Nick Jaynes

Nick Jaynes

Former Digital Trends Contributor
Nick Jaynes is the Automotive Editor for Digital Trends. He developed a passion for writing about cars working his way through Journalism School as a Volvo mechanic. In his free time, Nick enjoys hiking with his Treeing Walker Coonhound, Ruger.

Down Under speed goes to Germany: GM Holden VF SS V Redline ‘Ute’ sets Nurburgring lap record

One of the coolest General Motors cars that Americans can’t get has set a new lap record at the Nurburgring in Germany. The Holden VF SS V Redline Ute might be built for Australian hillbillies but it’s one quick utility coupe.

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Comical Ford video shows low-tech approach to improving interior quietness – we’re getting Punk’d, right?

Ford piqued our interest with a new press release about the use of thermal imaging to improve vehicle interior quietness. Then we saw the accompanying video and wondered if we were getting Punk’d.

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Peugeot leaves helm on sinking ship open for General Motors’ control, but will they step in?

Peugeot isn’t doing so well. Rather than simply go belly-up, the family controlling Peugeot is reportedly offering the reigns to General Motors, a seven-percent shareholder in the floundering French automaker.

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Nissan unveils radical new Le Mans ZEOD racecar – well, digitally, anyway

Nissan virtually unveils its all-electric 2014 Le Mans racecar, which Nissan says will hit speeds upwards of 186mph. Nissan hopes this racecar will singlehandedly reshape public perception around electric vehicles.

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Infiniti prices its new 2014 Q50 and Q50 Hybrid models

Replacing the G model, the new Q50 has been priced starting at $36,700 with a Hybrid model starting at $48,150. While that seems reasonable on the surface, we’ll have to withhold judgment until we’ve driven it.

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Hydrogen fuel cell catalyst breakthrough: cheap, green-friendly graphite smacks down spendy platinum

New research has shown that graphene-based hydrogen catalysts out perform the far more expensive platinum-based units. Not only do these experiments represent cost savings, they also make hydrogen fuel cells more efficient.

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Audi axes hypercar plans, focuses on something more pressing (and less exciting)

It’s a sad day for Audi fanboys. The German automaker has decided to scrap its hypercar plans and instead focus on something a bit more pressing. What is more pressing than a 550-horsepower hypercar? We haven’t the foggiest.

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Monte Carlo Automobile Racasse supercar looks right as rain despite vintage yacht interior

The Monte Carlo Automobile Racasse supercar isn’t a standout in any real way. You’ll have to forgive us, but we like it anyhow. It just looks right – it looks like the way a supercar should.=

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New-fangled version of an old idea: lead-carbon batteries could re-energize ‘micro’ and mild hybrid cars

Battery developers have created a new, inexpensive and easily recycled battery for hybrid cars called the lead-carbon battery, based upon the widely used lead-acid battery. Able to withstand over 100,000 miles of abuse, lead-carbon batteries are ideal for…

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Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not hacking – and controlling – your car

Two academic papers and some counter terrorism reports suggest that automotive hacking isn’t just possible it might already be here and taking lives. With cellular and wi-fi becoming prevalent in modern cars, remote automotive hacking is something to be…

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Pontiac preservers release 614hp re-skinned GTO, styling be damned

Do you have everything, including a mullet and a beer belly? Well, your life is about to get that much sweeter as Trans Am Depot has a new-gen GTO dropping for 2014.

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There must be some ‘Independence Day’ fans in Germany – Mercedes to call its top-end S-Class ‘Pullman’

The 2014 S-Class will offer something for everybody with four body styles including a coupe, a convertible, and an extra-long wheelbase version called the Pullman. No word yet on a 'Paxton' model.

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Japanese LEAF buyers can make their EV a bit faster, cooler and lower – for $10,000 and up

Amusing as it may be, Nissan North America is pushing to make the LEAF as inexpensive as it can. Across the Pacific, however, Nissan is doing the opposite in Japan, creating ways to make the LEAF more expensive, distinctive.

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Lexus will finally offer a turbocharged four-cylinder, gives entry-level model another go

After the crushing failure of the HS 250h model, it seemed Lexus had given up on the entry-level game. Not so, apparently, as the Japanese auto giant has a new turbocharged engine and NX model planned for launch in 2015.

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Own one of F1 hero Michael Schumacher’s two Ferrari Enzos – that’s right, TWO

While Formula 1 racing legend Michael Schumacher was driving for Ferrari, he managed to collect two Enzo models, both a standard one and one of the rare FXX models. Now they’re both up for sale in Sweden.

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