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Lightning Lap 2014: We Attack VIR with 25 of the Year's Hottest Performance Cars

We hold it as gospel that a lap time on a fast and technical circuit is the purest distillation of a performance car's ability.<p>The Contenders<p>Base Price*/<br>Price As Tested<p>Power,<br>HP<p>Weight,<br>Pounds<p>LB/<br>HP<p>   LL1        (up to</b> …

2016 Audi A6

Important improvements for a luxury-sedan leader.<p>When we first saw pictures of the face-lifted 2016 Audi A6, we weren't immediately thrilled. One of the brand's more conservative designs looked to have received a lukewarm makeover to the styling it has worn since the current generation arrived as a …

Rocket explosion: Orbital Sciences moves to drop Russian-made engines

Orbital Sciences says it will likely stop using the type of engines that were on its unmanned Antares commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station when it exploded moments after liftoff last week.<p>The company says its investigation of the crash is continuing, but preliminary …

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Chevrolet's Performance Catalog Now Offers LT1 Crate Motor

Chevrolet has a rich tradition of offering customization accessories and go-fast parts—and the brand’s Performance Catalog is testament to it. Now the bible of bow-tie speed has been thoroughly updated with some tasty offerings for 2015, all of which were announced at the 2014 SEMA show.<p>Highlights …

5 things we learned about the Ford Mustang King Cobra

Sussing out the juicy details.<p>Yes, the King Cobra is basically all three of Ford Racing's major parts packs screwed onto the 2015 Mustang GT. But there's more to it than that. We spoke to Ford Racing's Jesse Kershaw to answer some burning questions we had about the big snake. This is what we found …

Hellcat What? Meet the 10,000-hp Version of the 2015 Dodge Charger

What's technically "funny" but actually has zero sense of humor? This thing, the new 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car that was freshly unveiled by Mopar at the 2014 SEMA show. Okay, it's a little funny looking, but don't say that to its face.<p>The 2015 Charger R/T Funny Car is the first collaboration …

I was once a climate change denier

I’m a scientist now, but the embarrassment lingers. Here’s why I let myself be duped — and how I came to my senses<p>Kasra Hassani<p>November 6, 2014 12:15pm (UTC)<p>[<i>Editor's note: This story first appeared on ScienceWriters.ca. The Tyee republishes it here with permission.</i>]<p>I, a scientist with a PhD in …