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LeMons Houston: 280ZX Gets Most Laps, Zombie Austin Americas Get Stitched Together

The sixth annual Gator-O-Rama 24 Hours of LeMons, held at MSR Houston, was the first time the LeMons Traveling Circus has ever run 24 straight hours at that venue, and it turned out to be an exhausting yet exhilarating race weekend in the muggy, buggy air of Gulf Texas. Because your LeMons …

New Hampshire

Nissan Deploys the Force—and Storm Troopers—to Sell Jukes

Nissan’s Juke is strange. The compact crossover has strange styling, it’s a strange size, and it uses a strange—among its competitive set—turbocharged engine and torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system. In fact, it is so strange, that we sort of like it. Automotive uniqueness is getting harder and …

Darth Vader

Hyundai Legato Concept Revealed Ahead of SEMA

It’s time to start booking your flights to Vegas, because it’s SEMA season and, as Hyundai and ARK Performance are known to do, the covers are coming off the monstrosities early. The pair have partnered again, this time taking a Genesis coupe out back and reworking it innards, outtards, and, most …

Sports Cars

2014 Camaro Z/28 Laps the ’Ring Pretty Damn Quickly

With a 7.0-liter V-8 from Chevrolet’s previous-generation Corvette Z06, the gearbox and suspension setup from the Camaro SS 1LE, and the gravity of a historic nameplate slapped on its ass, the upcoming Camaro Z/28 has performance enthusiasts on the edge of their heavily bolstered Recaros. To prove …

The Greatest Automotive Flops of the Last 25 Years

Bad cars come and go, but flops are forever.<p><i>“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” ­—Truman Capote</i><p><i>“My other Maserati is also a piece of shit.” —bumper sticker seen on a Chrysler’s TC by Maserati in Berkeley, California</i><p>As nouns go, “flop” is a good one—short, peppy, and to the …

P. T. Barnum

Aaron Robinson: Hangovers, Golf, and Optimism at the Industry's Summer Camp

Leaders of the carmaking racket convene to knock around golf balls and talk shop.<p>In the years before I met him at the University of Michigan in 1989, my friend Mike was probably the only professional Jewish foreign-car mechanic on Long Island. He was undoubtedly the school’s only engineering grad …

University of Michigan

Cancel SEMA, Ford's Lotus- and Gulf-Liveried Focus STs Are the Winners

The Ford Focus ST may be among the newest of kids on the block, but it already has one comparison-test crown to its name. Its turbo four, Recaros, and suspension setup allow the hot Focus to feel as at home on the track as it does on the drive to the office. That versatility also makes it an ideal …

Le Mans

The Continental: No AWD Aston Martins, Ford's Diesels, and the Mercedes V-class

<i>Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental.</i><p>Yes, that’s me behind the wheel.<p>With the advent of the V12 Vantage S, …

Sports Cars

LeMons Halloween Hooptiefest Day 1: Mercedes-Benz 190E Leads, Volvo 850 Brigade Failing To Dominate

When we inspected the 133 entries at the 2013 Halloween Hooptiefest at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday, we saw an unprecedented four Volvo 850s preparing to race. At the end of Saturday’s race session, the 850s were buried pretty far down in the standings— the most successful one ended the …

Kim Jong-un