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.

Ford’s Euro-legal 1.0-liter EcoBoost racer is faster around the ‘Ring than a Ferrari Enzo?

With 123 horsepower, the Ford FF1 track day car is an Ariel Atom competitor capable of 80 mpg. Bad news is; we’ll probably never see it Stateside because without airbags, the NHTSA won't let it cross the pond.

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2014 Audi RS 5 Cabriolet hits showrooms next month starting at a staggering $77,900

The price tag doesn’t seem too unreasonable for a 450-horsepower V8-powered German luxury convertible until you learn that all the features you’d want in your $80,000 toy will cost you extra – a lot extra.

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Another $13,000 micro EV from a no-name automaker is just what the world needs, right?

The “Colibri,” as it’s called, seems like a fine little EV. But we wonder why it’s been planned at all. After the crashing failure of CODA and Fisker Automotive, we wonder how many EV startups will have a go before they leave it to the big boys.

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That was quick: ‘Teslaccessories’ aims to outfit your Tesla Model S with aftermarket parts

Seeing a need, Teslaccessories decided to fill it with aftermarket center console add-ins to the Tesla Model S. The strange thing is, orders are only open to those who receive an invitation.

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Ford shies away from turbos and sticks with a blower for the 2014 Mustang Cobra Jet

Yes it’ll cost you just shy of $100,000 but for the money you get an NHRA ready drag racer complete with parachute mounts. If you’re more of a hands-on racer, though, you’ll want to go with the COPO Camaro.

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No, that’s not the next Lexus LFA; that’s the Hyundai HND-9 concept

Looking more Lexus than Hyundai, the HND-9 concept makes us wonder if the Koreans are losing their distinctive design touch and have begun to lean onto the Japanese a bit too heavily for design inspiration.

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Does Maserati really need to build a $1.3-million version of the LaFerrari?

Maserati is reportedly considering a LaFerrari-based supercar flagship of its own, much like the 2004 Ferrari Enzo-based Maserati MC12. Should it make the move, Maserati will have to choose between the Ferrari V12 or upping its own 3.8-liter V8 above the 900…

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Renault Formula One engineers unveil new turbocharged V6 engine

Surprising us all, Renault adds two electric motors to its new turbocharged V6: one for regenerative braking and one to boost the turbo. Whether it’ll be allowed in the 2014 season, however, has yet to be seen. You can be sure, these innovations will make…

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All-electric ‘green Gran Prix’ Formula E racing coming to Los Angeles, Miami and…?

Powered only by electricity, the Formula E cars will do 0-60 in three seconds and hit a top speed of 155 mph. Two more cities need to sign on to host the Formula E racers before the 2014 season can begin.

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NY Auto Show preview: Subaru to unveil first production hybrid and performance concept car

Right after unveiling a hybrid concept at the Geneva Auto Show, Subaru is ready to unveil the production XV Crosstrek Hybrid alongside a performance concept vehicle. We’re hoping for a BRZ STI.

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Is the world ready for a Bentley Mulsanne Convertible? Brand chief still deciding

With the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe rolling the planet, it’s a wonder why Bentley hasn’t sent the 505 horsepower convertible Mulsanne to production.

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Volkswagen, Google team up to make road trips more fun with ‘Smileage’ app

Take pictures, tag your friends, and at then end, Volkswagen and Google’s latest app will assign a smileage value to your trip. Sunny trips on a Saturday will build more smileage than a snowy work commute.

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‘Completely different’ Bentley SUV could be built in Slovakia

Based upon the Audi Q7, the as of yet unnamed Bentley SUV is in a holding pattern as the Volkswagen and Bentley brass hammer out where the luxury soft-roader will be built. VW wants Slovakia. Bentley wants England.

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Porsche: 2014 GT3 RS might arrive packing 500hp

The 2014 Porsche GT3 RS is slated for debut sometime next year but won’t be offered with a manual transmission, nor will it weigh significantly less than its standard GT3 counterpart.

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