Entries Tagged as 'Features'

Hype Video: Awesome CEO Ralph Gilles Does Awesome Burn Out In Dodge Hell Cat Because Awesome

Posted on 07.16.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Usually when we think of a “CEO” we think of some stuffy old person in a suit who most likely doesn’t use or much less enjoy the products or services they hock on the rest of the population.  Sure, Bill Gates uses Windows on his home computer but do you think hes on Xbox Live once a week yelling profanities as he gets aggro on newbs in Halo?  Probably not!  This is why a guy like Ralph Gilles is refreshing.  Sure he ran the business end of SRT and has to do all the boring stuff but at heart he is a car nut like the rest of us.  He is every bit of the enthusiast and he is not afraid to show it one bit!  Hence the video below in which Mr Gilles peels off one heck of a monster burn out in the upcoming 707HP Dodge Challenger “Hellcat” in front of a roaring crowd.  Seriously, can we just make this guy the next President already?  I’d totally vote for him!

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Gaming Hype: We Preview “World Of Speed” MMO Racing Game (With Video)

Posted on 06.26.14 | Andrew Beckford 1 Comment

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When most people hear the term “MMO” they think of games like World Of Warcraft and DOTA.  Adventure games seem to have single-handedly defined the MMO genre but that is slowly starting to change as other game genre’s are taking up the MMO format.  What’s most interesting to me is when racing games start to do it.  In a way, the new Forza Horizon game is something of an MMO but as its limited to consoles it wouldn’t quite have the chance to dethrone some of the other games I’ve mentioned.  Slightly Mad Studios (the team behind the up coming Project CARS) is taking on the MMO as well in their new “Free-To-Play” game World Of Speed.

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Now when the idea of a free MMO racing game is presented many questions come to mind, especially: “how ‘free’ is it really?”  Luckily we had a chance to speak with the game’s director Andy Tudor at E3 2014 and discuss some of these burning questions.  You can watch it all below and you can click any of the thumbnails in this post for HD resolution screenshots!

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E3 2014: We Hang Out At The Playseat Booth With Tanner Foust & Adam Ferrara (With Video)

Posted on 06.20.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Apart from bouncing around to all the new racing games at E3 2014 I also made a few of my usual rounds, including the Playseat Racing booth.  Whenever I stop by Playseat I know they will have a few new things in store for the year and they kept the streak going this year with not one, not two, but three new bits of awesome!  The first is their new Top Gear partnership resulting in Top Gear branded seat rigs!  Finally, a Playseat with “The Stig” on it!  They also showed off their new screen mount which supports a 3-screen set up, and the final thing…well you are going to want to watch the video below to see what it is.  Trust me when I tell you its awesome!

Full disclosure: Playseat USA is an advertising partner with MotorworldHype.com and have provided product for review in the past.

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Gaming Hype: We Get Our Hands On Forza Horizon 2 And Ask The Hard Questions! (With Video)

Posted on 06.12.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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A few days ago E3 2014 kicked off in downtown LA With Xbox’s official press conference.  At the event Forza Horizon 2 got its grand debut in front of a ground of thousands at the event and millions more watching online.  However, once the cool intro, pretty lights, and theatrical trailer was over there still were not many details revealed other than its release date: September 30th 2014.  Luckly, I was invited to a much smaller event right after the Xbox press conference to get some hands-on time with Forza Horizon 2.  I also had the chance to interview Ralph Fulton, director of Playground Games, the studio behind both Forza Horizon games.  During my time with Ralph I asked him some pressing questions.

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Although these questions weren’t from me but questions we selected from the official Forza Motorsport forums!  How did Ralph handle the tough questions from the hardest of the hardcore fans?  Like a ninja back flipping in the shadows!  Check out the video below to see what I mean.  There is also a video of my impression of Forza Horizon 2 after playing AND a short interview with Dan Greenawalt on the new Nurburgring Forza Motorsport 5 DLC.  You can also click on any of the thumbnails in this post to get enlarged screen shots from Forza Horizon 2!

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Event Hype: WekFest LA Gallery Is Live With Nearly 300 pictures!

Posted on 06.06.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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We got a little behind the 8 ball as we are prepping for E3 2013 but we are happy to finally bring you our photo gallery from WekFest LA 2014 last weekend!  We took a ton of pictures and most of them are actually good enough to show you!  How about that?!

“Well, how was the show?”  you might be asking.  To be totally honest, this year’s WekFest is probably the best one I have been to so far.  At first I was a little worried because there were considerably less cars than I was used to seeing at the Queen Mary Events park but after a short stroll it was easy to see that the organizers went for quality over quantity.  I am going to let you guys in on a little secret.  When we cover car shows like this we do not photograph every single car at the show… *GASP!*  I know, shocking right? Well here is why: even at some of the best shows there still seems to be quite a few cars that just do not seem like they belong there.  In other words sometimes we will come across a car that is pretty much stock.  It might have a few basic mods like wheels and lowering springs which is cool and looks clean sometimes but it is not particularly interesting.  So, when we come across a car like that we will skip it and shoot something that is a little visually interesting.  There are obviously exceptions but for the most part that is our general rule of thumb.

However, at WekFest LA 2014 this almost never happened.  While the car count might have seemed low, most of the cars there were top notch!  Were there some cars that we skipped? Yes but it was not many.  Also some cars were skipped not because they weren’t interesting but there was just too much of a crowd around it to get a clean shot!  The cars were that good, as you’ll see in the gallery.

Is WekFest perfect? No.  There are always things that can be done to make an event better but I can’t really think of anything significant that bothered me enough to mention except for one thing: the name of the event “WekFest LA”.  Despite its name WekFest LA is held in the city of Long Beach, not Los Angeles.  In fact, WekFest LA is held just a short walk away from Long Beach’s most famous and iconic landmark: the Queen Mary.  You can’t get more “Long Beach” than that!  Also, Long Beach has a pretty rich automotive enthusiast history as well as motorsport history with events like the Toyota Grand Prix and Formula Drift.  So, I am not really sure why the WekFest organizers continue to call the event “WekFest LA”.  As you know, MotorworldHype is based in Long Beach so we think it would be cool if WekFest repped our city instead of LA.

Will changing the name to “WekFest Long Beach” or “WekFest LB” physically make the show better? No.  But I think it would be a nice nod to the locals who come out to attend the show!  Either way, the show itself was awesome as you soon see in the gallery.  If you have not attended before I would highly recommend coming out next year!  If 2014 was any indication, 2015′s WekFest will be pretty damn epic.  We also want to give a big thanks to the WekFest crew for inviting us out.  Now scroll down to check out our massive gallery!

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Random Hype: The 350Z May Be The Marvel Superhero You Didn’t Know About

Posted on 05.28.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Anyone close to me knows I have been a Marvel nerd ever since I saw the first Iron Man movie.  I have seen every Marvel Studios movie since then (most of them several times in the theater before buying the blu rays…yeah..I’m legit) and one of my favorite things about Marvel movies is their intro with the Marvel logo.  Its a short animation of comic pages moving flip book style and then slowly the Marvel logo fades into view.  However, despite the amount of times I have watched this intro, apparently there was something I have missed all this time.  If you look closely (and I mean VERY closely) as the pages flip you will see a very prominent image of what appears to be a Nissan 350Z.  The Z also appears to be saving a guy from what is probably a pretty hairy situation!

So, what does it all mean?  Nothing really, I just thought it was cool that despite my dive into fanboy-dom I was still able to find another connection between my passion for cars and my growing fondness for comic book heros!  Although if there is any meaning here it would probably be in the mysterious nature of this particular comic panel and its placement.  What specific comic is this from? Who is driving the car in the panel?  Was this panel purposely placed into the Marvel Studios intro secretly by some Marvel employee who happens to be a gear head or is it really all just a random coincidence?  It might also be of note that the Marvel Studios logo animation was changed to show a 3D logo rather than a 2D logo and this image can only be seen in the newer intro which I believe they began using when “Thor: The Dark World” was released.

If anyone out there in the interwebs can shed some light on this and trace the origin of this comic panel, we may just have a little reward for you!  Let us know in the comments if you have answers! You can see a larger version of the image by clicking the thumbnail below as well as a video of the Marvel Studios intro.  If you pause the video at exactly 2 seconds in, you’ll see the image in question.

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Gaming Hype: Meguiar’s Car Pack DLC Brings Musscle, Class, And Speed To Forza Motorsport 5 (With Video)

Posted on 05.07.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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As Turn 10 Studios promised, the constant onslaught of Forza Motorsport 5 DLC continues!  Fresh off the heels of the free Long Beach Grand Prix DLC comes the Meguiar’s Car Pack.  As with the car packs that came before the Meguar’s Car Pack comes with 10 cars and in this case those cars span from classic to straight out racy!  Scroll below to check out the full list and video trailer.  The cars in the Meguiar’s DLC pack are available now and if you bought the “Car Pass” when you got Forza Motorsport 5, you already have the Meguiar’s car pack!

Car List:

-2013 BMW M Performance M3 Racing Car
-1986 Alfa Romeo GTV-6
-2011 Aston Martin V12 Zagato (Villa d’Este)
-1958 Aston Martin DBR1
-1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
-1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS-396
-1968 Dodge Dart HEMI Super Stock
-1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe
-1966 Ford Lotus Cortina
-1973 Mazda RX-3

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Hype Event: Eibach Honda Meet 2014 AKA Mecca For Honda Heads (Gallery)

Posted on 05.07.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Once a year droves upon droves of loyal subjects of the “Honda-head” kingdom go on a great pilgrimage to a mythical land known as the “Inland Empire”.  Once they reach this place they gather together to enjoy each others company, buy and trade their wares, and tell tales of triumph over unsuspecting V8′s at traffic lights….  Seriously though the annual “Eibach” meet is one of the biggest gatherings of Hondas in the country and every year it seems to gain momentum.  In fact this year marked the event’s 10th anniversary.  The legend says that at the first meet or what I like to call “Eibach prime” there was only 50 cars.  This year there was easily a few hundred cars!  In fact, in recent years the meet has gotten so large in size that it can no longer be held at Eibach’s massive HQ because they just don’t have the space.  Eibach has instead chosen a spot in Lake Elsinore (at the home of their local minor league baseball team) to hold their epic gathering.  Despite being even further away from major cities than Eibach’s HQ, even more Honda fans showed up than before!  I too made the epic trek to the Lake of Elsinore to behold all of the Hondas for myself as well as snap plenty of pictures for your enjoyment.  Even though it was hotter than a volcano’s butt hole and dusty as all get out, once I saw the rows and rows of clean, excellently executed Hondas it was all worth it.  If you want to see what I saw then check out the gallery below!  Also stay tuned for our coverage from Toyotafest 2014 as well!

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Hype Video: Gran Turismo Produces “Ayrton’s Wish” A Documentary Of The Late Driver’s Positive Impact On Brazil

Posted on 05.01.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Exactly 20 years ago the world lost arguably the greatest figure in motorsports ever, Ayrton Senna.  Now, for decades starting even before his passing many F1 fans have debated whether Senna really was the best driver ever or if that honor belonged to someone else like Michael Schumacher or Damon Hill.  I have my own opinions on that as well but the thing about Ayrton is that he managed to make his story go far beyond just racing and I think that is what makes him unarguably the  greatest figure in motorsports ever.  Ayrton had a personal mission to uplift his country of Brazil, which was having its share of hardships during his time in F1.  He also passionately wanted to uplift his people, especially the children of his country and help provide them with the means to a better education and overall a better future.  When he was alive he donated massive amounts of money to various organizations that championed this cause.  After his death his sister took on his mission and founded Instituto Ayrton Senna (IAS), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of education for Brazil’s children.

To celebrate this legacy, Gran Turismo (who has a relationship with IAS) produced a short documentary called “Ayrton’s Wish”.  Directed by Tamir Moscovici (the same director behind “KAZ: Pushing The Virtual Divide”), this documentary highlights how the IAS is still helping children become aware of their worth and realize their potential.  It is a pretty great concept and worth the 20 minute run time.  Watch it below!

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Hype Video: Modified Tricycles Go Sideways On Downhill Roads In Taiwan Because Drifting Tricycles

Posted on 04.23.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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One of the reasons why everyone loves drifting (besides the fact that it looks cool) is that the act of drifting itself can actually go beyond the machinery used to do it.  Drifting is a maneuver so it theoretically can be done in any vehicle capable of executing that maneuver right?  So, really it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise when I tell you that a group of people in Taiwan have modified adult sized tricycles and drift them on downhill togue roads at high speeds with nothing but a few pieces of dirt bike armor for protection.  Wait, that does surprise you?  Oh, well…whatever check it out its awesome!!

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