Prodrive Subaru: a gauntlet thrown

Cars

" When Subaru launched their first mass produced Kei-car the 360 in 1958, little would the company's sararimen have believed that half a century one they would preside over one of the true talismans of enthusiastic driving all over the world. The 365 cc-engined, "

Cassavetes, Alfas and Cool

Cars People

" Sometimes there is a strange serendipity to things. I recently came across strange and rough-round-the edges movie ‘Violent Four’, which was known variously as ‘Bandits in Rome’ and ‘Rome Like Chicago’. I am a sucker for gangster movies and I "

Japanissimo!

Cars

" Japan’s final victory in its long campaign to dominate the global car industry only came last year. General Motors had been the world’s biggest carmaker for 75 years, and last year celebrated its centenary. Toyota’s birthday gift to "

Cranky Genius: 2009 Yamaha R1

Bikes

"Japanese invention of the year: Yamaha’s cross-plane crankshaft Bang 270º bang 180º bang 90º bang 180º If Japan has been known for one thing when it comes to cars and motorbikes, it is innovation. This year, Yamaha’s cross-plane crank engine, which appears "

Turning Japanese

Cars

"Cars from the Land of the Rising Sun of every era inspire devotion in a diaspora of automotive enthusiasts. Influx sought out a fistful of them. “I look after between 38 and 50 Japanese cars in various stages of repair. I can’"

Skyline: The Evolution of a Japanese Legend

Cars

"Our Favourite Skylines We love the Skyline. You love the Skyline. Let’s face it, everybody loves a Skyline. But the model had evolved hugely from its first conception at the end of the fifties to the current supreme example "

Name and Shame

Culture

"Giving a Japanese product a western name is sometimes thought to add cachet; the danger is you end up with a random selection of Janglish words that only add ridicule to an otherwise blameless model. Here are some of our "

Yamaha: Firsts Among Japanese Equals

Bikes

"The stunning R1 is not the only Yamaha motorcycle to have occupied the cutting edge of design innovation. Over the last 30 years the company has pioneered more things that worked than any other Japanese corporation. [autoviewer id="47" width="500" height="375"] by "

Influx Social

Access: Denied

Bikes

"Despite their keenness to export, some of Japan’s best cars never made it to Europe – at least, not officially. Some pre-date the export drive, some were only built in tiny numbers and others they just didn’t think we’"

Wacky Racers

Cars

" Hanna-Barbera was responsible for a lot of childish imaginings. When Dick Dastardly raced across our screens in Wacky Races, chasing the likes of The Slag Brothers in the Bouldermobile , The Gruesome Twosome in the creepy coupe and our favourite, Penelope "

Caparo covers up

Cars

" Well, we all know that we should be neglecting the attitude that cars are fundamentally about freedom and fun and campaigning for scrappage legislation so that we can trade in our old smelly Alfas for Japanese hybrids. But come on. "

Sixth Sense: the new Golf GTi arrives

Cars

" Hot off the wires comes the new that the latest manifestation of the legend that is the Volkswagen Golf GTi has been released and is available to order from dealers today for an on-sale date of 22 May 2009. The GTi is "

Porsche 917: 40 years old today

Cars

" With all the regulatory leaps, shuffles, sidesteps and retreats taken on by Formula One and Motorsport in general, it is interesting to reflect on the incredible achievements and performance of the totemic Porsche 917, which is approaching its fortieth birthday this "

Cars & Girls

Cars

" From the very beginning of motoring the female form has been used time and time again to sell, promote and market all things automotive. From the brolly dollies who parade on the starting grids of motorsport to the heel-clad promo "

Murcielago Schmurcielago

Cars

" Lamborghini released late last week the first photographs of a limited edition Murciélago LP 650-4 Roadster. This hyper-exclusive hyper-roadster will include an uprated 6.5 litre V12 engine that produces 650 hp, along with permanent four-wheel drive. With 660 Nm of torque, performance "

Ecomodding

Cars

" It used to be that modifying cars meant extracting as much horsepower and visceral outrageousness as possible out of the steel and oil of a motor car. Since the early days of custom culture and drag racing at Bonneville, it "