Car Girl of the Week: Woman.Driven
Say hello our featured car girl of the week - Woman.Driven! Her real name is Doris, and long story short, she she can do a whole lot more than just look sexy in front of some high-spec machinery. No sir, Woman.Driven isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty in the garage, and when the wrenches are down, she’s more than eager to climb behind the wheel and get it done on the track.
As of this writing, Woman.Driven has amassed an impressive 14,200 followers on Instagram and nearly 73,000 subscribers on YouTube.
Not only is she gorgeous, but there’s no doubt she’s got the performance bug in a big way. Her main ride is a 2018 Shelby GT350, which in stock form lays down 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque thanks to its 5.2-liter V-8. However, as evidenced by Woman.Driven’s numerous car modification videos, “stock” just isn’t gonna cut it.
Other highlight rides in this lady’s garage include a 2017 Nissan GT-R, a 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, a 2015 BMW M4, a 2018 Camaro ZL1, and a 2018 Ford Raptor. Woman.Driven is a true enthusiast - if it’s fast and runs on four wheels, it’s game on!
If You’re a Fan of Matt LeBlanc on Top Gear, You Better Not Miss a Single Episode of the Show’s 26th Season
Top Gear’s 26th season is coming up soon, and ahead of the show’s launch, which could happen sometime in late February or early March, the BBC has released a new trailer of what we can expect from Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid in their last full season as the show’s main hosts. The first trailer is what you’d expect from a Top Gear trailer. There’s plenty of intriguing action involving all three hosts, including what looks to be a fun polo match with tuk-tuks serving as substitutes for horses. The trailer also shows the three hosts in a number of competitive environments, and, of course, there are the cars, of which there are many delightful ones in the trailer, including the Bentley Continental GT, Ferrari GTC4 Lusso, and Porsche Panamera.
Remember Supercar Blondie? This is one of her rivals, 26-year-old Sophia Calate from Germany who’s amassed almost 43,000 followers on Instagram and now poses on a brand-new Mercedes G-Wagon powered by the 3.0-liter, six-cylinder, diesel. The result? An even better-looking Tirolean scenery.
The brand-new G-Class was unveiled last year and we all know it’s bigger than ever before while retaining the classic boxy appearance. But have you ever noticed how good it looks in cherry red parked on the Austrian snow next to a lake? As Sophia correctly points out in her Instagram post that has effortlessly collected over 4,000 likes, the name of the color is actually "Designo Hyazinthrot metallic," and it’s quite unusual for the G-Wagon, which is usually seen in funeral shades of silver or black.
The G350d is less bonkers that the V-8-engined AMG model although it still packs 283 horsepower and 442.5 pound-feet of torque, enough to send this block of metal from 0 to 62 mph in just 7.4 seconds and then on to a top speed of 123 mph. Inside, the G now has big screens on the dash and, in the middle, there are the controls for the faultless 9-speed transmission. You still, obviously, get three locking diffs which are very useful if you too want to tackle the Austrian mountainside this season.
Sophia asks in her post, "would you drive this as a Diesel?", and we’re passing this question down to you! Send your thoughts in the comments section below.
Bucky Lasek Brings His Tuned Subaru WRX STI To Jay Leno’s Garage: Video
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who you are, where you came from, or what you’re into - we all love cars. And even if you drive a tuned import and the guy you’re talking to is all about old school muscle, there’s a common language you share. Horsepower, 0 to 60, top speed… all that good stuff. There’s common ground out there in enthusiast land, and that’s exactly what you get in this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage.
For those of you who may be unaware, Bucky Lasek is an absolutely legendary pro skateboarder that came to prominence in the ‘90s and has since dabbled in motorsport with the Subaru Rally Team USA. As such, his daily is a 2016 WRX STI rocking 400 horses at the wheels, not to mention a host of other modifications.
It’s a pretty sweet ride, but it definitely looks out of place in Jay’s garage. But that’s half the fun, as the former Tonight Show host tries to wrap his head around the frenetic little AWD rally machine. The back and forth between Lasek and Leno is also pretty hilarious, as the two are obviously good friends. Hit play and enjoy!
The Grand Tour Will Return For a Fourth Season, But Under a New Format
Good news for fans of The Grand Tour: The show is returning for a fourth season. Bad news for fans of The Grand Tour: The show’s studio-dominated configuration is getting the heave-ho. That’s the word from Amazon, which announced the renewal of the hit motoring show for Season 4, albeit with big changes in the way for the upcoming season. There’s no timetable on when Season 4 comes out, but don’t expect it to air until 2020. Season 3 hasn’t even come out yet; that’s on schedule to première on January 18, 2019.
Believe it or Not, Elon Musk is a Gamer - His Favorites Might Surprise You
Elon Musk has a seemingly never-ending stream of problems to fix between running Tesla and SpaceX, but he apparently doesn’t ignore a favorite pastime of his: gaming. Yes, that’s right, and he actually has quite specific and interesting taste in games too.
The Three Million Mile Man Takes His Last Ride To Heaven
The owner of the famous three million mile Volvo P1800S, Irv Gordon, has passed away aged 77, during his trip to China. This news comes courtesy of sources in the American Volvo community. Gordon holds the Guinness World Record for highest mileage count for a single production car ever and became famous in the classic car circle for accomplishing this feat in his invincible Volvo P1800S.
Nissan’s Own Carlos Ghosn Accused of Misconduct, Arrested
Nissan Chairman and Renault Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn has been arrested by prosecutors in Japan for "significant acts of misconduct." Nissan said Ghosn and another board member had been under investigation for months following a whistleblower report. As one of the auto industry’s most important executives, Ghosn will be "promptly removed" from his positions, according to Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa.
Starman and Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster Cruise Past Mars on the Way to Deep Space Nine
Starman seems to be an “out-of-the-world” driver. Giving stiff competition to Le Mans drivers, Starman, in Musk’s Tesla Roadster, has been on it for nine months and has gone beyond the Red Planet. SpaceX shared Starman’s current position in a diagram, showing that the Roadster has reached beyond Mars.
Ice-T Arrested After Driving His New McLaren 720S Over George Washington Bridge Without Paying the Toll
Rapper and actor Ice-T was arrested earlier this week for on allegations that he evaded paying a toll on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge. The veteran actor was reportedly in the E-ZPass lane with his brand-new McLaren 720S, which didn’t have license plates, either. The actor told cops that he simply forgot to bring his E-ZPass with him, adding that he actually has seven of them. Ultimately, he was allowed to leave the scene after receiving a ticket for the unregistered supercar.
Matt LeBlanc and Rory Reid Exit As Hosts of Top Gear
Top Gear’s 27th season will have a pair of new faces sitting in hosting chairs after the BBC unveiled Paddy McGuinness and Andrew Flintoff as the show’s new hosts alongside Chris Harris. Matt LeBlanc is leaving the show after the 26th season while Rory Reid is returning as the face of the spin-off show Extra Gear. Harris is expected to inherit the main hosting role from LeBlanc. Filming for the 27th season of the show starts in late 2019.
It Looks Like North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Swapped his Mercedes for a New Rolls-Royce Phantom
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is known to have a taste for fancy luxury cars, and it appears that his latest ride is none other than a Rolls-Royce Phantom. Kim arrived at his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the luxury sedan — eagle-eyed observers saw the Rolls-Royce logo on the car’s wheel center caps — prompting speculation that the North Korean president has a new ride to go along with the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman Grand armored limousine that he used during his summit with his South Koran counterpart, Moon Jae-in, earlier this year.