Hot Wheels may market itself as a toy company that makes die-cast cars for kids, but somewhere along the way, the lines of what constitutes a "kid" gets lost in the mix.
That’s exactly what happened during Hot Wheels’ latest publicity stunt, which turned out to be more of a impromptu competition among dads. The elaborate setup included the creation of one of the craziest race tracks Hot Wheels has ever built. From there, the company invited kids for a casting call, except that the real targets were actually the little ones’ dads.
Proving that even adults still are kids at heart, Hot Wheels took the dads on an impromptu competition to see if any of them can complete the unfinished racetrack before the cars cross the finish line. One dad was able to do it, but others were deemed "too slow."
But in the end, it was probably worth seeing the reactions from these dads, who probably believe now more than ever that it’s never too late to relive their childhoods, even if its in front of their kids.
Click past the jump to take a tour inside the Hot Wheel factory
On of our favorite YouTube users, Marchettino, managed to shoot another incredible video. If we are not mistaken, this video shows the first non-red LaFerrari out there and more importantly, it shows it in action at Ferrari ’s famous Mugello circuit.
Marchettino caught the car driving around the circuit during the Finali Ferrari Challenge event, and the company’s test driver Dario Benuzzi, was at the helm.
This video offers up plenty of close-up images and tons of exhaust notes, ranging from its mean idle up to a full-throat sprint. We are pretty sure you will want to watch it again and again, while dreaming of dropping a massive sum of cash to pick up the LaFerrari.
A quick reminder, the LaFerrari features a hybrid powertrain that combines a 6,262 cc (6.3-liter) V-12 engine with two electric motors — one motor powers the driven wheels and the second drives the ancillaries. This system delivers a total of 963 horsepower — 800 delivered by the V-12 engine and 163 by the electric motors — and a peak torque in excess of 663 pound-feet. With this amount of power, the LaFerrari will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and up to a top speed of more than 217 mph.
Gran Turismo 6 is just around the corner, and we have for you yet another new trailer for the upcoming racing game. The sixth installment in the famous GT series is just a few weeks away, and according to the first details we have, it will offer the closest-to-reality driving simulation you will ever get on a gaming console.
If you not able to tally up all of the cars shown in the new "Start your engines" trailer, don’t feel bad, as the new GT6 will feature no less than 1,200 cars — that’s enough to make your head spin. Of these models, 124 of them are all-new to the series, like the new Corvette Stingray , SRT Viper , Jaguar XKR-S , KTM X-Bow R , Pagani Huayra and many, many more.
We’re pretty sure that you will be able to dig up the car of you dreams in the upcoming Gran Turismo game.
For those who were disappointed with last year’s news that DeTomaso had once again gone under, there’s a glimmer of hope on the horizon. That glimmer comes in the form of ATS Autosport .
Recent reports have indicated that ATS Autosport is preparing to revive the brand after buying the rights to the "DeTomaso" name. The full breadth of details of the deal have yet to be announced, but ATS told Autoblog that an announcement of the purchase could come before December with accompanying news of a future run of DeTomaso models in the pipeline.
One such model, and the one that we’re all getting excited about, is the revival of the Pantera . We were teased a few years ago after former Fiat CEO Gianmario Rossignolo purchased the company. But mismanagement of funds and a subsequent legal issue involving Rossignolo scuttled those plans, resulting in DeTomaso filing bankruptcy only a few years after it had seemingly risen from death.
This time, ATS Autosport looks like it’s going to pick up and deliver on all that promise with the purchase of the DeTomaso name. Here’s to hoping that this is for real this time. The Pantera has been out of our lives for too long. It needs to come back, and we’re all waiting with baited breath for it to do so.
Click past the jump to read about the 2012 DeTomaso Pantera
If you love racing games, then you are likely familiar with Electronic Arts’ Need For Speed series. Young folks among us would’ve probably missed the days when the world of virtual racing was dominated by three words; N-F-S and everyone of us had t8he game on our PCs. I still remember the time spent speeding along canyon roads, and sunny beaches in a machine called FZR2000 — an add-on for the NFS-II SE. This car could do 248 mph if you managed to stay on the road and not crash into traffic.
Those were the days...
Later versions of the game featured numerous real-world cars, much to our liking. They even made a brand-specific game, which narrated the evolution of Porsche . One sports car brand that we, as enthusiasts of the game, missed was Ferrari . If I am not wrong, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit was the first NFS title to feature the prancing horse.
Sadly, in later iterations of the game except for a few, Ferrari was kept out, although the quality of racing simulation kept on getting better and better.
Now, what seems like ages since the first Need For Speed title was launched, we finally have a proper lineup of Ferraris to enjoy. Need For Speed: Rivals will be in stores on November 15, 2013 for PS4, on Nov 19, 2013 for PS3 and Xbox 360 and on Nov 22 for Xbox One with some proper Ferrari content. Electronic Arts has released a set of images of the upcoming title and we have compiled them here for your viewing pleasure.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferraris that feature in NFS: Rivals
The new seats gracing the floor pans in the 2014 Corvette Stingray C7 answer perhaps the largest complaint lodged against the outgoing C6 Corvette. Those seats were nearly flat, lacking anything that remotely looked like side bolsters and were constructed of a flimsy plastic backing that did little to support the occupants during hard cornering. Adding to the problem, the old C6 seats would flop forward under heavy braking whether it was occupied or not.
Chevrolet stepped to the plate with not one, but two seat options in the new Vette. Both seats are tailored for different driving styles and owner preferences.
The Standard GT seat is geared towards the everyday driver; the guy who carves more canyon roads than hairpin corners at the racetrack each weekend. The Competition Sport seat, on the other hand, is more suited for what its name implies. Engineers started from scratch with both seats and used extensive testing to create two industry standard seats fitting of the C7’s new performance levels.
Click below for more info and a video on the Stingray’s new seats
Ever long to own a serious sports car like and Audi R8 or Porsche 911 , but can’t seem to find one at the right price? Perhaps the $106,700 price tag on a new Mercedes SL550 is outside your budget. Well, the television network CBS plans to give contestants a chance to win one of five dream cars, but only if the price is right.
The cars are center stage in The Price Is Right’s first ever “Dream Car Week” that begins Monday, November 18th and runs through the following Friday. Each day will feature a different car and will be presented by a cast member from CBS’s soap opera The Young And The Restless.
Tickets to be a contestant on The Price Is Right are free, so head on over to the CBS studios if you live in Hollywood or gamble on a one-way plane ticket to LAX. Either way, there’s never been a better incentive to be on a game show.
Click past the jump for more info on the five dream cars
We all know that Chris Harris often is one of the first to get his hands on the latest and greatest road-going cars in the world. However, he does occasionally get a crack at a racecar. And in the latest episode of Drive he got the chance to drive one of the best race cars in the world, at least according to him: the new McLaren 12C GT3 .
The MP4-12C GT3 is powered by a race-prepped 3.8-liter, V-8 twin-turbo engine featuring McLaren Electronics ECU interfacing with Bosch ABS and Shiftec transmission control units. When compared to the road-going version, the GT3 version received a revised aerodynamics package that includes a new front splitter, front and rear diffuser and a huge, fully adjustable rear wing.
The MP4-12C GT3 is priced at $500,000, and according to Chris, it is the best toy to play with. Check him out testing the new GT3 on a race track in Woking, UK.
For those of you who enjoy off-road racing — and who doesn’t like to see overpowered 4x4s getting thrashed around in the desert — the 2013 Baja 1000 is set to start today at approximately 9:00 a.m. PST. After that, the cars and trucks competing have 36 hours to complete the 883-mile, loop-style race through some of the most treacherous terrain in Mexico, which starts and ends in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
Over the years, the Baja 1000 has become rather high-tech, and now you can track the vehicles as they make the big loop by checking out the race’s Live Tracking page. There will also be plenty of news, videos and photos going up at the Baja 1000 Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages. According to the Score International website, the Baja 1000 will also be streamed online, so if you are sitting at home and want to have a look, you can check out the live feed here.
This year’s Baja 1000 has a total of 254 entries this year between the ATVs, which started last night, and the cars and trucks, so there should be plenty of dirt- and sand-slinging action to see. We expect to start seeing the first vehicles cross the finish line about 17 hours after starting, which would be approximately 4:00 p.m. on Today for ATVs and 2:00 a.m. on Saturday for cars and trucks . The course will remain open until 11:00 p.m. on Saturday to allow slower drivers and late starters to complete the race.
Enjoy the race, and we’ll bring you any important updates as they roll in.
Now, new details suggest that the 550 will instead be built as a new Speedster version of the new-generation 911. Reports suggest that it will be built as a tribute to the classic 550 Spyder built from 1953 to 1957. The new model is rumored to be unveiled sometime in 2015, and will be limited to only 550 units.
According to AutoBild, the new 550 will feature hidden door handles — just like the classic 550 — a chopped-down windshield and a fabric top that will reside under a rear cover made from carbon fiber. This makes it possible for the fabric top to be used only when it is absolutely necessary.
Click past the jump to read more about the previous 911 Speedster model.