Whether you are road racing, doing a track day, running autocross, driving circle track or participating in High-Performance Driver Education, you need a helmet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For decades, car manufacturers from all around the world have turned to racing in a bid to prove their cars’ technical superiority and boost their overall brand image. How many times have you read the term “race-derived” in a road test, a press release or a sales brochure?
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.
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.
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.
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.
For well over a century, car racing has been a way to push both men and machines to their absolute limits. In the early days of motorsports merely finishing an event was considered an astonishing feat, but competitors began to look for new ways to challenge themselves as cars got faster and more reliable.
In the 1980s, automakers started turning towards high-tech electronic equipment like on-board computers and digital instrument clusters. Some companies went as far as designing software that actually talked to the driver if a door wasn’t fully closed or if the oil level was low. A lot of the driving aids that we take for granted today were born in the 1980s, even if they didn’t become widespread until much later.
In the 1970s, the automotive industry arrived at one of the most important turning points since its inception. The decade was overshadowed by the OPEC oil embargo that rocked the world in 1973, sending gas prices through the roof and governments all around the globe scrambling to pass strict emissions regulations.
Not only is a well-executed transmission important for a car to function properly, it is also one of the most important features in terms of engaging the driver. The way a car shifts determines how power is applied, and it also provides a driver with the sort of feedback we look for in an involving vehicle.
Now that our Comfort Index has been around for a while, we felt it was about time we started going through and dissecting it. Our first subjects are the European cars on the list. Here, we have put together the current top 12 (there was a three-way tie for 10th place) most comfortable cars on our Index.
But what’s still missing from the Saab formula in these new efforts is the borderline batshit-craziness that we’ve come to love in the Swede’s of yore. Never fear, Saab product developers, we’ve got your backs. Here are ten stunning ideas as to how a real shot of quirkiness can be injected into the brand, and quick. (Well, we’re not sure how quickly the gas turbine-hybrid can be unleashed, but you get the idea.)
For every amazing deal we spot on eBay Motors, we find maybe a dozen or more horrendous potential bilkings. Especially around times like these, where very high gas prices are throwing many established values out of the door, there are more than a few sellers out there with some awfully wrong-headed ideas.
A lot of carmakers like to create gimmicks that help set them apart from other brands and add a little uniqueness to their vehicles. Some of these features actually enhance the driving experience, while others are little more than clever party tricks to impress your passengers. Whether they are useful or not, we don’t really need them, but here is a list of ten that we want anyway.
It’s tax season. We know, bummer. But once you’re done crunching the numbers, many of you will be expecting a check from the IRS. A quick Google search suggests last year’s average refund for an individual was $3000. That’s enough for a car! That’s where eBay Motors comes in.
We thought we’d ask our Facebook faithful which cars they’d be the most interested in if they had a spare ten grand lying around. The resultant list may not mirror, exactly, the ten cars we’d choose ourselves, but it’s a pretty interesting grouping, nevertheless. We took reader leads and tracked down some actual cars for sale on eBay Motors, making sure to pay strict attention to our $10K ceiling (wink).
Fortune has illustrated just how bad 2009 was for General Motors, as the financial magazine has published its 2010 list of the Top 500 companies.