/DRIVE CENTRAL - October 1, 2012

This week, Drive Central comes to you from the Paris Motor Show, with Chris Harris -- this week on CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS, Chris gets a first look at new Porsche 918 Spyder supercar, Alex Roy's still uncovering Latvia's awesomeness on LIVE AND LET DRIVE and a new season of BIG MUSCLE debuts.

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Is Chevrolet Corvette the Greatest Racing Brand in America? - /SHAKEDOWN
Leo Parente and ShakeDown celebrate Corvette winning the 2012 American Le Mans Series GTE championship and the Grand-Am Daytona Prototype Engine Manufacturers Championship with the new Corvette DP bodywork. By taking a snapshot look at Corvette Racing history and asking you to fill in the blanks with your favorite Corvette racecars and stories. Maybe prompting us to do a deep dive in the future. Links -- http://www.corvettemuseum.org/specs/2006/RacingHistory.shtml http://corvette-racing.tripod.com/index.html http://www.corvetteracing.com/history/2012releases/sebring/sebring3.shtml http://palmeter.com/crhistoryw10p0/ http://www.badboyvettes.com





700HP in the Baltic Lands: Latvia Part 1 of 2 - /LIVE AND LET DRIVE
Since Alex only wants to drive in places American tourists NEVER go, we sent him to Riga, Latvia to meet up with our old friend Oto Godfrey. In Part 1 of our journey to the Baltic Lands, Alex has a look inside and outside the capitol city, where we find houses made of wood, one of the fastest cars in the country, and a KGB Headquarters. Next week on Part 2 of Latvia, we take the car to the track to drift with an F3 driver, visit a DMV from the far future, and fire AK-103 assault rifles at paper assailants.





Rally Heaven - Shotgun in a Lancia Stratos and Delta S4 - /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
This might just be the best day of my working life. The nut-job launch event for the Pirelli P7 Corsa Classic was pure, Italian, chaotic genius with Markku Alen and Juha Kankkunen. Watch and smile.





This Is Bootcamp For The World's Best Car Designers
In part three of our California Car Culture series: Name a car you love, and its designer -- or their boss -- probably went to ArtCenter College of Design. It's one of the most intense training programs in the world. Meet some of ArtCenter's most famous graduates: http://so.thedrive.com/qSJMsop




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