screen positioned in the middle of your car’s dashboard. Newer car models have intimidating screens, and by “intimidating” we mean high-tech. It’s like a super smartphone integrated in a car. To help you understand the accessory, test a 2014 Jeep Cherokee and you’ll be blown away.

Automatic headlights

Driving at night can be dangerous because it’s tricky to see other cars on the road. The easiest and safest way to protect yourself and your car is to turn on the headlights. Now let’s talk about automatic headlights. Can you imagine not having to press a button to see the road at 12 o’clock in the middle of the night? There are car models that have this feature, such as Chevy Equinox and Hyundai Santa Fe; the system makes use of a simple light sensor, and it’s certainly an extremely useful feature to have on your vehicle.

Keyless access

Start buttons on cars have gone mainstream, but what about keyless access? Is it possible to get in and out of a car without using a key at all? Also known as keyless access, this feature makes use of a fob that sends a signal to the car and alerts it that the driver is close. It will unlock itself; to have access you will need a key, but you won’t have to take it out of your pocket.

Better tire pressure monitors

Most modern cars have tire pressure monitors; unfortunately, not all systems are that precise. Nowadays, it’s important for vehicles to have sound monitors in order to have a properly balanced car. Rather than visit a mechanic every month to check tire-pressure gauge, wouldn’t it simpler to have a system inside your vehicle to monitor your tires?


The automobile industry is constantly advancing. New technologies emerge on a monthly basis, and drivers should want to adapt. Keyless access, automatic headlights, multimedia screens and backup cameras are just some systems implemented in the newest car models. There are other even more pioneering, and who knows what will happen 10 years from now?

Every car owner wants car parts that are long lasting; unfortunately, vehicles don’t last forever. In order to expand your car’s life expectancy, you just have to maintain it in good condition. This can only be attained by performing regular check at an auto shop. Just because you own a high-tech car, it doesn’t mean you can be careless.

 

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blank 08/28/14 08:31AM Auto Parts, Chevelle, East Coast Chevelle, Fuel Tanks

Chevelle Fuel Tank Kits Now Available
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blank 08/28/14 08:17AM 2015 ford mustang, 435 horsepower, Pony Car

All-New 2015 Ford Mustang Begins Production at Flat Rock Assembly Plant; Marks Global Availability o



  • 2015 Mustang starts production at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant; car to be exported globally for the first time in its 50-year history
  • New Mustang goes on sale this fall in the United States, and in more than 120 countries next year
  • Mustang sets new performance and dynamics benchmarks for the brand with world-class handling, more precise steering control and enhanced ride comfort

The highly anticipated, all-new Ford Mustang rolls off the line today at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, marking production of the sixth-generation pony car. For the first time in its 50-year history, Mustang will be available globally to customers in more than 120 countries around the world.

The addition of a right-hand-drive Mustang to Ford’s global vehicle lineup will allow the iconic pony car to be exported to more than 25 right-hand-drive markets around the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa.

“Mustang is and will continue to be an automotive icon,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “Expanding its availability globally affords our customers around the world the opportunity to have a true firsthand Mustang experience – one unlike any other.”

In April, Ford celebrated the 50th anniversary of the original Mustang. In commemoration of this, each 2015 model will be adorned with a badge on the instrument panel that includes the galloping pony logo and the words “Mustang – Since 1964.”

Mustang’s impact goes well beyond the more than 9.2 million cars sold in its 50 years of continuous production. It has made thousands of appearances in film, television, music and video games, and is the most-liked vehicle on Facebook, with close to 8 million likes.

An enhanced experience, but still a true Mustang
The way Mustang looks, drives and sounds is key to the visceral experience that makes drivers want to get in and hit the open road. The clean-sheet design of both Mustang fastback and convertible evokes the essential character of the brand, retaining key design elements – including the long sculpted hood and short rear deck – in a contemporary execution.

With more options to choose from, there is a Mustang to fit any lifestyle. The upgraded V8 is joined by a 3.7-liter V6 and an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine that brings state-of-the-art technology to Mustang.

Mustang GT continues with the latest edition of the throaty 5.0-liter V8 – now featuring upgraded valvetrain, new intake manifold and improved cylinder heads – that yields 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque.

The Mustang 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine uses direct injection, variable cam timing and a twin-scroll turbocharger to deliver the performance Mustang drivers expect with an output of 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque.

With Mustang, it’s all in the ride
When life throws drivers a curve, the all-new Mustang sets new handling benchmarks for the brand, delivering world-class dynamics and ride quality.

Mustang features all-new front and rear suspension systems. At the front, a new perimeter subframe helps to stiffen the structure while reducing mass, providing a better foundation for more predictable wheel control that benefits handling, steering and ride.

At the rear is an all-new integral-link independent suspension. Geometry, springs, dampers and bushings are all specially tuned for this high-performance application. New aluminum rear knuckles help reduce unsprung mass for improved ride and handling.

Transformed Flat Rock Assembly Plant
In 2013, nine years after moving Mustang production there, Flat Rock Assembly Plant celebrated the 1 millionth Mustang built at the facility.

“What an honor it is for the hardworking and dedicated UAW Local 3000 workers of Flat Rock Assembly Plant to build the next-generation Mustang,” said UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles. “I don’t think there is any place in the world where this vehicle is not known. To build it right here in Michigan is something to be proud of.”

In the last year, the plant has been transformed. As part of a $555 million investment, it has added a state-of-the-art, fully flexible body shop to allow multiple models to be produced on the same line, supporting Ford’s flexible manufacturing efforts. Other technologies recently incorporated at Flat Rock include three-wet paint process, dirt detection and laser brazing.

In addition to Mustang, Flat Rock Assembly Plant also produces Ford Fusion. The facility has approximately 3,000 employees working two shifts at full line speed.

Flat Rock Assembly Plant has been producing vehicles since 1987, when it opened as Mazda Motor Manufacturing USA and built Mazda MX-6. Ford purchased a 50 percent share in the facility in 1992, and it was renamed AutoAlliance International. Over the years, the plant has produced Mazda 626, Mazda6, Mercury Cougar and Ford Probe.

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blank 08/27/14 02:18PM Events, Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Raceway, NMCA, World Street Nationals

NMCA World Street Finals
October 9-12, 2014

NMCA World Street Nationals 2014


For their last points event of the 2014 season, the NMCA Flowmaster Nationals rolls into Lucas Oil Raceway for the 13th Annual NMCA World Street Finals Featuring the 8th Annual Chevrolet Performance LSX Shootout. Lucas Oil Raceway was the scene of the NMCA World Finals last season, where records were set in many race classes.

The Chevrolet Performance LSX Challenge Series is on the property!

The LSX Challenge Series is back for 2014 to be contested at four events this season, ending up right here in Indiana with five awesome racing classes. The LSX Challenge Series is the premier racing series for street-based vehicles powered by Chevrolet’s LS and LSX engine family. All of the racers that are in points competition will be laying it on the line at this event, as it’s the last chance to solidify their place in the standings or clinch that class championship they will spend all year working towards. Also, the event will mark the final chance for all of the racers in the Chevrolet Performance LSX Shootout to make their mark upon the LSX community for the 2014 season. With five awesome race classes filled with the baddest LSX cars in the land, the LSX Shootout has grown leaps and bounds since its inception. The LSX Real Street class, LSX Rumble class, and 5th Gen Camaro Challenge class also finish out their 2014 action in Indy.

I want to participate!

Lucas Oil Raceway has one of the best racing surfaces in the country – there’s a reason that the NHRA holds the “Big GO” here every year over Labor Day Weekend. You can have the opportunity to show off your skills in the driver’s seat on the IRP track in one of the NMCA’s various classes designed to satisfy the entry-level racer. The Gear Vendors True Street class has always been a racer favorite, with awards given out to the racers closest to each second increment, along with the overall quickest car and the runner-up, after their 30-mile cruise and three dragstrip passes are complete.

In addition, entry-level racers fit into the Open Comp, Nostalgia Muscle Car, and Late Model EFI classes, so take a look at the class rules and make your plans to come out and race with the best Muscle Car racers in the country. For rules information visit: www.nmcadigital.com/rules, pick a class, make sure your car fits the rules and you have the proper safety gear, and come race with the NMCA!

Race for an NHRA Wally!

NMCA is proud to present an NHRA Wally to each class winner at this event (points classes only) NMCA and NHRA Unleashed have come together to present the best in street car drag racing and it's brought to you courtesy of Aerospace Components. Have you ever wanted to display a Wally on your mantle? Come out and race with NMCA in classes from mild to wild…from index to heads-up! Got Wally? Get yours at this event by racing with NMCA!

There’s more than just racing action!

In addition to all of the action that will take place on the quarter-mile, the NMCA also has the awesome Car Show, which features over fifty different awards that are presented each day of the show. ’32 Ford with a late-model 5.0? Or a ’69 Camaro powered by an LS1? No matter what your flavor, there’s a place for you in the car show and a shot at the grand prize. Each event also features a large Manufacturer’s Midway where you can see and purchase parts from the hottest aftermarket manufacturers and experts from all of the major manufacturers on hand to answer your questions about how to make your Muscle Car or truck perform to your expectations. There’s something for everyone at the NMCA Muscle Car World Street Finals – make your plans to attend now!

Car Show Flyer Click Here!

Massive Manufacturers' Midway & Swap Meet & World Famous Burnout Contest

Midway & Swapmeet - Looking to buy parts for your car or truck? Want a chance to meet face-to-face with experts from your favorite performance companies? This NMCA event will feature an awesome manufacturers' midway where you can find great deals on the performance parts you need for your muscle car or hot rod.If you're looking for that hard to find part or a great bargain, be sure to check out the swap meet.

World Famous Burnout Contest - The World Famous Burnout Contest is always the crowd favorite! Sign up to participate for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights, or sit back and cheer as contestants smoke their tires.



NMCA World Street Finals
October 9-12, 2014
Lucas Oil Raceway
Indianapolis, IN

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blank 08/22/14 09:38AM American Muscle Cars, Auction, Classic Cars, Government Auction

Auction - US Marshals Seized Vehicle Collection
Friday, September 12; USMS Auction Facility, Lodi NJ

USMS Auction Facility
39 Robinson Road
Lodi, NJ 07644

Government Ordered Auction
By Retention of the US Marshals Service

A Collection of Rare & Authenticated
American Muscle Cars

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle L89, 2 Door Convertible 
1969 Chevrolet Yenko Nova, 2 Door
1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle, 2 Door Hardtop
1970 Ford Mustang, BOSS 429
1967 Ford Mustang, Shelby GT 500
1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird

LATE ADDITIONS (part of same case):
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 V8
1971 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda (mid-restoration)
More info including documentation & photos to be provided in the coming days.

Inspection Date: 
Thursday, September 11th 9AM to 1PM
Thursday, September 11th 1PM to 5PM

Pickup Date: 
Monday, September 15th 9AM to Friday, September 19th 5PM
 
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blank 08/21/14 10:40AM Events, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Muscle Car Nationals, NMCA

3rd Annual NMCA WEST Muscle Car Nationals
Las Vegas, Nevada on September 5-7, 2014


September 5-7, 2014
Las Vegas, Nevada
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The 3rd Annual NMCA WEST Muscle Car Nationals will feature the regular NMCA WEST heads up and index classes competing for guaranteed BIG payouts AND a coveted Wally, courtesy of Aerospace Components, along with the street legal TREMEC True Street class, Bracket Racing and Vendor Midway! This is the second to last stop of the series where NMCA WEST points leaders will turn it up as they head into the finals. You will not want to miss this exciting event! For more information, please visit: www.NMCAdigital.com/LasVegas.

 


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