The Smoking Tire Project Fiesta ST Gets COBB Stage 1

After we filmed the somewhat controversial Ford Fiesta ST vs. BMW E46 M3 video a month or so back, we as a group were so smitten with the Fiesta ST's ludicrous value for money proposition that our cameraman and resident mad scientist Thaddeus Brown went straight to the dealership and traded in his 2006 Mini Cooper S… » 1/31/14 12:57pm 1/31/14 12:57pm

Video: What's it's Like to Drive the Stelvio Pass in a Too-Big and…

Recently, Jalopnik's Travis Okulski got to drive Top Gear's former pick for "the best driving road in the world" in a Porsche Cayman S, and came away underwhelmed. Travis and I have discussed this in detail, and we have decided that the Sustenpass , Grimsel Pass, and the Fluelapass are the best roads in Switzerland, and… » 10/04/13 12:47pm 10/04/13 12:47pm

Video: 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish: An Aston Owner's Review

For the last 9 years, I've owned a first-generation Aston Martin Vanquish. And, though it does come standard with some supercar foibles and what may be the world's second-worst transmission (the Smart Car is still solidly #1), it has been a wonderful vehicle, provider of more smiles per hour than one ever needs, even… » 6/12/13 4:13pm 6/12/13 4:13pm

Video - Range Rover Evoque: On and Off-Road Test

The Range Rover Evoque is the smallest Range Rover ever. It’s also the first Range Rover since 1993 to not come with an air suspension. It’s also the first Range Rover to feature “design input” from a pop singer who, despite her considerable beauty, almost certainly has never driven more than ten feet off the tarmac.… » 4/09/13 2:59pm 4/09/13 2:59pm

Video: 2013 SLS GT AMG Review

There's nothing like track time to see what a supercar is made of. That's why I was optimistic that, not only had Mercedes and AMG re-worked the SLS for 2013, but also they invited me to  the track to drive it. They say it's faster, sharper, more responsive, and will return more feedback to the driver than the outgoing… » 2/27/13 5:28pm 2/27/13 5:28pm

Secrets Of The 2009 Corvette ZR1: Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 Tires

One of the most impressive things about the 2009 Corvette ZR1 is how much grip it has. Normally, sticking 638 HP into something that weighs just 3,350 LBS and driving only the rear wheels would result in massive amounts of wheel spin, both in a straight line and around corners. But in the ZR1, it doesn't — not without… » 8/27/08 4:00pm 8/27/08 4:00pm

More On The Jetta-Thrashing Truck Tire And Its American Victim

Last week we showed you the runaway truck tire that destroyed a poor little Jetta, and without a police report, we could only speculate as to what really happened. Given the high interest, the intrepid TexasAreHot worked to track down more information. As most of you surmised, it was a trailer tire that went AWOL at… » 6/30/08 6:00pm 6/30/08 6:00pm

Runaway Truck Tire Leaps Row Of Cars, Viciously Attacks Jetta

There's no better way to start the week than with a video of an 18-wheeler tire spinning out-of-control and finding a Dallas-area Volkswagen dealership as a brake. The tire miraculously manages to avoid a large chunk of the lucky dealers' inventory by leaping a row of cars, but not before finding a home in the back of… » 6/23/08 8:00am 6/23/08 8:00am

Rev Up A Romantic Dinner With Gearhead Place Setting

Roses? Check. Candles? Check. Nice dinner in the oven? Check. Beautiful place setting with automotive theme? Negative. It's a shame you forget the smallest parts of your romantic Valentine's Day dinner, such as the nice plates, glasses and silverware. Help is available, however. Say hello to the gearhead place setting. » 2/14/08 4:45pm 2/14/08 4:45pm

And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Parts: Changing a Tire

While run-flat tire technology, roadside assistance programs and tire-changing helper robots have certainly come a long way, a flat tire is an inevitable part of the driving experience. Despite great measures taken to make tires tough enough to withstand the rigors of modern motoring, nefarious forces are perpetually… » 12/22/06 12:11pm 12/22/06 12:11pm