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Property Week News Feed: Weston Homes and Tesco sumbit plans for Goodmayes site

The Top Zones - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 09:58
Weston Homes and Tesco have submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of a 10.4 acre site as part of the Goodmayes mixed-use redevelopment.
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Property Week News Feed: IPSX adds to launch team

The Top Zones - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 08:27
The International Property Securities Exchange (IPSX) has appointed Peter Wyllie as a director in the capital markets team.
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Property Week News Feed: McKay posts half-year growth in NAV, revenue and profit

The Top Zones - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 08:13
McKay Securities has produced a 2.1% rise in net asset value (NAV) during the first half of the year, alongside strong rental growth.
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Property Week News Feed: U+I buys into innovation hub business

The Top Zones - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 07:00
U+I has bought a 50% stake in innovation hub business Plus X, with plans to house the new business in six locations across the UK.
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2020 Honda Civic

The Top Zones - Sun, 11/17/2019 - 18:05
You’d be forgiven for not recognizing the 2020 Honda Civic. While the name “Civic” may return images of economy-sized penalty boxes, today’s Civic has more in common with the Accord than it does with yesteryear’s sin bins. The 2020 Civic’s a budget car hiding in plain sight, dressed up as a mid-sizer in some...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2020 Chevrolet Sonic

The Top Zones - Sun, 11/17/2019 - 13:46
The 2020 Chevrolet Sonic is a solid small car in an SUV world. With impressive value, safety scores, and a decent amount of fun in the right form, it’s an engaging hatchback or sedan, but is outsold in droves by even the dreariest of small crossovers. For that we give it 4.8 out of 10 overall. (Read more about how we rate cars.) The only...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2020 Lexus LX 570

The Top Zones - Sun, 11/17/2019 - 13:00
The 2020 Lexus LX 570 makes no effort to be subtle. The big SUV's brash styling, strong engine, and prodigious thirst are balanced by a plush interior and cosseting ride. On our scale, the new Lexus LX rates 5.4 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) The LX shares its basic design with the Toyota Land Cruiser, though the two differ in...
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Motortrend News Feed: Cheapest Pickup Trucks for 2020: No Frills, Just Utility

The Top Zones - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 13:00

Today, you can spend upwards of $70,000 on a new truck. Fortunately, you don’t have to. There are still plenty of affordable trucks on the market, with some priced just above $20,000. If you’re looking for a no-frills workhorse, keep reading to learn about the cheapest pickup trucks for 2020.

2020 Ram 1500: $33,590

We love the refined interior and supple air suspension of the Ram 1500 Limited, but you’ll have to spend more than $50,000 for this top-trim model. If you opt for the base Tradesman Quad Cab, you’re still getting a great truck, just without the fancy features. In our review of the Ram 1500 Tradesman, we said it feels more refined than the bare-bones truck that it is. It has a quiet, spacious, and comfortable cabin, and its ride quality and steering resemble those of an SUV. Few affordable trucks offer more. The 2020 Ram 1500 Tradesman gets a standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine making a healthy 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque.

2019 Nissan Titan: $32,285

The current Nissan Titan is aging, but it still has its merits. It benefits from precise handling, particularly on Single Cab models. The base Titan Single Cab S features a 5.6-liter V-8 engine with a robust 390 hp and 394 lb-ft of torque. That power comes at the expense of fuel economy (15/21 mpg city/highway). Keep on the lookout for the refreshed 2020 Titan that goes on sale in early 2020. This truck will feature exterior, interior, and powertrain upgrades, but it may carry a higher price tag.

2020 GMC Sierra 1500: $31,195

Surprisingly, some of the least expensive trucks on the market come from GMC. The cheapest Sierra 1500, a Regular Cab with the Long Box, features a standard 4.3-liter V-6 making 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. Max trailering is 7,900 pounds on this sharp-looking base truck.

2019 Honda Ridgeline: $31,085

It may not have the brawny look you’d expect of a truck, but the Honda Ridgeline makes its mark in other ways. The affordable unibody truck handles well, and it features a smooth, car-like ride. All models, including the base RT, feature a 3.5-liter V-6 with 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque.

2020 Ford F-150: $30,090

The best-selling vehicle in America for the last three decades can get pretty expensive if you start checking option boxes; the Limited model is particularly pricey. But the base Regular Cab with the 6.5-foot bed can be had for a very reasonable price. The cheap truck comes with a standard six-speed automatic and 3.3-liter V-6 making 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. But it may be worth upgrading to the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 with 325 hp, 400 lb-ft, and a 10-speed automatic transmission, considering this configuration only costs an extra $995.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado: $29,895


The Chevrolet Silverado benefits from responsive steering and solid engines, particularly the optional 2.7-liter four-cylinder. The base Work Truck has an overly Spartan interior, although higher trims also lack interior plushness. The base model, priced under $30,000 with the Regular Cab and long bed, gets a 4.3-liter V-6 engine with 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. For an extra dose of style, check out the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Midnight and Rally special editions.

2019 Ram 1500 Classic: $29,340

In addition to the new 1500, Ram is also offering the previous-generation 1500 for consumers who don’t need all the extra doodads of the latest model. This older truck is called the Ram 1500 Classic, and it’s the cheapest new truck you can buy in the full-size segment. The base Tradesman comes with a 305-hp 3.6-liter V-6 and gross vehicle weight rating of 6,025 pounds. Ram officials say there are no plans to discontinue the Classic as the truck continues to rake in strong sales.

2020 GMC Canyon: $23,295

The GMC Canyon is the upmarket twin of the Chevrolet Colorado. There are a few key features that separate it from its sibling, most notably the luxurious Denali model. But in base form, the Canyon is extremely similar to the Colorado, minus the badge. Like the base Colorado, the GMC Canyon Extended Cab SL gets a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque.

2020 Toyota Tacoma: $27,145

We appreciate all the Toyota Tacoma’s standard safety features, but it falls short of the competition in many ways. In addition to its cramped cabin and narrow bed, it features an overly harsh ride. Still, a base Tacoma is one of the cheapest new trucks you can buy. The entry model is the SR Access Cab with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder making 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque.

2019 Ford Ranger: $25,495

Among the lowest-priced trucks on the market, the Ford Ranger is particularly fuel-efficient. It nets up to 21/26 mpg with its 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This engine pairs with a 10-speed automatic transmission and delivers 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The base Ford Ranger SuperCab XL offers a 6-foot box.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado: $22,395

Not only is the Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Long Box one of the most affordable trucks on the market, it might be the best value. It’s a well-rounded truck, with car-like ride and handling and a highly functional bed. Power comes from a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. Although not very potent, this engine delivers an impressive 20/26 mpg and 462 miles of range on a tank of gas.

2019 Nissan Frontier: $20,385


The cheapest new truck you can buy is the 2019 Nissan Frontier. The base model is the King Cab S, priced from $20,385 and equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. This engine makes 152 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. And get this: It comes standard with a five-speed manual. Unfortunately, payload capacity is very limited in this configuration, coming in at just 900 pounds. Despite its age and limitations, the Frontier remains a strong seller, outperforming the likes of the GMC Canyon and Honda Ridgeline. If you’re looking for a more modern version, stay tuned for a new Frontier that will break cover in 2020.

Cheapest Pickup Trucks for 2020
  1. 2020 Ram 1500: $33,590
  2. 2019 Nissan Titan: $32,285
  3. 2020 GMC Sierra 1500: $31,195
  4. 2019 Honda Ridgeline: $31,085
  5. 2020 Ford F-150: $30,090
  6. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado: $29,895
  7. 2019 Ram 1500 Classic: $29,340
  8. 2020 Toyota Tacoma: $27,145
  9. 2019 Ford Ranger: $25,495
  10. 2020 GMC Canyon: $23,295
  11. 2020 Chevrolet Colorado: $22,395
  12. 2019 Nissan Frontier: $20,385

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The Car Connection News Feed: 2020 Chevrolet Malibu

The Top Zones - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 13:00
The 2020 Chevrolet Malibu is a middling mid-size sedan that’s largely overlooked in the midst of the great SUV and crossover onslaught. Though it’s stylish and comfortable, curious absences in active safety make it forgettable even in its own shrinking segment. We give the 2020 Malibu 5.8 out of 10 overall. (Read more about how we rate...
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Motortrend News Feed: Is the 2019 Jeep Wrangler an Efficient SUV? We Test MPGs on our 2.0 Turbo Long-Termer

The Top Zones - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 09:00

MotorTrend’s 2019 SUV of the Year is roughly halfway through its yearlong stay with us, and it’s settled nicely into its day-to-day life of commuting during the week and exploring on the weekends. Since our last update, where we went off-roading on the beaches on California’s central coast, we’ve ordered a handful of Mopar accessories for our Wrangler. We’ve also finally tested it at the track and on our fuel economy loop.

Test Day

Jeeps—or at least Wranglers—are hardly known for lightning performance, but our Wrangler Rubicon nevertheless performed admirably at the test track. Sporting an eTorque 2.0-liter mild hybrid turbocharged I-4 with 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and an eight-speed automatic, it ran from 0 to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds and through the quarter mile in 16.0 seconds at 83.1 mph. That makes it about four-tenths of a second quicker to 60 mph and two-tenths of a second quicker in the quarter mile than the last eTorque Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon we tested, a 2018 model. Interestingly, our long-term Jeep is about 11 pounds heavier than that last Wrangler Rubicon we tested, so we’re guessing the extra mileage on our long-termer has helped improve the Jeep’s performance.

In the equally important braking and handling tests, our Wrangler also outbraked and outhandled that 2018 Wrangler Rubicon. Our Jeep needed 137 feet for our 60–0 mph emergency stop test, and it lapped the figure eight in 29.3 seconds at 0.55 g average.

Real MPG Results

Soon after test day, we had the emissions analytics team hook up their test gear to our Jeep to see how it measures up to its EPA 22/24/22 mpg city/highway/combined rating. It returned from testing with a 21.4/26.0/23.2 Real MPG result, a slight improvement on the official EPA numbers.

Anecdotally, I’ve found our Wrangler’s fuel efficiency has varied considerably depending on conditions and circumstance. In Los Angeles traffic, at speeds under 55 mph, the Jeep regularly returns about 17 to 20 mpg, as indicated by the trip computer. Highway mileage varies wildly. I’ve seen everything from an indicated 14 mpg in moderate winds while driving up and down California’s I-5 on vacation at the 70 mph speed limit, to an indicated 23 mpg on a calm, cool, summer’s morning across CA-14, which winds up and over the San Gabriel Mountains and into the Mojave Desert.

Mopar Accessories

Jeep Wranglers are among the most modified vehicles on the road. Knowing this, Jeep was kind enough to send us a slew of Mopar accessories for our Wrangler, including a tailgate table ($225), MOLLE bags ($145), front and rear grab handles ($39 for each pair), a first aid kit ($115), a roadside safety kit ($116), as well as some all-weather floormats ($165), door sill guards ($75), and a rear cargo tray ($129).

It’s safe to say we’ll probably never use the latter three accessories, but I’ve installed the grab handles and MOLLE bags. The bags, which are designed to clip easily to the back of the front passenger seats, are sized perfectly to hold smaller odds and ends that might otherwise find themselves bouncing around the cabin. That said, they do somewhat impede into the legroom for back-seat passengers, so I find myself removing them and reinstalling them as needed.

Even more useful are the grab handles. These install onto the Wrangler’s Sport Bar (or roll cage, to you and me) with a simple T25 Torx bit and a handheld impact driver. I popped out the front two hardtop panels to give myself easier access to the Torx screws up front, but I didn’t bother removing the rear part of the roof to install the handles in back. My hand impact driver was small enough to work without removing the entire roof. All in all, the entire process took 15 minutes, and I must say that so far, having the extra “oh s–t!” handles are great to have while off-roading.

As for the tailgate table, installation requires a bit of drilling, so I’ll save that installation for a future update.

Read more about our long-term 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon:

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Motortrend News Feed: Refreshing or Revolting: Ferrari Roma Ushers in New Design Era

The Top Zones - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 23:00

Ferrari took the wraps off the newest addition to its burgeoning lineup yesterday. The Roma is the contemporary follow-up to the 612 Scaglietti of the mid-2000s, and even if Ferrari itself won’t say it, the car is the spiritual successor to the Ferrari Dino Sergio Marchionne all but promised so many years ago. Like the Dino before it, the Roma is supposed to be a relatively affordable 2+2 coupe designed to do two things: look great and be enjoyed every day. We won’t be able to definitively say anything about the latter for a while, but we can still derive a few things from the way it looks.

With the introduction of the Roma, Ferrari has stated the Nuove Dolce Vita era has begun, meaning we can expect Ferraris of the future to follow the design language the Roma. But is it a design we can look forward to? Let’s examine the car’s styling.

The Roma features cleaner lines than the Ferraris of recent memory. Both the 488 and the more recent F8 have designs that are a bit more cluttered, and while the 812 is handsome enough, it doesn’t possess the same effortless beauty we expect from a Ferrari. Neither did the very aggressive F12. The Roma changes all of that. With clean lines, classic proportions, and a design that’s significantly less busy than Ferrari’s most recent designs, most MT staffers agree the Roma is a looker.

But a few eagle-eyed staffers—and other, more vocal social media personalities—pointed out that the design of the Roma, while classic, also adopts many modern styling cues. The rear, for example, is sculpted and strong, with the trailing edge of the rear fenders bleeding off into the headlights. While beautiful, we can’t help but be reminded of the current Jaguar F-Type. Coke bottle hips are nothing new in sports cars, but the way the rear haunches of the Roma blend into the rear bumper feels quite familiar.

Perhaps even more familiar than the rear of the car is the look of the front of the Roma, which has drawn comparisons to the Aston Martin DB10 concept. The long hood, thin headlights, attention to the rule of thirds that Aston Martin so clearly follows with its designs, and the pointed, shark-nose style front bumper are all reminiscent of the Aston concept. That’s not to mention the flush door handles, wing mirror stalks that start at the bottom of the A-pillar, and a very similarly shaped window profile.

There is no doubt that the Roma is a wonderful looking car. To some, it will be the best looking Ferrari in years. But to others, the Roma will look too similar to a number of front-engine coupes that have come before it—and recently, at that. Do you think the Roma looks original, or does it feature too many elements we’ve already seen? Let us know what you think in the comments on Facebook.

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Motortrend News Feed: What Compact SUVs Get Over 30 MPG on the Highway? Here are 14 Fuel-Frugal Crossovers

The Top Zones - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 21:45

Getting an SUV originally meant sacrificing fuel economy for the sake of practicality. Even if it had the range, the SUVs of yore would suck down gallon after gallon of fuel, leaving you with a huge bill at the pump. Not anymore. The recent influx of smaller compact and subcompact SUVs with modern engines has introduced a host of offerings that are nearly as efficient as their low-slung counterparts. Wondering which compact SUVs get over 30 mpg? Keep reading for 14 of the best compact SUVs that get 30 mpg or better on the highway, not including hybrid models.

2020 Mazda CX-5 – up to 25/31 mpg city/highway

Essentially the driver’s choice among SUVs that get over 30 mpg, the Mazda CX-5 handles well and provides plenty of smiles behind the wheel. Its svelte styling allows it to stand out, especially in Mazda’s signature Soul Red Crystal exterior color. The CX-5’s well-appointed interior also feels a class above its own thanks to high-quality materials and plenty of sound insulation.

2020 Chevrolet Equinox – up to 26/31 mpg

When equipped with the base 1.5-liter turbo-four, the Chevrolet Equinox is an SUV that gets over 30 mpg even with all-wheel drive. On higher-end models, the Equinox also comes with niceties like heated and ventilated front seats, a massive panoramic sunroof, and heated rear seats, making it a great road trip vehicle.

2020 Nissan Rogue Sport – up to 25/32 mpg

The Nissan Rogue Sport gives you plenty of space and flexibility in a package that remains city-friendly. Should you want to take the Rogue Sport on the open road, you’ll be happy to know that it’s a 30-mpg SUV regardless of drivetrain combination, making it a viable long-distance cruiser.

2020 Hyundai Kona – up to 28/32 mpg

If you’re after a sporty, fun-to-drive subcompact SUV, the Hyundai Kona has your name on it. Even with its available turbocharged engine, the Kona has the range to get you to faraway places without stopping too many times. Its agile handling complements its power, making it a great all-around option if you’re looking for a 30-mpg SUV that’s well suited for the city or the open road.

2020 BMW X1 – up to 24/33 mpg


Sporty yet practical, the BMW X1 satisfies your sensible and emotional sides, making it a great all-around 30-mpg SUV regardless of whether you choose front- or all-wheel drive. With a 228-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four, the X1 also has plenty of power on tap to go with its solid fuel economy.

2020 Mini Countryman – up to 26/33 mpg

Quirky and filled with personality, the Mini Countryman stands out for its style and fun-to-drive character. It’s also a subcompact SUV that gets 30 mpg or higher on the highway, giving it respectable range for long drives, even in its more powerful S guise with all-wheel drive.

2020 Nissan Rogue – up to 26/33 mpg

Despite its age, the Nissan Rogue remains a popular 30-mpg SUV because of its practicality. It’s also one of only a handful to offer some form of semi-autonomous driving tech in the form of ProPilot Assist. That means the Rogue can take some of the workload off the driver by assisting you with steering, centering the vehicle, and even braking when you come up on a slow-moving vehicle.

2020 Subaru Forester – up to 26/33 mpg

Despite its evolutionary styling, the Subaru Forester has grown into one of the most well-rounded vehicles in its segment. Even with all-wheel drive standard, it’s an SUV that gets over 30 mpg that can go the distance before needing to refuel. With 8.7 inches of ground clearance, the Forester can also go farther off-road than most compact SUVs.

2020 Ford Escape – up to 27/33 mpg


The Ford Escape is a 30-mpg SUV with a feature that makes it unique in its class: a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine with output that rivals larger four-cylinder competitors. Should you opt for the available 2.0-liter turbo-four with all-wheel drive, the Escape still offers over 30 mpg on the highway despite the added power.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek – up to 27/33 mpg

Think of the Subaru Crosstrek as the subcompact SUV for the modern adventurer. It can fit anywhere, it’s comfortable to drive every day, and capable enough that it can tackle more challenging trails better than many car-based SUVs with its standard all-wheel-drive system and 8.7 inches of ground clearance. Even with the six-speed manual transmission on the base model, the Crosstrek is still a 30-mpg SUV, so you don’t sacrifice range if you row your own gears.

2020 Honda HR-V – up to 28/34 mpg

When asking which compact SUVs get over 30 mpg, it should come as no surprise that two options from Honda are among the answers you get. Currently the smallest SUV in Honda’s lineup, the Fit-based HR-V excels in sensibility. With its Magic Seats, the Honda HR-V’s interior is cavernous, making it the ultimate city-friendly hauler. To make the package even more enticing, the Honda HR-V is an SUV that gets over 30 mpg regardless of whether you opt for front- or all-wheel drive.

2020 Honda CR-V – up to 28/34 mpg

No other vehicle defines its segment better than the benchmark-setting Honda CR-V. Not only is it an SUV that gets over 30 mpg, it’s also spacious, comfortable, and it handles respectably. Thanks to its punchy yet efficient 190-hp 1.5-liter turbo-four, the Honda CR-V is one of the most well-rounded compact SUVs on the market.

2020 Toyota RAV4 – up to 28/35 mpg

Since moving to the TNGA-K platform and getting the 203-hp 2.5-liter I-4 paired to an eight-speed automatic, the Toyota RAV4 is now one of the most efficient entries in its segment. Even in its off-road-oriented TRD Off-Road trim, the RAV4 is one of the best compact SUVs for highway driving because it sips fuel at a miserly rate.

2020 Lexus UX 200 – up to 29/37 mpg

Currently the smallest and most attainable Lexus SUV you can get, the UX 200 is also an SUV that gets over 30 mpg thanks to its efficient powertrain. Just make sure it’s just you and one other person, though, because the rear seats are cramped and cargo space is minimal with four or five passengers

What Compact SUVs Get Over 30 MPG on the Highway?
  1. 2020 Mazda CX-5 — up to 25/31 mpg
  2. 2020 Chevrolet Equinox — up to 26/31 mpg
  3. 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport — up to 25/32 mpg
  4. 2020 Hyundai Kona — up to 28/32 mpg
  5. 2020 BMW X1 — up to 24/33 mpg
  6. 2020 Mini Countryman — up to 26/33 mpg
  7. 2020 Nissan Rogue — up to 26/33 mpg
  8. 2020 Subaru Forester — up to 26/33 mpg
  9. 2020 Ford Escape — up to 27/33 mpg
  10. 2020 Subaru Crosstrek — up to 27/33 mpg
  11. 2020 Honda HR-V — up to 28/34 mpg
  12. 2020 Honda CR-V — up to 28/34 mpg
  13. 2020 Toyota RAV4 — up to 28/35 mpg
  14. 2020 Lexus UX 200 — up to 29/37 mpg

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Motortrend News Feed: Ford v Ferrari: Jonny Lieberman Talks Cars With Matt Damon and Christian Bale

The Top Zones - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 19:34

Ford v Ferrari tells the story of Shelby American’s fight to victory at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. The film is packed with incredible high-speed action sequences and gorgeous classic sports cars, but ultimately it’s about the people who put their all into ending Ferrari’s winning streak by getting the Ford GT40 across the finish line first. Those people are Ken Miles—the gritty, uncouth racer portrayed by Christian Bale—and Carroll Shelby—the motorsports icon and crafty team manager played by Matt Damon.

MotorTrend senior features editor Jonny Lieberman had a chance to sit down with Bale and Damon for an interview about their work in the movie. The actors discuss techniques they had to learn and ways they had to adapt to make scenes fun and realistic. They also talk about how director James Mangold’s lack of interest in cars was actually a benefit for the production.

Jonny bounced some car enthusiast questions off them, too. Bale speaks of the amazing vehicles he’s driven in some of his other famous roles, and Damon mentions the early-production electric sports car he had the opportunity to own. It’s a fun discussion that shows how dedicated these actors are to their craft, and the cars involved along the way. Check it out below.

Ford v Ferrari opens today in theaters everywhere. We recommend buying a ticket to see it—hearing those Ford V-8s and Ferrari V-12s on a massive surround-sound system is totally worth it. In the meantime, read Jonny’s review of the film, and take a trip back in time to revisit MotorTrend’s original coverage of the race from our September 1966 issue, awesome historical photos included. Oh, there was also that time we tested the finest Le Mans-inspired mid-engine supercars from Ford, Ferrari, and Porsche at 200 mph on an oval track.

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Motortrend News Feed: THOR! Behind the Build of the 3,400-HP Supercharged Dual-Engine Semi

The Top Zones - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 19:22

We’re thunderstruck by the insanity that is THOR 24, which is why we’re throwing it back to this feature on the custom semi’s incredible 27.9-liter Detroit Diesel V-24 engine build that ran in Hot Rod Magazine back in 2011. Marvel and enjoy!

Sept. 2011, HOT ROD Magazine — They say everything’s big in Texas. Poppycock. When it comes to truck motors, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, puts the Lone Star State to shame. That’s where Mike Harrah has his treasure trove of trucks, cars, bikes, helicopters, and airplanes that makes gearheads drool with envy. His under-construction show truck has 36 butterflies in its 12 injector hats.

Why? “Because I can,” Harrah says. There’s no reason to take a 24V71 and build an intake manifold that weighs 1,000 pounds and mounts eight 6-71 superchargers on top of four others other than to say: There, take that. Yes, this is a V-24 Detroit Diesel two-stroke (normally used to power ships), which is two V-12 Detroits joined together nose to nose with splined cranks. It adds up to 1,704 cubic inches. It’s ridiculous, on a grand scale. And that’s why it’s cool.

Sept. 2011 cover of HOT ROD Magazine with THOR 24’s twin-V-12 Detroit Diesel engines

Harrah is a trucking and construction businessman who has done very well for himself, and he decided to throw caution to the wind when it came to building his newest toy, a Peterbilt semi-truck meant for the show circuit. The motor is obviously the focal point, and never one to shy away from the spotlight, Harrah went for broke. He claims this thing makes more than 3,400 hp, and there’s a fairly popular YouTube video out to prove it, but we’re a bit skeptical. It really doesn’t matter how much power it makes—the visual is the key. But the torque figure has to be astronomical. Yes, it does run, though the truck itself was nothing more than huge frame rails and a stretched cab when we saw it, so we haven’t seen it motor down the road.

The key is the mammoth intake manifold, made from a lot of aluminum plate with trap doors inside to house both the blower drives and the pressure chambers. It’s pretty complicated, and Harrah threatened to strangle us if we revealed how it was done—but you can figure it out if you think about it long enough. Credit the ingenuity of builders Tim Spinks and Paul Abram, the project management of Steve Huff, and some fabrication by Harrah himself for this outrageous statement.

Harrah wants to take it on the 2012 Power Tour, which raises the question: How do you see out of the windshield?

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The Car Connection News Feed: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E preview

The Top Zones - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 18:37
Ford’s first mass-market electric vehicle will hit the ground running with high expectations, starting with its historic badge planted in its grille. The 2021 Mustang Mach-E is the automaker’s first electric crossover; first Mustang-branded vehicle that’s not a coupe, convertible, nor hatchback; and the first Mustang with...
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Property Week News Feed: Capco exchanges on £425m sale of Earls Court interests

The Top Zones - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 17:13
Capco has exchanged contracts for the sale of its interests in Earls Court, excluding Lillie Square, to APG and Delancey for £425m.
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The Car Connection News Feed: Asian automakers dominate Consumer Reports' most reliable cars list

The Top Zones - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 16:35
Lexus, Mazda, and Toyota once again took the top spots for the most reliable car brands, according to Consumer Reports’ annual study released on Thursday. The Lexus IS compact sedan ranked highest on the list, followed by the Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster. Mazda and Toyota tied for second place as the most reliable brands, with the Corolla...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2020 Forester vs CR-V, Ford Mustang Mach-E revealed: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Top Zones - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 16:30
2020 Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V: Compare Crossover SUVs Two of the most popular family vehicles for 2020 comes from Subaru and Honda, but only one nails all the basics, from styling to comfort to safety performance. Asian automakers dominate Consumer Reports' most reliable cars list The consumer magazine says Toyota, Mazda, and Lexus build the...
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Property Week News Feed: Urban Exposure receives other proposals following Tchenguiz's move

The Top Zones - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 13:05
Urban Exposure has said that following the restructuring proposal from Robert Tchenguiz’s R20 Advisory last week the lender has received other proposals.
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2020 Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V: Compare Crossover SUVs

The Top Zones - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 13:00
Crossover SUVs have replaced the station wagon—and the minivan—as the family carry-all of the now. Not all crossovers are created equally though, and a pair of best-sellers rank among the top-rated family vehicles at The Car Connection. Which would we steer you into: the 2020 Honda CR-V or the 2020 Subaru Forester? We wouldn’t...
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