Daily Archives: August 6, 2018

Witness the $21,000 Bugatti Veyron oil change

Technical knowhow is the main reason it's a good idea to go to a certified dealerships for maintenance on high-end supercars. A video from Royalty Exotic Cars owner Houston Crosta helps us understand why this is the case for the Bugatti Veyron. We're willing to bet right now Bugatti technicians would collectively gasp at the procedures used in the video...

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Mazda Autozam AZ-1 stops into Jay Leno’s Garage

Something completely different dropped by for the latest episode of "Jay Leno's Garage." It was a 1992 Mazda Autozam AZ-1. Never heard of it? Most Americans haven't. The AZ-1 was one of many Japanese cars built for the kei car space. For an incredibly quick debrief on kei cars, the pint-sized vehicles are built to a particular specification: 11-feet long...

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Race car concept has illegal turbine powertrain, aims to replace F1 race cars

Turbine-powered race cars were banned long ago by the racing community's sanctioning bodies, but that won't stop Keith Hylton and his dream to bring the Turbine T1 to life. Hylton, a California-based businessman with team ownership experience, calls his T1 Turbine concept race car a new-generation of open-wheel racing and an antidote to uninspired designs...

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Watch Tom Cruise flog a classic BMW M5 in "Mission: Impossible – Fallout"

Sometimes, a film's cars become nearly as iconic as the stars themselves. See "Bullitt" or "The Fast and the Furious." It can be just as important that a character's car matches his or her persona. In "Mission: Impossible - Fallout," BMW earned the leading automotive role. In the film, Ethan Hunt, played by Tom Cruise, receives wheel time in and on a...

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Italian company wants to make a cheap electric race car for everyone

Racing is a an expensive hobby, but a company by the name of Spice-X aims to make it affordable with a cheap race car, and it's a green proposition to boot. Spice-X is a collaborative effort between a handful of car companies based in Piedmont, Italy, with the goal to produce an affordable electric race car with lightweight yet inexpensive materials. Motor1...

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Ferrari patents new targa top design

Targa tops are great as the design enables a car to have the open-roof feel of a convertible without the loss of structural rigidity that normally comes by removing a car's roof. Popular targa models on sale today include the Chevrolet Corvette and of course the Porsche 911 Targa. Ferrari is an automaker that's offered targa models in the past, the most...

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F1 champ Jenson Button sets 2017 Honda Civic Type R’s final lap record

Honda has been out to prove the performance of its Civic Type R since the feisty hatch debuted for the 2017 model year, and its yardstick has been to set the lap record for front-wheel-drive cars at famous race tracks around the globe, including the Nürburgring. The final attempt took place recently at the Hungaroring, the home of the Formula 1...

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Report: New Evoque to debut at LA auto show, offer Transparent Hood tech

Dynamically designed and arrestingly attractive, the Range Rover Evoque has won plenty of praise since its 2012 debut, even though it may not be the best driving experience in small premium SUV segment. Land Rover will look to improve on the formula with a redesigned model, which we've spotted in prototype form on a number of occasions. The prototypes...

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Nissan sells EV battery business

Nissan confirmed Friday that its electric car battery manufacturing division will be sold to Envision Group, a Chinese energy company specializing in renewables and energy management systems. The confirmation comes following the cancellation of an earlier deal to sell the division to another firm. Nissan's battery manufacturing division includes the...

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Monterey Car Week will see Brabham BT62 make US debut

One of the most successful race teams in the history of Formula 1 is leaping into the world of supercars. The new Brabham Automotive is a spinoff of the Brabham race team, which boasts four Drivers' and two Constructors' championships, and its first product is the BT62, a track-only supercar limited to just 70 examples. The BT62 made its world debut in...

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