Posts by Justin Hyde
- Motoramic2 days ago
Jimmy Fallon's first weeks as the new host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" has been warmly received. So when Fallon opened his show Wednesday night with a comment about wanting to buy a truck, Detroit's truck marketers fell over themselves like teen-agers hearing Kate Upton wants an invitation to prom.
The first night, Fallon admitted he knew nothing about trucks and wasn't looking for "payola," just that he was thinking of buying a pickup that he could haul his child in. (His appeal for advice to The Roots revealed only a Mini Cooper owner.) That was enough for Detroit to tag Fallon in his medium of choice, Twitter.
Ford struck first, pitching the 2015 F-150 King Ranch, a truck that won't even be built for several months. Chevy also tried its hand:
- jhyde1 at Motoramic2 days ago
It wasn't just Walter Röhrl's two titles in the World Rally Championship in 1980 and 1982 that made him one of the most respected race drivers in the world. It was the way he won, and the machines themselves; no other racer so successfully tamed the monsters of the mid-80s rally world like the 550-hp Audi Sport Quattro E2. Röhrl retired from rallying in 1987, but his skills remain in demand, and every modern Porsche model has been tested around the Nürburgring with Röhrl at the wheel. Nothing better sums up Röhrl's skills than this famous video of his fleet footwork from 1985:
- Motoramic3 days ago
The original Dodge Viper revealed in 1992 was a beast of a machine — an attempt by then-Chrysler exec Bob Lutz to revive the spirit of the Shelby Cobra and give Chrysler a world-class sports car. Powered by a massive V-10 with 400 hp, the early Viper's brute force overwhelmed many drivers.
Today, the power that made the Viper a legend appears to be at the heart of an order from Chrysler to dozens of trade schools, demanding the immediate destruction of some 93 early Vipers, including a preproduction model that could likely fetch a couple hundred thousand dollars at auction.
- jhyde1 at Motoramic3 days ago
Charles Brady King was a mechanical engineer and tinkerer who, like many younger men of the 1890s, was fascinated by engines and the potential of personal transportation. In his shop in Detroit, King and associates would spend hours going over diagrams in magazines and building their own versions. Thanks to income from his inventions, King had bought a one-cylinder gasoline engine and a carriage; on this date in 1896, after tying the engine to an accelerator pedal and muffler, King drove down St. Antoine to Woodward Avenue at five miles an hour — the first appearance of an automobile in the Motor City.
As the Detroit Free Press reported:
The first horseless carriage seen in this city was out on the streets last night. It is the invention of Charles B. King, a Detroiter, and its progress up down Woodward Avenue about 11 o’clock caused a deal of comment, people crowding around it so that its progress was impeded. The apparatus seemed to work all right, and went at the rate of five or six miles an hour at an even rate of speed
- Motoramic6 days ago
Ever since the original Jeep got its discharge papers from the U.S. Army, the various owners of the Jeep brand have been trying to find new shapes and uses for the Jeep name beyond military life Before World War II ended, a designer for Jeep builder Willys-Overland came up with a sketch of a two-seat roadster that became the Jeepster.
Through the decades, other experiments have followed — Comanche, Commando, later Commander and Liberty. And today, Jeep's owner Fiat-Chrysler revealed it's first original attempt at a new Jeep, one built with U.S. engineering and Italian assembly for world consumption. Meet the 2015 Jeep Renegade.
Sized for the small SUV market — checking in a wee bit larger than the Nissan Juke — the Renegade uses an all-new chassis design meant to accommodate vehicles with four wheel drive. In the past, chassis like these have been the downfall of Jeep spinoffs, offering a compromised off-road performance while still carrying the weight and efficiency penalty that every trail-riding truck must.
- Motoramic6 days ago
The Geneva Motor Show's previews launch on Tuesday, but cars like the new Audi TT wait for no one's schedule. Here, thanks to a Dutch auto forum, is the first look at the modern Audi sports car, with a few fresh angles on the TT's traditional curves.
Fans of Audi will find the new TT's face similar to the Quattro concept and a variety of similar efforts from the German automaker, with LED lamps front and rear. Built from the soon-to-be ubiquitous Volkswagen MQB platform, the TT is expected to shed weight in its new generation while gaining some speed courtesy of a newer 2-liter turbo good for 296 hp, up 30 from before. We'll have more details when the car rolls out in Geneva.
- Motoramic6 days ago
It sounds so simple — having your dashboard screen show and act as a larger version of your smartphone — and yet the complexities of technology and business have meant it's been well nigh impossible to pull off reliably across the auto industry. Today, Apple announced it would finally launch a system known as CarPlay that would make iOS apps and Siri at home on the road.
Blame a lack of common standards, the long lead time to develop new models and the industry's own intransigence toward ceding control of technology. While several suppliers, including Google, Microsoft and Blackberry, all offer competing systems with similar goals, none has proven essential enough to stand as a selling point for the car itself. (The exception: Tesla's 17-inch touchscreen, powered by open-source Linux, and a feature other automakers may soon mimic.)
- Motoramic6 days ago
Music historians still argue the point about whether "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats — really Ike Turner's band — should be credited with recording the first rock and roll song on this date in 1951. The beat's not quite right, but the piano and buzzing guitar, made from a half-busted amplifier stuffed with newspapers, sounds auspicious. It was no accident that Oldsmobile found itself in that song; the Rocket 88 was a mold-breaker in its own right, offering a powerful motor in a smaller car and anticipating the muscle car formula by a decade. Cars, and music, haven't been the same since.
- Motoramic8 days ago
It's likely a sign of polar vortex cabin fever, but I can't get enough of yellow Italian sports cars at the moment, like this beautiful example of a DeTomaso Pantera caught by Jason Bo earlier this year. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below, and if you have a shot to share, please add it to the Motoramic group on Flickr, or send us a message via Twitter, Facebook and .
- jhyde1 at Motoramic9 days ago
Like Ted Williams, the achievements of Mario Andretti may be impossible to match. Set aside the lack of U.S. talent in Formula 1, and that no American has won a F1 race since Andretti prevailed at the Dutch Grand Prix in 1978, part of his F1 championship season. From midget cars on dirt tracks to Le Mans, Andretti raced everything and won in most fields he entered, and still stands as the only driver in the world to win the Indy 500, the Daytona 500 and an F1 championship. Given the complexities of 21st century racing, switching between series has become harder than ever — and makes Andretti's career one for the ages. Here he is at his peak in F1, at the 1978 Sweden Grand Prix in the Lotus 79: