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Anki DRIVE Is the Hilariously Fun Future of Weaponized Slot Cars

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? » 5/19/14 7:20pm 5/19/14 7:20pm

The Praga R1 is super. And Slovakian.

You've seen plenty of open-air track-day specials from the likes of Radical and Caterham, but wouldn't it be sweet to get something similar, only in an enclosed, LMP-style form factor? Enter the Praga R1, a Slovakian track machine that lets you get in touch with your inner McNish. Roger Garbow drove it and weighs in… » 9/19/13 12:41pm 9/19/13 12:41pm

The Best Rotary-powered Vehicles You Can Buy, Plus a 40 hp…

Felix Wankel's rotary engine has been fascinating gearheads for decades. Even so, Wankels' engine has been generating more than its share of press recently, with some news sources speculating that the engine will be making a return as a compact range-extending generator in future plug-in hybrids from Audi and Mazda » 8/13/13 1:12pm 8/13/13 1:12pm

Five race cars you can buy for less than a $400,000 racing pigeon

Last month, a Chinese businessman paid $400,000 for a retired racing pigeon. As in bird, like the winged rats that rule NYC. Anyhow, 400 large is a lot of money. Race-car money. So Jack Baruth found five retired racing cars currently for sale that are cheaper than a pigeon. » 6/13/13 4:37pm 6/13/13 4:37pm

The Aston Martin Vantage GT4 Is The Perfect Race Car For Total Idiots

There are a lot of people in sports car racing that aren't there because of talent. They're there because they have money and want to go fast. We call them 'gentleman drivers.' Most of the time you find them driving a Porsche or a Ferrari. Now there's another choice: The Aston Martin Vantage GT4. What's it like to… » 5/10/13 10:08am 5/10/13 10:08am

This Is The F-Type Race Car Jaguar Has To Make

Bob Tullius' name might not be familiar to you, but his race cars almost certainly are. He chose historically unreliable cars from British Leyland for his Group 44 team, painted them up in a distinctive white and green Quaker State livery, and then went out racing. Group 44 hasn't had a new car in quite some time, but… » 4/10/13 12:22pm 4/10/13 12:22pm

The Exhaust Pipe That Made Red Bull A Success

The coolest car at Renault’s booth at the Geneva Motor Show was the Red Bull RB7, the Renault-powered Formula One car which won the 2011 championship in the hands of Sebastian Vettel. Unlike the old or partially complete F1 cars displayed at many carmakers’ booths, this was the real deal, as evidenced by this… » 3/12/12 10:30am 3/12/12 10:30am

Colin Chapman’s simple and chilling definition of a Formula One race car

To see the most interesting document at the Frankfurt Motor Show, one had to get a particular stool at Lotus then not sit down on it. Beneath a layer of glass was a page from Colin Chapman’s notebook from the summer of 1975 which contains many of his iconic quotes about Formula One cars. Some are simple, some are… » 9/16/11 1:30pm 9/16/11 1:30pm

This is probably the ugliest McLaren ever

The silly theory that the beauty of a race car correlates with its performance on track is sometimes true—witness the McLaren MP4/4—but is also often not true. Mercedes’s rather pretty 2011 F1 car, the MGP W02, has not reached the podium in nine races, and even a lone race win for them this season would require 1996… » 7/13/11 9:30am 7/13/11 9:30am