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Bask In The Glory Of The Cars At Our Le Mans Party This Weekend Bask In The Glory Of The Cars At Our Le Mans Party This Weekend

For reasons entirely beyond the scope of our own comprehension, we live in New York City, the town that truly despises the car. But in true Jalopnik tradition, we will rage against those forces that oppress us, and we’re going to throw a hell of a party while we do it. And since our 24 Hours of Le Mans party this…

What The Hell Happened Between Renault and Fiat Chrysler? What The Hell Happened Between Renault and Fiat Chrysler?

Fiat Chrysler’s latest best hope just collapsed, Ford shuts down a plant, and GM defends shutting down a plant. All that and more in the Morning Shift for Thursday, June 6, 2019.

Everybody Shut Up and Bask in the Glory of this Real Lamborghini Huracan Safari Concept Everybody Shut Up and Bask in the Glory of this Real Lamborghini Huracan Safari Concept

Every so often we see jacked-up Lamborghinis, all ready for terrifying speeds and offroad adventure, and we mostly ignore them because they’re just renders. Ephemeral dreams that will evaporate as soon as we get too close, and then immediately disappear. But not this. This is a real car (though the photos may be…

The Navy Hid the USS John S. McCain So Trump Wouldn’t See It in Japan: Reports (Update: Trump Confirms) The Navy Hid the USS John S. McCain So Trump Wouldn’t See It in Japan: Reports (Update: Trump Confirms)

President Donald Trump was in Japan on a state visit this week. While there, he did the usual Japan stuff—hit up a sumo tournament, pal around with a dictator, see the troops at a U.S. Navy base, etc.. All of it normal, these days. But while visiting the troops, his staff was apparently worried he’d be triggered by…

What Ferrari Learned From The Ferrari F50 What Ferrari Learned From The Ferrari F50

Today is a historic day, as all days when a new flagship Ferrari is announced are. In the line dating back to the Ferrari 288 GTO, we now have a new top-of-the-marque member, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale. A plug-in hybrid with all-wheel-drive, it probably won’t be the “race car for the road” you’re expecting. And the…

Ohio Uses Snowplows to Clear Off Interstate After Night of Devastating Tornadoes Ohio Uses Snowplows to Clear Off Interstate After Night of Devastating Tornadoes

At one point last night, there were eight separate tornado warnings across the state of Ohio. Tornadoes devastated many communities, especially the city of Dayton, Ohio. After two tornadoes slammed into the city, one right after the other, over much the same path, I-75 was littered with debris. The state broke out the…

Here's The Story Of How The 2020 Toyota Supra Was Born In Secret Here's The Story Of How The 2020 Toyota Supra Was Born In Secret

By this point everyone knows that the 2020 Toyota Supra is effectively a differently tuned, differently bodied BMW Z4. But how that partnership came to be began way back in 2012, and it began with the lead engineer for the Supra being pulled off the Toyota 86 launch for a secret meeting in Germany. And now we know…

What It's Like to Drive a Solar-Powered Car

There was a sharp, stabbing pain in my back. My left shoulder was wedged in the midst of some sort of metal cage. I was too old, too fat, and too uncomfortable to do anything. I was driving a car powered by nothing but the sun.

Delta Thinks Its Employees Are Morons

Delta, an airline company that absorbs over $5 billion in annual profit and has a share price that’s soared to over eight times its value since 2011, does not want its flight attendants to unionize and demand fair compensation as a unit. Instead of making more money, the airline asks, how about... video games?

Here's the Biggest Steam Locomotive in the World Flying Down the Rails

Union Pacific 4014, also known as the largest steam locomotive in the world, also known as a Union Pacific “Big Boy,” is racing to Ogden, Utah, to make it in time for the 150th anniversary celebrations of the transcontinental railroad. Here it is flying down the tracks.

Toyota and Honda Are Cutting Costs Racing to Catch Up on Electric Cars Toyota and Honda Are Cutting Costs Racing to Catch Up on Electric Cars

Merely getting to the future will be painful, Trump tariffs mean jobs could be moved to Mexico, and unions could save some GM jobs. This is the Morning Shift for May 8, 2019.

Here's the Biggest Steam Engine in the World Going on a Test Run For the First Time in Nearly 60 Years

Union Pacific 4014, also known as the one of the only 25 Big Boys ever built and only eight still in existence, is now officially the only one running in the world. Earlier we heard it blow its whistle for the first time since 1962, and yesterday evening it went for its first test run under its own power for the first…

Merely Watching a Sideshow Is Now a Crime in San Jose

Street racing, stunting, sideshows—we’re not fans around here. Too many people get hurt, too many people get killed. But generally, we keep our criticisms to the participants. Now, however, even merely seeing an infamous West Coast-style sideshow in San Jose can kill you, Bird Box-style. Or put you in jail for up to…

ZZ Top -- 'Doubleback' ZZ Top -- 'Doubleback'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

Enough with the 'Actually, Electric Cars Pollute More' Bullshit Already Enough with the 'Actually, Electric Cars Pollute More' Bullshit Already

I know, I know, dunking on the Wall Street Journal editorial board is a bit like smacking your four-year-old nephew’s would-be jumper out of the air before it even leaves his hands. But in an Op-Ed last week it peddled the tired and disingenuous notion that electric cars, by the very virtue of their production,…

F1's Miami Grand Prix, Which Is Not Happening, Is Now Officially Not Happening F1's Miami Grand Prix, Which Is Not Happening, Is Now Officially Not Happening

The notion that Formula One would host a race on a street circuit in a modern American city was preposterous. The notion that said street circuit would seemingly be entirely composed of one giant hairpin was hilarious. It was never going to happen, and now its not-happening is official.

Ford Is Pouring $500 Million into Rivian Ford Is Pouring $500 Million into Rivian

Electric cars, electric cars, electric cars!!!!!!!!! And also, Nissan lost a bunch of money. This is the Morning Shift for April 24, 2019.

What the Hell Is This Oddball Mercedes Mule? What the Hell Is This Oddball Mercedes Mule?

Most prototypes we see running around look like a normal car, just covered in some crazy ugly wraps. If we’re lucky, it’ll have some cubist cardboard slapped onto it, just to be really deceptive. But if we get real lucky, you get whatever the hell this thing is.

Tell Me Some Automotive Fun Facts Tell Me Some Automotive Fun Facts

I’m bored. Tell me some facts.

The Government of Japan Intervened to Keep Nissan, Well, Nissan: Report The Government of Japan Intervened to Keep Nissan, Well, Nissan: Report

An independent Nissan, absurd self-driving valuations, and your favorite car in the world – the Apple car!!!!!!! – is back. All that and more in the Morning Shift for Thursday, April 18, 2019.

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