Porsche Engineer Explains Mysterious Third Pedal In Cayman GT4

The Porsche Cayman GT4 comes with what appears to be an additional foot pedal next to the ordinary gas and brake pedals. Not only that, there's sort of strange lever rising out between the seats. What are these mysterious features? Automotive journalist Chris Harris got to the bottom of the matter. » 3/09/15 1:15pm 3/09/15 1:15pm

Auto Shows Are A Chance To Run Into All The People You Talk Shit About

This year's Geneva show was one of contrition for your vertically challenged, vaguely brown UK correspondent. I had cause to come face-to-face with two people I felt wouldn't be too happy to see me. The first was the boss of Porsche's Weissach nerve-centre, Wolfgang Hatz, and the other was Christian Von Koenigsegg. » 3/06/15 3:29pm 3/06/15 3:29pm

Why Every Car Brand Is Obsessed With Building Every Kind Of Car

Watching eight-year-old boys play the game you lot insist on calling soccer is a peculiar pastime. As a spectator you are vaguely aware that the humanlings are governed by some sort of laws and rules, but it is hard to decipher what those are. Furthermore, despite each child being regularly reminded that they have a… » 2/27/15 2:32pm 2/27/15 2:32pm

How Auto Journalism Fails When Nationalism Gets Involved

There was an unspoken rule when I started doing this job back in the 90s – as a British journalist you were supposed to be kind in your reviews of British cars. The editor didn't follow you home one night and threaten you with a terrible death if you did happen to tell the audience that the latest Jaguar S-Type was in… » 2/20/15 2:05pm 2/20/15 2:05pm

On The Terrifying, Astounding Driving Skill Of Taxi Drivers

I can't tell you what type of Toyota it was, but it instinctively looked sub-Camry, and yet by the same token supra-Corolla. There are some funny looking cars in Dubai. Its confident arrival outside the hotel didn't jangle any internal-alarms, and I hopped in with high hopes for a relaxing, expedient journey. » 2/06/15 12:00pm 2/06/15 12:00pm

A Lot Of New Car Technology Is Just Marketing BS That Doesn't Work

The role of the critic has long been ridiculed and lambasted for all the obvious reasons – so few of those who chose to comment on anything motorized could ever produce something approaching the quality of that which they were criticizing. The motor car is perhaps the best example of this phenomenon – at its most… » 2/02/15 12:00pm 2/02/15 12:00pm

The Way Carmakers Reveal New Cars Is False, Idiotic And Nonsensical

I think his name was Hans Lehmann. He was the man for whom the dubious job description 'car scoop photographer' was invented, and his ability of snaffle out disguised prototypes as they performed pre-production testing on public roads was legendary. He must have made a small fortune in his pomp, and no one could deny… » 1/22/15 3:39pm 1/22/15 3:39pm

How Money Is (Not) Made In Auto Journalism

Do you work in an industry that is fundamentally broken? If you do, does it leave you unsettled because you don't know how best to react? That terrible self-pitying need to sit and moan with your colleagues about the desolation of the wider situation set against the exciting knowledge that now is the time you might… » 1/16/15 3:00pm 1/16/15 3:00pm

Everything That's Awful About The Detroit Auto Show

There is much confusion and misinformation surrounding the actual definition of the phrase 'pure-joy.' To many it is a pallid cliché constructed around what they perceive as being their perfect pastime – their moment of uncontaminated joy. But I can now de-bunk this nonsense, for 'pure-joy' is actually not a perfect… » 1/08/15 2:15pm 1/08/15 2:15pm

How Americans Can Simultaneously Build The Worst And Best Cars

The first time I rode in an American car I didn't know it was an American car, but I did know it seemed very different to my daddy's car. And my mummy's car. It was huge, and it sounded angry, and it didn't have a gearlever on the floor – in fact the gearlever didn't seem to be used much at all – and it felt kind of… » 12/11/14 1:10pm 12/11/14 1:10pm