High Heels and Horsepower: My day with the GT350

Although I was initially skeptical of the S550, as the latest generation Mustang is known internally, my concerns – that the advanced technology of the sixth generation would cloud the raw mechanical feel of the sports coupe – vanished after a day with the GT350. My entire opinion of the newest Mustang changed at the push of a button. That was the push-to-start button on the 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350, staged on the grid at the West Track of Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park just south of Phoenix. As a purist, what I enjoyed most is that the car is still unmistakably a Mustang, though it feels like a Mustang on steroids.

IMG_2070First impressions: For someone who doesn’t drive a manual transmission nearly as much as I should, the clutch on the GT350 felt

The winners of the World Car Awards (WCA) were announced during the New York International Auto Show. The awards are meant to highlight new vehicles with innovation and style that push boundaries. For 2016, categories included the World Car Design of the Year, World Car of the year, World Performance Car Award, World Luxury Car Award, and lastly the World Green Car Award.

The WCA’s judging panel is made up of 73 prominent automotive journalists from around the world that form a global community of experts.   The jurors ensure the integrity and credibility of the awards but also serve as an important resource for the industry with a focus on excellence and innovation on a global scale.

2016 World Car of the Year: Mazda MX-5

The World Car Awards jurors observed that, “With the launch of its all-new MX-5, Mazda has thrown out the blueprint and gone back to basics – back to 1989

Local Motors is always up to something interesting given that they are a technology company that designs, builds and sells vehicles. While they are known for the Rally Fighter, lately they have been holding our attention with their 3D-printed cars.

The first time I saw one of the printed cars was at SEMA in 2014. Local Motors had brought one of the printers and were printing a car during the show, then drove it down the Las Vegas strip once it was done.

I’ve been able to see parts of the process in person and have had it explained to me by numerous Local Motors engineers. While the explanations were amazing, informative, and helpful, I got the concept but I still had a hard time trying to visualize the whole concept prior to being able to see it in person.

For those – who like myself – need a visual aid sometimes, Local Motors

What does the Space Shuttle and the Mitsubishi 3000GT have in common? They’re both packed with enough features and technology to take you to the moon and back. Introduced in 1990, the Mitsubishi GTO debut in Japan, while America and Europe saw the HSX concept, developed as part of a two-part plan to replace the aging Starion platform. The GTO sought to offer drivers with a large and powerful sports car while the already popular Mitsubishi Eclipse offered a light and nimble turbocharged experience.

Due to copyrights on the name GTO, the car outside of Japan was largely known as the 3000GT, and as the name implies, the 3000GT was designed as just that, a Grand Touring platform.

Set as Mitsubishi’s flagship car, the 3000GT made no excuses, leading Mitsubishi to use the 3000GT as the test bed for new technology. These technologies included an active aerodynamics system that utilized a lowing front air

American Resotation has saved the best for their season seven finale: a custom built 1967 Ford Mustang brought to life by Bodie Stroud for Dan Reynolds, the lead singer of Imagine Dragons.

“Bodie Stroud is hands down one of the most inventive and talented car builders in the industry today,” Reynolds said of Stroud, who has built cars for Tim Allen, Johnny Knoxville, and Johnny Depp throughout his career, establishing himself as a premier car builder on the west coast and the go-to custom car builder among many celebrity’s.

Reynolds said that he has dreamt of having a 1967 Mustang since he was young. Knowing Stroud keeps the classic integrity of the car while incorporating modern features,  Reynolds presented Stroud with the task of building an Eleanor-esque 1967 Mustang fastback that could be used as a daily driver.

American Restoration viewers will see Stroud place a Roush Performance supercharged 5.0-liter Coyote engine in the Mustang. Other features on this build

Purity is the mark for perfection. A no-nonsense, no compromise principle for a single-handed task, Mazda’s FD RX-7 is the embodiment of purity as it was only built with what is necessary and every part with a focused purpose.  The RX-7 is a pureblooded sports car, punching well above its weight class despite having lower numbers on paper.

Introduced in late 1991 for 1992, the FD took the RX-7 nameplate to another level. With an aerodynamic and futuristic design the body remains clean and flowing following design purity, it brought the RX-7 into the modern world. Following sports car purity, the RX-7 only came only one way: faster. All variants featured the twin turbo 13B Rotary engine, with options limited to interior or chassis dynamics. An automatic transmission was one of the few options. Models included the “base”, touring, and R1 for the track day enthusiast, with many specialty models throughout the years.


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