Some of the cars are Le Mans legends
Hot Wheels is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and is doing so in a myriad of ways. There's a special edition Camaro in race track orange, and a nationwide tour to find a car to turn into a new Hot Wheels car. But if you can't afford a new Camaro or make it to a tour event, there's a cheaper, more widely available way to get in on the celebration: by picking up some re-released original Hot Wheels.
Hot Wheels is celebrating the half-century milestone with the Legends Tour. A traveling car show with a heavy dose of Hot Wheels, the tour will double as a search for the next generation of Sweet 16 cars.
On this week's Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Green Editor John Beltz Snyder and Associate Editor Joel Stocksdale. We talk about driving the 2018 Ford F-150 and 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman we have at the office this week. We discuss Ford discontinuing most of its cars, salute the Jeep Grand Commander, and reminisce about our favorite car toys. As usual, we'll also spend a listener's money on a car.
Using a video game as a feeder racing series is nothing new. Sony and Nissan have run the GT Academy for years now, rewarding the best Gran Turismo players with the chance to drive a real car. It seems Mazda wants a piece of the action. This year, it will host an iRacing Hot Lap Challenge, giving the best players a trip to the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona. The two fastest drivers will race head-to-head, with the winner earning a test drive in a Mazda MX-5 Miata Cup car.
"Forza Motorsport 7" continues to maintain its freshness by offering new playable cars in its monthly downloadable Car Packs. April's DLC has some really special offerings, as we see in the leaked trailer above. There are two classic Porsches. There's a 1985 Nissan GT racer and a Greenwood Corvette. The 1948 Ferrari 166 Inter Sport looks particularly beautiful. There's even a 2017 Maserati Levante S, so you can give that a virtual test drive before you head to your local dealership. Perhaps most
For some time, Audi has teased the e-tron Vision Gran Turismo concept car's silhouette. Today, the e-tron Vision Gran Turismo was unveiled as an actual, functioning vehicle, and it will be used as a "race taxi" at Formula E events.
Lego has done it again: It has created yet another awesome automotive model kit that's calling out to our wallets. In this case, it's a Lego Technic kit of the Mack Anthem semi-truck. It's a particularly realistic-looking model, capturing the real truck's blocky exterior to a T, especially the bold vertical chrome bars in the grille. The tiny Mack bulldog hood ornament is a great touch, too. The interior is fully detailed, with seats and the horizontally oriented steering wheel.
Everything for carving corners or cutting across them.
Only one pedal because that's all you need.
LEGO + cars = us happy
Two different NASCAR groups are working on starting two different e-sports leagues for the 2018 season.
Not just some fancy Power Wheels.
You'll finally be able to get Volvos.
It's not the first time the famous movie car has had a video game doppelganger.
They're some cool (ranch) cars.