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Happy birthday, little pony! Ford Mustang turns 51

In 1963, engineers at the<p>Ford Motor Co.turned a Ford Falcon into a sporty four-door coupe. Then they took two doors off, made it sportier still and, on April 17, 1964, hit the market at the New York World's Fair with the now-iconic Mustang.<p>The original pony car turns 51 today. In celebration, Ford …

Sports Cars

How Mercedes’ F 015 self-driving car is shaping smart cities

If there’s one thing you won’t mistake the F 015 Luxury in Motion for, it’s any Mercedes-Benz currently on the road. Previous autonomous development …

Acura NSX Designer On Muscle Cars, Zaha Hadid, and Shoes

When Acura charged Michelle Christensen with designing the exterior of the 2016 Acura NSX—the resurrection of the game-changing supercar and the brand’s halo car—she turned her gaze to nature for inspiration. “When I was younger I drew people and animals and trees,” she says. “Even in car design, …

Classic Cars

Mazda is racing's most active angel investor

The automaker is funding the next generation of young IndyCar and endurance drivers, and it's getting results.<p>If you equate young race-car drivers to high-school students seeking college scholarships, the graduation rate among future open-wheel and sports car stars is troubling.<p>A year of college …

Motorsport

Carbon3D printer is super speedy thanks to light and oxygen

3D printing startup Carbon3D has demonstrated a new approach to fabricating commercial-quality objects from resin using oxygen and light.<p>On stage at …

TED Talks

How The Sync Project Will Use Music as Data-Driven Therapy

Music can have various psychological effects on us: numerous studies conclude that certain genres can enhance our moods, boost concentration, trigger emotional reactions or pump up our energy levels. We also have specific musical tastes and preferences – but why do we like some songs more than …

Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II Turns 25 This Year

Original 190 SL Roadster Launched 60 Years Ago<p>This year marks big anniversaries for two Mercedes-Benz models and to celebrate, the automaker mined its archives for some big-time photographic eye candy of both cars. The first model is the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL roadster and the second is the …

Next Honda CR-Z to ditch hybrid, get 2.0 turbo

The engine from the new Civic Type R? It's earmarked for the next-gen, not-a-hybrid CR-Z.<p>As of this writing, Honda is rapidly approaching its Formula 1 comeback as the power behind McLaren at the Australian Grand Prix, and the brand is also busy readying two of Japan's most anticipated sports cars, …

Porsche GT division rules out AWD, SUVs

Any German automaker worth its lap times needs a performance division. Mercedes has AMG, BMW has the M division, Audi has Quattro GmbH with its S and RS models... even Volkswagen has its R line of hot hatches. And though Porsche is a performance automaker unto itself, even it has a performance …

This V-8 BR-Z is powered by two motorcycle engines

And it sounds angry.<p>Look, we love the Subaru BR-Z and its Scion FR-S twin. It's just... well...<p>The car would be <i>wonderful</i> with a bit more power. And maybe a more inspiring exhaust note. And, hell, while we're daydreaming, maybe just cram a V-8 in there and knock a few pounds off the ol' curb weight. …

Must See: It's a Tiny, Functional W-32 Engine!

Think it frays your nerves to assemble a freshly rebuilt engine? This guy probably thinks that’s cake.<p>Sure, keeping track of thousands of parts and making sure everything goes together in the right order and to exacting specifications is an exercise in patience and carefulness. But multiply that by …

Documentaries

Colorado Not Inka: Two Owner 1973 BMW 2002tii

This 1973 BMW 2002tii (chassis 2762696) is described as a daily driven, two-owner car with no rust and a rebuilt, matching-numbers engine. Resprayed …

Shed-Built 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Replica Is Pure Art: Video

A Ferrari 250 GTO is a glorious automobile that also happens to be actual rolling artwork. It's a combination of stunning body lines wrapped around a …

Supercars

The Land Rover Defender final editions are spectacular

Land Rover has introduced three final celebratory editions, the Autobiography, Adventure, and most interestingly, the Heritage.<p>Nearly 70 years since the nameplate first appeared, the iconic Defender (as it's now called) is nearing the end. In its last year of production, Land Rover has introduced …

Turning The Harley 883 Into A Scrambler

It looks like 2015 is going to be the Year Of The Scrambler. It’s fast becoming the dominant genre on the new wave custom scene, and manufacturers are getting into the act too.<p>As everyone knows, Ducati has joined Triumph in offering a factory scrambler—and Moto Guzzi has just released a kit that …

Motorcycles

The end of the naturally aspirated engine?

NA engines were once the norm, but today, the turbos are winning.<p>Over the past 45 years or so, BMW was responsible for some of the very best naturally aspirated engines the world has ever seen. Thumb through its back catalog of powertrains and you'll find a sublime gathering of sweet-spinning, …

Watch These Time-Lapse Builds of 2015's New Lego Sets

It's actually kind of soothing.<p>2015 brings a host of new LEGO kits, including some killer new motorsports-centric Technic sets. Watch them all go from bricks to built in minutes.<p><b>24 Hours Race Car (# 42039)</b><p>We'll start with our favorite, the "24 Hours Race Car" which is generic for Le Mans …

How The 2017 Ford GT Came About And Why It Looks The Way It Does

Bombshells like the 2017 Ford GT don’t come often.<p>Few within Ford even knew much about the mysterious hypercar before its surprise revelation at the North American International Auto Show.<p>“We actually had a little skunkworks in the Dearborn studio downstairs that no one knew about,” said Moray …

Sports Cars

Nissan GT-R LM NISMO: A deep dive with Ben Bowlby

To better understand Nissan's radical new race car, we sat down with its creator.<p>You'll need to embrace a mashup of letters and numbers to digest the insanity housed within Ben Bowlby's 6-foot-wide by 15-foot-long Nissan creation.<p>It's an LMP1. And not just a normal LMP1, but an LMP1-H. The H is for …

Developing the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO

From a computer screen in Dan Gurney's shop to the commercial shoot at America's grand prix circuit.<p>The short walk from the reception area at Dan Gurney's All American Racers to the race shop demanded a quick mental recalibration. By the end of my visit to AAR in late September, a full cranial …

Supplier ZF Gives Us Its Take on Lightweight Suspensions, Eight-Plus-Speed Transmissions

These days, it’s almost impossible to write about a new car without using “ZF” somewhere in the text. It’s not for our lack of proper noun skills, but for the overwhelming fact that ZF–short for Zahnradfabrik, or literally “gear factory”—has its 8HP eight-speed automatic transmission in nearly …

Land Rover

Five Questions: U.S. Jaguar Land Rover CEO On Diesels, Brand, And Growth

Jaguar and Land Rover are together poised for quite the growth spurt.<p>Both brands have been closely entwined since 2008, when they were sold by Ford …

Land Rover

The Alpine Vision GT Concept is a French fantasy with air brakes

And you'll be able to drive it—virtually—in March<p>The first Vision Gran Turismo concept of 2015 was just unveiled at the Festival Automobile International in Paris, and it's a stunner: Feast your eyes on the Alpine Vision GT.<p>French car fans know the Alpine name already—founded by a Renault dealer …

Deus Ex Machina makes high-end motorcycles and loses money on each one

In a narrow workshop off a Venice alley, Michael Woolaway uses a wooden mallet to shape an aluminum bracket for a motorcycle.<p>The metal part is one of dozens the craftsman known as Woolie will spend an estimated 400 to 500 hours hand-shaping for the custom-built bike. This one's for actor Orlando …

Deus Ex

Animal Collective's Panda Bear made us an eclectic playlist

If you’re a fan of Animal Collective, the pack of indie art-pop weirdos who’ve released a whopping nine albums together, you know its co-founder …

Songwriting

The last Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake sells for $5.1 M

The very last 427 Super Snake sold for $5.1 million at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, just under what the previous owner paid for the car in 2007.<p>There is only one genuine, original 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake left in the world, and it just sold for $5.1 million. Ron Pratte put the car up for …

All OEM: Restored 1960 Porsche 356B

This 1960 Porsche 356B (chassis 112644) is a claimed matching numbers car that’s been restored very nicely by the looks of things. Factory correct …

Rarely Restored: 1976 Alpina B2

This 1976 Alpina B2 is a rare E12 car said to have been converted in Buchloe when still a brand new BMW 528. Restored to what appears to be a very …