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Get Your Winter Racing Fix on a Frozen Track (With Video!)

Fri, 05 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0500

When winter descends and the professional racers of the Nascar and IndyCar series put away their cars for the off-season, amateur racers of the northern regions get ready for winter's gift: ice racing.

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U.S. Formula One Team Faces Massive Time Crunch

Thu, 04 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0500

America will soon have its first entrant in Formula One, the world's top-tier racing series, in thirty years. With less than two months to go before the first race, the obstacles facing the Charlotte, N.C.-based team are enormous, but they're committed to succeed.

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1000 MPH or Bust: Behind the Scenes With Supersonic Car Tech

Wed, 02 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0500

A series of successful rocket tests in the Mojave desert recently marks another step in the development of a car built to reach 1000 mph. The British team Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) is comprised of some legendary land speed experience.

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Top 10 Most Significant Land Speed Records of All Time

Wed, 02 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0500

As soon as Karl Benz took his 1886 Patent Motorwagon for its first walking-pace drive, the race for faster cars was on. In this primordial phase of the auto industry, speed was a selling point, an easily identifiable way to establish a car's prowess.

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20 Hot Cars From Bonneville Speed Week 2009

Tue, 11 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500

They say Bonneville is so flat that when you're there, you can see the curvature of the Earth. It's also the place to see some of the planet's wildest and fastest hot rods. Here are some of our favorite cars and bikes so far from the Bonneville salt flats.

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Top 7 Electric Motorcycles at the TTX GP And How They Work

Tue, 16 Jun 2009 00:00:00 -0500

The Time Trials Xtreme Grand Prix was the first serious race for electric motorcycles. Many of the teams have announced plans to produce tamer road versions of these bikes. PM takes a closer look at the tech behind these incredible EV bikes.

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15 Bikes to Watch From the World Electric Grand Prix

Fri, 12 Jun 2009 00:00:00 -0500

The Time Trials Xtreme Grand Prix is the world's first zero-carbon, clean emission Grand Prix. With 23 different electric bikes and 16 riders, seven different countries will compete in this inaugural race. The event take place on the Isle of Man.

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Daytona's Top Ten NASCAR Stock Cars

Fri, 13 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0500

Daytona Beach, Fla., has been one of the world's great centers of speed for more than a century. Here's a look back at ten of the greatest stock cars ever to have cast their shadow across that storied pavement.

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Top 10 NASCAR Crashes That Changed Racing (With Videos)

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 00:00:00 -0500

Racing tends to change only when it has to, but as much as major crashes may raise the drama of NASCAR, they are, tragically, the main impetus for new safety systems and engineering practices.
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10 More Shots of Record Setting Cars from Bonneville Speed Week '08

Fri, 22 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0500

No steam car this year (the "steam team" was a no-show), but the cars at Bonneville Speed Week continue to impress. Today brings a record-breaking electric motorcycle and a Volkswagon/Hot Rod hybrid.
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10 More Blazing Fast Cars From Bonneville Speed Week '08

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0500

PM's man on the ground... er, salt had a great time Wednesday hanging with some hot-rodders from New Zealand, meeting the fastest grandma on two wheels and watching some classic cars leave newer models in the dust.
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10 More 200+ MPH Record Setters From Bonneville Speed Week '08

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0500

PM spots some blistering record runs at Bonneville: 214 mph for a modded Honda Civic, 236 mph for a 1953 Studebaker and 346 mph for the turbo-charged "speed demon."
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10 Mega-Speed Cars @ Bonneville Speed Week: Monday's Best

Tue, 19 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0500

The British Steam Car still hasn't arrived, but from a rubber-band-powered racer to a 200-mph ethanol ride-not to mention some vehicles pushing for anywhere between 300 and 800 mph-the salt is getting hot after Day One.
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10 Hot Cars From Bonneville Speed Week 2008: Pre-Race Gallery

Mon, 18 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0500

It's the legendary setting for falling speed records and road testing of alt-fuel super vehicles: Bonneville Salt Lake International Speedway-better known as the Salt Flats. Stay tuned for daily updates from the 60th annual Bonneville National Speed Week!
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Anatomy of a NASCAR Crash

Thu, 14 Feb 2008 00:00:00 -0500

About six crashes occur in every NASCAR race, yet drivers suffering serious injuries are astonishingly rare. We take a look at the physics and tech being used to keep America's favorite wheeled pastime safe for its high-speed stars.
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