Cars to drive and cars to torture

CNET Car Tech spends a day at Laguna Seca, test driving cars on the track and driving fuel cell cars around the parking lot.

This Jeep got us safely over rocks and boulders.
This Jeep got us safely over rocks and boulders. CNET Networks

Last week, the editors of CNET Car Tech attended a mini car show where we not only got to look at the cars, we got to drive them. Beyond a sedate on-road loop, we also took some of the cars over serious off-road terrain and raced others around the track at Laguna Seca. On the first day of the Western Automotive Journalists Media Days, we drove a Subaru Forester and a Mercedes-Benz ML320 CDI along a light off-road course, then a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon over a very technical course.

Chasing an Audi TT up the track at Laguna Seca.
Chasing an Audi TT up the track at Laguna Seca. CNET Networks

Kevin Massy reports on the second day's racing at Laguna Seca in this blog , while this set of photos covers a selection of cars we had on the race track. We also put a set of Mini Coopers through their paces on an autocross course.

GM also brought along some of its eye-candy, in the form of concept and show cars. Journalists were allowed to drive the show cars, but the concepts were stationary. We have photos of the Holden Efijy and the Chevy Camaro convertible concept, amongst others. Click here for the photos.

The Toyota fuel cell car drives like a dream.
The Toyota fuel cell car drives like a dream. CNET Networks

This being California, there was also an exhibit of green cars, including a few fuel cell cars and a plug-in hybrid, all available to drive. Click here for photos of fuel cell cars from Toyota and Nissan, as well as a plug-in hybrid Dodge Sprinter.

About the author

Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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