Each year, Motor Trend holds a ‘World’s Greatest Drag Race’ featuring some of the fastest, most exciting sports cars, supercars and hypercars ever made. And this year, not a single one of them won.
The high-octane race part of the magazine’s “best driver’s car” competition and features the finalists doing a simultaneous quarter mile race against each other on an airstrip — the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, this time around.
As you would imagine, the list of contenders is what every car enthusiast’s dream is made of. See for yourself:
- Ferrari 488 GTB
- McLaren 570GT
- Porsche 911 Turbo S
- Mercedes-AMG GT R
- Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
- Porsche 718 Cayman S
- Lexus LC 500
- Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
- Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
- Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
- Aston Martin DB11
- Nissan GT-R NISMO
The Mazda MX-5 RF, despite being in contention for the “best driver’s car” title, is grossly underpowered and was forced to watch from the sidelines, wishing the track was a little twistier. To make things interesting, Motor Trend decided to replace the Mazda that wished-it-could with the Tesla Model S P100D Ludicrous, a car we’ve all wanted to see frolic with the likes a Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche in terms of pure speed.
And — you guessed it — the relatively unassuming, electric-powered Model S, the heaviest car on the track, beat them all! In fact, it would have crushed the race if not for the Ferrari 488 GTB and Porsche 911 Turbo S being hot on its heels. It’s quite something to see…
Guess which car came in last?
Alfa Romeo Giulia Has The Safety To Match Its Sportiness
The Alfa Romeo Guilia can now add best-in-class safety to its list of impressive credentials, having earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
To be eligible for the institute’s top safety rating, a vehicle must receive “good” ratings in all five crashworthiness tests (small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints), as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating.
The 2017 Guilia equipped with the optional front crash prevention system and curve-adaptive headlights achieved top rating, scoring “good” in all crash tests and earning top marks of “superior” for its automatic braking systems and “good” for its bi-xenon projector headlamps.
Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo, stated:
“The Giulia represents the height of Alfa Romeo engineering and technology so no effort was spared when it came to the vehicle’s performance and safety features. We’re honored to receive this award from IIHS as it shows our commitment to creating state-of-the-art vehicles.”
Arguably the sportiest, most engaging contender in its segment, the Alfa Romeo Giulia competes with the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 and other premium compact-size sedans. It has a base price of $37,995 in the United States.
New Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Is Now The Fastest SUV
The new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has become the fastest SUV in the world by lapping Germany’s infamous Nürburgring in a record-breaking 7 minutes 51.7 seconds.
Set by driver Fabio Francia in a 2018 Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which is powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that produces 505 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque, that time is a full eight seconds faster than the previous production SUV record!
Francia was also the driver who set the new Nürburgring record for the world’s fastest four-door sedan with the Giulia Quadrifoglio, clocking 7 minutes 32 seconds.
Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo, stated:
“We specifically engineered and designed the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to set world-class benchmarks and it did not disappoint with a world-record Nürburgring lap time of 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds. We’re proud to now hold two Nürburgring lap time records with the Giulia Quadrifoglio as the fastest four-door production sedan and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio as the fastest production SUV.”
Alfa Romeo clearly wants to be the performance king in the luxury car segment, a designation BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi seem to care less about these day. Let’s hope all the company’s hard work leads to much-needed sales.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Will Be Chinese-Owned?
The Chinese are hunting for an American automaker, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is a prime target.
FCA has already refused offers from a Chinese car brand, but that appears to have resulted in even more bids from other entities. The company has been looking an industrial and financial partner for over five years, a search that might soon come to an end.
Intense government pressure to go global is forcing China’s biggest car manufacturers to buy foreign automakers. Geely is now the owner of Volvo and the London Taxi Company and has a controlling stake in Malaysia’s Proton. ChemChina’s purchase of Italian tire maker Pirelli is yet another example.
Sources familiar with the negotiations told that a major Chinese brand recently offered to buy FCA at “a small premium over its market value,” but that the offer was rejected because it was too low.
Other sources claim other large Chinese automakers are reviewing a potential purchase of FCA, with some of their officials meeting with the company’s executives.
The trusted trade journal reports the sale would include the Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram brands, with Maserati and Alfa Romeo getting spun off, much like Ferrari was in 2015.
Will Chinese ownership be a good thing for FCA and each of its individual parts? Share your thoughts in the comments below.