Here Are the Cars Jalopnik Is Thankful For 

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It’s not hard to guess what we’re thankful for: the continuing improvement of our dear Andrew Collins following his spill, my current total lack of cancer and Patrick George finally taking his first steps towards transitioning into a Bavarian super villain. Truly, the Jalopnik gang is hashtag-blessed. But the thing we’re really the most thankful for? The chance to drive the cars and share those cars with you. Read More

The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS Drives Like the Superior Porsche

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Historically, the Porsche Boxster and Cayman never received the same amount of love as their 911 older sibling. Sure, there were great variants like the Cayman GT4, but never any absurd Turbo or Turbo S models, as if the mid-engine cars were purposely undercut to keep the 911 on its king’s throne. This, I suspect, has led many to believe the 911 to be inherently the superior car. They are wrong. The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS is as perfect a sports car as they come. Read More

Ladies' Rally Champion, Wartime Intelligence Decoder, and Award Winning Gardener: Meet Margaret Allan

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When you’re born to a notable suffragette mother and an activist father, there’s a good chance you’re going to grow up with something of an independent streak, despite being an early twentieth century gal. When they tell you that learning to drive will be of a benefit to you, chances are, you’ll learn. Such was the case with the prodigious Margaret Allan. Read More

Alexander Rossi Just About Crashed Head-On with a Fan's SUV in the Baja 1000

Open wheel racing can be a terrifying sport full of near-misses, but there’s a good chance that Indy 500 champion and former Formula One driver Alexander Rossi has never experienced anything quite as terrifying as a potentially terrible crash within the first fifty miles of the Baja 1000.

Rossi was piloting the No. 709 Honda Ridgeline Class 7 truck at Ojos Negros, a notably high speed section full of blind jumps a mere 33 miles into the entire race. Despite the fact that racers are sending it at full-speed through here, the road is technically still open to local traffic. Seems like a terrible idea to me, but hey—I’m not the one in charge. Read More

The 2019 Genesis G70 Is as Great as It Needs To Be

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Hyundai’s cars are a long, long way from the punchline they used to be. Everyone knows that. But with Genesis, its new luxury nameplate, the company’s ambitions have never been higher. It’s a measure of how far the company has come that the G70, its challenger to the BMW 3 Series and the rest, is as good or better than anything produced by the Germans. Read More

The 2019 Bentley Continental GT Is Better Than Owning a Nice House and Just As Expensive

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Bentley is known for its big grand tourers packed with massaging seats and ludicrous W12 power. Looks and features are cool and all in the abstract, but does this new 2019 Bentley Continental GT actually grant you a luxurious enough experience in the cockpit and good enough handling on a fun road to justify the price tag that matches a nice house?  Read More

The Electric Vehicle Revolution Might Cost as Much as $6 Trillion

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The cost of EV adoption is high, Volkswagen doubles down on offering a cheaper EV than Tesla, and General Motors talks the totally real possibilities of flying cars. All of that and more in The Morning Shift for Monday, Nov. 12, 2018.

1st Gear: $6 Trillion Is an Awful Lot

Nearly every automaker’s dumping gobs of cash into developing new lines of electric vehicles, despite the fact that EVs currently represent only a fraction of total auto sales. This presents a number of challenges. The cost of an EV with a decent amount of range, for one thing, is higher than a regular gas-powered car, even with federal tax subsidies available. Read More

Dumbass Thieves Have Stolen Roadkill's “Mazdarati”, Contender For Most Conspicuous Vehicle Ever

It’s bright yellow with stripes and stickers and patches of primer. It’s got a Olds Toronado 455 cubic inch big block mounted in the bed with chrome zoomies sticking out the back. If you’ve seen the Roadkill “Mazdarati” Mazda REPU in person, you’re not soon to forget it. Which is why it’s so freaking stupid that some thieves decided to jack the truck from the Roadkill dudes. Read More

Max Verstappen Started A Shoving Match With Esteban Ocon Over Brazilian Grand Prix Contact

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As Sunday’s Grand Prix came to an end, Max Verstappen was already on the radio to his team on the cooldown lap issuing thinly veiled threats of violence against Esteban Ocon. Ocon, in an attempt to stay on the lead lap of the race, was fighting harder than necessary with race leader Verstappen. The ultimate result of that on-track fight was both drivers spinning off and Verstappen losing a substantial lead over ultimate race victor Lewis Hamilton. Read More

Max Verstappen Knocked Out Of Brazilian Grand Prix Victory, Recovers To Second As Lewis Hamilton Wins

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Max Verstappen is a dick, but in today’s Brazilian Grand Prix he certainly had the fastest car on track this weekend. Red Bull spent all of their efforts in qualifying attempting to finalize their in-race setups rather than focusing on their grid position. As a result the two Red Bull drivers started behind the Ferrari and Mercedes duos. It wasn’t long before Verstappen and teammate Daniel Ricciardo were fighting at the sharp end, however. Read More

A Very Unfortunate Bird Could Have Made McLaren's Brazilian Grand Prix Weekend Even Worse

Anyone who’s ever had the misfortune to hit a bird while driving knows how much it blows. Now imagine how quick hitting a bird at up to 200 mph could really ruin your day. Such are the unfortunate worries of McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne at the Interlagos circuit this weekend.

During the third practice earlier on Saturday morning, Vandoorne had to phone into the pit wall with some unfortunate news. He might have hit a bird. Whoops! Read More

Ford Might Be Headed for Junk Status

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Ford is still struggling, California will meet with the Trump administration, a and a former UAW official gets prison. All of that and more in The Morning Shift for Friday, Nov. 8, 2018.

1st Gear: Ford Might Be Junk Again

Ford is still a hugely profitable company, despite Trump’s metals tariffs (which cost them $1 billion) and an $11 billion investment into its future. That future features no sedans except for the Mustang, and isn’t bleak for the company so much as highly uncertain. Read More

Brock Yates' Cannonball! Reminds Us Why We All Fell in Love With the Open Road  

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It’s 1971, and America looks like it’s getting, well, boring. Yeah, yeah, we were in the thick of anti-Vietnam protesting, Black Power movements, feminist resistance, and the drug craze. The music was great and the cars looked incredible. But for automotive enthusiasts, things weren’t quite so great. Ralph Nader was calling for safety behind the wheel, and it looked like the Jack Kerouac road trip adventure dream was about to be a thing of the past. Enter: the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash. Read More

NBC IndyCar Analyst Paul Tracy is Under Investigation for Racist Social Media Posts

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IndyCar fans know the name. Former racer turned race analyst Paul Tracy is potentially seeing the consequences of lose-lipped social media posts. After a particularly threatening Facebook comment, Tracy is now under investigation by NBC.

On Tuesday of this week, Tracy allegedly made a Facebook comment where he told Indianapolis resident Chris Cunningham that he had invited illegal immigrants to a party at Cunningham’s house where they would “listen to [Cunningham] play a mini guitar, then they are going to rape your wife then you.” Yikes. Read More

Maria Teresa de Filippis Became the First Woman to Race in Formula One by Driving Juan Manuel Fangio's Old Maserati

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She was raised on the scent of racing. Daughter of an automotive engineer and the youngest of five very competitive children, Maria Teresa de Filippis didn’t set out to change the face of racing—but change it she did.

Born in Naples in 1926, de Filippis stumbled into racing almost by accident. Her focus until then had been competitive, yes, but had been channeled into things like horse riding and tennis. It was only at the age of 22 and only after a bet between her brothers that she wouldn’t be able to drive fast that finally goaded Maria behind the wheel. Read More

I Don't Believe the Final Edition Beetle Will Be Final Because It's the Ninth Time VW's Said That

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I just got back from Puebla, Mexico, where Volkswagen told me, with some gravity, that they’re finally ending Beetle production. This didn’t have too much of an impact on me because (1) as far as I’m concerned, the Beetle died in 2004 with the last of the air-cooled ones, and (B) Volkswagen has announced “final edition” Beetles of some kind or another an incredible nine times. So, yeah, I don’t really think the 2019 Final Edition Beetle is going to be the end of Beetle production, or even is currently the end of Beetle production. It’s a nice trim package, though. Read More

Michael Avenatti Says His Love of Racing Could Derail His Presidential Bid

The Porsche Avenatti co-drove at 12 Hours of Sebring in 2014. Photo: Getty Images

Michael Avenatti, a lawyer who is representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump and maybe enjoys his role a little too much, and is also a possible 2020 presidential contender in his own right, is a legit racecar driver, too. But Avenatti recently told Autoweek he may not run for president if it means he has to give up racing. Read More

2019 Acura NSX: Here's How Much Better It Is

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The new Acura NSX took an incomprehensibly long time to get here, but anyone who has driven it will agree it was worth the wait. Not without a couple faults, but worth the wait. Now with a slew of updates for 2019, the NSX is somehow even better, if you can believe it.

The 2019 Acura ILX Is as Good as It Looks

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Sedan sales have been taking a plunge all over the car business, yet half of Acura’s six-vehicle lineup are four-door sedans. But Acura needed a better gateway car, something that (might) capture those oh-so-coveted millennials. Enter the updated 2019 Acura ILX, which looks much better now and has the drive to match. Read More

Max Verstappen Nabs Fifth Formula One Victory, Hamilton Coasts To Fifth World Driver's Championship

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Lewis Hamilton needed to finish seventh or higher in order to mathematically preclude Sebastian Vettel, his last eligible competitor with a chance, from the 2018 World Championship and take it for himself. By sitting back and allowing everyone else to fight it out, Hamilton trotted home in fourth, the last car on the lead lap in the Mexican Grand Prix. Meanwhile, for the fifth time in his career, Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen comes home with the victory without ever having grabbed a pole position. Read More

Sébastien Loeb Proves He's The GOAT, Wins Rally Catalunya After Five Year Hiatus

Sébastien Loeb edged out defending WRC champ Sébastien Ogier by 2.9 seconds to win RallyRACC Catalunya this weekend. If that seems like a sentence that could have been written years ago, there’s good reason for that. Loeb has been largely absent from the World Rally Championship since the 2013 season. The French rally ace’s last win was Rally Argentina that year. In the meantime he’s been putting serious efforts into RallyX, WTCC, and Dakar campaigns. Read More

This 640 HP Z06-Swapped 1986 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup Is An Ideal Shop Truck

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Shop trucks are part of life for any joint that’s painting, restoring, and upgrading power in various cars and trucks. Errands need to be run, and supplies have to be picked up. Classic Car Studio Speed Shop is known for performing incredible upgrades on cool, vintage rides. They can’t make their runs around town in some ordinary Chevrolet Silverado. A quick set of wheels and a meaner exhaust setup wasn’t going to get it done. Read More

Robert Wickens Reveals He's Paralyzed After Vicious IndyCar Crash

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Rookie IndyCar driver Robert Wickens was the victim of a terrifying wreck at Pocono in August, a wreck which broke nearly his entire body. Wickens shared a video Thursday of him in rehabilitation, while also confirming that he is now paraplegic.

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Wickens, 29, broke his neck, spine, both legs, both hands, his right forearm, an elbow, and four ribs in the crash, and has undergone multiple surgeries since. It’s nice to see him moving around again, and even better news that he has hopes of walking again. Wishing you well, Robert. Read More

GM Is Siding With California Against Trump

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GM’s beefing with the Trump administration, Honda might move some Fit production to Japan, and Ford and Volkswagen are becoming better friends—all of this and more in The Morning Shift for Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.

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The 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Might Be The Best Road Car Porsche Has Ever Made

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Every once in a while, Porsche makes the right combination of revisions, throws together the perfect selection of parts, and comes up with something brilliant. The Porsche 911 GT3 Touring is exactly that.

We took the big-wing and PDK-equipped 991.2 GT3 on a road trip from London to Le Mans and back. Then we drove the Carrera T, and told you how it was perfect if you can’t afford the GT3. This time, though, we’ve heard so many people saying that the Porsche 911 GT3 Touring was “the best.” Read More

The 2019 Mini JCW International Orange Edition Is A Fast Pumpkin With An Eye-Popping Price Tag

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There is no missing the 2019 Mini John Cooper Works International Orange Edition as it comes down the street. With its flashy orange paint job and checkered graphics, subtle is definitely not in its vocabulary. This is nothing new; the JCWs have been the loud, extravagant performance Minis for years now, with a racing heritage that spans back decades. Read More

Major Tesla Short-Seller Changes Mind Over 'Proven Hit' of the Tesla Model 3

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The Tesla Model 3 is changing short-sellers’ minds, GM’s Cruise is lagging behind, and the DOT is getting fidgety about self-driving car safety. All this and more in The Morning Shift for Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

1st Gear: Tesla Short-Seller Walking Tall

Citron Research, long-time Tesla short-seller firm led by Andrew Left and one of the many suing over potential fraud for Elon Musk backing out of taking Tesla private, has now reversed its short position, now betting on the stock to rise, according to Reuters. Read More

Why Ford Killed Its Cars

My colleagues, as well as much of the car enthusiast community, are dealing with a collective freakout upon learning Ford will be killing off all its sedans and hatchbacks and keeping one real car, the Mustang, in North America. Ford is doomed, they say. But I don’t share that perspective—no one wanted to buy those cars anyway, and this came down to just being a cold, hard business decision. Read More

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