This Week in Motoring: November 17, 2014

This Week in Motoring: Ken Block takes over LA, the Cadillac ATS V Racer breaks cover, a CEO gets shot at and much more.



Top Gear Tests the Big 3
The boys from Top Gear landed the supercar test to end all supercar tests: LaFerrari vs Porsche 918 vs McLaren P1. Until now, no one has been able to wrangle all three beasts on to the same road at the same time.

Texas Armoring Corp. Bets the Boss’s Life
Most CEOs sit behind a desk and call the shots from the top floor. Not Trent Kimball, head of Texas Armoring Corporation. He’s a man who stands behind his product. And in the case of TAC’s bulletproof glass, he does so quite literally. To show his confidence in his product he let a sharp shooter fire a couple AK-47 rounds at a prepped Mercedes-Benz, while he was sitting inside.

The Cadillac ATS V Racer Breaks Cover
Since Cadillac introduced the V-Sport and an accompanying race team, they’ve had a lot of success on and off the track. Now that the CTS has moved up market, the ATS has moved into active duty in competition. In stock trim the ATS is brilliant; in GT3 guise, it’s eye watering. Road & Track reports.

Caterham F1 Receives Millions Through Crowdfunding
Cowdfunding is all the rage these days — all the way up to F1 teams. Caterham, beleaguered and taken over by administrators, is selling off team “merchandise” to entice donations to make payments. Team merchandise ranges from branded shirts to driver gloves to the front wing to the 2010 season challenger and even the odd exhaust manifold. So far they’ve raised 1.9 million pounds.

The First Comet Landing
The European Space Agency has landed a probe on a damn comet. After ten years, which included three gravitational slingshots from Earth and one from Mars, two asteroid flybys and one stint in Deep Space Hibernation, the 220-pound Philae probe landed on the comet some 310 million miles from Earth and began its mission of analyzing the comet’s composition. NASA scientist Jim Green compared the Philae’s success to “hitting a golf ball and trying to land it on the moon”.

VW Golf Takes the Title
Motor Trend named not just the Volkswagen Golf, but also the whole Golf family, Car of The Year. There’s no perfect car, but with its combination of price, performance and usability, the Golf sure does come close.

Ken Block’s at it Again
He has torn up Universal Studios and hooned all over the hills of San Fran. Now Ken Block has taken to the streets of LA for much anticipated Gymkhana 7. This time around he’s ditched his rally cross-bred Ford Fiesta for a first-of-its-kind 845-hp AWD ’65 Ford Mustang and dubbed it the Hoonicorn. Many tires were harmed in the making of this film.

Chevy’s Vision Gran Turismo
Chevy isn’t really known for its groundbreaking concept cars, but when it comes to the Gran Turismo Vision party no one wants to be left out in the cold. Some speculated that Chevy is hinting at future design language (possibly Corvette C8 cues). What is for certain is that the Vision harks back to Chaparral racers from the ’60s and ’70s.
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