Bernd Rosemeyer (October 14, 1909–∞)

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Herr Rosemeyer!

Our patron saint the fearless Bernd Rosemeyer has turned one hundred last night, sacrificing 71 and counting years to the fastest highway accident in human history. We baked him a cake.

By and on October 15th, 2009

Leaving in a Ford GT

In the wee hours of morning from the Classic Car Club of Manhattan.

By on September 25th, 2009

2009 Hungarian Grand Prix

Kicsit sárgább, kicsit savanyúbb

“It’s a little bit like Monaco without the houses,” is how Murray Walker described the Hungaroring. This year’s Hungarian Grand Prix was to be a weekend about Felipe Massa’s crash and Lewis Hamilton’s unlikely victory—preceded by an embarrassing spectacle as Hungarian as pre-race events get.

By on August 11th, 2009

God Will Protect

Lulled by a Rolls-Royce far from home, our new American correspondent comes face to face with that most American of garden tools: a rifle.

By on August 4th, 2009

Happy Year Zero

Today marks the first birthday of Hyperleggera and what better way to mark the occasion than with a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera chained to the very ground.

By and on June 6th, 2009

2004 Nissan 350Z

Catch Some Z’s

If you have a child you would like to put to sleep, it’s not an altogether bad idea to strap her into a Z’s seat and take her for a ride. In no time, she will be fast asleep. Note: keep your foot down at all times.

By and on May 11th, 2009

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2007

An Event Horizon of the Automotive Variety

As our team heads into Italy for this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este by Lake Como, it’s time to look at this report—published for the first time in English—on the 2007 event. An occasion which, with its Homeric undertones, proved life-changing for a young Dr. Orosz.

By on April 24th, 2009

Decapitation In the Style of Calvin and Hobbes

In Cold Blood

If you have to drive in snow, please be on the lookout for snowmen. They lack both fine motor control and a good sense of hearing. This can result in tragic accidents.

By and on February 23rd, 2009

An Interview with Horacio Pagani

Pagani’s Zonda was “inspired by race cars, not road cars”

In the spring of 2006, I had a chat with Horacio Pagani, whose eponymous company builds the Zonda. It is published here for the first time in its original English.

By on February 18th, 2009

The Pagani Zonda Field Guide

Horacio Pagani’s baroque street racer has turned ten and is leaving the supercar scene with the Zonda R track special. We celebrate with an illustrated guide of every Zonda model ever made, complete with Harry Metcalfe’s galactic scoutship and a guest appearance by Scarlett Johansson’s breasts.

By and on February 12th, 2009

A Trip to BMW Werk Dingolfing

Paranoia und Verschwörung in Bayern

In December 2006, I visited BMW’s Dingolfing factory—where the 5, 6 and 7 Series are made, along with the Rolls–Royce Phantom—only to be told of their No Photography policy on site. I had a story to file, so I did what I could: made drawings in Crayola. All four thousand words and twenty-seven drawings are now republished here in English.

By on February 5th, 2009

2008 Saab Turbo X

The Age of the Automobile

Saab’s seemingly awesome special edition is nothing but a symptom of the pointlessness that’s eating the car industry alive.

By on November 14th, 2008

2007 BMW 335i Coupé

In the Name of Science, Seven Thousand RPM

Testing the Dynolicious software with a BMW 335i.

By on August 12th, 2008

Everything You Need to Know

About the Lexus LS600hL

Cruising for a minute in Lexus’s cybernetic whale. Set to Terry S. Taylor’s Sound Effects Record #32

By on August 10th, 2008

Sneak Preview


Executive producer Natalie Polgar hacks sunflowers in the hot sun.

By on July 30th, 2008

London Calling

Lamborghini Countach

Contrary to popular belief, the Countach was not a supercar.

By and on July 16th, 2008

1997 Opel Corsa Van

Cruising Again

Riding in an Opel Corsa Van across downtown Budapest.

By on July 11th, 2008

1997 Opel Corsa Van


Proof that tiny European vans can be great fun.

By on July 8th, 2008

1983 Datsun 280ZX

The ZX of Doom

Nino Karotta acquires a splendid new Datsun 280ZX for peanuts.

By on July 2nd, 2008

The Mark (Part Two)

Jettison Your Thoughts

In which Florence watches ekranoplans and learns to shoot a gun. Previously in this series: Pop-Tarts

By and on June 27th, 2008

Everything You Need to Know

About the Maserati GranTurismo

A GranTurismo takes off at a red light on Andrássy út, Budapest.

By on June 17th, 2008

24 heures du Mans 2007

Dawn in Le Mans

Why the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the greatest motor race on Earth and why you will never learn this from Wikipedia alone.

By on June 15th, 2008

The Mark (Part One)


In which we meet Florence, an assassin who flies to Budapest for a mission about to go terribly wrong.

By and on June 14th, 2008

Datsun Shuffle (III)

Nino Karotta’s Datsun Gloria rides again.

By on June 12th, 2008

1991 Nissan 200SX

A Day at the Drifts

After four years of tweaking, Nino Karotta takes his Nissan 200SX to a racetrack for its first ever drift session.

By on June 10th, 2008

The Circle Opens

Welcome to Hyperleggera, a blog about the decadence of automobiles and other machines that go fast in interesting ways.

By on June 6th, 2008