• Car and Driver releases "The Periodic Table of Sports Cars"

You think Dimitri Mendeleev had something like this in mind when he created his greatest contribution to mankind? Probably not, but given his gift of foresight and how incredibly famous he became for creating the Periodic Table of Elements, it probably dawned on him that one day, an auto magazine named Car and Driver would use his work as a basis for creating their own periodic table.

Only this time, it consists of sports cars instead of elements.

Tongue and cheekiness aside, the ‘scientists’ over at Car and Driver have devised a pretty cool chart that categorizes sports cars according to their properties and laying them out to create a cool and colorful table.

Take a good look at it and you’ll notice how extensive the list is, from the Lotus 7 (Element 1) to the Saleen S7 (Element 103) and everything else in between. Car and Driver has a PDF version of their ‘Periodic Table of Sports Cars’ that you can download at their website.

By the way, here’s a nice little idea for those of you in a rut on what to get your car-loving buddy for Christmas: download the PDF, have it framed, and make it your present!

From one genius idea to another, right?


Source: Car and Driver

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  (273) posted on 02.13.2011

can someone explain me the used of this periodic table? I didn’t get it.

  (402) posted on 02.9.2011

Cool Periodic table, but have to agree that Minis, Mustangs, Camaro, STIs need to represent. Don’t knock on the Fiero, its been an Indy pace car, and though a short SCCA racing history at least it has one.

  (553) posted on 02.9.2011

I was hoping the table would be organized by mass, and yes, the Bugatti Veyron is significantly more massive than the ambiguous "Lotus." However, it falls apart in between. Still very cool.

  (511) posted on 12.22.2010

I love it that the Fiat X1/9 made it, it was very advanced for its time and still a blast to drive. Underpowered, but it made up for it in style, handling engineering. Kudos for a well sorted table!

  (406) posted on 12.22.2010

So many sports cars, so little time. If only someone would organize them into one succinct chart, categorizing them according to common properties and laying them out in an authoritative graph.

  (216) posted on 12.21.2010

same here dude I really didn’t get the meaning of this so called periodic car table.

  (763) posted on 12.21.2010

I thought the green one is the Hybrid or electric ones.. but honestly like many others I didn’t get the message of this periodic table.

  (701) posted on 12.20.2010

My issue was that the Vaporides were actual cars and not any of the vaporware we see constantly.

  (613) posted on 12.19.2010

same here dude.... i guess this is a chart for the different type of car and their purposes.

  (778) posted on 12.19.2010

nice but the list of the cars is incomplete, also what is the sense of this periodic table?

  (1) posted on 12.18.2010

Are they for REAL!

  (58) posted on 12.17.2010

What a waste of time....

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