Some vintage racing events lure crowds with the promise of Formula 1, Can-Am, and Le Mans exotics of years past. But this year’s Classic Motorsports Mitty was focused on a more mainstream marque: Datsun and Nissan. As Japanese classics of the ’70s and ’80s become more widely appreciated, it’s only appropriate that a major vintage race weekend gets dedicated to the first such brand to make a significant impression on amateur motorsports. Indeed, The Mitty is vintage racing for the Radwood crowd. It also fits that the first big vintage race to honor Datsun is held at the track where they gained some of their greatest glories, as the SCCA Runoffs spent all of the ‘70s and ‘80s here at Road Atlanta. The Runoffs, of course, are the year-end championships for amateur motorsports. (Disclaimer: Nissan put me up in a hotel for a couple of nights, and fed me lunch on Saturday.) Between 1970 and 1993, those year-end battles were waged in the rolling … [Read more...] about Why Datsun And Nissan Are Among The Most Important Names In American Racing
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1. Ford’s decision to phase out nearly all its cars and sedans in North America, save for the Mustang (thank God) and the Focus Active (someone has to fight the Subaru Crosstrek), is a fascinating one because of all of the factors that went into it. One that cannot be ignored is the pressure Wall Street has Ford under these days. Recall, if you will, the surprise ouster of Ford CEO Mark Fields last year. A big reason that happened was that Ford’s shareholders were disappointed with their returns, and a lot of that was because Wall Street analysts, in general, are not convinced the traditional American automakers have what it takes to weather the next recession, downturn or technological shift. These companies are still viewed by Wall Street as old-school dinosaurs who needed bailout money (and even government loans in Ford’s case) just to survive the last economic crisis. They need to pivot and move fast and break things, the analysts say, just like Tesla, which is … [Read more...] about Three Thoughts On Ford’s Decision To Kill Its Small Cars And Sedans
Selepas masuk ke dalam Pakatan Renault-Nissan, Mitsubishi nampaknya bakal bangkit semula dan mula membuat pelbagai bayangan bahawa nama-nama ikonik mereka akan kembali ke pasaran. Sebelum ini Colt/Mirage telah disebut-sebut untuk dihasilkan dalam generasi baharu, Eclipse pula telah dijelmakan semula tetapi dalam bentuk SUV. Manakala nama Evolution telah keluar semula di Tokyo Motor Show tahun lalu, juga tampil sebagai SUV tetapi dalam bentuk konsep janaan elektrik. Ketika penampilan SUV konsep e-Evolution tersebut, difahamkan nama ‘Lancer’ tidak akan dibawa sekali seperti gugurnya nama ‘Impreza’ pada Subaru WRX dan juga ‘Skyline’ pada Nissan GT-R R35. Namun dalam laporan AutoExpress, Mitsubishi kini sedang berusaha mengembalikan nama Lancer dan ia disasarkan untuk bersaing bukan sahaja terhadap Ford Focus, malah turut akan mengacau pasaran Crossover funky seperti Toyota C-HR. Menurut laporan tersebut lagi, Mitsubishi kini sedang menikmati pertumbuhan … [Read more...] about Mitsubishi Lancer mungkin akan dihidupkan kembali, tetapi bakal dijelmakan semula dalam bentuk SUV?
Outside of my hometown of Chicago, New York City remains one of my favorite metropolises. I don’t know why – Manhattan is overstuffed with cars and people, garbage is put out on the sidewalks, hotel rooms are no oasis from street noise, and most goods and services are way too expensive. Perhaps New York has a unique sort of charm that compensates for all its flaws, some sort of charisma that continues to exist despite the continuing transformation of Manhattan into a living Disney city for the wealthy. I mean, in what other city would I be brazenly approached by a young man trying to sell me cocaine as I walked back to my hotel after some late-night pizza (partake, I did not. Drugs aren’t my thing. Pizza was good, though) while almost within sight of the most famous urban intersection in the world – one that was undoubtedly crowded to the gills even at that hour? In what other city would I have a surreal on-street argument with a fellow pedestrian over an … [Read more...] about 2018 New York Auto Show Recap – Optimism in the City
Mazda Skyactiv-X Spark Controlled Combustion Ignition process, for example. But Infiniti's VC-Turbo four-cylinder engine, which makes its debut in the 2019 QX50, is truly a work of engineering fortitude. The engine realizes the long-held ambition among engine manufacturers to create a way to alter the compression ratio on the fly, a boon to both power and fuel efficiency. It's a brilliant bit of science that's, unfortunately, still in search of the right car.Don't get us wrong, the QX50 is perfectly competent — it's an exceedingly quiet and comfortable cruiser. However, it's no longer the driver-pleasing machine its predecessor was. That car, originally known as the EX35, was built atop Nissan's sporty FM platform, a front-midship, rear-wheel-drive layout putting the engine aft of the front axle line and giving the vehicle the athletic driving dynamics of a sport sedan. In fact, it was basically a G37 hatchback, and it was sold as the Skyline Crossover in Japan. A shortened FM … [Read more...] about 2019 Infiniti QX50 First Drive Review | A high-tech engine flies under the radar