Hype Review: Logitech G920 For Xbox One (Video)

Posted on 11.25.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Back in the day the Logitech G27 was the wheel to have if you were a serious racing game player be it console or PC.  The only downside is that if you happened to own an Xbox 360 you were out of luck since the G27 wasn’t compatible with it.  People wanted the G27 for the Xbox 360’s so bad that there were even elaborate mods done to force the G27 to work but it was never quite ideal.  Logitech didn’t want to exclude Xbox owners in this new console generation so they released a new wheel, the G920 for the Xbox One.

Internally, the G920 is the same as the G27 but updated with new sensors to make steering more accurate.  I had a chance to use the wheel for a short while during E3 this year but it wasn’t nearly enough time to give an honest review.  Luckily Logitech reached out and was kind enough to send over a wheel for just that purpose!  Below is a video of a full review of the new Logitech G920 for Xbox One.  In the review I test the wheel on three games: Forza Motorsport 6, Project CARS, F1 2015.  How did the wheel do?  Which game did it work the best on?  All of that is in the video review below!

Logitech G920 Review:

Here is the TL;DR:

I ranked the games by how well the wheel worked with them so I’ll start with that.

1st: Project CARS (Logitech worked with Project CARS devs so the wheel worked seamlessly)
2nd: Forza Motorsport 6 (worked well but brake needed adjustment)
3rd: F1 2015 (can’t adjust steering rotation ratios)

Now for the pros and cons.

-Looks great
-Good force feedback
-Light weight
-Easy to find at retail

-A bit too expensive. ($399 is the MSRP but it is on sale now at Best Buy and Amazon for $349)
-No external shifter included (can be bought separately for $59)
-Not wireless
-Pedals are not adjustable

So there you have it, my opinions and experiences using the Logitech G920.  Hopefully this information will help you decide if you think this wheel is worth purchasing!


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SEMA 2015: Toyota Turns A Sienna Minivan Into A Track Day Weapon (Video)

Posted on 11.04.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


What if I told you that someone made a track car out of a Minivan?  What if I went onto tell you that despite that same minivan out lapped a V8 Camaro?  What if I continued to tell you that same minivan out lapped a V8 Camaro despite having a stock V6 engine?  You would probably think I was a liar or crazy…Or a crazy liar.  Yet, this is all true.  The track minivan part not me being a crazy liar.  Anyhow, for SEMA Toyota reached out to performance shop DG-Spec to see if they could turn a Sienna minivan into something that could hold its own at the track.  Not only did DG-Spec create a Sienna that could hold its own, they created one that could out pace a sport tuned muscle car by over a second!  The crazy part is that DG did little to nothing with the Sienna’s engine.  They focused their efforts on breaking and suspension.  By out handling other cars the Minivan dubbed the Sienna R-Tuned Concept can out pace its competitors by cornering faster.

To get a behind-the-scenes look at the Sienna R-Tuned build check out the video below.  You can also find a 20+ picture gallery and a press release with more info.  You really do want to watch the video.  Trust me you will love seeing this thing in action.



Press Release:

Toyota Sienna R-Tuned Concept Pushes the Limits at Toyota’s 2015 SEMA Display

Sienna with Stock Engine and Transmission Outpaces Camaro SS
November 03, 2015
2015 SEMA/Toyota – Sienna R-Tuned Concept Specs

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015—Why turn a Sienna minivan—the least likely product in the Toyota lineup—into a performance vehicle? It’s one thing to make an LFA supercar go fast around a racetrack. People expect that. But no one sees a Sienna coming.

People’s perception of just how much fun you can have driving a family hauler will change dramatically when they see the Toyota Sienna R-Tuned concept, which made its debut today at Toyota’s 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show display.

Toyota Technical Center collaborated with championship-winning performance shop DG-Spec to modify a stock Sienna SE “Swagger Wagon” with performance tires, wheels, brakes, double-adjustable shocks with racing springs, and a clutch-type limited-slip differential to deliver radically enhanced performance.

The result? Even though the concept uses the Sienna’s stock 3.5-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission, it has outpaced even a 6.2-liter V8 Camaro SS on the test track. At the Streets of Willow Springs, just north of Los Angeles, the Sienna R-Tuned turned a blistering 1:27 lap time, sailing past the 6.2-liter V8 Camaro by a full second around the 1.7-mile sports car course.

“When we produced the Sienna SE, we started moving in the direction of more sportiness beyond what you would find in a family hauler,” said Andrew Lund, chief engineer for the Sienna at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “With the Sienna R-Tuned, we wanted to see if we could create a vehicle that would push the limits even farther. We definitely proved that it’s possible.”

When asked how the Sienna R-Tuned could go faster than a 426-horsepower sports car, Lund said, “We looked at the overall dynamics of the vehicle, and made adjustments to make the vehicle handle and brake better. The Sienna R-Tuned simply carries more speed through the corners.”

Yet the Sienna R-Tuned isn’t a vehicle that can only be handled by a professional driver. When tested by a select group of everyday drivers, they were truly surprised at how easy it is to drive. People felt more confident, more in control and more secure behind the wheel.

The Sienna R-Tuned can be seen November 3-6, 2015, in the Toyota display booth (#24700) located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2015 SEMA Show.

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SEMA 2015: Acura Restores Ludacris’ Prized ’93 Legend Sedan (Video)

Posted on 11.04.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Galpin Auto Sports 2016 Acura ILX & Ludacris Legend

There are a lot of famous and successful people who have come from humble beginnings.  Because they come from such beginnings they tend to appreciate the fruits of their labor a little more than someone born into it.  Rapper Chris “Ludacris” Bridges is one such person.  Back when he was first making his way in the music industry he used the money from a few of his very early successes and bought a 1993 Acura Legend.  Luxurious and sporty, Ludacris felt that the car fit his personality.  He loved the car and took really good care of it and spent a lot of time in it.  In fact much of his first few albums were written in that car.  Despite blowing up and becoming world famous and having the money to buy Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Porsches he still kept his Acura Legend and still drove it often.

Unfortunately, during one of those drives he got into a wreck which beat up his beloved Legend pretty badly.  Acura heard about this and decided to step in to help.  They took Ludacris’ Legend (which had well over 200k miles on it) and restored it to its original condition (with a few extra mods).  On top of that they also enlisted the builders at Galpin Auto Sports to build a one-off 2016 ILX Sedan for the rapper as well.

You can See Ludacris’ reaction to his newly restored Acura Legend below as well as get a look at what Galpin did with the 2016 ILX.

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F1 Hype: Mexican Grand Prix Quick Results (With Video)

Posted on 11.02.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Did you miss out on the Mexican Grand Prix due to a post-Halloween candy hangover?  No worries.  It happens to the best of us.  One year I went on a York Peppermint Patty bender that nearly ruined my life!  I had to make a lot of apologies the day after… but at least my breath was minty fresh!  Anyway, on to the important stuff! Scroll below for the official Mexican GP race results and some video highlights courtesy of NBC Sports.


2015 Mexican Grand Prix Results:

1st: Nico Rosberg
2nd: Lewis Hamilton
3rd: Valtteri Bottas

Mexican Grand Prix Highlights via NBC Sports:

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F1 Hype: US Grand Prix Quick Result (Video)

Posted on 10.26.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Need the results for the US Grand Prix over the weekend?  We’ll forgive you if you thought the race was canceled due to rain, however the clouds parted just long enough for a race to be ran and it was quite the race indeed.  If you haven’t watched I highly recommend finding a replay but if you can’t we have the podium and points results right here as well as a video from the event via NBC Sports.  Its all below!


2015 US Grand Prix Results:

1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Nico Rosberg
3rd: Sebastian Vettel

2015 F1 World Championship Driver Points:

1st: Lewis Hamilton 327 points
2nd: Sebastian Vettel 251 points
3rd: Nico Rosberg 247 points
4th: Kimi Raikkonen 123 points
5th: Valtteri Bottas 111 points

Note: Lewis Hamilton is now officially the 2015 Formula 1 World Champion as he has mathematically locked out all other competitors for the rest of the season!  Congrats Lewis!

Video: Final lap as Lewis Hamilton secures his third world championship

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Hype Video: Is Drifting A “Motorsport”? Formula Drift Drivers Weigh In

Posted on 10.20.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


This year at Formula Drift Irwindale we wanted to do more than the typical gallery and wrap up coverage that we’re all used to.  We wanted to do something different but we weren’t sure what exactly that would be.  Then we saw an article from our friends at SpeedHunters titled “Drifting Is Not A Motorsport” and it reminded us of the question of Drifting’s identity which has been controversial since Formula Drift gained popularity.

Is drifting a motorsport?  Is it not a motorsport?  Does the label help or hurt drifting?  We figured there was no right or wrong answer but there are answers.  We thought the best people to pose this question to are Formula Drift drivers.  How would someone who’s life revolves around drifting see it?  Check out the video below to see what a few Formula Drift drivers such as Ken Gushi, Tyler McQuarrie, and Dai Yoshihara think about labeling drifting as a motorsport.

After watching the video let us know what you think!  Do you think drifting is a motorsport?  Why or why not?  Tell us in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

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F1 Hype: Russian Grand Prix Quick Results (With Video)

Posted on 10.12.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Did you miss out on the Russian Grand Prix over the weekend?  I won’t blame you this time because I missed it too!  I had my hands full of Formula Drift Irwindale so the 3:30am start time of the race (on the west coast) just wasn’t going to cooperate with my brain!  Any how, if you need the results simply scroll below for the race podium!  Below that is a quick highlight reel courtesy of NBC Sports.


2015 Russian Grand Prix Results:

1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Sebastian Vettel
3rd: Sergio Perez

Race Highlights:

Driver Standings:

1st: Lewis Hamilton 302 points
2nd: Sebastian Vettel 236 points
3rd: Nico Rosberg 229 points
4th: Kimi Raikkonen 123 points
5th: Valtteri Bottas 111 points

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Drifting Hype: Watch Formula Drift Round 7 Final Fight Here LIVE

Posted on 10.09.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


This weekend is likely to be one of the most significant weekends of drifting in a very long time.  Allow me to list the reasons why:

1. This is officially the last round of the season.  With China event cancelled, Irwindale is the last round of the Pro and World Championship

2. Since China was canceled and Irwindale is the final round for both Championships its worth DOUBLE POINTS!

3. Sadly, this could very well be the last Formula Drift event to happen at Irwindale Speedway as it is very likely that its going to be demolished to build a outlet mall.

So, if you can’t be there in person I really feel for you but you can still watch live via the stream below!  We’ll keep this post pinned to the top of the site all day Friday and Saturday for your viewing pleasure.  So scroll down and enjoy!  It is going to be one heck of a weekend.

Viewing Schedule:

Friday –
PRO Qualifying –  12:30 PM PST
PRO 2 Top 16 – 6:45 PM PST
Saturday –
TOP 32 – 3:00 PM PST
TOP 16 – 7:00 PM PST

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F1 Hype: Japanese Grand Prix Quick Result (With Video)

Posted on 09.28.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Miss the Japanese Grand Prix over the weekend?  Normally I’d give you crap about it but considering that it came on at odd hours for us American types I’ll give you a pass this time.  So, if you’re not waiting for a replay and you want the results then scroll below for the podium as well as a video recap of the race from NBC sports.



2015 Japanese Grand Prix Results:

1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Nico Rosberg
3rd: Sebastian Vettel

Race recap:

Current driver championship points top 5:

1st: Lewis Hamilton 277 points
2nd: Nico Rosberg 229 points
3rd: Sebastian Vettel 218 points
4th: Kimi Raikkonen 119 points
5th: Vatteri Bottas 111 points

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F1 Hype: Singapore Grand Prix Quick Result (Video)

Posted on 09.21.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Miss out on the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend?  I don’t blame you.  It was a prime weekend for BBQ and Footbal-Of course I blame you!!  You missed one of the few night races in the F1 season? Are you kidding me?!  Fine, fine I’ll let it slide this time and hook you up with the results but don’t let it happen again or I’ll…do absolutely nothing.  Who am I kidding right?  Anyway if you need to get caught up the official results are below along with a video recap of the race.


2015 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix Results:

1st: Sebastian Vettel
2nd: Daniel Ricciardo
3rd: Kimi Raikkonen

Current 2015 top 5 driver points standings:

1st: Lewis Hamilton 252 points
2nd: Nico Rosberg 211 points
3rd: Sebastian Vettel 203 points
4th: Kimi Raikkonen 107
5th: Valtteri Botas 101 points

Singapore Grand Prix Recap video via NBC Sports:

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