The Baja Pig - Part 1, The Big Picture

The drawing is real. Its a 1989 BMW 325is that I converted into a desert racer for the Baja 1000. Turns out its the first production based BMW to run the infamous race and it all started when I was dared by Miller Welders to build a BMW for the Baja 1000... in 15 days... and starting on the floor of SEMA. » 4/25/15 1:28am Yesterday 1:28am

This Classic Ford Bronco Was Pulled Out Of A Junkyard To Race Baja Again

The motorstorm of retro off-road awesomeness that is the NORRA Mexican 1000 takes over Baja next week. Among this year’s competitors is this badass Bronco; it won the race almost forty years ago, ended up a derelict in a desert junkyard, and is returning with a legendary driver and a fresh restoration. » 4/24/15 4:04pm Friday 4:04pm

A Discovery In Disguise: The Honda Crossroad

Honda wanted to get into the 4X4 SUV game in the early 90s so they used their stake in Rover Group to slap some badges on a Discovery and called it the Crossroad. It was a huge failure for Honda but provided vindication for Land Rover.

The story starts in 1979 when Honda decided to take a stake in British Leyland and… » 4/23/15 6:00pm Thursday 6:00pm

Carmakers Want To Use Copyright Law To Make Working On Your Car Illegal

You know what a pain those plastic engine covers are? How they get in the way and hide your own car’s engine from you? Well, consider that black piece of molded plastic a metaphor for something much worse: the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Automakers are trying to use the DMCA to say you can’t work on or modify… » 4/21/15 2:09pm Tuesday 2:09pm

This Is The Slowest 6-Speed, AWD, Supercharged Subaru Ever Built

The Subaru Sambar was introduced in 1961 as Japan’s first Keitora (軽トラ) or kei class truck. This fifth generation Sambar is a long way from the original 2-cylinder powered version, but it still puts the motor behind the rear wheels and offers a surprising amount of versatility for its overall dimensions while… » 4/21/15 1:51pm Tuesday 1:51pm

2015 Cadillac Escalade: We Found Out If It's Really $90,000 Worth Of SUV

Still think of washed-up rap stars and vapid housewives with mafia connections when you see a 2015 Cadillac Escalade? So did I. Then I drove the thing and holy crap– it’s comfortable, high-tech, and smooth as hot butter on a bowling lane. » 4/17/15 12:00pm 4/17/15 12:00pm

Something Got Lost In Translation With The 2016 Fiat 500X

I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but sub-compact crossovers are so hot right now. They’re practical, have a modicum of capability, and are perfect for the urban-dwelling, active lifestyle 20-somethings that rule the Kingdom of Powerpoint. The 2016 Fiat 500X should be the standard-bearer for the segment. But it’s not,… » 4/17/15 9:50am 4/17/15 9:50am

Land Rover's New Heritage Division Restores And Lends Out Classic SUVs

Land Rover's just formed a new Heritage division that will produce new, warrantied parts for their old trucks. This is exciting for non-owners too; Land Rover's going to set up opportunities for you to drive their classics at a 200-acre off-road area in Warwickshire, England. » 4/16/15 5:15pm 4/16/15 5:15pm

I Towed A Dodge Dart In Texas Snow With A Silverado 1500 And Didn't Die

So, you bought a race car. Congratulations! Let me guess: you only have a few bars of eye-searingly bright LEDs on the front instead of your OEM headlamps, and now you can't drive it on public roads anymore without getting stabbed in traffic? Gotcha. We at Black Flag are here to help. » 4/16/15 2:05pm 4/16/15 2:05pm

These Shade-Tree Mechanics Know How To Make A Real Range Rover Pickup

Yesterday the always-extreme luxotuner Brabus/Startech turned the back of a new Range Rover into a pickup bed, and bedazzled the rest of the thing with fender flares, carbon accents, and 11"-wide wheels. Meanwhile some folks in Seattle made their own Range Rover truck and it's way, way better. » 4/16/15 10:13am 4/16/15 10:13am