Why Is Jaguar Chief Designer Ian Callum Laughing Like A Madman?

We know that Ian Callum is one of the most respected, successful car designers of our time. When we find him cackling in front of a Jaguar F-Type at the LA Auto Show yesterday, though, it's our responsibility to find out what's so funny . » 11/29/12 1:30pm 11/29/12 1:30pm

Check Out The Stripped-Down Vintage Porsche Built By Bugatti’s Head of…

You'd think that the head of design at Bugatti would have some kind of über complex hypercar as personal ride. Nope, it's a back-to-basics Porsche 911, one of the cleanest builds we've ever seen. » 11/21/12 3:30pm 11/21/12 3:30pm

How Much Styling Is Too Much Styling?

Today we got to play around with views of the Jaguar F-Type, and everyone was very happy with the stylish new Brit. We also got to look at a different car that took a different approach to luxury styling. » 10/01/12 5:00pm 10/01/12 5:00pm

Meet The Secret Designers Behind BMW and VW’s Massive Success

A lot of the greatest car designers are kept far from the public eye. Now you get to meet two of the most out-there innovators working today, responsible in part for why all of your friends want to drive BMW and Volkswagens. » 9/05/12 5:30pm 9/05/12 5:30pm

Is Apple To Blame For All Those Damn White Cars?

Yesterday, BMW Designworks' lead designer in color, materials and finish Sandy McGill told Motoramic that Apple is responsible for making white the most popular car color. » 8/30/12 5:30pm 8/30/12 5:30pm

Photoshop Reveals How All Modern Cars Look The Same

If you've ever thought that new cars all look the same, here's proof. Swap the grills between two different makes (like between a Kia and a BMW) and it's hard to tell which design looks more appropriate. » 8/28/12 12:00pm 8/28/12 12:00pm

The Guy Who Designed the Datsun 240Z Also Designed This Fascinating…

Jonathan Ive thinks he's hot feces because he designs sleek laptops that get widely copied and accoladed and all that. That's great for you, Jonny. But you know what he's never done? Designed an iconic car. Not even once. » 7/26/12 3:00pm 7/26/12 3:00pm

The Ten Greatest Car Designers Working Today

Who is designing the next great automotive masterpiece? It will probably be one of these ten current car designers picked by Jalopnik readers. They're the ones who are working to make your next car look absolutely gorgeous. » 7/05/12 11:00am 7/05/12 11:00am

Watch 63 Years Of F1 Evolution In 60 Seconds

It's hard to keep track of all the changes in grand prix car design since Formula One began in 1950. This minute-long video tracing the lines of each year's cars makes the whole history seem so simple, and so very beautiful. » 7/03/12 1:30pm 7/03/12 1:30pm

If Sports Cars Are Naked Women, Are Trucks Naked Men?

As I sift through teaser photos of the 2013 SRT Viper looking for clues before its debut this week, I'm reminded of the words of Chrysler's Ralph Gillies who compared it to "a naked woman on the beach" — mostly because Bloomberg mentioned the nude woman thing in one of their headlines again. Those traffic whores. (… » 4/03/12 10:30am 4/03/12 10:30am

The New Ferrari Looks Like A Uterus

When looking at the back end of the new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta we were struck with the belief that it looked like... well, something. But we couldn't quite place our finger on it. Until our good friend at IEDEI finally put his finger on it. » 3/09/12 6:00pm 3/09/12 6:00pm

The End And The Return Of Ferrari’s Archways of Aerodynamics

When Ferrari introduced the 599 GTB at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show, they introduced with it a graceful and elegant piece of aerodynamics: Gothic flying buttresses for C-pillars. They are gone on the F12 Berlinetta, the 599’s just-unveiled successor, but Honda is here to pick up the slack with the NSX. » 3/09/12 9:01am 3/09/12 9:01am

When Automotive Plastic Surgery Goes Wrong

Aggressive plastic surgery to give one the appearance of youth often ends up looking just wrong. Like what you would get if you texted an alien instructions on what a pretty young person would look like. The elements are there– smooth, unwrinkled skin, prominent cheekbones, full lips– but the end result is usually… » 2/22/12 4:00pm 2/22/12 4:00pm

An Insanely Intense Look At The World’s Cheapest Car

Like lots of car guys, I have a very specific weakness for one particular class of automobile. For many, that weakness is for fast, powerful, luxurious, high-end exotics; for me, as a side effect of a condition known medically as "being a bit of a moron," it's cars at the extreme low end of the spectrum. » 2/03/12 3:00pm 2/03/12 3:00pm

The Bullshit Of Badges

I think there's been some sort of unspoken, secret agreement between car designers and automotive engineers where designers get all the celebrity and coffee table books about them, as long as they leave space on the cars to stick badges explaining all the technical stuff the engineers worked so hard for. Maybe there's… » 1/23/12 3:00pm 1/23/12 3:00pm

When Gordon Murray failed

The man who designed some of the wildest and most successful Formula One cars of all time, as well as the McLaren F1, is indeed something of a prophet of clever aerodynamics. But when this picture was taken, at the 1986 Spanish Grand Prix, Murray’s latest radical design sucked big time. It was also the way to the… » 11/18/11 4:30pm 11/18/11 4:30pm

American cars just aren't French enough

I'm no Francophile. I like certain French directors and adore certain French women. I can't stand French hip hop but I'll be damned if I don't love a French car. The stranger the better. And most French cars are weird in a way that American cars should be. » 10/10/11 2:00pm 10/10/11 2:00pm

Colin Chapman’s simple and chilling definition of a Formula One race car

To see the most interesting document at the Frankfurt Motor Show, one had to get a particular stool at Lotus then not sit down on it. Beneath a layer of glass was a page from Colin Chapman’s notebook from the summer of 1975 which contains many of his iconic quotes about Formula One cars. Some are simple, some are… » 9/16/11 1:30pm 9/16/11 1:30pm

The future of Chinese car design

China may be the world's fastest-growing automotive market, but so far homegrown Chinese car design has proven unimaginative at best. The generic econoboxes and clones of aging Audis are the result of years of knock-down kits, alliances with Western automakers and an automotive market where few ordinary Chinese could… » 8/03/11 12:00pm 8/03/11 12:00pm

This is probably the ugliest McLaren ever

The silly theory that the beauty of a race car correlates with its performance on track is sometimes true—witness the McLaren MP4/4—but is also often not true. Mercedes’s rather pretty 2011 F1 car, the MGP W02, has not reached the podium in nine races, and even a lone race win for them this season would require 1996… » 7/13/11 9:30am 7/13/11 9:30am