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Your Inspirational Trunk of the Day: Volkswagen Iltis Your Inspirational Trunk of the Day: Volkswagen Iltis

As you know, I’m a firm believer in the power of automobile trunks to teach us important lessons about life, and how best to live it. So far we’ve learned about creative thinking, determination, and the power of simplicity from various car trunks, and today there’s a potent lesson about taking opportunities we can…

Important Reminder: Bufori Is a Company That Exists, and If You're Rich You Need Get One Instead of Some Boring-Ass Benz or Whatever Important Reminder: Bufori Is a Company That Exists, and If You're Rich You Need Get One Instead of Some Boring-Ass Benz or Whatever

If you’re like many of our readers, you’re fabulously wealthy and line your underpants with $50 bills, just because it feels so good. You’re also always about to buy some new premium automobile of some kind, but you’re probably bored as hell with all the Mercedeses and BMWs and Range Rovers and Audis and Bentleys and…

Guy Reportedly Tries to Steal Three Ladas, All Three Break Down (UPDATED) Guy Reportedly Tries to Steal Three Ladas, All Three Break Down (UPDATED)

I’ll admit, this story from AutoClassics.com is incredibly light on details and I’ve had trouble finding other sources for it, but it’s fun, so what the hell: in Russia, a guy tries to steal three Ladas, on three separate occasions, and each time the Ladas break down before he can complete his crime. See, a Lada’s…

A Porsche 911 3.0 RSR Manual Just Sold for $6,000 Because Everything Is Really Stupid Now A Porsche 911 3.0 RSR Manual Just Sold for $6,000 Because Everything Is Really Stupid Now

Look, I love old car manuals. Hell, I just spent $6 for a manual for a 1978 Volvo 343, a car I’ve never even seen in person. But when I look at Bring a Trailer and see that a 1974 Porsche Carrera RSR manual sold for $6,000, I can’t help but feel that nothing makes sense anymore and if we’re not careful, all of the…

It's Time to Design Your Very Own Van Mural For VW's New Cargo Van It's Time to Design Your Very Own Van Mural For VW's New Cargo Van

We’re all (well, me, and maybe Patrick) pretty excited about VW’s announcement of their new I.D. Buzz Cargo van concept, because it’s the most likely candidate to re-spawn the custom van craze of the 1970s. As you know, custom vans means airbrushed murals, so now’s the time to start planning yours.

Volkswagen Manages to Make the Lamest Speed Record Video Ever Volkswagen Manages to Make the Lamest Speed Record Video Ever

The other day we told you about how Volkswagen broke a very specific land speed record in their very modified Jetta at the Bonneville Salt Flats. What we didn’t show you then was the in-car video of the event, and when you see it now you’ll understand why: it’s possibly the most boring speed record video you’ve ever…

A Drone Killed Another Drone in the Sky for the First Time A Drone Killed Another Drone in the Sky for the First Time

Late last year, but only revealed recently, there was a first that will likely one day be considered historic: robotic air-to-air combat was born, with a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone shooting down a smaller, target drone, all without humans physically involved. It’s likely this is just the first example of drone-on-drone…

Volkswagen Shows Off Cargo Van Version of Its Reborn Electric Microbus Volkswagen Shows Off Cargo Van Version of Its Reborn Electric Microbus

The original Volkswagen Microbus started life as a sketch by Dutch VW importer Ben Pon for a small, useful cargo delivery vehicle. The idea of it having all those windows and hauling families and covens of hippies came later—it was a cargo vehicle first. That’s why Volkswagen’s announcement of a cargo version of their …

Tesla Model 3 Gets Five-Star Crash Safety Rating From NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the only governmental really allowed to drive cars into walls on a regular basis, has beaten the crap out of a few Tesla Model 3s and decided that hey, this thing is pretty good at smashing into things. As a result, they’ve awarded the car the highest possible score,…

Here's Peugeot's Slick New Electric and Autonomous Retro Concept, the E-Legend Here's Peugeot's Slick New Electric and Autonomous Retro Concept, the E-Legend

I know there are designers who look down on the process of plundering the past for new design ideas, but I can’t help but love a good modern re-working of a retro design. Peugeot’s stylists must have found a Peugeot 504 Coupe in some storage garage and fell in love, because their new electric and autonomous concept…

Better safe than sorry: windshield AND goggles.

Volkswagen's 600 Horsepower Jetta Set A Very Specific Land Speed Record Volkswagen's 600 Horsepower Jetta Set A Very Specific Land Speed Record

The whole reason Volkswagen flew me out to the Bonneville Salt Flats was so I could, ideally, witness their specially-prepped 2019 Jetta beat the speed record for the Southern California Timing Association’s (SCTA) Blown Gas Coupe (G/BGC) class record of 208.472 mph. They did, making an impressive 210.16 mph—but they…

Here's Some of the Best and Weirdest Cars at Bonneville's World of Speed Here's Some of the Best and Weirdest Cars at Bonneville's World of Speed

For reasons that are as arcane and convoluted as a Freemason initiation ceremony, there’s actually two major speed-related events at the Bonneville Salt Flats: last month’s Speed Week, which we covered here, and this past weekend’s World of Speed, which we’re covering, um, now. I’m not complaining, though: the salt…

SpaceX Reveals Its First Paying Customer For a Flight to the Moon SpaceX Reveals Its First Paying Customer For a Flight to the Moon

In a webcast news conference tonight, Elon Musk revealed that the first paying customer to fly on the ambitious SpaceX rocket known as the BFR, for Big Fucking Rocket, will be Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire best known for founding the online, custom-sized clothing company Zozo. Along with Maezawa, there will…

Meh Car Monday: Nobody Cares About The Cadillac Catera Meh Car Monday: Nobody Cares About The Cadillac Catera

In the 1990s, Cadillac was in a transition period, attempting to move from making soft, luxuriant motorized living rooms to making more modern, better-handling cars that could, maybe if you really squint and take some pills, have competed with BMWs or Mercedes. This was a sort of adolescence for modern Cadillac, and…

A New Wheel-Driven Speed Record Has Been Set At The Bonneville Salt Flats A New Wheel-Driven Speed Record Has Been Set At The Bonneville Salt Flats

I was out at the Bonneville Salt Flats this past week to drive some old and slow cars fast-ish on the salt, but while I was there puttering around, something much more important happened: Team Vesco’s Turbinator II set a new world record for a wheel-driven car, an insane 483 mph.

How Honda's VTEC Engines Work and How VTEC Can Kick In, Yo How Honda's VTEC Engines Work and How VTEC Can Kick In, Yo

Honda’s Variable Valve Timing & Lift Electronic Control system, known as VTEC instead of the more accurate VVTLEC, is one of those things that various parts of automotive pop culture have glommed onto, and as a result, almost everyone with even a passing interest in cars is aware of VTEC and its propensity to kick in,…

Drive! Drive hard into this new week! Put one set of your many extra lights on and tear ass into whatever happens! In the Opel Kadett of your mind.

Here's Some Things You Should Know About Driving the Pan-American Highway Here's Some Things You Should Know About Driving the Pan-American Highway

Let’s face it: you never know when you might find a magic tangelo under some litter on the street, bite heartily into it, and find yourself transported to behind the wheel of a car hurtling down the Pan-American Highway. I’d like to help you prepare for such a situation, so it’s quite fortunate that I’m just recently…

How Do You Know If You're Too Big For Your Car? How Do You Know If You're Too Big For Your Car?

Good news: you can relax. I know the world seems chaotic and perhaps a little frightening, but you’ve made it to the point where things start to make sense again. You’ve found that beacon of pure, warm, beige light, and it’s guiding you to the one place on Earth where everything is just fine: Torch and David’s…

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