Car History

This Retro Mazda Concept Almost Made The Rotary MX-5 A Reality
Unveiled at the 2002 Tokyo Auto Salon, the Mazda Cosmo 21 put a Renesis rotary engine into an MX-5. What could’ve been…
19 Oct 2023
This 4.0 Mazda Engine Is The Best Japanese V12 Never Made
Mazda once developed a V12 engine intended for ‘the best car in the world’, but the project was canned in 1992.
16 Oct 2023
Mazda Once Made a 2.25-litre V6 And It’s As Weird As You’d Imagine
Among Mazda’s long list of unusual engines is a little-known 2.25-litre V6 found in the just as obscure Mazda Millenia
12 Oct 2023
Get A Closer Look At The 965: A Prototype 911 With An Audi V8
The 965 was intended to be a budget version of the 959, but Porsche pulled the plug to cut costs
01 Dec 2021
The Dodge Hornet Concept Had A Supercharged Mini Cooper S Engine And No B-Pillars
In 2006, Chrysler revealed its intentions to take on Europe's supermini elite with the Dodge Hornet
24 Sep 2021
The R50/53 Mini Engine Is Part Chrysler, And It's Still Made Today
In the late 1990s, Chrysler and Rover joined forces to create Tritec, an engine manufacturer based in Brazil that still operates under Fiat ownership
15 Sep 2021
That Time A 2.0 Skoda Octavia Did 227mph At Bonneville
It's 10 years since a modified Octavia broke the 2.0-litre forced induction land speed record in Utah
19 Aug 2021
5 Times Stripped-Out Specials Actually Cost Less Than The Regular Model
Sometimes a manufacturer would give you less and actually charge you less...
16 Jun 2021
The Mid-Engined Concepts That Came Before The New Mini
As the Mini hatch turns 20, we're taking a closer look at two very different but both mid-engined concepts that served as forerunners
28 Apr 2021
AMG’s Electric SLS Is A 740bhp Modern History Lesson In BEV Performance
Just 10 years since the original electric SLS was revealed to the world, we can look back and see just how far we’ve come since then – and how far we might go in the decade to come
09 Apr 2021
That Time When A Tuner Created The First Mercedes Hot Hatch
Today it’s perfectly normal to see half a dozen Mercedes-Benz A-Class models on your morning commute, but in the 1980s a hatchback Mercedes was an alien concept; never mind one with 160 horsepower…
18 Dec 2020
From The Chrysler TC By Maserati To The MC20: Is The Brand Back To The Glory Days?
Maserati is on track for a dramatic rebirth spearheaded by the MC20, but 30 years ago, things were very different for the company
10 Sep 2020
That Time Chevrolet Made A Corvette With A 9.8 Marine V12
The Corvette 'Falconer' ZR12 was intended to take on the original Dodge Viper, but it never made production
01 Sep 2020
Ford Reveals Early Design Sketches For The GT40
Ford's archivists found some very early sketches for the GT40, showing a radically different vehicle to the one that was put into production
16 Jun 2020
That Time Audi Made A Hybrid Inline-Five 100 Avant
Audi has rolled out the original 100 Avant Duo for a photocall A7 Sportback TFSI e, reminding the world plug-in hybrids have been a thing for a while
12 May 2020
Maserati Made A Roofless Track Car Which Became A BMW-Engined De Tomaso
Born out of an aborted supercar project, the Barchetta is one of the stranger parts of Maserati's chequered history
30 Apr 2020
The Alfa Romeo Pandion Was A V8 Concept With The Most Incredible Doors
Bertone's 8C Competizione-based concept did a great job of celebrating Alfa Romeo's centenary, but the years that followed weren't so great for the FCA subsidiary
31 Mar 2020
The Porsche Boxster Bergspyder Came Agonisingly Close To Production
Porsche has revealed all about the Boxster Bergspyder - a roof-less, windscreen-less 981 which came closer to production sign-off than you might expect
03 Jun 2019
That Time Mercedes Made A ‘C30 CDI AMG’ With A Diesel Inline-Five
Audi may be making headlines by turning much of its S range over to diesel power, but Mercedes tried something similar 17 years ago
21 May 2019
Ferrari Once Made A 1.5 V12 And It Shaped The Company As We Know It
Ferrari's tiny V12 engine powered its first ever car and would last all the way up until 1989 after a few growth spurts
12 Mar 2019
The 2800 Bertone Spicup Is A Forgotten Piece Of BMW History
The Alfa Montreal-like Bertone BMW Spicup 2800 never made it to production, but the Geneva show car was sold on and used extensively
07 Nov 2018
Oldsmobile’s Jetfire Was A World First Turbo Car With A Fatal Flaw
As the big American auto makers battled US consumer desire for smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles in the 1960s, Oldsmobile figured out a way to keep its V8s: turbocharging
22 Oct 2018
Remembering The Five-Cylinder Concept That Became The Honda S2000
The S2000 may be famous for its high-revving inline-four engine, but the 'SSM' concept that spawned it had an extra cylinder under the bonnet...
10 Oct 2018
That Time Ford Built An 'Eco' Mondeo ST With A Supercharged LPG V6
The Ford Mondeo ST250 Eco was the Blue Oval's attempt at making a 'green' performance car, but it never went into production
01 Oct 2018
The Chevrolet Firenza Can-Am Is A Tiny Muscle Car With A Z28 Heart
This brilliantly mad, Vauxhall-based homologation special had enough pace to worry Ferraris of its day
27 Sep 2018
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