LA Car Reports


NEARLY TIME TO RACE
MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championship

LA CAR REPORT— Tick, tock; tick tock. The noise you hear is the countdown clock to the Verizon IndyCar series to So Cal, happening this week at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana for the IndyCar World Championship, also known as the MAVTV 500. That night will see a two, three, or four-hour trek to the finish, perhaps some accidents, and certainly a lot of roar from both the cars and the crowd. And the run-up to that race kicks off Wednesday, when fans holding weekend tickets can view testing—for free. Those who aren’t planning to get to the race on the weekend can be admitted for a $10 charitable donation.

RED BULL ROOKIE RISING
Keep an eye on GRC racer Austin Dyne

Austin Dyne is rising (photos by Alison Merion & Larry Chen)

LA CAR REPORT— Most observers of auto racing don’t expect a young 22 year-old rookie to be threatening the veterans of the ascendant Red Bull Global Rallycross. Yet, Austin Dyne, in his first year of Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercars, is doing exactly that. With only a partial season under his belt in the GRC Lites feeder division in 2013, the Californian has already made a standout impression on the race track this year—and he’s only halfway through this year’s Red Bull GRC championship season.

MOVIE REVIEW
Weekend of a Champion

REVIEW—The original film was shot in 1971 at and around the Grand Prix of Monaco. The driver was the ever-camera ready Jackie Stewart and the director (who was actually the producer for this one) was Roman Polanski. Why this documentary was never widely distributed at the time that it was made some 40 years ago has never been satisfactorily explained for me. My suspicion is that the success of the recent “Senna” documentary might well have been why this film has been (re?) released at this time. It is no “Senna”.

LEXUS NEXUS
New Lexus NX aims at the compact crossover

LA CAR REPORT— “We know we are late to the party,” said the Lexus representative. The luxury division of Toyota gave LA CAR and other select media the opportunity to get up close and personal with the forthcoming 2015 Lexus NX family of small luxury utility vehicles. Sean Spear offers a quick take on Lexus’ big leap into the small ute competition.

THE NEXT BIG THING
Hyundai delivers the first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle

LA CAR REPORT—There’s a technology battle going on in the electrification of automobiles, and it’s between battery electric cars (BEVs) and electric cars with fuel cells (FCEVs). Earlier this month, Hyundai threw down the gauntlet when it delivered the first mass-produced fuel cell electric vehicle to Timothy Bush at a dealership in Tustin, California. For $2,999 down and $499 a month, you can have the 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell—and Hyundai will throw in unlimited fuel and home-office car pick-up and delivery service.

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