Author - Zerin Dube

IMSA Extends LMP Regulations – Cars like Audi R8 can race again in 2006.

Elkhart Lake, Wis. – The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) announced today that in cooperation with the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), it has extended the eligibility of all LMP cars in the American Le Mans Series.

LMP cars that were homologated under the 2003 ACO LMP900 and P675 specs, including those based on the SR specifications, have been extended effective through the end of December 2006. Those machines will compete in today’s Generac 500 at Road America.

Importantly the bulletin also extends the eligibility of hybrid cars that conform to the ACO’s rules in the ALMS through the end of 2007. Those cars are currently eligible in ACO competition until the end of 2006. The hybrid regulations provide a mechanism for 2003 specification cars to convert their aerodynamic package to match the 2005 specifications.

This bulletin means that cars like the Audi R8, and the Lola EX257 and B2K/40, as well as cars like the factory Zytek and others running in European competition, will be allowed to run in the American Le Mans Series next year. IMSA, the sanctioning body of the ALMS, has mandated that the cars will run based on the ACO-specified configuration for 2005. Certain specific configurations are covered in various IMSA bulletins. Read More

Detroit-Area Dodge Dealers Take Delivery Of 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T Models – Kick Off Woodward Dream Cruise

Detroit-area Dodge Dealers prepare to kick off the annual Woodward Dream Cruise weekend by taking delivery of the first limited-edition 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T models at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum and parading down Woodward Avenue from Pontiac to Royal Oak.

Thirty-six Dodge Charger Daytona R/T models in ‘Go ManGo’ and ‘Top Banana’ classic paint schemes will be available for sale at the dealerships immediately after the event. In addition to the special exterior paint colors, the 2006 Dodge Daytona R/T models will be distinguishable by an exclusive front fascia with a chin spoiler and black honeycomb grille, unique black ‘Daytona’ and ‘HEMI’ decals, signature heritage R/T badging and a black rear decklid spoiler. The Dodge Charger Daytona R/T parade was escorted by Auburn Hills Dodge Magnum and Charger police vehicles.

LAND ROVER OPENS FIRST WEST COAST DRIVING SCHOOL IN NORTH AMERICA

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CARMEL VALLEY, Calif., August 19, 2005 – Today, Land Rover officially opens its third Land Rover Experience Driving School at the Quail Lodge Resort. The Driving School at Quail Lodge is Land Rover’s first West Coast driving school location, and will accompany already-established Land Rover Driving Schools at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina and the Fairmont Le Château Montebello, near Montreal, Canada. Read More

Jeep Announces Pricing for 2006 Jeep Commander


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All-new seven-passenger Jeep Commander for under $28,000-and with Jeep 4×4 capability for under $30,000

Auburn Hills, Mich., Aug 19, 2005 –

  • The most capable seven-passenger vehicle expands Jeep lineup and offers consumers more flxibility, more safety – and now, more value
  • Highest level of safety and security technology and features ever offered on a Chrysler Group vehicle
  • Classic Jeep styling combined with legendary Jeep off-and on-road technology; best-in-class off-road performance and best-in-class horsepower
  • Chrysler Group today announced U.S. pricing for its all-new 2006 Jeep® Commander. Classic in design, engineered to perform only as Jeep vehicles can, the first Jeep with three rows of seats, and equipped with advanced safety technologies, the Commander represents the leading edge of a Jeep product offensive scheduled for the next couple of years.

    The base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the all-new Jeep Commander is $27,985, including $695 destination. The Jeep Commander will begin to arrive in dealerships later this summer. Read More