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PostHeaderIcon Elon Musk Pulls a Donald Trump; Criticizes the Media

So, once Donald Trump took office, we definitely saw what it was like to see someone be criticized by the media and, in turn, we have also seen what can be said when that person being criticized fires back – the Trump\Media war against each other has been and still is going strong. Well, Trump is the only one who has a dissenting view of the media these days, and – big surprise here – the other crybaby is also a billionaire wonderboy that goes by the name Elon Musk. Of course, Musk didn’t take to social media to complain about the fake news and phony media but instead whined about it to all of the people on the conference call made to discuss Tesla’s scary loss of $619 million over the last quarter. The truth is that, like Donald Trump, Musk didn’t really have anything good to say about the media – even saying that the recent stories about firings at Tesla we taken completely out of context. It turns out fake news is everywhere.

According to Business Insider, Musk actually went on a bit of a rant, saying “Journalists and editors with low integrity failed to provide any context. The actual article would have read, ’Tesla fires 2% of employee base for performance-based reasons….’ Of course, that would be a meaningless article so, of course, they forget to include that. Shame.” And, so this isn’t taken out of context, it’s be reported that Musk actually yelled the word “Shame!”

For what it’s worth, musk has clarified that the number of people who lost their jobs was just 700, or – you know – that two-percent of his workforce. Of course, this isn’t the end of the story by a longshot. Lately, Tesla has been the focus of a number of lawsuits including racial discrimination, being anti-LGBT, the delay of the Model 3, cheating Stephen Platt out of shares, and it is even being sued by the UAW as the UAW believes Tesla fired some employees that were pro-union, just because they were pro-union. Of course, Tesla alleges that it is all based on the fact that they all (700 of them) were fired for poor performance, but you know how that story goes.

Lawsuits Galore

Is it just me or is everyone in line to fire Tesla for one reason or another. It’s kind of like all these actresses coming forward after 30 years saying they were raped or harassed. It’s like everyone is lawsuit crazy and if someone has money, they’ll be targeted. I mean, it’s not like Tesla hasn’t been in front of the firing squad before – there for a while, anyone who forgot what pedal meant go in a Tesla tried to sue the company. The point is, the company is owned by a billionaire, so there are lawsuits aplenty, to say the least. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some racial and anti-LGBT discrimination going on, but that doesn’t mean it really happened. I’d like to see evidence of this, just like I’d like to see evidence of all the other accusations made against people in power or under the famous limelight. Until then, I’ll just assume everyone is hoping to get rich quick.

What do all of you think , though? Is there discrimination and hatred going on over at Tesla’s factories? Are people being overworked? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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PostHeaderIcon Add Some Boost To Your Pumpkin With This Subaru WRX STI Carving Pattern

So then, it’s Halloween. What’s your costume gonna be? Does it happen to be a blue and gold jump suit and helmet combo with the name “Solberg” or “McRae” printed across it? If that describes you, then this is what your pumpkin should look like. Offered as a free downloadable and printable PDF from SubaruPartsPlus, this carving design will turn that boring orange squash on your porch into a turbocharged rally star, announcing to the whole neighborhood your undying allegiance to the Six Star brand.

Granted, that rumbling aftermarket exhaust you installed probably does the same thing, but either way, this is a great way to inject your spooky holiday with a little AWD goodness. We recommend adding a rooster tail of pumpkin seed “gravel” shooting out the back for extra artistic bonus points. That said, if you really wanted to scare your fellow Subaru enthusiasts, maybe a carving of a head gasket would be more appropriate…

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PostHeaderIcon Halloween Special – “Costumed” Cars

I don’t think I’m alone in recognizing Halloween as one of the best holidays ever. In addition to pumpkin carving and excessive amounts of candy consumption, it’s an excuse to dress up in costume, giving us one day out of the year to become whoever (or whatever) we want. Of course, sometimes, this charade continues regardless of what the calendar says, even in the automotive world. Indeed, there are many cars out there right now masquerading as something other than what they really are. For whatever reason, these cars are draped in a costume that hides what they truly are underneath.

Carmakers do this for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s because two car companies collaborate on a project and create something together. Sometimes, one car company adopts the bones of another brand’s car and slaps on new badges. Whatever the case, we’ve assembled here a list of dressed-up cars to keep you from getting tricked, no matter how sweet the treat might be. Read on to learn more, and don’t hesitate to provide your own examples of “Costumed” cars in the comments!

And oh yeah –

Happy Halloween!

Continue reading to learn more about a few “Costumed” Cars.

Subaru BRZ And Toyota 86


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This one should be pretty obvious. Developed as a joint venture between Subaru and Toyota, the BRZ and 86 are practically identical, with just a few minor differences to tell them apart. Outside, there are several small cosmetic alterations and slightly different headlights, while inside, the trim and equipment varies a bit between the two models. The suspension tuning is also slightly different.

The rest of it, however, is the same. That includes all the important stuff, like the platform, the engine, and the transmission options. Basically, everywhere it matters, these two are the same.

Read our full review on the 2017 Subaru BRZ and the 2017 Toyota 86.

Fiat 124 Spider And Mazda MX-5


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Upon its release for the 2017 model year, the Fiat 124 Spider was hailed as the glorious return of the small Italian roadster, a topless homage to the brilliance of Fiat’s past and the possibilities of its future. However, there was just one problem – it wasn’t a Fiat. It was a Mazda.

Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement, especially considering the similarities seen between the above-featured Subaru and Toyota. After all, the Fiat does get a good deal of unique gear to call its own. The suspension is new, as is the turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder under the hood. The exterior styling is totally different as well. What’s more, buyers can upgrade to the even-sportier Abarth edition if so inclined, gaining a new limited-slip differential and a throatier exhaust.

Still, the 124 uses the Mazda’s platform and several of its minor components, and even gets built in the same factory as the MX-5. All told, the bones of this Italian are Japanese.

Read our full review on the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider and the Mazda MX-5.

Lamborghini Huracan And Audi R8


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Less you think its just $30,000 sports cars that can play this costume game, we had to throw in this pair as well. Here’s the deal – Lamborghini likes to tout itself as a preeminent supercar brand rocking a long history of making incredible performance machines with few to no rivals. And that’s true. It’s just that since 1998, the Raging Bull has operated under the Volkswagen Group umbrella, which means brands like Audi can now say the same thing.

Take the Huracan and R8. Both get over 600 horsepower from a mid-mounted 5.2-liter V-10, routing power through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Both also get the same low-weight, high-rigidity chassis. But sure, the Lambo is the one to get if being noticed is a top priority… but either way, you don’t have to dig deep to see it’s basically a disguised Audi.

Read our full review on the 2017 Lamborghini Huracan and the 2017 Audi R8.

PostHeaderIcon Watch This Stripped Mercedes Get Pounded by Potholes

Warped Perception, the Discovery Channel and YouTube show known for filming interesting stuff in super slow motion and with high-def cameras, has beaten the last breath of life from a tired Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The goal: to film the suspension as it rebounds from going over cringe-worthy potholes in a neglected urban street.

The video shows the Mercedes’ MacPherson strut going though a full compression cycle multiple times over just a short distance of road while the control arms swing wildly around their rubber bushings. The stripped down Merc clearly isn’t having fun; every little part is reeling from the shocks and making the unibody car do the wave like teens at a concert. Most surprising is the lateral forces seen acting on the wheel and tire as the car turns slightly while mid-bump. In fact, the forces are too much for the dry rotten tires could take. Both the front and rear tires pop and the sidewalls slam into the broken asphalt – and it’s all captured on 4K slow-motion video.

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PostHeaderIcon Mazda Releases “Decision Tree” For Miata Owners Asked To Lend Their Car

We’ve all been there. Maybe it’s a buddy whose daily is in the shop for repairs. Maybe it’s a younger sibling who wants to impress a member of the opposite sex. Maybe it’s a significant other who just wants to see what the fuss is all about. Whoever happens to be asking it, it’s a question that can send a cold chill down the spine of any and all automotive enthusiasts: “Can I borrow your car?” Normal folks won’t get it, but if you frequent this website, you’ll understand. This shouldn’t be some off-hand, casual request, like asking for a stick of butter or to borrow your neighbor’s lawn mower. This is your car, the four-wheeled light of your life, the thing you daydream about, the hobby that eats up all your spare time and money, the machine that speaks to you in a language of squealing tires and popping upshifts. Luckily, Mazda gets it, as evidenced by this handy flowchart. Designed as a handy reference guide for Miata owners, we’d argue it’s applicable for anyone wise enough not to denigrate their ride by seeing it as merely some sort of transportation appliance.

Of course, we wanna know – would you be comfortable loaning your car out? Under what conditions would you be willing to give up the keys? What car-lending fails (or wins) have you experienced in the past? Let us know in the comments!

Mazda MX-5 – decision tree


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PostHeaderIcon Automakers Celebrate Lifting Of Ban On Women Drivers In Saudi Arabia

We knew it was coming sooner than later. Now that the women of Saudi Arabia are all set to be allowed to drive, automakers from all over the world have been quick to react to the ground-breaking news, celebrating the development on the social media with hashtags #SaudiWomenMove and #SaudiWomenCanDrive.

Ford, Volkswagen, and Nissan were the first automakers to post their congratulations and promote themselves to the women of Saudi Arabia, getting the word out early that they’re ready to welcome women drivers into the driver’s seat for the first time in the history of the Middle Eastern country. The quick response to the living of the driving ban was a smart move, particularly because of the business potential that it offers for a lot of these companies. Data gathered by The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association revealed that Saudi Arabia is the largest importer of vehicles and parts in the entire Middle East region. At the same time, data from LMC Automotive pointed to Saudi Arabia as the 21st biggest automotive market in the world, a figure that could go up with the potential of having more customers by virtue of lifting the ban. In total, Merrill Lynch estimates that as many as nine million potential new drivers could be in the hunt for new cars in Saudi Arabia, including 2.7 million resident non-Saudi women. With all these numbers being thrown out, it’s no wonder that companies like Ford, Volkswagen, and Nissan were quick to roll out the carpet for Saudi women. It’s going to be great for business!

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Check out the social media posts from these automakers

Some might say that Ford, Nissan, and Volkswagen are simply taking advantage of the situation regarding the lifting of the ban on women drivers in Saudi Arabia. To that, I say the three automakers are doing exactly what everybody should be doing at this point. By all accounts, the Saudi Arabian market is one of the most lucrative auto markets in the world and the potential of it becoming more lucrative by introducing close to 10 million new drivers is a huge opportunity for automakers to expand their businesses.

Ford Middle East was one of the first to comment on the lifting of the ban with a smart and visually catchy post depicting a rearview mirror with a woman’s face on it. The surrounding area is all black, evoking an image of a woman wearing a niqab, a garment of clothing traditionally worn by Muslim women to cover their heads, leaving only a small slit for the eyes. The Ford post was accompanied by a simple “Welcome to the driver’s seat” message to go along with the hashtags #SaudiWomenMove and #SaudiWomenCanDrive.


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Note: photo of Ford’s social media post about the lifting of the ban on women drivers

For their parts, Nissan Middle East and Volkswagen Middle East also posted about the lifting of the ban. Nissan threw in an image of a Saudi license plate with “2018” and “GRL” on it. That’s an easy nod to the year 2018, the year that the ban is expected to be officially lifted by the Saudi Arabian government. The “GRL” letters reflect a shortened version of “girl.”


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Note: photo of Nissan’s social media post about the lifting of the ban on women drivers

Volkswagen’s post also plays up the imagination with an image of a woman’s fists and the words “My Turn” between them. The image itself appears to hint at a woman holding the steering wheel of a car. The German automaker added a message on its post, telling future women drivers “It’s your turn; take over the driver’s seat.”


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Note: photo of Volkswagen’s social media post about the lifting of the ban on women drivers

Given how important this development is, I fully expect more automakers to follow soon with their own social media posts, welcoming Saudi Arabian women to live in the fast lane.

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PostHeaderIcon A McLaren Story That Makes Us Hate Insurance Companies Even More

This might be the oddest tale of destruction to ever happen to a McLaren. A donkey caused a whopping $40,221 in damage to a McLaren 650S Spider after its owner parked beside the donkey’s enclosure. The German police report theorizes the orange 650S looked like a giant carrot to the donkey, who proceeded to eat part of the carbon fiber body near the bumper, scratching the orange paint in the process. The owner, Markus Zahn, says he returned to his McLaren and got inside before seeing the donkey in his rearview mirror.

Adding insult to injury, Zahn’s insurance company refused to fully cover the repair costs, sending Zahn an invoice for $7,052. Though he owned a $288,000 exotic supercar and likely could have easily paid the bill, Zahn decided to sue the donkey’s owner for the cost. Not surprisingly, the donkey’s owner, who named the barnyard animal Vitus, refused to pay the expense. Now a year later, a German court finally heard the case and ruled in favor of Zahn. That left the donkey’s owner with a repair bill of $7,052.

While it seems petty of Zahn to saddle the arguably innocent donkey’s owner with a bill he could easily pay, the real ass of this situation is the insurance company. Undoubtedly, Zahn pays big money to keep his prized McLaren and his fat bank account safe from harm, but when it came time to actually file a claim, the insurance company didn’t feel it was on the hook for the full repair bill, despite Zahn having full coverage. I’m sure the insurance company would complain if Zahn flippantly decided he didn’t want to pay the full amount of his monthly premiums. Regardless of the $40,221 repair cost, the insurance company should have paid up. That’s what insurance is for. Its double standards corporations often hold that makes the public so distrusting.

What would you do in this situation? Let us know in the comments below.

Hat-tip to CarScoops

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PostHeaderIcon Like Dyson, Aston Martin Wants to Jump Industries Too

It’s not uncommon for big companies to jump industries from time to time. One of the most recent, and most provocative, has to be Dyson – the well-known vacuum cleaner brand that recently announced that it would soon jump into the electric car market. Admittedly a move that should scare any EV manufacturer out there – Dyson has made a career out of finding flaws usually overlooked and perfecting the products they were derived from – it’s still a little too early for anyone to start beating their chests in fear of another competitor. And, that’s why we’re looking at this Aston Martin vacuum cleaner. It’s not likely to be something that every really hits the market, but the significance remains. This rendering was posted along with a tweet from Andy Palmer himself congratulating Dyson for joining the independent British car company club:

“Congratulations @Dyson on joining our independent British car company club. We’re looking forward to branching out into vacuum’s….. 

Of course, we would love to see an AM-branded vacuum at some point – after all, Aston does build some pretty fine pieces of machinery, but could it really top the quality of a Dyson? Hard to say, but if you look at cars like the Aston Martin Vulcan, Valkyrie, and DB11, it’s hard to bet against the brand, wouldn’t you say? After all check out that huge spoiler on the rear, the massive five-spoke rear wheels and what about that nod to the V-12 thanks to those six exposed cylinders on each flank? Surely, Palmer just tapped into one of his artists downwind and well below his paygrade to throw this together in 20 minutes for a tweet, but it has us asking the question: Why not? What do you guys think? Would you invest in an Aston Martin vacuum cleaner with all the fixins, including V-12 suction, or would it be a little too expensive for your taste? Let us know in the comments section below.


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PostHeaderIcon Some Automotive Memes to Get you Through the Weekend!

With all of the seriousness and hate in the world – nations banning the ICE, Neo-Nazi’s raging across America, Audi not knowing how to name its cars, and Donald Trump being in office – we thought it might be fun to throw together some fun Memes for the weekend. As such, we’ve compiled a few of our favorites along with some commentary. Do you have a favorite car meme? Let us know what you think of these and post yours in the comments section below. If we like it, we’ll include it in next week’s meme compilation. Click “read more” to see our favorites from this week — there’s surly something for everyone 😉

With all of the hate on the ICE going on these days, let’s state this outright and make fun of those hybrid and electric cars. If you don’t find this funny, you’re probably from California…or New York.

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It’s really more like the look you give after some kid thinks his Toyota with a spoiler is fast and you show him what real power is. Plus, who doesn’t like a good Kermit meme?
Ahhh the hypocrisy of America. Gotta love it.

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Ummm… if you’re going to speed, you better be able to drift too. Slowing down isn’t an answer here.

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OK, Subies are pretty reliable, but when they break, they break.

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Also when your homies don’t judge because you accidentally knocked up that barista at Cars & Coffee meet last year

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The new Chargers may not be quite as good looking, but at least they have heritage, right?

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Murrica… Need I say more?
Yup… so much fun. As a hint, if you have a fat girlfriend, opt for the airbags instead of the coilovers. It’s much easier than having to adjust one side each manually each time you go to get her.

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Sorry, bro…. you’re really not that important

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Well, you might not get laid, but I bet you’ll have hella fun playing Forza 7

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PostHeaderIcon Angry Owner Sets 7 Series on Fire Outside BMW Headquarters

Remember the guy who smashed his BMW M6 with a sledgehammer and axe at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, then fixed it and smashed it again at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show? His name is Pourmohseni Hadi and he’s pretty angry with BMW, which reportedly dismissed his complaints about the high-performance coupe having rattles and transmission issues. It all started back in 2008 and the Italian businessman is on a long mission to protest the brand by destroying BMW-badged cars. He set a Z3 on fire at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and only last week he did the same with a 7 Series sedan,BMW 7-Series this time around just outside BMW’s headquarters in Munich.

The disgruntled owner drove a fourth-generation 7 Series (built between 2002 to 2008) to Munich, parked it on the sidewalk just outside the BMW Museum, and set the cabin on fire. Hadi also walked around the area with a sign saying something like “BMW customer deceit customer blackmail process fraud” in German. There’s no word as to how the man’s protest ended, but if his previous acts are any indication, he probably had a long talk with the German police and likely paid a fine.

Continue reading for the full story.

What’s This Guy’s Problem?

When you destroy three BMW in a few years it’s pretty obvious that you have a big problem with the brand. His issues with the German automaker stretch back to the late 2000s, when apparently BMW dealers refused to fix the rattling and jolting he was experiencing while changing gears in this M6. Hadi claims that he wrote to Italian BMW workshops, but they said nothing was wrong with the car, while the carmaker’s team in Munich was unresponsive to his complaints.

As a result, he decided to smash the car during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. He did it again the next year and then set another car on fire in 2015, before burning the 7 Series in 2017. But as it turns out, BMW is simply ignoring him. Drawing a conclusion is impossible here, mostly because we do not know the full story behind the owner’s rage and BMW’s lack of action, but it’s pretty clear that billion-dollar companies do not respond to such savage acts.

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PostHeaderIcon This Is What It’s Like To Be On The Road During A Total Solar Eclipse

Ninty nine years. That’s how long it’s been since a total solar eclipse was visible from coast to coast across the entire continental United States. Naturally, an event this rare drew the attention of the global audience. If you saw the total solar eclipse a few days ago, chances are that you were at least awed by it. For some people, though, the eclipse provided a tremendous opportunity to create web content. For one person in particular, they decided to create a four-minute video detailing the experience of driving on the road during the eclipse. Well, it was a good idea because the video itself is, well, illuminating.

Credits to HaloMasterMind117 for thinking about doing this. While everyone had their necks strained to the high heavens watching the phenomena, this guy was driving around the town, dashboard camera rolling, to document the changing environment as the moon completely blocked the sun for a few minutes. The video starts off just as the eclipse was reaching its totality in Columbia, South Carolina. From what looks to be a typically sunny August afternoon, the sky quickly goes dark, prompting the street lights to turn on. In a matter of seconds, that “typically sunny August afternoon” turns into dusk and just as quickly, goes full-scale nighttime. You would think that this was some kind of time-lapse video but it isn’t. It’s the effect of the total solar eclipse. The driver then drives along a straight road for a few minutes and the color in the sky quickly changes just as the sun re-appears, first looking like dawn, and then back to being a typically sunny August afternoon. Take note that all of this happened in a matter of minutes, further adding to how awesome it must have been to experience the total solar eclipse in its entirety.

We often take it for granted, but just as we think less and less about it, the universe once again proves just how awesome it is.

PostHeaderIcon What’s Your Favorite Automotive Memory?

Monterey Car Week is very nearly upon us, and with it comes copious opportunities to reminisce about the old days. Events like the Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance are the perfect gathering places for classic and antique automobiles, recreating the glory and beauty of the car world past for the car world now. Memories are in abundance this time of year, which got me thinking about my own automotive roots.

Although I’ve always had a fondness for cars, one of my favorite four-wheeled memories was when my father brought home a pristine 1967 Pontiac GTO. Finished in a perfect shade of Champagne paint on a black interior, it was like a vision of old school cool, a slab of RWD muscle just begging for a heavy right foot. I remember hearing it fire up for the first time, the lumpy idle of a big American V-8, the sound of fury emanating from the high-flow exhaust. I remember going for a ride in it, the smell of raw gasoline mixed with the upholstery, torque on demand from the long skinny pedal. Everywhere we went in that thing, people would look and stare. Complete strangers would approach us at gas stations to compliment the car. It was like we were celebrities.

Eventually, the GTO was sold, replaced by something more economical and sensible, and my own taste in cars expanded to the import scene, but my father’s ’67 Goat left a mark that’ll never fade.

So then – what’s your favorite automotive memory?

PostHeaderIcon Mexico’s Pot Industry has a Serious Ford Addiction

It hasn’t even been two weeks since I brought you news about all of the Ford Fusions that were found with $1 million worth of pot stashed in the trunks, and yet, here we are again, talking about Ford and that sweet cheeba. In the last load of pot caught making its way over the border, smugglers had fashioned it into the shape of spare tires and stashed them away in the trunk. It wasn’t until a Ford dealership went through the usual new-delivery inspection process that the weed was discovered. Those cars, which were predominantly Ford Fusions, had made it all the way to Ohio and Pennsylvania, but this time, the green stuff didn’t even make it out of Fords Shipping yard as it was stashed in the rail cars and was found by Ford employees at the rail distribution facility in Woodhaven, Michigan.

All told, the Ford employees found a couple of bundles in one of the rail cars and immediately called the authorities. Upon extensive searching by ICE agents, a total of 277 pounds of marijuana was found in the rail car and a total of 200 vehicles. There’s no word as to what models were actually on the rail car this time around, but it seems to me that it was either Ford Fusions, Lincoln MKZs, or Ford Fiestas, as those are the main U.S. market vehicles build in Mexico at the moment. It’s more than likely that this attempt to smuggle drugs is connected to the same smuggling attempts from earlier this month. According to Ford, they are working and cooperating as much as possible with federal authorities, but one really has to question: Is this an outside job, or is someone at Ford double dipping and taking advantage of Fords shipping system?

PostHeaderIcon Here’s Why the Mercedes X-Class’ Design Sucks

So Mercedes finally unveiled the X-Class somewhere in Africa and everyone is excited about the German brand finally offering a pickup truck. Okay, okay, I’m exaggerating. I’ve noticed a ton of negative comments about this vehicle. How it’s not a true Mercedes-Benz, how it’s design is boring, and how it’s just a Nissan Navara. Well, I hate to break it to you folks, but the X-Class is a freakin’ pickup truck, of course it’s not a true Mercedes. It’s a brand-new body style for an automaker that didn’t make pickups before, of course you’re hating. But you’ll get over it, just give it a couple of months.

I also don’t agree with all the “it’s not a real Merc, it’s a Nissan underneath” commotion. So it’s based on the Nissan Navara, what’s wrong with that? Is there a problem with the Navara? It’s ugly, unreliable, it can’t haul stuff on a trailer? Of course not! But hey, I get it, you wanted Mercedes to come up with its very own truck. Well, tough luck, it’s 2017 and all carmakers are looking to reduce costs by sharing platform. And as long as you yuppies keep buying Mercs for the badge, they will keep borrowing platforms for new cars and bigger profits. Wanna do something about? Buy a Hyundai! But hey, I agree with you on the boring part…

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Enthusiast Makes Intake Out Of Cardboard, Goes Faster: Video

Folks like us do some pretty silly things in the name of performance. Whether its justifying the purchase of a new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio as a “family car,” or breaking your back running coilovers on the daily driver for a few seconds per lap on the weekends, you wouldn’t be wrong for calling our perspective “skewed” at best. That said, where there’s a will, there’s a way, as evidenced by this intrepid young Subaru driver’s unorthodox approach to boosting horsepower. Documented in a short five-minute, 21-second video from our friends over at 1320 Video, the Subaru in question is a mostly stock early 2000’s Forester running flat out at the Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack event at the Colorado Springs Airport. In a bid to crest the 100-mph mark, the driver fabricated a new intake from a Pringles can and cereal box, plumbing it through the headlight for a budget-friendly ram air effect. The result is just enough extra power to reach three digits, making this driver our new hero.

Never mind the Mustangs and Vipers this kid is running against. We’re much more interested in the box-shaped, 15-year-old grocery getter chipping away for a personal record. This is real enthusiasm, people, and it’s infectious. Fingers crossed the owner continues to have fun for years to come.

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PostHeaderIcon Craigslister Reposts Mitsubishi 3000GT For Sale, Doubles Price to $1 Million

One month ago, our friends over at Jalopnik spotted one of the more insane craigslist ads we’ve seen in quite some time – a ’98 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 with an asking price of a half-million bucks. American. Obviously, a figure like that leads us to ask a few questions. Did the car carry the world’s first fully self-aware AI? Did it run on starlight and unicorn dreams? Did past owners include Elvis, JFK, and Jesus? Unfortunately, the answer to each of these questions is a firm “no,” so what’s the justification here? Well, the car in question is undeniably clean and a top-notch example of one of Mitsubishi’s best ‘90s era sports cars, but you’ll have to forgive our incredulity at ponying up Lamborghini Aventador money for a 20-year-old Japanese import, no matter how well maintained it might be. Welp, it looks like the seller agrees, but not in the way you might expect, as the same Mitsubishi just reappeared on craigslist, this time tagged with an asking price of a cool million dollars. El. Oh. El.

Of course, the seller is eager to list some of the finer points of such a “legendary” vehicle, speculating that it could be “1 of 231” examples, and that it was “Featured in Glacier White Pearl in-car on a PS2 Screen Shot while waiting for the first Street Race of the first Fast and the Furious movie.” How prestigious.

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PostHeaderIcon Russian Mechanics Show Us How To Make A Car Version Of The Fidget Spinner

In today’s news from the oddities of the auto industry, I present to you unusual yet entertaining video provided by YouTubers in Russia. With fidget spinners being the latest fad, some Russian mechanics took that craze to a new level by actually welding three cars together in the shape of those spinners. The goal it seems is to make them spin just like their small counterparts, and while credit is deserved for actually creating something similar, everything else that happens probably wasn’t the intended outcome.

So let’s stage the scene. Three run-down, front-wheel drive hatchbacks were cut in half. The front sections of all three cars were welded together in the now recognizable shape of these fidget spinners. Once that part of the project was done, three drivers got behind the wheel of the three cars and tried to simulate the furious spinning of these spinners. The only problem is the three cars distribute different levels of power, causing the whole creation to resemble something akin to an automotive version of “demolition derby meets tug-of-war.” Undaunted, two of the drivers decided to step out of their cars and let the one driver do the spinning. He managed to do a couple of spins, but nowhere near the furious spinning these fidget spinners are capable of. Ultimately, the ridiculous project wasn’t without its merits. Being able to create an auto version of a fidget spinner is fairly remarkable, and while it probably would’ve been better if it spun the way it was intended, you have to give points for effort.

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PostHeaderIcon Prepare Yourselves For The Wienerfleet!

If there was ever the perfect vehicle that helps capture America’s Independence Day festivities, it has to be Oscar Meyer’s famed Wienermobile. Unveiled in its original form back in 1936, the Wienermobile has served as the official automotive mascot for the Kraft Heinz-owned meat and cold cut production company. Of course, the hotdog-on-a-bun-shaped vehicle has evolved over the years, even welcoming the WienerMini and the WienerRover. But now the family is growing even more with the addition of two new models, the WienerCycle and the WienerDrone.

The WienerCycle is what it says it is. It’s a three-wheeled moped that carries the same hotdog-on-a-bun look as its big brothers. It doesn’t do much in the way of power – it only has 8.5 horsepower on tap – but it does have the capacity to carry and hold up as much as eight hot dogs in its sidecar warming station. Then there’s the WienerDrone, without question the most incredible-looking of all members of WienerFleet. Not only is it the world’s first ever “unmanned hot dog-carrying aircraft,” but it also brings to life our dreams of one day seeing hot dogs raining down from the sky. It can only travel up to a mile at altitudes of 1,200 feet, but that’s besides the point. The WienerDrone and WienerCycle make our childhood fantasy come to life.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda Shows up to Goodwood with a Unique interpretation of the Civic Type R

We all know that human and machine are becoming one. People can’t put down their smartphones for two seconds, Grandpa is walking around with a pacemaker to keep his heart going, and it’s only a matter of time before we’re able to replace our limbs with full-fledged robotic counterparts. Elon Musk is even doubling down on his notion of connecting the human brain directly to computers with his newest company, Neuralink. It’s only a matter of time before we can transfer human consciousness and become a race of sentient cyborg beings hellbent on spreading our archaic ideals across the galaxy and conquering the universe. Okay, so, that’s a bit too much, but there’s no denying that the gap between human and machine is getting increasingly smaller, and Honda has taken this idea into its own hands by creating a Honda Civic Type R and the Fireblade bike out of humans. That’s right; Humans.

It’s all a big show to celebrate the kicking off of this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, and you have to admit, it’s one of the most creative ways to do so. All told, 12 performance artists manage to intertwine themselves enough to generate the basic silhouette of the Civic Type R and the Fireblade bike. The whole thing has been orchestrated by the Honda Challenge Lab, a self-proclaimed “playground of extraordinary ideas inspiring curiosity and learning.” Needless to say, if you happen to be checking out the festival this year, the Honda booth is one place you certainly want to visit – it’s not very often you see a group of people shaping themselves into vehicles.

PostHeaderIcon Pops’ Rants: Civic Type R Drama and Why the New GranTurismo Sucks

The 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed is well underway, and I couldn’t be happier. Long live internet video streaming, old track, short but exciting race tracks, and the good people taking care of the Goodwood House. I’m a happy chap, but hey, there’s still room for rants. And boy there’s plenty to talk about this week. You might find it hard to believe, but there’s something about Goodwood that has been bothering me for years. It’s the hill climb record, which stands since 1999 when Nick Heidfeld completed the course in 41.6 seconds in a McLaren MP4/13 Formula One car. Really, now; isn’t there anyone capable enough to put together a car that’s faster than that?

Yes, I know, it’s a Formula One car and these things are really fast and aerodynamic, but the MP4/13 dates back to 1999. That’s 18 years. Eighteen!!! You know what changed in 18 years on the Nurburgring? The lap record was improved by more than a minute. That’s about 15 percent, which makes sense given how fast cars and technology are evolving nowadays. Yet, no one is able to put Heidfeld’s record to rest. Not even the Peugeot 208 T16, which set a seemingly unbeatable record at Pikes Peak, was able to do that back in 2014 when it completed the course three seconds slower.

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