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Guys driving Le Mans cars on the road because they can

Hedonism defined.<p>If driving race cars on the road is considered a bit naughty, then driving barely tamed Group C Le Mans cars should be nothing short of sadistic. As said by Mr. A, the owner of the Jaguar XJ220C that competed at Le Mans in 1993 and 1995 and appears in this gorgeous new video from</i> …

Sports Cars

2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z07 Spy Photos

An early look at the C7's Z06—historic RPO codes be damned.<p><b>What It Is:</b> A heavily camouflaged seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette that we believe to be the next generation of Z06 high-performance models, which will be called Z07. The Corvette has used such an RPO three times in the past—first as …

Sports Cars

China Faces Years Of Slowing GDP Growth, Top Strategist Says

China, one of the world’s fastest-growing countries in the past three decades, is facing a long-term decline in its economic growth rate, a top economic and political strategist told a gathering of the Shanghai Foreign Correspondents Club on Friday.<p>“We need to get used to the fact that the boom is …

This Damascus steel pocket knife is almost too cool to use

A modern pocket knife made with an ancient technique.<p>Damascus Steel is made by folding sheets of steel on top of one another, resulting in a beautiful pattern sometimes reminiscent of bubbling or flowing water. The process was first used in 300 B.C. and quickly became popular throughout much of …

Carbon Fiber

As GM Cuts Volt Price, EV Bargains Multiply

GM announced on August 6 that it will reduce the price of the 2014 model Chevrolet Volt by $5,000 from the 2013 model. After the price cut, the Volt will be under $35,000, and after the federal tax credit, under $27,500. The price cut on the Volt has been expected for some time, following a similar …

McKenna: Ottawa looks misguided, almost desperate, on telecom policy

You've probably heard Verizon Communications Inc.'s familiar wireless slogan: "America's largest and most reliable mobile network."<p>Verizon's pitch is telling for what it doesn't promise: cheap rates for consumers. The U.S. telecom giant, which already has three times more wireless subscribers than …

Net Neutrality

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Motor Authority

Toyota Corolla Ultimate Fartcan Edition

Fart cans, annoying as they are, can often be found on someone’s hand-me-down automatic Civics, and aren’t all too rare on Corollas either. But it …

2014 Porsche 911 GT3

What Porsche's done to the GT3 is stupefying.<p>Shocking news: The new Porsche 911 GT3 is terrible! It’s a huge disappointment, a broken dream. Cancel your deposit if you’ve made one, and tear up your check if you haven’t. And write to the German ambassador to demand some kind of formal inquiry.<p>No, …

Motor Authority

Every Car Can Be Connected to the Cloud

Even older vehicles can now be easily linked to the web. Is this a revolution, or an answer in search of a question?<p><b>You probably haven't missed</b> that every product in our lives is getting connected to the Web. Computers, phones, and tablets are old news; now it's televisions, refrigerators, washing …

Volkswagen XL1: How does 261mpg feel?

The Volkswagen XL1 is missing something. Three things, really.<p>The Toyota Prius is a car. The XL1 is a transporter.<p>Already pared down to a catalogue of lightweight, sophisticated components rendered from carbon fibre, magnesium and aluminium, the XL1 lacks those useful pieces of hardware that …

Plug-in Hybrid EVs

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Ford F-150 bumps Camry from top of Cars.com American Made Index

With July 4th just around the corner, what better time could there be for <i>Cars.com</i> to announce that the Ford F-150 is the Most American car of 2013? This may be especially true since it was the Toyota Camry, a car produced by a company based in Japan, that had held the top spot from 2009 to</i> …

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