Set to make its motorsport debut on March 23rd, the safety car has been equipped with an assortment of BMW M Performance Parts. Highlights include a front splitter, a black grille and a titanium exhaust system which is surrounded by carbon fiber exhaust finishers. Other M Performance Parts include carbon mirror caps, aerodynamic side skirts, a rear diffuser and a rear spoiler. The car also has a new hood and an LED light bar. Interior pictures were not released but BMW says the car has an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, a carbon gear knob and stainless steel pedals. There’s also Recaro racing seats, Schroth belts and BMW M Performance floor mats. Last but not least, the safety car has a roll bar and a fire extinguisher. Power is provided by a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine that develops 431 HP (317 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds. Source: BMW
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NRMA Insurance Launches the Crashed Car Showroom, an Interactive Car Safety Event
The 4C has been chosen as the official safety car for the 2014 WTCC (World Touring Car Championship). On this occasion, Alfa Romeo revealed the official safety car livery the 4C will be wearing throughout the season. It uses the cars signature red color as the base, and garnishes it with black graphics and white lettering. The car will make its debut at Moulay El Hassan Circuit of Marrakechin Morocco where the first round of the 2014 WTCC season will be held on April 13. Even though the 4C has been designed as a road car, it appears the car feels more at home on the race track. That is not a surprise, as the cars specs clearly show its motorsport roots. Alfa Romeo 4C features a carbon fiber tub like a high-end super car, and it has its engine in the middle. That engine is only a 1,750 cc four-pot, bust its turbocharged and makes 240 horsepower. And since the car weighs next to nothing, the performance is more than satisfying. The car is also extremely beautiful, which is probably the main reason theyve picked it for this safety car gig. VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
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BMW M4 Coupe is the 2014 MotoGP Safety Car
GM chief executive Mary Barra named Jeff Boyer, a 40-year engineering veteran, to the newly created position of Vice President, Global Vehicle Safety, effective immediately. He will have global responsibility for the safety development of GM vehicle systems, and will be in charge of validating GM cars safety performance and overseeing recalls and other safety-related issues after vehicles are sold. Boyer will provide regular and frequent updates on vehicle safety to Barra, senior management and the GM board of directors, the company said. Jeffs appointment provides direct and ongoing access to GM leadership and the board of directors on critical customer safety issues, said Barra. This new role elevates and integrates our safety process under a single leader so we can set a new standard for customer safety with more rigorous accountability. If there are any obstacles in his way, Jeff has the authority to clear them. If he needs any additional resources, he will get them. Creation of the new safety post comes one day after GM announced the recall of 1.55 million vans, sedans and sport-utility vehicles, citing concerns over brakes, seat belts and air bags. Those recalls, along with last months recall of 1.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts and other models for the ignition switches, will cost the automaker about $300 million in the first quarter, GM said. GM is facing investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Congress and the U.S.
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Health Tip: Buying Baby’s Car Seat
(PRWEB) March 19, 2014 Sydney, NSW: This March, NRMA Insurance is opening the Crashed Car Showroom to show you first-hand how important car safety is and what to look for next time you’re thinking of buying a car. It’s going to be live in Sydney’s CBD and free for the whole family – the Crashed Car Showroom is a fully interactive experience. You can discover what it’s like to be a crash test dummy by using the latest virtual reality technology. See how car parts stand up to a severe storm by firing a specially modified gun that shoots hail; as well as exploring the interior of a fully dissected car. Don’t miss the Crashed Car Showroom . An NRMA Insurance car safety initiative. ADDRESS: 65 York Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 COST: FREE entry – all welcome to come along DATE: 18-27 March 2014
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GM Creates Vehicle Safety Job In Wake Of Recall Questions
Sign Up for MedicineNet Newsletters! (HealthDay News) — Car safety seats, like the infants and children they protect, come in lots of different shapes and sizes. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists offers these suggestions to help parents select a safe car seat: Find out if your car is designed to handle a seat fitted for the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system. Evaluate the car seat in the store by locking and unlocking buckles and adjusting the straps. Test the car seat in your vehicle to be certain that it fits well. Read product labels to evaluate each seat’s weight limits. Don’t make your decision based on solely on price. The more expensive seats aren’t necessarily safer. Never buy a car seat that’s used unless you’re certain that it hasn’t been in a car accident and isn’t missing parts. Be sure there is no damage, and that the seat still harbors the maker’s label, including the model number. — Diana Kohnle Copyright 2010 HealthDay.
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Alfa Romeo 4C Named 2014 WTCC Safety Car
BMW M Performance carbon mirror caps and side skirts optimise the M4s appearance and aerodynamics. The bonnet has a motorsport lock. Its souped up inside as well. The M Performance steering wheel (with race display at 12 oclock) is wrapped in Alcantara, while the double-clutch transmissions gear lever is in carbon. Stainless steel pedals are also used, as are BMW M Performance foot mats. The Recaro racing seat and Schroth belts provide the necessary comfort and safety on track. Safety car essentials include LED lights on the front apron, LED lights on the roof, and striking livery to ensure that it stands out ahead of the pack. BMW is no stranger to this it has been supplying safety cars to MotoGP for awhile now, and past models include the M6 Gran Coupe , 1 Series M Coupe and X6 M . See more of the civilian M4, along with its M3 sedan sister, here .
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