April 19, 2010
Video: The world’s fastest Nissan GT-R
Some steroid eating Americans have just posted this video on Youtube that shows a their newly tuned Nissan GT-R posting a standing quarter mile run in 9.9 seconds.
To put this in perspective – a Bugatti Veyron posted a 10.2 second standing quarter mile, and that thing is spitting out over 1,000 bhp.
At the the Supra and GTR nationals event in Texas, AMS decided to lay down the law and show the public what a nine second car looks like.
The ‘roid-head’ GT-R packs a new exhaust system, upgraded ball-bearing turbos, upgraded intercoolers and fuel injectors, high-flow intake piping and a recalibrated fuel system to allow for normal petrol or high octane stuff.
On the top-quality juice, AMS reckon their mods will push the tuned 3.8-litre twin turbo’s power output to 850bhp.
March 22, 2010
Disgruntled employee disables more than 100 cars remotely
In what must be one the first cyber attacks to take place on cars – a disgruntled employee of Texas Auto Centre disabled a 100 cars by hacking into a web -based immobilisation system normally used to remind people to pay their auto payments.
The high tech crime unit managed to catch the 20-year-old Omar Ramos-Lopez, who was a former Texas Auto Centre employee, he sought revenge from the company and begun to brick the cars sold from dealerships in Texas.
“We initially dismissed it as mechanical failure,” says Texas Auto Center manager Martin Garcia. “We started having a rash of up to a hundred customers at one time complaining. Some customers complained of the horns going off in the middle of the night. The only option they had was to remove the battery.”
The hacker had managed to break into a system called Webtech Plus which is used as an alternative to repossessing vehicles that haven’t been paid for.
The incident is the first time an intruder has abused the no-start system, according to Jim Krueger, co-owner of Pay Technologies. “It was a fairly straightforward situation,” says Krueger. “He had retained a password, and what happened was he went in and created a little bit of havoc.”