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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.
UPDATE: Still working, still calling, still emailing. We're on to something, we just need to investigate it a littttttle bit more before it's all a go. Sorry everyone. We working as much as the human body allows to fix this.
We know that a lot of you cannot watch /DRIVE+.
We are deeply sorry about that, and although we don't have direct control over which countries permit YouTube Plus, that doesn't mean we can't solve this problem.
We will have an answer for you by (our) August 10th.
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.
An explanation for how to consume /DRIVE content moving forward.
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"HOW MUCH CONTENT?" - There will be 3 long-form (10-15 min) episodes per week, plus some bonus content.
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/DRIVE returns July 31st with a new season of content, and the announcement of a Subscription service called /DRIVE+
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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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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..
If you haven't figured it out by now, we love wagons on this show. To some they're a misunderstood breed, but to those in the know, they're amazing. Not only were the wagons of yesteryear known for their styling, but their capacity to haul as much cargo as a modern day pickup. This 1964 Pontiac Catalina Safari started off life as a Police Wagon, but was transformed by its owner into the kick-ass, tire-shredding monster you see here. With a Nelson Racing Engines 468 cid big-block under the hood, some updated suspension bits and a killer look, this big green machine is outside-the-box styling at its best.
• Mike Artman
What happens in pit lane at an endurance race? Henrique Cisneros, driver of the #30 MOMO NGT 991 Porsche GT3 Cup, explains the orchestrated movements of each of the pit crew members over the wall. How does it all happen so fast? Watch and learn.
Porsche's new 919 Hybrid during testing for the World Endurance Championship at Circuit Paul Ricard in France. April 2014.
The celebration of one million subscribers for /DRIVE on YouTube.
The new, top mounted, active rear-wing of the Koenigsegg One:1. Inside Koenigsegg 2, hosted by Christian von Koenigsegg. Shot on location in Angelhom Sweden.
When it comes to cornering, the Ford Mustang has always been a bit lack luster. Factory attempts to cure this have been valiant (Boss 302, SVT Cobra R), however sometimes you need to think outside the box to get to the next level. The /BIG MUSCLE garage acquired a 2013 Mustang GT last year and were thrilled, until that is, we took it to the track. There we found Cortex Racing and with that, the understanding that with the right set of legs underneath it, even an over weight pony car can be made into an evil piece of track day weaponry.
• /BIG MUSCLE Garage
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Cortex Racing: http://cortexracing.com/
Hooked on Driving: http://hookedondriving.com/
While GM turns on its diatribe about Cobalt ignition switches, Leo Parente and /ShakeDown use the issue to present some really bad GM race cars that turn him off.
The list starts here. You add your suggestions.
Plus, /ShakeDown news and a thank you to the fans.
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Yes, it's a face lifted and tweaked 12C. But it also has 650hp and is faster than a shooting star. Well, that's what Ron told us.
Christian von Koenigsegg explains how his team has developed the new Koenigsegg One:1 5.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine which produces 1,360 hp and 1,371 N·m (1,011 lb·ft) of torque at 6000 rpm.Total weight of the engine is only 197 kg (434 lb) thanks to a carbon fiber intake manifold and the aluminum construction. The transmission is a 7-speed dual clutch with paddle shifters.
Mike Spinelli reviews the 2014 Audi S7 at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in California.
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Say hello to the first Oldsmobile we've ever featured on /BIG MUSCLE. This 1965 Cutlass F-85 has been cloned into a wicked 442 by it's owner. The goal was simple - take a car that was a bit outside the norm and slowly transform it into a kick-ass cruiser that has the ability to be flogged on the autocross. With a carb'd 461 big block under the hood, it's big, different and one of the most overlooked machines from the muscle car era.
• Robert McGaffin