Posted Jul 22nd 2014 7:00PM
Gran Turismo 6 video game car comes to life with Nissan's 2020 GT-R Concept
Posted Jul 22nd 2014 6:00PM
Posted Jul 22nd 2014 4:58PM
Hold onto your butts. "600-plus horsepower" is what we were originally told to expect from the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with its 6.2-litre supercharged Hellcat V8 engine. But as we found out, those were incredibly conservative numbers, since the range-topping Challenger will hit the asphalt with 707 – seven hundred and seven – horsepower, making it the "most powerful muscle car ever."
Of course, 707 hp is only part of the story, as the Hellcat has also been confirmed to produce 650 pound-feet of torque. All that power will run exclusively to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission that differs from other Challengers. The new gearbox, 8HP90 (rather than the 8HP70) is "upgraded to handle the extra power and torque," says Dan Reid, SRT's manager of product design and motorsports.
We certainly hope you're prepared to spend a ton of money replacing tires in addition to the $63,995 starting price in Canada for the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat! Still well worth it if you ask us. Hellcat, hell yeah!
Posted Jul 22nd 2014 4:00PM
When it comes to the world of car racing video games, the Gran Turismo franchise is at the top of every enthusiast's list. Nissan's 2020 GT-R (pictured above) started life as a digital race car featured in Gran Turismo 6, but thanks to the decision to build an actual physical concept car version of it. This begs the real question, could we actually end up seeing this Nissan 2020 GT-R enter production after it was recently revealed in real life?!
Click here to watch the full video on every gamer's dream come true, as we find out more during its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Posted Jul 22nd 2014 3:00PM
What is a Hemi? Well, it's an engine technology, a trade name and something of an anachronism today. Click here to watch the video above as we
visit Keith Black Racing Engines in Los Angeles to see perhaps the most famous shop to ever build Hemi engines and find out more.
Posted Jul 22nd 2014 2:30PM
Last week, before the Honda Toronto Indy madness started, we got a chance to ride shotgun with Robby Gordon in his 600 horsepower TRAXXAS Stadium Super Truck. These things hit upwards of 200 km/h down the straight on Lakeshore, launch off ramps reaching heights of almost 20 feet off the ground, and casually lean up on to two wheels on corner exits, just because. Simply put, these trucks are a party, and we like to party!
Check out the video above for a quick two lap run through of the Street of Toronto Indy circuit with some obstacles in place. Make sure to watch all the way through to the end for an extra surprise treat!
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Posted Jul 22nd 2014 2:00PM
Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel is renown for his multiple F1 World Championships, but holds a lesser-known title besides being behind the wheel for Infiniti Red Bull Racing team. As 'director of performance' for Infiniti, Vettel is transferring his knowledge from the track to the road in an effort to improve Infiniti vehicles and inject more performance into the Japanese luxury brand.
Click on the video above to watch us take a pretty quick hot lap with Vettel around Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (MOSPORT) near Toronto and have an equally quick conversation with him while whipping the new Infiniti Q50 around the track!
Posted Jul 22nd 2014 1:00PM
Posted Jul 22nd 2014 12:35PM
What's the first thing that any car enthusiast wants to do when they go to Germany for the first time? Yup, fahren Sie die Autobahn (drive the Autobhan), of course! BMW provided us with a 2014 328i Gran Turismo xDrive and we hit the German super highway from Munich to embark upon a high-speed road trip to Berlin, about 600 km or so away.
We hopped onto the A9 from Munich and after some construction leaving the city, we hit the open highway. BMW's heads up display functioned perfectly with a constant readout displaying the speed limit. This was great addition for us as we were far from familiar with all the road signs and limits.
Throughout the city centres, the limit was was 100 km/h. As soon as you hit the outskirts (picture headed westbound along the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto into Etobicoke), the limit climbs to 120 km/h. When you head a little further out, the limit increases to 130 km/h. At this point, the cars in the passing lane (left lane) are generally travelling around 20 km/h above the speed limit.
Once you hit the open highway, the heads up display for the speed limit flashes to a circle with a diagonal line through it. This translates to go-time!
Check out the five minute video above to get a taste of what it was like to experience the German Autobahn. What a breath of fresh air! Driving along the Autobahn in Germany is something that we'll never forget. What would have been an agonizing and boring highway drive here in Canada was suddenly transformed into a fantastic and fun road trip in Germany. It seemed that all the drivers on the road were conscious of what other cars were doing and also tend to drive accordingly, like a well-oiled machine. Watch the 240 km/h Autobahn video posted above and look for our upcoming review of the same BMW 328i Gran Turismo xDrive coming soon.