Everyone worries about the wind. They cast their glances out the open garage doors and into the early morning black toward the sound as it whips its way across the Nevada desert, a thin moon and a scattering of stars the only light to be seen. It’s quiet inside. Christian von Koenigsegg, owner, founder, and CEO of Koenigsegg, pries his eyes from those dark gusts and gets back to conferring with his driver, Niklas Lilja. The two aim to put their mark on history at dawn by claiming a record that’s stood for nearly 80 years: the fastest speed over a flying kilometer on a public road.It’s easy to dismiss cars like the Agera RS as elements of obscene fantasy, machines that exist entirely in the theoretical, their capabilities relegated to spreadsheets and simulations. Rare is the moment when they make that breach into reality.“It’s something we’ve been dreaming of doing for many years,” von Koenigsegg says, “but we’ve just not found a … [Read more...] about The Book of Acts: The Tale of the World-Record-Setting Koenigsegg Agera RS Speed Run
► We pay tribute to Dan Gurney► His lasting influence and legacy► An amazing life: 1931-2018 American racing legend Dan Gurney has died, aged 86. The Eagle has flown, if you like. And though legend is an oft over-used term, in his case it seems almost entirely inadequate. Here are just a few things he will be remembered for.Want peak Gurney? This is probably it. In swift succession he qualified second at the Indy 500, won the Le Mans 24 hours in a Ford GT40, and then – just a week later – took victory at the Belgium Grand Prix, becoming only the second driver to win in a Formula 1 car built by his own team. (The first was Jack Brabham, who managed it in 1966; amusingly the first F1 victory for a Brabham was delivered by Gurney in 1964. Gurney remains the only American to take a Grand Prix trophy in his own car.)As the three-week flush above hints, Gurney excelled at all kinds of racing. He was the first man to score wins in Formula 1, … [Read more...] about The legacy of Dan Gurney: 8 gifts he’s left the world
It seems that everywhere you look, from TV, to social media and print, old cars are continuously being discovered that have been stored in barns, basements, garages, sheds, or from any number of other forgotten resting places. No matter where they’ve been extracted from, the common term for all these finds has been deemed the “barn find.” The question is, when was the last time you saw a really good junkyard find? Well, we have one for you and it involves one of Chrysler’s finest examples from the muscle car era, a 1969 Dodge Daytona, and its rescue from the grim reaper at the junkyard—the dreaded crusher. While we’re going to focus on this particular Charger Red Daytona, we’ll also tell you about some of the other cars in the yard at the time. How does another ’69 Daytona sound? How about an original ’69 Hemi Dodge Charger 500?This Daytona’s saga began in 1973 when it ended up, along with about 50 other cars, at Avenue Auto … [Read more...] about Saved From The Crusher: A ’69 Daytona’s Amazing Story!
Don’t doubt the long-term potential of the traditional global car giants, says Stephen Odell, Ford’s retiring executive global sales and marketing boss – even if it’s fashionable to do so in a world increasingly focused on autonomous and electrified vehicles.The winners, Odell believes, will be the companies that pay attention to the fast-changing requirements of customers – and he numbers Ford among them. The task will be to make “frenemies” of the emerging connectivity and data companies, as people adopt and use the new transportation and mobility services. Perhaps you’d expect a top-notch Ford retiree to spread love and optimism as he departs, but Odell is special.He’s the “tough but fair” Romford-born Brit who led the downsizing of Ford’s European business, starting in 2012, that closed two UK plants and one in Belgium, and scaled down Ford’s operations in Germany, Russia and Romania, dramatically … [Read more...] about Stephen Odell: the man who saved Ford in Europe
In 1948, a company called Land Rover revealed its first new product at the Amsterdam motor show (an event which sounds like LOADS of fun but is a different discussion for another time). Three pre-production prototype examples of this new-fangled ‘Land Rover’ graced the show stand, heralding Britain’s take on the idea that created America’s Willys Jeep. A relatively small, simple road-legal vehicle with full-time all-wheel drive, a rugged toughness, and, should you nerf it into the English countryside, the ability to be repaired with a bent piece of wire, some wood and a stern expression. The rest, as they say, is history. And for one of those very first Land Rover launch stars, it really has been quite some history. And it’s about to have a happy ending. By 1955, Land Rover was done with the car, and sold it off. On 25th June 1955, this very car hit the roads of England, wearing the registration SNX 910. Between then and … [Read more...] about Land Rover’s first launch star has been saved from someone’s garden