“It is now about acceleration. The power-to-weight ratio is the new measure. Extreme lightweight engineering combined with extreme performance results in extreme driving fun.”—Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini’s president and CEO
“…Indeed, the new XJ is stunning…and large. When our long-wheelbase version (the Jaguar XJL) pulled into the parking lot of the R&T offices, some swear they heard the theme song to Titanic playing in the background.”—Sam Mitani, International Editor, Road & Track
In the February 2010 issue of Road & Track, Peter Egan’s column centered on the signs that could indicate your proclivity towards car-guy-dom. I started thinking about that list and found myself conflicted about the whole, “work-on-your-own-car” aspect of the “Car Guy” title.
I do all the work on my own cars, but I never thought that meant I was a car guy. I always thought myself as an enthusiast that just maintained his own fleet. Changing drivetrain and engine fluids, rotating tires, brake jobs, taking apart a door panel to track down a squeak… I thought that’s just what you did.
The thing is, I don’t even know all the little nuances about the cars I own. I just know how to spin a wrench and spill gear oil all over the garage floor. If I need more in-depth information, I hit up the internet braintrust and start filtering knowledge in all the various forums that are out there.
So I ask, do you work on your own cars? If so, how far do you take it? Are you an oil changer? Or do you deck your own block and extrude hone your cylinder heads?
“Speed is not as important anymore, because all super sports cars are exceeding 186 mph, a speed that you cannot reach even on a racetrack, let alone normal roads.”—Stephan Winkelman, president and CEO of Lamborghini. (Read More)
“From some angles it looks odd, as though one minivan rear-ended another so violently it buried itself deeply inside the other. Maybe sometimes a breadbox should look like a breadbox.”—John Lamm on the new 2011 Honda Odyssey.