The latest season of Top Gear has already started airing on the BBC in the UK but we won’t be able to watch it in the US until the middle of April. That being said, they’ve been teasing out some content on their Youtube channel, including what looks to be an awesome racing challenge between Chris Harris, Matt LeBlanc, and Rory Reid in some cheap (sub-$10K) high-luxury cars. Between the Mercedes 600SEL, Bentley Arnage, and Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, they all look pretty good as race cars but we’ll have to wait for the episode to air next month to know which one is the fastest.
For Audi nerds or just fans of fast, practical, sports cars, there are few things more lust-worthy than the Audi RS2, built in limited quantities between 1994-1995. The RS2 was the ultimate evolution of the Audi 80 Avant platform. With further fine-tuning from Porsche, the 2.2-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder produced 315-hp going to all four wheels, which were also supplied by Porsche along with the massive brakes. All in all, Audi made just under 3,000 RS2s and unfortunately, none of them were imported into the US. However, now that they’re 25 years old, that will hopefully start to change. I’ll let Jalopnik tell you the rest of the reasons why you should import one right now.
Niki Lauda was one of Formula 1’s most prolific drivers. Back when he was still actively racing for Ferrari, the cars were much more of a handful than they are today. As old Formula 1 cars retire, Ferrari will often restore them and sell them to the public for racers and collectors who want something to run in a handful of high-profile vintage races. Those that were restored and raced again include several of Lauda’s racecars, including his -74 312 that you can see in the video below as well as his ’76 312 T2 that is featured in a story on Speedhunters here. If you have an appreciation of old race cars from the upper echelon of racing, you’ll want to check this out.
Last week, motoring websites blew up as tons of new and exciting cars made their debut at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. Although there are plenty of more consumer-focused models that debut here, the cars that grab all the headlines are usually of a faster, more expensive nature. For instance, Koenigsegg debuted a new car called the Jesko (named after Christian Von Koenigsegg’s father) that will supposedly break 300 MPH while Bugatti showcased a one-off, rebodied Chiron that supposedly costs upwards of $18M. Of course, there were loads of other interesting vehicles to see but I’ll let Henry Catchpole of Carfection share some of the highlights.
Lastly, one of the most interesting Aston Martins ever built seems to have completely fallen off everyone’s radar over the past few years. With the introduction of cars like the Vulcain and Valkyrie, it’s no wonder that people have seemingly forgotten about the street-going One-77. Of course, the fact that only 77 examples were built and it was never street legal in the US might have something to do with why none of seem to remember it, but if you’re looking for a refresher on Aston Martin’s most technologically-advanced car at the time, you can learn more about this carbon fiber wonder from Petrolicious.