Have a happy and safe Fourth. The Auto News column will resume on July 5
It will soon be easier for Mustang owners to burn rubber. A “state-of-the-art” electronic line-lock will be available across the Mustang lineup. Until now it was only available on V8 models.
Using steering wheel-mounted thumb switches, a driver toggles through a menu on the instrument cluster to activate electronic line-lock. Once engaged, the system builds pressure on the front brake calipers. Another button press holds the pressure for up to 15 seconds, allowing the driver to hit the throttle and spin the rear wheels while the car stays in place,
Drivers with available new 12-inch, all-digital instrument cluster will see on the display an industry-first animation of a spinning alloy wheel creating a cloud of smoke when line-lock is engaged.
McLaren Automotive accelerates to its fourth consecutive year of profitability from record sales in 2016. It also confirmed that its business plan is on track with launch of new Super Series and Sports Series models
A record 3,286 McLaren cars were sold in 2016 and the first car available under a new business plan, the 720S, is sold out for this year with 1,500 orders taken. Pictured is CEO Mike Flewitt.
“The positive financial performance in 2016 was underpinned by a 44% increase in sales revenues and is further proof that McLaren Automotive’s growth plans are both achievable and sustainable,” Flewitt said.
Aston Martin’s wildest-ever car – the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan – has been taken to new extremes with a performance upgrade package developed by the luxury marque’s new performance brand, AMR.
Some aerodynamic changes resulted in a major increase in downforce, important on the track. Gear ratios were shortened to “deliver intensified acceleration.” And it is one fine looking vehicle.
Production of the 2018 Toyota Camry is underway at the plant in Georgetown, Kentucky. The car will go on sale this summer and is the first U.S. produced vehicle to feature Toyota’s new Global Architecture.