Audi’s secret Mid-Engined prototype rally monster: The RS-002

Group B, one of the most mental series in all of motorsport history. A time of huge wings, power, technological advancements, and most of all, danger. Group B was dangerous, and people got hurt. Crowds would routinely loose small limbs like fingers and toes as the cars flew past at breakneck speeds. Drivers would crash, get seriously injured, and in some cases, even die. Those deaths lead to the cancellation of a new replacement to group B, Group S. Continue reading

Group S: A bite from the forbidden fruit

Group B. Some herald it as the high point in rally. Stating the speed, danger, and car development as examples of its awesome power. The restrictions, while arguably are what made the sport great, lead to its downfall. A Lancia Delta, one in group B guise rather than the group S you see above, was thundering down a course… Rumors said that the engineers hollowed out the roll cage and filled them with NoS. When the car flew past the finish line and abruptly caught on fire, and I do mean the whole car was consumed in flames, those rumors were exemplified. The dangers were real. Though one tragedy couldn’t stop the sport, multiple others could. Drivers hitting crowds, spinning out and hurting, and in some cases, killing them. It was dangerous, but it was great… Continue reading

Is Turn10 ruining forza?

One Billion dollars. Ten games. Over one hundred million units sold. Forza Motorsport Seven is by far one of the biggest racing game franchises in the world, if not one of the biggest game franchises in the world. Turn10 have taken the racing game genre and just risen it to a whole new level. And with success comes excess. More cars, more pixels, more this, more that, just more. 

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Kei cars, the open road, and MANIFEST DESTINY

We start out tale in the Eastern country of the rising sun: Japan. 65% of Japan’s population lives in cities. That’s a lot of people in not of lot of space. Hence forth, real estate is a premium there. So everything’s small, that’s a problem in most cities ranging from New York to Sydney.  Cars from the East tend to be a bit lacking on the size departments, hell, just look at Japanese trucks from the 70s compared to US trucks. But trucks aren’t the point. The point of this post is to explain why Kei cars never could exist in the states.

 

Each one has to conform to a set of rules

No, not like normal road car rules, Kei cars are special. They’re cheaper to own and insure as long as they fit within a series of rules and regulations. It can’t be a certain length, width, height, weight, and engine size. A lot of limits right? Engineers just go wild. Kei cars are huge in Japan, with nearly every big Japanese manufacturer producing them to this day! Rear wheel drive mid engine, front wheel drive, all wheel drive, turbo’d, rotaries, and everything in between. If you’ve got a taste for something you can probably find it in a fun-sized car shaped box. So they’re good deals for what they provide, a small, typically fun car that’s cheap too. In other words, perfect… Except when a little thing called long, wide, open roads comes into play.

The us highway system and Manifest destiny

“Manifest destiny? I think I’ve heard that term in middle school!” You’d be right, kiddo, manifest destiny was taught in schools. It’s the concept of the US wanting, no needing, to have land from sea to shining sea.  We would lie, steal, and fight our way to the pacific, eventually gaining over three million square miles. That’s a lot of empty space. Of course the US needed to fill it and with the invention (and innovation) of the personal automobile, the US needed a way to get around. Dirt roads ain’t gonna cut it for the US! So came the super highway, 3, 4, sometimes even 8 lanes of glorious straight, open road. A cross  country trip would go from a month to a week or two, maybe even less! So to handle with these roads and what better than big, shiny, rocket inspired cars with giant, lazy V8s to cruise along. This was the way it was and this is the way it will always be in the US of A.

Kei cars don’t work going down the road with big ass 5 ton SUV

You may be thinking, “Whoa there MR. Author, I could drive a kei car everyday” well le’me tell you this champ.

Two cars are going towards each other at the same speed.

one is a 5 ton Cadilac Escalade

The other is a 1.6 ton Honda beat.

Which is going to win. I’ll let you think about it…

If you said honda beat, I bet you failed your basic physics class.

So to summarize, a small car would basically end in a death, killing people in the case of a moderate accident. Yikes, right? Along with that, Americans are just.. .What’s the word… larger people than the Japanese. An Average American might not even be able to fit in a Kei car. And that is why those cars don’t work in the US of A… Some people still bring them over. I would, what about you?

Four Doors of soft padded Fury: The Lagonda

Aston. A company which, over the course of 50 + years suffered from a handful of bankruptcies. The 1960s were not such a good time, especially for Aston Martin. No longer in sports car racing and without a major flagship car, Aston was loosing the good ol’ dollarydoos very quickly. So they did two things. Thing 1: Partner up with Lola and make the Aston Martin Nimrod. Thing 2: Make a flag ship, technologically advanced, executive sedan. Continue reading

What Makes a Classic a classic

Classic cars. Something of a big debate between people, the government, and associations alike. Just think of living in the 60s (without the racism and sexism and homophobia and all that not so fun stuff) . Things like Ford fairlanes, Mini coopers, and Chevy Novas where all normal and, at one point, the crappy used car people bought for chump change with their first paycheck.  But does that mean things like (NEW) corollas and Nissan Versas will be considered classics one day? Quite possibly. But what exactly is a classic?

The 25 year rule

Welcome to the United States of America. Seeing as most of my readers are from Europe (COOL), I assume that some of you have no clue about importing things to the United states. (Well seeing as most people read this from a car site, maybe not).The US is really stingy, making the importation fee linked to the year a car can be qualified as a classic. That year, as some of you know, is 25 years of age. Which, in turn, leads to the big import debacle. A car that isn’t a 25 years old either can’t be imported or must be imported with an agreement for only driving the car track or keeping it for show. Fun fact, that’s how Bill Gates got his 959 into the country. But this post ain’t about importing, it’s about classic cars, and the US says that any car older than 25 years of age is a classic! That means that a 1992 Camry is a classic.

 

Technicalities, Ethan, technicalities!

Of course those are just rules, and who follows rules anyways! (Well, everyone should). A car can become a classic on the day of it’s reveal! Just look at the toyota/subaru/scion brz/frs/gt86 triplets! They’re regarded as some of the greatest driving cars of our generation and they’re not even five years old! Wait… They’re five years old! Time sure flies! This is probbaly the same feeling children of the 90s felt with the Miata/Mx-5. It was a new, cool sports car that looked timeless (still does) and performs beautifully! C L A S S I C U P O N R E L E A S E.

Anyhow, I do believe that a car, if it’s good enough, can be considered a classic when new. Something that people will look back on and remember. Cars like the Rx7, supra, and oddly, the Ferrari 458. But what makes a car a, lets call it, future classic  (I am in no way the originator of these terms, by the way).

  1. They’ve gotta look the part. After all, you don’t see the Ferrari 612 scalagetti going up in price
  2. They’ve gotta handle. Let it be touring, canyon carving or cruising, a car’s gotta have a solid identity but it can’t over do itself. From what I’ve read, the new Mclaren 720s has this problem, it’s got all the cards but doesn’t know which one to use. But then again you don’t want it to be a one trick pony.
  3. They have to bring a smile to the driver’s face. Yup. Smiles. Pretty nice right. You don’t want a car to get you angry, you want one to make you happy. Let it be at the drag strip, in the mountains, or on the track, you want it for you.