Watch the Fire-Breathing 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Spit Flames [Video]

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Watch the Fire-Breathing 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Spit Flames [Video]

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So, we don’t quite know where this came from. This Corvette video was apparently uploaded to Chevrolet’s YouTube channel on November 15, 2017, but left unlisted—meaning it doesn’t appear in searches on YouTube, nor is it promoted as “related content.”

But Reddit found it.

The video seems to show a 2019 Corvette ZR1—you know, the 755-horse, 715-lb-ft monster Vette with a 212-mph top speed—accelerating at full throttle at what’s already a very high speed.

And it’s shooting flames.

Not just the little burp of fire you get from some modern supercars on overrun. We’re talking rocket flames. A foot-long stream of blue-white fire blasting out of the Vette’s tailpipes. And it’s sustained through whichever gear the Vette is accelerating through.

That’s pretty damn cool.

We don’t know where the video was shot—although the standard disclaimer says it was on a closed course with a professional driver. Chevy says the ZR1 will do a sub-seven-minute lap time at the Nürburgring. Maybe they caught this during early-morning testing?





We can’t wait to confirm this flame-shooting capability for ourselves.

This story originally appeared on Road & Track.

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2017 Jeep Renegade Tested in Depth: Slow and Steady, All-Terrain Ready

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The Renegade is a direct response to consumer trends. Buyers who want to sit higher but don’t want to commit to driving a large SUV have turned to smaller and smaller crossovers that aim to blend carlike driving characteristics with SUV-like approaches to utility and packaging. Jeep has crafted an option for customers who like the idea of a Wrangler but don’t want to dive so deeply into Jeep territory. The Renegade brings some Jeep attributes to the subcompact-crossover segment: it has a distinctly rugged air about it and a fair amount of off-road capability to back it up but with more refinement and comfort than you can get in a Wrangler. READ MORE ››

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2017 Jeep Renegade – In-Depth Review

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150-Mile 2018 Nissan Leaf EV Driven!

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Nissan’s Leaf appeared for 2011 looking fairly dorky and, by the EPA’s reckoning, capable of traveling just 73 miles due to its 24.0-kWh battery. As more EVs hit the market with greater driving range, Nissan gradually boosted the Leaf’s abilities. Range was first increased to 75 miles for 2013, then to 84 miles for 2016; an optional 30.0-kWh battery also came online for 2016 that further upped the Leaf’s range to 107 miles. This year, Nissan has redesigned the Leaf inside and out, added more power, and, critically, increased the battery size to 40.0 kWh on every model. READ MORE ››

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2018 Nissan Leaf – First Drive Review

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Headlights and Small-Overlap Front Crash Tests Shorten List of 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award Winners

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New standards for headlights and front-end crashes are making it harder for new cars and trucks to receive an insurance-industry-backed group’s highest safety rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave just 15 vehicles its highest rating of Top Safety Pick+ for 2018, compared with 38 for 2017 and 48 for 2016.

For the top rating, many vehicles were tripped up by the addition of a passenger-side small-overlap front crash test that was added to the criteria for the award. The IIHS has been rating vehicles for driver’s-side protection in small-overlap front crashes since 2012 but only recently developed the test for the passenger side. It released the first test results in October. Vehicles had to get an Acceptable or Good (top) rating in the test to be named a Top Safety Pick+. 

While automakers have been beefing up the structural integrity of the driver’s side of their vehicles, some may have neglected the passenger side, IIHS said. IIHS senior research engineer Becky Mueller told Car and Driver that automakers have been adding cross bracing and stronger metal to improve areas around the vehicle’s door frame and floorpan. “Vehicles that applied the same structures to the driver and passenger sides of vehicles typically performed well for both the driver and passenger small-overlap tests,” Mueller said. “This means that manufacturers already have the know-how to better protect passengers in small overlap.”

But apparently, not all cars and trucks have been improved across their entire front ends. In a press release, IIHS president Adrian Lund noted that drivers “expect that their passengers, who are often family, will be protected just as well as they are. Manufacturers have been taking this issue seriously since we first shed light on it, and we’re confident that good small-overlap protection will become the norm on the passenger side, just as it has on the driver side.”


Nearly 50 Named Top Safety Pick

In addition to the 15 Top Safety Pick+ winners, 47 were named Top Safety Pick. There was no passenger-side small-overlap requirement to get the Top Safety Pick award.

IIHS said the vast majority of the winners were optionally equipped, because front-end crash-prevention technology and decent-performing headlights—two key factors for the Top Safety Pick honor—are generally not available on base-trim cars and trucks. It noted that some automakers are vowing to make automated emergency braking standard by 2022 and singled out Toyota as being ahead of that curve. Seven of its models have it as standard: the Camry, Corolla, Prius, Prius Prime, and Highlander and the Lexus IS and NX. Nissan has pledged to make it standard on most 2018 models.

Meanwhile, automakers continue to have some trouble with the IIHS’s headlight tests, which are relatively new. IIHS evaluates headlights on how well they illuminate the road as well as the amount of glare they create for oncoming vehicles. For a vehicle to be named a Top Safety Pick, its headlights need to be deemed Acceptable or Good, and they have to reach the top rating of Good for a vehicle to be labeled Top Safety Pick+.

Among the 15 models given the highest award of Top Safety Pick+, Hyundai Motor Company led all automakers, with its Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis brands placing six models in the top category. It was followed by Subaru, which had four models, and Mercedes-Benz, with two. Toyota, BMW, and Ford each placed one model on the Top Safety Pick+ list.

Here’s a complete rundown of the 2018 IIHS award winners:

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Second Volkswagen Exec Sentenced to Prison for Diesel-Emissions Scandal

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The second Volkswagen executive in less than half a year has been sentenced to prison for his role in the automaker’s diesel-emissions scandal, according to reports from a Detroit federal court.

Oliver Schmidt, 48, formerly general manager of the company’s environmental office in Michigan, was sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay a $400,000 fine. Schmidt was arrested by the FBI in January while visiting Miami after the Department of Justice issued a warrant for him and five other executives in Germany. Volkswagen pleaded guilty as a corporation that month to three criminal felony charges and was ordered to pay $4.3 billion as part of a settlement. U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox called Schmidt a “key conspirator” who “knowingly misled and lied to government officials,” as quoted by Automotive News reporter Larry Vellequette.

“VW is not going to walk into this room. VW is a group of individuals, and it is individuals who make choices,” said prosecutor Ben Singer. “Maybe it didn’t start out as Mr. Schmidt’s scheme, but it became his scheme. And that’s important.”

Schmidt, according to Automotive News, said he learned of the defeat device in August 2015 and agreed to “talking points” from VW management prior to speaking with California environmental regulators. Those were later found to be lies, although Schmidt had actually attempted, via email to the head of Volkswagen of America in 2014, to warn management regarding a potential indictment and what the Automotive News report called “economic risks.”

“For the disruption of my life, I only have to blame myself,” said Schmidt during his sentencing. “I justified my decisions by telling myself that I was obliged to speak for my superiors. The man that stands before you today no longer believes that.”

James Robert Liang, 63, an engineer who was not part of the original federal indictment from January 2017, was sentenced to 40 months and ordered to pay a $200,000 fine in August. Liang pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government and to committing wire fraud in violating the Clean Air Act back in September 2016.

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Got the Speed: 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS Driven!

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The greatest pleasure to be found in Porsche’s 982-chassis 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman exists between the edge of grip and the edge of control. It’s a place of pure joy thanks to the sweetest stability-control system in existence—one that lets you look over the edge without actually jumping, but which also never punishes you for doing so. These are machines we’ve appreciated for years now, approving enough of Porsche’s least costly sports car in either its roadster or coupe forms (or both) to award them 19 10Best Cars awards—including a 2018 honor. The newest version of the cars, the GTS, makes the experience even more enlightening. READ MORE ››

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2018 Porsche 718 Boxster / Cayman GTS – First Drive Review

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