My colleagues, the same ones who put me on the back of a racing motorcycle on a Formula One track for giggles (spoiler: not dead), have decided to send me to Shanghai to race cars with Chinese car company and Volvo owner Geely on yet another F1 track. At least I’ll be in control of the vehicle this time around.
In a true showcase of the joys of air travel, the Phoenix-based Arizona Republic reports that a “suspicious” unattended rental car shut down parts of the Sky Harbor International Airport down for four hours—delaying about 300 flights and canceling dozens of others. The driver ultimately got parking citation and a $56…
This crash, where the BBC reports everyone involved somehow had non-life threatening injuries, gets wilder each time you watch it. It looks like a flashback to childhood toy destruction, if Hot Wheels cars were silver vans launching themselves off of roundabouts in England.
Photos of a Formula One concept car for the 2021 season popped up on Twitter earlier this week, and, aside from the routine rules overhaul planned for that year, the photos had almost no context at all. But F1 stepped in a few hours ago to give us all the context we needed, and it turns out what we’re seeing is the…
Self-driving technology in a race to protect itself from legal battles, automakers that just can’t quite grasp how and where to sell their cars, CEOs in jail, eco-friendly semi trucks and heirs to the automaker thrones. All of this and more in The Morning Shift for Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.
Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen mumbles most of the time, perhaps because he doesn’t care enough about a conversation to do more than that. That’s just a theory. But if you listen closely to those mumbles, you’ll get hit with a low tone of straight sass.
Formula One comes out with a new, overhauled set of rules every few years, like when it went from its beloved V8 engines to hybrid V6 turbos in 2014. The next magic number is the year 2021, when we don’t know what exactly the rules will be, but we do know the cars will maybe, possibly look something like this.
Last month, videos of an 18-wheeler casually pushing a car down the interstate in San Antonio popped up on Facebook. The truck driver said he didn’t realize there was a car at first, but it’s hard to miss the lawsuit that came afterward: The driver of the Mercedes is now suing for more than $1 million.
Gordon Murray, who’s designed everything from the iconic McLaren F1 to actual Formula One cars and even a bunch of city cars, launched a company of his own a while back and announced a car in the works—one more focused on driving than on power numbers. The numbers are finally in, and they look good.
Emails are hard. You’ve got like five accounts, full of news, people asking you to do stuff, annual reminders you set 10 years ago and can’t delete, spam, and offers from 53 retail stores when you remember deliberately not checking the “keep me updated with promos” box. It’s easy to miss the important stuff.
Before the Ferrari Formula One team unsurprisingly announced it would trade 38-year-old Kimi Raikkonen out for younger driver Charles Leclerc this week, someone started a petition to keep him around on Change.org—the “web’s leading platform for social change,” as it calls itself. A valiant effort.
In doing the unthinkable, Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann told Australian website CarAdvice there won’t be another 16-cylinder Bugatti engine after this one. Preposterous! Who could imagine a future where people could, potentially, get close to counting the cylinders in their Bugatti on their... fingers?
Romano Fenati retaliated against another Moto2 rider over the weekend by grabbing his brake lever while racing, and there’s been quite the retaliation against Fenati since: His teams dumped him, and a consumer-rights group said it reported him to an Italian prosecutor’s office to be investigated criminally, including…
As the company is about to go public on the London Stock Exchange, sources told Bloomberg recently Aston Martin wanted to add women to its board. Had it not, it would’ve been one of the few top public British companies without any. Aston announced early on Monday that there are now women on the board.
Not a single NASCAR driver went on track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend thanks to a total washout, and everyone was obviously a little antsy when the rain-delayed races finally got going today. The first “finish” of the day had four drivers cross the line within inches of each other.
In the most “Well, duh” news you’ll read this week, Moto2 rider Romano Fenati got dumped by his current team and, most likely, the team he planned to run for in 2019 after grabbing another rider’s brake lever while racing. As it turns out, deliberately putting the safety of others in jeopardy has repercussions.…
This is a 707-horsepower 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. It’s fast, it’s good for burnouts and it looks like it’s been oxidized over many years. Someone chose for the car to look like that, commissioning a wrap that likely cost a few grand to make it happen. Dodge doesn’t sell patina as a factory color.
Dodge Hellcats send their 700-plus horsepower to the rear wheels, like muscle cars do. That takes away some traction and makes the cars hard to tame—part of their angry charm. But there’s a new Hellcat at the police station in town, and it’s sending power to the ground through all four wheels.
I was on the road a lot this week. I had an eight-hour round trip to Dallas on Tuesday, then a four-hour round trip to Houston Wednesday. Like most people, there are very few moments when I fully accept the danger and risk of death of driving down the road. It’s easier not to. In Houston, I couldn’t ignore it.
Formula One isn’t racing in Miami next year as planned, but it still would have been interesting, at least for a couple of minutes, to watch 20 drivers navigate the ridiculously tight street course the organizers mapped out. But we can see how it might have looked, thanks to computer simulators.