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Climate Experts Target Unlimited Autobahn, German Gov't Flips Out Climate Experts Target Unlimited Autobahn, German Gov't Flips Out

The debate over ending the de-restricted sections of Germany’s Autobahn highways is a lot like the gun debate here in America. A new fight between climate experts and the government that commissioned their report is as good an example of that as any.

This Mitsubishi Starion Rally Car Crashed but Refused to Die

You’re watching the rarely-seen Mitsubishi Starion Turbo of Finns Lasse Lampi and Pentti Kuukkala at the 1000 Lakes Rally back in 1987. As you can see, they crash directly into a tree. In most racing, you would stop. But this isn’t most racing. This is rally.

Here Are the Three Ways to Remove Old Vinyl Stickers Off Your Car

If you wanted to find the most well-worn, gnarly vinyl-stickered-up car available, you’d have a hard time finding something better than Alex Roy’s BMW M5 that he used to reset the NYC-LA Cannonball Run record back in the 2000s.

Here's Why NASCAR Still Uses a Four-Speed Gearbox

Drifting is intentionally hard on a car. You’ll be tearing down, a hundred miles an hour, pull the handbrake, your wheel speed drops to zero, then bam, back to a hundred, clutch kick, zero to a hundred again in a fraction of a second. To survive a pro drift run is to have tough as hell components, and little is…

An Electric Ford F-150 Is Happening An Electric Ford F-150 Is Happening

The company that brought you the electric Ranger is back at it again. At a private investors event, Ford announced its intention to make an all-electric Ford F-150, as both Car and Driver and the Detroit News report.

What the Hell Happened to the Porsche 911's Door Handles

No, not in the clip. That they’re not opening. Like, why are they motorized at all?

Brexit Looks Like It's About to Screw Up the British Auto Industry Something Serious Brexit Looks Like It's About to Screw Up the British Auto Industry Something Serious

The hunger for EVs grows stronger, the Chinese auto market looks weaker, and Carlos Ghosn is still in jail. All that and more in The Morning Shift for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2018.

This Car Is S O  L O U D This Car Is S O  L O U D

Yesterday I put up a story detailing some of the shortcomings of the two-rotor engine that came stock in the Mazda RX-8. Kiwi Marcus van Klink offers a practical solution: replace the two-rotor dud with the legendary three-rotor 20B, and engine that is LOUDER THAN THE SUN IS HOT.

Former Faraday Future Backer Pivots to Zombie Saab Former Faraday Future Backer Pivots to Zombie Saab

We have a new contender for Wildest Decision Maker In The Global Auto Industry and it’s Evergrande Health. Fresh from hopping out of being the backer of Faraday Future, Evergrande just dropped $930 million to take control of another electric vehicle company: NEVS. That’s right. Zombie Saab. It’s like the Recession…

Supra, Supra, Supra. All I ever hear these days. What about our other friend, Mister Two?

The Mutants -- 'So American' The Mutants -- 'So American'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

Why the Mazda RX-8's Rotary Isn't as Good as the RX-7's Before It Why the Mazda RX-8's Rotary Isn't as Good as the RX-7's Before It

I’ve always wondered why big-power rotary tuners always picked older engines from the last RX-7 rather than the Renesis engine from its RX-8 successor. Newer is better, right? As it turns out, that’s not exactly the case.

The Lowest Four-Cylinder 2020 Toyota Supra Gets 194 HP, Less Than the 86 The Lowest Four-Cylinder 2020 Toyota Supra Gets 194 HP, Less Than the 86

The 2020 Toyota Supra is out now and now we get to dissect all the strange things about it with certainty. For instance: The lowest-spec Supra has a four-cylinder with less power than the controversial Toyota 86.

Subaru WRX STI S209 Gets 341 HP: Cower Before Your New AWD Master Subaru WRX STI S209 Gets 341 HP: Cower Before Your New AWD Master

The mad king of all-wheel drive once more scampers to the ramparts, screaming. The Subaru WRX STI S209 is here for my Americans! The first S model for America! Rip four tires with 341 horsepower. Vanquish thine enemy: Mitsubishi. Though there is no Evo to fight against, Subaru continues to wage its own war, thrashing…

Which Impreza are you?

And in that moment, our future seemed like it could only be bright, like the glass panels in our Mitsubishi Delica Exceed’s Crystal Lite Roof.

Get a Load of This Weird Toyota Engine Get a Load of This Weird Toyota Engine

For reasons that will become clear at a later date, I have spent a decent amount of time today looking at the history of some weird and somewhat forgotten engines and after my coworkers stopped throwing things at me, I turned up one I hadn’t thought about for some time: the Toyota 3T-GTE, an engine that I still can’t…

China's Car Sales Are Down For First Time in 20 Years China's Car Sales Are Down For First Time in 20 Years

The world’s largest car market just faltered, a diesel cheating scandal nears its end, and y’all are still dumping money into autonomous cars. All that and more in the Morning Shift for January 9, 2019.

Suddenly You Need a Nissan 350Z Rally Car

Did you ever see that famous “forceful driving” video of a BMW E30 M3 rally car skipping across the road? Fast forward a few decades and here’s that same driver absolutely whipping another rear-drive performance car on a rally stage, only this time it’s a Nissan 350Z.

The Ferrari 488 Pista Is Almost Too Fast to Drive but Too Good Not To The Ferrari 488 Pista Is Almost Too Fast to Drive but Too Good Not To

“You can’t make something this good to drive and then treat it like an inanimate object,” Chris Harris intone for Top Gear, driving the new trackday special Ferrari 488 Pista. “I think they should make that a crime in Italy.” But there’s a problem with that, as he quickly discovers.

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