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Apr 16

Cars: Take A Ride In The Infiniti Q60S 6MT Convertible

The Infiniti Q60S 6MT convertible features crisp shifting and close-ratio gearing provided the sensations of a proper little sports car. (Photo: Bob Golfen)

The Infiniti Q60S 6MT convertible features crisp shifting and close-ratio gearing that provide the sensations of a proper little sports car. (Photo: Larry Edsall)

Stickshift should be listed as an endangered species, along with African rhinos and black-footed ferrets. With modern automatic transmissions become so much more sophisticated and fuel efficient, and enhanced with such things as paddle shifters, manual transmissions are rapidly going the way of ignition points.

Call me old school, but I fundamentally prefer cars with three pedals, especially those cars with sporty ambitions. But it’s so rare that a premium car comes to me for testing with anything other than some kind of high-tech automatic.

Apr 15

Video: Porsche returns to LMP1 with 919 Hybrid

A large topic of controversy recently, particularly in the world of Formula 1, has been whether racecars can still sound good in the future as racing series and manufacturers turn more towards greener technology.

Enter the new Porsche 919 Hybrid, which will compete in the 2014 World Endurance Championship this season (including the 24 Hours of Le Mans). Though on paper, a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine may not seem overly impressive, this new hybrid that Porsche will be using in its return to the top class of sports car racing sounds… like a racecar.

Video uploaded by /DRIVE.

Apr 15

MotoGP: Dovizioso defends Ducati’s decision

Andrea Dovizioso defends Ducati's decision to go to open bikes, scoring the team's first podium finish since 2012. (Photo: Getty Images)

Andrea Dovizioso defends Ducati’s decision to go to open bikes, scoring the team’s first podium finish since 2012. (Photo: Getty Images)

On Sunday at the Circuit of the Americas, Andrea Dovizioso overcame the effects of the flu and a fourth-row starting position to battle his way to Ducati’s first MotoGP podium position since Valentino Rossi finished as runner-up at Misano in 2012.

Dovizioso’s heroic effort continued the general feeling that Ducati’s fortunes in motorcycling’s premier category are finally on the rise following several embarrassing seasons that tainted multiple legacies and resulted in a complete overhaul of the program.

Apr 15

Red Bull loses Ricciardo Australian GP case

Daniel Ricciardo crossed the finish line in second place at the 2014 Australian GP, but was disqualified due to a fuel infraction. Red Bull appealed the case which was heard on Monday, which they lost. (Photo: Charles Coates/LAT Photographic)

Daniel Ricciardo crossed the finish line in second place at the 2014 Australian GP, but was disqualified due to a fuel flow violation. (Photo: Charles Coates/LAT Photographic)

The FIA Court of Appeal has upheld the original decision of the stewards of the Australian GP, which means that Red Bull and Daniel Ricciardo have now definitively lost their second place.

The court, which sat on Monday, rejected the arguments from RBR about the unreliability of the Gill fuel flow sensor in the RB10.

Apr 14

IndyCar: Montoya places fourth in second race back

Juan Pablo Montoya has competed in Formula 1, NASCAR and Sports Cars since his last days in IndyCar, and many questioned whether he would be able to return to his championship-winning form behind an IndyCar again. (Photo: Leland Hill/LAT Photographic)

Juan Pablo Montoya has been away from IndyCar for 14 years, leaving many to wonder whether he can return to his championship-winning form. (Photo: Leland Hill/LAT Photographic)

Many in the IndyCar garage have been curious to see whether Juan Pablo Montoya could still race with the same championship-winning pace as he had in the series 14 years ago, and Sunday’s result was certainly a positive sign that things are heading in the right direction.

With his fourth place finish at Long Beach, Montoya sits eighth in the IndyCar points standings as the series heads to Barber Motorsports Park.