Six Things John Z. DeLorean Did That Have Nothing To Do With That Car

Yesterday was John DeLorean's birthday. The man was a motoring icon for many reasons, though there's really only two things about him that anyone thinks of: cocaine and a certain time machine. I don't want to bring up the DMC-12 at all. Crap. I mean, not again. Let's focus on six other things DeLorean did. » 1/07/15 10:00am 1/07/15 10:00am

This Fascinating Stillborn VW Prototype Would Have Been Revolutionary

By the late '60s, VW was in a legitimate full-on panic about replacing the Beetle: somehow, they never really managed to figure this out. The Beetle was just selling too well for too long to worry until it was almost too late. Eventually, the Golf saved the day, but there was a brief moment where it looked like VW's… » 12/29/14 2:25pm 12/29/14 2:25pm

VW Invented First-Person Racing Video Games And They Don't Even Know It

You'd think the development of what is likely the first computerized driving simulator with actual computer-generated visuals would be a big deal. An achievement like that would have set the standard for not just simulators, but would have been the genesis of every first-person driving game since. Which is why it's so… » 12/18/14 12:00pm 12/18/14 12:00pm

The Time A Mercedes Took Porsches And Fear To Le Mans

In the seventies, coachbuilder Robert Smenk of Stuttgart created two transport trucks for Porsche. They were designed specifically for their long-tail Le Mans prototypes using a pair of 1968 Mercedes-Benz bus chassis. Today, one is back at Porsche, but its sister ended up in the US and gets driven regularly. » 12/17/14 1:53pm 12/17/14 1:53pm

Watch A 28.5L Fiat Start For The First Time In A Century And Be Afraid

When most people — especially in the US — think of Fiat, they picture small cars. Little tiny baubles with watch-like engines. That, of course, isn't remotely close to the truth. There was a time when Fiat built giants, like the Beast of Turin — a 28.5L racer designed to break a speed record. And it's just been fired… » 12/01/14 5:09pm 12/01/14 5:09pm