The glass-half-full part is that you're striking distance from both VIR and Tail of the Dragon. RTP itself has just enough critical mass of car loons to host autocrosses and the like, but for the real weird car shit you need to drive two hours east or west. Then you'll find things like rocket-powered school bus… » 7/22/14 12:07am Yesterday 12:07am

Look, Lexus drivers are, as a lot, people with low expectations for sensory input and control. And let's face it, if you're at a point in life where you're not chasing stimulation and you're totally fine with not being in control of things, you will be a lot happier. » 7/21/14 6:19pm Monday 6:19pm

Every so often I go shopping for one of these as a track support vehicle, and the build quality and engineering (and decor) is always appalling. Prevost and Newell make nice stuff, if you want something bigger than a house and roughly as expensive. There are probably a lot of people like me who would pony up for… » 7/18/14 6:50pm Friday 6:50pm

A sunrise drive down California's Pocket Canyon road, starting with a yellow diamond sign showing a black squiggle and the subheading "next 16 miles." Zero runoff, lots of trees, and a driver's buffet of 2nd and 3rd gear corners. When you're 80 miles of damp secondary roads from work, it's 6:30 AM, and you need to get… » 7/17/14 4:00am 7/17/14 4:00am

Hrm. I'd agree that this is prettier than the car it replaces, but wouldn't it look better still with a lower belt line and something going on in the rear that isn't that Buick Verano-style chrome horizontal? Every time I see a W125-series CL coupe I get a little stupid and mumbly and my wife has to peel me off the… » 7/15/14 7:55pm 7/15/14 7:55pm

+1 on all points, good sir. FWIW, the desire to make a "dark" Bond film is actually - and explicitly - a desire to get back to the way Bond is described in Ian Fleming's books. He's had this rough childhood that led him into a difficult war and came out sort of decorated for doing things that he's not proud of. MI5 is… » 7/14/14 5:49pm 7/14/14 5:49pm

It's super-fun to drive. The center of gravity is approximately an inch below your butt and it will pivot like it's a Shriner's parade car.

Plus, they weren't hard to modify for more power - an average Porsche Club track day will have a whole passel of these with breathed on 6-cylinder motors. (Twin-spark 2.7s with… » 7/14/14 11:34am 7/14/14 11:34am

I saw the Elmiraj concept in person and it is stunning. If they could do it for BMW 6-series money and not Mercedes CLS money, I would pay actual non-Internet dollars for it. I suspect that to appeal to the demographic they need - buyers a bit more adventurous than those who shop on badge alone, and non-US buyers who… » 7/14/14 3:34am 7/14/14 3:34am

It worse than you think. The Amtrak Acela trains from Boston to D.C. were *supposed* to be Shinkansen-fast, but they screwed up both the layout and the installation of the tracks. Once it was built they realized it was unsafe, and instead of fixing the problem they limited the speeds to 150 max and 60-80 in certain… » 7/14/14 3:15am 7/14/14 3:15am

The world would be such a different place if the early automakers had decided that the car should have the same UI as a horse. We'd all be complaining about how those newfangled "riding crop by wire" systems had no feel like the analogue ones. » 7/14/14 3:04am 7/14/14 3:04am