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This Week in Motoring: July 20, 2015

Volvo buys Polestar, Mercedes-AMG pumps more power into its CLA45 and GLA45, Guy Martin and Triumph shoot for 400 mph and more.



Volvo Buys Polestar
While Volvo and Polestar have always collaborated on awesome Swede speed machines, Volvo has officially bought 100 percent of the race-car builder with the intention of turning them into their in-house tuning firm to compete with the likes of AMG and BMW’s M-Division. Polestar cars have been limited run so far, with only 750 cars projected to sell this year, but the new deal should see a double in production and sales. Be prepared to see more Bleu de France wagons whiz pass you on the road. bloomberg.com

Juan Fangio’s Body to be Exhumed
The body of Juan Manuel Fangio — one of F1’s greatest talents, with five world champion titles under his belt — is set to be exhumed on August 7th for DNA testing in a paternity case. Former race-car driver Oscar “Cacho” Espinosa claims Fangio — who did have a long relationship with his mother — is his biological father. theglobeandmail.com

Mercedes-AMG CLA45 and GLA45 Get More Power
The 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine shared by both the CLA45 AMG and GLA45 AMG will be getting a bump in power, from 355 horsepower to 367 horsepower. The result is quicker 0-60 times: the CLA45 will do it in 4.1 seconds and the GLA will do it in 4.3. That’s a drop of 0.3 and 0.5 seconds, respectively. The updated stablemates will also boast new “Turbo” badges, perhaps the cars’ most vital improvement. autoweek.com

Guy Martin’s 400 Mph Triumph
The current land-speed record for a two-wheeled vehicle at the Bonneville salt flats is 376.36 mph, set by Ack Attack’s Suzuki-powered motorcycle in 2010. Motorcycle racer and TV personality Guy Martin is gunning for that record, though, with the help of Triumph. The motorcycle he’s using is powered by two turbocharged Rocket III engines that produce a combined horsepower of 1,000, and if everything goes according to plan it should hit 400 mph. autoblog.com

Mustangs from Space
For the eighth time now, Ford will be donating a Mustang for AirVenture, a charity auction hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Mustang in question is a one-off, specially modified car built as an homage to the Apollo space program. Besides its lunar looks, the ‘Stang boasts a supercharger (making it good for 627 horsepower), an X-pipe exhaust, upgraded suspension and Brembo brakes. Proceeds go to the EAA’s Youth Aviation programs, helping more children discover a love of flying. fortune.com

The GMC Sierra 1500 Gets a New Face
For 2016, GMC gave its bread-and-butter pickup a styling update. The truck gets new front and rear bumpers, and looks more aggressive and chiseled all around than the outgoing model. The Sierra also looks to have new LED running lamps, fog lamps and headlamps. jalopnik.com

Conquering Gravel, Rocks, Hardpack and Downed Trees on Knobby Wheels
Eastern Oregon is a mecca for adventure motorcyclists looking to stake claims on unexploited routes. From tarmac to the wilds, even the roads that lead to those roads are worth the trip. Read this story
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