We're Getting Worked Up About The Wrong R8

The past few days have seen a lot of thought and scrutiny about Audi's new supercar, the R8. And while I happily boarded that juggernaut myself, I had a moment of intense clarity: the R8 I'm really interested in hasn't been built in nearly 40 years. It's the Renault R8. » 2/27/15 10:00pm Friday 10:00pm

Kirk Once Stole Spock's Buick Riviera

It's a sad day today, because everyone's favorite (non-ALF) alien had passed. And while Leonard Nimoy wasn't necessarily known as a huge gearhead, he seemed to have good taste in cars, and has at least this one good car-related story. It involves Spock, Kirk, a bike, and a Buick Riviera. » 2/27/15 3:16pm Friday 3:16pm

Why Is McLaren's Motto So Goddamn Bleak?

Earlier today I followed the link in our story about the jewel-encrusted car key that took me to the Simply Abu Dhabi website. Flipping through their online magazine, I found a McLaren ad that left me very confused. The screenshot of the ad is above there. Is McLaren okay? Should we send over someone to check on them? » 2/27/15 11:50am Friday 11:50am

New Kickstarter Is Planning What's Basically The Ikea Go-Kart

There's a reason Ikea does so well: the flat-packed, plywood items they sell are efficient to ship, well-designed, and pretty cheap. So why not use these same basic methods for a go-kart? That's what the people at Ply-Fly must have thought, because they have a Kickstarter for a plywood, flat-pack, owner-assembled… » 2/26/15 10:00pm Thursday 10:00pm

I Have A Big Prize For The Guy Who Found My Beetle

Some of you may recall that a while back, I had my longtime automotive companion '73 Beetle stolen, and then recovered thanks to the amazing work of our readers. I've felt like I had a debt to pay, and I finally am able to. So, SFMikee, want to hear about your prize? » 2/25/15 3:48pm Wednesday 3:48pm

Meet The Original Automotive Con Man That Sort Of Gave Birth To Ford

Cars, like pretty much everything, attract their share of crooks and liars. We've covered modern ones here before. But it's worth going back to the early days of motoring to learn about one of the original — and still one of the most brazen — motorized charlatans: Edward Joel Pennington. » 2/25/15 3:29pm Wednesday 3:29pm

What Car Part Needs A Total Redesign?

I'm not sure if you've ever noticed this about cars, but they're actually made up of a crapton of smaller bits and sub-assemblies and things. It's true! And, even on the absolute latest, most modern car, some of those parts are a bit long in the tooth. Like wheels — thousands of years old. But they still seem to work… » 2/25/15 11:53am Wednesday 11:53am

Lego Wants To Hire A Jalopnik Reader

When Jalopnik started back in 1883 as a telegraph-based horseless carriage news service, we had always planned on branching out into job recruiting. I'm happy to say that after over a century of planning, it's happening! And in the best way possible: Lego wants to hire a Jalopnik reader to be a graphic designer. » 2/25/15 10:45am Wednesday 10:45am

There's Going To Be A Race On The Moon

There's been a bit of hooning on the moon before (Apollo 16, see below), but there's never been anything involving more than one wheeled vehicle that could really be thought of as a 'race.' But that looks like it's about to change, with the possibility of a three-way rover race coming in 2016. FINALLY. » 2/24/15 12:02pm Tuesday 12:02pm

You're Too Late -- Bugatti Just Sold The Last Veyron

Aw, dammit! Why did I go heat up that burrito before clicking the BUY NOW button on Bugatti's website? Looks like I just missed out on buying the 450th and last Bugatti Veyron. This last Veyron, called the "La Finale" (that's Franco-Dutch for "the finishment") was sold, shockingly, to a Middle Eastern collector. » 2/23/15 5:40pm 2/23/15 5:40pm

Who Was Born Before The Car That Would Have Made A Great Driver?

We're all pretty lucky, really. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that everyone reading this was born in an era when access to automobiles was relatively cheap and easy. But let's take a moment and spare a thought for all those poor bastards unfortunate enough to be born before cars. I bet some of them could have… » 2/23/15 11:30am 2/23/15 11:30am

It'll Cost You $17,000 To Add A Fire Extinguisher To Your Corvette Z06

A Corvette Z06 is a pretty good deal for what it is, but it's not exactly cheap. It starts at about $80 grand, and as you can imagine, there's some pricey options: racing stripes are $950, a carbon fiber ground effects package is $3995, and a fire extinguisher is as much as a Chevy Cruze. What, what? » 2/23/15 11:17am 2/23/15 11:17am