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What do NASCAR pros use as their daily drivers?

This may come as a bit of a surprise to some, but NASCAR Sprint Cup vehicles are not legal street-driven vehicles. In fact, NASCAR race cars are a lot different than the one you drive. So despite what you see in commercials, they are not the daily drivers of your favorite oval track hero. NASCAR success and fame comes with a nice payday, and the drivers can afford pretty much any vehicle made, which explains the wide variety found on this list of their rides of choice.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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The Earnhardt family has been in Chevy dealerships for generations, and Jr has a particular affinity for the Camaro. A fourth generation Camaro could be bought with dealer modifications to become an “Intimidator SS”, and this process was repeated in 2011 with a fifth generation Camaro SS making 704 hp. Intimidator indeed. While Jr sells these at his dealership, he’d rather drive the older ones. He owns a silver 1967 Camaro rebuilt by Detroit Speed Inc., featuring a traditional small block Chevy v8 with aluminum heads and a carburetor running power to a five-speed stick. A different flavor is available with his orange 1972 Camaro. This one has a modern six-speed and LS2 v8, but the EFI has been ripped out in favor of a carb. Oddities of his collection include a 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass, and a Pontiac G8 converted to look like a Holden Commodore. [keep reading]

NASCAR race car VS regular car

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NASCAR is the biggest racing league in the United States. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing has used factory-ish vehicles since its early days, more than six decades ago. Quite a bit has changed since then, as the original race cars were “strictly stock” and were just factory vehicles with safety and performance modifications. Ever wonder how the current “stock” cars compare to what you can buy from the factory? Let’s take a look.

For this comparison, let’s look at the 2013 NASCAR season, as the stats on the newest cars are still being sorted out. That year, Chevrolet debuted the brand new Chevrolet Malibu, but saw NASCAR move to a Chevrolet SS on the new “Gen 6” racecar chassis. Sure, Chevy also launched the fantastic SS street car that year, but it is a low-volume premium sedan. NASCAR is about making racing for everyone, and the Malibu is more in-line with being a car for everyone. As you will see, there are slight differences besides the names.

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Drivetrain

The 2013 Chevy Malibu has a choice of competent dual overhead cam four cylinder engines. The base engine is the gas sipping 2.5L, delivering 197 horsepower. This engine features variable valve timing, and is EPA rated at 22 MPG in the city and 34 on the highway. It’s economical to run, as filling the 15.8 gallon gas tank with 87 octane (and up to 10% ethanol) will last you up to 350 miles.

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The other option for 2013 is the turbocharged 2.0L four cylinder. Power is noticeably up, at 259, and tops out at 145 MPH. Keep in mind, this is no sport model, as this engine is the economical replacement for the old V6. The turbo four manages 21/30 in the city/highway test, and still takes regular gas. Both four cylinders have a 6-speed automatic transmission.

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NASCAR strays from factory stock, a little. The 2013 Sprint Cup SS featured an overhead valve 5.9L (rounding up) fuel injected V8. Engine output varied by the builder and team, but 2013 saw roughly 850 horsepower without a restrictor plate from the big guys like Hendrick.

With the plate, power decreased to approximately 450, but that is still noticeably more than the turbo factory-built Malibu. The Cup-spec SS ran 98 octane unleaded, with 15% ethanol, in an 18 gallon tank. Gas mileage would make the EPA frown, as an SS racer ran about 5 MPG at speed. No word on city gas mileage, but flat out in a draft, it’s capable of over 200 MPH.

Safety

The 2013 Malibu is a “Top Safety Pick” at the IIHS, which scored the Malibu as “Good” in all tests but the small offset test. That rating is “Marginal” but that is still pretty good since that test is relatively new and a very high bar to meet. The NHTSA gave it 5 stars overall, and with 8 airbags, this is a very safe car.

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For the Sprint Cup driver, there are no airbags, but the 5-point harness and mandated helmet and HANS device are far superior to your lap/shoulder belts. The entire car is wind tunnel designed for maximum downforce, so even when there’s a bit too much rubbing on track, none of them go airborne. The seat is closer to the centerline than the factory Malibu (or factory SS) to provide a larger crumple zone. The steel roll cage can take a serious beating while keeping the driver safe, as you may have seen Clint Boyer educationally demonstrating that one time he crossed the finish line backwards, upside-down, and on fire.

Features

The Malibu can be loaded up quite nicely. Check all the boxes and you’ll get leather, turn-by-turn navigation, paddle shifters, OnStar, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. Of course, being for the American market, there are Big Gulp capable cupholders front and rear. Plus, the drivetrain has a 5 year, 100,000 mile warranty. All of this is wrapped in a steel chassis that weighs 3,580 pounds in street trim.

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With a racecar, there is no leather, satellite radio, or navigation. The seat is custom formed for your body, but has almost no adjustment. The pedal on the right is the fun one that makes the entertaining noise. There’s no weaksauce paddle shifters here, but a proper manly four speed rock crusher, as God intended. Little known fact: there are zero cup holders, so Dale Jr has to hold his diet Mt Dew the entire race (Okay, sure. There’s a place to plop a sports bottle if the driver isn’t wearing a Camelbak, but it is not a traditional cup holder). There is no warranty, so if you tag the wall and have as many sponsors as Kvapil, you’re paying for that yourself. This steel and sheetmetal beast is close to production weight, at 3,300 lbs empty.

Price

A new 2013 Malibu retailed for a little over $23k as a base model. With the turbo engine, leather, nav, and some sweet 19”s, you could spec out a Malibu into the $33,000 range. While that was a good deal on a new car, the used market really shows depreciation as strength for the used buyer. Poking around Mojo Motors, there are 42 pages of Malibus for sale, and a low-mileage 2013 Eco can be had for as little as $10,995.

Unfortunately, there are no 2013 SS race cars currently on Mojo Motors. However, for price comparison, a 2006 Nationwide Series Chevrolet Monte Carlo is selling on the used racing equipment site RacingJunk.com for $35,000. While the race car is faster, it looks like the street car is a way better value.

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Cars in Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction

If you’re one of the millions of people who have seen one of the new Transformers movies, you know to expect robot-battle carnage, a supermodel-turned-actress wearing short-shorts and a full lineup of GM cars. In Transformers: Age Of Extinction, or “TF4,” the addition of  dinobots, Mark Wahlberg and some pretty sweet supercars make it a thrilling follow up. transformers 4 movie poster Like most quadrillogies, the ante gets upped with each installment. That meant director Michael Bay had to reach deep into his sleeves for some cinema magic. In this post, you can find a break down of what cars have been updated for the fourth installment, as well as completely new vehicles for the series. [keep reading]

Cars in the movie Jack Reacher

The latest Tom Cruise action flick is Jack Reacher where he plays protagonist Jack Reacher, a former military cop wandering from one city to another. If you haven’t seen the movie, you might want to avoid reading this blog post as there are some spoilers. If you have seen the movie, you know it wasn’t an all-out action movie like of Shoot ‘Em Up, but it is an action movie nonetheless with senseless murder, car chases and twists.

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The movie opens with a sniper picking off presumably innocent people walking along the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh. The man charged with the crime, Barr, is a former military sniper. While in police custody for questioning, he writes on a piece of paper, “Get Jack Reacher.” And so the movie begins and Tom Cruise in all of his 5′ 7″ glory comes to town to find out who is responsible for the murders.

Reacher believes Barr doesn’t have the skills as a sniper to kill all those people so the lawyer defending Barr teams up with Reacher to find the real sniper. In the process of trying to find who framed Barr, Reacher discovers corruption in the city’s government and a gang using a construction company as a front.

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There are a handful of cars in the movie including a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, a 2012 Mercedes Benz C-Class C250 CDI Coupe, a 2012 Ford Transit Connect, a 2006 Audi A6 C6 and a really old Silverado pickup from the late 70’s, early 80’s. Similar to the film Drive, cars driven by characters in the movie Jack Reacher serve as a reflection of the people who drive them. [keep reading]

Camo'ed out: Ram Mossy Oak vs Chevy Silverado Realtree

In a recent Mojo Motors survey of our Facebook fans, we wanted to find out their favorite camouflage brand: Realtree or Mossy Oak. There were over 400 responses and Realtree came out on top with 61% of the vote. This is good news for Chevrolet who recently showed off their 2500 HD Silverado Realtree concept. The two brands teamed up to create the “ultimate hunters truck” even though minus the custom paint job and some camouflaged accents, the truck is no different than a normal 2500 HD Silverado. Alright, we lied. The concept pickup truck has a custom winch, custom shell and over-sized tires, but other than that, it’s nearly identical to a normal 2500 Silverado.

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Forgotten Chevrolets of the past decade

Chevrolet 100th anniversary image Mojo Motors The automotive world has been buzzing about the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet. The Detroit Free Press, MSNBC and even this Indian auto blog have commemorated the legendary brand. When you think about all the iconic Chevrolet cars over the years the first cars that probably come to mind are the Camaro, the Corvette or perhaps the Silverado.

What about the forgotten cars of Chevrolet’s past? Don’t think long-lost past, just think in the last decade alone. Make the jump to see if you can remember these notorious flops, but don’t feel bad if you don’t because Chevy wants to keep it that way.

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Putting it into park: Weekend Linkage

Closing out the week is “Putting it into park,” a collection of the best stories, news and links from the past week.

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ESPN recaps the career of Sprint Cup racing team owner Richard Childress

The fifteen most memorable Chevrolet Camaros

The Ford F-150 has been named the Truck of Texas

Convicts get rehab by restoring cars

Jimmie Johnson’s streak of five straight Nascar Cup Championships will probably end this year

Formula 1 will invade Jersey Shore, err, Port Imperial, New Jersey in 2013



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The cars that gamers drive

This article was previously published on SideQuesting


Pwnage License Plate ImageIf you typically lump gamers into one large category of dudes with too much time on their hands who like things with lots of buttons you should first watch yourself and second, consider this recent survey. Game publisher RockYou found there are four distinct types of gamers and they like more than lots of buttons to push. There’s the affluent gamer: someone who games hard, spending hours in front of a screen while eating massive amounts of Cheetos. There’s the competitive gamer: someone who spends hours in front of a screen, much like an affluent gamer, but typically games to beat up on their friends and boast about their skillz. It should be noted that the competitive gamer also consumes large amounts of cheesy snack foods – or anything involving cheese for that matter. The third type of gamer is the impassioned supporter of a select few online games that are free to play. Unfortunately, their snacking habits are a bit harder to identify. Lastly, there’s the newbie or n00b who can typically found getting pwned.

Let’s break this down. The affluent gamer, whilst gaming a considerable amount, is career-focused and largely comprised of men. They may or may not drink gamer-fuel in the form of Mountain Dew, coffee or Powerthirst. The competitive gamer are mostly women, believe it or not, so are the n00bs and the passionate supporters. At first this may seem a bit off, but if you take the time to look at Facebook updates of your friends, these stats don’t seem totally wrong. How many dudes do you know who play FarmVille or The Sims? With the information and data supplied from from RockYou, we’ve compiled a list of the best used cars for each gamer type. Make the jump to see the breakdown.

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Putting it into park: Weekend Linkage

Rocktober continues on but the week has come to a close. Here’s what has happened the last five days in world of autos and it involves a Chinese company bailing out a Swedish company, pretty pictures of cars and the Cadillac of user experiences. Literally.

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– Isn’t it nice to look at a fine looking car in a beautifully edited photo. [link]

– The newly redesigned Chevrolet Colorado is coming to the U.S. of A. [link]

– A fuel efficient military vehicle is being tested by the U.S. Army. [link]

– Video of a Ford F-150 after a dealership fire gives more stock to the “Built Ford Tough” slogan. [link]

– Cadillac’s new in-car experience is a lot like using a smartphone or iPad. [link]

– Saab’s being saved by another Chinese company. It might be for real this time. [link]

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