The Morning Shift: Short Throw Edition

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Because of our first drive review of the Scion FR-S running at midnight-plus-one last night and I'll be travelling today we won't be running a full version of The Morning Shift today.

This morning I've dropped in my reverse links and a "Today in Automotive History" to get you started. Now you can have at it — give us your six gears in the comment section below.



Ten Things Ford's Edgy, New Mustang Won't Be. [BusinessWeek]

Lutz touts electric vehicles. [Detroit News]

INDYCAR To Hear "Turbo-Gate" Protest April 26. [Motor Authority]

GE committed to future of EVs, chairman says. [Detroit News]

Peugeot previews 208 crossover variant. [Automotive News]

Chinese buyer sought for Lotus. [Autocar]

First 2013 Viper turns heads on the road, Chrysler exec says. [Detroit Free Press]

BMW Stretches 3-Series to Attract Entry Level Luxury Buyers in China. [Bloomberg]

Today in Automotive History

On this day in 2001, 44-year-old Italian race car driver Michele Alboreto is killed on a track in Germany during a test drive. Alboreto collected five Grand Prix wins on the Formula One (F1) circuit, where he competed during the 1980s and early 1990s, and also claimed victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in 1997. [History]

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First Gear) NHRA out performed IndyCar on tv. Let the arguing begin.


Second Gear) Mikko Hirvonen handcuffed and thrown in jail. Not really. Just another edition in the comedy stylings of Hirvonen and Lehtinen. This one from their Portugal to Argentina trip. Video in reply. For those of you following WRC, don't forget that Sordo is substituting for Latvala this weekend while Latvala recovers from his ski accident.

Third Gear) Divorce, Italian style. We all saw this coming after Audi purchased Ducati last week. Mercedes Benz and Ducati have officially parted ways.


Fourth Gear) DTM officially starts this weekend at Hockenheimring. Can't wait to see the big German 3 duke it out. BMW is back in the pack, with Bruno Spengler jumping from Merc to BMW. Video in reply of Bruno driving an M3 on the ice courtesy of autoracing 123. It's in German, but just enjoy the show. []

Fifth Gear) Images of the DeltaWing testing in the wet looking a bit more menacing with it's lights on. []

Sixth Gear) Ayrton Senna's F1 autographed wheel is up for auction.


Seventh Gear) Lotus LMP2 video by Daniel Simon.

"Lotus is proud to present the official video of its LMP2 endurance team created by Daniel Simon.

Hollywood designer Daniel Simon, who is known for movies like Tron: Legacy and the famous black and gold livery of the Lotus LMP2 car, visited the inaugural race of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship and accompanied the Lotus team day and night.

This clip shares moments of the Lotus team at the 12 Hours of Sebring where the crew finished in 6th place in the LMP2 category and 10th overall at their very first endurance race.


Reverse. Since I seem to have made a MS comprised mostly of racing info, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that this week would have been the 37th birthday of Greg Moore who competed in both CART and Indy Lights and passed away in an accident on October 31, 1999.


Videos and additional info in reply.