Sam Smith

The Genius Who Beat Ferrari and Porsche to the World's Fastest Car

How Alois Ruf built a 211-mph yellow streak in his garage... and beat the world.

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Week With a (Rental) Car: 2016 Ford Focus SE

You ever throw a bag of pennies off a fourth-story balcony? Driving 2000 miles in a rental car is like that.

The Man Responsible For BMW's Incredible Motorsport Engines Has Died

Legendary BMW engineer Paul Rosche has passed away. He was 82.

Combining Oculus Rift and a Simulator Makes Fake Racing Feel Real

No Technicolor yawn. Welcome to the Uncanny Apex.

A Review of a Van I Barely Remember

Sam Smith drove this Nissan NV3500 2300 miles, but he barely remembers any of it. Here's why.

How Every Variety of the 2017 Porsche 911 Behaves on Track

From the base-model Carrera to the top-of-the-line Turbo S and GT3 RS, we took them all to Thunderhill for track testing.

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The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Is a Great Car Made Into a Good One

Fiat wanted a sports car. Mazda had one. It worked out great for one of them.

Our First Race in the 2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Car

Our man Smith meets the world's greatest affordable pro racing car.

The 2016 Chevy SS Is the Weird Middle Ground Between Old and New

It's an old-school, V8-powered reminder that the experience behind the wheel is about involvement, not numbers.

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Hanging Out With Alexander Rossi Three Years Before He Won the Indy 500

"This guy I kinda sorta know just won the Indy 500! How f***ing cool is that?!?"

How Two Porsche Nuts Created a Cult
Patrick Long and Howie Idelson started Luftgekühlt on a lark. In just two years it's become the Porsche show to attend. How'd they do i…
E For Effort
The electric open-wheelers of Formula E are the FIA's great green hope for the future of motorsport. So why does the next step in racin…
Absentee: The Hole Left by Michael Schumacher, Two Years Later

A room never feels so empty as when a piece of it goes missing.

The Sheer Joy and Utter Agony of Running Your First Pro Race While Possibly Dying

Our man jumps into the shallow end of pro racing for the revamped MX-5 Cup when he should be falling into bed.

Driving With Mario Andretti, Who at 76, Still Refuses to Slow Down

The country's only living World Champion on speed, Indianapolis, and why he still rips laps at 240 mph.

The Answer to Every Question You Could Possibly Have About the Fiat 124 Spider

And probably answers to more questions that you don't have.

Driving With John Krafcik: Future Man
The head of Google's self-driving-car program on Caterhams, moonshots, and why (rejoice!) you'll still be driving long after the robots…
Wet Behind the Ears

An auto show by any other name.

Dancing With Giants

To celebrate the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, we drive five legendary race cars around America's oldest and greatest track.

Driving the 1934 Alfa Romeo That Beat the Nazis
Eighty years ago, Europe's greatest driver fought the Nazis and won. As the marque he championed returns to America, we meet the cars t…
The Turbo Porsche 911 Carrera Starts a New Tradition

The least expensive 911 goes turbo. 

What It's Like to Drive in the Greatest Vintage Race on Earth

Three days, one Jaguar, and a starstruck yankee at the Goodwood Revival.

Remembering Cars Through the Noises They Make

To be read shouting.

The Ten Most Unusual Production-Car Engines of All Time

Not every car manufacturer plays by the rules when designing engines.

Ten Little-Known Facts About the Mercedes-Benz 600

Historically owned by royalty, it has windows that will take your arm off, if you're not careful.