GM Vehicle Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser Says Mustang Fans Should Thank Him

General Motors (NYSE:GM) Chief Vehicle Engineer Al Oppenheiser of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has released a statement that addresses Camaro and Ford Mustang fans. Oppenheiser gave the address after Ford announced the new 650-hp 2013 Shelby GT500.

“As you know, the blogs lit up with the announcement of the new 650-horsepower Mustang GT500, and I wanted to give you my perspective on the latest challenge from Dearborn,” stated Oppenheiser in the letter. Oppenheiser said that the Mustang has been playing catch up to the Camaro since its 2009 debut after a long break.

“For Mustang fans, you’re welcome,” said Oppenheiser. “Clearly the Camaro has encouraged Ford to throw everything they can at us.”

Since the fifth generation Camaro launched in 2009, it has been the best-selling sports car in America. The price of the ZL1 Coupe starts at $54,995. It has Magnetic Ride Control, Performance Traction Management, and standard track-capable equipment.


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  1. engin a?aç says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    My name is Engin Agac and I am from Turkey. I learned that many companies have developed a device that prevents drunk driving. The devices look like significant but I still believe that this is not a final solution for the problem. I have prepared a project about this subject. I believe that the project that I prepared provides 100% solution.
    The important points of my project are shown below:
    1) The drunk driver can never start the car as he cannot pass the alcohol test.
    2) The device can detect the difference when the non-drunk driver changes place with a drunk driver.
    3) If the driver starts the car and begins drinking alcoholic beverages the device detects this.
    4) The driver is kept under control automatically and during every stop and run.
    5) The driver should take and pass the alcohol test every day.
    6) If the driver should be changed then the new driver should pass the alcohol test.,
    7) If any other person except the driver drinks alcoholic beverages, this will not stop the car or will not prevent the driver from starting the engine.
    8) In case the driver “must” start the car even though he is drunk, he should define himself as “drunk” to the device. The device will not question if the driver is drunk or not in this situation. By this way the device sets a maximum speed limit and the flashers are turned on. If the driver tries to exceed the speed limit the car stops and the lights continue flashing.
    Detailed Explanations for some articles above:
    Article 2) If the non-drunk driver changes place with a drunk driver then the device will detect this. For example Robert is drunk and Matthias is sober. In this situation only Matthias can start the car and Robert cannot pass the test. If Robert wants to drive while the engine is running, the device will detect that it was Matthias who started the car and will not let Robert to drive. The device will recognize that Robert has changed place and came to the driver seat. In this situation it asks the test to be taken by the new driver. If he cannot pass the test, then the car will be stopped after the warnings.
    Article 3) Example: Robert is not drunk until he starts the car but he starts drinking while driving. At this point the device will detect the smell and ask the driver to take the test again. If the driver is drunk, then the car will stop after the warnings.
    Article 4) The driver who started the engine is always under control as he should take the test at every stop and run. The device checks the driver change at every stop and run, while the car is started. If one driver passes the test and start the car, and if he wants to change the seat to someone else after a while, the device checks if someone else has come to the driver seat. This control will be done at every stop and run. But if it is requested, this can be applied at certain time periods through the settings of the device.
    Article 5) In this project the driver must take the alcohol test every day.
    But if we develop the software we can achieve something like this:
    1) If a driver never drinks alcohol and a driver change will never be done, the driver may take the test only once a year, once in ten years or he may not take the test during his whole lifetime. This driver needs to take the test only once. But this article makes it necessary for the driver to take the test if someone else but the driver drinks alcohol in the vehicle.
    2) Let’s think of a family consisting of father, mother, two sons and one daughter. One of the sons drink alcohol frequently but the other drinks only on new years. Father, mother and the daughter never drink alcohol and this family owns a car. How does the device works in this case? Should the alcohol test be taken every day? No, it is not. The device can recognize the members of the family. This means that the device cen keep in its memory who is a drinker and who is a non-drinker. The device can also detect that the person who did not drink alcohol for a long time is now drunk and it notifies the driver that the test should be taken. Thanks to the software that has been developed, father-mother and the daughter should take the test only once and they do not need to take the test again during their lifetime. While the father, mother or the daughter drives the car, someone else in the vehicle should not drink alcoholic beverages. Otherwise they need to take the alcohol test. This situation does not prevent the car from running or does not stop the running car.
    Article 6) A driver change can only be done when the engine is stopped. The new driver should pass the test before starting the car. The driver change cannot be applied after the engine is started.
    Article 7) Let’s say there are 4 people in the car (One driver and three passengers). The driver is sober and did not drink any alcoholic beverages. Even though the passengers are drinking, the alcohol smell will not prevent the car from starting nor the engine will not be stopped.
    – For the car to be stopped:
    * As the alcohol smell is detected, the driver is asked to take the test.
    ** The driver must take this test. Otherwise the car speed will be decreased and it will be stopped after the warnings.
    *** If the driver is drunk as he takes the test, the car speed will be decreased and it will be stopped after the warnings again.
    **** The device always warns the driver before stopping the car. If the driver denies the warnings then the car will be stopped.
    The software scheme of this device is already prepared. Alcoholmeter and smell sensors are the components of this device. But the important point is that a software to achieve these functions. As the scheme is already done, the software needs to be written by your company.
    To prevent driving without driving license can be achieved only if the driver licenses are renewed so that it can interact with the device that is to be installed in the car.
    1) A person without the driving license can never start the car.
    2) A person without the driving license can never drive a car in motion.
    3) If the driver wants to change place with another driver without a license, this will be detected by the device and the car will be stopped if the warning is ignored.
    4) The driver will be kept under control every second and he can never drive the car without the license.
    5) The driver should take the driving license test once a day.
    6) One driver can never use someone else’s license.
    7) If a driver change is needed, then the new driver should take the test.
    8) At every getting on and off a control is not applied. The test is only applied in case of a driver change.
    As you know I am not a mechanical technician or engineer and I cannot explain the details of my project by using scientific terms. But I can describe all details of my project.
    Although alcoholmeter and smell sensors will be used in this project, not only these two devices will be functioning. The most important characteristic that differs my project from the others is that this device will be software assisted. I mean each article describing the features of the project will be assisted by a software.
    My aim is to offer you the patent of this project to your company. If you are interested you can also contact me online, by phone or come to Istanbul and I can explain this project to you personally.
    Detailed explanation and software schemes for both projects are available.
    I will be expecting your soonest reply if you are interested in my projects.

    Secondly, my project has software plan but because of moneyless,I can not do it.That I take patent in the Turkey,don’t protect my project outside of Turkey.Many respected firms work about the project in America and Europe.For instance Besides, some car firms work about the project,too.Their works are the same…In spite of the serious works,alcoholic driving can not handigap.If alcohol metre equipment determine driver that take alcohol, can handigap with different connection forms moving of car.
    The Connection Forms of Alcohol Metre Equipment :
    1- locking motor of car thanks to inmebilezer system.If driver has alcohol, alcohol metre equipment directly locks motor of car thanks to inmebilezer system.
    2- locking short circuit of car.If driver has alcohol, alcohol metre equipment in connection with short circuit handigap moving of car.
    3- locking from car’s key.If driver has alcohol, alcohol metre equipment in connection with key handigap moving of car.

    This works can nat completely handigap alcoholic driving.I believe that I did software plan will % 100 handigap alcoholic driving.Driver will be under control and according to the software plan; a driver is certainly under control during 7 day and 24 hours.On the other hand,that an other person enter alcohol test instead of driver, is certainly impossible.
    In addition,I can handigap driving without driving license to use the same software plan and to add different term complementaries
    Characteristics of the Software Plan :

    1- If a driver want to move his car, he has to pass from alcohol test.That’s to say, drink driver can not pass from alcohol test and he can not move his car.
    2- If non-drink driver want to drive instead of drink driver, the equipment that I did,becomes aware of the difference.
    3- If a driver passes from alcohol test and he drinks alcohol after he move his car, the equipment becomes aware of that and it stopped car within two seconds.
    4- When car every moves and stops,driver always is controlled by the equipment.
    5- That driver passes from alcohol test once a day, is enough at the project.
    6- If driver changes, new driver has to pass prom alcohol test.
    7- If other peoles take alcohol without driver take it, the equipment don’t handigap moving of car or don’t stop.
    8- If driver is forced drive to alcohol,firstly, he has to introduce to the equipment that he took alcohol.

    And then the equipment don’t want alcohol test and it determines speed limit for driver. ( for instance : 30 km ).A drink driver certainly can not pass speed limit.If he passes speed limit, his car stops.
    That firms have land, air and sea transportation, use kinds of the equipmentfor both their life-property and people’s safety.Especially tourism and travel firms in Europe consider important their customer safety.And also some logistic firms that consider important their customer’s property, want necessarily the equipment.
    Consequently, car firms advise the equipment their customer’s personel cars,too and using of the equipment go up every the other day.
    ?f you assists me about that I take international patent, drink driving will come to an end.We can talk on telephone.I don’t speak English but I have the translator.If you have some question about the subject, you can ask me without software plan.
    Thanks a lot.
    Mr. Engin A?AÇ
    0507 692 21 70

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