War has begun, and it’s against “completely over-engined tank models,” as members of the German government put it. There’s war on the horizon, and it’s against SUVs. All that and more in The Morning Shift for Tuesday, June 25, 2019.
Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.
Today we saw a moment of innovation, the likes of which had not been seen since some BMW engineers chopped up an M3 into a pickup, or maybe since people in the ‘70s put Rolls-Royce grilles on their Volkswagen Bugs. We got a Tesla pickup truck! There was only one problem: the name.
BMW doesn’t appear to want to even bother making a M version of the new front-wheel-drive/all-wheel-drive BMW 1 Series, as a new AutoExpress report claims.
Today it’s not hard to think of Japanese auto companies being periodic specialists in high-revving, fun, little cars. But back in the ‘70s that was still something of a new concept. We went looking for a bit of that history in Williamsburg, and found a lot more, too.
This year’s Le Mans marked a Celica-filled win for Toyota overall. It was a historic back-to-back victory (one in which I lost $1 betting on Kobayashi to beat Alonso), but it was also one executed against no other factory-run race teams in the top prototype category. It was not always this way.
Please do check in on your 1993 Range Rover’s air suspension from time to time, and do try to keep that inside-mounted spare tire clean.
I would say that today is Tuesday, June 11, 2019, but it appears that if you’re a major automaker or automotive researcher, apparently it’s the mid 2000s. I guess everyone woke up this morning and realized that electric cars are a thing. Maybe they’d been napping! I don’t know. Let’s get into that and more in The…
The Audi E-Tron electric SUV is off to a great start with, wait, no, actually it is already getting a recall and it’s for potential battery fires. Nobody has been hurt with the roughly 540 cars sold in America thus far, and there have been no actual fires in the hands of customers, Audi says, but it’s not a good look.
Competitive drifting came to America in 2003, and everyone always knew that it had happened in Japan for longer than that. As you can see here, a whole lot longer.
Porsche stands as one of the winningest producers of Formula 1 engines in the history of the sport from its TAG-branded McLaren days, but also one of the most secretive. In the 1990s, a failed V10 program was stashed away, re-engineered for a Le Mans challenge that was also…
What is the noise that emerges from the car? This is the beeping, the toot of the other wheel that doesn’t touch the ground through tires.
When we first heard about The Who’s Left Merger, it was that Fiat Chrysler was pushing for it, and like all things FCA, we viewed it with as much skepticism as we would, say, our friend telling us they were getting a great deal on a Dodge Journey. But as the days roll on, things are looking increasingly serious. All…
The important thing to know is you’re going to be importing more than just car parts. Namely: spiders.
Purveyors of silly racing seats, Garage Thrash Racing, also puts up videos of the current scene of style cars in the drift world. And, apparently, a little animation.
Engine swap a 2020 Toyota Supra? Been there, caught fire to that. But a regular A90 modified as a normal person would, with just new wheels, tires, and suspension? This is a new one from HKS, and it’s done the Gunsai.
The more time I spend with concept cars, the less I feel I really get what they are or are meant to do. Is the whole idea to tempt me with something that will never exist? Am I supposed to hate this love that I feel in my heart?
My plane had only touched down an hour or two earlier and I was quick to get out of my hotel—to find some breakfast, to see the city and to see all of the interesting Chinese cars that I’d only ever read about. And just as I rounded a corner, there they looked back at me, parked beside each other: a Cadillac and a…
He didn’t take pole position. He wasn’t even on the front row. He qualified fifth, behind faster cars and wilder drivers. And yet it was Niki Lauda who won.
It’s informative. It’s entertaining. It’s an introduction to how cars work, how they should be driven, and how weird they can be. It’s not Top Gear or The Grand Tour; it’s Best Motoring’s Hot-Version and it’s on Amazon Prime.