Sam Smith

Sam Smith

Sam Smith is R&T's Editor-at-Large. His writing has appeared in R&T, Automobile, Jalopnik, Esquire, and more. His head spins to 9000 rpm and is a fully stressed member.

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Driving a McLaren F1 GTR and a Senna on the Same Day Will Make You Lose Your Mind

Driving a McLaren F1 GTR and a Senna on the same day will make you lose your mind.

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Used Car Lot, Lots of Fins
The Terrible Old Charade of New-Car Buying

Nobody wants to buy a new car.

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This Crate Is Filled With Our New Project Car: A Caterham Seven 310 R

Meet our newest long-term test car—1200 pounds of joy in pieces.

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The Numbers Aren't Everything
Faster acceleration, higher top speed, more grip? At some point, we have to stop rewarding numbers and get back to evaluating performan…
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The Uncomfortable Conversation
A car enthusiast acknowledges humanity’s biggest problem from a national park and a pickup —and the largest glacial melt in the Lower 4…
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The Reality of Sleeping in Trucks

Sometimes lodging near a track is less hotel and more back of an old pickup.

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Driving a Modern Formula One Car

Life in the belts of a modern Formula 1 car: Light, loud, & on top of the 19,000-rpm world.

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When Horsepower Isn't Everything

Lessons from the empty road.

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Nascar Versus The World

Evil track cars and the nature of intimidation, wrapped in a good ol' test of hometown boy against everybody.

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Losing Your Mind in Online Racing

The sim of all fears.

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What It's Like Watching the Daytona 500 When Your Friend Is Racing

Meeting NASCAR with a horse in the race.

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There's Only One Way to Enjoy a Fast & Furious Movie Marathon

You need to be in an altered state of consciousness.

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How to Make a Road Trip In a Porsche 911 GT3 RS Miserable

Hypermiling from Atlanta to Sebring on one tank of gas. Overnight. In a 520-hp track weapon.

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Inside Mazda's Scholarship Program Searching For the Next Racing Star

Mazda's Road to 24 Shootout gives one young racer $100,000 to try to go pro. We watched four kids fight for a shot at the prize.

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Tracing American Honda's Roots With an Integra Type R

An 8400-RPM chase of the American story of the big H.

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Robert Wickens: The Road & Track Interview

Our full conversation with the IndyCar phenomenon as he navigates life after the crash that nearly killed him.

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The Long Rise of Robert Wickens

He stormed into IndyCar from Europe, then a crash nearly killed him. The only place to go is up.

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The KTM X-Bow Is a Delightful Freak

This wild-looking track-only beast packs 300 horses and no roof or doors.

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Hail the Goat-Priest

Marooned on an island of weirdness.

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The Glorious Madness of Japanese Dodge Van Racing

Dajiban is full of short-wheelbase Ram vans built for racing and drifting. What's not to love?

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Careful Whisper

Voices behind the wheel of a Z4 GTLM.

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Driving to the Arctic Ocean in a Jeep Wrangler, No Doors Allowed

Driving to the Arctic Ocean by Alaskan north road in a Jeep Wrangler, no doors allowed.

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Mark Webber Didn't Love Le Mans

Over dinner, Mark Webber discussed sacrifice Le Mans, and more with our Sam Smith.

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There Is Never Anything Wrong With an Alfa Romeo

Encounters with the Bella Macchina.

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Then & Now: The RUF Yellow Birds, 1987 and 2017

Three decades ago, a tiny shop in Germany built the world's fastest car. R&T returns to drive its successor.

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The Tesla Model 3 Makes Me Wonder About the Future

Tesla's small sport sedan isn't perfect, but it's undeniably a milestone.

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The Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy Your First Vintage Car

The rewards of owning a classic car are many, but there are risks involved. Here's how to pick the right car for your needs and wants.

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The Road Makes Kids Love Cars
I told my daughter we were going for ice cream. I didn’t tell her it was going to take two days of driving, in a car slow as cold mud, …
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Wake Up Time
Editor at large Sam Smith and his dad raced a 2002 together for years. After a decade off track, they brought that old 2002 back to lif…