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For the second time I find myself in a familiar position. Coming off a previous Transformers movie which ultimately turned out to be a disappointing experience, swearing off the movies entirely but then being lured in once more by Michael Bay’s uncanny ability to put together a bad-ass mega trailer thus having my hopes moved once more to the “up” position. I was really having not so great feelings about the upcoming Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction flick but damn if today’s new trailer didn’t re-kindle my interest.
There still is not too much known about the story of the next film but from the trailer it appears that some time has passed since the events of “Dark Of The Moon” and the world advanced to a point to where they do not need to rely on the Autobots to protect them (or so they think). In fact it seems like the world as turned against the Autobots according to the viral marketing site TransformersAreDangerous.com and their hotline (855) 363-8392 (seriously call it!). Then as usual a massive alien threat comes to Earth and starts wrecking stuff and in the middle of all this Mark Whalberg, who plays a struggling salvage man trying to put his daughter through college comes across an old semi truck that just happens to be Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots, then wackiness ensues. There is also a ton of explosions, shooting, and more importantly…Dinobots! It really does look good this time. Don’t take my word for it though, you can watch the trailer below. And to Mr. Bay if you’re reading you have brought me from hopeless about this film to cautiously optimistic, congrats…now make it count!
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Ever wonder what its like to take a lap around the legendary Sepang circuit? What about taking a lap around Sepang in a purpose built go-fasty-fast Ferrari 458 Challenge EVO? I wonder that too! Although its unlikely (for me anyway) that such an experience will ever happen. However, we can at least know what it would look like thanks to Ferrari posting this video on their YouTube channel. Scroll down and take a ride with driver Paul Van Lohenhout as he hits every apex Sepang has to offer!
Tags: · EuropeanCars, Ferrari, Ferrari 458 Challenge EVO, ferrari 458 italia, Motorsports, On Board Video, On Board Video Ferrari, Paul Van Lohenhout, sepang circuit, Video
Remember when Forza Motorsport 5 came out and everyone complained that there wasn’t enough tracks even though Turn 10 kept telling everyone more tracks were on the way? Well, starting today Turn 10 gets to say “we told you so” as it was announced that a brand new re-captured virtual Road Atlanta course is coming to Forza Motorsport 5…for free! Yes, now you and your friends can fly over that horrifying blind crest on your Xbox One! Check out the official trailer below.
Tags: · Forza 5, Forza 5 Road Atlanta DLC, Forza Motorsport 5, Forza Motorsport 5 DLC, gaming, Hype, Motorsports, online racing, racing games, Video, video games, Xbox, xbox live, Xbox One
Racing games are awesome but lets face it after driving the same tracks over and over again it can get a bit stale. That’s why open world racing games like “Forza Horizon” and Test Drive were so refreshing. The trend Open World MMO racing games continued with the announcement of “Drive Club” for PS4 and “The Crew” by UbiSoft. Today Slightly Mad Studios (who created Need For Speed: SHIFT and SHIFT 2: Unlimited) announced that they would also be throwing their hat into the open world MMO racing game genre with their new IP World Of Speed.
World Of Speed promises to bring a “AAA” level open-world racing experience to PCs and it will also be free-to-play. Yes, FREE! Although that likely means there will be tons of micro transactions within the game. Perhaps players will have to pay real money to buy virtual upgrades for their cars? As of now I really don’t know too much but I do know that it will have real licensed cars, feature missions, and “club” gameplay. Hopefully I will be invited to its closed beta which starts this spring. In the meantime check out some of the game’s early screenshots by clicking any of the thumbnails in this post. You can also watch the announcement trailer and read the official press release below.
SLIGHTLY MAD STUDIOS REVEALS WORLD OF SPEED
MASSIVELY MULTIPLAYER ONLINE RACING GAME
Award-Winning Developer bring the ultimate AAA free-to-play online racing game to PCs in 2014
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif – February 10, 2014 – Slightly Mad Studios, the critically acclaimed developer known for their pedigree in racing video games, today unveiled World of Speed, a AAA massively multiplayer online arcade racing video game. World of Speed will be available in 2014 as a free-to-play experience on PCs.
In World of Speed, players will hop in the driver’s seat of an endless garage of cars ranging from everyday city runners to the fastest super cars on the planet to the most iconic cars from throughout the storied history of auto racing. Players will find themselves racing on true-to-life tracks spanning the globe and on tracks only a speed freak could dream up, carved from roadways across cities including London and San Francisco.
“At the heart of World of Speed lies a unique massive multiplayer online experience which incorporates a dynamic social elements and entirely new ways to compete in a racing video game – from an individual to a team level,” said Ian Bell, Chief Executive Officer of Slightly Mad Studios. “World of Speed is an online game and will be continuously supported with innovative and fresh content to keep the competition furious well after its launch.”
World of Speed introduces a new level of connected competition allowing players real-time interactive social gameplay through intense Club and team gameplay, the Airfield social hub, and unique missions and objectives in every race to make every players actions really matter. As an online experience, World of Speed will be supported with live events and player challenges, new gameplay modes, tracks and cars and much more.
World of Speed will be entering closed beta in Spring 2014. To learn more about World of Speed and for a chance to play the fast-paced action in the closed beta, visit and sign up at www.worldofspeed.com. The game will be published worldwide by My.com.
About Slightly Mad Studios Ltd
Slightly Mad Studios is an independent, award winning developer known most recently for its work on Electronic Arts’ Need For Speed franchise with the successful SHIFT series. The company has a core studio located near Tower Bridge, London but predominantly uses a unique distributed development system that allows the team to attract worldwide talent, be cost-effective and ultra-efficient.
For more information about Slightly Mad Studios, please visit: www.slightlymadstudios.com.
Tags: · Features, gaming, MMO Racing Game, News, online racing, Open World Racing Game, PC Gaming, PC Racing Game, racing games, Slightly Mad Studios, Video, video games, World Of Speed, World Of Speed game, World Of Speed Screen shots, World Of Speed trailer
The new M4 Coupe and M3 sedan made their world debuts a while ago and ever since then auto journalist all over the world have been waiting with baited breath for that coveted press drive invite from BMW. I however am not waiting because I am pretty bloody sure my invite is going to get “lost in the mail”. I mean I am appreciative of all the readers of this blog but I know my viewership isn’t up there with the Autoblogs and Jalopniks of the world. However, just because I’ll be under BMW’s radar doesn’t mean I can’t still drive the new M4 coupe! I just did it in a different way. If you want to know exactly what I mean and what I think about the new M4 coupe then just watch the video below. Also, keep in mind that this was all done in fun so please don’t fire bomb me! Enjoy!
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Ever wanted to know what “one wheel peeler” means? Or if a Takata race harness was strong enough to support the weight of a person? Then this week’s episode of Drift Garage is meant for you! Join Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck as they continue their quest to turn a once downtrodden Nissan 240SX into a budget drift car AKA “missile car”. In this episode the pair also welds a diff, and bolts in new Recaro seats and harnesses! Scroll down and enjoy!
Tags: · Asian Cars, chris forsberg, Drift, drift alliance, Drift Garage, drift videos, Drifting, Features, Formula D, Formula Drift, Hype, Motorsports, Network A, ryan tuerck, Video
Are you a hardcore Honda-head? If so you will definitely want to know that today the “Honda Legends” DLC car pack was released for Forza Motorsport 5 on Xbox One. The car pack includes the 1984 CRX Mugen test vehicle, the 1994 Prelude Si (my favorite car when I was in high school), and the 2014 Civic Si coupe. That is a pretty strong trio for any Honda enthusiast (especially the Prelude!!). OK, now here is the best part about this news: the car pack is FREE! Yep, its is all part of a promo deal with Honda as they get ready to reveal the new Civic Si coupe at the Chicago Auto Show this week. Pretty sweet huh?! You can download the Honda Legends DLC pack right now on Xbox Live but if you want to get a closer look at what you will get then scroll down for the official trailer.
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Back in the day completing a sub-minute lap at Tsukuba Circuit in Japan was a very big deal. These days with the leaps and bounds made in tuning tech, serious time attack cars are starting to knock on the door of 50 second laps, even quicker really. However, changing the equation from a fully prepped time attack car to a car that has a stock engine block is a whole another story. A while back I showed you a preview of the new HKS GT Supercharger fitted on the Arvou S2000. Well, recently the Arvou team took their S2k to Tsukuba in an attempt to click off a 59 second lap. Keep in mind that besides the Supercharger, the Arvou S2000 has a stock engine block! Do they pull it off? Is the HKS GT Supercharger really THAT good? Watch the video below to find out. Oh, and before you ask, they were in fact running street radial tires.
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I showed you the best now its time for me to show you the god awful. It never ceases to amaze me how a huge multi-million dollar company can spend a huge portion of those millions on ad space for one of the most watched television events in the world, yet still drop the ball so hard on executing a commercial. Heck, really it doesn’t even have to be a “great’ commercial as long as its adequate but sometimes they can’t even hit the mediocre mark! What’s going on people?! Sigh…ok lets get this over with.. scroll down please.
Third Place: “Doberhuahua” – Audi
This was more of a disappointment than a straight out bad commercial. First of all lets not get it twisted: I am not an Audi hater. In fact, I like Audi a lot which makes this spot all the more disappointing. Audi has been doing some seriously crazy stuff over the last few months. Remember all that cool new tech they showed off at CES? Laser beam headlights? Cars that can read street signs and park themselves? They’re practically living 5 years in the future but instead of showcasing any of that (the way they did when they partnered up with Marvel and Iron Man) they bring us some weird monster movie throw back staring a creepy mutant dog! What the heck Audi?! There is so much more that could have been done here! I weep at the possibilities… Next year Audi better come correct!
Second Place: “Nice” – Hyundai
Oh Hyundai, like Audi you did so little with so much. When I first learned that Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki would be the lead in Hyundai’s Super Bowl spot I had very high hopes going in. Imagine my disappointment after watching what transpired. I am still not even totally sure what was going on in this spot. Whatever this girl says just magically happens to poor Johnny yet he still can’t get the hint that he stop trying to hit on her from a moving vehicle? BLAH! Dude! I know its a cheap tactic but they could have played off of Johnny’s Big Bang character Leonard Hofstadter! This could have been so much better than it was! Instead it just ended up as a confusing mess.
First Place: “The Truth” – Kia
Here it is. The worst of the worst. What Kia did here is so bad its baffling! No matter what your opinion of the Matrix movies are, I think we can all agree that the character Morpheus is awesome. Yet, the folks at Kia drove up to Lawrence Fishburn’s house with a truck full of money and convinced him that turning the folk hero for the entire people struggling for freedom from robotic overlords into a shill for the K900 was a good idea. I guess there really are no plans for another Matrix movie otherwise there is no way I can see the studio allowing this farce to happen! Thanks to Kia I can no longer take Morepheus seriously! PRO TIP: When trying to advertise your car, don’t ruin a Sci-Fi icon in the process!! FAIL-SAUCE!!
There you have it. The three worst (in my opinion) car commercials from this year’s Super Bowl. Now just to be clear I don’t dislike any of the brands mentioned in this post. I really like Audi and Hyundai won me over with the Genesis coupe and Kia…well I don’t dislike Kia. I am only singling these companies out because of the commercials they made this year, which just happened to not be so great. Really, I want ALL car commercials during the Super Bowl to be awesome but that wont happen unless the OEMs and the ad agencies they hire know what not to do. So consider this a loving (albeit pointed) critique. Let us all hope that these guys do much better next year!
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If there was ever a time to pay close attention to the super bowl commercials it was this year. I mean, lets face it the game itself wasn’t all that riveting *coughcoughBLOWOUTcough*. Anyhow, there was a grand total of 14 car and automotive themed commercials this year, which seems like a lot but I swear there was more last year. Of those 14 I have chosen my top three ( as well as a few honorable mentions) which are listed below as well as a bit on each spot and why I thought they thought they deserved a spot in the fresh three. So, without further adieu scroll down and enjoy!
Third Place: “British Villains ‘Rendezvous’” – Jaguar
I had been looking forward to this commercial since Jaguar started teasing it last year. The idea that Jaguar would be calling on Brittan’s greatest film villains to promote the new F TYPE coupe was a brilliant idea. Seriously, the Mandarin, Sinestro, and Loki pressed and dressed all in one commercial together? Awesome! Gratuitous visuals of the F TYPE coupe didn’t hurt either. So, if I loved it so much why did it get third? Well I’ll put it to you this way. Its not because this commercial did anything bad (excuse the pun). It will all make sense when you see second and third place, so lets move on shall we?
Second Place: “Strike” – Maseratti
Usually in the days, even weeks leading up to the big game most of the bigger Automotive media outlets have previews or leaks of upcoming Super Bowl ads from OEMs. However, NO ONE saw this spot coming which really was the whole point of the ad (you will know what I am talking about if you’ve watched it). Much like the monologue (read by youngest ever Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis) suggests, this was all about waiting until any opposition has gotten too over-confident and lethargic to notice and then “striking” when its least suspected. That is what Maserati did when they used this spot to announce to the world that the Ghibli has officially arrived and is hunting for all the M5′s and E classes on American streets. The only nitpick is that they isn’t too much of the actual Ghibli shown. Although they attempt to remedy that with bolting a microphone on the back of the Ghibli to capture its beautiful exhaust sound! This commercial was so captivating, it even inspired Jaguar to take a jab at them as you can see below:
While that shot is well played (and technically corrected) by Jaguar, the bottom line is the fact that they even felt the need to respond means Maserati won the hand. I love the F TYPE coupe but I think this Ghibli spot edged it out just a bit.
First Place: “Life” – Chevrolet
This commercial is only a minute long, and has no spoken dialogue (save for the song “Don’t Leave” by Ane Brun) yet this spot manages to tell a story that many people know too well: surviving cancer. There is so much emotion, and this commercial hits so close to home that despite its minimal nature its almost overwhelming. I have always thought that some of the best commercials are those that are about more than the car being advertised and this spot epitomizes that point beautifully. Because of that, this is my favorite commercial during this year’s Hype Bowl. By the way, this Tuesday is World Cancer Day a day in which we celebrate people who have survived cancer and those who offered support through their fight. You can find out more about World Cancer Day by visiting Chevy.com/PurpleRoads and Cancer.org
There you have it! My top three favorite car commercials from this year’s Super Bowl. Although despite only picking three there were a few more that I still liked or stood out to me and have earned an honorable mention. To watch them just click their titles (bold in red text):
- “Big Game Ad” by Toyota because its hard to argue with the Muppets and Terry Crews! I miss the Muppets… Anyone remember Bip Bippadotta?
- “Need For Speed Super Bowl Spot” by DreamWorks Pictures. While I have my doubts about the movie’s plot (or lack thereof) this trailer which comprises of nothing but engine sounds is pretty awesome!
- “Transformers: Age Of Extinction Super Bowl Spot” By Paramount Pictures because DINOBOTS!!!!
- “Wings” By Volkswagen. Because watching the look of fear on a German Engineer’s face just before a rainbow shoots out of his butt is more entertaining than you’d might think.
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