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PostHeaderIcon Watch the Mercedes A-Class Debut Here @ 1:00PM EST Today!

We won’t know the full details of the new A-Class until we see it debut live below, but based on the teasers and spy shots that we’ve seen, the German automaker seems to have taken a proactive approach in jazzing up the A-Class beyond its status as an entry-level model. The interior, in particular, looks less like a low-cost model and more like a premium model. The ambient lighting, floating widescreen, and touchpad control system on the center console are all signs of a well-provisioned interior. The new A-Class will also debut the automaker’s new User Experience multimedia system, which incorporates voice control, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence. When was the last time you saw an entry-level model this loaded in luxury and new-age tech?

Stay tuned for the live debut @ 1:00 EST Today.


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PostHeaderIcon Garage Time Provides A Rentable Working Space For On-The-Go DIY Wrenchers In Need

Times are tough if you’re into wrenching on your own ride but don’t have a garage to do it in. Suddenly, even the simplest of jobs can become a nightmare, with a litany of external forces conspiring to bring your project to a grinding halt. Inclement weather, limited lighting, rough, uneven surfaces, the neighbor dog stealing your only 10 mm socket – these are the reasons garages were invented. Luckily, there’s a new solution to this age-old problem. It’s called Garage Time, and it’s basically an online marketplace that enables folks with empty garages to rent out their spot to wrench-turners in need.

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The Full Story


Basically, you can think of Garage Time as an Airbnb type of app, but for working on your car. According to Jalopnik, the company was founded by Andrew Koretz, a 31-year-old enthusiast, who got the idea after repeatedly turning wrenches on his 2002 Porsche 996 at a friend’s spot in Chicago. He had an apartment in the city, and between the freezing cold weather and lack of space, Koretz realized it was time for a better solution.

Garage Time is intended for folks looking to rent out a spot to work on their car, their motorcycle, or just about any other motor-driven project. Interested renters can sell their space at whatever rates they like, offering time frames that range between a few hours and several days, with no stipulations regarding upper time limits. Garage Time merely takes a 10-percent cut on the rates paid to the renter.


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“Check out the Garage Time website, and you'll find each listing includes a description of the garage, the location (pinpointed on Google maps), pictures of the space, and contact info, plus the going rate. Renters can also list any additional available resources that might be onsite, like available tools and waste disposal.”

Check out the Garage Time website, and you’ll find each listing includes a description of the garage, the location (pinpointed on Google maps), pictures of the space, and contact info, plus the going rate. Additionally, renters can list any additional available resources that might be onsite, such as a lift, oil and fluid disposal, welding gear, mechanic assistance, pneumatic tools, and more.

We love this idea. Not only does it empower everyone to turn their own wrenches and keep their ride in tip-top shape, but it brings the enthusiast community together in new and mutually profitable ways. For now, the pickings are pretty slim, with just a smattering of posts available. But that’s to be expected given Garage Time just opened shop a few weeks ago. However, the plan is to expand to other major cities on both sides of the states, including New York and San Francisco.

If you’ve got a project or a garage to rent, check out the Garage Time website here.

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PostHeaderIcon MesoLoft Offers a High-Altitude Way to Lay Your Loved Ones to Rest

Do you have a loved one that’s nearing his or her time in this world? Do you want to give them a send-off to remember? If you answer is “yes” to both questions, MesoLoft can make that send-off happen for you. In so many words, MesoLoft is a digital-age funeral service company that offers customers the opportunity to have the ashes of their loved ones fly up into the stratosphere near the edge of space using high altitude balloons. Once the balloons reach its intended altitude, it will release the ashes, allowing them to fall back down to Earth during the course of several months.


Most of us know the feeling of saying goodbye to our loved ones, so this hits close to home to a lot of people. MesoLoft’s offer to take the remains of our loved ones into the edge of space is a nice send-off. It doesn’t have the spectacle of a traditional funeral; instead, it takes the deceased on a quiet and serene last adventure to a place very few of us ever get to see in our lifetime.

The company’s promotional video shows how the process takes place. From the ground, MesoLoft inflates a high-altitude balloon with helium and releases it to the sky. From there, the balloon travels 15 to 20 miles up the planet’s atmosphere before it scatters the ash back down to the earth. MesoLoft says that the flight up to the edge of space takes about two hours before the balloon reaches its intended altitude. Once there, the actual process of scattering takes no more than a second, though the time it takes for the ashes to return to the ground, wherever it ends up, can take up to several months.


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“The company also has a pair of high-definition GoPro cameras recording the balloon’s travel, from its ascent to the time the ashes are scattered”

To make the process feel more personal to the grieving family, the company also has a pair of high-definition GoPro cameras recording the balloon’s travel, from its ascent to the time the ashes are scattered. The balloon itself goes back down to earth and can be tracked via GPS. Once it’s retrieved, the company will give the family the footage that was recorded during the flight, the shroud that contained the ashes, photos from the day of the ceremony, and a complete highlight reel.

I’m not one to try to convince another person or family on how they want to say goodbye to their loved ones, but if you’re willing to go an extra mile — or 15 to 20 miles, in this case — for your loved ones, MesoLoft’s offer to take up to brink of space as a final adventure is a good way to go out.

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PostHeaderIcon Chrysler to Send Thousands of Pacifica Minivans to Waymo

Fiat Chrysler is supplying Google’s self-driving division, Waymo, with “thousands” of Chrysler Pacifica minivans for testing on public roasts. Waymo already has a fleet of 600 FCA vehicles, which were supplied after the two companies formed a partnership in 2016. The fleet already includes vehicles capable of fully self-driving thanks to Waymo’s autonomous driving systems were installed.

John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, said, “With the world’s first fleet of fully self-driving vehicles on the road, we’ve moved from research and development to operations and deployment. These additional vehicles will help us scale.”

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“Testing on public roads without drivers is already taking place in 25 U.S. cities, including San Francisco, Detroit, and Atlanta.”

Waymo’s plans of scaling up to a large-scale fleet of autonomous ride-hailing vehicles are seemingly getting closer thanks to FCA’s major contribution of Chrysler Pacifica minivans. Automotive News reports the vans are specifically designed to integrate with Waymo’s proprietary hardware and software.

This doesn’t appear to be a pipe dream, either. Back in November of 2017, Waymo stated it would begin removing safety driver from its small-scale ride-hailing fleet in Chandler, Arizona. That means a Pacifica can arrive at your location by request without a driver behind the wheel. Testing on public roads without drivers is already taking place in 25 U.S. cities, including San Francisco, Detroit, and Atlanta.


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Many industry analysts predict ride-hailing services and shared vehicles will be the extremely prevalent in the future, with individual vehicle ownership decreasing dramatically. Autonomous vehicles are an integral part of that prediction and it seems the chips are falling into place.

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PostHeaderIcon Video: Mercedes S-Class With “Digital Light” Headlights Caught Testing In The Wild

Mercedes’ up-and-coming four-door limo is hitting the streets early, this time to test out the German brand’s latest headlight technology. The large-and-in-charge luxury sedan was recently caught prowling the public streets emblazoned with a set of side graphics proudly declaring “Digital Light,” so it’s not exactly a secret Merc is pushing to get this tech into the hands of customers as soon as possible.

The “Digital Light” system first broke cover early last month, with Mercedes proclaiming a litany of benefits to safety. For example, the headlights can project road signs directly onto the road, like a stop sign at an intersection, providing an extra reminder to the driver and others. The headlights also provide the usual adaptive features, identifying other cars on the road and changing the beam pattern to refrain from dazzling oncoming motorists. The system will even modify the beam to keep it out of the eyes of pedestrians.

To accomplish this, each headlight in the S-Class will use more than a million “micro mirrors,” each of which helps to refine the headlight beam as needed, while a system of outboard cameras and radar systems scan the road for traffic signs, cars, and pedestrians. In addition to the updates to the new HD headlights, the S-Class will also get a pair of new taillights, although they won’t be nearly as tech-heavy as the lights up front.

Unfortunately, it’s uncertain whether or not the Digital Light tech will make it stateside, as outdated legislation could prevent it from being sold here, much like old adaptive headlight technology. Either way, look for it to hit dealers in Europe as soon as 2020.


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PostHeaderIcon Top Gear Drops First Trailer of 25th Season

You might have forgotten about it because of how good The Grand Tour has been in its second season, but Top Gear is actually still around. The hit British motoring show has been off the air for a year, but it’s ready to return with a vengeance. The show will have the same hosting crew from the last time we saw it. That means we can expect a lot of fun and good times from Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid.


“For the new season, the presenting duties will once again be done by Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid”

For the new season, the presenting duties will once again be done by Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid. The three hosts are returning for a second season, signaling a return to normalcy that has been absent from the show over the last few seasons. Judging by the new trailer, it looks like the BBC can breathe a sigh of relief now.

LeBlanc, Harris, and Reid have chemistry. It’s not exactly on the level of Clarkson, Hammond, and May, but it has the potential to get there with more time together. If anything, we already saw hints of that chemistry last season, and it looks like it’s carried over to the new season.

The 60-second spot also reveals some of today’s hottest cars. There’s a lot of them, too. We see a BMW M5, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 LE, McLaren 720S, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Ford Mustang, Kia Stinger, and an assortment of old-school Rolls-Royce and Bentley models. We also get decent helpings of unusual machinery, including a tractor that’s being trashed and another with enormous wheels on it. I’ve no idea what the latter is, but it looks fun to drive.


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“There’s no premiere date yet for Top Gear’s 25th season”

But the best parts of the trailer are the hosts, specifically how they look to be having a legitimately good time around each other. We haven’t seen that many smiles and giggles on Top Gear since the days of the old hosts, so it’s a welcome sight seeing LeBlanc, Harris, and Reid on the same page. Oh, and let’s not forget about The Stig. He also makes an appearance in the trailer, as does his Japanese cousin, Kung Fu Stig.

There’s no premiere date yet for Top Gear’s 25th season. Expect an announcement to be made soon.

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PostHeaderIcon Are You Prepared For a World With Self-Moving Slippers?

In case there aren’t enough things in this world that are becoming autonomous these days, Nissan is taking it a step further by giving everyday items the ability to move by themselves. We’re not talking about cars; we’re talking about things like tables, floor cushions, remote controls, and household slippers.

The unusual amenities can be found in the ProPILOT Park Ryokan, a Japanese inn located in Hakone, Japan that Nissan is using to showcase its ProPilot Park technology.Instead of the usual dog and pony show of watching a Nissan Leaf EV demonstrate the new self-parking technology, Nissan instead turned its attention to household items in order to showcase what the tech is capable of. The results are incredible, if not a little freaky. Have you ever seen a floor pillow move by itself in a non-supernatural way? How about a pair of slippers that arranges itself neatly with others of its kind? It’s going to take some getting used to.

Nissan doesn’t really say how the technology works on these items, but the video above cuts to a scene where a group of smart people are working on developing the tech, complete with renderings and mockups of the actual slippers. There’s nothing ghoulish at work here; it’s all about Nissan’s new ProPilot Park technology, and the potential applications it can have beyond its ability to park a Nissan by itself.

Maybe Nissan’t on to something here. In my case, I wouldn’t mind living in a world where my dog isn’t the only one that comes greeting me when I enter my house. I’d like to see a future where slippers could do that too. Live in Nissan’s world, or in this case, the ProPilot Park Ryokan, and that future is there, waiting to welcome us with open arms and a comfortable pair of autonomous slippers.

And in case you’re wondering about the authenticity of the hotel, Nissan’s actually offering a free night at the ProPILOT Park Ryokan for a lucky pair of travelers. If you’re interested in joining, all you need to do is post on Twitter using the hashtags #PPPRyokan and #wanttostay from January 25 to February 10, 2018. In the event you do get picked to spend a night in the inn, be sure to let us know all about that experience.


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PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Immerse Yourselves In This 60-Second Time Lapse of a Lego Volkswagen Beetle Build

Time-lapse videos of LEGOs being built is nothing new. Remember the miniature Ferrari F40 that was built in 60 seconds thanks to the magic of computer editing? Well, we’re bringing you another one of these videos because, quite frankly, they’re enjoyable to watch. The subject of this LEGO build is a Volkswagen Beetle, which, judging by the presence of the surfboard and the water cooler, comes to us by way of LEGO’s Creator line.

The video starts as expected. The build starts from the ground-up with the frame and wheels being put together first. From there, the interior is added piece by piece, including the transmission tunnel, the dashboard and windshield, and the four seats. The doors, roof, and hood follow suit. We even catch a glimpse of the car’s LEGO-version engine and exhaust at the back, as well as the spare tire that’s tucked under the cargo space of the front trunk. The build concludes with the aforementioned surfboard and picnic basket, both of which are stowed in the roof rack.

We’ve seen plenty of time-lapse LEGO builds before, and every one of them were must-watch videos because of how mesmerizing they look when the builds are sped up. It’s no different this time with the Volkswagen Beetle. Kind of makes me want to go out, buy one, and build it myself.


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PostHeaderIcon Kia Previews Super Bowl Ad Spot Featuring Emerson Fittipaldi And A Pair Of Stingers

South Korean brand Hyundai is once again returning to the big game this February, dropping a 60-second ad spot during the third quarter of the 52nd Super Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots. The ad is set on an old abandoned race track, where we find a pair of Kia Stingers staged up for what we can only assume to be a race. Leaning up against one of the high-powered four-doors is none other than the mutton-chopped two-time Formula One and Indy 500 champion Emerson Fittipaldi. Meanwhile, in the other car, we have a mystery celebrity, who kicks over the Stinger’s twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 with a single, slender, be-ringed and nail polished finger.

Kia provides few cues as to who’s driving the other Stinger, merely stating the ad features “two eternally youthful legends who have logged seat time in some of the most powerful and exotic cars in the world.” Based on that description, plus the silver ring and two-tone nail polish, there’s really only one candidate here – Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler. It makes sense, considering Tyler’s previous rides have included such insane machines as the Hennessey Venom GT and Shelby Cobra, among others.

Either way, make sure to tune in on February 4th to see the entire 60-second ad spot. Something tells us that rubber will be burned.

As a reminder, the Kia Stinger GT produces 365 horsepower and can hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.


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PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Watch the Kia Stinger Level With the Panamara; Kick BMW’s Ass

It really has to suck for BMW to get beat out so badly by a Korean economy brand


PostHeaderIcon Check Out Lexus’ Black Panther Super Bowl Commercial Before The Big Game

Super Bowl 52 is less than two weeks away, with kickoff between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots scheduled for Sunday, February 4th. And that means its time to ramp up the blockbuster commercials. Lexus is getting ahead of the game with the release of its latest Black Panther spot, which you can view in its entirety right here.

The ad is 60 seconds in length, but a shortened, 30-second iteration is scheduled for the third quarter on Super Bowl Sunday. The ad features the LS 500 F Sport, Lexus’ flagship four-door, as well as the hot-to-trot Lexus LC 500 Coupe, both of which slice and dice through the ad in heroic tire-burning fashion. We also get to watch Black Panther snagging some stolen vibranium before pulling up to a world leadership conference, giving us a preview of the costumes and props from the film.

All told, the ad should do well to expand Lexus’ target audience, which typically ranges from the old to the very old.

Make sure to check out Marvel’s Black Panther movie when it hits U.S. theaters February 16th.


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PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Jeremy Clarkson Talks about the Lancia 037

The Lancia 037 holds a special place in the hearts of a lot of people. It’s one of those models that wasn’t supposed to exist, but homologation requirements obligated Lancia to build a little over 200 road-going models of the 037. The one you see here with Jeremy Clarkson is one of the 207 production 037s that were built. 35 years after it was produced, the Lancia 037 still looks as incredible as it’s always been.

The video of Clarkson’s time behind the wheel of the 037 is short, but if you haven’t seen the full segment, it’s something that you need to watch. Rarely do we get to see the three hosts trade in their skits and crass humor for a compelling and insightful segment that tells a gripping story of a car’s history and impact in the industry. For whatever reason, The Grand Tour adopted this kind of approach in this segment. The result is arguably the best segment of the show’s second season, possibly even its entire run.

Brashness aside, Clarkson is regarded as an authority in the auto industry. Far too often, he doesn’t use that platform to really espouse the real stories behind some of the cars he reviews. This time, he did, and we appreciate him for it. The Lancia 037 has a great story to tell, and for once, we’re pleased that Jeremy Clarkson was the one to tell it.


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PostHeaderIcon Rimac Shows Its Second-Generation Hypercar In Short Teaser Video

Between destroying the conventional lineup of supercars in various acceleration tests and, uh, being destroyed by Richard Hammond in a fiery hill climb crash, the Rimac Concept One has garnered huge attention for itself over the past few years. Now, Rimac Autombili is once again gearing up for a flurry of attention, as the Croatian brand just dropped a new teaser for its second-gen ground-bound spaceship.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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First put into production in 2013, the Rimac Concept One is the brand’s very first offering. With production limited to just eight units total, each of which carries a price tag around the $1 million mark, these things are as rare and expensive as they are fast.

And man, are they fast. Thanks to a set of four high-powered electric motors, one per wheel, the Concept One manages to lay down an impressive 1,072 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to slingshot the two-door to 62 mph in just 2.6 seconds, 124 mph in 6.2 seconds, and 186 mph in 14.2 seconds. It’ll also top out at 221 mph.

As a reminder, the Concept One competes with the likes of the Nio EP9, as well as the Tesla Roadster 2.0 (or at least it will, once the Tesla finally makes it into full production status).

This thing is simply absurdly fast, and it looks good too, like some low-slung, ultra-wide, inter-dimensional planet-hopper. Indeed, we consider the Rimac Concept One to be a guiding light when it comes to our collective all-electric performance future. And that’s why we’re standing up and paying attention now that Rimac is teasing us with its second model.


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“Indeed, we consider the Rimac Concept One to be a guiding light when it comes to our collective all-electric performance future. And that's why we're standing up and paying attention now that Rimac is teasing us with its second model.”

The video is short, with just 22 seconds of footage to go off, and although the images are cast in shadows and broken up with a digital light show, it does give us a decent look at the general outline we should expect from the model.

For starters, there’s a swooping coupe roof line, with huge fenders front and back (but especially in front). The wheels are equally enormous, while the front deck is long and low, including a prominent vent element up top.

Towards the end, we also get a somewhat clear shot of the front fascia, which, compared to the first-generation model, looks to include a larger central intake set in black, reshaped headlights set at a more acute angle to the ground, and larger side intakes.

All told, we’re stoked to see what Rimac has in store for us. Luckily we won’t have to wait long to get more details, as the next-gen will drop this March at the Geneva Motor Show.


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PostHeaderIcon Our First Full Look at the China-Bound Jeep Grand Commander: Video

Jeep might be as American as apple pie and baseball, but its newest model is headed right for China. It’s called the Grand Commander, and it won’t be found outside China’s borders. Based on a lengthened version of Fiat Chrysler’s CUSW platform that also underpins the Jeep Cherokee, the new Grand Commander will accommodate seven people over three rows.

Jeep is already taking orders for the new SUV despite it not being officially debuted. That is expected to happen at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show in April before it arrives in showrooms shortly after.

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“Despite Jeep’s best efforts to keep details under wraps, reports say the Grand Commander is 191 inches long and will be powered by Jeep’s new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder”

Despite Jeep’s best efforts to keep details under wraps, reports say the Grand Commander is 191 inches long and will be powered by Jeep’s new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The engine will be offered at two power levels, with the base tune making 234 horsepower and the premium tune offering 265 horsepower. A nine-speed automatic is standard, just as in the FWD-biased 2019 Jeep Cherokee.

There is no word whether the 2.0-liter utilized the mild-hybrid system found on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL. A plug-in hybrid version is expected in the future, too. It’s very likely the same plug-in powertrain headed for the Wrangler in the coming years.

The Grand Commander will have 4WD as an option, but based on the long overhangs and lengthy wheelbase, China’s new Jeep will be limited to all-weather driving rather than rock crawling.

Not America’s Jeep


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There have been mistaken reports pinging the Grand Commander as the foundation for Jeep’s new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer SUVs slotted to compete against high-end vehicles like the Range Rover. That’s not the case, however. FCA has confirmed the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will ride on a modified version of Ram’s new 1500 ladder frame and use its independent front and solid axle with multi-link rear suspension. Ram’s air ride will likely be standard equipment, too, at least on the larger and more luxurious Grand Wagoneer. Jeep is expected to debut these SUVs in the coming year.

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PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Seeing the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Through Aftermarket Eyes

Here at TopSpeed.com, we’ve covered the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL seven ways to Sunday. From the first spy shots to our driven review out in Arizona, we’ve seen it all. But there is always more to learn. Denis Wood over at TeraFlex Suspensions took a detailed look at the Wrangler’s greasy bits in a view not even Jeep engineers discussed at the press event.

Of course, Wood’s views are from an aftermarket company’s standpoint. TeraFlex develops, builds, and sells suspension lifts and all the ancillary parts people love to bolt to their Jeeps. TeraFlex knows Wranglers and it knows their weak points. The outgoing Wrangler JK was a fantastic vehicle, but it has some drawbacks. The exhaust crossed under the front driveshaft and the two would collide during extreme off-roading. The fuel system’s evaporation canister hung low on the Jeep’s underbelly and was an easy target for rocks or sticks. Both problem areas have been completely eliminated in the new Wrangler JL, along with dozens more.

Wood’s is an interesting perspective not many get to see. Add to that his silky smooth voice and fatherly demeanor that wouldn’t be misplaced on a national news broadcast program covering feel-good stories.


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PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Mopar Expert David Wise & The Last HEMI ‘Cuda At Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

How much would you pay for the last HEMI ’Cuda?


PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Mopar Expert David Wise & The Last HEMI ‘Cuda At Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

How much would you pay for the last HEMI ’Cuda?


PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Supercar Blondie Gets a Devel Sixteen

The 5000HP Devel Sixteen

Special delivery😱😱. This is the 5000HP V16 Devel Sixteen – who else wants to drive this?

Posted by Supercarblondie on Saturday, January 20, 2018

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PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Somebody Crammed a BMW M5 5.0-liter V-10 into a Toyota 86

The Toyota GT86 is not the most powerful sports car on the market. Some will even say that its lack of top-flight performance car power is its biggest drawback. As disappointing as that is, the 86 does have a few things going for it, including its ability to be easily customized. Over the years, we’ve seen tuners of all shapes and sizes work on the Toyota sports to varying degrees of success. Now, we turn our attention to Australian tuner Zoom Garage and how it was able to turn the 86 into a Time Attack conqueror with the help of an old BMW engine.

This tuning job isn’t your typical cut-and-paste cosmetic work. In giving the 86 the chops to be competitive in a Time Attack race setting, Zoom didn’t just slap on a turbocharger on the 86’s four-cylinder engine or drop an LS crate engine. It had to get creative in giving it enough power to compete in Sydney’s World Time Attack Challenge. So it turned its attention to BMW’s 5.0-liter S85 V-10 engine, the same mill that’s found in older models of the BMW M5 and M6.

Once the work of putting the S85 engine into the Toyota 86 started, Zoom faced a few challenges, including the task of trying to find the right balance in weight that wouldn’t compromise the 86’s performance abilities. The tuning shop went to work on modifying the engine, which included installing a lightweight air intake to save weight and customizing the transmission tunnel to make the engine fit into the engine bay. When everything was done, the tuner managed to cut about 25 kilos off of the engine’s weight, ensuring that it weighed just 10 kilos heavier than the 86’s original flat-four engine. Added upgrades to the fuel pump and injector, modifications with a dry sump setup, and the addition of fuel cell at the back ensured that the car achieved a 52/48 weight ratio. The result yielded positive results for Zoom Racing in more ways than one. All you need to do is watch the video and listen to the engine’s wailing noise. You don’t get that kind rip roar on the 86’s stock four-cylinder engine.


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PostHeaderIcon McLaren Unleashes the Senna to Christen New Tech Center

Now that the Detroit Auto Show is safely in our rearview mirrors, we can now go back to our regularly scheduled programming. To mark our return to the real world, McLaren threw itself a little housewarming party after the opening of its Carbon Composites Technology Centre in the UK. The special guest-of-honor was none other than the McLaren Senna, and in true form, the Senna did more than just show up and wave to the gathered masses, it actually performed a series of donuts in the company of a 1989 McLaren Formula One race car, the same car that was driven by Ayrton Senna, for which the car was named after.

The Senna’s presence inside the Carbon Composites Technology Centre wasn’t by accident, but a choreographed event by McLaren to use the supercar to leave a trail of fresh Pirelli tire rubber on the center’s new floor. It was, in the automaker’s words, a way to “christen it — McLaren style.” The company even recorded part of the Senna’s performance on video, and it is as glorious as it sounds.

To be clear, the Carbon Composites Technology Centre isn’t open yet. Nevertheless, the doors were opened to a select group of attendees with the intention of showing what the place will look like once it’s fully operational. For those who don’t know, the center will serve as ground zero for McLaren’s future carbon fiber tubs. This will be the place where they’ll be built beginning in 2019.

But that’s a story for another time. For now, check out the McLaren Senna getting its first public workout. By the looks of it, the supercar is all set to unleash its wrath into the world.


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McLaren Senna


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