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Nearly every car enthusiast knows that the Ford Mustang was released on April 17th, 1964, but what if I told you that the first Mustang was actually sold on the 15th. Even more surprising is the fact that this was not special treatment given to some big celebrity at the time. That’s right, folks, Gail Wise — a 22-year-old school teacher at the time — bought the first ever Mustang two days before its release.

She came across this $3,400, Skylight Blue Mustang when she went to a dealer to buy a convertible , but the dealer was fresh out of drop-top models, except the Mustang in question. When the dealer took her into a back room to see the `Stang , she borrowed enough money from her parents to buy it on the spot. The date: April 15th, 1964 — two days before the pony car made its debut at the World’s Fair.

The car ran into issues in 1979, and Gail’s husband parked it in the garage until the early 2000s, despite his wife’s pleas to sell the car.

I don’t want to spoil the entire video for you, so I’ll stop here and let you check it out for yourself. It is an inspiring and interesting story.

If you’ve been a fan of the Gran Turismo franchise since its inception in the late 90’s, you’ve probably heard of Kazunori Yamauchi, the man largely responsible for creating the game.

But what you think you know about Yamauchi is only a small piece of who the man actually is. Fortunately, we won’t have to keep guessing anymore now that an all-new documentary chronicling the man himself has been released.

It’s called "Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Divide" and the official description of the documentary mentions how it’s a film about the “the passion and creative drive of Kazunori Yamauchi, the architect behind Gran Turismo’s birth and breath-taking fifteen-year evolution."

In a lot of ways, it really has been an evolution in how we perceive and appreciate car video games ever since the first Gran Turismo came out in 1997. But more than just the game itself, the documentary also goes into great detail about Yamauchi’s constant and relentless pursuit to improve on his baby.

This is a man with a constant need to pursue perfection, and no more is that more evident than on how Gran Turismo has evolved from its first incarnation to what it is today.

The documentary is pretty long, so if you have plans of watching it, make sure nobody bothers you in the next 90 minutes or so.

Click past the jump to watch the trailer of Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Divide

Very few cars in this world can match burnout wits with a muscle car as revered as the 1968 Pontiac Firebird 400 so at first glance, you’d be excused if you laughed when you saw that a Tesla Model S was taking a stab it.

But hey, you can’t judge a book by its cover, right?

It sounds crazy, but the Tesla Model S, despite being electrically-powered, can do burnouts with the best of ’em. Granted, performing burnouts in a Model S is a little trickier than on a Firebird 400, so you have to excuse the electric sedan ’s short bursts of tire smoke.

William Hawkins II, the guy who owns both cars, admitted that disabling traction control on the Model S only allows you to achieve a certain amount of smoke, not nearly enough to compete with the Firebird 400. But in the end, that Model S burnout could be described as a little more impressive given what the car has to work with compared to the Pontiac, which, let’s be honest, was created for things like this.

So give the Tesla Model S its due props for earning its burnout keep. Impressive for a car that runs on electricity.

Click past the jump to read about the Tesla Model S.

Source: YouTube

The Chevy Sonic doesn’t get much pub on these pages, as it’s not necessarily a car that inspires you to hit the race track. Rather, it is a relatively timid hatchback /sedan that gets outstanding mpg and has a low MSRP. Well, today is an exception, as the Sonic RS has just been part of a rather entertaining world record.

Rob Dyrdek , just two years removed from completing a 360-degree kick-flip in a Sonic, decided he wanted to see how far he could jump the compact hatch. That in itself isn’t all that impressive, but the fact that he did this jump in reverse certainly piqued my interest a bit.

Dyrdek managed to clear a gap of 89 feet 3-1/4 inches in reverse, putting himself and the Sonic into the Guinness Book of World Records. Nice work, felas...

And to think, I know some people that can barely back out of a garage without nearly killing themselves, and this dudes jumping cars nearly 90 feet in reverse. Check out the above video to see the record-breaking run.

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is one of the sickest luxo-performance rigs available. With 565 horsepower at the beck and call of your right foot and 457 pound-feet of torque ready to break those tires free, what more could you ask for? How about a little ice to help you free up the back end?

That’s exactly what these fellas did over in Switzerland, as they took this powerful beast out on a sheet of ice for some sweet drifting action. What’s more, they posted a video of this action on YouTube, and we have it here for your weekend enjoyment.

Not that it was able to do this on that sheet of ice, but the V12 Vantage S hits 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph.

Check out the above video to see all of the slippery action, and to get a nice listen to that 6.0-liter V-12 clear its throat.

The talented videographers over at Petrolicious have once again produced an amazingly-entertaining and informative short segment about a car guy who drives tastefully. In this case, it’s a man by the name of Bob Gough and his beloved 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S.

Having moved to France as a small child following his father’s latest U.S. Air Force assignment, he fell in love with European iron. Aston Martins , Jaguars , Ferraris , and Porsches all caught his attention. Upon moving back to the states, His assumption of American muscle wasn’t all too flattering, that is, until he saw the new ’67 ‘Cuda roll across the Detroit Auto Show stage. He was in love.

Twenty-some-odd years ago, Gough came upon the opportunity to buy his own ‘Cuda. And a special ‘Cuda at that. The Formula S model was like a modern-day track pack that helped this behemoth fish handle like a pouncing European cat. However, he wanted more. Swapping out the original 273 cubic-inch mill for a 340 ci Mopar – plus a little hotter cam – gave this muscle car roughly 380 horsepower. He also swapped out the transmission for a new Tremec five-speed unit and upgraded the stock 14-inch wheels for classic-look-a-like 15-inch steelies that helped handling.

Nitrogen-filled shocks and some BFGoodrich Radial T/A rubber are about the only other modifications Gough has done. “It’ll leave Porsches behind you,” he says. “In Torque We Trust!”

Click yourself into full-screen mode, crank up the volume, and enter HD streaming to get the full effect of this ‘Cuda’s monstrous growl and tires-shredding torque.

Chris Harris and the Drive crew are at is again, and this time, they are pitting the Porsche GT3 , Aston Martin V12 Vantage S and Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series against each other. I’d gladly take either of the three, but Chris got to push each one on a racetrack to see which one he preferred — poor guy...

The clip starts off with the Drive boys deciding which car each one gets to drive to the racetrack. Chris, of course, pulled his "power" card and decided to drive the Aston Martin . Judging by the windy mountain road that they had to travel, it is no surprise he picked the most luxurious car of the bunch — not that the Aston Martin isn’t quite the sports car too.

Once the boys got to the track and started their tests, the rain came and Harris got the chance to get some serious tail wagging going on. Again, poor dude...

Check out the above video to see what Chris and the Drive folks had to say about each car.

The folks at Motor Trend’s Ignition tend to get their hands on new cars first, and for good reason, as they deliver stellar reviews. This time around, Jonny Lieberman got his hands on the 2015 Subaru WRX . Not only does Lieberman now how to handle powerful cars, but he also happens to be a lover of WRX s.

He was brutally honest about the new WRX, and actually pointed out plenty of flaws in it, including its rather bland looks and the fact that it is not nearly as quick as last year’s model. The latter of those two issues is rather striking, as Ignition tested last year’s WRX and noted a 4.7-second sprint to 60 mph, while the 2015 model took a whopping 5.5 seconds to hit 60 mph. This is mostly because the new six-speed gearbox requires a 2-to-3 shift to hit 60 mph, but it is also courtesy of a little extra weight.

Overall, however, it seems as if Lieberman had a ball beating the crap out of the WRX, and left it with a pretty good review. He actually called it the best driving WRX ever built, which is a pretty big statement coming from a lover of the model.

Take a look at the video to see exactly what Jonny had to say, and keep an eye out for the awesome air time the Suby gets at around the 5:45 mark.

So we’ve all heard of the "Race" mode in the new P1 , but few of us have yet to actually see it do its best impersonation of a car from "Transformers." The always-eager-to-please Shmee took matters into his own hands by heading to Dubai and tracking down a 2014 P1 to show us what really happens when it goes into this awesome mode.

Many of these special modes only modify the height of the car slightly, the shift points and the stiffness of the dampers. The P1, on the other hand, goes into full "Transformers" mode by raising the rear spoiler, sticking out its chin spoiler and dropping the ride height right before your eyes.

On top of the exterior transformation, the driver also gets a look at things from the LCD display, as it shows you exactly what changes the car is making in real time. Additionally, you get to hear all the ominous whirrs and buzzes as things on the outside scurry about to get the McLaren supercar ready for the track.

Simply fantastic work, and hats off to Shmee for thinking of filming this.

The V8 Supercars series kicks off on February 27th with the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, Australia, and someone new is making an appearance. That’s right, with Polestar in the mix, Volvo is making its way into the V8 Supercars championship for 2014.

In celebration of this monumental even, Volvo has treated us to the above video that shows the new V-8 engine clearing its throat, while engineers closely monitor it. Not only does this engine sound really ticked off that it took so long for Volvo to make this change, but it also backs up that attitude with 650 ponies without the aid of forced induction. Volvo’s getting serious, folks.

We know that the Volvo brand doesn’t really make performance junkies twitch, but the more recent addition of Polestar models has really lent a little performance cred to the reborn company.

Have a look at the video (above) and make sure to crank those speakers up nice and loud. Enjoy!


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