Corvette vs. Nissan Versa: Practicality Challenge
Matt always buys impractical cars and tries to justify them as practical, even though they are far from it. Dan makes him put his money where his mouth is by holding a practicality challenge against the most practical car in the US: a base Nissan Versa.
2010 Subaru Outback on Street and Dirt
The Smoking Tire takes the all-new Subaru Outback to the highest point we can find in hopes our customer-appreciation Balloon Launch will get some free T-shirts into the hands of our viewers
Art Morrison 1955 Chevy Bel Air - Faster Than a Ferrari?
The Smoking Tire hits Supercar Sunday and the canyons with the Art Morrison 1955 Bel Air, one of the best handling hot rods around. We toss this 55 year-old car through some of the tightest curves in California to find out if there really is such a thing as a Hot Rod for drivers.
2011 Ford Fiesta Review
The Smoking Tire heads up to San Francisco's Skyline Drive to test Ford's newest entrant into the economy car wars, the Fiesta. Is the European-designed Fiesta all hype? Or does it live up to its promise of a small, premium, efficient car? Let's find out.
VW GTI with 800hp mid-engine V6 turbo
Featured in the December 2010 issue of eurotuner magazine, check out this incredible Golf GTI from 034Motorsport in Fremont, CA. It features a mid-mounted single-turbo Audi S4 2.7T V6 with custom chargecooler and subframe plus Porsche rear end, Porsche suspension and brakes all round. It also has a custom widebody for the Porsche wheels. Dyno runs have seen power in excess of 800hp. Read the full story in the December issue or check out www.eurotuner.com
This car will also compete in the 2010 eurotuner GP, which will appear in the February 2011 issue of eurotuner, and video will be available here at www.youtube.com/eurotuner or at www.eurotuner.com
Honest John's Mazda3 MPS review
Honest John drives the high performance Mazda3 MPS over unrestricted German roads. How does it perform? More information at http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/mazda
The 180 MPH 1969 Dodge Daytona: "Project Angrier"
The Smoking Tire heads to East Hampton to terrorize yuppies in the baddest muscle car around: Mr. Angry's 1969 Dodge Daytona. Blasphemous to some, envied by others, this is one tire-shredding muscle machine we'll take in our garage any day.
Team Black Magic - 2010 BullRun Day 1
The Smoking Tire becomes Team Black Magic for the 2010 Bullrun Rally from New York to Las Vegas. We take a 2011 Shelby GT500 on the ultimate dream road trip, courtesy of www.blackmagicshine.com
Fast & Furious 4: Ford Gran Torino
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What Clint Eastwood did for the 1972 Gran Torino in Gran Torino, Fast & Furious will try to undo. Because in this movie, the very nastiest bad guy — you know, the chief henchman who does the dirtiest deeds and dies just before the big boss bad guy gets his — drives a '72 Gran Torino Sportsroof.
The inspiration for the Gran Torino in Fast & Furious comes from a similar Torino built for Dan Widmann at Steve Strope's Pure Vision Design — the same shop from which emerged the Hammer Road Runner that's also featured in the film. Strope brought Widmann's Torino to a casting session and a star — well, a co-star — was born.
The one significant visual change between Widmann's Torino and the replicas built for the film is that Widmann's car is blue, and the bad guy Torinos were painted green. It seems that blue was already assigned as super-dreamy Paul Walker's color in Fast & Furious, so the bad attitude character "Fenix Rise" (played by Laz Alonzo) would have to wear green.
Little matter, however, as the Gran Torino looks dang good in green.
To portray Fenix's FoMoCo, the picture car department acquired six '72 Torino Sportsroof models and one '73. As with the Charger, some of the stunt cars were fit with Chevy crate V8s and automatic transmissions, but at least one of the cars was originally equipped with a 429 and four-speed manual transmission. Five of the cars were either destroyed during production or ripped apart for parts.
Among the Torinos destroyed was that 429 four-speed car. Sometimes evil must be done in order to portray evil.
Mazda MX5 Bear Mountain Drive
The Smoking Tire stops by a Mazda meet at OCC then heads up to bear mountain for some testing in the twisties of the new MX5
760HP VF Engineering Gallardo LP560-4
The Smoking Tire finds the best driving road in California and the best car we've ever driven to tackle it: VF Engineering's all new Supercharged Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. With 760HP and 600 lb/ft of torque going through all 4 wheels, this car redefines fast.
A Tribute to Turbocharged Buicks
The Smoking Tire heads out to Fontana, CA for a drag strip meetup with the guys from turboBuick.com and learns about the one-time "fastest car in America," the Buick Grand National.