Preview: 2015 Volvo XC90 (478 views)
By Bradley Iger on August 29, 2014 3:19 p.m.
After more than three years of development, Volvo has finally unveiled the next generation of the XC90. More than just a simple makeover of the SUV, the XC90 is the culmination of an 11 billion dollar overall investment in new product research and development for Volvo from its parent company Geely, and is the first all-new vehicle Volvo has developed since severing its ties with Ford. Moreover, the XC90 features Volvo's new line of technologically advanced drivetrains, the company's new modular Scalable Product Architecture platform, and a look at the automaker's latest design language in a finalized production form.
Classic: Ferrari 330 P (146 views)
By Ronan Glon on August 29, 2014 1:21 p.m.
It is no secret that Ford tried to buy Ferrari in 1963. Company founder Enzo Ferrari was initially in favor of the deal but he eventually grew tired of negotiating with Ford and canceled the tie-up altogether. Furious, Henry Ford II vowed to develop a car capable of beating Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
WR TV: 1976 BMW 2002 - POV Test Drive (138 views)
By Winding Road Staff on August 28, 2014 6:58 p.m.
Even as their vehicles get larger and more complex, BMW has made a point of recalling the diminutive and beloved 2002 as a frame of reference for the inspiration behind cars like the new M235i. First sold in 1968, the 2002 was instrumental in establishing BMW's reputation in the realm of compact sports sedans and coupes, and served as the predecessor to the 3-Series.
Race Class Profile: 944-Spec (127 views)
By Winding Road Staff on August 28, 2014 6:14 p.m.
Just because you want to race Porsches doesn't mean you'll have to sell vital organs to afford it. The 944-Spec series was conceived to offer Porsche enthusiasts a way to go racing with limited expense and low operating costs. Consisting of spec-built 1983-1988 Porsche 944s and 1987-1988 Porsche 924Ss, 944-Spec follows a similar concept to that of Spec Miata and Spec E30 in that, due to the parity between cars in the class, driver skill is the biggest factor in regards to a racer's competitiveness.
By Winding Road Staff on August 27, 2014 6:30 p.m.
Not long ago, a racing helmet with full carbon fiber shell construction would have commanded a price tag of well over a thousand dollars. Now Bell Racing, one of the most trusted brands in racing gear, has introduced the GP.2 carbon fiber helmet to their lineup for 2014, and it's a bit of a game changer. By using Bell's own high-pressure resin transfer molding system, the company is now able to offer the virtues of carbon fiber shell construction at a much more accessible price point. Let's take a closer look at the GP.2 helmet.
WR TV: 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible (183 views)
By Winding Road Staff on August 27, 2014 2:29 p.m.
Today we're behind the wheel of Chevrolet's pony car contender. The Camaro received a refresh for the 2014 model year that includes revised front and rear fascia styling, new headlamps and taillamps, and a new SS hood that draws inspiration from the heat extractors first seen on the 2012 Camaro ZL1.
By Bradley Iger on August 26, 2014 2:28 p.m.
When the Honda CR-Z was first announced, it generated more excitement than your typical hybrid. Its form recalled the simple, light and sporty form of the Honda CRX, and it promised the seemingly impossible combination of offering both performance and fuel economy. It was intriguing. Unfortunately, when the CR-Z landed it only made 130 horsepower and its fuel economy ratings fell well short of other hybrids, and its resemblance to the 80s hot hatch icon only ended beyond the sheetmetal. But Honda Performance Development looks to be remedying at least one of those issues with a factory-backed supercharger kit which ...
By Bradley Iger on August 26, 2014 1:48 p.m.
Just as the horsepower rivalry between the Big Three has spawned increasingly more capable sports cars and muscle cars, the war to claim the top spot in the world of pickups has evolved into a tit for tat battle of one-upmanship. While horsepower is the measurement that go-fast fanatics salivate over, in the realm of trucks, it's torque that dictates who's the king of hill in terms of capability. Over the course of the last few days, both Ford and Chrysler have traded blows that have caused the crown bounce back and forth across Detroit this month. But regardless of ...
By Ross Bentley on August 26, 2014 12:12 p.m.
One problem I keep coming across in my coaching and driver education is "memorization." By this I mean memorization as a replacement for understanding. I see a lot of drivers who have problems because they have been taught specifically to do something, but cannot explain why they are doing it. They've only memorized a technique. Or similarly, they are trying to imitate something they have observed, but without understanding why it's being done. In driving, the "why" is just as important as the "what."
WR TV: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT (1114 views)
By Winding Road Staff on August 25, 2014 2:55 p.m.
While the 8-speed ZF sourced gearbox that made its recent debut in the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat was big news, we actually got a preview of how this gearbox might behave when hooked to a Mopar motor by way of this Grand Cherokee, which was the first of the Hemi-powered Chrysler vehicles to benefit from the new gearbox.