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LeMons Sebring Inspections: ’64 Fairlane vs ’64 Dart, Some Fast Cars, and a Pair of Chrysler Sebrings

The 24 Hours of LeMons series is following up our visit to an old familiar track in California with our first-ever trip to the legendary Sebring International Raceway. It’s hot and muggy and buggy here, and the Florida summer weather coupled with the holiday weekend have chased away all but the …

McLaren considering return to Le Mans

It doesn't usually matter what number an automaker puts on the side when it reveals a new racecar, but when McLaren introduced its new 650S GT3 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this past weekend, it wore the number 59. It was the same number which the McLaren F1 GTR wore when it took the checkered …

Watch Mark Higgins’ Full Record-Setting Isle of Man Run (W/Video)

22 Minutes of 2015 Subaru WRX STI Rally Action<p>Just a few weeks ago, Mark Higgins broke his own 2012 lap record around the Isle of Man in a new 2015 Subaru WRX STI. Not long after, Subaru released a documentary full of lap highlights. Now, the automaker has released the full, uncut video of Higgins’ …

Isle of Man

LeMons Sebring Day 1: Porsche 944 Leads, Duff Beer Civic Close Behind

After inspecting the machines of a small but devoted band of racers on Friday, the first race session of the first-ever Humidi TT 24 Hours of LeMons took place on Saturday at Sebring International Raceway. Even though a wild afternoon lightning storm blasted several pieces of track infrastructure …

Top Mog: The improbable triumph of the Morgan 3 Wheeler

What explains the resurgence of a car as quirky as the Morgan 3 Wheeler?<p>Out of production for decades, it returned wholly remade in 2011 and became the fastest-selling model in the Morgan Motor Company’s 105-year history.<p>For 2014, the 3 Wheeler is known to stand 39.3 inches tall and stretch 126 …

12 Great American Turbos

So you think turbocharged engines are synonymous with imports? Think again. Here are a dozen American-made forced-air specials that waved the stars and stripes with pride.<p>So you think turbocharged engines are synonymous with imports? Think again. Here are a dozen American-made forced-air specials …

Local Motors crowd-sourcing new lightweight sports car

If you hear the name Local Motors and automatically associate it with the Rally Fighter pictured above, we can hardly blame you. It is the project for which the manufacturing startup is best known, after all. But it's not the only one it has undertaken to date. Local Motors has also sourced from …

Ken Gushi drifts Pikes Peak in a 500-hp FR-S

Sideways with a side of straight-cut gears.<p>14,115 feet of vertical at Pikes Peak offers a full 156 turns for Ken Gushi to pull the handbrake and slide around. He's also piloting a GReddy Racing-modified Scion FR-S making around 500 hp. The temptation to drift is … irresistible.<p>Go fullscreen on this …

Elise Time Attack could be most extreme Lotus yet

The Lotus Elise has given birth to some seriously fast and varied machinery. Aside from Lotus' own models like the Exige, 2-Eleven, 340R and Europa, electric vehicles like the Tesla Roadster, not to mention the never-released Dodge Circuit and Detroit Electric SP:01, are all based on the Elise's …

Skeptical German Reviewer Buys BMW i3 Electric Car: Likes The Car, Dislikes The Price

If it's worth saying once, it bears repeating a hundred times: The best way to get people to buy electric cars is to put them behind the wheel.<p>One …

Electric Vehicles

Electric Miata Smokes Tesla Model S P85: Video

It’s no secret that one of the great keys to speed is lightness, and the Miata has that in spades—even when converted to electric drive as the drag …

Tesla

Students target Nürburgring record with hybrid racing prototype

<b>UPDATE:</b> <i>We've received and uploaded high-resolution images from InMotion to replace the previous low-res gallery.</i><p>We talk about Nürburgring lap records all the time around here, but they're always qualified by some category or another: for production cars, for sedans, for front-drive hatchbacks... …

Watch F1 Driver Kimi Räikkönen Go Lawn Mower Racing

It could be said that Kimi Räikkönen‘s first Formula 1 season back at Ferrari hasn’t gone as well as it could, and Kimi would be the first to say it—with his hallmark brevity, of course. So what does a perpetually bored-seeming but highly skilled F1 driver do to forget the season’s woes, if even …

Kimi Räikkönen

Celebrating the Ferrari F40 and the man who raced it

The Ferrari F40 has become one of the iconic cars of the last 50 years. It presaged the supercars of the future with its extensive use of carbon fiber and turbocharged engine, but it was also old school with no traction control, stability control or even anti-lock supervision to save the driver if …