Video: Chocolate-covered Audi TT is more treat than trick

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‘Tis the season of chocolate, and as we sit at our desks eating entirely too many Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, we’re left salivating over this particular Audi TT. Aside from the fact that it’s the new, third-generation model, which is a darn desirable in and of itself, it’s also covered in chocolate. Yes, chocolate.

There are 27,000 individual pieces on this two-door coupe, and they’ve been affixed courtesy of Belgian chocolatiers Joost Arijs. The sweet car was developed for a lifestyle and design exhibition in Kortrijk, Belgium.

Take a look at the confectionary-covered coupe in the video from WOW TV.

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U-Turn: What you missed on 10.31.14

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Franz Ferdinand carSuper spooky cursed and haunted cars!

It’s Halloween, you guys! So naturally, the internet is full of stories about ghosts and goblins and pumpkins and witches. But there are plenty of spooky things to talk about in the automotive space, and we’ve put together a list of five cars that have strong evidence to support them being cursed or haunted, if you believe in that sort of thing. Check ‘em out, here.

BMW i8The BMW i8 causes a scene in northern MI

We took 14 cars up to Petoskey, MI earlier this week as part of our testing for the 2014 Technology of the Year Award. And while the group was indeed full of hot metal, one specific car kept on grabbing the attention of passers-by: the BMW i8. Everywhere we went, people had plenty to say about this futuristic-looking creation. We’ve listed some of our favorite quotes, here.

Dodge Viper SEMASEMA Preview: Mopar madness

Are you ready for next week’s SEMA show? We thought so. There’s certainly been a lot of news from various automakers on this front, but we recently had the chance to get up close and personal with the Mopar customs that’ll make their way to next week’s show in Las Vegas. Editor Greg Migliore gets in front of the camera to show us what’s hot from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles this year.

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Report: Nurburgring bought by Russian billionaire

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The Nürburgring is among the greatest racetracks of the world, with decades of fantastic motorsports history born on the snaking course. However, it seems that running the place as a business is about as difficult as learning the 12.9 miles of corners on the Nordschleife. After a long bankruptcy sale, things appeared to be looking up for the track when a Düsseldorf-based business called Capricon bought the circuit for 77 million euros, plus the promise of future investment. However, just months after being sold once, the ‘Ring has yet another new owner: Russian billionaire Viktor Kharitonin.

According to the German business magazine Wirtschafts Woche, the change in ownership came because Capricorn wasn’t keeping up with its payments for the track. The company’s boss Robtertino Wild was supposed to pay regular 5-million-euro ($6.3 millIon) installments but reportedly missed the second payment. When he couldn’t come up with the funds, Kharitonin stepped in to take over for Capricorn’s share. According to the magazine, the Russian has not only already paid the missed amount, but put the money down for December early. He has also set up a company called NR Holding AG to run things.

Kharitonin is a founder of Pharmstandard, Russia’s largest pharmaceutical company. According to Wirtschafts Woche, Forbes estimates his net worth at over $1 billion and puts him as the 1,342nd richest person in the world.

While Kharitonin now has a controlling stake in the ‘Ring, he’s not the sole shareholder. According to the local Rhein Zeitung newspaper, Capricorn’s bid only covers two-thirds of the track; the remaining third belongs to German motorsports company GetSpeed.

According to Rhein Zeitung, there are no changes to any of the tracks future events or races at this time.

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Video: JT Nesbitt surprises once again with Bienville Legacy

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JT Nesbitt is an artist when it comes to shaping metal and composites into custom vehicles. He really built a name for himself with his creations at Confederate Motorcycles, like the Wraith, but a few years ago he set out on his own to found Bienville Studios. The company’s goal was to branch out beyond cycles into crafting cars too, but to finance the project Nesbitt had a Kickstarter to build a bike called the Legacy. The final result has definitely proved this guy’s skill.

The look of the Legacy takes Nesbitt’s work from Confederate and kicks it up even further. The bike has a very industrial design with a girder-style front end and lots of exposed fittings. However, it’s clear that each piece is well thought-out and is there for a specific reason. According to Asphalt and Rubber, portions of the damping are done with mountain bike components, and chassis adjustments are made with just an allen wrench. The rugged look extends to the gauges that are in a style that would be appropriate for something steam-powered at the turn of the 19th century, and at the heart of this sensational cycle is a beautiful V4 with its exhaust pipes coming out from each side.

Bienville is making just three units of the Legacy, and each one is tailored to its owner. The video above gives a peek at some of the detail work, and the gallery below shows off even more of the bike. There are also even more videos featuring different aspects of the bike on its website.

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Recalls: Infiniti SUV recall marks latest chapter in Takata airbag saga

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Automotive parts maker Takata is having a rough year with millions of vehicles equipped with its airbag inflators being recalled. However, it looks like there might still be problems with the company’s quality control, if a new recall by Infiniti is any indication.

The Japanese luxury brand is recalling 1,912 total units of the 2013 Infiniti QX56 and 2014 QX80 in North America because of a manufacturing flaw with their Takata-supplied inflators for the driver’s side front airbag. Of those, 1,848 are in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Specifically, the outer baffle could be the wrong component and cause too much pressure to build up inside. According to documents submitted to NHTSA, it’s possible in a crash for the part to rupture spraying metal shrapnel at occupants. At this time, Infiniti has not had any reports of this actually happening to drivers.

While this problem sounds nearly identical to the issue affecting millions of earlier vehicles, it must be noted that this is a different fault. According to the notice being sent to dealers on NHTSA’s website: “This particular Voluntary Safety Recall Campaign is unrelated to two earlier campaigns that involved Takata passenger front air bag inflators on some older model Infiniti vehicles. This issue involves a much newer inflator and is a different, more isolated, Takata quality control issue.”

Unfortunately, the parts to fix the vehicles aren’t yet ready. According to Infiniti, it should be four or five weeks from when it submitted this recall to NHTSA on October 23 before vehicles can be repaired. According to the letter to dealers, concerned owners can ask for a loaner vehicle in the meantime.

This latest campaign comes at the worst possible time for Takata. According to Reuters, it’s already having trouble supplying replacement parts for its other inflator recall. NHTSA is also asking automakers to keep testing the parts for faults, and if more problems are found, they should expand the campaigns even further.

According to Automotive News, NHTSA is sending 36 questions to Takata that it must answer by December 1 or face a fine of up to $35 million. It includes requests for documents pertaining to the recalls, a report of every death or injury and the company’s production capacity to build inflators. The agency did something similar with GM’s ignition switch recall earlier this year. Scroll down to read Infiniti’s statement on the recall and NHTSA’s report.

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