The scorched main straight at Willow Springs is, for once, dotted with shallow puddles, and the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS kicks up a thin haze of water as it howls over the starting line. It’s been freezing cold and pouring rain in the desert for most of the day, but the clouds finally burned off an hour ago, and the wind whipping across the track quickly dried the surface. Pools of water on the straight are steaming in the sun, and professional driver Randy Pobst reports the track is almost perfect for lap times.McLaren flew out two engineers and a racing driver from the U.K. for this showdown; they take it seriously, and so far it’s paying off. The 600LT—a 2019 Automobile All-Star—has already blitzed the Porsche in wet conditions due to some clever tire strategy. Can it hold the advantage now that both cars are on their ultimate track-focused rubber, the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R, respectively?This is the culmination of four days of … [Read more...] about Scorchers: McLaren 600LT vs. Porsche 911 GT3 RS!
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Electric & Autonomous Options Explored Electric vehicles may be poised to make inroads in commercial fleets, while cities may need to be redesigned to be more people-centric and less car-oriented with autonomous vehicles replacing personal cars. Those were some of the big-takeaways from a recent conference that looked at some future impacts of changes in the transportation industry. The Verge Conference and Expo took place on October 16-18, 2018, in Oakland, California. The annual event, presented by GreenBiz, brings together experts from companies and utilities, city and regional governments, policy makers, NGOs, solution providers and startups, who are working to move to scalable and sustainable technologies and solutions. Through panels, presentations and abundant networking opportunities, thousands of attendees learn what’s going on and find areas for collaboration. Three Conferences in One The activities are broken into three concurrent conferences – … [Read more...] about Event: VERGE 2018 – A Business Approach to Sustainable Transport
Breana Noble The Detroit News Published 12:15 AM EDT Sep 25, 2018 A month after L. Brooks Patterson said he'd rather "join the Klan" than a new group he claimed was luring businesses from the suburbs to Detroit, the Oakland County executive is softening his stance. He told The Detroit News he will send representatives to a meeting that the group of corporate leaders — headed by DTE Energy Co. CEO Gerry Anderson — will hold Tuesday in Macomb County. Patterson said he wants to “investigate” what they are planning, and did not rule out joining. The friction between the county executive and the group of Metro Detroit CEOs comes at a time when businesses — which decades ago began fleeing Detroit for the suburbs — increasingly are reversing that migration. Companies including Accenture, Ford Motor Co., Google, Microsoft and Tata Technologies are moving or expanding their operations to the … [Read more...] about As downtown Detroit rebounds, suburbs look to keep their edge
If you're looking for a performance car that can tackle track duty one weekend and a Costco run the next, it's hard to think of a better tool for the job than a high-powered hatchback like the 2018 Honda Civic Type R or 2018 Volkswagen Golf R. The proverbial jack-of-all-trades, these cars blend cargo versatility, passenger space, turbocharged power and sport-tuned suspensions for when you need one car that can do it all. Related: Mustang Vs. Mustang: Ford's Performance Packages Tested The Type R is one of the most storied hot hatches and wasn't even available to U.S. car buyers until last year. Based on the 10th-generation Civic, the Type R hatchback transforms the Civic into a track-attacking machine courtesy of a 306-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a short-throw six-speed manual and a unique suspension with adaptive dampers. With a host of aggressive aerodynamic elements, the Type R looks like it just rolled off the floor of the Specialty Equipment … [Read more...] about StaR Performers: 2018 Honda Civic Type R Vs. 2018 Volkswagen Golf R