Posts by Dustin Driver

EcoBoost V6 Perfect for Ford GT

Posted in Detroit, Engines, News by Dustin Driver | March 7th, 2015 | Leave a Reply |

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The EcoBoost V6 is perfect for the 2017 Ford GT. It doesn’t need a V8. Read More…

Messengers of the V8-Pocalypse

Posted in Detroit, Engines by Dustin Driver | March 6th, 2015 | Leave a Reply |

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Behold! They cometh with four and six cylinders, turbochargers and direct injection! Wielding monstrous power-to-weight ratios and fiendish specific output numbers! Inefficient, high-displacement engines flee in their wake, screaming in terror before the advancing army of forced-induction warriors! Read More…

My Midlife Crisis, or Adventures in Audi Maintenance

Posted in Beater Cars, Car Buying, European, European Review by Dustin Driver | January 15th, 2015 | 1 Response |

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Sure, it’s not really that bad as midlife crises go. I mean, yes, when I hit midlife I did switch jobs three times and got divorced, but that’s more the result of a constant and chronic whole-life crisis, not one of the midlife variety. No, my midlife crisis was automotive. My vehicular partners have all been Japanese and reliable and, literally, colorless (silver, beige, white, black, gray). I had owned my 2003 Mazda Protégé 5 for 10 long years. It was a fun, zippy, practical, economical car that could really do anything. But at 37 something snapped and I decided I needed more elegance, more power, more refinement. Enter the A4. Read More…

The Bugatti 100P Lives

Posted in Bugatti, History by Dustin Driver | April 29th, 2013 | Leave a Reply |

Bugatti plane.

The Bugatti 100P is a streamlined organic flying manta ray with counter-rotating propellers and two screaming supercharged straight eights. It’s half flying machine, half H.P. dream. Bugatti only made one and sadly, it never flew the skies in anger. Now, however, a group of intrepid engineers are bringing it back to life in the form of a meticulous, full-size reproduction.

Ettore Bugatti built the 100P to compete in the 1939 Deutsch de la Meurthe Cup Race. This was the hay day of aviation, when winged monsters like the Gee Bee tore the skies asunder in pursuit of ultimate speed. Usually in the presence of an audience. It was by all accounts, incredible.

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Porsche Le Mans 1971

Posted in 24 Hours of LeMons, History, Porsche, Racing, Videos by Dustin Driver | April 28th, 2013 | 1 Response |

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Porsche is getting ready for its return to Le Mans in 2014. And it wants to remind you all that in 1971 it thoroughly and properly kicked ass. The monstrous 240-mile-an-hour 917 took first and second places, setting multiple records along the way. Oh, and 10 of the 13 cars that finished that year were Porsches.

In 1971 Porsche built the first magnesium-framed 917. The delicate birdcage of highly flammable and ultra-lightweight metal weighed just 42 kilograms, or 92 pounds. The frame was swathed in gossamer sheets of flowing fiberglass and perspex and given menacing tail fins. Then Porsche gingerly installed their latest creation: A magnesium and titanium air-cooled flat 12 good for more than 600 horsepower. The results were positively manic. Click through to see a highlight reel from the season, featuring the tarmac-swallowing, fire-breathing, time-warping 917.

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Ultimate Shag Wagon

Posted in GMC, History by Dustin Driver | April 27th, 2013 | Leave a Reply |

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The Vixen RV and its campy promo video has gone viral. But, really, the Vixen was a miserable lump and an almost complete failure. The GMC motorhome, however, was the ultimate in RV luxury and technology, a shagadelic masterpiece of late ’70s style. It’s one of the most advanced motorhomes ever devised, featuring fully independent suspension, front wheel drive and a great, big torquey V8. Custom murals optional.

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Hellfire: Turbine-Powered Triumph

Posted in Bizarre, Cool Stuff, Custom, Triumph by Dustin Driver | April 26th, 2013 | 4 Responses |

Triumph Spitfire with turbine engine.

The Triumph Spitfire is adorable. It’s perky. It’s sweet. And that’s exactly why it needs a screaming, searing, sky-splitting, pavement-melting turbine engine from a helicopter. The appropriately named StanceWorks forums member godzillus is installing a 320-horsepower Allison T63C18 turbine into a rusty Spitfire as you read this post. Oh, and it’s a senior design project for engineering school. Who said school isn’t any fun?

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Lament for Fisker

Posted in auto industry, Fisker, News by Dustin Driver | April 10th, 2013 | 3 Responses |

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It seems Fisker is finally succumbing to the relentless seas of misfortune. It’s been battered by storms, supplier problems and financial troubles. Founder Henrik Fisker has fled. Its workforce has been laid off. Nearly all of them. Things are grim. But should petrol-guzzling, tire-burning, fire-breathing gear heads like you care? Yes. Yes, you should.

You should care about Fisker for one simple reason: It’s disruptive. The automotive industry is big, old and stagnant. It moves at a glacial pace and changes very little. Fisker, and other new car companies, are free to innovate, to explore new technology, and to do crazy things like use a turbocharged Pontiac Solstice engine just to spin a generator.

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The One True Zombie Apocalypse Vehicle. Really.

Posted in Alt Fuels, Biofuel, Pop Culture by Dustin Driver | October 30th, 2012 | 3 Responses |

Ah, zombies. You’ve shambled into our psyches and captured our collective conscience like no other. Is it your chilling resemblance to our mindless consumerist culture? Or is it simply that we all want to brain each other with blunt objects? At any rate, we obviously want you to take over. When you do, we’ll be driving this. It’s the HEMTT A3 Diesel Electric by Oshkosh. It’s an armored, eight-wheel-drive beast that can run on diesel, biodiesel and even veggie oil. And it carries its own power station.  Read More…

Orange: The Best Color Ever

Posted in Design, History, McLaren, News by Dustin Driver | September 27th, 2012 | 2 Responses |

The new McLaren P1 dropped last week and it’s orange. Just like its grandaddy, the achingly awesome F1. Why? Because orange is the best color ever. It’s not garish and angry like red or psychotically cheery like yellow. No, it’s eye-searingly incredible and it tells the universe: I mean business. Read More…