GALLERY—If you ever wished Shelby did trucks, your wish just came true. At the New York Auto Show, the high performance carmaker took the wraps off the Shelby Raptor—a 575 horsepower version of Ford’s Baja-inspired off-road, hot rodded F-150. Shelby boasts that its new truck is 50 state emissions compliant, tuned with the maker’s Stinger exhaust, fitted with a custom leather interior, wrapped in a choice of three Shelby graphics packages.
HOT WIRE—With Ford about to introduce a totally new Mustang, it was necessary for Chevy to bring out its trump card—i.e., the Camaro Z28. At the New York Auto Show, it did just that. “We set out to make the fastest road-racing Camaro possible that was still street-legal,” says Camaro Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser. How fast is that? Chevy says it beat the supercharged ZL1 on its own lap by three seconds. Look out, Boss 302.
LA CAR REPORT—We warned you that if you missed the NASCAR race in Fontana, you might miss something spectacular. If you didn’t listen, well, by now you know. The Auto Club 400 race featured wrecks and a fight along with one of the most exciting finishes possible. Now just to be clear, that’s not going to happen every time, but the thing about live sporting events is that you just don’t know, and you risk not being part of something if you don’t go.
LA CAR REPORT—Sometimes it’s not all about who’s at the front of the pack. Oftentimes, what’s fun about racing, and it’s why you go see it live (because TV usually just focuses on the front runners) is what happens back in the pack and what takes place as the race develops through its ebbs and flows. Such was the case with Saturday’s Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway. That’s how to watch NASCAR.