1. Mar 5, 2013 4:33am

    This is the LaFerrari: A 950 HP Hybrid Hypercar.


    More info here: http://jalopnik.com/laferrari-is-this-it-451065608

     
  2. Feb 3, 2013 10:19pm

    The Paul Harvey Ram Ad was beautiful. 

     
  3. Feb 1, 2013 6:54am

    bmwusa:

    Let’s help a young car enthusiast see his idea come to life. In this Jalopnik article, 4-year-old Eli concepts his dream car with the help of his Uncle. One of Eli’s stipulations? It has to be a BMW. Use Eli’s specs and show us your interpretation of this one-of-a-kind car. And don’t worry, we’re sketching one too. http://awe.sm/rcKA

     
  4. Jan 11, 2013 1:32pm

    Speed"Occasionally, after a day immersed in reading about cars, writing about cars, driving in cars, sobbing in cars so no one can see my shame, and generally having my brain defined by cars, I’ll have to step back and remind myself just why we even have cars at all. To get our asses and our information from one point to another."


    Find the full article here.

     
  5. Nov 13, 2012 3:22pm

    How To Watch An F1 Race If You’re A Clueless American

    Formula One, the world’s premiere motorsport, is returning to the United States this weekend after a five year absence. Watching F1 is different than watching any other form of motorsport. It’s faster. It’s technical-er. And to the outsider, it’s boring-er. It doesn’t have to be this way. F1 can be absolutely incredible to watch if you know what you’re doing. Here’s are a few simple tips on how to enjoy the first United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas this Sunday if you’re like the potentially large number of American viewers who will suddenly want to pretend that they’re F1 experts. 


    Prologue: What is Formula 1?

    Many of you may be tuning in to an F1 race for the first time with this USGP and have no idea what F1 is. In short, it started in 1950 and is the premier form of motorsports in the world. The F1 circus is comprised of 12 teams, each with two cars. The teams build their own cars and get engines from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Renault, or Cosworth. Budgets for the teams can reach and exceed $500 million per year as they work to beat everyone else. Teams travel the globe from March until November on a 20-race odyssey that includes locales like Italy, Germany, Bahrain, Japan, and Monaco. All along, the teams are vying for two major championships: One for the driver and one for the team. The champions not only earn bragging rights, they get millions of dollars and a place in the history books.


    1. Don’t expect NASCAR

    Worldwide, F1 is the most popular form of motorsports. In America, it isn’t close. That’s NASCAR’s domain. If you come into F1 with the mindset that you’re going to be watching cars bumping and banging into each other for three hours, you got another thing coming. Crashes do happen, and yes, there is wheel-to-wheel action, but there won’t be crashes every eight laps or ‘green, white, checkered’ finishes. What it is about is precision and strategy. Just because there are no passes on the track doesn’t mean there isn’t a ton of action going on. It’s a different sort of action. Just watching the leader set incredible lap times that can’t be matched by anyone else is amazing in itself.


    2. Pick your driver

    If this is your first race, chances are you have no idea who these drivers are, and they have names that scare and possibly confuse you. A great way to have a vested interest in the race is to pick a driver. It gives you someone to root for and follow the entire time. The best part is that battles occur throughout the field, so if you pick a mid-pack driver, you aren’t necessarily going to be bored out of your gourd for 2 hours. I typically try and follow three drivers in a race: Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, and Kamui Kobayashi.


    3. Learn the intricacies

    F1 has a few little idiosyncrasies that every viewer needs to learn. First, F1 has a little device called KERS, or the “Kinetic Energy Recovery System.” The system stores energy lost during braking in either batteries or a mechanical flywheel (No teams currently use the flywheel due to packaging issues). The driver can then activate the system to have an 80 horsepower boost for nearly seven seconds per lap. Another system, DRS, or “Drag Reduction System,” was implemented to aid passing. If a driver is within one second of the car in front of him on certain parts of the track, a flap in the wing can be opened. This reduces wind resistance and increases top speed, which makes passing easier. Finally, F1 cars don’t refuel, so pit stops are ludicrously fast. Like four tires changed in 2.3 seconds fast.


    4. Get on Twitter

    This is a newer development, but one that I find adds a lot to a race. Behind the scenes access to F1 teams used to be hard to come by, but now Twitter has opened everything up. Teams will tweet when they’re pitting, interesting tid bits on strategy, weather forecasts, tire choices, and more. While the commentary teams on TV do a pretty good job keeping you up to speed, they cannot get the tiniest little nuances. Hearing commentary from team personnel straight from pit wall adds a whole new dimension to the race coverage. As a starter, follow a couple teams that pique your interest on Twitter. If you’re more interested, there are some great insiders to follow. Caterham Technical Director Mike Gascoyne is a good source of info as are Will Buxton from SPEED’s F1 team and journalist Ian Parkes. Part of the fun is also discovering your own insiders to follow and getting the right mix of commentary and humor. Experiment with it.


    5. Get your seat set

    Make sure you have some snacks, since an F1 race is a two-hour ordeal from flag to flag. I like to set up a “command center” that typically involves coffee, my laptop, the remote, and some sort of snack. Since F1 start times are usually in the morning, a breakfast treat is my normal fare for watching a race.


    6: Turn on the TV

    You knew that, right? Put on SPEED if you’re in the US, since that’s the only place to watch the races until next year.


    7. Settle in for the race

    You’ve chosen a driver, you’ve gotten on the Twitter, and you’ve learned about the little bits of the racing. Now what you need to do is watch. The race will begin with a standing start. I suggest turning up the volume as loud as it’ll go because F1 cars sound unbe-freaking-lievable. After that I can guarantee you that anyone will find the race exciting for at least the first few laps, as the field is close together. But then they typically start to string out. And that’s ok! That just means there are different strategies playing out. You get to start guessing at what someone might be up to. Do they have a problem? Are they conserving tires? How many pit stops are they making? It’s like a game of chess, except a really exciting one at 200 MPH. Also pay close attention to the precision of the driving. I find how the drivers reel off perfect lap after perfect lap for two hours mesmerizing and quite incredible. These are the best drivers in the world at the top of their game. Like any sport, just watching an athlete in their prime is an experience in itself. It’s no different in F1, except they are matching the incredible skill in the cockpit with some of the most advanced tech to ever hit the road. What are your tips for getting the most out of an F1 race?

    Photo Credit: Getty Images, Shutterstock, AP

     
  6. Nov 9, 2012 10:04am

    Remote-controlled helicopters make desert racing look just like Ivan “Ironman” Stewart’s Super Off Road. Rad, dude!

     
  7. Nov 9, 2012 9:13am

    3,000 pounds of freshly-revealed Mercedes SLS AMG Black and 400 pounds of motor. Nice. 

     
  8. Nov 4, 2012 6:01pm

    The One Where Jeremy Clarkson Straps Rocket Launchers To A Porsche 944 Turbo

    Welcome to Sunday Matinee, where we highlight classic car reviews or other longer videos I find on YouTube. Kick back and enjoy this blast from the past. 

    There’s no need to make a fancy headline for this story. What we have here is a clip from Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s 2008 DVD “Thriller” where he straps homemade rocket launchers to the sides of a Porsche 944 Turbo and drives around blowing shit up.

    That should be all you need to read before you start watching. 

    If I were to make a list called “Great sports cars I want to buy for cheap but would deeply regret later,” the 944 would be somewhere near the top. It has a potent four-cylinder turbo engine, a Porsche badge, and looks that hold up pretty well today. As for long-term reliability, well… that’s another story. 

    Mechanical issues aside, the 944 is the ideal car for experiments with illegal homemade projectile explosives. Watch as Clarkson uses the devices to take out traffic cameras, a police SUV, and even a bus. I’m pretty sure that last one was a staged explosion, but I won’t argue because it looked so awesome.

    And because I love you guys, I went ahead and posted the entire “Thriller” movie, not just this clip. Enjoy yourselves! 

    Tell us — what car would you strap a rocket launcher to, and what would you blow up?

     
  9. Nov 4, 2012 5:15pm

    No, Nissan, Having A CVT Will Not Improve Your Sex Life


    In their new ad campaign for the redesigned 2013 Sentra, Nissan focuses on all the ways the car’s features will improve your game with the ladies. We’re going to have to call out one of the ads today because it just doesn’t pass the truth test.

    The campaign focuses on an ordinary-looking, clumsy, awkward schlub and his attempts to date a woman who looks like she could be a model. (Realistic, right?) This guy’s not very smooth, so Nissan advises he put some extra smooth in his life by getting the new Sentra with the continuously variable transmission.

    I’m just gonna say it straight up: A CVT will not improve your dating life.  

    We recently reviewed the Sentra (I’d love to dig it up but it’s in server hell with the rest of Jalopnik) and while we gave it high marks overall, it lost a bunch of points because its transmission was so hugely disappointing.

    My girlfriend owns a 2007 Sentra with a CVT, which means I have to drive it from time to time. I can personally tell you that attempting to coax anything close to meaningful acceleration out of that car is like trying to teach a puppy to do long division. It’s ultimately pointless.

    So fellas, why would a CVT help your game? Don’t you think the ladies would be much more impressed if you opted for the Sentra’s available six-speed manual gearbox?

    Shifting your own gears shows her you’re a man with incredible skills who knows what he’s doing behind the wheel. A man to be taken seriously. And what if your date can drive stick herself? You think she’ll be impressed by the lame-ass CVT?

    This goes for the ladies too. I find a woman who can drive stick to be incredibly sexy, and I think most of you would agree. It shows she’s independent, can handle a car just fine, takes care of herself and pays attention when she drives. All of those things are great qualities in a mate. (My lovely Sentra-driving girlfriend has since learned to hoon my five-speed manual WRX as well as anybody, in case you’re wondering.)

    So if you’re looking to buy the new Sentra — a perfectly fine small car — do yourself a favor and get the stick. Your sex life will thank you. 

     
  10. Nov 4, 2012 4:30pm

    How Much Would You Pay For Paul McCartney’s Sweet Aston Martin DB5?

    We brought you some celebrity car news earlier today with Bristol Palin’s Dodge Challenger apparently being for sale, but this piece of news offers a much higher quality of both car and celebrity.

    It seems that Paul McCartney’s sexy navy blue 1964 Aston Martin DB5 recently sold for auction in London for £307,000, which is about $490,000 in ‘Murrican money, according to this report in CarsUK.net. It’s a great time to unload such a car, considering the fact that the original DB5 is apparently making a comeback in the new 007 film “Skyfall.”

    Of course, McCartney’s former whip is loaded with all the accoutrements you’d expect from one of the world’s biggest rock stars. It has a leather interior with music notes stitched in, a Motorola radio and a built-in record player that could spin 45s. (I wonder why in-car vinyl hasn’t made a comeback, especially among the hipster crowd.)

    This Aston’s pretty hot. How much would you pay for one? 

    Photo credit CarsUK.net 

    H/T Autoblog

     
  11. Nov 4, 2012 3:10pm

    Used Car Face Off: Safari-Mobile Or Luxobarge, Which Rover Is Right For You?


    Welcome to Used Car Face Off, where we find two similar or similarly priced used cars and ask you which one you would buy. Choose wisely!

    You never know when you’re actually going to need a 4x4. I tend to mock people who buy something four-wheel drive with locking diffs and crap like that just to go to Whole Foods. But after seeing what Sandy did to the East Coast, New Jersey in particular, all of those people who’ve never used low-range gearing before might actually find it useful. If their Range Rover hasn’t been submerged already.

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  12. Nov 4, 2012 2:01pm

    Need A Gas Station In Jersey? Check Out This Map Made By Kids


    Have no fear, gas-seeking people of New Jersey. Your high school students have come to your rescue. Check out this map they put together of stations that still offer fuel and ones that are sold out.

    According to the Huffington Post, IMSOCIO, run by Franklin High School in New Brunswick, launched this map Wednesday because their students thought New Jersey drivers needed a way to find out if gas stations were open and if there was any gas in people’s neighborhoods following the shortages and power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy.

    From their website, IMSOCIO “is an organization working with high school students to help them achieve success before, during, and after college.”

    And getting them involved in mapping because, let’s face it, maps are cool. And it’s a double bonus when they’re useful, too.

    How is the gas situation for everyone in New Jersey this Saturday?

    -Zac Estrada

     
  13. Nov 4, 2012 12:30pm

    This Saab Is The Most Obscure James Bond Car Of All Time


    Want to go for the most obscure James Bond car? It isn’t the Toyota 2000GT that they specially turned into a convertible so Sean Connery could fit. But it is a car that, deep down, I know everyone likes.

    The Saab 900 Turbo was never actually in a Bond film, but 007’s car in the John Gardner James Bond novels starting with License Renewed.

    A Saab sounds like a strange choice from a man you picture to drive an Aston Martin DB5. It’s sort of on the Lotus Esprit-side of eccentricity. But unlike an Aston or even a Lotus, a Saab isn’t going to attract unwanted attention. Exactly what a spy needs.

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  14. Nov 4, 2012 11:01am

    Wanna Buy Bristol Palin’s Dodge Challenger?

    Apparently, Bristol Palin’s car is for sale. And on Craigslist of all places.

    This post in Phoenix describes what must be Sarah Palin’s daughter’s white 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T for sale, also with a picture of Bristol’s son.

    As far as the car, it has 14,000 miles and the five-speed auto and looks pretty stock and in good condition. Credit the statement it’s kept in an air conditioned garage to stop the Arizona heat from melting the car. But why is it on Alaskan plates, then?

    If you have any doubts that this is in fact Bristol’s muscle car of choice, look no further than the Internet’s leading investigative journalist, Perez Hilton. He says it’s legit.

    So Bristol wants $27,500 for her two-year-old Challenger. KBB says a basic 2010 Challenger R/T with this mileage should go for about $24,000 in good condition and $25,000 in excellent condition.

    Unless star power from someone who had a low-rated Lifetime reality series or was a Dancing with the Stars contestant means something to you, maybe you can haggle Bristol down a little.

    -Zac Estrada

     
  15. Nov 4, 2012 10:01am

    If This Foot Race Is Any Indicator, Traffic At Austin’s F1 Race Will Be Obscene

    On Saturday, about 5,000 runners made a go of the Circuit of the Americas racetrack southeast of Austin for the first ever Formula Run race. (Yes, people in Austin do that kind of thing.) I’m no runner myself, but considering the elevation changes at that track, this was probably a lot of fun as well as one hell of a workout.

    But that’s not the story here today. The story is that if this foot race is any indicator at all, traffic for the U.S. Grand Prix the weekend of Nov. 16 will be a massive, massive clusterfuck. 

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