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The story behind the McLaren F1 and its record-breaking 240.1mph top speed

391km/h back in 1998.

The hairs on my neck are standing on end.


Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory

eGarage interview Paolo Feraboli, Director of Automobili Lamborghini’s Seattle-based Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory (ACSL), where the automaker pushes the envelope of composite material research and development.

Love this quote from Feraboli shown at the beginning of the video:

I believe Ferruccio chose the bull not only because it was his zodiac sign… also because his competitor had the prancing horse and he wanted to be different and better… but there is more to it than that… there is the fact that you cannot tame the bull… you can tame the horse, but you cannot tame the bull.

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Shelby Daytona Coupe Stories

Goodwood Road & Racing catch an interview with the designer of the Shelby Daytona Coupe, Peter Brock, as all six of his original cars are reunited at the recent Goodwood Revival meet.


The True Story of the HO Down the Hume

Street Machine catches up with journalist Mel Nichols and photographer Uwe Kuessner, instigators of the infamous ‘Wheels’ magazine review of the Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III back in 1971.

Peering at the instruments, I can still see the tacho cranking past 6000rpm and the speedo nudging beyond 140mph. When I look at my hands on that big, thin wheel, I can feel the car thrusting forward, rock-steady. We were doing better than 140mph but it felt as right as rain. No worries about keeping it all straight on that narrow bit of road, long before the Hume had any multi-lane sections – or 110km/h speed limit.

Hell, running flat out in the GTHO was a fine moment. I understand blokes all over Australia have posters of Uwe’s memorable picture up on their walls, which, more than anything else, captures the magic of the mighty HO!

Their review of the ‘HO shocked a nation with boasts of covering ‘200 miles in two hours’ and a photo of the car running down the public highway at an indicated 104 mph. Little did the readership know, the true top speed run was a rather higher. High enough for the editors to lose their nerve, opting to run with a doctored photo of top speed run showing the car’s speedometer needle at ‘only’ 104 mph rather than the actual and even more incredible 145 mph.


An interview with ICON's Jonathan Ward

XCAR interview ICON’s Jonathan Ward about the genesis of his creations, how his cars are built, and what’s next.


The fixie Porsche 911

Bugatti Design Director Achim Anscheidt tells us about his personal ‘fixie bike’ Porsche 911.

Based on a 1981 SC chassis, Anscheidt had all hanging panels remade in kevlar, replaced glass with plastic, removed the heater, and stripped out the interior to bring it down to featherweight 820kg.


evo introduce the Porsche Cayman GT4

Jethro Bovingdon for evo magazine provides a comprehensive interview with Porsche’s Head of GT cars, Andreas Preuninger, about his new baby – the Porsche Cayman GT4.

Huge want.


McLaren F1 — Le Mans Memories

An interview with Ray Bellm covering the creation and early success of the McLaren F1 GTR.


A very pink 1974 Lamborghini Espada

Love that this Espada has been owned from new and used as a daily driver.


Rowan Atkinson has decided to sell his McLaren F1

After 17 years, 41,000 miles and two big offs, Rowan Atkinson has decided the time is right to part with his unique dark burgundy red McLaren F1.


I bought it for the quality of the thinking behind it. Now it has become a thing of value, it is time for someone else to enjoy it.

Read on for some great insights into owning the supercar of supercars, as told by a true enthusiast.

Located somewhere in the UK; to be sold through Taylor & Crawley.


1973 BMW 2002tii

A great little video from CarChat:

Don Dethlefsen of The WerkShop in Libertyville, Illinois talks about the the very first restoration his shop did of a fully optioned 1973 BMW 2002tii.

via @Coudal


McLaren F1: The Inside Story

The September 2014 issue of CAR magazine features an in-depth interview with two key designers of the iconic McLaren F1: Peter Stephens and Gordon Murray.

Gordon Murray on getting commitment from suppliers for the project:

“We’re going to build the best engineered car in the world and the best driver’s car in the world, can’t tell you a thing about it at all, but if you want to come on board I need all this stuff for free”.


Red Lightning at The Green Hell

Fernando Alosno interviewed while hustling a ‘Rosso Fiorano’ F12berlinetta around the Nürburgring Nordschleife.


Design Portraits: Anders Warming

Profile of Anders Warming, Head of MINI Design.


Motorsport has lost the 'fear factor' to safety

In a dark month for motorsport, Anthony Davidson reflects on his own experiences from Le Mans and the ever increasing safety concerns impacting the modern spectacle of racing:

The problem is, the safer the circuit becomes the more ruthless the driving becomes.


Comedian Tim Allen has more cars than necessary.

GQ profiles Actor and Comedian Tim Allen and his broad car collection. Look out for his nutty LT5-powered ‘96 Chevy Impala.


Mark Webber Q&A – 2014 and beyond

Answering some direct questions on why he’s leaving F1 for Le Mans:

“Le Mans is one of the most famous circuits in the world and to be honest, I still see it as unfinished business and I want to do well there. Le Mans can be cruel as we’ve just seen, but it’s incredibly rewarding and that’s part of the allure.”


The true driving experience only comes from driving a classic

When you think of making a 2500 mile road trip across the United States you don’t generally think of hopping into a 41 year old car equipped with no air conditioning, no cruise control, no radio, and seats that don’t recline.

Kris Clewell documents a 4,000km cross-country journey behind the wheel of his long-hood 911.


TVR Back in British Hands

Pistonheads interview new owner, Les Edgar.


Pistonheads chats with the M3 CSL development team

A long chat with Hans-Bruno Starke, head of body and trim for BMW M and Peter Schmidt, chassis development engineer, about development of the venerable E46 M3 CSL.