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Rob Ford and Deadmau5 go on memorable coffee run

  • Rob Ford and Deadmau5 go on memorable coffee run
  • 2015 Porsche Macan S
  • Ford F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang appears at EAA Oshkosh
  • The cars that won't live to see 2015 [w/video]

Xcar goes Radical in a big way

Posted Jul 31st 2014 3:00PM

Inside Radical for XCar

In just a relatively short period of time, Radical Sportscars has proven to be a company true to its name. It only completed its first car in 1997 but has become among the leaders in the world of dedicated track day specials since then. These days it's even dipping its toe into the world of road models with the RXC, which stretches the definition of a vehicle for the street nearly to the breaking point. In it's latest video, Xcar Films sits down with the company's managing director Phil Abbot to talk about the business' genesis and its future.

Abbot weaves an intriguing tale. He left school at 15 to become an auto mechanic and eventually branched out into engineering. He didn't become an amateur racer until he was in his 40s. After doing that for a while, he decided that he could build a better mousetrap and set out to build a fast, affordable track car. The company's original Clubsport model was heavier and more expensive than Abbot wanted, but it was enough of a success for the business to push forward.

With the RXC the company is now aiming more at the on-road business. With a price of US$171,280, they aren't cheap, but it's hard to imagine finding a more hardcore vehicle for the street. "Our cars will always be racecars, but if people are crazy enough to put them on the road, then that gives us a good market," said Abbot in the video.

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News Source: XCar Films via YouTube

'Blood Muscle' auction to sell impressive collection of ill-begotten classic cars

Posted Jul 31st 2014 2:00PM

Blood Muscle auction

The old saying goes that if you can't do the time, don't do the crime. But being a criminal can involve more than just taking a trip to the big house; it can also mean losing possessions purchased from any ill-gotten gains. Still, one man's loss is another's gain, and if you're in Lodi, NJ, on September 12, you stand the chance to buy some of the ultimate muscle cars from the US Marshals in what is being gruesomely nicknamed the Blood Muscle auction.

The grisly moniker was earned because all of the vehicles belonged to the president of a blood testing company who is facing prison time for alleged bribery, according to Hemmings. After all, they are muscle cars bought with actual blood money. The seven-vehicle collection includes some of the ultimate muscle cars ever made, and the original buyer clearly had an eye for rarity.

This cornucopia of V8 power includes a teal 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429, a 1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang, an orange 1970 Plymouth Superbird, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS convertible and perhaps most prized of all – a trio of 1969 Yenko Chevys with a Chevelle, Nova and Camaro all represented. From the included photos, all of them look to be in fantastic condition.

A.J Willner Auctions, which is coordinating the sale, has authenticating documents for all seven vehicles on its website. "This is a live auction, all bidders will need to attend and bid in person with the required $10,000 cashier's check as a deposit on them," the company says about the event. If you can get past how the cars were purchased, there could be some bargains here.

News Source: A.J Willner Auctions, Hemmings

Image Credit: A.J Willner Auctions

Kawasaki recounts the highs and lows of the 2014 Isle of Man TT

Posted Jul 31st 2014 12:58PM

Kawasaki at the Isle of Man

There's no event in the world of motorsports quite like the annual Isle of Man TT. The course is long and treacherous, the scenery breathtaking, the motorcycles fast and the riders like gods on celestial chariots of two wheels. It's an amazing experience, and one that Kawasaki has decided to focus its efforts on, capturing the highs and lows of its time on the Isle in video form.

If there's any one motorcycle manufacturer that has had a foothold on the TT, it's Honda, representing most of the top riders of the last few decades, but more recently there has been surging participation from the likes of BMW, Suzuki, Yamaha, the aforementioned Kawasaki and others. At the 2014 running, Kawasaki performed pretty well for itself, scoring victories in the sidecar and Lightweight TT classes and reaching the podium in Superstock.

Scroll down below for all the action.

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News Source: Kawasaki Motors via YouTube, Asphalt & Rubber

Rob Ford and Deadmau5 go on memorable coffee run

Posted Jul 31st 2014 12:27PM

Purrari-driving DJ Deadmau5 and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford met at Toronto's City Hall for what was later revealed to be a "coffee run." Well, a 30-minute YouTube clip was released Wednesday afternoon showing just that. And yes, they went to a Tim Hortons (how Canadian eh?) drive-thru with Ford ordering a whopping five espressos in one cup. Yes, five!

Click here to watch, as the video opens with Ford and Deadmau5, aka Joel Zimmerman, in an underground parking lot with the mayor adjusting his seat belt. "Ah, there we go," Ford says before Deadmau5 asks if he's comfy. "You won't be the way I drive," the musician adds. Someone in Ford's inner circle then asks if it'll take about half an hour. Deadmau5 replies "not even."

The next few minutes feature Deadmau5 talking about the feline-inspired Nyan Cat car wrap on his Ferrari (known as the "Purrari") and its origins.

"This thing is cool man, this thing is like unbelievable," Ford says of the car. "I'd be toast owning one of these, man, I know I would be." Ford then says that when he's "up north" on "Highway 11" "sometimes I open it up" but "if the cops catch me I'm toast, that's the problem."

Fifteen minutes in, Ford and Deadmau5 finally get to a Tim Hortons drive-thru.

"Can I get five espressos in one cup?" Ford says as Deadmau5 asks for an extra-large double-double. "I don't know but it's good," Ford adds after Deadmau5 quips "that's cardiac arrest!" Ford hands Deadmau5 a $20 bill since he "can't have anyone paying for it" which causes Deadmau5 to mug for the camera.

"How much caffeine is in that...you should look that up," When they pull up to the window Ford asks to ensure there's five shots of espresso in his cup, giving Deadmau5 the change. "I pound these espressos back," Ford says... WATCH THE FULL VIDEO

News Source: YouTube

2015 Porsche Macan S

Posted Jul 31st 2014 11:57AM

Stuttgart's Entry-Level Crossover Is Everything But



I'd be willing to bet that 99 per cent of all Porsche Macan owners will never take their vehicle on a track or see any more off-roading than a dirt path to a summer cottage, yet I maintain that there is no better venue to explore the absolute outer limits of the automaker's newest small family transport than on a racing circuit and an off-road course. It's testing at each extreme of the vehicle's operating envelope, with both challenges requiring very different capabilities. With that in mind, and looking forward to dirty floor mats and corded tires, I jumped at the opportunity from Porsche to wring out its new Macan S at Willow Springs International Raceway, located in Southern California's high desert.

The range-topping Macan Turbo (base price $82,200), with its 400 horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.6-litre V6 gets most of the glory these days. But many, including myself, would argue that its slightly less powerful sibling, the Macan S, is actually the pick of the new litter. Despite having 60 fewer horses under the hood and giving up six-tenths of a second in the sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 km/h), it costs a massive $27,900 less – money better spent on equipment that improves the crossover's ride comfort and capability, or perhaps a well-used Boxster for weekends.

Despite a reasonably attractive starting price of $54,300 (plus $1,115 destination), very few Porsche buyers will leave the showroom with a base model. My Dark Blue Metallic Macan S tester was equipped with a slew of mechanical upgrades, including air suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), Sport Chrono Package and 21-inch 911 Turbo Design wheels. A Premium Package and a few other miscellaneous options bloated its price to well over $75,000. That's a very steep price for the premium compact crossover segment, but it's still less than a base Macan Turbo.

Rather than toss us keys in the Willow Springs paddock, Porsche delivered its Macan models to us scribes in Pasadena and then routed us over Angeles Crest Highway towards the track, which is located near Edwards Air Force Base. This generously provided me with another three or so hours behind the wheel, most of it on twisty two-lane mountain roads that were a nice preamble before our track and off-road excursions... READ MORE

News Source: Copyright 2014 Michael Harley / AOL / Porsche

New drifting world record set in Toyota GT86

Posted Jul 31st 2014 11:00AM

The world's longest drift

We have entered a drifting arms race. Last year, BMW smashed the Guinness World Record for the longest drift by hanging the tail out for 82.6 kilometres around a wet skid pad in an M5 at the BMW Performance Driving School in South Carolina. That beat the previous milestone of nearly seven miles (eleven kilometres). Now, Bimmer's record is up in smoke as well and is in the possession of a Toyota.

German driver Harald Müller pummeled the old record to drift for 89.55 miles (144 kilometres) around a 0.15-mile (235.5-metre) course in Samsun, Turkey, in a Toyota GT86 (or Scion FR-S as it's known in North America). According to the Guinness World Records website, it took him 612 laps and 2 hours, 25 minutes and 18 seconds to manage the achievement. Scroll down to watch a few minutes of the German's two and a half hours behind the wheel with the tail out.

News Source: Guinness World Records, crazyspeed300 via YouTube, Jalopnik

Drivers' good behaviour actually creating worse traffic jams

Posted Jul 31st 2014 10:00AM



Sometimes our best intentions create traffic jams. Many drivers can't see the bigger picture when it comes to how traffic flows, says author Tom Vanderbilt at the Boing Boing: Ingenuity Conference in San Francisco last month. And that's the fundamental cause of traffic jams.

Vanderbilt is the author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us). In his book Vanderbilt addresses the little things we do every day on the road that make a big impact.

Surprisingly, sometimes our best intentions lead to problems. Vanderbilt says one manoeuvre we should all master is "the zipper." When traffic comes to a blocked lane, drivers start to pile into the open lane immediately. No one wants to be the car that muscles in at the last second. But using both lanes until the merge point and allowing cars to take turns passing the lane closure can cut traffic backups by 40 per cent. Europeans regularly "zipper" into lane closures, but North Americans think it's rude to dash into another lane at the last second.

Distractions can also snarl traffic. Vanderbilt referred to a Dutch study on rubbernecking, which found that a crash can cause problems both on the side where an accident occurred and in opposite traffic. A flipped-over van caused an 11 percent delay in both directions, even though it physically only blocked one lane of traffic.

Self-driving cars could eliminate 80 per cent of accidents and could make traffic jams a thing of the past, too, as our inability to maintain a constant speed or distance from the cars around us can hold back traffic. Small adjustments to speed and distance can add up fast on the roads, slowing down the flow for everyone. Click here to watch a video outlining more of Tom Vanderbilt's fascinating findings.

News Source: via AOL Autos

Image Credit: LEAD: Reed Saxon / AP Photo

Elon Musk to get spot on The Simpsons

Posted Jul 31st 2014 9:00AM



It's hard to believe that The Simpsons is moving into its 26th season, but there's good news for auto enthusiasts, especially of the EV variety. The show's executive producer, Al Jean, confirmed on Twitter that Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk would have a guest spot on the show in the upcoming season. Even better, it sounds like a pretty significant role... READ MORE



Elon Musk, Tesla CEO To Make Guest Appearance On 'The Simpsons'

News Source: Twitter, Automotive News - sub. req., Tesla Motors

Image Credit: Mark Lennihan / AP Photo, Lead Image via veooz.com

BMW's new Driftmob video shows the M235i like you've never seen it before

Posted Jul 30th 2014 8:00PM



Last month, we went behind the scenes of the filming of BMW's new Driftmob, web video, bringing you one post from the practice sessions, and another from the shoot itself, which took place in an enormous traffic circle in Cape Town, South Africa. Today, BMW has launched the final version of Driftmob, and it's pretty damn cool.

The plot is pretty simple: just like a flashmob, in which people invade a location and perform choreographed dances to music, much to the delight of surprised onlookers, the "driftmob" features a quintet of red M235i coupes that take over a traffic circle and perform choreographed dances – sideways – to the delight of onlookers. The only differences are that, in this case, the onlookers are mostly paid extras (though there were many unwitting passersby that joined the crowd at times) and the only music is a constant squealing of tires-a sweet song if we ever heard one. Then, after about two minutes of tire-smoking shenanigans, the coupes vanish.

As promised, we will have a more detailed, behind the scenes story about the filming of the video, including insights from Rhys Millen, Samuel Hübinette, Dai Yoshihara, Rich Rutherford, and Conrad Grunewald, the five guys who executed these remarkable stunts. Meanwhile, we hope you enjoy the short flick.

News Source: BMW via YouTube

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