That’s a lot of examples. How pervasive is this? Well, that’s the thing. Only Van den Driessche has been caught (or at least publicly caught). I asked a team manager whose team races mostly in the Americas about how many people he thought were moto-doping, and he stressed to me that while he hasn’t come in direct contact with it, he believes it’s more widespread than the public thinks. However, a rider living and racing in Europe told me he’s never heard of any direct usage of a contraband motor. So it’s quite uncertain, but the UCI has been testing for it for a half-decade, and the advantages, if you can get away with it, are tremendous. … [Read more...] about Motorized Doping, Explained: Your Guide To The Weirdest Sports Scandal Of The Year
This is, of course, patently absurd. MT has all but officially rebranded itself as sponsored content and entertainment as opposed to any sort of believable journalistic endeavor. And that’s fine. Even some of their worst brand-shilling is at least somewhat entertaining, even if they’re not the type of publication to print anything an automaker (or advertiser) doesn’t want printed. … [Read more...] about Motor Trend’s
Like the E7, the TX7 van also ambitiously aims to be the ultimate thing a police department can buy, albeit this time in paddy wagon form rather than patrol cruiser. Its super high tech styling seems focused on convincing people the TX7 will make you pay for your crimes. But somehow, the thing comes off looking a bit like the Griswold Family Truckster version of a GMC Safari van. … [Read more...] about Carbon Motors Abandons Futuristic Police Car For Futuristic Police Van
Built on a purpose-built chassis and using a 300 HP, 420 Lb-Ft of torque forced-induction diesel, the 4,000 Lb E7 will run 0-60 in 6.5 seconds, top out at 155 MPH and return 28-30 MPG in normal use. More importantly, it's designed to a 250,000-mile durability spec. Faster, more economical and longer lasting than current cop cars, but it's what inside that really counts; the E7 has been designed around the police officers specific needs. … [Read more...] about Carbon Motors E7: NYPD Cool
Carbon Motors has, since 2003, been teasing the nation's law enforcement community with a very impressive and advanced-looking purpose-built police car. And while the car itself is very impressive and seriously making me reconsider my life of petty crime, so far it only seems to exist as one prototype and lots of mockups. Carbon reportedly has thousands of orders from police departments, and in turn they allegedly have over 200,000 six-cylinder diesel engines ordered from BMW. And now they seem to have disappeared. … [Read more...] about Is Carbon Motors Dead?
That includes the "where" as well as the what. Local Motors cars are built in regional micro-factories. The first vehicle the community chose to build — the Rally Fighter — will be built at both Local Motors' headquarters in Massachusetts, but also in Arizona, where the car — built for off-road and desert races of the American Southwest — will be primarily used. Each car the Local Motors community designs will be based on regional desires, tastes and preferences. … [Read more...] about Local Motors Rally Fighter: The First-Ever Creative Commons Car