New Smart Design Sketches Show The Smart's Grown A Snout

The Mercedes-Benz Passion Blog (not a car-erotica site, sorry) has published a pair of pictures that show the look of the new Smart ForTwo, about a day before the car's official unveiling. It's a little more conventional, going to a two-box look, but it's also still the cheapest rear-engine car you can get in the US. » 7/15/14 1:34pm 7/15/14 1:34pm

The Inside Story Of The Stillborn Honda That Would Have Dominated F1

History records that Honda quit Formula 1 at the end of the 2008 season, but Japanese engineers continued to work in secret and were very advanced on a 2009 car design and beyond. Ultimately this secret R&D project lead to the firm creating a 2014 specification hybrid power unit which will be used by McLaren in 2015… » 7/07/14 3:00pm 7/07/14 3:00pm

The First Hybrid Racecar Was Amazing And Would Have Killed Us All

It's Independence Day, so I wanted to focus on something patriotic. And what's more patriotic than a prototype American race car named Patriot? Nothing, that's what. The Patriot was Chrysler's amazing early '90s experiment with flywheels and electric drivetrains. Too bad it would have killed us all. » 7/04/14 2:53pm 7/04/14 2:53pm

The AMC Cowboy Concept Is As American As An Eagle Eating A Hot Dog

Just take a moment and consider the full name of this car: the American Motors Corporation Cowboy. Just saying all those words together should materialize a waving flag behind you and cause an eagle to alight on your shoulder. Pretty amazing for an economy car trucklet that never happened. » 7/03/14 6:00pm 7/03/14 6:00pm

This Old Ford Concept Wagon Really Should Have Happened

We know that most concept cars are purely inspiration-fuel. There's no chance they're ever going to be built, unless we somehow morph into a society populated only by millionaires with daring taste and no luggage. But others are simply novel — and plausible — ideas. Like Ford's Aurora II wagon of 1969. » 7/02/14 9:00pm 7/02/14 9:00pm

Designer Makes Car Concept By Tapping Into My Brain

Well, I can't prove Eduardo Galvani used a secret mind-reading ray to tap into my desire-glands and figure out the sort of odd, van-like, cab-over vehicle I dream about, but it sure feels like it. His Nimbus concept is fantastic, I think, even if it is just a bunch of renderings with no chance in hell of being made. » 6/04/14 5:55pm 6/04/14 5:55pm