Saving Fisker By A Whisker!
Our favorite former GM badass Bob Lutz is in the news again with his plans to bid on and buy the rotting corpse of Fisker Automotive. Why is this cool news? Simply because Lutz plans to revive the company by selling Fiskers packed with GM (specifically Corvette) drivetrain components. Gone are the wonky and heavy batteries and in their place will be LS or new LT1 engines and corresponding transmissions. Fisker sucked up millions of dollars of loans and then failed to meet various targets to keep the loan money rolling in. This paralyzed the company and led to its ultimate demise ... as a hybrid maker. We think Lutz’s plan is brilliant. The cars have lots of luxo appeal and wild styling that set them apart, but the track record for the hybrid drivetrain has been trouble from the start. A string of fires combined with less-than-amazing fuel economy and the complete destruction of a shipment of cars on the dock when Hurricane Sandy hit doomed the enterprise. Lutz has the stones to make this happen and from what we’re hearing he has the money, too. The green wieners will be freaking out over this! —Brian Lohnes
Gone are the wonky and heavy batteries and in their place will be LS or new LT1 engines and corresponding transmissions.
Ford Abandons Aussie Production, Falcon
Ford began building Model Ts in Australia during 1925. It will build its last car in Australia in 2016; the company announced that they’ll close both of their current plants and lay off more than 1,000 workers who currently assemble cars in said plants. The company will retain some 1,500 employees for PR, design, and other functions in Australia, but there will be no more true “Australian” Fords, and that is a shame because the company and its cars have been a huge part of the car culture in Oz. With the closing of the plants so will end the run of the legendary Aussie Ford Falcon. The RWD sedan has been a staple of high-performance Blue Oval fans for more than 50 years and is one of the bedrock cars in the V8 Super Car racing series that has a worldwide appeal. Ford has cited various economic and business reasons for terminating production and it is impossible to argue with the numbers on some level. That doesn’t make this pill any easier to swallow, and we can only imagine the feelings of Ford faithful in Australia knowing that the end is neigh. —BangShift.com
Chrysler To Join V8 Super Car Series
Word on the street is that Chrysler is set to join the awesome V8 Super Car series that competes mostly in Australia but has branched out internationally over the last couple of years. If you could envision what 1960s Trans-Am racing would be like in modern times, you have the V8 Super Car series. It is like the ultimate extension of Pro Touring, and Chrysler is ready to dip their toes in. We have to guess that the Challenger or Charger will be their chosen mount and that the Hemi will be providing the power. According to our man on the inside, Chrysler officials were paying close attention to the V8 Super Car event held at the Circuit of the Americas in May and liked what they saw from the fan and media presence. We have no idea how much longer Ford will be in that series with their doomsday announcement regarding Aussie production ending in 2016, but if Chrysler jumps in the series will continue to be diverse. Toyota is also reportedly thinking about it, but who really cares about those guys? —Brian Lohnes