Ep. 332: The Canadian GP Brought Intense Competition, Rain or Shine

Wet qualifying and dry racing brought different strategies, setups, and a scrambled starting grid. Engine penalties didn’t help. And I interview Porsche factory driver, Laurens Vanthoor.

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Ep. 331: The Azerbaijan GP Proved to be a Race of Endurance

And for different reasons. Some suffered mechanical failures, others physical pain. But it led to unexpected results across the board. We also cover Indycar’s Grand Prix at Road America.

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Episode 330: IMSA Detroit Grand Prix Flat Out from Green to Checker

IMSA put on quite a show despite just bringing 16 cars to the party. No yellow flags, but plenty of fenders clashing made it close in both DPi and GTD classes. I also interview the drivers from Wayne Taylor Racing, Meyer Shank Racing, and Paul Miller Racing.

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Episode 329: Indycar Detroit Grand Prix Keeps it Green and Fast

The final Detroit Grand Prix held on Belle Isle brings fantastic weather and stupendous racing. I Interview Romain Grosjean and HPD VP, Kelvin Fu

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Episode 328: The Monaco GP Proves that Even the Jewel in the Crown Can Get Wet

It occasionally rains in Monaco. Changing conditions increased the importance of pit strategy and mistakes bit some teams harder than others. Nice weather prevailed stateside for the Indy500, but high winds played with car balance, as did pit penalties.

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Lexus Reveals New Fifth-Generation RX

Three of the four powertrains will be electrified. None of them will include a V-6. Lexus also built the sportiness RX yet, the 500h F-Sport.

24 years after Lexus introduced the RX crossover SUV, which more or less invented the luxury crossover SUV segment, we now get the fifth-generation RX model for the 2023 model year. Actually, we get several: Front- and all-wheel-drive versions of the RX 350, and several electrified AWD models, the RX 350h, the RX 450h+, and a brand-new kind of thing: the RX 500H F Sport. And, unlike the original, V-6 equipped 1999 RX 300, none of them run on more than 4 cylinders.

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BMW M Turns 50! Celebrates with a Special Edition M3

The M Brand marks the milestone with an M3 Competition xDrive that receives special paint and more to become the M3 Edition 50 Jahre BMW. 500 iterations are North America bound.

It was May 24th, 1972, that BMW M GmbH opened its doors for the first time. A sub-brand of Bavarian Motor Works—well, technically Bayerische Motoren Werke—that would one day turn into an absolute dynamo for driving enthusiasts across the globe. From the M1 supercar, to the iconic E30 M3, to the drift king E39 M5, the M Brand built generations of stunning machines. And now that company is 50.

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Episode 327: Which upgrades worked best at the Spanish GP?

Nine of the ten teams brought new parts to their cars to improve performance, with Haas being the one hold out. Chris and I dissect the performance differences we saw in a Grand Prix filled with luck, both good and bad.

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Toyota’s Rough and Tumble SUV Turns 40

To celebrate, Toyota will build a limited-edition model called 4Runner 40th Anniversary Special Edition, which is logical enough. It stands out with bronze colored 17-inch wheels, some graphics, and a 40th Anniversary tailgate badge

Two things to report here: First, Toyota introduced the 4Runner to us for the 1983 model year. Second, 1983 was almost 40 years ago! Good gravy, that’s a tough pill to swallow. And further proof that, as time passes, the passage of time gets more stressful. The silver lining to such devastating news is the 4Runner 40th Anniversary Special Edition. A limited-edition, uniquely styled version of Toyota’s off-road-friendly Ute.

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Honda’s Upcoming EV Entry is fittingly called the Prologue

The Honda Prologue EV SUV will launch in 2024. It is a co-developed vehicle with General Motors. And, critically, is the beginning of a very heavy EV future for the Japanese brand.

Prologue: a separate or introductory section of a literary or musical work. Honda Prologue: an introductory EV, of sorts, coming in 2024 that will be followed a battery of battery powered vehicles based on what Honda calls e:Architecture.

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