BMW Motorrad Does Cross Promotion, Military Discounts

You can tell it's getting into riding season now as BMW Motorrad is picking up steam in its promo activities. They're dropping BMW Sauber F1 Team driver Nick Heidfeld onto a spankin' new BMW HP2 Megamoto for some cross corporate shilling. We've been enjoying the twin delights of two-wheeled transport and 50+ MPG fuel… » 5/13/08 9:20am 5/13/08 9:20am

2008 BMW M3, Part Three

Why you should buy this car:
You like power, speed and reliability all wrapped up in a compact, five-seat package. You accept no imitations. You like driving. You loved your Porsche 911, but need room for baby seats. You don't need to brag.

Why you shouldn't buy this car:
You're likely to ask "What do you mean it… » 4/04/08 12:00pm 4/04/08 12:00pm

2008 BMW M3, Part Two

Exterior Design: ***
The 2008 BMW M3 sedan, depending on whom you ask, is either ugly or boring. We think it's a bit of both. But, packing supercar performance into a compact package that won't turn heads is definitely a positive thing. If anything, the M3 isn't subtle enough, we'd take ours — and boy how we'd take… » 4/03/08 12:30pm 4/03/08 12:30pm

IndyCar League Makes Play for Relevance With F1-Style Qualification

Indy Racing League plans on rolling out a new gridification system during the upcoming St. Petersberg race and it will look a lot like the street racing version of things done over at Formula 1. Instead of being a one man one track run against the clock, cars will be slotted on the grid by way of elimination rounds.… » 4/02/08 4:00pm 4/02/08 4:00pm

2008 BMW M3, Part One

The 2008 BMW M3 puts the world around it in fast forward. No, this isn't some function hidden deep within the still befuddling iDrive or a secret performance setting achieved by hitting B, A, B, A, Select, Start; just an inherent ability to twist the world over its power dome and past its windscreen at a nearly… » 4/02/08 12:30pm 4/02/08 12:30pm

Garage 419 Catches Clutch Change at 24 Hours of Daytona

The chaps at Garage 419 pulled embed duty at the 24 Hours of Daytona and they've got the behind the behind the scenes look at some of the action of the famed race. At 22 hours in, the top running Farnbacher Loles car had the clutch let go, signaling some unwanted garage time. The GT3 Cup car's team manages a swap in… » 3/11/08 3:14pm 3/11/08 3:14pm

1546 HP Twin Turbo Dodge Viper GTS Dyno Run

This has to be the loudest UPS truck we've ever heard. It's really important to notice during this dyno run how the hand held camera is shaking during one of the pulls. So it may not be quite as insane as the 2,200 hp quad turbocharged V8 we saw on Friday, but it's definitely more streetable, and has up to 100% more… » 2/25/08 9:45am 2/25/08 9:45am

Big Block With Four Turbos, Witty Headline Impossible

We had to reload this the first time it popped up, as we couldn't believe what our eyes were telling us. This serpentine piece of steel poetry is a 442 ci V8 sporting four independent turbochargers, all running through an intercooler. The entire system is modular and can be dropped into a drag-racing host as a single… » 2/22/08 12:15pm 2/22/08 12:15pm

Biggest Pileup in NASCAR History

A headline like that is like announcing Takera Kobayashi as the fastest hotdog eater in the world, or the Spice Girls to be the suckiest band ever — you run the risk of something coming along and going to the next level. Like Joey Chestnut. Or The Pussycat Dolls. This crash footage is from a time when we would have… » 2/18/08 9:30am 2/18/08 9:30am

2008 Daytona 500: Winner Ryan Newman

After a three lap sprint to the finish after some BS caution shenanigans Ryan Newman is the winner of the 2008 Daytona 500. We certainly bagged the first 9/10ths of the race, but the final couple of minutes was less than unexciting. Congratulations to team Alltel and all the work that went into securing the victory.… » 2/17/08 6:58pm 2/17/08 6:58pm

2008 Daytona 500: Many of Final Laps Surprisingly Run Under Caution

Yeah, between laps 187 (on the mu f**n cop) and lap 192, things were tightly controlled by that Corvette Z06 Pace car. Making things incredibly exciting. Wait... hooooooooly crap look at the sparks form underneath Casey Mears' car, looks like the fourth of July in the poor kids neighborhood. Of course those sparklers… » 2/17/08 6:57pm 2/17/08 6:57pm

2008 Daytona 500: Spinouts... FINALLY

Though it didn't involve fireballs or barrel rolls, there was a spin out on lap 176. Jimmie Johnson got loose in turn 2 and got a bit friendly with Sam Hornish Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. during the spinny aftermath. Nobody was seriously damaged or forced out of the race, but it's way more exciting than staring at the… » 2/17/08 6:33pm 2/17/08 6:33pm

2008 Daytona 500: Finally, Something Happens

We were elbow deep in delicious burger when David Ragan slammed into the wall creating major damage to the front of his generic sponsormobile, so please excuse our lack of relevant crappy photo of the television. Instead, we assumed you'd enjoy this vaguely disturbing hirsute tribute to the Intimidator. With Ragan's… » 2/17/08 6:22pm 2/17/08 6:22pm

2008 Daytona 500: Three Quarters Done

Maintaining its ISO14001 enviable zero lost time accidents record, the 2008 Daytona 500 forges on. Even though many pitstops have occurred which we should be interested in, the cute waitress who just started her shift is way more engaging than this race. At this point, every telecaster worth his stones is delving into… » 2/17/08 6:01pm 2/17/08 6:01pm

2008 Daytona 500: Lap 109, Sweet God in Heaven. It's More Than Half Over

Lap 80 saw some pace car action from "debris on the track", which is entirely less exciting than "massive fireball" or "barrel roll of death from hell", but it did give many of the competitors a chance to fuel up or re-tire. We're looking outside right now at Michigan's rain over snow at 46 degrees, while enviously… » 2/17/08 5:21pm 2/17/08 5:21pm

2008 Daytona 500: Lap 74, Kyle Busch Leads

If hockey and bowling had a kid, it would be more interesting than this race so far. Does anybody watch NASCAR for the race? No. Every fanboy out there watches it for the crashes. Don't give me that crap about team work and the precision of the pit stop. I want to see carnage. I'm not an ogre though, nobody wants to… » 2/17/08 4:42pm 2/17/08 4:42pm

2008 Daytona 500: That Didn't Take Long, Denny Hamlin Steals Lead

It's lap 35, and while we didn't capture the moment it happened on Fox's Gopher Cam, Denny Hamlin (who?) has wrested the lead from his other template car drivin' buddies. We're on the edge of our seats and despite the overwhelming onslaught of "Built Ford Tough" ads, we're sticking with this bitchin' race... all the… » 2/17/08 4:15pm 2/17/08 4:15pm

2008 Daytona 500: Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

Despite the barely palatable buildup from all manner of whogivesacrap singers, the race has begun. With AJ Foyt at the wheel of the Corvette Zo6 pace car and Richard Petty dropping the green on this years historic 50th running of the Daytona 500, the race is on. Pole sitter, Jimmie Johnson is driving a car that looks… » 2/17/08 3:42pm 2/17/08 3:42pm

2008 Daytona 500: Liveblogging From Rock on Third!

Have you ever seen coverage of a sporting event where the reporter as literally no idea what the context is? Well, like Dennis Miller on NFL's Monday Night Football, I'll be liveblogging this years running of NASCAR's Daytona 500, which will be starting right about 3:30 EST, with the green flag being dropped by the… » 2/17/08 2:30pm 2/17/08 2:30pm

Diesel Truck Pulling Laughs in Face of Fuel Economy

You know, getting 72 mpg in our nice 2007 Honda Civic diesel was fun and all, but somehow this appeals to us a lot more. There's at least one of us that grew up with this sport of kings as regular Friday night entertainment. Modified trucks with solid suspensions, fat tires, oversized injectors, bus turbos, eight or… » 2/15/08 1:15pm 2/15/08 1:15pm