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Mike Spinelli is back to talk about the madness of money and metal that was the 2014 Concours de Elegance at Pebble Beach in Monterey, CA. Joining him is Matt Farah, who attended the event with Mike, and also permitted him use of The Smoking Tire office to film this segment.
They talk about the cars, the races, and focus heavily on the auctions, including what cars are appreciating, and what former diamonds are fading into obscurity.
Chris Harris reviews the new Chevy Camaro Z28 against a Porsche GT3.
MOMO Italy presents a new series of shorts on /DRIVE, featuring high-framerate slow motion footage from TUDOR United Sports Car Championship race weekends all season. What else is there to say? Enjoy the action.
Chris Harris drives the a Ferrari 250TDF, one of nine ever produced.
Does the new Ferrari California T correct all the problems that the first car had? Chris Harris finds out.
"This morning, I would have told you this is our worst weekend we ever had in 12 years."
One of the fastest tracks in the United States. 4 different classes of car on the track at once.
This is the story of the MOMO NGT Motorsport team's day in the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen.
"Feast for the Senses" - Editor's Cut for the 2014 Jalopnik Film Festival
Andreas Preuninger discussing the creation of the new GT3.
Dodge has decided to make a 707HP Challenger SRT. More than a Viper, or ZR1, or Porsche Turbo. Why Matt Farah got to test it, in the rain. Why not tune a flamethrower in a wheat field while you're at it.
That should be interesting.
This is how Chris Harris built an old E30 M3 rally car into a great one
A longer versions of this video is available at youtube.com/driveplus
Mike Spinelli leads a new segment of /AFTER DRIVE in which multiple /DRIVE hosts gather to analyze the world of cars.
This time it's Mike Musto (of "BIG MUSCLE") and Matt Farah (of "TUNED" and TheSmokingTire.com) in a discussion about the 2014 Pebble Beach auction, the big money, what auctions mean for cars, what was too expensive, the Porsche bubble, and what are the next collector's cars, both for rich people and normal people.
JF Musial takes a BMW M235i across South Africa's Western Cape, exploring some of the most scenic mountain passes and roads in the world.
"An AWD Ferrari?" said everyone when the FF was announced.
But as Chris will explain, everything about this car feels 3x better than anything else with AWD.
Despite how much we love supercar comparisons, this Golf R v M235i test is one which has more value on everyday car enthusiasts. They are matched right up against each other in terms of performance and price. Here's a proper review with Chris Harris
If you want a 911 for the track you don't usually think, "AWD Porsche." You will now.
This 964 C4 has a bigger engine, new suspension, cage, seats, harnesses, pedals, and shifter. And it is magic.
Le Mans, captured in a series of photographs by Camden Thrasher.
Chris Harris travels to Spain to drive the new BMW M3, on the street and on the track. It's a new era for BMW M - so what can the new M3 and M4 tell us about the future for the brand?
How do you define, "perfect"?
Joe Rogan has owned a number of sports cars. Over the years his cars got more powerful but seemed to lose that raw, connected feeling that many of us love.
Then he found the GT3, and fell in love.
But he missed the power. He wanted more. So he bought a GT3 RS and sent it right to Porsche performance experts, Sharkwerks. They gave him more. A lot more.
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The Ferrari LaFerrari, testing on the road and track with Chris Harris in Maranello Italy. After after a few minutes on the road, he decides to take it around Ferrari's private race track in their backyard, the Fiorano Circuit.
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Jeff Zwart in the Porsche GT3 Cup Turbo Hill Climb Special, during Pikes Peak 2014. Soon after leaving the starting line, one of the fuel pumps begins to fail, only to get worse by the summit. Watch as Jeff battles the malfunction in real-time, at speeds upwards of 140mph. The first time a mechanical issue appeared, even after months of testing and practice runs with the car.
Mads Ostberg pilots the Citroen DS3 WRC for Citroen Racing in Spain, dialing in the setup for Rally Portugal.
Cameras supplied by GoPro for Mads Ostberg.
Drivers of the #30 MOMO NGT 991 Porsche GT3 Cup, Henrique Cisneros and Kuba Giermaziak, explain step-by-step what it feels like to take on one of the most difficult turns in racing: Turn 8 AKA The Corkscrew at Mazda Laguna Seca.
Jordan Taylor pilots the Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype on a test day at Watkins Glen.
In the premiere episode, /DRIVE on NBC Sports: Monaco, hosts Chris Harris, Matt Farah and Mike Spinelli, embark on an epic adventure, sprinting across Europe to the Principality of Monaco in three, Formula 1-inspired supercars from F1 constructors Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz AMG and McLaren, to discover the glitz, glamour and racing history surrounding the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix.
The action on track at the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
John Hennessey sits down with Mike Spinelli to discuss the fastest car in the world, the Venom GT.
Mike Spinelli reviews the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder at the Circuit of the Americas, with a little help from Porsche Factory driver Patrick Long.
Scored by all TEST/DRIVE hosts.
A new show coming to NBC Sports, immediately after the debut of /DRIVE: Off the Grid from the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.
May 24, 10am ET on NBC Sports.
Hosted by Will Buxton and Jason Swales.
/DRIVE coming to the NBC Sports Network Saturday May 24:
8:00am ET -- LIVE Monaco Qualifying
9:30am ET -- /DRIVE on NBC Sports: Monaco
10:30pm ET -- /DRIVE on NBC Sports: Monaco (re-air)
11:00pm ET -- Off The Grid: Barcelona (re-air)
It's a bar game we play. Come up with a number. That's how much you can spend on all the cars you'll ever need, using eBay. These are our picks. What are yours?
With Zac Moseley and Mike Prichinello from Classic Car Club Manhattan.
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• A whole bunch of great people.
Four seasons, almost 50 cars and some outstanding stories. Over the past 2 years /BIG MUSCLE has been privy to some of the coolest rides known to man. From the Double Trouble twin-engine hot-rod, to the blood red '65 Corvette of Brian Hobaugh, to the fire-breathing 1,200 hp Super Sleeper Nova. This show is about amazing cars, wonderful owners and the stories that go with them. With that being said - sit back and enjoy a revisit to some of our favorites.
No other Camaro in history has ever been as ready to take to the track right from the dealership as the 2015 Camaro Z/28. But is it worth your $75,000? With Jason Harper, Bloomberg News and Automobile, and Travis Okulski, Jalopnik.
Chris Harris takes a 24 hour trip to Los Angeles to drive the new BMW i8. He hated the flight, but the i8 left a positive impression on the team. Capable of 23 miles all electric before the 3-cylinder turbocharged motor kicks in to recharge the batteries. This is one of the closest production cars we've ever seen that looks almost identical to the concept car it's based on.
Christian von Koenigsegg showcases the One:1's patented variable turbo, providing the perfect boost for any RPM level.
Fully 3D printed, with moving parts printed within the enclosed chamber, something never done before.
Back in 1959 the idea of having a pickup truck that could go around corners was simply ludicrous. These trucks were meant to haul farm equipment, construction supplies and tow stuff, not shred corners and pull lateral-g's. Owner Wes Drelleshak has always liked trucks, however he's always had a special affinity for one in particular - a 1959 Chevrolet Apache with the rare Fleetside bed. He bought it with the intention of making it his daily driver, but then something happened... He found out about auto-x.
• Wes Drelleshak
The Toyota TS040 Hybrid doing endurance tests at Ciudad del Motor de Aragón ahead of the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Onboard video with Chris Harris at the Ascari Racing Resort, having some fun in the new McLaren 650S.
One of the most disputed topics in the industry: Is it possible to make high performance carbon fiber wheels? Christian von Koenigsegg explains that it's not only possible, but his company has been doing it for a few years now. Take a look at how:
The Plymouth Valiant was never meant to be a muscle car. It was never meant to be fast, overly attractive or go around corners. Loved by grandparents and college professors alike, the Valiant was the go-to car for those who wanted smooth reliable transport. Owner Shannon Hudson bought this Valiant for $400.00 and after 20 years of ownership and a few different versions, built it into one of the coolest MOPAR A Bodies we've ever seen.
• Shannon Hudson
Justin Wilson gives Leo Parente and /ShakeDown the recipe for racing the Long Beach street course, IndyCar, and IMSA. JW mixes 'fried eggs' and 'bread loaves' [found on the track] with more classic ingredients [in-car] of gas, brake, balance, and aggressiveness.
Justin explains what it takes to hustle an IndyCar vs a Daytona Prototype, how the Ford and Honda V6 turbos compare, and why F1 today seems more video game then ever [Justin raced F1 in 2002 and 2003].
Shot the day before the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend began, the action is in the info Justin Wilson shares and the details of the racecars being prepped.
PS - Going for the win, sitting pretty in P2, Justin was taken out by Scott Dixon as the race was winding down. Frustrating, as Dixon's Chevy eventually had to pit for a fuel splash and the Justin / Dale Coyne Racing / Boy Scouts DW12-Honda was good to go to the end with better mileage and strategy.
Justin Wilson Website
Justin Wilson Twitter
Dale Coyne Racing
TGPLB race recap for Justin Wilson
TGPLB IndyCar 2014 highlights
Mike Shank Racing
Mike Spinelli reviews the new 2014 Ford Fusion.
Scored by all TEST/DRIVE hosts.
You may consider this a joke, but we assure you - it's not. Welcome to our favorite car, and potentially, the one you'll always remember as the best car in the world after this film. Hosted by Chris Harris in a terrible hat.
The world of 3D prototyping and printing has changed the automotive industry. Christian von Koenigsegg explains how his company takes advantage of the new 3D Printing technology, with where he feels the future of the industry is going..