After an 11 year hiatus, IndyCar has returned to Phoenix International Raceway for the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix for the 62nd Indy car race since the track opened in 1964 as a home to open-wheel racing. The Phoenix Grand Prix also marks the first of five oval races for the season, including the one hundredth running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29. Of the drivers competing this weekend, Ed Carpenter, Helop Castoneves, Scott Dixon, and Tony Kanaan have previously raced Indy cars at PIR before the series left in 2005. Of those, Castroneves secured a victory at PIR in 2002 along with Kanaan in 2003 and 2004.
“I think it’s a good place for IndyCar” said Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the No. 2 Indy Car for Team Penske, whom earned the first victory of the season at the opening race, March 13, in St. Petersburg. “It’s a great race track where
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.
First 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