Porsche Taycan Quietly Making Rounds At The ‘Ring Again

And yes, the fake exhaust tips are still there.

This isn’t the first time that the Taycan, pronounced as Tie-Kahn, has been seen testing at the Nurburgring in Germany. But quite frankly, we’re not getting tired of it. Not after seeing its official specs released by Porsche. It was a handful to digest, especially its 600-horsepower (440-kilowatt) output brought about by two permanently synchronous motors – one for the front axle, the other at the back. But what do you except? it’s a Porsche, and the maker of the iconic 911 isn’t about to shatter its reputation, more so, on its first-ever, full-electric model. Read More

Watch Mercedes-Benz EQC Conduct Final Heat Testing

AUG 18 2018 BY MARK KANE

Europe’s driest region is not a problem for the Mercedes-Benz EQC

Weeks ahead of the EQC premier, Mercedes-Benz feeds us with another teaser – one of the better ones put forth by M-B of late.

This time we see pre-production prototypes tested during the summer in the Tabernas desert in Andalusia, Spain.

The location isn’t random, as it’s Europe’s driest region, which seems fitting enough to conduct final heat testing. Read More

See BMW M2 Competition In 360-Degree Video Being Punished On Track

Watch the exhilarating lap from all angles.

It’s no secret that the M2 is one hell of a car, more so, in its M2 Competition package. The added 40 horsepower and 37 pound-feet of torque make this BMW a fun and exciting car to drive. With its six-pot 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine (taken from the bigger M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe) spewing a total of 405 hp and 406 lb-ft torque, it’s no wonder our Editor from Motor1 Germany had a great time with it. Read More

VW Calls Out Van Makers On Lack Of Standard-Fit Emergency Braking

German firm says the safety system could prevent up to 2,500 crashes a year.

Volkswagen has called out other van manufacturers for failing to include autonomous emergency braking systems on their commercial vehicles.

Autonomous emergency braking, or AEB, is an automatic system that applies a vehicle’s brakes without any driver input if the onboard sensors detect an impending crash. The system is designed to prevent low-speed accidents, such as urban bumps caused by distracted drivers, but it can also prevent (or at least reduce the effects of) high-speed collisions. Read More

Top 10 Cars Of Enzo Ferrari

Enzo Ferrari died on August 14, 1988 at the age of 90; some 30 years later, his legacy lives on. The Ferrari brand is what it is today thanks to the iron-fisted rule of Enzo, who decreed that the Italian marque would always be more important than any individual within it.

This mentality was often remarked upon by disgruntled Grand Prix drivers as dictatorial, but there is no denying that Mr Ferrari’s methods produced results – on both the road and the race track. Here are the ten most notable cars Enzo Ferrari oversaw. Read More

1967 Ford Shelby GT500 EXP Is The Holy Grail Of Barn Finds

It’s official! Green Hornet’s rare sister has been found.

The almost-most-expensive Mustangto be ever bought in an auction, the 1968 Shelby EXP 500 Green Hornet that pulled in an outstanding bid of $1.8 million at Barrett-Jackson, apparently has a sister named “Little Red.” These two are the rarest Shelby prototypes ever built, as they are the only notchbacks coupes that ever rolled and wore the Shelby nameplate. Read More

Ayrton Senna's Final Kart Is Heading To Auction

The kart raced by the legend in 1994 is being offered without reserve.

The last kart driven by the late Ayrton Senna will be auctioned off at RM Sotheby’s sale in London on September 5.

The kart, which is being offered without reserve, is expected to fetch between £50,000-£70,000, with 10 percent of the proceeds going to the Instituto Ayrton Senna charity, which aims to empower the youth of Brazil by providing quality education. The institute benefits 1,500,000 children, 65,000 teachers and over 660 municipalities across 17 Brazilian states each year. Read More

New Rimac C_Two Hypercar Revealed at the Petersen Automotive Museum

“C_Two was built to be used. It’s not to purely sit pretty,” affirms Marta Longin, Rimac Automobili’s communications maestro who’s methodically taking me through the company’s all-new, all-electric hypercar. Walking toward the open McLaren-esque, butterfly carbon doors, she adds: “This is a car ready to cross continents.” And based on the specs Longin quotes, the C_Two will do so in a manner yet-to-be-experienced by any car ever produced. Oh yes, Bugatti, Koenigsegg, your time as the outright kings of speed is rapidly coming to a close. Read More

Take A Good Look At The SSC Tuatara’s Beefy Engine

Seven years in the making – let’s all hold our breath until August 26.

Long overdue – those are the two words that best describe the upcoming Tuatara. It was in 2011 when SSC, formerly known as Shelby SuperCars, introduced its first concept. It was a work-of-art, with a huge ambition to be the fastest car on the planet, right next to the SSC Ultimate Aero.

But seven years down the line, the Tuatara remains as a concept and a prototype, but not until August 26, 2018. SSC confirmed that it will reveal its final production form at Pebble Beach 2018 during the Monterey Car Week. SSC even dropped teasers of the Tuatara, hinting that it won’t be too far from the prototypes that came out in the past years. Read More

SSC Tuatara's twin-turbo V8 showed off ahead of Pebble Beach

The SSC Tuatara has been a slow burn for seven years, after the concept debuted in 2011 and racked up $13 million in sales that same year. We got smoke at the beginning of the year when the Washington-state company showed a teaser. Now we get heat and smoke thanks to SSC teasing the twin-turbo V8 that will power the production model. The sneak peak comes about a week before SSC plans to reveal the Tuatara during Monterey Car Week – as it did in 2011. Read More

Watch This Ford Bronco R/C Prance On The Beach In Slow Motion

There’s a certain level of satisfaction in this 3-minute video.

When it comes to car videos, slow-motion types are fun to watch. Every detail of the vehicle is carefully showcased, while its action is somehow stylized further, frame by frame. Honestly, we always feel a certain level of satisfaction when watching cars doing it in slow-mo. It’s like reaching the most unreachable part your ear; it’s just indescribable. Read More

Rear-end Collision Costs Toyota $242 Million

After deliberating eight hours, a Texas jury ordered Toyota to pay $242.1 million to compensate a Dallas family involved in a 2016 rear-end collision that seriously injured two children.

The children, aged 3 and 5, were rear-seat occupants in a 2002 Lexus ES300 driven by parents Benjamin and Kristi Reavis on Dallas’ North Central Expressway. While stopped in traffic, a Honda Pilot collided with the rear of the car at a high rate of speed, causing the front seatbacks to collapse. Read More

GM Held An Employee Competition The Best Garbage Art

In this contest, everybody’s a winner.

Going green has always been the initiative of GM. This year, however, the company takes it green initiative a bit further with the “Project Greenway” design competition. The contestants? No other than the company’s artists from its Design Center.

The things repurposed in the competition are waste materials from models that the Design Center used. Unwanted and discarded items were collected at General Motors’ Global Technical Center campus, where the Design Center is located. These include leather, wood, high-density foam, metal, frames, plumbing parts, mesh, caster, chain, supplier samples and more, which were given to the contestants in a first-come, first-grab basis. Read More

Win A Spot On The Podium And A Share Of $100,000 With Le Mans Esports Series

Registration now open for Motorsport Network and ACO’s new motorsport esports championship.

Silverstone, UK-  18 August 2018 Registration for the Le Mans Esports Series (LMES), a joint initiative by Motorsport Network and the Automobile Club l’Ouest (ACO), has officially opened following this afternoon’s LMES press conference. Winners of the ground-breaking esports series will have a chance to secure a spot on the 2019 Le Mans 24hrs podium and a share of the $100,000 prize pot. Read More

2019 Chevrolet Malibu RS to start at $24,995

When Chevrolet announced the 2019 Malibu RS at this year’s New York Auto Show, the automaker said the sport-ish sedan should come in around $25,000. Seems that hint was only five dollars off. Cars Direct found an order guide showing that the appearance package for the midsize sedan will roll out the door for $24,120 plus an $875 destination charge, for $24,995 total. That makes the Malibu RS exactly $1,000 more dear than the lower LS trim, which needs $23,995 after destination. We’re not sure yet how much the higher LT trim will command. Read More

Chinese tariffs may delay Elon Musk's boring projects

WASHINGTON – A company owned by Elon Musk that is trying to lower the cost of building high-speed transit tunnels has asked the Trump administration to exempt it from tariffs for some Chinese-made tunnel boring machine components, warning the tariffs could significantly delay a planned tunnel between New York and Washington. Read More

Subaru Prices All-New Forester From $24,295

That’s just up by $500 from the previous model.

Subaru has just released the pricing and trim levels of the 2019 Forester, and it’s looking really great. The fifth-generation model may sport a not-so-different look from its predecessor, but it packs a lot of things inside, making it a bang-for-the-buck compact SUV.

To start off, the Forester has its base variant priced at $24,295 without the destination charge. This includes 17-inch steel wheels with all-season tires and disc brakes on all four. Door handles and rear/side underguards also come in body color. If you want to swap the wheels with alloys instead, that would cost you $600 and Subaru will also throw in roof rails with that. Read More

Kroger starts testing driverless grocery delivery in Arizona

U.S. supermarket operator Kroger said it will start testing driverless grocery delivery on Thursday with technology partner Nuro at a single Fry’s Food Store in Scottsdale, Arizona. Kroger and rival Walmart each have teamed up with autonomous vehicle companies in a bid to lower the high-cost of “last-mile” deliveries to customer doorsteps, as online retailer Amazon.com rolls out free Whole Foods delivery for subscribers to its Prime perks program. Read More

This All-White Tesla Model 3 Came With One Brown Door Panel

17 H BY STEVEN LOVEDAY

How about a white Tesla Model 3 Performance with white interior … and one brown door panel?

Yes folks, it really happened. Apparently, everyone at Tesla overlooked the fact that just one of the Model 3’s interior door panels was brown. Although it’s said that these cars go through a number of checks before leaving the factory, not to mention the process once they move to a delivery center, the issue remained unnoticed. Read More

The Amazing Plans To Recreate The Woodstock VW Bus

The Woodstock music festival remains one of modern history’s most iconic events. Attracting an audience of more than 400,000 people seeking three days of peace and music, 1969’s harmonious happening was headlined by the likes of Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Who.

Held on Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm, Woodstock set the foundations for music festivals thereafter and holds such cultural significance that the festival site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Read More

Morgan-Inspired Bicycles are $1,900 Beauties

Bikes are hand built by British firm Pashley to celebrate Morgan’s cars.

British sports car manufacturer Morgan has collaborated with bike company Pashley to create two concept bicycles, both themed around the car maker’s products.

Both bikes are hand built, with the Morgan 8 model featuring a subtle grey livery said to be inspired by Morgan’s racing heritage. The black leather grips are hand stitched and feature aluminium end caps based on Morgan switchgear, while the mudguard and chainguard handcrafted by Morgan from black ash wood. Read More

RIP Toyota Verso 2009 – 2018

You were too pure for this world.

Are you sitting down? We have some desperately sad news – the much-loved doyenne of the Toyota range, the Verso MPV, has been given the boot in Europe. 

The car has its roots all the way back in the Corolla Verso that was first introduced in Japan in 1997. That car made its way through two generations before the Corolla bit was ditched and the Verso MPV was launched at the Frankfurt motor show in 2009.  Read More

SUV Drivers Most Likely To Ignore “Car Park Etiquette”

Study in the U.K. also shows VW drivers are serial offenders.

SUV drivers are the most likely to ignore “car park etiquette” by committing minor offences such as parking across bay lines and driving in the wrong direction, a new study has revealed.

A survey by insurance firm Direct Line in the U.K. found that SUV drivers commit almost a third (31 percent) of all car park offences, which include parking in a disabled bay without showing a disabled person’s Blue Badge – an activity that can result in fines and even the seizure of the vehicle. Read More

Which Auto Maker Will Steal Tesla’s Thunder?

There is no argument that Elon Musk’s Tesla company is the electric car pioneer for the modern age, the first firm dedicated to making cars for the future – cars that don’t need the dirty, smelly, oily fossil fuels. Since they have gone mainstream though, there have been many attempts by many a car maker to steal Tesla’s thunder, as it were, and become the lead EV producer, but none has been terribly successful. However, there is one new EV around the corner that might just do that. Read More

Volkswagen Arteon long-term review

This particular Arteon’s specification differs from the norm, mind. A diet of diesel has long been the preference for big-mileage executive saloons, but our fresh-faced long-term test car is propelled by the backstop of the engine lineup: the turbocharged 1.5-litre TSI Evo petrol engine. In a Golf, it’s a compelling proposition and one we’re particularly fond of, with a levity that makes spinning it out a satisfying endeavour but enough torque to ensure you’re never asked to work particularly hard for swift progress. Read More

Turning a VW Beetle into a beach buggy for £1250

Beach buggies were big in California but we hadn’t seen one in Woking. That would change within a year or so as these minimalist machines caught on in Britain. I don’t know what make of beach buggy the Sprinkles owned but it’s very similar to the one I’m driving now. This red metalflake marvel is owned by James May, who has had it restored after it was on the Grand Tour programme. Read More

Report: Consumers Care More About Car Reviews Than Specs

It’s not about horsepower.

Car shoppers aren’t looking at horsepower, torque, and the number of cupholders to influence their buying decision, a new report strongly suggests otherwise. If you think there’s too much negativity in the world, then this new study from Morning Consult won’t help because it appears new-car shoppers – 60 percent – said poor reviews would dissuade them from purchasing a specific model.  Read More

Explosive soundtrack from the 850hp Hennessey Corvette Z06

Let’s just take a second to gauge the Hennessey-tuned Corvette Z06 fully, shall we? When it first arrived in 2015, Chevy’s Corvette Z06 – the first of the line to ever receive a supercharger – was powered by the LT4 6.2-litre V8, which produced 650 hp and 650 lb.-ft. of torque, and romped from 0-to-100 km/h in just 2.95 seconds (yes, really). It was, at the time of launch, the most powerful General Motors production car ever. Read More

A shape-shifting, see-through garage

Gazebox is a foldable cover system. It can be used as a modern gazebo or as garage for cars.

Transcript: The Gazebox is a multipurpose carport. It has anti-uv panels that protect vehicles from the sun and harsh weather. The electric remote opener folds up the Gazebox with the push of a button. Gazebox is Italian-made and has add-ons such as an alarm system and air conditioning. It has adjustable led lights that illuminate your Gazebox in different colors. It’s even able to transform into a gazebo when not being used to store your car. Gazebox offers a range of closeable cover systems. Learn more at gazebox.net. Read More

Walter Payton's 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo Is Pure Sweetness

It’s been the Payton family ever since Walter bought it new.

Chicago Bears fans wanting a piece of team history may want to head to the October 25-27 Mecum Auctions to bid on Walter “Sweetness” Payton’s 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo. The classic sports car will roll across the auction block as Payton’s son Jarrett parts with the car. 

Walter had a 13-year career with the Bears, helping take the team to its only Super Bowl victory in the 1985 season. Walter bought the car new in 1979 – one of only 1,200 930 Turbos produced for the U.S. market.  Read More

Transform any bike into an electric bike

The GeoOrbital wheel is an all-electric front wheel replacement that snaps onto any bike in 60 seconds. Lasting 30 miles on a charge. It’s filled with a hi-density foam making it flat-proof.

Transcript: The Geoorbital wheel is an all-electric front wheel replacement that snaps onto any bike. It takes 60 seconds to make the switch from a traditional bike to an electric bike. Powered by a 500w brushless DC motor and Panasonic 36v lithium-ion battery. It lasts 30 miles on a single charge, or up to 50 miles when using pedal-assistance. For additional range, riders can swap out the battery pack. The GeoOrbital wheel can even increase your acceleration speed. It’s also filled with a hi-density foam making it flat-proof. Retail price is $995. Learn more at geoo.com Read More

Audi’s U.S. Lineup Will Be Free of Manual Gearboxes In 2019

The manual transmission continues to die a slow, lingering death. Audi is now eliminating the manual option from its entire U.S. lineup, not that the majority if its customers will actually miss it. While the 2018 Audi A4 can still be had with a six-speed manual, the refreshed 2019 model will not. The same will be true for the less-popular A5 coupe. Read More

Turquoise Chrome Lamborghini Urus Wants All The Attention

Even when it’s parked next to a matching Aventador S.

The Lamborghini Urus is already a polarizing vehicle. The Italian supercar manufacturer is, of course, well-known for making bonkers cars, but despite its indisputable performance cred, the company’s new SUV is very much a love-it-hate-it machine. Whichever camp you fall in with, however, there’s no denying that a Urus wearing a freaking turquoise chrome full body wrap does grab your attention, in much the same way the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile would stand out in a funeral procession. Read More

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Caught Doing 198 MPH On Public Roads

Never record yourself breaking the law; or, don’t break the law.

I’d bet money we’ve all been guilty at one point or another of speeding. It may not have been enough to get the attention of the police, but we’ve all taken the speed limit as more of a suggestion than a rule, especially when the flow of traffic is dictating. However, it’s doubtful many decided to do more than double the speed limit on a public road like 22-year-old William Jefferson in North Carolina did in his Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.  Read More

Watch Hennessey Take Chevy Corvette ZR1 To 194 MPH

Hennessey already offers upgrade packages to make the ZR1 even faster.

Hennessey Performance has been evaluating its Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 for a few months to figure out how to modify the supercharged machine to be even quicker. In a new video, the company finds out just how quickly the stock coupe can go. 

Hennessey’s ZR1 reaches 193 miles per hour (311 kilometers per hour) with ease in this clip. However, watch the speedometer very closely because just as the driver gets off the throttle, the speedometer momentarily hits 194 mph (312 kph) before the car quickly begins slowing down. While witnessing the Corvette’s brutal acceleration, glance at the fuel gauge to the right of the tachometer, too, because you can actually watch it tick down over the course of the run. Read More

Bollinger Asks Tesla If It Can Use Superchargers

3 H BY MARK KANE

Bollinger Motors B1 electric truck at a Tesla Supercharger?

That might become a sight in the near future if the startup truck maker gets an answer from Tesla.

Bollinger Motors could become the first electric vehicle manufacturer to get access to the massive Tesla Supercharging network, this biggest plus in Tesla’s arsenal.

Tesla declared several years ago that the network is open for other brands, as long as other manufacturers will participate in the maintenance of stations, electricity, and will comply with charging connector/protocol. Read More

Hardcore BMW M7 SUV Reportedly Under Consideration

A 600-horsepower, three-row Bimmer? We’re listening.

BMW is building a range-topping SUV. We’ve seen the X7 concept in the sheet metal and uncovered leaked patent images. But like the X3, X5, and X6 before it, new reports suggest that the three-row luxury SUV could even get a hardcore M model. But we’ll believe it when we see it.

According to BMWBlog, sources from Munich hinted that a performance-oriented M7 is under consideration. It’s not all that surprising, considering we’ve seen prototypes of the X7 multiple times on the ‘Ring. Question is: what kind of powertrain will it have? Read More

Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Makes Appearance for 50th Birthday, Promises 8 Seconds of Not-that-legal Fun

In 1968, Ford issued a limited number of lightweight, “335-horsepower” Mustangs intended for the drag strip. While street legal, the vehicles were absolute beasts on the track thanks to the implementation of the 428 Cobra Jet engine. The powerplant utilized the racy 427 FE’s intake manifold and added ram-air induction, a functional hood scoop, and an engine bay full other performance modifications. It was serious business and produced far more horsepower than Ford claimed. Most estimates place the initial Mustang Cobra Jet’s output around 410 hp. Read More

Ford Raffling Only Mustang Bullitt In Kona Blue To Benefit Charity

The money will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Ford Mustang Bullitt buyers can only pick between Highland Green and Shadow Black exterior colors for their new pony car, but the Blue Oval is offering a unique Kona Blue example for an upcoming charity raffle to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The special Bullitt will be on display at the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit, and raffle tickets will be available there, too. The Blue Oval and the research group will sell up to 60,000 tickets for $10 each ahead of the prize drawing on November 13. Interested buyers will also be able to buy tickets online at www.onecause.com/jdrfbullitt until November 8. Read More

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