A YouTube video uploaded last week has caught the attention of the Calgary Police. The video, timestamped April 8, 2014 is filmed from a dash camera mounted to a Porsche Cayenne according to the video description. It shows a Ford Mustang Shelby driving well over the speed limit on Crowchild Trail with the Cayenne in pursuit. All of this occurs in heavy traffic at the start of the evening rush hour according to the dash camera timestamp. In a bid to catch up to the Mustang, the Cayenne driver dives into the restricted bus only lane and eventually pulls back in behind the Mustang before the video ends.
With the closure of Race City there are no venues for car enthusiasts to get their need for speed out of their systems and incidents like this are probably occurring daily. With the proliferation of dashcams, videos like this will likely continue popping up despite how silly it is to provide police with evidence of your wrongdoings. Check out the video below.
I’m not going to preach about how stupid this is because I was young once. All I can say is, there are better times to be driving like this. If you’re lucky enough to still be kicking around in a few years there hopefully will be some new race tracks in the Calgary area for you to get your speed fix.
Nissan unveiled the new 2015 Murano last month in New York, and today Nissan Aerodynamics engineer Masaaki Arai explains how Nissan was able to improve the aerodynamics of the new Murano by 17% over the previous generation. Everything from the front grills, to the shape of headlights and taillights and rear spoiler all contribute to reducing drag to improve fuel economy. Nissan Design Sculptor Sadatoshi Kitano explains how difficult it was to design the Murano to not only be striking and instantly recognizable while at the same time focusing on a design that reduces drag.
I think they did very well in my books on the design side. I love the look of the new Murano and the fact they were able to reduce drag by 17% while doing so is icing on the cake.
For Mother’s Day, Ford asked some kids to describe what they thought would be mom’s dream car. Pictured above is a car made of chocolate, dark chocolate because that’s what mom likes. It would have a massage chair where she can get a manicure and pedicure and a robot would drive her around. Oh, and the tires would be made of marshmallows with chocolate chips in them. Ford took all the outlandish ideas and through some playful illustrations, brought them to life. Check out the video below to hear kids describe their dream cars for mom while they come to life.
This is basically the automotive version of a paparazzi-celebrity confrontation, we’ll call it the carparazzi. Automotive photographer Jason Thorgalsen spotted a Lamborghini Huracan cruising around on the highway in Florida and with camera gear in tow, quickly turned around on the highway and caught up with the driver to record some video and to take some shots of the beast. That was all good until the driver of the Huracan apparently got tired of the publicity and called in some muscle (more like fat) in an Audi as backup.
Here is Jason’s view on the whole situation taken from his YouTube video:
There were some pretty interesting series of events today which all started from me seeing a picture of the Lamborghini Huracan on facebook this morning!
This test mule has been spotted all over the Gulf Coast of Florida since the beginning of 2014 and after months of hearing about the car I finally saw it driving on the highway with my camera in hand. The driver didn’t seem to mind people driving along the side of him taking cell phone pictures but he obviously had an issue seeing the camera I was using to take pictures and video of the car.
After driving along for awhile an Audi A8 showed up and immediately cut me off. After trying to block me from making any lane change I got around the Audi to continue on my way. As I approached the exit with the 2 cars behind me I was amazed the Audi forced his way on my right hand side and blocked my car from getting off the highway as the Lamborghini pulled in behind me. I have seen plenty of prototypes driving on the road well before production so I was shocked the driver of the Lamborghini was exiting the vehicle on the side of the highway and approaching my car. He immediately started yelling at me trying to intimidate me which I couldn’t be bothered by but when he reached inside of my car and shoved my camera he escalated the situation which I decided it was time to call the police before he continued any further. Like the coward he is he promptly got back in the Lamborghini when he realized I was calling 911 and took off while the Audi sat there for a few minutes blocking my car from exiting the highway.
I hope Volkswagen Audi Group sees this video and shows who they have representing their brand. What a shame!!
Check out the video below, who is in the wrong here? Should one expect some unwanted attention when cruising around in a brand new Lamborghini Huracan? Either way, pretty crazy series of events. It almost seemed like Jason Statham was arriving on scene in the Audi… until he got out of the car that is LOL.
Don’t have a big bank account like the BBC to film some outlandish Top Gear Video? Well, Richard Hammond helpfully explains in this DIY guide how to film your own episode of Top Gear. No need to rent out any race tracks or travel to exotic locations either. All you need is for your parents to be gone on vacation, some quick course planning and some timing gear. Oh and a stunt biker who can guide his motorcycle carefully and delicately around the house to set a good lap time. We wouldn’t want to cause any damage right?
Since our invitation to the Fiarano Circuit to test drive the LaFerrari was lost in the mail, our next best thing to do is to check out all the video reviews that are starting to come out. We saw Autocar’s Steve Sutcliffe review of the LaFerrari yesterday but here is another cool video by Car & Driver showcasing the active aero on the LaFerrari as it dives into corners under braking and the driver gets back on the accelerator to wring out that 950 horsepower 6.2L V12 engine.
Autocar’s Steve Sutcliffe was not only lucky enough to be invited by Ferrari to wring out the LaFerrari at Ferrari’s Fiarano test track but he was the first driver in the first session to hit the track and as he sat in the car before leaving the garage to hit the track he was literally shaking with excitement. I suppose I would be the same if I were given the chance to pilot the nearly 1000 horsepower machinery around the track. In fact, my video review would probably consist of me just screaming “THIS IS AMAZING!” over and over again–likely laced with some profanity. Perhaps this is why I am not on Ferrari’s list?
I suppose I could demonstrate my car review prowess by writing an imaginary LaFerrari review to earn my stripes but I think I’ll just stick to reading reviews (imaginary and real world) as well as catching video reviews of the LaFerrari like this one.
Been meaning to post this video up on the blog for awhile now but keep forgetting. It is a pretty interesting video that focuses on how Governments set speed limits artificially low so they can write more tickets. It looks at how ICBC, the VancouverPolice Department and the media all have a hand at shaping or distorting the truth when it comes to speeding.
It’s only been a week since Subaru pulled the curtains away and unveiled the Subaru WRX Concept in New York at the New York International Auto Show to a throng of delighted media. The reaction thus far has been predominantly positive. In fact I think the only negative reaction I’ve seen so far is that many don’t think this aggressive design will ever make it to production.
Osamu Namba, General Manager of Design Dept, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. spends a few minutes going over the design of the WRX Concept on the show floor. Check out the video below:
The A45 AMG sees Mercedes-AMG embarking on a new era. For the first time in the company’s history extending back over more than 45 years, Mercedes-Benz’s performance brand is offering a fascinating high-performance vehicle in the compact class.
Check out this video showing the A45 both on the road and the track. We also get another look into that gorgeous interior, which is likely one of the best in the compact class.
It’s always nice to see when owners of nice cars actually go out and drive them, I mean that’s why they were built right? Well, some may say extremely limited production vehicles such as a Ferrari Enzo should be an exception since they’re already so rare but not so says this Enzo owner. His Enzo is not a garage queen at all as you can see in the video as he takes it for a quick rip around some gravel and dirt covered roads and even through a small section of mud.
If you were wondering if it was still possible to kick out that tail on the crazy wide 345 Michelin Pilot Sport tires on the back of the first Canadian RAUH-Welt Porsche build then wonder no more. Nakai San, who was in Vancouver building the RWB993 was spotted having a little fun while testing out the car on the streets.
Watch as a flying SUV crashes into the windshield of an oncoming car on a Korean highway. It appears that they survived the scary ordeal, but this is one accident they won’t soon forget. These are the sort of crazy videos you’d expect to see coming out of Russia.
I spent a bit of time with the new SL63 AMG at the AMG Performance Tour last year, and was blown away by how good the SL63 was on the track. It’s a completely different car than the predecessor, no longer is it a big boat, but an actual bit of a weapon on the racetrack. Chris Harris compares the new SL63 against the BMW M6 in this week’s Drive episode, as the Ultimate Driving Machine has to prove that it still deserves the moniker.
The Dodge Ram Trucks ad is essentially a two minute homage to farmers. While its a good ad, its a bit lazy. It features a set of still pictures with the voice of Paul Harvey, a radio broadcaster who passed away in 2009, in his speech from 1978 at the Future Farmers of America convention. I say its lazy because it was already done back in 2011 (watch it here).
The Cars.com one was quite clever differentiating the Cars.com car buying experience from traditional car dealerships. The best part? It features a wolf. What more do I need to say? ;)