COTD: Evil Genius Racing Edition

Evil Genius Racing is a shop in West Sacramento that specializes in building Spec Miatas and has some fame for preparing a good number of LeMons racers. The evil genius himself, John Pagel, is worth a story or two. » 4/24/12 5:00pm 4/24/12 5:00pm

Rootes Group Stomps British Leyland In Dyno Challenge: 66 Horses At The…

You hear a lot of guys bragging about their cars' mighty power output, claiming 500 horses at the wheels and so on, but how many actually roll up to a real-world dynamometer test? Armand did! » 2/28/10 12:00pm 2/28/10 12:00pm

Can You Spot The Problem With This Corolla's Center Link?

There's much more to an engine swap than making the new engine fit under the hood. Say you're trying to drop a Ford 302 into an '82 Corolla, and the Toyota center link won't clear the new engine's oil pan… » 2/13/10 1:00pm 2/13/10 1:00pm

What's It Like Racing A $500 Porsche 928 Shooting Brake?

First thing you need to know: the Members Only Porsche 928 LeMons car isn't a factory shooting brake; the freaks at Evil Genius Racing made that engine-turned roof themselves. » 11/29/09 1:00pm 11/29/09 1:00pm

Which Would You Take: Lightweight Porsche 928 or LS1-Powered Mazda…

I visited the secret laboratories of Evil Genius Racing last week, to see what manner of madness they had cooking. While there, I encountered a couple of track-car projects that presented quite a dilemma. » 3/14/09 11:00am 3/14/09 11:00am

Freedom Of Information Act Request Reveals Existence Of Evil Genius…

We've been hearing hints that Evil Genius Racing is cooking up some sort of brain-meltingly ridiculous awesome machine for the Goin' For Broken 24 Hours Of LeMons race, to be held in Nevada in May… » 2/21/09 3:00pm 2/21/09 3:00pm

Evil Genius Racing To Take On 25 Hours Of Thunderhill

Even though Sacramento's Evil Genius Racing » 11/12/08 3:30pm 11/12/08 3:30pm might be best known around these parts for in the , owner John "Evil Genius" Pagel actually spends most of his time building race cars. You know, the kind that cost more than 500 bucks, go fast, and tend to hold together for long periods without any need for…

Because It's All About The Safety: The Volvo 244 Quadra-Bumper!

OK, fine, we know the official rules » 9/29/08 4:20pm 9/29/08 4:20pm state that "added structural elements which extend past the original bodywork line" aren't allowed in the 24 Hours Of LeMons, but how could be against this kind of Actually, that display is the result of a game of Volvo 240 Musical Chairs, in which you take one , the obtained to…

How About A Yugo For The 24 Hours Of LeMons?

When we were at Evil Genius Racing to get the cage put in the Black Metal V8olvo, we couldn't help but notice the bright red Yugo GV parked by the shop. Turns out the little Balkan pseudo-Fiat belongs to laboratory assistant and expert welder Evil Clint, who picked it up for next to nothing and is contemplating… » 3/10/08 3:00pm 3/10/08 3:00pm