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Bugatti Dynamic Driving Experience

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  • HIGHLIGHTS: 2014 Drift Mania Canadian Championship
  • Driving Vin Diesel's fast and furious 1970 Dodge Charger in real life
  • HIGHLIGHTS: 2014 Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Canada's most prestigious auto event

Tony Stewart case to be presented to grand jury

Posted Sep 16th 2014 5:00PM

Federated Auto Parts 400 - Qualifying

Upon my review of all of the information contained in the entire investigation, I have made the determination that it would be appropriate to submit the evidence to a grand jury, for their determination as to what action should be taken in this matter. Accordingly, the evidence developed in the investigation will be presented to an Ontario County grand jury in the near future.

With that quote, Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo has signaled to NASCAR driver Tony Stewart that the case against him in the matter of the death of fellow racer Kevin Ward, Jr., will be an ongoing concern.

According to the D.A., specifics of the information presented to the grand jury, including who is called to testify as a witness and what evidence members are shown, is confidential. The public in general will have to wait until the jury's "determination has been made" before hearing what the status of the case will be.

Stewart, who has been described as cooperative by investigators up to this point, has released a statement indicating that he will continue to cooperate as required in this next phase of proceedings. NASCAR has chimed in as well, stating that Stewart will be allowed to continue racing.

Tony Stewart Could Face Criminal Charge in Driver's Death

News Source: USA Today

Image Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty

Dangerous driver banned after being caught on camera

Posted Sep 16th 2014 4:00PM

Dangerous Driver Banned After Being Caught on Camera

We've seen some pretty dangerous drivers caught on dash cam before, but the video above of a man nearly causing a crash on a busy highway has seen him banned from driving for 12 months. The video footage was turned over to authorities after the hatchback driver was spotted performing a rather dangerous lane change, cutting off another car and then hitting his brakes hard.

Did this driver deserve a more severe punishment or is a 12-month ban what he deserves? Click on the video above to watch and tell us if you think justice was served in the poll down below.

Was a 12-month ban from driving enough?



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News Source: ITN via AOL On

Galactic Gear is a pitch-perfect Top Gear sendup from the future

Posted Sep 16th 2014 3:00PM

Galactic Gear Video for Star Citizen

Top Gear and particularly host Jeremy Clarkson have come to define how you do a show about cars. Mix big power, an opinionated presenter, a few jokes and fantastic camera work together, and you end up with the show's basic formula. But what happens in the far-flung future when the automobile is long dead, assuming we could keep his brain alive, could Clarkson keep up his act? Upcoming PC space flight sim Star Citizen shows in a promo video that the Top Gear method would still work in the centuries ahead long after we leave the bonds of Earth.

To show off the game's Origin M50 space racer, the designers created Galactic Gear, and these folks clearly know the show very well because the video nails every bit of Top Gear. Anyone can get the silhouetted opening right, but far more impressive is the spot-on copy of Clarkson's cadence. The accent might not be quite right, but you can easily imagine him coining these same tortured metaphors about an Aston Martin, as about these spaceships.

Star Citizen is being spearheaded by Chris Roberts, the man behind classic PC space sim Wing Commander. The game eventually hopes to offer players a persistent online world to fly around in, but until then it's slowly rolling out new ships and modes. Judging from the videos online, it looks like an absolutely beautiful experience.

News Source: Roberts Space Industries via YouTube

Find of the Day: Lexus-engined Mercedes pickup is a vintage hybrid

Posted Sep 16th 2014 2:00PM

1971 Mercedes-Benz 220D Pickup with a Lexus V8

You have to love someone who gets incredibly committed to a very weird idea. What you see for sale here is a right-hand drive 1971 Mercedes-Benz 220D in South Africa, but this old Mercedes is now converted into a pickup, complete with bed cover, and there's big secret under the hood, too.

The pickup conversion appears well done based on seller Sedgefield Classic Cars' photos. Even the tonneau cover fits well. You could almost believe that this Mercedes lived its life as a Chevrolet El Camino-like pickup from the very beginning.

However, the rear-quarters conversion might not be the weirdest thing about this Mercedes. The original diesel is gone from the engine bay in favour of a Lexus V8. It seems really odd to pop the hood and find a Japanese mill in this German car, but the photos make it look like a fairly well performed swap. So, bravo to the crazy thinking. According to the seller speaking to Autoblog by email, "as far as we can establish, this was done a few years ago, with all Lexus components."

Given the quality of the pickup conversion and engine swap, the interior could use a refresh. Though still useable, the seats are pretty beat up. We'd like to see the existing ones recovered, possibly in a modern but appropriate Lexus leather to subtly carry on the theme indoors.

After all of the work, this Mercedes is now a hybrid of German styling and Japanese power wrapped up in a pickup. However, the pricing for all of this weirdness is incredibly reasonable. The seller is asking a pretty reasonable-sounding 75,000 South African rand (about $7,500 at current exchange rates). We just wish it were located in Canada.

Evo takes flight in BMW's sultry i8

Posted Sep 16th 2014 1:00PM

BMW i8 and electric car review

Electric cars and hybrids are here to stay, much to the apparent dismay of some auto enthusiasts, but that doesn't mean they have to represent the death of enjoyable driving. Granted, the initial run of hybrids in North America like the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius weren't exactly tailor-made for aggressive folks behind the wheel, but things are clearly changing. In its latest video, Evo takes a look at three examples from Europe's new crop of electrified vehicles to show that the future of fun motoring is safe and sound.

Evo editor Henry Catchpole kicks things off with one of the most bizarre EVs of the bunch, the tiny Renault Twizy. Its low power and 80-kilometre-per-hour top speed might make it miles away from a hot hatch, but there's still fun to be had in extracting the most from this little city car. Next up is the Audi A3 E-Tron, which isn't technically available yet. It's a step in the right direction of eventually creating an affordable, fun-to-drive hybrid hot hatch.

However, the main event is Catchpole getting some seat time in the BMW i8. The Bimmer can really fly –literally in this case – and the butterfly-door coupe offers a clear look at the prospects for electrified sports cars. It might not have the power of hybrid supercar contemporaries like the LaFerrari or Porsche 918 Spyder, but the BMW doesn't cost nearly as much, either. See? Improved efficiency doesn't have to mean boring.

News Source: Evo via YouTube

Image Credit: Related images copyright 2014 Drew Phillips / AOL

Bugatti Dynamic Driving Experience

Posted Sep 16th 2014 12:00PM

In Which Molsheim Courts Us Like We Are Captains Of Industry

Bugatti Dynamic Driving Experience

Let's say you're rich. Filthy rich – you've got cars in garages of homes you can't remember you own, rich.

As the gap between automotive haves and have-nots continues to grow, ultraluxury automakers are exploiting fresh ways to lure the sorts of well-heeled car aficionados who would rather spend their spare time shipping exotic sleds to private tracks than sitting on a beach in the Maldives.

This rarified air presents a daunting challenge to boutique carmakers attempting to distinguish themselves, especially when they're vying for attention amidst voluptuous Paganis, Koenigseggs, and Brabus G63 AMG 6x6s. When the stakes are this high and the competition this fierce, you need a novel approach to peddle your four-wheeled wares – even if you're Bugatti.

News Source: Autoblog Canada

Image Credit: Bugatti

HIGHLIGHTS: 2014 Drift Mania Canadian Championship

Posted Sep 16th 2014 10:58AM



The 2014 Final Round of the Drift Mania Championship Canada (DMCC) took place at Sanair Raceway in Quebec this past weekend. This was to be the 6th and final round of 2014 season for the hugely popular pro drifting series in Canada.

The weather for the day looked to be "iffy" at best. Cold, grey, and with rain in the forecast, it was anyone's guess as to what the weather gods would bring. Fortunately the morning practice went off smoothly with the rain holding off and the cold temps boosting power and power delivery for all the cars. Click here for highlights and the full recap.

Image Credit: Copyright 2014: Jeremy Alan Glover / AOL

2015 Mazda3 finally pairs 6-speed manual with larger engine

Posted Sep 16th 2014 10:00AM

Mazda3

With all of the hype and anticipation surrounding the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Japanese brand was able to sneak another driver-oriented model into its lineup. The company's spec page for the 2015 Mazda3 hatchback and sedan have been updated to list the Skyactiv-G 2.5-litre four-cylinder as finally being available with a six-speed manual transmission, in addition to the previous six-speed automatic. The automaker had promised the row-your-own gearbox with the bigger engine back when it first announced the new Mazda3, but it waited a model year to actually put the combo on sale.

According to Mazda's specs, the manual gearbox trims 18 kilograms or 40 pounds off of a hatchback in GT trim. However, shedding that weight doesn't necessarily boost fuel economy. The six-speed hatch is rated at 9.3 L/100 km city and 6.4 L/100 km highway, compared to 8.2/5.9 L/100 km for the automatic. Both transmissions will cost you the same amount of money.

The 2.5 wasn't initially available with the stick because, "We had to prioritize engineering resources and the 2.5L 6MT was not a high priority combination. Globally, smaller engines are preferred in terms of sales," a Mazda spokesperson explained via email. The automaker also notes that Australia will probably be the only other market outside of North America to get the six-speed gearbox with the larger engine.

News Source: Mazda

2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk ready for off road action

Posted Sep 16th 2014 9:00AM

2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk - Off Road Driving Scenes
While we've already met the 2015 Renegade – Jeep's new baby crossover that's set to potentially start under $20,000 in Canada, the video above shows what this tough little truck can do both on and off road... in Trailhawk trim of course!

Click here to watch as Jeep throws everything its got at the highly anticipate Jeep Renegade Trailhawk.

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