IndyCar is Signing Noted Teammate-Wrecking Formula 2 Driver for the Final Two Races of the Season

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Oh, IndyCar. Our sweet disaster series. The disaster series for which Santino Ferrucci, who was suspended from and then cut by his Formula 2 team for intentionally wrecking his teammate post-race and texting behind the wheel, is going to be racing this season.

While he hasn’t officially been dropped from Haas’s Formula One driver development program, Connecticut-born Ferrucci is turning his sights to his national open wheel series. Dale Coyne Racing is expanding its current two-car team to a three-car team in order to field a car for Ferrucci at Sonoma and Portland, the final two races of the season. He’ll be teaming up with Sebastien Bourdais and Pietro Fittipaldi. Read More

A Super Formula Team is Testing a New Heads-Up Visor Display

If you’ve seen Dragon Ball Z, you know about scouters. They’re basically an eyepiece you can pop on that’ll give you information without you having to look anywhere. Well, those might just become a thing in the future of racing.

According to Autosport, Super Formula team Dandelion Racing has debuted a heads-up display attached to a driver’s helmet visor that doesn’t look too different than the scouters. But instead of displaying an opponent’s power levels, it shows things like fuel consumption and temperature. Read More

Anne-Cécile Itier and Her Bugatti Dominated the Early French Racing Scene

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Jealous rivals called her a “moving chicane”. Circuits went out of their way to keep women away. But Anne-Cécile Itier was not one to be discouraged by a few men who thought they knew what was best for her.

See, French Itier had a pretty strange path to racing. She participated in her first race at the age of 31 in the wake of a harsh divorce with a bad husband. She’d tried her hand at flying before, but the call of the car was too strong to deny. In 1926, Itier took a new Brasier and entered the Paris-Pau road race, where she finished second. Read More

I'm At Rallye Deutschland To Watch WRC Cars Fly

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Believe it or not, I have never been to a stage rally. I’m all but surrounded by various drivers and codrivers, but I haven’t seen them rally. Naturally, my first trip to a rally should be a full World Rally Championship round. That’s why I’m finally here at Rallye Deutschland. I want to see loud cars shoot flames and fly. Read More

I Should Have Hit the Gym Before Driving a 1936 Ford Model 48

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With its bulbous fenders and vertical grille, the 1936 Ford Model 48 looked like a gangster’s car without a doubt. Something that was used to smuggle liquor during Prohibition. Engaged in police chases and shootouts. Driving it was a blast—and a little bit terrifying as well.

(Full disclosure: I wanted to drive my friend Jessie’s 1936 Ford Model 48 so badly that I asked her and she said yes.) Read More

The 2019 Mazda Miata’s Extra Power Makes a Great Car Better

The 2019 Mazda Miata isn’t completely revamped, but then again, it didn’t need that. Now, though, it is more powerful, more efficient, and basically just a tiny bump better. The car was already great, now it’s even more of a goddamn blast.

(Full Disclosure: Mazda kindly flew me to San Diego and gave me a Miata to drive up to San Luis Obispo over the course of a few days. The company kept me well-fed, not thirsty, and sheltered at night along the way.)  Read More

Watch A Nine-Year-Old Kid Learn How To Do Sick Ass Donuts

There comes a time in every young car person’s life that they have to learn a few important life skills in order to be fulfilled, happy, and healthy. In this case I’m talking about the ability to clutch dump, rip a hydraulic handbrake, and properly steer through a donut. Or rather a series of donuts that lasts nearly a minute. Oh, and by the way, that time is when you’re nine years old. Read More

Fighter Pilot, Racing Driver, Prisoner of War, Transgender Pioneer: The Incredible Story of Roberta Cowell

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Roberta Cowell isn’t generally a name you hear when we talk about incredible women behind the wheel. Her laundry list of achievements is a long one, but her disappearance from the public eye was orchestrated by the woman herself. A name that we should be celebrating is one that’s become tarnished by the confusion of social norms and outdated etiquette. Read More

There's a Model T Race With Pigs as Co-Drivers, Because of Course There Is 

They say if it has wheels, people will find a way to race it. I had no idea that this also applied to pig wranglin’, but at the Tillamook County Fair in Oregon, the Pig-N-Ford races are a hit of the weekend.

According to local legend, the Pig-N-Ford races kicked off in 1925 when a kind fellow driving a Model T spotted a runaway hog. He chased after it, scooped it up, and returned it to his neighbor with the squealing pig under one arm. The races at the County Fair have been organized ever since in honor of this good samaritan. Read More

GM Engineers Went on Public Tours of a Ford Plant for 'Intelligence Gathering' in Their Bid to Beat the F-150

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The Morning ShiftAll your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn’t your time more important?   

The truck wars continue, the trade wars also continue, Elon Musk continues, and, well, Maserati. This is The Morning Shift for Friday, Aug. 10, 2018.

1st Gear: GM Engineers Are Doing Their Best

When you think of corporate espionage, you think of documents exchanging hands in dark parking garages, or hackers breaking into company mainframes. But GM is better than all that, and instead opted to walk in the front door in their attempts to best the Ford F-150, the best-selling truck in America. That meant GM engineers joining public factory tours of Ford’s Dearborn plant. The engineers studied Ford’s production methods and said, yeah, we can do better. Read More

2018 Hyundai Ioniq Is a Car to Get if You Love Money

“Not much to this thing,” I thought as I plopped into the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq’s firm driver’s seat and gripped its rock-hard plastic steering wheel. Then I found the price tag: just over $23,000. Then I found the fuel range: just over… holy crap, 600 miles? As far as new cars go, this is quite a penny pincher. Read More

What Do You Want to Know About the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt?

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Lots of love for electric vehicles on Jalopnik lately. First a quick drive of the Tesla Model 3 Performance (a full week-long test of the regular one is coming soon) and now we find ourselves in the Chevrolet Bolt until the end of the week. What do you want to know about it?

I’ve only done some light commuting in Chevrolet’s 250-mile, 200 horsepower fully electric hatchback-mini crossover thing, and so far I’m really enjoying it. I’ve knocked about 30 miles off the total range and look forward to the charging experience before the week is up. Read More

NASCAR CEO Brian France Arrested for DUI and Oxycodone Possession

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NASCAR CEO Brian France was arrested for driving under the influence and possession of Oxycodone, an opioid painkiller, according to TMZ Sports. TMZ, in its style, reported that France “bombed” a field sobriety test on Long Island.

From TMZ:

We’re told France’s blood alcohol level was more than TWICE the legal limit. Cops say during the stop, they found oxycodone pills during a search of his person. Read More

The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Is Everything You Want It to Be

Does Bullitt still matter? Fifty years since it came out, is the detective thriller—oozing with Steve McQueen’s quiet, simmering brand of cool and famous for its groundbreaking centerpiece car chase scene—relevant to the young buyers the Ford Mustang once had a monopoly on? After a hot lap of San Francisco in the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t matter, because this car is an instant classic in its own right. Read More

Fuel Strategy Battle Brings Intense Excitement To IMSA Race At Road America

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For the third Prototype class battle in a row the race has been won by a non-factory LMP2 entry with a properly pro-am driver combo at the wheel. For the second time in a row, that winner has been the CORE Autosport pairing of Colin Braun and Jon Bennett. This comes just days after IMSA announced that they would demote the LMP2-style racers to a lower tier class below their own DPi-style prototypes. Read More

Technicolor Air Flow Paint Splatters Are the Liveries That Formula One Needs

As Formula One dips its toes into summer break, it’s time to take a breather from championship battles and silly season rumors and think about the things that really matter. Like how freakin’ cool the air flow paint looks during F1 tests.

After the Hungarian Grand Prix, the F1 teams stuck around in Budapest for a mid-season test to gather some data before they dive in for the last stretch of races. They got some junior drivers behind the wheel to test out their skills and had the veterans keep an eye on the problem areas. And my goodness are the results of the air flow freaking incredible. Read More

Mark Donohue's The Unfair Advantage Reveals the Magic of Motorsport Before Anyone Knew What They Were Doing

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When you think “race car driver”, you’re probably thinking “composed professional who is very skilled and on top of their game”. You’re probably not picturing someone who shrugs their shoulders and says, “I have no idea why this worked, but, uh, it did”—which is exactly the kind of picture Mark Donohue paints of himself in his autobiography. Read More

Pat Moss Brought the Rally World to its Knees and Paved the Way for Women to Win

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When you come from a family with a name like Moss and you decide to get behind the wheel of a car, you better be good. If your dad drove at Indianapolis, your mom competed in rallies, and your brother is considered the best Formula One driver to never win a World Championship, though, it’s not like you really have any other choice. It’s a damn good thing Pat Moss had plenty of talent. Read More

Weekend Motorsports Roundup; August 5-6, 2018

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Welcome to the Jalopnik Weekend Motorsports Roundup, where we let you know what’s going on in the world of racing, where you can see it, and where you can talk about it all in one convenient place. Where else would you want to spend your weekend?

It’s about that time of year. We’re either in the midst of or about to kick off summer break from racing. Yes, yes, that’s right. We actually get to sleep in! Thankfully, there’s still a solid racing lineup this weekend to keep you from having to brave the August heat. Read More

The 2018 BMW M5's 600 HP Will Clear All Thoughts From Your Mind With Speed

“This is one bad bitch,” the valet said as he pulled the Marina Bay Blue 2018 BMW M5 out of the bowels of the parking garage on Manhattan’s westside for me.

I laughed in response. “You don’t need to tell me twice.”

On paper, the 2018 M5 (F90-generation) is formidable. Earlier in the summer, a fellow auto writer told me that it was the most savagely fast car he’d ever driven. Another UK-based car critic and friend said that it was probably one of the best cars he’d driven this year. Read More

The War Over Fuel Economy Is Just Beginning

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The fuel economy fight is happening, Toyota is (still) making a lot of money, Buick is in the news, and more. Welcome to The Morning Shift. It’s Friday!

1st Gear: California and a Bunch Of Other States Are Taking on the Trump Administration Over Fuel Efficiency Standards

We knew this was coming, but on Thursday 19 states—led by California—said they would sue to stop the Trump administration from freezing fuel economy standards for new cars after 2020. Those states want to preserve their decades-old right to impose tougher standards. The legal showdown could last for years and, indeed, might outlast the Trump presidency itself, but, whatever happens, automakers will be closely watching, since two sets of standards among states could mean two sets of cars. Read More

Tesla Stock Jumps After Elon Musk Apologizes To Journalists

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Elon Musk apologizes, Mercedes struggles to deliver cars, VW is lacking powertrain engineers and more await you in The Morning Shift for Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018.

1st Gear: Being Civil in Public Pays Off For Musk and Tesla

Tesla shares rose as much as 12 percent after the company held its second quarter earnings call last night, Bloomberg reports. Among contributing factors to the jump was Elon Musk’s apology to journalists (which you can read here), whom he had scolded in a previous conference call for asking “dry” and “boring, bonehead” questions. Read More

The 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet Is the Best Way to Kill Hypercars and Get a Tan

When you look at the last few batches of headline-grabbing McLarens, Lamborghinis and Porsches, they’ve had one thing to offer: lap times. Nürburgring records. Extreme track performance. I say unto you now: who actually gives a shit? One of the best and fastest cars I’ve ever driven is the 580 horsepower 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, and it will never see a track day, ever. And when you’re behind the wheel, you won’t care. Read More

Is Ford Bringing an Actual Small Truck Back to the U.S.?

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Compact pickup trucks, lawsuits over tiny fish, unexpected dangers on the road and more await you in The Morning Shift for Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018.

1st Gear: Ford’s Got Plans, Maybe

A new compact Ford unibody pickup truck is in the works with plans to bring it to the U.S. market in 2022—at least, according to sources familiar with the matter. Those sources spoke to Automobile recently, saying that the truck would be built on the next-generation Focus platform. Read More

Super Fast Desert Trucks Will Make the 2019 King of the Hammers So Much Cooler

Ah, the King Of The Hammers. Easily my favorite off-road racing experience to watch. Or at least, the most immersive. Where else can you see high-speed desert action and rock crawling at the same event, from your tailgate? Well, this year KOH week is going to be wilder than ever.

Today Ultra 4 Racing announced that in addition to the motorcycles, UTVs and multitude of truck types that invade Johnson Valley, California every February, the 2019 King Of The Hammers week will feature unlimited open-desert truck racing starring pretty much the most elite drivers in the sport right now. Read More

Detroit Is Falling Behind On Crossovers Because Time Is a Flat Circle

A billion dollars going to a new manufacturing plant, 700 million losing out to tariffs and more await you on The Morning Shift for Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

1st Gear: Detroit is “Losing Ground” to Imports on Crossovers

If there’s one thing you can trust the Big Three to do, it’s fight amongst themselves and cede ground to foreign manufacturers even on Detroit’s most sealed-up market segments, as Bloomberg details in a new report today: Read More

The Trade War Is Now Real

The car tariffs are starting to hit consumers, FCA’s new CEO has some very large shoes to fill and the trucking industry’s attempts at attracting new drivers await your rapt attention on The Morning Shift for Monday, July 30, 2018.

1st Gear: And Here… We… Go

You know how it was only a matter of time before the cost of the car tariffs would get pushed onto the consumers? Well, that time is now. Read More

14-Year-Old Robert Noaker Wins MX-5 Cup Race At Mid Ohio 

Image: Al Arena/Ignite Media via Mazda

What were you doing when you were 14-years-old? I was probably playing GameBoy in my room with the music turned up too loud and eating everything my mother put in the cabinets. Rob Noaker, however, just spent his 14th year on Earth winning a professionally contested motor racing event, yesterday’s MX-5 Cup race at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course. Read More

Lewis Hamilton Wins From Pole In Hungary As Teammate Throws Away Podium

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After a nasty rain during Saturday’s qualifying sessions in which Lewis Hamilton secured a dominant pole position, and following on from Hamilton’s successes in recent races, this Hungarian Grand Prix looked a foregone conclusion. After the starting lights went out and Lewis had gone ahead at the first corner as teammate Valtteri Bottas slotted in behind, that conclusion looked pretty secure. Following a faulty Ferrari pit stop in which points contender Sebastian Vettel’s front left wheel gun took a couple of seconds longer than usual, Lewis Hamilton knew he had nothing standing in his way for the win. Read More

This Terrifying Lamborghini Crash Took Out Four Marshals at Spa 

We’re pretty lucky to be living in an era when racing is pretty safe, all things considered. We aren’t having Le Mans 1955-style accidents or seeing drivers die on the regular. But no one is infallible, and every so often we have a shocking reminder that we can’t get complacent.

The second Lamborghini Super Trofeo race of the season, taking place at Spa-Francorchamps, was red-flagged after Swedish driver Fredrik Blomstedt’s #32 Bonaldi Motorsport machine struck a tire barrier and, subsequently, the marshal stand the barrier was protecting. Read More

Elsie Wisdom Proved That Women Could Have Their Family and Kick Ass at Racing, Too

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History remembers her as Elsie Wisdom, but her family would remember her as Bill.

Born in London in 1904, Wisdom was the youngest child and only daughter in a family sporting six sons. Growing up in an environment like that, it’s no wonder she wasn’t your average turn-of-the-century dame. No; Wisdom grew up full of spice and spitfire and wasn’t afraid to show her brothers what she was made of. They nicknamed her Bill since she was just one of the boys. Read More

Force India's Formula One Team Has Gone Into Administration Because They Haven't Been Paying Their Bills (or Sponsors)

Photo: Luca Bruno (AP)

Everyone knows that Formula One isn’t cheap. My eyes kind of glaze over when they start talking about how much a single component of the car costs because I can’t quantify that much money even existing in one place, let alone being tossed around willy-nilly at engine replacements. I do know, though, that if you owe your sponsors money, that’s probably not a great business model. Turns out, that’s exactly what’s going on with Force India. Read More

A 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel Pulling an Airstream Basecamp Is the Best Version of 'Camping'

A pickup truck with a silver Airstream trailer behind it is quintessential Americana. That’s as true today as it was 50 years ago, except now the experience can be ridiculously comfortable with a 2018 Ford F-150 diesel and a downright futuristic Airstream Basecamp trailer.

(Full disclosure: Ford loaned me the F-150 diesel and Airstream’s PR outfit set up the trailer loan, both were delivered on the respective company’s dimes.) Read More

Fiat Chrysler Claims It Had No Clue Sergio Marchionne Was Seriously Ill for a Year

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Who knew what and when about the health of Fiat Chrysler’s fallen former CEO, tariffs galore, Ford’s troubles and more await you on The Morning Shift for Friday, July 27, 2018.

1st Gear: Questions Arise Over Marchionne’s Health

Last weekend, the news that now-deceased Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne was ill enough for the company’s board to replace him in an emergency Saturday meeting came as a total shock to the automotive world. Very few people seemed to know Marchionne was even sick, and by the time he was replaced as CEO by Mike Manley, his exact condition was still unclear. Read More

America's Auto Workers Deserve Better Than the UAW [Update]

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Unions, tariffs, and everything else making life good and/or hell.

1st Gear: This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

I am, as always, proud to be a Union Man. Jalopnik is a union shop (major injury free for 0.27 days!), and anytime we point out how much we love that and unions in general, we get always get a couple of huffy old commenters who are like “OH YEAH WELL WHAT ABOUT THE UAW HUH???????” Read More

The $6,000 Benelli TNT600 Is a Lot of Motorcycle For the Money

The Benelli TNT600 is an Italian-branded Chinese-made naked upright sport motorcycle. Its power-to-price ratio is pretty excellent. It’s also a little lumbering and oddly bulbous. It’s a lot of bike for the bucks and it’s a lot of bike in general.

(Full Disclosure: Benelli’s distributor SSR let me ride its TNT300 and TNT600 bikes around Los Angeles for a day. The company also paid for my food and fuel.) Read More

The EPA Wants a '50-State Solution' for Emissions Standards 

Emissions rules to cover all 50 states, automaker profits getting hit by new steel and aluminum prices and Volvo’s having a rough time with investors. These stories and more on The Morning Shift for Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

1st Gear: Automaker Tax Savings are Getting Wiped Out by Tariffs

President Trump filled corporations with joy by slashing their tax burden to a significant degree, hilariously assuming they would then take those savings and reinvest them into the workplace and the workers. Instead, corporate America bought a whole lot of its own stock. Imagine that. Read More

Your E30 BMW M3 Deserves A Killer Engine Swap

In recent years, the first BMW M3 has become slightly more known for its ability to rival air-cooled Porsche prices at online auctions than for its driving prowess. The truth is the E30 M3 is excellent to drive, but its high-revving four-cylinder engine isn’t for everyone. Here’s what you should do instead of shoving your E30 M3 into a hermetically sealed bubble and waiting for its price to go up so you can retire on the Bring A Trailer sale: give it a beefier engine and then actually drive it. Read More

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster N Actually Kicks Ass

“It was like a bomb,” Albert Biermann told me, describing one of the more, uh, experimental settings for the Hyundai Veloster N during its testing at the Nürburgring. Biermann runs Hyundai N, coming off of his old job running the alphabetically-adjacent BMW M. If anyone knows how to make a fully-realized performance car, it’s Biermann and his team. But you don’t get a well-polished car without it being rough at first, and I wanted to know how rough things had been. Read More

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