I’ve loved rally racing for as long as I’ve known about it. But since I’m from a place called America, that hasn’t been very long. Rally isn’t very well publicized here in the States, and despite a national championship and a solid handful of regional sanctioning bodies, the WRC skips us entirely. Continue reading
Desert racing and rock crawling may seem similar to the layman, but the equipment and skill sets required for them are as different as NASCAR and autocross. Robbie Gordon’s Baja 1000 truck or Stephan Peterhansel’s Dakar Mini would be next to useless on a rock course. And your crusty uncle’s low-geared Jeep crawler wouldn’t come close to qualifying for a high-speed desert race. Continue reading
“It’s halftime in America,” whatever that means. It doesn’t mean we get to chug Gatorade and eat orange slices. But since many of us, including this degree-holding author, are in debt, we’re looking to get out of it and back in the black. Financial advisory guru Dave Ramsey suggests that shaving your head to save on shampoo isn’t enough. If you want to get out of debt fast, you need to cut your operating costs, and that includes a cheap, reliable, efficient car. Here are our unofficial ten best cars for the Ramsey Plan. Continue reading
If the Honda corporation was a person, he would likely be a single man approaching his thirties, searching for some fragment of his younger days, some remnant of the life he used to find so interesting. He would own a passport that expired a decade ago. He would claim an avid love of music without having been to a concert in years. He would be well appreciated by those who knew him, but his best friend would be his dog. Continue reading
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The Ford GT. The C6 Corvette. The Dodge Viper. The Big Three all make (or made) supercars, and they’re each fit to press the air from your lungs with beauty and lateral
G. But big American automakers, lately in particular, have to be cautious with their projects. Styling must remain conservative enough to hook every last customer, because as much as we hate it, supercars don’t make much money. Ford couldn’t make a bonkers R version of the GT to challenge current records. And GM couldn’t plant that big LS behind the cab. When the Aveo is your sponsor, you can’t build a mythical beast like Pagani, Noble, or Koenigsegg. Continue reading
The boffins at British company EBC Brakes have a passion for stopping. You can tell by their refusal to rest on their current products, their obsessive diligence with research and development, and the excitement they express when discussing things like aramid fibers and purging volatiles. And what do you get when you give people like this enough time and resources? A very special product. Continue reading