Would You Pay $70,000 For a WRX Used In “Baby Driver”?

If you’ve been looking to acquire a bit of film and automotive history, now is your chance. Up for sale on Ebay today is the WRX used in the recent film Baby Driver. The film was a hit, earning itself a “Certified Fresh” 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. Baby Driver  featured some great driving scenes, excellent tunes, and all together entertaining story line, especially in light of recent automotive tragedies like the The Fate of the Furious (which earned a 66%, if you were wondering).

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The car, being sold by “lostboy3.5”  posted the listing, describing the vehicle by saying, “The WRX being sold was used as a stunt car in the movie “Baby Driver”.  This vehicle was converted to rear wheel drive and received an upgraded rear differentials as well as a 2004 STI turbo.  It was tuned by Doug Wilkes at DBW Motorsport.  This vehicle was also used in the music video for ‘Chase Me” by Danger Mouse, Big Boi & Run The Jewels.   It was also used by Subaru and Sony for the LA Premiere Red Carpet event. This is a running and driving car. It does have some dings and scratches from the filming of the movie. The overall condition is good. Email with questions.”

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So is $70,000 a reasonable price for a modded and dinged up WRX with a lot of miles but a good bit of history too?

Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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The Fastest Lotus In History : The GT430 Sport

Lotus fans rejoice! The new, and fastest ever Lotus is here in the form of the new Evora GT430 Sport.  The GT430, already an extremely impressive performer by most accounts, was apparently too “slow”, with a top speed of 192 mph, so of course Lotus had to improve it by 4 mph.

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Lotus reaches this new top speed by way of the classic Lotus mantra, “simplfy, then add lightness.” The GT430 Sport removes the many of the aero components of the GT430, including the wing, carbon fiber front splitter, wheel arch louvres, etc, with a resulting weight reduction of 10kg and a significant amount of aero drag, from 250kg at 190 mph to 100kg.

The GT430 sports full carbon fiber front and rear bumpers, front access panel, roof panel, and rear quarter panels, along side a one piece “duck-tail” style integrated spoiler. All this lightness equals an even more impressive power to weight ratio than the standard GT430.

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The drivetrain carries directly over with the standard 3.5 liter V6 producing 430hp mated to either a manual or automatic transmission with the latter pushing the Lotus to 60 mph from 0 in 3.7 seconds.

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In the opposite style of Porsche, Lotus drops the price along with all that aero by about 8 grand.

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What do you think of the new, fastest Lotus ever? Let us know in the comments!

Top Gear America Episode 5: Humble Beginnings [Review]

Episode 5 has aired and as always we have the review! Top Gear America has done a great job tying in their content with their title, Top Gear America, and this episode is no different.  In this weeks episode we have some segments based on, you guessed it, “humble beginnings”.

Bill Fichtner is back to giving us solid segments, a welcome sign for those disappointing by his work in Episode 4, with a video about NASCAR.

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While NASCAR has seen some rough times lately with dwindling followers and lost revenues, you wouldn’t guess it from the way Top Gear and Mr. Fichtner give it justice in Episode 5. With a bit of backstory about where the sport came from and where it is now as well as a bit of a throwback “NASCAR” competition between the hosts, the show does well and maintains an entertaining momentum continuing it’s overall solid performance this season.

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The guest on this weeks episode, another fairly random celebrity, is the singer Aaron Carter, brother of famed Backstreet Boy, Nick Carter. Aaron has some odd and fairly awkward interactions with the hosts, no surprise really since he seems to be almost a polar opposite of Fichtner in particular, but he puts down an impressive lap and has a lot of energy which was not a bad thing to bring to the table.

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The shining star of Episode 5, especially to the Gran Turismo generation, is no doubt the segment with Tom “Wookie” Ford and the legendary car known as Godzilla, the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R. Tom absolutely nails it in this segment giving fans exactly what they want to see in a video showcasing what has been an idol to most for many years. It really shows that Tom has a passion for this car and I would go so far as to say this may be his best segment yet this season because of it. Tom if you’re reading this, you killed it and we want more!

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Another highlight of the Episode, is the showcasing of the Audi Vets to Techs program and the new Audi R8 V10. It’s great to see a company providing such a valuable service to veterans and to tell an audience as massive as Top Gear’s about it.

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In addition, we get to see The Stig take the R8 out on the Top Gear America track and set the first Top Gear lap time to ever include a passenger in the car, a veteran and member of the Vets to Techs program to boot. A tip of the hat is most appropriate to Top Gear for this one.

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Episode 5 is definitely a big step in the right direction for Top Gear America. We’re happy to give this weeks episode a 4 out of 5 stars.

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What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments!

Top Gear America Episode 4: Drive of Your Life [Review]

If you’re still with us watching Top Gear America, we’ve made it to Episode 4. This episode has some clear highs and lows, some winners and some losers.

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The show starts out with a strong segment. Wookie is challenged with learning how to drag race from none other than his co-host Antron Brown, at the legendary Doug Foley Racing School, in Mooresville, NC. For fans of drag racing, it’s a must see, and the entire part of the show is done well. We get to see a more natural Antron in the depth of his element, and the level of comfortability in this setting really shows.

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Now, if only he could bring just a bit more of that back into the studio.

TGA follows up this segment with a rather random celebrity guest, Haley Joel Osment. While Haley looks like a young, up and coming Santa Clause actor, with the personality to boot, be sure to stick around for his hot lap because it is legendary. We won’t tell you why, but it will definitely go down in history as a Top Gear best, and we’re talking all Top gears.

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Unfortunately, Episode 4 also features the first truly bad film done by the current favorite host of TGA, Bill Fichtner. In what could’ve been a great segment, Bill reviews the new Cadillac CTS-V and instead of it being exciting, or even mildly interesting, all we get are a few straight line shots, boring music, and a disappointed Bill. Hopefully, this won’t become a trend for Bill.

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The final segment of the show features Wookie once again in action. This time he’s learning to drive the new Dodge Charger police vehicle. The segment also briefly features the Fiat Abarth 124 Spyder. Fans of the show will appreciate the dry British humor and the well shot slow-mo bits which have become a staple on Top Gear, but overall the segment is a bit rushed and feels choppy.

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While there was certainly some great high points and hilarious bits of laughter, Episode 4 was overall down a bit from Episode 3, so we’re giving it a 3 out of 5 stars.

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What did you think of Episode 4? Let us know in the comments.

 

 

Top Gear America Episode 3: Life On The Go [Review]

So we’ve made it this far. While Top Gear America has received poor reviews overall, we at AutoMoguls still feel that the BBC is on the right track this time. Episode 3 improves on the previous two, and while it still feels a bit forced at times, it seems like TGA is finally picking up some positive momentum.

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Episode 3 takes us on a wide array of adventures this time. The main segment features a classic Top Gear challenge in which the hosts must go off-roading and camping with a minimal $3,000 budget.

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The celebrity guest, a surprising high point for TGA, continues to shine with an appearance by legendary comedian Russell Peters.  Russell brings some great jokes as well as some hilarious back with Antron and the rest of the crew that really helps to keep the viewers entertained.

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A great and fairly unusual appearance for Top Gear, Ep.3 features a tuned vehicle, and if the tuning wasn’t enough, it’s also a minivan. While it may sound off-putting at first, give the segment a chance and you’ll see it’s actually quite good.

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The real highlight of Episode 3 comes about three-quarters of the way through with a segment featuring the one and only Magnus Walker. If you don’t know about this guy, can you really call yourself a car guy/girl? In what seems like a clip taken from any number of Magnus Walker featurettes, Magnus and his cars shine like always. If you only watch this episode for one reason, it will be this segment.

Overall we would give Episode 3 of Top Gear America a 3.5 out of 5.

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What did you think of Episode 3 of Top Gear America? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Top Gear America Episode 2: Movie Magic [Review]

This weeks episode of Top Gear America is all about famous cars, what makes the “coolest” car, and look at some amazing movie tricks.

The first scene features one of the most iconic movie cars of all time. The classic 1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT driven by Steve McQueen in Bullitt.   The segment, done by William Fichtner, much like in the first episode, is fantastic. Fichtner seems like the most natural person to pair with a vehicle like the Bullitt Mustang and the entire film is just that, natural, authentic, and a pleasure to watch.

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The special guest for this week’s episode is one of the stars of The Blacklist, Ryan Eggold. The show continues the awkward guest drive in by The Stig, but the interview itself is quick, to the point, and a huge improvement over Top Gears of the past.

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The second segment of the show features an Italian beast and the America drag racer, Antron Brown. Antron has chosen to showcase the beautiful Lamborghini Huracan Spyder. With the amazing sound and stunning good looks of the Huracan there’s very little not to like about this film. While Antron is still not the greatest presenter, always coming across as trying just a little too hard, the segment itself is still very good. With little in the way of scenery to distract away from the Lamborghini, it’s all eyes on the bull.

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As the segment progresses we’re introduced to an even more amazing machine, a $250,000 camera which is placed on a crane, which is then attached to a blacked-out, 580 horsepower, Cadillac  CTS-V wagon called the Ultimate Arm. The film rig is exceptionally high end and able to capture the highest quality video in almost any condition.

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filmrig12 But wait! That’s not all that’s in this segment. There’s an even cooler Ultimate Arm! This one, an off-roader with a 650 horsepower motor, allows for the same amazing film capabilities in rough and uneven terrain without breaking a sweat.

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What? Two amazing film cars and a Lamborghini Huracan Spyder aren’t enough for you? Well how about a professional dirt bike rider as well!  Top Gear piles on the action with the film buggy chasing down and filming this pro rider and of course, it looks amazing.

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The show isn’t done with the Huracan though, The Stig takes the Huracan (albeit the all-wheel drive model) around the all new Top Gear test track. So is it faster than the NSX from Episode 1? Any bets? Spoiler alert! The Huracan manages to set a blistering lap time of 1:10:47! Nearly three seconds slower than the Acura NSX,! Ok, so night quite blistering, but still pretty quick. Are you surprised?

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Fichtner is back in another segment following The Stig’s lap. This time he shows us an American classic, the 1955 Cadillac Convertible. Will does an amazing job of taking us down memory road. He gives us a bit of personal backstory, some American history, and as is quickly becoming tradition, an amazing narrative overall. The segment is a must see for anyone who’s a fan of classic cars, Americana, and beautifully restored Cadillacs.

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Carrying over from the initial interview, the show continues with the rest of Ryan Eggold’s interview before his lap in the Top Gear Honda Civic. Ryan gives an excellent interview and we’re sure all fans of Top Gear and The Grand Tour are really going to appreciate the new interview format that Top Gear America has decided to go with. It’s the direction the BBC (and lets be honest, Amazon) should both have gone long ago.

Ryan’s lap starts off pretty rough, but comical, and he doesn’t improve much through the rest of the lap. He does deserve praise for keeping a smile on his face the whole time, but a racecar driver he is not. While there isn’t much to learn from his technique, his segment is a must see for a good laugh.

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Picking up with the next scene, we have all three hosts in a classic Top Gear challenge segment learning to become 70’s stunt drivers. It’s a bit odd not seeing or hearing about the producers forcing the hosts to complete the channel, but new fans of the show won’t know any better.

Their first challenge? Complete a bootlegger turn. A bootlegger turn is one where you drive straight, pull the e-brake to lock up the rear tires, turn 180 degrees, and power out back the way you came. All three hosts manage to get this one done. This segment is great thanks to some humor, a lack of that “overly-scripted” feeling, and obviously, car stunts.

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Moving on to the second stunt, the boys now have to complete a reverse 180 flick. This stunt is when you put the car in reverse, drive at speed, crank the wheel from 3 to 6, and turn it around putting the car into gear and drive away.

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The final stunt of the segment calls for the hosts to drive down the street and perfectly slide into a parallel parking spot without crashing into the barriers on either side which are of course, baskets of fruit. While this may sound like a good premise, unfortunately the stunt is underwhelming which makes for a rather disappointing end to an otherwise solid episode.

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Top Gear America is still up and running strong and it looks like the first episode may not have been a fluke after all.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Let us know in the comments!

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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