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Suspect in custody after police chase RV in Southern California; dog seen tumbling from vehicle

Tesla sued after 2-year-old accidentally crashes Model X into his pregnant mother

A California family has filed a product liability lawsuit against Tesla after a woman was pinned against a garage wall when her 2-year-old son climbed into her parked Model X and accidentally drove it into her on Dec. 27, 2018.

Elon Musk says Tesla pickup will start at $49,000 and be better than a Ford F-150

Elon Musk said he’s aiming to build an electric Tesla pickup that’s better than a Ford F-150 at a starting price of $49,000 or less.

A reveal of the new model is expected this year.

Traffic was halted on a Michigan roadway Thursday night after $30,000 in cash fell off the back of a truck and the paper currency went flying all over the road, according to reports.
CHP officers wrote 19,850 of those tickets statewide last month, which was designated Distracted Driving Awareness Month, an increase of about 700 over the same period last year.
After running limited tests in the US and elsewhere, Google Maps is rolling out speed limit warnings and both fixed and mobile radar locations in over 40 countries, Google has confirmed to TechCrunch. The features are borrowed from Google-owned Waze and will appear in the iOS and Android Maps. The speed limit signs are located in the bottom corner of Maps and the radar and photo radar traps appear as icons on the virtual roads.
The concept turned heads almost 50 years ago but the retro-styled classic mysteriously disappeared. But now it has been shown again in all its glory.
You can throw out notions that Ferrari is completely averse to electric cars. The Italian supercar maker has unveiled its first production plug-in hybrid, the SF90 Stradale, and it’s a clear attempt to bridge the gap between the gas-powered tradition and the electrified future. The machine mates a 4-liter, 769-horsepower turbo V8 with a trio of electric motors (217HP effective horsepower) that, combined, can take the car to 62MPH in 2.5 seconds while offering a modicum of eco-friendliness. If you like, you can drive just over 15.5 miles purely on electric power — confusing to onlookers expecting a roar, no doubt, but helpful if you’d rather not consume gallons of fuel while you’re stuck in traffic.

SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — San Jose parking enforcement officers could soon get automatic license plate readers on their vehicles if one city council member gets his way.

“If we can’t hire more people, then we can use technology to help us solve some of these crimes,” said councilman Johnny Khamis.

Elon Musk Says ‘Hyperloop’ Tunnel Is Now Just a Normal Car Tunnel Because ‘This Is Simple and Just Works’

Back in 2017, Elon Musk had grand visions for the test track built by The Boring Company, his tunneling firm, in Los Angeles. The Boring Company’s tunneling work was closely linked to Musk’s Hyperloop idea, which would require hundreds of miles of tunneling to be viable, although the actual test track in California…

The ‘Honda Civic Type OveRland’ Is a Mean-Looking Lifted Honda Civic Type R

The “safari” trend in the car world has gone off the rails in recent years, with folks nearly getting themselves killed just to give their vehicle that certain look. But, while I’ve backed off on my “Safari All the Cars” take, I will say that I’m a fan of this lifted Honda Civic Type R.

Amphibious Mitsubishis of the ’80s and ’90s Are Rad As Hell

Pardon me while I breathe heavily into a paper bag, but I’m only just now learning that there were at least three Mitsubishi Pajero amphibious off-road concept vehicles made in the 1980s and ’90s. And yes: one of them was in a Jackie Chan movie.

Stolen 1991 Ford Mustang discovered in Missouri barn 26 years later, police say

Police in Missouri are searching for the owner of a white 1991 Ford Mustang GT discovered in a barn last week almost three decades after it was reported stolen in 1993.

The owner of the Mustang is known only as “John R.,” according to the nearly 30-year-old police report. Records indicate there was another owner listed, but neither have working phone numbers, police told WDAF-TV.

Texas is poised to ban red light cameras

Texas is set to become the 11th state in the country to ban the use of red light cameras. The Dallas News reported the state Senate passed a bill that would outlawthe devices designed to catch drivers speeding through red lights by a 23 to eight vote last week. It now awaits the signature of Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign the bill into law. Abbott campaigned on ditching the cameras last year as he ran for re-election.

The Ferrari Testarossa was destroyed by the blaze in Wickham, Hampshire, which required two fire crews to put out.
The “safari” look is so hot right now and I couldn’t be happier. Every car looks cool with knobby tires, a roof basket and some extraneous lights. Including (especially?) an old Mini that outgrew its job with Red Bull and is enjoying a second life as a tiny overlander.
German investigators are confident they will soon arrest a man who stole a rare vintage Ferrari during a test drive, after collecting new evidence in the case.
It’s hardly a secret that we really like the new NSX around here. It’s also not really a secret that Acura is having a hard time moving units of the quick hybrid supercar. In 2018, across the whole year, Acura only managed to sell 170 examples, and despite a revamp for the 2019 model year sales remain slightly soft.…
Wrecked cars are being bought at knock-down prices from salvage websites, repaired cheaply by middlemen and sold on, eventually being picked up by dealers who don’t know their history.
Karol Zwolinski wasn’t thrilled when he got the recall notice that his Ford Focus RS needed to have its head gasket replaced, but at least Ford was taking care of the potential problem, even though Karol had experienced no trouble. Still, he only had until the end of May to take care of it, so on April 9 he took his…
Our standard for what makes a movie stunt impressive is pretty high these days. But there’s another major factor that makes it hard to have crazy car action in today’s movies–the inherent idiosyncrasies of modern cars themselves.
Ashley Smith (pictured), who has a prosthetic left leg, was stopped near Saulce sur Rhône in southern France last Saturday on his way to Monaco for a rally.

Two Texas Men Killed When Trying To Jump Their Car Over Open Drawbridge

Apparently the dream doesn’t work in real life.

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A pair of men from Texas were killed after they tried to jump an open drawbridge in their car. The Louisiana State Police received a call that a car had landed in the water after trying to clear the Black Bayou Bridge on Louisiana Highway 384 near Lake Charles.

A witness told authorities that one of the men got out of the car and manually lifted the gate that is meant to stop vehicles from driving into the water while the drawbridge is open. He then got back into the car, and the driver backed up and attempted to clear the 165-gap. He did not get far, and his 2016 Chevrolet Cruze hit the water and sank to the bottom.

 

‘Cuphead’ will be available to play in Tesla cars

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Do you feel the Atari titles in Tesla cars are a little too easy for your parking lot gaming sessions? You’re about to get something much harder. Elon Musk has revealed to IGN‘s Ryan McCaffrey that Studio MDHR’s retro-styled, legendarily difficult side-scroller Cuphead should be playable on the Model 3, Model S and Model X later this summer. Storage in the cars will limit you to playing Inkwell Isle One, and you’ll absolutely need a USB gamepad to play. Still, this could be a blast to play while you’re Supercharging — so long as you don’t translate frustration with the game to the road, at least.

Super awesome Motorhome Chase

Reported stolen RV pursuit

RV PURSUIT UPDATE: Dog taken to private veterinarian for emergency treatment after suspect rams into several cars during chase. Another dog jumped out, remains missing. http://bit.ly/2HMRAI8———————-VIDEO: Reported stolen RV pursuit in San Fernando Valley area. What we know: http://bit.ly/2HMRAI8

Posted by Fox 11 Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 21, 2019

 

News Roundup

This Tesla Model 3 Badged as a ‘Civic Si’ Actually Kind of Works

Driver fined, license suspended for ‘dangerous’ amount of fast-food wrappers in car

Driver crashes £567,000 Ferrari into a passing car seconds after borrowing it from his friend

Cops recover $2.2 million Ferrari stolen during test drive, release photo of suspect

The McLaren GT is a 203 mph golf cart

Classic 1972 Ferrari set to sell for £165,000 even though most of it is packed up in cardboard boxes

The 1972 Ferrari Dino 246GT was dismantled in the late 1970s by its then Australia-based owner ahead of a restoration project. On Saturday it will go up for auction in Buckinghamshire.

Oldest ‘Porsche’ could sell for $20 million or more at auction

Land Rover built an SUV that only astronauts can buy

Wrenching Hero Installs $120 Lawnmower Engine Into Dodge Ram Pickup

Even Subaru Had a Tough Year But It’s Mounting a Comeback

The Subaru Levorg is the Subaru wagon Americans want but can’t have, since we don’t buy many wagons here and it’s reserved for other parts of the world. But that doesn’t stop us from wishing that one day the laws of nature will be broken and the U.S. will get all of the fun cars we’ve always wanted—like the two 
This is the moment a confused motorist takes multiple attempts to try and squeeze their car into a small parking space in Minneapolis, Minnesota, only to reverse back out once the car is finally in.
Just over a week ago, Mopar announced preorders for the “Hellephant” crate engine—a 1,000-horsepower, nearly $30,000 powerhouse to be plugged into any eligible vehicle. But if it took you more than 48 hours to determine whether it was a joke because of the name, you missed out on the chance to order one.
You don’t really hear people talk about the Ferrari 348, but some people at a RM Sothebys auction will be talking about this 1990 Ferrari 348 TB Zagato Elaborazione, which took the regular car and added a bunch of circular lights.
Nicholas Burke (pictured), 46, from York, was caught using the device to scramble a signal from a North Yorkshire Police safety camera van last February.
^ I had one for 3 years and it worked great in the US haha.
At the start of the year Tesla teased Sentry Mode, a security feature for its EVs that leverages a 360 dash cam to record damage and attempted break-ins. It rolled outin February, and it’s already earning its keep. According to ABC 7 news, the feature has resulted in the arrest of a would-be thief.
An Italian container ship bound for Brazil while carrying some 2,000 cars including some three dozen Porsches caught fire and sank in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of France last week.
A Southern California driver apparently couldn’t help but dance after reportedly leading authorities in a car chase Tuesday night.
I’ve been trying to be more positive these days, after a rough few years, though that positivity takes a hit every time I get into a car with a touchscreen. That’s because touchscreens in cars are bad and even dangerous—a failed experiment.
Those of you familiar with the “pink tax” shouldn’t be at all that surprised to learn that women tend to pay more than men for car insurance in half of the United States. And this is despite men being found to be the overall riskier drivers. Go figure!
Two security researchers and self-described “white hat hackers” found a trove of unencrypted location, camera, and other data on a wrecked Tesla Model 3, according to a new report from CNBCAnd while it’s not a problem unique to Tesla, the example serves as a stark reminder that newer cars can become a security risk for former owners, regardless of whether they’re sold or wrecked.

Tesla has completely torched its original plan for the $35,000 Model 3. Late on Thursday night, the company announced a fundamental change to what is supposed to be the most affordable version of its first mass-market car.

Tesla is ready to bring its parking lot-savvy Summon upgrade to its cars in earnest. Elon Musk has revealed that Enhanced Summon will be widely available in the US next week to Tesla owners who sprung for either the Enhanced Autopilot or Full Self-Driving packages. Tap a button in the Tesla mobile app and your EV can drive to you, saving you the trouble of walking to the far end of the lot. You can either have it drive to your current location or to a specific pin.

Surveillance Video of Tesla Exploding in Shanghai Parking Lot Goes Viral

100 car2go Mercedes hijacked in Chicago crime spree

Car2go, the free-floating car-sharing service owned by Daimler, temporarily shut down its service in Chicago on Wednesday after dozens of Mercedes-Benz vehicles were stolen using the app.

Aston Martin’s all-electric Rapide E is a 604HP leap into the future

No more teasing — Aston Martin has finally revealed its first all-electric car. The Rapide E swaps out a V12 engine for an 800V, 65 kWh battery system and twin rear motors with 604 hp and 700 pound-feet of torque. There will only be 155 units produced, “with prices available on application” and along with Williams, the carmaker has packed an aging frame with plenty of reasons to try this one out.

Craigslist Will Soon Start Charging $5 to List a Car for Sale

Most people who frequent this website likely have four Craigslist tabs open at any given time, since it’s a reflex to check local car listings approximately every few minutes during the workday. But the folks selling those cars are in for a surprise come April 15, when Craigslist ups the list charge from free to $5.

The Jeep Wayout Concept Is a 2020 Jeep Gladiator Turned Into an Overlanding Beast

One of the most exciting things about the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, and about mid-size off-road trucks in general, is that they make for excellent overlanding rigs. And to prove this point, Jeep has built the “Wayout” concept for the Moab Easter Jeep Safari. Check out its awesome rooftop tent.

Marshmello is doing it BIG with his tricked out truck … pouring in half a million dollars to make his ride feel like a Vegas nightclub!!! The legendary DJ recently had his Ford Super Duty COMPLETELY redone by some of the best in the biz — RDB LA…
It’s apparent that the new Ferrari P80/C is unequivocally gorgeous, but the other day someone pointed out that it looks familiar. Specifically, that it looks like the fictional Vapid FMJ from Grand Theft Auto V. Now I can’t unsee the similarities.
The Dodge Challenger is as old as it is impractical. It’s based on an ancient platform, and its looks haven’t changed that dramatically since its 2008 revival. It has the turning radius of a bus and the traction of a cat on hard floors, it guzzles gasoline like its job is to make sure the world runs out of petroleum,…
I’ve tried to do less gawking at other people’s unfortunate wrecks but thisLamborghini Huracan Performante wipeout, reportedly recorded over the weekend, showed up on my feed so many times I couldn’t help but investigate. And now I’m just confused.
Rumors of a widebody Charger sedan being seen on the streets seem to have been accurate, as Dodge finally showed the car in public. The Widebody Charger was displayed during SoCal LX Spring Fest, a festival that is, you guessed it, all about LX-chassis MoPars. Technically FCA is calling the car a “concept” but it is…
The 25-year-old man, Chen, crashed his luxury car into a van in front of him while answering a phone call, police said. The luxury car was given to Chen by his mother as a gift last month.
The Italian container ship “Grande America” sank off the French Atlantic Coast last week after a fire broke out. All 27 crew members were able to evacuate before it sank, but over 2,000 cars, allegedly including a shipment of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, didn’t make it.
Tesla Model Y announced: release set for 2020, price starts at $39,000
This is the Tesla Model Y, the electric carmaker’s new compact SUV due out in 2020. The long range version will travel 300 miles on single charge, and will sell for $47,000, while the $60,000 performance version will be capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. It’s Elon Musk’s fifth car ever to hit the road, and the company’s second attempt at a mass-market electric vehicle.
Perhaps one of the most tedious parts of meeting new people is finding common interests. But Koenigsegg is the bearer of good news this week, because you and roughly 7.5 billion other people now have something to bond over: your lack of a 1,600-horsepower, $3 million Jesko, which is officially sold out.
This month, the $12.5-million Bugatti La Voiture Noire debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, mysteriously letting us gaze upon its exterior glory and nothing else. But there was a reason, other than the fact that we’re not rich enough to handle it: The car won’t actually be done for at least another two years.
This is a video of an alleged $3-million Pagani Huayara doing a casual lap on a packed-snow track, then proceeding to repeatedly get stuck in the slush later in the day as the snow began to melt. I mean of course it did — those are low profile sport tires, they were designed for like, the opposite of snow. And who thought it would be a good idea to take their Pagani Huayara out in the snow in the first place? You own a $3-million car, go buy a plane and fly that thing somewhere warm where it belongs. Keep going for the video.
The Honda Civic Type R is the newest vehicle on the New South Wales Police Force in Australia, but don’t think a cop will come after you in it for breaking the hooning laws or trying to street race it at a stoplight. This 306-horsepower hot hatch, law-enforcing livery or not, will be for show.
I don’t have the energy to be incredulous anymore, fam. But if I did, I’d be wide-eye head-shaking all over the place after hearing that a 1994 Toyota Supra sold for an ungodly sum of $173,600 at this weekend’s Amelia Island car auction.