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The Drive With Alan Taylor: The new king of the hill – Ford’s 2023 F150 Raptor R

Listen as the radio/TV host and guests talk about the latest automotive news


In the latest episode of “The Drive with Alan Taylor”,  Lauren Fix, editor in-chief for Car Coach Reports starts today’s show with a discussion on how the internet manipulates its content. She goes on to share where half of our 727 million barrels of reserve fuel or “sweet crude oil” is being shipped to.

With the president claiming to be releasing it to Americans, our two cent drop in cost for fuel does nothing for the pockets of the working class. Alan is driving a 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid and say’s Ford actually has something going in their favor with this little model. 

Up next is, George Kennedy III, co-founder of Cartender and freelance automotive journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report. George is driving a 2022 Hyundai Genesis GV80. It’s an electric luxury sedan. It’s got a 280 mile range with conventional controls that are easy to use. “It’s a swift, quick elegance to drive”, say’s George. Alan and George discuss the “micro transaction hell” to which automakers such as BMW are charging consumers of their vehicles monthly fees to use the seat warmers and the heated steering options just to name a few. In other words you have to pay to use the features of your vehicle – Say What!

Dan Sandberg, former President and CEO of Brembo Brakes North America, makes his stand as he is now a “civilian”, a retired one at that. He shared that he interviewed Sebastien Bourdais, one of the most successful open wheel racing car drivers in the world. A four-time champion and winner of the 24 Hour Le Mans’. An attorney by profession, Dan get’s to enjoy his time doing interviews for Brembo Red podcast as well as flying his drones. Though retired, he is still in the game of test driving vehicles. Dan drove the Rivian R1T and gives it two thumbs up. He shares that the fit and finish is excellent. For a luxury electric pickup truck it hauls fast. This adventure vehicle starts at a cool $67k.

Closing the gap on today’s episode is Steven Cole Smith, automotive journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine and Grassroots Motorsports. He pumps his brakes to share that in NASCAR news, Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan announced that Tyler Reddick is joining their Toyota crew in 2024. Steven say’s he’s not sure why Tyler would release such news a season and a half prior to. He currently drives for Richard Childress Racing and perhaps has put himself in a very awkward position.

Alan and Steven close the show with talk on the new “King of the Hill”, the 2023 Ford F150 Raptor R. It will host a 5.2 supercharged V8 engine straight out of the Ford Mustang GT 500. With 760 horsepower, this “dino” will be scary fast. Well gearhead and grease monkey’s, join us on our next episode as Alan brings in more exciting news of the ever evolving car world on, “The Drive”.

[00:00:00] – Contributor Lauren Fix
[00:06:28] – 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid
[00:12:31] – JD Power and Associates
[00:19:52] – Contributor George Kennedy III
[00:28:23] – A.I. In The Drivers Seat
[00:35:55] – 2022 Hyundai Genesis GV80
[00:42:16] – Special Guest Dan Sandberg
[00:48:30] – Licensed to Drone
[00:54:48] – 2022 Rivian R1T First Adventure Electric Vehicle
[01:02:08] – Brembo Global
[01:10:19] – Contributor Steven Cole Smith
[01:18:09] – 2023 Ford F150 Raptor R Strapped with a Shelby GT 500 Engine


Host: Alan Taylor
Producer: Dave Milligan
Copy Editor: Colleen Mahi
Contributor: Lauren Fix
Contributor: George Kennedy III
Contributor: Steven Cole Smith
Special Guest: Dan Sandberg

To learn more about “The Drive with Alan Taylor,” visit the podcast’s website.


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