2016 Ford Mustang SVT / GT350 caught testing at the Nürburgring

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There are some Mustang faithful that have worried that the globalization of Ford’s next generation pony car will be diluted from their vision of what a Mustang should be. Independent suspension has some concerned (while others applaud) as does talk of turbo charged four cylinder engines. We all know by now that the new GT will be properly powered by a V8 and most people seem pretty excited about the new look, but what else is coming down the pipe?

Well, for starters, it sounds like the GT350 moniker is going to make a return, with performance bumped by a dose of SVT goodies. The folks at TouriClips have caught a pair of what appear to the the 2016 Shelby GT350R model on track at the Nurburgring.

If you had any worries that the next generation might not be quite enough, this video should quell them. The flat plane crank Coyote V8, said to produce somewhere north of 500 horsepower sounds delicious.

Watch a Jaguar XJ220 burst into flames while doing a burnout

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There are those who are fortunate to be able to afford super expensive, ultra exotic, sports cars, who believe that they should be displayed and not driven. Some of these folks will bring their babies out to car shows or the occasional cruise through the ritzy part of their city before having their detailer clean them up and return them to their cocoon. Then, there are those that use them as their makers intended.

Or sometimes, not exactly how their maker intended, in the case of Tax The Rich 100. These characters have access to a wide variety of exotic cars and gleefully beat the living snot out of them while creating glorious videos of the action.

Their latest is just 57 seconds long, but in that time they manage to bring a Jaguar XJ220 to life in all its flaming glory. I’ll bet you can’t just watch it once!

Ride the “No Style” 1975 Corolla with Matt Farah

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When I was in high school, maybe about 1983-ish, I very nearly owned an absolutely perfect 1975 Toyota Corolla. It had two doors, four forward gears and a fresh coat of dark blue paint. The guy wanted $1,100 for the car, so I gave him a couple of hundred bucks deposit, the rest payable the next day when he handed me the ownership and keys. That same evening, he was rear ended by a bus. Fortunately, dude was ok, but the ‘Rolla was toast. The next morning, he gave me my cash back. That is the closest I have ever come to owning something like Mark Stil’s ride.

Of course, Stil’s machine as you can see above is absolutely nothing like the car I almost owned, with the exception of the name and outer body shell. Stil used his skills as a Hollywood movie set fabricator to jamb the dirty bits of a Lexus SC400 underneath a ’75 ‘Rolla. Oh, and a supercharger.

Then, he let my old buddy Matt Farah, from The Smoking Tire loose in the thing on a canyon road. Lucky bastard.

I do have to say that if there is anyone who looks almost as ridiculous as me behind the wheel of a tiny car, it is Farah!

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.