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By now, the Fast and Furious franchise has become one of the biggest in Hollywood in recent years.

So, what better way for the movie to give back to its legions of fans by allowing one of them to be part of the next Fast and Furious movie .

You may think that this is all lip service, but believe it or not, it’s actually going to happen. One lucky person will be picked to appear in the movie in a "walk-on-role," presumably sharing some kind of scene with one of the stars of the movie.

The rules to enter the competition is pretty straightforward. All you have to do follow @FastandFuriousMovie on Instagram, upload a video and tell those who handle the movie’s IG account why you should be the next member of the Fast Family. Remember to hashtag your video with #UltimateFastFan to conclude your entry into the competition.

We gotta say, it’s an ingenious marketing ploy by the franchise to get even more fans excited about the seventh movie.

Entrants need to be legal residents of the U.S. who are 18 years of age or older to be eligible for the competition so if you have the qualifications, don’t waste time and post your entries as soon as possible. Competition starts at 12:00 midnight Pacific Time on October 7 and ends at 6:00 pm PT on November 30.

Click past the jump to look back on Fast and Furious 6 courtesy of the movie’s final trailer

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Toyota GT-86 Convertible

The Toyota GT 86 Convertible — known as the Scion FR-S Convertible in the U.S. — has been on and off so many times that we’ve lost count. Still, when Toyota unveiled the FT 86 Open Top Concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show we thought that a convertible version is imminent; unfortunately we were wrong.

According to WhatCar, the GT 86 Convertible has no place in Toyota’s future plans in the near future — 2014 or 2015. Despite its current cancellation, Toyota is prepared to put the drop-top sports car on the fast track, if management decides to pull the trigger on it.

Toyota didn’t give a reason for cancelling the GT 85 convertible, but Toyota did make it clear that the rigidity of the GT 86 Convertible was not up to par for engineers, and that the additional weight needed to sure it up would drastically reduce the model’s performance credentials.

Click past the jump to read more about the Toyota GT 86.

Source: WhatCar

Toyota has invested a lot into the redesigned 2014 Corolla sedan, heralding its new designs both inside and out as fresh and exciting, but despite the new looks, the Corolla falls short in the safety department. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ranks the new Corolla as “marginal” in the small-overlap crash test.

The new-for-2013 small overlap crash test has caught many automakers off-guard with its stringent new standards, but Toyota is feeling the ill effects with many of its vehicles. The Camry , Prius V , and RAV4 all received a “poor” rating in the new test. As a result, those vehicles will not qualify for the IIHS Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ honors.

During the test, the Corolla suffered damage to the driver’s foot well, raising the chances of lower-leg injuries. The dummy’s head also rolled to the left of the airbag and could potentially strike the A-pillar or dashboard. Luckily, the side curtain airbag deployed properly and prevented any injuries to the dummy’s head.

Toyota was obviously not happy with the results. Spokesman John Hanson even questioned the new standard’s relevancy by saying, “When all-new crash tests are introduced by the [IIHS], we need to be confident that the changes needed to accommodate the tests will enhance overall safety in real-world crashes.”

The IIHS says the new standards are in response to research suggesting that 25 percent of all highway deaths are caused by small overlap head-on collisions.

The news isn’t all bad for Toyota, however. The redesigned Scion tC earned the second-highest safety rating of “acceptable” in the small-overlap frontal crash test back in August.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Toyota Corolla

SRT Viper

When SRT decided to bring back the Viper , the hope was that the sports car would usher in a new era for the famed model.

But so far, all the expectations have turned into nothing more than disappointment because the Viper isn’t selling as fast as SRT and Chrysler would have wanted.

According to Automotive News, Chrysler has taken the surprising step of cutting back on production of the sports car because of sputtering sales. The original plan was to produce 2,000 units annually, but after eight months in dealerships, the company has only sold 426 units, leaving 565 unsold units in stock, representing a 289-day supply.

Despite the car’s sales struggles, SRT CEO, Ralph Giles, is still confident that the Viper’s sales will eventually pick up early next year, but it certainly goes without saying that this development is a huge blow to the stature of the Viper.

It shouldn’t come down to this for one of America’s greatest sports cars, but the fact that it has should give the company cause to pause on why consumers just aren’t as bullish on the sports car as they once were.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 SRT Viper

Source: Auto News

From the people that brought us the the Sigma , Gold Rush , and Magnate concepts by way of its new Zeus Twelve automotive division comes a new concept that follows in the outlandish footsteps of its other concept offerings.

Gray Design is back, and as part of its lauded return to the headlines, the company announced plans to build a new concept , aptly called the Nouvair, which is being touted as carrying a huge design influence from the Art Nouveau movement.

Nothing is imminent as far as official details are concerned, but Gray Design did release a handful of design studies on what it wants the Nouvair Concept to look like. And just like it’s past creations, there are definitely a lot of curves on its streamlined, retro-looking body. The large rear wheel arches and the arrow-like rear evokes a classic aura to the concept that matches well with the modern-looking vented hood and muscular front profile. The grille needs some work, though, as does the mustache-looking intakes below it.

No word on performance numbers, either, but we expect it to carry a powertrain akin to the 2.0-liter, Caterham Duratec in-line-four engine the Zeus Twelve Sigma had under its hood. This four pot is capable of producing 335 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and is good enough to hit a top speed of 180 mph.

Click past the jump to read about the Zeus Twelve Concept

Source: Gray Design
Volvo Concept Coupe

If there was ever a company that needed some infusion of energy to its lineup, it’s Volvo .

Well, after years of toiling on Planet Bland, the Swedish automaker is seriously considering launching its name into the stratosphere after a recent report by Auto Bild indicated that the company is seriously considering a production run for the recently unveiled Concept Coupe .

According to Auto Bild, the concept ’s reception at the Frankfurt Auto Show has made company execs enthusiastic about the idea of building a small run of production models for the concept vehicle that may or may not have the involvement of coach house Bertone .

Volvo hasn’t given any confirmation just yet, but you can expect a decision to come soon, possibly as early as the start of the next year. That should give Volvo plenty of time to consider the ramifications of ridding itself of the design complacency the company has been mired in for years.

We’re firmly aboard the belief that Volvo needs to take this plunge, if only to let its customers know that its serious about moving forward with a new design language that could usher in a new era for the brand and its models.

Here’s to hoping Volvo does the right thing and sign off on a production model for the Concept Coupe.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe

Source: Auto Bild
Bugatti Veyron 16.4

The Bugatti Veyron is one of the most expensive cars in the world. Apparently, it also comes with a hefty cost to the company itself.

According to figures released by BersteinResearch, the most powerful car in the world is also a money pit for Bugatti , costing the automaker as much as &euro4 million (about $5.4 million) in losses for every Veyron sold since 2005. That’s almost an unimaginable loss.

A more staggering number is the $3 billion Bugatti will most likely end up losing once all 450 Veyrons are produced and sold off. We don’t know anybody willing to lose that much money just to prove a technological point, but it appears that this is what Bugatti — and the Volkswagen Group — signed off on when it was decided to green light the production of the Veyron eight years ago.

Some things, it turns out, are more important than financial gains, and Bugatti is proving that once again after already announcing that a successor to the Veyron is going to arrive sooner than later.

Click past the jump to read more about the most powerful Bugatti of them all, the Veyron Super Sport

Source: Autocar UK
Lamborghini Urus

The long-rumored and often discussed future of the Lamborghini Urus Concept finally got a huge jolt in the arm courtesy of Lamborghini CEO, Stephan Winkelmann.

Numerous rumors have indicated that the Urus will eventually hit production soon, but it wasn’t concrete until recently when Winkelmann put all the speculation to rest.

"We’re working on it [the production Urus] and it will come, which will be good for the brand," Winkelmann told Automotive News in Japan last week.

"We’re going low profile now. I can’t tell you much on details now, but when we get close to the launch, we will have more."

Those two statements, while falling short of exacting specific details about the production Urus, are as clear as any statement we’ve heard about the fate of the Lamborghini SUV since the concept made its debut at the Beijing Auto Show last year.

The mere fact that it came from Lamborghini’s CEO means that it’s about as credible a statement as it gets.

So if you’ve been pining to see the Lamborghini Urus hit production, you can rest easy knowing that Winkelmann has confirmed its headed there. At this point, the only question is "when?"

Click past the jump to read about the Lamborghini Urus

Gran Turismo 7 Production to Conclude Within Two Years

Gran Turismo fans who are getting giddy about the game’s impending launch now have something specific to hitch their proverbial wagons on.

Series creator, Kazunori Yamauchi, has come out and said that the sixth installment of the hit racing franchise is roughly 80-percent complete, with some fine tuning still in the pipeline before the game hits shelves later this year.

In addition to earlier disclosing that Gran Turismo 7 will come out within two years, news of GT6 being this close to completion is stoking what is already a growing fire among Gran Turismo fans

While it’s understandable to look forward to GT7, considering that it’s going to be released for the much more powerful PlayStation 4 , looking past GT6 is going to be a mistake.

It’ll be interesting to see how fast the game flies off the shelves or how close it’s going to come to approaching the $800 million Gran Theft Auto V fetched in its first day.

Click past the jump to read more about Gran Turismo 6

Source: GT Planet
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Sounding like a marriage between a vacuum company and a grocery-store cell phone, Drayson Racing Technology and Qualcomm are preparing the next wave of revolutionary EV technology: induction charging with no cords. As the marquee sponsors and tech suppliers of next year’s all-new electric racing series, dubbed Formula E, these two companies might be some of the most innovative movers and shakers in electric vehicle technology.

The lack of brand recognition for these companies is not really a problem. While they stopped making their own cell phones almost a decade ago, every new Android or iPhone sold brings a payday for Qualcomm. Thousands of inventions, patents and licensing deals mean that Qualcomm is happy to sit behind the scenes, cashing checks and investing in research and development.

Every racing series would like to claim its direct influence of road car technology, but the link is often completely fictional and done for marketing authenticity. Race on Sunday, sell on Monday is the old adage explaining how to convert racing fans into buyers of humdrum production models. The Formula E concept is exciting because almost everything has to be designed and imagined from the ground up.

No 10,000-page rule books, infighting or Bernie gives the new series the freedom to explore and experiment. The challenges of an electric racing series are many, including the fact that most electric cars run out of juice after about 10 minutes of track driving.

Battery swaps at pit stops are a possibility at first, but Drayson and Qualcomm’s vision is an uninterrupted race, using induction battery chargers built into the track concrete itself. There are more than a few enormous engineering challenges to overcome, but the technology could eventually be transferred into highway charging for normal EV models like the Nissan Leaf or Tesla Model S .

Click past the jump for more details on the new technology partnership between Drayson Racing Technologies and Qualcomm’s Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging system.


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