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Power Bits - February 2014

All The Torque That’s Fit To Twist

Tori Tellem
Jan 28, 2014
Photographers: Manufacturer
Diesel-Equipped Audi Supercar
Audi has pulled the wraps off a supercar concept: the nanuk quattro (Audi insists it be written in lowercase). It has a 5.0L V-10 TDI worth 544 horses and 737 lb-ft of torque. The two-seater also runs a seven-speed S tronic transmission and weighs about 4,200 pounds. It’s expected to average around 30 mpg.
Photo 2/13   |   Diesel Audi Supercar
Yokohama’s New Mobile Website
Although the address is yokohamatire.com, it’s different from the regular website—this version loads automatically on smartphones, and because you’re on a small screen and have touch usage, the site is designed for that. Once there, you’ll be able to search by tires based on your driving style, find a local dealer, read news, and connect to various social media.
Photo 3/13   |   Yokohama Website
Eat This, Not That— While Driving
Insure.com surveyed drivers to find out the best foods to nosh while driving. A candy bar ranked highest, due to its safety index (one hand on the steering wheel while eating), with French fries landing in Second Place. Potato chips and chicken nuggets fell in Third and Fourth, while a doughnut ranked Fifth. Worst? Of the 15 foods, a taco took the last spot, with pizza and burrito nipping at its ankles. “Other” also made the list. Insert own food, we guess.
Photo 4/13   |   Pizza
Did You Know?
John Teller, an Olympic ski cross hopeful for the Sochi Winter Games in 2014, is also a diesel truck mechanic, according to AutoWeek. He drives a Ram 2500. With a diesel, natch.
Ghe-O Rescue
Meet the Ghe-O Rescue, a heavy-duty rescue rig out of Romania that can be equipped with a diesel engine and has been built for extreme conditions. It can also be outfitted with water pumps for firefighters or electromagnetic engine protection for military apps.
Photo 5/13   |   Ghe O Rescue
Road Trip for Three Diesel Hybrid Range Rovers
Three Range Rover prototypes just completed a 10,472-mile journey from Solihull (where Land Rover is based) to Mumbai. The diesel hybrids traveled for 53 days, through 13 countries and two continents on what’s been called the Silk Trail 2013 expedition. They were also the first foreign-registered vehicles to drive on China’s Xinjiang-Tibet highway. Production versions should go on sale in early 2014. According to Peter Richings, Jaguar Land Rover Hybrids and Electrification Director, “The world’s first diesel-hybrid expedition along the Silk Trail pioneered an ambitious route across Europe and Asia that would have been impassable to most other types of vehicle.”
Photo 6/13   |   Range Rover Diesel Hybrid Test Trip
Vehicles of Texas
The annual Texas Auto Writers Association Texas Truck Rodeo was the event at which the state named the ’14 Ram 1500 the Truck of Texas, the Fullsize Truck of Texas, and the Luxury Truck of Texas. The 2500 was crowned Heavy-Duty Truck of Texas. Meanwhile, the best powertrain award went to Ram and Jeep’s 3.0L EcoDiesel engine.
Photo 7/13   |   2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Rumor of the Moment:
The Tata Xenon XT 4x4 (and 4x2) comes with only a diesel engine, a 2.2L worth 140 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. Coming to America?
Photo 8/13   |   Tata Motors Xenon Xt
Diesels of Record
Wade Moody of Mechanicsville, Maryland, set a record at the National Hot Rod Diesel Association World Finals in Ennis, Texas, blowing through the quarter-mile at 185.7 mph in just 7.46 seconds in his Chevy S-10 equipped with a 1,500hp Duramax engine. Jared Jones also piloted the Scheid Diesel dragster to two 6.64-second passes, setting a new record for the Top Diesel Class.
Photo 9/13   |   6 7l Power Stroke Diesel
“This is a significant milestone for an engine that was introduced just a few years ago. Demand for the engine has outpaced our expectations.”
— Doug Scott, Ford Truck group marketing manager, regarding installing the 500,000th 6.7L Power Stroke at the Kentucky Truck Plant; it went into a ’14 Super Duty F-350 Lariat
Diesel Bits
ARB Air Locker has both a new warranty and a new logo.
Photo 10/13   |   Arb Airlocker Logo
Over in China, it looks like biodiesel is becoming more appealing than diesel due to trade and tax incentives.
Head over to Miller Electric’s website (millerwelds.com) because the Build with Blue rebate has been extended, plus there’s a new video series, “We Build Championships,” at millerwelds.com/webuild.
VINcheckpro.com allows you to nab vehicle history and other info.
A Swiss invention can turn plastic into diesel? Hmmm, and the technology might show up in Australia.
The U.S. Energy Department is predicting diesel to average $3.76 per gallon in 2014. It averaged $3.93 in 2013 and $3.97 the year before.
Did that bike or motorcycle just run a red light in Nevada? It’s legal now.
Revved Up looks to be a new reality show about automotive designers.
Looks like GM is increasing the price of the new Silverado and Sierra by around $1,500.
Photo 11/13   |   Mazda6 Diesel Race Car
Mazda snagged the Grand-Am GX Manufacturers Championship. The Mazda6 Skyactiv-D was the first diesel to compete in Grand-Am racing as well as the first diesel to win in such a competition. And it was the first diesel to ever win at the Indy Motor Speedway.
2014 Green Car of the Year Nominees
Green Car Journal has named five 2014 diesel models to compete for Green Car of the Year, which includes the Audi A6 TDI, BMW 328d, and Mazda3. There was no diesel in the competition for 2013’s title.
Photo 12/13   |   2014 Audi A6 Tdi
Rumor of the Moment:
A diesel engine for Buick? And for the Cadillac Escalade? And in the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon?
Photo 13/13   |   2015 Cadillac Escalade

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