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PostHeaderIcon If Kevin Hart Is Sued Over Lack of Modern Safety Equipment In an Old Car – Does That Set a Precedent for Future Lawsuits?

By now, you surely know that The 1970 Plymouth Barracuda that Kevin Hart commissioned from Speedkore has been crashed. Hart was, reportedly, not the driver and for now we don’t know exactly what happened until a full investigation comes forth, but it looks like he’s still staring down the barrel of yet another lawsuit. Yup; despite the fact that Hart wasn’t driving the car when it crashed, the two passengers in the car, one of which was also seriously injured, could actually file a lawsuit for negligence against Hart because the car didn’t have safety equipment.

The lack of safety equipment comes into question because the car was so powerful – 720 horsepower to be exact. And, as such, lawyers are claiming that the car should have had numerous pieces of safety equipment including but not limited to five-point safety harnesses, airbags, and a roll cage. Hart could, in theory, also turn around and sue the company that tuned the car for selling him a car without what some claim to be required safety equipment. Now, this raises the question of future precedent that leaves tuning and custom car companies, as well as owners of said cars, liable in the future. Here’s some food for thought.

PostHeaderIcon Kevin Hart’s Hellcat-Swapped 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Destroyed In Crash – Was It His Fault, Though?

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart was involved in a serious car crash near his home in Calabasas, California. According to an incident report filed by the California Highway Patrol, Hart and two other individuals were involved in a car crash after the driver lost control of Hart’s 1970 Hellcat-swapped Plymouth Barracuda — the same one he bought last July for his 40th birthday — forcing it off the road and into a gully about 10 feet off the road. Hart and the driver, identified as Jared Black, reportedly both suffered “major back injuries,” while the third individual, identified as Rachel Broxterman, did not suffer any injuries. The story remains in flux as we speak so expect more updates regarding details about the crash, and, more importantly, the condition of both Hart and Black. As far as the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda goes, it’s a total wreck. There’s no saving that one.

PostHeaderIcon Supercar Blondie Shows Us Just How Crazy the BMW Vision Next 100 Really Is

BMW gave us a peak at is future way back in 2016 when it debuted the Vision Next 100 Concept with an outrageously futuristic look, technology that borders on impossible (if not actually impossible) and an overall design that is fairly attractive but highly implausible given the world we live in today. It’s a self-driving car, of course, but it has the capability of letting you take the reigns and while BMW didn’t explicitly say so, it’s also electric because that is the way of the future.

Based on appearance alone, the Vision Next 100 seemed impossible even 100 years from now. The thought of a flexible body that allows the wheels to remain completely covered seems like science fiction as does some of the technology inside. Three years later, however, Supercar Blondie actually got to drive the Vision Next 100 Concept – yes it actually drives – and we have to say that it’s rather impressive. Could it really represent the transportation of the future? We can’t really say for now, but we’re certainly a little more optimistic after watching this video.

As you’ll see when you click play, the steering wheel really does retract and hide away in the dash, the wheel arches really do expand and “breathe,” so to speak, when the front wheels are turned. When it’s in self-driving mode, the dashboard itself actually acts as if its breathing too. Granted, this thing is still a concept for now, and we probably won’t see anything like this on the road in our lifetime – we would need perfect roads on global scale and we’d have to perfect Level 5 autonomy – but BMW’s concept does work, it does drive, and it’s starting to look a little more plausible. Maybe not any time soon, but perhaps someday. That’s a huge step in the right direction, anyway. Go ahead and check out the video for yourself – it’s pretty damn surprising, to say the least.

PostHeaderIcon Supercar Blonde Show US Just How Crazy the BMW Vision Next 100 Really Is

BMW gave us a peak at is future way back in 2016 when it debuted the Vision Next 100 Concept with an outrageously futuristic look, technology that borders on impossible (if not actually impossible) and an overall design that is fairly attractive but highly implausible given the world we live in today. It’s a self-driving car, of course, but it has the capability of letting you take the reigns and while BMW didn’t explicitly say so, it’s also electric because that is the way of the future.

Based on appearance alone, the Vision Next 100 seemed impossible even 100 years from now. The thought of a flexible body that allows the wheels to remain completely covered seems like science fiction as does some of the technology inside. Three years later, however, Supercar Blonde actually got to drive the Vision Next 100 Concept – yes it actually drives – and we have to say that it’s rather impressive. Could it really represent the transportation of the future? We can’t really say for now, but we’re certainly a little more optimistic after watching this video.

As you’ll see when you click play, the steering wheel really does retract and hide away in the dash, the wheel arches really do expand and “breathe,” so to speak, when the front wheels are turned. When it’s in self-driving mode, the dashboard itself actually acts as if its breathing too. Granted, this thing is still a concept for now, and we probably won’t see anything like this on the road in our lifetime – we would need perfect roads on global scale and we’d have to perfect Level 5 autonomy – but BMW’s concept does work, it does drive, and it’s starting to look a little more plausible. Maybe not any time soon, but perhaps someday. That’s a huge step in the right direction, anyway. Go ahead and check out the video for yourself – it’s pretty damn surprising, to say the least.

PostHeaderIcon Jessie Combs – The Fastest Woman on Four Wheels – Dies in Land Speed Record Attempt

In an attempt to set a new women’s land speed record piloting the 56-feet long North American Eagle jet car, racing driver Jessi Combs, previously known for co-hosting Xtreme 4×4 show and Mythbusters, has died in a crash in Oregon. Known as the “fastest woman on four wheels,” Jessi Combs lost control over the North American Eagle jet car due to mechanical failure. Combs died Tuesday in Alvord Desert, southeast Oregon, at the age of 39.

“Jessi Combs was pronounced deceased at the scene,” the Harney County Sheriff’s Office statement said. “The cause of the crash is unknown at this time and is currently being investigated.”

PostHeaderIcon Ferdinand Piech, Former VW Group Chairman, Has Died

Ferdinand Piech, former Chairman of the executive board of VW and, later on, of the supervisory board of Porsche SE, the principal shareholder of VW, has died on Sunday at the age of 82 according to German tabloid Bild. Piech has been a central figure in the automotive industry for decades, known for his no-nonsense style and his ability to push through and introduce models that have become highly influential over time, as well as massively popular. He is known for his involvement in projects such as the Audi Quattro, that spearheaded a whole lineup of AWD cars from the Ingolstadt brand as well as adding Porsche to the Volkswagen Group and bringing VW back on profitable ways in the new millennium.

It hasn’t even been two months since the passing of legendary automotive executive Lee Iaccoca, the key figure behind the birth of the Ford Mustang and Chrysler’s revival during his tenure as the company’s CEO, and the automotive world has now lost another larger-than-life figure in Professor Ferdinand Piech, grandson of Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche, and one of the most influential figures in the modern automotive landscape. While ousted from the top of the VW Group four years ago, his legacy will live on, as will the emblematic models that he engineered and helped bring to life.

PostHeaderIcon Everything There is to Know About Tesla’s Elon Musk

Born June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa, Elon Musk is the oldest child of Errol Musk and Maya Musk. Now in his late forties and with a net worth 19.2 billion USD, Elon Musk is one of the leaders in pursuit of an energy and transportation revolution. As a founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX; CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc.; co-founder, and CEO of Neuralink; founder of The Boring Company; co-founder of Zip2; founder of X.com; co-founder of OpenAI; and chairman of the SolarCity, Elon Musk plays a significant worldwide reaching role as an engineer, entrepreneur, investor, and an inventor. This is what you need to know about him.

PostHeaderIcon Everything There is to Know About Tesla’s Elon Musk

Born June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa, Elon Musk is the oldest child of Errol Musk and Maya Musk. Now in his late forties and with a net worth 19.2 billion USD, Elon Musk is one of the leaders in pursuit of an energy and transportation revolution. As a founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX; CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc.; co-founder, and CEO of Neuralink; founder of The Boring Company; co-founder of Zip2; founder of X.com; co-founder of OpenAI; and chairman of the SolarCity, Elon Musk plays a significant worldwide reaching role as an engineer, entrepreneur, investor, and an inventor. This is what you need to know about him.

PostHeaderIcon Tracy Morgan’s Bugatti Isn’t Worth What He Paid for it Now

The Bugatti Veyron, once the world’s fastest car, remains popular among the world’s highest grossing celebrities. Jay-Z has one, and so do Tom Cruise, Chris Brown, and Xzibit, to name but a few. Tracy Morgan happily added himself to the list of Veyron owners just the other day but, 15 minutes into his Veyron experience, the pearl Grand Sport he’d just taken delivery of got sideswiped by a CR-V. The car lost $200,000 off its value that very second and Morgan lost his calm. And you thought your day was bad!

Remember when you last bought a new car last time? Not necessarily a brand new car, but one that was new for you and you were just ready to be its new custodian. Remember how you tentatively drove it home? And how you tried not to get the interior dirtied up and how you parked it away from everybody else so that there’s no danger of any oblivious simpleton with a rust bucket to park near you and carelessly scratch your car when opening his door as wide as it goes. Well, you probably never bought a Bugatti Veyron so imagine how Morgan must’ve felt when an SUV driver who was, apparently, on her phone, attempted to make a right turn from the left lane, completely missing the low-slung Veyron right next to it. You can’t? Well, I can’t either, and maybe that’s not a bad thing after all.

PostHeaderIcon Tracy Morgan Bought a Bugatti Veyron and it Was Crashed an Hour Later

Comedian Tracy Morgan was featured in yet another news-grabbing car accident. Fortunately, this accident was nowhere near as serious as his last one. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same thing for Morgan’s just-purchased Bugatti Veyron, which bore the brunt of the accident when it got clipped by a Honda CR-V in the busy streets of New York. Morgan managed to get out from the passenger side of the car, but not after he stood up from his seat and read the driver the riot act. The comedian’s fury was understandable since he had just come from actually purchasing the Veyron from Manhattan Motorcars. If we were in his shoes, we’d be pissed, too.

PostHeaderIcon Tracy Morgan Bought a Bugatti Veyron and it Was Crashed an Hour Later

Comedian Tracy Morgan was featured in yet another news-grabbing car accident. Fortunately, this accident was nowhere near as serious as his last one. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same thing for Morgan’s just-purchased Bugatti Veyron, which bore the brunt of the accident when it got clipped by a Honda CR-V in the busy streets of New York. Morgan managed to get out from the passenger side of the car, but not after he stood up from his seat and read the driver the riot act. The comedian’s fury was understandable since he had just come from actually purchasing the Veyron from Manhattan Motorcars. If we were in his shoes, we’d be pissed, too.

PostHeaderIcon Tracy Morgan Bought a Bugatti Veyron and it Was Crashed an Hour Later

Comedian Tracy Morgan was featured in yet another news-grabbing car accident. Fortunately, this accident was nowhere near as serious as his last one. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same thing for Morgan’s just-purchased Bugatti Veyron, which bore the brunt of the accident when it got clipped by a Honda CR-V in the busy streets of New York. Morgan managed to get out from the passenger side of the car, but not after he stood up from his seat and read the driver the riot act. The comedian’s fury was understandable since he had just come from actually purchasing the Veyron from Manhattan Motorcars. If we were in his shoes, we’d be pissed, too.

PostHeaderIcon Dieter Zetsche steps down as Daimler CEO, drives off in a BMW i8

Many agree that competition is constructive, and that it brings about progress, and that is probably the case when it comes to the rivalry between two premium German giants, Mercedes and BMW. And, now that the CEO of the former, Dieter Zetsche, has stepped down after over a decade at the helm, the latter has made a rather amusing tribute video to honor him. The video is called “Retirement is about exploring your wide open future.”

PostHeaderIcon Dieter Zetsche steps down as Daimler CEO, drives off in a BMW i8

Many agree that competition is constructive, and that it brings about progress, and that is probably the case when it comes to the rivalry between two premium German giants, Mercedes and BMW. And, now that the CEO of the former, Dieter Zetsche, has stepped down after over a decade at the helm, the latter has made a rather amusing tribute video to honor him. The video is called “Retirement is about exploring your wide open future.”

PostHeaderIcon Dieter Zetsche steps down as Daimler CEO, drives off in a BMW i8

Many agree that competition is constructive, and that it brings about progress, and that is probably the case when it comes to the rivalry between two premium German giants, Mercedes and BMW. And, now that the CEO of the former, Dieter Zetsche, has stepped down after over a decade at the helm, the latter has made a rather amusing tribute video to honor him. The video is called “Retirement is about exploring your wide open future.”

PostHeaderIcon Niki Lauda, The Three-Time F1 World Champion Has Passed Away

Niki Lauda, one of Formula 1’s genuine heroes that survived the deadly ’70s to start his own airline company and, in recent years, be a key figure behind Mercedes-AMG Petronas’ success story in Formula 1 has died at the age of 70 on Monday, May 20th, 2019. The Austrian, born in Vienna in 1949, won 25 Formula 1 Grand Prix races out of 171 starts and became World Driver’s Champion three times: in 1974 and 1977 for Ferrari and, again, in 1984 for McLaren. But his legacy is far greater than his sporting results for, behind the numbers, Lauda was one of the sport’s shrewdest, toughest, but also most calculated and clever competitors. He carried those qualities in every area of his life, combining them with a uniquely straightforward attitude.

Monday, millions of racing fans across the globe woke up to the news that Niki Lauda was no longer with us due to complications that arose from a lung transplant as well as resurging kidney problems. Lauda underwent two kidney transplant surgeries, in 1997 and in 2005, and, last year, he underwent a successful lung transplant in the hometown of Vienna. His rehabilitation seemed to be going well, and he even spent the winter holidays in Ibiza with members of his family, but a bout of pneumonia saw Lauda return in intensive care. More recently, he’d been undergoing dialysis at the University Hospital of Zurich, in Switzerland.

PostHeaderIcon Crown Prince Naruhito is Ascending to the Japanese Throne, But His Prized Display Vehicle Won’t Be a Rolls-Royce

Crown Prince Naruhito has transitioned to Emperor Naruhito of Japan as of May 1, 2019, and now that he’s taken the throne it’s time for him to choose a car for his ceremonial parade. Up until now, this has been a Rolls-Royce but, with new leadership comes new desires, and because of this, Rolls-Royce is out and, while you might not believe it, Toyota is in. That’s right; it has been officially confirmed via a press release directly from the Japanese Government that Emperor Naruhito’s new car is, in fact, a Toyota. And, it’s one that we don’t have in the States – it’s a Toyota Century. So what can lead a new Emperor to ditch the luxury that comes with any Rolls-Royce for a Toyota? Well, only the best from Japan’s best automaker – that’s what. It’s not just any Toyota Century that can’t be had in the United States – it’s a one-off Century convertible, and it’s the only one in the world.

PostHeaderIcon Did Cristiano Ronaldo Just Buy the Bugatti La Voiture Noire?

As it turns out, former Volkswagen Group chairman Ferdinand Piech may not be the owner of the Bugatti La Voiture Noire after all. Rumors have instead been flying around that the new owner of the world’s most expensive production car is none other than Cristiano Ronaldo. Bugatti has yet to confirm the purchase of the $18 million hypercar, but the French automaker did say that it had already found a buyer for the masterpiece Bugatti. The company has so far refused to reveal the deep-pocketed individual, but Spanish publication Marca is reporting that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and one of the greatest football players of all time made the historical purchase, adding what could be the crown jewel to his already impressive garage of high-end exotics.

PostHeaderIcon Kim Jong Un Is Rolling Around In Armored Mercedes-Benz Limos but They’re Not From Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz’s Guard series of armored vehicles has been the choice of many heads of state and other high-ranking state officials from around the world for many years. Currently, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier uses an S600 Guard as does India’s president, Ram Nath Kovind, but what’s surprising is that North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, as well as other members from his staff, also use S600 limos. Before anybody started pointing fingers at Mercedes-Benz, the German automaker announced it didn’t sell the cars to the regime in Pyongyang and, furthermore, doesn’t even know how the cars got there to begin with.

Remember those awkward scenes shot during the historic U.S.-North Korea summit held in Singapore in 2018? I’m talking about the images of a fleet of Kim’s bodyguards running next to his armored Mercedes-Benz as the dictator was leaving the place of the meeting. They perplexed many, but the purpose of the whole shebang was to showcase the status of Kim as well as his elite troops that protect him known as the Guard Command. But, what Mercedes-Benz found perplexing was something else: the fact that Kim used during that visit and that he also uses back home Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard models. His father, Kim Jong Il, was also seen at times aboard armored S Class models from the W140 generation but those were acquired in a different, more transparent manner as Mercedes-Benz was open to shaking hands with North Korea back then.

PostHeaderIcon The Latest Grand Tour Filmed In Mongolia Is The Best Episode Trio Ever Made

Called Survival of the Fattest, the latest episode of The Grand Tour takes us to sparsely populated Mongolia where our heroes embark on a long journey over perilous mountains, mighty rivers, and endless Gobi dunes in a homemade car. The mission is to reach the town called the Moron. They had to do it in seven days, only with British army rations as a diet, and a car delivered disassembled to them by a Russian Mil Mi-8 helicopter.

It is one more The Grand Tour special – largely unscripted, emotional, funny, and just perfect.

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