My ideal GPS system would be James May sitting next to me, politely telling me which way to go and also providing stimulating conversation about how variable vane turbochargers work. Him as a SatNav voice would be the next best thing.
TravelMath can figure out all sorts of travel-related calculations, including your travel time so you don’t miss a connecting flight or get to the airport on time. Now they’ve updated to compare the cost of driving versus flying, which is perfect for planning a weekend getaway or holiday travel.
What do you do with a set of identical Can-Am Maverick X3s lent to you for obvious marketing purposes? Race them, duh. Team Hoonigan whipped out their best sideways dirty antics by pitting Ken Block’s team up against BJ Baldwin’s in their ultimate Battle Broyale through an abandoned desert neighborhood.
SpaceX plans to build a “self-sustaining city” on Mars, company founder Elon Musk announced today. But, while we now know a lot more about how SpaceX plans to get to Mars, details about how people will actually survive up there remain sketchy.
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The Fast and Furious franchise would have you convinced that slapping a turbo onto your engine is easy. You just buy the turbo for some trivial amount of money, bolt it on, and away you go. But Hot Rod found out that when you purchase one of those cheap bolt-on kits from Amazon, it doesn’t go exactly as planned.
Elon Musk, innovation bad boy and guy who recently blew up Mark Zuckerberg’s expensive satellite, is always late. Today, he was 25 minutes late to his own event about colonizing Mars. Nice going, asshole!
Having a daughter is a great, life affirming experience. Having a daughter sometimes means buying a more practical vehicle than you’d ever wanted. Now that Mike’s daughter is getting her license he’s ready to have a new life affirming experience with an automobile. What car should he buy?
The Nürburgring’s unforgivingly old-school Nordschleife course is a roller coaster of tight turns, fast corners, crazy elevation changes and all that’s right with the world as a gearhead. That also makes it the last place you want to be when you’re sick.
The best thing about this car is not that it looks like a 1990s fever dream memory of a 1970s Lancia Stratos. No, it’s that it’s powered by two inline-five cylinder engines joined at a common transmission. This is the 1997 Sbarro Ionos, and I love it and its absurd weirdness.
Humanity as we know it is doomed. Giant creepy dealership inflatables have figured out how to come loose from their ominous perches on lots everywhere. No one is safe, as October Sales Events everywhere are looming ahead on the calendar. Lord have mercy on us all.
The sound suggested I’d run over a wheelchair. When it had first begun, the shriek had been too sudden to appreciate any nuance, but now that I’d been living with it for a few miles, I could pick out that specific timbre — a poignant combination of metallic shirring, rubber flapping, and vehicular criminality.
Autonomous vehicle technology is still in its infancy, which means that most self-driving vehicles still have a way for humans to take over when needed. But as Komatsu demonstrates with a design for a new autonomous dump truck, in some cases there are real advantages to eliminating humans altogether.
What happens when racers need a big van to haul bikes, parts and spares? They start racing the vans, too, of course. Japan’s Dajiban scene evolved out of motorcycle racing into its own delightful world of modified vans, track days, drifting and racing.
I was one of the lucky few to attend the filming of The Grand Tour’s opening sequence and launch party. Little did I know that I would have multiple conversations with Clarkson, Hammond and May, and I’d bear witness Jezza’s legendary lack of patience when things aren’t perfect.
Car photography is great and fun because cars can both be moving and sitting still at the same time. Both instances yield great results, and cars won’t complain about you taking too long to set up a shot or fidget or twitch or any crap like that.
We already have Formula E and now we have this: the Electric GT Championship, which is the self-proclaimed first-ever zero-emissions GT championship. The first season will start in 2017, with the series launch and Tesla Model S EGT race car unveil taking place in Ibiza today. And you can totally apply to be a driver…
I recently bought a 1948 Willys CJ-2A Jeep only to learn the transmission had been obliterated by severe corrosion. I was convinced that this budget off-road project was dead in the water, as parts for that gearbox were prohibitively expensive. Then I completely rebuilt the trans in one night for less than $100.…
Earlier this year, police tracked down and jailed the driver of a wannabe-gymkhana Beetle tearing up the streets of San Diego. It was not difficult for them, as the city attorney now notes, because the driver put the whole thing up as a viral video. “It gave us everything.”