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The Grand Tour Is Still Auditioning Drivers While Renaults Suffer 23
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Amazon, celebrities, The Grand Tour, video on 11 23rd, 2017


Yesterday, it was a red Clio RS flying into a building like something out of The Dukes of Hazzard, while today, it’s a Megane Coupe that doesn’t get to go home in one piece.

In this second season of The Grand Tour, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are looking for a new race driver/stuntman who can handle driving all sorts of cars, really, really fast.

The first audition they held, for the sake of comedy obviously, was published yesterday and, well, in case you haven’t seen it, here’s how it went down. Good thing all that car violence was in the script, otherwise it’s hard to imagine giving that driver a second chance.

Alas, here we go again, same driver, different Renault, same enthusiastic Hammond, who claims the man simply “got carried away last time.”

Let’s just say that the outcome of this second attempt at racing around the track was immediately obvious once the car set off. But at least the guy is good at plain old stunts, so maybe we’ll see more of him once the show kicks off, December 8th on Amazon Prime Video.

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Larry David Trades Prius For BMW i3 In Season 9 Of Curb Your Enthusiasm 21
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW i3, celebrities, Electric Vehicles, Movie Cars on 11 21st, 2017


Seinfeld co-creator and current star of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David, is driving around in a brand new BMW i3 for the show’s ninth season. David drove a Toyota Prius in the show’s previous seasons, and was even spotted driving one in real life.

Curb Your Enthusiasm has been off the air for the past six years, and to see it keep up with what’s trending in the real world isn’t that big of a surprise. Aside from the i3, which is has been featured heavily in most of the episodes thus far, a bright red Tesla Model S also made a cameo.

U.S. buyers can purchase a BMW i3 from $44,450, although if they go for the version with the range extender, that will bump the price to $48,300. The most expensive i3 you can buy is the Sport model with the range extender, for $51,500.

If you want to get one that looks just like Larry’s, make sure to also get the 20-inch BMW i double-spoke alloys, which are a $1,300 optional extra.

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Mark Webber Auditions To Replace The American On The Grand Tour 20
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in celebrities, The Grand Tour, video on 11 20th, 2017


In the last teaser for the second season of The Grand Tour, the hosts fired The American who was played by former NASCAR driver Mike Skinner. The trio then discussed the need to find a replacement that meet Jeremy Clarkson’s requirements that they “mustn’t be fat, clumsy, or slow.”

The first to show up for the auditions was former Formula One driver Mark Webber who arrived at The Grand Tour’s test track in a Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.

While James May and Richard Hammond jokingly confuse him with Tom Hardy, Clarkson introduces Webber as “Australia’s second best” driver. Webber then starts out his audition by taking the Porsche 911 GT2 RS around the track and posting an impressive lap time.

Webber, who also happens to be a Porsche ambassador, then takes a spin in a Mercedes-AMG GT R. Much to the surprise of the hosts, Webber drives at a leisurely pace as they discuss Webber’s connection to Porsche.

Given the obvious conflict of interest, Hammond eventually tells Webber “We’ll be in touch.”

The Grand Tour returns to Amazon Prime Video on December 8th and the show has already hinted they will be making a variety of changes to appease fans. Besides cutting The American, it appears the Celebrity Brain Crash segment will also be getting the axe.

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Danica Patrick Calls Time On Her Racing Career 20
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in celebrities, Indy, Motorsport, Nascar, racing on 11 20th, 2017


One of the biggest personalities in motorsports today is exiting stage left as Danica Patrick has announced her retirement from racing full-time.

“This will be my last season as a full-time driver,” said Patrick this past Friday at Homestead, as reported by Autosport.

The move comes after she lost her ride with Stewart-Haas Racing, replaced by Aric Almirola. She’d been working on securing a deal to stay in the NASCAR Cup series with another team, but evidently those negotiations didn’t pan out.

We haven’t quite seen the last of Danica just yet, though. She’s planning on contesting two headline races in 2018: the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500.

The latter will mark her first return to open wheels since 2011 when she left the IndyCar Series for NASCAR full-time. She found more success in Indy, winning the race at Motegi in 2008, than she did in NASCAR, where she achieved a career-best sixth-place finish in Atlanta in 2014 – one of seven top-ten results she’s scored in the Cup.

Despite middling performance, Danica’s proven popular with the fans, who named her Most Popular Driver in IndyCar six years running (between 2005 and 2010) and once in the NASCAR Nationwide series.

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The Grand Tour Hosts Discuss The Firing Of The American 17
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Amazon, celebrities, The Grand Tour, video on 11 17th, 2017


The teasers for the second season of The Grand Tour continue as the show has released a new clip which features the hosts debating who’s going to call “The American” and tell him he’s fired.

In the video, Clarkson says “We’re going to have to get rid of him” and Richard Hammond responds “Yeah, well he annoys people.” Clarkson goes on to say “He annoys me” as James May walks in and asks if they’re talking about him.

Clarkson eventually calls former NASCAR driver Mike Skinner and tells him that Hammond doesn’t think he should be part of the show next season. After a few seconds, Clarkson says Skinner hung up on him and the hosts agree they need to find a replacement. Clarkson says they’ll need to hold auditions and the requirements are they “mustn’t be fat, clumsy, or slow.”

It remains unclear who will replace Skinner but he has previously said “I agree with many of you that it sucked – if you’re gonna wear Evil Knievel’s firesuit, you need to be Evil Flipping Knievel! Peace out.” Skinner also said he wishes the show and its hosts the best of luck.

The second season of The Grand Tour lands on Amazon Prime Video on December 8th.

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John Cena Samples The 2017 Ford GT 17
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in celebrities, Ford GT, Ford Videos, video on 11 17th, 2017


After showing his impressive fleet of performance cars to the world, WWE wrestler John Cena has upped the ante for his ‘Auto Geek’ channel, recently jumping behind the wheel of a 2017 Ford GT.

This particular GT came courtesy of Elder Ford Of Tampa and is finished in a beautiful shade of blue. It’s certainly not as eye-popping as some, including this Riviera Blue example, but still stands out on public roads, particularly with Cena in the driver’s seat.

As we know, the new Ford GT is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine with 647 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque, launching the supercar to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.8 seconds and through to an impressive 216 mph (348 km/h) top speed.

However, the new Ford GT isn’t dominated by its engine. In fact, previous reviews have suggested that it is the car’s race-tuned chassis that makes it stand out from all of its rivals.

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Jeremy Clarkson Introduces Half-A-Romeo To Replace Celebrity Brain Crash On The Grand Tour 16
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Amazon, celebrities, The Grand Tour, video on 11 16th, 2017


The second season of The Grand Tour lands on Amazon Prime Video on December 8th and the company is promoting the show’s return by releasing a new clip which shows the hosts seeking a replacement for the Celebrity Brain Crash segment.

As you can see in the video, Jeremy Clarkson comes up with the idea of the “Half-a-Romeo” which is an Alfa Romeo that has been cut in half. His colleagues are less than impressed with the idea and James May spins out of control after a short test drive.

While it doubtful that we’ll see the Half-a-Romeo in the upcoming season, it’s nice to know Celebrity Brain Crash probably isn’t going to make a return. Between that and the removal of Mike Skinner as the show’s test driver, the new season is already looking more promising.

Amazon has only released a few details about the upcoming season but the company has already revealed the hosts have spent more than 100 days on four different continents with stops in Colorado, Croatia, Dubai, Mozambique, Spain, and Switzerland. A trailer for the show also revealed the hosts will be driving a handful of different vehicles including a Bugatti Chiron, a McLaren 720S, and a Honda NSX.

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Jose Mourinho Took Α Day Job Building A Car 16
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in celebrities, Jaguar, Jaguar F-Pace, Jaguar Land Rover, Jaguar Videos, video on 11 16th, 2017


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho paid a visit to Jaguar Land Rover’s factory in Solihull, where he assisted factory employees in building his new car, a model number 100,000 F-PACE.

The “Special One” even wore bespoke Jaguar overalls while making his way to the factory floor where he followed his car along the production line, though not before he have a pep talk to the team.

“It was an amazing experience to visit Jaguar’s factory and see all the cars, technology and hard work that goes into developing such a beautiful car. Jaguar is a brand that I have been involved with for many years,” said the Man United manager.

“Back in 2014, I was the first UK customer to receive the F-TYPE Coupe and now to become the 100,000th Jaguar F-PACE customer is something very special.”

In 2016, Mourinho got to experience the F-PACE at a high-performance driver training experience in the Arctic Circle, on a 60 km frozen late at Jaguar’s extreme testing facility in Arjeplog, Sweden.

“It’s great to have one of the most successful football managers drive the F-PACE, our SUV that has been voted as the best and most beautiful car in the world by the 2017 World Car of the Year jury. Just like Jose Mourinho, the F-PACE is all about individual style and top performance,” is what Jaguar design boss, Ian Callum had to say.

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Baby You Can Drive Paul’s Aston And Ringo’s Mini 15
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, auction, celebrities, Classics, MINI on 11 15th, 2017


If you love the Beatles as much as you love cars, your opportunity to secure your dream ride is coming up in just a couple of weeks.

Consigned to Bonhams’ auction in London on December 2 are two cars owned by famous members of the Fab Four: an Aston Martin once owned by Paul McCartney, and a Mini Cooper that was Ringo Starr’s.

The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 was purchased new from the factory and registered first to his accounting firm and then to Paul McCartney himself. It was originally painted Sierra Blue with a black interior, and fitted with a long list of options and special equipment – not least of them the dashboard record player.

The Aston has passed through several hands since McCartney parted with it, including those of noted collector and broadcaster Chris Evans (of Top Gear fame). It has since undergone an exhaustive four-year restoration process that’s brought it up past the condition in which it left the factory, including an upgraded engine bored out from 4.0 liters to 4.2, with output rising from 282 hp to 315,

It’s also been repainted in silver and reupholstered in a deep Mulberry red. Bonhams expects it will sell for between £1,250,000 and £1,500,000 (or about $1.6-2 million at current exchange rates).

Too rich for your blood? The same auction will also feature a highly customized Mini Cooper commissioned by Ringo Starr and valued at £90,000-120,000 ($118-157k). Richard Starkey (as Ringo was christened) had the Mini enlarged to accommodate his drum kit, and appointed to Rolls-Royce levels of luxury with two-tone Regal Red and silver paint, sunroof, walnut interior trim, and more. It even has the taillights from a Volkswagen Beetle, somewhat ironically.

Described as the “Rolls-Royce of Minis,” Ringo’s ride has been owned by the same family since 1977. It’s appeared on Top Gear, traveled as part of the Beatle City exhibition, and won the coveted Cartier Style et Luxe award at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 1998.

The Bond Street Sale is set to take place on December 2, but you can check out photos now (courtesy of Bonhams) in the galleries below.

Paul McCartney’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5

Ringo Starr’s 1966 Mini Cooper



Baby You Can Drive Paul’s Aston And Ringo’s Mini 15
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, auction, celebrities, Classics, MINI on 11 15th, 2017


If you love the Beatles as much as you love cars, your opportunity to secure your dream ride is coming up in just a couple of weeks.

Consigned to Bonhams’ auction in London on December 2 are two cars owned by famous members of the Fab Four: an Aston Martin once owned by Paul McCartney, and a Mini Cooper that was Ringo Starr’s.

The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 was purchased new from the factory and registered first to his accounting firm and then to Paul McCartney himself. It was originally painted Sierra Blue with a black interior, and fitted with a long list of options and special equipment – not least of them the dashboard record player.

The Aston has passed through several hands since McCartney parted with it, including those of noted collector and broadcaster Chris Evans (of Top Gear fame). It has since undergone an exhaustive four-year restoration process that’s brought it up past the condition in which it left the factory, including an upgraded engine bored out from 4.0 liters to 4.2, with output rising from 282 hp to 315,

It’s also been repainted in silver and reupholstered in a deep Mulberry red. Bonhams expects it will sell for between £1,250,000 and £1,500,000 (or about $1.6-2 million at current exchange rates).

Too rich for your blood? The same auction will also feature a highly customized Mini Cooper commissioned by Ringo Starr and valued at £90,000-120,000 ($118-157k). Richard Starkey (as Ringo was christened) had the Mini enlarged to accommodate his drum kit, and appointed to Rolls-Royce levels of luxury with two-tone Regal Red and silver paint, sunroof, walnut interior trim, and more. It even has the taillights from a Volkswagen Beetle, somewhat ironically.

Described as the “Rolls-Royce of Minis,” Ringo’s ride has been owned by the same family since 1977. It’s appeared on Top Gear, traveled as part of the Beatle City exhibition, and won the coveted Cartier Style et Luxe award at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 1998.

The Bond Street Sale is set to take place on December 2, but you can check out photos now (courtesy of Bonhams) in the galleries below.

Paul McCartney’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5

Ringo Starr’s 1966 Mini Cooper



Marc Marquez Wins BMW M4 CS As MotoGP’s Best Qualifier 15
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M4, celebrities, motorcycles, Motorsport, racing on 11 15th, 2017


For the fifth year in a row, MotoGP maestro Marc Marquez has walked away with the annual BMW M Award, this year taking the form of a limited-edition M4 CS.

The award is given to the sport’s best qualifier and Marquez first walked away with the award in 2013, receiving the keys of a satin black M6 Coupe. The following year, he was awarded a red M4, in 2015 the Spaniard was given an M6 Convertible, and last year he secured an M2.

In the recently-concluded 2017 season, Marquez claimed eight pole positions and is unquestionably the best qualifier in the field.

BMW first unveiled the potent M4 CS in April and confirmed that production will be capped at 3,000 units. Marquez’s example is painted in San Marino Blue metallic, and in our opinion, is the best-looking BMW in his burgeoning collection.

Changes made to the M4 CS compared to the ‘regular’ M4 include a tweaked 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six engine, now delivering 454 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, the car includes a range of weight saving and aerodynamic-focused parts, including a new carbon fiber rear diffuser, front splitter and trunklid spoiler. The car can lap the Nurburgring in 7 min and 36 seconds.

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Man United Star Reversed His Range Rover Into Teammate’s £200k Bentley 14
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Bentley, Bentley Continental, celebrities, Offbeat News, Overfinch, Range Rover, Reports, UK on 11 14th, 2017


After passing his driving test only a year ago, Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is reported to have reversed his Range Rover into his teammate Phil Jones’ Bentley Continental Supersports.

The incident allegedly took place at the club’s Carrington training base last month, after the team’s 2-0 away win at Swansea.

A source told The Sun that Shaw’s “concentration slipped and he clattered into Jones’s car. He can afford the repair bill and there’s no hard feelings. Nothing seems to be going poor Luke’s way.”

In the end, it appears that both cars had only minor damage and that nobody was hurt because of the shunt. As seen in an article from the Daily Mail, Shaw has been spotted driving an Overfinch-tuned Range Rover recently, so it’s possible that’s the car he used to back into his teammate’s 700 HP Bentley.

Shaw has currently fallen out of favor with United manager Jose Mourinho, making just two appearances and no starts this season as the team is looking to upgrade his position.

Photos: Luke Shaw & Phil Jones/Instagram

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Tesla Model S Shooting Brake Taking Shape In England 13
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in celebrities, Electric Vehicles, featured, Tesla, Tesla Model S, Tesla Videos, tuning, video on 11 13th, 2017


Since Elon Musk failed to make the Tesla Model S enough of a dog-friendly car, at least one owner chose to take matters into his own hands.

Meet Phil Hayton, a Model S P90D owner who wanted to help his dog fit better in the car. His solution? Cutting into the Model S so that he can turn it into an Estate, or a Shooting Brake, if you will.

In order to breathe life into this project, Hayton went to Norfolk-based coachbuilders QWest, asking them to transform this 4-door Tesla into something more practical and some say, perhaps even better looking.

At least that’s how Jonny Smith feels, a big fan of the family-friendly body style. Over the course of this Fully Charged Show episode, Smith talks to Hayton about the car, as well as to QWest engineering director, Jim Router, who says the Model S Shooting Brake will weigh about the same as the original once he’s done with it.

He also states that he expects it to be as good if not better than the original when it comes to aerodynamics, which is great news for any type of vehicle, not just an electric one.

As for when we can expect the car to be ready, according to Smith it’s going to be in about three weeks time, so stay tuned.

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Caterham Seven Lays Down Record Number Of Donuts In 1 Min 10
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Caterham, celebrities, Record, UK, video on 11 10th, 2017


Former track cyclist Sir Chris Hoy looked pretty good on four wheels as he set a new donut world record, marking Caterham Seven’s 60-year anniversary.

In order to successfully complete this “60 second donut challenge”, Hoy had to spin the car around as many times as he could in under a minute.

“Everyone knows I spend a lot of time in cars these days but I’ve never had much practice donuting,” said Hoy. “But when someone tells me there’s a record up for grabs that certainly focuses my mind. During the attempt I just kept going, putting everything I’d learnt into practice.”

The Olympic legend also said that when you’re in a spin, you lose sense of time, and that he was shocked to learn he managed to do as many as 19 donuts in 60 seconds, reports The Sun.

As for his Caterham of choice, it was obviously the 620R, which has a power-to-weight ratio of 620 HP per tonne and can hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.79 seconds.

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Nico Rosberg Drives The Mercedes-AMG GT R For The First Time 6
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in AMG, celebrities, F1, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes AMG GT, Mercedes Videos, video on 11 6th, 2017


You’d think that as reigning Formula 1 world champion, former Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg could and has driven any type of AMG vehicle imaginable.

As it turns out, that’s not exactly the case. Also, Rosberg usually to drive a Mercedes-Benz GLC as his daily, while also enjoying the company of a Renault Twizy at his Monaco home.

Now, for his first time behind the wheel of the AMG GT R, Rosberg chose to visit Mercedes World in England and meet up with YouTuber Shmee150, who also collected his very own AMG GT R, as Rosberg assisted him with the unveiling.

By the way, the ex-Formula 1 star is quite a popular YouTuber himself, and his channel has been around for about six years now. Still, the viewership on his videos has gone up considerably in the past few months, as he’s started to deliver stronger content.

At the end of the drive, Rosberg walked away very impressed with the GT R, which he described as typical AMG, at its best. Shmee also had a great time in the passenger seat, which was to be expected.

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