The Cold Start is a round-up of automotive news to get you up to speed in the mornings, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam. Here’s what you missed while you were away.

Bond fans can vote for LEGO to make this replica of the amphibious Lotus Esprit S1

Over the weekend, we were gawking at this US$40k,solid-gold Ford GT replica , but today we’ve got something a bit lighter and likely a smidge more attainable in our sites. That is if LEGO will actually make it! The model in question is a 12-inch by 5-inch model of ‘Wet Nellie,’ the amphibious Lotus Esprit S1 from the iconic Bond filmThe Spy Who Loved Me.LEGO says it’ll make the little Lotus if enough people show interest.Click here to brush up on the car’s cameo and view the submission on LEGO’s Ideas section.

Watch Ken Block’s new Hoonitruck devour its own tires in new test footage

Drift Master Ken Block and his merry band of Hoonigans have released a video showing the much anticipated 914-horsepower F-150 Hoonitruck doing what it is meant to do: making tires very smooth and very hot. If you turn up the sound you can actually smell burning rubber. That’s it, just a little bit louder now. The video whets the lips of fans waiting for thetenth installment of Block’s Gymkhana , which is due to drop in under a week.

More potential bad news for auto jobs, this time from Ford

Analysts at investment bank Morgan Stanley are claiming that Ford’s self-described “organizational redesign” could result in the loss of 25,000 jobs, most but not all of which will likely be in Europe. Ford calls the numbers “pure speculation,” which isn’t exactly a denial. There will be blood, the only questions arehow much and whose . This is only good news to the media team at GM, which is probably just glad to transfer any media attention at this point.

Police pull over man sleeping with Tesla autopilot on by gradually slowing down in front of him

When California police pulled up beside a Tesla Model S travelling at 112 km/h on Highway 101 at 3:30 am last Friday, they were surprised to see a man obviously snoozing in the driver’s seat. And snoozing hard! The alleged drunk driver didn’t wake up until seven minutes and 10 kilometers later when the police, who had to gradually slow and stop the vehicle by driving in front of it and manipulating the Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous mode, physically knocked on the man’s window. See howElon Musk reacted to the story on Twitter.   

Fire, then tornad — this classic car dealership has clearly angered the Gods

No number of disasters, natural or man-made, is going to slow down this family-run classic car business in Illinois. First it burned down in 2017 and the owners rebuilt it. Then, just last week, a tornado came through and brought the roof down on the dealership once again. Quitting time? Not a chance. “We’re ‘gonna rebuild–we’ll start again in the morning,” Russ Noel, the persistent owner says in aYouTube interview . Alright fine, Russ, but if your dealership is suddenly overrun by a swarm of locusts, promise us you’ll take the hint. Read more and watch the full interviewhere .

Source: Driving

December 4, 2018