Yet another steering wheel mishap, this time in a rally car

There seems to be an epidemic that is affecting the steering wheels of sporting vehicles these days. First we saw the guy in a Caterham whose tiller came off in his hands, followed by a Formula Renault driver who removed his on purpose. Now we have a competitor in the New England Forest Rally who suffers the same malady, only this time it is not because of a quick release which makes for a bit more work to keep the car on the road.

Note to tech inspectors: perhaps you should begin looking at steering wheels during your inspection!

Watch 9 seconds of the Porsche 918 Spyder in action

When Porsche unveiled the 918 Spyder hybrid racer at the Detroit Auto Show a couple of years ago, the automotive world was all smiles. Here was a race car that embodied the history of Porsche motorsports and yet embraced the future of hybrid drive systems. The prototype was spotted a few days ago wearing the classic Martini Porsche livery and now YouTube user fastsportscardriver has caught the beast testing on the Nurburgring. He was only able to grab 9 seconds of video, but that is just enough to show how beautiful this machine is.

The Downshift attacks the Isle of Man with a pair of Subaru BRZ

Motor Trend went to the Isle of Man recently to check out Subaru’s new BRZ coupe on the same roads that the legendary TT motorcycle race is run on. In fact, they had two cars on hand. The first, a stock BRZ was driven by Automobile Mag’s Jason Cammisa. Then Cammisa is strapped in to the co-driver’s seat of a full rally prepped BRZ and goes out on stage with rally ace Mark Higgins.

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