► Demonstration of Volvo's City Safety automatic braking system 10 mph
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► Jaguar XK and England Cricket
England Test cricketers Andrew Strauss, Jonathan Trott, Steve Finn and Eoin Morgan went back to driving school today to find out who is the best all-rounder behind the wheel of a Jaguar XK. The four cricketers went head to head in a series of automotive challenges specifically designed to test their skills as professional sportsmen. The event was organised by England Team partners Jaguar and took place at the Jaguar testing track in Gaydon, West Midlands. Challenges included slalom, breaking at speed and timed manoeuvres testing the player's hand-eye co-ordination, spatial awareness and peripheral vision. A team of professional drivers awarded the players points for each task. At close of play, the individual with the lowest score was presented with a set of Jaguar 'L' plates for the journey home. Speaking at the event, England Test Captain, Andrew Strauss said: "Today's been great fun and it's good for the guys to take time out and feel relaxed ahead of the India Test. It's been a long time since I took my driving test and it definitely wasn't in a Jaguar XK! It's an amazing car to drive, it looks great and handles really well, just a shame our driving skills couldn't match the performance of the car. "There was clearly some pride at stake; it got more competitive as the day went on. Having seen Steve Finn in action, there was no question that he fully deserved to drive home with the 'L' plates." Geoff Cousins, Managing Director, Jaguar UK said: "It was an entertaining afternoon watching Andrew, Jonathan, Steve and Eoin in a test of a different kind. Performance is at the heart of the Jaguar brand and today's challenges allowed the cricketers to experience it firsthand in the Jaguar XK range. "Our partnership, which is part of the Jaguar Academy of Sport, is now in its second year; we're proud to support the England Cricket Team and would like to wish them all the best for the forthcoming Test series against India." Last year Jaguar became Official Vehicle Supplier of the England Cricket Team. The four-year partnership sees England's centrally contracted cricketers drive Jaguar XJ, XF and XK models. Jaguar has also formed a strategic partnership with the ECB's National Performance Centre. The partnership forms part of the "Jaguar Academy of Sport" which recognises, celebrates and inspires the next generation of British sporting talent and success.
► 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 on the track
http://www.youcar.tv New for the 2012 Charger SRT8 is the 470 horsepower 6.4-litre HEMI® V8 that features 45 more horsepower and 50 more lb.-ft. of torque across a significantly wider rpm range, new Exhaust system technology for improved fuel efficiency, along with new paddle shift technology and adaptive damping suspension for optimal driver control. Performance numbers for the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 include 0-96 km/h (0-60 mph) acceleration in the high 4-second range; quarter mile in the high 12-second range; 0-160-0 km/h (0-100-0 mph) in less than 16 seconds; top speed of 282 km/h (175 mph) and stopping power from 96-0 km/h (60-0 mph) in 37metres (120 feet). Awe-inspiring powertrain Under the hood, the new 6.4- litre HEMI® V8 delivers more horsepower and torque than the 6.1-litre HEMI V8 it replaces -- up 11 per cent to 470 horsepower (351 kW) and up 12 per cent to 470 (637 N•m) lb.-ft. of torque.
► 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 on the Track
http://www.youcar.tv The 392-cubic inch (6.4-liter) HEMI® V-8 delivers 470 horsepower (351 kW) and 470 (637 N•m) lb.-ft. of torque. The torque band is extremely flat allowing for strong standing starts and improved straight-line performance throughout the rpm range. An advanced active intake manifold along with high-lift cam with phasing provides maximum low-end torque and high-end power while still delivering up to 23 miles per gallon on the highway with the standard manual transmission. Performance-tuned engine mounts improve idle stability and ride control at all speeds. Standard Fuel Saver Technology (four cylinder mode) in automatic transmission equipped models allows the engine to operate economically on four cylinders or use the power of all eight cylinders when needed. The EPA fuel economy miles per gallon (mpg) (City/Hwy) ratings for the 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 are 14/22 for automatic transmission models and 14/23 for manual-transmission models. A look under the hood reveals unique valve covers with painted silver ribs and the "392 HEMI" logo, which gives the engine a unique, clean and aggressive look. The 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 features a standard Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission and a dual-disc high performance clutch -- a proven performer that was first offered on the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10®. The optional five-speed automatic transmission features new, standard steering wheel mounted paddle shifters that join the center console mounted Auto Stick, allowing for a choice of spirited shifting on both the road and the race track. Both methods give the driver the ability to manually select specific gears on the transmission. In "Drive," the transmission controller will automatically shift the vehicle. The aggressiveness of the shifting is defined by the mode chosen - either "Normal" or "Sport." Fully adaptive electronic control of all shifting makes the powertrain more responsive while minimizing harshness. In "Manual," the shift method is defined by the driver choosing to use either paddle shift or Auto Stick. The "Sport" mode adds a hold function to the calibration in all gears, allowing the driver full control of the shifting schedule.