Eli, we think you might be onto something. Our marketing department worked a little photoshop magic to bring your dream to life. We’ll be sure to pass this on to our product designers. Thanks for sharing your idea on Jalopnik and for being a BMW fan. 

Jalopnik: Top Gear’s Richard Hammond Drove Me Around New York In His Taxi Cab

When they aren’t filming the international super hit Top Gear, hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond take some time to work on their own projects. In Hammond’s case, it seems those projects involve putting himself through immense levels of stress for Crash Course, his program for BBC America where he has a matter of days to master some of the most intense jobs in America.

He just seems to enjoy a good challenge. And he got one when I joined him in an unairconditioned Manhattan taxi on a blistering July day.

This is our exclusive behind-the-scenes look at The Hamster’s new show…

Click through for the full interview.

Richard Hammond’s Crash Course premieres tonight, October 22, 2012 at 10/9c on BBC America

Let’s help a young car enthusiast see his idea come to life. In this Jalopnik article, 4-year-old Eli concepts his dream car with the help of his Uncle. One of Eli’s stipulations? It has to be a BMW. Use Eli’s specs and show us your interpretation of this one-of-a-kind car. And don’t worry, we’re sketching one too. http://awe.sm/rcKA

Watch on www.itcars.net

Watch The New Land Rover Discovery Make Itself Invisible 

The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept will feature an incredibly intuitive pairing of grille-mounted cameras with a heads-up display in the windshield. The setup will project the view obstructed by the SUV’s hood onto the window, effectively creating a “transparent truck” from the driver’s perspective.

More Than A Dozen Fisker Karma Hybrids Caught Fire And Exploded In New Jersey Port After Sandy


Approximately 16 of the $100,000+ Fisker Karma extended-range luxury hybrids were parked in Port Newark, New Jersey last night when water from Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge apparently breached the port and submerged the vehicles. As Jalopnik has exclusively learned, the cars then caught fire and burned to the ground.

Our source tells us they were “first submerged in a storm surge and then caught fire, exploded.” This wouldn’t be the first time the vehicles, which use a small gasoline engine to charge batteries that provide energy to two electric motors, had an issue with sudden combustion.

The vehicle, despite only being in limited production, has already experienced numerous fires due to equipment failures and electrical shorts. How, exactly, they caught fire after being submerged in sea water is unclear. It’s possible the salt water caused a short that led to a fire.

Calls to Fisker and the Port Newark Container Terminal have not been returned as of publication time.

UPDATE: Fisker released the following statement:

"It was reported today that several Fisker Karmas were damaged by fire at the Port of Newark after being submerged in sea water during Superstorm Sandy.  We can report that there were no injuries and none of the cars were being charged at the time.

We have confidence in the Fisker Karma and safety is our primary concern.  While we intend to find the cause as quickly as possible, storm damage has restricted access to the port. 

We will issue a further statement once the root cause has been determined.”




Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond lost their licenses

It seems Jezza and Hamster had an argument with the French police over their driving privileges. While filming for their newest Top Gear DVD, they were traveling on a French highway at just over 140 km/h (the regular speed limit would be 130km/h) but failed to notice a section of the road was limited to 90km/h.The French rozzas (police) took their licenses and wallet contents on the spot and suspended the pair from driving in France for 3 months. Oops. Love the end bit: “Top tip: if you are going to break the speed limit, make sure you’re not in France.”