on further reflection after filming this, I realized the guy had the stock tires on the car, Michelin Primacy (also stock on Prius and FRS), and that was by far the limiting factor here. All the other stuff won't work right if you don't add grip. I'd think he's a good set of tires away from really getting this thing… » 1/22/15 12:49pm 1/22/15 12:49pm

I drove a van in president clinton's motorcade in 2003. I also picked up his closest friend from childhood at the airport and delivered him to the Clintons' home in Chappaqua. It was a cool volunteer gig I got through a friend. I drove fast as fuck on closed roads while 8 secret service agents sat in back eating… » 1/04/15 12:09am 1/04/15 12:09am

It wasn't for Christmas, but my dad and I got my mom an F-Type for her birthday this year, big red bow and everything. And by "my dad and I," I mean he paid for it, and I asked Jaguar, very nicely, to make it appear in the driveway in 6 days. It was important that it was the kind of car she would never buy herself (5… » 12/26/14 12:35am 12/26/14 12:35am

Pat Hespen rocked; I can't believe he's gone, and what a sad day for Gina, Pat's family, and the people privileged enough to work with him. In 2008, he (along with Alan Hall) invited me to my first-ever press launch, the GT500 KR in Utah. We destroyed 6 sets of tires and a portion of the front straight a Miller… » 12/23/14 6:35pm 12/23/14 6:35pm

Video: 100-Octane Protune on a Fiesta Makes 240 WHP, 320 WTQ

The Fiesta ST is a riot out of the box; a car that can make you feel like Colin McRae on a tarmac stage after just a few minutes behind the wheel. But we wanted more. A lot more. So after installing the Cobb Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3 packages, we went balls-out on a 100-octane ProTune and were blown away by what… » 12/23/14 2:10pm 12/23/14 2:10pm

I Just Bought a 900k-Mile Lexus LS400

My first car was a 1992 Lexus LS400. It was six years old at the time, so not a spring chicken, but when I sold it at 60,000 miles, I had no idea what these cars were really capable of. Now, thanks to CraigsList, we're going to find out. Because I just bought a 1996 Lexus LS400 with 897,000 actual miles on it, and I'm… » 12/03/14 5:42pm 12/03/14 5:42pm

Great piece. Agreed on all counts. The best part I think about the Morgan in NYC is that rules don't seem to apply to it at all. Alex and I went out in the rain in that thing, and did donuts in the middle of intersections, drifted every corner, slid the thing all over the place dripping wet and cackling like morons,… » 11/27/14 12:32pm 11/27/14 12:32pm

it shares a chassis and most of its suspension with a Contemporary lotus esprit, so with better Bilstein dampers and euro-spec springs, it handles decently enough for its age, though the brakes kinda suck and you can't get any decent kind of tire to fit the odd sized wheels. » 11/26/14 9:29pm 11/26/14 9:29pm

Z4 35i's are the price of a C7 Corvette or a Boxster, around $57-62k. It's like 700 lbs heavier than the Boxster and down 150 hp on the Corvette. It's not as good as a 2-series to drive, and not great on a track (tires and track-spec brakes would help, but all new suspension would help more), and it just doesn't offer… » 11/25/14 3:58pm 11/25/14 3:58pm