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Singing Irish Teens Do the Impossible and Make Flying Ryanair Good Singing Irish Teens Do the Impossible and Make Flying Ryanair Good

Flying in basic economy class is, as we all know, trash. Flying on a budget airline like Ryanair can be even worse. But if you did get stuck on Ryanair, the famously brusque Irish line, full of Irish teens performing some folk music, it somehow becomes amazing.

Here’s How Alex Zanardi Drives A Race Car Without Legs

Alex Zanardi is a multi-gold medal-winning Paralympian, a two-time CART champion, and had a special edition of the Acura NSX named precisely after him. And due to a racing crash years ago, he lives without legs. This is how he drives a race car.

Donna Summer -- 'I Feel Love' Donna Summer -- 'I Feel Love'

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

This Video Has Just So Many Supercars

A Porsche 911 GT1. Mercedes CLK GTR attempting to do donuts. A drag race between a Ferrari 250 GT SWB and a Lamborghini Miura S. You’re about to overload on a ton of very, very good cars. Yes, there’s also a Porsche 918 Spider drag racing a Porsche 959.

Watching a Little Kei Car Beach Itself is the Cutest Saddest Thing 

Kei cars are absolutely adorable, and for the most part, they can do all the things that big cars do. And since they can mostly do all the things a big car can do, their owners try to do most of the things drivers of big cars can do. Except they shouldn’t try to drive over concrete medians, lest they get beached like…

Here's Proof a Lexus can be Loud Enough to Re-Arrange Your Whole Face

Yes, I know, there are Lexuses (Lexii?) that sound good. But there aren’t too many that are LOUD. I’m talking Saturn-V-on-launch-loud. Proper noise. Like the unearthly noise coming out of this supercharged Lexus GS F.

If You Can Hack Into This Tesla Model 3, It's Yours

Pwn2Own is a hacking conference with a very simple premise: Hack into the device, and it’s yours. All sorts of computers and browsers and devices have been featured over the years, but for the first time ever, there will be a car. Specifically, a Tesla Model 3. Hackers will try their best to get inside its systems and…

Infiniti's Big Fancy Electric Concept Broke Before It Could Even Debut Infiniti's Big Fancy Electric Concept Broke Before It Could Even Debut

The Infiniti QX Inspiration concept is supposed to be leading the way for Infiniti, showing the bright electric crossover future to come. It was supposed to physically debut at the Detroit Auto Show. Instead, it couldn’t even make it out to all the waiting journalists.

Everything Bad? Yes, Report Says Everything Bad? Yes, Report Says

Declining car sales, China’s market is going down, and Renault is accusing someone (?) of a “a purposefully orchestrated destabilization campaign.” All that and more in The Morning Shift for January 14, 2019.

What Are The 'Unbelievable' And 'Stronger' And 'Better' Vehicles Currently Assaulting Our Border?

The United States Border Patrol is notoriously bad at driving its Ford F-150 Raptors, but the thing is, it has Raptors. It is pretty much the best high-speed desert-driving mass-market vehicle there is. If you want something better, you’re going to have to go with a buggy, which the cops also have. But apparently, it…

Here's a Depressing Snapshot of Our Nation's Garbage Roads Here's a Depressing Snapshot of Our Nation's Garbage Roads

This nation, this once great and glorious nation, has been cursed with a plague for the past 20 years. It is the curse of the big wheel and the skinny, worthless tire. We need to bring back big, meaty, beautiful sidewalls, and this map showing where the worst roads in America are shows precisely why.

Here's How You Use a Backpack Nuke

The Special Atomic Demolition Munition, AKA the SADM, AKA “a backpack nuke,” is what it sounds like. It’s a nuke that can fit in a backpack. Here’s how you use one. You know, just in case you were wondering.

JALOPNIK TREND ALERT: Humblebadging JALOPNIK TREND ALERT: Humblebadging

We’ve all seen it. Some slightly scruffy, previous-generation Mercedes S-Class of unknowable provenance, festooned in both ///AMG and Maybach badges. It cannot be both. It is neither. The up-badging must stop, but thankfully a new TREND is emerging: Humblebadging.

Does Hockey Have Any Damn Business In Texas? Does Hockey Have Any Damn Business In Texas?

This week we’re talking about Notre Dame, New Year’s resolutions, whether you too can be a Football Man, and of course, Mitsubishi. 

Jeep Is Killing It Right Now Jeep Is Killing It Right Now

A nice number of you won’t stop buying crossovers, Aston Martin is preparing for the Brexit apocalypse, and oil’s replacement might bring some similar foibles. All that and more in the Morning Shift for January 7, 2019.

How the Soviet Union Once Built the Noisiest Airliner in the World out of a Nuclear Bomber How the Soviet Union Once Built the Noisiest Airliner in the World out of a Nuclear Bomber

It’s the 1950s, and you’re the Soviet Union. Your deepest rivals, the Americans and their corporations, are all preparing the latest and greatest jet airliners to fly them all over the world. And you’ve got... pretty much nothing. But you do have a huge bomber ready to deliver the apocalypse.

What Do You Want To Know About The Maserati Quattroporte? What Do You Want To Know About The Maserati Quattroporte?

If you want a big, luxurious, Big Beef Boy car, you’ve got plenty of options. Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7, Jaguar XJ, Audi A8, Lexus LS, and probably something else that I’ve evicted from my mind for being too boring. The Maserati Quattroporte is not too boring, however. Oh, not at all.

This Is How They Unload Coal Trains

I’ve never thought about how coal actually gets used. It came out of the ground, it goes into a power plant, soot comes out, and West Virginia dies happy and very, very early. The end. Sure, it had to go onto a train at some point, and that train was probably unloaded by Dickensian street urchins with shovels or…

The Most-Read Jalopnik Posts of 2018 The Most-Read Jalopnik Posts of 2018

We all know that Jalopnik is not good for your health, or ours. But for reasons that are utterly beyond us, you people will not stop reading it. These are the most-read Jalopnik posts for all of 2018.

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