Speed-obsessed tuners chase the last scraps of vMax at Nardò

It's gotten to the point where we scoff that the Ferrari LaFerrari can "only" reach 217 mph, but with all of the Texas highway and Ehra-Lessien videos out there, it's hard to remember that there are only a few places where the brave can try for 200 mph. » 9/12/14 9:29am 9/12/14 9:29am

Don't fall prey to the sinister myth of the affordable supercar

At some point, the stuff of your dreams (and if you're here, those dreams might just have side strakes and NACA ducts) gets old. One day, the all-conquering hero of yesterday's car rag crosses the depreciation threshold of your average income, no matter how many posters filled bedroom walls or pre-driver's license… » 8/28/14 11:16am 8/28/14 11:16am

Can the bone-stock 2015 M3 beat its Group A ancestor at Mid-Ohio?

Both of these cars are BMW M3s. One is descended from the other, but other than that, it's all differences. Naturally-aspirated four versus twin-turbo six. Street tires versus wildly-cambered race rubber. A warranty, and an S14 engine that burns money and fuel in equal proportions. One won races for years, the other… » 8/26/14 12:47pm 8/26/14 12:47pm

Among 800-hp Camaros at Daytona, our old Miata draws a crowd

There were cars at Daytona International Speedway—cars that Editor Zach Bowman and the 330k-mile Miata he drove over from Utah shared the banking with—that use more horsepower to turn their superchargers than our eyesore made new. Like an AMX that looked like it might run on boiled-down Miatas. » 8/21/14 10:57am 8/21/14 10:57am

These 8 tools can save your ass if you off-road solo

It's Friday, and you're "home sick" with something in the driveway that gnaws on boulders when it's bored, like this freakishly capable 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X that we just took to Windrock OHV park. But no one else can come out and play, so you're going solo. » 8/21/14 10:18am 8/21/14 10:18am

Why stay-in-your-car rules didn't exist in racing, until now

After the Tony Stewart / Kevin Ward, Jr. debacle, I was as guilty as anyone for thinking it insane that short-track organizers didn't have rules requiring drivers to stay in their cars. We found data that showed just how disproportionately dangerous short-track racing was. Letting them climb onto a hot track is… » 8/14/14 4:44pm 8/14/14 4:44pm

The numbers show short-track racing is disproportionately deadly

Saturday's deadly encounter between Tony Stewart's car and Kevin Ward, Jr. is as tragic as its circumstances are unusual. What's not unusual, sadly, is death and injury at short-track events like the sprint car race at Canandaigua. It's a more serious issue than you might have thought. » 8/12/14 3:50pm 8/12/14 3:50pm

The cop lights are bright deep in the heart of Texas

If you're wondering what inspired our investigation into the speeding laws in all 50 states yesterday, it was Editor Zach Bowman's surprisingly jovial encounter with a fine law enforcement officer in the great state of Texas. It was one of many encounters: with a tumbleweed (which ended badly for the tumbleweed); a… » 8/07/14 3:52pm 8/07/14 3:52pm

50 States of Speed: Know the speeding laws in every state


It seems like everyone speeds, but it doesn't seem like everyone knows what happens when they get caught—especially in an unfamiliar state. Did you know that most states have open reckless driving laws that can lead to days or even months of jail time? Just ask Patrick George about that. » 8/06/14 10:46am 8/06/14 10:46am

Could vibrating Bluetooth shoes help you race?

If you've ever experienced haptic feedback in a car (GM's terrifying butt-shakers come to mind—those suckers really get your attention), you'll probably see where this is going. These Lechal haptic-feedback shoes use Bluetooth connectivity to give you quick navigational hints.

Walking to a restaurant in an unfamiliar… » 8/01/14 6:19pm 8/01/14 6:19pm

Want to prevent 1,100 MPH blowouts? Watch this.

Bloodhound SSC is designed to go 1,100 MPH on the salt. At those speeds, just the friction of the air passing over the aluminum wheels can heat them up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. At 300 F, they could disintegrate.

Clearly, that's a bad thing. To figure out if the Bloodhound SSC's wheels could take the punishment, they… » 8/01/14 11:35am 8/01/14 11:35am

If 3D-printed carbon fiber is the future, it's already here

3D printing used to mean validating parts—rapid prototyping. You'd figure it out in 3D-printed plastic, then you'd have to go fabricate the real part. The next phase is already out in the wild, and it's going to make the old process totally obsolete—for some parts, at least. » 6/30/14 2:43pm 6/30/14 2:43pm

At Le Mans, "God help the team that loses" a Michelin tire

7000 tires. 3000-odd mounts and dismounts. An army of Michelin engineers, tracking each tire with the sort of singular purpose reserved for nuclear inspectors. A Michelin rep looked me square in the eye. "God help a team that loses one of our tires," he said. He wasn't smiling. » 6/25/14 2:32pm 6/25/14 2:32pm

Driving a Nissan BladeGlider mule proves weird is not bad

This thing used to be an Ariel Atom, before Nissan hacked it apart to create this BladeGlider mule. It's got two regular-compound road tires roughly the size of those worn by a Super Beetle, spaced less than 2 feet apart. The seat is in the middle. In front of the car stretches a cone course. » 6/20/14 11:47am 6/20/14 11:47am