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

72 hours of life, death, and racing at the Isle of Man TT

Max Prince spent 72 hours trying to figure out what makes the world's deadliest motorsport event, the Isle of Man TT, the unstoppable juggernaut of motorcycle racing that it is—and why it'd take an act of God or a nuclear event to stop the race, despite its human toll. » 6/09/14 11:57am 6/09/14 11:57am

The 1984 Monaco Grand Prix proved Ayrton Senna's greatness

It was Ayrton Senna's fifth Grand Prix race. Monaco was soaked, and he was in a lousy Toleman-Hart. To make matters worse, a fuel spill had soaked through his suit—intensely painful. He'd had brake problems as well. But as the rain got harder, Senna got faster. And faster. The lead was in his grasp; he was reeling in… » 5/29/14 1:59pm 5/29/14 1:59pm

It's basically impossible to total a McLaren F1

The owner of that McLaren F1 that managed to find itself wrong-side up in a ditch using a tree trunk as a kickstand can breathe a sigh of relief—as can we all. Road & Track recently spoke to a bunch of exotic-car mechanics, and we learned some incredible facts about supercar maintenance, including some staggering… » 5/28/14 4:13pm 5/28/14 4:13pm

America's best F1 hopes, Conor Daly & Alexander Rossi, uncensored

On the racetrack, these two guys are America's best shot at putting one of its own in the seat of a Formula 1 car. And they get asked about this a lot. But we have other burning questions: which of them plays Pokémon on his Nintendo DS? What celebrity do they want to go on a date with? And more importantly, what are… » 5/28/14 3:15pm 5/28/14 3:15pm

Why you should spend an extra $11k on a Boxster or Cayman

No one buys stripped base-model Porsches. I mean statistically. Remember that the company, on average, stuffs $23,000 into its bulging pockets for every sale, right? That doesn't happen by accident. So maybe your neighbor is the exception, but let's set exceptions aside and consider the Boxster and Cayman. » 5/27/14 2:47pm 5/27/14 2:47pm

Guy creates stanced Cozy Coupe, instantly becomes dad of the year

Damon Young has a daughter. Damon likes stanced cars. His daughter likes to drool, and just got a Cozy Coupe. Damon saw the toy, and had an idea. Because of this, we all get to smack our foreheads at his undisputed win for father of the year. If the stanced Cozy Coupe doesn't turn his daughter into a huge gearhead,… » 5/22/14 12:48pm 5/22/14 12:48pm

The Volkswagen RD line of diesels will be like super GTDs

Imagine this: what the Golf R is to the GTI, the RD cars will be to the GTD. We're talking about the EA288 (translation: the newest TDI 4-cylinder engine) with dual twin-scroll turbos bolted on, good for around 442 lb-ft of twist, making the GTD's 280 lb-ft seem positively anemic. » 5/15/14 2:51pm 5/15/14 2:51pm

Meet 'Debbie,' the off-road RV that conquered the Baja 1000

Here's the setup: There's a luxurious, full-size RV. It weighs 11,000 lbs, it's got a full interior (including a fridge and sink), and it's converted to run on propane. Your job is to drive it approximately 900 miles, basically untested, through the treacherous, boulder-strewn trail between Esenada and La Paz. The… » 5/12/14 2:05pm 5/12/14 2:05pm