Top Gear America Trailer Premiers: Finally a Good U.S. Top Gear?

Premiering on BBC America, July 30th, Top Gear America, the replacement for the generally disliked and disappointing Top Gear USA,  is here. The show features an all new cast, but the tried and true formula of Top Gear U.K. is still clearly implanted in the shows design.

The newest season, according to the preview, will showcase some classic Top Gear shenanigans along side great vehicles, including the new NSX, a BAC Mono, a Polaaris RZR, and Lamborghini Huracan, and others.

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The shows new hosts are auto journalist Tom “Wookie” Ford, actor Bill Fichtner and pro racer Antron Brown.

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The new hosts seem like quite an improvement over both the previous Top Gear USA hosts as well as the newest replacements for Top Gear U.K., so it may be safe to assume the BBC has a potential winner on their hands this time.

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!

 

Image Credit: BBC America

The Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody Is Here

Want the trendy fender flare widebody look of the new Demon without having to resort to the aftermarket or cough up Demon money? You’re in luck. The team over at Dodge has released the photos and new specs on the latest iteration of the almighty Hellcat.

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Like it’s older and unholier sibling, the new Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody (yes that’s the official name) gets the exact same body modifications as the Demon as well as the same wider tires to fill it all out.

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The changes bump the MSRP up by around $6k to a total of around $71,495, in comparison, the base Hellcat sits at $65,290 and the Demon at $84,995. The changes to the Hellcat slightly improve the straight line performance, decreasing the 0-60 time by 0.1 seconds, from 3.5 to 3.4 and improving the quarter mile time by 0.3 seconds, from 11.2 to 10.9

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Drag strips aside, the new, wider stance and stickier tires should give the Hellcat a much needed boost in the handling department, improving track performance and better assisting all that torque in reaching to the ground.

 

Photo Credit: Dodge

FIA Announces World’s First Intercontinental Drifting Cup

The decision was announced at the fifth FIA Sport Conference in Geneva. The first event will be he FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup – on 30 September – 1 October, to be held in Daiba, Tokyo, Japan.

According to FIA President, Jean Todt,

“This is the beginning of a very important category for the FIA. As we continue to develop motor sport around the world, drifting has a great appeal to young people and has a passionate core following which is only going to get bigger.

“With the creation of the FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup, we are building the framework for a standard format which will help the sport continue to grow from grass roots level to more professional competitions globally. We are setting the standard for what I’m sure will be a hugely successful form of motor sport.”

Check out their announcement video below.

Is this a good move for the FIA? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

Source: FIA

Camaro ZL1 1LE Destroy the Ring in 7:16.04

According to reports released from Chevrolet, the company’s newest track monster, the Camaro Zl1 1LE  was able to lap the Nordschleife in an incredible 7:16.04. That time makes it 13 seconds faster than the regular Camaro ZL1.

Unlike the companies other high performance car, the Z06, which has recently become embattled for over-heating issues and poor track performance, the ZL1 has received nearly universal praise. The 1LE’s amazing lap time will surely boost that image even further. To provide an illustration of just how impressive the cars time was, take into account the level of cars and their respective times which it has beaten.

Nissan GT-R- 7:19.0

Ferrari 488 GTB- 7:21.63

911 GT2 RS- 7:18.00

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 – 7:25.0

Even more impressive is when you consider the cars insane price point. At a starting point of only $69,995 ( avoiding any ridiculous dealer mark-ups anyhow), the ZL1 1LE is an amazing bargain, coming in tens of thousands of dollars cheaper than the next lowest price car mentioned above.

Check out the on-board video here:

Source: Road and Track

2019 GT500 Mustang Rendering

As recently as May, new spy shots of the upcoming Ford Mustang GT500 have been seen, as pictured below. The new GT500 is expected to be a regular powerhouse, the likes  of which, is meant to compete with the ZL1 and possibly even the Hellcat.

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While Ford is keeping the actual prototype tightly under wraps, if it has an engine that matches the incredible looks of this latest rendering, we are in for a real treat when it debuts.

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Watch Ken Block Jump The 2017 Ford Raptor

 

Ken Block is no stranger to jumping various vehicles over a host of different objects and this time he’s back at it with Motor Trend. In their latest episode of Ignition (169), Motor Trend takes the Raptor out for a fill fledged test filled with desert, dunes, jumps, and just about everything else they can throw at it, including Mr. Ken Block.

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Block and Ignition host Jonny Lieberman spend most of the episode hooning about. putting the Raptor through its paces, and getting some truly breathtaking shots in the process.  It’s one of the best episodes of Ignition in recent history, and absolutely worth a watch. Check out the full video below.

What do you think of the new Raptor? Let us know in the comments!

The Last Viper

While the world is still reeling from the release of the almighty Dodge Demon, a car which broke a laundry list of world records for production cars, it seems that the hellish brute is not the only thing to come out of the insane minds currently working over at Dodge.

Released on Pennzoil’s official YouTube channel late in the day on April 12th, 2017,  the video, which has the spirit of Miami Vice coursing through it, shows a shadowy mystery man of some sort working to recover someone’s Viper, the last Viper. The video proceeds to take us on an amazingly well filmed and adrenaline-filled thrill ride through the city before returning the Viper “to the nest”. Upon its return, we’re left with an ominous text message from its owner to the mystery recovery man. “how are you at exorcising demons?”

What exactly does Dodge have in store for us now? If we have learned anything over the past weeks it’s that Dodge loves a good teaser. I guess we will just have to wait and see!

Check out the full video and let us know what you think is coming in the comments.

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