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Want Free Tickets to Top Gear America? We Tell You How To Get Them.

If you’re like us, you’ve always dreamed of attending a live taping of Top Gear. While everyone may have their preference of which country or which hosts they would prefer to see, for the most part it’s hard to think it would be a great experience, regardless of the details.

If you live in the U.S., you can now sign up to receive FREE tickets to a taping of Top Gear America. All you need to do is visit Applause Store and sign up with a free account, get your name on the list, and make sure you have transportation to Las Vegas.

 

The show, which just premiered its first episode,  is hosted at SpeedVegas’ rack. For those who don’t know, SpeedVegas provides exotic car driving experiences, so you can watch the show, and take a car out on the actual track in the same weekend. Sounds like a great time to us.

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RealTime Racing Team Saves Lost Dog: Feel Good Story of the Week

Looking for that feel good story to get you through Hump Day and into the weekend? Check out the link below for Stef Schrader’s excellent story on how one racing team saved a lost dog in Austin from the sweltering Texas heat.

RealTime Racing Team Saves A Good Dog From Brutal Texas Heat

Photo credit: Kurt Bradley

Is a brand new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX worth $138,000? Apparently so. (UPDATE)

California Mitsubishi dealer, South Coast Mitsubishi, recently listed a brand new, never titled, 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX with only 9 miles on the odometer, on eBay.

As of 3:30 p.m. central time, with 36 bids, the going price was at nearly $99,000.  As of 8:20 a.m. central time, with 80 bids, the going price is now up to $137,954! The Evo in question is an MR, which sports such features as Brembo brakes, Bilstein suspension, and BBS wheels as well as a six-speed manual transmission vs the much more common five-speed. As an additional add-on, the dealer ordered the Evo with the optional “no-lift” package which adds a few more aero goodies. You can see the breakdown, below.

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While the price of the Evo seems ridiculous to most, about 13 eBay bidders would disagree with you.

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For those of you who may not recall, the original MSRP of this car was in the $35-40,000 range in 2006, so to have it nearly triple in such a short time is a testament to the massive and dedicated following the car has developed over the years.

How high do you think the price will go?

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Let us know in the comments!

(Updated for current price and bids)

Source: Road and Track

Is the 2017 Civic Type R Doomed to The Same Fate as The Focus RS?

Recently, a blog post by a writer known as LJ909, on OppositeLock, surfaced in which they completed some local research on the Ford Focus RS at local dealerships. According to their research:

“…A quick search within 100 miles of me shows there are 55 Ford dealers. Of those 55 I would say over half have more than 2 RS’ on their lots. Some have more than 5: Caruso Ford in Long Beach has 8, San Bernardino Ford has 7, Galpin (of course) has 12, Ken Grody has 15.”

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The writer goes on to hypothesize on why these cars are just sitting at the dealership, saying:

“Some dealers wouldn’t even let you touch the car. If you were under 40 or even looked like you were a boy racer type it was a no before you could even ask. Some dealers I heard wanted deposits and commitments to buy before test drives.”

and,

“They all have 150-210 days on the lot. What are dealers going to do? Some are stubborn and still asking 10-20k over sticker. Some will budge, but not by much.”

So what did this have to do with the Civic Type R? Honda dealers are doing exactly the same thing. According to an article published by Car and Driver, while many Honda dealers are advertising the Type R at MSRP, few, if any, are actually willing to sell it to you at that price.

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Car and Driver went so far as to call five random dealerships across the country about their Type R’s, and not one was willing to sell it at the advertised price, with markups ranging from $5,000 to $17,000 above MSRP.

So with Honda dealers greedily marking these cars up, far above their actual value, is the Type R doomed to sit and collect dust on the showroom? Will these dealers treat the Type R with the same “halo car” sense that should only be reserved for something like an NSX or GT-R, refusing to let possible buyers sit in, let alone drive the Type R?

Most likely.

Either way, enjoy this amazing video of the 2017 Civic Type R’s hot lap at the ring.

Let us know what you think in the comments, or if you’ve had an experience with the new Type R at any local dealership, let us know how it went.

 

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The Focus RS has been sitting on dealer lots and dealers can only blame themselves

Honda Dealers Are More Evil Than We Knew: Type R Markups Are Hidden

 

 

Would you buy a Carbon Fiber GT350R for $127,000?

On the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Jay tests out the all carbon fiber bodied Ford Mustang GT350R, developed by Speedkore, a high-performance shop based in Grafton, WI.

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The GT350R, already a potent track weapon, is said to drop hundreds of pounds with Speedkore’s upgrades, according to Vice President of Speedkore, David Salvaggio. While exact weight differences aren’t specified, the transformation is said to drop at least “400 pounds”.

So how much does all this beautiful carbon fiber cost you? Speedkore says the final tally comes in at about $64,000. While it may or may not sound like a good deal, consider the fact that it is approximately double the MSRP of the car you’ve already bought, and you definitely did not pay the msrp price, but likely much more, and this car quickly approaches the $150,000 mark, putting you well into supercar territory.

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With so many high-performance vehicles currently available and coming soon, such as the Camaro ZL1 1LE, Nissan GT-R, Corvette Z06 and upcoming ZR1, the Demon and Hellcat, as well as a host of options on the aftermarket for those willing to put in the wrench time or their wallets, the price may become an even harder pill to swallow.

Leno, who owns a GT350R, says that the car is quicker and lighter than the factory version, but without concrete data it’s hard to quantify the value of all that carbon.

Check out the video below the break, and let us know what you think of Speedkore’s Mustang.

Does the price justify the product?

 

Image Source: Speedkore

Video source: Jay Leno’s Garage/ YouTube

Story Reference- Road and Track

The Grand Tour Season 2: Sneak Peak Trailer

Debuting on Amazon Prime Day, the sneak peak trailer for The Grand Tour: Season 2, is here! The trailer which describes the show as;

the world’s greatest show about three middle-aged men rampaging around the world having unusual adventures, driving amazing cars, and engaging in a constant argument about which of them is the biggest idiot.”

showcases some very exciting looking clips which leaves the automotive community around the world with a lot to look forward too.

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Examining the trailer we see a bit of something for everyone. From some sort of tank crashing through walls, to the already infamous Rimac that Richard Hammond had his recent crash in during a hill climb event, which ended in a fiery blaze, to a few other high level exotics such as the AMG GT, Mclaren 720S, and Bugatti Chiron.

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While the last season of Top Gear (U.K.) received abysmal ratings, per IMDB, with an average of just over 2 out of 10, the premier season of The Grand Tour soared to the number one spot for auto and comedy enthusiasts, with nearly a 9 out of 10 rating, on the same scale.*

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If the trailer is any indication, would seem that the Amazon and the trio is aiming to hold on to their top spot this season as well. There’s obviously going to be a wide variety of classic hi-jinks, wacky adventures, and awesome cars which, undoubtedly, will leave most people happy.

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If there’s anything we can hope to see a lack of this season, it’s “The American”, some of the over-scripted segments, and the love-it-or-hate-it, celebrity segments.

What do you think of the trailer? Check it out below, and let us know in the comments!

 

 

*As of the time of publishing

Photo/Video Credit: Amazon, The Grand Tour

Want a 10-Second Mustang? Lebanon Ford Has You Covered. (For $60,000)

There’s a laundry list of crazy fast cars coming from the factory nowadays. The Dodge Demon, ZL1, GTR, and Z06 just to name a few. You may be getting the itch for a new car, and a fast one that can compete, but maybe a Mustang is more your style or more in the range of your pocketbook. If that’s the case, you’re in luck. The crazy dealership responsible for a host of other ridiculously fast, and brand new, Mustangs, Lebanon Ford, is at it again, this time with a 10-second quarter mile Mustang GT named the LPF 10.

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Far from stock (and a drive train warranty), the LPF 10 boasts a Stage 2 Roush Supercharger, upgraded, larger fuel injectors, a high-flow air intake, a re-tuned ECU, and a larger oil pump increasing cooling capacity. According to Lebanon Ford, the LPF 10 setup is built to output up to 700 wheel horsepower on 93 octane pump gas.

In addition to the power adders, you also get drag tuned Viking shocks with BMR springs, Mickey Thompson tires mounted onto 17×5-inch front wheels and 17×10.5-inch rear wheels along with a NHRA legal bolt-in roll cage and upgraded drive and half-shafts.

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Lebanon Ford says the LPF 10 will run consistent 10.5 second quarter mile times, depending on usual variables including weather, altitude, and driver skill. The asking price for the performance? $59,995, sans the Premium Package, which you can upgrade to for the normal cost.

Is it better than a Demon or a Hellcat? Maybe, maybe not. That warranty is pretty attractive, but then again, so is an extra $20,000.

 

Source: Road and Track