Why Sports Cars Go Mid-Engine

The most exclusive supercars on Earth all essentially have one thing in common: An engine mounted directly behind the driver. It’s not just a design choice. Mid-mounted, or midship, engines have proven to be the choice for uncompromised performance. But why is that? It’s a fairly simple matter of gravity and weight distribution. 2005 Ford …

How Detailers Bring Paint to a Like-New Shine

Over extended use, automotive paint is susceptible to all kinds of environmental attacks, from UV rays, to acid rain, road gravel, bird droppings, and microscopic dust. All these factors damage a paint’s clear coat over time and leave tiny imperfections in their wake, usually in the form of “swirls” visible under direct light. With the …

The Roadster: An Automotive Tradition

In the modern day, two-seat droptop roadsters are often seen as an enthusiast’s luxury item, but going back over a century, the segment actually describes many of the world’s most pioneering cars. These early “horseless carriage” models were quite literally based on horse carts, and naturally inherited their open-top design. Ford Quadricycle – Images by …

What Exactly is a Kei Car?

Not to be confused with Chrysler’s old “K Car” platform. Dating back to 1949 in Japan, the Kei designation offers some of the tiniest vehicles that could still be legally considered a car. In Japan, and other East Asian countries, vehicles are often subjected to tax rates based on their external dimensions and engine displacement, …

What Makes a Porsche GT3 RS

For almost 20 years, the GT3 RS has been one of the Porsche 911’s most desirable packages, mating a lightened chassis with strong downforce and high-revving power. Porsche takes the already-formidable GT3 formula, and spices it up with racing-spec goodies like carbon fiber trim and center-lock magnesium wheels. Every time an RS is released, it …

What Makes a Boxer Engine

Updated: May 19, 2021 Although they are currently associated with Porsche and Subaru, horizontally-opposed “boxer” engines were once one of the most popular engine types, with lineage going back over 100 years. The first boxer was patented by automotive pioneer Carl Benz in 1897, and the design would go on to be adapted to all manner …

A Brief History of the Sports Sedan

For a lot of automotive history, if you wanted a nimble handling performance car, your choice was limited to cramped roadsters like the Cobra, Corvette, and various MGs, but in the late 70’s through the 80’s that all started to change. Sports sedans exploded out of Europe and became a huge portion of the enthusiast …

The Brave New World of EV Hot Rodding

Going back to the 1930’s and 40’s, a quintessential part of hot rodding and car modification has been swapping an engine with a more powerful one. Now that we’re a ways into the 21st century, some shops and manufacturers have taken to replacing the engine altogether, converting it to a fully electric drivetrain. Such modifications …