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The De Tomaso Mangusta is a Proper Supercar

The De Tomaso Mangusta is a Proper Supercar

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 30 Jul 2014 / 6 Comments Read More

Yes, like many other exotic cars from the era, the Mangusta has a reputation for "tempermental" handling and stability problems. The underdeveloped chassis is partly to blame, but the 32/68-weight distribution doesn’t help either. Italian mid-engined supercar design with a powertrain that can be serviced at a Ford dealer? Check. ZF gearbox from the GT40? Check. Build quality? Not so much.

Driven by Design: The Incomparable Lancia Stratos

Driven by Design: The Incomparable Lancia Stratos

By Yoav Gilad / 29 Jul 2014 / 5 Comments Read More

It wasn’t all rainbows under the Fiat umbrella though, as Mr. Enzo Ferrari didn’t want the Stratos to compete with the Dino and had Fiat delay supplying the engines until absolutely necessary. They then delivered all approximately five hundred powerplants at once. But, if there was in-fighting and jealousy between brands, why was the Lancia so dominant in rallying? Mostly, because of the design.

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Why The Ferrari 400i Is Collectable

Why The Ferrari 400i Is Collectable

By Ronald Ahrens / 28 Jul 2014 / 15 Comments Read More

The Collector is a weekly series produced in association with Gear Patrol.
The 400i shows the usual hopeful aspects of the period: pop-up headlamps, overly obvious five-spoke wheels, and a sleek, large-diameter, pre-airbag steering wheel. This Ferrari strove for elegance and largely achieved it. And despite the electronic fuel injection leading to a nine-percent drop to 310 horsepower (but a more favorable emissions test), the 400i went down the road with authority, no matter which transmission the 4.8-liter twelve was mated to.

The Porsche Museum's Mind-blowing Le Mans Exhibition

The Porsche Museum's Mind-blowing Le Mans Exhibition

By Andrey Smazhilo / 24 Jul 2014 / 3 Comments Read More

This year was special to Porsche because they finally returned to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Obviously, it will take some time for Porsche to recover their form after such a long absence. Nevertheless, a special exhibition called ’24 Hours for Eternity’, which pays homage to the famous race and displays Porsche’s racing heritage to public, is mind-blowing.

Two Things Drove Ferrari from Sports Car Racing

Two Things Drove Ferrari from Sports Car Racing

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 23 Jul 2014 / 11 Comments Read More

Montezemolo says these and other restrictions detract from the Grand Prix experience, stating “No one wants to watch a driver save gas or tires. They want to see them push from here to there. It's sport, yes, but also a show.” With driver Fernando Alonso dropping the flag at this year’s recent 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ferrari may be eyeing a return to sports-car racing, but why did it quit in the first place?

Rally Legends on Lake Garda

Rally Legends on Lake Garda

By Petrolicious Productions / 23 Jul 2014 / 2 Comments Read More

Many are present including Porsche 911SCs, Opel Asconas, even vaunted Lancias such as the Stratos, 037, and the insane Lancia Delta S4 Group B have gathered. But at this early stage, it’s just a pleasant stroll to loosen up the pistons and gears before the weekend’s Special Stage.

Why the Citroën DS Is Collectable

Why the Citroën DS Is Collectable

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 21 Jul 2014 / 3 Comments Read More

The Collector is a weekly series produced in association with Gear Patrol.
The Citroën DS's suspension may have changed the course of history in 1962, when French President Charles De Gaulle was riding from the Elysee Palace to Orly Airport in his DS. Gunmen opened fire on the car in an assassination attempt, and more than a few of the 140 bullets shattered the car's rear window and deflated all four of its tires. Due to the car's suspension system however, the President's driver was able to accelerate out of a skid and flee to safety.

This Legend Was a Car Designer Almost By Accident

This Legend Was a Car Designer Almost By Accident

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 21 Jul 2014 / 3 Comments Read More

With his own nascent carrozzeria flourishing, Mr. Flaminio Bertoni fell in love with a young woman that his mother disapproved of. She wanted her son to marry a cousin instead. Apparently, that’s how things were done then. However, Flaminio would have none of it, closing his design studio and moving to Paris with his new bride. Fortunately, Citroën offered him a job in their design department.

Driven by Design: Ferrari Dino

Driven by Design: Ferrari Dino

By Yoav Gilad / 18 Jul 2014 / 7 Comments Read More

The Dino was interesting as it helped to launch the career of designer Leonardo Fioravanti. He had been at Pininfarina for about two years when he was allowed to design the 206 GT and frankly, his inexperience shows. Even as the world was turning away from the voluptuous forms of the post-war years, the 206 GT clung onto them.

A Date With a Princess of Monaco

A Date With a Princess of Monaco

By Afshin Behnia / 17 Jul 2014 / 3 Comments Read More

The next day we set out on our road trip, driving through charming seaside towns in Liguria with a stop for an excellent lunch featuring the local specialty trofie al pesto. Back on the road and arriving in Monaco, we made the descent into town through the windy one-way roads and after several wrong turns finally spotted Pete’s early, bright-red Porsche 911E parked in front of a cafe.

These Are The Ten Best Vintage Four-Cylinder Engines

These Are The Ten Best Vintage Four-Cylinder Engines

By Aaron McKenzie / 16 Jul 2014 / 22 Comments Read More

Last week, we asked you to name the greatest pre-1990 four-cylinder engine. Our question spawned a free-for-all debate on our website and various social media outlets, with votes coming in for everything from a late-1940s Crosley motor to the turbocharged Porsche 944 engine and plenty else in between. After reading your opinions and arguing the topic here in the Petrolicious garage, these are the ten best.