Meet the crazy twin-engine Golf that VW used for its last Pikes Peak attempt

It might look like nothing more than a Golf that's been prepped for motorsport duty, but this VW packs a twin-engined, high-altitude secret. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a torturous test of man and machine. Today, the route to the top is fully paved but it wasn't always that way. Drivers raced up a treacherous dirt course before they summited...

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1966 Ford GT40 that placed 3rd at Le Mans heads to auction

The story of Ford versus Ferrari is one that resonates with anyone interested in racing. Ferrari was the big bad bully on the block while Ford looked to make a splash on the global racing scene. To do so, the Blue Oval brand needed a win at the highest level. In 1966, Ford got that win with a 1-2-3 finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The cars driven to this...

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818C kit car packed with Tesla and Volt components is a drag racer’s dream

The ingenuity of those who want to go fast is something to be admired. Take, for example, one plucky company that combined Factory Five's 818C kit car with powertrain components from both a Tesla Model S and the Chevrolet Volt. The resulting Frankencar is an all-electric beast that's driven to and from the dragstrip, and while it's there it turns 9.5-second...

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Volvo invests in Silicon Valley lidar company for autonomous driving technology

Volvo and the Silicon Valley-based Luminar have announced a new partnership that gives the Swedish brand access to the company's lidar sensing platform for continued self-driving car development. Neither company commented on just how much Volvo Cars Tech Fund invested in the company, but it's the newly established fund's first investment. Luminar will now...

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Ford Eagle Squadron Mustang GT honors US pilots who defended Britain

This year will mark the 20th time that Ford has supported the the Experimental Aircraft Association event called The Gathering. The EAA holds a number of events throughout the year, but it's The Gathering in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, that serves as the organization's largest fundraising opportunity. Ford has produced a wild array of liveried and customized...

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2019 Volvo V60, 2020 Ford Explorer, 2019 BMW M850i xDrive: The Week In Reverse

Ford teased the 2020 Explorer as a cop car; we drove the 2019 Volvo V60; and BMW unveiled the 2019 M850i xDrive. It's the Week in Reverse, right here at Motor Authority. We got behind the wheel of the 2019 Volvo V60 in Spain. Rain showed that the three inches of ground clearance between it and the XC60 can be useful, but we'd prefer the sleek, sexy wagon...

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2019 BMW 8-series coupe: return of the bodacious ‘Bahnstormer

After 20 years, the BMW 8-Series is officially making its return. BMW showed the 2019 M850i xDrive luxury coupe on the sidelines of the 24 Hours of LeMans Friday where its sibling, the BMW M8 GTE race car, will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The 8-Series moniker denotes that the car sits at the top of the model line, and it will be built...

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2019 Volvo V60 first drive review: a matter of inches

As I sit in the 2019 Volvo V60's supremely comfortable seats and drive through a flash flood in Tarragona, Spain outside of Barcelona, I ponder just how much three inches really matters. You see, the V60 is a wagon—the kind of car that Americans don't like to buy—but it shares its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, its...

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