Electric and Autonomous Cannonball Run Records Shattered. In a Tesla. Again.

21 Sep

Tesla Cannonball

August 24th, 2016, at 0126hr PST, a 2016 Tesla Model S 90D departed the Portofino Inn in Redondo Beach, California. The team of Alex RoyWarren “Mr. X” Ahner & Franz Aliquo transited 2,877 miles to the Red Ball Garage in New York City in precisely 55 hours, shattering the Electric Vehicle (EV) Cannonball record by 2 hours & 48 minutes.

The trio also set a new Autonomous Driving (AD) Cannonball record, using Tesla’s semi-AD Autopilot 7 97.7% of the journey from coast to coast, bettering the prior record of 96.1%.

Read the rest over at The Drive

Alex Roy’s Digest 5.1.16: Electric Ferrari, Charging Stations, Tesla Skeptics, Self-Driving Civic

1 May

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat: Electric Ferrari 308

An electric Ferrari 308? Be still my beating heart. This speaks to me on so many levels. Magnum, P.I. is the obvious one, but 32:07 is the other. A red Ferrari similar to this one set the Transcontinental Driving Record in 1983 on the U.S. Express, and will always be the quintessential Cannonball car. Except for a certain E39 BMW M5.

How to buy an electric vehicle charging station. Just in case you wanted to know. Continue reading

How Far Will A Tesla Drive Itself? Let’s Find Out The Hard Way. LIVE.

10 Apr

Tesla Cannonball

How Far Will A Tesla Drive Itself? One Tesla Model S P90D Ludicrous, one driver, 694 miles. Bad weather. Autonomous Driving & EV tech pushed to the limit. A shortcut I’ve been told not to take. What could go wrong?

What records could possibly be set? Safely?

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Associate of Alex Roy Breaks Cannonball Motorcycle Record

29 Jan

Associate of Alex Roy, Carl Reese

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 27, 2016) An associate of Alex Roy from Santa Clarita, California broke the solo cannonball motorcycle record from Los Angeles to New York City in 38 hours, 49 minutes. The associate of Alex Roy completed the 2,829-mile feat on a 2015 BMW K1600 GT six-cylinder motorcycle, breaking George Egloff’s previous record of 42 hours set in 1983. Continue reading

Alex Roy’s Cannonball Run Buyer’s Guide

20 Jan

Alex Roy’s Cannonball Run Buyer’s GuideWhat is the best car for a Cannonball Run? Ah, the eternal question of car-loving criminals and outlaws, and car lovers with no criminal intent whatsoever. The conventional wisdom is not wisdom, because it is almost all based on the Cannonball Run and Gumball Rally movies. Although inspired by real events, both were comedies that glossed over the hardcore strategizing required to get dozens of cars cross-country at 100-plus mph, and to do it safely. The movies have literally nothing to teach us about the “right” car for running a Cannonball today.

Read the rest of my latest article over at The Drive…

The Cannonball Run. Past and Future.

18 Dec

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat

The true story of the Cannonball Run is mostly limited to its wiki page and Brock Yatesbook. Luckily, Andrew Fails of RightFootDown has assembled this great article from interviews with myself and Ed Bolian. The only good article on the topic in years.

Enjoy.

Alex Roy’s Rules of Speeding ROUNDUP So Far

16 Dec

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat

My series on the Rules of Professional Speeding continues over at The Drive, with Part 4 coming in the next day or two. In case you aren’t up to speed, here are the prior stories in the series:

The Harsh Truth Behind Speeding
The Rules of Professional Speeding, Part 2
The Rules of Professional Speeding, Part 3: Why Seventies Porn is Better

Enjoy.

VIDEO: Morgan Cannonball Run Record Final Stage

11 Dec

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat - Morgan 3 Wheeler Cannonball Run Video #3

The final video is up from the Morgan 3-Wheeler Cannonball Run Record, which shows our final stage, from breakdowns to multiple police traffic stops to our hair raising arrival in New York City. Did you miss Part 1? What about Part 2?

Oh, if you haven’t already, check out Zach Bowman’s side-splitting “It Was Terrible” and my hyperbolic justification, “You Are All Cowards.”

Enjoy.

 

VIDEO: Morgan 3-Wheeler Cannonball Run Record Part 2

9 Dec

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat

The second video is up from the Morgan 3-Wheeler Cannonball Run Record, which shows our departure and the suffering, danger and madness of driving 90mph through rain and sleet. Did I mention repairs? Breakdowns? Terror? Fear? The agony of impending defeat? It’s all there. Did you miss part 1? Here it is.

Oh, if you haven’t already, check out Zach Bowman’s side-splitting “It Was Terrible” and my hyperbolic justification, “You Are All Cowards.”

Much, much more video is coming…

Video #1: Morgan 3-Wheeler Cannonball Run Record Prep

23 Nov

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeatThe first video is up from the Morgan 3-Wheeler Cannonball Run Record, which shows some behind the scenes prep as well as interviews with mechanics George Mayer of Spot 44 & Amber Blonigan of GI Automotive.

If you haven’t already, check out Zach Bowman’s side-splitting “It Was Terrible” and my hyperbolic justification, “You Are All Cowards.”

Much, much more video is coming…