What's The Fastest Beetle Ever?

Yesterday, we had a pretty spectacular video of the new VW Andretti Rallycross Beetle in tire-sacrificing action. In that article, Máté wisely called it the "fastest modern Beetle." I say "wise" because of the word "modern" in there. Because I don't think it's the fastest Beetle ever. » 9/19/14 4:05pm Friday 4:05pm

Genius-Grant Winner And Bechdel Test Creator Can Also Draw Some Cars

Alison Bechdel is a cartoonist and the most recent winner of a MacArthur "genius grant." She's probably best known for her creation of the "Bechdel Test" for movies to see how well they deal with women characters. But what's not usually mentioned is that the lady can draw the crap outta some cars. » 9/18/14 9:00pm Thursday 9:00pm

I flew from LA to San Jose to buy an unseen '67 Volvo P1800S. Drove it back slowly and laboriously, discovering its various issues along the way. All in all, turned out pretty well, since I ended up trading it for my Scimitar. I really liked it, though. » 9/18/14 1:41pm Thursday 1:41pm

This Brazil-Only Ghia May Be The Loveliest Air-Cooled VW Of All

That headline is actually a pretty controversial statement, since a great many in Aircooldom think that this car, the Brazilian Karmann-Ghia TC, is not lovely at all. The most common description is that it looks like the offspring of a Porsche 911 and a Pinto. I think it's lovely, and I want everyone to know it. » 9/17/14 10:45pm Wednesday 10:45pm

Teen Crashes SUV Because Idiot Friend Set His Armpit Hair On Fire

There's a good lesson here, and it's one far too often neglected in driver's ed programs: if you don't want to crash, be sure not to set fire to the driver's armpit hair. I know you're thinking "it's just an armpit fire— what's the big deal?" but the truth is it can seriously impair driving, like it did for some young… » 9/17/14 8:00pm Wednesday 8:00pm

Why Is This Surfing Website Lying About A 2015 VW Microbus?

I'm sure this is just some crappy attempt to gain web traffic at the expense of truth, credibility, and reality. The article itself sounds like it was machine-translated by a Commodore 64 and then typed into the web page by a monkey wearing mittens. But it's already been brought to my attention on Facebook. So what's… » 9/17/14 6:30pm Wednesday 6:30pm

Supercars Are Stupid

There. I said it. Supercars, though incredibly engineered, beautiful, and amazing to drive, are fundamentally stupid. It's not really their fault; it's how they're used. The way most supercars are used is like using a Cray XK7 to check email. They probably have the worst ratio of capability to actual use of anything… » 9/17/14 1:44pm Wednesday 1:44pm

NASA Will Fund Both Boeing and SpaceX To Build US Manned Spaceships

This isn't really a surprise. In the popular media, the more flamboyant SpaceX and their manned Dragon V2 capsule have been getting the attention, while behind the scenes Boeing's CST-100 was widely picked as the favorite. It looks like NASA wants to be everyone's friend, because they picked both. » 9/16/14 11:42pm Tuesday 11:42pm

Forget The Mid-Engined Corvette: There Was Once A Rear-Engine 'Vette

Rumors of upcoming mid-engined Corvettes are one of those things that never seem to go away, like that funny rash on your thigh or that process server who just can't seem to take a hint. Strangely, there was another alternate Corvette layout that never seems to resurface: the rear-engined 'Vette. Yet there actually… » 9/16/14 8:30pm Tuesday 8:30pm

Supercar That Runs Using Salt Water Approved For Use On European Roads

It's got a motor at each wheel, gullwing doors, makes a Fisker look like an AMC Pacer, and can go from stationary to 60 MPH as fast as a GT-R. It's powered by something similar to a fuel cell that uses salt water as an electrolyte. And now it's legal to drive on European roads. » 9/16/14 2:22pm Tuesday 2:22pm

Drunk Car Dealership Manager Wrecks Camaro Into Flaming Mess And Bolts

There's something almost impressive about the scale of drunken mess this manager of a Des Moines Chevy dealer is. Steve Luebke is 57, and normally is only allowed to drive a vehicle with a breathalyzer interlock. The dealership-owned 2010 Camaro he "borrowed" lacked such a device, and is now a smoldering ruin. » 9/15/14 4:36pm 9/15/14 4:36pm

Source: Hellcat Dyno'd Up To 825 HP But May Have Emission Issues

An anonymous Chrysler source has given us some very interesting information: they've dyno'd a Hellcat at all the way up to an insane 825 HP, though they're having trouble meeting emissions requirements at the advertised 707 HP. Also, some very interesting supercharger news for small cars. » 9/15/14 4:15pm 9/15/14 4:15pm

This Colombian Women's Cycling Team Uniform Looks Pretty, Um, Naked

I think if you design uniforms for sporting events, flesh-colored, skintight fabrics should only be used for figure skaters who want to pretend to show massive cleavage without freezing their boobs off. Otherwise, you end up with disasters like this, where a bunch of cyclists look like they're exposing their hoo-has. » 9/15/14 10:00am 9/15/14 10:00am

These Kei Vans In Costumes Are Some Of My Favorite Things

I don't think I could give a rational explanation about why these make me so happy. They're modern Japanese Kei-class vans, and this company makes kits to make them look like old VW Buses, Citroën HY vans, old American vans, early Japanese vans, and more. These things feel like raw, distilled, weaponized fun. » 9/12/14 11:00pm 9/12/14 11:00pm

The Poor Renault Twingo's Never Going To Get A Fair Shake

From what I've seen so far, I really like the new Renault Twingo. It's a cheap little city car with a lot of traits I really love — especially the rear engine/rear wheel drive part. But it seems that because of those unique (for its segment, especially) reasons, it's going to have a hard time getting judged fairly. » 9/12/14 10:30pm 9/12/14 10:30pm