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Ford GT fails to topple Lamborghini on The Grand Tour’s Track

Despite coming off a record-breaking lap at Car and Driver magazine’s Lightning Lap competition at the Virginia International Raceway, in which it edged out the four-year record held previously by the Porsche 918 by one-tenth of a second, the Ford GT simply couldn’t topple the immense speed of the Lamborghini Huracán Performante on The Grand Tour’s  test track, the “Eboladrome”.

In this week’s episode, Jeremy Clarkson made good on his promise to secure a Ford GT for the show to test on their track. While Clarkson raved about the performance of the car (and made quite a few fair complaints as well), when it came time for the shows test driver Abbie Eaton to put Ford’s supercar through the paces it ended up trailing the raging bull by a full second.

Ford GT the grand tour lap time You can see from the lap board that the Ford GT was just barely able to beat the two McLarens, only managing three-tenths of a second lead. While the track, temperature, and a host of other variables certainly could have made a significant impact on all of the vehicles tested it’s still quite the time gap.

For comparison’s sake, the following are the top ten lap times for Car and Driver’s Lightning Laps. While all of the vehicles tested on each track don’t make it onto both lists, the 650S which only trailed by a fraction of a second on the Eboladrome trails the GT by a massive 2.8 seconds on the Virginia International Raceway.

Rank Class Car (Model Year) Time Event (Year)
1 LL5 Ford GT (2017) 2:43.0 #11.5 (2018)
2 LL5 Porsche 918 Spyder (2015) 2:43.1 #8 (2014)
3 Concept Car Lexus RC F GT Concept (2016) 2:43.2 #10 (2016)
4 LL4 Mercedes-AMG GT R (2018) 2:43.4 #11 (2017)
5 LL4 Dodge Viper ACR (2016) 2:44.2 #10 (2016)
6 LL3 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (2015) 2:44.6 #9 (2015)
7 LL5 Ferrari 488 GTB (2016) 2:45.1 #10 (2016)
8 LL3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE (2018) 2:45.7 #11 (2017)
9 LL5 McLaren 650S Spider (2015) 2:45.8 #9 (2015)
10 LL5 Mosler MT900S (2009) 2:45.9 #3 (2009)

While both cars are out of reach for most people, given the chance would the lap times make a difference to you? Which car would you rather have in your garage?

Let us know in the comments!

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The Grand Tour Hits Its Stride

The Grand Tour has had its fair share of both praise and criticism since the debut season last year. While there are certainly a large number of viewers who tune in purely to see their favorite motoring trio after their departure from Top Gear U.K., something Amazon was no doubt well aware of when offering the three men a hugely lucrative deal, and which they have taken advantage of to the fullest extent possible, using the show as a figurehead for Amazon Prime Video, there were still many who have not been convinced the show is all it could, or should, be.

The first season of The Grand Tour was frequently touted as being far too scripted, to silly, and not as focused on the machines as competitor Top Gear. While many of these criticisms simply missed the mark, failing to understand the obvious silliness Clarkson, Hammond, and May have always displayed, some were well founded.

Unlike many shows, it seems that Amazon, as well as producer Andy Wilman and the trio themselves, have taken much of the criticism to heart and the second season of The Grand Tour certainly reflects that. Gone is the maligned celebrity segment in which the guests met cheezy and untimely ends by way of various deaths, as is some of the more over the top scripted segments. In their place, TGT has added a more traditional celebrity interview format in which two celebs face off in a new Jaguar F-Type and the segments so far this season have been much more organic.

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Anthony Joshua, Bill Goldberg, and Jeremy Clarkson.

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This weeks episode, which should now be available to everyone on Amazon Prime Video, is aptly titled “It’s a gas, gas, gas” and it certainly is. Richard Hammond, who is arguably the best of the trio in the role of reviewer, does so in the new Lamborghini Hurucan Performante to perfection. His passion, love of cars, and insights truly make this an excellent review that really raises the bar. Celebrity Face-Off has been doing well every episode and with the charismatic guests, this time was no different. The shining star of this episode, and in all regards, of the entire season so far, is no doubt Jeremy Clarkson’s documentary-style film about the epic clash between Audi and Lancia in 1983 during the FIA Group B World Rally Championship, the very last time a non-AWD vehicle won WRC. The WRC Group B Rally is an amazing page in automotive history, and I urge you to search the interwebs for films and stories about it, outside of The Grand Tour.

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The film is done beautifully. It’s informative, exciting, and educational. Clarkson masterfully narrates the story of one of the greatest competitions in automotive history, comparing the clash between Lancia and Audi, to that between Ford and Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966, and justifiably so. Automotive enthusiasts and those less inclined alike will be stirred by the story, the amazing videos showing how dangerous Group B really was, and learning about the drivers and their cars.

Episode 7 is a clear indication that The Grand Tour has certainly hit its stride and if it is any indication of the content we can expect in the future, then the future is bright.

Cars and Coffee – Austin, Texas January 14, 2018

What a great turnout! With a wide range of vehicles from supercars and kit cars like the Mclaren 720S and SLC to imports and classic American muscle cars, this was a great showing of central Texas automotive enthusiasm and passion. We can’t wait to go back.

You can find dates for the next Austin Cars and Coffee meet on their Facebook page.

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The Grand Tour Season 2 Episode 1: Past, Present, or Future [REVIEW]

The boys are back in town. Well, actually, they’re not in town at all, unless you live near Oxfordshire, UK, anyways. As you most likely have heard, The Grand Tour is no longer touring. But that’s not the point. Let’s get into what’s most important, how the premiere episode of the newest season did.

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The episode starts out with a similar preview segment that we saw last season, showcasing what we can expect over the coming weeks. This is quickly followed by the main film of the series, a fantastic comparison between three amazing supercars; the Lamborghini Aventador, Acura NSX, and Rimac Concept One. The film is set in the jaw-droppingly beautiful, Swiss mountains, as if we’d expect anything less.

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Clarkson, Hammond, and May debate throughout the film over which of the vehicles is best. Harkening back to the episode’s title, Past, Present, or Future, the cars each represent one of those aspects, Aventador being the past, NSX being the future, and the Rimac taking up the position of future. The boys never really come up with a solid decision, not that you’d expect them to, but the beauty of the cars and the scenery and the comedy musings we’ve come to expect from the trio result in a great start for the season.

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Conversation Street is back this season. The segment really just consists of the three hosts harassing each other and making fun of random subjects. If there’s one thing the Grand Tour hosts have fantastic chemistry, and the segment shines because of it. It’s nothing new, but we like that.

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As is the tradition with Hammond, Clarkson, and May, in the following portion of the Past, Present, or Future film, our hosts end up taking very nice, very expensive cars off-roading.

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It’s hard not to grimace at the sight of such high end driving machines scraping over rocks and rubbing into walls, but it does make for entertaining television.

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I know you’re probably wondering, do they ever end up racing these amazing cars? Well, yes. But no spoilers here. You’ll have to watch the episode to see who wins, but we do have a few gorgeous screenshots for you.

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The film then continues with some proper supercar hooning and Clarkson running into a bit of trouble with his Lamborghini.

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Continuing on, we see a welcome change to The Grand Tour, the replacement for Celebrity Brain Crash. From now on we will be seeing the new and amazing segment, Celebrity Face Off, or Celebrity F-Off for short, in which two celebrities from the same fields will face off in a Jaguar F-Type for the fastest lap times. No doubt this will do much better with audiences this season.

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The Grand Tour also has an all-new track for this season and, taking a bit of style from Top Gear UK, it’s got tarmac and gravel bits, which should create some excitement.

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The guests in the first ever Celebrity F-Off are a man who really needs no introduction, David Hasselhoff, aka the Hoff, and Ricky Wilson, lead singer of the Kaiser Chiefs and former judge on the Voice UK.

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While there’s no Stig (obviously), and no American (thankfully), the interview, the laps, and the segment as a whole are a breath of fresh air for The Grand Tour.

The premiere episode wraps up with an already infamous bit of film.  The boys take off to a hill climb event in Hemberg to see who’s car is the king of the hill.

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The course, which covers 1.09 miles, contains 11 corners, puts all three hosts and their cars to the test, but none so much as Hammond and the Rimac…

In a bizarre series of events, Hammond careened off of a turn and the Rimac was up in flames in next to no time at all.

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Luckily, and with a great sigh of relief, we can all be happy that while the car is no more, Hammond is alive and well.

The same can also be said of The Grand Tour. Gone are many of the gimmicks and forced humor, back is the fantastic chemistry, beautiful films, and amazing cars. I can easily say that The Grand Tour is off to a fantastic start and here’s to season 2.

We give this episode, 5 stars.

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Porsche Destroys Lamborghini- Sets New Nürburgring Lap Time Record

You didn’t really think that Porsche would stand by and let the Italians claim the record for lap time on the most infamous track in the world, one which just so happens to be German, did you? Of course not.

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Photo Credit: Porsche

Porsche has officially set a new lap record on the Ring, a blisteringly fast time of 6:47.3, beating Lamborghini’s Huracán Performante’s time of 6.52.01. It’s also noteworthy that Porsche just happened to also crush their own hypercars lap time, that of the 918 Spyder, of 6:57.0.

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Photo Credit: Porsche

Check out the video below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Does this make you more of a Porsche fan? Or would you rather have the lambo?

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!

Can An Acura NSX Take Down An Aventador In a Drag Race?

The Aventador is often considered the king of the Lamborghini’s, and many supercars. While it first debuted over 5 years ago, with its striking looks, amazing V12 sound and a nothing to scoff at 691+ horsepower, it has certainly earned a place at the top.

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The new Acura NSX on the other hand, has received mix reviews. Honda’s decision to move forward with the departure from its classic NSX roots, going heavy and hybrid, to the high price tag and relatively slow sales numbers, the NSX has faced an uphill battle for respect from day one.

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You may be wondering, who would even question whether or not the might V12 Lambo could crush the NSX.

The crew over at The Exotic Revolution wondered the same thing and has posted a video to their YouTube channel that pits these two cars against each other in a “definitely filmed in Mexico” drag race. The results may just surprise you! We won’t spoil the fun, so check out the video. (Skip to about 1:20 to get to the action)

Did it end the way you thought it would? Are you surprised? Let us know in the comments!

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