A Lexus supercar in the making?
Going 'round in circles -- Congrats to stuntman Steve Truglia for clearing the world's largest loop-the-loop in a Toyota. We hope to replicate this feat someday in TCC's vintage Ford Escort. Thank you, Steve, for giving us hope. [DailyMail via AutoMotto]
Rumor mill #1 -- Rumor has it that Lexus is looking to unleash a supercar on the world, and coincidentally, another Lexus LF-A (or a close cousin) has been spotted on the The Ring. Could this be The One? Please insert your own Lord of the Rings joke here. [Autoweek]
Rumor mill #2 -- Speaking of rumors, there's another one circulating about MINI and a slightly different take on the company's alleged Speedster we mentioned a couple of weeks ago. Sorry, naysayers, but this is starting to look inevitable. Now, please pass the sunscreen. [MotoringFile]
Rumor mill #3 -- Also speaking of rumors (clearly no one has anything better to do than gossip on Tuesday mornings), Daimler is set to announce a strategic alliance for the development of electric vehicles--and some of our interweb colleagues think it might be Tesla. German crazy meets South African/American faux-crazy? Count us in. [Carscoop]
Please do not write this book -- Professor Karyn Rybacki of Northern Michigan University claims that NASCAR races are today's cultural equivalent of the Medieval joust, mostly because of the tailgate parties. Several of your TCC staffers spent a lot of time in graduate school, and even we think that's the lamest thesis ever floated. [WSJ via TheAwl]
More than a weekender -- We all enjoy a little tinkering now and then, but most of us lack the skill/fortitude to convert a Craigslist VW Passat into an electric car. Well played, Eric Tischer, well played. [ETischer via BoingBoing]