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That Could Have Gone Worse

This is the speedy young Finnish driver Esapekka Lappi in his Citroën DS3 WRC car at the recent Rally Sweden. Yes, he is having one of the more dramatic crashes I can recall, nosing into a snowbank, spinning completely around and backwards, then continuing like nothing happened.

Here's New Video of the Midengine Corvette Running Around California Here's New Video of the Midengine Corvette Running Around California

The Midengine Corvette is already burdened with the curse of being an expensive American car. That means it will go on auction early in its production run, and Boomer money will pile onto it and relegate the thing to “collector” status before a tire ever hits the road.

A Visual Reminder That Formula 1 Cars Are Joy Blessed Onto This Earth

Formula 1 is many things. It is politics. it is drama. It is impossibly thin European men who seem very passionate about things. But it is also car that downshift with speed normally reserved for flipbooks.

Yes, American Car Shows Are This Bad Yes, American Car Shows Are This Bad

There are lots of wonderful car shows in the United States of America. Also, there are wonderful American car-themed shows outside of the country. But let this be a reminder that, yes, we do have shows that are as outstandingly, wonderfully bad as this.

What Do You Want to Know About the 2020 Toyota Corolla Manual and Hybrid? What Do You Want to Know About the 2020 Toyota Corolla Manual and Hybrid?

Want a six-speed manual sedan that’s not wildly expensive? The 2020 Toyota Corolla is still, somehow, here for you. I’m driving one here in Savannah, Georgia, as well as the new hybrid sedan, which is rated by the government at a surprisingly good 53/52 mpg. I want to know if you can turn traction control off. What do …

VeilSide: Inside the Most Extreme Tuner Car Company of 2002 VeilSide: Inside the Most Extreme Tuner Car Company of 2002

Big wheels, bigger spoilers, and some of the most over-the-top bodykits ever designed. The early 2000s tuning scene is taken as a joke now, but this is what it looked like in the middle of the big-money, big-style era. Right at the heart of it all: VeilSide.

BMW's New 500-HP S58 Inline-Six Should be Very Interesting to Supra Fans BMW's New 500-HP S58 Inline-Six Should be Very Interesting to Supra Fans

A couple weeks back we got to see the new 2020 Toyota Supra’s BMW B58 straight six engine decoded, and pointed out that while this is a high-level sports car for Toyota, it was getting a mid-level engine from BMW. Well, now here’s the high-level version of that motor—the M division’s S58, good for more than 500…

This Quiet Brooklyn Neighborhood Survived One of the Country's Worst Oil Spills

Unless they live there, not a lot of New Yorkers interact with Greenpoint. Only one subway goes there, and it doesn’t go to Manhattan. The highway goes over it. The bridges do, too. But it’s one of the city’s most interesting neighborhoods, with some of the best bakeries, most interesting cars, and, oh yeah, a history…

This Old School Drift Legend Still Puts Your Driving to Shame

Yasuyuki Kazama has taken the highest spot in professional drifting, a champion in D1GP in Japan all the way back in 2005. Now, put him on a frozen lake and expect shenanigans. (Also, expect a clinic in car control.)

Here's Who's Winning and Losing in Trump's Trade Wars Here's Who's Winning and Losing in Trump's Trade Wars

The winners and losers are stacking up around Trump’s trade war with China, tens of millions are dropping here and there, and the unthinkable happened: Trump has pissed off car dealers. All this and more in The Morning Shift for Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019.

Master Tuner's Engine Teardown Explains Why the Toyota 2JZ Is Such a Legend

You’re watching two legends in the American tuner landscape. One is Stephan Papadakis, the first person to put a front-wheel drive car past the 9s. The other is the Toyota 2JZ. You know its reputation of being an indestructible powerhouse. Now get a good look at why.

This 1975 Volvo C303 Might Be the Toughest Truck on Craigslist Right Now This 1975 Volvo C303 Might Be the Toughest Truck on Craigslist Right Now

I will say that I am biased. I have driven this 1975 Volvo C303. I have taken it through traffic. I have bombed the highway in it. I have attempted to go wheeling in it in a quiet corner of Brooklyn. It is military-grade and tough beyond measure. And now it’s for sale.

Buy This $10,000 Porsche 928 So I Don't Have To Buy This $10,000 Porsche 928 So I Don't Have To

There is no reason why I should have a Porsche 928. But I hear it. A howl from beyond. It is this immaculate V8 speed machine, a thunderbolt from a future past.

Ford Baja Truck Loses Autocross, Wins My Heart Ford Baja Truck Loses Autocross, Wins My Heart

This is Joe Bosman’s 1965 Ford F-100. This vehicle is built for the desert, with giant tires and long-travel suspension for taking big whoops at high speed. What it is not meant for is autocross.

Sand Dune Hillclimbs in the UAE Are Intense as Hell

You’re watching the sand dune hillclimbs in Liwa, in the United Arab Emirates. Giant straight-six turbos are fed so much boost that they last just long enough to make a six or eight-second pass. That or, you know, they don’t.

Fun Fact: This Porsche Carrera GT Is Green Fun Fact: This Porsche Carrera GT Is Green

A delightful fact about this Porsche Carrera GT is that it is painted green. In addition, the wheels are painted gold. In addition to being both green and gold, the wheels’ rims are silver.

The Slide: It's Big

I don’t know how many times I have watched this clip of a Subaru rally car pull one of the biggest slides I have ever seen, but I know it is not, and will not ever, be enough.

Now That's What I Call Front-Wheel Drive! Vol. 2

Rallye Monte Carlo puts the top rally drivers in the world into what may be not only the most famous rally of the season but the most mentally grueling event on some of the most deceptively challenging roads. Many falter. Some shine.

Ford Ranger Demand Is Absolutely Unhinged, Ford Already Scheduling 'Massive Overtime' Ford Ranger Demand Is Absolutely Unhinged, Ford Already Scheduling 'Massive Overtime'

Tesla is facing reality, the British auto industry is facing reality, and honestly we’re all just trying to make 2019 work, alright? All that and more in The Morning Shift for January 31, 2019.

Here's Everything Tesla Thinks It Can Pull Off Starting in 2019 Here's Everything Tesla Thinks It Can Pull Off Starting in 2019

A big part of the Tesla mythos is that you’re always being promised a brighter future. When so much of it comes through, you forget about the stuff that doesn’t, like battery-swap stations or full self-driving or highways lined with... well, these things. And now, here’s a full list of everything Tesla is telling us…

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