Posted Jul 22nd 2014 8:59AM
Race Recap: 2014 German Grand Prix is relapse and recovery
Posted Jul 21st 2014 8:59PM
For decades, Jaguar has been a company of two minds. On one hand, there are its luxurious, British saloon cars. They might be quick, even sporty, but when it comes down to it, they usually put a focus on comfort and accommodations above all. On the other hand, Jag has its sports cars to really get its buyers' blood pumping. Think about it: the XJ might look pretty sweet, but you know deep down that you would rather take the F-Type for a spirited drive, reveling in its snorty exhaust note. In its latest video, Xcar Films takes us on a very enjoyable history lesson covering some of the Brit brand's most exciting models ever.
Xcar hits all of the highlights, starting with the often-overlooked C-Type from early '50s with its somewhat bulbous shape. Things then progress to the drop-dead gorgeous D-Type. The one in this video is actually the first ever made and therefore worth a fortune. Because of that, the host isn't really able to get too aggressive, but it's fantastic to get an idea of what it's like to experience being behind the wheel of this icon. Finally, it ends with a Series 1 E-Type. This was when the classic model was still something of a sports car; instead of the grand tourer that the E-Type became in its later days.
All three of these cars are legends in their own right, and maybe one day the F-Type could be too. Scroll down for a history lesson on some of Jaguar's best sports cars.
Posted Jul 21st 2014 8:00PM
The 2014 German Formula 1 Grand Prix is the hump-day race in the season and the penultimate chance for drivers and teams to rack up points before the summer break. Trying to stay on top after his first DNF of the year at the British Grand Prix, Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Nico Rosberg didn't have to wait until the race for misfortune to find Lewis Hamilton; his British teammate crashed out of the Q2 qualifying session due to a brake failure, then had to change his gearbox due of the crash, a calamity that left him starting 20th on the grid.
Rosberg took pole ahead of the Williams duo of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, with Kevin Magnussen surprising everyone with a fourth place in his McLaren. Daniel Ricciardo put the first Infiniti Red Bull Racing in fifth, ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari pilot Fernando Alonso, Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat, the Force India pair of Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Perez finishing the top ten.
In a replay of events in Britain but with a German accent, a first-lap incident brought out the Safety Car and the same Brazilian was taken out of the race.
Posted Jul 21st 2014 6:59PM
Formula Drift threw down in the Pacific Northwest over the weekend to the tune of 145+ km/h mph entry speeds into the 5/8 mile oval of Evergreen Speedway near Seattle, WA. Historically, the venue has produced some highly unpredictable results and first-time podium winners, and this weekend would be no different.
Amidst sunny skies and clear track conditions, qualifying took place on Friday and contained many familiar names. Topping the charts was Darren McNamara in the Falken Tire Nissan S14, whose 92-point second run bested his 90-point first run. His runs ended being the best of the initial round of qualifying. Robbie Nishida took second place in the Achilles Tire Lexus SC300, while Odi Bakchis snagged the third qualifying position with his effort, fresh off his first career podium in New Jersey. Points leader Chris Forsberg earned the fourth qualifying position, while Ryan Tuerck placed fifth. Championship contender Fredric Aasbo earned sixth position, and shockingly, 2012 Formula Drift champion Daigo Saito failed to qualify for only the second time in his North American career.
Posted Jul 21st 2014 6:30PM
Here at Autoblog Canada we often drive the latest new cars, but to be honest, we will always make time to appreciate the classics out there. The Nissan Skyline was a performance staple in its native Japan for nearly 20 years before the company finally unveiled the GT-R to the world in 2008. For most North Americans, the R35 is all they know and have never had the opportunity to experience some of the legacy models like the: R32, R33 and highly advanced R34. However, the annual Skymeet event held in Toronto each summer draws in record numbers of them from across the country.
Here in Canada, our vehicle importation laws allow any vehicle 15 years old (or older) to be easily brought in. And when late 2004 came around, the 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R was eligible and ships carrying them started flowing into western ports. As the most winning GT race car of all time, the R32 was the dream of those fascinated with its 29 consecutive race wins, spanning four straight seasons of Japan touring car series. With a 280 hp 2.6L twin turbo inline-6, all-wheel steering and intelligent all-wheel drive, the featherweight chassis was lightyears ahead of other street cars and totally dominated in race trim.
Enthusiasts also imported other Skylines including the RWD, single turbo GTS-T and the 4-door GTS-4 but often swap in the more potent RB26DETT mill to push them. More recently, the R33 GT-R has become a more common sight, with the holy grail of the lineup still being the R34 GT-R, which will be eligible for import this year in late 2014.
Skymeet 2014 brought out many Skylines from different provinces for a day of sun, food and awards. Click here to check out our full photo gallery from the team at AMS Motorsports who photographed most of these nearly quarter century classics for us to share with all of you.
Posted Jul 21st 2014 5:59PM
In early July, a video of Marlene Pinnock being struck repeatedly by a patrolman on the side of a Los Angeles Interstate stirred allegations of police brutally against the California Highway Patrol. Pinnock was reportedly walking in traffic on the freeway when a CHP officer responded to the scene. According to police, she resisted arrest, and a passing motorist filmed a portion of the ensuing altercation that left the woman in the hospital. The video subsequently went viral.
The Associated Press reports that there's a new development in the case: Investigators for the CHP have seized Pinnock's medical records with a search warrant. Her lawyer argues that this is a breach of doctor-patient confidentiality. "She suffered a traumatic head injury," attorney Caree Harper said, adding, "How can you give away files about someone injured ... to the very people who beat her?"
According to Pinnock's attorney, the warrant requests "property or things that are evidence that tend to show that a felony has been committed or tends to show that a particular person has committed a felony." The files allegedly include the woman's statements to her doctor about her condition.
Since serving the warrant, Pinnock's attorney has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the CHP for the alleged assault seeking monetary damages. The police are reportedly conducting their own internal investigation into the incident. Scroll down to watch a CBS Evening News (linked from a YouTube user's account as CBS does not allow their videos to be viewed in Canada) report about the initial video that started the controversy.
Posted Jul 21st 2014 5:30PM
Rain, racing, crashes, delays, and more rain. That's a quick sum up of the 2014 Honda Indy Toronto that took place this weekend at the Exhibition Place near downtown Toronto. It wasn't all bad though, as the heavy rain only started coming down late Saturday, and early morning on Sunday. Indy lights, Porsche GT, Formula 1600, Pirelli World Challenge, and Stadium Super Truck races all went smoothly up until mother nature decided to soak the track and drastically change road conditions to challenge drivers, and confuse track officials... READ MORE
Posted Jul 21st 2014 5:01PM
The Acura ILX just can't seem to catch a break. The Japanese automaker recently decided that the ILX Hybrid would no longer be offered in the US for the 2015 model year. Now, a possibility for fires has also cropped up in the compact luxury sedan. Acura has announced a recall of 14,078 examples from the 2013 and 2014 model years because the headlights could overheat and ignite the car. The company also issued a stop-sale for examples still at dealers until they can be repaired.
The campaign covers ILX and ILX Hybrid models with halogen projector headlights from specific build dates. The problem is that the headlights aren't cooled sufficiently when the cars aren't moving. After several hours of sitting with them on, it's possible for the lights to build up so much heat that they melt and potentially cause a fire.
To Acura's knowledge, there was only one case of an ILX actually catching fire due to this problem, though. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defect notice, a car was idling at a dealer for about two hours when the model went up in flames. The automaker brought the vehicle in for a detailed investigation to find what caused the blaze.
To fix them, Acura will replace both headlights on all of the affected models, and owners will be notified in late July. Scroll down to read Acura's statement and the NHTSA recall request with the specific build dates of the vehicles. The full defect notice can be downloaded as a PDF, here.
Posted Jul 21st 2014 4:00PM
Three customized Volkswagen Buses (pictured above) made to look like blocks of Tillamook cheddar cheese are safe again after being stolen on July 12, and two men are in police custody for the alleged theft. The cheesy cadre of VWs, their custom trailer and a Ford F-350 to haul them were on a promotional tour when they were stolen from a hotel parking lot in Manteca, California... READ MORE