Testing a car on a race track is a patently different experience than testing on back roads. It’s true—there are some details you simply can’t derive from a track test. It’s difficult to gauge how the car’s suspension will handle rough pavement (poorly paved race tracks are, thankfully, few and far between) or how the car’s mirrors will mitigate blind spots (if you’re checking your mirrors on a track, you’re doing something wrong). But for each closed circuit’s shortcomings, it offers one major benefit: With today’s powertrains, the only place you can legally find the limit of a car’s power, its grip, or its brakes is on a track.
Reporting on news based off of trademark filings can be a little iffy. Companies routinely file for, and renew, trademarks even if they have no intention of ever using them.
Sometimes companies even trademark a name just to keep another company from using it.
With that in mind, we bring you news of a possible new “performance” variant of the Subaru BRZ, potentially called the tS.
The Scion-esque name has been filed by Subaru with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which could be a foreshadow of things to come.
Most of us dream of one day hitting it big and being able to afford the car of our dreams.
Traditionally we’ve lusted after the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche, and Aston Martin. Today’s dream cars still include those brands, but they also include newer models from Tesla, Ford, Lexus, and Nissan.
A friend comes to mind who recently purchased a couple of cars he’d wanted for a long time. He didn’t sell his company to Google, didn’t inherit tens of millions of dollars, and hasn’t become rich off an IPO. He did, however, work hard for many years and is now enjoying a comfortable, if not extravagant, income.
Keep reading for the cars he purchased, along with a few other choices that prove you don’t have to be among the super-rich to own a car of your dreams.
Toyota is one of the world’s largest automakers, but at least one of its coolest cars is the result of a partnership with another automaker.
Automotive partnerships don’t always work. One failure that comes to mind immediately is the Chrysler TC by Maserati.
I guess “failure” might be a little harsh, because the car does have its own club and plenty of fans. Those people see the car as misunderstood and elegant, while the rest of the world sees a Chrysler K-car with a spit-shine.
The TC lasted only three model years and cost close to $40,000 when new. That high price bought a Maserati body with a Chrysler engine, pretty much the worst from each partner at the time.
Toyota seems to have the partnership thing figured out, though, with at least three marriages to other major automakers. Will they fare better than the Chrysler-Maserati tie-up?
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:
- They are incredibly expensive (upward of $400,000 for the RB3).
- 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.
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.
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 cars have been an enormous success, which means just one thing:
There will be imitators.
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.
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.
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.