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Buffalo’s Epic Snowstorm Couldn’t Stop This Man and His 560-hp ’81 911 Turbo …

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Having spent more than 35 years traveling the globe to work on some of the most exotic Porsches of all time, Jay Lloyds probably never figured he’d come close to meeting his demise in a blizzard outside of Buffalo, New York.

Just five days earlier, Lloyds was in his suburban Toronto Porsche performance shop finishing up a custom wastegate for his highly modified 1981 Porsche 911 Turbo before embarking on a marathon 19-hour solo run to Daytona, Florida, for the inaugural “Classic 24 at Daytona” historic sports-car racing event. Although he wasn’t competing, Lloyds had plans to reunite with friends from Germany and generally soak up all the sun and Porsche vibes he could. He figured—and we agree—that the best possible way to arrive was in his bright-orange Jägermeister Porsche 934 tribute. More than just a cosmetic homage, Lloyds’s car packs a 560-hp, turbocharged 3.3-liter air-cooled flat-six and an original four-speed manual transmission­­. “It’s the best transmission Porsche ever made,” says Lloyds. By his account, the weekend was a great success.

1981 Porsche 911 Turbo peeking from snowbank1981 Porsche 911 Turbo peeking from snowbank

When the tents folded in Daytona, Lloyds pointed the car north and set out to repeat his nonstop dash. He figured he might hit some snow, so, using a small kit of tools he had packed, he took the precautionary measure of raising the car’s ride height by an inch or so before departing. On Monday night, as he reached the southern shore of Lake Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania, it became clear the lift was in vain.

“The snow was so deep and the wind so strong they closed all the highways,” Lloyds told C/D in a phone interview. “I had to use two-lane country roads, and it got to the point where the snow was being measured in feet instead of inches. At times, the car slipped 90 degrees sideways, but I never spun it.” An impressive feat in any vehicle, much less a car with a well-known reputation for swapping ends at the most inopportune moments. His choice of rolling stock didn’t help matters, as Lloyds’s handcrafted steel fender flares shroud massive 245/30 front and 315/30 rear Toyo Proxes R888 competition tires—essentially track rubber with just enough tread pattern to remain street-legal—on 18-inch AUTOArt wheels, themselves measuring 9 inches wide in the front and 13 in the rear.

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“Eventually, some 30 miles outside of Buffalo, the tires would just spin, and I came to the realization I was stuck. I thought, This is it, I’m 58 years old and I’m going to die in the car I love.” Complicating matters further, the Porsche’s heater was operating at 50-percent effectiveness, as Lloyds had disconnected one of the car’s notorious heater boxes before the trip. “Those things don’t make a lot of cabin heat to start with, and one of the exchangers was leaking, which can pump exhaust fumes into cabin,” said Lloyds with characteristic understatement.

As reported by The Buffalo News, that’s when Lloyds encountered Michael Weazer, 24, and his girlfriend, Brittany Leighbody, 23, clearing snow in front of their Brant, New York, home. They offered him shelter from the storm, and he was still there when C/D spoke to him today. “It snowed again last night, and we’re having trouble getting out of the house. I was planning to take more pictures, but the car is even more buried now,” said Lloyds. (Update: The dig out has started! Lloyds sent us a couple more shots, which are at the bottom of this post.)



Lloyds, who has a close relationship with Magnus Walker and whose résumé includes stints with the Roitmayer GmbH racing team in Munich and the Zeiss Racing and Flying Tigers teams in Hong Kong, seems to be taking it all in stride. “I can’t overemphasize how grateful I am for the couple’s hospitality, and I’m not sure when the conditions will be right to continue on,” he says. “But I have a lot of adventures in my life, and I’m not interested in wasting away in front of the television in a home. My Porsche shop, Lloyds Autosport in Mississauga, Ontario [motto: "I don’t do cheap, I do good”] has, among other machine tools, a lathe that I use to craft parts on. With any luck, I’ll die behind that lathe.”

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Johan de Nysschen: Cadillac Diesels in 2019, Possible 911 Fighter in a Decade

Ex-Audi leader Johan de Nysschen leaves chaos at Infiniti to join chaos at Cadillac

Ex-Audi leader Johan de Nysschen leaves chaos at Infiniti to join chaos at Cadillac

There’s been consternation. There’s been hand-wringing. There’s been the gnashing of teeth. If new president Johan de Nysschen hasn’t turned Cadillac on its ear, he’s certainly stirred the pot with the new CT/XT(X) naming scheme and the GM division’s impending move to the island of Manhattan. At this point, both are done deals. So rather than rehash that stuff, we sat down with him at the L.A. auto show to talk product. Specifically, what we can expect to see from the General’s prestige brand in the next decade . . .


Audi has diesels. Mercedes-Benz has diesels. Even über-sportlich BMW sells compression-ignition automobiles in the United States. To expand globally, Cadillac obviously needs to burn oil, and not just at midnight. “Diesel is the fastest, most cost-effective way to reduce CO2 and emissions,” says de Nysschen. “I think it has to be part of our portfolio approach to meeting compliance. Cadillac also wants to be more global and less U.S.-centric, and for many markets, diesel is simply a prerequisite. We will introduce an all-new diesel engine developed specifically for Cadillac by around 2019.”

When we ask whether that includes U.S.-market oil-burners, he succinctly asserts that, “We have a global plan.” And yes, that global plan includes both four- and six-cylinder diesel engines.


Audi took the first shot at Porsche’s ubiquitous 911 with its Lamborghini Gallardo–based R8. Mercedes followed just this year with the AMG GT. Yet de Nysschen thinks the time isn’t quite right for Cadillac to leap into that fray: “If you do a high-performance car like the 911, R8, or AMG GT too soon, then you run the risk of being too far removed from where the epicenter of the brand is, so it struggles to have relevance for people. The Acura NSX was a great car, highly acclaimed. But it was so far removed from their other products at the time that I don’t think it did much for the brand. It was the right time for Audi to do the R8 (in 2007). In the long term, yes, I can imagine that there’s such a car, but it’s in the long-term. Beyond 2020. Not 20 years, much closer than that.”

If we’re spitballing—and we are—such a machine could share its bones with a mid-engined Corvette. Which seems like a much better choice than chasing the Mercedes SL with a Northstar-powered Vette featuring a folding hardtop. That, after all, didn’t work out so well for Cadillac.


BMW has the X5 M. Range Rover has the Range Rover Sport Supercharged. Mercedes-Benz sells AMG variants of utes in varying size classes. Stands to reason that a future Cadillac ute would wear the V badge, and de Nysschen suggests that this is likely to feature in future product plans: “I want to create a significantly expanded range of V models. It means that we need to attain critical mass. To set up V as an image-enhancing, adrenaline-pumping subbrand to Cadillac. I expect the V range to grow up to five or six models, and I expect, conceivably, that one of them could be a crossover, as well. Wouldn’t it be nice to go and hand out a spanking to a Cayenne Turbo? To be candid, don’t imagine a V of every car—a V Escalade, likely not. You always have to be credible to what V stands for.”

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan


Asserting, “This car is like the spice in your meal; it’s not the whole meal,” the division chief suggests that the new ATS-V is designed to sell in very modest volume. It needs to be done in very low numbers to remain special and relatively unobtainable. “We will definitely not build this car in high volume. Ideally, it would be build-to-order. The volume has to be where the volume is. We sell a thousand of these? Then it’s good. I don’t mind.”


Although de Nysschen recognizes the pricing-enhancement power of halo vehicles, over the next decade Cadillac will also see a move downmarket. “The use of the product strategy to keep, cultivate, and build the brand power has got to be executed in a very, very carefully crafted and deliberate fashion,” he says. “Cadillac will go upmarket, but we’ll also enter many market segments that are emerging now, especially for the Millennials—compact, premium cars. You have to be careful that you don’t pull down the center of gravity of the brand before you have secured it up [top, however].”

Which, we hope, means the world won’t see retreads of the unfortunate, Saab-based BLS sold in Europe, the sad-sack Catera, or the saddest-sack Cimarron.

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The Hottest New Cars at the 2014 LA Auto Show, in Just Three Minutes

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

The 2014 Los Angeles auto show is a wrap, which means it’s time to recap the event’s hottest car debuts—and in snazzy, high-def video. What better place to start than with the show’s marquee reveal, the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350? That’s not all, though, as our moving tour also includes Mazda’s newest crossover (yep, a crossover!), a laser-powered Chevy, and more.


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Woman Found Dead In Parked Car On Corner Of 18th Avenue & 70th Street

Source: Facebook/VillabateAlba

Source: Facebook/VillabateAlba

A woman was found unconscious in a parked sedan this morning in front of a bakery on the corner of 18th Avenue and 70th Street, from an apparent overdose, police said.

The woman, who was identified as Maria Raudino, 28, from Toms River, NJ, was found slumped, face-down in the front passenger seat of a gold 2003 Hyundai Sonata, police said. The car was parked in front of Villabate Alba, an Italian bakery located at 7001 18th Avenue.

Antonio Alaimo, the owner of the bakery, told us a customer first noticed a woman slumped over in the car outside. Police were called and detectives asked to see the bakery’s cameras. The footage showed that the car had been parked in the same spot since 1am the night before.

“No one actually realized the car was there overnight, until a random customer came into the store and asked to call the police” said Alaimo.

EMS arrived and pronounced the woman DOA at the scene. There was no trauma to the body, and police said they are treating it as an overdose.

An investigation is ongoing, and the Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

“It’s so sad, she was so young,” Alaimo said when he learned Raudino’s age. “It breaks my heart, to tell you the truth.”

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R’med and Ready: 2015 Volkswagen Golf R Pricing Released!

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Suddenly quit your job and move to Nepal, and explaining yourself will be nearly as difficult as spending nearly 40 grand for a Volkswagen Golf. At $37,415, the 2015 Golf R five-door nips at 2015 Audi S3 territory, yet R buyers know they’re really getting the Audi with tidier proportions, a useful hatchback, and a $4580 discount.

Both cars are based on Volkswagen’s MQB architecture and share Haldex-enabled all-wheel drive, a six-speed dual-clutch automatic (marketed as DSG here and S tronic on the Audi), and a potent 2.0-liter turbo four pumping out 292 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. When the Rs begin to arrive in the next quarter, most will be fully loaded at $39,910 and reserved for the first 500 who preorder the car from VW’s website.

The additional $2495 is translated to 19-inch wheels, navigation, parking sensors, Fender audio, and DCC active damping. The basic R comes standard with 18-inch wheels, selectable driving modes, a 5.8-inch touch screen with satellite radio, Bluetooth and iPhone connectivity, keyless entry with push-button start, bixenon headlamps, a backup camera, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Heated front leather sport seats with 12-way power adjustment for the driver are also part and parcel, along with VW’s Car-Net telematics system that can unlock the car remotely and provide automatic crash notification, among other basic services. The R’s body addenda—large air intakes, quad exhaust tips, and more—and its lowered stance clearly mark it as more than a Golf or GTI.

2015 Volkswagen Golf R2015 Volkswagen Golf R

By now you may be wondering where the six-speed manual we’ve been promised is hiding. It’s coming, but only after a batch of DSG cars make it to our shores and hopefully at an even greater discount over the dual-clutch-only S3. For its part, Audi says only that it’s examining the possibility of a manual S3.

VW estimates a 30-mpg highway rating and a launch-control-augmented zero-to-60-mph time of 4.9 seconds. We’d expect to shave some tenths off that in our own testing, although perhaps not the 4.4-second time we recorded on the S3. Top speed is electronically leashed to 155 mph. If you really love the S3’s infotainment system and its three-box profile, the choice is clear. If you want a hatchback or (eventually) a manual, well, that choice is clear, too. But good luck explaining your decision to the uninitiated.

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In pictures: LA auto show 2014, CAR’s live blog

The CAR magazine team are on the ground in Los Angeles for the 2014 LA auto show. This live blog will bring you all the new news, photos, key launches, gossip, opinion and more – all straight from the Los Angeles motor show. Stay tuned throughout Wednesday 19 November. New updates added to the top, so come back regularly for the latest news!

Here’s what the intriguing Toyota Mirai looks like without its clothes on. It’s a hydrogen fuel cell saloon car coming to market in 2015. Another Prius-style market game-changer? Click here to learn more about the Toyota Mirai.

Click here for our in-detail story on the new Honda HR-V.

Forgive the tightly cropped picture – but we all know what a Porsche Panamera looks like, right? One of the key details of the limited to 100 examples Exclusive Series is the two-tone paint, which starts behind the front wheel and fades out towards the rear wheel. Impressive, if a little Max Power (anyone remember the first Escort RS Turbo project car? Thought not…).

Porsche has it’s own hall here at LA. It’s not massive, but it is packed for the press conference.

The new Ford F150 pick-up truck, staple of the American dream. Imagine how big you think it is, then double that for actual size. Huge.

Fiat 500X lurking under cover. Fiat’s press conference isn’t until tomorrow, but we’ve already driven this new crossover anyway – click here to read the CAR Fiat 500X review.

Non-Hellcat Dodge Challenger complete with ‘shaker’ hood option. This is a 392 Hemi ‘Scat Pack’ car – 485hp from 6.4 litres.

The world’s most powerful four-door saloon – the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. 707 horsepower for just $63,995. Wow.

Ford Explorer is best-selling SUV in US for last 25 years. One sold approximately every two minutes. This is the brand new one.

Here’s the 1965 original. In fact, this is the eighth GT350 prototype, with a number of features that didn’t make production, including the wheels, oil pan and bonnet.

New Shelby GT350 Mustang features Ford’s most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever: 5.2 litres churning out more than 500bhp.

Cool ceiling art, bro.

Spot the difference on the Lincoln stand…

Toyota i-Road – tops out at 26mph but hey, it leans in corners and doesn’t get stuck in jams.

Looks like there’s a swimming pool on the Honda stand. Not actually the case.

The remarkable Porsche 918 Spyder. Word is all nine hundred and eighteen of them are now sold. Sorry if you were holding back for the run-out edition. Should find out officially later.

GTI Roadster Vision GT – another wild  creation for PlayStation’s Gran Turismo. Marginally less practical than a Golf GTI.

Read all about the new-for-2015 Cadillac ATS-V in our story here.

Or is it this one?

Is this the coolest Mini at the LA Show? Ho ho.

Ah, look: it’s Bentley’s Phantom Drophead Coupe. Sorry, no, Bentley’s Mulsanne Grand Convertible.

Here’s what the world’s most luxurious back seats look like from the show floor. They belong to the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class – find out everything you need to know about it in our story here. 

Audi’s used the LA show to introduce the fuel cell-powered A7 Sportback h-tron. We drove it yesterday in gridlocked downtown LA. Smooth, near-silent, a 300-mile range and 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds. Shame the tech’s still prohibitively expensive and LA’s about the only place on the planet you can refuel it.

Well, it’s a good job Maserati have committed to building the lush Alfieri concept. We’re getting to see it quite a lot at motor shows these days! Still looks fab though…

Anyone worried about the longevity of the manual transmission should be heartened by the news in LA of the launch of Jaguar’s F-type stick-shift. Four-wheel drive has arrived, too, nudging the F nearer 911 in terms of brand stretch. Read more on the expanded Jaguar F-type range here.

Oh hell, yes! Tanner Foust’s crazy big-bhp all-wheel drive rallycross Beetle looked the biz at LA. A serious bit of kit.

Vented boot lid says this Beetle’s gone back to its roots. Yep, it’s a rear-engined Bug!

Not new, but Infiniti’s Q80 Inspiration concept sure looks good. The chap with the Pulp Fiction haircut is global design chief Alfonso Albaisa. His last role was running Nissan’s Paddington design studio; now he’s in charge of its premium  brand (which is HUGE in America).

It wouldn’t be a US show without some big trucks. First we’ve stumbled across are on the GMC stand. CO2? What’s CO2?

You gotta love Los Angeles. It’s where old-school big Yank metal meets the modern world tech. See local automotive awards gongs for evidence of this fact.

Cadillac has shown us the ATS-VR racer. Now that’s modern American muscle we like.

As well as the Prologue concept car (beneath), Audi is showing the hydrogen-powered A7 H-tron. It’s the first big press conference of the day. Lots of white cars, and a customer racing R8 programme too.

‘This is much more than a concept car – it’s a new era for Audi design,’ vowed the newly appointed head of crayons at Audi, Marc Lichte. He’s talking about the new Audi Prologue, named to emphasise the fresh styling direction it harbours. We speak to Lichte in LA and he promises future Audis will be sportier, with lower cabin silhouettes, wider stances and upright vertical noses. It’s a lot to take in. Is Audi really going to turn up the sporting aggression? How much more do execs want? And that grille is enormous. We’ll bring you a full interview with Lichte soon, as he spells out his design vision for Audi. Click here for more on the Prologue.

Bad taste alert! Carbon-infested Porsche SUVs have been spotted in LA. We think this should be left to 918 Spyders, don’t you?

Unveiled simultaneously at the Auto Guangzhou in China and Los Angeles was the new Mercedes-Maybach S600. Yep, Maybach’s back from the dead – and it’s toned down its conspicuous consumption (a little). It only costs £160,000 now, in top-dog S600 spec we expect. We’re gonna make sure we get to recline in those comfy looking executive rear seats before the day is out! Click here for more on the Merc-Maybach S600.

Ford went into retro overdrive at LA 2014: here global sales chief Jim Farley unveils the Shelby GT350 Mustang under a screen projecting the 1960s original Pony car, its namesake from 1965. Despite the CO2 hysteria sweeping the car industry, it’s clear that Motown isn’t about to relinquish its muscle car heritage any time soon…

That’s more like it! Ford showed off the new Shelby GT350 Mustang at an LA preview party held at the eponymous Shelby Automotive Museum. Looks great: its’ the most powerful nat-asp Ford ever, sporting a 5.2-litre V8 good for ‘more than 500bhp’. And with more chassis mods than a kinky underwear salon, this is one Mustang which should handle. Click here for our full story on the Mustang GT350.

Ford showed off the new 2015 Explorer at an event on Tuesday night. Think we’ll be more interested in the Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang and Ken Block’s Ford-engineered Hoonigan than the SUV’s new 2.3-litre Ecoboost and Platinum model range tweakery…

LA is abuzz with eve-of-show debuts and low-key preview nights. It’s a chance to see some of the metal in more detail away from the rush of the show floor. Hence a sneak preview of the new Cadillac ATS-V. It might be the most junior of Caddy’s hot V models, but it’s quick enough to make those at M division sit up and take notice. Powered by a twin-turbo V6, the M3 rival boasts 455bhp, 445lb ft of twist and a 0-60mph time of just 3.9sec. Sounds like our sort of Caddy…

The 2014 Los Angeles motor show kicks off with an opening party on Tuesday night. What else in Tinseltown? CAR’s gang swerve the soiree, recovering from flights and getting ready for assignments elsewhere. At least, we don’t think that’s CJ Hubbard in that skeleton suit…

And this is where all the action will be: the downtown Los Angeles Convention Center, home to the west coast’s biggest and most important car show every autumn.

The CAR team have flown out to LA to rendezvous for the 2014 LA auto show. Here Ben Pulman proves he just can’t switch off all things automotive – even at 400ft!

Click here for a full A-Z of every new car launched at Los Angeles 2014.

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Car Crashes In Marine Park Following Police Chase, Leaving Two Cops And …

Avenue U and Stuart Street, the scene of the accident. (Source: Google Maps)

Avenue U and Stuart Street, the scene of the accident. (Source: Google Maps)

Two women have been hospitalized and two police officers were injured after a routine traffic stop turned into a police chase yesterday, ending when the suspect’s van collided with another car on Avenue U and Stuart Street.

Officers stopped what appeared to be a white dollar van on Flatlands Avenue and East 42nd Street at approximately 3pm. They suspected the vehicle had been connected to a robbery pattern.

When the cops approached the vehicle, the driver slammed on the gas, clipping one officer and running over the other one’s foot.

Neither were seriously injured, reports CBS Local.

The outlet reports:

Police pursued the driver in the van for several miles, but the chase was called off. The driver ended up crashing into a civilian vehicle at Avenue U and Stuart Street in Marine Park, Brooklyn, police said.

Three women were in the small gray car – all from the same family, source said. They were pinned inside the vehicle and had to be extricated, according to the FDNY.

Police said two of them were taken to Kings County Hospital Center, and one of them – a 19-year-old who had been a front-seat passenger – was in critical condition.

The driver of the vehicle — the mother of the 19-year-old — was also hospitalized, while the back seat passenger was not injured, police said.

NBC adds that the driver of the civilian vehicle was an off-duty sergeant, and said his car was T-boned. Video sent to Sheepshead Bites by reader Jennifer Ginter, seen above, shows that the van jumped the curb and was partially in the grass of Marine Park after the accident.

Witnesses told ABC News that the suspect attempted to flee on foot after the crash, but was quickly apprehended.

Charges were still pending as of yesterday evening.

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