Drive Wire: October 30, 2015
The new Triumph Bonneville, a GM recall, neverending F1 drama, a smartphone security system, and crazy drifting.
Hey guys, it’s Christina Thompson, and this is Drive Wire for Friday, October 30.
Why mess with classic style? That’s what the chaps over at Triumph Motorcycles said when they were designing the new Bonneville. Keeping the same amazingly retro look, Triumph married the Bonneville’s classic design with an all-new, liquid-cooled 1200 cc motor. Coupled with a six-speed transmission and traction control, this sleek café racer makes us want to hug every Brit we know.
General Motors is recalling 1.4 million older vehicles equipped with its 3.8 liter V6 for defects which may result in engine fires. Vehicles affected are late model cars from 1997 to 2004. GM says that under hard braking, oil may drop onto the hot exhaust manifold, which can cause engine compartment fires. This is the third major recall GM has issued for the defect since 2008. Despite the previous recalls, over 1,300 cars caught fire after being fixed, resulting in several injuries.
In the soap opera that is Formula One, Ferrari has objected to a rule change designed to keep things competitive for less wealthy teams. The FIA already passed an engine-supply cost cap, and in typical Ferrari fashion, it quickly shot down the seemingly already solidified rule change. Because apparently that’s a thing you can do in the wild world of Formula One.
On the gear beat, bad news for teenagers, good news for parents: you can now monitor your home using a security system you control through your smartphone. The Sentri is a $299 system that comes complete with cameras, motion sensors, and a full set of environmental systems. Resembling an iPad, this all-encompassing security system will make your little home into the new Fort Knox.
In today’s ridiculous video, we keep up the common trend of incredible talent mixed with casual disregard for one’s safety….. And we love it. Check out these adrenaline seeking drifters as they send their cars flying sideways through the auto cross course at the USA International Raceway. This video is filled with smoke, twisted metal and turbo-charged Japanese cars. And there’s nothing we’d rather be watching.