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Tesla Hasn’t Conquered the World

Tesla Hasn’t Conquered the World

Tesla does indeed dominate the US market for EVs, however it's not the same everywhere around the world.  And we have to assume that their market share in the US will dwindle once the major OEMs continue to broaden their EV model lineup in the coming years:

By Winding Road Staff | September 28, 2022
Spotlight: Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auction

Gooding & Company will be holding an auction next week in Pebble Beach, California during the 71st Pebble Beach Concours. After going through their online auction catalogue of 160 incredible cars, these are our top-10 favorites.

By Winding Road Staff | August 12, 2022
Icon: The Lamborghini Murciélago

To enter the new millennium, the Lamborghini that replaced the Diablo had impossibly big shoes to fill - enter the Murciélago.

By Winding Road Staff | September 29, 2022

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Winding Road Racing Prototype and Formula Car Builds

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By Winding Road Staff | January 01, 2016
Ten Race Cars We’d Like To See Under The Christmas Tree

Christmas time can be frustrating for car enthusiasts. How do you explain to your well-meaning relatives that what you really need in life is a new set of racing slicks and a spare water pump, not a sweatshirt or a Nespresso machine? In a perfect world, Santa’s sleigh would be an eight-wheeled car hauler and the reindeers would be replaced by a Freightliner. Here are the ten race cars we’d like to see under the tree on Friday morning.

By Ronan Glon | December 21, 2015
Ten of the Greatest Turbocharged Race Cars Ever Made

Companies from all over the automotive landscape are increasingly replacing sheer displacement with forced-induction in a bid to reduce emissions and improve gas mileage. This is especially true in Europe, where a seemingly endless list of cars ranging from the Lilliputian Volkswagen up! all the way to the Ferrari 488 GTB come with a turbo.

By Ronan Glon | August 07, 2015
Ten of the Most Iconic Le Mans Racers of All Time

First held in 1923, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the most grueling races in the history of motorsports. Few other events on this side of the Dakar Rally take such a big toll on both man and machine. It goes without saying that racers have evolved considerably over the past nine decades. The first car to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans was a 1923 Chenard-Walcker Sport, which was powered by a 3.0-liter straight-four engine. It drove for 1,372 miles at an average speed of 57 mph; by comparison, in 1989 a Sauber C9 hit nearly 250 mph on the Mulsanne Straight and the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, the winner of last year’s race, logged over 3,200 miles over the course of the day.

By Ronan Glon | June 08, 2015
Ten of the Greatest German Race Cars of All Time

Germany has been involved in motor racing since the earliest days of the sport, so it comes as no surprise that the country’s automakers have racked up a staggering number of victories over the past century or so. We’ve singled out ten of the greatest German race cars ever built, a task that was easier said than done. Think we missed one? Let us know in the comments section.

By Ronan Glon | April 13, 2015
Winding Road Showroom – Where Race Cars Go To Be Sold

Like many of you, we like to look at race cars that we might buy. Our thinking is often either “that looks like fun,” or “if I had that, we could run with XXXX.” This thinking has led us to purchase and sell more than a few cars.

By Winding Road Staff | February 09, 2015
Classic: Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR

Mercedes-Benz won the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft’s (DTM) manufacturers’ championship several times during the first half of the 1990s. However, the Stuttgart-based automaker faced the unenviable prospect of racing against itself after Alfa Romeo and Opel, Mercedes’ main rivals, pulled out of the series in the wake of questionable choices made by the FIA. DTM was canceled altogether after the 1996 season, leaving Mercedes without a major presence in motorsport.

By Ronan Glon | February 02, 2015
Under Construction: SCCA ProSolo Champion Autocross Porsche

This car, born as a Porsche Boxster, is now running a 2003 2.7 liter with ported heads, beehive valve springs, custom cams and 12.5 compression ratio. With Troy Acosta at the wheel, it won the 2014 SCCA Pro Solo R2 Championship. Winding Road Racing is now updating the roll cage and revising the seat mounting. Greater safety with lower weight is the goal.

By Winding Road Staff | January 05, 2015
Ten Cars to Buy Before They Shoot Up In Value

The collector car market is volatile, and putting the classic you’ve always dreamed of in your garage can become unrealistic in the blink of an eye. The Pininfarina-designed MG B GT, the iconic BMW 2002 and the timeless Citroen 2CV have all shot up in value in the past few years.

By Ronan Glon | December 26, 2014
Classic: Alfa Romeo Tipo 33

A small team of Alfa Romeo engineers began developing the Tipo 33 racer in 1964. Largely controlled by the Italian government, Milan-based Alfa was eager to return to the track after a nearly 15-year long absence.

By Ronan Glon | December 25, 2014
Classic: Mini Cooper

Although designed first and foremost a city-friendly econobox, the original Mini began its transition into a rally icon when it caught the attention of John Cooper, a good friend of Alec Issigonis, the man behind the car’s brilliant design. Cooper had made a name for himself by dominating Formula One in 1959 and 1960 with his innovative rear-engined race cars so he was no stranger to engineering. Story has it he noticed the Mini’s potential as soon as Issigonis showed him a set of early design sketches.

By Ronan Glon | December 19, 2014
Classic: The Origins of the Mitsubishi Lancer

Though the writing had been on the walls for some time, the announcement earlier this year that the current iteration of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution would be the last was still a bitter pill to swallow. When it finally peels off into that great rally stage in the sky next year, it will leave behind it a giant dirt roostertail of broken hearts and racing heritage behind it, a legacy that began as early as 1973.

By Ben Hsu | December 15, 2014
WR TV: ZF TechAcademy at Donaldson Air Force Base

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, also known as ZF Group, is an engineering company based in Baden-Württemberg, Germany that was founded 1915. Initially a producer of gears for zeppelins and other airships, ZF now designs and builds parts and components for many auto manufacturers across the industry, including Jaguar, Chrysler, Audi, Porsche and many others. Recently, ZF invited journalists to their TechAcademy media event – a technical showcase of ZF’s newest chassis and driveline technologies, both as seen in use in modern vehicles and explained in detail through classroom instruction. Here we’ve collected a trio of videos shot during our stint on the driveline road course, held on the Donaldson Air Force Base in Greenville, South Carolina.

By Bradley Iger | December 09, 2014
Ten of Ford’s Greatest Performance Hits

Rumors circulating around the auto industry indicate that Ford is preparing to storm into next month’s Detroit Motor Show with no less than four high-performance models. Citing insider intel, Road & Track reports that Ford will present a track-ready variant of the 2016 Shelby GT350 that debuted last month in Los Angeles, a new SVT Raptor based on the aluminum-bodied F-150, a 300-horsepower Focus RS and, last but definitely not least, a range-topping supercar billed as a heir to the Le Mans-winning GT40 of the 1960s and the GT that was sold in limited numbers in 2005 and 2006. All of these upcoming sports cars will be grouped under a new performance-focused sub-brand that might be called 999, a name borrowed from Ford’s first-ever race car. We’ll have to wait until the Detroit Motor Show opens its doors to the press on January 12th, 2015, to find out exactly what Ford has in store. Until then, we’re taking a look at ten of the greatest factory-built high-performance cars ever to wear the Blue Oval emblem.

By Ronan Glon | December 05, 2014
Ten of the Most Unusual Race Cars of All Time

From the technologically unconventional to the downright unexpected, we’ve compiled a list of the ten strangest race cars ever to line up on a starting grid. We’re only looking at cars that were designed to compete in major international race events, meaning that an Alfa GTV6-powered Miata built for Le Mons, although entertaining, is off limits.

By Ronan Glon | December 02, 2014
Classic: Toyota 2000GT

Known primarily as a manufacturer of robust cars designed for the masses, Toyota raised eyebrows in 1963 when it captured first place in all three categories of the first-ever Japanese Grand Prix. The company started thinking about developing a sports car after it watched sales skyrocket in the aftermath of its heavily-publicized victories.

By Ronan Glon | November 28, 2014
Classic: Porsche 917

In the late 1960s, the FIA created a new category of racers in a bid to draw more competitors to the World Sportscar Championship (WSC). To be eligible to compete in the new category, cars had to weigh at least 1,763 pounds and have an engine with a displacement of under 5.0 liters. Additionally, manufacturers needed to build just 25 examples of each car, significantly less than the 50 examples that were required in the above-5.0 liter class. The looser requirements made competing in the WSC cheaper and accessible to smaller teams.

By Ronan Glon | November 27, 2014
Gallery: The Sydney Retro Speedfest

Our friends at Motorsport Retro bring us this incredible gallery of images from the first annual Sydney Retro Speedfest, a vintage themed racing festival held at Sydney Motorsport Park in Eastern Creek, Australia. The event showcases classic sports cars from the ’60s and ’70s including Porsches, Corvettes, Alfa Romeos, Austin Healeys and MGs, classic sports racing cars from Matich, Elfin, McLaren and Lola, and the open wheel legends from Ferrari, Brabham, Lotus, Elfin, Ralt and Chevron.

By Winding Road Staff | November 27, 2014
Ten Cars from the 1990s That Every Enthusiast Should Drive

The 1990s signaled the arrival of fluid-looking cars that represented a drastic departure from the boxy designs often seen in the 1980s. The car landscape in the United States changed considerably, too. Peugeot and Alfa Romeo packed up and returned to Europe, Ford purchased Volvo and booming SUV sales convinced companies like BMW and Cadillac to enter the off-roader market.

By Ronan Glon | November 24, 2014
Classic: Ferrari 330 P

It is no secret that Ford tried to buy Ferrari in 1963. Company founder Enzo Ferrari was initially in favor of the deal but he eventually grew tired of negotiating with Ford and canceled the tie-up altogether. Furious, Henry Ford II vowed to develop a car capable of beating Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

By Ronan Glon | November 24, 2014
The Ten Best Factory-Built Sport Wagons Ever Made

The terms “station wagon” and “performance” rarely go hand-in-hand. In its heyday, the station wagon was a big, bulky alternative to a traditional sedan that was designed to carry a family and a trunk-full of gear. The idea of a performance-wagon seemed downright ludicrous: buyers needed either performance or cargo capacity, but not both at the same time.

By Ronan Glon | November 21, 2014

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