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Hennessey finally performs V-8 engine swap on F-150 Raptor

A number of Ford F-150 Raptor fans have been crying out for a V-8. Hennessey Performance Engineering has heard those cries because the Texan tuner has built a Raptor housing eighty cylinders under the hood. From the factory, there’s only one engine choice available for Ford’s latest Raptor. It’s a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6, and it suits the truck just fine. There’s usually no complaining when dealing with a 450-horsepower pickup truck, but a V-8 makes tremendous noise and that’s part of the reason why Raptor lovers want such an engine…

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Special Land Rover Defender completed inside London store

Land Rover has built a special Defender for famed London department store Selfridges, located on Oxford Street. The iconic vehicle serves as the centerpiece of the new men’s wear department, which was opened on Monday. To get the Defender into the store, the off-roader was stripped down to its chassis. The Jaguar Land Rover Classic team then helped shove it through a first-floor window and before beginning the reassembly process. The whole process took about four days from start to finish. This particular Defender started out as a 110 pickup…

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Daimler open to another collaboration with Tesla

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC At one point, Daimler owned 10 percent of Tesla. That was back in 2009 when the German auto giant acquired stock in Tesla in an effort to collaborate and develop electric car technology. However, as it started to become clear that electric cars were popular with some buyers, Daimler in 2014 decided to sell its stake in Tesla to separate its own technology from that of Tesla. But that doesn’t mean Daimler won’t work again with Tesla in the future. The information comes from Daimler CEO Dieter…

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Mopar ready to stomp the competition with 1,000-horsepower Hellephant crate engine

We knew the folks at Mopar were planning something big for this week’s SEMA show, and on Tuesday collective jaws dropped when the covers were pulled off a 1,000-horsepower crate engine dubbed the Hellephant. The engine, which also generates 950 pound-feet of torque, is a supercharged V-8 with 7.0 liters of displacement, or 426 cubic inches, and its name, if you haven’t guessed already, is a portmanteau of “Hellcat” and “Elephant.” Hellephant crate engine The Hellcat needs no introduction here at Motor Authority but the Elephant may not be familiar…

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Ford earns trio of SEMA awards and Jeep grabs one too

Teaser sketch for 2019 CJ Pony Parts Ford Mustang GT debuting at 2018 SEMA show Ford arrives in Las Vegas every year ready to take charge at the SEMA show. This year is no exception, as the automaker has more than 50 vehicles on display. Ford isn’t just there to show off some cool stuff though, as once again the Blue Oval takes home a handful of awards hardware. The F-150, Mustang, and Focus have garnered top trophies for Ford. SEMA has named the F-150 its Truck of the Year.…

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Ford and RTR Vehicles collaborate on Series 1 Mustang

Professional drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his RTR Vehicles team are working with Ford to develop a range of performance and style upgrades that can be added before a car leaves the dealership. The first is the Series 1 Mustang RTR Powered by Ford Performance announced Monday and due on sale in early 2019. The car can be ordered as either a Mustang EcoBoost or Mustang GT and requires the muscle car icon’s available Performance Pack 1 to be equipped, and just 500 will be up for grabs. RTR, an…

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Long-term plan for Maybach is still to offer standalone cars

Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept Mercedes-Benz has managed to swing its AMG family of cars into an entity that is capable of standing on its own. With the GT 4-Door Coupe and upcoming One hypercar joining the GT sports car, and possibly a new entry-level sports car on the way, too, AMG is slowly morphing into a standalone automaker capable of rivaling the likes of Ferrari and Porsche. With Maybach, the plan is the same, in this case for the ultra-luxury segment, though management remains cautious given the previous failed…

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Pirelli makes it easier to understand F1 tire choices

Pirelli 2019 F1 tire compound identifier system Come the 2019 Formula One season, Pirelli will make it simpler to understand the types of tires used during Grand Prix weekends. The tire company announced last week it will move to a new three-color system. The colors will still represent hard, medium and soft tire choices but each color will now represent more than one compound. White will denote all the hard compounds, yellow all the medium, and red all the soft. Additionally, the colors for the Cinturato intermediate tire and full wet…

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Kia readies custom K900, Stinger for 2018 SEMA show

Kia is packed and ready for Las Vegas. The automaker is bringing a pair of its sedans along for the trip to the city’s SEMA show. A Stinger GT and K900 have been modified and prepped to be shown off to the throngs of visitors at the annual show which caters to the aftermarket. The Stinger is likely to be a bit of a SEMA darling this year, as it’s an exciting ride with lots of room for style and performance improvements. Kia is getting a jump on that action…

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Mercedes product roadmap confirms 2019 debut for next CLA, CLA Shooting Brake

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA spy shots – Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien Mercedes-Benz last week presented its third-quarter financials, and tucked away in a lengthy document detailing the results was a slide providing a product roadmap for the coming year. First noticed by Motor1, the roadmap provides us with details that were already largely known but there are a couple of nuggets of good info. It reveals that a redesigned V-Class van will be launched in early 2019, which we should see here as a new Metris. The model is expected to…

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