6-year-old takes family car for repairs, Chinese food

Boy was able to drive three miles from home before motorists stopped him.

LAPEER, Mich. — A 6-year-old boy took his family’s car for a spin and made it about 3 miles before he was stopped by other motorists Saturday morning.

“I opened the door and asked him what he was doing,” Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputy Karl Sapp said Sunday. “He told me he was going to the dealer to get the car fixed.”

The boy, who had hit a street sign near his house and cracked the car’s bumper, initially blamed the damage on his father, Sapp said.

The boy’s parents were home sleeping about 7:30 a.m. and didn’t know the child was gone with the family’s Ford Taurus station wagon, authorities said.

The boy initially was heading to the Chinese restaurant where he ate the night before. There weren’t many other vehicles on the road during his joyride.

‘He had never driven before,” Sapp said. “Nobody taught him.”

The boy told police that he had watched his dad drive. He had the seat all the way forward when he was stopped.

“I don’t know how he was able to operate everything and see at the same time,” Sapp said. “Apparently, he was close enough that he could reach the pedals.”

But he didn’t drive well: Two other motorists called 911 to report erratic driving. The motorists stopped the 6-year-old on M-24, south of I-69, and blocked the car until police arrived.

An officer woke the boy’s father and brought him to the scene. The father drove the car back. It was unclear Sunday whether police would seek any charges.

Dubai police drive 700-hp Lamborghini Aventador, because a Taurus doesn’t cut it

Dubai remains a city known for its wealth; built off the back of the oil industry, it now flourishes in tourism, real estate, and financial services. All that cash floating around evidently means one thing: lawbreakers drive highly expensive, fast cars. So, in response, the Dubai Police Department added an even faster car to its fleet – a 700-hp Lamborghini Aventador.

News surfaced of the acquirement on Twitter, with tweets stating “Only in Dubai” and “Officer, please cuff me in the Aventador and throw away the keys.” Additional sports cars are set to join the fleet too, with machines being designed according to police specifications in an effort to “facilitate policing on highways.”

Here in the U.S., we now focus on fuel efficiency from our cop cars rather than brute strength; philosophies between the two countries couldn’t differ more wildly. A recent study of several Ontario, Canada based police departments found the “average police car spends two-thirds of a 10-hour shift idling.” That translates to more than six gallons of fuel wasted over two shifts each day. Imagine how much fuel the Aventador will burn. Dubai has been burning through oil quickly enough as it is.

No word on which lucky Dubai cop gets to pilot the beastly machine, nor if they require special driver training. One thing’s for sure, if we introduced a 217 mph Lamborghini into the U.S. police fleets, applications to become a cop would be at an all-time high.

Old SUVs fetch big money as classics

That old SUV cluttering up your garage may be worth some serious money.

You know the one: the International Travelall under a tarp that once toted many a Boy Scout troop, or the Toyota Land Cruiser with the rusting winch on the front bumper. We suspect many old SUVs are just sitting around lots these days, driven little because of the high price of gas.

But there is cash waiting for their owners. Reason: Auction watchers say that old SUVs are becoming classic-car collector items.

At the big January auctions in Scottsdale, Ariz., 11 vintage Toyota FJ Cruisers went on the block. One, a 1981 mustard-yellow FJ-40, went for an eye popping $88,000, according Hagerty Insurance, which tracks auction prices.

How prices have gone up on vintage:

-Ford Broncos. Up 61%, from $15,700 in 2008 to $25,250 in 2012.

–Toyota Land Cruisers. up 35%, from $23,000 in 2008 to $31,000 in 2012.

–Jeeps. up 21%, from $12,700 in 2008 to $15,450 in 2012.

–Chevy Blazers: up 18%, from $12,250 in 2008 to $14,400 in 2012.

“With so many young collectors opting for modern SUVs as their daily drivers, we’re seeing a shift in perception of what makes a vehicle cool,” says McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty, an insurance agency for classic vehicles. “Broncos, Land Rovers and other similar vehicles from the ’60s and ’70s were, for the most part, once seen as utilitarian. But vintage SUVs are becoming more and more collectible.”

Because the trend is just starting, he says it’s a good time to get in on the front end of the trend.

So, maybe that faded Ford Explorer (Eddie Bauer Edition, of course) really deserves a wax job after all these years.

CAR TRIVIA

Old Car Trivia……

Q: What was the first official White House car?   A: A 1909 White Steamer, ordered by President Taft.
Q: Who opened the first drive-in gas station?   A: Gulf opened up the first station in Pittsburgh in 1913.
Q: What city was
the first to use parking meters?
  A: Oklahoma City, on July 16, 1935.
Q: Where was the first drive-in restaurant?   A: Royce Hailey’s Pig Stand opened in Dallas in 1921.
Q: True or False?
The 1953 Corvette came in white, red and black.
A: False.
The 1953 ‘Vetted’ were available in one color, Polo White.
Q: What was Ford’s answer to the Chevy Corvette, and other legal street racers of the 1960’s? A: Carroll Shelby’s Mustang GT350.
Q: What was the first car fitted with an alternator, rather than a direct current dynamo? A: The 1960 Plymouth Valiant
Q: What was the first car fitted with a replaceable cartridge oil filter? A: The 1924 Chrysler.
Q: What was the first car to be offered with a “perpetual guarantee”? A: The 1904 Acme, from Reading, PA. Perpetuity was disturbing in this case, as Acme closed down in 1911.
Q: What American luxury automaker began by making cages for birds and squirrels? A: The George N. Pierce Co. of Buffalo, who made the Pierce Arrow, also made iceboxes.
Q: What car first referred to itself as a convertible? A: The 1904 Thomas Flyer, which had a removable hard top.
Q: What car was the first to have it’s radio antenna embedded in the windshield? A: The 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix.
Q: What car used the first successful series-production hydraulic valve lifters? A: The 1930 Cadillac 452, the first production V16
Q: Where was the World’s first three-color traffic lights installed? A: Detroit, Michigan in 1919. Two years later they experimented with synchronized lights.
Q: What type of car had the distinction of being GM’s 100 millionth car built in the U.S. ? A: March 16, 1966 saw an Olds Tornado roll out of Lansing, Michigan with that honor.
Q: Where was the first drive-in movie theater opened, and when? A: Camden, NJ in 1933
Q: What autos were the first to use a standardized production key-start system? A: The 1949 Chryslers
Q: What did the Olds designation 4-4-2 stand for? A: 4 barrel carburetor, 4 speed transmission, and dual exhaust.
Q: What car was the first to place the horn button in the center of the steering wheel? A: The 1915 Scripps-Booth Model C. The car also was the first with electric door latches.
Q: What U.S. production car has the quickest 0-60 mph time? A: The 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 409. Did it in 4.0 seconds.
Q: What’s the only car to appear simultaneously on the covers of Time and Newsweek? A: The Mustang
Q: What was the lowest priced mass produced American car? A: The 1925 Ford Model T Runabout. Cost $260, $5 less than 1924.
Q: What is the fastest internal-combustion American production car? A: The 1998 Dodge Viper GETS-R, tested by Motor Trend magazine at 192.6 mph.
Q: What automaker’s first logo incorporated the Star of David? A: The Dodge Brothers.
Q: Who wrote to Henry Ford, “I have drove fords exclusively when I could get away with one. It has got every other car skinned, and even if my business hasn’t been strictly legal it don’t hurt anything to tell you what a fine car you got in the V-8”? A: Clyde Barrow (of Bonnie and Clyde) in 1934.
Q: What car was the first production V12, as well as the first production car with aluminum pistons? A: The 1915 Packard Twin-Six. Used during WWI in Italy, these motors inspired Enzi Ferrari to adopt the V12 himself in 1948.
Q: What was the first car to use power operated seats? A: They were first used on the 1947 Packard line.
Q: Which of the Chrysler “letter cars” sold the fewest amount? A: Only 400, 1963, 300J’s were sold (they skipped” “I” because it
looked like a number 1)
Q: What car company was originally known as Swallow
Sidecars (aka SS)?
A: Jaguar, which was an SS model first in 1935, and ultimately
the whole company by 1945.
Q: What car delivered the first production V12 engine? A: The cylinder wars were kicked off in 1915 after Packard’s chief
engineer, Col. Jesse Vincent, introduced its Twin-Sis.
Q: When were seat belts first fitted to a motor vehicle? A: In 1902, in a Baker Electric streamliner racer which crashed at 100 mph. on Staten Island!
Q: In January 1930, Cadillac debuted it’s V16 in a car named
for a theatrical version of a 1920’s film seen by Harley Earl
while designing the body, What’s that name?
A: The “Madam X”, a custom coach designed by Earl
and built by Fleetwood. The sedan featured a
retractable landau top above the rear seat.
Q: Which car company started out German, yet became
French after WWI?
A: Bugati, founded in Molsheim in 1909, became French
when Alsace returned to French rule.
Q: In what model year did Cadillac introduce the first
electric sunroof?
A: 1969
Q: What U.S. production car had the largest 4 cylinder engine? A: The 1907 Thomas sported a 571 cu. in. (9.2liter) engine.
Q: What car was reportedly designed on the back of a Northwest Airlines airsickness bag and released on April Fool’s Day, 1970? A: 1970 Gremlin, (AMC)
Q: What is the Spirit of Ecstasy? A: The official name of the mascot of Rolls Royce, she is the lady on top of their radiators.
Q: What was the inspiration for MG’s famed octagon-shaped badge? A: The shape of founder Cecil Kimber’s dining table. MG stands for Morris Garages.

Q: In what year did the “double-R” Rolls Royce badge change from red to black?

A: 1933

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28: the legend returns with more than 500 hp

As an automaker, when you ignite reactions of ecstatic cheers during an auto show reveal, you know you’ve done something right. In the case of Chevy at the New York auto show, they took it a few steps further. The crowd on hand, those on social media, and enthusiasts everywhere erupted in rejoice as General Motors sneakily unveiled the 2014 Camaro Z/28. The most iconic model in Camaro history returns.

First introduced in 1967, the original Z/28 featured no automatic transmission or air conditioning. It was a track-ready machine and it held those attributes to heart. Unlike the ’67 Z/28, the 2014 version does not intend to compete in a specific race series, but it still holds true to the original’s core beliefs.

On-track, the 2014 Z/28 promises to be exceptional; lapping three seconds faster per lap than the incredibly proficient Camaro ZL1. Sticking with the numerical three, this speed increase derives from three key areas: chassis modifications improve cornering g to 1.05; carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes offer additional stopping power, and a 300-lb weight reduction over the ZL1 drastically improves handling. The weight shedding stems from lightweight wheels all the way to thinner rear-window glass. Even air conditioning is an option. Naturally, as with the Z/28 of old, a 6-speed manual transmission is all you get, and frankly, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

From a design standpoint, the refreshed Camaro, with its narrow grill, squared off back fenders and boxy rear end, adds to the cartoonish appearance customers are accustomed .To me, the revamped Camaro looks too gimmicky, but those modifications – mixed with additional aggression – work wonders on the Z/28. From being underwhelmed with the base 2014 Camaro, I became one of the many desperately thrashing for my phone to steal the first Flickr pic.

As an automaker, when you ignite reactions of ecstatic cheers during an auto show reveal, you know you’ve done something right. In the case of Chevy at the New York auto show, they took it a few steps further. The crowd on hand, those on social media, and enthusiasts everywhere erupted in rejoice as General Motors sneakily unveiled the 2014 Camaro Z/28. The most iconic model in Camaro history returns.

First introduced in 1967, the original Z/28 featured no automatic transmission or air conditioning. It was a track-ready machine and it held those attributes to heart. Unlike the ’67 Z/28, the 2014 version does not intend to compete in a specific race series, but it still holds true to the original’s core beliefs.

On-track, the 2014 Z/28 promises to be exceptional; lapping three seconds faster per lap than the incredibly proficient Camaro ZL1. Sticking with the numerical three, this speed increase derives from three key areas: chassis modifications improve cornering g to 1.05; carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes offer additional stopping power, and a 300-lb weight reduction over the ZL1 drastically improves handling. The weight shedding stems from lightweight wheels all the way to thinner rear-window glass. Even air conditioning is an option. Naturally, as with the Z/28 of old, a 6-speed manual transmission is all you get, and frankly, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

From a design standpoint, the refreshed Camaro, with its narrow grill, squared off back fenders and boxy rear end, adds to the cartoonish appearance customers are accustomed .To me, the revamped Camaro looks too gimmicky, but those modifications – mixed with additional aggression – work wonders on the Z/28. From being underwhelmed with the base 2014 Camaro, I became one of the many desperately thrashing for my phone to steal the first Flickr pic.

 

Jay Leno’s Garage (64 pics)

Jay Leno is an American stand up comedian and television host and is quite popular in United States. He is also the owner of an enormous car collection. He owns cars from every walk of life and era and some that are very rare. His collection includes such rarities as Lamborghini Countach, an Owens Magnetic, a Bentley Speed Six, and a Shelby Mustang 350 GT. He also owns a rare EcoJet which is a truly unique car of which only one model was ever manufactured. Its conception sketch was drawn on a napkin by its designers.

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Here are Consumer Reports’ Top Picks

What most people want in a car or truck is pretty much what they look for in a good boyfriend or girlfriend — something reliable, low-maintenance and comfortable, but still fun and able to surprise and delight them.

It’s also just as hard to find. That car that looked so great in the showroom can be a disappointment down the road.

So if you’re in the hunt for a good new vehicle, here is some help. These are this year’s Consumer Reports Top Picks for 2013 cars and crossovers in 10 categories to meet anyone’s budget, driving needs and desires. These picks, says CR, are “as close as it gets to no-brainers” in picking a new vehicle.

The Top Picks are part of CR’s annual April auto issue, perhaps the most-influential annual auto report card. Details were announced today at a meeting of the Washington Automotive Press Association in Washington, D.C.

CR says that among the more than 280 vehicles it has recently tested, these Top Picks are the standouts. To be picked, the vehicle had to “rank at or near the top of its category” in overall CR road test score, must have an “average or better predicted-reliability” based on problems CR subscribers reported on 1.2 million vehicles and had to perform adequately in government or insurance industry crash tests.

The 17th annual Top Picks have new faces in seven of the 10 categories, including three Hondas, after the brand was shut out last year. And a BMW and an Audi made the list for the first time in a decade or more.


Here are the picks by category,with CR’s comments on the vehicle. Also included is the vehicle’s CR “report card” with the overall road-test score (out of 100), the predicted-reliability (average, above average or excellent), the overall real-world fuel economy in CR’s testing and the sticker price when CR bought their test car:
If you need a full-size pickup, however, you have to take your chances — CR did not pick one, it says, because it has not yet been able to test the redesigned Ram and GM trucks.

• Mid-size sedan: Honda Accord

“The Accord was redesigned for 2013, and Honda nailed it, sending this sedan to the top of its class. This new model is roomy, nice to drive, well equipped, and very fuel efficient. With its four-cylinder engine, the Accord squeezes out 30 mpg overall and 40 on the highway, which is as good as the tiny Honda Fit. Higher-trim models have safety features seldom found in this category. And the Accord’s price is very reasonable: $23,270 to $30,860.” Test score: 90. Reliability: Above average.. Overall mpg: 26-30.

• Sports car: Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ

“If you take your driving fun seriously, these almost identical twins were built for you. Co-developed by Subaru and Toyota, which builds Scion vehicles, both are exhilarating to drive, with super-sharp handling, excellent braking, and ample acceleration. Other draws: impressive gas mileage and


• Budget car: Hyundai Elantra
reasonable sticker prices. Yes, they are purebred, rear-wheel-drive sports cars, with a jittery ride, noisy cabins, and small rear seats. So Camry lovers might want to cruise on by. FR-S $25,025; BRZ $27,117.” Test score: 82-83. Reliability: Above average. Overall mpg: 30.

“You don’t have to settle for a subcompact when looking for an under-$20,000 car. The well-rounded Elantra delivers a lot for the money, and it’s one of our top-rated compact sedans. It’s roomier and more refined than a typical subcompact yet gets competitive fuel economy. The Elantra also provides nimble handling; a fairly comfortable ride; a smooth, responsive powertrain; and a well-finished interior. And did we mention its affordable price? $18,445, Test score: 80. Reliability: Above average. Overall mpg: 29.

• Green car: Toyota Prius

“Sure, today’s electric cars are getting the equivalent of 100 or more mpg. But no current plug-in car can match the Prius hatchback for its blend of fuel efficiency, practicality, and affordability. Its 44 overall mpg is still the best we’ve measured in any five-passenger, non-plug-in vehicle. And its roomy interior, comfortable ride, and hatchback versatility make it easy to live with. We also give a thumbs-up to the 41-mpg Prius V wagon, but skip the slow, noisy Prius C econobox. $26,750. Test score: 80. Reliability: Excellent. Overall mpg: 44.

• Compact car: Subaru Impreza

“Subaru’s 2012 redesign breathed new life into the all-wheel-drive Impreza. Both sedan and hatchback versions are good, sensible cars, with nimble handling and a compliant, absorbent ride that rivals some luxury sedans. Fuel economy is impressive for an AWD car. And the roomy interior, spacious rear seat, simple controls, and refreshingly good visibility make it easy to live with. OK, noise isolation is so-so, but that’s no deal-breaker. Sedan $21,345; hatchback $22,345. Test score: 79-82. Reliability: Excellent. Overall mpg: 26-27.

• Luxury car: Audi A6

“Redesigned for 2012, the A6 is agile, quick, and a joy to drive. It surrounds you with a sumptuous, impeccably finished cabin that’s brimming with the latest high-tech features. Its potent supercharged V6 engine, super-smooth eight-speed automatic transmission, and comfortable ride add to the business-class feel. And it returns respectable gas mileage, even with all-wheel drive. Some controls are complicated, so be ready to cozy up with the owner’s manual. $56,295.” Test score: 93. Reliability: Average. Overall mpg: 22.

• Sports sedan: BMW 328i

“The 3 Series is legendary for its handling prowess and fun-to-drive character. With its recent redesign, it has also become roomier, more luxurious, and more fuel efficient. Ride comfort and fit and finish are impressive. And its 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers quick acceleration, while posting the best gas mileage in its class. Sure, the rear seat is snug and the start/stop system is a bit abrupt. We’ll live with it.” $43,195. Test score: 86. Reliability: Excellent. Overall mpg: 28.

• Mid-sized SUV: Toyota Highlander

“The Highlander is for people who want the practicality of an SUV with the refinement of a good sedan. It provides a quiet, well-finished cabin, as well as a cushy ride, sound handling, and a smooth powertrain. The Highlander has also consistently maintained above-average reliability. The V6 model delivers a competitive 18 mpg overall, and the hybrid model tops all SUVs at 27 ” $38,578 to $47,255. Test score: 81-89. Reliability: Above average to excellent. Overall mpg: 18-27.

• Small SUV: Honda CR -V

“With redesigns of the Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester just arriving, the CR-V has taken over as our top small SUV. Virtues include a smooth, responsive powertrain, good fuel economy, a compliant ride, excellent braking, a roomy rear seat, and outstanding reliability. It’s also one of the more competitively priced choices in the class.” $26,455. Test score: 77. Reliability: Excellent. Overall mpg: 23.

• Minivan: Honda Odyssey

“Reliability of the Odyssey has improved, and it has earned our top spot among family haulers. It provides a comfortable ride and a roomy, quiet, and versatile cabin. The rear seat is generous and easy to access. The V6 engine performs well and delivers a competitive 19 mpg. And a backup camera—a great safety feature—is now standard on all models.” $36,830. Test score: 83. Reliability: Average. Overall mpg: 19.

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Not your Fathers Cadillac

Texas tuner John Hennessey’s work on big Detroit iron has its acolytes and detractors, but the man knows how to show off his wares. To highlight the top-speed performance of some of his big rigs, Texas authorities let him take a full-speed blast down the state’s newest toll road outside Austin that opened today, one that features an 85-mph speed limit. It’s just long enough for the 1,200-hp, twin-turbo Cadillac CTS-V coupe to hit 220.5 mph.

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Hennessey told Jalopnik that the stunt came about after a conversation with state officials and an offer to test out a toll tag system to see if it could accurately report fines at triple-digit speeds. In addition to his 1,200-hp CTS-V coupe, Hennessey also brought a 707-hp Chevy Camaro ZL1 that managed to hit 203.9 mph along the same strip, with an even better sound. Hennessey says the CTS-V might have done 230 mph had he been granted another mile of tarmac.

And for the record: All of the electronics used by Texas state officials, including their radar guns, worked perfectly during the run. Word to the wise: 85 mph will probably be fast enough.

Was a nice 1965 Plymouth Belvedere

Here’s a 1965 Plymouth Belvedere with a Street Wedge platform using a 440 block that had very few miles on her since its restoration.

A young man while high on methamphetamine stole this Black Beauty and crashed it into a tree at a reported 150 mph.

Below are some photos of the car before the gruesome collision.

 

 

 

World’s Greatest Drag Race

World’ Greatest Drag Race  (Click Link for video)

8.4 million and counting. That’s how many views our inaugural “World’s Greatest Drag Race” video has earned in the 12 months since it first debuted on our Motor Trend YouTube channel. Not too shabby, eh?

As we did last year, for “World’s Greatest Drag Race 2” (creative title, we know), we lined up this year’s Best Driver’s Car contenders on a retired runway at the El Toro Marine Corps base and let them loose in an all-out run to the quarter-mile checkered flag. It’s the perfect capper to our Best Driver’s Car Week.

All of us here at Motor Trend hope you enjoy watching “World’s Greatest Drag Race 2” as much as we did producing it. Without further ado, turn up the volume and let ‘er rip!

The cars

Though we were down two cars from a year ago, this year’s nine-car field was almost as stellar when it came to total horsepower and overall cost of the sheetmetal on hand. How does roughly $1.2 million and 4700 horsepower sound? Yeah, we thought so.

Here’s how this year’s BDC contenders stacked up against last year’s:
As we did last year, for “World’s Greatest Drag Race 2” (creative title, we know), we lined up this year’s Best Driver’s Car contenders on a retired runway at the El Toro Marine Corps base and let them loose in an all-out run to the quarter-mile checkered flag. It’s the perfect capper to our Best Driver’s Car Week.

All of us here at Motor Trend hope you enjoy watching “World’s Greatest Drag Race 2” as much as we did producing it. Without further ado, turn up the volume and let ‘er rip!

The cars

Though we were down two cars from a year ago, this year’s nine-car field was almost as stellar when it came to total horsepower and overall cost of the sheetmetal on hand. How does roughly $1.2 million and 4700 horsepower sound? Yeah, we thought so.

Here’s how this year’s BDC contenders stacked up against last year’s:

2012 BDC Competitor Base Price (Rounded Up) Horsepower/Torque (lb-ft)
2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 $56,000 580/556
2013 Ford Shelby GT500 $55,000 662/631
2012 Jaguar XKR-S $133,000 550/502
2011 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 $383,000 691/509
2012 McLaren MP4-12C $231,000 592/443
2013 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series $106,000 510/457
2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition $98,000 545/463
2012 Porsche Carrera S $97,000 400/325
2013 Subaru BRZ $28,000 200/151
Total $1,187,000 4730/4037
2011 BDC Competitor Base Price (Rounded Up) Horsepower/Torque (lb-ft)
2012 Audi R8 GT $201,000 560/398
2012 BMW 1 Series M $47,000 335/369
2012 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with Z07 Package $77,000 505/470
2010 Ferrari 458 Italia $230,000 557/398
2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca $48,000 444/380
2012 Lexus LFA $380,000 552/354
2011 Lotus Evora S $77,000 345/295
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG $187,000 563/479
2012 Nissan GT-R $91,000 530/448
2012 Porsche Cayman R $67,000 330/273
2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS $140,000 450/317
Total $1,545,000 5171/4181

The Test Team’s Take

Our ace test crew consists of road test editor Scott Mortara, associate road test editor and Motor Trend YouTube star Carlos Lago, testing director Kim Reynolds, and technical director Frank Markus. In any given year they’ll gather instrumented data on hundreds of new rides, from the tiniest Fiat to the beastliest Lamborghini. More often than not, they’re the ones who teach the rest of us how to properly launch a vehicle. Cars can be finicky, especially in multi-launch “World’s Greatest Drag Race” situations.

I pinned down Mortara for a quick Q&A session after the BDC dust settled.

NM: Which of the contenders was the trickiest to launch?

SM: Well, all but the Subaru BRZ and Jaguar XKR-S had some sort of launch control system, which basically takes the driver out of the launching equation. But of the pair, the Jaguar was definitely trickier.

NM: Easiest to launch?

SM: Without a question that had to be the Porsche. It had the quickest and easiest launch control of the group.

NM: How many sets of tires did we burn through during the filming of “WGDR 2”?

SM: We burned through a set in the Shelby GT500 — that was a cinch. It went through its tires more aggressively during the drag race than during our hot laps at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, which is understandable. But the real tire terror was the Mercedes-Benz Black Series. We killed two sets of tires in that one. It’s a monster.

What the man behind the camera says

Lead videographer Jim Gleason wanted to be careful not to tinker too much with the formula that made last year’s drag race so successful. We talked with him about what went into this year’s production.

NM: How did you and the team want to build upon the success of last year’s “WGDR”?

JG: For this year’s race we wanted to keep things pretty much in line with what we did last year. Other than some new and improved equipment, we felt that there was simply no need to mess with the tried and tested formula. Drag racing on a runway filled with exotic cars is just plain cool.

NM: What did you learn during the filming of 2011’s “WGDR” that you applied in 2012?

JG: For me, the biggest takeaway from last year’s race was how poor of a job we did at capturing the sound of 11 super cars running at full song down a runway. In person, the sound was absolutely breathtaking. This year we purchased better sound gear. We’ve also been toying with the idea of releasing a second version of the “World’s Greatest Drag Race” with no music so you can hear the cars better — an unplugged version, if you will.

NM: How much footage did your team capture during “WGDR 2”?

JG: Hard to say how many minutes we captured, but my best guess has our total workload at about half a terabyte of data. That’s just for the drag race portion of BDC.

NM: How many camera angles were shot during “WGDR 2”?

JG: Including our POVs, I’d say we shot at least 40 different angles.

NM: What the most difficult part of shooting such an event?

JG: The start! Getting all of the cars to leave the line at the exact same moment is surprisingly difficult. It’s a simple task with two cars or even four, but with 9 or 10, it’s a whole other animal.

NM: The easiest part?

JG: Getting volunteers from our staff to drive the cars. They came running!watch?v=JaS7n6qKQe4&feature=plcp