Day: July 3, 2020

Dakar Rally adds Classic category for 2021

In early 2021, the Porsche 959 and the Lada Niva will have at least one thing in common: They’ll both be eligible to participate in the Dakar Rally after a long hiatus. Neither will realistically be able to beat the racers that will be built specifically for the 2021 event, so the organizers created a Classic category that’s open to cars and trucks.

Contrary to what its name suggests, the Dakar Rally hasn’t been held in Africa since it was canceled in 2008 over terrorism-related fears. It was held in South America in the 2010s, and it moved to Saudi Arabia in 2020. That’s where older racers will be given the opportunity to show what they’re capable of after decades of hibernation. Although the organizers haven’t published a list of eligible vehicles, they noted the Classic category is open to

2020 Ferrari F8 Spider First Drive | Driving impressions, performance, specs, photos

LOS ANGELES — Humanity may be hermetically sealed off by facemasks and lockdowns, but the 2020 Ferrari F8 Spider is ferociously gulping gallons of atmosphere into the cabin as I dice through Malibu’s canyon roads. At least the al fresco exotic can button up in a pinch: Give it 14 seconds at speeds up to 28 mph, and the two-piece hardtop envelops the cockpit, shielding the Giallo Modena two-seater from breathy bystanders.

Microbes were the last thing on my mind while piloting Maranello’s roadster du jour, especially in the remote confines of the coastal Santa Monica mountain range. With a 710-horsepower twin-turbo V8 tucked behind me, it’s easy to see why: this $396,994 prancing horse absolutely rips, ticking off a claimed 62-mph time of 2.9 seconds (figure around 2.7 clicks to 60 mph). With a long enough leash,