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Bonneville News Reel 1953!

If you offered me the use of a time machine, and said you could send me back to any particular time and place in Hot Rod history, I'd... continue reading

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Gordon Murray Rights His Wrongs With The Most Driver-Centric T.50 Supercar Ever

From the same engineer who gave us the the Monocage II based, bi-turbo V8-powered P14, a Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huracan Performante, with low-to-middling cruise missiles, Gordon Murray is back with an all-new luxurious hypercar. Not build for speed, this 2.36 million lightweight beauty, dubbed the T.50, mimics the outline of its predecessor, showcasing an attempt to improve on the acclaimed McLaren F1 in every conceivable way. Gordon Murray Rights His Wrongs With The Most Driver-Centric T.50 Supercar Ever Constructed... [read more]

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Weird Comparison: Honda Civic Type R vs Mini John Cooper Works GP

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
Theres no shortage of hot hatches on the market - in fact, the niche is becoming a rather cutthroat arena slowly but steadily. Theres also no doubt that two of its hottest representatives come from Honda and Mini, in the shape of the Civic Type R and the bonkers John Cooper Works GP. These two happen to make the subject of a recent comparo by Edmunds. Care to see which one came out on top?

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30 Years Under The Hood And More To Come

By Nordstroms Automotive inc.
We've completed 30 years Under The Hood and are ready for 30, 25, at least 20 more (: Uber eats buys a food service and Rivian adds more to its bank account. Electric Cars, Alternative Fuels, Ethanol. Diesel Injectors, Duramax. Fuel Additive. Transmission Repairs. EGR Valve Issue. Stalling Chevy Truck. Chris Loves Bears. Identifying an engine block. Big dollars at the car auction. Old Camaros. Push Button Ignitions. Engine Stalling. Engine Diagnostics. Engine Computer Failure. Electrical Problems and more. Press... [read more]

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A German Court Just Set Precedent For Touchscreen Infotainment Systems to Be Labeled As Driver Distractions

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Heres a scenario: Youre driving down the road in your Tesla Model S, and it starts to rain. The wipers automatically come on and set the speed to whatever it deems necessarily thanks to the automatic rain sensors. However, this speed isnt fast or slow enough, so you reach over and navigate through the menus on your big touchscreen infotainment system to make the adjustment. Suddenly, you end up off the road and embedded into the side of a rather... [read more]

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EV West Aims For New Electric Speed Record With a Tesla-Powered Lakester

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Although the infiltration into the market will take time, I think its high time all of us accepted that EVs are no more a niche. Its not just the automakers that are investing in electrification; even aftermarket companies have realized that this is the future and they are adapting to the new electrified culture. One such company, EV West, has taken this up a notch by using its technical knowhow to break the land speed record for an electric vehicle... [read more]

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This 36K-Mile 1976 AMC Hornet Sportabout Is Preserved Malaise-Era Luxury

Sometimes youre looking for a time capsule, not a track time. If youre longing to spend some time in a bygone era, theres not a lot that encapsulates the mid-1970s quite like an AMC product. And this Hornet Sportabout is basically a leisure suit dripping with disco sweat, sporting a Jimmy Carter campaign button and ready to dig into an open-face meatloaf and mashed-potato sandwich. Unlike many trends from an oft-mocked decade, however, this AMC (being offered up over at... [read more]

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Rare Hot Wheels Of Your Childhood That Are Worth A Small Fortune Today

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
The Hot Wheels fandom is real, and it also happens to be lucrative. As one of the most popular toy lines in history, Hot Wheels has become more than just its own product; its become a frenzied hobby under the toy and collectible ecosystem. And like most hobbies that have developed a strong fan base, collecting Hot Wheels castings has become a lucrative endeavor. Rare versions and unreleased prototypes command top dollar these days, and the amount that they typically... [read more]

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Even Watching a Street Race in Atlanta Could Net You a Huge Fine

Street racing is nothing new, but it may have found an opening of late. As we've reported previously , while the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has kept most people inside and cars off the roads, and according to some local news outlets, speeders and street racers have been taking advantage of those extra-empty streets Atlantans included . They've been holding street races and road takeovers with hundreds of spectators, sometimes multiple nights in a row. Authorities are summoning a response. In... [read more]

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New Place to Look for Abandoned Lamborghinis: The Desert

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
If you polled 100 people, Family Feud style, and asked them what random item they can find in a desert, an abandoned Lamborghini Huracan would probably register zero answers. And yet, unbelievably, there really is an abandoned Huracan in the Nevada desert just outside of the city of Las Vegas. Long thought to be an uncorroborated rumor, the folks over at Royalty Exotic Cars went to the alleged site where the Huracan was beached and found exactly what they were... [read more]

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Texas Man, Like Florida Man Before Him, Uses PPP Loan Money on Lamborghini

No offense to the state of Florida, but it's typically a good idea to avoid following in its male citizens' footsteps. Or, at least, to never appear in a sentence like the title of this story. That's because it can be assumed that any news item that begins Florida Man involves some kind of brazen, insane, or otherwise non-model behavior . Take one Florida Man from last month, who used fraudulently obtained Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan money intended for... [read more]

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Mercedes-AMG G63 by PerformMaster

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
The Mercedes-AMG G63 is turning out to be quite popular with the aftermarket tuners. Weve seen builds from companies like Carlex Design, Wald International, Brabus, Mansory, and many others in the past. This time, another company has laid its hands on the luxurious, boxy SUV. Germany-based PerformMaster has given the G63 a twist that includes a few cosmetic changes and a power bump that pushes it over 800 horses. Is this enough to set it apart from other customized builds?

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The Gordon Murray T.50s Rear Fan Revives Technology Used By Radical F1 and Can Am Race Cars

By info@topspeed.com (Ciprian Florea)
In 1992, McLaren debuted the F1, by far the most innovative production car of its era. Designed by Gordon Murray, the F1 needed less than 30 years to become a full-fledged classic, and it's regarded as one of the greatest supercars ever built. It's 2020, and Murray made a spectacular comeback with the T.50, a supercar developed and built by his own company, Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA). A spiritual successor to the F1, the T.50 also features a naturally aspirated... [read more]

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You Have to Check Out This 1934 Chrysler Airflow That Pulled Into Jay Lenos Garage

By info@topspeed.com (Michael Fira)
The Chrysler Airflow was supposed to be Chrysler's forward-thinking hit that would re-write the book on automotive styling and, in the process, teach people that an aerodynamic car is the way to go. Only it didn't. All that the Airflow did do was to buck the trend and almost tanked Chrysler. With its steel body and fountain-esque grille, it shocked customers rather than appeal to them but now, 86 years since its release, it's universally accepted that the Airflow is... [read more]

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Is the Gordon Murray T.50 the True Successor to the McLaren F1?

By info@topspeed.com (Ciprian Florea)
The Gordon Murray T.50 supercar just broke cover and many already view it as a spiritual successor to the iconic McLaren F1. And this isn't surprising, because not onlywas the T.50 was designed by the same man that penned the F1, but they also share many similarities, from the front end design and the naturally aspirated V-12 to the lightweight carbon construction and the central driving seat. But how similar are they? And is the T.50 actually a modern version... [read more]

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Infiniti Teases Its 2022 QX55s FX-Like Rear End Behind Some Guy's Head

Lets hope the 2022 Infiniti QX55 is better than this teaser image the Japanese luxury brand released of the upcoming crossover SUV . Because if this picture is representative of the project management that went into developing the QX55, then we have low expectations for Infiniti's swoopy sibling to the QX50 compact crossover . Dont get us wrong. We get this teaser is designed to preview the newest member of the Infiniti model line without giving everything away. But why... [read more]

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Jeep Gladiator 6x6 by So Flo Jeeps

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Weve seen plenty of Jeep Gladiator aftermarket builds, but this is one of a kind. South Florida Jeeps, aka So Flo Jeeps, has created a monster out of this simple-looking truck from Jeep. Called the SF 6x6G, the company has transformed every single nook and corner of this Gladiator. It rides much higher than the stock model, sits on bigger tires, comes equipped with a lot of additional accessories, has an extra axle, and the best part packs a Corvette... [read more]

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This Lightweight, 1200-Horsepower, 2JZ-Powered Lexus RC F Drift Car Is Downright Mad

By info@topspeed.com (Michael Fira)
There's a long line of Red Bull-liveried drift cars and, while 'Mad' Mike Whidett's insane Mazdas are probably the most prominent of the bunch, this Lexus RC F will surely make a name for itself in international drifting championships once its 1,200 horsepower are finally unleashed on the course.

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Gordon Murray T.50

By info@topspeed.com (Ciprian Florea)
The Gordon Murray T.50, billed as a spiritual successor to the legendary McLaren F1, has finally been revealed with what wed consider the most impressive specs of any car in the last decade. Featuring a 1+2 layout with a center-mounted drivers seat (just like the McLaren F1) The T.50 despite its size can still manage to carry between 8 and 10 cubic-feet of luggage but, more importantly, is all about the experience of driving first and foremost. And, thats why... [read more]

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A Look Back at Lincoln's Rich History of Great Coach-Built Cars

During the rollout of the 2020 Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition Coach Door Edition, the press has fallen all over itself comparing the car to the midcentury modern JFK suicide-door fourth-gen Continentals . But 334,345 of those cars were mass-produced by Lincoln in Wixom, Michigan. No, the modern Continental Coach Door Edition deserves to be compared with classic Lincolns dating back to the earliest days of the brand. Did you know in that era Lincoln offered more custom bodies in... [read more]

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Interview: Polestar Design Director Max Missoni on the Future Look of Volvos Premium Electric Brand

For most automotive designers, taking their CEO through a design review can be a fraught process. The auto industry is mostly run by accountants and engineers, number crunchers who rely on systems and processes to produce something that sells on emotion. Polestar design director Max Missoni has a slightly different challenge, however: His boss, Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath, is himself a designer. When Ingenlath left Volkswagen to become head of Volvo design in 2012, he brought with him to Sweden... [read more]

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Lexus LC Convertible Regatta Edition

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
Lexus is turning to the open seas as the inspiration behind its latest special edition model. Evoking the ambiance of a luxury marina Lexus words, not mine the Toyota-owned luxury brand is commemorating the opening of orders for the new LC Convertible by rolling out a special edition LC droptop called the Regatta Edition. Dressed to impress, the LC Convertible Regatta Editions theme has roots to the origin story of the LCs design, which Lexus described as being inspired by... [read more]

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Be Prepared to Say Goodbye to the Audi R8 and TT

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
Remember when I told you that Audi Sport will phase out ICE-power RS models? Well, now thanks to the same cost-cutting measures probably thanks to parent company Volkswagen Audi may be forced to either axe two of its most important models or do something new with them entirely. Regardless of what happens, it certainly looks like the Audi R8 and TT wont be sticking around too much longer, at least not as we know them today, anyway.

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Gareths 55 Camper

I don't know when this post will go live, but it's meant as my Wednesday morning feature. I'm out the door, but before I go I wanted to... continue reading

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If Youve Ever Wondered What Happens Inside a Tire, This Video Is For You

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
Have you ever wondered what goes on inside a tire? its a question that I think a lot of people have asked at some point in their lives without receiving any definitive answers. That changes, though, thanks in large part to YouTube channel Warped Perception. Channel host Matt Mikka was asked that same question, and in the spirit of the all the derring-do that Warped Perception is known for, Mikka decided to answer the question with the help of a... [read more]

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Project Cars 3 Is Coming to Xbox One, Playstation 4 FirstNot Series X or PS5

Microsoft just dropped a new trailer for the new Project Cars 3 video game, and we're just as excited by this as we were when the new Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport games were announced . There is one big difference, however: Project Cars 3 isn't a next-generation game like its well-established counterparts, destined for the newest Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 consoles. Instead, the newest installment of Project Cars will likely be the last major racing game released... [read more]

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This Jeep Gladiator 66 Is What Would Happen if a Punisher Logo Tattoo Became a Car

The 66 craze is now in full swing, and its no longer the purview of military suppliers such as Magna Steyr . Youve seen the work of Hennessey with its Goliath and the VelociRaptor six-wheel-drive pickups. And who can forget the Mercedes-Benz G-Class 66 or the even wilder Brabus and Mansory versions of the truck? Add SoFlo Jeeps to the latest list of six-wheel-drive vehicle creators. The customization outfit that specializes in modifying Toledos finest is located in Fort Lauderdale... [read more]

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Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe By Lorinser - Ugly Car, Ugly Wheels, More Power

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe is, by most accounts, a slick-looking performance coupe-SUV. But like most vehicles and that includes performance-spec models there are ways to make a model like the AMG GLC 63 S better. There are ways to make it look better, and, certainly, there are ways to make it perform better. Noted Mercedes tuner Lorinser took up the task of transforming the AMG GLC 63 into a better all-around coupe SUV. The German tuner is known... [read more]

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Smaller Tesla Cybertruck Is Highly Likely, Says Elon Musk

If all goes as planneda big if given Tesla's historythe company will start producing the highly-anticipated Cybertruck in late 2021. Somewhere down the line, its likely well also see a smaller version of the electric pickup, according to a recent tweet from CEO Elon Musk . Highly likely down the road — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 4, 2020 Responding to a question about the possibility of a smaller truck for Europe, Musk said a smaller Tesla Cybertruck is highly likely... [read more]

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Everything You Need to Know About Torque

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
Weve learned in our previous article - Everything You Need to Know About Horsepower - that torque and horsepower are related when discussing cars. This time, we will, however, focus more on torque, how it works in cars, and how is it calculated, all while trying to answer whatever questions you may have.

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We Need A Racing Series Open To All The Track Day Specials

By info@topspeed.com (Michael Fira)
Remember all the headlines that were written last week when we first caught glimpse of Lamborghini's Essenza SCV12? Most had something to do with how this thing, probably the last mid-engined hypercar from Lamborghini to be powered by the venerable N/A V-12, can't be driven on the road. It is merely the latest in a long line of track-bound hypercars that boutique and not-so-boutique automakers have been churning out in the past decade or so to appease to its wealthy... [read more]

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Youll Be Able to Configure Your New 2021 Ford Bronco Sooner Than You Think!

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
The 2021 Bronco has created a stir and people cant seem to stop talking about it. In fact, the response has been so overwhelming that the website had also crashed. According to the Q2 earnings call, well over a hundred thousand people have reserved the new Bronco and cant wait to lay their hands on the off-roader. With numerous packages and accessories announced, the next exciting part is to be able to configure it and Ford has some good news... [read more]

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The Gordon Murray T.50 Is Lighter Than a Mazda MX5 and Smaller Than a Porsche 911

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
The Gordon Murray T.50, billed as a spiritual successor to the legendary McLaren F1, has finally been revealed with what wed consider the most impressive specs of any car in the last decade. Featuring a 1+2 layout with a center-mounted drivers seat (just like the McLaren F1) The T.50 despite its size can still manage to carry between 8 and 10 cubic-feet of luggage but, more importantly, is all about the experience of driving first and foremost. And, thats why... [read more]

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This Full Video Review of the Volkswagen ID 3 Is Brutally Honest

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
The ID.3 is a very important car for Volkswagen. The company is aiming to capture a strong market share in the EV segment with this product, and even pitting it against the likes of the Tesla Model 3. The ID.3 looks futuristic and is pretty spacious on the inside. And, it even comes with a host of new tech features. But, it is as good in real-world conditions as it sounds on paper? German YouTube channel Autogefhl has a brutally... [read more]

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Is Ram Working On An Electric 1500 Pickup Truck?

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Ram has finally broken the silence on its electrification strategy. At a time when electrification is taking over the pickup truck segment by storm, Ram had been awfully quiet on this subject. There are a lot of new automakers in this segment who are looking to take on the Big Three players with electric pickup trucks. Ford and Chevy are also working on them, but what about Ram? We didnt know so far, but now we do. Ram has said... [read more]

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Car for Sale: Must-See Toyota MR2-Based Ferrari F355 GTS

By info@topspeed.com (Ciprian Florea)
Are you a fan of Ferraris from the 1990s and their wedge-shaped designs? Can't afford one? Well, someone is selling a Toyota MR2 that's been rebodied to look like an F355 GTS and it doesn't look bad at all. And it costs $16,000, a fraction of what you can expect to pay for a used Ferrari F355 in 2020. But is it worth it?

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The Morgan Plus Four Is Built Stronger And Studier Than All Of Its Predecessors.

Established in 1909 with over 110 years of rich heritage, Morgan Motor Company has consistently provided a fitting antidote to mass-produced automotive manufacturing, bringing with it an exceptional mix of traditional craftsmanship and appropriate modern technology. World-renowned for its unique blend of craft, heritage and pure driving experience, the Morgan Motor Company is revered for the invention of its signature Morgan sports car. The Morgan Plus Four Is Built Stronger And Studier Than All Of Its Predecessors. Representing an epitome... [read more]

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This Video Is Probably The Best Way To Explain Why AC Schnitzer Should Tune Your BMW Z4

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
In keeping with the reputation that it has built over time, AC Schnitzers program for the new Z4 Roadster M40i covers a lot of ground. From form to function, we see the tuners imprint on the Z4 Roadster M40i, including the addition of several aerodynamic pieces to go with a new set of wheels, an equally new custom exhaust setup, suspension upgrades, and, of course, an engine modification program that adds more power to the Z4 M40is already potent 335-horsepower... [read more]

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Car for Sale: Super-Rare 1992 Lancia Delta Integrale Martini 5 Evoluzione

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Lancia officially retired from rallying back in 1991, but it made sure to end its run on a high note. Its racehorse, the Lancia Delta, is touted as one of the best rally cars ever produced and is considered a legend in its own right. To commemorate its fifth consecutive World Rally Championship victory before retiring, Lancia built 400 examples of the Delta Integrale Martini 5 Evoluzione from October 1991 to 1992. One of those copies is now up for... [read more]

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Your First Speed Week?

Saturday, August 8th kicks off the SCTA's Bonneville Speed Week, and if you've never been, I can't think of a more perfect Hot Rod event to break your... continue reading

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Heres Why Cars Dont Need Manual Transmissions to be Great

By info@topspeed.com (Ciprian Florea)
The manual transmission is slowly dying. It probably won't disappear for good, as some carmakers might still offer it as an option, but the overwhelming majority of passenger cars will feature automatic gearboxes in the near future. And gearheads are very upset. I'm also a fan of the manual transmission, and I couldn't really see myself drive an automatic, but the truth is automatics are much better nowadays. These smart gearboxes know when to shift, and they do it quick... [read more]

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Revitalization Of Nissans Lineup Means Death of a Friendly Face and Prolonged Life For Another

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
In a recent report, we told you that Nissan was cutting costs to the tune of 2.8 billion, and part of that might mean the death of the only models in the lineup that people care about. A month before that, we told you that Nissan wont update the GT-R because it wants to keep it affordable. Now, we have some new news to share, some of which is in regard to the currently 13-year-old Nissan GT-R (it was introduced... [read more]

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2020 Detroit Autorama Pinstripers Panel Jam Benefits Leader Dogs

Who doesnt love dogs and especially a dog that can do a lot of good in the world? Dont worry were not talking about that overly curious police dog that sniffed your suitcase the last time you flew in from Columbia, the subject is leader dogs, and how the Motor City Auto Art Mavens held a benefit Panel Jam at the 2020 Detroit Autorama with all proceeds going to Leader Dogs For The Blind. Detroit Pinstripers Pulling Lines To Benefit... [read more]

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Dodge Durango vs. Chevy Suburban: Roadkills Cheap 44 Challenge

The pandemic is still raging, and Roadkill isnt taking a break. But what are David Freiburger and guest host Steve Dulcich to do when they have to social distance, cant stay in hotels, eat in restaurants, or even drive in the same car? Go camping, of course! Since they have to be in separate vehicles anyway, why not have a shootout to up the fun and adventure quotient while theyre at it? Welcome to the Roadkill $2,500 44 shootout! Will... [read more]

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Top 5 Cars Under $10,000 That Are Perfect for Drifting

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
There are plenty of cars out there that would make ideal drift car projects if they are worked over and modified the right way. But as is the case with anything that aligns with motorsports, getting into drifting doesnt come cheap. Were not talking about buying tires (of which youll need a lot) or tuning and modification. No, were talking about what it takes to start, and that is, obviously, buying the right car. The truth is that there are... [read more]

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Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 Bare Naked Carbon Edition

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
The Donkervoort D8 is not everyones cup of tea, but those who do find the retro-styled, road-legal roadster saucy will be thrilled to know that the companys new flagship model, the D8 GT0-JD70, has a special edition alter ego called the Bare Naked Carbon Edition. As its name so eloquently states, the Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 Bare Naked Carbon Edition is defined by all the bare carbon fiber that you can see all over its body. There are options on how... [read more]

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The Cybertruck is Riskier for Tesla and Elon Musk Than You Realize

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
What more can we say about the Tesla Cybertruck that hasnt already been said? Its awesome, its ugly, its interesting, it will work, it wont work weve said and heard it all. But, theres something that you havent heard quite yet, and thats the cold hard fact that neither Tesla nor Elon Musk did any market research before designing and developing the Cybertruck. This is about as risky as it gets for an automaker, and its probably a big reason... [read more]

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2020 Marks the Final Year For the Current-Gen BRZ, But Thats a Good Thing

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
The Subaru BRZ and its twin the Toyota 86 have been on the market for a little more than eight years (since January 2012), and now its time to say goodbye to one of the coolest compact sport coupes to grace the last decade. All told, 2020 will mark the final year for the Subaru BRZ, at least as we know it, but thats a good thing, as long as youre willing to wait for the next-gen model. Dont bother... [read more]

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Want More Power and Better Handling? Try the Mustang Shelby GT350SE or GT500SE

By info@topspeed.com (Ciprian Florea)
A while back, Shelby introduced the Carroll Shelby Signature Edition package for the Ford Mustang. The bundle turned the regular Mustang GT into a more aggressive pony design-wise and replaced the standard V-8 with a supercharged unit capable of 825 horsepower. Now, Shelby is extending the Signature Edition to the GT350 and GT500 models. These new packages are much thinner on the performance front, but they're also notably more affordable. The Signature Edition is available on the 2020 Shelby GT500... [read more]

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