The digital speedo clicked up from 265 to 266 kilometers per hour, a good 165 mph. It was safe as can be and completely legal, because we were on a de-restricted section of the Autobahn that is, quizzically, a dead end. Where It’s At You’re on the A1, the Eifelautobahn. You get to it by turning off of road 410 outside of Kelberg. It’s only a short drive from the Nürburgring Nordschleife, which is about an hour and a half west of Frankfurt. Over here you’re in one of the prettiest parts of Germany, out away from the interchangeable mid-size cities that are all the same uniform beige-grey and all the bakeries look oddly corporate. Well, that’s not fair. Pretty much all the bakeries in Germany outside of random hipster city centers look oddly corporate. I’m getting away from the point. In any case, the area around the Ring isn’t exactly what you’d call “centrally located.” It’s a bit out there, pretty much all ag … [Read more...] about This Dead-End Highway in Germany Is Probably the Fastest Road in the World
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Believe it or not, the R35 Nissan GT-R is 11 years old. It has enjoyed considerable success along the way, but after a decade, perhaps it’s time to up the ante. Nissan has already started working on designing and engineering an all-new platform for the next-generation GT-R. However, the carmaker has yet to decide how much electrification the car’s powertrain will get. At the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Nissan design boss Alfonso Albaisa told Autocar that the R36 won’t take cues from the limited-run GT-R50, but “has to be its own special car,” adding that it has to be “the fastest super sports car in the world” and retain a visual identity that’s unique among cars of its kind. While Albaisa constantly reviews sketches for the supercar, he said his team cannot begin ‘serious work’ until decisions about the powertrain and the new platform is finalised. “The challenge is on the engineer, to be honest. We will do our jobs … [Read more...] about Next Nissan GT-R to be fastest supercar in the world?
Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turimso, 2015 Tokyo Motor ShowEnlarge PhotoAlfonso Albaisa, head of design for Nissan and Infiniti, made a very bold claim for the next generation of the Nissan GT-R. He said it has to be the "fastest super sports car in the world." The design boss made that claim to Autocar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. He also reiterated the fact that the Italdesign GT-R50 isn't a preview of things to come for Nissan's top-spec sports car. Designs are actually still being reviewed for the R36 iteration, but serious progress can't be made until the engineering team has its say. Electrification is definitely on the table, but it's certainly not a definite addition for the next GT-R powertrain. What's holding up a lot of the development process appears to be just how much electrification will be utilized. "Whether we go to a lot of electrification or none at all, we can achieve a lot power-wise. But we are definitely making a new platform and our goal is clear: … [Read more...] about Nissan design boss says next GT-R to be fastest sports car in the world
Today’s Aston Martin seeks to cultivate a crisp, modern, James Bond in a very trim suit image. There was a time when things over there were more double-breasted, when they succeeded in building the most powerful (and possibly most moronic) car in the world. This story originally ran on Nov. 7, 2014 and is being featured again for the Jalopnik Christmas Evergreen Bonanza. In 1987, Ford bought a 75-percent stake in Aston Martin. In 1994, Ford bought it outright, and in 1999 rolled it into their doomed Premium Auto Group. Or Premium Something Group. I can’t even be bothered to look up its exact name, but it was a loose confederacy of Lincoln, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, maybe Mercury, and Aston Martin. The keen-eyed among you will note that it does not make sense to have the same company running both Jaguar and Aston Martin. They compete with each other for the ‘dumb Americans who want to look fancy’ market that so strongly defines the modern British auto … [Read more...] about When Aston Martin Built The Most Powerful (And Stupid) Car In The World
The wait for one of the most action-packed races in the world is almost over; its finally time for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, a historic 24 Hour race held at the legendary Daytona International Speedway in Florida. The race is a championship round of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, which is contested in racetracks across the USA. So, as the race comes closer, let’s have a look at its history and how it operates today. History The 24 Hours Of Daytona started out in 1962 as the Daytona Continental 3 Hour Race and also had brief spells as a 2000km race and a 6 hour race but in 1966 it turned into the format that it is well known for, a hardcore 24 hour endurance race. Since then, it has played host to some incredible battles, with the most memorable one being the epic Ford vs Ferrari feud which took place in the late 60s. Porsche have won the most races at Daytona as constructors with 13 wins, the last one coming 15 years ago in 2003. Riley follow them up in second … [Read more...] about The Rolex 24 @ Daytona: A Beginner’s Guide To One Of The Most Spectacular Races In The World