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If there’s one thing we’ve come to know about a web series, it’s that you can’t miss any of it, especially if it’s about the auto industry. Just a few months ago, Koenigsegg had one and it was phenomenal. A few years ago, Chevrolet Racing had another that was equally entertaining.

This time, it’s Japanese automaker, Subaru , or to be more specific, Subaru’s Rally Team USA that is producing a web series. The web series is called "Launch Control" and evidently, it goes behind the scenes on how the team does in both the Rally America and the Global RallyCross seasons this year.

To get thing going, episode 1 of Launch Control introduces us to a man who definitely needs no introductions if you’re a fan rally facing: defending Rally America champion, David Higgins.

The episode takes us on an in-depth look at how Higgins prepares for an arduous rallying season from his home in Wales. In addition to seeing the defending champ’s preparations, we’ll also learn a little more about Higgins’ team as it prepares his car at the Vermont Sports Car in time for the opening of rally season.

The second episode is scheduled to be released on the first of May 1 so until then, check out the first episode of Subaru’s new "Launch Control" web series.

So, Ken Block’s now a globe-trotter. Surprise, surprise.

Of course, he’s not actually doing it in real time, but this partnership between Block and GoPro has yielded some impressive results.

First, they went to the frozen woods of Russia to film a Gymkhana-like video that called for Block to smash GoPro cameras along the way. Now, Block and GoPro are back on U.S. soil, specifically in a technical forested rally course in Potosi, Missouri.

As is always the case with a guy like Ken Block, you better expect and prepare for some nutty things to happen in this video. You have to have a new level of appreciation for Block’s navigator who somehow manages to keep his wits together through all those bumps to give out instructions from that notebook of his.

And in case you missed out on Block’s Russian exploits, click past the jump to check it out.

Rumormill: Vin Diesel Has Classic Wheels in Fast & Furious 6

If there were any doubts about the financial goldmine that is the Fast and Furious franchise, recent whispers are suggesting that a seventh movie is already in the works.

And it even has a scheduled release date: July 11, 2014.

All that and yet, the sixth movie hasn’t even come out yet. Talk about having an eye on the future, huh?

Obviously, the plot of the seventh movie will hinge largely on what happens on Fast and Furious 6. That or they do deviate from the whole story completely, similar to what they did on Tokyo Drift.

We don’t think that’s happening because a big chunk of the Fast and Furious universe, especially the last three movies including the sixth one, revolves around the escapades of Vin Diesel’s character, Dom Toretto.

It’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out because the only way we see a seventh movie being made is if somebody from the gang dies in the sixth movie.

In any case, click past the jump to watch the extended trailer of Fast and Furious 6

Source: Jalopnik

Audi must’ve missed Tony Stark so much. Or you can probably say the same thing vice versa.

Either way, the two have reunited after a brief split during the “Avengers” and the second time around appears to have come with a serious lovefest for both parties. It was only a few days ago when Audi released a commercial for the R8 e-Tron featuring no less than Robert Downey Jr in it.

Well, they followed that one up pretty quickly with another ad, this time for the new R8 with Downey again reprising his role, small as it may be, of Tony Stark.

If there’s one thing these promotional tie-ups have shown us, it’s that you get copious amounts of mileage for both companies, something Audi must be happy to have, especially when you consider that the new Audi R8, with its 525-horsepower 5.2-liter V-10 engine with a top speed of 195 mph, is apparently "Iron Man Approved".

If Iron Man likes it, so do we! So do we!

Iron Man 3 hits theaters on April 24.

Back when all of us were kids, comic books were pretty important part of our lives. Some of us have carried that love as we’ve gone older and now, Audi and Marvel Comics are giving all of us a chance to finally check something off our bucket lists.

Write our own comic book.

The two mega brands have decided to collaborate for a unique project, giving fans an opportunity to create the final frame of Iron Man’s comic book showdown against the Blizzard. And wouldn’t you know it; the frame also has the Audi R8 in it.

As far as your objectives are concerned, all you have to do is create the ending for the story. You are allowed to use whatever technology you can use to conclude story, including sketchpads, cameras, or if you’re really old school, you can draw it up on a sheet of paper. From there, you upload your scene and head over to Steerthestory.com for a chance to see if your work made it to the official comic book pages.

Click past the jump to watch a video describing the mechanics of the contest.

Dodge Challenger SRT8 Pitch Black

The one-off Dodge Challenger SRT8 belonging to Chrysler CEO Serio Marchionne and called "Pitch Black" has officially hit the auction block, fetching $175,000 during the Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Florida over the weekend.

If you all remember, the one-off 2011 Challenger SRT8 was far from a run-of-the-mill model. It came packed with plenty of custom details that were included to make it stand out from the model line. And that’s on top of the 470-horsepower output the muscle car was capable of.

So yeah, it was quite the exclusive steed that Marchionne dutifully sent to auction to benefit the United Way for Southeastern Michigan community group. As far as the winning bidder is concerned, the lucky man was apparently an avid car collector who added a pretty impressive one-off Challenger SRT8 to his collection, as well as a 540-horsepower Hemi V-8 crate engine from Mopar.

A unique Challenger SRT8 and a Hemi V-8 engine? Sounds like an impressive haul at an auction, even for its $175,000 price tag.

Click past the jump to read more about Sergio Marchionne’s Challenger SRT8 Pitch Black

The Fast and Furious franchise is preparing to release the sixth installment in a month’s time and as you can expect, the hype and buzz surrounding the movie is deafening.

Recently, NitroRCX produced a short parody video of the Fast and Furious 6 Super Bowl commercial we saw last February. Although not entirely a parody in every sense of the word, the re-edited trailer does have one huge difference from the real version: it makes use of R/C cars in place of the real, live models used in the movie.

Despite the small flaws in the “remake,” this version of the trailer definitely hypes us up for the new movie.

A case can definitely made that this version made by NitroRCX has served as a better trailer for the upcoming blockbusters than any of what we’ve seen in the past months.

Click past the jump to check out the actual trailer from which this parody version was based on

Source: NitroRCX

Ever heard of the name Detroit Electric ? If you answer yes, chances are you’re a tried and true auto historian because Detroit Electric is a real automaker.

Except that it hasn’t been around since 1939.

But back then, it was considered a pioneer of sorts, producing electric cars way before they were en vogue. But for whatever circumstance, the brand went away and it wasn’t until last year when it made a return.

Now, the reborn Detroit Electric is prepared to make some new headlines, thanks to a new electric car that’s fixing to change the way we think of EVs.

The car is called the SP:01, a Lotus Exige -looking electric sports car that Detroit Electric is promoting as the world’s fastest production electric car.

Not one to mince hyperbole, the Detroit-based automaker is determined to bring new life to the brand and it’s got a car in the SP:01 that can help it achieve just that.

Find out more about the Detroit Electric SP:01 after the jump

2013 New York International Auto Show Preview

Well, the New York International Auto Show is wrapping up and all of the big unveilings are completed. This year’s show initially looked like it was going to be fairly boring, but a few surprise reveals by Chevy, Subaru and Jaguar really added some excitement. Yeah, we know; it is weird for Chevy to be able to keep any model under wraps , let alone one as big as the return of the Z/28 .

We also saw the reveals that we all expected to see, like the new Jaguar XK, the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, the 2014 Scion tC, the Audi S3 and A3, and so much more. Overall, we would call this show a success, but it was not without its relative duds – doesn’t every show have a few.

Now that everything’s in the books, we are prepared to bring you our complete wrap up of the 2013 New York International Auto Show that shows you what we loved at the show, what disappointed us and what we were planning to see, but never arrived.

Click past the jump to read our full wrap-up

While the rest of the auto world has its eyes set on New York - and Seoul, for that matter - Chrysler took to an event across America to unveil a unique special-edition 300C .

At the eighth annual Spring Festival of LXs, a conceptual model of the 300 SRT was introduced to the public, one that SRT proclaims as having been "conceived and constructed in-house over the course of one month." It also marks the second custom 300 SRT to debut at Spring Fest.

Dressed in a non-metallic "straight shade" paint finish, the 300 SRT Concept appears to look straight out of a modern-day classic magazine. Adding to the appeal of the special-edition model are blacked out details throughout the vehicle, including the window moldings, the mirror caps and taillamps, and most distinct of them all, the new matte-finish Black Vapor Chrome wheel that could potentially be a preview of the next generation of wheel finishes coming out of SRT.

SRT has promised studio photos of the new 300C SRT Concept in the near future. For now, though, these photos from the event will have to make do.

Source: Drive SRT

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