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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Jan 01, 2020. 16 comments

What The 2020 Indy 500 Would Look Like If The IndyCar Reunification Had Never Happened

What The 2020 Indy 500 Would Look Like If The IndyCar Reunification Had Never Happened

The 2008 IndyCar reunification is, to this day, one of the most significant events in racing history. The infamous Split and continuous infighting had transformed the booming landscape of US motorsports into a few pithy little series that struggled to stand on their own two feet—and, as a result, the reunification was a lifeline for American open-wheel as we know it today. But what would have...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 31, 2019. 21 comments

This Is What The Inside Of Your Catalytic Converter Looks Like In Action

This Is What The Inside Of Your Catalytic Converter Looks Like In Action

A catalytic converter is one of those car parts that you know how it works in theory, but you’re really never going to get a chance to see it in action unless you have some sort of crazy x-ray vision. But now that some wild human has sliced one in half, you too can see what that hidden bit of tech looks like.

To put it pretty simply, a catalytic converter is designed to trap and incinerate all...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 31, 2019. 11 comments

Car Companies Might Be Overcompensating With EV Batteries, Too

Car Companies Might Be Overcompensating With EV Batteries, Too

With its 35.5-kWh battery pack, roughly 130-mile range, and 143 horsepower, the Mazda MX-30 is small beans compared to other electric cars in its class. The decision to scale down the battery is antithetical to pretty much every other automaker’s design philosophy of larger batteries with massive ranges. And while the world needs more small, cheap EVs, Mazda says its newest model is inspired...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 31, 2019. 24 comments

Here’s Why There Are Seven ‘Missing’ McLaren F1s

Here’s Why There Are Seven ‘Missing’ McLaren F1s

With an incredibly limited run of McLaren F1s ever produced, a mere 106, it’s surprisingly easy to keep track of where the cars end up and the legends they accrue as time goes by. But somehow seven of those cars have gone missing.

It’s not like they’re gone-gone. People have an idea of where they could be, because they went into the vast collection of the Sultan of Brunei in the 1990s, and as...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 30, 2019. 15 comments

Ferrari Actually Wants F1's Budget Caps To Be Stricter

Ferrari Actually Wants F1's Budget Caps To Be Stricter

While many big-name Formula One teams aren’t all that happy about the new

cost caps being implemented in 2021, there’s one team that’s not happy with the restrictions for a completely unexpected reason. Ferrari doesn’t think the caps are going to be strict enough.

If you need a refresher, F1 teams will only be allowed to spend $175 million per season in 2021, not including driver salaries or...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 27, 2019. 20 comments

Washington State Supreme Court Affirms Drivers Must Use Turn Signals Every Time They Turn

Washington State Supreme Court Affirms Drivers Must Use Turn Signals Every Time They Turn

When you make a turn, merge, or change lanes, you are supposed to use your turn signal. You indicator. Your blinker. Whatever you call it, everyone knows that you’re supposed to use it. But apparently that kind of common sense knowledge has been forgotten, leaving the Supreme Court in Washington state to cast a deep, heavy sigh and remind everyone that, yes, you have to use your damn...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 27, 2019. 24 comments

Tesla Had The Best Performing Automotive Stock Of The Decade

Tesla Had The Best Performing Automotive Stock Of The Decade
The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?

Tesla’s real owners do well, Nissan is heading into 2020 on the downswing, and automakers really aren’t keen on SUV taxes. All this and more in The Morning Shift for Friday, December 27, 2019.

1st: People Who Bet Early On Tesla Win Big, For Now

It’s hard to think of an automaker who rocked the...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 27, 2019. 9 comments

Here's What Happened To The Soviet Ground Effect Sea Monsters

Here's What Happened To The Soviet Ground Effect Sea Monsters

Back in the 1960s, Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev claimed there was a secret project going on deep in the country. It had a ship—this half-plane, half-boat contraption—that was capable of breaking the land speed records of the era while carrying an unprecedented amount of cargo. These projects were called Ekranoplans, and here’s why this technology just never caught on.

We’ve written...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 26, 2019. 21 comments

This Is What Makes The Porsche Taycan Turbo The Most Inefficient Electric Car

This Is What Makes The Porsche Taycan Turbo The Most Inefficient Electric Car

The EPA lists the Porsche Taycan Turbo as one of the most inefficient electric cars sold in the United States. That may not really matter to potential Porsche Taycan customers, who will mainly be Porsche enthusiasts with more than one vehicle. While brand loyalty may be enough to woo those buyers to an inefficient vehicle, the rest of us are left wondering how Porsche dropped the ball on the...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 25, 2019. 22 comments

Which Formula One Driver Had The Best Facial Hair Of All Time?

Which Formula One Driver Had The Best Facial Hair Of All Time?

It’s the debate that has raged on for decades, one that has torn family dinners asunder and ruined relationships. That’s right. With people sitting down for a big feast tonight, we’re going to decide which Formula One driver sported the best facial hair in the history of the sport. Let’s get ready to fight.

There are some obvious answers, the go-tos that everyone immediately thinks of: Emerson...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 24, 2019. 11 comments

Hey Here's A Dating Simulator Except You're Supposed To Date A Car

Hey Here's A Dating Simulator Except You're Supposed To Date A Car

Do you love Toyotas? I mean really love Toyotas? Like, “dream about one day dating your Toyota in hopes of getting married and having small Toyotette babies?” No? Huh, weird. Well, this dating simulator involving actual Toyotas is still probably right up your alley.

Dating sims are one of the internet’s strangest inventions. They’re generally dialogue-heavy games where you simulate falling in...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 24, 2019. 23 comments

How To Avoid The Biggest Track Day Mistakes

How To Avoid The Biggest Track Day Mistakes

There are few shames deep enough to compete with that of showing up at a track day and proving yourself to be woefully, incompetently unprepared. While we all have to learn somehow, it’s still possible to identify all those silly mistakes and figure out how to prevent them before you look like a fool out there.

Today’s lesson comes from Scott Mansell, founder of Driver61 and driver coach for...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 23, 2019. 11 comments

Here's How The Tiniest Changes Enabled Mercedes To Dominate The F1 Season

Here's How The Tiniest Changes Enabled Mercedes To Dominate The F1 Season

Success in Formula One depends pretty damn heavily on having lots of money and also having the most minutely more impressive technology—and no battle epitomized the importance of those seemingly microscopic details than the championship fight between Ferrari and Mercedes.

Seriously. We’ve talked before about how

just about everything Ferrari tried this year somehow failed , but a new Autosport...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 21, 2019. 18 comments

The Fisker Ocean's 'California Mode' Is Less Cool Than It Sounds

The Fisker Ocean's 'California Mode' Is Less Cool Than It Sounds

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definitely real and totally not fake ecologically-conscious Fisker Ocean is slated to hit the showroom sometime in 2021, and the automaker is already trying to get people pumped up about its all-electric SUV by explaining one of its most head-scratching features: California Mode. It is, unfortunately, not as cool as it sounds. The 2021 Fisker Ocean Is An Eco-Obsessive Luxury Crossover...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 21, 2019. 5 comments

Formula One's North American Races Are Some Of Its Highest Attended: Report

Formula One's North American Races Are Some Of Its Highest Attended: Report

Formula One is on a steady attendance rise, and, surprisingly, the North American market is proving itself a pretty important part of the fanbase. A recent attendance report shows that two of the three North American races are some of the highest-attended events of the season.

The numbers in F1's report don’t lie. While the British Grand Prix had the largest single-day, with 141,000 people,...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 20, 2019. 6 comments

Honda Is Bringing A Sort-Of-Autonomous Car To CES

Honda Is Bringing A Sort-Of-Autonomous Car To CES

Honda is bringing its vision of the future to this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, and it’s... kind of strange. It’s calling its newest concept car the Augmented Driving Concept, and it’s basically an occasionally-manual-control autonomous car. Which sounds... kind of strange.

According to Honda, the concept responds to its user’s “curiosity”—whatever that means—to determine when the car...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 20, 2019. 21 comments

A New Onboard Shows The Bloodhound LSR Hit A Whopping 628 MPH

A New Onboard Shows The Bloodhound LSR Hit A Whopping 628 MPH

Bloodhound LSR—the revival of the defunct Bloodhound SSC project—is currently working its way up to its ultimate goal of 1,000 mph by taking the machine out for test run after test run in South Africa. And the newest video of the vehicle shows just what it’s like to hit 628 mph for driver Andy Green.

Green is a former fighter pilot as well as the current holder of the World Land Speed record...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 20, 2019. 14 comments

How To Turn Around Now, Right Now, I Said Now Dammit

How To Turn Around Now, Right Now, I Said Now Dammit

Have you ever got on the road only to realize you’ve forgotten something crucial back at home? Do you have some kiddos in the rear who just don’t know when to stop kicking the back of your goddamn seat? Or are you just plain tired of making five-point turns? Then mastering the forward 180, courtesy of Wyatt Knox at Team O’Neil Rally School, may just be perfect for you!

A forward 180 is exactly...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 19, 2019. 18 comments

Ferrari Is Getting Ready To Spend So Much Money On Its F1 Program In 2020

Ferrari Is Getting Ready To Spend So Much Money On Its F1 Program In 2020

We already know that Formula One teams are definitely going to be spending tons of money developing their cars before the

cost caps go into effect in 2021—but it sounds like Ferrari is gearing up to spend even more than everyone else. There’s currently no idea how much, but we’re talking taking advantage of a “record” financial year, according to Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri.

“We’re also...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 19, 2019. 7 comments

K-Pop Superstars BTS Become Formula E Ambassadors To Raise Climate Change Awareness

K-Pop Superstars BTS Become Formula E Ambassadors To Raise Climate Change Awareness

The K-Pop wave has been sweeping across the world for a while now with no group bigger than superstar group BTS. Now, in a totally unprecedented move, BTS has become Formula E ambassadors in an effort to raise climate change awareness. That’s pretty huge—it’s rare for such a massive group to partner with a racing series, let alone on this big of a scale.

It’s a move that makes sense,...

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