If your dad’s idea of a perfect day is spending time tinkering under the hood or following motor racing, here is a selection of gifts guaranteed to put a smile on his face this Father’s Day.
BMW i Collection from $45
Getting dad a $100,000+ hybrid hypercar in the form of a BMW i8 is probably out of most gift-givers’ reach, but a selection of clothes and accessories based on the car’s sustainably philosophy, most likely isn’t.
The BMW i Collection features organic cotton hooded tops, his and hers t-shirts and even a tablet carrying case made from recycled plastic bottles and olive tanned leather.
This clever little adaptor plugs into the diagnostics port of pretty much any car built since 1996 and can monitor everything from real-world fuel consumption, time saved or wasted taking certain routes and alerts about potential mechanical issues, via the smartphone app.
The latest version also offers access to a collection of third-party apps that can do everything from record and share business mileage to keep an eye on behind-the-wheel behavior when teenaged children borrow the car.
Transcend DrivePro 200 $164
Discreet, lightweight (just 84g) and simple to set up, the DrivePro 200 records in full HD at 30 frames per second and has a wide angle, 160-degree lens to capture just as much as the eye sees.
Footage can be reviewed via its built-in display or via a smartphone – which can also be used for remote operation – and with the included 16GB microSD card it can record for 120 minutes. Its smartest feature is a G-sensor that can detect a collision and ensure that any footage captured is protected and not accidentally overwritten.
The Pioneer NEX infotainment system from $800
What makes the new range stand out is that it supports both CarPlay and Android Auto. This means that whether dad has an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy S5, his phone and its apps will be compatible with the unit so all of his favorite music and his contacts book will be just a touch or voice command away. The range-topping 8100NEX model also plays DVDs and can support feeds from a reversing camera.
Race around the Nurburgring from $600
The iconic 12.8-mile circuit is a mecca for the automotive obsessed, and in recent years a host of driving schools have sprung up offering guided tours, race training and preparation and even car rental for tackling the track known by racing drivers as the Green Hell. Or take your own car, forget the training, and pay €27 per lap.