Yes, I'm wearing a Kangol fishing hat for protection, just in case Chris Harris goes off course while drifting a Cadillac CTS-V wagon around me, while talking on the phone with Jalopnik editor-in-chief, Matt Hardigree. Too much time on our hands, some say.
The BAC Mono is a carbon-bodied piece of motoring sculpture, created with the innards of a Formula 3 car: 1190.5-lb, 280hp. The handling is astonishing, even in the wet, as Chris Harris found out recently at Rockingham UK.
Chris Harris could drift a block of concrete and regularly makes quick work of some of the world's trickiest road courses in the world's wickedest cars. It's therefore amusing to me that he gets so nervous about a little old quarter-mile.
"There's only so much talking you can do in the presence of a car like this," Chris Harris says in his latest video — the one in which he drives the Pagani Huayra in Italy.
We share a common language, a deep pop-cultural connection and the stormy heritage of two petulant brothers, but Yanks and Brits don't always see eye-to-eye on cars. No doubt we've got a lot invested in mega horsepower machines that can devour ribbons of interstate. But can we build sports cars a European could love?
The B5 Audi RS4 had a bi-turbocharged 2.7-liter six producing 381 horsepower. The B7 Audi RS4 had a 4.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 producing 420 horsepower. The B8 Audi RS4 has a naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 producing 450 horsepower. But is that the whole story? No, it is not.
Chris Harris was looking for cheap oversteer. So he and his mates procured a BMW 325i rally car. This video chronicles their first gravel test day, which as you'll see, was a shambles thanks to a clapped-out Range Rover and a dodgy trailer.
This is 20-year-old drifter Demas Agil skidding the new
Celica Scion FR-S GT 86 around a few cones. It proves nothing, other than why we adore this car.
The Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen, or G-Wagen, has been sold to civilian buyers since 1979. The AMG version debuted 20 years later, pairing the rugged overland vehicle with a 5.4-liter supercharged V8. A decade later, its successor, the 6.2-liter G63, was rumored to be on the chopping block. Nope.
As a fledgling car magazine reader and member of the 11-year Old Future Motoring Journalists Institute of The United Kingdom, Chris Harris loved the 1986 E28 BMW M5. As an adult, he bought one. As you'll see, owning your childhood hero car doesn't suck.
Like many high-performance gew-gaws, the UK and Japan often get the good stuff, while we're left with the more economical stuff. That's the issue with the Nissan GT-R Track Pack. We don't get it, but blokes in damp places, like Chris Harris, do.
Pity the poor car — like the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG — that must do it all: Deliver elders of the upper class to exclusive clubs and posh eateries, and youngers to d-bag clubs and rich-guy rallies. All the while, it must perform like Walter Röhl might show up for a lap around Spa.
The BMW M3 GTS has a great engine and amazing chassis dynamics, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black has a wickedly charismatic V8 and quick-acting autobox. Both are lighter than their downmarket counterparts and sport huge premium price tags. But can they compete with the Porsche GT3 RS 4.0 on road and track?
Ever since a little story evo's Chris Harris wrote for us — you know, the one about "How Ferrari Spins" — he's been banned from test driving Ferraris. That didn't stop him from getting into a Ferrari FF to test it out for the British buff book's "2011 Car of the Year" award.
One month after Chris Harris attacked Ferrari for juicing tests in his must-read rant found exclusively here on Jalopnik, we've finally heard an official reaction from the Italian automaker.
"Truth be told, I think (Mazda) MX-5s are, well, sh*t," says EVO magazine's Chris Harris, helping European car fans stay warm by building a nice flame war.