Why The Nürburgring is a Motorsports Obsession

For nearly a century, Germany’s Nürburgring course has proven to be one of the world’s biggest and toughest race tracks. With over 25 kilometers of narrow straightaways, banked corners, and blind hairpins, simply completing a lap takes titanic resolve from even seasoned drivers. The original “Ring was conceptualized in the early ’20s, and completed in …

The History of AMG

For over 50 years, AMG has been one of Germany’s premier tuning and racing outfits. Maintaining a close relationship with Mercedes-Benz’s production team, and then becoming an official brand of the manufacturer. The tuner’s output ranges from big V8 sedans, to low-slung coupes, and to turbocharged hot hatches. Stick around and, let’s give a quick …

Dallara: Italy’s Underdog Race Car Builder

When you’re told to think of Italian race car manufacturers, Ferrari and Maserati come to mind. You may not have thought of Dallara, but the company has regardless worked behind the scenes of prestigious racing series for nearly 50 years. Building chassis for IndyCar, Formula 1, and Le Mans teams, as well as providing street …

Italy’s Prestigious Automotive Design Houses

Automotive design is just as much an art as it is a science, and some of the best car-tists are living in Italy. These companies, known as design houses, are responsible for some of the most iconic auto concepts to hit the streets. Both in their home country, and globally. The design houses evolved from …

70 Years of Lotus

Since 1948, Lotus has been England’s pluckiest indie automaker, putting out taught and nimble sports cars for the street and track. Famously, founder Colin Chapman’s mantra was “Simplify and add lightness.” Which has been carried into all the company’s products. From a physics standpoint, it just makes sense. Lighter components can carry more speed around …

The Greatest Corvettes in Motorsports

The original Corvette was created by Chevrolet in an effort to steal some thunder from popular British sports cars, but the Vette itself wasn’t much of a performer. It was saddled with a weak straight-six engine and a two-speed automatic gearbox. After a few years of mediocre sales, the Corvette would finally gain its trademark …

Timeline of the Corvette Z06

The long-running Corvette Z06 package has always been a solid option for turnkey performance on the street and track. First appearing in 1963 on the first stingray, The Z06 would take a nearly 40 year hiatus before re-appearing as the top of the line version of C5 Vette. While stock Corvettes are cushy grand touring …

VW’s MQB Platform

Volkswagens’ MQB chassis is a prolific Swiss Army Knife of a platform. Underpinning everything from compact hatchbacks, to sedans, vans, crossovers, up to budget supercars like the VW Golf R and Audi TT RS. The MQB is a generational successor to the venerable A platform of the original Golf, which itself was a replacement for …

VW’s MLB Evo Platform

In order to combat rising production costs, platform-sharing has become an extremely common practice for vehicle manufacturers. Volkswagen Group has taken this practice to a whole new level, putting over a dozen big sedan and crossover models on its MLB Evo chassis. The Evo itself is a stretched version of the standard MLB platform, which …

Timeline of the Porsche 911 Turbo

Since the 70’s, the 911 Turbo has been one of Porsche’s most prestigious nameplates. The original 930 brought racing technology to the street, and each subsequent Turbo has upped the ante with technical advancements like all-wheel-drive and anti-lag. They’re also some of the most powerful and violently accelerating cars to bear the Porsche badge. Stick …