“Rolling coal” is the latest phenomenon that has environmentalists all a’flutter, a practice by which diesel-powered truck owners modify their vehicles to belch out large plumes of black smoke on demand. Using straight pipes or even smokestacks in addition to modifications to the fuel delivery and exhaust systems, the latest craze is to roll coal at hybrid and electric car drivers, or even pedestrians. After witnessing the practice first hand when his Nissan LEAF electric was covered in the sooty stuff, New Jersey State Senator Tim Eustace has introduced a new bill to make the practice illegal.
The spiritual precursor to the modern Enzo and LaFerrari, the legendary Ferrari F40 is all about uncompromising speed and supercar enjoyment. Far from a modern GT car, it’s loud, scary at the limit and thoroughly uncompromising in its singular mission as a race car for the road. A twin-turbo 2.9-liter V8 mounted directly behind the driver produces a loud wail and 471 horsepower, and taller drivers will sit with their knees virtually against their chest. So when EVO Magazine‘s Henry Catchpole had the opportunity to drive one more than 1,1000 km all the way from Switzerland to the U.K., including a sporting journey through the Swiss Alps, he jumped at the chance, of course.
The worldwide auto industry is on an upward trend, with new car sales picking up dramatically in 2014 in the U.S., the U.K. and elsewhere thanks in large part to better-than-ever financing incentives offered by automakers. Industry tracking service LMC Automotive has just recently upped their sales projection for the U.S. in 2014 to 16.3 million units, which would be far and away the largest total since before the worldwide auto industry crash of 2008.
Acura’s new red-hot 2015 TLX luxury sport sedan is making a big splash this year, just hitting dealerships and effectively replacing both the 2014 TSX and TL. Betting that the refined and sporty new four-door will be a big hit with consumers, Acura has undertaken the biggest marketing push in its history with a barrage of TV, radio, magazine, internet, social media and live tie-in campaigns.
Dodge is making waves with its new-for-2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat, the most poweful muscle car ever created and currently the most powerful American-made car that money can buy. With 707 horsepower from a high-output supercharged 6.2-liter V8, the most powerful series-production V8 ever, the Hellcat is more powerful than a Lamborghini Aventador and Dodge’s own Viper. It’s got 20×9.5-inch rear tires, and runs the 1/4-mile on its production tires in 11.2 seconds (10.8 seconds on street-legal drag radials) Top speed is an ungoverned 199 mph. So it was only a matter of time before funny man and car aficionado Jay Leno got his hands on the Hellcat for some smoky burnouts.