The Inside Story Of The Stillborn Honda That Would Have Dominated F1

History records that Honda quit Formula 1 at the end of the 2008 season, but Japanese engineers continued to work in secret and were very advanced on a 2009 car design and beyond. Ultimately this secret R&D project lead to the firm creating a 2014 specification hybrid power unit which will be used by McLaren in 2015… » 7/07/14 3:00pm 7/07/14 3:00pm

This World Peace Prophet Is Secretly Building Detroit's New Muscle Car

One of the highlights of the Detroit Auto Show was seeing the three existing Equus Bass 770s up close. And one of the biggest mysteries of the show was why Equus wouldn't reveal who was in charge of the company, saying only that it was a "European businessman." I wanted to find out who it was. Spoiler alert: I did and… » 1/24/14 12:20pm 1/24/14 12:20pm

DeLorean's Next Radical Idea Was This Never-Before-Seen Engine

The DeLorean name is one of the most famous — and infamous — in the automotive world. DeLorean is so associated with his movie star car and his trial for cocaine trafficking that it's easy to forget what a remarkable engineer he was. Until you see something like these long-hidden sketches. Then it all makes sense. » 12/16/13 12:29pm 12/16/13 12:29pm

Meet The Soviet Car That Tried To Put The Fun In SocialFUNism!

Normally, when we think of Soviet cars, we think of boxy, utilitarian cars that people waited years to get. We don't usually think of fun, despite the somewhat ironic way many of us covet these cars now. But that almost all changed, with a little known side effect of Perestroika that included fun cars. Cars like the… » 12/09/13 1:40pm 12/09/13 1:40pm

The Strange Journey That Led To The Original Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang is one of those cars that's so iconic and familiar that seeing it going through its larval forms is a strange mix of disturbing and compelling. No one cares about the odd, unchosen directions the Daewoo Nubira had, but for the Mustang, each developmental stage is like seeing an alternate history of… » 12/03/13 4:20pm 12/03/13 4:20pm

Here's Your Turkey Day Weird Car From Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm deeply thankful for many, many things in my life — my wife, my son, my job, my magnetic pancreas, and, of course, thankful that Turkey once built some really weird cars. Because today, on the day we devour turkeys by the truckload, I can make this tenuous connection to the country of Turkey. » 11/28/13 12:00pm 11/28/13 12:00pm

These Are The Lovely Italian Stallion Mustangs

As we all know by now, next week the 2015 Ford Mustang will be revealed, and while we all think we have a pretty good idea what it'll look like, we're still excited. Some visibly so. There's been lots of takes on the Mustang theme in the past, but I think these two from Giugiaro, separated by 40 years, are some of the… » 11/26/13 4:00pm 11/26/13 4:00pm