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How Sports Cars Work

Trace the exciting history of sports cars, from their postwar boom to the present day. Along the way, you will also find links to individual sports car profiles that offer history, specs, and photos. Here is your chance to climb behind the wheels of some the fastest and most innovative sports cars ever built.


How Automobiles Work

 How Automobiles Work

We have dozens of different articles at HowStuffWorks that explain all the intricacies of our automobiles. Check out some of the highlights. See more »

How Car Crushers Work

 How Car Crushers Work

Car crushers compress the remains of a junked car after the useful parts are stripped. Find out how car crushers work and learn why car crushing is necessary. See more »

What do you think highways will look like in 2050?

 What do you think highways will look like in 2050?

What do you think highways will look like in 2050? Visit HowStuffWorks to find out how our roads will change in the future. See more »

 How do you double clutch shift?

Double-clutching used to be a common method to switch gears in manual-transmission vehicles. Learn what it means to double-clutch shift in this article. See more »

 How do you lock the rear differential?

To keep your wheels rotating at the same speed, you can manually lock your rear differential. Learn how to lock the rear differential in this article. See more »

How Taxi Meters Work

 How Taxi Meters Work

Knowing how a taxi meter and taxi fares work can help you to be sure that you're treated fairly. Read about taxi meters at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Automotive Proving Grounds Work

 How Automotive Proving Grounds Work

What exactly are proving grounds and what do the automakers do there? Read about automotive proving grounds at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Do red-light cameras save lives?

 Do red-light cameras save lives?

Do red-light cameras save lives? Read about the effectiveness of red-light cameras at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Top 10 Stolen Cars of 2010

 Top 10 Stolen Cars of 2010

The Highway Loss Data Institute releases a list of the most stolen car makes and models for the year. Read about the most-stolen cars of 2010. See more »

What does a chop shop do?

 What does a chop shop do?

What does a chop shop do? Read about chop shops and what happens to stolen cars. See more »