Italian Car Maker

Guy Webster’s red wooden barn, ringed with weeds and scattered gardening tools, has become a pilgrimage destination for motorcycle cognoscenti. Several years ago, Webster received a surprise visit...
It could be argued that Lamborghini ( www.lamborghini.com ) designed its forthcoming Barchetta without a roof so that God can peer inside one of his favorite road-going machines. The yet-unnamed $290...
In 1989, the Campagna T-Rex made a dubious debut. A driver took the three-wheeled machine for test laps around a Canadian racetrack, and 10 minutes into the ride, he ran the vehicle off the course...
Troy Bayliss, one of the most successful motorcycle racers ever to tear around a track, rode a Ducati 998 Factory 01 bike to victory during the 2001 World Superbike Championship. Well, to be precise...
The British motorcycle writer sat in the tent at the Misano racetrack in northern Italy, propping his cast-covered left leg on a chair. During a road test a few hours earlier, he had dumped his...
There is no mystery to the mystique of Ferrari. The marque’s provenance is the Roman genius for designing pure, radical yet beautiful mechanical devices—from Leonardo da Vinci’s helicopter to Luca...
Ferrari enthusiasts may soon understand what Formula One champion Michael Schumacher experiences as he rips down the straightaway at Indianapolis or slices through Monaco’s turns. By early 2003, you...
Speeders Beware With its stars-and-stripes motif, the Ducati 998S Bostrom has an undeniable American patriotic appeal, but the Italian bike is at its best when it’s a 150-mph red, white, and blue...
Just before the engine turns over, I like to close my eyes, blocking out any distractions so that I can fully absorb the sound and feel of the mechanical energy that follows. I’ve performed this...
In 1478, at the age of 26, Leonardo da Vinci drafted illustrations of a curious and ingenious machine that would puzzle scholars, engineers, and designers for the next 500 years. The sketches of the...
They race to few cheers before grandstands containing only a scattering of spectators—just friends and families. Speed Channel does not televise their heats and finals. They are perennial second...
For Rob Phelan, a weekend last October in Las Vegas offered everything he wanted: a chance to meet the people who make his favorite motorcycle, a fast and challenging track to ride on, an opportunity...
The Maserati Spyder embodies the cardinal characteristics of the Italian sports car: It is mechanically sound and visually striking, and it is fast. In terms of horsepower per liter, the Spyder’s 390...
For almost 40 years, running with Lamborghini’s bulls has left other exotic sports cars gasping for breath. Well, there is no rest for the weary. The 570-hp, 205-mph Murciélago has arrived as the...
First impressions certainly contain elements of reliability, but wiser judges know that last impressions are typically lasting impressions. And so for years, America’s last recollections of one...
Resembling the intricate fossilized remains of an ancient flying reptile, the frame of the fabled Maserati “Birdcage” is an assemblage of over 200 steel segments wrapped in a svelte aluminum skin...
The Maserati Gransport ( www.maserati.com ), a stately, swift update of the company’s Cambiocorsa coupe, presents a pedigreed Italian package with greater power and sharper looks than its $92,300...

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