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Audi’s S models have always stood for not just a souped-up version of its everyday vehicles, but a stepping stone to its beefier RS lineup. If you only know of its normal cars, the S variations seem potent, yet time in the RS varieties makes one astutely aware that for the S editions, the engineers have purposely left bits on the workbench.
But with the 2014 Audi SQ5, there is no RS to step up to. This, therefore, ranks as the pinnacle of Audi's SUV lineup. Yet it leaves you dreaming of more.Read More »from 2014 Audi SQ5, stepping up: Motoramic Drives
This 1925 Bugatti Type-22 Brescia Roadster, sent to us courtesy of goldiesgold, is far more than just a wrecked classic. Its story remains fascinating:
In 1935, it was reportedly owned by Swiss playboy Adalbert Bodé. Bodé met famous racecar driver Rene Dreyfus in Paris in 1934, where after two bottles of champagne, Bodé beat Dreyfus in an impromptu game of poker. His prize was the Type-22 Bugatti, owned, at the time, by Dreyfus. Driving the car to his home in Switzerland, Bodé attempted to cross the Swiss border when he was instructed to pay customs tax. With no money lining his pockets, he reluctantly abandoned the car, leaving Swiss officials to do with it as they saw fit. At a quaint border town on Lake Maggiore, it was decided the car would be destroyed by submerging it 173-ft. down to the lakebed.
The tale of the Bugatti in Lake Maggiore became legendary.Read More »from Bugatti from the lake: Flickr photo of the day
Why do we love the Subaru BRZ? Well, it's affordable, rear-wheel drive and has a manual transmission. It also rides on tires with less grip than a gloveless man on Everest. At 200 hp, some say it's not fast, and that when you mat the gas, it sounds like a retiree with rattly teeth and mild flatulence. It also has an identical twin called Scion.
All we know, is it's the driftmobile.Read More »from Drifting a Subaru BRZ like it’s the Bluesmobile
The Caterham Seven has survived nearly 60 years as a stripped-out, lightweight missile. It doesn't boast much power, nor any technological safety nets, but then it doesn't have to. It's old school -- and proud of it -- and that's what the amateur racing customer wants. But Caterham is going mainstream, partnering with Renault for a new sportscar, as well as considering small cars and perhaps even crossover SUVs. Times are changing, and the Caterham we all love appears ready to evolve -- for better or for worse.
The latest indication of this evolution stems in the form of the Caterham AeroSeven Concept -- a futuristic version of the loved Seven, indicating how the production version may look when it debuts in the fall of next year. It's a lot to take in.Read More »from Caterham AeroSeven Concept previews a bold future
In its 104-year history, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has never had a licensed driving school – until now. Miles Ahead and its partner Mini have revealed the MINI Performance Motoring School, which takes drivers onto the historic Brickyard aboard racy John Cooper Works hardtops, decked in rally-like decals, and teaches them the skills to drive fast.
And they're crazy enough to let me be an instructor.
Miles Ahead, launched in 2010 by former IndyCar driver Stephan Gregoire and his business partner Ted Woerner, began as a program designed to help teen drivers become safer on the road – an epidemic here in the states where deaths per 100,000 road users rank amongst the highest of any developed nation. With growing success with teens, and the blessing of the Indianapolis Speedway, Miles Ahead and Mini opened the Speedway's first performance school.
I first met the folks at Miles Ahead in 2010, when I wasRead More »from Inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s first driving school — with Mini
Creative minds work in curious ways: Scribble is framed as art. Mundane jingles become marketing gold. Latent promise is found in flagrant bad taste. When one sets eyes upon a last-generation Chevy Aveo or a Toyota MR2 -- watery machines for the quotidian man -- only the most artistic visionaries see promise.
But most of us aren't Florida custom builder Mike Vetter, who's offering a one-of-one version of the ride he calls an "Extra Terrestrial Vehicle" — for a price some tire-kickers might consider science fiction.
Only ten Prinz Heinrich Benzes were ever made, this one from circa 1910. Four of these rare machines featured on the lawn at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and we lucked into a spot in the 88-mile Tour d'Elegance in the back of the number 36 Prinz Heinrich. You can read our report on the car here, and thank Chris Willis for the cool shot. Post your photos to the Motoramic group on Flickr, or send us a message via Twitter, Facebook and Google+.Read More »from Green machine: Flickr photo of the day
James Hunt: The British playboy that encapsulated Formula One's glory years. A man that scored his only world championship title in 1976, edging out Niki Lauda by one point -- a historic season documented in Ron Howard's latest movie, "Rush." His bold personality, wickedly infectious ways and lavish lifestyle made him a legend. And thanks to that publicity, part of Hunt's legacy will head to auction for the first time — his grand-prix winning 1977 McLaren F1 car.Read More »from James Hunt’s 1977 McLaren F1 race car rushes to auction
If you're a Texas A&M fan, chances are you're familiar with the "12th Man" tradition. And if you're a good Ag, I'm sure you'd love a license plate reading 12THMAN to embellish your game-day vehicle of choice. But what would you pay for such plate? Former U.S. Marine Corps. officer, Tony Buzbee, forked out a record $115,000, making this the most expensive license plate ever sold in the state of Texas.Read More »from Texas A&M “12THMAN” license plate sells for record $115,000
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