December 25, 2015: We are on vacation for the next few weeks, and will be live again with a report from Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in the New Year. In the interim, we’ve compiled a few past favorites for you to enjoy:
Al Vinikour did our first Lifestyle piece, a review of Steven Tyler’s autobiography. It’s a funny, heartfelt look at the aging rocker’s life, loves and addictions.
Our next item is a look at the Eagle Speedster, probably the most achingly beautiful – and expensive – Jaguar E-Type ever built.
The last of our Lifestyle picks is a perennial favorite: Andy Peace’s road worthy copy of the Maserati Tipo 250F F1 car. Powered by a BMW inline six, the “Masercopy” has to sit high on the dream list of every gear head.
We’ve also chosen an early Opinion & Analysis piece that looks back on how motorsport has changed, and not always for the better.
Next up is a look at the looming vehicle electrification process, and the deleterious effect it could have on water consumption, with little CO2 reduction. In comparison, gasoline and diesel look pretty darn good.
We close with a look at VW’s diesel scandal, and the real effect it might have on the environment, which is not much. Especially in light of the number of non-compliant cars being cut drastically, and the revelation that the vaunted MIT/Harvard “study” claiming the emissions from these cars will kill people was never presented for peer review.
On the technology front, one of the more interesting engines we’ve run across is Achates Power’s opposed-piston engine. The two-stroke motor is claimed to be capable of meeting Euro 6 and EPA 10 emission standard while returning fuel economy that’s 15% better on average.
Somewhat whimsically, our former Director of Web Development spent some time at Burger King and wondered why Pininfarina’s name was on the beverage dispenser. It’s an interesting story about the intersection of industrial design and fluid technology.
John Bereisa’s isn’t a household name. The father of the Chevy Volt, he has a lot to say about electric vehicles, electrified powertrains, and the global governmental push to force these technologies on the public and the industry before they are ready.
December 11, 2015: This week, Volkswagen gave journalists an exhaustive look inside its investigation of its diesel emissions scandal, and the changes being made within the company. We examine the plan. Porsche announced that its Mission E show car from Frankfurt is headed toward production, and pulled the wraps off the 2017 911 Turbo and Turbo S Coupe and Cabriolet prior to their launch in Detroit. Plus, the company revised the names, pricing, and powertrains of the Boxster and Cayman. Toyota has accomplished a lot with its New MC platform, but is the platform accomplished enough to support cars from Scion, Toyota and Lexus? Ducati Scrambler, a Ducati sub-brand, signed an agreement with Italia Independent, and creates both a new model and a line of sunglasses. Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz showed the new E-Class interior, and puts most homes to shame in the process. Hyundai previewed its Prius fighter, but goes one better. Lotus launched a new Exige, but left the U.S. out of the mix. Rolls-Royce showed a hand-built, designer cocktail hamper that brings a whole new meaning to “limited edition” while Al Vinikour pontificates about car care and parental pride.