October 28, 2011. Other than oxygen, the most vital element for the continuation of life on earth is water. Yet the EPA is pushing electrification of the vehicle fleet as an answer to the twin “problems” of climate change and oil use. For skeptics of anthropogenic global warming, like the Editor, this rush to electricity has major pitfalls. One of which is that it uses far more water and greatly increases CO2 output compared to current fuels. On a lighter note, Al Vinikour gets a pain in the neck, and takes a drive in a four-cylinder Mercedes near the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. Plus, Mini’s German arm creates a Union Jack sneaker fit for Austin Powers.
October 21, 2011. We have a packed issue this week. Al Vinikour takes a drive out Oregon way, and brings back his report on Hyundai’s Veloster. The Editor, meanwhile, stays near home and drives the Scion iQ around the streets of Detroit. Al and the Editor speak their minds about where designers get their inspiration. And, on a more serious note, Sawyer asks if there might be more to the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S sports car than meets the eye.
Our Apologies to all those who tried, and failed, to post a comment to our opinion piece on Racing's New Realities. There was a glitch, but hard work by our Web Development Director and the fine folks at Squarespace has fixed the problem. In light of the tragic accident that took the life of Indy Car's Dan Wheldon, Chris Sawyer has posted his thoughts in the comment section. Please feel free to add your own.
October 14, 2011. Even though he didn’t always listen to him when they were growing up, the Editor takes stock of his brother’s look at the problems facing racing, and asks if there isn’t a better way. (Leave a comment if you wish — a first for us — but be civil.) Kia launches a new Rio 5-door in Texas. Is it another boring penalty box, a game changer or something in-between? We examine this new B-segment competitor, and find ourselves both applauding and scratching our head. Speaking of scratching your head over questionable decisions, Al asks why some power windows go down with just a touch, but don’t come back up the same way.
October 7, 2011. Former CART Marketing Director William Sawyer takes a stroll down memory lane and a look at the future, and wonders if racing has a future. Chris drives the Lincoln MKX, and asks if this Lincoln is too close to the Edge. Jeremy Clarkson and the folks from Forza Motorsport produce a game trailer that should be the rallying cry of everyone who likes to drive. We review a book about lost U.S. fighter concepts, and Al comes to the rescue of mutts everywhere.