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707-HP Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat's Official EPA Fuel Economy Is...

 

Dodge Production Sedan EPA Official Report Very likely to piss off a few tree huggers. Too bad. Compared to the likes of the BMW M5, the new 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is an absolute bargain. US MSRP is $63,995 and that includes a $1,700 gas-guzzler tax. For that cash you’re treated to the quickest, fastest, most-powerful production sedan ever. That’s 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque all for you. Life’s short. Live it well. Unfortunately, a car of this caliber isn’t exactly cheap at the pumps. But thanks to modern engineering and an advanced eight-speed automatic gearbox, the Charger SRT Hellcat is fairly fuel efficient. 707-HP Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat's Official EPA Fuel Economy Is... Share This Story Facebook Twitter Reddit First Look: All-New BMW 5 Series Sedan Spi... Ride Along in McLaren F1 Proves Supercar I... Toyota Teases New Tacoma Ahead of Detroit ... Chrysler has just announced the official EPA fuel economy numbers for the Charger Hellcat, and they’re actually pretty darn good. The Charger Hellcat will return 22 mpg on the highway, 16 mpg in combined-cycle driving, and 13 mpg in the city. For a big sedan that does the quarter-mile in 11 seconds flat and a top speed of 204 mph, those numbers are very impressive. And it all comes from America. Not Germany.

                        Roger Penske

 

Indy Car titan Roger Penske takes the flag on race car ownership by Andrew Lawrence December 4, 2014, 7:50 AM EST Roger Penske’s utter dominance as a race-car owner and one-man titan makes it easy to forget that he was once a star driver with Indy 500 dreams. One wouldn’t expect a man who heads an automotive fiefdom with revenues north of $19 billion, whose very name is synonymous with speed, to consider the road not taken. But sometimes Roger Penske wonders what might have been if he had accepted an invitation to try out for the Indianapolis 500. That was back in 1965, when the 77-year-old was just a 28-year-old Lehigh grad from Shaker Heights, Ohio, and a driver on the brink of superstardom. After making his professional debut—in which, as a rookie in 1961, he’d claim the checkered flag in three consecutive events on the way to earning a Sports Car Club of America championship—he won eight more races over the next three years. For any other driver, an Indy 500 tryout would be a big breakthrough. But for Penske it was just another business decision. Besides racing, he already had a day job with Alcoa selling aluminum and had just bought a Chevrolet dealership. The Indy test would have cost him not only time on the job at Alcoa, but also threatened his ability to pay back the $75,000 he had borrowed from his father to start the dealership. “He was retired and went into his savings account,” Penske says. “I couldn’t be at the racetrack risking whatever I had personally and let my parents down.” The debt was huge by the standards of racing pay at the time. So Penske climbed out of the cockpit and left his once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to a driver named Mario Andretti. A year later, after establishing himself off the track, Penske started his own race team. Picking out his team was as easy as looking for the young guys in matching crewcuts and coveralls attending to the most immaculate car on the grid. “We just wanted to be different,” says Penske, whose fixation with order and neatness traces to the three summers he spent in military school as a youth. “The preparation—the way we look—is key.” His team went on to distinguish itself in another way—by winning. In 1972 a Penske driver claimed the team’s first Indy 500 victory. A record 15 such triumphs would earn a prestige that Penske’s other businesses could ride. “That’s probably one of the most watched racing shows in the world,” he says. “It’s a tremendous impact on your brand.” Not long after establishing that first Chevy dealership, Penske bought a cluster of truck-leasing companies. Instead of going to banks to raise capital to expand, Penske converted his sponsorship relationships with Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric GE -0.68% and General Motors GM -1.49% into off-track partnerships and grew his regional operations into national networks. Today, Penske Truck Leasing comprises more than 200,000 vehicles across 1,000 locations around the world. That unit is just part of the broad portfolio of the privately held Penske Corp. The company owns a third of Penske Automotive, which is publicly traded and has more than 300 auto and truck retail franchises in four countries; it’s on track for more than $17 billion in revenue in 2014. The stories of Penske’s catering to his customers are legendary. One that still sticks out dates to the 1990s: When an engine manufacturer he once owned was late in shipping fuel injectors to a Mercedes plant, he piled them onto his Gulfstream IV and delivered them himself. Roger PenskeRoger Penske gets set for a Sports Car event in the early 1960s.Photo By: RacingOne ISC Archives via Getty Images The personal touch is a trademark. Penske makes a point of knowing what’s going on in the lives of his 40,000 employees. He also asks a lot of them. “I wouldn’t call him a hard coach,” says Penske Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski. “Because a hard coach would be one that tells you, ‘Look, you suck. You’ve got to get better.’ Roger is incredibly supportive—but very direct, to the point, no-nonsense, with his eye on the ball at all times.” Penske’s habit of attracting high achievers is no coincidence. (“Our belief,” says Team Penske president Tim Cindric, “is that if you have a place that’s hard to get into, it’s usually a place that’s hard to leave.”) Nor is his determination to make Detroit as attractive a place to congregate as his own company. Penske was dismayed to see his adoptive city fall on hard times. But it wasn’t until Ford Motor executive chairman Bill Ford asked him to chair the Super Bowl XL committee that he found himself in a position to do something substantial for it. Penske wasn’t just successful in making the auto capital cleaner and safer for what turned out to be a well-run Super Bowl. He hasn’t stopped tending to it either. Clean Downtown, an initiative he started with other business leaders, tasks 50 people with cleaning 200 blocks each day. Penske also recently bought the city 100 police cars and 23 EMS units, drafted designs for a light-rail system that will connect the city to the suburbs, and helped transform Belle Isle—a floating state park on the Detroit River between the U.S. and Canada—from an eyesore to a jewel. The park hosts an annual race, the Belle Isle Grand Prix. This year, Hélio Castroneves took the checkered flag for Team Penske—one of 22 team records in its IndyCar and NASCAR divisions. Penske became one of the few owners to hold series championships in the Indy and Nationwide circuits at the same time. (His squad nearly took a Sprint Cup title too.) It’s likely the near miss will only raise Penske’s standard for next year. He’s launching a new team in Australia’s version of NASCAR, which comes as Penske Corp. moves deeper into the Pacific Rim. “The sports tie-in has helped us,” Penske says. “We’ve used it as customer entertainment. We’ve used it as employee motivation internally. And we’ve certainly used it to demonstrate execution and quality. Those are things we can say are byproducts of a successful race team.” Had Penske continued on his course as a driver, he might not have had more to show for it than a little money and a lot of great stories. Instead, as an owner, he’s earned a legacy as one of a vanishing breed: a true American industrialist.

                                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

                                        

          Scott Leder Getting ready to race the His EFS Combust powered Cayman in the Stuttgart Cup Sebring Fla.

 

Four Hours of Sebring Victories Seal Titles for Steve White and Bill Riddell Mission Foods GT3 and Stuttgart Cup Champions Crowned; Sullivan, Robinson, Davis and Griffin First-Time Series Race Winners SEBRING, Florida (December 7, 2014) – The Stuttgart Cup™ and Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy USA by Car Amigo crowned 2014 Champions Sunday after victories in the season-ending Four Hours of Sebring by Bill Riddell and Steve White. Backing up a victory in Saturday’s one-hour Enduro, White and co-driver Louis-Philippe Dumoulin won Sunday’s four-hour season finale which gave White enough points to take the Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy USA title. The pair of endurance wins this weekend, along with a second-place finish in Saturday’s eight-lap sprint, were enough to give White the points edge in his No. 39 2010 Porsche 997 Cup. Riddell sealed his second-consecutive Stuttgart Cup Cayman-class championship even though he competed as a Pro-Am competitor when Shane Lewis joined him and Sportsman co-driver Brad McCall at the wheel of the No. 05 Cayman S. The trio finished a solid third overall in the 23-car field, joining overall runner-ups White and Dumoulin on the victory-lane podium. Sunday also featured three first-time Stuttgart Cup winners. Henry Davis improved upon his pair of Saturday runner-up finishes in his white No. 21 Cayman S to score his first series victory in Sunday morning’s sprint race. Joe Sullivan and guest co-driver Skylar Robinson – the 18-year-old son of IMSA Champion Chip Robinson – later took to the top step of victory lane with a Sportsman class Cayman win in the four-hour race. Sullivan and Robinson were victorious in Sullivan’s No. 14 Cayman S that carries the livery of the famous Al Holbert Racing Lowenbrau Porsche 962 that Chip Robinson drove to the 1987 Camel GTP title. The four-hour win was enough to boost Sullivan to third from fifth in the final Stuttgart Cup Cayman class final standings. Rodrigo Sales, who put together a solid first-year season despite an early retirement in the four-hour race, finished second in the Cayman-class championship. Multiple Mission Foods GT3 race winner Juan Lopez-Santini – who scored an overall victory in Friday’s non-points night race at Sebring – also struggled in Sunday’s four-hour finale but earned enough points this season for GT3 championship runner-up honors in his No. 810 2008 Porsche GT3 Cup. Another first-time winner Sunday was Mission Foods GT3 Cup 3.6-liter class competitor Randy Griffin who scored a class victory in the morning sprint in his No. 24 2005 Porsche 996 Cup. That race was won overall by Ron Zitza in the No. 74 2010 Porsche 997 Cup who swept Mission Foods GT3 Cup honors in both weekend sprint races. Stuttgart Cup and Mission Foods GT3 Official Partner Pirelli Tire also presented a several bonus awards during the weekend. Four different competitors won a full set of Pirelli P Zero racing tires, including Mission Foods GT3 competitors Randy Cassling and James Leslie and the Stuttgart Cup’s Richard Stavola and Tom Kievit. Noteworthy - Along with teammate Scott Leder, Stavola and Kievit made their Stuttgart Cup debuts this weekend with top Cayman entrants Bodymotion Racing. Stavola finished third in Saturday’s pair of races while Leder and Kievit also ran competitively during the Sebring weekend. “You could not ask for a better group of people,” Leder said. “When you can sit down and break bread with people and then be out on the race track with them and be competitive, that says something about a racing series. When the helmets are on, all bets are off but you’re always looking out for one another.” Kievit also enjoyed his first experience with The Stuttgart Cup. “I think it’s great the way they do things,” Kievit said. “Great bunch of guys, we’re looking forward to it next year.” Open to Porsche Caymans and Boxsters, The Stuttgart Cup™ has grown rapidly in just its second season of competition. Partnering with Mission Foods GT3, which has been a fixture on classic and historic race weekends for the last several seasons, was an ideal collaboration that has attracted strong competitor interest after debuting this past April at The Mitty. Both The Stuttgart Cup™ and the Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy USA by Car Amigo are managed by Americas Cup GT L.L.C. Both championships are sprint and endurance series with The Stuttgart Cup™ open to all Porsche Caymans and Boxsters and Mission Foods GT3 open to all 2000 and later Porsche 911 GT3s and related models. Rules for both series are centered on power to weight ratio. All competing Stuttgart Cup cars must compete with stock make and model engine and transmissions with approved allowances for exhaust and intake modifications. Stuttgart Cup organizers also welcome all competitors with existing race-prepared Caymans or Boxsters to compete with body and engine modifications balanced within series power to weight ratio parameters. All such competitors will not be eligible for championship points or class-designated race wins, but the door is always open to all Cayman and Boxster competitors to get in on the action. Follow The Stuttgart Cup™ on Facebook at The Stuttgart Cup and on Twitter @StuttgartCup. For additional information, a copy of the rules, or questions and inquiries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.StuttgartCup.com.