Simon Stålenhag's futurescapes sport classic Euro cars, dinos, mechs

Simon Stålenhag doesn’t want to paint what the future will look like; he wants to paint what the future might look like. His fantasy is that his cozy, rural Swedish upbringing and his dad’s love of classic Nordic cars collided with bizarre high-energy physics experiments that brought dinosaurs and repulsorlifts… » 4/30/15 2:24pm Thursday 2:24pm

How Spec Miata became the 900-pound gorilla of American club racing

As our country’s amateur racers opted out during the Great Recession, many predicted that it was the end of the line for the kind club racing that attracted the average guy (or gal). The SCCA and NASA were on the ropes. Salvation came in the form of a lovable, reliable, lozenge-shaped roadster: the Mazda Miata. » 4/24/15 3:56pm 4/24/15 3:56pm

What it's like to build a Lamborghini V12 by hand

The Lamborghini factory at Sant'Agata churns out just five of these 6.5-liter, 691 horsepower V12 engines per day. Each is a gargantuan six feet long, looking more like WWII aircraft or tank engines than streetable powerplants intended for the Aventador. When Lamborghini invited us to take a turn on the line and screw… » 3/24/15 9:50am 3/24/15 9:50am

We put this man in a car and intentionally crashed it at 40 mph

Have vehicles gotten so safe that we'd strap one of our editors, John Krewson, into a car and crash it at 40 mph? We hope so. Because that's exactly what we did. Our premise was simple: we think cars have reached peak safety, and we wanted to find a way to prove it. The automakers and official test facilities… » 3/16/15 2:59pm 3/16/15 2:59pm

It's not about who started it. It's about what they do with it. Chrysler tucked the shifter up higher in the console, and freed up a ton of space. Jaguar Land Rover used rotary selectors before Chrysler, sure, but read the piece: Jack's lauding the utility of Chrysler's application of the design, not saying they were… » 1/09/15 12:54pm 1/09/15 12:54pm