Daily Archives: May 8, 2018

2019 BMW M5 Competition drills out 617 HP for $111k

BMW won us over with the 2018 M5 super sedan. On Tuesday, it hit the gas on a new Competition model for 2019. With the new 5-Series edition, BMW has confirmed a standalone Competition model line, as the 2019 M5 joins the M2 Competition. With slightly more power, specific suspension tune and enhancements, and new engine mounts, the new 2019 M5 Competition...

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BMW won’t make an M2 convertible, but this German company did

BMW does not offer the wonderful M2 as a convertible, but that hasn't stopped a German company by the name of Lightweight from modding the standard convertible into something comparable. With some modifications and M2 parts, Lightweight will transform a standard 2-Series convertible into a drop-top track weapon. To start, the power figure actually outdoes...

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Uber shows off its new flying taxi prototype

Uber is dead set on bringing its ride-hailing service to the skies, and the company showed off its latest flying taxi prototype on Tuesday. The prototype bowed ahead of Uber's Elevate conference, which will bring the aviation, real estate, and infrastructure industries together with government regulators. As for the machine itself, the VTOL (vertical...

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Today in first-world problems: Your Porsche 918 supercar may be recalled

Last year, 30.7 million cars were recalled in the U.S. That's more or less one car, every second for the entire year—otherwise known as "routine." The Porsche 918 is anything but routine. Same goes for its recalls. Porsche announced Friday that it will recall 305 918 Spyders over a potential suspension issue. Porsche built 918 units of the 918 Spyder...

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Record-setting, Shelby-fighting 215-mph Cheetah to be auctioned

The Shelby Cobra gets all the love, but it's Bill Thomas' Cheetah that deserves plenty of praise and adulation as well. One example is heading to auction, and it's a prime example of a rare racing machine. In fact, this is probably the cleanest unrestored example out there and just 11 original cars are said to exist. This one will cross the Guernsey's...

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Classic Car Studio shares its 1953 Ford F100 with Jay Leno

The restomod world is filled with plenty of hopped-up cars with over-the-top styling apparently the main design concern. Today, we're looking at something different...and it's better because of that. This is a 1953 Ford F100 that's been reworked and customized by Noah Alexander and his Classic Car Studio shop based in St. Louis, Missouri. The finished...

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Tuner builds wild Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup truck

Mercedes-AMG isn't planning to upgrade the X-Class anytime soon—it probably has to do with the fact the mid-size pickup truck is based on a donor Nissan platform—but there are plenty of tuners out there willing to step in. One of them is Pickup Design, the pickup truck division of Polish tuner Carlex Design, which has just unveiled a wild...

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Jaguar XJR575 registers for ‘Ring taxi duty

For $236, you can take a thrilling ride around the Nürburgring in the passenger seat of a high-performance Jaguar. The British automaker has been offering the service, known as the Jaguar Race Taxi, since about 2012, initially with the XJ Supersport only and later with the F-Type SVR as well. Now Jaguar has replaced the XJ Supersport with the even...

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Japanese automakers partner on solid-state batteries in EV race

Japan's major automakers and battery manufacturers have teamed up with their government to fast-track the development of solid-state batteries. The automakers include Toyota, Nissan and Honda, who have joined forces with Japanese battery manufacturers Panasonic and GS Yuasa in the program, the Nikkei reported on Sunday. Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade...

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Watch lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano melt a Mustang

Lava and hot gasses have spewed out of the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island since Thursday, causing the evacuation of thousands of residents in the surrounding area. There haven't been any injuries but approximately 35 structures have been destroyed by the various fissures that have opened up and the resulting lava flows. Included in the destruction...

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