Month: April 2020

1999 Fiat Ecobasic concept previewed the city car of the future

In the late 1990s, Fiat set out to prove cheap and eco-friendly weren’t mutually exclusive. It argued a car could be both with an innovative, opinion-cleaving concept named Ecobasic built to preview the econobox of the future.

Fiat quietly presented the Ecobasic at the 1999 edition of the Bologna auto show, which was still a big deal 21 years ago, and it displayed it again at the following year’s Geneva show. Its high-top Converse-shaped silhouette turned heads everywhere it went, and that was only the beginning. Looking closer revealed its front end received a transparent panel that let users add oil, coolant, wiper fluid, or give the battery a jump. Audi adopted a similar solution for its A2. It had one door on the driver’s side, two on the passenger’s side, and a transparent hatch underlined by a pair

eNASCAR driver Bubba Wallace loses sponsor in real time after ‘rage quitting’

Virtually the entire world of sports may be shut down in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t virtual versions taking place. Or that they are completely lacking in the drama and emotion of the real thing.

Witness what happened Sunday at the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series at the digital version of Bristol Motor Speedway. There, during the 11th lap of the 150-lap race, driver Darrel “Bubba” Wallace Jr. managed to get in a collision with Cup Series veteran Clint Bowyer, quit the game and lose a sponsor over it. All in real time, streamed and followed on social media. Humiliating!

“I used to work in NASCAR and you aren’t going to find the dollar-for-dollar return on investment we were getting on this,” Ben Blessing, the executive vice president of Blue-Emu, an emu

History’s 10 Best Selling Cars Of All Time

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Cars of the People

Neither exotic nor rare, the best selling cars of all time won’t get any car enthusiast’s heart pumping. These cars are like Starbucks, there seems to be one on every corner.

Still they are the best selling cars for a reason. A top-25 list maintained by MotorBiscuit features models that have highly trusted nameplates, as well as an uncanny ability to quickly adapt to consumer needs. Many of these cars have lasted decades, with no sign of sales slowing down. They may not be the sexiest cars of all time, but in all likelihood you own one or know someone who does.

Click through to see the best-selling cars of all time. 

Last updated March 6, 2020

10. VW Passat

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SCG 007 hypercar getting a twin-turbo V8 for its Le Mans aspirations

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus began the long tease to its SCG 007 LMP1 hypercar with a set of sketches in June 2018 that clearly incorporated cues from the SCG 003. Refining that original sketch for 18 months produced a longer, smoother design with pontoon-like front fenders and a rear wing seamlessly integrated into a more tapered rear end. The first powertrain mentioned for the 007 was a twin-turbo V6 with 800 horsepower and a 200-hp hybrid component. In the WEC’s Hypercar class where SCG will try to win Le Mans outright, regulations cap maximum combined output at 740 horsepower, and electric assistance can only power the front wheels above 80 miles per hour. Late last year, Jim Glickenhaus told us SCG decided to shed the hybrid portion, since “We can make max allowed HP from our ICE, and our powerplant will

2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS and Boxster GTS First Drive Review | What’s new, 4.0-liter flat-six, lap times

ESTORIL, Portugal — Estoril’s front straight is over half a mile long, and by the start/finish line the 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 is begging for fifth gear. At 7,800 rpm, its rev limiter interrupts the howl of its 4.0-liter flat-six. At 145 mph I give it the gear change, going back to full throttle as quickly and smoothly as possible, before jumping on its massive ceramic brakes and grabbing downshifts. This multi-limb dance proves that everything about this car – its clutch action, shifter, steering and brakes – works with a sublime, linear precision. But it’s the 718’s balance that impresses the most. The mid-engine sports car enters the course’s first turn cleanly, with just a touch of understeer, and exits the downhill second gear right-hander in a slight drift, which I’m able to carry out to the

‘Race Motion’ video series depicts off-road racing at its most extreme

Even if you’re not a die-hard fan of off-road racing, you’re probably a fan of seeing purpose-built machines being used at (and beyond) their design limitations, especially if that means bad-ass trucks flying off sweet, sweet jumps. 

“Go into the world of off-road racing and get up close and personal with incredible cinematic moments that most people never witness.” That’s the pitch from the team behind “Race Motion,” a new series from Mad Media that bundles unused racing footage into montages of twisting metal and plastic, ridiculous air time, and ache-inducing impacts. Sold yet? We sure are. 

“As Cinematographers we get to see some amazing moments during an off-road race, many of which never get used in our final edits,” said Mad Media CEO Matt Martelli. 

Mad Media launched “Race Motion” with footage from the 2020 BFGoodrich Tires Mint 400