NHTSA's Boss Doesn't Live In The Same Reality As Everyone Else

Over the past few months, members of Congress have pulled few punches when it comes to condemning General Motors executives in the wake of the ignition switch recall crisis. Today they aimed their ire at David Friedman, acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it was not pretty. » 9/16/14 7:30pm 58 minutes ago

Is There A Sedan That Looks Better Than The Hatchback Version?

I was cruising down the road when I saw a brand new Impreza sedan, it puzzled me. I thought, "Why would anyone take the sedan over the hatch? Do they really think it looks better?" Recently, you showed us cars that just look better as wagons, but could the reverse be true? » 9/16/14 7:01pm Today 7:01pm

The LA School District Has Grenade Launchers

In all the hullabaloo over the past few days about the San Diego School District's new MRAP, we missed the most wonderful news of all. Not only is the Los Angeles Unified School District getting an MRAP, too, they also casually disclosed that they've had three grenade launchers since 2001. » 9/16/14 6:24pm Today 6:24pm

The Goodwood Revival Was 2014's Best Car Event, Period

The Goodwood Revival is the best car event in the world, and I was lucky enough to be there. Next year, you should make the trip too to Sussex wearing something nice, because the cars, oh, the cars, are simply unreal. » 9/16/14 5:04pm Today 5:04pm

What It's Like To Drive A Lancia 037 Group B Street Car

Back in the '80s, you could enter just about any kind of purpose-built race car you wanted, so long as you also built some road-legal versions for the public, too. This is what it's like to run one of those homologations specials, the mighty Lancia 037. » 9/16/14 4:40pm Today 4:40pm

For God’s Sake, Take Off Your Dealer License Plate Frame

I'll tell you when I first realized that we have a serious problem. It was just a few days ago, when I came up behind a car in traffic with one of those enormous plastic license plate frames. Printed on top was the name of the dealer – something like "ANDERSON MOTORS." And on the bottom, in the same enormous font,… » 9/16/14 4:06pm Today 4:06pm

This Ridiculous Race Car Proves Even Clown Shoes Are Better With A V8

I'll be honest, I love German performance cars. It's something about their attention to detail and unrelenting power delivery that can't be beat. That is, until you slap a race-tuned American V8 powerplant in one, gut the interior, and paint it matte orange. Oh, and put it up for sale to us mere mortals. » 9/16/14 3:55pm Today 3:55pm

Now You Can Personalize Your Flying Experience With Just Your Phone

Just announced this morning at the 2014 Airline Passenger Experience Expo in Anaheim, California, Panasonic Avionics Corporation is introducing Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology to its in-flight entertainment systems. This means wallet-free on board purchases for flyers, plus benefits for airlines. » 9/16/14 3:34pm Today 3:34pm

What Does America's Auto Safety Regulator Actually Do?

Back when they hit General Motors with a record $35 million fine for not reporting the ignition switch defect, officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had stern words for automakers who hid problems and delayed recalls. The thing is, NHTSA was hardly blameless in both the GM scandal and the… » 9/16/14 3:18pm Today 3:18pm

Favorite Places to Drive: Tanner Foust

With two Red Bull Global Rallycross races stacked back-to-back in Los Angeles, we had to come up with two lists of favorite places to drive in the Los Angeles area. Yesterday we brought you Rhys "Mad Skills" Millen's list—today, we bring you the list of two-time series champion Tanner Foust. » 9/16/14 3:14pm Today 3:14pm

I Worked in a Car That's Longer Than My Studio and Pricier Than a House

I work from home. My home is a small apartment in San Francisco in a building that's been around since 1917, and my "office" is a butt's-width section of a used Ikea sofa I bought off Craigslist a few years back. I recently had the opportunity to spend a workday rolling around town in a brand new Bentley Mulsanne—a… » 9/16/14 3:08pm Today 3:08pm