A ‘three-peat’ for Meadors’ Camaro Pro Mod

It’s been a great summer so far for Marc Meadors and the Goodguys Racing Team from Pleasanton, Calif. The flamed ’69 Pro Mod Camaro “Pure Hell2” with Meadors at the wheel has been both fast and lucky this year, collecting three straight series wins in the Pro Mod division of the newly formed Pro Slammer Door Car Association.

All three series wins came at Sacramento Raceway Park including last weekend’s big Funny Car Fever show, where Meadors (near lane above) dispatched Brett Williamson in the Gore family ’53 Studebaker on a holeshot win, 6.27/237 to the loser’s quicker 6.26/226.

That made it two consecutive final round wins over Williamson in Pro Slammer competition as Meadors got him back on June 3rd as well. At last month’s NHRA Pacific National Open it was Monty Berney’s “Big Bertha” ’55 Chevy falling victim to the Goodguys Racing Camaro. (Steven Bunker photo) [6/21/2012]

Wireless charging system coming for Chevrolet Volt

A startup clean technology company has outfitted a Chevrolet Volt with a wireless charging system, according to the company’s CEO. Andrew Daga, also principal founder of the Pennsylvania-based company, said Momentum Dynamics has developed a unique and proprietary technology system that uses the electrical grid to recharge vehicles automatically without the use of a wire or owner assistance.

The system, which is expected to cost less than $10,000 as an aftermarket kit, is attached to the vehicle. When the vehicle is parked over a special charging mat, the vehicle automatically begins charging.

Daga said the company wanted to equip a Chevrolet Volt with the technology rather than an all-electric vehicle because the passenger vehicle is the "most complicated" on the market. He said starting with the most tech-savvy products should help the company implement the technology of other vehicles more easily.

According to Daga, the company will have three Volts equipped with the wireless charging systems by the end of the year.

Momentum Dynamics, which was awarded a $587,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant program, hopes to eventually adapt the technology to charge while the vehicle is stopped or moving, according to Daga. (Momentum Dynamics photo) [6/21/2012]