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You Could Buy an F1 Race Car! But You Probably Shouldn’t

November 14th, 2014

2001 Jaguar F1 for sale

Yes, that’s correct, you could buy a used F1 race car. For the right amount of cash, any regular guy or gal can shop online and find the perfect used racer to suit his or her needs.

I discovered this fact while reading about a car for sale: a Red Bull RB3 Formula One race car that was driven by Australian Mark Webber during the 2007 season. The car didn’t do particularly well that season, but it would sure be enough to wow your friends and win a trophy or two at your local track day.

The above 2001 Jaguar F1 car is also for sale.

There are two catches, though, when shopping for a used F1 car:

  1. They are incredibly expensive (upward of $400,000 for the RB3).
  2. Sometimes they don’t include an engine (this is the case with the Jag).

For those of us without an F1 budget, but with the desire for speed, check out one of these used cars that’ll fight the good fight on track day.

And probably come with an engine, too.

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Subaru BRZ Won’t Become a Classic… Yet

July 8th, 2014

2013 Subaru BRZ

Sometimes the best things in life don’t last long.

Puppies turn into dogs, fireworks last only about 20 minutes, and our favorite cars typically last only a generation or two.

When a new car comes out and people freak about how great it is, there’s always a chance the automaker will pull the plug and end the love affair early. That was the fear with the Subaru BRZ, which some people thought might exist only to satiate a niche and then disappear forever.

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Nissan IDx, Kia GT4 Stinger Make Things Interesting

January 22nd, 2014
Kia GT4 Stinger concept

Kia GT4 Stinger concept

I remember the old era well. I remember when things were different, a time when the concept of having fun while driving was reserved for people with super-expensive cars or for mechanically inclined tuners who liked to turn econoboxes into home-built racers.

The idea of an inexpensive, well-engineered, rear-wheel-drive sports coupe was nothing more than a fantasy in the minds of people who remembered the Toyota Supra and Datsun 240Z.

Subaru and Toyota teamed up in recent years to grace this planet with the kind of car so many of us dreamed about: the BRZ and FR-S.

The cars have been an enormous success, which means just one thing:

There will be imitators.

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Rear-Wheel Drive and Manual Transmissions: Bye Bye, Babies

April 23rd, 2013

2013 Subaru BRZ

My favorite cars have rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission. Can anything be better for weight distribution and complete control around corners than the ultimate combination of power-delivering perfection?

I’d take that combo in any car over a hatchback with 300 hp and front-wheel drive.

Unfortunately for people like me, a pretty good case has been made that says rear-wheel drive (RWD) is heading out the door, probably even before the manual transmission bites the dust.

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Here Come the Car of the Year Awards

November 14th, 2012
Tesla Model S

The 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year

Anyone can give out a Car of the Year award these days. In fact, the list of COTY awards seems to grow every year. There’s the old stalwart, the Motor Trend Car of the Year, but there’s also the North American Car and Truck of the Year, the World Car of the Year, and now the Popular Mechanics Car of the Year. Perhaps there should be an equally prestigious “tgriffith Car of the Year.”

Maybe there will be.

With such a wide variety of awards, it’s pretty hard to label the one true Car of the Year. In this era of “everyone’s a winner,” every car has some chance of winning some kind of award.

Motor Trend, though, seems to have nailed this year’s choice.

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Subaru BRZ Inches Closer to Perfection

October 24th, 2012

Subaru BRZ STi Concept

I drove a Subaru BRZ shortly after it debuted in the United States. Just hours before, I had tested my driving chops on a 2013 Porsche Boxster S (it was a very good day).

The BRZ disappointed. Not because it lacked handling or excitement, but because it just seemed underpowered. I know other writers have raved about the car, and it is good, just not amazing. I prefer amazing.

The BRZ may have something amazing in store, though, as a turbo version with some pretty impressive numbers appears to lie on the horizon.

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The Best Driver’s Cars of 2012

August 24th, 2012

2012 Motor Trend Best Driver's Car test

Anytime a list like this gets published, lots of opinions are built into the equation.

One person might call the Subaru WRX the year’s best driver’s car, while another would bestow the honor on the BMW M3. How a car drives and reacts to input is an incredibly subjective experience and open to interpretation by many different styles of drivers.

That said, there are some mainstays in the perennial quest to find the best car for drivers. Not just go-to-the-store drivers, but the drivers who understand the value of properly warmed tires, a perfect apex and heel-toe shifting.

Keep reading for Motor Trend‘s surprising list of the year’s best driver’s cars, ranked 9 to 1.

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2013 Boxster S Grows Up, Challenges 911 as Porsche’s Best

July 16th, 2012

2013 Porsche Boxster S, front

The Porsche sat seductively, tempting me to open the door, slide in, turn the key with my left hand and ignite the potential energy sitting just behind and under the seats.

But I didn’t want to yet. I wanted to take in the surroundings first and fully appreciate what was to come. A hot, dry day. Sticky rubber wrapped around 19-inch alloy wheels. A white 2013 Boxster S with the top down and plenty of places to introduce my right foot to the Porsche’s floor.

There was just one problem: The last Porsche I drove was the new 911 Carrera S. This was just a Boxster S. There’s no way the experience could be as good, right?

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5 Great Signs That Automotive Passion Is Back

April 20th, 2012

Starting somewhere in early 2009, the auto industry lost its mojo.

I probably don’t need to go into how bleak things were, but words and phrases like “bankruptcy,” “recalls,” “rising gas prices,” and “sinking sales” dominated headlines for many of the last 36 months. There were bright spots, of course, but now that we’re well into 2012 it seems that things have finally turned the corner.

Keep reading for a few of the best most recent signs that car passion has returned.

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Just 6,000 Subaru BRZ Coupes Headed to U.S., Expect Heavy Premiums

March 14th, 2012

2013 Subaru BRZ

The quest to bring home a Subaru BRZ just changed from a leisurely shopping experience into an all-out competition.

The BRZ, of course, is the result of Subaru’s partnership with Toyota that will also bring the Scion FR-S to the U.S. and the Toyota GT-86 to other parts of the world. By all accounts, the cars deliver on their promise to be affordable, fun RWD sports cars.

Car and Driver, citing correspondence with an unnamed Subaru dealer, reports that only 6,000 BRZ coupes will be imported into the U.S. for the 2013 model year. That makes sense considering Subaru’s business case for the car, which called for sales of 5,000 to 7,000 units at roughly $25,000 each to achieve profitability.

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