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March 4, 2014

2014 LX & Beyond: Official Host Hotel Information

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50 North 2nd Street | Newark, OH 43055
Group Rate: $109.00 S/D | Group Name: LXBN7
Contact Person: Abbey Border  aborder@newarkmetrohotel.com
Phone-In/Online Reservations Available
(740) 322-6455
Click Here to Book Rooms
Must Book No Later Than: June 13
www.newarkmetrohotel.com

 

 

 

We are very pleased to announce that the Newark Metropolitan Hotel (soon to be DoubleTree by Hilton) will be the official host hotel for the 2014 LX & Beyond Nationals. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Abbey Border at the Newark Metropolitan Hotel.

  • Check-In 3PM / Check-Out 12PM (noon)
  • Rate Available: Wed, 7/23 – Sun, 7/27
  • Complimentary High-Speed Internet

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April 6, 2014

2014 Brings New Racing Class for True Street Racers

 
LXBN7 True Street Class: A racing class that everyone can participate in
 
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We are pleased to announce that in 2014 in addition to the Modern Street Hemi Shootout Series we will be hosting one of the most popular drag racing classes in the country, an LXBN True Street Class. Whether you are a beginner or a veteran racer, with a bone stock or heavily modified car this is an event that nearly every LXBN participant can enjoy. You will be racing for consistency without going over ET.

This race class is for true street cars which are registered, licensed and insured street vehicles and able to drive over a 30-mile distance, then return to the race venue for a cool-down and make 3 quarter-mile passes down the drag strip. All model years and engines types and power adders permitted. MUST BE CHRYSLER BODY AND POWERED. This is a Mopar event so there will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule.

Class is designed for stock-chassis vehicles running true 10.5-inch wide tires. RACING SLICKS PROHIBITED

There will be trophies and awards for not only the “King of True Street” (quickest average), and runner up but also for the following: closest averaged ET that is not quicker than the following: 9.00, 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, and 15.00.

LXBN True Street Class Purse:

Winner:                               $ TBA + 6’ Trophy

Runner-Up:                        $ TBA + Plaque

Other Winners:                  $ TBA + Plaque to 10-, 11-, 12-, 13-, 14-, 15-second winners

Cruise is mandatory in the time allotted for competition. Any vehicle unable to complete the road tour under its own power, within the allotted time, will be disqualified from racing.

After the vehicles return from the road tour, they will return directly to the designated staging lanes for a cool-down period. They may not change tires. The cool-down period will typically last between 15-45 minutes. During this cool down period only, entrants may adjust tire pressure (add or remove tire pressure), install fresh nitrous bottles, install ice in their intercooler, (only if located in trunk, rear hatch or rear seat area). A VERY STRICT CLOSED HOOD POLICY WILL BE IN EFFECT UNTIL A COMPETITOR HAS COMPLETED HIS OR HER THREE BACK TO BACK PASSES.

Engines must remain turned off during entire cool-down period. External cooling of engine by any means (cold water, outdoor fans, etc.) prohibited. Any engine changes, repairs, or adjustments (changing rocker arms, carburetor adjustments, etc.) prohibited. Changing of tires prohibited.

Tire pressure may be checked in the staging lanes, or between rounds, and may be lowered. Air may not be added to tires any time during the back-to-back passes after the first pass down the quarter-mile and fresh nitrous bottles, fuel, and ice may not be installed/replenished.

All vehicles are required to make three full passes in order to be included in the final average ET tally. All vehicles must run three passes in the same order as the first pass. After passes are completed, each racer’s ET’s will be added together and divided by 3.

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April 4, 2014

New Dodge Scat Pack Stage Kits Pricing and Performance Numbers Announced

2014 Dodge Dart GT with Scat Package 3, 2014 Dodge Challenger R/New Dodge Scat Pack Stage Kits to Boost Performance While Preserving Vehicle Warranty; Pricing, Performance Numbers Also Announced

  • Dodge Scat Pack performance stage kits from Mopar will be supported by vehicle warranty — an industry-first from an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for such a high-level of performance modifications
  • Scat Pack 1, 2 and 3 performance stage kits available for the 2014 Dodge Challenger and 2014 Dodge Charger R/T include an optimized calibration and much more
  • Dodge Scat Pack stage kits deliver increasing boosts of power for the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, with up to a 58 horsepower gain with the Stage 3 kit –performance upgrade levels unmatched by an OEM without use of a forced-induction system
  • Scat Pack 1 kit, priced at a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $2,195, is one of multiple options that make affordable performance upgrades available to owners ranging from the everyday enthusiast to the weekend warrior
  • Scat Packs to be available beginning in the Spring of 2014
April 3, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Dodge owners who want to upgrade their vehicles with new Scat Pack performance stage kits, first unveiled by Dodge and Mopar last November at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, can do so with confidence that the vehicle warranty will remain unaffected.
 
In an industry-first for such high-level performance modifications offered by an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), the factory warranty will be maintained on 2014 Dodge Challenger and Charger vehicles modified with the Scat Pack 1, Scat Pack 2 and Scat Pack 3 performance stage kits with installation at an authorized dealer.
 
“The Scat Pack factory stage kits can help boost 5.7-liter HEMI performance up to an additional 58 horsepower and 47 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing Dodge enthusiasts to extract the maximum performance from their vehicles without the fear and guesswork typically associated with modifying late-model vehicles,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge Brand. “And now with a warranty guarantee, they can do so with the peace of mind that their manufacturer’s warranty remains intact.”
 
“The new Scat Pack kits reinforce our commitment to the performance arena,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “By maintaining the vehicle warranty, we are demonstrating to customers our confidence in the kits, which were built to exactly complement the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger by working hand-in-hand with the engineers who use factory specs to create these vehicles — exclusive knowledge available only to Mopar.”
 
Mopar and Dodge also revealed specifics on pricing and performance benchmarks for the trio of Scat Pack performance stage kit options. The Scat Pack 3 stage kit will provide a boost of nearly 60 horsepower and close to 50 lb.-ft. of torque — numbers currently unmatched by any OEM without the use of a forced-induction system.
 
The Scat Pack 1, 2 and 3 performance stage kits will be available beginning this spring with a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $2,195 for the Stage 1 kit, $1,895 for the Stage 2 kit and $4,995 for the Stage 3 kit. Each Scat Pack kit includes a numbered hard badge associated with its performance stage, so enthusiasts can proudly display the emblem on their vehicle as a badge of honor.
 
The Scat Pack 1 performance stage kit for the 2014 Dodge Challenger and 2014 Dodge Charger achieves a boost of up to 18 horsepower and 18 lb.-ft. of torque through modifications including a Mopar cold-air intake to provide increased air-flow into the engine, Mopar cat-back exhaust to free up downstream airflow, and an all-new performance calibrated engine controller, optimized to the 5.7-liter HEMI® engine.
 
For the 5.7-liter HEMI, Scat Pack 2 adds up to a 30 horsepower bump and is geared towards the performance enthusiast looking for that competitive edge. In addition to a customized, optimized performance calibration feature tailored for Scat Pack 2, a new Mopar performance camshaft works in conjunction with the components of the Scat Pack 1 kit to take advantage of improved engine breathing and deliver an additional acceleration advantage.
 
Scat Pack 3 takes aim squarely at the competitive enthusiast looking for extreme performance and ultimate bragging rights. Huge gains of up to 58 horsepower and 47 lb.-ft. of torque are realized through customized, optimized performance calibration tailored for Scat Pack 3, new Mopar performance CNC-ported cylinder heads and Mopar hi-flow headers.
 
Following is pricing, performance and parts details for the Scat Pack 1, Scat Pack 2 and Scat Pack 3 performance upgrade kits available for the 2014 Dodge Challenger and 2014 Dodge Charger:
 
SCAT PACK 1 5.7-liter  
Starting at a U.S. MSRP of $2,195, Scat Pack 1 offers gains of up to 18 horsepower and 18 lb.-ft. of torque, and includes:

  • Mopar cold air intake
  • Mopar cat-back exhaust
  • Stage 1 performance PCM
  • Mopar low restriction oil filter
  • (2) Scat Pack 1 stage kit hard badges

SCAT PACK 2 5.7-liter  
With a starting U.S. MSRP of $1,895, Scat Pack 2 yields increases of up to 30 horsepower.
 
Works in conjunction with Scat Pack 1 and features:

  • Mopar performance camshaft kit: includes camshaft, tiebars, heavy-duty pushrods and gaskets
  • Stage 2 performance PCM
  • (2) Scat Pack 2 stage kit hard badges

 
SCAT PACK 3 5.7-liter  
The top-tier offering, Scat Pack 3 ratchets performance up to an exhilarating 58 horsepower and 47 lb.-ft. of torque and a U.S. MSRP of $4,995:
 
Works in conjunction with Scat Pack 1 & 2 and features:

  • Mopar performance CNC ported cylinder heads
  • Mopar hi-flow headers
  • Mopar hi-flow catalysts
  • Stage 3 performance PCM
  • (2) Scat Pack 3 stage kit hard badges
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July 23, 2013

2013 LX & Beyond Official Car Show Winners List | #LXBN6

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2013 LX & BEYOND – OFFICIAL CAR SHOW WINNERS LIST

Vehicle Make Competition

Best of Show Dodge Charger
Nick Barnes – 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T
*Killerglass Kit ($199 Value)

Best of Show Dodge Magnum
Shawn Oliver – 2005 Dodge Magnum R/T
*Killerglass Kit ($199 Value)

Best of Show Chrysler 300/300C
Todd Roberts – 2006 Chrysler 300C SRT8
*Billet Technology $100 Gift Certificate

Best of Show Dodge Challenger
Al Kral – 2009 Dodge Challenger
*Billet Technology $75 Gift Certificate, Jina’s Embroidery Custom Seat Belt Pads ($50 Value)

Best of Show Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
Chris Bosworth – 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
*Billet Technology $250 Gift Certificate

Best of Show Other Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep/Plymouth
Joe Sikora – 2003 Dodge SRT4
*Billet Technology $75 Gift Certificate, Jina’s Embroidery Custom Seat Belt Pads ($50 Value)

LX & Beyond Top 10 Choice Awards (not in any particular order)

Ken Schauer – 2007 Dodge Charger R/T

Kyle Fischer – 2006 Chrysler 300C

Gary Sheldon – 2012 Dodge Charger R/T with Road/Track

Entry #6118 – contact us at info@lxandbeyondnats.com

Mario Knapp – 2008 Chrysler 300 AWD

Phil Mitchell – 2006 Chrysler 300 SRT8

Matt Buehrle – 2005 Chrysler 300C

Eric Langlois – 2006 Chrysler 300

Mark Sopczak – 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T

Kevin Allison – 2007 Chrysler 300C

Specialty Awards

Best Paint & Finish
Matt Buehrle – 2005 Chrysler 300C

Best Engine (Visual)
Kyle Fischer – 2006 Chrysler 300C

Best Undercarriage
Al Kral – 2009 Dodge Challenger

Best Female Ride
Sheila Kurtz – 2013 Dodge Charger R/T

Best Sound Presentation (Fabrication)
Shawn Oliver – 2005 Dodge Magnum R/T

Best ICE (In Car Entertainment)(Fabrication)
Shawn Oliver – 2005 Dodge Magnum R/T

Best Lighting Display
Shawn Oliver – 2005 Dodge Magnum R/T

Best Club/Team/Forum Participation
Central Ohio LX Club

*ALL Killerglass winners please email me at anthony@lxandbeyondnats.com with your name/address so that you may receive your prize. These will be shipped to your homes directly from the manufacturer.

*Winners, if your name is misspelled please let us know as soon as possible. Also, if you did not pre-register and could provide the year and make of your vehicle we would appreciate it, send to: info@lxandbeyondnats.com

July 20, 2013

Rain Delayed – #LXBN6 – 2013 LX & BEYOND NATIONALS

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Unfortunately due to the weather overnight as well as the remaining forecast today the 6th Annual LX & Beyond Nationals has been REVISED. Many of the roads leading to the track are flooded or have standing water and the same is the case at Thompson Raceway Park. We are as disappointed as you are that the weather is not favorable for the event and appreciate everyone that made the trip out to Thompson, Ohio this year.

 

 

LXBN6 Car Show will still be held TODAY, 12noon to 5pm at the Official Host Hotel parking lot, Hampton Inn Ashtabula, 2900 GH Drive, Austinburg, OH 44010. Dry those tears (and your cars) and see you at the host hotel parking lot. Mark Trostle is on his way and DriveSRT.com is here too. See everyone soon!!!

 

 

For those of you able to stick around overnight, Jim Curtis, owner of Thompson Raceway Park has offered to allow the Modern Street Hemi Shootout Series participants to race tomorrow (SUNDAY, 7/21). Gates open at 9a, and it is $20 for a tech card. Stay tuned for additional details either online or at the track on Sunday.

 

 

***CAR SHOW WILL NOT BE HELD ON SUNDAY, 7/21***

 

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July 19, 2013

Schedule: 2013 LX & Beyond Nationals – 7/19/2013

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The 2013 LX & Beyond Nationals is a RAIN or SHINE event. We understand there is some concern about the weather forecast and will make updates as necessary.

Current schedule below:

FRIDAY, JULY 19

TI DYNO and TUNING CENTER  in Ashtabula, Ohio is hosting an Open House and Dyno Tuning Session on Friday, July 19, 2013. They will be giving shop tours and also offering discounts on their dyno pulls, as well as providing a cook out for guests. TI DYNO AND TUNING CENTER IS LOCATED LESS THAN 8 MILES FROM THE HAMPTON INN (Host Hotel)

Time: 5pm – 10pm

When: Friday, July 19, 2013

Where: TI Dyno and Tuning Center, 776 Center Street Ashtabula, OH 44004 (near I-90, Rt 20, 45 & 84)

Phone: (440) 993-0100

Services: $45 – 2 Pulls; or $65/hr for tuning with air/fuel

Dyno Type: In Ground, Mustang MD1100, 2-Wheel Drive Dyno

In addition, Mike Doban (aka OSTMike), owner of OST Dyno and sponsor for the Modern Street Hemi Shootout Series has offered his services as well, and if anybody needs a hand with their tune and plans on using the dyno, he is glad to lend a hand. Just make arrangements with your tuner, the dyno shop and he will help any way he can.

SATURDAY, JULY 20

8am – Gates Open

9am – Drivers Meeting

9am – 11am Car Show Registration

9:15 – Drag Racing Begins

11 am – 3pm Car Show Judging

4:00pm – Walk-around with Design Boss, Mark Trostle

5:00pm – Awards presentation and closing remarks

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Special Offer from Corsa Performance for 2016 LXBN6 Attendees

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July 18, 2013

The FIAT Brand Participates in the 2013 MONOPOLY® Game at McDonald’s®

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

  • Consumers have a chance to enter and win one of twenty-six new Fiat 500 vehicles

The MONOPOLY® Game at McDonald’s® is set to return this summer, and for the second year the FIAT brand is participating in the event. The FIAT brand is offering game players a chance to win one of three different Fiat 500 models including the all-new Fiat 500L, 500 Hatchback, and 500 Cabrio. The Game is in restaurants July 16 and continues in-stores until August 12 and online at www.playatmcd.com until 11:59:59 p.m. ET on August 26, 2013.

“Our partnership with McDonald’s is one of the summer highlights for the FIAT brand,” said Jason Stoicevich, Head of FIAT Brand North America. “Being a part of the MONOPOLY Game allows us to expose the FIAT brand and vehicles such as the all-new Fiat 500L, to a broad range of potential customers.”

Participants have two ways to enter to win a Fiat 500 vehicle:

  • In-restaurants: The 2013 MONOPOLY® Game at McDonald’s® is available at participating McDonald’s restaurants starting July 16 through August 12, or while supplies last. Players can peel Game Pieces from select menu items to instantly win one of ten Fiat 500 vehicles or collect property sets for a chance to win one of fifteen Fiat 500 vehicles, cash prizes up to $1 million (payable $50,000/yr for 20 yrs, without interest) and many other exciting prizes. 
  • Online Sweepstakes: Starting July 16 through August 26, players (13 yrs and older) can enter McDonald’s Game Piece codes at www.playatmcd.com for one entry into the Online Sweepstakes for the chance to win a 2013 Fiat 500 Cabrio.

The MONOPOLY Game at McDonald’s is open to residents of the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico and Saipan. For complete details and Official Game Rules, visit www.playatmcd.com.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PLAY/WIN A PRIZE. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE CHANCES OF WINNING. Internet access & valid email required for Online play. Games open to residents of the 50 US, DC, Guam, Saipan & Puerto Rico. In-Store begins 7/16/13, ends 8/12/13, or while supplies last. *Odds based on Game Pieces (each has 2 Game Stamps); mostly food prizes. Online Game is time seeded, begins 7/16/13 at 12:00:00 a.m. EDT, ends 8/26/13 at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT. Must be 13+ to play Online. Games subject to Official Rules avail. at participating McDonald’s restaurants and PlayatMcD.com; see for restrictions, prizes/claim details, ARVs, odds and no purchase play. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: McDonald’s USA, LLC, Oak Brook, IL 60523.

©2013 McDonald’s. MONOPOLY TM, ® & © 2013 Hasbro.

About FIAT Brand FIAT — Life is Best When Driven. The FIAT brand stands for discovery through passionate self-expression. It encourages people to be in charge of their lives, live confidently and celebrate the smallest of things with infectious excitement. That philosophy is embodied by the North American introduction of the iconic Fiat 500 or Cinquecento — a small car that lives big. Italian at heart and rooted in a rich heritage, the Fiat 500 is synonymous with modern, simple design blending form, function and a pride of ownership that is genuine.

Reminiscent of the original Cinquecento, the Fiat 500 and Fiat 500c (Cabrio) build on the vehicle’s global popularity. Since its initial launch in 2007, more than 1,000,000 Fiat 500 vehicles have been sold in more than 100 countries around the world. In addition to success on the sales front, the Fiat 500 has earned more than 80 international awards, including being named the 2008 European Car of the Year, 2009 World Car Design of the Year and Best New Engine of 2010 (Fiat MultiAir® Turbo). In the U.S., the 2012 Fiat 500 was named “Best Buy” in the subcompact category by Consumers Digest and was deemed a “Top Safety Pick” by the influential Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This year, the 2013 Fiat 500 was named to the “10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000″ list by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com.

The FIAT brand portfolio in North America continues to expand. In 2013, the FIAT brand launched the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio, the fully-electric Fiat 500e and the Fiat 500L, an all-new five-passenger model that expands FIAT’s brand style and efficiency into the growing B-segment.

About McDonald’s McDonald’s USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of wholesome food made from quality ingredients to more than 26 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local business men and women. Customers can now log online for free at any of the 11,000 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter (@McDonalds) and Facebook (Facebook.com/McDonalds) for updates on our business, promotions and products.

About Hasbro Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company’s Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. The Hub TV Network is part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications, in the U.S. Through the company’s deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.” Learn more at www.hasbro.com. © 2013 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

SOURCE  Chrysler Group LLC

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Chrysler’s Head of Design for SRT, Viper, Mopar and Motorsports at 2013 LX and Beyond Nationals

HOT BREAKING NEWS!

DUBLIN, Ohio., July 18, 2013 / – Mark Trostle, Chrysler’s Head of Design for SRT, Mopar and Motorsports will be in attendance. He will be hosting a design walk-around of some unique vehicles. This is something you will not want to miss. LX & Beyond Nationals attendees will also have an opportunity to ask design-related questions about SRT, Viper and Mopar vehicles. This chat session will begin at 4pm on Saturday, July 20 and will be held at Thompson Raceway Park during the 2013 LX & Beyond Nationals.

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Chrysler Group-NextEnergy V2G Project Probes Promise of Battery Power

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – 

  • Chrysler Group partnership with NextEnergy explores vehicle-to-grid efficiencies
  • Chrysler Group provides four electric minivans and engineering support
  • Project exemplifies Chrysler Group’s wide-ranging powertrain development efforts

Chrysler Group engineers are helping to determine if electric-vehicle (EV) batteries can generate revenue as well as power.

Chrysler Group has partnered with NextEnergy to evaluate vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology using four all-electric minivans.

Detroit-based NextEnergy is a non-profit energy-technology and business accelerator.

If the EVs prove to be viable storehouses of electricity, they could provide energy savings by sending surplus power to the grid.

“This program is indicative of our broad-based approach to powertrain development,” says Bob Lee, Chrysler Group Vice President and Head of Engine and Electrified Propulsion Engineering. “Advanced internal-combustion technology remains at the core of our efforts, but the present regulatory climate we live in compels all auto makers to explore alternatives such as electrification. We’re choosing to go the extra mile by also exploring how electric vehicles might mesh with our energy infrastructure.”

The battery-powered minivans are connected to a charging module that, thanks to unique NextEnergy technology, can simulate any electrical grid in the world.

“This, when coupled with Chrysler Group’s powertrain expertise, has enabled leading-edge business-model and technology demonstrations,” said NextEnergy President and CEO Jean Redfield.

Among the scenarios under study is reduced reliance on “spinning reserves” – the expensive practice of having huge generators at the ready to balance spikes in energy demand.

If EVs were linked together in sufficient numbers and their combined surplus power was sold to utility companies, they could conceivably offset demand surges. The expectation is that tapping such a reservoir would cut costs for utility companies, while also putting money into the pockets of EV owners.

Similarly, a mini-grid composed of EVs would enable “peak-shaving,” which would see EV owners draw from their own power reserves during those hours when demand for electricity – along with its price – is highest.

The V2G project also considers the impact of cloudy days on solar-panel function. EVs could provide a ray of sunshine in the form of supplemental power, a process known as “generation-firming.”

The two-year Chrysler-NextEnergy partnership launched in 2011 and has been gathering data from four Chrysler Town & Country minivans equipped with all-electric powertrains. Each is powered by a 24kwH battery modified to accommodate bidirectional charging.

In addition to studying vehicle design elements such as battery size, engineers are investigating how EVs with reverse power-flow might affect grids known as Independent System Operators (ISO).

An ISO buys, sells and transmits electricity. Project engineers are collecting real-time pricing data from ISOs and weighing them against projected battery performance to help define revenue expectations.

Preliminary results show particular promise for ISOs that utilize solar and wind energy. Final results will be compiled later this year.

The project is funded with $1 million from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and $400,000 from NextEnergy. Chrysler Group is supplying the vehicles and in-kind engineering support.

The project complements Chrysler Group’s concerted efforts to develop clean-running, capable powertrains for today’s motorists, such as the battery-electric system that powers the 2013 Fiat 500e. Since 2009, the company has invested nearly $2.2 billion in projects that benefit the production of advanced engines and transmissions – more than 58 percent of its total investment in manufacturing.

For model-year 2014, Chrysler Group will introduce four new engines, one of which – the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 – will make the Ram 1500 the only diesel-powered light-duty pickup in North America, the world’s largest full-size pickup market. In addition, Chrysler Group will launch the world’s first production vehicle to feature a nine-speed automatic transmission.

http://media.chrysler.com/newsrelease.do?id=14494&mid=97

About Chrysler Group LLC Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, SRT, Fiat and Mopar vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group’s culture of innovation, first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat’s complementary technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group’s product lineup features some of the world’s most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Challenger and Ram 1500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.

About NextEnergy Founded in 2002 as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, NextEnergy is one of the nation’s leading accelerators of advanced energy technologies, businesses and industries. NextEnergy drives technology demonstration and commercialization; delivers industry and venture development services; and provides an authoritative voice in the public sector. Since its inception, NextEnergy has helped attract more than $1 billion of new investment in the state of Michigan, including programs in excess of $150 million in which NextEnergy has directly participated. For more information, visit www.nextenergy.org.

 

 

 

SOURCE  Chrysler Group LLC

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