Jeremy Clarkson Does the Unthinkable on the Side of the Road
Jeremy Clarkson may have a deep-rooted aversion to manual labor, but that didn’t stop the famous motoring host from helping British TV personality and socialite Binky Felstead change a flat tire in London. Those who have followed Clarkson’s exploits in Top Gear and The Grand Tour are well versed in his annoyance with doing anything that involves breaking a sweat. So seeing him change a tire in real life is a pleasant surprise, if not a bit jarring.
Lotus CEO Abruptly Steps Down Just as the Company is Poised to Take Flight
Jean-Marc Gales abruptly stepped down from his post as the CEO of Lotus, citing “personal reasons” as the cause of his exit. The French executive has been the main man behind the sports car brand since 2014 after former CEO Dany Bahar was forced to resign after being accused of misusing company funds. Quingfeng Feng, vice president and chief technical officer of Geely Auto Group, will assume Gales’ role as CEO of Lotus.
Matt LeBlanc Cites Travel and Time Commitments as Reasons Behind Top Gear Exit
For the third time in three years, Top Gear is losing its frontman as Friends and Man with a Plan star Matt LeBlanc has announced plans to leave the show at the conclusion of the upcoming season. His included “extensive travel” and “time commitment” as the biggest issues behind his decision to leave the show behind. Just like that, the show’s hosting lineup is being thrown into turmoil.
Fired by Ford for "inappropriate behavior," Raj Nair joins company that builds Ford GT
Raj Nair, the former president of Ford North America, who left the firm earlier in 2018 following an internal investigation into "inappropriate behavior," has joined Canada-based company Multimatic Motorsports. The privately held racing shop has worked with Ford for decades, and it has built the Ford GT supercar since 2015.
Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Leave the Royal Wedding in Style with an Electric Jaguar E-Type
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last few weeks, you’ve undoubtedly been inundated with coverage of the royal wedding. But don’t worry - we aren’t here to analyze Meghan’s dress or the contents of the goodie bags handed out to guests. No, we’d prefer to talk about that surprisingly quiet E-Type that whisked the happy couple off to the royal reception.
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FCA Can Now Put The Anton Yelchin Case To Rest After Settling With Late Actor’s Family
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the family of Anton Yelchin have finally settled the lawsuit that was filed by the latter over the unfortunate and untimely death of the Star Trek actor. A report from Reuters reveals that the case was wrapped up in Los Angeles Superior Court last week, putting the rest a legal battle that had been ongoing for the last 20 months.
Jeremy Clarkson, Man of The Grand Tour, Will Host Who Wants to be a Millionaire!
It’s official. Jeremy Clarkson is trading in his all-denim look for (hopefully) a suit and a tie when he takes the stage as the new host of the British version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? The Grand Tour host will take the helm of the once-popular reality quiz show when it returns to British network ITV after a four-year absence. The show will officially return this spring for one week, running seven nightly one-hour episodes.
Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain Gets a Custom-Built ‘Greatest Hits’ Jaguar XJ6
When he isn’t chopping wood on bangers like “The Trooper” or “Run To The Hills,” heavy metal drummer Nicko McBrain entertains himself with a collection of handsome Jaguars. Now, he’s got another Bad Cat to indulge in following the debut of this customized XJ6 at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.
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Prepare For The Feels: Paul Walker Documentary in Development
It’s hard to think about Paul Walker and not wax nostalgic about the life that was snuffed out so quickly and suddenly. Even though he tragically lost his life in 2013, Walker’s legacy continues to live on, and soon we’ll get to watch his life on the screen courtesy of a new documentary, titled I Am Paul Walker.
John Olsson’s New Ride is A Two-Faced RS6 With Sinister Intentions
Jon Olsson is known for his love of cars and owning some of the most desirable custom-built exotics in the world. The Swedish alpine ski racer is particularly fond of the Audi RS6 Avant. He once owned a heavily tuned RS6 Avant that met an untimely end when it was stolen and burned to a crisp. Not one to be unnerved by the circumstances that befell his ride, Olsson bought a new RS6 Avant before turning it over to ABT Sportsline for a little tuning job. The result is the Audi RS6 Phoenix.
Fiat Chrysler’s Head of Design, Ralph Gilles, Pushes Burning Car Away From A Car With Two Trapped Occupants
Fiat Chrysler Head of Design Ralph Gilles is being hailed as a hero after saving two people from potentially getting burned after a three-vehicle crash in the suburban Detroit area. According to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, a 2013 Ford Fiesta collided head-on with a 2013 Ford Edge in the early hours of Sunday morning. While the two vehicles were idle in the roadway, a 1997 Buick LeSabre broadsided the Fiesta, pushing it into the Edge where the latter ended up catching fire. The driver of the Edge was able to exit his car, but the two people who were inside the Fiesta found themselves trapped inside their car with the Edge blocking their exit. That’s when Gilles came into the picture, saving the couple from a potentially fatal situation.
President Trump Suggests $0.25 Fuel Tax Hike as a Means to Fund Infrastructure
President Donald Trump believes that increasing gas and diesel taxes by 25 cents would go a long way in helping the administration achieve its goal of generating $1.5 trillion for its new infrastructure plan. The ambitious plan was presented in a bipartisan meeting at the White House. As expected with all things related to politics, the specific details on the proposed increase in fuel tax vary depending on who you ask.
Celebrity Special – Celebrate The Life Of Enzo Ferrari With These Awesome Prancing Horses
On February 18th, 1898, Enzo Ferrari was born in Modena, Italy, the youngest of two children. From an early age, Enzo was exposed to the mechanical side of life, as his father, Alfredo Ferrari, worked as a metal parts fabricator out of a workshop he started in the Ferrari family home. At the age of 10, Enzo watched Felice Nazzaro take a win at the 1908 Circuito di Bologna event, inspiring him to become a racing driver.
However, before he could follow his dream, Enzo served in the Italian Army during World War I. In 1918, Enzo became deathly ill following a widespread Italian flu epidemic, and was subsequently discharged from service. His father and older brother died from the disease a few years prior.
After the army, Enzo landed a job as a test driver with a local car manufacturer in Milan. However, rather than pushing the limits in a high-strung performance machine, Enzo was instead stuck behind the wheel of boring passenger cars made from rebuilt truck bodies. Luckily, Enzo was later promoted to the position of racing driver, and he quickly made his competition debut at the 1919 Parma-Poggio di Berceto hillclimb, where he managed to finish fourth in a 2.3-liter C.M.N. Later that year, he ran in the infamous Targa Florio, but was forced to retire due to a leaky fuel tank.
By the 1920’s, Enzo was racing for Alfa Romeo, taking a win at the 1924 Coppa Acerbo at Pescara. Although encouraged in his competition efforts, Enzo was disheartened by the death of famous racing driver Antonio Ascari in 1925, and following the birth of his son in 1932, Enzo decided to hang up his helmet, focusing on team management and car development instead.
Enzo eventually went on to create Ferrari S.p.A. in 1947 after the end of World War II. With his passion for racing as strong as ever, Enzo’s team racked up wins in a variety of motorsport events, successfully competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Mille Miglia, and the recently formed Formula 1 series. To help finance these efforts, Ferrari began selling sports cars to the public in the early ’50s.
A proud and occasionally contentious man, Enzo Ferrari’s brand was a reflection of his personality. The street cars were based on racing machines, and offered superlative performance above all else. He was once quoted as saying, “I don’t care if the door gaps are straight. When the driver steps on the gas I want him to shit his pants.” That pretty much sums it up.
Enzo Ferrari passed away in 1988 at the age of 90. These days, it’s impossible to deny that Ferrari S.p.A. is changing, with upcoming model lines including an SUV and an all-electric on the horizon, plus the hybrid LaFerrari already on the market. However, while the technology might be changing, the spirit of Ferrari remains the same – beauty, speed, and pants-shitting levels of power.
The Ford-Cena Lawsuit Heats up as Cena Claims There Were No Re-Sale Restrictions
John Cena isn’t ready to cave to Ford’s lawsuit just yet. The 16-time WWE champion is fighting back against the Blue Oval with a lawsuit of his own, claiming that Ford’s suit had the legitimacy of a Vince McMahon championship reign because the final contract he signed said nothing about the automaker’s resale clause that forbid Ford GT owners from selling before 24 months of ownership had passed. What was thought to be an open-and-shut case in the beginning has evolved into a rivalry that has the makings of a main event match at Wrestlemania 33. Who do you have? Cena or Ford?
Will Jeremy Clarkson Shift Gears and Host "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"
Richard Hammond is known for his brazen and unapologetic attempts at promoting his other shows during episodes of Top Gear. His co-hosts, Jeremy Clarkson and James May, would call him out on it, but now, Clarkson may start doing the same on The Grand Tour after reports revealed that he’s now in talks to host a revived version of the hit TV game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
Can you imagine Jezza hosting Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? We might not have to imagine for very long because according to The Sun on Sunday, the 57-year old host is already in discussions with British network ITV to bring the game show back to life after a four-year hiatus.
“Millionaire” shot to fame in 1998 and became a global TV sensation. At its peak, it had versions in countries like the U.S., Australia, Russia, India, Japan, the Netherlands, and the Philippines. It was even a big part of the plot of Slumdog Millionaire, the Oscar-winning movie that won Best Picture at the 2009 Academy Awards.
A return of the show with Clarkson at the helm would be an interesting move. The show’s past host, Chris Tarrant, retired from his hosting duties when the show ended in 2014. Whereas the latter was known for his dry humor, Clarkson’s own brand of wit and comedy could play well with today’s audience. Plus, he’s a big personality with a massive star-power following. If he’s going to host a reboot of Millionaire, he’s going to attract plenty of viewers through his name alone.
Unfortunately, none of these reports have been confirmed so we’ll need to take it with a grain of salt until an announcement is made confirming the return of the show on British television. I still can’t help but imagine what Clarkson would be like as a host of the show. What’s the over/under on him saying something inappropriate in the course of one episode? If it’s 1.5, I’d bet on the “over.”
Geely Invests in Bob Lutz’s VIA Motors and its Electric Truck Technology
Remember Bob Lutz? He’s been almost everywhere in the auto industry, spending time at BMW, Ford, and most notably, General Motors, where he spent from 2001 to 2010 in high-end management. Unfortunately for Lutz (or maybe because of), those were some tumultuous times at the General. Now post “retirement,” he’s been creating his own ventures with VLF Automotive and VIA Motors. With the latter, Lutz is acting as the chairman and helps guide the company in its mission of turning stock light- and heavy-duty vehicles into range-extended and all-electric vehicles.
As it turns out, Lutz and VIA made an impression on Geely, the Chinese automaker responsible for Volvo’s illustrious rebound into the luxury market.
Geely and VIA have agreed to co-develop a medium-duty extended range truck by using VIA’s “industry-leading proprietary vehicle software and systems control technology” while Geely offers up its Drive-e hybrid powertrain technology already in use within Volvo. The companies ambitiously suggest the range-extended truck would be available by 2019 in the U.S., Latin America, and China.
Nathan Yu Ning, Geely’s vice president of international business and executive advisor to the board, said in a company statement, “I believe that range-extended hybrid drive systems are a leading technology for the next 5-10 years and the co-developed truck will utilize proven technology such as a Volvo engine for the range extender.”
The immediate goal is for VIA to provide Geely with technological and engineering support in order to push the automaker into becoming a leader in range-extended vehicles by putting Geely trucks on North and South American roads.
So, if all goes according to plan, Americans might have an electric medium-duty commercial vehicle with a Geely, VIA, or even Volvo badge roaming around.
Tom Cruise is Back to Being a Lunatic in New Mission Impossible: Fallout Trailer
By now, you probably know that Tom Cruise is a legend in Hollywood circles when it comes to performing his own stunts. The man has as much use for stuntmen as I have for a box of potpourri. In his last two Mission Impossible movies alone, Cruise scaled the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and held onto the side of an airplane as it took off. Oh, let’s not forget about the car chase in Jack Reacher, the motorcycle chase in Knight and Day, and the unforgettable samurai sword-fight scene in The Last Samurai that almost resulted in Cruise losing his actual head.
Keanu Reeves Rides His Arch Motorcycles KRGT-1 in Squarspace’s Superbowl LII Ad
Keanu Reeves will be in the house for Super Bowl LII. Ok, so he’s not going to be in somebody’s house, but he will be on our TVs because he’s the star of Squarespace’s Super Bowl LII commercial. In the ad, Reeves is riding an Arch KRGT-1 motorcycle, and he’s talking himself. His imagination — or is it conscience? — talks back to him in an aspirational tone, convincing him that he can do anything he wants if he sets his mind to it, including making a motorcycle and creating a website for it.
It’s not the only Reeves spot that’s going to air at the Super Bowl LII. Another ad shows him surfing the same KRGT-1 bike while sing-speaking along to Will Powers’ affirmation-heavy song “Adventures in Success.”
The two ads aren’t exactly the best Super Bowl LII ads we’ve seen so far, but they do a good job promoting both Reeves’ Arch motorcycle brand — he founded it with his friend, Gard Hollinger — and Squarespace’s own “create-a-website” service. The two parties decided to create a Super Bowl LII after Reeves used Squarespace to create the website for Arch Motorcycle. Since then, the relationship between the two companies have grown.
“There’s something about Squarespace that’s really accessible yet sophisticated,” Reeves said in a statement. “The design and functionality share a similar ethos to Arch Motorcycle. When I was approached to make this commercial, we were already using the platform, which makes it a really organic fit.”
Organic fits notwithstanding, here’s to hoping that Reeves’ commercial stands out against a crowded pack of ads from the auto industry. We’ve already seen a handful of them, including those coming from Toyota, Lexus, Kia, and Hyundai.
Australian Filmmaker Accused of Spying With a Drone in Cambodia; Held Without Bail
Australian director James Ricketson’s time in a Cambodian jail isn’t getting cut short after his bail request was rejected by Supreme Court Judge Soeng Panhavuth because the “investigation is still underway.”
The 68-year old Ricketson was arrested in June 2017 after he was caught flying a drone over a campaign rally organized by the now-defunct Cambodia National Rescue Party in Phnom Penh. Flying a drone in the capital city is illegal without official permission from the government. Ricketson was charged with “acts of collecting information which may undermine national defense.” If found guilty, could face between five to 10 years in prison.
Understandably, Ricketson’s family was dismayed at the decision and are worried about the health of the 68-year old. “The Ricketson family … are obviously very disappointed by the outcome of today’s proceedings,” Alexandra Kennett, the partner of Ricketson’s son, Jesse, told reporters outside the court.
The Australian director has spent the last five years in Cambodia and was said to be filming a documentary at the time he was arrested. It’s also not the first time the director has had a brush with the law in the country. Back in 2014, Ricketson was slapped with a two-year suspended prison sentence for allegedly threatening to expose an Australian-based church working in Cambodia for child-trafficking. More recently, Ricketson was fined after being found guilty of defaming Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE), a non-profit organization that works on locating and apprehending pedophiles, on accusations that the group was manipulating witnesses.
It’s hardly surprising that Ricketson would be in this kind of trouble in a country that’s as politically charged as Cambodia is now. You get in the crosshairs of the government, and you’re going to be in trouble. Hopefully, we see a resolution here that will work best for all parties concerned.
Electric Cars and Flamethrowers: Elon Musk’s Latest Product is On Fire!
If for nothing else, Elon Musk is proving himself to be the ultimate capitalist. The loquacious owner of Tesla, NeuraLink, and The Boring Company will sell you on any product or idea he’s passionate about. It doesn’t matter if its artificial intelligence, space exploration, or autonomous vehicle technology; if Musk believes in something, the man will go to great lengths to pursue it. Apparently, Musk is also passionate about flamethrowers. Why else would he start selling them through The Boring Company? Yes, for $500 of your hard-earned money, Elon Musk will give you an actual flamethrower.
Lotus CEO Gets Caught Doing 102 MPH In A 70-MPH Zone; Manages To Still Keep His License
We’ve all been there. No matter where they come from or what they’re behind the wheel of, every driver out there has their own excuse for breaking the speed limit – maybe they’re late for work, or maybe their wife is having a baby, or maybe they just really need a bathroom break. Whatever the reason, it probably won’t beat the whopper Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales’ lawyers came up with to get out of a suspended license for going 36 mph over the limit – “[he] likes to test drive cars himself.”
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Tesla’s New Compensation Plan Could Make or Break Elon Musk
Elon Musk is no stranger to taking risks. He built his fortune on the backbone of taking risks. He’s done it in the past, and it looks like he’s doing it again in the form of a 10-year compensation plan that could turn him into the richest man in the world if he accomplishes all his goals for the electric car brand. Tesla’s board of directors reportedly took six months to come up with Musk’s new compensation plan. As a board member himself, Musk recused himself from crafting the plan. He likewise has no vote on whether to pass or scrap it.