Daytona Rising: From Aging Track to Hi-Tech Motorsports Mecca

Daytona International Speedway is undergoing its first major renovation in 55 years. Its first ever, really. On a recent visit, we found out just how far 40 million tons of steel, miles of fiber, and an eye towards the future will take an aging behemoth—one that can swallow 14 football stadiums whole. » 8/22/14 12:47pm Today 12:47pm

Seeing F1 cars race in thermal vision is so freaking cool

Sometimes it's easy to forget that racing F1 cars is pretty much insanity. The ridiculous speeds, the punishing G-forces and not to mention the beasts of a machine they call cars. But when you look at a F1 car under thermal vision, you'll never forget how scary it is: they're driving fire breathing monsters. » 8/22/14 12:29am Today 12:29am

Neil deGrasse Tyson Gives Us A Detailed Breakdown Of NASCAR Physics

Back in May, astrophysicist and science educator Neil deGrasse Tyson found his show was bumped due to a NASCAR race. Undeterred, he took to Twitter to explain some of the physics of racing. We're fans, but we thought his math was a little off. So Dr. Tyson just showed up in the comments to explain it all. » 7/03/14 10:04am 7/03/14 10:04am

A Drag Racing Icon Just Set a 184 MPH World Record for Electric Cars

Don "Big Daddy" Garlits is one of the Old Masters of drag racing. The first driver to officially break the 170, 180, 200, 240, 250, and 270 MPH barriers on a 1/4 mile drag strip, his name is plastered across racing's many halls of fame. Last week, at 82 years old, Garlits earned another record, driving the world's… » 5/07/14 11:00am 5/07/14 11:00am

With a Kevlar-Lined Shirt, You're Not Completely Screwed in a Crash

Pay attention as the weather gets warmer: you're gonna see a lot of motorcyclists riding around in regular street clothes, nothing but hopes and dreams protecting them from nasty road rash should things get tumbly. Well, maybe not all of them—hopefully, some will be wearing Crave's kevlar-lined Axe shirt, which looks… » 4/23/14 5:00pm 4/23/14 5:00pm

Trying Out a 3D-Scanner That Makes Helmets Custom-Molded to Your Head

It's not hard to find a badass-looking helmet for your adrenaline-fueled hobbies. The trick is finding one that fits correctly. For decades, that's meant buying a standard (S/M/L) size lid and rearranging the padding to conform to your noggin. Recently, I got to try out a much better way. » 4/11/14 3:00pm 4/11/14 3:00pm

Hear the shocking difference between 2013 and 2014 F1 racing engines

The rules done changed in F1 racing from last year to now and the most obvious difference between 2013 and 2014 is the sound of the engine in F1 racing cars. Before they used to be so screaming loud that they sounded like the manifestation of space laser warfare on the road. Now in 2014? It's like hearing weak go… » 3/17/14 10:11pm 3/17/14 10:11pm

App-Connected Slot Cars Give You Mario Kart-Like Power-Ups and Damage

Who knew that when Super Mario Kart first hit the SNES so many years ago it would have such a lasting effect on us? Even Scalextric, who've been making slot car tracks for decades, are finally introducing a new accessory that wirelessly connects to an app so you can add SMK-like crash damage, power-ups, and even stat… » 2/26/14 2:20pm 2/26/14 2:20pm

The Weirdest Thing on the Internet Tonight: In the Middle of the Nite

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned or, even worse, ejected from a moving vehicle in favor of racing with your buddies. Especially when she commands a battalion of deadly transforming Fembots. There won't be anymore cruising with the homies when this jilted date gets through with you. » 2/14/14 12:00am 2/14/14 12:00am

Costco UK Will Happily Sell You This Awesome $115,000 F1 Simulator

What do you rely on your local Costco for? Gigantic boxes of diapers? Bulk packs of chicken fingers? In the UK, when you're stocking up on bangers and mash, you can also go home with a full-size $115,000 Formula One simulator. Although, sadly, they're not sold in bulk packs for bigger savings. » 5/14/13 12:00pm 5/14/13 12:00pm

175-Degree Display Fills Your Entire Vision With Gaming Goodness

The makers of this utterly fantastic 160-inch behemoth of a wraparound display—a Swedish company called Norman Design—claim the entire rig is actually portable. But since it takes at least an hour to set up, and weighs over 110 pounds, we'd be content with just leaving this permanently assembled in our gaming rooms. » 7/14/12 9:00pm 7/14/12 9:00pm