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@auron Hey, we are consuming 1,5 times more than we should globally and 3-4 times more in the first world. Obviously things are going to change in the future and the only thing that may save even some parts of our car culture is the eco-friendly "trend". An Italian V12 is a glorious thing to behold but it's a thing of the past just like steam engines. Hanging on to the past is not going to make us go forward.
21 minutes ago on If Monster Tajima Built An Electric Car…
2 days, 17 hours ago on Scion Tuner Challenge Livery: <br/>The Choice Is Yours!
Cool article as always Jonathan. Fun fact, the letters K-AM in the plates of the rally cars stand for Köln-Andersson Motorsport. I hope they will continue the tradition as a homage to Ove Andersson and his work.
6 days ago on If You Have A Problem, If No One Can Help.<br/>Maybe You Can Hire… The TMG Team
@UWerqxTeam_MJ Well, you can't. At least not for a couple of years. And after that it depends on their policy. For example M-Sport can sell or lease you a Fiesta WRC, but the pure factory teams may not give their cars to outsiders apart from few selected satellite teams. It's all about their business model and the will of the parent company.
@speedhunters_dino @EmmaMacki I've understood that in British English you can use "Japs" but not in American English. Don't know for sure though. But to me the use of Japanese military flag shows the same kind of bad taste as Nazi or Soviet Union flags. Though this car is a festival of bad taste so maybe it's fitting (tongue-in-cheek).
6 days, 5 hours ago on One Pissed Off Bat:</br> The LB Works Murciélago
Isn't that the 510 2 door sedan? Coupe's rear end is different.
1 week, 1 day ago on Reason Enough – Dominic Le’s 1971 Datsun 510 Coupe
@CSAlltrac Ford, MB, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Abarth, BMW, Porsche...
You seem to have a very limited scope
1 week, 6 days ago on Tunnel Vision: Time Travel With Toyota
Classic GT proportions. Love it! Hated the SLS, but this looks way better. It's always nice to see engine that far back.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on One Hot V8:</br> The New Mercedes-AMG GT
One car forever. Easy. Mercedes Benz 220D W123 in red
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Last Car You’ll Ever Need?
"I reckon they should have a four-wheel drift competition in the future"
Aren't they allowed in the breisladd competition anymore? It's even been won by a 4wd car in the past
2 months, 1 week ago on Why Not? The Gatebil Way…
@Jackb1098 Finnish customs busted an air container in an airport. Train going from Finland to Ukraine with American weapons on board would be quite curious anyway because it would have to go trough Russia. The air container came from Vietnam and was heading to Ukraine. Officials have announced nothing about the contents of the container except that it was weapons and illegal.
Please stop your propaganda and try to stick to facts.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/node/118782
@Edshreds Stilo ST4 W
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Formula Drift Long Beach: The Streets Of Desire
That silver 510 looks more like a coupe than a sedan. Any more pictures of it? It looks pretty sweet.
6 months ago on Hunting The Uncommon At Common Snapper
£50,000 for a seven year old Mitsubishi. Yeah, a big reason to smile
6 months ago on Goodbye Evo, It’s Been Fun
@PaddyMcGrath @Vittorio Jano Didn't mean to sound too negative about this car. What I meant was that people shouldn't get too emotional about mass produced goods (17000 units counts). There were over 2 million e30s made and over 17000 of them were M3s. Hardly a unique piece of art then. So my point is that no matter what the owner of this car does to it, it isn't worth of anyone's hate. I have to say I find this "f*ck u purists"-attitude quite childish.
About the engine. It's just my personal opinion that I would prefer a lightweight and especially short four cylinder engine instead of a long (but glorious, of course) six cylinder. I happen to be one who worships balance, elegance and efficiency and I base my opinion on that. Of course your opinion may differ and you for example may prefer brute force and that's totally ok. It is quite irrelevant if someone has done something before.
6 months ago on How To Make Enemies And Upset People
I think it looks pretty cool, but i'm not a big fan of the heavy lump of an engine nor the audio. No reason for hating though. In the end it's just another mass produced marketing exercise.
6 months, 1 week ago on How To Make Enemies And Upset People
@wheatgod Pinto the engine and Pinto the car are two different animals
6 months, 1 week ago on From Grocery-Getting To The Grid. </br>300hp Of Escort Awesome
@boost me till i burst Apart from the engine placement the WRC cars aren't that far from the group B in terms of being wild. Also the rule to build 200 pointless road cars that nobody wanted to buy was ridiculous and would be hard to sell for manufacturers if you compare it to WRC rules. The leaps in transmission and suspension technology would have eventually made the group B cars more sophisticated (read boring) just like the WRC cars of today. Group B just happened to exist in unique place in time where the available technology and surrounding society allowed the cars and the sport to be outrageous and it will never happen again.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Meeting Your Heroes.</br>Inside a Group B Legend
@sawtooth4x4 it's 4wd. Internal combustion for the rear wheels and electric for the front wheels. Only thing dumb here is you.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Fresh on American Soil: A First Look at the BMW i8
@InnerToxicity Alpina had blistered fenders, but this car here looks like a Turbo
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Hunting The Exotic And Rare:<br/>The Hidden Treasures Of Kyoto
Could you cover some European Historic Rally Championship events? That would be so cool.
BTW that's a group 4 Ferrari not group B. Henri Toivonen used to drive one and his co-driver Seppo Harjanne told that the car went like hell on straights but just wouldn't turn and it was useless on gravel. Quite a few replicas has been built recently by Mäkelä Auto Tuning and those cars are freaking amazing.
Group B always gets all the hype but I must say I prefer group 4. Think about it, Escort RS, 131 Abarth, Stratos, Chevette, Talbot Sunbeam Lotus, TR8, 911 etc.
7 months ago on Raiders Of The Lost Park – The Best Rally Cars Ever?
@Jonathan Moore @aussieANON Do it! Buy one! You're gonna do it anyway so better sooner than later
7 months ago on Stop! Hammer Time</br>Dream Garage Shopping At Race Retro
Oh that Shamal is sexy. And the Jolly Club Escort Cossie. And all the Alfas... Damn, everything in this post is fantastic. Though I'm a bit disapointed that you choose to have that E Type on foreground instead of the Elan or Dino in the same picture.
7 months, 1 week ago on Stop! Hammer Time</br>Dream Garage Shopping At Race Retro
Lovely pair of Porsches. Would be even better in white. By the way there is actually one more Mezger engined 911: The 991 RSR. So if you're a collector and there is money burning on your pockets, get one before they are all destroyed on race tracks.
7 months, 1 week ago on The Purest Decision. RS or RS?
When I hear the words "kit car", the first thing that comes to my mind is 90's F2 rally cars. And that sure is an overwhelmingly positive image.
8 months, 1 week ago on They Call It A Kit Car. We Call it Awesome
Totally unexpected and totally awesome post. Thanks Dino.
And Pandas are cool!!!
8 months, 1 week ago on Cars & Coffee Done Tokyo-Style
@JDMized Cool wheels and thanks for the info!
It's just baffling that it's taking so long for carbon fiber wheels to take off. Speedline produced prototypes for Lancia in the 80's. The only reason I can come up with is the rules in motorsport that prevent innovation.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Europe Takes On Japan</br> TAS Invasion
Kia should buy Saab and make this the new Saab Sonet. I don't know why, but this just looks like a Saab to me.. in a really really good way
8 months, 2 weeks ago on GT4 Stinger: Kia’s Answer To The FR-S
@FunctionFirst @Aisakey @Vittorio Jano It's not the angle. It's the proportions. The front overhang is way too long. Common problem with almost all modern cars. Usually the designers try to hide it by making the nose really round, but that only works for one angle (2nd pic). Also the bonnet line is really high on the front thanks to pedestrian safety.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on No Turbos Here: The V8 Lexus RC F
They should do something similar to Fiat 600 Multipla :D That would be even cooler
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Murcielago Mix-Up:<br />The Fiat That Ate A Lamborghini
Apparently they've listened to Jony Ive and took influence from Braun into their design
More like F1's mobidly obese distant relative. Slapping a sticker on to a F1 car isn't quite enough to turn this horrid creation into a sports car.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Sebastian Vettel’s New Grocery Getter?
@Arnaud Klingboarder Looks like Diablo VT 6.0 with the centre of the front bumper painted black to make it look more like the GT. So it's the first Lambo under Audi ownership but still just a refreshed Diablo
9 months, 1 week ago on Should You Celebrate Paul Walker?<br />We Get Personal in Japan
@koko san Lamborghini has always been a forward looking company. Why should they make a retro model? Makes absolutely no sense. What they should do is reinvent supercar like they did with Miura and Countach but haven't made ever since
9 months, 1 week ago on Dear Lamborghini, We Want Your Huracán
@kamranexir Depends on your horsepower.. (Why can't people give up with their ancient agricultural units and convert to SI)
"the Bag Riders BMW achieved what it set out to do: command attention" Haahahaha... Sorry, not hating or anything but i just watched South Parks F-Word episode and this sentence was just too much LMAO
10 months ago on A Walk On The Wide Side:</br>The Bag Riders E92
@dovvv Not all learners are useless behind the wheel. Also underpowered rwd cars are usually very predictable and they start sliding very progressively which helps a lot and especially teaches the driver. Mk1 and Mk2 Escorts have always been considered as the perfect first car for a driver that wants to improve.
10 months ago on Rally Roots: An Escort To Grow With
For me the RS200 is a no brainer. It didn't have time to prove itself on rally but later rallycross performance showed it's true potential. In many ways the RS200 represented the next generation of group B. Packaging was highly innovative with the gearbox in the front. Also the kevlar chassis and the looks are on another level compared to the competition.
10 months ago on The Greatest Group B Car?
@maxproof @Vittorio Jano I'm not saying that nordic people in general are any more talented than people elsewhere. The amount of Finnish drivers in F1 is more about culture and popularity of the sport. The point is that both Denmark and Finland have about 5,5 million people, so they are very small markets. Since nationalism plays a huge role for an average viewer in high level sports, the sponsors would prefer drivers from bigger markets. Good example is from last year when Slim (the rich guy) just announced that Sauber must hire a Mexican driver. I've also read a lot of speculation, that Massa is still in Ferrari only because Brazil is Santander's biggest market.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: Age Versus Experience
I think it's pretty normal for a team to have an experienced driver alongside a young driver and both of these teams are heading this direction. It's also pretty cool that both teams are trusting nordic drivers, which shows that there is still room for drivers who bring talent instead of money.
Where are all the Cosworths? seriously
11 months ago on Boost Ruling The Roost
He would look like such a coward if he runs away from Kimi
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: What Alonso Does Next
@ssbeane @Vittorio Jano C/C brakes need to get hot before they start to work well, so they don't work on road cars. Carbon ceramics (usually silicon carbide) are a development of c/c and work much better on road cars
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Have Wings, Will Fly: </br> Inside The Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak
@ssbeane F1 cars and aeroplanes have been using carbon-carbon-composite brakes for over 30 years. C/C is basically carbon fiber in graphite matrix. C/C's advantages are low weight, resistance of high temperatures and thermal shocks and low coefficient of thermal expansion.
Hot hatches are about fun, handling and practicality, not about embarrassing anyone. 80s are over and not coming back. If you want noisy unrefined little fun car, just go and buy used 205 GTI and stop whining.
1 year ago on Toyota Builds A 420hp Yaris Hybrid
The reason why they never raced this was simply because there was not enough interest for group B track cars. This and 959 were both conceived for track not rally, although 959 was used in Paris-Dakar.
1 year ago on One of Five – The Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione
Why don't they just paint the whole front end black :D
1 year ago on The Sport Quattro Makes A Return
I don't get why everybody hates Bangle. I find his works as modern classics and the whole Bangle-era as a necessary leap to the new millenium from the blandness of the 90s.
1 year ago on ALPINA’s Return – the BMW ALPINA B6 GT3
Well, you have to weld strenghtening plates into the chassis. And that's not even the main case here. It's about welding or bolting the tubes together, where bolting is in any case an inferior method.
1 year, 1 month ago on The Best Of The Best: Global Auto’s Skyline Gt-r