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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

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

Rob Ford and Deadmau5 go on memorable coffee run Purrari joyride

Posted Jul 31st 2014 11:27AM

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

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

Noted Porsche collector Magnus Walker learns what a TED Talk is firsthand

Posted Jul 30th 2014 7:00PM

Magnus Walker Tedx Talk

Porsche collector Magnus Walker has the name and looks of a Viking, but once he starts talking about his life story and what drives him, he's an absolutely fascinating guy. Walker recently gave a Ted Talk at a Tedx conference at UCLA and claimed he didn't really understand the idea behind the speeches. You would never know it, though. Walker is as gifted a speaker as he is a talented restorer of some seriously cool Porsches.

Walker's talk is titled "Go with Your Gut Feeling," and it amounts to his autobiography. He recounts his birth in England, dropping out of school at 15 and moving to the US at 19. Once in Los Angeles, he started selling second-hand clothes and grew it into a fashion business.

Of course, what makes him interesting to us is his passion for Porsches. He fell in love with them when he saw a white 911 as a child at the Earl's Court Motor Show in England, but Walker waited until the '90s to buy his first one. From there he started racing and eventually restoring them. Since the documentary Urban Outlaw about him was released, Magnus has become famous for the love of the brand.

The crux of his talk is telling people to follow what they want to do and be willing to take a leap of faith, occasionally. He didn't know anything about fashion or restoring cars when he started doing them, but "passion goes a long way," he says. Scroll down to hear an eloquent speech about living life happily from someone who is practicing what he's preaching.

News Source: TEDx Talks via YouTube, UCLA Extensions Visual Arts

Ford car-camo artist works his craft on Australia's new Falcon XR8

Posted Jul 30th 2014 6:00PM

Ford Falcon camouflage

Ford is among the kings of concealment when it comes to test cars. On one recent Mustang SVT mule, the automaker went to the extreme of putting baffles over the exhausts to hide how many there were. Sounds like a lot of work, right? In a new video, the Blue Oval has decided to take fans behind the scenes to show them what it takes to camouflage a prototype. In this case the subject was the recently unveiled 2014 Falcon XR8 for Australia.

Ford's prototype build coordinator Down Under has the very appropriate name of Neil Trickey, and it's his job to obfuscate the important bits of test cars to keep them out of spy shooters' camera lenses. Trickey calls his job a "dark art," and he shows off some of the tricks of his trade in the video. It turns out that the fabric we often see on mules is a type of lycra, but his team isn't above getting out a can of spray paint to conceal parts, too.

Scroll down to watch a video about a man who you probably wish could be a little worse at his job.

News Source: Ford Australia via YouTube

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