We already knew that the new Tesla Model S P100D was quite possibly the quickest sedan in the world. We’re talking, supercar quick. The P90D Model was tested going 0-60 in 2.7 seconds, and the P100D can do the same in just 2.5. As we could’ve guessed, the model is even faster on the drag strip.
YouTube’s DragTimes put two Tesla’s up against each other at Palm Beach International Dragway with Florida Drilling’s portable Supercharger setup to recharge both cars. In a separate race (Tesla vs. Camaro), the Tesla won with a quick 10.76-second time in the quarter mile.. making it the fastest stock production sedan ever. Check it out:
Jay Leno’s Garage features a wide range of custom-built cars from collectors and enthusiasts from all over. Occasionally, he gives viewers a peak into his own collection. The latest episode of Leno’s internet show (by the way, it will soon make its TV debut), Jay shows us his 1918 Stutz Bearcat.
The nearly 100-year-old convertible may seem familiar to loyal fans, as the antique ride was one of the first ever showcased on the show. Leno has owned the car for about 20 years, the first 10 years or so were a bit rocky with repairs. The Bearcat has been restored three times, with the most recent making the ride reliable enough for Leno to drive regularly.
We have to say, we are impressed with the Bearcat’s figures (for a car that came out toward the end of World War I). Leno tells us the car puts out roughly 80 horsepower and hits a top speed of 85 mph. Check out this classic from (quite literally), Jay Leno’s Garage:
To our surprise, these two have more in common than we thought. If you wanted to make a decent comparison of muscle cars, naturally, you would choose similar makes/models. For example, you might put the Dodge Challenger Hellcat up against American rides like the Chevy Camaro ZL1 or the Ford Mustang GT350. Cross-shopping the Challenger Hellcat with a Mercedes-AMG seems a bit out of the ordinary. But, the C63 AMG’s base price is within $3,000 of the Hellcat’s. Unfortunately, if you want the 503 horsepower C63 AMG S, you’re looking at over $72,000 – bringing it about $10,000 more than a base Hellcat, (and still down 200 hp).
We knew the Hellcat would be cheaper, but is it better? The Fast Lane Car gets down to business and puts these models to the test. The main question? Is the huge price and power difference enough to make Hellcat the winner.
Its been rumored that Uber has plans to deploy a new subscription service of self-driving vehicles. We can confirm that this is no rumor. Readers in larger cities have probably noticed Ford Fusions roaming the streets with Uber logos stamped across them. These Fusions are equipped with some serious sensor hardware on the roof. We put the pieces together and can guess that Uber is collecting data for a new service aimed at ousting car ownership all together. Nonetheless, Uber is hardly the only company with these plans.
As the competition heats up, automakers and rideshare companies are keeping their research about autonomous cars secret in hopes the be the first. Tesla entered the race when the company quietly announced plans for a rideshare company of its own after the release of its full autonomy-enabling Hardware 2. Now, Tesla is offering level 5 autonomy (where the car can drive itself with no human inside) and customers have the ability to pimp out their car to rideshare companies whilst not driving. This theory, however, isn’t making Tesla too pleased.
Tesla posted a clause on the Hardware two webpage that states, “Please note also that using a self-driving Tesla for car sharing and ride hailing for friends and family is fine, but doing so for revenue purposes will only be permissible on the Tesla Network, details of which will be released next year.” It might not have the establishment of Uber and Lyft (yet) but it does bear the reputation of Tesla’s brand. With these plans in the works, we’re getting excited for this so-called driving apocalypse that is sure to happen. The only thing that would hinder Tesla now are regulations around the autonomous vehicle space.
Back in 2013, Chevrolet launched the C7 Corvette Stingray. From the start we were impressed with this Vette, compared to its predecessors. The C7 quickly became a world class high-performance American sports car. It’s power comes from a small-block 6.2 liter V8 (now called the LT1) with 455 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.
The beauty featured below is a 2016 Corvette Stingray, equipped with optional eight-speed automatic transmission instead of the standard seven-speed manual, along with the 3LT Package priced at a mere (cough, cough, $9,745). Other add-ons include the $995 carbon fiber package, Magnetic Ride Control, and the carbon fiber dual roof.
The C7 starts at a price of $51,400 (quite the bargain). But with the add-ons and other goodies, this Vette came out to a total of $78,195. We’d say that’s a solid deal compared to its competitor, the Porsche 911, which starts at around $80,000. This Stingray might just be the American sports car of our dreams.