MONTICELLO, New York — We get it. Superfans only want to hear about the yin versus yang. iPhone versus Android. Batman versus Superman. The Ford Mustang versus its Bizarro World twinsie/frenemy, the Chevy Camaro. So on our first drive in a 2018 Mustang GT equipped with the Performance Pack Level 2, we could break down every bit of minutiae to dissect the Level 2 versus the Camaro SS 1LE. But frankly, we just don't give a damn. Either the Level 2 upgrades are worth the extra $6,500 on top of the price of a manually-equipped Mustang GT fastback, or they aren't. A sports car better stand on its own merits, and not as a counterbalance to some other machine. We are on the south course of the Monticello Motor Club, a 3.6-mile racetrack in New York's rolling Catskills. I've driven everything from a Pagani Huayra to a Camaro ZL1 here, and this set of elevated twists will call out weaknesses even on great vehicles. Will the Mustang Level 2 tear up this challenging carnival ride of a … [Read more...] about 2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 Review
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Approaching the container ship in San Francisco Bay, the tugboat looks like a pit bull puppy chasing an eighteen-wheeler. When the vessels are an arm’s length apart, the ship’s mate throws down a line. Now leashed to the ship, the tug can push and pull it around the bay. Big ships can’t easily slow down or maneuver by themselves—they’re meant for going in a straight line. [This article is syndicated from Hakai Magazine, an online publication about science and society in coastal ecosystems. Read more stories like this at hakaimagazine.com. – Ed.] Tugboat crews routinely encounter what few of us will ever see. They easily read a vessel’s size, shape, function, and features, while deciphering at a glance the mysterious numbers, letters, and symbols on a ship’s hull. To non-mariners, the markings look like hieroglyphs. For those in the know, they speak volumes about a particular ship and also about the shipping industry. Oceangoing vessels … [Read more...] about The Secret Language of Ships
Have you ever heard the joke in which a contest’s first prize is one thing and second prize is amazingly two of the same thing? Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe duo of Fiats might be a prize you’d want, that is if their price proves to be no joke. It’s no joke that the Ford Mustang is by all accounts the most successful pony car in history. And, its third generation, running from the 1979 through 1993 model years, proved to be the longest running edition by far. For having that long a run, it’s interesting for that model to have been—dare I say it—the least Mustang-y of them all. Whether that’s a good thing or not the ‘Foxstang’ remains the most ubiquitous model both on the road and in the classifieds today. That means that supply generally outstrips demand making the model one of the best bang for your buck deals around. That’s why yesterday’s 1990 sorta 7UP LX 5.0 did so poorly at its $20,000 asking. And by did … [Read more...] about At $5,700 For Both, Would You Go For This Fiat X1/9 Targa Two-fer?
The rain has stopped, but headlights still glimmer on the road’s slick surface, and fog swirls over the mountainside like lace curtains whipping in the breeze. Immediately ahead, there’s a Ferrari 812 Superfast and a Dodge Viper ACR. Beyond them, Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR and Porsche 911 GT1 road cars queue side by side, homologation specials from 25-unit production runs. In the rearview mirror, a Ferrari FZ93 and Aston Martin Zagato Shooting Brake stand out in the line of exotics that coils down the Tarmac, coach-built rarities normally found in museums. Soon we’ll run with this incredible pack up the Gotthard Pass in Switzerland, closed specially for the occasion. No oncoming traffic, no speed limit. The event’s organizers claim that the Gotthard Pass has never before been closed for fun, nor has any other street in Switzerland. The road climbs to 6,909 feet over the Saint-Gotthard Massif in the Alps, tying German-speaking Andermatt in the north to … [Read more...] about Dreamscape: Running Supercars Up Switzerland’s Gotthard Pass
Norwich Railway Station. Commuters passengers passing throught the barriers to the trains. Photo : Steve Adams Copyright Archant Norfolk 2014 A second railway station is needed in Norwich to cope with growing numbers of commuters, campaigners have argued. Norwich railway station. Opened in 1844 to serve Norfolk's first railway from Yarmouth to Norwich, the station was rebuilt in 1886. Known as Norwich Thorpe from 1849 to 1969 to distinguish it from the city's two other railway stations, Victoria and City.; Photo: Bill Smith Some cities across the country have opened new stations to help cope with growing passenger numbers, with Cambridge North serving the city’s Science Park by connecting it to commuters in places like Norwich and Thetford. Now the Norwich Society, a group which campaigns for development sensitive to the area’s history, believes the area could benefit from another station on the outskirts of the city. It has even come up with four suggested … [Read more...] about Does Norwich need a second railway station?
Without anyone noticing, Formula Drift cars became quite possibly the most powerful racers of their kind in any competition anywhere in the world. How do I know this? Because I drove Tony Angelo's 705 wheel horsepower Scion FR-S… and crashed it. I crashed an FD car. Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove Well, that's not what's surprising. I had never driven any drift car of any kind before Tony Angelo put me in the seat of his competition car, a 705-horsepower, nitrous-shot Scion FR-S. It was a wet December afternoon at New Jersey's Englishtown Raceway Park. Everyone who knew anything about drifting (Tony included, as he later told me) took one look at me, the car, and the conditions and knew that I was going to go off track. That I went off wasn't a shock to anyone. What was a shock was that I drove the car at all. Nobody drives Formula Drift cars outside of the handful of guys who compete in the series. Until Saturday afternoon, the only person to put their foot down in Tony Angelo's … [Read more...] about How Formula Drift Secretly Built The World’s Most Powerful Road Racecars