Weekend Motorsports Roundup, August 23-24, 2014

Welcome to the Jalopnik Weekend Motorsports Roundup, where we let you know what's going on in the world of racing, where you can see it, and where you can talk about it all in one convenient place. Where else would you want to spend your weekend? » 8/23/14 12:00am 54 minutes ago

Chinese Su-27 Fighter Jet Did A Barrel Roll Over A USN P-8

The intercept news just keeps coming. This time the encounter happened about 135 miles east of Hainan Island, and involved the Navy's new P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol aircraft and a pair of Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force Su-27 Flankers. » 8/22/14 8:22pm Yesterday 8:22pm

​Struggling Supercar Maker So Desperate It Turns To Kickstarter

Anyone with the cojones to launch a new car in this day and age has our utmost respect. It's a fool's errand, but we'll give them points for gumption. But crowdsourcing a supercar that's ran out of development cash? That just reeks of desperation. » 8/22/14 8:00pm Yesterday 8:00pm

20 minutes in heaven: Sam Smith, Laguna Seca, and an Alpina 2002ti.

At the Monterey Historics, BMW handed Sam Smith the key (yes, it starts with a key) to its freshly restored 1970 Alpina 2002ti race car. It's a former Alpina works racer that was later campaigned by Vasek Polak in the SCCA 2.5-liter Trans-Am. » 8/22/14 7:57pm Yesterday 7:57pm

How Ford's New Cobra-Head Shaped Exhaust Helps Make Heaps Of Power

The 6.7 Power Stroke engine in the 2015 Ford F-250, F-350, and F-450 picks up a massive 40 horsepower and 60 lb-ft of torque thanks largely to a exhaust design that happens to look like a scary snake. » 8/22/14 7:28pm Yesterday 7:28pm

Is This A Real Prototype Jeep Pickup, Or Just A Home-Made One-Off?

A reader spotted this single-cab Jeep Wrangler JK pickup truck with manufacturer plates in the Detroit area this morning. It's probably a product of the aftermarket, but maybe, just maybe, a Chrysler employee is field testing the very thing many of us have been dreaming of for ages: a modern, factory, Wrangler pickup. » 8/22/14 6:28pm Yesterday 6:28pm

What Would You Buy With $544,000 In Stripper Money?

Let's say you were offered a contract to shake your money maker, sans clothes for over a half-million dollars. I know many of you already have a list of vehicles to buy with that kind of cash. Teen Mom, Farrah Abraham has such a contract and just bought herself a Mercedes E63 AMG. » 8/22/14 5:49pm Yesterday 5:49pm

Obscure Air-Cooled VW Fetish Friday: The Country Buggy!

In my continual quest to make every obscure, low-volume air-cooled VW known to all my beloved readers, I'm excited to present you one of my favorite spawns of the Beetle: The Australian Country Buggy. This thing was the Thing before the Thing was a thing. I'll explain. » 8/22/14 5:30pm Yesterday 5:30pm

​Jim Glickenhaus' SCG 003 Will Be Powered By A Twin-Turbo Honda V6

It's no secret that the relationship between Jim Glickenhaus and Ferrari has been a bit, um, strained. So when Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus announced plans to build its first ground-up hypercar, there were questions about what engine would be stuffed in the middle. Now we know. » 8/22/14 4:30pm Yesterday 4:30pm

​The Mexican Car Market Is The Best Car Market in The World

Americans Complain about the lack of small city cars, wagons, and a superior array of features that the Europeans get. Europeans don't really need muscle cars, Body on frame SUVs, or dually pickup trucks, but every time they are in America they cant help to feel a little surprise and delight when they see them.… » 8/22/14 3:39pm Yesterday 3:39pm

Farrah Abraham's Strip Club Contract Just Bought Her a $100,000 Car

Former Teen Mom Farrah Abraham, fresh from landing what she claims is a $544,000 contract to dance at an Austin, Tex. strip club, has wisely reinvested the money in her burgeoning frozen yogurt business. Just kidding: She bought a very expensive new car. » 8/22/14 3:32pm Yesterday 3:32pm

Are There Great Driving Roads In South Africa?

When you think "great driving roads" you probably think of European roads like mountain passes in the Alps, or the scenic roads of Majorca, or even America's own Tail off the Dragon. South Africa probably doesn't spring to mind, but perhaps it should. » 8/22/14 3:20pm Yesterday 3:20pm

Are 'Pain Ray' Cannons The Next Must Have Toy For Commando Cops?

A decade ago, the Active Denial System was lauded as America's less-than-lethal 'holy grail' that could control hoards of unruly Iraqis and Afghans at great distances. Well, that never happened. Now, America's experimental 'pain ray' has become smaller and cheaper, and it may be coming to a police force near you. » 8/22/14 3:00pm Yesterday 3:00pm

Add a New Backup Camera, $1 Shop Towels, Keychain Multitool [Deals]

I just bought a car with a rear view camera, and it's amazing. If you don't mind installing it yourself, you can add your own to any car for $13 today. The major caveat is that you'll need your own screen, but this is definitely a good place to start. [ Esky Waterproof NTSC Universal Car Rearview License Plate… » 8/22/14 1:45pm Yesterday 1:45pm