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America Had A Miata Before The Miata Was A Miata

I decided to take a little break from my annual Fourth of July marathon lovemaking session with a very special and majestic bald eagle to talk to you about an American car that I think deserves more attention than it gets: the Crosley Hotshot. The humble little Hotshot helped define a sportscar formula that still… » 7/04/15 2:23pm 7/04/15 2:23pm

2016 Jaguar F-Type R Has AWD And 550 HP, But The Manual S Has More Fun

You already know three-pedal manual transmissions aren’t the “performance option” anymore. The V8-powered 2016 Jaguar F-Type R is now all-wheel drive only in the U.S., so it can set you straight from an overcooked corner, but there’s more to sports cars than lap times. And the Jag’s new old-school six-speed manual… » 5/13/15 3:25pm 5/13/15 3:25pm

Live Out Your James Bond Fantasy At Aston Martin's Ice Driving School

"Aston Martin On Ice" is being revived for this winter. That's not a theatrical spectacle so much as an amazing winter driving school for rich people. For $2,500 "and up," you can whip their spectacular sports cars on an ice course in Colorado, and let somebody else deal with the Check Engine light! » 12/24/14 10:00am 12/24/14 10:00am

This Striking 200-MPH Retro Sports Car Is Brazil's Alpine A108 Reborn

About fifty years ago, the same Willys that brought us the Jeep built a short run of sports cars in Brazil as the "Willys Interlagos" based on the Renault Alpine A108. Classic car specialists Maggiora and Carrozzeria Viotti have now revived the name and modernized the design; as the 2015 Willys AW 380 Berlinetta. » 12/05/14 4:00pm 12/05/14 4:00pm

The Best Rear-Wheel-Drive Value For Under $30,000

We are fortunate to have access to some great affordable performance cars. While there is no shortage of reasonably priced hot-hatchbacks and compacts, many drivers still want the purity and the dorrrifto possibilities of rear-wheel-drive. So what's the best pick if you only have a $30k budget? » 9/08/14 10:53am 9/08/14 10:53am

If You Want "Affordable Performance," Sometimes it Pays to Wait

Since most of us don't have the cash for a 911 Turbo or a Jag F-type, we are big fans of hot-hatches and sport-compacts that fit within our modest budget. However, when these pocket-rockets first hit the market, often the law of supply and demand is not in our favor. The Focus ST, BRZ, and FRS, just to name a few,… » 4/25/14 10:49am 4/25/14 10:49am

An Open Letter to Sports Car “Fans” Rooting Against the Success of TUSCC

Stop it. Stop it right now. I mean it. I know you're upset that you don't get to see LMP1s racing in the regional racing series since the merger. I know that the first two races of the inaugural season of TUSCC had issues. I know that P2s haven't had much success against DPs. You've said it. You've said it a thousand… » 4/17/14 1:49pm 4/17/14 1:49pm

VIDEO. Ford GT. Ten years young

Hard as it is to believe, this year the Ford GT turns ten years old. Somehow an entire decade has rolled past since we were blown out of our respective chairs by the sound of a furious (and Ferrari-baiting) supercharged V8 packing 650bhp. Few denied the then-newboy was a hell of a way to celebrate the legendary,… » 4/09/14 7:48am 4/09/14 7:48am

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Fuel Limit

Much digital ink has been spilled fretting over this year's top road racing series (F1 and LMP1), particularly with respect to the hybrid power systems and the method of limiting the cars on their fuel usage. The big worry is that this will prevent the drivers from racing. This is why we have nothing to worry about. » 3/14/14 2:31pm 3/14/14 2:31pm

A Guide through the Confusing World of GT Classes

The GT classes of sports car racing offer some of the most exciting and diverse forms of Motorsport, with many road-based cars of different specifications often sharing the track at the same time. This leads to great racing, but understanding the differences between them can be difficult. Here I will attempt to… » 2/24/14 2:31pm 2/24/14 2:31pm