- 2013 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse: 8.0-liter, quad turbo, 1200hp/1106tq.
- 2014 Chevrolet 67 Corvette Stingray: 6.2-liter, naturally aspirated, 450hp/450tq.
- 2013 Ram 3500: 6.7-liter, turbo, 385hp/850tq.
Wow. Impressive company. Comments from Autoweek:
- 2014 Mercedes – A specific output of 178hp per liter.
- 2013 Bugatti – Awesomely, breathtakingly, wondrously ridiculous. What can be said about an engine that would drain the fuel tank in eight minutes if you could run it at full throttle that long? Zero-60mph in 2.5 seconds.
- 2014 Corvette – Another winning spin on the small block formula.
Finally, the Ram’s Cummins Turbo Diesel – Why we love it: What exactly does “best-in-class horsepower and torque” mean? How does a 30,000-pound towing capacity sound? Or a 6,580-pound payload? Thanks to this workhorse of a motor, the Ram heavy duty out-pulls and out-carries every other pickup truck out there.
The Chrysler and Cummins relationship started over 30 years ago, and there’s one important artifact that reminds us how far these two companies have come together: the first development truck. The truck was part of the initial fleet of six vehicles that were built to test the viability of a Cummins in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine in a Dodge Ram pickup.
Truck D001 is a 2-wheel-drive standard-cab long-bed 1985 Dodge Ram D350 Prospector. It started life with a V8 gas engine, but a 12-valve rotary-pumped in-line 6 was swapped in for the initial testing. Other than a simple mockup engine that was used to check space claim under the hood, this was the first Cummins 5.9 in a Ram truck. Once the program was approved, the actual test vehicles were assembled.
Troy Simonsen, a pioneer in the automotive diesel industry, recalled the first Cummins-powered Dodge Ram test mule: “I was on hand to test-drive the first prototype Dodge/Cummins diesel pickup, a 2-wheel drive, automatic three-speed. Cummins had set up a test run with comparable Chevy and Ford diesel pickups. It was a thrill to see the Dodge/Cummins outperform both of them with ease.” Cummins went into production in 1989 with the 5.9L for Chrysler, and the rest is history. Truck D001 is the truck that started it all.
Unlike today’s prototype vehicles, which are often scrapped, Truck D001 has continued to perform. For more than 20 years, the truck has been used as a parts runner among facilities and as a shop vehicle for the Cummins Technical Center (CTC). It’s spent most of its time on the highways and interstates in and around Columbus, Ind. The burgundy-and-white paint is faded, the interior is worn and the bed is a little beaten up, but the truck runs as well today as it did in 1985.
CFM+ is a high-tech engineering company with a patented manufacturing process that allows them to produce one-piece hollow structures from high-temperature structural composite materials. Similar composite materials are used to make engine parts for a number of race applications as well as for high-end stock automobiles like the Corvette LS Series and in turbo charged vehicles. Composite materials are used in these applications due to their insulative properties which allows them to avoid the heat sink that occurs with similar parts cast from aluminum. All CFM+ Intake Manifolds are manufactured in the United States.
We'd like to thank CFM+ for sponsoring our latest giveaway - a CFM+ Intake Manifold. What do you have to do to win? This one is easy and fun. Simply post the stupidest warning label you've seen recently. Click here to get involved. Extra points will be awarded to those of you creative enough to find a stupid warning label involving fuel, diesel fuel, trucks or anything automotive.
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Reprinted from Automotive News, Letters to the Editor, April 19, 2010 (page 12):
To the Editor:
I read with great interest the news of Daimler, Renault and Nissan forming a partnership of "equal representation" among the three companies ("Zetsche to keep Renault pact 'on Earth,' avoid Chrysler replay," autonews.com, April 8).
Dieter Zetsche announced that he has learned from the failed Daimler Chrysler merger and that this one will focus on "cost savings and car development projects rather than control."
Funny, I thought those were the stated objectives of our infamous marriage "of equals."
I have been waiting 12 years for someone at Daimler to admit that Daimler's quest for absolute control was a primary factor in the failure of DaimlerChrysler. That fact was only too obvious to the many people who worked at the company and tried to make it a success.
I hope this new venture will work where others have failed.
All I can say to Dieter Zetsche is good luck. And to Carlos Ghosn: Watch your back.
Tom Stallkamp Industrial Partner Ripplewood Holdings LLC Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
The writer was the last president of Chrysler Corp. and first president of DaimlerChrysler. He left the company in 1999 in a disagreement on the direction of the merger.
Valentine's Day is upon you guys and gals. And based on the responses you posted to the, "And then the fight began . . ." contest, you are just full of advice to ensure a great relationship with your wife (husband), etc. Here is your chance to give a bit of advice and perhaps win a FASS Titanium System for your own personal Valentine's Day gift.
Well, one Geno's Garage staff member (who will remain nameless) just went and got engaged! Can you believe it? Come to think of it, another Geno's Garage staff member is engaged and a third one just got married. Must be in the water?
So, post your very best advice to these guys (yep, they are all three guys). And that simple gesture will get you registed in the FASS for FREE February Contest.
If you can't come up with any advice, just post your name, but put your flame suit on if you can't come up with anything.
Just think, the guys at Geno's get some advice for keeping their significant others' happy, and you get a Valentine's gift of a free, top-of-the-line FASS Titanium fuel system.
Just to get you motivated, cruise on over to the FASS website and take a look at those fuel pumps: