- Justin Hyde at Motoramic11 hrs ago
The Lotus Europa was one of the stranger sports cars of the '70s, but still managed to corner like a sheepdog thanks to its low weight and fiberglass body. This example caught by Dave Lindsay is fairly typical of the nicer early '70s Type 62 Europas Lotus exported to the United States; by today's standards they're odd, underpowered and unreliable — which means they have a fervent fan base. If you have a shot to share, please add it to the Motoramic group on Flickr, or send us a message via Twitter, Facebook and
- Neal Pollack at Motoramic12 hrs ago
In MotoGP, a most strange sport, compact, highly fit men, most of them Spanish, Italian, Japanese, or Australian, maneuver 350-lb., multimillion-dollar motorcycles around Formula 1 tracks at 210 mph while wearing computerized suits that inflate when they fall off at speed. It feels as though you’re watching Tron live, and the crashes are just as spectacular. Driving these things requires a lot of nerve, as well as generous levels of Euro-style machismo. The riders of MotoGP can’t walk down the street in Barcelona or Milan without being followed by screaming fans. They’re like some sort of unholy marriage between Daft Punk and Apollo astronauts. In the United States, they’re just guys walking down the street.
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic14 hrs ago
We've seen Ken Block slide his 650-hp Ford Fiesta rally car through the streets of San Fransisco and, more recently, around Miley Cirus' wrecking ball. But how he is he at playing soccer while doing these things?
It turns out, quite good.
Welcome to the world of Footkhana, where Ken Block faces his toughest challenge yet — defeat Neymar, Jr., a Brazilian soccer football star, in a head-to-head battle of fancy footwork.
Let's get one thing straight, in this video shot by Castrol motor oil, it's football — because naming a video "Sockhana" doesn't have the same ring. And because soccer is actually a game you play with your foot, unlike our version of football.
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic16 hrs ago
When you think of Britain, many things spring to mind — Monty Python, James Bond, rain, bad teeth and more rain. From an automotive perspective, the most quintessentially British brand (even though it's now technically Indian) would likely be Jaguar. But there is one little automaker that embodies everything Britain does best, only usually, it's a bit of an afterthought: The Morgan Motor Company.
The small carmaker from Malvern, England, founded by Mr. Morgan back in 1910, has a new car in its model lineup. And in true Morgan fashion, it looks like it's from the 1940s — only it goes like stink and costs nearly $120,000.
To celebrate the company's 100th year at its Pickersleigh Road factory, Morgan has released the Plus 8 Speedster. Fans of the brand will know that the Plus 8 has been a featured model for around 50 years, but a speedster version, well, that just makes it better.
- Justin Hyde at Motoramic21 hrs ago
One of the most famous engineers in automotive history rarely set foot in the company with his name on it. After launching the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost in 1905, and building the factory in 1908, doctors told Henry Royce he was near death from overwork in 1911, and barred him from the premises. For the next 22 years, Royce worked from estates, often hiring designers and engineers to draft his plans and help him flyspeck problems. Working from home, Royce not only built up Rolls-Royce but designed aircraft engines that defended Britain in two world wars. Today, the aeronautical and automotive businesses that still bear his name have long been separated, but both can rightly claim his mantle. Here's a glimpse of Royce at work:
- Steven Lang at Motoramic1 day ago
Every car brand likes to market themselves as the best. From "The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection" that launched Lexus to the top of most quality surveys, to "The Ultimate Driving Machine" solidifying the performance pedigree of BMW, automakers like to tell us that they alone are going to offer the absolute best long-term ownership experience.
But are they telling the truth?
I have been a car dealer, an auctioneer, and part-owner of an auto auction over the past 15 years. During that time, I have seen a lot of easily detectable patterns between those brands that have truly stood by their promise, and those that were merely giving lip service.
However, one man's experience can only go so far. That's why over the past year and a half, I have co-developed a long-term reliability study that now has nearly 350,000 sample trade-ins from all over the country.
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic1 day ago
Routinely fetching six figures, the BMW 3.0-liter CSL Batmobile is a true European treasure. The car often sports a Subaru WRX STI-style rear wing -- like in the above photo from Wessex Car Club -- only it originally arrived stored in the trunk for the boy racers of the time to affix.
1986 Indy 500 champion Bobby Rahal owns a beauty in silver, stored in his man cave outside of Chicago, along with a first generation Jaguar E-Type with the flat floor and a GT350 complete with Laguna Seca paddock passes in the glove compartment dated from 1969.
When visiting Rahal's place, he let me drive his $200,000 CSL Batmobile (just 20 feet out of the garage, but still). "I didn't want the big rear wing or any of that," Rahal told me. "It's beautiful enough as it is, and the engine is perhaps the greatest of its era."
- Justin Hyde at Motoramic1 day ago
Finding old cars in barns has long grown from pasttime into big business, what between the soaring prices of collector cars and the gaggle of auto-restoration reality shows that rely on the three-F formula — find, fix and flip. No episode demonstrates that merging better than the episode of Discovery Channel's "Fast N' Loud," which will reveal Monday how it discovered a true treasure — the first prototype Pontiac Firebirds.
Now in its fifth season, the crew of the Gas Monkey Garage from Austin, Texas, has built a fervent following with their quick restoration jobs and general hijinks, thanks to the personalities of Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman. Rawlings and team had veered into unusual work before — such as rebuilding a wrecked Ferrari F40 — but putting a pair of museum-quality cars together requires a different approach.
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic1 day ago
The Volkswagen Golf R and its 290 hp has at times left drivers underwhelmed. It's not that it's a bad car, it just doesn't differ enough to justify the price gap from the cheaper Golf GTI, despite having all-wheel drive. So what we need is a more powerful version, because power solves many things.
And, according to a report from , that's exactly what we're going to get.
Debuting at the Beijing motor show, the Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept looked surprisingly non-concept-y. It's a Golf, with a few racier bits on the front and rear bumpers and a cabin festooned in Alcantara and carbon-fiber. Under the hood is the same turbocharged 2.0-liter, with merely mild alterations to withstand the increase in turbo boost.
And then VW's R&D chief let it slip that this concept is racing towards reality. Which makes all of that last paragraph make sense.
- Justin Hyde at Motoramic1 day ago
As important as China has become in the global auto industry, it's pull has been entirely that of a consumer rather than a builder. Chinese buyers now purchase more new vehicles a year than Americans, but there's not yet been a move by any major automaker to sell Americans mass-market vehicles made in China.
Yet China's pull has already started affecting what we buy here, since automakers want to sell the same design in as many countries as possible. And the latest application of that trend comes in this, the concept Lincoln MKX.
Ford is launching the Lincoln brand from scratch in China this week as an alternative to established luxury players. Since the volumes will be small for a few years even under a sucessful plan, Ford will have to import Lincolns from North America, hoping to compete even with the high Chinese tariffs on foriegn-built models. That means any new models like the MKX concept will have to carry some innate appeal, and Lincoln said it held several focus groups in China to ensure the design it chose would resonate.