As we get ready say hello to 2014 it is only natural to look back on the year that was 2013 (automotively speaking). 2013 was the year we said hello to the world and introduced the internets to the bevy of automotive awesomeness that is ShirtingLanes.com. Of the many, many things we learned here are a few that I enjoyed the most. We learned that Hot Hatches are the best fun/dollar cars on the road today. We learned that it is, in fact, possible for Hollywood to make a great Formula 1 movie.
2013 was the year Greg can finally take his place among gear-heads by learning how to drive a manual. And in possibly his best decision of 2013 (ok, so not really but as it pertains to this site it was pretty damn important) took this new found skill and used it to purchase himself a new ride, a 2014 Subaru WRX. We learned that Hansen has a borderline obsessive love of all things Elon Musk. Lastly, we learned that the Toyota Prius is the most hateful, heinous, abhorrent, despicable, hideous and erroneous vehicle yet to be devised by man. Outside of the ShiftingLanes multiverse we learned that Audi still owns Le Mans, Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull still own Formula 1, and Jimmy Johnson is still quite good at making left turns.
In the interest of saving everyone’s time I am limiting my 2013 list of favorite cars, otherwise we’d be here all day.
Hot Hatch: Ford Focus ST
Does everything you could want in a car. Practical, affordable, fun and fast.
Affordable SportsCar: Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S
Everything for every Gear-Head on a budget. Front engine, check. 6 Speed manual box, check. Rear wheel drive, check. Insanely easy to drive like a hooligan and come out the other end unscathed, check.
New American Muscle: C7 Corvette Stingray
Newest version of an American Classic. Now featuring new and improved… everything.
Best Luxury Sports Sedan: Cadillac ATS 2.0 Turbo
Strong opening act. Great looks, impressive performance with a V model on the way. Germans you have been put on notice.
No, Seriously They Made a Road Car That Fast: Tie, Porsche 918 Spyder/McClaren P1
I know what you’re thinking, How did 2 Hybrids make this list? Simple, anything that looks that good, with 800-900 Horsepower and is capable of lapping the Nurburgring in less than 7 min gets my coveted seal of approval.
All things said 2013 was an awesome year in the world of the car. From the small to the spectacular, 2014 is shaping up to be even better. We finally get the Ford Fiesta ST, heralded worldwide as the most fun car on sale. The aforementioned Cadillac ATS-V, and new C7 Corvette Z06 designed to take on the best the world has to offer. Joining the 918 and P1 in the “Sweet Mother of God, That’s Fast” category is the Ferrari LaFerrari.
From the world of motorsport we get a whole stable full of new cars. New 1.8 liter turbocharged V-6’s in Formula 1. We get New LMP1 cars at Le Mans, chief among them Porsche’s return to the top tier of SportsCar Racing with the 919 Hybrid. But most exciting for me is the launch of the Tudor USCC. Combining Grand Am and the American LeMans Series into one powerhouse series is the number 1 thing I’m looking forward to in 2014. Massive car counts, huge diversity in the cars themselves, it is everything I love about SportsCar racing.
So there we have it. Good Bye 2013 and welcome 2014.