Category Archives: Auto

NBC Sports’ Proving Grounds Is Fun but Has a Problem With Conformity

I’ll always say yes to more car television shows. Cars are relatable for everyone in some form or another and the first episode of Proving Grounds, which is NBC Sports’ new car show, gives us plenty of automotive eye-candy to drool over and offers engaging hosts, all wrapped up in a terrific ‘80s aesthetic. But it…

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Faraday Future to Lay Off Staff and Cut Wages Amid More Money Troubles

Citing a dispute with its primary investor, Faraday Future announced today employee salaries and hourly wages will be cut by 20 percent, CEO Jia Yueting’s salary has been reduced to $1 a year, and the company is facing an unclear amount of layoffs as it tries to stay afloat long enough to secure new financing and…

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The Aston Martin Vantage Shows How Hard It Is to Make a Good Fast Car

There are a glut of well-rounded, ultra-fast cars on the market today, from the Porsche 911 GTS to, uh, all of the other Porsche 911s. Well, what I mean to say is that it’s easy to forget that it’s hard to get a fast car to have good performance and be nice to live with at the same time. At least it is, apparently,…

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This Steering Wheel Found on Many American Cars Had an Unusual Horn Interface and a Dirty-Sounding Name

While smacking your hand into the center of a steering wheel is the generally-accepted default way to sound a car’s horn, there’s been a number of other methods over the years: rings, buttons, stalks, levers—honk-producing actions have been wildly varied. Perhaps one of the greatest yet mostly forgotten ways was an…

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F1 Development Driver Who Wrecked Teammate Ordered to Pay Team Over $575,000 in Damages

Santino Ferrucci, the F1 development driver for Haas who infamously had his contract terminated when he intentionally wrecked his teammate in this year’s FIA Formula 2 championship, and drove a racecar with a phone in his hand, has been ordered to pay his former F2 team 502,000 Euros, or just over $575,816 in damages.

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What Are Your Favorite Gloves? 

It’s been nearly four years since we’ve asked our readers about their favorite gloves, so with the cold just starting to set in, it’s time to put our hands together and see if anything has changed. I don’t think the “touchscreen” qualifier is necessary this time—that’s table stakes at this point—so check out the rules…

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When Does Your Car Become an Old Car?

My 2008 Honda Fit Sport had been a model of reliability until, a few weeks ago while driving back from upstate, I began to smell something, like plastic burning. I pulled over and opened the hood and saw a puff of smoke rise out. About $1,600 and several days later, I began to contemplate if my 10-year-old car was in…

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Here’s an Interesting Metric for Measuring How Fast a Car Is in the Real World

We are very much used to 0-60 mph (100 km/h) as a metric for gauging how quick a car is, just like we have top speed for its sense of outright power bragging rights. But I just bumped into a different metric: 20-40 mph in fourth gear, a test of a car’s sort of general performance is everyday driving.

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2018 Citroën Cactus C4: It Feels Criminal That We Can’t Have This

I knew as soon as I’d planned a vacation to Ireland with my girlfriend that I wanted to drive something weird and unusual—something I could never get back home in America. Everyone around Jalop HQ said the Citroën Cactus fit the bill, that it was a blast to drive. After getting to know the quirky crossover for a week,…

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Canada Quietly Wrote Off a $1 Billion Loan to Chrysler

Back in 2009, when the automotive industry was in crisis, the Canadian government gave $1.1 billion to Chrysler to help the company stay afloat, an outstanding amount which, with interest, has nearly doubled. Except that now, according to the CBC, it’s been quietly written off. Fiat Chrysler made $4.3 billion in…

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