How to survive — and win — the 25 Hours of Thunderhill

There's two ways to build a car for winning an endurance race. Bolt one together that's honed for speed and hope it doesn't blow up, or choose durability over pace and count on the other teams falling apart. For last year's 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Davidson Racing brought the fast car — a Norma M20F with a tuned BMW… » 3/20/15 1:47pm 3/20/15 1:47pm

We’ve driven the 627-hp Shelby GT, and it’s one evil sonofagun

If there's one consistent complaint about the new Ford Mustang, it's that maybe too many edges were sanded down in the transformation from Dearborn street rod to global BMW-fighting coupe. Thankfully, there's a shop in Nevada named for a late great Texas bad ass which specializes in taking Ford products and roughing… » 1/16/15 4:22pm 1/16/15 4:22pm

Yahoo Autos names the 2015 Volkswagen GTI the Car of the Year

Yes, yes, "Miata" is always the answer. But for those who aren't consecrated in Bob Hall's Church of the Soft Tops, every year the editors of Yahoo Autos gather in central California, take the keys to a selection of the best of 2015 and wring them out but good to anoint our Car of the Year. This year we had 17… » 11/03/14 12:56pm 11/03/14 12:56pm

Sammy Hagar, rock hall of famer, future LaFerrari owner

Those of us who were kids in the '80s will likely never forget the summer when this blonde surfer dude put out a killer music video telling off the cops in his sweet black Ferrari. Sammy Hagar's "I Can't Drive 55" was not just classic rock-n-roll but ahead of its time; when states started raising their speed limits,… » 7/16/14 10:42am 7/16/14 10:42am

Sweet-Ass Rides and Dead-Eyed Zombies: A Ride With Dan Neil

Hi, I'm Justin Hyde. You may remember me from such blog posts as "because racecar" and "Cobb Shifter: The Short-Throw Life Saver." I punch buttons for Yahoo Autos these days, and thanks to the magic of Kinja and the traffic yearnings of Matt Hardigree, I'm able to share some of our exploits with you. Like this trip… » 5/07/14 10:07am 5/07/14 10:07am

Lincoln monster truck-amino-limo wants to haul your assets

When I retire at 80, and take over some family land outside of Branson, I'm going to open a museum dedicated to American consumer innovation. It'll have fill-your-own Combos machines, a video tribute to Billy Mays and this Lincoln monster truck-amino limo, with nothing but Lee Greenwood on the stereo. » 10/25/11 10:00am 10/25/11 10:00am

COTD: That big machine is just a-pickin' up speed edition

This mashup of 1973's "Paper Moon" with Gillian Welch's "Hard Times" has been stuck in my brain for weeks now, spinning like the hood ornament Ryan O'Neal's character keeps on his Model A. Something about the song, the sight of old dust that looks new, and about choosing your reaction to what ails us all. » 10/21/11 5:00pm 10/21/11 5:00pm

How AutoTrader uses hot girls to sell cars

There's never been an appreciable audience for online video reviews of appliance cars. That hasn't stopped AutoTrader from making dozens of drowsy vids spiked with enough hot actresses and models to fill a Hummer limo. Because when the cars are boring, people will still check out the pretty faces, right? Right? Here's… » 10/20/11 3:30pm 10/20/11 3:30pm

How Fisker got $500 million in government loans for a fuel economy flop

When Fisker Automotive won heaps of praise from Vice President Joe Biden and a $529 million loan from the U.S. government, officials touted the Karma luxury sedan as getting up to 100 miles a gallon, going 50 miles on a full battery charge and offering "supercar" performance. None of those targets were met — but… » 10/20/11 12:00pm 10/20/11 12:00pm

COTD: A trip through Dirk Pitt's garage edition

Author Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt series doesn't just draw from Cussler's own imagination, but also his garage — a sprawling antique car collection that includes such notables as the ever-lustful Cadillac V-16. MaxxCravesTheOldGizmodo will never earn enough to buy even a Caddy V-16 badge off his Jalopnik comments,… » 10/19/11 5:00pm 10/19/11 5:00pm

Fisker finally gets EPA approval, sells first Karma

After years of delay, Fisker Auto has cleared one final hurdle with the achievement of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emissions approval, and the first cash for a Fisker Karma has traded hands. How much gas those wealthy Karma buyers will save is still a mystery, but not for much longer. UPDATE Mystery over. » 10/18/11 4:45pm 10/18/11 4:45pm