No words, just pictures. Enjoy! (Check out Ford’s 2015 Mustang page)
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One often best shows not on television will be available on Netflix on February 14, 2014. The anticipated second season of the hit series House of Cards will release 13 new episodes. What remains unclear is whether the show will return for a third season as the series was written as a 26 episode mini-series. I cannot wait to binge-watch every episode because we all know that a house of cards will eventually come crashing down.
There has been a lot of speculation about the 2015 Ford Mustang. What will it look like? Will it have independent rear suspension? Will it have a 4 cylinder option? Will it be smaller? Will it weigh less? This Thursday, December 5, we may finally get some answers. To build suspense, Ford has released the teaser image above, and hopefully we will get some answers at 12:01 AM on Thursday.
I do not expect much from Ford on Thursday, however. I believe Ford will only release images of the new Mustang and withhold all the details. Ford has been masterful at keeping the 2015 Mustang in the press, and they are certainly not going to release all the information at once. I suspect we will find out all the technical details at the Detroit Auto Show in in January, and we will likely see other Mustang models (convertible, GT 350, Mach 1, etc.) at the New York Auto Show in April.
I am looking forward to seeing the 2015 Mustang. I am tired of the countless renderings and endless speculation, and this Thursday we can put some of the speculation to rest.
Tomorrow, Kevin Harvick will drive the #29 Chevrolet for the last time this season, and his career. Harvick began driving the #29 car following the death of Dale Earnhardt in 2001. As he completes his 13th season in the Sprint Cup Series, Harvick has won 23 races for Richard Childress Racing and has finished 3rd in points three times. In addition, he has won two Nationwide Series championships for RCR.
Harvick has enjoyed success at RCR. He won the 2003 Brickyard 400, 2007 Daytona 500, and the 2007 All-Star Race. Harvick is famous for his aggressive driving and occasional outbursts of anger. Most recently, Harvick was criticized for comments he made about Austin and Ty Dillon, the grandsons of Richard Childress. Whether you think his criticisms were valid, they should not have been voiced publicly. During their 13 year partnership, Harvick and Childreen have not always agreed and RCR has had its share of ups and downs, but whatever Harvick has said or done on, and off, the track, Childress has always supported him.
As Harvick gets into the #29 car tomorrow afternoon, Harvick and his fans will have mixed emotions. We are excited for Harvick’s move to Stewart Haas Racing next year, but this will be his last time driving the #29. While Harvick is keeping most of his sponsors when he moves to SHR (including Budweiser and Jimmy Johns), he will be driving the #4. Personally, I have had the privilege of seeing Harvick drive the #29 three times, and he did well each time, including a win last month in Kansas. I am excited for 2014, but I am going to miss the familiar #29 each week and am appreciative of the opportunities RCR has given Harvick.
The other day, I saw a commercial for Hulu Plus. The theme of the commercial was “Five reasons to subscribe to Hulu Plus.” They listed five reason, all of which are valid. However, no matter how true the five reasons may be, there is one reason not to subscribe to Hulu Plus: COMMERCIALS. When I watch Hulu for free, I expect to see ads, but if I am paying $7.99 a month, I expect the shows to be presented ad-free. All the major networks put their videos online for free a day or two after they air. They are ad supported because they are free. But if I am going to watch the same show on Hulu Plus, a service I have paid for, I expect an ad free experience.
At WWDC, Apple announced an expanded version of iWork in the cloud. Now you may think that iWork is already in the cloud, and it is, sort of. Currently, iWork documents are saved in iCloud so you can open them on your Mac, iPad, or iPhone, but you need the iWork apps to edit the documents. Apple unveiled a web-based version of iWork that allows users to create and edit documents in a web browser. While this is certainly a welcomed feature for iWork users, Apple left a number of questions unanswered. How much will it cost? Is iWork going to become a part of iCloud? Apple suggested more details would be released this fall, but I would argue that Apple needs iWork to be FREE to all users.
When you buy a Mac, iLife is free, but you have to buy the iLife apps for iOS. In addition, iWork apps have always come at a premium on OS X and iOS. Page, Numbers, and Keynote are sold in the Mac App Store for $19.99 each, and 9.99 each for iOS. If you buy iWork on the Mac, you have to buy the apps for iWork as well. If you choose to buy the full suite of apps for OS X and iOs, you have spent $89.94. But many Mac users, myself included, opt to spend more for the more mainstream Microsoft Office. Users should, at the very least, get the Mac AND iOS iWork apps for one price. Why should I have to buy iWork for each platform? I have not purchased iWork and do not plan to. I have used it on other Macs and have been using the beta versions in iCloud. I like the features of iWork, and the beta version of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote in iCloud are solid contenders. The layout of iWork in a browser is much like iWork on the Mac. For awhile I forgot I was using a browser based system. It worked that well.
Apple knows iWork is not mainstream like Office or Google Docs. I believe iWork for iCloud could change this fact. If Apple wants to bring iWork to a larger audience, it needs to be free for every user of Mac OS X and iOS. Users of Android and Google get Google Docs for free with their phone and it can be used on a PC or Mac. Apple suggested that new versions of iWork for the Mac and iOS will be released in the fall, and to complete with Google and Microsoft, Apple needs to step it up and provide iWork as a free feature in OS X Mavericks and iOS 7.
Top Gear, the world’s most popular automotive program, will return to BBC 2 in the United Kingdom on Sunday, June 30. This will be the show’s 20th season. In the United States, Season 20 will debut on Monday, July 8 on BBC America. Judging from the preview images on Top Gear’s website, we can expect a review of the new Jaguar F-Type, a race involving an Audi, Ferrari, and McLaren, and there will be a new reasonably priced car. To hold you over until the new season begins, you may view a slew of teaser photos by clicking here.
The 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans is in the books, and it produced exciting racing right down to the final hour. The headlines going into the 24 hour race was Audi vs. Toyota in LM P1 and the return of the SRT Viper in LM GTE Pro. While the Audi vs. Toyota battles were great, the Viper story was not as great. Both Viper’s finished the race, but they finished 8th and 9th. The Vipers pitted more often than most teams leading me to believe the V10s were very thirsty. Team Corvette did not have a great day either finishing 4th and 7th.
The death of Aston Martin driver Allan Simonsen early in the race left a somber feeling in the garage area, but the race continued. Team Aston Martin did well with car #97 finishing 3rd in LM GTE Pro.
The overall winner of the race, and winners of LM P1, was the #2 Audi. This was Audi’s fourth overall win in a row and their twelfth overall win. Drivers of the #2 car were Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish, and Loic Duval. The win was Kristensen’s ninth career win at Le Mans. They were followed by the #8 Toyota and #3 Audi. In LM P2, The #35 Morgan Nissan won followed by the #24 Morgan Nissan and the #26 Oreca Nissan.
In LM GTE Pro the #92 Porsche 911 RSR followed by their teammates in the #91 Porsche 911 RSR. The #97 Aston Martin Vantage V8 rounded out the top 3. And in LM GTE Am, the #76 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR won followed by the #55 Ferrari 458 Italia and the #61 Ferrari 458 Italia.
For the full results of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, click here.
The 81st running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans just passed 12 hours. The first half of the race has provided some great racing, and, unfortunately, tragedy. Aston Martin’s Allan Simonsen died as a result of injuries received in a crash on the fourth lap of the race. Team Aston Martin has continued to race at the request of his family. They currently lead in LM GTE Pro.
With 12 hours remaining, there is still a lot of racing to go. They are now in the night phase of the race and will have plenty of daylight tomorrow before the race is complete. The SRT and Corvette teams are struggling, but there is a long way to go. You can follow along on SPEED or access the full leader board by clicking here.
The current top 5 in each racing group are as follows:
1. #2 Audi
2. #8 Toyota
3. #7 Toyota
4. #3 Audi
5. #13 Lola Toyota
1. #35 Morgan – Nissan
2. #24 Morgan – Nissan
3. #38 Zytek – Nissan
4. #42 Zytek – Nissan
5. #46 Oreca – Nissan
LM GTE Pro
1. #99 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
2. #92 Porsche 911 RSR
3. #97 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
4. #91 Porsche 911 RSR
5. #51 Ferrari 458
LM GTE Am
1. #76 Porsche 911 GT3
2. #55 Ferrari 458
3. #61 Ferrari 458
4. #77 Porsche 911 GT3
5. #88 Porsche 911 GT3