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Cadillac Reveals Three Vivid Paint Jobs Ahead of 24 Hours of Daytona

Three 5.5-liter V-8-powered Cadillac V-LMDh race cars will compete in the the day-long competition at Daytona in an array of eye-catching colors.

Cadillac is preparing for the 2023 24 Hours of Daytona, showing off the gold, blue, and red liveries that its three V-LMDh endurance cars will wear at the iconic event.

The blue number 02 car will also run at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with new rules for endurance racing in 2023 making IMSA SportsCar racers eligible for the World Endurance Championship.

The V-LMDh car uses a naturally aspirated 5.5-liter DOHC V-8 and a spec hybrid system, sending up to 670 horsepower through a seven-speed sequential gearbox.

BY Caleb Miller

Are Traffic Fatalities Finally Declining in the Pandemic Era?

NHTSA publishes study on roadway deaths, and the results are a mix of good and bad trends.

NHTSA released a study of roadway fatality data covering most of the past three years, after traffic accidents spiked during the early pandemic months.

The agency noted only an incremental decline in traffic deaths in the first nine months of 2022, compared to the same period in 2021.

NHTSA has noted some positive trends: Fatalities have not increased for two consecutive quarters, after seven quarters of increases.

The first few months of the pandemic certainly saw an increase in dangerous driving, with instances of high-speed accidents being just one small part of the risky driving habits that Americans seemed to pick up.

But was 2022 any safer?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed this week that the picture is only getting slightly better, compared to 2021. The agency estimated 31,785 people died in traffic accidents in the first nine months of 2022, compared to 31,850 in the first nine months of 2021. That's an insignificant 0.2% decrease.

BY Jay Ramey

Mercedes-AMG SL63 in Silver Arrows Garb Is Inspired by Formula 1

The Formula 1–style livery is limited to 100 units globally and will be referred to as the Motorsport Collectors Edition.

Mercedes-AMG revealed a special edition SL63 that it says is meant to mark the end of the 2022 Formula 1 season. Labeled the "Motorsport Collectors Edition," the Silver Arrows–colored SL takes inspiration from the W13 E Performance racing car that brought Mercedes a third place finish last season.

Labeled the "Motorsport Collectors Edition," the Silver Arrows–colored SL takes inspiration from the W13 E Performance racing car that brought Mercedes a third place finish last season.

The special edition will have an extremely limited run, with Mercedes-AMG only planning to produce 100 units globally.

Mercedes-AMG is breaking out the silver paint buckets for an extremely limited run of special-edition SL63 roadsters called the "Motorsport Collectors Edition." Mercedes-AMG is planning a run of only 100 units globally of the roadster, which takes inspiration from the 2022 W13 E Performance Formula 1 car, piloted by British driving duo Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.

After two seasons running a black paint livery, the company reverted to its historical Silver Arrows livery. The 2022 season saw the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 team struggle to rise to the same levels of success it has become accustomed to in recent years. It did manage to produce a third-place finish, with enough points to end the season well ahead of the fourth-place Alpine and nearly enough points to claim second place from Ferrari.

Much like the race car that inspired it, the limited-edition roadster features two-tone paint, graduating from high-tech silver metallic to obsidian black metallic at the rear of the car. The SL63 also features blue Petronas accents along the front apron, side panels, and rear diffuser. As a special touch, Mercedes-AMG added the Mercedes star pattern to the rear of the car in a nod to the engine cover of the Formula 1 car.

AMG added an Aerodynamics package that sensationalizes the looks of the car, giving it larger flics on the front and rear apron, a larger rear diffuser, and a reworked underbody to improve aerodynamics. The AMG Night package adds gloss black to the front splitter, side sills, mirror caps, and decorative trim of the rear diffuser. Its twin, the AMG Night package II, adds black chrome for the typography and a Mercedes star at the rear, along with the radiator grille.

Mercedes has not released pricing information, but fun fact: an AMG customized indoor car cover comes with each car. That should allay any fears of overpricing.

BY Jack Fitzgerald