Art cars can be an equally exciting and controversial endeavour . Throughout the years, the meeting of automotive and artistic minds has given us a number of special vehicles ranging from road machines all the way to Le Mans-winning race cars. Regardless, Porsche recently released an artful interpretation on its Taycan 4S. The German automaker joined forces with acclaimed American artist Richard Phillips to create an automotive work of art. With the all-electric sportscar standing in as the canvas, the project unsurprisingly took on a natural theme. For the art car, Phillips adapted his large-scale Queen of the Night painting – originally completed in 2010. Gallery: Porsche Taycan Art Car 9 Photos “The result is this creation, which reflects the guiding principles of sustainability and electromobility and of course also places a strong focus on nature in … [Read more...] about Would you drive this crazy-looking Porsche Taycan art car for sale?
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This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 CHATHAM, Va. - The land came first, 5,557 acres of forest purchased two years after the Revolutionary War by a Virginia slaveholder and future congressman. The mansion came next - a symbol of fortune and power built by enslaved workers, who spent seven years assembling the stately home brick by brick until it was finally finished in 1825. "It's been occupied by a Walter Coles and his wife ever since then," says the latest Walter Coles - the fifth of that name - as he sits in the same parlor his father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather all sat in before him, recounting the history of Coles Hill as his predecessors look down from portraits on all four walls. Coles, 84, is one of countless Americans who still benefit from the wealth accumulated by America's 18th- and 19th-century slaveholders. And his … [Read more...] about Their wealth was built on slavery. Now a new fortune lies underground.
Haas team boss Guenther Steiner will release a behind-the-scenes account of the 2022 Formula 1 season, as he publishes his first book during the coming months. Steiner will be the star of the upcoming ‘Surviving to Drive’ book, penned by the man himself, when it’s released to the world in April 2023. Transworld Publishers, part of the Penguin Random House media group, have picked up the UK & Commonwealth rights to Steiner’s book, which the Haas team boss wrote as an ongoing diary throughout the 2022 F1 season. As the first season under the sweeping new technical regulations, Haas enjoyed a far more competitive season than they had in 2020 and ’21, with both Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher scoring points – the Danish driver, in particular, picking up some eye-catching results early in the year. Guenther Steiner In his book ‘Surviving to Drive’, Steiner will take readers behind the scenes of Haas’ 2022 F1 season, with the Austrian ‘taking fans on the thrilling … [Read more...] about Guenther Steiner’s tell-all book ‘Surviving to Drive’ set for release in 2023
Fernando Alonso punching the air in anger after his Mexican Grand Prix retirement was a sight to behold for Mike Krack, the Spaniard’s 2023 team boss enthused by his passion. Alonso was enraged as he recorded his third retirement in five races at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, his Alpine A522 losing a cylinder while he was running up in seventh place. Initially slowing down, he wasn’t able to continue, and with a puff of smoke coming from the back of his Alpine as he headed down to Turn 1, he came to a halt in the run-off area. The double World Champion climbed from his car before punching the air and then laying his head down on his arms. “ Once more, Car 14 stops before the chequered flag, ” he lamented. “I felt fast but once again, as I said, Car 14 stops.” That display of passion was a joy for Aston Martin team boss Krack to see play out as he sees it as a sign of the driver’s “dedication and motivation”. “I always hold up this picture of the Mexican Grand Prix … [Read more...] about How Fernando Alonso’s Mexican Grand Prix left a lasting impression on Aston Martin
The celebrity comeback has become a cliche in recent years - an expected stop on the trolley car of fame, a required slide in a talent manager's PowerPoint presentation. Comebacks rely on our nostalgia but, even more, on the entertainment industry's need to fill endless hours of programming time. They're business now. Then there's the return of Brendan Fraser. This one feels good. This one feels personal. Fraser plays a very big man in a little movie called "The Whale," which opens in theaters Dec. 9. When it premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September, the actor received an eight-minute standing ovation that left him and the audience in tears. Best actor trophy talk immediately ensued, and three months later he's still the bookmaker's choice, in part because no one outside festival audiences has seen "The Whale" and in part because everyone seems happy to have Brendan Fraser back. Which prompts a question: Why? He never actually went away. The truth is that we've come … [Read more...] about Brendan Fraser’s comeback says less about him than it says about us
BEIRUT (AP) — When Syrian rebels attacked a hideout in mid-October in the southern Syrian village of Jassem, they had no idea that a militant commander who was killed in the operation was the leader of the Islamic State group. Syrian opposition activists and state media apparently did not know that the man killed was IS leader Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi and identified him as Abu Abdul-Rahman al-Iraqi. The operation lasted two days and started on Oct. 14, the day after a bombing on a bus in a suburb of the capital Damascus. That attack killed 18 Syrian soldiers and wounded at least 27 others. Syrian state media at the time reported that authorities received information that IS members have hideouts in the northern neighborhoods of Jassem, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of Damascus. In the operation, Syrian troops were joined with former rebels who had reconciled with the government in 2018 and were allowed to stay and keep their weapons in the southern province … [Read more...] about Syrian rebels did not know Iraqi militant killed was IS head
Listen to this article You might recall Travis Pastrana's Family Huckster Subaru GL wagon from being one of the quickest cars at the 2022 Goodwood Hillclimb and jumping over a bridge in Florida. Now, it's in the Hoonigan studio for a deep dive into what makes this wild machine so special. And, there's a lot to learn. The basic inspiration for this vehicle is the Subaru GL wagons serving the United States Ski Team in the 1980s. However, one of the original cars could never take the abuse that Pastrana puts on the Family Huckster. The chassis now consists of a 3d-modeled tube frame and a carbon-fiber tub. The wheelbase is almost identical, but the vehicle is about 12 inches (30.48 centimeters) wider than an authentic example. Gallery: 1983 Subaru GL Wagon Family Huckster At Goodwood 46 Photos The Family Huckster boasts clever active aero elements. Pieces on the … [Read more...] about Travis Pastrana’s 862-HP Subaru GL Wagon Dissected On Video
After a COVID-enforced two-year delay, Aston Martin ’s ground breaking ceremony last week to begin work on its new state-of-the-art Formula 1 factory and campus marks an important moment. With owner Lawrence Stroll making clear his lofty ambitions to be world championship winners in the next three to five years, he understands that the team could not keep going as it was. Still operating out of the Silverstone facilities that originally housed Jordan Grand Prix in 1991, Aston Martin’s increasing reliance on temporary offices has left it in a state where, if it is truly serious about winning world titles, it’s no longer fit for purpose. As a result, Stroll has signed off on an ambitious 400,000 square foot campus plan to be built on the land he has acquired around the current premises. This will include a factory, wind tunnel, conference centre, auditorium, heritage department and other offices. As well as being fully sustainable, it will feature state-of-the-art … [Read more...] about Why Aston Martin’s new F1 campus is a ‘reverse’ McLaren MTC
Introducing TD39 at the Belgian Grand Prix, FIA technical director Nikolas Tombazis says there were a “few cases” where teams exceeded the vertical oscillation limit and had to take action. None of that, though, was revealed at the time. With this year’s all-new ground effect aerodynamic cars bouncing from one race track to another, Mercedes suffering worse than the others, drivers complained of back and neck pain. Lewis Hamilton said he had “a lot more bruising” as well as “headaches”, raising concerns about micro concussions , while Pierre Gasly feared he’d need a cane by the time he hit 30 if the bouncing continued. The FIA stepped in, implementing TD39 at the Belgian Grand Prix, a technical directive that included the introduction of a vertical oscillation metric. Under that rule any car that exceeding the maximum level permitted would have to make changes to their cars. That, though, was the last fans heard of it, never a word whispered about any team falling foul. … [Read more...] about Nikolas Tombazis reveals a ‘few cases where teams’ failed the porpoising rule