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Go Baby Go: Eleanor Mustang seeks big bucks at auction

From the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds.<p><i>Gone in 60 Seconds</i> was one of those movies where the most memorable on-screen personality was a car, for better or worse. Of course, that was Eleanor, the Steve Sanford-designed 1967 Ford Mustang, heavily modified, that is Nicholas Cage's white whale in …

Classic Cars

Incredible 1200-hp 1970 Pontiac Firebird Restomod Sells for $87K

We are but humble truth-seekers here at <i>Car and Driver</i>, bringing you answers to age-old questions like “What’s the most epic death machine on Craigslist?”, “What do the paramedics drive in Dubai?”, and “Mommy, where do Pontiac Azteks come from?” And that’s just in the last 24 hours or so.<p>Now we have …

Classic Cars

A peek inside Mercedes-Benz's secret garage of misfit toys

The world does not contain enough drool.<p>The cars in the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center showroom are for sale. Some don't list prices on their placards, so bring a lot of money. Stuff in the workshop either belongs to the company—and is very much not for sale—or belongs to a customer who wants the …

Classic Cars

Listen to the Hellacious Fury of the Ford GT40 Mk II

The Ford GT40 Mk II was decidedly exotic in comparison to most American cars of the era (of course, that’s mostly due to its Anglo-American heritage and the help of Lola), but its 7.0-liter big-block was built of the same stuff as the Galaxies coming off Ford’s assembly lines back home—iron block, …

Sports Cars

Take a spin in a street-legal Lancia Group B rally car

Lancia's death is sad for many, many reasons, chief among which is the end of its wonderful, wild rally heritage. While the brand might best be known for the Stratos and the Delta HF Integrale, there was another big name model, called the 037, that did its best to live up to the family name.<p>The …

Physicists Are Making Solid Light

A team of researchers from Princeton University has started doing some very strange things with light. Instead of letting it zip by at incredibly …

Donkervoort D8 GTO is the meanest Lotus 7 knock-off you've ever heard

Dutch company Donkervoort may have launched its nutty D8 GTO a few years ago already, but that doesn't mean we find the car any less insane today. With 380 turbocharged horsepower produced by its Audi-sourced 2.5-liter engine, and just about 1,500 pounds to move around (plus driver), the Lotus …

Tanner Foust Tests The New VW Beetle Global Rallycross Car: Video

If the thought of 0-60 mph in under two seconds—on dirt!—turbos spooling, rev limiters popping, and four-wheel powerslides don’t sound like fun, …

Wiesmann still hoping for savior

The saga of Wiesmann dates back to the late 1980s when a pair of German brothers set out to make retro sports cars. The first model was built in 1993 and a steady stream of new coupes and convertibles powered by a variety of BMW engines trickled out of the factory ever since until the company ran …

Torture testing doesn't look like torture in an Aston Martin Lagonda

Verification prototype heads to Oman.<p>A lot of the time when we see verification prototypes in the desert for hot-weather testing, the images we get show half-disguised cars whose camo has been hastily removed in the hopes of eluding the omnipresent spy photographers.<p>Aston Martin? They just send a …

Sports Cars

2015 Ford Focus ST Diesel: Horsepower and Torque Figures Confirmed

We’ve known a diesel-powered Focus was a sure thing for months, and when the 2015 Ford Focus ST debuted at Goodwood yesterday, it slipped its compression-ignition doppelganger into the mix. We—and several sharp-eyed Backfires members—immediately noticed that the tachometer in some of the images of …

Ford Motor Company

Audi Developing Energy-Generating Suspension

There are many ways that energy is wasted in an automobile, including braking, mechanical friction, aerodynamic drag, and more. Audi, which is just now launching its first-ever plug-in hybrid, the A3 e-tron, and which continues development of its all-electric R8 e-tron supercar, seems hell-bent on …

Plug-in Hybrid EVs

Watch: WRC Champ Tommi Mäkinen Thrash 2015 WRX STI at Buttonwillow Raceway

So what if the 2015 WRX STI is powered by the same 305-hp 2.5-liter EJ-series engine as the outgoing car? In the hands of four-time WRC champ Tommi Mäkinen, the WRX moves so sublimely it renders all keyboard criticisms irrelevant.<p>Trading tail-out histrionics for precise, movements of the type that …

World Rally Championship

Audi TT Offroad concept packs 408 hybrid horsepower, yet returns 123 mpg

Audi took the wraps of its TT Offroad Concept at the Beijing Motor Show, after teasing us with sketches earlier this month. "The Audi TT offroad concept provides a glimpse of how we might imagine a new model in the future TT family," says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of …

Mercedes's clever Formula 1 turbo setup, explained

Halving a snail to go like stink.<p>Mark Donohue's <i>The Unfair Advantage</i> may be the finest book even written on racing. It's framed around the life of a shy Can-Am and Indy 500 winner, but this 325-page motorsport tome is really a glimpse into competitive engineering's never-ending quest to exploit an …

Motor Racing

Colorado company making American Ute dreams come true

Randy Reese is the Colorado dreamcatcher for those who still light votive candles at the altar of Our Lady of El Camino. He fulfills his role by importing the bodies of Australian utes, like the one pictured above, and installing them on the chassis' of fully US-compliant cars like the Pontiac GTO, …

Compact combat! Focus ST vs Fiesta ST

The brotherly shove.<p>Now that Ford has two compact performance models in roughly the same price range, the reasonable driver will have questions. We're glad you asked, because the answers to the important questions are: Yes, they're both good; and Yes, they're plenty different. Take note: The Fiesta …

Muscle Cars

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Last Call- Why So Sirex Edition

Have you ever heard of the LMX Sirex? I thought not. From the Wiki that’s such a pedia:<p><b>LMX Sirex</b> (also sold as <b>Sirex LMS</b>) was a 2-door, 2-seater …

'Drive' the new Lamborghini Huracán today

Unless you're a captain of industry, a professional athlete or some kind of thickly bankrolled celebrity, there's a pretty good chance that you're not going to be amongst the lucky first owners of the upcoming Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 supercar. We can commiserate, as just the though of slipping …

Junkyard Turbo Swap! Chevy-Powered 1971 Datsun 240Z Autocross Thrash - Roadkill Ep. 26

1964 Ford GT40 Prototype, Other Rare Cars Hit Mecum Auction

Follow Antony<p>If you've always wanted a Ford GT40, then keep your eyes on Mecum Auctions next month as a rare 1964 prototype model is set to cross the …

Mid-Engined CERV II Corvette To Be Shown At Corvettes At Carlisle

Those who think the current Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a radical departure from 'Vette orthodoxy have no idea what Chevy was up to in the 1960s. …

2014 Mini Hardtop first drive review

The essence of the classic Mini Cooper is easy to define: it's endearingly small.<p>What happens when you mess with the "small" part?<p>In more than a …

'The Sun Does Not Exist' turns Hunter S. Thompson's drug trips into a strange game

It's no easy task to translate <i>Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas</i>' psychedelic narrative in any form at all, but if you're going to try, you may as well make things get just as weird. In <i>The Sun Does Not Exist</i>, a browser game very loosely based on Hunter S. Thompson's novel, players take control of what …

Unarmed Self-Defense from the Mad Men Era | The Art of Manliness

As I was browsing through some old magazines the other day, I came across a fantastic issue of <i>Popular Science</i> from 1962 that contained a feature on …

Caterham 620 R gets tossed around by F1 racer Kobayashi

We are just a few days away from the kickoff of the 2014 Formula One season with the Australian Grand Prix, and among all of the shakeups with cars, engines and drivers, Kamui Kobayashi is back in the sport. This year, the Japanese pilot has found a seat at Caterham after taking a year out of F1 …

Vice chronicles Okinawa's illegal street racing scene

We all know that street racing is dangerous, and that motorsports are best left on the track or drag strip. However, that doesn't mean that there still isn't some outlaw allure among enthusiasts of racing on public roads. In this video, <i>Vice Japan</i> profiles Eikichi Nagayoshi of Japan's island of …

BaT Exclusive: 1998 ERA GT40 Replica

This ERA GT40 Replica (chassis 2064) was professionally built in 1998 and is offered by the third owner. The car has lovely Webers atop the 400+ …