The LA School District Has Grenade Launchers

In all the hullabaloo over the past few days about the San Diego School District's new MRAP, we missed the most wonderful news of all. Not only is the Los Angeles Unified School District getting an MRAP, too, they also casually disclosed that they've had three grenade launchers since 2001. » 9/16/14 6:24pm 7 minutes ago

The Goodwood Revival Was 2014's Best Car Event, Period

The Goodwood Revival is the best car event in the world, and I was lucky enough to be there. Next year, you should make the trip too to Sussex wearing something nice, because the cars, oh, the cars, are simply unreal. » 9/16/14 5:04pm Today 5:04pm

What It's Like To Drive A Lancia 037 Group B Street Car

Back in the '80s, you could enter just about any kind of purpose-built race car you wanted, so long as you also built some road-legal versions for the public, too. This is what it's like to run one of those homologations specials, the mighty Lancia 037. » 9/16/14 4:40pm Today 4:40pm

For God’s Sake, Take Off Your Dealer License Plate Frame

I'll tell you when I first realized that we have a serious problem. It was just a few days ago, when I came up behind a car in traffic with one of those enormous plastic license plate frames. Printed on top was the name of the dealer – something like "ANDERSON MOTORS." And on the bottom, in the same enormous font,… » 9/16/14 4:06pm Today 4:06pm

This Ridiculous Race Car Proves Even Clown Shoes Are Better With A V8

I'll be honest, I love German performance cars. It's something about their attention to detail and unrelenting power delivery that can't be beat. That is, until you slap a race-tuned American V8 powerplant in one, gut the interior, and paint it matte orange. Oh, and put it up for sale to us mere mortals. » 9/16/14 3:55pm Today 3:55pm

Now You Can Personalize Your Flying Experience With Just Your Phone

Just announced this morning at the 2014 Airline Passenger Experience Expo in Anaheim, California, Panasonic Avionics Corporation is introducing Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology to its in-flight entertainment systems. This means wallet-free on board purchases for flyers, plus benefits for airlines. » 9/16/14 3:34pm Today 3:34pm

What Does America's Auto Safety Regulator Actually Do?

Back when they hit General Motors with a record $35 million fine for not reporting the ignition switch defect, officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had stern words for automakers who hid problems and delayed recalls. The thing is, NHTSA was hardly blameless in both the GM scandal and the… » 9/16/14 3:18pm Today 3:18pm

Favorite Places to Drive: Tanner Foust

With two Red Bull Global Rallycross races stacked back-to-back in Los Angeles, we had to come up with two lists of favorite places to drive in the Los Angeles area. Yesterday we brought you Rhys "Mad Skills" Millen's list—today, we bring you the list of two-time series champion Tanner Foust. » 9/16/14 3:14pm Today 3:14pm

I Worked in a Car That's Longer Than My Studio and Pricier Than a House

I work from home. My home is a small apartment in San Francisco in a building that's been around since 1917, and my "office" is a butt's-width section of a used Ikea sofa I bought off Craigslist a few years back. I recently had the opportunity to spend a workday rolling around town in a brand new Bentley Mulsanne—a… » 9/16/14 3:08pm Today 3:08pm

Supercar That Runs Using Salt Water Approved For Use On European Roads

It's got a motor at each wheel, gullwing doors, makes a Fisker look like an AMC Pacer, and can go from stationary to 60 MPH as fast as a GT-R. It's powered by something similar to a fuel cell that uses salt water as an electrolyte. And now it's legal to drive on European roads. » 9/16/14 2:22pm Today 2:22pm

Let the Sun Maintain Your Battery, Handy Pick-Up Tool [Deals]

This solar trickle charger can sit on your dashboard to keep your battery from dying on a camping or road trip, or it would be great for an un-powered shed where you want to charge up your 12V batteries. [Coleman 2W Solar Battery Maintainer, $12] » 9/16/14 2:15pm Today 2:15pm