Friday, December 15, 2017

todays episode of The Grand Tour

Jeremy races Capt Slow and Hamster from NYC to Niagara Falls... they have to take public transport, he takes the new Ford GT....

but then, he calls the airplane reservation people, and screws with them. Switches them from Business Class to Economy, and tells the airline to not let them drink alcohol on the flight.. that's funny, in a mean kind of way

Also, Jeremy points out that the engine in a new AMG GT R has 577 hp, but the same engine in an E Class Mercedes Benz produces over 600 hp

the GT R sports a 4 liter twin-turbo V-8 with a revised intake, new forged aluminum pistons, and a higher compression ratio. The ­output is 577 Hp and 516 foot pounds
and Jeremy is indeed absollutely correct, I looked on the Mercedes Benz website, and the same engine is in the 2018 E 63 S Sedan Engine: Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 biturboPower 603 hp @ 5,750-6,500 rpm

So, wtf is that about?

And the new test driver was selected from 9 months of giving everyone a try, race car drivers, stunt car drivers, etc etc... in the final decision, they went with the driver who was the fastest. They don't say what her name is, but the internet already knows... Abbie Eaton, she's 25, and racing instructor at Silverstone.

How do you get that at age 25? Well, when your parents are smart and let you start racing at the age of 10, and started adult racing at age 17, in 2009, and since then has won 25 races, and been the 2014  season champion for the Mazda MX5 Supercup.

This year she won the Blancpin Endurance Series in a Ferrari 488 GT3 - the first woman to ever get a place on the podium.

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