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What to Do with Your Plastic Engine Cover

What to Do with Your Plastic Engine Cover
I’ve never quite understood the need for those silly plastic engine covers that carmakers insist on putting under our hoods these days. I suppose it’s because modern engines don’t always look like much of anything under there – take for example the non-descript aluminum panel that sits under the plastic cover on my Jaguar.
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Put on Your Winter Coat, 3M and Meguiar’s Style

Put on Your Winter Coat, 3M and Meguiar’s Style
Salted roads and snow. They both suck, and for completely different reasons. One makes commuting a potentially life-threatening inconvenience, while the other is put in play in order to alleviate said slippery disposition, but poses a threat to your automobile and is a chore to remove.
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McLaren 720S LEGO Kit Review: Orange is the New Brick

McLaren 720S LEGO Kit Review: Orange is the New Brick
Say what you will about handmade supercars, but McLaren continues to create some of the most amazing extreme machines ever to grace the asphalt. Unfortunately, getting a vehicle of this caliber for a week-long review is easier said than done, and while there is a very good chance that I will be getting ahold of a 720S next spring, the desire to tinker with one today remains insatiably strong.
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7 Reasons Why Nissan Should Turn the Rogue Sport Into a Hot Hatch

7 Reasons Why Nissan Should Turn the Rogue Sport Into a Hot Hatch
Months after embarking upon a jaw-droppingly scenic trip across the Pacific Northwest in the all-new Nissan Rogue Sport, I find myself revisiting the little miscreant once more with an enthusiast’s eye. Perhaps it was Nissan’s badass Star Wars display booth at the Los Angeles Auto Show, or the epic cinematic saga that is set to unfold on the big screen later this month, but I find great promise in the direction this automaker has taken with its Rogue line.
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Hey, Crimefighters! Own Your Very Own Batmobile

Hey, Crimefighters! Own Your Very Own Batmobile
Have you always wanted to ride around town in the Batmobile? Well, if your last name is Wayne, and you’ve got 200 grand lying around, this one is ready to roll out of your personal Batcave. This custom-built Batmobile replica started out as some unspecified 1985 Chevrolet, and rocks a huge 5.7-liter
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Wide Open Baja’s Off-road Racers Are Ready for Anything

Wide Open Baja’s Off-road Racers Are Ready for Anything
If you’ve ever dreamed of racing in the Baja 1000, the guys at Wide Open Baja can make that dream come true. The Ensenada-based off-road company offers several different ways to get your feet wet (and helmet dirty) in a real Baja challenge car.
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Mopar Lets Us Hellcat All the Things with the Hellcrate Engine

Mopar Lets Us Hellcat All the Things with the Hellcrate Engine
The 6.2-liter, supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI engine found in the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, Charger Hellcat, and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is about as impressive as any factory engine to ever find its way into a sub-$100,000 vehicle.
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Gullwing VW Bus Pays Homage to Back to the Future’s DeLorean

Gullwing VW Bus Pays Homage to Back to the Future’s DeLorean
Two of the world’s most iconic vehicles are the classic VW Type 2 Bus, and the DeLorean DMC-12. So what would happen if you figured out a way to combine the two? You’d end up with this one-of-a-kind van.
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Ferrari 458 Italia? Nope, Toyota Celica Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia? Nope, Toyota Celica Italia
Of all of the cars I’ve ever driven – and I’ve driven quite a few – my favorite is still the Ferrari 458 Italia. It just offered the right combination of power, oversteer, and drop dead looks that are everything you want in an Italian sportscar.
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This Russian Truck Has an Appropriately Russian Easter Egg

This Russian Truck Has an Appropriately Russian Easter Egg
Russia isn’t exactly known for their cars. Most of the ones I’m aware of are either highly utilitarian, boxy trucks and vans, crazy military style off-roaders, or junky sub-compacts held together with bubble gum and spit.
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Remote-Controlled Nissan GT-R Hits 130 mph

Remote-Controlled Nissan GT-R Hits 130 mph
The Nissan GT-R is perhaps the most precise and predictable sports car on the market. It’s incredibly responsive, and sharp as a tack going around a road course. I speak from experience. It’s like a precision scalpel that makes anyone behind the driver’s seat look like a pro.
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Land Rover Turns Jamie Oliver’s Discovery into a Kitchen on Wheels

Land Rover Turns Jamie Oliver’s Discovery into a Kitchen on Wheels
If you’re a famous celebrity chef, you’re running around all the time and probably don’t get to spend nearly as much time in the kitchen as you once did. For that reason, Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations decided to do something special for chef Jamie Oliver, and built him an awesome kitchen on wheels, based on the latest generation Land Rover Discovery. Other than the wacky wheel covers (which I’ll get to in a minute), it looks very much like any other Disco at first glance, but once you dig deeper, you’ll see that it’s got lots of fun tricks up its sleeves. Among its upgrades are a slow cooker under the hood, and a huge slide-out work surface with gas burners, a sink, and a 40″ flat screen TV on the end.
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Drive the New BMW X3… on Mars

Drive the New BMW X3… on Mars
While I think it’s critical to take any vehicle you’re considering for an actual test drive, it’s kind of fun to see the sorts of things that automakers are starting to do with virtual reality to give people a small taste of what their vehicles are like.
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Ken Block Burns Rubber and Tosses Gravel up Pikes Peak in “Climbkhana”

Ken Block Burns Rubber and Tosses Gravel up Pikes Peak in “Climbkhana”
Ken Block recently tore through the Utah desert in his Ford Fiesta ST RX43. Now he’s back with another epic action clip, as he drifts his way to the 14,100 ft summit of Pikes Peak, Colorado in his Hoonicorn RTR V2.
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1967 Gyro-X 2-Wheel Car Restored, Wins Prestigious Award

1967 Gyro-X 2-Wheel Car Restored, Wins Prestigious Award
We’ve got cars with 4 wheels, 3 wheels, and even 6 wheels. But something that doesn’t seem natural at all is a car that has only 2 wheels. But that’s exactly what we have here – the 1967 Gyro-X, courtesy of Nashville’s Lane Motor Museum, who recently completed a full restoration of this unusual, one-of-a-kind vehicle. 
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