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Bozi Tatarevic

Automotive Writer

North Carolina

Bozi Tatarevic

Automotive Writer, Race Mechanic, and Tinkerer.

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Our closest look yet at the NASCAR Next Gen prototype

This week, NASCAR brought its Next Gen prototype out for multi-car tests at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Two evaluations were completed by Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch, using the Roval layout Monday and the oval on Wednesday. Truex Jr. tested a black car built by Action Express racing, while Busch tested the blue “P3” prototype built by NASCAR and Richard Childress Racing.
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The Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 Is an Electric Drift Machine With Seven Motors

The Ford Mustang Mach-E was revealed last fall and one of our first questions was whether there would be a track mode. Unfortunately, no such option was offered at launch, but a tire-smoking prototype was spotted recently that gave us some hope of seeing a Mustang Mach-E on track. Now we have full details on that ambitious project.
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What's the Deal With This Drifting Mustang Mach-E?

While Ford is planning some higher-powered trims of its new Mustang Mach-E, an all-out performance version has not yet been announced. That may soon change, at least based on some footage we received that shows a heavily modified Mach E testing at a track in North Carolina. An anonymous tipster shared video with us and confirmed that the footage is from the North Carolina Center for Automotive Research (NCCAR), located in eastern North Carolina.
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Maserati's All-New Twin-Turbo V-6 Actually Shares a Ton of Parts with Ferrari and Alfa

Maserati is quite proud of its new “Nettuno” 3.0 liter twin-turbo V-6 and the technical advancements its engineers made. The company recently released some specs on the engine and was quick to note in the first line of the press release that the engine is “100% Maserati." But after looking at some of the details that's not quite the case.
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Removing practice for NASCAR races is not a long-term solution

NASCAR returned to racing on May 17 after taking a break since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Racing looked a bit different as NASCAR enacted new regulations to promote social distancing and reduce the number of personnel at the track. One of the decisions implemented in order to minimize time at the race track was to cancel all practice sessions, which meant that drivers raced with whatever suspension configuration their crew set up at the shop.
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2021 Mazda 3 gets a 2.5-liter turbo but no Mazdaspeed variant

Mazda is rolling out updates for its 2021 lineup and bringing two additional engine choices to the table for its handsome Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback. While these engines may be new to the Mazda 3, we don’t expect either to be newcomers to Mazda’s larger lineup. For 2021, Mazda seems content with a bit of powertrain option shuffling; it’s stopped short of bundling its manual gearbox and most potent four-pot into an enthusiast-special Mazdaspeed variant.
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How low-speed pre-ignition can damage your direct-injection turbo engine

Manufacturers are always chasing better efficiency goals. One of the more recent trends is to downsize engines and add turbocharging, as we see many six-cylinder engines being replaced by turbocharged four-cylinders in a variety of applications. The phenomenon has resulted in automakers’ mass adoption of supporting technologies, such as direct injection.
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MYGIG: The Story Of An Infotainment System

Parts sharing is a common practice in the automotive industry, where white label solutions from companies you’ve never heard of end up in the cheapest subcompacts and the priciest exotics. While many of those parts are gaskets and bolts you’ll never see, there’s one piece of technology that’s shown up relatively unchanged dead center in the cockpit of battered Dodge rental cars and Ferrari’s high-tech grand tourer.
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How NASCAR gears up to race under corona

After a long coronavirus break, NASCAR is once again preparing to go racing. In preparation, team and manufacturer facilities in North Carolina have reopened. There is, however, more involved than simply turning on the lights and heading back to a green flag. We checked in with David Wilson, the president of Toyota Racing Development, to see how the company is preparing for the restart.
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NASCAR prepares to resume racing May 17

Sporting events all over the world have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and that includes NASCAR, which hasn’t held a race since March 8. That might be changing in the next few weeks, however, as NASCAR is apparently intending to resume racing on May 17. According to multiple team sources, NASCAR has floated a variety of plans on restarting racing, and earlier this week the series distributed a schedule to teams that is likely to be announced officially later this week.
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Race cars to respirators: How NASCAR’s Keselowski is joining the fight

Racers all over the world have stepped in to bolster relief efforts and ease the burden on frontline workers during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, often repurposing advanced prototyping and manufacturing equipment typically reserved for building race cars. NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski is one such driver and has employed the manufacturing prowess of his company, Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing (KAM), to manufacture dozens of face shields and create molds for hundreds more.
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How Ford Is Using Seat Ventilation Fans to Build Thousands of Respirators

Ford announced today that it is partnering with 3M in order to manufacture powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These respirators are often called positive-pressure masks as they take contaminated air, pull it through a filter, then push it to the sealed mask using an air blower.
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Bozi Tatarevic

Bozi was born in the land of the Yugo but grew up flipping Chevys in the Southeast US. His automotive background ranges from running a used car sales and service facility to building junkyard LS engines and fixing endurance car.

His writing draws from his technical and sales background and often focuses on getting the story behind the scenes. His inbox is always open for tips and new ideas.