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Renault Shows Off Dual-Functioned, Electric Frendzy Concept

On: Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 4:34PM | By: Chris Weiss

Renault Shows Off Dual-Functioned, Electric Frendzy Concept test 1-1

The hot, long, quiet days of summer are upon us. Being that it's an odd year, means that it's the perfect time to start showing and discussing Frankfurt Motor Show debuts. Renault took just that liberty last week, unveiling a concept that it calls "Frendzy."

The Car Show: Did You Watch It?

On: Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 1:16PM | By: David Walter

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In announcing its debut episode Wednesday, I mentioned The Car Show’s key to success—don't be Top Gear—and it seems TCS has taken my advice. Top Gear is more of an entertaining show (at least the BBC version is) that tries to be automotive, whereas The Car Show aims to be an automotive show that tries to be entertaining. The eclectic group of qualified misfits they’ve assembled creates a dynamic group that almost any car enthusiast can relate to in some way.

Leno Drives Something Old And Something New [Video]

On: Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 4:02PM | By: Chris Salamone

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One of the perks of being an insanely popular TV personality is the pecuniary success to build and run your own garage, packed with automotive gems past and present. One of the perks of having a personal car collection, while maintaining celebrity status, is that major auto brands like VW are more than happy to oblige your urge to test drive their latest toys. Jay Leno proves that point in his latest article, showcasing a test drive of the oldest surviving VW Beetle followed by an upcoming 2012 model. Watching the video, it’s easy to see how much Leno respects and cherishes classic cars. However, his enthusiasm for the latest Beetle appears equally colorful—and with good reason. Leno pushed his test vehicle in excess of 130 mph.

Ferrari Fail! 458 And GTO Crashes On Vallelunga

On: Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 2:18PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ferrari Fail! 458 And GTO Crashes On Vallelunga test 1-1

Unlike the Bugatti Veyron, which has suffered from a rash of horrible owners/drivers for the past few years, the Ferrari 458 Italia has suffered more from its own shortcomings. Specifically, the car was subject to a series of highly publicized fires due to combustible adhesive. Ferrari issued a recall, fixed the problem and moved forward.

But that doesn't mean the 458 Italia is entirely safe. Like the Veyron and any other car, it still requires a competent driver. And one driver that participated in the recent Vallelunga Ferrari Club Italia event proved less than competent.


Another Camaro Transformers Edition Rolls Out

On: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 2:50PM | By: Chris Salamone

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As a general rule, I avoid movies starring Shia Labeouf—with the exception of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull… for better or worse. Even so, as a car enthusiast, it is almost impossible to resist the temptation of Transformers. In light of that fact, Chevrolet saw fit to create a Transformers Special Edition Camaro back in 2010 and now plans to release a 2012 version. A bright yellow Camaro steals the show in the Transformers latest installment, Dark of the Moon. In conjunction with the release of this box-office summer hit, Chevy announced the specifics for the upcoming 2012 edition.

Coolest (Most Sadistic?) Dad Ever Teaches Son to Drive In A Ferrari 458

On: Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 10:26AM | By: Chris Weiss

Coolest (Most Sadistic?) Dad Ever Teaches Son to Drive In A Ferrari 458 test 1-1

I don't know whether I'd be excited or terrified if my father had handed me the keys to a Ferrari when taking me for my first on-road driving lesson. I can just imagine wrapping my sweaty, 16-year-old hands around that intimidating, controls-lined steering wheel, taking a big gulp and trying to get the courage to start up the rumbling V-8 engine. I suppose if it was at a point where I'd developed a little confidence, I would have loved it. Otherwise, it would have been a horrifying moment.

Europe's First EV Battery Switch Station

On: Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 4:17PM | By: Chris Salamone

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I recently stumbled upon an article from a San Antonio-based newspaper which claimed that electric vehicles could never be commercially viable until range length could be improved. More specifically, the author had trouble making his daily commute to work in a Nissan Leaf. Although not every state has the same breath of roadways, EVs in general really need to reach beyond 100 or 200 miles before the average US consumer is willing to make the switch from gasoline to electric and give the boot to range anxiety. It’s already scary enough not hearing the rumbling and roaring of a V8 beneath the hood. Losing precious miles, in addition to throaty exhaust, makes an unlikely success out of the emerging EV market. However, range concerns are being dealt a swift kick to the vitals with Europe’s newest EV innovation—the switchable battery station.

Video: Merc-McLaren Hits 93 MPH In Parking Garage

On: Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 11:07AM | By: Chris Weiss

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You know what you see way too much of in parking garages? Boring, white, small and mid-sized cars parked neatly, row by row. You know what you don't see nearly enough of in parking garages? Empty spaces during key times, for one, but also Mercedes-McLaren SLR's hitting nearly 100 on the speedometer. And if you don't see enough standard SLRs doing that, you certainly don't see enough one-of-four Brabus-tuned SLR Roadsters doing it.

Here's your chance to turn the tides.

Hennessey Venom GT To Run Goodwood (with Warm-Up Video)

On: Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 7:52AM | By: Chris Weiss

Hennessey Venom GT test 2

For the past couple of years, the Hennessy Venom GT has been like a phantom of the supercar world. We don't talk about it nearly as often as cars like the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 or Pagani Huayra, but it shows up every so often to remind us of just how powerful and awesome it is. The next stop? The Goodwood Festival of Speed Hill Climb this weekend.

Video: Local Motors Rally Fighter Hits The Dirt

On: Sat, Jul 2, 2011 at 9:40AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Local Motors Rally Fighter is one of those unique vehicles that we just can't seem to get enough of. It's not the prettiest, probably not the best bang for the buck, but it's just such an interesting idea and backstory that we love seeing it. Translogic got to get behind the scenes and behind the wheel and provided a new video clip of the crowd-sourced off-road demon in action. Surprisingly, the action really isn't the best part—some nice fast off-roading down a dusty dirt road, but we've already seen better. More interesting was the interview with Local Motors' CEO Jay Rogers.

Marauder Makes Mayhem On Top Gear

On: Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 11:16AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Earlier this week, the all-new season of Top Gear began. And we're not talking the watery, semi-entertaining American version, but the original that started it all. What better way to start an all-new season than by featuring something that can be described as the "world's most unstoppable vehicle." The crew put the Marauder armored vehicle through all kinds of brutal testing, and the machine of destruction and protection came out with nary a scratch.

Built by the Paramount Group of South Africa, the Marauder looks kind of like a Hummer that's taken every type of steroid known to man. It's taller, burlier, longer, and, most importantly, tougher. It can carry up to 10 fully outfitted troops in a military mission and is designed to keep its occupants safe no matter what kind of carnage is going on outside. It can be used as an infantry patrol vehicle, command center, or mobile medical station and can survive all types of explosions and attacks. Highlights include run-flat tires, which can roll another 30 miles, even after being pierced by bullets, the ability to swim with a fording depth of half the vehicle, and anti-blast seats. Despite weighing 15 tons—up to 18 when fully packed—the Marauder can travel at speeds up to 75 mph.