Best of Oppositelock: July 31, 2013

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Gathered here are the Oppositelock posts that people have put a good deal of effort into writing from the last 24 hours. Today it includes inline 4s in luxury cars, a Rothmans 911, ditching the third pedal and more.

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Thanks to emissions regulations, the vast majority of automobile manufacturers have had to downsize. The most common practice is knocking off two cylinders and strapping on a turbocharger. The net result is an engine with equivalent, if not superior, performance and appreciably improved fuel economy. This makes sense in theory, but will argue that a turbocharged I4 has no place in a luxury car.

I've probably wondered this before, but dammit, apart from PGR3 (which has like two non-street circuits) and the rather arcade-y GRID, this car just doesn't seem to appear in any decent racing games. Not even Gran Turismo! That one really perplexes me. Of the 30 or so GT-Rs in GT5, not one of them is the hallowed Z-Tune? The 20-only 500PS road-racer regarded as The Mother of All GT-Rs? Y U NO MAKE SENSE? I mean sure, you can tune regular R34s to 500 horsepower, and sometimes even add the NISMO side skirts, but it's just not the same! Turn10 might have tried 1-Up'ing them by sneaking it into FM4, but that hasn't happened either.

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Be sure to check out Sparf's parody/tribute to this posts about the ST165 Celica too.

Car spotting, picture threads

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Agrajag was unpleasantly surprised when doing rust repair on his W123. Sparf saw a Rothmans liveried 911 rally car in Sweden. Daender spotted a stunning red Viper at a CCPS race in the spring. Makoyouidiot noticed some cool cars on a trip to O'Reilly. BJohnson11 bought a 1972 Checy C10 with a 5.3l Vortec. Bret ran into 3 Orange Opel GTs on the street. cazzyodo took his Focus ST on a quick lunchtime drive and took pictures. Podimus spotted a Harlequin VW Golf in Edmonton.

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Elon Musk knows the key to Tesla's success goes way beyond building an award winning car like the Model S, or the even the promise of an everyman's Tesla at $30k or so. The key is a charging network. Mr. Musk does not wait around, he is rapidly building a network of Tesla Superchargers across the US and Canada and he is doing it now. Recognizing the same thing, Japan's key automakers have decided to put away competitive differences and coordinate on rapidly building their nation's 4,000 charging stations to more than 12,000.

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I couldn't help but be jealous of one journalistic peer allowed to romp around the best roads in Europe in a Cayman S. I feel as though every young man becomes an automotive journalist for one reason: to drive every car without reserve and never pay for it. All that is required is a quick wit and a strong passion. I am not a journalist, so I have to pay to play.

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This past weekend my girlfriend took me to F1 Boston. We went to the outdoor arrive and drive track. This was the first time I had ever Karted or raced anything for that matter. Needless to say I was so excited and couldn't wait to use everything I had learned on the interwebs to be the fastest one out there. I needed to come in to the first hairpin with speed and high revs so I could accelerate out. You know, apex the crap out of it and come out like a winner. Easy stuff. So here's what I learned about How to Drive Fast.

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John Jackson rules. Vagabond photog, criss-crossing the country via bagged Corvair van, Subie wagon, and bicycle to get the sickest hot rod, kustom, and moto shots around. Always pushing the limits of his craft and thinking outside the box, ultimately creating bold images that stick with you like a Daft Punk beat. He likes to say that the culture's fabricators give him all the fodder he needs, that they make him look good...but the truth is that there's a reason they want HIM to capture their work.

We've all been there. That foolhardy moment when unabashed joy turns to "ohshitohshitohshit". Sometimes we get lucky. Sometimes we end up in a ditch. I know the second one has happened to me on at least two occasions. I was stoked when I found my Celica in the local classifieds and even more stoked after making the purchase. It was affordable, all-wheel-drive and had a turbocharged four cylinder with nearly 200 horsepower. It was my first car and I couldn't wait to start testing its limits.

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The Seven-Ups (1973) starring Roy Scheider, Victor Arnold, Jerry Leon and Ken Kercheval, with a 1973 Pontiac Ventura Sport coupe in a supporting role. It also included Richard Lynch, that ugly guy whose name you never knew, but who had a role as a bad guy in one episode of every 70's cop show you can think of.

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Surfing craigslist is often like negotiating a minefield totally naked and blindfolded. Lunacy, incompetence, ignorance and insanity eagerly await each click of the mouse like the four horsemen of the apocalypse combing the manes on their ethereal steeds. Three of the four horsemen of craigslist made a particularly stunning appearance this week with a trifecta of V8 powered Volvos for sale across the country. Pick your favorite as we compare a Bertone Coupe sold by CAPT'N CAPSLOCK with a 240 Wagon sold by Too Much Too List and finally a 760 Hot Rod with No Engine/No Trans.

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(Autopia) Replicacars are frauds. Pure and simple. But we’re willing to give Ivan Sentch a pass because he’s not only basing his Aston Martin replica on a Nissan Skyline, but he’s 3D-printing the body with an excruciating level of detail.

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I'm going to start by saying that I am not a Corvette guy. Really never have been. As a child I grew up around what were predominantly air-cooled Porsche's, with the occasional Lotus, Fiat, Citroen or Lamborghini thrown in for good measure. We were a family of European cars. Except for that 1979 L-82 Corvette my Father bought during his mid-life crisis. Oh yes, the full-on mid-life crisis. The running off with your secretary type.

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As always, If I've missed something and you would like me to include it, let me know.

Fun Discussions

There were several posts that asked questions and sparked some good discussion over the last day. Take a peek and chime in on some of them listed below:

Just the #tips

Honourable Mentions

These posts have already been shared with Jalopnik directly but deserve to be mentioned again because they were first posted in Oppositelock:

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