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8 Car-Related Videos You MUST Watch This Week: December 14, 2011

It’s simply overwhelming. There’s too much. How can one person possible stay on top of it all the awesome car videos??

Relax. It’s ok. Just close your eyes for a moment and take a deep breath. We’ve done the work for you so pop some corn, grab a beer, and enjoy the eight must-see videos for this week. Don’t have the time right now? No worries, you’ve got all week. Bookmark it and come back when you’re ready to bask in the glory of the automobile. Enjoy!

 

1. Sebastian Thrun on Google’s Driverless Car:

He’s passionate, he’s persuasive, and he’s showing us a glimpse of the future. As long as there are still closed race tracks, count us in!

Faster, hairier, and louder cars are after the jump!

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British Production Value Is Amazing, Except For When It Isn’t

The reason we really love Top Gear, aside from the acerbic wit and entrenched dynamics, is the peerless production value. There are dozens of cameras everywhere, helicopters taking aerials, and graphics wizard-ninja-hybrids to pull it all together. Not that this should surprise, not considering the BBC’s budget for the program, which is estimated to be in the order of $500,000 per episode.

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Chris “Monkey” Harris: A Day At The Races

You may remember The Monkey from his Autocar and EVO reviews (Lexus LFA and 458 Italia vs. GT3 RS come to mind), but you may not know that he’s a bit of a stick behind the wheel of a race car. Specifically, a race-prepped Porsche GT3 RS.

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Evo’s Chris Harris Thrashes Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Ferrari 458 Italia

Chris Harris should be no stranger to you by now; he’s a British journalist who is as engaging as Jeremy Clarkson, with the added bonus of having genuine driving skill. To top it off, we can see his videos more regularly online than we can BBC’s Top Gear. This makes Harris’ video reviews more accessible for online auto enthusiasts like us. You may also recall that “Monkey” Harris drove in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in a near-stock 911 GT3 RS with the indefatigable Walter Röhrl as a co-driver. Now, he has taken the two hottest supercars of 2010 and given them a proper thrashing.

Personally, while I appreciate the technical genius and well-rounded ability of the 458, its looks to absolutely nothing for me. The three tailpipes are the ultimate offense, although these are minor gripes – it’s still the best mid-engined V8 Ferrari ever. Although I much preferred the 430 Scuderia.

The 911 GT3 RS is another car that has be enraptured and enthralled. While the 911 is hardly a new model for Porsche, each generation grows in size to accomodate its fatter occupants desiring more luxury accoutrements. The 997.5 is no different. But while the normal models gain weight, the performance models gain horsepower, focus, and are actually lighter than their predecessors due to a Type A obsessiveness within Porsche to save grams wherever possible.

So let’s see what the thinks of the two hottest cars of year have to offer!

[Credit: evo.co.uk]

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Video: Walter Röhrl Is A Better Driver Than You – Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Walter Röhrl has been Porsche’s official test driver for who knows how long. He also has more than a few rallying victories to his credit. Those two bits of info alone should be enough to convince you that he’s at least competent behind the wheel. But a little video proof couldn’t hurt. This video is from this year’s 24 Hours of Nurburgring, where Röhrl competed in a stock 911 GT3 RS with an automotive journalist. Really? A genuine race car driver sharing seat time with a writer? Yes, really. That writer was Evo’s Chris Harris, or Monkey Harris as he is also known. We don’t have any footage of Monkey lapping the sopping wet ‘Ring, but we do have some of Röhrl. You won’t believe the car control he has in miserable conditions on a very demanding circuit.

The action is below.

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Chris Harris Drives Lexus LFA, Agrees With CarEnvy

Now here’s a man who gets us. Here’s a man who gets it. Chris Harris, the man who did wonderful things at Drivers Republic and has now moved over to Evo UK, has just driven one of the first Lexus LFAs to hit UK shores. And you know what? He agrees with CarEnvy when we said that it could use a little more power to be appreciated. Now I’ll shut up so you can enjoy one of the best automotive video presenters around. Just make sure you watch it full screen.

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