Hot Wheels, the company that specializes on building miniature toy cars, has been regarded as a company that loves to think outside the box.
Whether its commissioning world-record stunts, or building tracks with double loops, the toy manufacturer has proven time and again that it can think of just about anything to promote and market itself to its demographic of choice.
This time, it’s done it again, except in a totally different way.
It made a movie - a 22-minute short film, to be exact - to find out the World’s Best Driver. In what can be best described as a novel approach in its goal, Hot Wheels commissioned different teams - aptly named Red Outrageous, Yellow Powerful, Blue High Tech and Green Superfast - to compete in a series of challenges at the Hot Wheels test facility in an undisclosed location.
We’re not going to keep you waiting any longer because the movie definitely warrants your time. Be advised, though, the kind of racing you see in it isn’t exactly the kind you’d want to do on any normal race track.
Click past the jump to watch more of Hot Wheels’ stunts over the years
The first installment of the Gran Turismo video game arrived in 1997 and since then, Sony has sold more than 68 million copies, making it a hit among virtual racing simulators. The latest series - GT 5 - arrived in 2010, and only three years later, Sony is already preparing the launch on the Gran Turismo 6.
The official release will be on November 28, 2013, but the first details on the game will be released on June 10th during the E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles. The new Gran Turismo 6 will be initially offered for the on the PlayStation 3 platform, but we are pretty sure it will also be offered for the PS4 once it arrives.
As for the cars featured in the game, we are pretty sure we are going to see all the latest supercars, plus a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro that has been specially developed for the game.
Click past the jump to read more about Gran Turismo and to see the full cover art.
Porsche’s comeback in Le Mans was a long time in the making. As the automaker with the most wins in the race’s history at 16, Porsche returning to the scene of its glory has put the clock on its rivals.
But it wasn’t the only racing series the automaker was considering.
Before deciding on a Le Mans comeback, Porsche R&D boss, Wolfgang Hatz, told Autocar that the company also considered Formula One. In the end, however, the decision was made to return to Le Mans because conditions in Formula one were so "extreme that it cannot result in any development in our road car understanding."
It’s a valid reason, especially considering that Formula One technology seemingly has a life of its own and it didn’t make sense for Porsche to spend valuable resources and finances in a series that wouldn’t translate to its production development.
So there it is. Formula One’s loss - if it cares - is Le Mans’ gain. And with the competitiveness of the latter in the past few years, the return of the king will only make Le Mans even more fun to watch.
Click past the jump to watch Porsche’s history at Le Mans
In 1976, Nikki Lauda suffered a horrible crash on the Nordschleife and since then, the racetrack was declared too dangerous for Formula 1 racing. Still, in 2007 Nick Heidfeld had the courage to take a BMW Sauber on the track for a few laps. Now, after six years Michael Schumacher will do the same.
On the 19th of May, just before the start of the 24-hour race around Nürburgring, Schumacher will post a demonstration lap in a Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W02. This is the way the seven-time F1 driver’s champ will say "thank you" to his fans for their years of loyal support during his F1 career.
In July 2011, Schumacher covered part of the Nordschleife while driving a Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Stromlinie W196. If the name of the car sounds familiar to you, it’s because it was the one that brought Mercedes two world titles during the 1954 and the 1955 season. The car was driven by Juan Manuel Fangio, who achieved eight wins in all.
Video game developers, especially for platforms like the Playstation and the Xbox 360, have relied on expansion packs to keep gamers on their toes when it comes to their racing games.
It’s a formula that has worked and every developer worthy of mentioning knows the value of fresh new expansion packs.
For Turn 10 Studios, it all means a new expansion pack for Forza Horizon. It’s called the 1000 Club Expansion and, as the name evidently suggests, it comes packed with a host of new challenges - 1,000 in total - as well as the treat of two new bonus cars that should keep players pretty occupied in the near future.
It’s gonna to be tough going for the players because the challenges are pretty difficult and varied enough to require some practice time. But if you can finish all of them, then that’s a pretty remarkable achievement in its own right.
As far as the two bonus cars are concerned, the pack will give you a 1995 RUF CTR2 and a classic 1956 Ford F100 pickup. Pretty sweet deal, if you ask us.
Click past the jump to watch a preview trailer of Forza Horizon’s 1000 Club Expansion Pack
For 43 years now, each year on April 22nd, more than 190 countries around the Globe celebrate "Earth Day." We are talking about one day each year when everyone needs to show his or her personal interest on the environment.
This special day has been selected as the perfect opportunity to announce the launch of a new FIA Formula E Championship - the world’s first fully-electric Formula E race set to begin in 2014. The races will be hosted in 10 cities around the Globe, with the first race set to be held in Los Angeles.
From L.A., Formula E will move to cities like Miami; London and Rome in Europe; Beijing and Putrajaya in Asia; and Buenos Aires and Rio de Janiero in South America. Two more cities will be announced at a later date.
For the Los Angeles Formula E competition a total of 10 teams with two drivers each announced their intention to enter the race. Each model will provide autonomy of about 1 hour in full-electric mode and will be able to hit a top speed of 140 mph. For this special race, Los Angeles has upgraded or installed 121 public electric vehicle charging stations.
As a preview for the upcoming race, Los Angeles citizens were able to admire a Formula E car driven by ex-Formula 1 racer and official Formula E test driver, Lucas di Grassi.
Click past the jump to read more about the Formula E Championshiop
If there were any doubts about the financial goldmine that is the Fast and Furious franchise, recent whispers are suggesting that a seventh movie is already in the works.
And it even has a scheduled release date: July 11, 2014.
All that and yet, the sixth movie hasn’t even come out yet. Talk about having an eye on the future, huh?
Obviously, the plot of the seventh movie will hinge largely on what happens on Fast and Furious 6. That or they do deviate from the whole story completely, similar to what they did on Tokyo Drift.
We don’t think that’s happening because a big chunk of the Fast and Furious universe, especially the last three movies including the sixth one, revolves around the escapades of Vin Diesel’s character, Dom Toretto.
It’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out because the only way we see a seventh movie being made is if somebody from the gang dies in the sixth movie.
In any case, click past the jump to watch the extended trailer of Fast and Furious 6
Bullrun 2013 is getting closer and today it’s time to see a first trailer that will offer us a glimpse of the great things set to start on June 1st, 2013. Of course, the video does not reveal too much, but the organizers have promised that "this year’s 10th Anniversary rally will be one for the history books."
The 2013 Bullrun will run down America’s East Coast from Canada’s historic city of Montreal all the way to New Orleans. The event will begin on May 31st with a spectacular launch party and will followed the next morning (exact start time TBA) with another memorable start line location - a location that is very secretive. Though we know that it will start in Montreal and end in New Orleans, the destinations in-between remain a tightly guarded secret.
The rally takes place from June 1st through June 7th and has been promised to be the most glamorous rally of 2013!
The guys over Drag Times magazine had the chance to take a McLaren MP4-12C supercar to the Palm Beach International Raceway for some quarter-mile testing. The car tested was a 2013 model year that delivers a total of 616 horsepower and comes equipped with reprogrammed transmission logic.
The model also features carbon-ceramic brakes, a sport exhaust system and super-light wheels, which help deliver a total weight of just 3,118 pounds when fuel tank was just a quarter full. All these updates dropped a weight-to-power ratio to 5.06 pounds per horsepower.
The results were pretty amazing, as the 12C ran the 1/4-mile in 10.55 seconds at a speed of 134.56 mph. These numbers make the MP4-12C faster than the Lamborghini Aventador, but also the second fastest-stock production car in the world, after the Bugatti Veyron. We are just waiting for some official confirmations from McLaren before getting too excited.
We all fancy ourselves to get involved in some wild car chase with a car as powerful as a Ford Mustang. The cars crashing into everything; fruits flying everywhere; and yes, the occasional smashing of a water hydrant that explodes with a jet of water.
Normally, we’d probably go to jail, or worse, die, if we dared pull off such a stunt. But that doesn’t mean some people can’t recreate a car chase scene like that with the help of some scaled-down Mustangs.
The fine folks of FinalCutKing did just that, and boy, did they do a terrific job at it. Two souped-up, albeit R/C-oriented Mustangs were the stars of the 90-second chase, giving new meaning to the phrase running roughshod through a city. In this case, the "city" is made up of cardboard, hot glue, and spray paint.
Even with the makeshift location, the car chase itself, which also has a cameo appearance by a military chopper, together with the fantastic editing and sound mixing, ended up being pretty remarkable.
One of the finest we’ve seen in its size, to say the least.