What BoldRide is Thankful For
In this holiday season, we have much to be thankful for. As automotive types, it always feels like the walls are closing in on us. With automated gearboxes, rising fuel economy regulations, and more intrusive safety tech, it seems like were losing the battle for ‘awesome.’ The small amount of unbridled vehicular excellence left in the automotive world is something to be cherished. Here are the things for which BoldRide is thankful. (Without these items, we’d probably be out of a job)
Local Motors Rally Fighter
When Local Motors opened their doors, they did not set out to create this thing. The small firm runs on the crowd-source business model, creating a huge community to help design a vehicle. Well that community spoke, and the fruits of their labor was this awesome off-road coupe. It has a full adjustable suspension and is capable of the same high speeds on trails as the Ford F-150 Raptor. When the original BMW-sourced diesel six-cylinder engine was not enough, they went back to the community and asked for something better, resulting in the 350 cubic inch GM small block that now sits underhood. You can always be thankful for that.
After the popularity of the original Shelby Cobra, many pretenders have arose through the years. The problem is, that they are all a Cobra only in appearance, and lack any semblance of a decent suspension, steering, or any modicum of driving characteristics. David Smith knew this, and set about creating a better Cobra. The Factory Five portfolio of project cars has been computer designed for optimal handling characteristics. This is a replica build that you can actually drive, yet still is more thrilling than any new car on the road today. For making a Cobra that won’t kill you, Factory Five, we are thankful.
A Merciful Death