Posts by Alex Lloyd
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic18 hrs ago
We've seen Ken Block slide his 650-hp Ford Fiesta rally car through the streets of San Fransisco and, more recently, around Miley Cirus' wrecking ball. But how he is he at playing soccer while doing these things?
It turns out, quite good.
Welcome to the world of Footkhana, where Ken Block faces his toughest challenge yet — defeat Neymar, Jr., a Brazilian soccer football star, in a head-to-head battle of fancy footwork.
Let's get one thing straight, in this video shot by Castrol motor oil, it's football — because naming a video "Sockhana" doesn't have the same ring. And because soccer is actually a game you play with your foot, unlike our version of football.
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic20 hrs ago
When you think of Britain, many things spring to mind — Monty Python, James Bond, rain, bad teeth and more rain. From an automotive perspective, the most quintessentially British brand (even though it's now technically Indian) would likely be Jaguar. But there is one little automaker that embodies everything Britain does best, only usually, it's a bit of an afterthought: The Morgan Motor Company.
The small carmaker from Malvern, England, founded by Mr. Morgan back in 1910, has a new car in its model lineup. And in true Morgan fashion, it looks like it's from the 1940s — only it goes like stink and costs nearly $120,000.
To celebrate the company's 100th year at its Pickersleigh Road factory, Morgan has released the Plus 8 Speedster. Fans of the brand will know that the Plus 8 has been a featured model for around 50 years, but a speedster version, well, that just makes it better.
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic1 day ago
Routinely fetching six figures, the BMW 3.0-liter CSL Batmobile is a true European treasure. The car often sports a Subaru WRX STI-style rear wing -- like in the above photo from Wessex Car Club -- only it originally arrived stored in the trunk for the boy racers of the time to affix.
1986 Indy 500 champion Bobby Rahal owns a beauty in silver, stored in his man cave outside of Chicago, along with a first generation Jaguar E-Type with the flat floor and a GT350 complete with Laguna Seca paddock passes in the glove compartment dated from 1969.
When visiting Rahal's place, he let me drive his $200,000 CSL Batmobile (just 20 feet out of the garage, but still). "I didn't want the big rear wing or any of that," Rahal told me. "It's beautiful enough as it is, and the engine is perhaps the greatest of its era."
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic1 day ago
The Volkswagen Golf R and its 290 hp has at times left drivers underwhelmed. It's not that it's a bad car, it just doesn't differ enough to justify the price gap from the cheaper Golf GTI, despite having all-wheel drive. So what we need is a more powerful version, because power solves many things.
And, according to a report from , that's exactly what we're going to get.
Debuting at the Beijing motor show, the Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept looked surprisingly non-concept-y. It's a Golf, with a few racier bits on the front and rear bumpers and a cabin festooned in Alcantara and carbon-fiber. Under the hood is the same turbocharged 2.0-liter, with merely mild alterations to withstand the increase in turbo boost.
And then VW's R&D chief let it slip that this concept is racing towards reality. Which makes all of that last paragraph make sense.
It’s more than just its inherent speed, or the whooshing noise that fills the cabin like a school choir jamming with James Hetfield. It’s what it represents in an industry full of skeptics. It’s a portal into the future – a time capsule left by some mad scientists born decades too soon. It’s something that shouldn’t exist. And yet it does. How do you take three independent power units and make them work in harmony? I guess that’s why I’m not an engineer, but I get the impression even the folks in Stuttgart can’t believe what they’ve achieved. Imagine the memo: “We are going to create a new halo supercar. It will be a plug-in hybrid, capable of traveling further than a Toyota Prius in all-electric mode. And yet it will lap the Nurburgring faster than any production car before it.” Enter the Porsche 918 Spyder: The most technologically advanced car of our time.
We've brought you the drive video of the $900,000 Porsche 918 Spyder -- an 887-hp hybrid supercar with two electric motors working in harmony with a big 4.6-liter V-8. But how about this? Porsche's V-4 hybrid Le Mans racer -- the 919 Hybrid, sent to us by Kevin Leech. Get on board with electrification, folks. Because it's taking over the world. If you have a photo to share, please add it to the Motoramic group on Flickr, or send us a message via Twitter, Facebook and
Some things in life are hard to explain, like why a dentist insists on asking you questions when you clearly can't respond. Or why we call pants "a pair" even though it's just one. Or how about this puzzler: Why would a person drive their Mustang along a Texas highway despite it missing a wheel?
Life is full of little mysteries, I guess.
We don't know much about the video below; it was published on YouTube by an onlooker who captured the footage while passing the three wheeler on what is believed to be a highway outside of Houston. The flabbergasted cameraman says, "That is happening right now."
The Internet has been speculating as to why the person at the wheel was continuing driving: Was there a medical emergency? Were they late for work? Or was Jeopardy on in five minutes and they'd forgotten to set the DVR?
There is no word as to whether the police were informed of the incident, or what action may be taken. But with this video continuing to spark attention, the mystery may yet unfold. Which is more than can be said for the talking dentist.
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic5 days ago
Taking a simple concept and turning it into a car enthusiasts' dream that lasts for 25 years – a phenomenon that remains as strong today as it did a quarter of a century ago – is unfathomable. And yet that is exactly what Tom Matano, Bob Hall and their team did back in 1989 with the Mazda MX-5 Miata.
In celebration of these achievements, Mazda has brought a 25th anniversary special edition Miata to the New York auto show, a glimpse into the next generation Miata set to arrive within the next 12 months, and an array of 15 iconic Miatas from the past 25 years – including the 1996 M Coupe concept and the only 1998 Miata ever built.
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic6 days ago
With its new President and CEO of America, Michael Horn, on stage in New York after just 100 days on the job, Volkswagen debuted its 2015 Jetta. You'd be forgiven for noticing little differences compared to the outgoing model, and in the words of Horn himself, the changes are indeed subtle. The most notable of those subtleties is the all-new 2.0 liter turbo diesel motor, offering 45 mpg highway and a modest increase of 10 hp.
For VW, diesel is where it's at.
During a roundtable meeting preceding the reveal, Horn told Yahoo Autos that diesel motors represent 25-percent of their sales, and that VW controls over 70-percent of the U.S. diesel market. Beyond the range benefits and punchy torque, the buyers of diesels are more affluent and upscale -- the type of customers all manufacturers are keen to attract. Despite increasing its hybrid models, diesel motors are where the company sees the most room for growth, along with a re-haul of its SUV lineup starting in 2016.
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic6 days ago
Toyota finds itself in a precarious position. Those that enjoy cars as more than a simple means of transportation think of the Camry as a bland spongecake gone stale. And yet it's been the best-selling vehicle in the entire industry for the past 12 years, with a car rolling off the production line every 65 seconds. So how do you add flavor to your insipid dish without alienating your loyal -- and vast -- customer base?
Enter the 2015 Camry: Toyota's attempt to engage enthusiasts while appeasing to those that think a turbo is nothing but a cartoon snail.
In 2011, when Toyota launched its sportier Camry SE grade, the average buyer of said model dropped 12 years to 45 years old. It also equated for 45-percent of all Camry sales, proving that buyers were eager for an increase in sportiness. For 2015, Toyota has added an XSE model, making driving dynamics and edgy looks more of an importance. The SE model also moves over to the hybrid Camry, hoping to prove that sportiness and the environment can go hand in hand.