Brake-Throttle Override May Be the End to Runaway Cars

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The other day, we talked about what do to in the case of unintended acceleration and how to safely bring your new or used car or truck to a stop. Since most people probably don’t know how to do this, the Federal regulators have proposed a mandate to require all cars and trucks to be equipped with brake-throttle override technology.

Though it sounds really complex, brake-throttle override is just an electronic system that works with modern electronic throttle controls to reduce engine power whenever the brake pedal is depressed. Luckily, GM has already been using this technology for years and it seems that the Government is starting to see the real benefits and think it’s time to put this technology in all vehicles.

According to ConsumerReports.org, the new proposal was issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a branch of the Department of Transportation that monitors safety complaints.

“America’s drivers should feel confident that anytime they get behind the wheel they can easily maintain control of their vehicles—especially in the event of an emergency,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “By updating our safety standards, we’re helping give drivers peace of mind that their brakes will work, even if the gas pedal is stuck down while the driver is trying to brake.”

Of course, the public will have a chance to comment on the proposed regulation before it is published.

ConsumerReports.org says they are pleased that NHTSA took this step forward to make smart-throttle override technology mandatory in cars, as is everyone at Classic Chevrolet are.

“To us, one of the most important safety features is to ensure that a vehicle can stop within a reasonable and safe distance, especially in an emergency,” says Consumer Union’s Senior Director of Federal Policy Ellen Bloom. “This should help minimize the risks of accelerator pedal sticking or floor mat entrapment.” Consumers Union is the advocacy and public policy arm of Consumer Reports.

Amazing how much safer our new cars and trucks are becoming, isn’t it?

A Chevy Silverado with 510 Horsepower and 504lb-ft of Torque?

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Photo Courtesy of AutoBlog

Back in 2009, General Motors announced at the SEMA show that the famed LS9 engine – which was designed to live in the tight confines of the Corvette ZR1 engine bay – would be offered as a crate motor. Crate engines are ones you can purchase and place in any vehicle. However, they can be pretty pricey… which is why we haven’t heard of too many concoctions like the one I’m about to share with you.

If you’ve ever wondered what you’d get when you crossed a Chevy Silverado and an LS9 engine… wonder no more. A Houston-based tuner shop called Fastlane, managed to stuff this supercharged engine under the hood of a four-wheel drive Chevy Silverado. Though no one’s quite sure why, critics of all sorts agree that it doesn’t matter.

With at least 205 more horsepower and 169 lb-ft more torque that any factory engine you’ll be able to buy with the Silverado, this is bound to be one for the records.  Fastlane recently revealed a video of exactly what this pickup can do. Enjoy Dallas Ft Worth Chevrolet enthusiasts. I sure did.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.