Driving the 2008 Audi R8, Part One

Those of you following closely may have noticed Ray is maybe a tiny bit obsessed with the Audi R8. We can't be sure, but this could be the first sign of a developing mental illness. It could be R8itis, or Ray Wert's Disease, as we're sure it's soon to become known. Not wanting to tip him over the edge into a complete… » 9/04/07 12:00pm 9/04/07 12:00pm

Driving the 2008 Viper SRT10, Part Three

I grew up in England, a speeder's paradise. It might not have had Germany's famed autobahn, Switzerland's dramatic mountains or Spain's impossibly smooth tarmac. What it does have is a populace largely confined to urban areas, a police force with a reasonable concept of safe driving and a seemingly infinite amount of… » 8/29/07 12:45pm 8/29/07 12:45pm

Driving the 2008 Viper SRT10, Part Two

There's one constant rule governing my life. As soon as I'm good enough at something to become confident, I crash spectacularly. The 2008 Viper's not a particularly uncomfortable car, but driving it on the track at Virginia International Raceway today I'm in misery. Out of every corner, the fearsome acceleration… » 8/28/07 12:00pm 8/28/07 12:00pm

Driving the 2008 Viper SRT10

The new Dodge Viper is best summed up by a pair of Oakleys. You see, at every launch the manufacturer gives attending journalists a gift, something to remember the trip by, some trinket to give their kids when they get home. Those without kids put them straight up on eBay and earn enough for an extra martini or two.… » 8/27/07 1:00pm 8/27/07 1:00pm

Hunchbacked Contender: The Weber SportsCar

The Bugatti Veyron made us question just how far we could go in the pursuit of pure speed, just how much we'd sacrifice in terms of looks, style, and low speed fun for a car that would outrun a cruise missile. As it turned out, the bar went pretty high. But Weber Engineering might have pushed things beyond the… » 6/27/07 12:00pm 6/27/07 12:00pm

Pagani Zonda: Say Goodbye to an Instant Classic

A few months back at Top Marques Monaco, I heard some slightly distressing news. Not only would there not be a Pagani Zonda F Roadster available to drive for the foreseeable future, but they also had just five left for sale. And that will be the end of the Zonda, one of the few supercar success stories in recent… » 6/18/07 2:35pm 6/18/07 2:35pm

Facing Germany's Speed Police in a 910-hp Porsche

Germany is the land of the free when it comes to driving — one endless, luscious, bouncy ribbon of delimited highways. If one could find a 300-mph car, one could drive at 300mph; that's the glossy image projected around the world. But Germany's relationship to highway speed is changing. Already the road to glory is… » 5/24/07 3:00pm 5/24/07 3:00pm

Car Hack's Notebook: Top of the Top Marques

This past week took me to Top Marques in Monaco, the ostentatious home of pure money yet consistent proof money does not buy class. Monaco is populated by rich, orange women well into their 50s who still believe they can carry off miniskirts. But it is also home to the world's most glamorous car show, with passenger… » 4/30/07 2:00pm 4/30/07 2:00pm

Car Hack's Notebook: The Dakar

Last month, St phane Peterhansel, Cyril Despres and Hans Stacey cemented their status as legends with victory in arguably the scariest, most hardcore event in the world, and yet their wins on an event simply known as The Dakar barely registered a blip on the news. When a ChampCar driver next complains about a bump in… » 2/13/07 1:00pm 2/13/07 1:00pm

Car Hack's Notebook: Driving the Jaguar XKR for Fun and Profit

This week's task involved chasing a big black cat in a big black cat, in one of those painfully tenuous story hooks where I took the Jaguar XKR on a futile hunt for the Beast of Bodmin Moor. » 2/05/07 1:12pm 2/05/07 1:12pm

Car Hack's Notebook: Tomorrow's Classic, Today

My dad's love of classics always bemused me as a child. This was a time of radical leaps in horsepower, performance, styling, every facet of car design, and he was buried in some edition of Pipe Smokers and Classic Jaguar Lovers monthly, with a free anorak with every subscription. He clearly knew nothing... » 12/20/06 12:30pm 12/20/06 12:30pm

Car Hack's Notebook: Reporting from the Essen Show, Day Three

Most people would be more than satisfied with the fast-as-amphetamines Porsche Carrera GT, which is famous for knife-edge handling and a capacity to test even the best driver. But apparently not everyone is so easily pleased, as Gemballa has now seen fit to strap two turbochargers to the Carrera's engine to create… » 12/06/06 2:14pm 12/06/06 2:14pm

Car Hack's Notebook: Learning from the Tuner Porsche Cayman

Alongside occasional trips to the temples of the automotive world like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Pagani, it is one of my dirty pleasures to tour the German tuning scene whenever I get the chance. Some hacks look down at anything that doesn't come with a bought-and-paid-for test drive in Southern Spain. But for me, the… » 11/15/06 2:39pm 11/15/06 2:39pm