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The Auto Basics Channel offers detailed, accurate articles about cars and educates you on auto terminology. For fun, get to know how car crushers and car washes work or which 33 cars are named after animals.

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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.


8 Automotive Lemons

 8 Automotive Lemons

Sometimes a great idea just doesn't pan out when the rubber hits the road. See our list of 8 automotive lemons and learn why they flopped. See more »

33 Cars Named After Animals

 33 Cars Named After Animals

Automakers often turn to the animal kingdom when it's time to name their latest car model. See our list of 33 cars named after animals. See more »

How Sports Cars Work

How Sports Cars Work

When the automobile sputtered to life in the 1880s, the sports car wasn't far behind. Learn about the history of sports cars from the 1940s to today. See more »

Understanding Auto Parts

Understanding Auto Parts

Learn about key parts in an automobile at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Cars Work

 How Cars Work

A car contains dozens of different technologies. Everything from the engine to the tires is its own special universe of design and engineering. See more »

How Remote Entry Works

 How Remote Entry Works

Do you have one of those key fobs that unlocks your car doors? And maybe even your trunk and your garage door, too? Remote entry devices are the utmost in convenience. Climb inside your car's remote-entry system. See more »