That’s a lot of examples. How pervasive is this? Well, that’s the thing. Only Van den Driessche has been caught (or at least publicly caught). I asked a team manager whose team races mostly in the Americas about how many people he thought were moto-doping, and he stressed to me that while he hasn’t come in direct contact with it, he believes it’s more widespread than the public thinks. However, a rider living and racing in Europe told me he’s never heard of any direct usage of a contraband motor. So it’s quite uncertain, but the UCI has been testing for it for a half-decade, and the advantages, if you can get away with it, are tremendous. … [Read more...] about Motorized Doping, Explained: Your Guide To The Weirdest Sports Scandal Of The Year
When Car and Driver created the rather convincing-looking mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette, they didn’t hold the world’s saddest McLaughlin Group roundup to show off a render of that car while spending a day on Twitter trying to tease you with the possibility they aren’t fucking liars. … [Read more...] about Motor Trend’s
Like the E7, the TX7 van also ambitiously aims to be the ultimate thing a police department can buy, albeit this time in paddy wagon form rather than patrol cruiser. Its super high tech styling seems focused on convincing people the TX7 will make you pay for your crimes. But somehow, the thing comes off looking a bit like the Griswold Family Truckster version of a GMC Safari van. … [Read more...] about Carbon Motors Abandons Futuristic Police Car For Futuristic Police Van
Current cruisers, modified versions of civilian cars, are far from ideal for police use. The necessary additions — radios, computers, donut holders — often get added with little to no thought or testing to how they'll perform in a crash, often becoming lethal projectiles in an impact. Seats aren't built for 8-hour-long shift, controls aren't created with control in mind, communications and computer equipment gets spec'd for cost, not capability. … [Read more...] about Carbon Motors E7: NYPD Cool
I can't help but feel it's a shame, but it's also not unexpected. Their purpose-built police cars were, frankly, lovely, purposeful designs, and it's great for cops to have direct input into the cars that they both spend vast amounts of time in and can be responsible for saving their lives. Plus, from a driver's perspective, I liked the very distinctive-looking, easy-to-ID-in-the-mirror headlight pattern. … [Read more...] about Is Carbon Motors Dead?