Way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I was a spritely high school graduate heading into my first semester at college as a business administration – I know, my prospective career took a detour. In between Frat parties, sports, and chasing those of the opposite sex, I found myself in classes, some of which were about marketing correctly. The key to marketing is to get your viewers’ attention, flash your product, then leave the viewers with a lasting impression to remember you by.
Well, Hoonigan.com absolutely mastered the art of “gaining your viewers’ attention” with its latest attempt to peddle its online wares. Not only does this video contain some hooning awesomeness, but it is bursting at the seams with it. Pretty much every single awesome car video we have seen in the last five (or so) years has a several-second spot in this ad. Hell, there is even some Power Wheels hoonage at the 45-second mark and some bicycle hoonage going on at the 58-second mark.
All we can do is tip our collective hats to the folks that put together this video and the countless number of hours that must have been put in watching various videos. Just finding the videos alone must have taken hundreds of hours, but then editing them, dubbing Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades” over it, and splicing it all together, Phew.
Some highlights are the Subaru WRX vs. Snowboarder downhill race at to 50-second mark, the Honda Civic passenger running for his life at the 38-second mark, and the worlds greatest drift pass at 1:23. If there is a single short car clip to watch so far this year, this is it!
We hate to say we told you so… Wait who are we kidding? We love to say we told you that our article about oft-troubled Lindsay Lohan crashing her rented Porsche would not be the last thing we’d hear about the accident. According to TMZ, Lohan was forbidden to drive any car at the time she was in the accident.
You see, Ms. Lohan has a bit of a, um, drinking problem and with that problem tends to come her urge to get behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle. To help prevent that and preserve the filming of her ongoing Lifetime series “Liz & Dick,” the company insuring the film added a stipulation that Lindsay Lohan was forbidden to drive any car, let alone a Porsche 911 , while the show was in production.
Oops, we guess she missed that memo. We also assume that the production company missed that memo too, as directly behind Lohan’s borrowed Porsche during the accident was an SUV used by the production crew… Double oops.
Fortunately for the production company, the insurance company did not cancel the plan, but it did require the company to inform Lohan that she is not permitted to drive for any reason whatsoever.
What a life to live. You have multiple millions of dollars in the bank and you have insurance companies and production companies taking your keys away like a 16-year-old that just got caught staying out after curfew.
Okay, we can once again resume ignoring everything involving Lindsay Lohan, unless it involves her and a car.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans has always been one of the most dangerous races in the motorsport world and on top of that, it also has the illustrious reputation as being the ultimate pinnacle of endurance racing.
Just like every other Le Mans, this year’s race was no different when it came to spectacular crashes with Anthony Davidson being involved in an incredibly-brutal incident just 5 hours into the 24 hour enduro.
After coming down at top speed along one of the track’s many straights, Davidson attempted to overtake a stunning Ferrari 458 Italia racer driven by Piergiuseppe Perrazini on the inside line around a slight right hand bend in the straight.
Unfortunately, Perrazini failed to notice Davidson coming up on his right-hand side and unknowingly side-swiped him, sending Davidson’s No. 8 Toyota TS030 flying into the air Mark Webber style, before both cars smashed into the wall.
Fortunately, both the drivers managed to escape the crash relatively uninjured, but unfortunately that wasn’t the final incident of the race.
After months of development, the sole Nissan DeltaWing competing in the event made an early departure from the race after being hit on the left side by Kazuki Nakajima and his Toyota TS030, sending the DeltaWing and its driver, Satoshi Motoyama into the oncoming wall.
As auto enthusiasts, we all often dream about racing cars professionally and how sweet it must be to navigate these powerful machines to within inches of the bounds of physics. Well, unfortunately, we tend to overlook the fact that with all of that risk comes the potential for severe injury and even death. Unfortunately, we experienced the risk involved in car racing this weekend as up-and-coming rally co-driver, Gareth Roberts, perished in a crash at the young age of 24.
Gareth was in his typical position in the Peugeot 207 Super 2000 that Craig Breen was piloting in the Targa Florio-Rally Internazionale Di Sicilia, rattling off the upcoming track directions and related speeds when Breen lost control of the Peugeot and put it into a guardrail. According to reports, Gareth was impaled by the guardrail and lost his life as a result of the injuries.
According to statements from teammates and crew members, Breen and Gareth had been really working well with one another and were starting to garner a lot of attention in the rally world. Gareth also had a bright future as a driver, once he learned the necessary skills, but that unfortunately, never came to fruition.
We are deeply saddened by the death of this young man and pass our condolences onto his family, friends, and his racing team. This is really a reminder of just how dangerous racing truly is, especially rally racing, and we hope that the rally world can learn from this tragedy and make strides toward this type of thing not happening again.
Based on past experiences, we know for sure that the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt has a soft spot for high-end performance cars as he was spotted back in 2008testing out the Ferrari F430 Spider at the famed Monte Carlo Formula One circuit.
Bolt also has quite a history with the BMW M3 because a couple of years ago, the Jamaican sprinter rolled his M3 - which was provided free of charge from his sponsor Puma – while a passenger was on board. Fortunately for Bolt and his passenger, they both walked away from that incident relatively uninjured while the M3 was a complete wreck.
And the curse of the BMW M3 has continued for Bolt, as images have just been released of yet another M3 which he crashed in his home country. As you can see, the damage is fairly minor when compared to the wreck which occurred in 2009, but nevertheless it does highlight the fact that the M3 may be a little too much for Bolt to handle.
Fortunately, it appears as though only the front end of the car was damaged meaning a fix should be simple, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Bolt was simply given another M3 to replace it rather than waiting for the lengthy repair to be conducted.
The former ‘world’s fastest man’ and fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell initially confirmed the incident on histwitter account although he was quick to point out that he was not in the car.
It’s yet to be confirmed how the crash occurred, although we suspect speed was involved.
We have pretty much all made the joke “Whoa, that [insert inanimate object] just jumped right out in front of me,” but on rare occasion it can actually be true. In the above video, you can see a car driving down a foreign highway with its strategically placed dashboard camera filming what appears to be just another day on the highway.
About 300 feet ahead of the car with the camera is a minivan cruising in the same direction. On the horizon, you can see a large semi-truck hauling something large and square, which ends up being a house. As of that time, this is a strange sight, but hauling houses on a truck is actually a fairly common occurrence.
What is not a common occurrence is when this house suddenly tips over and falls onto the highway, directly in the path of the minivan. You can imagine what happens from there… The minivan plows through the side of this shoddily built structure and goes straight through it, ending up on the shoulder of the highway.
We are pretty amazed at the perfect timing of the entire situation, but we are even more amazed with the ease that the van managed to rip through the house and come out on the other side. Makes you wonder what they built that house out of, papier-mâché maybe.
Anyways, at least in this case, the driver can say to his insurance company “The house just jumped right out in front of me” and actually say it with a straight face. Enjoy the video!
It’s time for TopSpeed: Celebrity Edition! Per a report from TMZ, oft-troubled actress, Lindsay Lohan, learned that an 18-wheeler always wins against a Porsche 911. While driving down the Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, Lohan managed to plant the front end of her rented – yes, RENTED – Porsche 911 into the backside of an 18-wheeler.
Don’t worry, your favorite teen star gone awry is A-okay, as she went to the hospital for tests and was released shortly afterward. According to reports, she heading to the set of the TV show she is surprisingly starring in, “Liz & Dick,” when she smashed the Porsche into small bits of $100K plastic, metal, and rubber, and she is now on the set and in good health.
According to reports, Lohan is claiming that the accident was not her fault and that the 18-wheeler cut her off. Looking at the accident scene, we really don’t see how an 18-wheeler could possibly cut someone off and not leave enough time for the driver to respond. Unless, of course, she was driving really, really, REALLY fast. But, we’re not here to judge, we are simply stating what we can see from the images. We are certain that this is not the last we will hear about this accident.
We are all glad to hear she is in good shape, so we can all continue on our normal path of ignoring any piece of work that she happens to be in…
Mistaking the brake pedal for the accelerator is a problem often associated with the elderly who seem to slowly lose some of their procedural skills due to age. That being said, this mistake is also prevalent in females who account for double of all accidents caused by making this simple and forgivable mistake when compared to men.
We have no idea why this occurs, but an interesting case has just come out of Turkey, where a young woman crashed her spectacular white Porsche 911 Turbo into a gas station after accidentally applying the throttle instead of the brake when turning in to fill up at the station.
As you’ll soon see from the attached video, the woman crashed into a black car before crashing through the gas station, plowing through the aisles of products and almost coming out the other side of station.
The Porsche 911 Turbo is so fast that the driver may have only floored the gas pedal for 1 to 2 seconds, and the car would have already been traveling 30 or 40 mph before it even entered the station.
Fortunately, the driver and her passenger were not injured in the incident although an employee at the gas station was admitted to hospital with minor injuries.
If you have any suggestions on how manufacturers could minimize these incidents, then leave a comment!
For more video footage of the insane crash, hit the jump!
After Top Gear’s numerous tests of the Toyota Hilux and how they could never really and truly kill the car, people finally realized just how well built modern day cars are, specifically Japanese ones despite their generally low prices.
But the car in the following story has to take the crown for the toughest car on the planet. A 1986 Subaru Legacy was recently pulled out of a Finnish lake after sitting at the bottom of this bitterly-cold body of water for three months and, wait for it, managed to start first try.
You can smash a car into as many trees as you want in order to destroy it, but there’s no bigger test than submerging a car for an extended period of time in order to truly test out a car’s build quality.
This particular Subaru was sitting under 12 feet of water and as a result, would have constantly been under significant pressure yet all of the windows remained in tack. Of course, that’s nothing when compared to the car actually starting.
In order to get it started, the Finnish owner extracted the lake water from the gas tank and oil reservoirs, and then doused the ECU with some brake parts cleaner. Before he knew it, the car started right up as did the vast majority of the car’s electronic systems.
It’s safe to say that this Subaru may have created its own Legacy.
In what can only be described as a dream drive turning into a true nightmare, a recent BMW M club drive day in Moscow, Russia could have ended in tragedy. One driver made a small mistake that created a BMW pile up with a damage bill well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In a wicked turn of events, the incident was captured all on film and even though the drivers may hate to relive the crash, it at least gives us a chance to show you just how careful you have to be when driving on busy roads, no matter what country you live in.
As you’ll see from the following video, the event all started when a blue, E34 Sedan unknowingly merged into the right-hand lane while a champagne-colored E46 M3 was speeding up behind. As a result, the two cars side swiped each other, spearing the classic M3 into the camera car, said to be a blue E90 sedan, which was then just seconds later rear-ended by BMW’s latest M-series vehicle, the 1-Series M .
Despite the aforementioned cars involved in the crash being followed by an even bigger group of M-cars, only the four BMW’s were damaged in the crash, with a civilian’s Subaru Forester also reportedly being involved.
No serious injuries resulted and only one of the Beemer’s seems to be a confirmed write-off.