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What if The Empire invaded a planet with an extensive road system and needed a fitting mode of transportation for Darth Vader? Perhaps a Sith Lord would commission engineering droids to build something like this, the Darth Vader Car. Here on Earth, the creative minds at Hot Wheels have designed and built a fully working, large-scale model of their Darth Vader Car.

The idea started back in November of 2013 when the design team came up with the idea for Darth Vader toy car. After the small-scale version was finished, they went big. Built in only two months, the car is completely drivable.

The Darth Car is based on a Corvette C5 platform. Its new menacing bodywork is constructed mostly from fiberglass and carbon fiber, making the car nearly 50 percent lighter than the original C5. Under its lengthy hood still lies a Corvette engine, though this one has been upgraded to an LS3, 6.2-liter V-8 — the engine used in the 2008 and newer C6 Corvettes. Of course, it’s been massaged to make well beyond its stock output numbers. PCW Brands, the car’s builder, says it makes 526 horsepower and hits 150 mph. A six-speed manual transmission delivers The Force to the rear, custom-made wheels and tires.

Loads of special-effects gear is added to bring the Vader Car to life. Darth Vader respirator noises emanate from the grille while light saber sounds play as red lights glow along the rocker panels. Even the cockpit roof opens up like Darth Vader’s helmet. Oh, and there’s also a drift brake lever for, you know, agile maneuvers while in pursuit of Rebel forces.

The Darth Vader car currently on display at the 2014 Comic-Con International convention taking place in San Diego, California.

Click past the jump for video and pictures on the Darth Vader Car By Hot Wheels.

Source: Car & Driver

The hype surrounding the Corvette Stingray is still going strong since its debut over a year ago. Gear heads and casual watchers just can’t seem to get enough of the Chevrolet’s sultry looks. Well, the folks at 1320 Videos thought it would be a great idea to pit the new C7 against some of the stiffest competition from around the world.

The 2014 Stingray and all the other cars in this video belong to Xtreme Xperience, a company that specializes in exotic driving experiences where regular people can pay reasonable sums of money to spend some time behind the wheels of such cars as the Nissan GT-R , Ferrari 458 Italia , and Lamborghini Gallardo . (You may remember our own Christian Moe attended a similar driving experience. with another company)

The informal tests take place on the straights of a racetrack. The rolling-start drag race pits the C7 against the fierce rivals for all-out speed. Starting at roughly 40 mph, the C7 and its challengers go full throttle until they run out of track.

Now before you watch the video, take a close look at the Vette. It sports the base, 18-inch, five-spoke wheels. That indicates it does not have the optional Z51 Performance Package. Missing are the five extra horses and pound-feet of torque generated by the performance exhaust system, the eLSD rear end, heavy-duty cooling system, and Magnetic Ride Control — among other things — that could potentially affect the Vette’s straight-line performance. Then again, and extra five horses or pound-feet wouldn’t likely help the Vette’s case when pitted against such things as the Ferrari 458 Italia. But we’d like to see this test done again with the C7 Z06 ...

The Corvette does emerge victorious in at least one race and had a few close calls, but you’ll have to watch the video to find out the results.

Jay is riding low in this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage . Our legendary petrol-head host meets up with three low rider aficionados who take Jay through the ins and outs of low rider tech and history. The two beautiful low rider examples are a black, 1966 Chevrolet Impala and a pinstriped 1963 Chevy Impala Convertible. Both are completely customized with unique parts and outstanding chrome work.

Jay starts off talking with the editor of Lowrider Magazine, Joe Ray, about how the low-rider culture got its start back in the 1960s and how it’s spreading all over the world today.

After that, Jay talks with Chris Najera, the owner of the black 1966 Impala about why he kept a solid paint color and how he modernized a few key bits of the interior. Under the hood lies an absolutely beautiful V-8 drenched in chrome and brimming with power.

Brandon Brusca then shows Jay nearly every inch of his candy-colored orange 1963 Impala Convertible. Every single inch of the car is completely customized. The pinstriped paint job runs the entire length of the car and exemplified automotive artistic craftsmanship. A 409-cubic-inch V-8 burbles between pinstriped inner fender wells and is covered in chrome.

Jay continues to take a look at the ’63 Impala, but from the underside, where the craftsmanship and attention to detail matches that of the top side. There are even engravings on the chrome-plated link bars for the rear suspension. Every nut, every bolt, and every connector is shined to meticulous perfection.

The kicker to it all is the ’63 Impala’s air-suspension system. It utilizes air compressors originally built in the 1960s for U.S. fighter planes. The video might be long, but it’s worth your time, even if you’re not into the low-rider scene.

It’s been a while since we last saw a Chevrolet Camaro get the aftermarket treatment. But like rain on a hot summer day, German tuner DD Customs dropped the details of its special tuning conversion for the American muscle car . Just like that, our thirsts were quenched.

The Hamburg-based aftermarket company received a special request from a customer; take his 2010 Camaro SS and give it a complete makeover. DD Customs accepted the challenge and went to work, giving the Camaro a comprehensive enhancement that should make its owner proud.

It’s admittedly not the most impressive Camaro program we’ve seen. But DD Customs did itself some good publicity with this program by showcasing its capabilities and producing an impressive piece of work.

Not too bad for a German-based tuner who has presumably worked on more German sports cars than American pony cars. If I owned this Camaro and this is how it turned out, I’d consider it money well-spent.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS By DD Customs.

Side-by-side comparisons are always a blast to watch, especially when it’s pitting two fantastic cars against each other like the BMW M4 and the Corvette Stingray . Though the guys at Automobile Magazine have to deal with a wet track, the evaluation is no less theatrical.

Both cars are essentially all new. The M4 not only enjoys a new name separating it from its four-door brother, but also enjoys a new turbocharged, 3.0-liter, inline six-cylinder engine cranking out 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. The `Vette, of course, is completely new from the ground up. Its classification as a truly world-class sports car comes thanks in part to its Magnetic Ride Control, seven-speed manual transmission, and 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque in its highest form.

Both Christopher Nelson and Jake Holmes argue their points for each of their cars. Nelson, piloting the M4, argues that BMW didn’t have much work to do in order to make the new M4 a better car; that the previous car set the benchmark and the new one simply carries the baton but with a better engine. Holmes however, talks about how far the Corvette has come since its last generation and that it’s “fully fleshed out, well executed, and well rounded.”

Both drivers make strong cases for each of their cars, but in the end, Nelson’s admiration for the M4 and its well-balanced chassis caves to his lust for a more visceral machine. Check out all the action in the video above.

Callaway has been making production cars faster since the 1970s with a special focus on Corvettes . The company’s latest beast is this 2014 C7 Stingray SC627 modified with a supercharger and an innovative intercooler setup for maximum thermal efficiency. Jumping right to the good stuff, the supercharger pushes the 6.2-liter, small block V-8 to 627 horsepower and 610 pound-feet of torque. What’s more, those numbers are SAE certified. In comparison with the stock LT1 V-8, the SC627 Vette makes 167 more horsepower and 145 more pound-feet of torque.

Callaway does this by not only throwing a supercharger in the LT1’s vee, but also by keeping temperatures in check. The system uses three liquid-to-air intercoolers and a totally revised air intake system help keep things cool under heavy throttle. Callaway’s supercharger also extends past the hood, allowing for generous airflow over its top. Not to mention its size wouldn’t fit under the stock C7 hood.

The 2.3-liter supercharger has a high helix angle in a four-lobe rotor pack for compressing incoming air. A new long-runner manifold helps increase the LT1’s mid-range torque. This helps the engine make an impressive 500 pound-feet of toque at only 2,200 rpm. Its full torque peak of 610 pound-feet happens at 4,400 rpm, well within the engine’s usable rev range. For the full 627 ponies, the LT1 needs to rev to 6,400 rpm. If you’re keeping score, that’s only 23 horsepower and 40 pound-feet less than the upcoming Corvette Z06 .

Performance comes at a price, though, and the Callaway’s supercharger package starts at $22,995 – not including the cost of the stock C7 Stingray .

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Corvette SC627 By Callaway Cars.

To help continue theFourth of July celebrations here at TopSpeed, I have decided to take at look at how the American car has impacted the world. Europe is typically quoted with having the best cars, but here are some American machines that have stepped up and shown the world that we know what we are doing.

We may not have created the car, but we are responsible for the way they drive, the way they are made and we even made some major contributions to the world of performance and horsepower. Put down that hot dog for a few seconds and take a quick look back through history at America’s greatest contributions to the world of internal combustion. That cooler full of cold beverages and that box of explosives will both still be there when you get done.

Continue reading to find out America’s greatest contributions to the world of the automobile.

For those of you who’ve been living with wolves since the beginning of 2014, the Camaro Z/28 is a little slice of heaven and hell rolled into one slab of rolling metal. It’s handling it out of this word, the braking system is supercar -like, and its 7.0-liter V-8 churns out 505 horses and emits a growl that may frighten young children and high-end sports cars. We have learned plenty about the 2014 Camaro Z/28 in the past few months, but not every tiny detail has been covered by press releases and other reviews online. That all changes with this new review from YouTube user Saabkyle04, who takes the time to dig into some of the more intricate details on the new Camaro track monster.

So often us media folks get a little bit blinded by the insane power, ostentatious luxury , or ridiculous handling of cars we review, and we overlook the little things. Saabkyle04 took the time to show us the finer details like the door panels, frameless rearview mirror, lightweight rear seat, Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and seats, and much more.

He really dug deep to bring all of the Camaro Z/28’s key features to the surface and really give potential buyers information they need to know, while saving them a trip to the dealership.

The Cherolet Colorado debuted in 2004 as the replacement to Chevy’s first-ever, American-built compact pickup: the S-10 (the LUV that predated the S-10 was an Isuzu product). The Colorado continued with only minor changes through the 2012 model year when it was abruptly discontinued. Little did we know at that time, this was more of a break than a discontinuation of the model, as the covers were pulled off the totally redesigned 2015 Chevy Colorado at the 2013 LA Auto show joining the still fresh Silverado and Silverado HD. The Colorado is based on the global truck platform, but is highly ‘Americanized’ with many key components swapped out for heavier-duty items based on the new Silverado.

The Colorado rides on a fully-boxed, hydroformed steel frame giving it a sturdy platform for hauling and towing. Initially the Colorado will come with two gasoline engine options with a diesel debuting the following year. This diesel engine shows just how serious Chevy is in making the new midsize pickup a class-leader. We suspect that other automakers will soon follow suit and offer diesels in their midsize pickups.

Updated 06/18/2014: Chevrolet announced specifications for the 2015 Colorado which will go on sale this fall. With output starting from 200 horsepower, the new Colorado will be the most powerful in the midsized truck segment. Full details after the jump.

Click past the jump for photos and details of the all-new 2015 Chevy Colorado

2014 turned out to be a terrible year for General Motors as far as recalls go, and things aren’t likely to change very soon. With more than one million vehicles to worry about, GM is now facing another major recall, this time surrounding the current-generation Chevrolet Camaro . Not just the 2012 and 2013 model year ZL1s we reported about last week, which will have their defective superchargers replaced for free, but the entire 2010 through 2014 Camaro production line. Specifically, GM is recalling all current generation Camaros after discovering that the ignition key might move out of the "run" position if the driver bumps the key fob with his knee.

The issue may affect drivers sitting close to the steering column and could cause reduction or sudden loss of power. The condition was discovered during internal testing following GM’s huge ignition switch recall earlier this year and it is currently linked to three crashes that resulted in four minor injuries, the automaker explained in a press bulletin. However, GM stresses that this issue is unrelated to the one affecting the vehicles included in the ignition switch recall.

To fix the issue, GM will replace the current key, which is concealed in the fob and is opened by pushing a button, with one that features a standard design. The new design will make the ignition key and fob independent from each other so that any contact with the fob won’t affect the key’s position.

A total of 511,528 2010 through 2014 model year Chevrolet Camaros are affected by this recall, 464,712 of which have been sold in the United States. The remaining coupes and convertibles have been delivered to Canada and Mexico, and shipped overseas. There’s no info as to when this recall will begin, but GM will notify Camaro owners by mail as to when they can bring their vehicles into Chevrolet dealerships for repairs. The keys will be replaced at no cost to the owners, who will also receive courtesy transportation as needed.

Click past the jump to read more about GM’s Camaro recall.


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