For years now IndyCar has competed with a spec car that looks like it’s wearing bloomers, a too-big, low-fi, Playmobil version of what an open wheeler should look like. I have tried to care about it. I have failed. But hey, for the first time in years, there’s an IndyCar that actually looks good.
Pop the hood on any modern car and you will be greeted by the sight of evil pixie demons gnashing their teeth at you, squealing with cruel delight. Wait, no, that’s not right. You’ll see a big plastic engine cover! Yes. But why?
Not a day goes by that the C6 Corvette Z06 does not go from good looking to better looking to even more better looking. What a clear, simple visualization of a sports car ideal.
The Ferrari 312 B3 Spazzaneve (snowplow) from 1972 was “so ugly that it never raced,” as we described it a few years ago. F1 fans never got to see its wedge concept race, but now we can hear its flat-12 wail and my god does it sound good.
The seats I currently have in my car are of the brace-against-the-door-while-cornering variety, and this has put me on a hunt for cool old vintage racing seats as replacements. This search has brought me to the rarer-than-rare ‘Paddy Hopkirk Carrera Recliners,’ possibly the best seats that can be put in a car.
The Alpine A310 is one of my favorite cars, what with its spectacular ‘70s French design, rear-mounted engine and surprisingly light weight. It is one of the great little-known sports cars, so little known that even I didn’t realize that its windshield wipers are from another planet.
“That’s what Pontiac is all about;” Pontiac’s Jack Folden told Car Styling on showing off the design of the upcoming 1992 Pontiac Bonneville. “Romance, sex. It’s the kind of car that makes people want it, rather than need it.”
“The American automobile industry is back,” the Gipper pronounced after not only seeing but actually driving the first working prototype of Saturn all the way back in 1984. It’s a little illustration of the failure of GM’s next great hope that wasn’t.
The Audi R8 is now a stable member of the not-quite-supercars club, so it’s heard to really remember just how bizarre it looked when it went on sale a decade ago.
Formula One fans have been waiting breathlessly for this year. Finally, we get bigger tires, bigger wings and a return to classic looks from bygone years. Or, uh, not.
A thought came to my head today that has nothing at all to do with the new Ferrari 812 Superfast in any way, shape, or form: what is the ugliest car Ferrari has ever made?
The Toyota Camry is the fourth best-selling vehicle in America. Toyota sold more than a third of a million of these sedans in 2016. So why does its face look like that?
The Ferrari 488 Challenge is one of the most vicious, fast and aggressive cars ever produced in the history of the automobile. And yet its face looks like a nappy fish or cat or something.
The Mercedes-AMG E63 S Edition 1 is a 612 horsepower collision machine, almost dead set on destroying your driver’s license and whatever building you eventually crash into/through. More importantly, it has fantastic tape stripes.
Fisker is back with a car they are extremely adamant is not an updated version of the car that put them out of business years ago. Fisker’s old cars might have been flawed, but they were gorgeous. We all wanted them to be good. The new one is, hm, less so.
Concept cars are supposed to be fun and exciting design studies, unconstrained by annoying things like laws or focus groups or physics. They can fly! They can be powered by nuclear reactors! Or they can just be the 1997 Volkswagen Coupe Design Study CJ.
Ariel built a fan car! This is not a car powered by fans, this is a car that uses fans to suck the car to the ground. It’s an old trick borrowed from 1960s Texan race cars and the banned Brabham F1 car from the ‘70s.
Do you remember when the Porsche 997 came out? Do you remember the sense of relief?
Nothing ruins an automotive experience quite so badly as a horrible steering wheel.