Colani: The Designer For All Your Scary Car Costume Needs

It's Halloween, so many of us are planning our elaborate going-out costumes, perhaps car-related, but all likely involving lots of extra shaving. But what about cars themselves? Don't they deserve scary costumes? Of course they do. And at least one designer, Luigi Colani, is doing his part. » 10/31/14 3:30pm Today 3:30pm

I Think I Found The Most Adorably Insane Way To Die

If you want to go out in a blaze of adorable, tiny glory, I think I'd suggest a rocket-powered Peel Trident. Of course, the goal of this particular one wasn't ending it all, but rather setting the record for the fastest Peel ever: a 78.48 mph 1/4 mile. » 10/31/14 9:00am Today 9:00am

Datsun Was The First Car Maker To Officially Brand A Video Game

Car companies now routinely license their car's name, look, and characteristics for driving games. Like all clever things, somebody had to do it first, right? So who was this daring, visionary company to first wise up to the value of putting their cars in videogames? It's a name that now is used to sell cheap cars in… » 10/30/14 7:30pm Yesterday 7:30pm

The Charger Hellcat Is The Most American/Insane Car You Can Buy

There's really only two things you need to know about the 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat: it may be the most American car you can buy right now, and it's absolutely, unrepentantly clamshit insane. The idea of a well-appointed four-door family car with enough power to liquify everyone you love is crazy. And wonderful. But… » 10/29/14 12:05pm Wednesday 12:05pm

Here's The Beetle Decklid Guide You Desperately Need

Are you tired of being embarrassed when you go out because you can't properly identify the year of a VW Beetle based on the engine lid? Sure you are. Nothing stings more than when the sexy someone you were chatting up flings a drink in your face because you had no idea how many vents are on a '72 Beetle decklid. I'm… » 10/27/14 7:45pm Monday 7:45pm

This Lincoln Concept Is A Joke, But Maybe It Shouldn't Be

We got this from an anonymous source, stuck to the Jalopnik HQ trailer door with a wad of nicotine gum. It's supposedly a picture of the upcoming Lincoln MKZ Mark II, and it's clearly supposed to be a ridiculous amalgam of old Lincoln design cues. The trouble is, I'm not so sure it's such a terrible idea. » 10/27/14 2:10pm Monday 2:10pm

Meet The Car That's The VW Beetle's Oldest And Most Direct Ancestor

I've written before about Paul Schilperood's remarkable book that makes the case that the VW Beetle was largely developed based on the ideas of the Jewish auto journalist Josef Ganz and not Ferdinand Porsche, as has been commonly thought. Today, I want to look in detail at a key component of this idea: The Standard… » 10/24/14 6:35pm 10/24/14 6:35pm

My Dinner With Some Dodge And SRT Engineers

This past week I managed to spend some time with the new lineup of Chargers and the engineers that helped make them. Though they rejected my offers to provide dinner, I did manage to sit down with them for a meal and a series of inane questions, delivered with intensity and a light mist of masticated food. » 10/24/14 10:45am 10/24/14 10:45am

Yes, You Can Cook A Frozen Burrito On The Charger Hellcat's Supercharger

Earlier this week I drove some new Chargers, including the bonkers 707 HP Hellcat one. I'm not yet allowed to talk about what the drive was like, but Dodge didn't mention anything about not talking about the cooking. So here's the world's first review of cooking a frozen burrito on the engine of a Hellcat. » 10/23/14 11:56am 10/23/14 11:56am

Here's A Nice Official Charger SRT Hellcat Burnout For You

Sure, it's a sublime thing to see a really well-executed burnout. The sublimation of tire meat into noise and smoke is a ritual that pleases Velocitor, the Many-Wheeled One, God of Speed. And it's great to see one done by a factory-approved professional, like Dodge provided earlier this week. » 10/23/14 10:35am 10/23/14 10:35am

Toyota May Have Stolen That BB King Story Used In A Camry Ad

It's funny, when I saw this ad, my first reaction was that it was some seriously cloying made-up horseshit that I wasn't buying. Looks like I may have been dead wrong. There's an accusation that it's some seriously cloying truth. But stolen truth. » 10/22/14 7:35pm 10/22/14 7:35pm

I Saw Firsthand How Nuts Airlines Are Getting With Ebola Fear

Yesterday I took a US Airways flight from Raleigh-Durham to Washington, DC to drive some Hellcats. So far so good, right? Across the aisle from me was a woman, from Boston, who was feeling a bit queasy. She asked the flight attendant for some club soda. They responded by trying to kick her off the plane. Any idea why? » 10/20/14 8:54pm 10/20/14 8:54pm

How To Squeeze 830 Miles Out Of One Tank Of Fuel And Remain Sane...ish

I'm not going to lie: I'm pretty delighted that I (and my partner) won Audi's TDI Challenge, where nine Diesel A3s attempted to drive from Albuquerque to San Diego on a single tank of Diesel. Part of why I'm delighted is because winning means it's over, since it was a pretty miserable process. Here's how we did it. » 10/20/14 10:04am 10/20/14 10:04am

Hypermiling Is Awful And I Sort Of Hate It

Today was the first full day — about 373 miles — of the Audi TDI Challenge, which is Audi's perverse idea of fun: driving from Albuquerque to San Diego on one tank of Diesel. We're currently in third place, and I'm not really sure anyone's going to make it. It's hot, tedious, and a little nerve-wracking. Road madness… » 10/16/14 9:00am 10/16/14 9:00am

I'm Trying To Go 834 Miles On One Tank Of Diesel And It's Gonna Suck

I'm not sure I've ever been at a carmaker-run auto event that allows so many opportunities for failure. Usually, they set things up to minimize the chances of really screwing up, to protect both the cars' reputations and the fragile auto-journo egos, but this time they're asking us to get 50% better mileage from their… » 10/15/14 10:04am 10/15/14 10:04am