As such, the Sport Truck Concept was developed with the North American market in mind. Its low-slung lines, wide cabin, and 22-inch wheels give the Sport Truck Concept a powerful and sporty image. The straightforward design and precise cosmetics of the dashboard and seats gives the interior a modern look. The instruments and primary controls are arranged toward the driver, putting the controls comfortably in hand with easy-to-read gauge faces.
The rear seats have generous fore/aft tilt angles and can slide sideways, allowing for separate or bench seating. The seats may also be moved up and back into the cargo bed, enabling rear passengers to enjoy the exhilaration of an open-air experience. Besides operating in a conventional manner, the tailgate slides up or down to facilitate carrying skis, surfboards, or other long items.
A 4.7L V-8 engine mates to a five-speed automatic transmission to deliver generous output for this midsize truck.
Union 76 Leaves Racing Fuel Market, VP Racing Fuels Fills In
VP Racing Fuels announced the signing of C.L. Bryant Inc. as its newest bulk master distributor. VP's fuels will now be available at Laguna Seca Raceway, Irwindale Speedway, Buttonwillow, Thunder Hill, and Mesa Marin, among other West Coast tracks. For more information, contact: Mitch Hart, (209) 537-7600; VP Racing fuels, vpracingfuels.com.
2K4 Auto Show Sport Truck Concept Round Up: Land Rover Unveils First Concept In Detroit
Land Rover made corporate history at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit by unveiling its first-ever concept show car, the Range Stormer.
The Range Stormer is a high-performance, sports-tourer SUV concept that also serves as a preview of a new production model. The supercharged V-8 Range Stormer gives a taste of Land Rover's forthcoming new entrant in the booming high-performance SUV segment. The production vehicle that follows the concept's lead will reportedly share many of its styling and technical innovations. It is very much conceived to be an on-road performance machine and like all Land Rovers, class-leading off-road. Further information on the Range Stormer is available at www.rangestormer.com.
MagnaFlow Open House
MagnaFlow is holding its annual Open House and Car Show on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This will include Mario Andretti, and possibly Ivan Stewart, signing autographs, monster trucks, a car show, installation demonstrations, dyno runs, manufacturer vendor booths, music, food, and more. The company's new, revamped "club style" tech center will be in use for the installs and dyno runs, and will provide a more relaxed and comfortable atmosphere for those observing. For more information, contact: Magnaflow Performance Exhaust, Dept. ST, 22961 Arroyo Vista, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, (949) 858-5900, www.magnaflow.com.
2K4 Auto Show Sport Truck Concept Round Up: Six-Wheeled Wonders
Tandem axles seem to show up on light trucks, concept cars, and even race cars every quarter century or so. Sure, tandem axles are good for spreading the load, and to some extent even make sense as a styling statement on a custom such as this mini-truck pulled from a '93 issue of our sister publication, Mini Truckin', but we haven't seen a front-axle version of the tandem concept since the '77 Tyrrell P34 F1 car. When we first saw the images of the Fab-1, we thought J. Mays went a little mental on us.
Fortunately this is only a movie prop. Ford is supporting the production of Thunderbirds, a big-budget live-action family movie based on the cult Thunderbirds TV show and due for global release through Universal Pictures this summer. The car pictured is Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward's FAB1 limousine - a stunning pink, 27-foot, six-wheel/bubble canopy vehicle, which can transform from car jet plane to hydrofoil and features clear Ford Thunderbird design cues. For those with kids at home, or those addicted to Tech TV, you can find more on the film at www.workingtitlefilms.com and www.uip.com.