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The Boss 302 Mustang during a recent Viper validation testing (NOT the new 2013 Ford Mustang).

It’s no wonder rumors are buzzing about the remodeling of the Ford Mustang. This pony car has maintained the same design for about eight years! Anyone could recognize a Mustang from a mile away, and we mean it when we say anyone! We suppose that the “traditional Mustang” got too mainstream, it’s time to mix things up!

Before we spoil the plans for the new Mustang’s exterior, let’s take a look at what’s under the hood because anything that will look THAT elaborate has to be able to reclaim the ol’ Mustang glory for all it’s worth!

So let’s play, “What’s under that hood!?” It’s pretty simple!

“A smaller-displacement, high-output V6 (code-named Nano),” which should result in improved overall efficiency, according to Autonews.com. “The V6 (Nano) rated at 305 hp to the eye-popping 662-hp supercharged V8 Shelby GT500, capable of eclipsing 200 mph.” 200 mph is pretty much near Batmobile status! Pretty legitimate.

As you can see, Ford is really stepping up their game with this new Mustang! Start rediscovering every penny you ever saved for a rainy day, because the storms are rolling in and so is the new 2013 Ford Mustang!

The new Mustang’s exterior portrays a few designs inspired by the Evos to give the car a more new, modern feel. Something that the retro Mustang isn’t used to. Why not give modern a try?

Take a further look at the new Mustang with this article from Autonews.com:

Remaking the Ford Mustang: Next breed of pony car charts a fresh course

A driver in a Smart Car made a not-so-smart move when he led Houston police on a high speed chase. This toy … I mean car … reached a top speed of 92 MPH on the Interstate 10.

Bet this driver isn’t feeling so smart now — according to Jalopnik — he apparently drove back to his house and casually got out of his car.

Several officers arrested David Wheaton, the driver, on spot without incident.

We’re sure this is the most adventurous thing we’ve ever heard a Smart Car doing! And we just can’t get over the picture! It looks like Mama Car and Baby Car.

But hey, smart car owners everywhere must now be very proud…

We think Texas police must have shared a laugh at some point. How could you not?

Check out the chase below:

Whoooooaaaaaa!!!!!!

Wow, check it out — it’s the luckiest dude in Russia.

This remarkably intense video of a violent wreck that spills over into a gas station also captures a spectator and near victim with nerves … of … steal. They say that Ruskies have ice in their veins, and this man certainly proves it.

This dashcam video that captured a terrible wreck went viral, netting well over 2 million views to date.

In it a truck turns suddenly into an oncoming vehicle, the two brake and slam into each other — and both go careening into a gas station.

Enter … the luckiest man in Russia.

The cars explode in a wreck all around the man, who is suddenly captured at center stage in the middle of the shot — and is also miraculously untouched as pieces of the vehicles and broken parts of the gas station fly about him in every direction in a veritable hurricane of destruction.

After the wreck, the man seems largely unfazed.

He sort of just stumbles back and forth, taking it all in. He does seem to touch himself once, as though to make sure he hasn’t been chopped into a million pieces.

We should all be so lucky …

Check out the whole video below:

OK, the driverless car is maybe going to really exist at some time in the near future — and insurance companies are scrambling to get up to speed.

In fact, insurers, lawmakers and car manufacturers are all starting to maneuver, assuming that this is going to be something other than the hovering skateboard in Back to the Future II.

An interesting new post from The Esurance Blog, discusses how insurers are working to figure out whether two different policies will be needed: one for when the human is at the wheel and one for when the robot driver has taken over.

The post also discusses how many car manufacturers are now sprinting to outpace Google on the developing technology, how Nevada has licensed driverless vehicles and other states (like, oh, California!) are moving to do the same.

Watchdog Group Says We Are Google’s Product, Don’t Allow Driverless Cars Without …

Consumer Watchdog came out swinging last week, writing a letter to the California Assembly’s Transportation Committee that urged lawmakers not to allow driverless cars on the state’s roads without strong new privacy protections for consumers.

The committee held a hearing last week on new legislation aimed at green-lighting driverless cars and Consumer Watchdog urged them not to give the OK without more restrictions.

The watchdog group said that it agreed with the concept of driverless cars and what robot drivers could do for safety — but also called Internet companies out of control and claimed that Google is going to go sweep up gobs of unauthorized consumer data from its driverless vehicles.

The letter said: “Google’s entire business model is based on building digital dossiers about our personal behavior and using them to sell the most personal advertising to us. You’re not Google’s customer; you are its product – the one it sells to corporations willing to pay any price to reach you. Will the driverless technology be just about getting us from point to point or about tracking how we got there and what we did along the way?”

Read the full text of the group’s letter here (pdf).

Still ‘Getting the Technology Right’

Sill interested? Get your answers from the horse’s mouth.

Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun, the founder of Google X (which is behind driverless cars and a lot more), took part in a recent Reddit town hall Q&A session.

When asked how long before we’re all riding around in robot-driven cars, Thrun told the forum:

“I wish I had a crystal ball. We are still focusing on getting the technology right.”

Wow … maybe it’s time to start taking the subway.

Following up on our goofy video Friday, we couldn’t resist bringing you this little doozy as we head into the shortened July 4 week.

A recent viral video posted to YouTube in mid-June shows one poor woman getting into three accidents in less than 50 feet and less than 3 minutes — none of them, keep in mind, involving any other drivers!

Ugh, sometimes it’s just not your day.

(Time to call up the Viper Motor Club!)