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  1. So what’s the big deal running around the West Coast ? well no.. not where the greater southern waterfront is.. it’s the Pacific West Coast and the PCH aka Pacific Coast Highway A little jaunt from Seattle down to SF with side trips to Olympic National Park and some other nice spots. This journey offers nice B roads, lots of scenery and good food I wanted to try a car which I might consider buying and I wanted a SUV so it came down to the RAV4 or the CHR depending what was available. Both use the same 2.0l with the CVT As fate decided there was only one .. my Black Steed fitted with 18” rims no less. The C-HR is no stranger to us, it’s a ubiquitous PHV in Singapore but here it uses a 2 liter naturally aspirated engine with the same CVT tranny. The car had to take two of us along with luggage and two weeks of shopping, which is no mean feat, I’ll have you know... Thankfully it was up to the task, swallowing four bags, two backpacks and a large box with great aplomb. Sure you need to fold down the seats if you want quick access and the sloping rear hatch doesn’t do its load carrying function any favors. The interior is tighter than a Vezel but for us it was cosy. The front seats wrap nicely around you and it sits a lot lower than the typical SUV. But then again it’s no real mud eating 4x4, more of a hatch on mildly elevated stilts. The interior is typically Toyota with the omnipresent retro clock and the diamond shaped motifs all over. The build is excellent with no rattles, even after 21000 miles of abuse by other renters. It won’t impress those looking for all round soft touch materials but thing look built to last. The cockpit wraps around the driver and controls generally fall into reach easily. The short stubby gear shift is solid but I wished it was longer. No paddle shifters sadly and no HUD. But here stateside you get a full suite of features with CarPlay and a real set of safety features. Lane departure warning, rear side detectors, blind spot detectors, and my favorite: active cruise control. More on that later... Visibility, like space is a bit compromised at the rear, although front visibility is excellent. The upside of such a compact car is that you point and it zips through, parking is easy and your fuel consumption is great. 33.5 mpg great in fact, which is around 14-15 km/l, which helps when the fuel tank is quite small.. You get DRL here with a full LED headlamp package and CarPlay but the stereo is decidedly weak.. it begs for a ICE and speaker overhaul.. Cool CHR logo when you open the door .. The engine has been with us in many iterations and being a naturally aspirated engine it doesn’t give that kick when you take off, but at highway cruising it is more than adequate. It also has enough power for the mountain roads and the CVT pairs well to keep it in the power zone. Furthermore with varying road speeds, frequent gear changes won’t upset or burn out the clutch because there isn’t one ☝️. On the open road you can easily hit high speeds and wind road is ok, allowing you to talk easily. No Lexus silence here, but it’s fine. Tire roar on lousy interstate sections does get fatiguing but they are only intermittent thankfully. But onto that active cruise control... it measures distance and allows the car to adjust speeds accordingly ... very neat and will slow the car down then pick up speed to keep up with the car in front. With car like agility and a lower stance you are encouraged to take corners more aggressively and the chassis is nimble. This car shares the BRZ chassis and it shows.. in winding roads, where road holding matters more than power, you can show larger capacity engine cars a clean pair of heels easily and you can corner 10-20 mph more than the suggested speed on the sign. Throwing it into bends will bring a big smile on your face. I think the 2l is a better match than the 1.2 turbo we have in long distance driving. Lapping up the miles in my Black Steed has been an absolute joy 👍 More on the sights and food soon 😉
  2. My wife’s friend invited us to go over to New York, USA to visit her and stay at her place. So we agreed and planned for a visit in Autumn before the winter snow comes and it will be too cold to walk around. My wife’s friend stays at the suburbs of New York City but still within New York state so it is a good place to stay and still able to visit New York City. After extensive search on various websites, we settled for Qatar Airways flight with a stopover at Doha, Qatar. Initially, wanted to try the SIA direct flight but wifey say she does not want to seat in the aeroplane for 19 hours and also the cost was more than double of what we can get on Qatar Airways. We listed down the places of interest we wanted to visit since it was our first time to USA. And since it was NYC, most of the places will be what we saw in the movies and TV. Then we planned for shopping and throw in a road trip to satisfy my desire to drive long distances in USA. My wife’s friend provided some tips on places to visit and my colleague/trusted friend in the office provided me with lots of tips on what to see, where to eat and how to get around NYC as he is a regular to USA. His twin brother stays there and he visits him every year. There was enhanced security check for everyone bound for USA at Doha, Qatar airport. They first check if you have ESTA, if yes, your name will be already on their list. Then it is time to strip down your clothes. No sweater or jackets, remove belt, footwear, keys, coins, wallet, hp and anything from your pockets. Next, empty all your hand carry items in your bag. All electronic devices like laptop, camera, drone, tablet, hp, etc must be placed separately in another tray. They wipe down all electronic devices and put the cloth into the ion scanner to check for traces of explosive/gun powder (I guess). I left my drone in my carry-on bag and when the x-ray detected it, was told to go back to the line and repeat the process again. Passengers were already boarding the plane while I was still going thru the checks. Many ppl were in the same scenario too. Touch down in JFK airport. It was a wet morning. I left SG on Fri night and reached NYC on a Sat morning. Woohoo, as if time stood still. But in fact, it was already Sat night in SG. Have flown exactly 24 hours and the time difference between NYC and SG is exactly 12 hours. The queue at immigration was terribly long, 45 mins before we get to see the officer. And over here, they see u as a family. Ya, whole family stand in front of the officer and he ask questions and stamp passport. For us, he didn’t ask much as it was our first time there, only ask how long we will be in USA. Retrieved our luggage and followed the instruction that Enterprise car rental had provided me. Took the air train to where all the car rentals are located. For Enterprise, got to take a shuttle bus after alighting from the air train as it was further away. The temp was around a cool 14°C. Had booked a Rav4 but there was no Rav4 on site so the guy provided me with a Hyundai Tucson. Less than 10,000 miles on the odo, still got new car smell. Loaded our luggage and drove to my wife’s friend home, another 40+km away. Had to keep awake and ensure I drive the correct direction. Somehow lost my way while I was on the freeway as there was a split 3 ways and I guessed the wrong one. Did a few rounds in a neighbourhood and got back on to the freeway. Entrances to the freeway were not clearly indicated on the road, no big signboard.
  3. StreetFight3r

    US blacklists Huawei & affiliates

    They say if u cant beat them, ban them.
  4. Departing to USA New York via SQ 26 Airbus A380-800.
  5. On this thread, I'll share some videos on the sights and sounds of Washington DC, the capital of USA. In honour of MCF, the first two videos will be on cars. Here is one. A 1977 Honda Civic. This car revolutionized American car industry. Did this car come to Singapore? Here is the second. This car was called the Tucker Automobile from 1948. It was a commercial failure.
  6. Commercial property sales have slowed in the U.S. this year—but Chinese investors are continuing to plow money into the market. So far in 2016, Chinese companies have purchased or are buying 47 U.S. properties worth $9.3 billion, according to deal tracker Real Capital Analytics. That makes them the most active foreign buyers in the U.S., with more than double Canada’s $4.2 billion worth of deals. By contrast, for all of last year Chinese investors did 71 U.S. deals worth $6 billion. Chinese investment abroad has soared as the Chinese economy has slumped over the past year. Investors are looking abroad to protect their wealth against the volatility at home, analysts said. In the most recent high-profile transaction, China Life Insurance Group Co. last week provided an unspecified piece of the equity toward the purchase of the Manhattan office tower at 1285 Sixth Ave. in New York, according to people familiar with the matter. A venture led by developer Scott Rechler including China Life paid $1.65 billion for the 1.8 million-square-foot building, whose tenants include UBS Group AG and the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Mr. Rechler said his firm, RXR Realty LLC, attracted participation from institutional investors because it was able to convince UBS, which occupies about half of the building’s space, to renew its commitment through 2032. Other investors were wary of buying the building as long as UBS’s status was uncertain, especially with signs cropping up of a market slowdown. “That chilled other investors,” Mr. Rechler said. ‘They’re parking more capital in the safe locations in the West. ’ —Jim Costello The Chinese are streaming into the U.S. even as overall deal activity slows. In the four months of 2016, all investors purchased $135.9 billion worth of commercial property, compared with $171.4 billion during the same period last year, Real Capital said. The slowdown comes six years into a bull market for commercial property. Many investors have moved to the sidelines because they believe values, which have risen steadily since 2009, might level off or even begin falling. Debt financing also has become more difficult to obtain. As of May 10, Wall Street has issued just $28.5 billion in commercial mortgage-backed securities, compared with $44.1 billion during the same time last year, according to Commercial Mortgage Alert, a trade publication. But buyers from Asia, the Middle East and other parts of the world often are more motivated than domestic U.S. investors. Many are eager to diversity. Others are concerned about risk in their own countries. Until 2012, the Chinese government prohibited the country’s insurance companies from buying foreign property. With those restrictions lifted they are flexing their muscles throughout the world. Last year, China Life made its first U.S. investment along with Ping An Insurance Co. They purchased a majority stake in a $500 million Boston development in the city’s popular Seaport District. Mr. Costello said foreign investors used to focus on buying trophy assets such as New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel, but lately have been expanding out of downtowns in top cities in a search for higher yields. Last week, the sovereign-wealth fund of Bahrain purchased a 49% stake in a portfolio of seven office buildings between Phoenix and Dallas. The deal valued the 1.2 million-square-foot portfolio at about $250 million. Mr. Rechler, for his part, has garnered a reputation as a good market timer. He sold his earlier real-estate company for $6.5 billion in early 2007 as storm clouds were forming over the economy and then started buying property just as the market began to recover in mid-2009. His RXR Realty controls 87 commercial properties and had $12.7 billion of assets under management as of the end of last year. Mr. Rechler initially wasn’t interested in 1285 Sixth Ave. when it was put on the market last year by J.P. Morgan Asset Management and AXA Financial Inc. But he began talks after he came up with a plan to add value to the property by extending UBS’s lease. To execute that plan, Mr. Rechler first had to deal with UBS’s neighbor, Paul, Weiss, which had an option to take more space in the building. As long as that option hung out there, UBS wouldn’t renew. Mr. Rechler eliminated that problem by cutting a deal with the law firm to modify its expansion option. He also agreed to sell some Paul, Weiss partners stakes in the building, according to people familiar with the matter. Besides China Life, Mr. Rechler’s group included New York developerDavid Werner, who at one point was competing against Mr. Rechler for the property. J.P. Morgan and AXA were represented by Doug Harmon and Adam Spies of Eastdil Secured.
  7. Waste of taxpayers money. This ATB really got Permanent Head Damage. http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/singaporean-charged-poisoning-water-classmates-the-us-20
  8. Boringchap

    Plane Lands on a road in USA

    This is certainly not something you see everyday. A light plane lands on a road in USA, caught on car camera.
  9. Yewheng

    Bill gates invented NEWater

    Bill gates invented Newater. What puzzle me is that no one comment in the comment box below on singapore newater. Do people around the world know about singapore newater?
  10. Jman888

    World Peace USA & NK

    Enjoy!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yst9d8KyxSw
  11. Any bros got recommendation on which prepaid data sim card to buy in US for IP5s? Hope to pick one up at the SF Airport. Kum sia.
  12. Iceland got problem. USA printing money. HK controlling property bubbles. But S'pore still showing good signs, e.g. many pple rushing to condo showroom, buying big cars, etc. May be the next financial crisis coming. what you guys think?
  13. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/baltimore-ravens-cheerleader-molly-shattuck-accused-raping-teen-boy-article-1.2000050 "She allegedly made his acquaintance by borrowing a method from the millenial playbook — she started commenting on photos the teen posted on Instagram,"
  14. In USA, the car loan company is able to disable the car if the car instalment is not paid on time. Coming here soon? I think not likely . . . http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2024625051_carpaymentsxml.html The thermometer showed a 103.5-degree fever, and her 10-year-old’s asthma was flaring up. Mary Bolender, who lives in Las Vegas, needed to get her daughter to an emergency room, but her 2005 Chrysler van would not start. The cause was not a mechanical problem — it was her lender. Bolender was three days behind on her monthly car payment. Her lender, C.A.G. Acceptance of Mesa, Arizona, remotely activated a device in her car’s dashboard that prevented her car from starting. Before she could get back on the road, she had to pay more than $389, money she did not have that morning in March. “I felt absolutely helpless,” said Bolender, a single mother who stopped working to care for her daughter. It was not the only time this happened: Her car was shut down that March, once in April and again in June. This new technology is bringing auto loans — and Wall Street’s version of Big Brother — into the lives of people with credit scores battered by the financial downturn. Auto loans to borrowers considered subprime, those with credit scores at or below 640, have spiked in the last five years. The jump has been driven in large part by the demand among investors for securities backed by the loans, which offer high returns at a time of low interest rates. Roughly 25 percent of all new auto loans made last year were subprime, and the volume of subprime auto loans reached more than $145 billion in the first three months of this year. But before they can drive off the lot, many subprime borrowers like Bolender must have their car outfitted with a so-called starter interrupt device, which allows lenders to remotely disable the ignition. Using the GPS technology on the devices, the lenders can also track the cars’ location and movements. The devices, which have been installed in about 2 million vehicles, are helping feed the subprime boom by enabling more high-risk borrowers to get loans. But there is a big catch. By simply clicking a mouse or tapping a smartphone, lenders retain the ultimate control. Borrowers must stay current with their payments, or lose access to their vehicle. “I have disabled a car while I was shopping at Wal-Mart,” said Lionel M. Vead Jr., the head of collections at First Castle Federal Credit Union in Covington, Louisiana. Roughly 30 percent of customers with an auto loan at the credit union have starter interrupt devices. Now used in about one-quarter of subprime auto loans nationwide, the devices are reshaping the dynamics of auto lending by making timely payments as vital to driving a car as gasoline. Seizing on such technological advances, lenders are reaching deeper and deeper into the ranks of Americans on the financial margins, with interest rates on some of the loans exceeding 29 percent. Concerns raised by regulators and some rating firms about loose lending standards have disturbing echoes of the subprime-mortgage crisis. As the ignition devices proliferate, so have complaints from troubled borrowers, many of whom are finding that credit comes at a steep price to their privacy and, at times, their dignity, according to interviews with state and federal regulators, borrowers and consumer lawyers. Some borrowers say their cars were disabled when they were only a few days behind on their payments, leaving them stranded in dangerous neighborhoods. Others said their cars were shut down while idling at stoplights. Some described how they could not take their children to school or to doctor’s appointments. One woman in Nevada said her car was shut down while she was driving on the freeway. Beyond the ability to disable a vehicle, the devices have tracking capabilities that allow lenders and others to know the movements of borrowers, a major concern for privacy advocates. And the warnings the devices emit — beeps that become more persistent as the due date for the loan payment approaches — are seen by some borrowers as more degrading than helpful. “No middle-class person would ever be hounded for being a day late,” said Robert Swearingen, a lawyer with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, in St. Louis. “But for poor people, there is a debt collector right there in the car with them.” Lenders and manufacturers of the technology say borrowers consent to having these devices installed in their cars. And without them, they say, millions of Americans might not qualify for a car loan at all. A virtual repo man From his office outside New Orleans, Vead can monitor the movements of about 880 subprime borrowers on a computerized map that shows the location of their cars with a red marker. Vead can spot drivers who have fallen behind on their payments and remotely disable their vehicles on his computer or mobile phone. The devices are reshaping how people like Vead collect on debts. He can quickly locate the collateral without relying on a repo man to hunt down delinquent borrowers. Vead says that first, he tries reaching a delinquent borrower on the phone or in person. Then, only after at least 30 days of missed payments, he typically shuts down cars when they are parked at the borrower’s house or workplace. If there is an emergency, he says, he will turn a car back on. None of the borrowers or consumer lawyers interviewed by The New York Times raised concerns about the way Vead’s credit union uses the devices. But other lenders, they said, were not as considerate, marooning drivers in far-flung places and often giving no advance notice of a shut-off. Lenders say that they exercise caution when disabling vehicles and that the devices enable them to extend more credit. Without the use of such devices, said John Pena, general manager of C.A.G. Acceptance, “we would be unable to extend loans because of the high-risk nature of the loans.” A leading device maker, PassTime of Littleton, Colorado, says its technology has reduced late payments to roughly 7 percent from nearly 29 percent. Spireon, which offers a GPS device called the Talon, has a tool on its website where lenders can calculate their return on capital.
  15. Roadrunner2029

    Japan vs. Germany, Japan vs. USA

    No offense, I've driven Japanese, American and German cars and Japanese cars are the most reliable. But thought this article was a funny compilation of road crashes. http://club.autohome.com.cn/bbs/thread-c-639-26164664-1.html  Nissan vs. VW Nissan vs. VW Honda vs. Chery QQ :) Nissan vs. Chevrolet Buick vs. Nissan But don't worry, the Koreans are not left out. Buick vs. Hyundai: Even PRC man vs. Mazda More in the link. I still trust scientific tests more, even though they are performed in a lab.
  16. Thaiyotakamli

    Singlish For War Strategy

    Its fake but have a laugh ba haha http://therealsingapore.com/content/sg-f16-pilots-use-singlish-stop-us-f15-pilots-listening-during-joint-exercise Being in the Singapore Airforce for many years already. I would like to share with your readers this story of ours which makes Singlish a very powerful and unique identity for us Singaporeans. The Spore air force went to the US to take part in their Red Flag combat exercise. For the first three days, our F-16 pilots, no matter how much they planned and prepared, they were always ambushed by the USAF F-15s. Then they realized that the USAF pilots were eavesdropping on their conversations (not disallowed by the rules), so they switched from plain English to Singlish/Chinese/Malay. Suddenly the F-15s lost their magic, and for the last three days, found no way through the defensive screen set up by our F-16s. So who says Singlish got no use har?
  17. China mode on, Dont play play hor, we need change master soon liao. http://m.ft.com/cms/s/0/d79ffff8-cfb7-11e3-9b2b-00144feabdc0.html China to pass US as largest economy By Chris Giles, Economics Editor The US is on the brink of losing its status as the worlds largest economy, and is likely to slip behind China this year, sooner than widely anticipated, according to the worlds leading statistical agencies. The US has been the global leader since overtaking the UK in 1872. Most economists previously thought China would pull ahead in 2019. The figures, compiled by the International Comparison Program hosted by the World Bank, are the most authoritative estimates of what money can buy in different countries and are used by most public and private sector organisations, such as the International Monetary Fund. This is the first time they have been updated since 2005. After extensive research on the prices of goods and services, the ICP concluded that money goes further in poorer countries than it previously thought, prompting it to increase the relative size of emerging market economies. The estimates of the real cost of living, known as purchasing power parity or PPPs, are recognised as the best way to compare the size of economies rather than using volatile exchange rates, which rarely reflect the true cost of goods and services: on this measure the IMF put US GDP in 2012 at $16.2tn, and Chinas at $8.2tn. In 2005, the ICP thought Chinas economy was less than half the size of the US, accounting for only 43 per cent of Americas total. Because of the new methodology and the fact that Chinas economy has grown much more quickly the research placed Chinas GDP at 87 per cent of the US in 2011. For 2011, the report says: The US remained the worlds largest economy, but it was closely followed by China when measured using PPPs. With the IMF expecting Chinas economy to have grown 24 per cent between 2011 and 2014 while the US is expected to expand only 7.6 per cent, China is likely to overtake the US this year. The figures revolutionise the picture of the worlds economic landscape, boosting the importance of large middle-income countries. India becomes the third-largest economy having previously been in tenth place. The size of its economy almost doubled from 19 per cent of the US in 2005 to 37 per cent in 2011. Russia, Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico make the top 12 in the global table. In contrast, high costs and lower growth push the UK and Japan further behind the US than in the 2005 tables while Germany improved its relative position a little and Italy remained the same. The findings will intensify arguments about control over global international organisations such as the World Bank and IMF, which are increasingly out of line with the balance of global economic power. When looking at the actual consumption per head, the report found the new methodology as well as faster growth in poor countries have greatly reduced the gap between rich and poor, suggesting that the world has become more equal. The worlds rich countries still account for 50 per cent of global GDP while containing only 17 per cent of the worlds population. Having compared the actual cost of living in different countries, the report also found that the four most expensive countries to live in are Switzerland, Norway, Bermuda and Australia, with the cheapest being Egypt, Pakistan, Myanmar and Ethiopia.
  18. Thaiyotakamli

    Obama Convoy in Malaysia

    Hardly seen, such a long convoy! Obama scared his Cadillac will get stolen in Malaysia https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=287673454734470&set=vb.109849832516834&type=2&theater
  19. http://www.voltairenet.org/article182064.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSx8yLOHSUs
  20. Nic_low

    Motorcycle versus flash flood

    http://dai.ly/x15csdh Flash floods, seemingly, are increasingly common on our land stripped island. From the views of many pictures, and videos in some cases, we can safely say that we will never want to be in that situation. Imagine the muddy water that climbs to the height of your wheel arches and penetrates your cabin. Then, it kills your engine, and leaves you (and your car) in the middle of the road (which should look more like a lake by then) like a sitting duck. Then again, there are the more adventurous sort among us, as proven by the video. This man in Colorado met with a flash flood. However, he didn't quite believe what he saw and decided to take on the treacherous waters. Jump to the video to see who emerge winner in the end.
  21. As a guy with an ever increasing interest in the automotive industry, I have come across and read about several concepts and technologies from deployable rear wings, four-door coupes, carbon ceramic brakes and the engineering and development of record breaking cars like the Veyron. But looking at the Laraki Motors' Epitome - I doubt I have ever seen a concept that is both crazy and cool. While the shape of the Epitome largely reminds me of a cross between a Aston Martin One-77 and the Lexus 2054 concept, I believe the Epitome must have travelled from the year 2154 where the elite live in a space habitat called Elysium. Any existence of the brand or model was premiered globally at the recently concluded Pebble Beach Auto Show. Yet interestingly, this isn
  22. Nic_low

    NSX is almost here. Almost.

    http://dai.ly/x12sed6 The all new NSX is and will be one of the most awaited supercars when it hits the showrooms - scheduled for release in 2015. And it seems that works is well underway, with the prototype caught undergoing testing at a track in Ohio, U.S.A. The NSX has no doubt achieved a tall status, worthy to be one of the all-time-greats. The halo car from Honda is one of the first proper supercars from Japan that packs the performance and dynamics to rival the bigger counterparts from the Europeans. The new version will no doubt have a tall hat to fill. To help it in its course, Honda (and its American arm Acura) will equip it with a myriad of cutting edge technologies. For instance, the new car will be 'hybridised', with two motors up front driving each of the wheels - which effectively grants it all-wheel traction. The electric motors will also supply positive or negative torque (or drag, as we know) to deliver a more dynamic driving experience than the current AWD systems. How cool is that? From the looks of it, the new car definitely has got what it takes to turn eyes - the supercar way. This, especially after being starred in one of the very cool Ironman sequential - fans of the movie will be typically fond of it. Not to mention the aural appeal - that is if there isn't any alterations done to the soundtrack (as in the video). Words from the higher management of the marque seem to point towards that of a possible Right-Hand Drive variant at some point of time. As much as we know we couldn't afford one when it touches down here in Singapore, we'd still love to see it. And that is only because we like to see all-time-greats being revived, and continuing their legend - if it does at all.
  23. Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) has announced that the completely redesigned 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander crossover will be the 'Official Safety Vehicle' for this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) to be held on June 30th. With advanced safety features including Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), the seven seater 2014 Outlander will represent Mitsubishi in serving as the Official Safety Vehicle for this annual event. In addition to its safety technology, the Outlander is available with the company's Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system that provides superior stability, traction and control - perfect for negotiating not only the numeral twists and turns of the Pikes Peak course but also the instantaneously changing harsh weather and road conditions along this high elevation route. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution will also join the Outlander as a supplemental safety vehicle. These vehicles were built specifically for the race with support coming from a number of firms including BBS USA, Cobb Tuning, Kenwood USA Corporation, and Muellerized Suspension Tuning. In Mitsubishi Motors' debut in last year's running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, its innovative i-MiEV Evolution all-electric prototype racing car scored an impressive second place finish in the Electric Vehicle Division in 2013. For the 91st hill climb, Mitsubishi Motors returns with an all new, more powerful electric powered prototype racing car dubbed the MiEV Evolution II in a two-car assault, in the very capable hands of two-time Dakar Rally winner Hiroshi Masuoka and six-time Pikes Peak overall motorcycle champion and 2002 SCORE International off-road series champion Greg Tracy. Held in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the challenging Pikes Peak International Hill Climb features a unique road course that is 20km in length with 156 corners, commencing at an elevation of 9,390 feet and finishing at 14,110 feet. First run in 1916, this annual event is the second oldest motor race in America after the Indianapolis 500. Mitsubishi Motors will also serve as the Presenting Sponsor at the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
  24. A Wisconsin man decided to flex his newly-acquired beer muscles by testing his newly-acquired track-ready Mustang on a local street. He lost control, hit a Jeep Grand Cherokee and ricochet into a tree. The 35-year-old man now faces charges after he allegedly downed up to ten beers at a cookout, then took his $50,000 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca for a joyride. Police say he was traveling at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour when he went into a spin. The subsequent crash ripped off the driver's side door, and a passenger suffered a compound fracture in his right arm. The Mustang owner's been charged with one count of first offense operating while intoxicated and causing injury, along with one count of reckless driving and causing injury for good measure. He could get two years in jail if he's convicted.