As the 2014 Formula 1 pre-season tension continues to build, Jim and I took a break from the headlines to watch a couple movies. What did we watch? Why Formula 1 movies, of course. And, since Jim and I tend to agree on nearly nothing (ice cream is better!) we decided to argue with each other about which movie is better and share our debate with the world. First we watched the feature film Rush, dramatizing the 1976 season and the rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt. Then we saw the documentary simply titled 1 that covers a wide span of F1 history; focused mainly on the evolution of safety between the deaths of Jim Clark and Aryton Senna. So what did we think?
Really, we picked a great combination of movies to while away a Saturday. We liked them both! Of course I prefer one and Jim the other. And, duh, I’m right. If you happened to miss either of these we have links to them below.
I love the Detroit Auto Show. Less than 40 miles from home, all the major manufacturers come and showcase their latest and greatest. Having the honor and privilege to see the sites during the media days, I wanted to share a few of my favorites.
But first, notable highlights. I wrote about two cars on roadandtrack.com
The Cadillac ATS Coupe: here
And the Lexus RC F: here
Okay, On to the main event.
This isn’t brand new. But for the first time I laid eyes on a production car. What you see here is what will rocket past you, maybe silently, on the road. The big news is the hybrid powertrain that combines to make 887 HP! For me, the single best feature is the high mounted exhaust “tailpipes” of the 4.6-Liter, 608 HP V8, how cool is that?
Look at it. Stare. Let it memorize you. Take in the euphoria. It is the prettiest car here. How does it drive? The F-type roadsters are a touch soft for my tastes, but plan on a harder edge for the coupe. Besides, who cares? It’s stunning!
Acura partnered with RealTime Racing to compete in the Touring class of World Challenge racing before, so it’s no surprise that they aligned again to test the mettle of another sedan. What’s new this time is that the TLX GT goes against Porsche, Ferrari, and Corvette in the GT class! A twin-turbo V6 powers this Accord based monster and I, for one, cannot wait to see it in action.
625 HP. Awesome!
Cadillac continues to transform itself into a proper luxury brand. It’s exiting to witness. The ATS out handles the latest 3-series and the 2014 CTS really turns heads. The Elmiraj concept highlights their evolving design language and I like it. No. I love it! Its fantastic lines, aggressive profile, and impressive size all communicate one simple message: Out of my way, I’m a Cadillac!
For all the coolest insights and coverage of the NAIAS head to roadandtrack.com
Two electrically-driven derivatives of US small-car champs pick a fight and drag race.
We like trucks. They entertain and work. And nowadays they provide comfort while getting the work done. Truly remarkable. Recently, I used a Toyota Tundra to tow my boat in to its winter storage resting place. Then I wrote about it.
Check it out here
And, I took pictures!
The most recent BMWs have gone adrift of the companies beloved core values: quick, connected, and communicative machinery. But the M3 remained a hold out, due largely to its last generation chassis architecture. As a last hurrah, BMW built the Lime Rock Park Edition M3. A brilliant, more hard edged M3 that really hustles. I genuinely love the thing.
When push comes to shove, I prefer my more raw and passionate E46 M3, but you cannot deny the clinical goodness of the LRP car. And the engine, oh the engine!
Read here on roadandtrack.com
My Personal M3
This is fun. Fantastic V12 racy raucous raspy revving revolutions! I seriously love this one.
Few companies in the world command stature like Aston Martin. The name conjures up images of grace, power, and elegance. The Rapide S, their four-door, is shockingly beautiful. This is a sedan! Take your kids to school, go to the market, carry luggage, and stop traffic. Name another sedan that manages that?
Do faster cars exist, definitely. In fact, from a data driven mindset, this car doesn’t keep up. Look further however and incredible intangibles appear.
This car makes my heart sing. What else matters?
The Formula 1 season drew to a close last week, sadly. But we’re here to keep you entertained! Recently I got a chance to spend sometime in the Jaguar XJR and I loved the thing! Looked great, sounded fierce, yet maintained its elegance. Well done Jaguar!
Check out my review at roadandtrack.com
The all new CLA is the first Mercedes Benz sold in the US with front wheel drive. I was initially shocked and disappointed, but it delivers good performance in a pretty package. It’s also quick! Impressively so for FWD. Though I wouldn’t recommend one to Lewis or Nico. Read here on roadandtrack.com.