Schumi's new job: Test driver for Ferrari

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Michael Schumacher's credentials run the gamut: 1995's youngest double Formula 1 World Champion, most career wins, most wins in a season, most consecutive wins, etc. Now he can add a notch on his belt representing his role as test driver for Ferrari... or at least for a day.

Autocar spies caught a rare sight the other day -- a Ferrari 599 GTB on the Nurburgring rather than its test track in Fiorano. After witnessing some pretty serious hot rodding, the photographers zoomed in on the driver... only to see one Michael Schumacher at the wheel. Future profession for Schumi, or entertaining day trip? Hopefully we'll find out soon. High-res photo available here

Thanks for the tip, Wang Meng!

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Tesla may get into the gas station business

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When AutoblogGreen interviewed Tesla Motors CEO Martin Eberhard a couple of months ago, Martin emphasized that they were intent on creating a sustainable business out of building sustainable mobility cars. With Job 1 for the Roadster coming in a few months Tesla is now working on expanding its potential revenue streams. Earlier this week they announced a new division to sell their battery pack technology to other carmakers starting with Norway's TH!NK.

If they are successful in building battery powered cars and the technology spreads to other carmakers, we won't need so many gas pumps but drivers will still need to top up. Tesla has announced a $561,000 grant from the California Energy Commission to develop public charging stations. They will be working on 16kW stations that are UL approved and can be used by drivers at public locations to charge their electric vehicles. Grants also went to UC-Berkeley, UC-Davis and the Electric Power Research Institute.

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Spy Video: Acura NSX mule

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It might look like an S2000 out there on the 'Ring, but something's not quite right. We've all ogled the spy pictures by now, but Inside Line has produced a nifty little video of what we all think is a development mule for the next Acura NSX. Just listen to that angry exhaust note - that ain't no 4 pot. The S2000 duds are a nice blending tactic - it doesn't draw that much attention to itself, and it gives Honda time to get it together after their body design was met with a yawn in Detroit. The grey bomber makes good use of its rumored 5.5 liter V10 and SH-AWD as it digs into corners and claws its way around the German racetrack. Unlike the original NSX, this time around, the Honda supercar platform will be front-engined, and may not be called NSX. The high points of this mule have already been covered, so click the pic and enjoy the video.

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Gadling digs up world's messiest cars

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Click the image above to view photos of some of the world's messiest cars

At one point or another, most of us have a messy car. It might be because your schedule is crammed, you were just on a road trip, or maybe you just got lazy for a while. Eventually, you take 5-10 minutes to straighten out the slop so the interior of your ride isn't a health hazard.

Unfortunately, some people apparently like living in filth, so they drive around in what my mother would call a 'pig sty.' You may recall a story here on Autoblog about a woman's car that was so messy, debris got under her brake when she was driving and it led to an accident. Well, it turns out this woman is far from alone in the world of freakishly disgusting automotive hygiene. Call us crazy, but we're guessing these folks aren't dating anybody right now. Actually, we should all check to see if we know the person who owns the vehicle pictured above. Judging by the new baking pan in the back seat, there's a good chance that this person is planning on preparing food for more than one.

The attached gallery is home to a collection of rolling trash cans filled with mountains of waste that not only obstruct the view of the driver, they probably smell worse than a landfill. The photos come courtesy of our friends over at Gadling, and we suggest that you don't eat lunch while you're checking 'em out..

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Day 4: Enter the Autoblog Relaunch Celebration Sweepstakes featuring the All-New 2007 Dodge Nitro

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click above image to enter to win an All-New 2007 Dodge Nitro R/T!

The trick to having the best chance to win a sweepstakes like this is to enter every day. Today's Saturday, which means there are a lot of people who are going to miss their chance to enter because they have to mow the lawn, go out to eat with the family, or do whatever it is people do on Saturday. The point is, here is your chance to get a leg up by entering the (wait for it) Autoblog Relaunch Celebration Sweepstakes featuring the All-New 2007 Dodge Nitro for the fourth day in the row. Click here to enter!

If it's your first day entering, don't forget to return tomorrow and the next day to enter each day until the Sweepstakes concludes in the early morning of Friday, June 15th.

Much thanks to all the friends of Autoblog below, as well as sites we've never met before, who've alerted their readers to what we're up to. If you're site mentions the Nitro Sweepstakes, let us know by emailing a link to abresearch at gmail dot com, and we'll add you to the list below. Good luck!


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