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Infiniti Teases Glimpses Of Future At Geneva

On: Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 2:46PM | By: Chris Salamone

Infiniti Sports Car Concept test 2

During this LA-induced period of auto euphoria, Infiniti has dropped a bombshell set of teaser images depicting a car they believe will extend the potential for both high performance and low emission electric cars. Set to make an official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 2012, this latest Infiniti sports car concept looks to be an attempt to bridge the gap between performance enthusiasts and eco-friendly hipsters.

Although little and less is currently known about whether Infiniti plans to go into full production on this vehicle, the company’s official press video offers some insight into their game plan. From the upcoming JX to Nissan’s GT-R, we are talking about a brand which constantly strives to be on the cutting edge of style and technology. This future high performance range-extending electric sports car is an effort to raise the bar even further – a sort of one-up in the game of Mother Nature-approved performance.

Four Exhaust Pipes?! Beetle R Shows Stateside

On: Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 11:34AM | By: Chris Salamone

VW Beetle R Concept test 2

Since VW’s booming announcement that a Golf R model would be coming down the pipeline soon, US fans of Das Auto have waited patiently – toes tapping all the while. But before the Golf R has even hit US showrooms, VW has seen fit to release another race-inspired prototype cast from an altogether different mold. During the vehicle’s initial debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Beetle R landed in US headlines with an appropriate level of enthusiasm and jealousy. We wanted the seemingly more virile Beetle R, and we wanted it first.

The LA Auto Show may not be the first Beetle R showing, but at least we finally get a close-up.

New Holistic Racer Training Site SAFE Is Fast Is Serious, Star-Packed And FREE!

On: Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 10:11AM | By: Andrew W Davis

SAFE Is Fast test 2

Now I was a high-performance-driving natural, earning seven straight Big Wheel Racing Championships in my neighborhood (and/or mind) before I turned pro at 11. Since then I’ve moved up the ranks to professional “production car test driver that sometimes does so on race tracks,” which—though short on trophies—is big on, well… seat-time, I suppose.

It took a long time—and many expensive driver training courses I mostly didn’t have to pay for—to get to my level of awesomeness. But let’s say you don’t have the “connections” it takes to bill someone else for your driver training, let alone the scratch it takes to pay your way into them the way you’re supposed to.

If only someone could package the combined knowledge of nearly every professional in auto racing—including drivers, team owners, car builders, receptionists, and anyone else nearby—regarding nearly every aspect of racing, into video clips that could be found at one slick website….

2013 Ford Escape Hype Hits Fever Pitch

On: Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 9:09AM | By: Chris Salamone

2013 Ford Escape test 2

As of today, almost every major news source has picked up and extolled the virtues of Ford’s 2013 Escape. During an official unveiling at the LA Auto Show, automotive journalists and enthusiasts alike were treated to a huge array of information and sexy ad posturing. The trouble is, this latest Escape sort of downgrades the things about the former Escape which we’ve all come to know and love. Sure, the 2013 version looks refreshed, more modern, and offers superior gas mileage, but what happened to the Escape’s rugged, boxy look? What happened to a mini-SUV that made us feel like going on holiday?

Now we’re stuck with a CUV, strongly resembling the Ford Focus, which looks best navigating the crowded supermarket parking lot. There are some good points though…


Countrymen, Lend Me Your Gears! (Video)

On: Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 11:37AM | By: Chris Salamone

Mini Countryman X-raid test 2

Much has been said about Prodrive-enhanced Minis as the latest and greatest Mini modification. Step aside, Prodrive, X-raid has entered the arena. Sponsored by Monster, the German-based Baja racing team X-raid plans to enter five excruciatingly excellent Minis in a high-stakes South American desert rally race starting January 1, 2012 and concluding two weeks later across the continent.

In addition to five brightly-colored Minis, X-raid also intends to throw in three BMW X3s in the 2012 Dakar rally which spans from Mar del Plata, Argentina to Lima, Peru.

Honda Creates Most Awesome Beer-Pouring Robot Ever (Video)

On: Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 1:21PM | By: Chris Weiss

Honda Creates Most Awesome Beer-Pouring Robot Ever test 2

After several years of covering the technology industry, one of the trends that I found was that the entire field of robotics seemed to have been created just so that we had robot-servants to get us beer out of the fridge while we while the days away watching television or tanning on a lounge chair. Forget production automation, space exploration or other potentially life-changing objectives, robot after robot was created to keep man lubricated and jovial with Heineken upon Heineken.

While I ran into numerous beer-popping robots in the technology world, this Honda ASIMO is the first I've come across in the automotive world. It's also one of the most human-like and awesome robots I've seen.

Chevy TrailBlazer Debuts In Dubai (Video)

On: Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 11:55AM | By: Chris Salamone

All-new Chevy Trailblazer test 2

Just today, Chevrolet debuted a worldwide 'show' version of the company’s highly anticipated all-new TrailBlazer SUV at the Dubai International Motor Show. Starting with Thailand in early 2012, Chevy plans to sell TrailBlazers globally. The vehicle features seven seats which are capable of folding flat, a body-on-frame SUV with the ride comfort and fuel efficiency of a crossover, and chassis meant to handle serious off-road conditions or city driving—if you’re into that thing.

But if you’re also thinking the TrailBlazer looks somewhat familiar, your powers of perception are right on. The latest Chevrolet Colorado shares similar DNA, design cues, and both vehicles were built in tandem. From all angles, the TrailBlazer looks sophisticated, aggressive and capable—a sort of physical manifestation of what GM intends this SUV do be.

Classic Car Cultist: Subaru BRAT

On: Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 3:13PM | By: Chris Salamone

Subaru Brat test 2

Remember that insanely popular kid from high school? The one with the mullet and cigarette pack carefully rolled into his sleeve? What made him popular was not that outlandish haircut, and certainly not any strange ability to communicate better than the rest of us, nor was it the product of a highly confused and misguided generation. Instead, his claim to fame can only be attributed to the one universally recognized symbol of a ‘top of the food chain’ status. Say hello to the Subaru BRAT.

The BRAT, a clever acronym for Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter, was a car which defied categorization. Part car, part utility truck, Subaru essentially chopped the rear top off of the company’s four-wheel drive station wagon and released the BRAT as a competitor for the then heavily popular Chevrolet El Camino and Ford Ranchero market.

Videos That Rock: Freestyle Motorcycling The French Alps

On: Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 5:03PM | By: Chris Weiss

Videos That Rock: Freestyle Motorcycling The French Alps test 2

Freestyle motorcycling too often gets a rep of contrived stunts in front of drunken fans in a big arena on 'Sunday, Sunday, Sunday'. Not that any of that is necessarily bad, but it's not all you can do with a bike. After all, "freestyle" indicates a lack of boundaries and a bit of imagination.

Ride the World Productions take us worlds away from the dirt and mud of the arena, bringing motorcycling to one of the most beautiful natural environments in the world: the French Alps. What ensues is a captivating film that redefines "freestyle motorcyling" for casual fans like myself.

Blake Griffin Edition Kia Optima At SEMA

On: Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 1:03PM | By: Chris Weiss

Blake Griffin Edition Kia Optima At SEMA test 2

This week is typically when the sports world welcomes back the NBA season. But this year, thanks to greed and complete negotiation failure, the world doesn't have an NBA season. And it might not anytime soon.

It wasn't that long ago that things were normal in the NBA. In fact, it was just a couple of months ago. In addition to watching an overstacked, over-hyped Miami team lose to the Dallas Mavericks in the finals, one of the biggest highlights of the 2010-11 season was dunk machine Blake Griffin. From winning the slam dunk contest to being a regular on highlight clips, the young Griffin added some serious energy and excitement to the NBA.

Kia is recognizing Griffin's contributions via a special edition Optima.

Most Awesome Traffic Back-Up Ever! (Video)

On: Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 9:06AM | By: Chris Weiss

Most Awesome Traffic Back-Up Ever test 2

You're driving along the freeway or a country road when you suddenly catch a glimpse of red, black, yellow... whatever. That's no ordinary Chevy or Honda. Hell, it doesn't even look like a Mustang, Corvette, or other everyday sports car. No, that's something special. It's lower than any other car on the road, has some major curves, and doesn't look like any type of car you've ever seen. You slow down to a crawl and try not to gawk too obviously when the car in question passes. Whether it’s a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, or something else, seeing a supercar like that can make your entire day—because it's not every day that you see one.

Given that logic, it's not every lifetime that you see more than a hundred supercars in one massive traffic jam. But today's that day.