Posts by Alex Lloyd

  • Land Rover confirms topless Range Rover Evoque for the rich and famous

    Alex Lloyd at Motoramic 2 days ago

    Did we not learn anything from the Nissan Murano Cross Cabriolet? Evidently not, as Land Rover has confirmed it will produce a convertible Evoque beginning in 2016.

    Maybe this time, however, things will be different. After all, the Evoque is a better-looking car than the Murano, and, er, maybe buyers are now more open to such creations? We'll reserve judgement, but in camo form, it doesn't look too bad, and like all Land Rovers, it promises to be freakishly capable off-road.

    Not that it matters. The only off-roading a buyer of a convertible Range Rover SUV will be doing is when they accidentally mount the curb outside Pottery Barn. But they will get a nice suntan.

    A couple of years back, Land Rover unveiled a near-production ready convertible Evoque concept, so perhaps we shouldn't be too shocked by the news of it now becoming reality. One thing's for sure, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will be ecstatic.

  • Meet the SCG003, a $2.6 million American supercar that's racing back to the future

    Alex Lloyd at Motoramic 5 days ago

    New York car collector Jim Glickenhaus loved the days when racers would drive their race cars to the track, compete for victory and then drive them home in time for supper. Those days, of course, are long gone, but they don't have to be — not if Glickenhaus' plans to become the 21st century's version of Enzo Ferrari hold true.

    This is the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 003. It's a modular supercar, where key components like the engine and suspension can be interchanged easily so the car could compete in, say, the Nurburgring 24 Hours, and then drive home the next afternoon. In fact, Jim Glickenhaus plans to do just that later this year, just as bespoke race car builders like Ferrari and Briggs Cunningham did in the '50s and '60s.

    That world seems as far away from reality as Doc's Delorean and Marty's self-drying jacket, but according to Glickenhaus, the desire for a movement such as this stretches far beyond just his wishes.

  • Watch Ford drifting a 2015 Mustang GT through China's "Ghost City"

    Alex Lloyd at Motoramic 7 days ago

    For the first time in its 50 year history, the Ford Mustang is being sold in China. In fact, the initial shipment of 100 muscle cars left Portland, Ore., on route to China less than a month ago, just in time to wave goodbye to the Chinese Year of the Horse.

    And what better way to mark that occasion than by taking the 2015 Mustang GT with Vaughn Gittin Jr. at the helm and dropping the pair off in Ordos, Inner Mongolia. The result is just as smoky as you imagine.

    While Gittin Jr. larks around burning glorious rubber, the most impressive part is how few tire marks are on the ground prior to the record button being depressed. In most cases, it appears it took the drifting maestro no more than three takes to make Internet perfection, which is quite impressive when you think about it. And as for the streets themselves: Ordos was the scene of a property and construction speculation bubble so huge, it's now dozens of square miles of all-but-abandoned new roads and buildings, earning it the title of "China's Ghost City."

  • McLaren 675LT supercar revealed with Italian-crushing power

    Alex Lloyd at Motoramic 7 days ago

    The McLaren 650S is a potent weapon, outgunning the acclaimed 12C it replaced. It lines up alongside Ferrari's 458 (or now the 488GTB), but there's one area the Prancing Horse has England's finest beat — with its 458 Speciale. 

    The 458 Speciale is the car you'd buy if you were born into royalty or had a father that was handy at throwing a ball. It's driving at its purest, and excels on both the road and on the racetrack. It also doesn't cost hypercar money, but until now, McLaren didn't have a dog to fight with.

    This is the McLaren 675LT. With a 0-62 mph time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph, it's the McLaren we've all been waiting for. It's 220 lbs. lighter than the 650S at 2,711 lbs. The engine features 50 percent new components -- from the turbos to the cylinder heads to the camshafts to the connecting rods to the fuel pump. This pushes power from the 3.8-liter V-8 to 666 hp (compared to 597 hp in the Speciale) and torque to a staggering 516 lb.-ft. (the Speciale has "just" 398 lb.-ft.).

  • 92-year-old's parking-lot smashing of nine cars caught on camera

    Alex Lloyd at Motoramic 14 days ago

    At a Piggly Wiggly parking lot in Mayville, Wis., a 92-year-old man managed to crash into nine cars, two of which had passengers aboard, in a bizarre incident that lasted less than 60 seconds.

    Russell Kerr, driving a Chrysler Pacifica, reportedly lodged his foot on the gas pedal as he reversed out of his parking space. From there, he proceeded to panic, tearing around the lot, bouncing from car to car, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake. Fortunately no one was injured, and according to WISN, the elderly man won't be cited.

    His driver's license, however, may be under review, but police do not have the power to revoke it entirely; rather they can recommend to the DMV to have Kerr retested. Donald Gourlie was one of the nine owners who had their vehicle struck, telling WISN he was simply glad no one was hurt: “What are you going to do?" he said. "There isn't much you can say. It just happens."

  • $3 million McLaren P1 GTR unveiled with retro Le Mans livery, 986-hp

    Alex Lloyd at Motoramic 14 days ago

    We've been teased with design concepts and snippets of information regarding the McLaren P1 GTR for some time now, and typically when that happens the official, full-on reveal is a bit of a letdown. Not in this case. Call it the famed paint scheme, or the monster rear wing. Or maybe it's the 986 hp on tap. Or the $3 million price tag. Whatever it is, the P1 GTR, dressed for its official reveal in Geneva, looks utterly magnificent.

    It won't look magnificent on public roads, however, because the P1 GTR is strictly for the racetrack. Which means it's limited to a select few buyers, ones that can not only afford the chunk of change but also withstand the rigorous process McLaren will impose upon them prior to letting them drive it -- like a custom seat fit, a "Human Performance Assessment," presumably to ensure they won't die at the wheel, a pre-test at Silverstone followed by the real-deal, if ready, in Spain.

     

     

     

  • The gorgeous Ferrari Formula One car that you wish was real

    Alex Lloyd at Motoramic 15 days ago

    Long gone is the era of the six-wheeled Tyrell P34, or the simplistic looking yet gorgeous F1 cars of the early '90s. And with last season's turbocharged V-6 hybrids sounding like a broken Dyson, we're at a time where, to the layman, there is nothing special about an F1 car anymore.

    Regardless, the Italian manufacturer claims this design could technically fit within current regulations, unlike Red Bull's closed cockpit GT6 concept from a while back. In all honesty, though, this is nothing more than a PR exercise, and the chances of seeing a Ferrari F1 car dressed like this are, well, as likely as seeing a four-time World Champion made out of carbon fiber.

  • Ford uses a Mustang and a blonde stunt driver to prank blind dates

    Alex Lloyd at Motoramic 23 days ago

    The storyline is simple: Take a bunch of unsuspecting guys and set them up on a blind date at a coffee shop with a beautiful blonde. When the girl asks if they want to leave, the men jump in the passenger seat of her 2015 Mustang GT (rigged with cameras). At first she acts uncomfortable with a stick shift, and a few of the men flex their masculinity in response. Only the girl isn't uncomfortable. Instead she's a professional stunt driver, who proceeds to thrash the tires off her Mustang in a deserted parking lot with the confused, scared, excited men in tow.

    Clearly the guys have no idea that this whole thing is a setup, and this video illustrates a key issue most men have when it comes to dating: They're rubbish at it.

    Case in point: Don't tell the nice girl you just met that you're a ninja. Or that you like to party. And when you're in the car, don't brag that you'll show her "what this thing can do." Because she might be a professional stunt driver, and then you'll look foolish. Which is bad for you, but good for those of us that get to watch the video.

  • Watch how one man built a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO in his chicken coop

    Alex Lloyd at Motoramic 27 days ago

    Rod Tempero works out of a rickety old shed in Oamaru, New Zealand, stumbling over chickens and ducks as he hammers out sheet metal based on a hand-drawn picture on a chalkboard. This may not sound like a canvas for exquisite creations, and yet some of the world's best automotive replicas derive from here.

    A recent project of his was to build a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO for client John Rietveld. Ferrari only built 39 GTOs, and when one arrives for sale, records are typically broken; just last August one sold at auction for $38.1 million, while a privately sold GTO reportedly changed hands for $52 million a year earlier. Tempero offers non-billionaires a realistic (albeit likely still expensive) way to own a near-perfect replica.

    And it's easy to see why, chicken shed and all.

  • Driving Subaru's $250,000 STI rally car, the fastest on snow, ice and Earth

    Alex Lloyd at Motoramic 28 days ago

    A short while ago I did a story about competing in my first ever stage rally. I got cold and muddy, but despite racing a near bone-stock 2009 Honda Fit – which at 117 hp was about as powerful as a slug – I had the time of my life. Only I couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to drive Subaru’s race-winning machine, a car so insane it finished over an hour ahead of me that weekend. I wonder no more, because deep in a snowy New Hampshire forest at Team O’Neil’s rally school, I had the chance to drive it. The only stipulation? I had to promise I wouldn’t crash. It is worth $250,000, after all. During the LSPR round of Rally America, five-time champ David Higgins flew past Yahoo's camera guy with such vigor a rock flew up and clonked him in the head. Despite my best efforts in the Fit, I couldn’t even shower him in mud. The car that did the clonking is based off a production Subaru WRX STI, which typically retails for around $35,000. So what makes this one worth so much more? At roughly 360 hp, a 55-hp bump over production, it certainly isn’t horsepower. But the torque jumps from 290 lb-ft to a colossal 500 lb-ft; it also features an anti-lag system unleashing that torque from near-idle, and it arrives with a six-speed sequential racing gearbox. A hydraulic handbrake gets bolted in, and the trick suspension system probably costs more than an entire WRX itself. And that’s just the start.