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.
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Chinese firm and former GM chief Bob Lutz circling around Fisker’s fresh corpse

Now that Fisker is bankrupt, the vultures have descended to pick at its corpse. Former GM exec Bob Lutz wants bits for his VL Automotive upstart and Wanxiang could want the firm for its own plug-in hybrid aspirations.
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Grab the sunscreen: Lotus’ Exige S Roadster drops its top for a little fun in the sun

The Lotus Exige S is already one of our favorite cars. And quite remarkably, the British automaker has made the Exige S Roadster even more amazing by cutting out the roof.
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Moto-Electra all-electric motorcycle to make three-day cross-country run

Powered by a 20kWh air-cooled electric motor, the Moto-Electra-modified Norton Featherbed motorcycle aims to go from Florida to California in three days, setting a coast-to-coast record.
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2014 Lexus IS coupe rumored to draw from LFCC concept, plug-in hybrid a possibility

Lexus' LFCC is so breathtaking, we hoped it would make it to production some day. Well it looks like our prayers have been answered (kinda) as the Japanese luxury brand is rumored to have an IS coupe in the works that draws from the…
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New documentary ‘Charge’ tracks high-speed evolution of electric motorcycle racing

“Charge” documentary begins in 2009 following teams as they compete in the infamous Isle of Man TT motorcycle race with all-electric bikes. Narrated by Ewan McGregor, the film looks inside the process of designing, building, and racing…
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Romanian teen creates accurate $4000 autonomous vehicle system, one-upping the Brits, Google

Ionut Budisteanu has created a $4000 autonomous vehicle operating system from a low-res radar unit, a webcam, and a homemade artificial intelligence program. To us, this means full vehicle autonomy is right around the corner.
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High-tech excuse? LEAF-based Infiniti EV to ‘wait’ for inductive charging because cords are too much hassle

Inductive charging, while great, is still a ways off. Frankly, luxury EVs don’t need it to succeed. Just look at Tesla for perfect example. We figure this benchmark is less about luxury refinement but rather a realistic excuse to delay…
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The world’s most expensive pony: a 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake fetches $1.3 million at auction

Standing as the fastest Mustang that Shelby ever built in the 1960s, the ’67 Super Snake is on prodigious beast but is it worth $1.3-million? We wonder. But fret not, we figure in 30 years after the pony car originalists drop off, the…
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Porsche to drop all-wheel drive from the 911 GT2 but add more ponies

Based upon the 911 Turbo S, the GT2 will feature 552 horsepower, a PDK dual-clutch transmission, and rear-wheel drive. Don’t fret if 552 ponies isn’t enough, a 620 horsepower RS variant is in the works.
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Audi aims to sell a bunch of RS and A3 models in 2013, bucking an automotive trend

High-end luxury cars and low-end luxury cars historically haven’t been great sellers. Despite this fact, Audi hopes it bolster its profits off the back of these traditionally hard-to-sell vehicles.
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Silly acronym aside, you may be able to make your 2014 Lexus IS a real ‘TRD’ machine

Get your mind out of the gutter for just a moment and take a look at the new sporty upgrades that the creative minds at TRD have conjured up for the 2014 Lexus IS: a body kit, a suspension upgrade, and an alloy aluminum wheel set.