Back in August we reported that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was opening an investigation into the 2011+ Mustang’s Getrag MT82 6-speed manual transmission.

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Since the car’s introduction with the new transmission, owners have reported a variety of issues including binding gears, difficulty engaging in shifts and excessive noise and vibration. At the time Ford stated that they would “fully cooperate with the government as they review this matter.” Now Ford has issued an official response to the NHTSA investigation with a report detailing their investigation into the Mustang’s transmission problems, the problems discovered, and the actions taken to rectify the issues. While the report is quite extensive, we’ve broken down the basics of for you. The basics of Ford’s response to NHTSA investigation of the Mustang’s MT82 transmission: Ford was aware of the problems via direct communication from customers and monitoring of online forums Approximately three percent of transmissions were affected Ford investigated a variety of issues and found issues with cold shifting, the clutch plate bolt, clutch stayout, and 5th gear synchronization (detailed below) Each of the problems was addressed (detailed below) Many other factors resulted in the reporting of problems, including driver effect, the skip-shift feature, the influence of online forums, vehicle modifications and abuse. None of the issues caused a safety risk Ford has no plans for modifications related to the Mustang or the MT-82 6-speed manual transmission in the next 120 days Introduction Summary Concurrent with the launch of these new powertrains, Ford undertook aggressive monitoring of customer feedback, not only being sent directly to Ford, but also through customer comments in a wide variety of forums such as social media and various Mustang enthusiast forums. Through these varied sources of information, Ford became aware of a range of customer observations pertaining to the new 6-speed transmission. These ranged from reports that the gear shift was “stiff”, that shift efforts were higher than expected when changing gears, to reports of “grinding or notchiness” while completing a gear shift. Although reports associated with shift quality concerns appear to affect a low percentage (approximately three percent) of the vehicles equipped with the MT82 transmission, Ford nevertheless undertook steps to understand the causes of these concerns and to implement improvement actions where appropriate. Ford introduced new engines and transmissions for the 2011 model year to continue meeting higher ustomer expectations for vehicle performance while improving fuel economy. While some customers have expressed satisfaction concerns related to shift quality in these vehicles, analysis of the reports included in the response and a thorough understanding of the design and manufacture of these transmissions and shift controls show that the conditions observed by those customers does not result in an inability to shift into gear or in loss of motive power while driving, and, accordingly, there is no risk to safety associated with the manual transmissions in these vehicles. Summary of Problems and Solutions from Ford Cold Shifting Problems: Approximately 44 percent of the reports indicated higher than expected shift efforts in “cold” ambient temperatures when the vehicle is first started. The MT-82 6-speed transmission was launched with thicker (higher viscosity) transmission fluid than was used previously to address a gear noise issue identified during development. Ford determined that the customer complaints of increased shift effort may have resulted from this higher viscosity fluid and ambient temperatures at or below 60 degrees F. Solution: While these initial “cold” shift efforts may be higher than the driver may have previously experienced, analysis found that the vehicles can be shifted into any desired gear without excessive effort. Nevertheless, Ford worked directly with dealers and customers in an effort to resolve individual concerns and manage the trade-off between the shift efforts and potential noise concerns. Ford subsequently issued TSB 11-3-18 informing technicians to use a lower viscosity fluid, which has appeared to have alleviated the concerns of customers who are not satisfied with “cold” shift efforts.

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Chip Foose-designed 1965 Chevy Impala takes 2015 Ridler Award

The Imposter 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS

  The Imposter 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS

 

                                                                                        

 

The Imposter, Don and Elma Voth’s Chip Foose-built 1965 Chevrolet Impala. Lead photo courtesy Pirelli, all others courtesy Championship Auto Shows, Inc. In 2008, when Don Voth asked Chip Foose to design a 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS for his wife, Elma, his initial requests were fairly straightforward. Don wanted a car with more contemporary handling, and thought that the Impala would look even better if shortened up a bit. From that starting point, Foose designed and built a car dubbed The Imposter, and on Sunday, at the 2015 Detroit Autorama, it earned the builder his fourth Ridler Award and the owners their first.

The Imposter 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS

The Imposter 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS The Voths, and Chip Foose, pose with the award. Look closely enough, and it’s easy to see the origin of the car’s name. The hidden push-button door handles are a clue, as is the fuel-filler positioned in the center of the rear deck, immediately behind the rear window (and best seen in the video below). Those are Corvette traits, and beneath its altered 1965 Impala body, The Imposter is built upon the chassis and mechanicals of a 2009 Corvette, purchased new specifically for the build from a dealership just blocks away from Foose’s workshop. Per Don’s initial request, a total of 14 inches was removed from the Impala’s body, including 8 inches from the roof (which moved the windshield header back one and a quarter inches, steepening the rake) and 6 inches from the rear quarter panels and decklid. Despite these alterations, the Corvette chassis still needed to be stretched by 8 inches to fit the Impala’s modified wheelbase. Foose and his team went to great lengths to retain the Corvette’s stock wiring and dashboard (including navigation and OnStar functionality), making The Imposter a unique blend of full-on custom and production car. The Imposter 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS Like the 2009 Corvette, The Imposter seats two and comes powered by 6.2-liter pushrod V-8. Underhood, however, Foose added a one-off cold air intake system, a Magnuson supercharger and a custom performance exhaust, in keeping with the car’s design inspiration.

             The Imposter 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS  

The Imposter 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS

The Imposter was built to answer the question, “What if, in 1965, GM’s Corvette studio decided to build a muscle car?” The Imposter 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS The Imposter was not built with the goal of winning a Ridler Award in mind, although achieving this milestone had been a lifelong dream of Don and Elma Voth. Originally, the car was meant to be a daily driver for Elma, as the couple had honeymooned at Disneyland in another 1965 Chevrolet Impala. Given all the work that’s gone into it since, The Imposter is very likely reserved for special occasions around the Voth household. As Foose told The Detroit News on Sunday, Ridler Award judges look for the worst areas on each of the “Great Eight” finalists, and the car with the best worst area is ultimately the winner. At Cobo Hall this weekend, The Imposter met that criteria. The Imposter 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS Other cars in the Great Eight, pictured in the gallery below, included a 1959 Rambler American two-door wagon, owned by Dean Osland of Scottsdale, Arizona; a 1956 Plymouth convertible, owned by Gil Losi of Murrieta, California; a 1932 Ford roadster, owned by Al Nagale of Wilmette, Illinois; a 1937 Ford “woodie” wagon, owned by Mike and Belinda Terzich of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania; a 1965 Dodge Dart, owned by Willie Maise of Hokes Bluff, Alabama; a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, owned by Alan Reed of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and a 1969 Ford Mustang, owned by Tim Palazzolo of Houston, Texas.

Vern Chevalier WINS in Class at the Sebring 12hr Stuttgart Cup

Vern wins his class twice once on Thursday and again on Friday. He won in his EFS Combust Cayman we will post on our blog the Stuttgart Cup news. Also we had 2 other podium finishers Rick Stavola in his number 22 Cayman finished 2nd in his class again another driver using EFS Combust Our third winner was Tom Kievit in his number 27 Cayman finishing 3rd in class. We saw 55 cars start the races. We will post some in car video and Podium shots.

 

Your car is filled with secrets—behind the dashboard, under the seat upholstery, and below the carpet.

Masked by vinyl, leather, and plastic, there's an intricate world of motors, computers, structure, plumbing, and wiring that automakers hope you never think about. It's where an airbag lies dormant, how the seatbelt cinches in an accident, and why your car can be a cool 68 degrees on a 100-degree day. A beautifully finished interior puts everything in the right place and makes it all look easy. It isn't. Designers typically kick off the back-and-forth negotiations by sketching a dashboard surface, then challenging the engineers to fit the necessary systems behind it. Even decades of experience don't make the job any easier. "It is a constant challenge to find the packaging space for new options and to avoid opportunities for squeaks and rattles," said Bob Nicol, an in­teri­or systems engineer for Cadillac. On top of that, there's an ongoing effort to mini­mize weight and maximize interior volume. We couldn't show you everything hidden beneath the skin because that image would look like a box of microwaved Crayolas. But to give you an idea of just how complex a car interior's internals are, here's what you'd see if you could x-ray a Cadillac CTS.

 

Source: Car and Driver

Guy Cosmo Set for World Challenge Debut in Audi R8

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Austin, Texas (2 March 2015) - After starting his career in the open wheel ranks and then moving to sports car racing, Guy Cosmo has long been checking off a wide range of boxes on his career to-do list. And this weekend will see one more item marked off the list as Cosmo is set to make his Pirelli World Challenge debut. The versatile racer has been tabbed by M1 Racing (http://m1racing.co) to pilot the No. 23 Tampa Bay Jaw Surgery Audi R8 LMS ultra as World Challenge opens the 2015 season at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend. Cosmo’s first shot at sprint racing comes as car owner and driver Walt Bowlin is set for a select schedule of World Challenge races this year in the GTA class, with the COTA event not on that list. But with the stand-alone World Challenge season opening race weekend being staged just down the road from the M1 Racing headquarters in Dallas, the program came together for Cosmo to jump in and take the helm. “I’m really excited to make my World Challenge debut and to get the chance to race this Audi R8 LMS Ultra for M1 Racing. I want to thank Walt (Bowlin) and Tampa Bay Jaw Surgery for making this happen, as well as Paul Mata from M1,” said Cosmo. “I’ve been coaching Walt since late last year and though we were not planning on running COTA, we got to talking and everything came together at the last minute. I’m looking forward to this.” Tampa Bay Jaw Surgery is a leader in the treatment of conditions and diseases associated with the oral and maxillofacial complex. Founded by Dr. Walt Bowlin it has been providing quality surgical services state wide in Florida since 1999. New centers will be opening in Texas, Florida and other parts of the Southeast in the near future. The visit to the 3.4-mile circuit is not the first for Cosmo, who already knows the way to the podium at the Texas track, having scored a runner up finish in ALMS competition aboard a P2 entry. Cosmo has driven a range of GT machinery on the circuit including testing the Ferrari Challenge 458 platform at the picturesque road course. “I’ve worked with Paul (Mata) in the past and have driven the Audi a few times but will need to get more familiarized with it in short time," added Cosmo. "Fortunately I have experience at COTA so it should be pretty straightforward to put down the headset from coaching and put on the helmet to go race. I know a lot of the teams were down there last week to test so we might have a little bit of catch up to do but I’m ready and I know the team is as well.” Cosmo opened the year as reserve driver for the visitflorida.com line up at the Rolex 24, and the popular pilot is looking forward to his first taste of World Challenge action this weekend. “Pirelli World Challenge has seen incredible growth in the past few years and this season in particular will be extremely competitive,” said Cosmo. “The sprint format will be a welcome change for me where I can focus on myself and the car without the compromise of a teammate, and to do all this at a world-class race track like Circuit of the Americas is just fantastic. I am ready to rip.” The weekend will open up with a test day on Thursday, with Race 1 set for Saturday afternoon and Race 2 on Sunday. Live streaming of the race will be available at www.world-challenge.tv. TV: CBS Sports broadcast set for Saturday, March 11th at 11am ET. Live Streaming: http://www.world-challenge.tv http://www.guycosmo.com https://twitter.com/guycosmo Audi began a new chapter in 2009 with the introduction of the Audi Sport customer racing program. For the first time it was possible for motorsport customers to acquire a race car designed for customer racing events. Since its inception, the success of the R8 LMS has been significant throughout the GT3 racing format worldwide, including victory in the GT class in the 2013 edition of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The Audi R8 LMS shares more than 50 percent of its parts with the Audi R8 street car, including the naturally aspirated V10 5.2-liter engine, the Audi Space Frame and a variety of other components.