On October 10, the SSC Tuatara supercar set the land speed record for a production car. On a stretch of road between Las Vegas and Pahrump, as ideal a place as exists for such an undertaking, the Tuatara ran two trials, the first at 301mph and the second at 331mph. This was then averaged for the official record speed of 316mph. Continue Reading
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, especially now. But there’s a troubling trend that needs a little more attention so we can all get it under control. Somewhat counterintuitively, while the pandemic has reduced traffic on roads, traffic accidents, especially fatal ones, have increased to an alarming degree. Continue Reading
It’s October, so let’s get spooky. But how spooky can cars really be? These ten cars from horror movies, books, and TV shows aimed to find out. As always, the rankings are entirely mine and done with all the deliberation of a chimpanzee determining which part of the termite mound he’s going to stab. Feel free to chime in with any that I’ve missed.
More than any other consumer good, our cars are an expression of our identities. That’s why, when a discontinued model rises Lazarus-like from the grave, it’s news. Both Ford and Fiat Chrysler are bringing back two famous SUVs that were last seen in the ‘90s, trying to recapture their past glory. Both companies have revealed the direction they’re going, but whether the redesigned vehicles will catch on is anyone’s guess. Continue Reading
The Citroën Ami looks like something out of an early ‘70s sci-fi movie, a tiny motorized box that transports our protagonist from one side of a futuristic city to meet with the supercomputer that runs their civilization. Released in the spring to the European market, the Ami is a shade below eight feet long, seats two, and gets around with an efficient electric motor with a top speed of 28mph and a range of 46 miles and can be charged from a standard home outlet. In other words, it’s a car perfectly engineered for city living: easy to park, cheap to drive, and with enough kick to handle traffic. It’s already a hit in the infamously gridlocked Paris. Continue Reading