BMW M3 driver attacks Lebanese hill climb

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There are those who think they can drive, those who can drive and then there are those who are fast. You could say that Garo Haroutiounian falls into the latter category.

Watch in awe as this dude tears up the Falougha hill climb in Lebanon.

Source: YouTube via Jalopnik

Red Bull Global Rallycross Hits Home

… The home of the Islanders, that is. Red Bull Global Rallycross set up camp at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum on the weekend of July 19-20. Just outside of New York City outerborough borders, the overcast Sunday finals saw some exciting racing as well as some shocking disappointments for quite a few drivers. The New York course was very similar to last year’s Championship in Las Vegas with the Joker Lap on the turn just after the table jump, but a bit tricky for the drivers that had driven the Vegas course as it was a bit wider.

Red Bull Global Rallycross in New York

Aussie Sarah Burgess debuted over the weekend in a Chevy Sonic, but some mechanical issues ultimately kept her from racing on Sunday. Hyundai’s Emma Gilmour didn’t make the finals via the Last Chance Qualifier, though team mate Rhys Millen raced in the final. After the United States National Anthem was sung by Ken Block’s trainer Kit Cope, the Supercars were ready to go.

Red Bull Global Rallycross in New York

Before the first lap was even half finished, a group of cars got banged around before the table jump and Olsbergs MSE’s Patrik Sandell in a Ford Fiesta got the worst of it. The red flag came out, and all drivers went back to the pits. Sandell had too much damage to continue. [Read more...]

Still hope for the Nissan IDX concept

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Call me jaded, but it has been a very long time since I have seen a concept car that had me literally begging the manufacturer to build it. At last Fall’s Tokyo Auto Show, I actually begged Nissan’s global VP of design to build the car. I put my Platinum Visa on the table and told him to take a deposit. I want Nissan to build the iDX NISMO that badly.

The fact that they brought BRE Datsun leader, designer and photographer extraordinaire to the party just sweetened the pot.

The problem is that we haven’t heard much about the iDX since those buggers at R&T actually drove one of the concepts earlier this year.

Peter Brock and iDX designer Peter Beasley

Peter Brock and iDX designer Peter Beasley

There was a story floating around a couple of weeks ago that the project has been shelved, but Matt Campbell at Car Advice spent some time with Nissan VP of product development, Keno Kato, who shot that story down. Sort of.

“That’s a funny story around iDX. Andy [Palmer] said it’s under way, and Pierre Liong, head of product planning in Nissan North America said it’s not so feasible. But Pierre Liong is under me, and Andy is my boss.” Kato told Campbell.

In fact, Kato’s message echos what I was told when he said: “It is under preparation and development. [The project is] 50/50 until some milestone to decide ‘go!’”, however he suggested that by ‘go’ he meant that the car would be further assessed in terms of the profits required, the investment needed and securing the manufacturing sight.”

So, it sounds like there is still hope. If Kato’s thoughts on pricing become reality, then I will happily plunk down my Visa again!

South African Porsche driver caught on camera while raging on fellow driver

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They say that BMW drivers are assholes, but this Porsche Cayman driver near the South African town of Witkoppen was caught on camera proving that you don’t have to be driving a Bimmer to succumb to road rage.

YouTuber Andre Snyman posted this video, with the hopes of sending this guy viral. Let’s hope the local police are paying attention.

“we witnessed an assault on witkoppen this afternoon.

A porsche was driving recklessly down witkoppen road towards four ways from sunning hill.
at one of the traffic lights the passenger of the porsche threw something out of the window at the car behind them.
when the driver of the targeted vehicle hooted ( and probably flipped him the bird and rightly so )
the porsche then proceeded to swerve in and out in front of the other car until coming to a stop at the next robot where the the passenger of the porsche got out of the vehicle and started to kick and bash the other car door and side mirror
I recorded most of the event except where the thug repeatedly punched the other driver in the face.

we stopped and helped the other driver find his keys and calm down. Also called 10111 to report suspected drunk/reckless driving and assault on witkoppen road. to which they replied “report it at the police station”. what the hell does that do for other innocent drivers in the path of these troglodytes?

this sort of disgusting behaviour should be dealt with severely.
the registration of the vehicle: Cc24msgp”

/DRIVE reveals new business strategy, pledges to continue creating great content

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Here in The Garage, we’ve been big supporters of the gang behind the stellar YouTube channel /DRIVE since I met up with a bunch of the guys at IMPA Test Days way back in 2007. Back then, we were all considered the new kids of automotive media and were the first batch of webbies to be accepted as members. Since then, we’ve all had life changes, but have continued working in automotive media to fulfill our passion for automobiles, with varying levels of success.

J.F. Musial, Mike Spinelli and their crew have gone on to create some of the best automotive video content the world has ever seen, across a variety of outlets, from YouTube up front, to behind the scenes for a few auto manufacturers. The team’s latest project, /DRIVE not only provides stunning visuals and commentary, but has generated some staggering statistics. In just two years, /DRIVE has amassed a staggering 1,146,724 subscribers and their videos have been viewed 193,522,560 times.
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Tom Cruise the racer

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Before we started hearing about all of the crazy religious stuff, Tom Cruise seemed like a pretty much normal guy. Except for the whole good looks, fame and getting up close and personal with Rebecca de Mornay on a train thing, but you see my point. He even took some interest in racing cars, before Days of Thunder.

To his credit, Cruise took a pretty smart route to racing, beginning in showroom stock (the American Firehawk series if memory serves correctly) before moving to SCCA GT-3 with a Nissan prepared by Bob Sharp. You might recognize the cars, as this was Paul Newman’s team.

I just came across this video from way back in 1988, as Cruise was racing at Summit Point. It isn’t great quality, but it is worth a watch for all of you celebrity gawkers.

Meet the Jagerbomb – E30 M3

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This may come as a surprise to some, but the first generation BMW M3 was the first unobtainable German car to catch my eye that wasn’t a P-car. You have to remember that in the early to mid Eighties in Ontario, Audis were garbage and by then, most BMW 2002s had succumbed to rust. Volkswagens were super cool, but also attainable enough that I had buddies who drove them.

The M3 was a revelation for what it was, as much as what it wasn’t. It was a no holds barred street fighter, built to go fast and it looked the part. For the time, the M3’s rear spoiler and fat fenders were as outrageous as those on a Subaru are today. What is wasn’t was comfortable, or quiet. It was everything that North American cars weren’t, and for that, I loved it.

I would still love to have one.

Thanks to my teenage obsession with building plastic model cars, there was one M3 race car that stood out in my mind. It was bright orange and wore advertising from the Jagermeister brand. At the time, I knew it was booze, but didn’t realize how prominent that brand would later become as party people started doing Jager shots.

The folks at the Box One Collective hooked up with CG Motorsports to have a look at their latest creation, a 500 horsepower recreation called the Jagerbomb.

Evil.

Toyo Tires F1600 Championship brings the excitement to Toronto Indy

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There is a reason that F1600 has long been considered a key element in any serious open wheel racer’s education. The competition is fierce, which means there is tons of on track excitement for the fans.

F1600 participation has been somewhat lagging in Canada in recent years, until Jason Sharpe took over the series and injected an unprecedented level of energy. Sharpe’s efforts have been rewarded as the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship rolled into the Honda Indy Toronto with an impressive field of 28 entries. The series hasn’t seen a field of this size in years and the drivers put on an incredible show all weekend.

Check out some of the high flying (pun intended) action in this great video from 2 in TO.

This 13 year old is a better driver than you will ever be!

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Many have wondered over the year just why Finland has created so many of the world’s greatest rally (and F1 for that matter) drivers. Given the rural nature of much of the country, many young kids start driving on the family farm well before they get a driver’s license. Then of course there are those who have rally car drivers as parents.

Take 13 year old Kalle Rovanperä as a prime example. The son of WRC veteran Harri Rovanperä, Kalle has been driving rally cars since he was 8 years old and has chronicled his adventures on YouTube. The latest addition to his channel shows Kalle taking his Mom for a leisurely drive through the forest. She is very relaxed. Or not.

Going further back to when he was just 8, check out they boy’s skills at the wheel of a rear wheel drive Toyota Starlet.

Mad Max: Fury Road trailer released at Comic-Con

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Like most car guys my age, I was captivated when the original Mad Max movie came out. I was twelve at the time and the post apocalyptic tale of survival was the most exciting thing I had ever seen. Blood, fire and freaks were key points, but that car just blew my mind. Like everyone else, I had no idea who this Mel Gibson dude was, but he was just the right mix of cool and badass for the part.

At San Diego Comic-con over the weekend, the original director, George Miller, revealed the first trailer for a fourth edition. Needless to say, Gibson is too wrinkled to pull off the role this time around, so Tom Hardy is playing the lead this time around. No idea who Hardy is? Neither did I, so I glanced at IMDB and learned that this guy played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. Suitably badass I think. Charlize Theron also stars in the flick. Interestingly, a young lady named Zoë Kravitz is also on the roster. Kravitz is the daughter of Lenny and Lisa Bonet, so you know she’s cool.