Drive Wire: March 10, 2016
A huge Rolls, Morgans in America, a well-tuned Mustang, electric legos, and snowmobiling in the city.
Hey guys, it’s Christina Thompson and this is Drive Wire for Thursday, March 10.
Big news in the ultra luxury car world, and by big news, we mean SUV news. Spy shots of what we believe is the Cullinan undergoing cold weather testing were leaked. From what we can tell, Rolls-Royce is not compromising looks to enter the SUV market. The handsome Cullinan has similar design cues to the Rolls Phantom sedan, but that certainly may change during development. Still this shape gives us several hints as to the Cullinan’s final form. There’s room enough for a big V12 under that hood, and the visible quad exhausts hint at boatloads of power. We’re hoping they keep the lifted-sedan look, but if not, we’re still looking at the grittiest Rolls since their famous WWI armored cars.
Good news for Morgan lovers, there’s speculation that a legal loophole will allow the quirky, old-school British sports cars to be sold in America. Now, the three-wheelers are already sold here - Drive staffer and bon vivant Alex Roy uses his Morgan as Manhattan transportation – but this development could, and we stress could, open the door to the company’s more conventional vehicles. Which are, to be fair, wooden-framed roadsters with big swoopy fenders, which in turn is exactly the reason we hope to see them on our shores soon.
Turning to domestic rare-car news, super-tuner Hennessey performance has announced that they’ve taken a Mustang Shelby GT350 and supercharged it to just a bit over 800 horsepower – 808 to be exact. Hennessey achieved that number with a 2.1 liter supercharger and all the associated upgrades, allowing the mustang to hit 60 miles per hour in 3.3 seconds on the way to a 10.8 second quarter mile. Interested? Terrified? Either way, call Hennessey for pricing.
If you’re looking to upgrade your childhood, today’s gear has a small-scale answer for you. Brixo Blocks look like chrome Legos, but that’s not the whole story – they’re electrical conducting Bluetooth-enabled Legos, compatible with the Legos you already own. There are light and motor blocks as well, allowing you to make circuits and power up your creations. So we guess the real question is why don’t we own this already? Find out more at get brixo.com.
In today’s ridiculous video, Levi LaVallee takes his snowmobile for a wild ride – in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. Making a mockery of every other urban extreme sports athlete, LaVallee tosses around his 400 plus pound snowmobile like it was a BMX bike. But what makes it even more stunning is the ongoing theme of disorientation as this normally snow-bound vehicle shreds the pavement. This is now the second-coolest thing to come out of the twin cities, after Prince.