The Sado 550 Is A Fantastically Weird Car You've Never Heard Of

I’ve been on a sort of weird Brazilian car kick for a while, so I suppose it makes sense that at some point I’d look across the ocean to the place that’s England to Brazil’s USA: Portugal. A Portuguese reader named Paulo actually emailed me to let me know that there’s plenty of good, weird Portuguese iron, like the… » 7/10/15 1:20pm 7/10/15 1:20pm

This Portuguese Island Has A Crazy Airport With A Runway Built On Stilts

You might have heard of Madeira, an archipelago in the North Atlantic ocean that’s one of two autonomous regions of Portugal. The Madeiran capital is mainly known for the historic city of Funchal, a popular resort destination, the birthplace of soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, oh, and home to one of the most treacherous… » 6/10/15 9:00pm 6/10/15 9:00pm

This Is What It's Like To Get Intercepted By A Russian Fighter Jet

Russian intercepts of Western signal intelligence aircraft isn't anything new. It's been happening going back to the Cold War, and there have even been minor diplomatic incidents over it. But this is a video of it actually happening with an Su-27 fighter jet and a Portuguese P-3 Orion, and it's incredibly tense. » 1/23/15 7:05pm 1/23/15 7:05pm

Rally Flashback: 2001 Rally Portugal

Before each round of the WRC I'll find a classic clip to get an idea of what the rally is all about, and it might be helpful when picking drivers for the Fantasy WRC. Portugal is all about the weather, which can change from dry, dusty conditions to pouring rain, mud and rivers running across the stages. This year has… » 4/02/14 3:50pm 4/02/14 3:50pm

Audi R8 Crashes In Portugal, Old Luxury Takes Vengeance

We'd heard "Old Luxury" was pretty pissed over that whole turf war with Audi over luxury buyers since the Super Bowl. You remember, right? Yeah you do — that was when the Audi R8 dropped the horse head faux Bentley grille into "Old Luxury's" bed. Well, anyway, it looks like that hit they've had out there on the Audi… » 3/13/08 8:32pm 3/13/08 8:32pm

Open Sesame: Warehouse Opening in Portugal Reveals Forgotten Collection

Imagine you're Ali Baba, stumbling on the 40 Thieves' treasure — only the thieves are long gone and the treasure is actually 180 European cars of various description. That's kind of what happened in this case, where inside a warehouse welded shut for years, a wealth of dusty cars — Jags, Porsches, Lancias, Alfas,… » 1/26/07 5:28pm 1/26/07 5:28pm

More on the New Volkswagen Scirocco; Built in Portugal

Auto Motor und Sport brings a new round of speculative imagery (pictured) and some news on the upcoming Volkswagen Scirocco, including that it'll be introduced in 2008 for around 22,000 Euros (around $28,300), built at VW's Autoeuropa plant in Setubal, Portugal and use the Golf V platform for its bones. The coupe… » 5/23/06 11:46am 5/23/06 11:46am

Volkswagen to Build Next Scirocco, Others in Portugal?

The People s Elbow Car Company is investigating the possibility of producing its new Golf-based sportster on the Iberian Peninsula at its Autoeuropa plant in Setubal, Portugal. The plant currently builds the Ford Galaxy, VW Sharan and Seat Alhambra. Galaxy production ends next month, and Volkswagen's not sure about… » 11/29/05 2:22pm 11/29/05 2:22pm

Dakar Rally to Start From Lisbon, Feature Speed Limits

Forget fireworks and champagne-goggling subpar members of the opposite sex this New Year's. Instead, why not spend it bombing across Europe and North Africa in the Paris- Dakar Rally? The race, which begins New Year's Eve and continues through January 15th starts in Lisbon, Portugal this year for the first time. Also… » 11/23/05 12:34pm 11/23/05 12:34pm