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Toyota Is Desperate To Catch Up On Electric Cars Toyota Is Desperate To Catch Up On Electric Cars

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Here's How Crazy Pricey It Is Just To Keep A McLaren F1 On The Road Here's How Crazy Pricey It Is Just To Keep A McLaren F1 On The Road

The McLaren F1 is legendary for reasons that barely need repeating anymore. Fastest car in the world for over a decade. Most expensive car in the world for over a decade. Best car in the world forever and ever, blah blah blah. Less commonly known is just how much of an insane drain it is on the bank accounts of even…

Here's How Far The Apollo 17 Astronauts Drove On The Moon Here's How Far The Apollo 17 Astronauts Drove On The Moon

It was December 11, 1972, 45 years ago to the day. Astronauts Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt had just stepped out of the lunar lander. And thus began one of humanity’s greatest road trips.

Reminder: Lancia Still Exists Reminder: Lancia Still Exists

Lancia gained true fame in the United States when Top Gear declared it the one maker that had the most truly great cars. And they weren’t wrong – the 037, the Stratos, and the Delta Integrale among the greats. Lancia’s mostly thought of as a dead company, but it still exists. Just barely.

What Do You Want To Know About The 2018 Volvo XC40? What Do You Want To Know About The 2018 Volvo XC40?

Volvo began its renaissance a few years ago, first with the big XC90 SUV and the big S90 sedan. They were followed by the midsize XC60, but the true test of the comeback would be the smaller 2018 Volvo XC40 crossover. But I have seen this entry-level luxury promised land, and it has been good.

The Problem With Buying A Low Mileage Car The Problem With Buying A Low Mileage Car

It’s taken you weeks of searching. You’ve finally found it. The perfect car for your budget and your Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It’s even a low mileage car. Unusually low mileage. Very, unusually, low mileage. Here’s where that can go wrong.

Even Mere Rally Testing Is Better Than Anything Else Even Mere Rally Testing Is Better Than Anything Else

Usually motorsport tests are boring enough to make your face bleed from every orifice. A car goes out, it does some boring laps, a car comes back in. Then an engineer sits with a laptop for several hours. But in rally? Hell nah. Jumps, my friend. Jumps.

Lotus Plans To Take On Porsche Again, Again Lotus Plans To Take On Porsche Again, Again

There once was a time (let’s just say in the 1960s) that Lotus and Porsche were fairly equivalent in the automotive world. Both small, both making nimble sports cars. If you wanted a German car, you got a Porsche, and if you wanted a good car, you got a Lotus. That time is long gone, but now Lotus is flush with…

This Is The Only Formula You Need For Determining The Perfect Engine This Is The Only Formula You Need For Determining The Perfect Engine

Engines! Some – too big. Others – quite small. Whatcha need, my friend, is the Good Engine. The Goldilocks Engine. But how do you know which engine is just the right amount of engine? I have figured it out, and now I share my simple formula with you.

A Quantitative Analysis Of The 2019 Subaru Ascent's 19 Cupholders A Quantitative Analysis Of The 2019 Subaru Ascent's 19 Cupholders

Autocar, a publication that can’t grasp the American dream of greatness, asks if the 19 cupholders in the new 2019 Subaru Ascent is “too many cupholders.” Jalopnik, a publication for HEROES, knows that 19 cupholders is simply called “not enough cupholders.” But the joy of so many cupholders is how much liquid it can…

This Is What It's Like To Run With The Real Spies Of Detroit This Is What It's Like To Run With The Real Spies Of Detroit

Detroit is crawling with spies. Not necessarily the secret-listening-device and the silenced-weapon-type. But you’ve seen their work before. They’re automotive spy photographers, and we got to ride along with them as they shot the hottest prototypes around.

The Problem With High-Speed Chases The Problem With High-Speed Chases

Watching a high speed chase can, objectively, be fun. There’s drama. Speed. Excitement. Sometimes, even humor. But they’ve killed more than 13,000 people since 1979, according to The New Yorker. Is that something we can change? Is it even possible to change it?

The 755 Horsepower 2019 Corvette ZR1 Starts At $119,995 The 755 Horsepower 2019 Corvette ZR1 Starts At $119,995

I’m not even sure where to begin here. We’ve reached the limits of hyperbole. We’ve reached the limits of sense. The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 can be yours for $119,995, which is a lot for a Corvette, but this thing has an obscene amount of performance. If you need more, behold the Corvette ZR1 Convertible, a 755…

Everything That It Took To Get My Yugo To The Jalopnik Auto Show Everything That It Took To Get My Yugo To The Jalopnik Auto Show

Graunch. GRAUNCH. GRAAAAAAAAAAUNCH. The noise from the right rear wheel wasn’t going away. If anything, it was getting worse. It didn’t help that the engine was going nuclear, either. We were filming the New York episode of Car Vs. America, and my Yugo was going straight to hell.

Motor Trend Fucks Up Its Own Car Of The Year Announcement Motor Trend Fucks Up Its Own Car Of The Year Announcement

Motor Trend’s Car of The Year award is very important to people who write press releases, and mostly no one else. You would, accordingly, think that the people and publications who write said press releases would make sure they were extra good and perfect. Not so, for MT’s big video announcement and the Alpha–ahem…

Lamborghinis Are Meant To Be Rally Cars Lamborghinis Are Meant To Be Rally Cars

I don’t know why this is even a thing we need to discuss, but it is. Lamborghinis are meant to be rally cars.

Here's The Scientific Difference Between Summer And Winter Tires Here's The Scientific Difference Between Summer And Winter Tires

We’re in it. The time is now. The scary time. That time of year when it’s just a little too cold for summer tires, but just a little too warm for winter tires. You know that one is way better than the other in the cold, but it’s so much more than a tread pattern. Here’s Engineering Explained on why.

This Is What It Looks Like When An Ambulance Gets T-Boned By A Pickup Truck This Is What It Looks Like When An Ambulance Gets T-Boned By A Pickup Truck

Don’t worry, this is just a crash test. Even then, the results are astounding, and incredibly re-assuring.

Please Give Us A Nuke So We Can Test Tesla's Semi Claim Please Give Us A Nuke So We Can Test Tesla's Semi Claim

Nukes are the most unforgiving, most horrifying specter of death that humanity has ever devised. Virtually nothing can survive their vaporizing combination of heat, blast effects, and gamma-ray radiation. Nothing, that is, except the windshield of a Tesla Semi. We’d sure like to test that.

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