Aston Martin just picked up three "super hangars" in Wales from the Ministry of Defence, and to properly break in their new property, the supercar company unleashed 28 of the finest automobiles it has ever built to do some high-quality hoonage. Prepare your eyes and minds for beauty.
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Because this is something that just happens every couple years, like locust infestations, we're currently in the midst of a new round of flying-car hype. Uber is even having some big flying car event in Texas this week. Historically, every bit of flying-car hype proves to be bullshit. But it may not have to be; I think I have an idea about how flying cars could make sense, even it's not exactly how Uber is imagining it.
Google's self-driving car project, the wonderfully named Waymo, took time out from a high-profile autonomous tech lawsuit against Uber to announce on Tuesday that it's launching a public testing program for hundreds of families in Arizona. Along with that, it's expanding its fleet of self-driving Chrysler Pacific Hybrid minivans from 100 to 600, which would make it the largest collection of robot cars around today. (Sorry, General Motors.)
There's been a lot of buzz about Uber working on a flying car proposal lately, but a new announcement from the company's head of product deflated this hype faster than rigid airship interest post Hindenburg. It turns out Uber wants to take us out of our cars and cram us into shitty little planes.
Once, a Volkswagen van represented freedom, the "open road," a release from the crushing confines of capitalism. The appeal lives on today. Free love! Damn the man! Live on the beach! Feel the ocean breeze blow through your hair! Pose with a bag of Kettle Chips the #brand sent you to hawk on social media! Wait, what?!
While fuelling the need for cars with more horsepower, BMW's M-division seems to have backed itself into a corner when it comes to offering a variety of transmissions. In a recent interview, a BMW exec indicated that the days are numbered for manual and DCT gearboxes.
Up to the point that I actually did a track day, I really, really wanted to do a track day. I'd played enough Forza to want to do it in real life. And in my eagerness, I completely overlooked the fundamental steps that one should take to prepare for an actual track day. Here is precisely how I fucked up my first one, and how you can avoid doing the same.
It wasn't long before we crossed what had been the East German border, the prow of our borrowed black Rolls-Royce cutting a clean line through arterial highways out of Berlin. Highways turned into two-lanes, two-lanes into little village streets, until we pulled into an unassuming edge-of-town industrial lot. On a far building, on a corner, stood a little Porsche crest. This is the home of one of the most secret cars in the world, a hidden product of two men in a fit of reciprocating and all-encompassing madness.
Photographers at motorsports events often seem to take a perverse delight from placing themselves in what looks like eminent car-induced peril. We've seen photographers hit by cars, seen them leap out of the way at he last minute, seen near scrapes, but this is the first time I think I've ever seen a car slap a photographer across the face.
We've discussed the need for a coherent set of ethics for autonomous cars before. After all, these are really 1,588kg robots that will be roaming all over our cities; we need to decide what acceptable and predictable behaviours will be for these machines. But lately I've been wondering something else about autonomous cars: should we force them to save lives?
As much as we love to discuss high horsepower figures, brakes are just as important when it comes to driving a fast car quickly. And if you need any reminders, this video of a Ferrari 488 GTB at Portugal's Estoril should help you out.
No longer are mere cities banning Uber (hi Austin!), now the entire country of Italy has banned the ride-sharing app following a court ruling that it constituted unfair competition to the country's existing taxi associations.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has to surpass the 707 horsepower Hellcat somehow. All the tricks like anti-wheel hop and no passengers seats and a crazy cooling system aren't enough — the people demand numbers. We don't know those numbers officially yet, but the word going around is that the Demon's most powerful mode is good for 1,023 horsepower.
Have you ever gotten in a cab and wondered how much it would cost if you just had the driver keep going until they ran out of land? Of course you have. If you live in America, I'm sure you've either crossed the country at some point, or at least wondered about it. Have you ever wondered what the most expensive way to do that would be? I sure have, which is why I made this chart.
We can't help it: we get a new car and we just gotta make it our own. This sometimes includes distasteful and bad mods. But it's ok! We're allowed to learn from our mistakes.
But is that a bad thing, necessarily? The new Honda NSX happens to be quite excellent in our estimation. It's also a twin-turbo hybrid with all-wheel drive and more technology than an F1 car and a Space Shuttle put together.