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.
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? It’s ironic that I’m the one that gets to write about this supercar. You see, I’m not exactly a fan of Ferrari. Don’t get me wrong, Ferrari makes some great sports cars, but I’m a diehard McLaren fan in the sport of Formula 1 and Ferrari has been our biggest rival over the checkered history of the two teams.
For me, driving a Ferrari is akin to a Red Sox fan wearing a Yankees jersey or, something closer to home, a Flames fan sporting Oilers gear. It’s obvious that the owner of this car has a good sense of humor, as he suggested that I close off our Summer Series by taking his F50 for a day. I promised to be open minded about the experience. Hell, I even wore a red shirt to pick up the car. Read the rest of this post »
With frequent business trips to the Bay Area, I’ve experienced first hand the convenience of Uber. After a night out with co-workers at Lucky Strike where many adult beverages were consumed (open bar seems to be the theme at company events), half our group wanted to head back to the hotel while the other half decided to head out to a random karaoke bar. I start looking around for cabs so we could flag one down while a couple of the executives just whipped their smartphones out.
In less than a minute they had already summoned a couple Uber cars to pick us up and about 7-8 minutes a driver came up and picked us up. I presume the second Uber car picked up the other group right after we left. The best part was that at the end of the trip, we didn’t have to pay. It’s all done automatically. That’s right, no arguing with the driver about how he can’t take a credit card because his machine is broken, or figuring out how much to tip the driver (trust me, it can get expensive after a night out of drinking if your math is bad lol).
After returning home to Calgary, Uber is one thing I always miss after a night out. In Calgary, you’re lucky if you can even get a taxi after midnight. Most people arrange rides with friends to get home, and unfortunately many choose to drive themselves home while intoxicated. It’s a big problem, but protecting an antiquated taxi system is higher on priority list than providing consumers with better transportation options in Calgary.
I’m not entirely sure when Uber setup this online petition for Uber Calgary, but it was probably some time last year after they ran a promotional trial. They have already collected 3,887 signatures as I am writing this. If you think Calgary City Council should fix the taxi situation by allowing companies like Uber to operate here, go check out the site and sign the petition.
This is your chance to stand with us and send a message to your elected officials that Calgary deserves a new set of transportation choices. Consumers love Uber because the taxi industry doesn’t come close to offering the same convenience and reliability. Drivers love Uber because it provides higher earnings and greater flexibility. Cities love Uber because it gives residents and visitors a ride when they need one, serves neighborhoods that taxi companies neglect and reduces taxi crimes and DUI arrests.
Uber may not completely solve the taxi issues in Calgary, but if the City of Calgary eliminates the $80 minimum that limo and town car service companies have to charge for trips, Uber would be able to operate to relieve the demand on taxi services as it will provide a choice, albeit a more expensive one, to those that are willing to pay for it.
If you missed the original post, illmotion hosted the 4th annual Sunday School Show and Shine this weekend at the Max Bell Arena. We posted a big set of pictures in Part 1 and as promised we have included the rest of the pictures in this set.
As I mentioned in Part 1, there were a ton of amazing cars that made it out to the show for everyone to see and it is no different for Part 2. I’ve included some of my favorites, but there are many more in the gallery at the end of this post. Apologies to anyone that had a car entered in the show that was missed.
It may be too little, too late but Honda has announced that the Honda Performance Development (HPD) supercharger kit for the CR-Z is now available. Strapping on the supercharger will boost the power output to 196 horsepower, a significant jump from 130 horsepower. Had the CR-Z launched with a supercharger from the factory, I’d bet there would be a lot more on the road today. The kit also comes with an air-to-air intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors and an updated ECU program. Cost of the kit in the US will be $5,495 (no word on Canadian pricing) and the best part is that CR-Z owners maintain their factory warranty if it is installed by a Honda dealer.
“The CR-Z was the first hybrid to prove that efficiency doesn’t have to come at the cost of sportiness and fun,” said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development. “With HPD street performance accessories, including the new supercharger kit, the CR-Z will surprise everyone again with even higher levels of performance directly inspired by our on-track racing efforts.”
The HPD supercharger kit is available exclusively for CR-Z manual transmission models and HPD has developed an optional limited slip differential and HPD sport clutch for those customers looking for an even higher level of performance.
This past sunday, illmotion hosted the 4th annual Sunday School Show and Shine at the Max Bell Arena. As with every year, hundreds of cars descended on the parking lot where owners showcased their rides. One thing different this year however was the weather. Each year, it is normally scorching during the Sunday School Show and Shine, but this year it was a much more comfortable affair allowing people to get out from under their tents to talk cars. Roaming the parking lot it was great to see proud owners talk about their builds with each other and those that came down to check them out.
There were a ton of amazing work, and hopefully we captured a good cross section of the vehicles that were there. With limited time and the number of people checking out the cars in person, it was difficult to get everyone. We’ve broken up the post into two parts due to the sheer number, so check back tomorrow for the rest of the pictures.
I spend a lot of time on various car forums on the internet, and I always enjoy clicking on the car comparison threads because they bring me the most amount of enjoyment. You see, I love watching people argue on the internet, as long as I’m not involved. Car comparisons always have good intentions to begin with, on the internet or in real life, but they typically end in a shit show of fanboys trying to justify why their prized possession is better than someone else who owns a competing model. I have a theory which explains why this happens.
It’s very simple, the theory is that there are only 3 personality types that describe every car enthusiast in the world. While everyone is primarily 1 of these 3 types, they can dabble in the other categories but, in the end, they will argue to the end based on their primary personality. Let’s break it down. Read the rest of this post »
It may have took two decades, but McLaren has just unveiled the design concept for the successor to the McLaren F1 GTR at a private function at the Pebble Beach Concours event. Meet the McLaren P1 GTR. The goal of the McLaren P1 GTR is crystal clear: to be the best driver’s car in the world on track. The key to that goal is “on track” as McLaren is not constrained by any pesky federal legislations for road legality, or silly bumper laws, emissions standards, etc etc.
Compared to the road going P1, the front track has been increased by 80mm. The P1 GTR ride height is fixed, lower than the standard car and rides on a race-prepared suspension system. The mirrors have been relocated to reduce drag and be closer to the eye line of the driver. The P1 GTR rides on a set of 19″ wheels, 10.5″ wide up front and 13″ out back wrapped in a set of racing slicks and are secured with quick-release centre locking nuts. Changing tires on the P1 GTR will be made easier with the onboard air jacking system, like the one seen on the McLaren 650S GT3.
The Toyota FT-1 Concept was stunning when it was unveiled in Detroit and was probably one of the few concept cars that some people were genuinely excited to see. The excitement is likely due to the fact that many expect that when the production version of the FT-1 hits the streets, it will bring the Supra nameplate back to the Toyota stable.
Today, what we have here is the latest take on the FT-1 concept. Gone now is the sporty black and red interior of the Toyota FT-1 Concept from Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS), replaced with a much more luxurious looking tan (brown?) interior. I’m personally not a fan of tan colored interiors, but you can’t argue how classy it looks on paired up with the graphite paint job of this second FT-1 concept presented at Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival gala in Monterey. My first thought when I saw this particular color scheme was that it was more of a Lexus than a Toyota with its premium look and interior styling.
“From the start of the FT-1 project, we wanted the driver to have a feeling of flow while at the wheel – to be able to focus on the road and nothing else,” said Sellene Lee, the Calty creative designer who proposed both color concepts. “In the color studio we help create the atmosphere of the vehicle, and our aim was to ensure everything supported the driver through efficient choices. The saddle leather maintains that same ‘in the zone’ driving intention, while bringing in a more premium feeling.”
I hope this FT-1 makes its rounds during the auto show season as I would love to see it in person. In the mean time, we have a ton of photos in the gallery go check it out!
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. My theme for this article was going to be “Growing up and growing old”. I was going to walk you through Benyl’s completely normal car history, where he threw whatever cheap mods he could to make his car stand out, regardless of whether or not they made the car any better. We were going to bring back memories of him crashing at the track (or on the streets) by driving like an idiot. We’d transition into his actual adulthood, where he owns a sensible home and drives a sensible wagon.
Problem is, none of those things are true. Benyl was born a 50 year old man and his cars have gotten consistently more powerful from the factory as time goes on. He didn’t really mod his cars until a money shift destroyed his STI’s engine and he was going to have to pay for a new one anyway. Even then, he built it right the first time. Read the rest of this post »
The 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show is shaping up to be a fine show with the announcement from the show organizers that there are just under 60 debuts (25 world debuts) scheduled. The show is still a ways off (Mid November) so nothing specific has been announced, but we do know that the Chevy Volt that was rumored to be debuting in LA will in fact be unveiled early next year in Detroit at the 2015 NAIAS.
You can expect the AMG GT to make an appearance, although the world debut will likely be a month earlier in Paris. Audi may bring the next generation R8 as well. Stay tuned as this will be another exciting auto show season. Our team will be in LA to bring you photos from the show as soon as the cars are unveiled.