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For the most part, cars have several common design components -- two headlights, for example, or four wheels -- but why is that? Tune in and learn more about the stories and science behind basic car design in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Bentley Motors, part of the Volkswagen Group has just announced the release of the Bentley Continental Supersports -- a car that they're calling, "the fastest and most powerful Bentley ever." That says a lot when you're talking about a company that has a 90-year history...a history that includes a long list of Grand Touring cars, ultra luxury cars and several outright race cars. In the early part of the 20th century, Bentley cars were known for their speed and superior performance. Of course, they remain just as strong today, but they're typically better known as symbols of style and elegance. The new Continental Supersports model is said to offer prospective buyers 621 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque from a 6-liter, twin-turbocharged, W12 engine that rockets the 4,939-pound car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, according to the Bentley Motors press release.

The start of the 2009 Formula One racing season is about a month away and it's really beginning to look as if Honda's F1 team may not be lining up with the rest of the competition in Melbourne, Australia, at the end of March. In a statement made by Honda Motor Co., on December 5, 2008, Honda made the "extremely difficult decision" to pull out of all Formula One activities. They put their F1 team up for sale citing the "deteriorating operating environment facing the global auto industry, brought on by the sub-prime problem in the United States, the deepening credit crisis and the sudden contraction of the world economies" as the reasoning behind their action. Perhaps this is understandable when you consider that the Honda F1 team is believed to have an operating budget of more than $300 million per year.

What are the world's weirdest car laws?

Every driver knows automobile laws differ from state to state -- but how different have these laws become? Tune in as our car crew takes a look at weird car laws around the world in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Can you picture yourself behind the wheel of some of the world's fastest (and most expensive) exotic cars? Most drivers dream about it, but simply don't have the cash to make it a reality. Is there a way to park a Lamborghini in your driveway for jus ...

Everyone wants improved fuel mileage, right? Even hybrid car owners that routinely get 60+ mpg are looking to squeeze every last mile from each tank of fuel. But what if you could buy a car that gets even better fuel mileage? Is 100+ mpg (or more) po ...

During a recent press conference held at the government headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Maud Olofsson, Sweden's Industry Minister, said that she is "deeply disappointed in General Motors" for requesting $570 million from the Swedish gove ...

Are flying cars a good idea?

Theoretically, every US driver could replace his or her automobile with a flying car -- but is it a good idea? Tune in to learn about the past and future of flying cars in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.

After a great deal of speculation and rumor, General Motors has finally made the official call regarding the fate of its Saturn brand. However, the automaker has a few tough decisions to make about its SAAB and Hummer line of vehicles, too.According ...

How Hypercars Work

Hypercars are vehicles designed to be incredibly efficient, achieving mile-per-gallon ratings far above those of traditional vehicles. Tune in to learn more about hypercars in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.

What's the longest auto race ever?

Auto racing takes a multitude of forms, from the speedy Indy 500 to France's Le Mans 24-hour endurance race. But which race snags the prize for longest ever? Discover the surprising answer in this HowStuffWorks podcast.

How License Plates Work

License plates are so commonplace that we seldom stop to ponder their origins. Were they always metal? Who made them? And what's the deal with vanity plates? Discover the not-so-common story of license plates in this HowStuffWorks podcast.

How the Presidential Limo Works

The presidential limo is designed to protect the president from all possible dangers, so it has to be pretty tricked out. Find out which features make the president's limousine extra safe in this HowStuffWorks podcast.

What are precision drivers?

Precision drivers are specially-trained vehicle operators capable of amazing car tricks, from driving on two wheels to high-speed parallel parking. Tune in to this HowStuffWorks podcast and learn more about precision driving.

What exactly is a death-proof car?

Car manufacturers across the world spend millions of dollars each year trying to improve the safety of their vehicles -- but can any vehicle be completely invulnerable? Tune in to learn more about vehicle safety in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.

What's the world's cheapest car?

What's world's cheapest new car? Listen in as the High Speed Stuff team searches the globe for the world's most affordable automobile in this HowStuffWorks podcast.

How can I repair my own car?

There's a certain undeniable satisfaction found in repairing one's own vehicle. Check in with the High Speed Stuff crew as they take a look at the industry built around do-it-yourself car repair in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.

Do hybrids save you money on fuel?

Hybrid vehicles are more efficient than standard vehicles when it comes to fuel, but they're also more expensive. Do the savings make up for the added expense? Find out in this HowStuffWorks podcast.

What should you do after a car accident?

Car accidents are unpleasant occurrences, but knowing how to handle yourself after an accident can save you even more grief. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to get some common-sense tips on dealing with a car accident.

Are solar-powered cars practical?

Proponents of solar power often describe it as the next step in auto evolution, painting a vivid picture of a world without oil dependency. Is modern technology up to the task? Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to find out.