Throwback Thursday: 1968 Plymouth GTX

Chrysler’s entries into the muscle car sweepstakes were heavier midsize coupes that relied on sheer pavement-pounding horsepower to deliver performance, and the Plymouth GTX was one of the earlier examples.

The GTX was introduced in ’67 as a performance version of the Belvedere, although the Belvedere body was restyled considerably for ’68. The GTX came standard with the 440 V8 and automatic transmission, with Sport Satellite interior trim (it was marketed as a “gentleman’s muscle car”). Its stablemate the Road Runner was a more bare-bones version of the Belvedere, with a lighter curb weight for quicker track times.

The GTX was also available with the legendary 426 Hemi V8; in stock form, the 426-powered GTX could run through the quarter mile in a blistering 13.5 seconds ...[more]

Read More

World’s First Electric Formula One Car Makes Its Debut In Las Vegas

With the first race of the inaugural Formula E Championship scheduled flag off in Beijing this September, participants have begun unveiling their speed machines. The first to be unveiled was the Spark-Renault SRT-01E Formula E car. It was showcased to the public for the first time on Monday, January 6th, at a makeshift race course in Las Vegas. Brazilian Formula One driver Lucas di Grassi was on hand to show-off the car’s performance.

For the uninitiated, the Formula E Championship is a grand prix for electric cars. As such, the unveiling of the Spark-Renault SRT-01E Formula E car had been eagerly anticipated by electric car and racing enthusiasts. The speed machine, designed by Spark Racing Technologies, certainly did not disappoint.

The car can go from 0 to 62mph in just 3 seconds. At its peak, it can ...[more]

Read More

Simple Tire Review: Goodyear Ultra Grip

The Ultra Grip is Goodyear’s winter/snow tire, studdable for extreme conditions and designed with a silica-enhanced tread compound for flexibility at freezing temperatures. The Goodyear Ultra Grip features a directional tread design and aggressive tread pattern, with bold shoulder blocks for stability in dry conditions and even treadwear. Wide grooves in the tread help move loose snow and slush away from the tire’s contact patch to resist hydroplaning. Along with sipes cut into the tread for extra biting edges in ice and snow, the shoulder and intermediate tread blocks can accept alternating rows of optional metal studs for hard-packed snow and icy roads (where legal). The Ultra Grip’s tread pattern is tuned and computer-optimized to help ...[more]

Read More

Throwback Thursday: 1966 Ford GT40

In the mid-1960s, Ford wanted a serious contender for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and other European racing circuits; they needed a car to go up against Ferrari’s entries, with the word coming directly from Henry Ford II himself.

In ’63, engineers from Ford sat down with a team from Lotus, Lola and Cooper to start drawing up plans for a Ferrari-beater. The first versions of the car (powered by Ford’s 4.2 liter Fairlane V8) performed poorly; after the race season was over, the program was handed over to racing legend Carroll Shelby. Under Shelby’s tuning and management, the team won the Daytona 2000 in 1965 with a GT40. They went on to dominate 24 Hours of Le Mans in ’66, and the GT40 was now a serious contender.

The sleek-looking GT40 was available with Ford’s 255 V8, the 289 V ...[more]

Read More

SimpleTire Review: Hankook I*Pike RW11 & i*cept Evo W310

Hankook I*Pike RW11 Review

This affordable winter tire from Hankook is designed using their eco-friendly winter tread formulation, molded into a symmetrical winter tread pattern with a distinct center section and wraparound shoulder blocks. The central grooves on the I*Pike RW11 move water and slush away from the tire’s footprint for excellent traction. The I*Pike RW11 can be used with studs for extreme conditions (where legal), and is designed with a 6-row stud pin arrangement for minimized noise and excellent stud retention. The tread’s block stiffness is optimized and applied through the combination of wave and step kerf, making it an especially good choice for SUVs and light trucks.

The I*Pike RW11 delivers excep ...[more]

Read More

SimpleTire Comparison: Hankook Winter i*Pike vs Dunlop Graspic

The Hankook Winter iPike is a great choice for drivers of smaller sedans or crossovers who need an affordable winter tire. The Winter iPike W409’s tread formulation is designed to stay flexible in subfreezing temperatures, with a wider footprint for more positive handling. A dense pattern of sipes at the center of the tread enhance traction in wet, snow and slush, with an innovative V-shaped tread pattern to move water away from the tire’s footprint. The Winter iPike W409 can also be equipped with six rows of studs for extreme conditions (where legal).

The Dunlop Graspic DS-3 is another great choice for cars, minivans and ...[more]

Read More

Throwback Thursday: 1970 Ford Mustang

The lineage of the Ford Mustang is pretty well-documented at this late date. When the Mustang was introduced halfway through the 1964 model year, it established a whole new category of fairly compact, sporty-looking 2 + 2 cars for younger buyers. Mechanically, the Mustang was nothing revolutionary; it shared most of its chassis, suspension and drivetrain with the Falcon and Fairlane (along with the clumsy handling of those cars), but with a fresh and timeless body style and sporty interior. The ’64 ½ model was projected for 100,000 units in its first year; it surpassed that number in the first three months, and Mustang buyers were on waiting lists.

The original first-generation Mustang was around until ’73, and underwent cosmetic changes and restyling in the in ...[more]

Read More

SimpleTire Review: Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Bridgestone’s Blizzak WS70 is a strong selling winter tire, and for good reason. The Blizzak WS70 is actually the fourth generation of Bridgestone Winter Biter tires, with plenty of technological and design advances to reflect that evolution.

The Blizzak WS70’s tread compound is designed with Bridgestone’s NanoPro-Tech silica-enhanced Tube Multicell formulation on top of their standard winter compound. Tube Multicell technology is designed with thousands of microscopic tubes and cells incorporated into the rubber, helping to wick water away from the tire’s contact patch; as the tire’s tread wears, new pores and tubes are continuously exposed. The compound is also designed for flexibility at freezing te ...[more]

Read More

SimpleTire Roundup: All-Season Tires

For most drivers, all-season tires are exactly what they need, with an internal design, rubber formulation and tread design that maximizes traction and performance in either dry or wet conditions. All-season tires are year-round, without the need to change tires in winter or summer, making them a logical choice for  drivers worldwide. Here are some of our picks for great-performing all-season tires: 

  • Michelin Primacy MXV4 – Michelin’s Primacy MXV4 has a 60,000 mile treadwear warranty and is designed to Michelin’s Green-X standards for low rolling resistance and environmental friendliness. The Primacy MXV4 uses Michelin’s MaxTouch Construction™ design for even weight distribution across the tire footprint ...[more]

Read More

Throwback Thursday: 1948 Tucker Torpedo

The Tucker Torpedo could have been a legendary American success story, if the stars had lined up and things had worked out differently. The car was truly ahead of its time for the late 1940s, with many innovative design and safety features . Such as:

·       A third headlight at the center, which would follow the car’s steering mechanism and light the car’s way around corners

·       Rear engine and rear wheel drive, with a subframe that would allow for easy service, lowering the entire engine from the car in minutes

·       Perimeter frame for stability and crash protection, with a roll bar built into the roof

·       S ...[more]

Read More