At roughly 11,300 miles (just 4,200 miles after its first service), the Camaro SS was showing a conspicuous lack of rubber on its tires, especially the rears. You see, when I’m not driving “my” Camaro, the rest of the staff are welcome to it, I welcome the miles being added, and I welcome hearing their perspective/experience. There are, however, more than a handful of drivers at Motor Trend who are capable of sideways antics in a powerful rear-wheel-drive car and still more who know a thing or two about burnouts, so let’s just say “our” Camaro is a well-loved member of the MT extended family that reaches farther and wider than the magazine itself. You might have seen Carlos Lago driving it in one of his Daily Fix videos on Motor Trend OnDemand. And as Jonny Lieberman’s mantra goes, “We hate tires.” At about the same time, the left rear rubber collected a small screw and was losing about 5 psi each day, causing it to sit while we … [Read more...] about 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Update 3: Burning Rubber
Burning rubber smell in car
HOT ROD typically ignores unless there’s something really interesting like a new Corvette launch. Wait, there is a new Corvette debuting this year at Cobo. Well, here’s a reason we try to pass on all of the PR and media new car launch insanity. For every ounce of news we might pass on to you our trusted readers, we have to put up with tons of absolute nonsense like this: Supposedly Nissan will be releasing a new show fragrance that will be their trademark scent called “the vert oriental.” Why a car company would spend even a minute on the topic of auto show aromas let alone actually investigating, then following through with such folly is just, well, it’s just folly. One reason for this colossal waste of time and money according to Nissan is that they are hoping their dealers will embrace the scent, and want to start using it in all of their showrooms. Really? What’s wrong with “new car smell?” What’s wrong with Nissan? I wonder if … [Read more...] about That New Car Smell
We all know by now that the Plymouth Road Runner came out in 1968 as Chrysler’s answer to the GTO. Yes, the Road Runner epitomized the original econo-muscle car and left the competition, including its sister brand Dodge, scrambling to come up something to compete in the same price and performance bracket. With its standard robust and eager 383 big-block connected to the A833 four-speed, flocks of Road Runners with their trademark “Beep Beep” horns resonated throughout cruise spots and drive-in restaurants during this golden era of cheap, plentiful muscle for the masses.And yes, we have spoken volumes about the 426 Hemi and the 440 Six-Barrel power plants that sat between the fenders of Road Runners, which came off the line and would glue the drivers to the vinyl bench upon planting their right foot on the loud pedal. Yes, we’ve all read those stories in books, magazines, websites, and even watched numerous cable TV episodes that go into detail on the little … [Read more...] about SURVIVOR! This ’73 Road Runner Still Looks & Smells New!
5th Nov 2016 8:00 am Braving the blazing sun, glaciers and gun-toting locals, Rishad Saam Mehta finds some of the best roads the state of Nevada has to offer in a BMW 328i. Turning onto the NF600, the road through Lamoille Canyon, is like driving in the barren and desolate desert landscape of Nevada and magically finding yourself in the lush and verdant Himalaya. The change in topography and scenery is like night and day. The icing on the cake is that NF (denoting National Forest) 600, running from the town of Lamoille to the car park at the trailhead for the hike up to Lamoille Lake, is a lovely 19km-long ribbon of tar lazily draped around undulating canyon cliff sides. There are short straights stitched together by stretched out ‘S’ bends. It was an opportunity too hard to resist, because over the past couple of days I had stuck to speed limits like the most obedient child in the classroom, often slotting this very capable … [Read more...] about Beemed across the desert: Driving in Nevada
The Chevy Corvette is America’s sports car. Most steak-eating, beer-swigging, baseball-loving Yankees already love the ‘Vette for its sexy looks and tire-shredding V-8 soundtrack. But the fiberglass masterpiece is actually a fair road trip companion. Think of it: you can grab your honey and head off towards your favorite back road for a long weekend – there’s plenty of space for your stuff in the surprisingly roomy trunk. The interior is awful, but you won’t notice because you’ll be carving up the roads, looking for scenic turnouts and antique shops. And when the weekend comes to a close with the smell of burning rubber still lingering in your nostrils, you’ll appreciate the 27 mpg you attained on the freeway back home. Any list of sports cars would hardly be complete without at least a mention of the Mazda MX-5. Since it was introduced in the late ’80s, Mazda has sold buckets of Miatas to happy sun-seekers who appreciate its simple, back … [Read more...] about Sports Cars: 2007 Chevrolet Corvette and 2007 Mazda MX-5
Justin Bieber in the world doesn't seem like enough for Fisker to catch a break. First it was a 2012 Fisker Karma spectacularly crapping out on Consumer Reports. Now a Texas fire investigator has said that a house fire originated with the plug-in hybrid, according to AutoWeek.The fire consumed the car while doing "substantial damage" to the garage and spreading to the suburban Houston home, but nobody was injured in the blaze. According to the report, two other vehicles parked in the garage, an Acura NSX and Mercedes-Benz SUV, were also damaged. Estimates of the extent of the destruction were said to be $100,000, not including the damage to the other cars – and we're assuming not including the Karma either, given that the six-figure car was a complete loss, according to the report.The fire started within three minutes of the Karma being parked in the garage, after the owner said he smelled burning rubber. According to the report, the car had not yet been plugged in to charge. The … [Read more...] about Fisker Karma to blame for garage fire in Texas?
► The top dog, the McLaren P1 GTR ► Martin Brundle thrashes the racecar ► Hybird hypercar gets more powerThe shape bursts into view and turns towards me, evil little lights ethereal and distorted in the haze of the hot tarmac between us. Behind it the air’s a maelstrom of heat, diffuser-flung spray and, I swear, air left visibly broken by the yellow McLaren’s demanding aero. There’s a noise building too, a curious hybrid – apt – of deep V8 thunder and otherworldly jet turbine whine. Then everything drops into slow motion. With one clean input and an instantaneous response the P1 GTR switches direction. Physics is overruled before it can lodge an objection. Despite scarcely imaginable mechanical grip the car drifts into a textbook cornering attitude, its broad, alien haunches set wide in a couple of degrees of yaw. Then more noise and it’s gone, blasted from view by a slug of acceleration so prodigious the video … [Read more...] about 25 British cars to drive before you die: 1) McLaren P1 GTR, CAR+ September 2015
Regular readers will recall that this site’s denizens helped radio personality, car dealer and fellow commentator John Wolfe name his new CBS radio show. In exchange, Wolfe promised that he’d give me a guest shot. And . . . he’s given us permission to rip this glossary of dealer jargon from his “Real Deal” website. While you peruse the perfidy, I’m thinking turnabout is fair play. How about TTAC’s Best and Brightest invent some of its own terms for what car dealers do to us? Yeah, yeah, some dealers, not all dealers. Suggestions below please.Hole in the HeadThis is a sunroof package in an automobile. Also be referred to as a Sun, a Moon, or the Brains Blown Out.Chicken WalkCar dealer infomercial where the pitch man paces in front of the inventory. Dealership employees witness the production of the commercial spot and refer to the speaker as doing ‘the chicken walk’ Tom Park and Clay Cooley are professional chicken walkers.John … [Read more...] about Editorial: TTAC’s Guide to Car Dealer Lingo
The forest green 1969 Nova sat unwashed and unloved at the side of the modest house. I studied it from the side of the road with the eye of an experienced hunter and I recognized the signs. Shunted off to the side while two more modern cars sat in the driveway, it was obvious that the old Nova had already passed that threshold of usefulness and begun the descent into eventual abandonment. The grass beneath the car, just a cutting or two taller than the rest of the yard, told me how recently that had been – just a few weeks. There was a chance then, that the car had not sat long enough to totally degrade. Perhaps, I thought, there was still some value to be had.It was a 2 door coupe, a style I liked, and my practiced eye identified optional wheel covers and matching trim pieces covering the rocker panels. The vinyl top and bright trim on the rain gutters told me this car had been fully loaded when it was new, but the absence of badges next to the front marker lights made it … [Read more...] about One last summer in the sun: The final days of a Chevy Nova
M.D.K. writes:Sajeev,Over the years I have come to appreciate vehicles that are built to last for a long time versus the disposable appliances. I drive a 93 Land Cruiser that fits the former while my wife’s 07 Hyundai Tucson seems to fit the later. It is a fine appliance and has given us no issues over the first 60,000 miles of use but The three years I spent stationed at Fort Drum are taking a toll. The body has a couple rust spots and any work underneath is an adventure thanks to the road salt doing its thing Plus my boys have really taken their toll on the interior.I am a Warrant Officer in the Army and due to retire in 4 years. So right when I retire the Hyundai will be pushing 10 years old. It has been my experience that appliances start to nickel and dime at this stage plus if the body is already rusting I can’t help but think it will be nearing the end of it’s life at a time I’ll be cutting back financially. The Land Cruiser should be good as I have … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: W123 Love in 2013?