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2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X - Straight Scoop

By Tori Tellem

Distraction WebSite
Technically, every website is a distraction (wait, do we sound like our grandpa now?), but this distraction has been brought to you by the government. Distraction.gov was created by the Department of Transportation to provide info about how bad it is to text, email, and use your cell while driving. The site includes a state-by-state breakdown of what is banned where, covers the topic of what is distracted driving (you know, grooming, eating, talking to passengers, as other sources), and has loads of facts, such as in 2008, close to 6,000 people died from crashes involving distracted driving.

Collector Cars of Tomorrow
Hagerty, which insures collector cars, has put together the 2010 Hot List: A Decade in Review with its top picks of the most influential cars of 2000 to 2009. Among 'em? The '01 Corvette Z06, '02 Pontiac Firebird WS-6 Ram-Air, '07 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500, and '08 Dodge Challenger SRT8.

'11 Mustang GT
The '11 GT features a brand-new engine: a 5.0L V-8 worth 12 hp and 390 lb-ft, and it's fair to say it was inspired by the 5.0L V-8 Coyote Indy racing engine and the 5.0L Cammer V-8 crate engine. One of its key features is enhanced Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (or Ti-VCT, if you limit your character count in life), plus all-new aluminum four-valve-per-cylinder heads with a compact roller finger follower valvetrain layout, giving extra room for high-flow ports.

Chrysler Fiat Fire
Wondering what Chrysler has been up to since the whole Fiat thing? Meet the 1.4L, inline-four-cylinder Fully Integrated Robotized Engine (FIRE) with Multiair. The 100hp engine will show up in Fiat's bite-size 500 car. Chrysler says it's the world's first mass-production engine to incorporate the Multiair technology, which will also appear in the automaker's World Gas Engine and new Pentastar V-6. The FIRE engine will be built at the Dundee, Michigan, Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance plant.

Other perks include stiffer rear lower control arms, a stiffer rear stabilizer bar, and retuned spring rates and dampers for more precise handling. A Brembo brake package will be available as well.

7 Second Reads
The Chevy Camaro convertible will begin production in the first quarter of 2011. Liked the movie Avatar? Ford uses the same motion-capture software in its virtual-engineering labs to help with vehicle design and comfort. If you look blue behind the wheel of your Ford, that's why. New DieHard battery sites: diehard.com and mobile.diehard.com. There's info on how to jump-start a battery, clean terminals, check the charge, install a new battery and recycle the old, and much more, told in text and videos. Shelby Autos has become Shelby American. It's to pay tribute to the 45th anniversary of the 427 Cobra and Shelby GT350. The Associated Press says Venezuela President Hugo Chavez told Ford, GM, Fiat, and Toyota that unless they share technology with local businesses, they have to leave the country.

Top Sportsman, Dragster in IHRA
The IHRA will feature Top Sportsman and Top Dragster during the professional elimination rounds at all Nitro Jam events this year, including a new program called Elite 8, which the IHRA describes as, "a one-night-only heads-up showdown between the top eight qualifiers in the Top Sportsman and Top Dragster ranks taking place following the completion of the sportsman national event."

Danica Does NASCAR
Danica Patrick will drive the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet in part of the NASCAR Nationwide Series this year. The races she'll participate in will happen before, after, or in between her IndyCar ones.

"These long-overdue findings cement 2009's place in history as the year when the United States government began addressing the challenge of greenhouse-gas pollution and seizing the opportunity of clean-energy reform." EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, after the EPA announced greenhouse gases threaten public health, and GHG emissions from on-road vehicles contribute to that threat

By Tori Tellem
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