Didn't their sister site, engadet get in trouble with Apple over the iphone 4? If I recall, a Apple employee left behind a final prototype of the iphone 4 at a bar. A bartender found it and started to offer it to any outlet. For cash.
But most news outlet didn't touch that b/c, journalism 101, you don't pay for your sources. I doubt Woodward and Bernstein paid Deep Throat. But engadet did and they got a lot of flak for it. And if I recall, Apple banned them future product launches. If that's true then, ouch
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I'd like to know the genius behind putting a bunch of press people into a track with enclosed walls instead of an open area containing gravel pits (to give a little breathing room for accidents to happen). Not sure I can put all the blame on the Jalopnik guy for this one. Accidents happen and these aren't exactly drivers with the same skill set as the Stig.
As much as I'd love to bash Jalopnik, the journalist seems like a young, inexperienced reviewer who jumped at the chance to drive the car. (Hell, wouldn't any of us have jumped on that opportunity?)
I also think he can't drive and talk. He was so focused on trying to give commentary while driving, he did a crap job on both. He should have shut up in the corners and just talked on the straights at least. Or saved the talking for the cooldown lap.
And also, I'm sure he feels bad for wrecking the car, but the heads at Jalopnik must love the page views this is getting. That's why they published it instead of canning the whole thing. "We crashed a Camaro prototype" is a hell of a lot more click baity than "We drove a camaro prototype", and the fact that a jalopnik post has gathered this much discussion on TCL kinda proves it. If nothing happened this would be a two page thread, tops.
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I watched the video, and my first thought was "lol RWD gonna bite yo ass." Especially with the arms crossed up in a street car - fine if you are driving a car that is 1:1 or so, but in a street car that is probably 2 full turns? Hell no. You shuffle that wheel so you can unwind with some power.
Sucks for GM to lose a mule. I hope it will all buff out.
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He lost all of his credibility, cough if he had any to begin with.
I may sound like I am "hating" on Jalopnik, but this situation is exactly why they have very little credibility. They basically are the same as us. Just dudes who post online. A few of us are quite legitimate, but not many of them are.
I'm sorry but I can no longer trust anything this guy ever says in regards to a cars dynamics, since he has no idea how to drive. I do not comment on medical procedures, because I do not know squat.
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I have also taken my torque-steer express out on the track and experienced no crubs, fents, bursh, or brick.
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Did yapping harm his concentration? Absolutely. But he had no reaction. He didn't have a single input of physical motion to counter-act the understeer once it began. And that's something that is a natural reaction for anyone experienced enough to talk about a car's driving dynamics.
It's an excuse (among others in the article) for having no business driving the car that hard while lacking ability.
It would be like you or I performing a surgery on a patient and saying "well I wouldn't have dropped the scalpel inside him when he started profusely bleeding if the damn radio wasn't on!"
Tire pressure, car dynamics, talking, cameras, nerves, all irrelevant in the reason that car hit the wall.
I feel like this needs to be reiterated:
He spent 3 nights in a Virginia jail for doing 93 in a 55 while driving a ZL1.
Now, he just demonstrated why he has no ability to pilot a high performance vehicle under those conditions, public road or otherwise. It's clearly obvious he had no business doing the speeds he was doing as he couldn't possibly save the car if it got out of sorts. He's a walking lesson on why the former is a colossal ****ing disaster waiting to happen after showing us his abilities in the latter. If anything this should be a nice wake up call to the people who think doing this **** on public roads is acceptable.
At least he can make himself into a walking warning for other drivers while simultaneously uninviting himself from any further performance driving opportunities. I hope Jalopnik takes a step back and gets all of their guys a weeks stay at Skip Barber.
I've been to press events and have seen guys putter around the track later to write a colorful article which makes you think they are Chris ****ing Harris.
The chaps at CAR magazine discovered the difficulty of talking to the camera while simultaneously driving a car when they crashed their Ferrari FF while trying to do just that.
The reviewer, Jethro Bovingdon, rightly freaks out after smashing what is a $285K car. Perhaps he was bothered because he said the words "It seems to work really really well" right before the accident. Followed by him running out to assess the damage, getting into the car, chanting "Oh my god" and "No, no no" repeatedly.
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Oh, and I can't believe how dangerous the new Camaro is I can hear Ralph Nader's Underwood clacking away!
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That's why I like how MT has basically made Randy P their full time hot shoe...the guy has done every track test for maybe 2 yrs now.