Jake Thiewes

Fan of all things wheeled. Queso enthusiast. Will badger you to come to the track and get rides and/or HPDE seat time, because everyone deserves to be a slightly better driver.

2022 Audi S3 gray

2022 Audi S3 Review: A Classically German Compact

Let’s get the inevitable comparison out of the way. The 2022 Audi S3 is very much related to the ‘Mk8’ 2022 Volkswagen Golf R that I drove only weeks apart. They share the updated MQB platform, EA888 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine, and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. I would bet that suspensions are either identical …

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2022 Volkswagen Golf R

2022 Volkswagen Golf R Review: Great ‘One Car Solution’ Driver, but Touch Controls Frustrate

Volkswagen’s outgoing ‘Mark 7′ GTI, and Golf R were, to me and to many others, near perfection. Over decades, VW refined and refined the hot (and hotter) hatchbacks to where they were formulaically fantastic drivers’ cars, just as happy to bumble around a city as they were to be ripped around a racetrack. My hope, …

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2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Lime Rush

2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Review: Due for Replacement, Yet Remarkably Charming

I was a rising senior in college when the current generation of Toyota 4Runner first launched. A few years later, I had graduated and was working at my first “big boy” job, for a company that no longer exists – AOL – and Toyota gave Ye Olde 4Runner a facelift. Eleven years have passed since the fifth-generation …

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Porsche Cayenne Diesel with Enclosed Trailer

My Porsche Cayenne Diesel Impressed Towing an Enclosed Trailer Through the Allegheny Mountains

Pittsburgh International Race Complex, better known as Pitt Race, is a heckin’ fun racetrack located about 45 minutes west of Pittsburgh proper, in the mountains of Pennsylvania. I’d been a few times in the past, but not since purchasing my Spec3 BMW 325is racecar and joining my new series. Two NASA regions – Great Lakes and …

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Rainbow Road Trackcross Lexus GS-F

May’s ‘Rainbow Road’ Trackcross Brought 65 LGBTQ and Allied Drivers Together to Compete on Track

This article’s been a long time coming, and I finally have a few minutes to pull it together. Following the success of last year’s Rainbow Road Trackcross, we booked Summit Point Motorsports Park not once, but twice for events this year. Our first trackcross weekend of 2022 took place over Mothers’ Day weekend in May …

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2021 Jaguar F-Pace R-Dynamic Bluefire Blue

Bringing a Jaguar F-Pace Home Was My ‘Hey Look Ma, I Made It’ Moment

In the time I’ve been reviewing new cars, there have been ostensibly cooler, faster, more expensive, and more interesting cars pass through my hands than yet another midsize sport-utility. And my parents, despite their last ride in whatever I was driving being a 668 horsepower stick-shift Cadillac, have never been so excited as when I …

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2022 Audi S5 Sportback Turbo Blue

2022 Audi S5 Sportback Review: The Not-Sedan Hot Sedan

In 2004, Mercedes-Benz introduced the CLS-Class. It was, in effect, a swoopier and ‘sportier’ variant of their midsize E-Class sedan, with more rakish looks and a bit less practicality as a result. Every German automaker soon followed, creating “four door coupes” that obliterated all sense of the word “coupe” and its meaning. But where some …

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