Jeremy Clarkson: A Man Of Simple Tastes

As die hard petrol-heads, we’ve all dreamed of being in the position to hurl exotic, multi-million dollar hypercars around a racetrack while being paid to do it like Clarkson, Hammond, and May. Well it looks like maybe as the popular saying goes,  the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Jeremy Clarkson wrote for his most recent car review in the UK’s “The Sunday Times”, that-

 ” I spend most of my life whizzing hither and thither in exotica made from platinum and rhodium and fitted with engines that roar and bellow and spit fire. And all I want on the way home is a Ford Fiesta ST.”

He goes on to use an analogy, comparing driving exotic cars to being offered overly complicated and often unappetizing sounding high end meals by chefs at the hotels he stays at while traveling when he would much rather have a simple meal.

“I know it will offer me a choice of sautéed sheep’s brains and the barely formed areola of a lightly salted baby pig, and suddenly I become overwhelmed by the urgent need for a poached egg on toast.”

Like food and exotic cars, it seems Jeremy is a fan of the simple things in all areas of life. He goes on to compare the lavish vacations of some of his friends, to a simple family picture, a scene he would much rather be in than some exotic locale.

“…friends posting pictures of themselves on beaches in Greece and on boats off Italy and in hot springs in Colorado. And then one day there was a photograph of a friend’s wife and kids playing at Daymer Bay in Cornwall and I almost vomited with envy.”

While these statements will doubtfully sway any of us from pining for Clarkson and the boy’s day job, maybe it can at least inspire us to look around once in a while and appreciate what we have. In the end maybe, a couple dear friends, a dependable car, and a home cooked meal with your family is enough.

Source: The Sunday Times

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Blocks Back! It’s Gymkhana 9.

Early this morning the latest work from  Ken Block and the hoonigans dropped on The Hoonigans YouTube Channel. This newest addition to the Gymkhana series, Gymkhana 9: Raw Industrial Playground, features Block hooning around his new highly modified Ford Focus RS,  in Buffalo, New York in a variety of abandoned buildings and warehouses. The video has everything we have come to expect from Block, and a few surprises as well. For example, for the first time ever, a virtual reality version of the video available, so you can  get a feeling what its like to be the hoon-master himself by taking over the drivers seat. There’s  a few other surprises great surprises in store but you’ll have to check out the video to see for yourself! Peep the video below, and let us know what you think! Don’t forget to share, and comment, and tell us what you thought. Does Ken Block still got it? Or is it just more of the same? Check out the video HERE.

 

NOPE: Sorry, There Is No AWD Hellcat

That’s right everyone. There is no all-wheel drive Hellcat on the way. Like a game of telephone in middle-school, this 100% false rumor started after several outlets incorrectly posted information based on an article by AutoNews.com(Automotive News), which stated Dodge had announced a wide body Hellcat variant called the ADR, or American Drag Racer, as well as a new AWD V6 Dodge Challenger, which is indeed true. What is not true is how this information became twisted into the statement that an AWD variant of the Hellcat was on its way. Major automotive news outlets, all of whom somehow failed to do any fact checking whatsoever, have unfortunately given false hope to a plethora of auto-enthusiasts today. Take it is a lesson learned everyone, and do some fact checking, or at the very least, a quick Google search before taking everything as true.

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The Fastest Tesla Ever: The P100D

Today Tesla announced their fastest car ever, and according to them, the fastest production car ever at that, the Model S P100D. With upgrades to both acceleration and distance per charge, the P100D is a marked improvement from the P90D. The previous model rocketed from 0-60mph in a blistering 2.9 seconds which has been quickened to a lightning fast 2.5 second 0-60. Mileage has been extended to over 300 miles on a single charge, giving the P100D the longest all electric range of any production vehicle in addition to its newfound performance.

In addition to the Model S P100D, Tesla also announced there will be a Model X P100D, which is the infamously falcon-door adorned SUV from the automaker, which will now boast a 0-60 speed of just under 3.0 seconds. The Model X will also include an upgraded mileage of around 290.

The Model S P100D will have a base price of $134,500 dollars, but customers who have already ordered a P90D Ludicrous and are awaiting delivery can simply upgrade their order for $10,000 and existing owners can upgrade for $20,000.

Skateboarder Deals Street Justice to Stop Sign Running Mclaren

I don’t know who is more in the wrong here, but it sure hurts to see such a beautiful car get smashed up this way. From what you can see and hear in the video, it appears that the Mclaren coasts through a stop sign, possibly almost hitting or at least startling a skateboarder who then proceeds to take some street justice to the windshield of the Mclaren. The skateboarder then makes a smart decision to run for it as the passenger of the Mclaren takes pursuit. This windshield is surely several grand to replace, but that is nothing compared to the possible medical bills of running someone over. Definitely a lose loser situation it would seem. Take a hint from the video and pay attention when driving, follow those traffic laws, and look both ways before you cross the street. Oh, and also never film vertically…

Koenigsegg Wrecks at the Nurburgring

Koenigsegg themselves have confirmed that a One:1 has indeed wrecked at the ring. According to Koenigsegg, “Koenigsegg Automotive AB can confirm reports online that a Koenigsegg One:1 was involved in a crash during testing as part of Industry Pool at the Nurburgring on Monday, 18 July. The driver was taken to hospital as per standard procedures in such situations and was released the same afternoon.”… [Koenigsegg] working primarily on vehicle setups both for ongoing vehicle development and for an attempt at a Nurburgring lap record at some time in the future. A Koenigsegg is an extreme performance car and must be tested accordingly.This is an inherently dangerous undertaking that must be conducted progressively and methodically, working point by point on all areas of our highly adjustable vehicles. Our primary concern is always driver safety and any testing is structured and conducted accordingly.”

It’s truly a shame to see such an amazing vehicles destroyed. Koenigsegg has said they plan to rebuild the vehicle. Surely this will not be the last time we see them at the ring, and with any luck, perhaps a ring record will be set in the near future. A direct link to the press release can be found here.

Bangin’ Gears Episode 3 Review

Step Aside Top Gear, 

The New Car Show King Is Here

f you’re a car enthusiast and haven’t had the chance to watch Bangin’ Gears yet, let me tell you, you are missing out. The show, which is the brainchild of its main host, Alejandro Salomon ( pictured below), better known as Salomondrin on various social media outlets, features some of the best high end cars, track comparisons, and a good dose of man-child comedy. The cast is large and complex but there are a few consistent faces. The show is surprisingly well shot with excellent cinematics, very high end looking graphics, and profession sound quality and editing.

Bangin’ Gears intro describes it as ” a car show made by a group of car nuts who want to make every car guys wet dream a reality.” The group of enthusiasts is known as “Cup gang” or Cars Unite People Gang.

This episode features a track comparison as well as everyday driving challenges between the Ferrari 458 Speciale, McLaren 675 LT, Dodge Viper ACR, Lamborghini Aventador SV, and the Porsche 911 GT3RS. One of the more notable facts about the show, is that all the vehicles showcased are privately owned vehicles, brought to the show by the presenters or friends of theirs. The tests are therefore, one can reasonably assume, completely unbiased as they have no automotive manufacturer sponsors to sway their results.

The show begins by testing the daily drive-ability of the cars presented. The tests include how much groceries each car can hold as well as how well the car can go through a drive through. The segment features a great balance of comedy, car specs, and some good honest critiques.

 

Following the less serious but none the less very entertaining daily driver segments, the show moves on to the track. Taking place at The Thermal Club private racetrack, the cars are put through their paces on which can get the fastest lap time while being driven by professional racecar driver Alec Udell, as well as an arm drop drag race competition.

 

 

The fantastic film and sound quality continue through this half of the show as does the comedy. Several of the car owners get more than a bit squeamish as they are taken around the track for a lap by Alec, which makes for a good bit of fun. Best of all, none of them through up after their laps, not unlike a certain other car show host… The laps are absolutely great to watch, and the fact that they have recruited a professional driver not only adds to the legitimacy of the show and its test results, but makes it even more fun for the viewer.

The third episode of Bangin’ Gears features some fantastic cars, great comedy, and legitimate car testing, and is truly on route to be one of the best car shows out there, if it isn’t already there. With the high quality of their work, and the originality that they bring to the table, it certainly is a bright light in the car show darkness that has been around since the demise of Top Gear. It should also be noted that even with the premier of The Grand Tour this fall, the shows stark contrast to one another should definitely leave both as equal shows to be enjoyed rather than one or another.

Bangin’ Gears as well as Salomondrin’s other car-centric segments can be seen on his Youtube channel, “Salomondrin“. The show does not have a regular schedule yet, however many other segments are posted almost daily. Be sure and check it out, as well as further reviews of the show here as well as on both The Offical Silverback Motorsports Blog, and Automoguls on Word Press.

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