Best of the Web: Tesla Truck is, well…

Tesla chose to unveil this here and now because Musk loves Blade Runner. And to date, he’s made some wild claims about what it can do: out-truck a Ford F-150, outperform a Porsche 911, be “literally bulletproof” and ideally start under $50,000. It’s also “the official truck of Mars.’”
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Yes that’s really the new Tesla Truck and it may challenge Tesla fans loyalty. It’s ironic that it’s the official truck of Mars because Musk’s Mars rocket just blew up too. Ominous!

Compare for yourself.

With Rivian

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The ugly design appears to have a function. According to Musk’s recent tweets the body material, 30x cold roll steel, is too tough for ordinary machines to shape it.

While we grieve the lack of style brought to most modern design cars the cybertruck might be a step too far. Or not, you be the judge of that.

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Best of the Web: F vs F week, actor speaks about the GT40 he drove

We drove a Superformance GT40 racing replica… and it was even better than the real thing

By Adam Hay-Nicholls

Ahead of the release of Le Mans ’66, the tale of Ford versus Ferrari, GQ takes Christian Bale’s place aboard a ‘continuation’ GT40

It was a David and Goliath story, although who’s David and who’s Goliath depends on your point of view. Ferrari was a small company, but it dominated the European racing scene and built the world’s most exotic artisanal sports cars. Ford was the biggest car company on the planet, but it made cheap, practical mass-produced family cars and hadn’t gone anywhere near motorsport. They decided to buy Ferrari. Enzo Ferrari was willing to sell the road car division, but when, at the contract signing, he spotted how the American corporation planned to take control over the racing business too, he closed his purple-inked pen, waved the legal papers away, made a short, spittle-flecked outburst directed at Henry Ford II (in unprintable Italian) and left for lunch with his consigliere, never to return.

From that moment, on 21 May 1963, the battle lines were drawn. “Hank The Deuce” went straight back to Dearborn and told his people to build a car that would “kick Ferrari’s ass”. It took a few goes, but in 1966, with more than £55 million spent on development (£1.1 billion in today’s money!), Ford’s GT40 scored 1-2-3 at the Le Mans 24 Hours and took the spoils again in ’67, ’68 and ’69. Ferrari, who was victorious in every race between 1960 and 1965, never won Le Mans outright again.

One hundred and five race and road-going examples of the GT40 were built in Slough, UK, and Wixom, Michigan, between 1964 and 1969 and today values run the gamut between £3m and £10m. But you can buy a “continuation” GT40 for less than the price of a Lamborghini Huracán.

Built in South Africa by specialist Hi-Tech Automotive, the California-born Superformance GT40 has a lot more going for it than a mere “replica”. Carroll Shelby, the man who led Ford to those mighty endurance victories, gave Superformance his thumbs-up to construct officially designated GT40/P numbered chassis. So, it’s not a genuine Ford, but it is a genuine GT40. It’s licensed by Shelby and Safir GT40 Spares as the only true GT40 continuation car and is eligible for Shelby American Automobile Club and GT40 registries.

Because it’s almost impossible to tell the difference between an original and this 2019 car, Hollywood film Le Mans ’66 uses Superformance GT40s for race scenes.

Eighty-five per cent of this car’s all-new parts are interchangeable with the original’s, including the pressed-steel monocoque. The GT40 is a notoriously tight fit, but Le Mans Coupes Ltd, Superformance’s Gatwick-based UK distributor, will customise it with a “Gurney bubble” (allowing a couple of extra inches’ headroom) if required, and set the seat and pedal box accordingly. The “40” in its nomenclature is a nod to the GT’s height – just 40 inches from the ground to the top of the windscreen. Be careful not to decapitate yourself when you shut the door, the line of which extends to almost the centre of the roof for aero efficiency.

The car GQ is taking out is based on the GT40 Mk1, with a 1966 number plate and, perhaps more importantly, a savage 5.7 litre Roush V8, which produces 450bhp and 465 lb ft of torque. At 1,150kg, which is pretty much identical to the original, it’ll hit 60mph in sub-four seconds.

One major difference is fuel injection, which is essential for passing modern homologation emissions standards, though to look at the block you’d never really know, unless you start counting wires. Despite the lack of carburettors, the sound is still maniacally epic. Behind the period seats, in which one lies almost horizontal, 347 cubic litres of Detroit guts and muscle pants, coughs and barks, impatient to be uncaged.

The iconic dash is an uncomplicated, rugged strip of round Smiths instruments and labelled toggle switches. Dead ahead is the rev counter. The speedometer is placed way to the passenger side of the cockpit where you’d expect the glovebox to be, angled sideways. The tight gearshift, linked to a Quaife RFQ transaxle, is mounted on the door sill as was the original. Likewise, first gear is dog leg. The throttle pedal is stiff and you have to press it more than an inch before the power feeds in, while the clutch is easy to balance.

There’s so much feel in the seat of your pants thanks to the H&R springs, which can be upgraded to adjustable Öhlins. It’s a very physical car to drive due to the lack of power steering. Potholes are liable to snap your wrists, but the Avon CR6ZZ tyres are so high-profile you’re in no danger of kerbing a wheel. This car’s rubber footprint is enormous: 215/60 R15s at the front and 295/50 R15s at the rear – race carcasses with civilian tread. Really, the GT40 is designed for smooth, French asphalt, but works well on both road and track and is easy to control in slippery conditions.

The car is sleepy under 2,000RPM, and then it cocks an eyebrow. At 3,000 it gets on its feet and starts to snarl. Between 4,000 and 6,000 it bares its teeth, digs its claws in and tears for the horizon. Injection actually enables a broader power range than carbs. The noise is like Dolby-processed adrenaline; an operatic, frantic, ear drum-warping yell. It’s difficult to know how fast you’re going because looking at the speed could be catastrophic. It might not be even 60mph, but the noise is so thrilling it feels like 200. This, on the Mulsanne Straight, must have felt like Apollo 11 on lift-off. Le Mans Coupes can sort a 560bhp 7-litre V8 if you want to go even faster. Check with your otolaryngologist first.

There are, of course, no driver aids. The only safety net is improved cross-drilled ventilated Wortec brakes, which stop better than the Sixties solid discs but still look period. The gears are designed to deal with higher power. Those are pretty much the only differences; it has a central handbrake and an immobiliser and the seats sit on the chassis rather than “helicopter straps”. The two fuel tanks are set to “auto-bleed”, rather than the driver having to manually switch from one to the other. There’s air conditioning where the spare tyre would have been, although later Ford GT40s had AC as an option. That’s it. Otherwise, this is the same as the Mk1.

V Max can be altered according to gearing. For road use, or a track like Goodwood (Superformance will build you a 100 per cent accurate “tool-room” car eligible for the Members’ Meeting and FIA historic racing), you’ll want a shorter fifth gear than you will at Le Mans, but feasibly this car can go over the double ton. This one tops out at 180mph.

Our car is priced at £162,000 fully built, while road-going MkII versions cost from £165,000. An FIA-eligible race car, with its Historic Technical Passport, is around £265,000. Superformance has sold 450 of these continuation cars worldwide, and 50 in the UK, since 2007.

It’s more powerful than the original, more reliable and more economical. Yet only a certified GT40 anorak could ever spot the difference. It was good enough for Carroll Shelby, not to mention Matt Damon and Christian Bale who play Shelby and British driver Ken Miles in the movie. And it’ll save you millions compared with an original GT40. Pull up next to a modern Ferrari in this and you will win – at a standstill, at least. Just listen to the noise! The car should win the Academy Award for Best Original Song all on its own.

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Best of the Web: Farting Tesla’s? You betcha!

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This is kind of news you need to get hot-off-the-presses, and we couldn’t hold it back.

Elon has been tweeting again and this time it’s not just hot air. Government regulations require EVs to emit some noise at speeds under 20 mph. On the serious side this is a safety need for people with disabilities to prevent accidents because they couldn’t hear the silent cars.

However, there is no direction as to the exact sound and in a twist of whimsy, that the writers at the kicker blog truly applaud, Tesla will offer a few options that are truly inspired. Fart sounds for example.

 

Another option could be the sound of coconuts clopping, or more cowbell.

No this isn’t April fool’s. Just a car company with the guts to not take life too seriously.

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Best of the Web: Drifting a Big Rig?!?

Our staff ran into this little six minute gem that will drop you jaw for sure. Wait for the ice trick, it’s astounding! The rig is modified, obviously, 1100BHP powered semi truck. It’s set in Fursten Forest(Germany).

Big thanks to the mechanics at Tire Kickers for pointing this one out to us. Get your cars inspected folks. What’s your excuse? It’s not the right time? When is it ever the right time?

 

Best of the Web: Gen Y and vehicles

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MILLENNIALS STILL WANT TO DRIVE — THEY JUST WANT CHEAPER, MORE EFFICIENT VEHICLES

Despite their concern for the environment and reputation as bicycle riders and public transportation commuters, a large portion of Generation Y is just as keen to get behind the wheel as their parents were. In terms of vehicle-miles traveled, millennials actually drive more (controlling for factors like marriage and urban living).

In Q1’18, millennials were responsible for all new-vehicle sales growth in the US — quite an accomplishment for what many in the industry described as the automotive sector’s “lost generation.”

“Millennials had all but been written off as a serious customer group in the auto industry. But data tells a much different story. The demographic is maturing and is now poised to be a driving force in automotive marketing.” — Marty Miller, Experian Automotive

However, millennials do differ in their preferences. While older cohorts may favor luxury vehicles, such as high-end sedans and SUVs, most millennial motorists prefer smaller, more efficient, and more affordable sedans. In a 2019 survey, 86% of younger millennials and Gen Z members said they would consider buying a sedan themselves when they buy a car.

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Best of the Web: Indonesian Home Brew Motor Bikes

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We love some do it yourself ingenuity but the commuting public of Indonesia takes the prize in the anything goes category.  These are some rides you need to see.

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The top criteria seems to be cheap on fuel and easy to fix in a pinch? You decide.

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At the Kicker we wish we’d thought this one up, but the we found it at Fun Cage, along with many more worth checking out.

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Best of the Web: Tesla semi performance surprise.

A Tesla Semi electric truck prototype was spotted doing some range tests with an almost full load of 75,000 lbs, and the test driver said that it was meeting or even “exceeding” range expectations.
When launching Tesla Semi in 2017, the automaker said that the production versions of Tesla Semi, which is a class 8 truck with a 80,000-lb capacity, will have 300-mile and 500-mile range options for $150,000 and $180,000 respectively.
However, CEO Elon Musk said that they found opportunities to extend that range during testing.

Last year, Musk said that the Tesla Semi production version will have closer to 600 miles of range.

Now a Tesla Semi prototype was spotted at a California Highway Patrol Inspection Center during range testing, and the test driver reportedly said that the electric truck prototype was “meeting or exceeding the range estimates.”

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Best of the Web: BMW in Toyota

Internet hype is an increasingly powerful force, and few cars were as hyped online as the reborn Toyota Supra. Still, as excited as people were for the new car, there were a lot of concerns from the community of Toyota purists about BMW’s involvement. Will the BMW-sourced B58 straight-six hold a candle to the legendary (for a good reason) Toyota 2JZ-GTE?

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The video above is just cool. Watch an expert rip that engine apart after the 1st few hundred miles to get a real view of it for yourself.