Category - Items of Interest

Join SSL and TTAC at Summit Point May 18th

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I will be at Summit Point Motorsports Park this Saturday, May 18th to put Scion’s FR-S through its paces on the highly technical Shenandoah Circuit thanks to our friends at TrackDaze. Former SSLer, current TTACer and TrackDaze instructor Jack Baruth will also be there (and looking to set a lap record for Panther-platform Lincolns, I expect). Come see what HPDE is all about.

Join Speed:Sport:Life at the Texas Mile

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Live in Texas? Like things that go stupid fast? Well, we’ve got just the event for you.

Zerin and I will be down in Beeville this weekend to help with social media support for the 10th anniversary running of the Texas Mile. The top speed crown currently lies in the Ford camp thanks to Mark Heidaker’s Hennessey-enhanced Ford GT, which set the bar at a whopping 263.3 miles per hour back in October. The KP Racing Camaro (pictured above) put up a heck of a fight, but came up just short at 263.2.

The full press release (which includes spectator information) is available after the jump. Hope to see you there!

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Love Forza 4 but need more Porsche? On May 22, you’ll get all you need and then some.

Whether you’re a Forza 4 diehard or just a casual racing game fan, you’re probably familiar with the turmoil surrounding Porsche licensing in Microsoft’s Gran Turismo rival. After several iconic P-cars were featured in the third iteration of the franchise, Stuttgart’s absence in the latest game was conspicuous. No more. Turn 10 announced today a full, 30-car Porsche pack as DLC with a release day of May 22. Seven of the 30 cars will be new to Forza, and T10 says they’re adding twenty Porsche-centric events and ten new achievements to give completionists something to chew on. What’s not to like? Well, it isn’t free. At 1600 Microsoft Points ($19.99), it’s pricey, but it’s also three times the size of a normal car pack.

You can check out the full announcement on T10’s site here: http://forzamotorsport.net/en-us/en-us/porsche_expansion_announce/

Consumer Reports 2012 Report Card and Top Picks announced

Consumer Reports released their 2012 Top Picks and automotive Report Card today. The highlights?  Toyota took home five of the ten Top Picks, Subaru scored all As, Mazda is the comeback kid and Ford stumbled over their own new tech. Snippets of the press releases are available after the break. For the full releases, check the PR Newswire ticker on the right side of the page, or go here: https://speedsportlife.com/prn-feed/.

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Speed Read: 2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio

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Back in January, we brought you a first drive of the 2012 Fiat 500, which we found to be a respectable cute-commuter entry in the subcompact market. Since then, Fiat’s studios (their word for dealerships) have been popping up left and right, and to further augment their product lineup after a 27-year hiatus in the United States, they’ve brought out their first Cinquecento variant, the Cabrio–or in Fiat’s own shorthand, the 500c.

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S:S:L Salutes David E. Davis, Jr.

When the initial rumors of David E. Davis, Jr.’s passing crept up Sunday, I remarked to some colleagues that the inevitable onslaught of Car and Driver nostalgia commentary wouldn’t be far behind. But instead of a long-winded, reflective piece detailing DEDJr.’s career, we’re simply going to take the next few days to revisit some stories that we think Mr. Davis would have appreciated. Godspeed, David. Wherever you are, I’m sure there are no boring cars.

Previous days’ “best of” pieces:

Monday: Over the river and through the cones: The 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour
Tuesday, part one: Supercar Saturday Part One: Running the R8 and Viper against the clock at MSR Houston
Tuesday, part two: Part Two: Supercar Saturday Part Two: Taking it to, um, the streets.
Wednesday: Imaginary Internet Millionaire Track Test: Ferrari F430 v Lotus Elise v Dodge Caliber SRT-4 v Ford Mustang GT500