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Here's the Soviet Equivalent of the Car Chase from 'Bullitt'

When you think about Soviet cinema, I’m guessing you tend to picture ponderous WWII epics or maybe Solaris. What you probably aren’t imagining are wild car chases, but you’d be wrong! There were some pretty good car chases in Soviet movies, but the one I want to show you is this one from a cop movie called Petrovka 38…

Bugatti Says Its New Car Will Have a Body 'Which is Not Today on the Market' But What Could That Be? Bugatti Says Its New Car Will Have a Body 'Which is Not Today on the Market' But What Could That Be?

Bugatti, a maker of rapidly-moving motor carriages targeted at people who could also afford to buy, say, a locomotive if they so chose, revealed, via an interview with their president, Stephan Winkelmann, that an upcoming next Bugatti would have a body style that’s “is not today on the market.” What the hell could he…

Mercedes' Latest Experimental Safety Car Has a Little Robot Triangle, Among Other Things

Experimental Safety Cars were a big deal back in the 1970s, when most major manufacturers were building (usually) bright yellow, heavy-looking sedans with massive black rubber bumpers front and rear, all in an attempt to develop and showcase safety technology.

I'm Baffled By an Old Automotive Engineering Mystery and I Need Some Help I'm Baffled By an Old Automotive Engineering Mystery and I Need Some Help

I hope you’re ready to dive into some really timely content, getting to the bottom of an automotive design decision that hasn’t really been seen since, oh, 1930. But it’s one I’ve always been drawn to, and yet one I’m not sure I understand. It’s a design conceit usually called the coal scuttle bonnet, and it’s likely…

A Very Cool Old MG and I Will Be on TV Tonight A Very Cool Old MG and I Will Be on TV Tonight

Just in case your Friday night plans involve planting your ass on some sort of cushion and receiving audiovisual information from some manner of device with a screen and speakers, I have a suggestion for you: instead of watching exciting epics of superheroes or space travel or magic or dragons, why not watch me drone…

Happy Friday, pals! Time to get in your DKW and drive under the glorious rainbows of life! Also, I’d like to point out that DKW was the only carmaker I can think of to name their cars after mathematical impossibilities, like 3=6. I mean, I get they were saying their three-cylinder two-stroke was like a four-stroke…

Guy Who Blew $4,000 Lowering His Car Is Demanding His Town Pay Because He Can't Drive Over Speed Bumps to Get to Work Guy Who Blew $4,000 Lowering His Car Is Demanding His Town Pay Because He Can't Drive Over Speed Bumps to Get to Work

Have you ever had one of those moments where some embarrassing memory launches into your mind, unbidden and unwanted, and you spend several painful moments reliving your own shame and misery? I’m guessing that such moments may become common in Christopher Fitzgibbon’s future, and I’m guessing the moments he’ll…

The Missing Link Between Volkswagen and Porsche Is Up for Auction The Missing Link Between Volkswagen and Porsche Is Up for Auction

We all know that the first Porsche, the 356, was built in 1948, and largely derived from Volkswagen Type I (you know, the Beetle) designs and components. Ferdinand Porsche was, of course, the lead engineer in charge of developing the car that would become the Beetle, then known as the KdF (Strength-through-Joy) Wagen.…

Space Genius Ted Cruz Is Super Worried About Space Pirates Stealing our Space Booty Space Genius Ted Cruz Is Super Worried About Space Pirates Stealing our Space Booty

President Trump’s proposed Space Force has found new support from a fleshy sack of dogfood and charmlessness that wears a suit and calls itself “Ted Cruz.” This talking sack is the Senator from Texas, and has decided that we need to fund the proposed Space Force to protect us from space pirates. Yep. Pirates, in space.

America's 'Most Dangerous Car' Is Actually Pretty Damn Safe America's 'Most Dangerous Car' Is Actually Pretty Damn Safe

The automotive research firm iSeeCars.com released a study called “The Most Dangerous Cars in the U.S.” and as a result, a bunch of websites have been running articles with titles like Fatal Attraction: These Are The Deadliest Cars On The Road, which certainly has some nice life-or-death drama to it. Here’s the thing,…

Citroën's Weepy-Emoji Concept Is an Interesting Study of What You Get After Building Cars for a Century Citroën's Weepy-Emoji Concept Is an Interesting Study of What You Get After Building Cars for a Century

This year marks the centenary of Citroën, a company named after a guy named after a lemon that has proven to be one of the most consistently innovative and bold automakers for an entire century. The company was one of the pioneers of unibodies and front-wheel drive, developed novel suspension systems, had striking…

There’s something really satisfying about this diagram of a Winnebago D-24 Chieftain. It’s like the RV version of those linear spaceship diagrams you see on background screens all over the place in Star Trek shows, if the colors were inverted.

This Has to Be the Most Uselessly Obsolete Car-Related Thing You Can Own This Has to Be the Most Uselessly Obsolete Car-Related Thing You Can Own

Here’s a fun experiment: if you know what that car-shaped thing up there is, try to explain it to a nearby child. If you actually manage to convey the purpose of that thing and the surrounding context of technological development, society, and culture that made it a viable product, I’m guessing the child is regarding…

These Motorhome and RV Crash Tests Are Remarkably Terrible

I’ll be honest: as an owner of an RV, I can’t say I’m really all that surprised by these results. An RV is basically a flimsy mobile house with wheels and a driving cab and an engine, somewhere, and it’s filled with furniture and appliances and explosive canisters and all manner of things that don’t deal well in…

This Is Not A Mercedes-Benz This Is Not A Mercedes-Benz

The car market in China is currently the largest in the world, but that is a pretty recent development. What we know in the West about cars over there can be pretty murky, and this means that occasionally something really strange will bob to the surface. Something like the Bamin BM 2022A, for example.

Jeff Bezos' Lunar Lander Is a Modular Multipurpose Landing System Jeff Bezos' Lunar Lander Is a Modular Multipurpose Landing System

There are two well-known crazy rich guys building rockets right now, and while Elon Musk and SpaceX tend to get most of the attention—mostly because they are actually doing real things in space—Jeff Bezos and his company, Blue Origin, have been developing some interesting launch vehicles and other space hardware,…

I Wrote a Book About Our Robot Car Future I Wrote a Book About Our Robot Car Future

Friends! Pals! Fellow filthy car-obsessives! I have big news: I have written a book. Just as a refresher, a book is like a bunch of non-dynamic monochrome (in this case, and not the cover) web pages full of text, all bound together in a big sort of paper-sandwich that won’t electrocute you if you drop it in the tub.…

Here's Everything You Need to Know About Workhorse, the EV Truck Maker That May Buy the GM Lordstown Plant Here's Everything You Need to Know About Workhorse, the EV Truck Maker That May Buy the GM Lordstown Plant

This Wednesday, things went sort of nuts when President Trump tweeted that GM’s Lordstown Plant would be bought by Workhorse, a maker of electric trucks, even though the deal is by no means settled. Most of us don’t know that much about Workhorse, and collectively we seem to have killed their website trying to find…

Boring Cars Are Eyesores

That story about a man’s fight with his homeowner’s association over his patina’d truck was hardly the first time we’ve reported on a draconian HOA hating a cool car. These stories always play out the same way: someone lives in a neighborhood, someone has a car that doesn’t look like every other car out there, someone…

Remind me not to let these Morris owners plan a picnic. The ground looks wet and leafy and dirty, the blanket is way too small, and they seem to have just packed pears and whatever’s in that thermos. You guys suck at this. 

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