The sweet smell of fresh strawberries in the garden. A cool breeze first cutting across a hot day. A BNR32 Skyline drifting in the sunset.
You know what are nice? Tailgates. You know what’s not nice? That tailgates are all-but entirely restricted to trucks and SUVs. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
If you ever wondered what a transportation planner’s fever dreams looked like, well here you go. This is what it looks like being on galaxy brain.
The Tatra T87 was one of the great streamliners, built to cruise Europe’s first highways, a smooth, high-speed luxury express. What it was not built for is gridlocked Los Angeles traffic, something that was eminently clear as we all started to smell the car wildly overheat.
We are well aware that rally drivers are the most versatile in existence, but we must also not forget that their mechanics are among the toughest, fastest and most resourceful in the car world.
The few dozen Tucker 48s that ended up getting built came with helicopter engines mounted in the rear. I’m lucky enough to have seen one run, but I’ve never heard of one on the dyno, or how much power one of these things actually puts out.
I spent a great deal of last week reading about wonderful, er, liberal interpretations of the rules in motorsports, but by chance I happened upon one of my favorites that I’d completely forgotten about. And it involves parts getting shoved in the trunk.
“Please help Elon,” Farhan tweeted, after announcing to Twitter he had to climb in through the other side of this car when his Tesla’s door handles busted for the third time.
We never got the Toyota Celica XX here in America, which might be why I had never seen this ad of beauty and Grace Jones.
You may think to yourself “I like driving that is fun and enjoyable! For me to engage in driving that is fun and enjoyable, what I need is a vehicle that is extremely expensive and heavily modified.” Nah. You can get by with speed. Lots of speed.
This DeTomaso Pantera hadn’t been on the road for decades, so long locked away in a trailer nobody had the keys to open it anymore. As it turned out, the car was one of the last great Cannonball racers, much to the ebullient joy of the two old men who finally shed some light on this thing.
Start your day right by staring endlessly at the whackadoo W18 VW played around with for years, seen here in the 1999 Bugatti Chiron concept.
We’ve called H2Oi the most ticketed car show in America, but you don’t understand just how many cars there get pulled over until you show up. Which we did. And we got got, too.
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Jalopnik as a site will never cease to provide you with only the worst advice, like that bad friend of yours who always replies ‘yes’ to your every ‘should I buy this terrible project car’ text. But how far does this go?
Finally, after way, way, way too long, I replaced the shocks on my car. I would have done it sooner if I had known just how busted my old ones were and how much better the new ones already seem.
I will never tire of hearing about ingenious ways that car racing teams bend the rules for what they can and can’t do for engineering speed. I thought I knew them all, but there are always more.
The road to autonomy is riddled with challenges and some wild tweets, including this one from a self-driving car engineer talking about his attempt to drive a car like a human person, heaven forbid. Multiple people nearly died.
Just days into his new job, Uber’s General Council sent out an email to the company’s security team telling them to stop any “any kind of competitive intelligence project that involves the surveillance of individuals.” Basically, hey, don’t do that thing we’re being investigated by the FBI for, Recode reports. “We…