How far would the Environmental Protection Agency go to cut greenhouse emissions on vehicles? According to SEMA, the trade association that represents the automobile aftermarket industry, the EPA is working to ban the conversion of street cars into competition-focused racing vehicles.
Race cars are a veritable Pandora’s Box of weirdness, be it from the bizarre things done by previous owners, improvised medical uses of duct tape, or tools you never knew fell in that hole. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve discovered while wrenching on your car?
A little rain won’t stop these Audi TT Cup race cars. Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria, 2o15. [Photo credit: Audi]
Race cars come and go, but some are destined for the history books from their first shakedown. These ten are the best of the best of 2015, as chosen by Jalopnik readers.
Sometimes it only takes a few creative car owners to put their minds together to create a new world of adventure for their seemingly played out daily drivers. Owners of these ten vehicles created new lifestyles and purposes that changed their car’s worlds.
Fiat may be coming out with a tarted-up MX-5 in the near future, but the original Fiat 124 Spider set such a high bar for pure joy that it’ll be tough to live up to. There’s no single car I’ve driven that’s as much fun and as easy to drive as the old 124 Spider. Here’s why you, too, must track an old roadster.
Why build your own race car when you could have the convenience of ordering one from a local dealer?
This is the Subaru Impreza WRX STI NR4 and yes, it’s a fully stripped, prepped and caged rally car sold by Subaru itself. Obviously, there’s a slight catch.
You can keep your Porsche 944 Turbo Cups with all their turbo lag and misery. I prefer the smoother, more predictable powerband of the naturally aspirated 944s, and the biggest engine Porsche ever put in a 944 is my holy grail. That, of course, is the 944 S2, and one of just seven IMSA Firehawk 944 S2s is for sale.
To say that the Pirelli World Challenge series is growing would be a massive understatement. They have more manufacturer interest than ever before as well as a few teams who would usually be running United SportsCar who've joined in the fun. How awesome is the field this year? Look at this test day.
Rain and mud cut the January Lone Star Rallycross event short, which caused another problem with the tow vehicles parked in the soft grassy parking area. They got stuck. Most of the rallycross cars, however, didn't get stuck in this mess. Behold, a Subaru towing a Silverado out of the mud.
Some of these were successful, others not so much, but all will be remembered for their incredible boldness.
The Audi R18 e-tron quattro is more spaceship than race car. The tech, the sound, and the look all combine to make something that is totally different than you've ever seen. So what's it like to drive? Insane.
Stumped on holiday gifts? Have more cash than usual sitting around? Why not buy that special someone a race car? Here are five of the most interesting finds we found across the Intertoobz.
If there's one thing that we're thankful for, it's definitely the race car. Some represent the pinnacle of technology, some are simply fun to drive, and others are so insane that we're simply glad they exist. Here are ten of the race cars we're thankful for in 2014.
The Internet is a wonderful thing. It brought us Jalopnik. It brought us Black Flag. And most of all, it brought us shopping without the need to put on real pants. Skip the crowds this week and buy a race car online instead. You'll thank us later.
Race cars aren't pretty. Not really, not anymore. Old racers are drop-dead gorgeous, sure, but the modern regulatory environment, coupled with aerodynamic needs, has crimped race cars in the past two decades when it comes to looks. But that's not so with every race car.
These tiny little speedsters are Anki DRIVE, the awesome 21st century take on the classic slot car. They use your iPhone as both a remote control and an artificial intelligence brain, so you can race against human or a computer opponent. And did I mention these cars also have laser guns and tractor beams?
How can one make an E-Type better than Jaguar themselves? By doing the Colin Chapman thing and adding lightness. Because racecar.
You might think the departure of the LMP1 cars from American sports car racing next year is no big deal (ALMS, after all, only had two teams running the monsters). You'd be wrong. Because having the best tech on the track is only ever a good thing, as Larry Webster learned.