How Much Would You Pay for a Chevy Volt?

CarLocate Team, December 17, 2010, 12:07PM

This week, this first Chevrolet Volt offered for sale was sold through an online auction for $225,000. While that may seem like a stiff price for a car whose starting MSRP is $40,280, the proceeds of the auction go to a good cause – science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education initiatives from the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. The lucky auction winner is none other than Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group, and an avid car collector.

chevrolet volt detroit students
Students like these from the Detroit International Academy
will benefit from the sale of the Chevrolet Volt at auction.

 

"This was an opportunity to own a piece of history while giving back to the community," said Hendrick. "I have been a Chevrolet dealer for more than 30 years, and the Volt is one of the most exciting and important new cars since we opened our first dealership in 1976.”

The Detroit Public Schools Foundation will use the money to help students participate in a number of STEM-related programs, including science fairs, robotics competitions, and space camp.

"Every aspect of the Volt – from its aerodynamic shape to its battery chemistry – is a testament to the importance of math and sciences," said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss. "Now, the first Volt will help cultivate the next generation of engineers who will build upon the Volt's innovative technologies."


 

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Porsche Finds Unique Way to Reward Fans

CarLocate Team, December 13, 2010, 12:01PM

Porsche has announced that its Facebook page now has more than one million fans. To celebrate that milestone, Porsche fans can share their passion for cars by signing up via Facebook to have their names inscribed on a special Porsche model that will be displayed at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. Fans have until Dec. 31 to sign up. The museum exhibit opens in February.

While on the Porsche Facebook page, you may also want to check out some of the other interactive features, including:

  • Original Porsche images and streaming video.
  • News and updates about Porsche products and motorsports conquests.
  • Porsche event info.

Porsche owners should also check out the Porsche Family Tree website, where fans can post their own history with the brand and commemorate their own “Porsche story,” showing the linkage between their beloved cars and the Porsche brand.

Porsche Celebrates 60 Years in the U.S. | Become a Porsche Owner

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Choose Your Boss: Ford Introduces New Keys to Control Mustang Powertrain

CarLocate Team, November 12, 2010, 10:26AM

2012 Mustang Boss 302

Ford Motor Company has announced TracKey, available for the 2012 Mustang Boss 302, which will enable you to control how the vehicle performs simply by selecting a different key to start the vehicle. Each separate key is programmed to work with the Boss 302’s dual-path powertrain control module (PCM) and allows you to choose between street or track driving.


Ford's TracKey - Choose Your Key, Choose Your Boss

Mustang Engineers worked in tandem with Ford Racing to develop TracKey and the new TracMode software that alters more than 200 engine parameters to adjust the car’s powertrain for smooth driving or fast racing.

After installing TracMode, you can still use the standard vehicle key to start your Mustang Boss 302. The PCM settings will automatically re-set to the factory standards, which can be convenient for those who want the racing performance on the track, but smoother handling to drive there.

The TracMode powertrain control software and the TracKey package are purchased from your Ford dealer and installed after delivery. Installation and use of TracKey does not compromise the standard factory warranty. Pricing has not yet been set.

History of Car Keys | Other Cool Car Tech

   

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