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Chris Harris Offers The Refined English Take On The New Ford Mustang GT

Chris Harris is an Englishman. That means he’s from a land called England, where people are sophisticated and erudite and enjoy tea with the finest selection of boiled meats. Until recently America’s Ford Mustang was just too rowdy for these genteel people, but that’s about to change. » 7/29/15 4:40pm 7/29/15 4:40pm

Guy Martin: a new host for a new Top Gear

When the Christmas book rankings were released in 2014, it came as a shock to many that a certain truck mechanic from Grimsby had outsold Hilary Clinton’s greatly anticipated memoir ‘Hard Choices’. Bookshops all across London were asking, “who is this Guy Martin?”, “where has he come from?” and, “was he the bloke on… » 5/19/15 2:15pm 5/19/15 2:15pm

What The F Is A Lexus Performance Car?

I am baffled by Lexus because I’m English. We Brits don’t understand what Lexus is; never have done really. It’s the same throughout Europe. In the ‘90s when the brand arrived and kabooomed the entire US prestige car industry, we all just walked past the smattering of Lexus dealers over here and wondered what they… » 4/13/15 1:23pm 4/13/15 1:23pm

Chris Harris Shows Off Every Kind Of Race Car Imaginable At Goodwood

Chris Harris is a lucky, lucky man. The Goodwood Members Meeting brought out everything from road-based race cars to vintage F1 and Le Mans racers. Not only did Chris get to race a Rover SD1 touring car from the era when touring cars were based on road cars, but he also got to drive in a race of all Porsche 911s. » 4/10/15 4:07pm 4/10/15 4:07pm

Dear Automakers, Please Stop Making Turbos Suck

When I was a kid, turbocharging ruled. The aim in life was to elongate the point between request and delivery, to worship at the altar of lag and to ensure that when the goods arrived they did as much damage to tires and supposed ‘handling’ as possible. By eliminating lag have we not eliminated what makes turbos fun? » 4/02/15 2:10pm 4/02/15 2:10pm

Porsche Engineer Explains Mysterious Third Pedal In Cayman GT4

The Porsche Cayman GT4 comes with what appears to be an additional foot pedal next to the ordinary gas and brake pedals. Not only that, there's sort of strange lever rising out between the seats. What are these mysterious features? Automotive journalist Chris Harris got to the bottom of the matter. » 3/09/15 1:15pm 3/09/15 1:15pm

Auto Shows Are A Chance To Run Into All The People You Talk Shit About

This year's Geneva show was one of contrition for your vertically challenged, vaguely brown UK correspondent. I had cause to come face-to-face with two people I felt wouldn't be too happy to see me. The first was the boss of Porsche's Weissach nerve-centre, Wolfgang Hatz, and the other was Christian Von Koenigsegg. » 3/06/15 3:29pm 3/06/15 3:29pm

Why Every Car Brand Is Obsessed With Building Every Kind Of Car

Watching eight-year-old boys play the game you lot insist on calling soccer is a peculiar pastime. As a spectator you are vaguely aware that the humanlings are governed by some sort of laws and rules, but it is hard to decipher what those are. Furthermore, despite each child being regularly reminded that they have a… » 2/27/15 2:32pm 2/27/15 2:32pm

How Auto Journalism Fails When Nationalism Gets Involved

There was an unspoken rule when I started doing this job back in the 90s – as a British journalist you were supposed to be kind in your reviews of British cars. The editor didn't follow you home one night and threaten you with a terrible death if you did happen to tell the audience that the latest Jaguar S-Type was in… » 2/20/15 2:05pm 2/20/15 2:05pm