Behind the Scenes of Motor Trend’s 2013 Best Driver’s Car Competition

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The J-Turn: Episode 14

On this episode of The J-Turn, I take you behind the scenes of Motor Trend’s 2013 Best Driver’s Car Powered by Mobil 1 to show you all of the preparation this event demands and the many challenges it poses. Serving as a preview of the full week of BDC programming that begins airing August 19th, this episode gives you a glimpse of the contenders— like the Aston Martin Vanquish, the Audi R8, the BMW M6, the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series, the Jaguar F-Type, the SRT Viper, and the Nissan GT-R Track Edition— and shows you the madness that inevitably ensues each year.

Beginning on California’s canyon roads, the week-long excursion starts with a real-world driving portion, in which Motor Trend’s editors put each car through its paces from sunrise till sunset.  Then, it’s on to the historic track at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, where pro driver Randy Pobst lays down lap times and pushes each vehicle to its limits. See what happens in between the laps and find out how the various members of the crew cope with this exhausting week.

74 Responses to “Behind the Scenes of Motor Trend’s 2013 Best Driver’s Car Competition”

  1. Jack Lawton says:

    Not in for 2013 cause they stopped making it

  2. khairell anuar says:

    Where is lexus LFA

  3. MrCasuallyAwesome says:

    You guys should give Randy his own show! I always love his content.
    Keep up the awesome work MT!

  4. Jonathan Sporrong says:

    Man that Mercedes is just glorious

  5. Jonathan Sporrong says:

    “starbursts are a very versatile candy.” I was cracking up haha

  6. Matthew Walters says:

    The need a corvette c7 in there

  7. Matthew Walters says:

    Scott burgess is awesome because he’s from Detroit

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  9. Vitaly Petkevich says:

    Zombies are coming! Definitely, will be able to escape them when driving this car!

  10. R00567 says:

    Does randy have a school for instruction? This guy is my hero :-D

  11. MotorTrend says:

    I’d love to, Sonja! F1 is on my bucket list, too. Now I just need to find a car that will fit me…

  12. Shaobin Guo says:

    I don’t like Loh now… He is not funny any more… At least not in front of camera

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  14. WnetAlwaysInHeart says:

    Эдвард Лох !

  15. Alfonso Dayon says:

    do you have a maserati granturismo??

  16. kanaric says:

    I wish there was a video with randy’s comments on every car they test instead of just head 2 head videos and some ignitions.

  17. Sonja Werner says:

    I just love these, but I do have one question. Will you ever step into a F1 car? If I had the time to take care of my bucket list, a lap in a F1 car would definitely be in there.

  18. celiafspearb says:

    If I see one more video clip like this, I’m sure I will go nuts! LOL. I’ve been trying to not think about the new dating web site I signed up with a few days ago. I do check out so many video clips here on YouTube, I wanted some help meeting someone in person. You know what I am saying? Here’s the site I am using to meet somebody.­­m

  19. Anthony Prentice says:

    MotorTrend is my favorite simply because everyone always seems like they love every minute of their job, not at all bored or going through the motions. The best part is that attitude translates to their world class journalism and videos. On a different note, I believe those are ground squirrels Jessi.

  20. AliffUjamzVEVO says:

    Boobies @@ !!

  21. longrifle98 says:

    More Randy! More Randy! More Randy!

    That man is awesomeness defined.

  22. Ryan Taylor says:

    Johnny boy, its not halloween yet my friend, take off the bear costume. Your bro Ryan

  23. mohamad rizqi Fathanputra says:

    you are very pretty

  24. RomGuyony says:

    I winced when I heard the SLS bottom out; twice at that! Great video, tough.

  25. emad samarah says:


  26. bighosre10 says:

    Here come the virgin “I cherish the ground Jessi walks on” comments.

  27. TOWexpert1 says:

    Great video. Shame about the Viper though. Is that because it is a press
    car and it has some miles on it, or what?

  28. ezbinden says:

    She doesn’t look so happy when they get back in the pits…

  29. Mario Rodela says:

    Nissan gtr watever brand japanese or american i love it it just looks manly

  30. Devonte Griffin says:

    Owwwww there’s a c7 in there stingray babe all day been a fan since day one
    since they revealed it here in Detroit earlier this year

  31. fvjhuynh says:

    LOL carlos in the background at 7:12

  32. brab2010 says:

    Tell her to take those Dumb ass shades off. Lmao

  33. Darius Sinclair says:

    Her laugh is so addictive. lol

  34. Raklert Prasertsak says:

    11:44 Ouch!! that’s hurt

  35. kirbyswarp says:

    I watched that video right after commenting.

  36. Rico Michel says:

    Bona fide is latin and should be pronounced “bona fee-day”, not fide as in
    ”tide”. Now I have to duplicate this comment to all the MotorTrend videos

  37. kirbyswarp says:

    it was at 8:42 and *:50

  38. TheHarleyrodriquez says:


  39. Francisco B. says:

    Exactly. Out of all cars, that was a MUST.

  40. MotorTrend says:

    Woohoo! It’s my goal to make you say that each and every week… Jessi

  41. MotorTrend says:

    That’s great to hear! Thanks for letting us know! Jessi

  42. lawrence marks says:

    Vvvv dumbass

  43. BikaaNotBeeka says:

    Ahh don’t you just feel so bad for them waking up early. It’s not like they
    get to drive awesome cars or anything.

  44. Jake Bandaruk says:

    One of my favorite videos from MotorTrend! I love getting to see the behind
    the scenes!

  45. excaliberization says:

    None of the cars shown in this video are drivers cars except the c7
    corvette and the cayman

  46. Robert Safely says:

    Cayman or c7 is probably going tot win

  47. Kurt O'Neal says:

    she is the most annoying car journalist ever!!

  48. Rafek Ali says:

    Motor Trend’s 2013 Best Driver’s Car

  49. Car Channel says:

    #car #auto Behind the Scenes of Motor Trend’s 2013 Best Driver’s Car
    Competition! The J-Turn Ep. 14

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