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PostHeaderIcon 2019 NAIAS – Top Three Debuts

The 2019 edition of the North American International Auto Show may not have had the allure of the previous shows, what with the German luxury makers skipping it altogether, but it did include a number of remarkable debuts that made the event worth going to for those who did. Here we take a quick look at the top three greatest debuts from the 2019 NAIAS, including the new Toyota Supra, the awe-inspiring new Shelby GT500, and the kind of ordinary but massively important 2020 Ford Explorer.

So let’s begin with the hottest car of 2019 NAIAS, the all-new Toyota Supra. This car was so highly anticipated, it completely overshadowed its German sister, the new BMW Z4. Nobody even care about that car anymore, even though it shares a big chunk of its underpinnings with the Japanese hottie. The 2020 Supra has all it needs as the righteous heir to the throne of that revered nameplate. From the emotional design which has just the right amount of retro to make it cool, to the BMW-tuned chassis and suspension, to the great choices of engines which include a 3.0 liter inline six-cylinder, this bad boy is every petrolhead’s wet dream, especially as it cost around 50 grand for a base model and 55 grand for a loaded Launch edition. Granted, it is twice what the GT86 costs, but it is four times the car. And it is significantly cheaper than the Z4, which is not even half as cool.

The next big debut at the 2019 NAIAS Detroit Motor Show was a new version of the wildest pony car of them all, the Shelby GT500. Based on the latest iteration of Mustang GT, this magnificent beast is the most powerful production Ford ever featuring a 2.65 liter supercharger on top of a 5.2 liter V8 engine. That setup is good for 700-plus horsepower, channeled to the rear wheels via a TREMEC 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. As amazing as the GT500’s performance is as a day to day super-muscle car and the occasional dragster, the best thing about this car is the way it looks. This generation of the Mustang is not an easy car to love design-wise, but the changes Ford Performance designers have made to it, and of course the GT 500 traditional paint scheme and stripes, have turned it into an extraordinarily beautiful machine. The Challenger Hellcat might have stolen the ‘Stang’s thunder for a while, but this car definitely gets it back.

The third biggest highlight of the 2019 NAIAS was the new Ford Explorer. Actually this space should have belonged to the 2020 BMW 7 Series, but as mentioned above, Audi, Mercedes and BMW decided not to turn up at this year’s event, and Bimmer revealed the new 7er elsewhere. In any case, the Explorer is also a remarkable car as one of the best selling family SUVs in the U.S. The new model has a more streamlined design as well as upgraded interior and technology. The truth is though, the regular 2.3-liter EcoBoost model is just too boring. That is why we want to tell you about the sporty ST version, which packs a specially tuned 3.0-liter EcoBoost with 400 hp and 415 lb.-ft. of torque. Now that’s the kind of power that makes things interesting. The St also comes unique styling cues and a sporty interior, not to mention the unique Ford Performance blue paint job. Of course, those interested in efficiency can go for the hybrid version.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Taycan Gets Walter Röhrl’s Seal of Approval

We’re not quite sure how Porsche does it, but somehow they are always a few steps ahead of everyone else. That is regardless of the segment they play in, and whether they are making a sports car or SUV. Take the new and groundbreaking Porsche Taycan, for instance. This thing is going to take the electric car market by storm soon, knocking Tesla Model S on its American bottom.

While the Model S is, by any standard, a magnificent car with superb performance, great looks, and awesome capabilities, it is still too niche a car to be a success worldwide. That is the trump card of Porsche Taycan. Sure, this luxury electric sedan will probably be even more expensive than the Tesla. But because it comes from a mainstream manufacturer, and one with a great name no less, people are just going to want the Porch.

Now, some of may argue that comparing the Taycan and the Model S in term of looks is like comparing Susan Boyle to Cameron Diaz. And you would have a point there. But don’t discount the uniqueness of Porsche design. Granted, the early Panameras and Cayennes were a bit of a mess styling-wise. But these day pretty much every single car Porsche makes is a total looker. It may not appear so in press footage or even at first glance. But when you see one out there in the flesh after a while, it just works. We reckon that is going to be the case with the Taycan.

Another reason why believe Porsche Taycan will be the best of its kind when it arrive has to do with performance.  And what better proof of this car’s performance credentials than the seal of approval given to it by the Porsche man himself, Herr Walter Röhrl. The legend recently got to sample a pre-production of this car and he emerged from the experience completely blown away. True, he is a Porsche ambassador. But look at him. You think Röhrl is the kind of guy who would sing praises of a car like this if it’s anything less than amazing?

We waxed lyrical for so long about Porsche Taycan, we almost forgot to give you some figures. Based on the 800V structure, the electric super saloon will have 600 horsepower (440 kilowatts) in production guise along with 350 kW charging capacity. The car also offers 100 kilometers of driving range out of a four-minute charge, which is about as good as any fossil fuel car. Well, at least if they manage to create a decent charging network.

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PostHeaderIcon 2020 Toyota Supra Is Here, And It Is Awesome!

So after months of anticipation and teasing campaigns, Toyota today unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show the final production version of the all-new 2020 Toyota Supra. But hang on, before you get too excited, remember everybody was ll too giddy about the GT 86 when it first came out, and that car turned out to be not all that brilliant. So i the new Supra another flop, or has Toyota made a proper sports car this time?

Well, obviously, it is too soon to tell. But there are telltale signs that the 2020 Toyota Supra is a natural-born star. For starters, the car is about a 100mm shorter than the 86, which was a bit too long and wide. But more important than proportions is the power. Toyota has learned its lesson with the 86 and gave this car real power. Okay, so the base model has the same 200 PS as the 86, but it comes from a 2.0-liter, inline-4, twin-scroll turbocharged unit and not a complicated boxer. And you are not stuck with it. You can have the same engine with 260 PS, or go big and get the 3.0 liter in-line six with 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque.

Now that’s a proper engine for a car of such lofty claims. The bigger engine means more weight, and indeed the 3.0 liter Supra is about 70 kg heavier than the four-pot models. But even so, it can managed to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds. Even the diet, four-cylinder models are quick at 5.2 and 6.5 seconds respectively.

Of course,we understand that the 2020 Toyota Supra is going to be a lot more expensive and exclusive than the 86. And no, we are not looking at it as an alternative for that cheap and cheerful sports car. In fact, this Supra is the reason the GT 86 never got the power upgrade it so deserved. And that’s actually what bugs us. Why did Toyota waste everybody’s time with the 86, when they could make such a jewel all along? The 86 was always a slow seller. Now we reckon it’s just going to drop dead. Because who is going to want that when there is the new Supra to choose? Everyone is going to want to work harder and just get this cooler, better-looking, faster and better equipped model, even with a four-cylinder engine.





But what really sets this car apart from pretty much every other player in this segment is pedigree. The name Supra is very nostalgic to any gearhead above 25 years of age. We can honestly say we like this car better than the new BMW Z4, which is this car’s sister, for that reason alone.

Toyota President Akio Toyoda, who is also a master driver, said: “Back in the day, I spent countless hours driving an old Supra at Nurburgring to become a master driver. Supra is like an old friend that holds a special place in my heart. While other manufacturers were putting their beautiful new prototypes which they were going to introduce through the paces, I was driving an old Supra that was no longer in production. So even though Toyota had no plans to make a new Supra, just like a lot of other die hard Supra fans around the world, I secretly wanted to make it happen. The new GR Supra was born through testing at Nurburgring, and I can honestly say that it is a car that is fun to drive and better than ever.”

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PostHeaderIcon It’s Time Lotus Revisited Last Decade’s Plans

So yesterday Lotus released their 2018 sales numbers, and confirmed that it has been their best year since 2011. Now, those of you with a good memory remember that 2011 and the couple of years that followed were a tumultuous time for the British sports car maker. That was the time they planned a major overhaul of their lineup, which as you may remember backfired spectacularly. But we reckon it is now time they actually went back to those files and revived the plans they had set in motion back in 2009.

There were big things cooking up at Norfolk ten years ago. Having emerged from the 2008 recession largely unscathed, Lotus was planning a leap forward through the introduction of fancy new versions of their established model. There were even serious talks of reviving some of the legendary models of the yesteryear, namely the mighty Espirit. And those really were more than just plans on a paper. Lotus had got themselves a new manager called Dany Bahar – who later on was fired and pretty much vanished from the automotive radar altogether – and they had set aside a lot of cash to turn those plans into reality.

Sadly though, most of that money was spent on useless publicity stunts and the plans were shelved amid a crisis that threatened the very existence of the company. Not only did we not get a new Elise and Espirit, there hasn’t even been a decent facelift to any of the models in the lineup since then. All we got from Lotus the past ten years were slight modifications to the current range and some forgettable motorsport activity. That was it. It has gotten to a point where frankly we get a bit sick looking at the Evora, and even the awesome Elise is starting to look a bit boring.

But, as we said, 2018 was a good year for Lotus with a record 1,630 cars sold worldwide. I know, that is not a lot by the standards of the big car makers. But for a small manufacturer of specialty models, that’s actually pretty good. But that is not the only reason we think Lotus is ready now to bring out and dust off the old plans for a major renovation of their models. The steady increase in sales number is a solid indication that the company is now moving in the right direction. Granted, it is doing so under the auspices of the Chinese Geely. But whatever those industrious people are doing with the company, it’s working. Lotus has even bagged a respected auto and luxury-sector leader, Phil Popham, joining as CEO. And he actually knows how to run a business, unlike that guy Bahar.

It makes a lot of sense. A brand-new Lotus Espirit with modern technology,maybe even a hybrid engine, boasting cool looks and that special Lotus sauce could take the sports car market by storm. Lotus should definitely use this momentum to lift itself to the premier league. They’ve been in the third division long enough.

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PostHeaderIcon Virtual Reality Is the Latest Automotive Craze @ CES 2019

On the face of it, you would probably think that virtual reality should be the last thing integrated into a car. After all, driving is a very physical experience with all-too-real joys and dangers. There is nothing virtual about it. That is true, but car makers have developed a taste for virtual reality lately, and they are putting it to some interesting uses in their latest concepts. 

This phenomenon can be seen most clearly at this year’s CES show in Las Vegas. As you know, the Consumer Electronics Show is the Mecca for everything techie and gadgety, and anything that pops in this event will soon be turned into a product with real-life applications. So the automotive-related virtual reality technologies we’re going to tell you about could very soon appear on the options list. There are two VR systems unveiled so far at CES 2019 which have caught our eyes, one is the Invisible-to-Visible by Nissan, and the other a special version of the Audi e-tron which can turn every journey into a psychedelic trip!

Nissan’s Virtual Reality tech is called Invisible-to-Visible and it has fairly remarkable advantages as far driving safety is concerned. It is a new extension to the whole concept of connected car which enables the driver to see the invisible, as it were, by merging the real and virtual worlds. Metaverse is word Nissan has invented for this system, in which reality is essentially mixed. There is the part that you perceive with your senses, and then there is the ‘concealed’ parts recognized by the omni-sense radars and sensors and cameras and AI software. It’s obvious what this is, isn’t it? It is the beginning of humans gaining superpowers. It is enhancing your natural senses through the use of machine and computer. It is the first step in turning humans into cyborgs.

What Audi has to present at CES 2019 is a bit less serious and a lot ore fun. The Audi e-tron virtual reality concept focuses on the rear passengers and how to make the journey more tolerable for them. According to Audi, it’s a technology that adapts virtual content of your choice to the movements of the car in real time. The way it works is actually simple in principle. You are in the back of the family e-tron and find the route your dad is taking particularly boring. So you just pop on a set of VR glasses and boom, you are in a completely different world. It changes the roads, people, and everything else in it, and the cool thing is you can choose the scene and theme and everything. I think you have already guessed where this is headed. How long before men use it for porn?

These virtual reality stuff are cool when they are focused on fun and games, and potentially life-saving when they are employed in the service of safety. But the fact remains they make us ever-more dependent on technology and gadgets and devices, robbing us of the sharpness of mind that relying on our our senses can get us. Is that good? Is that bad? Only time will tell.

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PostHeaderIcon Are Car Mechanics Getting More and More Incompetent?

Before we delve into that monumentally important question, let’s get something right. I don’t think it is actually correct to call the fixers of modern cars mechanics. Diagnostician, I reckon, is the more appropriate term, since these guys work more often with digital scan tools, wiring diagrams, and electronic and software solutions to fix a car, not wrenches and hammers. The term mechanic brings to mind a burly man with a big stomach, oily fingers and his butt crack showing.

OK, now that we’ve got the terminology right, we can get back to our subject. Are the mechanics, nay, diagnosticians, getting better at their job, or are they getting worse? It really doesn’t take an official survey to find out the latter is the case. Talk to any car owner who has been to a shop for a problem, and nine out of ten tells you a tale that includes lots of frustration, many wasted hours, and a ton of money being removed from their bank account. They tell you how they went into a shop with what they thought was a minor electrical glitch, and ended up having a bunch of modules and units replaced. Or how a cold start problem turned out to be a fault with the car’s computer, the wiring harness, and all of the sensors.

And what is the answer the lovely repairman gives when asked why is that the case? “Well, modern cars, mate. Everything’s connected in there, innit? One thing goes wrong, you have to chuck the whole thing in the bin.” To someone who knows nothing about cars and just wants to have his Ford Focus fixed so he can get to work, that might sound like a reasonable argument. But we car guys know that that’s nothing but a load of bullocks. And that is what I mean by incompetence.

You see, the automotive technology has moved on by leaps and bounds over the past two or three decades. For years and years you had very simple systems and wiring which any elementary school dropout could learn how to fix after a week of apprenticeship. That is not the case with newer cars. In these cars you have computer-controlled modules and units, state machine logic, data networks that run at different speeds, sophisticated sensors, and stuff like fiber optics and FlexRay. Being good with a wrench and a screwdriver count for nothing when you are working on a modern car. You have to have computer knowledge, advance understanding of electronics, and an analytical mind.

Sadly, those qualities are just beyond the purview of your average mechanic. To properly diagnose a modern car, to realize that a no-crank issue could be traced to a bad connector, to know that a broken A/C unit could be narrowed down to a solenoid, or a misfire could be caused by a faulty mosfet inside the ECU, that mechanic has to undergo months of training, learn how to read electrical wiring diagrams, and work with complicated scanner tools, interpret signals and wave patterns. And the truth is, not many of them bother. Not many of them are capable of upgrading themselves to that level. They just take a course, get a certificate, buy a scan tool and start working on your Mercedes and BMW.

What is the consequence of that? Well, the consequence is that you go into a shop with a stalling issue and end up having your ECU replaced, your wiring harness mutilated, your sensors damaged, and a huge bill, not to mention the problems that arise a week later thanks to the botched repair. There is an inside joke between such mechanics that if you don’t know what the issue is, start replacing parts until it’s gone away. And who cares about the customer’s wallet, right? How the hell’s he gonna know?

It is absolutely vital, then, to have your car diagnosed and repaired by someone who has studied the modern systems, who is technologically savvy, and who has the right tools. And don’t think you can trust your official dealer with that. Most of the guys who work in their service departments are as incompetent as your down the road mechanic. Those who have the knowledge and expertise usually go solo and set up their own shop because they get more business that way. The trick is to find those guys.

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PostHeaderIcon Alternative Bond Cars and Their Effect on 007’s Character

As you are well aware, Aston Martin has been the car of choice for the not-so-secret agent, James Bond 007. In fact, some go as far saying that Bond’s relationship with his Astons are a lot healthier than his relationship with the women in his life. But these days 007 is undergoing drastic changes, and it got us thinking what if they also decide to change the Bond cars? What would be the alternative and what sort effect that alternative would have on the character?

Now, I don’t think it is a stretch to say that James Bond is becoming more and more politically correct. There are talks that he should be played by a man of color, which is great, and some have even pondered the possibility of a female Bond, Jenna Bond, which I suppose is better than a gender-neutral Bond. So in the next movie there probably won’t be romantic liaison for poor old Bond before he has gotten a full consent, preferably in writing form the love interest, no ethnic characters are going to cast as baddies, he will probably play at a online casino with eurogrand rather than a real one in Monte Carlo, and as for his car, well, obviously, it has to be electric or at the very least hybrid.

Mercifully, there are some nice electric and hybrid cars that would fit the character of the 21st century Bond without making him look like an IT professional with license to hack. Aston Martin themselves have the Rapid-E electric sedan which, although a bit too family-oriented, is still exotic enough to work as at least one of Bond cars. Then there is the BMW i8 whose looks fits the bill perfectly for a 007 adventure, but it we’re honest it works better as a baddie car. There is also the Honda/Acura NSX hybrid which is a cool car, but has a bit of an brand image issue. I suppose the NSX would work as a retirement car for Bond. What about Tesla Model S, though? Now this is an interesting one. This one looks cool, goes like hell, and is almost as PC as the new Bond himself!

Of course, other characters will have to be updated accordingly, with Miss Moneypenny getting probably a Nissan Leaf, Q running around his lab in a little BMW i3, and M being chauffeured around in a PHEV Range Rover. Hmm, such a Bond movie will probably be catastrophically boring to watch, but at least it’ll have a very small carbon footprint.

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PostHeaderIcon Nissan to Produce the 720 PS GT-R50 by Italdesign

If you were looking for conclusive proof that there is a new order in the automotive world, here it is. It started with Korean car makers stealing the game from the Americans and the Europeans. But when Nissan announces the production of a limited-run super exotica, you know things have moved on. Who do Nissan think they are? Ferrari?!

Apparently so. The GT-R50 by Italdesign is Nissan’s ticket into the world of bespoke, highly-customized supercars. It’s like we are having a new era of coachbuilding in the car industry, only it is now available to a wider range of people. Make no mistake, though. This custom GT-R will be produced in strictly limited numbers of just 50 copies. And yes, the price will be so high, you will have to do some serious online betting to afford it.Yep, it’ll cost an eye-watering 990,000 euros before taxes and options!

But if you are a GT-R fan, that’ll probably be worth it. I mean, yes, the car is still very much a Nissan. And yes, it is based on a nearly 12-year old car. But the Italian touch means the GT-R50 by Italdesign is every bit as fabulous to look at as any high-end Euro exotic.You know what it’s like? The Italdesign GT-R is like a mixed race baby if the father was a Scandinavian honk and the mother the prettiest Geisha girl you ever saw.

What Italdesign has done here is more than a mere facelift. They have basically come up with a new body for the car.That is probably why Nissan has the nerve to ask for near as makes no difference a million euros for this thing. Well, that, and the fact that they have also done some serious mechanical work on it. This car features a NISMO-tuned 720 PS engine, so when we say it’s a super car, we mean it. Pair that power with the GT-R’s innate performance characteristic, and you realize this bad boy is a proper speed monster.

Despite all of that, we personally feel that a million euros is too much for something with a Nissan badge. What’s more, if you really fancy this car you can probably get a second-hand GT-R for about 20 or 30 grand and spend another 10 on a custom aftermarket kit that looks just like the one on this car. Basically, what you are paying for here is that brand, Italdesign. Now, if would have been alright if everybody recognized it at first glance. But you have to explain it. You have to tell people no, it really is an Italian design. And yes, it really has cost a million euros. And how uncool is that?

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PostHeaderIcon Suitable Cars for the Elderly – Things to Consider

Thanks to the wonders of modern medicine, people live longer now than ever before in human history. That is obviously an excellent thing, but it does bring about new concerns and challenges. And one of the biggest of them all is the question of driving. Should we allow old people to continue to drive well into their ripe age? What should be the cut-off age? What sort of cars are best for the elderly?

Now, some people believe that old folks should spend their final years at a retirement community, playing bingo online with legs 11. These people are insensitive to the fact that someday they, too, will get old and knackered. But, being selfish by nature, they will then insist that they should retain their independence and continue to benefit from all the fruits of civilized society. So that is not really a solution, especially, as mentioned above, people are living pretty long and they are usually physically fit well into their eighties and nineties.

So if we should let octogenarians continue to drive and have their vehicle, the next obvious question is what is the right kind of car for these folks? Well, pondering the question for a few moments, everyone comes up with the same answer: cars that are the safest. And that is true. The elderly definitely need cars that have the maximum safety ratings. But there is more to it than that. Older drivers are sort of like newbie drivers. They often have the same habits and road behaviors, and have the same concerns and complaints when it comes to motoring. Therefore, the best for an old person is the same car you get for a teenager when he or she is first learning how to drive.

That means the car needs to be small, easy to maneuver, with a light steering wheel, comfy suspension, good headlights, and of course, an automatic gearbox. There is just one proviso, which is a major difference between a teenager’s car and an old person’s car. And that is complexity. While you can put a teenager in a spaceship and s/he will figure it out in ten seconds, the car you get for your parents has to be simple and straightforward. For instance, don’t get your folks a new BMW with one of those fancy gear sticks and iDrive system. It’s going to drive them mad!

Unfortunately, cars are getting more and more complex these days, what with the new digital services integrated into them and new ways of interacting with them. Car makers are just not taking into account the old people when designing these cars. Even Honda, for years the go-to choice for any driver above seventy, is now favoring the PlayStation generation over the Atari generation.

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PostHeaderIcon The New Porsche 911 – Too Techie for Its Own Good?

So this year’s Los Angeles Auto show saw the debut of the eight-generation 911, formally known as the 2020 Porsche 911. Showcased in Carrera 4S guise, the car comes with a completely new bottom end, mildly revised interior, and virtually unchanged face. As always, the most prominent changes have taken place under the skin. 

I know what your’re thinking: the old 911 is still pretty damn new! Who needed a new one? And you’re right. The current 991 series is still cutting-edge whichever way you look at it. But such is the state of the today’s consumer culture. No matter how good your product is, you have to waste a lot of resources changing it so as to create the illusion of progress. And if you ended up ruining a good product with those unnecessary changes? No matter. It’ll go out of fashion in two or three years and you can make a new one.

At any rate, the new Porsche 911 is now here and as a lot of people were expecting, it has gone digital. Don’t panic, that doesn’t mean it’s electric now. Although that version is coming. The new Mission E-inspired rear-end definitely hints at that. And Porsche is paving the way for that in more ways in one, including a new feature in the 992 called Porsche Impact which is an online service that calculates the financial contributions that Porsche customers can pay to offset their CO2 footprint. I know, I know, a sports car should not be about carbon footprint and stuff like that, but here we are.

Then we have all the computer-controlled digital electronic system crammed into that iconic shape. Now this is where it gets tricky. If we object to the presence of so many electronic feature robbing the 911 of its signature mechanical excellence – which has been on a downfall since the 997 – people will accuse us of living in the past. But that fact of the matter is, the more digital the 911 gets, the farther it gets from its original soul. I mean, this car now comes with a built-in Wet mode. The idea is to make it easier driving on, you guessed it, wet surfaces. Now, is that really necessary? Doesn’t that make the car unnecessarily complex, heavier, and just less cool?

And then there is the Night Vision and the multi-camera system and the 11 inch infotainment and… This thing is supposed to be a driver’s car, not a driver’s smartphone. The trouble is, these cars are no longer bought by actors and sportsmen and leaders of industry. The main customer base for fancy European sports cars work in the IT sector. They are the startup gurus, the social media experts. Geeks, in short. And those guys love the big screen, the Wet mode, the Impact app. What they don’t care about is how much more refined the new flat-six engine is in the Carrera S, that it makes 450 horsepower. Those figures used to be headlines, now they belong to the last paragraph!

The new Porsche 911 Carrera S costs from 120,125 euros in Germany and the 911 Carrera 4S from 127,979 euros. To be honest,we don’t care. All we want is for this model to come out soon and make the 997 and 991 more “old-fashioned” so that the prices start to fall on them, so that we can buy a REAL 911.












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PostHeaderIcon Cheap Fixes Are the Best!

V8 Supercharged car engine and spanner

If Any car owner would agree that nothing hurts more than spending big money on fixing the vehicle. We know that cars are just machines and things will inevitably go wrong with them. But still, we find it extremely difficult handing over the cash to the mechanic. The thing is, you can minimize the amount of cash you have to hand over if you do the leg work and find cheap fixes for your mechanical problems. 

Of course, if you can afford it, by all means lavish thousands of bucks on your vehicle and get it the best service possible. But unlike you I don’t have a big bank account or a winner coupon code, so I like to get away with cheaper solutions when possible. That does not mean doing a half-arsed job of fixing the car. Far form it. The whole point is to take care of the issue without braking the bank. That is what the art of the cheap fix is all about.

The first thing you need to know about cheap fixes is how to get parts, as they usually make up the biggest part of your expenditure. Your car company tells you that you should always use genuine parts, and like we said, if you can afford it, do it. But you have to realize part of that insistence is because the company wants to sell their parts and so it is natural for them to exaggerate a bit when it comes to the efficacy of said parts. You will find that more often than not patent parts built under license by a third-party manufacturer do just as fine a job while costing half or even a third of the original. The cool thing is, in most case if you use a patent part and it breaks two or three more times, you still won’t have paid as much as what the original part would have cost. So they’re definitely a nice cheap fix.

You can also go for second-hand parts, the so-called stock parts. These are original parts taken off from scrapped or written-off vehicles, and they are usually supplied by official vendors who check them for proper functionality and may even guarantee them. Because they are original parts they fit like a dream and won’t need much fiddling, unlike some of the patent parts. But they are second-hand, and a bit of a gamble really. As far the cost is concerned though, a stock OEM part can save you a lot of money, especially if you are need of a whole host of them. They are also useful when it comes to replacing parts that are rare and not supplied by the manufacturer anymore.

Another way you can save a lot of funds when fixing your car is research. What we mean by that is first, get a second and a third opinion, because not all mechanics are skilled or honest, and second, delve into the matter yourself and try to at least understand the problem. These days with a simple search online you can find the solution to many of the problem you face in daily life. You will be surprised how often a look at YouTube or some internet forum will help you diagnose and possibly fix your car on your own. Just because an issue seems serious, it is not necessarily difficult to address. Say, you find that your car does not start in the morning. Rather than panicking and having it towed to a shop asap, you should go online and look up the symptoms. Maybe it’s just a blown fuse, or a bad sensor, or a dead battery – issues than can be solved easily without the intervention of a professional.

Now, you should do all of these at your own risk. If you feel like you are not mechanically competent, you should seek the services of a professional and pay the price. But if you take the time to learn a few basic skills, you could save yourself a fortune in the long run.

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PostHeaderIcon Unorthodox Ways to Raise Money for a Supercar

Let’s be honest, we all want one. If you ask a man about his top five list of things he really desires in life, chances are a supercar is either first or second, usually preceded or followed by lots of women! And these are, at the end of the day, the main motivation for getting rich. Men are simple creatures, aren’t they? In this article we want to explore some of the more unusual ways of making enough money to buy a supercar.

Take financial risks: I know it’s a vague one, but it is actually one of the more straightforward ways of making a lot of money really fast. For most of us, by the time we are middle-aged, have a little bit of money saved. Now, you can be a boring old dude with a little bit of money that just sits still, bringing you neither profit nor joy, or you can be a cool an adventurous risk taker who is willing to gamble for big gain. You could play poker with your savings, invest it in the stock market, or get yourself some betfair promo code and try your lock there. And do these over and over again until you have raised enough to get yourself the car of your dreams.

Start a YouTube channel: You’d be surprised what passes for entertainment these days on social media. Thanks to platforms like Instagram and YouTube anyone can become an entertainer – something that used to be the purview of talented people who had to work their way up to the public stage. So why can’t you? To borrow a phrase from a wise old man we all know,how hard can it be? All you need is a decent-sized audience, then money starts pouring in from YouTube advertisements and promotions. There are countless YouTube “stars” that are making bundles these days, and as you may have already guessed, one of the first thing they spend their income on is shiny supercars. And don’t worry about not being interesting enough to have a channel. Like we said, people are ridiculously easily amused nowadays. Just sit in front of a camera and yap for half an hour about the most irrelevant stuff, and watch the money pour in.

Participate in game shows: We’ve all seen people on TV jumping up and down like lunatics because they have won a lot of cash or something really expensive. That could be you. No matter what country you live in, if you have national TV, chances are there are at least a dozen different game shows TV programs that are trying to lure viewers and advertisers by giving away huge prizes to participants. Mind you, most of these shows involve making a fool of yourself – jumping through hoops like a trained dog, or having a mock fight with your spouse. But the pay is usually really good, and it could potentially make you a local celebrity and get you more appearance gigs for more money. Of course, if you are sophisticated, or have too much self respect, you can still partake of this opportunity by taking part in a Who Wants to be a Millionaire program, provided there’s one going on where you have access to.

Wheel and deal your way to a supercar: This one, admittedly, involves a lot more blood, sweat and work than the other methods. But it is one of the safest and most honest ways of going on about it. The way it works is, you start small, buying cars you can add value to and then sell on for a profit. Then you invest your initial money plus the profits into something a little bit more expensive you can turn over for more profit, and so on and so forth. You will need a good knowledge of cars and some skills to make the practical bits work. But if you learn how to do it properly, you stand to make a fortune. More than that, it could become a career!

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PostHeaderIcon Motoring – The Last of the Man’s Man Activities!

In today’s politically-correct, gender-fluid, safe-space-obsessed world, men are starting to lose their very character. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good thing that we are finally paying some tax for all the fun we’ve been having the past, I don’t know, three centuries. But it’s also sad that we’re being robbed off, often voluntarily, of many of the features that make us who we are. 

No more guy trips. No more poker nights. Forget those guy trips with your mates. Put that pint down and stub that cigar. Lose your Tempobet promo code and sell your ticket to the game. No war movies for you, and no edgy music, either. And don’t you dare compliment a woman on her looks. It’s not 2017 anymore.

In such climate it appears that men have but one avenue of joy left to them – something the PC crowd can’t take away because it’s an integral part of everyday life. Yes, that is motoring. A man’s car is his last refuge these days, the fortress of solitude, his Rosebud, if you will. It is in his car that a man can still be free, sort of, and get away, if just for a few hours, from the emasculating chores of the modern life. A man’s motor is something he has control over, something he can lord over, customize to his liking, and beat the crap out if the mood strikes him. It is sort of a well where a fellow can vent all his frustration.

Motoring is also the last of the true, unadulterated, double-barreled guy activities. Sure, they are are trying to chip that away too with all sorts of regulations and limits. But being petrolhead these days is probably the coolest thing a man can hope to be. I mean, it used to be awful and people would mark you as a bore everywhere you went. But with the emergence of the geek class and the nerd revolution, car guys are actually starting to look alright. Working on your Subaru in the shed till small hours used to be the preserve of the monumentally uncool. Now it’s considered a rebellion against the constant pussification of the male. The same goes for beards, if you haven’t noticed. Facial hair was something only men who had given up used to sport. But it’s now everywhere. Such is the the state of manhood that we are clinging to everything that would help us retain some of that old glory, even if it means growing filthy carpets on our faces.

So get your spanners out. Put some engine oil on your face. Fix that old motor. Go grab your mates. Hit the pub hard and watch the game. And yeah, start a couple of fist fights while you’re at it, play some darts, and do some serious betting as well. And then go home and resume being the soft, understanding, responsible modern man everyone expects you.

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PostHeaderIcon Memories Made In the Car…

The proponents of car sharing and public transportation overlook one huge factor: personal car for most of us are more than mere a means to get from A to B. It’s a getaway, a refuge, a fortress of solitude when you feel blue, and a party house when you don’t. The car, especially for young people, is where some of the best experiences of their lives happen for the first time.

Yes, we’re talking about matters of intimate nature here. We don’t know it for a fact, but we’re sure many a young people have lost their virginity in the backseat of a car. And it’s usually a crappy car, because young people cannot afford – or don’t have access to – a nice one. But that’s what makes the whole thing special. Years later when you remember that first time it invariably brings a smile to your face. You think of that car fondly, even if it was the most horrid piece of junk ever. You form an emotional connection with that car.

The personal car is also an important part of a young person’s social life. It’s not just about how cool you are if you have a car in high school. It’s just that hanging out with friends always involves going some places, and a car makes that a lot easier. More than that, and we’re talking now about the other end of the spectrum, driving can be a therapeutic solitary activity. There have been many times when going for a drive has calmed me down I was sad or pissed off. There is something magical about being alone with your thoughts, your car and an empty road.It’s meditative.

And then there is all the nice places you visit in your car, all the travels with loved ones, all the adventures. A man’s, or woman’s, car is part of his or her life. It is more than a mere machine. That is why we think all these car sharing services that are popping up left and right these days are doomed to fail. Don’t invest in these start ups and never buy their stock. people are always going to want to have a personal car. Even the most hard-core greenpeace advocate cannot deny the privacy and piece of mind a personal car brings. A shared car is like a motel room. You use it when you are in a pinch, but you never like it.

Surprisingly though, one of these newfangled technologies is actually very much in favor of the personal mobility. Autonomous cars, we reckon, are going to catch on a lot sooner than anybody thinks. Sure, it takes away the joy and the calming effect of a nice drive. But it makes everything else one does in a car a lot more, let’s say, productive! When you go on a road trip, for example, you can have a lot more fun on the way if you don’t have to drive. Similarly, if you are planning to get busy with you beau in the back, you don’t have to waste time looking for a quite place. You just tell the car to circle the neighborhood as you take care of the business. Best of all, you can get drunk off your behind and still go home in your own car.

Every man can name every single car he has ever owned, not just because he has liked them all. It’s because he has cherished memories associated with each one. Dare we say it? Using shared car services and stuff like that takes away from your manhood. There.

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PostHeaderIcon Speculating on the Second-Hand Market for Autonomous Cars

We are told, almost everyday now, that pretty soon self-driving, intelligent, autonomous cars will replace our human-driven machines. For all the major changes in ways and habits that that entails, it is not likely that cars suddenly turn into an entirely new entity. They will remain cars, and like the present-time cars, you are going to need to buy and sell them.

So let’s spend a few minutes speculating on how the second-hand market for autonomous car would look like. It is almost a given that these cars, especially when they first arrive on the scene, will be quite pricey. And it follows that for most people their first fully-autonomous experience is going to be with a second-hand purchase. What are the main things then, one should be aware of when looking through the ads for a good second-hand self-driving car?

For starters, not many of current your second-hand buying skills will be relevant in the age of autonomous cars. Well, at least, if what car makers are telling us is not nonsense. What they’re telling us is, one of the main benefits of self-driving cars is the total compliance of these things with the rules of the road. They can also communicate with each other. They are never drowsy, never distracted, never under the weather. All of that means, autonomous cars – at least in theory – will never get into accidents. So checking a second-hand autonomous car for accident damage would be redundant. You may just want to have a technician – or an AI software –  go thorough the onboard electronics and operating system to make sure they are in order. But that is about as much as you can do vis-a-vis checking the running gear.

The main concern of a second-hand autonomous buyer should be the interior. With cars driving themselves, the occupants are free to do whatever they want in the back – or the front – of the automobile. Some may treat it like a bar. Some may use it as a bedroom. Some may even put in a shower. It is not impossible. So you want to choose a self-driving car with an interior that is best suited to your needs. And upon getting it, you want to have it customized, or at the very least thoroughly washed! I mean, car interiors are usually filthy even when people spend most of their time in them driving. So you can imagine what they may get up to when they are 100 percent free to do in there whatever takes their fancy.

A major concern with second-hand autonomous cars, for us at least, would be security. And we don’t mean how these things might behave on the road and how they might solve the trolley problem. We’re talking about your privacy, which is linked directly to your security. Even today with the “old-fashioned” cars, when you sell them you need to make sure you delete all your points of interest and saved addresses from the sat nav. If you have stored personal data on the car’s infotainment, you need to clear those as well. Now, a lot of people forget these very basic things. So when it comes to selling their autonomous cars – a thing that knows exactly where they have been, how long they have been there, and what route they took – they are almost certainly going to overlook it.

The autonomous car probably saves all this data on its computer for future reference. Even if you do clear its history before selling the car, how hard do you think it is for a hacker – or even a novice computer coder – to extract that information? You thought smartphones were a compromise on privacy? Wait until the self-driving cars come into focus!

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PostHeaderIcon Want a Job in the Automotive Industry (of the Future)?

As we have already discussed in another editorial, the future of the automotive industry is pretty grim as far jobs for human beings are concerned. The rise of the AI, the advancements in robotics, and on top of it all machine learning will inevitably put millions of humans out of a job across all industries in not so distant a future. But still, the industries can’t rid themselves entirely of humans. So what are the skills a young person can learn today to make sure he or she will have a place in the future of car industry?

Let’s say you are a gearhead teenager and all you want is to become an auto executive when you grow up. Back in the day the surefire way to accomplish that goal was to get a degree in mechanical engineering. Car makers needed, and still do to some extent, individuals who could design engines, fine-tune aerodynamics, calculate weight transfer issues, etc. Today that is the purview of powerful computers, but they still need someone to operate them. In a decade or so, an AI-enabled self-learning computer can do all of that much more accurately, much cheaper, and a LOT faster than any human. And if we know the Capitalist system, the heads of the industry won’t hesitate to replace those messy human workers with clean and always obedient machines.

In order to have a hand in the automotive industry of the future you are far better off with a Computer or Electronics degree. The sad truth is, an automotive engineer in the next decade might not be working with cars at all, but with the computers that design and build and maintain them. And then, of course, there is the shift toward electric motoring instead of the good old ICE machines. And that means the demand for electrical engineers and technicians will go up… at least until computers kick them out of the office, too. So instead of learning about suspension geometry and gear ratio, study the programming languages the robots use, or the computer networks that enable them to work with each other.

So what about design? Surely, to design a car you need more than logic and analytical powers. You need creativity, sensitivity, emotions. Well, sorry to break it to you, but those pesky computers are sticking their noise into those areas as well. You only have to go on Youtube to see self-learning machines create paintings, compose music, and replicate human emotions and quirks with astonishing results. Today the Touring test is a forgone conclusion. Computers can easily fool you into thinking they are intelligent beings, and they haven’t even yet developed consciousness. One of those machines can study the market for which a car is being designed, learn the patterns of the people in it, their likes and dislikes, and shape the car to their taste in a way no human can even imagine.

So if you want to be involved in the future automotive industry, you are better off getting a business degree and working on your managerial skills rather than on your freehand drawing. Even though computers will eventually take over the entire process of designing, building, and selling cars, it is not likely that the regulatory bodies would let them operate entirely autonomously. They may not need the designers, the engineers, and the assembly line workers, but they will still need humans to manage and supervise the process. And again, this will have little to do with cars. Those positions would mainly require you to negotiate with robot producers and software developers.

Now you might be thinking ‘to hell with it all. I’ll go work in advertisement or car journalism. At least there I’ll get to hang around cars and car guys.’ Sorry, kid! If the experts are to be believed, the ad industry will be one of the first victims of the Big Data revolution that is currently being established by the likes of Google and Facebook. When the Google algorithm knows you better than yourself, it won’t need ads or reviews to encourage you to buy things. It’ll know what you need, what you must have, what you can’t do without. It’ll know how to push your buttons without pandering to you.

If you really want to work with cars we reckon your best bet would be to get a job in sideshow operations, i.e. diagnostics, testing and evaluations, quality control, pre-release checks, stuff like that. And the reason we think those fields will remain under the control of flesh and blood humans is because of health and safety departments. No matter how advance the computers get, they are not going to let their products reach human customers without them first being checked and approved by other humans.

The point of it all is, if you are dreaming of becoming the next Valentino Balboni, Adrian Newey or Jeremy Clarkson, tough break. Those jobs may go extinct in a decade or two.

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PostHeaderIcon Is There Still an Image Problem with Sports Cars?

Those of us who grew up in the 90s and came of age in the 00s were led to believe that there is a certain image attached to anything and everything, one that determines whether something is cool or not. And it was very important, that image thing; part of the Zeitgeist, if you will. And one entity that had an “image problem” was the sports car. I wonder if that is still the case…

Even if you are younger than that you probably have heard the jokes – the one about the size of your penis being inversely proportional to the flashiness of your sports car, or the one about mid-life crisis. They were all nonsense, of course, but like I said, people really cared about how they were perceived back then. It affected their choice of clothes, of social relations, and yes,even the cars they bought. You have only to watch a few of the early Top Gear episodes to realize what I’m on about. Anyone remembers Clarkson‘s Cool Wall? That was all about the image of the cars, and sports cars invariably ended in the seriously uncool section.

These days though, the Zeitgeist is a little different. Thanks mainly to the social media, expressing and projecting personal views and tastes is encouraged. And the freakier your tastes are, apparently, the cooler you are. This has gone beyond clothes and hairstyles and tattoos and cars. It’s affected even gender and sexuality. Being a regular straight person with run-of-the-mill genitalia is considered to be boring these days. You have to be at the very least Bi to have your music heard, your book published, your YouTube channel viewed. And that’s fair enough. It’s progress, I guess. But back to our own point, does that mean you can now drive in any type car that you fancy, in any color, and not be judged for it?

Well, unfortunately no, and for a whole different reason. These days no one is going to make small penis jokes about you if you are a middle-aged man driving a Porsche Boxster. Nobody will call you gay if you drive a Miata. And it is highly unlikely that your Mercedes gets vandalized on account of being too flashy. But the trans-social-bi-sexual-cross-racial-gender-neutral generation might hold it against you that you are driving a car at all. You see, it is the car itself that is being pushed out of the cool circle. The “woke” generation wants you to bicycle everywhere, or if you absolutely have to have a car, make it a Nissan LEAF. Yep, they think a McLaren 720 is uncool, but a Renault Twizy is sub-zero.

You don’t have to give a damn what they think, of course, at least not until they take over the world completely. But there is no getting away from the fact that that’s the new image problem you have to contend with. Driving a sports car is still uncool, but for entirely different reasons. And you know what? We’re just gonna keep driving them because at the end of the day “image” is what other people think of you. And most of these other people are morons, anyway.

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PostHeaderIcon Which Auto Maker Will Steal Tesla’s Thunder?

There is no argument that Elon Musk’s Tesla company is the electric car pioneer for the modern age, the first firm dedicated to making cars for the future – cars that don’t need the dirty, smelly, oily fossil fuels. Since they have gone mainstream though, there have been many attempts by many a car maker to steal Tesla’s thunder, as it were, and become the lead EV producer, but none has been terribly successful. However, there is one new EV around the corner that might just do that.

And that is Porsche’s new high-performance sedan, the Taycan. As the production version of the Mission E,the Taycan is a fully electric luxury sedan with superb performance and Porsche’s renowned quality and value as a brand. If there’s anything that can challenge the Model S’s reign as the best electric car out there, it’s this new German product. Granted, the Taycan is going to be massively expensive and sort of a niche product. But don’t forget that was how Tesla started their electric journey.

Tesla’s very fits EV was that Lotus-based Roadster which was kind of a half-assed product its whole life. But the experiences they gained from making that car was put to good use when they came up with the Model S, an excellent EV that showed everyone the idea of EV motoring is a lot more practical than they think. The Model S, too, was an expensive, high-end product when it first came out – and it still is – but it spawned the cheaper, more accessible for the masses Model 3. And of course, it also spawned the Model X SUV, giving Tesla a full range of cars.

And that is what we reckon will happen with Porsche’s EV offensive. First comes the Taycan with its posh and plush character and expensive price tag. Then as their EV experience grows Porsche engineers will build their first electric SUV, probably based on the Cayenne, and somewhere in there we will even get an EV sports car in form of a fully-electric 911. That is basically Tesla’s recipe, but it will be a lot more fruitful in the hands of an extremely rich and powerful company like Porsche.

So yes, if we were to put money on it, we’d go for Porsche as the company that will soon replace Tesla as the best and biggest electric car maker. As mentioned, other car makers from Germany, Japan and elsewhere have their own EV programs that may or may not see result. Come to think about it, there are very few concrete, ready for the road electric cars in the pipeline at the moment with a real chance of competing with Tesla’s products. Right now EVs only come in the opposite end of the markets, meaning they are either high-end hyper cars, or small little hatchbacks. There is, of course, Jaguar’s new I-Pace which is kind of a high-performance crossover. But that’s kind of too weird and Jaguars never sell in big volumes anyway.

What will become of Tesla itself? Well, they will keep surviving the ups and downs and maybe some day they even become profitable enough to make their shareholders happy. But it is almost inevitable that once the big boys of auto making come out to play with competitive products, Tesla will have to relinquish its position at the top. They are like all other pioneers in any industry. They come along, illuminate the path for others, then slowly fade away…

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PostHeaderIcon The New Toyota Supra – Our Wish List

It is always very exciting when a legendary car makes a comeback after years of absence. In the case of the new Toyota Supra it is doubly exciting because unlike mot comeback legends, this is not a million-dollar supercar no one can afford. It’s a mid-range, blue-collar sports car… or at least it should be. 

The things we are hearing about the new Toyota Supra, we have to say, are for the most part encouraging. They say the car’s going to be a light and nimble and compact. They say it will have a couple of powertrain options, both of which satisfactorily powerful for their size. And they say it won’t cost an arm and a leg. That would be the purview of its German twin, the BMW Z4. In short, the new Supra will be everything we wanted the GT86 to be.

But if you remember the hype for the GT86 back in 2012 and 13, you know that not everything they say will turn out to be true. So in this article we want to ignore all the reports and rumors and just day dream a little, make up our own specs for a dream new Supra. It’s a bit late to that about the design of the car, as it’s been finalized and we’ve been given a good look at it in various concepts and prototypes. And we have to say we’re not entirely blown away by it. But anyway, onto the specs…

The engines Toyota is considering for the new Supra is said to be a 2.0 liter BMW unit and an in-line six built by Lexus. So no boxer, like we got with the 86. The V6 sounds delicious, but in our mind the Supra is always in a turbocharged car – a heavily turbo’s machine with a little bit of a lag when you push the accelerator and a massive turbo whine as it gathers up wind and catapults you forward. So we’re down with the 2.0 liter here, provided it makes close to 300 horses because anything less just won’t cut it.

It is a given that the 2019 Supra will be a rear-whee-drive car, but Toyota is not going to make the mistake they made with the 86 and give it a super-loose back-end. The 86 had that, and although it was fun for a while when you first got to play with it, for everyday use that loose ass was a liability. So we would like to see a nice and taut limited-slip diff in the Supra with a robust traction control system. That said, we would want to be able to shut the TC completely off when we’re in mood for a spot of powersliding.

Needless to say we’d want a manual gearbox in there, preferably one as sweet at the GT86’s. Still. if they gave us a fast and well-programmed automatic with paddle shifters, we wouldn’t complain. We would want to keep the Supra light though, no heavier than 1,250 kg, which would be a tall order for the production car, we acknowledge. So we would settle for an unplugged versions, as it were, where they have done away with all the useless techy features. We’d chuck away the blind spot radars and pedestrian detection, remove the infotainment with its Android Apple bullshit, limit the number of airbags to four, and fit no rear seat at all because what’s the point. Also no digital dashboard, please, and we’d take buttons and knobs instead of touchscreens.

The thing is though, the new Toyota Supra is not a niche car like the 86 was. It shares a platform with a car from another company, and they have already announced like ninety two racing series for it. They’re even sending this thing to NASCAR for crying out loud. All of that means the Supra will be specced not by a group of enthusiasts in the company, but by a marketing committee. And that’s where things could go wrong.

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PostHeaderIcon On the New Car Games and What’s Wrong with Them

I don’t quite remember its name, but there is a law about the exponential growth of computing power every 18 months or so. I think it’s Moore’s law. But anyway, one of the benefits of this rapid advancement is an amazing enhancement in the quality and complexity of video games. Sadly though, car games seem to have fallen behind. 

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not talking here about graphics or gameplay or the precision with which the driving physics are simulated. My main concern in content. Whereas war games and FPS titles, to mention but a couple, utilize the new possibilities in terms of advanced graphics to offer players richer worlds and increasingly engaging stories, the makers of car games have just one thing in mind: racing.

Now, I do realize that that’s what a driving game comes down to at its core – for one car to try and overtake another. But does every damn car game has to be a racing one? Can’t we have one where you can just get into a nicely simulated road car and drive around a richly textured world, explore cities and road trip to other states? Can’t there be a cruising game or something, just for relaxation?

I think game makers prefer to stick to the racing formula when it comes to car games because, at the end of the day, video games are about giving you an adrenaline kick, not relaxing you. And that cannot be achieved if you are cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway in a Rolls-Royce. It is to be found on the Spa or the Nurburgring, as your Porsche Cup car swaps paint with the McLaren GT next to you. Thing is though, there used to be great titles built around the idea of city racing, which is more interesting than track racing.

I mean, if you are hellbent on making racing games, at least let us loose in an open world with traffic and cops and stuff. I’m sorry racing fans, but a closed circuit can get really boring, really quickly. We don’t wanna be naming names here, but I’m sure you agree that circuit racing games, not matter how many cars they offer, how exact is their simulation of the track, the car and the driving characteristics, they are not played with for very long. You spend $99 on a game expecting to get at least six month worth of fun out of it, and you chuck it away after two weeks.

Part of it is, of course, the obsession with simulation, which makes games unnecessarily difficult and therefore less fun. Simulators, generally speaking, appeal only to hard-core aficionados. They are just annoying to an average user. With car games especially we need a bit of arcade so as to keep things loose and fun. For us an ideal car game would have the amazingly detailed world of the GTA games, the cool and fun driving physics of something like Driver San Francisco, and the car variety of the latest Gran Turismo. Oh, and it mustn’t be expensive. And of course, cockpit view is a must!

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End Date: Friday Jan-25-2019 4:50:14 PST
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1967 Ford Mustang 2 door 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback Bullit Clone
$30,100.00 (18 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Jan-23-2019 11:07:26 PST
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1970 Chevrolet C-10 custom 1970 Chevy K10 4x4 3 Door Suburban Fully Restored New
$12,600.99 (7 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jan-25-2019 17:22:58 PST
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1954 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1954 Chevy COE
$11,500.00
End Date: Thursday Jan-24-2019 6:02:11 PST
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1967 Ford Mustang GT 1967 Mustang with GT Enhances
$6,200.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Monday Jan-28-2019 16:14:51 PST
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1966 Ford Mustang Fastback 1966 Ford Mustang K-code Fastback
$13,100.00 (18 Bids)
End Date: Monday Jan-28-2019 12:22:09 PST
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1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 350 4-speed Convertible
$12,300.00 (32 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Jan-24-2019 18:36:03 PST
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1955 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1955 Chevy Milk Truck
$2,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Jan-23-2019 17:15:41 PST
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1969 Ford Mustang Custom ORIGINAL AGENT 47 “HARBINGER” Prototype Trans Am Style Resto Mod SEMA Muscle Car
$225,000.00
End Date: Tuesday Jan-22-2019 23:28:24 PST
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1972 Chevrolet C10 1972 Chevy C10 Cheynne Z84 350 Factory AC Power Steering Power Disc Brake
$10,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Jan-24-2019 13:00:00 PST
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1957 Chevrolet Other Pickups DELUXE 1957 CHEVROLET 4X4 PICKUP
$15,000.00
End Date: Friday Jan-25-2019 11:29:14 PST
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1971 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1971 chevrolet c20 pickup custom deluxe not c10 chevy shop truck patina
$3,250.00 (29 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jan-20-2019 16:15:00 PST
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2018 Chevrolet Camaro SS Texas Direct Auto 2018 SS Used 6.2L V8 16V Automatic RWD Coupe Bose OnStar
$810.00 (8 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jan-25-2019 10:07:17 PST
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1968 Ford Mustang Cobra Tribute 1968 Shelby Mustang GT-500 Convertible Cobra Tribute
$15,651.00 (8 Bids)
End Date: Monday Jan-28-2019 12:27:10 PST
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1949 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1949 chevy pickup rat rod 1948 1950 1951 1952 patina 3100
$1,975.00 (9 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Jan-24-2019 13:00:13 PST
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1938 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1938 Chevrolet pickup short bed
$2,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Jan-22-2019 9:28:22 PST
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1949 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1949 CHEVROLET PICK UP VORTEC FUEL INJECTED MOTOR COLORADO FRAME OFFERS CALL
$12,600.00 (39 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jan-20-2019 23:29:38 PST
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1972 Chevrolet Camaro Sport Coupe 1972 Chevrolet Camaro
$11,400.00 (37 Bids)
End Date: Monday Jan-21-2019 17:30:36 PST
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2018 Chevrolet Camaro SS Texas Direct Auto 2018 SS Used 6.2L V8 16V Manual RWD Coupe Bose OnStar Premium
$15,100.00 (18 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jan-20-2019 10:17:35 PST
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1986 Chevrolet C-10 base runs great straight body with a little rust
$3,200.00
End Date: Friday Jan-25-2019 13:04:26 PST
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1972 Chevrolet C10 1972 Chevy C10 Pick Up Frame Off RESTO 350 Vintage AC PS PDB 350Trans
$10,100.00 (2 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Jan-23-2019 14:00:00 PST
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2010 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS Texas Direct Auto 2010 1SS Used 6.2L V8 16V Manual RWD Coupe Premium OnStar
$19,230.00
End Date: Wednesday Jan-23-2019 10:01:49 PST
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1989 Chevrolet Other Pickups silverado 1989 Chevrolet Silverado
$3,950.00 (2 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Jan-19-2019 11:36:49 PST
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1965 Ford Mustang 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone Built 289 Tremec 5 Speed Power RackPinon
$10,000.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Thursday Jan-24-2019 13:00:00 PST
Buy It Now for only: $64,995.00
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1968 Chevrolet C-10 1968 Chevrolet C10 LS Swap Patina Air Ride Mobsteel
$22,000.00 (19 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Jan-23-2019 22:25:33 PST
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1965 Ford Mustang Convertible 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible
$8,300.00 (14 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Jan-24-2019 13:25:10 PST
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1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 1969 MACH MACH 1 S CODE
$7,700.00 (13 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jan-20-2019 15:26:56 PST
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1941 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1941 Chevrolet 12-Ton Pickup
$8,675.00 (79 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Jan-23-2019 15:42:30 PST
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2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 2011 Ford F150 4x4 SVT Raptor Pickup Truck Used 6.2L V8 16V Automatic 4WD
$12,100.00 (22 Bids)
End Date: Monday Jan-28-2019 9:01:35 PST
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