2015 McLaren 650S – Exotic Redefined »

In only a couple of years, McLaren has created an exotic that raises the bar on the competition.

F1 For the Road – The Ferrari F50 »

It’s not often one gets handed the keys to a million dollar car. Well in this case, about 1.6 million, but who’s counting.

Performance Redefined: Nissan GTR »

The Nissan GTR is a bit of an enigma. It’s one of the rare few that satisfies more than one personality traits. It’s nearly untouchable at the Ring, only beat by the million dollar Porsche 918 when counting series production vehicles.

Life Lessons, Courtesy of Mercedes »

Before we start, I need to apologize for being late. Partly due to real life getting in the way, but mostly due to the fact that I struggled to write this.

Canadian JDM Invasion – Honda Integra Type-R »

This week, I had a chance to check out NRGie’s 1996 Honda Integra Type-R. While GTRs have dominated the JDM imports, the ITR is a bit of a hidden gem out of Japan.

July 28th, 2016

Elise Cup 250 R Front Static

The Lotus Elise was never officially brought into the US for sales. And like all cars we can’t get it became that much more desired by Lotus fans. Lotus has created a number of variant Elises over the years. Mainly the changes were to weight, suspension and engine performance. All new variants tended to one up the one before on all three factors. Now Lotus has created their newest entrant called the Elise Race 250 which is the fastest Elise they have ever produced. The car will be available for sale for a number of racing series which includes being made available to US customers to the tune of $76,200.

This new Elise is fully prepped to be a life size go kart. It is powered by a 1.8L supercharged four cylinder which pumps out 240hp and 185lb/ft of torque. The Elise comes with fully adjustable dampers, beefed up brakes and tones of carbon fiber everywhere for weight savings. The put the power to the ground, especially around corners, the Elise wears a full aero package to ensure there’s plenty of downforce all around.

Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales put out a statement saying “The Elise Race 250 is the fastest, most focused Elise we’ve ever produced and, judging by what it’s capable of on track, it looks set to become a favourite with our racers around the world.”

July 28th, 2016


The first season of the UK rebooted TV show Top Gear has come and gone. The ratings went up and down like a roller coaster, but more down towards the end of the season. With dropping ratings also came dropping their lead host Chris Evans who in large part caused the poor ratings as the show never really came into its own in the first rebooted season.

But according to 50 Cent, he believes BBC’s appointment of Matt LeBlanc to become lead host will be the savior of the show. Although that’s only part of the equation, the new Top Gear will take some more work than just a new host to bring its ratings back up. Fifty Cent went on further to claims that “I could save that show for sure.” “There ain’t a car I haven’t owned over the years, my car collection is as good as anybody’s out there.” Although the rapper has had many cars in his lifetime, what we do know for sure is that hosting a show of this caliber takes a little more than a good resume of cars in the garage. All we have to say is good luck to 50 Cent and hope he comes out from his bankruptcy.

July 28th, 2016


For a company that began its roots in tractors it isn’t really surprising to see a Lamborghini Murcielago going back to its origins. Well, actually it is. Its actually very strange since the only thing that’s remotely similar between this Lamborghini and it’s great great grand father tractor is the company’s name. But then again, cars are made for being used, and this Murcielago is definitely doing that well.

The owner of this Lamborghini Murcielago was caught on camera in Australia hooked up to a trailer and carrying around a couple of goats. The trailer itself looked like a slapped together add on made up of parts lying around the farm. As amusing as it is for us to see these pictures, it must have been quite the sight for onlookers to hear the rumble of the 6.2L V12 followed by the shrieks of its furry passengers.

July 28th, 2016


When Ford decided to slap the RS badge on their current generation Focus, you knew it was going to be something good. But what topped the headlines when the car debuted was that drivers could actively control the car’s setting electronically and was given a mode called “Drift” to play with. What consumers didn’t is the Drift Mode was created all by accident.

According to Ford Performance Engineering Manager Tyrone Johnson, the engineers who were testing the Focus’ handling dynamics at the track were playing with the car’s settings when they accidently discovered a particular combination of suspension dampening, couple with rear differential bias would produce a dramatically fun sideways acting car. So at that point the engineers just said “Oh, that’s cool. Can you give me more of that?’ to which one engineer complied and the resulting reaction was ‘Oh, that’s really cool.” And the Drift Mode was born. The drift mode was then further pursued by Development Chief Raj Nair who got to experience it first hand and decided that it needed to be part of the Focus RS’ selling features.

July 27th, 2016


Headlines are reading that speed was a factor in the recent fatal accident involving a Tesla S where the driver was using the autopilot feature. But let’s be honest with the facts. Data pulled from the vehicle shows that the Tesla was travelling at 74mph in a 65mph zone. Although that is still considered speeding, that’s a far cry to make headlines. So lets focus on other facts of the accident for a moment. The NTSB has not finalized a cause for the crash as of yet.

The NTSB report further confirms that the vehicle was in the Autopilot mode when the accident took place. With the feature enabled, the system will also activate traffic-aware cruise control and Autosteer lane keeping assist modes. The system also has an emergency front impact braking system in place. Currently, the NTSB has only released those details involving the accident. As the investigation continues, the NTSB will continue to learn more details surround the accident and potentially a cause. What we do know is that the Tesla with its Autopilot feature engaged failed to notice and avoid a white tractor trailer which cross perpendicular to the Tesla at an intersection resulting in the fatal accident.

July 27th, 2016


Aston Martin marked the end of the DB9’s production by tweeting a picture of the final vehicle coming off the production line with the caption “farewell to an icon”. And what a true icon the DB9 was. This vehicle set the standard for luxury performance GT cars in its 13 year production span and those that are on the road today will keep their owners plenty happy for many more years to come.

Compared to the DB11 which will be its successor, the DB9 is a simple vehicle but was made right in all the proper places. The body lines of the DB9 sweeps and swoops along exuding class and prestige at every angle. What it leaves behind is a legacy in the Aston Martin lineup, but it also opens up the door for the upcoming DB11 to push towards a new future for Aston Martin. The company kick starts this new chapter in its company history with an all new 5.2L twin-turbo V12 and a modern chassis platform. There’s high hopes for the DB11 but the car also has some seriously big shoes to fill.

July 27th, 2016


After a long wait, owners of those dirty diesels from Volkswagen may finally get some clarity on what to expect next. The United States District Court has given a preliminary green light to Volkswagen’s proposed fix to bring their 2.0L diesel vehicles into compliance. The settlement totalling $14.7-billion in the US also includes customer restitutions, a buy back plan, as well as the hefty fines resulting from the diesel scandal.

Owners will have to wait for the paperwork to process, but there should be information coming from Volkswagen in the mail to let owners know what their options are moving forward. The next official step will happen at the final approval hearing on October 18, 2016.

July 27th, 2016


One of the more iconic cars produced by Mercedes is their G-Class. Since the SUV was designed and put on the production line, little has changed in terms of the exterior of the vehicle. Now Mercedes has made significant updates to the interior as well as to the performance side of things with the G Wagen, but they have gone to great lengths to keep the exterior just as they originally intended. So when the newest iteration was caught in camo doing some road testing, it was to great pleasure to see that Mercedes once again didn’t mess with something good and stayed true to their roots.

The new G-Wagen looks to keep its boxy styling albeit it gained a bit of width both front and rear. This should open up the interior cabin a bit for occupants, but all other updates seem to be minimal. What you don’t see from the surface is a significant weight savings in the new car. At a nearly 900lb diet, that’s very respectable seeing as the car actually got wider. The wider track will definitely make the car handle a little bit better, especially is you opt for the AMG version which stuffs a 4.0 liter V8 under the hood.

July 27th, 2016


As the investigation continues with Volkswagen’s diesel scandal in the US, the company continues to face challenges around the world where their vehicles are sold. Most recently, Volkswagen has suspended sales of a number of their vehicle models in South Korea. The halt to sales will last for at least three months.

According to circulating news, South Korean government has been investigating the diesel scandal to determine the impact the diesel vehicles have on regulations. The South Korean government was likely moving forward with a decision to revoke a number of certifications from Volkswagen which will limit the vehicle models which are currently allowed to be sold in the country. Volkswagen choose to stop sales before the local government could make the decision for them, and therefore Volkswagen’s Golf, Jetta, and Tiguan will be part of the halt sale plan.

A spokesperson for Volkswagen Korea stated that “This decision doesn’t mean that Volkswagen is pulling out of Korea, which is a very important market to us. We’ll reapply for certification of our cars if the government revokes it. The process may take several months.”

July 24th, 2016


BMWs are designed for driving pleasure, but when production issues get in the way of that motto BMW does the right thing and issues a stop-delivery order on 202 cars that have been affected. The issue is with their M2, M3, M4, M5, and 5 and 6 Series models that were produced between May 12 and July 4, 2016, and has been identified as a rear differential problem.

No official statement has been released on what the exact issue is, but it is a big enough problem that BMW is stopping sales and ensuring a proper fix is in place before returning to normal production schedule. Customers who have one of these vehicles on order are encouraged to contact their local dealership to determine if their vehicle is part of the stop-delivery.

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