Gathered here are the Oppositelock posts that people put a good deal of effort into writing over the weekend and Monday. It includes the effect of autonomous cars, 2014 F1 regulations, '55 Buick Super and more.
- Will autonomy erode our ability to ‘beat’ the other guy? - Juan Barnett
On my way to work this morning a woman in a Pontiac G6 cut me off, beating me to the already-red light and managed to set off my Jeep's rather frightening BRAKE-BRAKE-BRAKE alarm. After contemplating if Launch Control would give me enough squat to plant my front wheels on the trunk of her government-issued G6, I had an interesting thought: how will our tenacity to get ahead of the other guy sit with the programmed rules of self-driving cars?
- F1 Technical on Oppo - 2014 Regulation Changes - Fractal Footwork
In 2014 a number of regulations, some major and some minor, will transform the look and feel of next year's batch of F1 chassis. Keep in mind that these are just a few expected solutions to the new regulations and will not in literally reflect what will actually be unveiled after the new year. Also check out the discussion for the Brazillian GP.
- Oppo reviews: my grandad's 2001 Honda Stream - BiTurbo228
For the past few months, this is the car I've been driving. The Alfa needed some work, the BMW stays crashed (can't find a front wing) and in my vast fleet there wasn't a single vehicle that could take me to work. Rather embarrassing I must say. So, my grandad lent me his 2.0l Honda Stream Sport, for which I am very grateful. I strongly suspect the 'sport' is ironic though...
- Mahindra Quanto - a biased review :) - Simplecar
Love is strange. I am not a car fanatic per say, but I like cars, and I always had a very keen intuition when it comes to cars… However, I have always remembered cars that I love. They hold a special place in my memory. I have travelled the west pretty extensively, and through my observations and experience I realized one thing: there is a lot I have to learn. So let's get on with how come I fell in love with this car called as Mahindra Quanto
- 1955 Buick Super- The Oppo Review - 55Buick
The time has come. I've finally decided to review my 1955 Buick Super. This has been something I've intended to do for a while, but haven't gotten around to until now. A little bit of background on this car. We got it not very long ago (August 4, 2012- Ill always remember that date.) I got it off of ebay as a "project," even though it looks just fine. We wanted something that we could drive and have fun in, but still have things to work on.
The reason I'm writing this guide is because I want to share what I've learnt in my years owning my Land Rover. This way I can let you guys know what to look out for when buying a Land Rover Discovery II, now this isn't a definitive end all be all guide. I strongly suggest you do your own research and go in with your eyes wide open and have an idea on what to expect. I'm writing this from the point of an enthusiast of Land Rovers so things I find easy to look over other people may not.
- Dodge Challenger SRT8 - The best of the retrocars? - Will Alibrandi
The Dodge Challenger is a throwback car like its current competitors, but unlike the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang you can actually use the rear seat for people and not just groceries. Essentially unchanged from the 2012 car, the 2013 Challenger offers comfort and a smooth ride owing to its shared platform with the Chrysler 300. Offered in three different trim levels (SXT, R/T, SRT8) the SRT8 represents the ultimate performance option; the top gun of Challengers.
Reading the new article about the Supra hybrid I posted a comment. I don't want a Hybrid supercar Supra. I want a muscle car or GT car, you know, what it used to be. Strangely I was inundated with people trolling me and flaming for this opinion. The idea to have a Supra that competes with the Camaro or even a 135i at less than $40,000 was just crazy to them. This doesn't make any sense.
- This Mustang Racer is a Car Guy's Mustang Guy - LeadfootYT
The Fox Body Mustang GT is a prolific platform for drag racers, but it's work more than numbers that make Michael Murphy's white 302 coupe something special. To see such a thoroughly understood vehicle - I have no doubt that Murphy has at one point or another addressed every component in the vehicle - and talk with the owner in person should be a required experience for every Jalop. Check out the video for both a history on the car, and some automotive philosophies that every enthusiast of any interest should consider.
Today is installment #2 in my "Automotive No-Brainers" series, dedicated to the idea that Mitsubishi Motors and PSA ought to be doing the horizontal hokey pokey… After a decade of languishing, Mitsubishi Motors' financial situation is only now looking to improve in North America, the second-biggest auto market in the world. Their plant in Normal, IL is running at less than 20% of their production peak in 2000, as well. And they just announced plans to replace their unloved Galant with a Korean-built Altima-based Renault-Nissan product in the near future. So Mitsubishi will be bringing a Renault-Nissan product to market that will compete with Renault-Nissan's bread-and-butter Altima. And the rest of us are left scratching our heads.
- Porsche 914 Market Update: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - TheDailyTurismo
The Porsche 914 is decent bargain for a mid-engined German car designed in the 1960s, but only if you are careful and avoid the garbage people are selling out there. To help you out we've sequestered a dozen of the best ones we could find and will sort the wheat from the chaff. A few are stock, but most have had the original wheezy flat-4 tossed in favor of Chevy V8, Mazda rotary, bolt on turbo and flat-6 power.
We know thing for true; bros like trucks. Hell, that's why "Bro-Truck" is now part of my vocabulary. But lately, I've been noticing an especially aggravating trend; the real frat-boy ,mom's credit-card borrowing, Ralph-Lauren Polo hat-wearing douchebags now drive the Chevrolet Avalanche.
- The most fun Beige car I've ever driven - PetarVN
Let's face it, EVERYONE has had at least one "Vanilla" or "Beige" or boring car in their life. These are the cars you don't normally want when you become "enthusiast". But, for me, there is one "beige" car that I truly do love, The Opel Astra Classic II.
The Best of the Rest
Acousticaperture took photos at Katie's Cars & Coffee. TwinTurboBMW posted photos from Cars & Coffee in Portland. Jagvar went to C&C Great Falls. Paul, Man of Mustans bled his brakes and rolled his fenders. Cbell04 replaced the taillight on his brick. Coriolis put his Focus ST in winter mode and installed his vanity plates. BJohnson11 had problems with the drain plug of his truck. Bandit drove a '69 Toronado. Liquid_Popcorn crashed his GTI a little bit. KB Garage picked up a Jetta. The Jevans replaced the O2 sensors on his Miata. MonkeyPuzzle installed new tires on his Subaru. Mastapoof went to a small car show. Cazzyodo taught his girlfriend to drive stick. Sam I attended the San Antonio Auto Show. A Veyron visited Jagvar's office. Mehugtree pulled the engine out of his Miata.
As always, If I've missed something and you would like me to include it, let me know.
There were several posts that asked questions and sparked some good discussion over the weekend and Monday. Take a peek and chime in on some of them listed below:
- What Would You Drive In Alabama?
- What was the last homologation special?
- Is It Actually Possible to Coerce Someone Into Becoming A Formula 1 Fan?
- What is the worst car you've ever driven?
- Which car in your hood/work or school lot would you take for a day?
- And Stay Off!! What's the Worst Traction Control System?
- What Color Would You Get it In: Jaguar F-Type
- Golf-off: which is best?
- Volvo P1800 Engine Swap Suggestions
- What's Your Favourite Unique Car Interior Function/Feature?
- What are the best cars that you have driven?
- What's your favorite car your parents had when you were growing up?
- Gentlemen's agreements on restrictions?
- Which model years for Jeep Wranglers were most reliable?
- What Would You Drive In Alaska?
- What is the best jalopworthy eco vehicle?
- What's the safest way to get a little oppo on public roads?
- What Is The Best BMW Color?
- Where Else Do You Go For Car News?
- Who Else Is A Car Hipster?
- What is the best shade of green a stock production car has come in?
- What's the best car to mass-restomod?
- Vintage (ish) four-door 4wd with a short bed?
- What looks better on wires, and never had them to begin with?
- How'd you guys like the Best Road Trip special?
Just the #tips
- 19 minutes of rally awesomeness
- Ferrari F12 Berlinetta vs Porsche 911 Turbo S vs Mercedes SLS Black Series
- 10 Reasons Why We Need To Stop Hating on FWD - Car Throttle
- Map: Best-selling car in every state
- Grande Prêmio do Brasil - Practice & Qualifying in Pictures
- The Ultimate 5th Wheel
- Stop Traffic. Alpina Just Released the M4 Killer
- Resurrection of a Kelmark GT
- Monza - The Way You Rarely See It
- Brazilian Grand Prix in Pictures
- Vettel Pranks Natalie Pinkham
- Speedmonkey Jaguar XF Sportbrake Video Review
- Speedmonkey 2013 Honda Accord Tourer Video Review
- Honda’s F1 engine revealed
- This is the last Lamborghini Gallardo
These posts have already been shared with Jalopnik directly but deserve to be mentioned again because they were first posted in Oppositelock:
- The ACTUAL Customer Profiles of LA Auto Show Debut Vehicles
- James Courtney Escapes Serious Injury in V8 Supercars Accident
- When a Nissan 370Z GT Goes Rallying
- Did Somebody Invent A Long-Range EV Solution 20 Years Ago?
- London Lamborghini Driver Punches Pedestrian
- Hyundai/Kia's Luxury Problem
- What is it like to daily drive a Dodge Viper?