Why MotorTrend’s Top Gear America Stands on Its Own

MotorTrend is the number one automotive media destination in the world for a reason: We know what we’re doing. You already know that, though. You’ve trusted us and other brands in the MotorTrend family—such as HOT ROD, Four Wheeler, and Roadkill—for more than 70 years. You’ve also trusted Dax Shepard, Rob Corddry, and Jethro Bovingdon to thoroughly entertain you in some way for many years. Even during the horrible year that was 2020 (we shudder at our keyboard), did we let you down? Then it’s time to trust us one more time. If you like cars (even if you don’t), you must watch Top Gear America.

We’ll address all the naysaying right away: “It’s just another American remake of a British classic.” “The formula is exactly the same as other shows.” “It’s not the Big Three.” Ouch, that hurts. But we were expecting that, and

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Lotus, Alpine Team Up on Electric Sports Car Development

Two companies that are both defined by the relentless pursuit to do away with any and all unnecessary weight in their sports cars will soon be working together with nickel, cobalt, and lithium and taking a shot at electrification. That’s right, Lotus and Alpine are collaborating on an electric sports car, and believe it or not, this is great news for the EV world. At the moment, one of the main problems with electric vehicles is they weigh significantly more than their internal combustion engine counterparts. Lotus and Alpine, both experts in lightweight sports cars of old, could very well change that calculus.

You see, power and torque can make up for extra vehicle heft in a straight line, but in every other performance aspect—so, turning and braking—weight can be a real drag. Lightweight, handling-focused, and relatively low-output sports cars such as the Alpine A110 and the Lotus Evora

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Can (and Should) This 1979 Triumph TR7 Be Saved?

British sports cars have a well-deserved reputation for indestructible build quality and stolid reliability, and the Triumph TR7 is possibly the crown jewel of them all. Between Triumph’s reputation for building affordable and credible sporting cars and motorcycles, coupled with the “Shape of Things to Come” styling, the 1979 Triumph TR7 was one of the greatest sales successes of its time and segment. This flaming orange example, still with its original Zenith carburetors (maybe not where you’d expect them), is coming to the Wheeler Dealers garage for the sorting out it deserves and direly needs.

Okay, we can’t keep it up anymore. There are only two true statements in that first paragraph, namely that Triumph made affordable sports cars and still makes fantastic motorcycles. Famous for reliability and sales success, they ain’t. Even so, Mike Brewer couldn’t be happier with his recently purchased and very orange 1979 Triumph TR7—a stark

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Can (and Should) This 1979 Triumph TR7 Be Saved?

British sports cars have a well-deserved reputation for indestructible build quality and stolid reliability, and the Triumph TR7 is possibly the crown jewel of them all. Between Triumph’s reputation for building affordable and credible sporting cars and motorcycles, coupled with the “Shape of Things to Come” styling, the 1979 Triumph TR7 was one of the greatest sales successes of its time and segment. This flaming orange example, still with its original Zenith carburetors (maybe not where you’d expect them), is coming to the Wheeler Dealers garage for the sorting out it deserves and direly needs.

Okay, we can’t keep it up anymore. There are only two true statements in that first paragraph, namely that Triumph made affordable sports cars and still makes fantastic motorcycles. Famous for reliability and sales success, they ain’t. Even so, Mike Brewer couldn’t be happier with his recently purchased and very orange 1979 Triumph TR7—a stark

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Dax Shepard Is Building an LT4-Swapped Chevy 454 SS Pickup

We drove it around the block and were impressed with its tight feel and ride quality. The throttle-body-injected (TBI) 454 definitely makes more torque and accelerates with more aplomb than Project Jake, the in-house, small-block-powered OBS (old body style) 1993 GMC C1500 from our sister publication HOT ROD. Still, an 8:1 compression big-block with peanut-port cylinder heads, a tiny cam, and hard-to-tune, airflow-limited induction and fuel-delivery systems doesn’t compare very favorably with even the standard engines in today’s pickups.

Say what you will about taking out the big-block in a 454 SS and replacing it with an LS or (in this case) LT engine, it’s hard to argue with the logic. Lucky told us he and Dax discussed several options on how to build the existing big-block for more power, but Dax decided on the LT4 E-Rod crate engine from Chevrolet Performance in an attempt

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