Local Motors Rally Fighter: Driven

Driven by Ezra Dyer for Popular Mechanics, the Local Motors Rally Fighter ate up a 40-mile trail outside Phoenix in just three hours. The usual time for 4x4s? Eight. Nice. Wanna know more? You'll need to buy the magazine. [PopMech] » 12/21/10 12:00pm 12/21/10 12:00pm

Peek Inside The Mythbusters' "829" Porsche Experiment

Jalopnik commenter Scoutch has a day job many of us might try for free: Building stuff in the labs of Mythbusters. Check out his take on what's it like to drive a Porsche 928 with its body bolted on backwards. » 11/05/10 2:30pm 11/05/10 2:30pm

Mythbusters Tests The Porsche 928's Aerodynamics... In Reverse

The Mythbusters crew and Popular Mechanics will test later this month the old claim that the Porsche 928 could go faster if driven backwards. To do so, they flipped a 928's body to face the wrong direction. » 11/03/10 3:30pm 11/03/10 3:30pm

NASCAR: Born From Cheaters

Oh my goodness, the National Association Of Stock Car Auto Racing (as opposed to the national association of stock car boat racing) is full of cheaters! Stone-cold cheatin' to victory in every race, ever. America expects better from former moonshiners. » 9/01/10 1:45pm 9/01/10 1:45pm

Malaise? What Malaise? Popular Mechanics Does Supercars, 1981 Style!

You know you're in the Malaise Era when the best quarter-mile times for the wildest street cars money can buy are barely into the 14s. But still, who doesn't want an '81 Aston Martin Volante or BMW M1? » 5/09/10 5:00pm 5/09/10 5:00pm

Popular Mechanics Lists Five Most Notorious Auto Recalls, Then Retracts…

Get it? That makes the story recalled! Ha! You know, because, uh... ah, hell, OK, we made it up. But the story is still cool. [Popular Mechanics] » 3/04/10 1:20pm 3/04/10 1:20pm

Aptera Co-Founders Step Aside, All-Electric 2e Delayed Until 2010

Earlier this week former Tesla spokesman Daryl Siry, writing for Wired, reported small electric automaker Aptera's co-founders had been shoved out amid financial turmoil. Popular Mechanics quickly retorted back they were just "on vacation." Looks like Wired was right. » 11/18/09 10:30am 11/18/09 10:30am

Popular Mechanics Reviews Liberty Ace And Blackjack Zero Three-Wheelers

Combining a motorcycle v-twin with three wheels certainly isn't the most logical path to a sports car, but you can't argue with the results. Popular Mechanics reviews two: the Liberty Ace and Blackjack Zero. [PopularMechanics] » 6/26/09 2:30pm 6/26/09 2:30pm

Popular Mechanics Debunks Summer Driving Myths

Will using the heater cool the engine? Is using the A/C better than rolling windows down on the highway? There's a lot of hearsay on summer driving techniques, Popular Mechanics finds out the truth. [PopularMechanics] » 6/11/09 4:00pm 6/11/09 4:00pm

How To Build A 4WD Vehicle

Hankering for some cheap off-road fun? Popular Mechanics has put together a rough guide for mud-plugging on any budget. Pictured is PopMech autos editor Ben Stewart demonstrating how not to go off-road. [Popular Mechanics] » 5/14/09 3:00pm 5/14/09 3:00pm

Vinyl Vehicle Wraps Don't Increase Fuel Economy

PopMech's Ben Stewart put the Fastskinz MPG-Plus vinyl vehicle-wrap system through the paces to determine if it increases fuel economy. So, does it work? What the hell do you think, of course it doesn't. [PopMech] » 5/11/09 12:00pm 5/11/09 12:00pm

Shenanigans! Muscle Car Comparisons More Marketing Than Comparo

OK, we're calling bullshit on the muscle car "comparisons" being run by everyone from MotorTrend to Popular Mechanics. Sorry, but it ain't a real comparison until you've run 'em in one place at one time. » 3/24/09 9:00am 3/24/09 9:00am

How Does Turbocharging Work?

Touted as a way for small, efficient engines to produce big power, turbochargers are thankfully making a comeback. But how exactly do they work? Popular Mechanics explains with a horribly-colored graphic. [Popular Mechanics] » 2/26/09 3:00pm 2/26/09 3:00pm

Top Seven Presidential Limousines

In honor of today's love-fest on television today toward "Cadillac One," Popular Mechanics put together a list of the top seven Presidential limousines since the advent of the internal combustion engine. [Popular Mechanics] » 1/20/09 1:30pm 1/20/09 1:30pm

PopMech Throws Down Top Ten Detroit Auto Show Reveals...Ever!

The Carpocalypse stole much of the glitz and glamor from this year's Detroit Auto Show. Popular Mechanics takes a look back with a list of the ten best Detroit reveals of all time. [Popular Mechanics] » 1/14/09 10:30am 1/14/09 10:30am

Popular Mechanics: Ten Exotics Now Priced Lower Than A Honda Accord

A beleaguered exec's loss is your gain by following Popular Mechanics' advice to pick up an Elise or Quattroporte for the price of a Honda Accord...or less. Here's their ten best picks. [Popular Mechanics] » 12/22/08 1:30pm 12/22/08 1:30pm

Popular Mechanics Puts Its Own Numbers To The Corvette ZR1

We knew the 2009 Corvette ZR1 » 10/14/08 4:15pm 10/14/08 4:15pm was fast, but until now, we didn’t know how fast it could be in the hands of anyone other than GM’s official test drivers. It appears has strapped its own timing gear to the ZR1 and hit the go pedal. We’re kind of relieved they pulled times slightly slower than those officially quoted by…

Top Five Reasons Your Tires Fail

Mike Allen over at Popular Mechanics » 9/23/08 5:00pm 9/23/08 5:00pm put together a handy list of the top five reasons for tire failure. We figure it's important stuff since, you know, your tires are pretty much more important than any other part of your car — they're what the whole rest of the vehicle rides on. Believe it or not, there's more that…

2009 Volkswagen Golf VI, Reviewed

While we’re were busy salivating over the 62 MPG VW Golf BlueMotion » 9/11/08 1:00pm 9/11/08 1:00pm, our friends at were in Iceland putting the regular through its paces. “We just improved the old car," VW’s board member for product development told them. And that’s exactly what found, reporting that it’s basically a Mark V with revised looks, a…

Popular Mechanics Drives The Nissan EV-02 Electric Cube

We've told you about Nissan's new electric concepts. Now the trendy technicians over at Popular Mechanics have actually flown to Japan to drive the electrified Nissan Cube, the EV-02, and lived to tell the story. The lithium-ion battery-powered box on wheels is said to be just the start of Nissan's big li'l electric… » 8/07/08 2:20pm 8/07/08 2:20pm