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/Drive made history of sorts as the first automotive channel on YouTube to be given a slot in primetime television. It’s now a part of NBC Sports , which means that it has reached a level of cache not a lot of YouTube-born shows can boast of.

So here they are, /Drive’s Chris Harris, Mike Spinelli, and Matt Farah, all enjoying the spoils of having their own TV show in America. It’s not quite like Top Gear yet, but it is pretty cool seeing the boys from Drive in a platform that doesn’t require Internet connection.

The debut episode of "/Drive on NBC Sports" was pretty cool. It coincided with the Monaco Grand Prix so naturally, it had a certain Monaco theme to it.

Harris, Farah, and Spinelli embarked on the kind of epic joyride people only get to experience when they’re given supercars to drive. In this case, Harris received the Ferrari F12Berlinetta , while Farah got the Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series . For his part, Spinelli was given a McLaren 650S , which is just about as awesome as the F12Berlinetta and the SLS AMG Black Series.

The objective was pretty straightforward. All three had to embark from the home factories of the supercars they were driving and travel 1,500 miles to Monaco. The debut episode had a hint of Top Gear -like elements to it, but it was also nice to see that the people behind the production of /Drive decided to give its own identity. We’re not going to spoil what happens in the episode because there’s 22 minutes worth of show to digest. Spare some free time for this because it’s a change of pace from the typical automotive TV show.

There was a time when Mopars hit the drag strips with HEMI engines under the hood and Chevy Bel Airs did burnouts using stroked 4.6-liter V-8s. Back in the day, no one was crazy enough to swap a HEMI with a Chevy small block or do the other way around.

Well, not anymore. The good ol’ days of racing are long gone and it seems that running a Detroit muscle car fitted with an engine taken from a rival company is no longer a big no-no. And to prove it, we bring you a Pro Mod dragster based on a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air that has a blown HEMI mounted behind its front wheels.

Although it comes with a big hefty amount of weird attached to it, the dragster makes a case for its strange configuration once it charges toward the finish line. With the rear wheels motivated by that huge, 8.5-liter HEMI, the Bel Air completes the quarter mile in just 6.04 seconds at 237.5 mph. When you’re that fast, you don’t have to explain why your Chevy-badged car hosts a Chrysler-built mill.

There’s no word as to how many ponies are coming out of than blown engine, but judging by the six-second pass we’re probably looking at way over 1,000 horsepower. The vehicle is still in its test phase, so we’re guessing it can run five-second quarter miles too.

I’m not expecting anyone to agree with me, but I think the all-new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is way cooler than the 2015 Ford Mustang . Sure, the Challenger ’s design is awfully dated when compared to the Mustang, and that platform was introduced eons ago, but I don’t care. All I care about is that huge, nasty HEMI V-8 and the supercharger sitting atop it. And between you and me, Ford somehow managed to dilute the Mustang with the new design.

Anyway, there’s more to the Challenger SRT Hellcat than that 600-plus-horsepower mill. It has a cool name, roars like all hell breaks loose with ease and sports a cool amount of exclusive features. What’s more, it can be had in Dodge ’s brand-new high-impact colors, including the awesome B5 Blue and Sublime Green. All of a sudden it feels like 1971 again. And by the way, did you see the massive integral charge coolers Dodge is dropping in the Hellcat’s engine bay?

If the aforementioned facts, our in-depth review , and the batch of videos released by the automaker aren’t compelling enough for you, then you must have a look at this new Hellcat footage we just stumbled upon. There’s nothing official about it, just a Sublime Green-painted example exiting a driveway. And grunt, a lot of grunt, a pair of rear tires leaving marks on the asphalt, and further proof there’s no actual replacement for displacement!

We’ve taken our cars to car wash stations countless of times and yet something like this has never happened to us. But some folks are just lucky, especially if they find themselves as unwitting participants in a new Mobil One stunt ad.

A handful of British drivers decided to have their cars washed on a rather innocuous day. Nothing too special, right?

But that’s when things took a strange turn. Instead of being greeted by the usual mechanical car wash equipment, these drivers found McLaren’s pit crew, armed and ready to give their rides the spic-and-span treatment.

But the real highlight was McLaren driver Jenson Button pulling up from behind and acting like he was waiting for his turn to get his MP-29 race car washed. If this happened in the U.S. with Button, it likely wouldn’t have gotten the same kind of reaction.

But seeing as this was the UK where Button’s a pretty big deal, you can understand why people were taken aback seeing him while his pit crew washed their cars. We’d be surprised too, and we probably would’ve asked him for a selfie as well.

Dubai is a rich country where the word "excess" is thrown completely out of the local vernacular. It’s hard to imagine that as late as three decades ago, Dubai was a barren town with little to nothing to show for it. But today, it’s become a high-class metropolis that has no shortage of wealth and extravagance. And from what we’ve seen in past months, the Dubai Police Force can attest to that, thanks to its lineup of supercars that have been converted into police cruisers.

We saw a lot of them earlier this year when it seemed that there was a new supercar-turned-police-car every week. But it’s only now that we get to see them all together all while talking to the police officers who carry the privilege of driving these exotics on a daily basis.

Department of Transport and Rescue acting director Anas Al Matrooshi gave Vocativ a comprehensive tour of Dubai’s finest police cruisers. If you haven’t seen them before, you need to check them out now.

There’s a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, a Ferrari FF , a McLaren 12C , a Lamborghini Aventador , and one of only seven Aston Martin One-77 models in the world.

In other locations on the planet, that’s a garage for the ultra rich and famous. But in Dubai, those are just police cars.

That’s just how they roll over there.

Source: Vocativ

The time is drawing nearer to when Apple’s CarPlay finally hits the streets in consumer vehicles. At the company’s recent 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference, USA Today got an up-close look at the new in-dash iOS operating system inside a 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV. This in-car demonstration shows just how familiar the software is to the usual iOS-powered devices.

Interestingly, Chevrolet has not made an official announcement concerning when CarPlay would be introduced into its product lineup. Chevy is listed as a “committed partner” with Apple in bringing the software to market, but the automaker has yet to announce any word on what vehicles will receive the system or what the roll-out timeline looks like.

Though it is possible Chevy will incorporate CarPlay into the Spark and other models late into the 2014 model year, it’s more likely the new technology will debut for 2015. We’re expecting General Motors to make quite the hubbub about the news once things are all confirmed.

Chevy will be joined by Ferrari , Volvo , Hyundai , and Mercedes as the first crop of automakers to sell cars with hardware capable of running the iOS software. What’s more, from the video above, it appears the software will also allow owners to access tailored vehicle-specific menus. In the Spark’s case, it has a “My Chevrolet” application on its home screen.

For those with older vehicles, companies like Pioneer are developing CarPlay-compatible head units that work with nearly every vehicle. A 1965 Ford Mustang was on display at Apple’s WWDC to showcase the aftermarket potential.

Click past the jump for more about the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

My first day being part of the Gumball 3000 rally with team Anastasia Date has been insane. I have seen more Ferrari s than I can shake a stick at, there are beautiful women everywhere, and I got to see a Lamborghini Aventador set fire to some bushes with the fireballs it was shooting form its exhaust. Yes, I got video footage of the fireball.

The day started with a quick look around the area before hotel checkout, and then we met up with the girls and headed over to a local import dealer that sells Lamborghinis , Ferraris, and lots of other exotic metal. Then we made it back to Ocean Blvd to see our car get unloaded from the carrier truck.

After all that there was a big dinner, and since Deadmau5 is in the rally, he put on a big concert at the hotel. If you want to see photos of some of the crazy cars and pretty girls, plus watch that Lamborghini fire video, just look after the jump. Sadly I don’t have any photos from the concert.

As a whole, the Gumball 3000 has been an interesting ride. The experience of being immersed in this world of wealth and extravagance has been jarring in the most entertaining way.

But I don’t want to spoil all the fun of the trip just yet. You have to wait for my full piece next week. Until then, enjoy these cool photos and that incredible Lamborghini video.

Nissan has accompanied its teaser photo of what we assume is the 2015 Frontier with a teaser video ahead of its June 11th unveiling. The drop of the new teaser video is confirmation that Nissan has high expectations for the midsized pickup truck . That’s not a surprise considering that the Frontier has been in dire need of an upgrade for years now.

The teaser photo didn’t do much in showing the truck in all its glory. Unfortunately, the video isn’t any better. There are some quick cuts to the pickup, but you’re either going to have sharp eyes or quick hands to pause the video to get a better look at it ahead of its unveiling next week.

Still, give credit to Nissan because it’s done a good job building up the hype surrounding the pickup’s debut, boldly proclaiming that it has undergone over 40,000 quality control tests covering a distance of 1 million km in real-world conditions.

Those are serious numbers if Nissan isn’t exaggerating them. Should they be true, you can bet that expectations surrounding the new truck will go to another level.

Time to prove the hype, Nissan.

When I was a kid, I always wanted to have a BMW 8 Series . It was that special of a car, different from the rest because of the way it looked. It’s hard to believe that 25 years have passed since the company’s flagship model first made me fall in love with it. But even today, the 8 Series still looks as sexy as it was back then. It’s a testament to the incredible design of the car, the angular lines, the large hood, and those retractable headlights. Oh those retractable headlights.

When it was first introduced at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show , the 8 Series captivated a lot of people’s hearts. It became even more special when BMW decided to slap on a massive 5.0-liter V-12 under its hood, allowing it to produce 295 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.

The 8 Series ended up becoming a classic when BMW decided to stop offering it in the U.S. in 1998. But to this day, the 8 Series is still held in high esteem, so much so that Bimmer took the time to mark the 25th anniversary for the coupe .

The company even prepared a commemorative video to celebrate the occasion, bringing in "BMW 8er: Power & HIghtech" author Niels Hamann to properly encapsulate the magnificence of this model.

There aren’t a lot of people who know the 8 Series more than Hamann, so when he says that the model remains the "most successful German 12-cylinder coupe ever", I’m going to listen to the man.

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a rare supercar that can speak a number of languages very few of its contemporaries can even comprehend let alone understand. It’s a daunting task just trying to decipher the car’s fullest capabilities, but for what Porsche managed to build, it also turned out to be a watershed moment for the future of the industry.

Recently, the Drive channel was able to get its hands on the Porsche hybrid hypercar, and like everybody who has felt its pulsating power, Drive’s Mike Spinelli was taken for a thrill ride for the ages.

Everything that makes the 918 Spyder so unique is displayed front and center, unleashing one wave after another of breathtaking displays of power and speed wrapped in a cocoon of the finest technology known in the industry today.

It’s hard to throw so many superlatives at just one car because there is usually disappointment along the way, however the 918 Spyder bucks that way of thinking for all the reasons that put the 918 into its current slot-on-top to begin with.

It really is the supercar of the future, in more ways than one.


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