Petrolicious: Welcome to the Land of Lancia

This week’s Petrolicious video is about a favorite car and brand of mine, Lancia. The Fulvia in the video holds a parking spot in my heart. It is neither a muscular sports car nor a cushy luxury car, but it stir passion by doing everything well. When tuned properly, the Fulvia was a Rally terror – as most Lancias were. In street trim, they were comfortable performance touring cars tailor made for the narrow, winding roads of Italy. Don’t let the front drive, 1.4 liter narrow angle V4 deceive you, these cars are a blast to drive.

Perhaps some day I’ll get to have one. Until then, this video will have to suffice.

Thanks Petrolicious, you never disappoint.

|Petrolicious| When Outrageous Was Possible

When Outrageous Was Possible from Petrolicious on Vimeo.

The Petrolicious and Depth of Speed team have released another video. This one is about the “it” car of my youth, the Lamborghini Countach. The car in the video appears to be a 1985, based on the “Quattrovalvole” badging, engine cover hump, and the lack of the straked rocker extensions of the later cars. Countaches of this era had a 5.2 liter fuel injected V12 and were quite fast. The big wing and flared fenders give the car a bulky and muscular look, quite different from the sleek shape the car had at its introduction in 1974.


1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 Photo credit: Wikipedia

Thanks for another great video guys, looking forward to more!

Street Parked: REPu!

Rotary Power

The Mazda Rotary Engine Pickup, or “REPu”, was one of the more interesting vehicles Mazda made in the 1970s.  Before the surge in fuel prices caused by the OPEC shenanigans of 1973, Mazda was offering the fun but inefficient rotary engine in just about every car it sold.  The REPu was the most utilitarian rotary powered option.
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Order Your Juke-R Now

2012 Nissan Juke R
Remember the Juke-R? Nissan has crumbled to the demands of ultra wealthy sheiks and footy stars and decided to produce a limited run of their bonkers Godzilla powered CUV. For the next four weeks you can order your very own Juke R. This 550+ hp all wheel driver is the biggest wolf you’ll ever see stuffed in a sheep suit.

For a taste of what driving this might be like, give our pal Joey Sim’s autocross impression a read. Mind you, the Juke R isn’t quite as earth shatteringly dominant as a GTR, it’s a bit taller and more aerodynamically brick-like. The heart of Godzilla is inside though, just waiting to defeat ZL1 and GT500 Smog Monsters at a track day near you.

I want one. I want one bad. Is there a mega-hella-lotto I can win in the next three and a half weeks?

Photo by Nissan