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2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X - Straight Scoop

By Tori Tellem

'10 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X
Meet the newest Viper. This limited, not-street-legal race car will go into production in the spring. The turnkey car will feature the 8.4L V-10 with factory headers and low-restriction exhaust, making 640 ponies. In addition to its suspension being tuned and upgraded for the track, the car shed 160 pounds as compared with the standard-production Viper. Like the competition coupe, the ACR-X will include a factory-installed rollcage and fuel cell among its safety equipment. It'll run you about $110,000, and it's competition ready for Viper Racing League, Sports Car Club of America, and National Auto Sports Association events.

Ford Mustang BOSS 302R
Did you know it has been 40 years since Parnelli Jones + Mustang Boss 302 = '70 Trans-Am championship? Like the Cobra Jet, Bullitt, and Mach before it, the Boss is back. In base model, you get a 5.0L engine paired with a six-speed trans, race dampers/springs, a Brembo brake/tire package, a rollcage, race seats, and more with an MSRP of $79,000. The Grand-Am Homologation Package (or M-FR500-BOSS R1) is set up for the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, with such items as a high-output engine, a beefier cooling system, a close-ratio six-speed, a seam-welded body, race exhaust, a high-speed balance/one-piece driveshaft, and race suspension with Koni dampers. The Boss 302R will arrive in the third quarter of the year, and 50 will be built.

Corvette Recall
The '05 to '07 Corvette and '05 to '06 Corvette Z06 with the removable roof are facing a recall because "the adhesive between the roof panel and the frame may separate," according to the recall notice from the NHTSA. With partial separation, side effects may include a snapping noise when driving over bumps, wind noise, bad panel fit, and leaks. If there's a complete separation, well, you can probably guess that side effect. A new roof panel will be installed by dealers as the fix. You can go to gmownercenter.com for more details.

Camaro SS Pace Car
The '10 Chevy Camaro SS Indianapolis 500 pace car has a few familiar items-the 6.2L V-8, a leather interior, and an RS appearance package, for example-but watch for the pace car's special front grille insert to show up soon as an accessory for the Camaro. The Camaro first appeared as an Indy 500 pace car in 1967-the year the car debuted, if you need that history refresher.

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

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By Tori Tellem
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