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Chris Harris Takes A Ride In A McLaren F1 GTR: Video 19
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, mclaren, McLaren F1 GTR, video, Videos, YouTube on 01 19th, 2012

It’s no secret that we’re not a fan of Evo’s Chris Harris. The British motojournalist is a bit pompous for our tastes, and not nearly as funny as he thinks he is. That said, the man can drive, and there’s no denying that he knows a thing or two about cars. He’s also managed to make a brilliant career out of talking (and presumably, writing) about them, which is why he gets to do things like ride in a McLaren F1 GTR.

In case you’re not familiar with the McLaren F1 GTR, it’s the full-on race version of the McLaren F1. That means it forgoes things like rear seats and soundproofing in the interests of saving weight. It also means that a ride-along involves sitting on the carbon-fiber floorpan, unbelted, praying that nothing goes wrong.

Even the esteemed Mr. Harris doesn’t get to drive this particular car, since it’s worth, in his words, “millions of anything,” referring to the car’s irreplaceable value. Still, it’s clear from his face what an honor it is to be given such an opportunity, which is likely a once-in-a-lifetime thing. We say sit back, turn up the volume and enjoy.

Note: After posting the video, it was made “Private” on YouTube’s drive channel. That tells us that somebody, somewhere, objected to something, so the video was pulled down until it could be edited. We’ll update the video for you as soon as it’s back up again.

Track Testing the C63 AMG Coupe, On Temporary Spare Tires: Video 13
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Drive Channel, Kurt, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe, video, Videos, YouTube on 01 13th, 2012

Chris Harris commits spare tirecide.

When you equip the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG with the available Performance Package, the car sends some 480 horsepower to the rear wheels. Even when those rear wheels are shod with sticky, 255 millimeter-wide tires, traction is a potential challenge. Leaving the electro-nannies on is a good idea for street driving, and it’s probably in order for less-than-experienced drivers on the track, too.

What if you replaced those rear tires with 125 millimeter temporary spare tires? In fact, what if you replaced all four wheels and tires with temporary spares, then let an experienced motojournalist like Evo’s Chris Harris loose on a racetrack? The combination would either be a recipe for big fun, or a recipe for disaster, depending upon your perspective.

We won’t spoil the outcome, but we’ll tell you that you’ll want to watch the video below. We’ll also tell you that we’re phoning junkyards to stir up three other temporary spares for our own rides.

Paddock Hacks Show Lures You to Stretch the Limits; Do Crazy Things in a Beaten-Up Car 26
Posted by Alex Ion in Central Hawke's Bay man, David White, Motorsport, New Zealand, Off Topic, Paddock Hacks, T.V series, teaser, Television Production Company, Top Shelf, YouTube on 10 26th, 2010

Ever driven a beaten up car? That too, in uneven and slushy terrain? Here’s your chance to live the experience! Paddock Hacks, the upcoming TV series produced by Top Shelf, takes a sneak peek into the practice of driving beaten-up cars into extinction on farm properties. The creative mind behind the show is David White, the former Central Hawke’s Bay man.

The series, which will feature the motorsport phenomenon, aims to showcase rural New Zealand and modified old cars in the craziest ways possible, and then thrashing them through mud, along river beds, or any accessible harsh terrain.

The teaser of the series, which has been posted on YouTube has already attracted more hits numbering more than half a lakh.

The pilot features David White driving blindfolded and it was shot at Takapau and Waipawa. “New Zealand …New Zealand men … New Zealand cars … one sport … one TV show … Paddock Hacks coming soon,” says the YouTube trailer.

The publicity material of the program says it is the usual weekend entertainment event of many people in New Zealand that has inspired the creation of such a television series.

Producer Top Shelf has pointed out that this is a show made for everyone who loves the smell of petrol and New Zealand’s can-do attitude. The series will travel throughout New Zealand.

Here’s the teaser for you:

Mercedes-Benz ML 63 Tuned Wide Body Kit (Video) 2
Posted by Alex Ion in Autostyle, Car Styling, Expression Motorsport, Mercedes-Benz ML 63, Modified car Talk, Tuned Wide Body kit, video, Videos, Virtual Rides, YouTube on 09 2nd, 2010

See what we have for you here.

Courtesy of  Expression Motorsport, we bring to you a YouTube video of the Mercedes-Benz ML 63 Tuned Wide Body kit. Check out what’s new in here. Don’t forget to tell us what you feel. Video after the jump: