When I started brainstorming this week's series of blogs dedicated to my most favorite cars that I've never owned, I drifted back to my childhood. I remembered watching "Magnum P.I.," and while I never cared for the show (or Tom Selleck's porn-stache, for that matter), I did think he had a hot car to chase the bad guys in. Then I also remembered the '80s flick "Cannonball Run," and how Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. sped across the country in a fire-engine-red Ferrari with T-Tops while dressed like priests. So I … Read more
In celebration of my birthday this last week, I'm making my blog kind of a "birthday wishlist" of my favorite cars that I've never owned. Yesterday, we saw video of a restored 1988 Pontiac Fiero. Today, as a tribute to my youth spent bumpin' Eazy E and NWA, I pay tribute to the timeless American classic, the much fabled 1964 Chevy Impala.
This vid features a tricked out 64 Impala with some supercharged hydraulics bouncing on Las Vegas Boulevard in good ol' Sin City. And I must say, the Impala looks regal with the bright Vegas … Read more
The Toyota Prius is great and all, but try carrying sheets of plywood or a soccer team around in it. Oy.
Kraig Higginson, Chairman of Raser Technologies, believes there should also be hybrids that can handle some heavy lifting. His sentiment was echoed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who invited the energy technology company to California last week to demonstrate its 100 mpg plug-in hybrid Hummer H3 as part of a monthly series promoting alternative-fuel vehicles in the state.
Higginson showed off the series hybrid SUV, which uses a 2.0L EcoTec engine to charge its battery. The 4WD vehicle is powered by a 200kW advanced-AC induction motor, which on an empty battery achieves 33 to 35 mpg. The 2008 Hummer H3 with a conventional gasoline power train receives a combined fuel economy of 15 mpg.
"At its worst it already meets the new CAFE standards announced by Obama," said David West, vice president of marketing for Raser.
However, West said that drivers would be able to achieve unlimited gas mileage if they charged the vehicle's battery using electricity from a standard 110-volt or 220-volt outlet, and drove less than 40 miles per day; 75 percent of all drivers typically drive this far or less daily. … Read more
We were impressed with Ken Block's first Segway-circling Gymkhana video. Well, he is back at it again in this new Subaru Impreza STI drift car for a new video: "Gymkhana Two, The Infomercial." Prepare to be amazed by more feats of drift-mastery and more oddball prop choices in the video below.
Warning: As the title hints, this video features pretty heavy product placement, including lots of DC Shoes apparel and balloons filled with Monster Energy drink.
The new Aston Martin V12 Vantage is put to a road test by reviewers from the U.K.'s Autocar. The road test even includes a brief race against the Porsche GT2.
The Vantage, which sports a 6-liter V-12, made its debut at the 2009 Geneva auto show.
Check out this Web video to see which car wins and what the reviewer really thinks about the Vantage.
This last weekend hosted the 33rd birthday of my life. Hooray! When I was making my wish list for all the great things I wanted to receive (but didn't) for my birthday, I also started thinking about some dream cars that I would love to own. So this week, I've dedicated my blog to my favorite cars that I wish to own one of these days.
One car I've always wanted to own was the Pontiac Fiero. My parents always advised me against getting one (y'know, with that whole "the engine might catch fire" … Read more
Chesapeake Energy Corporation partnered with Orange County Choppers in Orange County, New York, to create the compressed-natural-gas-powered chopper.
So far this week, I've featured video of the 93rd Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves and the third place finisher Danica Patrick. Some of you may be wondering "where's some video of Dan Wheldon?" who finished second at this year's Indy 500 race. Well, this here is video that not only features Wheldon in action, but also includes the other top two finishers from this year's Indianapolis 500.
This video comes from a 2007 Indycar race in Milwaukee. The first half of the video shows Dan Wheldon running Patrick off into the pit lane, … Read more
Talk show host and car nut Jay Leno was recently given an opportunity to drive the uniquely styled Aptera 2e electric vehicle and talk to Paul Wilbur, Aptera's president and CEO. Leno seemed genuinely impressed with the 2e's road manners, quiet cabin, and smooth drivetrain, but mostly he raves about the three-wheeler's futuristic appearance and slippery aerodynamics.
Check the video below to see the Aptera 2e in all of its rubberneck inducing glory.
(By the way, the Jetsons' dog is named Astro.)
While Sarah Fisher was out and about spreading the word last week about the 93rd Indianapolis 500, another Indy woman has also been attracting a lot of attention--Danica Patrick. While Danica is driving tons of Internet traffic from swimsuit shoots and steamy TV commercials, she has also become a savvy self-marketer and top contender in Indy racing. In fact, at this last weekend's Indianapolis 500, Danica finished third, her best showing at the Indy 500 to date.
If she hadn't before, Danica put the racing world on notice and made history when she won her first Indy race … Read more