The Ultimate Hippy-Mobile

VW Minibus

When you think of the Hippies of the 1960s and 1970s what comes to mind.  Other than the drugs and the anti-war stance many who referred to themselves and Hippies or were part of this movement were in tune with nature and were a version of a conservationist society that is truly important in today’s world.  With so many companies working toward a way to save the planet and use as little of the fossil fuels and resources as possible Volkswagen is coming back out with the VW Minibus which was the iconic Hippy-mobile of the time when being a Hippy was actually cool. Read more

Breaking the “Gentlemen’s Agreement”

2016 Silver Nissan GT-R

Making production cars that are all under a specific horsepower was thought to be the safest way to go for all Japanese automakers like Nissan and Mitsubishi.  With this in mind, somewhere along the lines there was a “gentlemen’s agreement” that was to limit the horsepower of all production cars to 300 horsepower.  Most have been happy with the results as they enjoy reaching close to this number and adding dynamic features such as more active suspensions or a more responsive steering system to cars in order to ensure they can still offer performance many will desire in their vehicles. Read more

Can You Have Fun at Under 200 Horsepower?

2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Driving

For a vast majority of us, we will never drive a car that is our own that has over 200 horsepower. There are a few reasons we are going to be left out of the high-powered class of vehicles. First of all, most of us will certainly scoff at the idea of spending the money on a car that offers a high horsepower number because the shear price tag turns us away. Second is the lack of need, what will this additional horsepower be for and where can we drive it, so with practicality in mind it just doesn’t make sense. Third is fuel mileage. Less power typically equates to better fuel mileage, making it an easy choice between the two as we don’t want to be pumping gas 3-4 times a week for our power hungry V8 beast.

Because of all these reasons doesn’t it make sense to have something fun to drive that falls in our range of driving? Certainly many car manufacturers feel that way and offer several models that are both fun to drive and fall in the under 200 horsepower club to give us the fuel mileage (at least most of them) that we desire. Read more

A Redesigned Mini Clubman

2016 Mini Clubman

Showing up later this year will be a new Clubman. For those of you who remember or (God forbid) drive the older Clubman, this new version is a huge step up from the first attempt from Mini at a station wagon with the dimensions that Mini offers. This new Clubman will do away with many of the strange features the old one offered such as the rear hinged suicide door on only one side of the car and the size that was so small it could not be taken seriously as a station wagon in any country, let alone in the US. Read more

Chassis and Bodywork that is Simply Amazing

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

Before you click over to the next article, take a minute and give me a few paragraphs of a chance.  Normally talking about a chassis or bodywork would be boring and left up to only those who enjoy the technical part of a car as much as the overall look and feel of driving, but we are talking about the new 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 which is exciting from every single angle you can find. Read more

The Kia Sorento is All New for 2016

2016 Sorento Crossover SUV

The Paris Auto Show gave the world a look at a new Sorento crossover SUV. The new look is stunning from many angles but also well understated to be attractive to a large variety of crowds. The angle off the hood carries smoothly to the roof and on to the rear to give a seamless appearance and a sleek design that is enticing and exciting. The large grill on the front of the Sorento gives a bold look right from the start and the headlights and fog lights allow for great vision while driving. Read more

Mitsubishi is Lining Up to Lead the EV Charge

i-MiEV

With no pun intended, Mitsubishi is readying itself to be strong in the world of electrically powered vehicles which may be a huge surprise. Because Mitsubishi offers a lineup that is similar to what Suzuki had to offer many may have thought the company would pull out of the US market and focus on its other markets due to declining sales, but instead Mitsubishi has found a way to soldier on and offer some great vehicles for us to enjoy in the States as it poises itself for its next great charge into the EV marketplace. Read more

Cooling to Heat Up

Magnus Walker

Which cooling system is best? Do you prefer your car air cooled or water cooled? Many car shoppers don’t even think about the distinction or difference and since a majority of us drive commuter cars to and from the workplace it really doesn’t matter until it’s time for a high powered sports car to get a treatment that will truly unleash its capabilities. Until this time, a majority of us are content to be quietly going about our lives mostly not knowing what makes our car go and how it could actually go much faster and offer more power.

On the flip side of this coin, there is a group that builds cars that are as unique as they get and offer a specific performance item, a special air cooling system. This group is SharkWerks and the main culprit is Magnus Walker who is well known for building air-cooled Porsches and putting them in vintage style Porsche bodies to both perform and look absolutely amazing. For some time now, Porsche has used a water filled cooling system for all its models and offered the standard and “legal” Porsche offerings that carry huge performance numbers for owners to take pleasure in.

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A Ford F-150 Raptor, Done Shelby Style

Ford F-150 Shelby Raptor

For serious truck power you might consider moving up from the F-150 to the Raptor version to gain some amazing performance and power improvements. A truck of this caliber offers the style of a rugged and rough outdoorsman along with the power to back up everything someone could throw its way. Why on earth would anyone want to go a step further? Because they can, that’s why.

Introducing the new Ford F-150 Shelby Raptor to quench every thirst for truck power and performance. When Shelby chose to take the Raptor and make it even more who could have guessed what they would do to make it so? By adding additional supercharges to the engine and adding handling features that improve the control Shelby has taken its performance car roots and applied them to the best-selling pickup truck around. Read more

Ford Shows off the New GT at the Detroit Auto Show

Ford GT Supercar

Many of us dread Monday mornings. It signifies the end of the weekend which could have and hopefully was full of amazing adventure, company, activity and fun. One thing weekends are not full of is our jobs which we happily left on Friday in order to enjoy some much needed downtime. Mondays were so notoriously dreaded that Jim Davis had Garfield hating them throughout the cartoon’s long run with something bad happening to him each Monday. Read more

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