What Kind Of Idiot Races For 24 Hours Straight?

At the 24-hours of Le Mans, in 1952, a driver by the name of Pierre Levegh drove for 23 straight hours — even though the team had a driver who could have replaced him — such was the tenacity of this gutsy French racer. When it appeared that victory was all but assured, a fatigue-induced, clumsy gearshift caused his… » 9/04/12 4:00pm 9/04/12 4:00pm

How To Adjust Your Driving For Rear-Wheel, Front-Wheel, And…

If you can morph into the chameleon of racecar drivers, chances are you will be successful in whatever you decide to drive. And that's good, because as Ricky Bobby said, "if you ain't first, you're last." The obvious question is how your driving should differ based on the car's configuration. Honestly, it's simple… » 8/21/12 4:00pm 8/21/12 4:00pm

Why A Rental Car Is The Fastest Car You'll Ever Have

The next race of the season was taking place at Sebring Raceway in Florida. It was five in the morning. I brushed my teeth and readied myself for a big day on track. But when you are staying in a hotel full of race team members — all driving rental cars — the battle to the racetrack can sometimes be fiercer than the… » 8/15/12 2:00pm 8/15/12 2:00pm

Why You Must Ignore The Nerds If You Want To Drive Fast

Many amateur racers spend years discussing slip angles and cornering forces, thinking it makes them sound like really, really fast drivers. They proclaim daft statements like, "to truly perfect turn five you must determine the corner radius and lateral load produced, factoring in the desired 12 degrees of slip angle…"… » 7/31/12 4:00pm 7/31/12 4:00pm

Subaru XV Crosstrek: The Jalopnik Review

Subaru says the buyer of its all-new XV Crosstrek will be relatively young, maybe have a few small children, enjoy hiking, biking, racing triathlons and partake in a multitude of outdoor adventures. A buyer fitting this demographic will be looking for a practical car that presents a cool, hip appearance and is a hoot… » 7/16/12 12:00pm 7/16/12 12:00pm

Braking, Steering and Throttle Techniques

We've mastered the racing line, but now we need to understand the techniques necessary to operate a car at its limits. This is the aspect that turns you from a wannabe racer, that is regularly ridiculed by all your competitors in the local autocross, to the guy standing atop of the podium, swigging the urine-tasting… » 6/26/12 2:00pm 6/26/12 2:00pm