Tesla Road Trip - Going from Point A to Point B is Only Half the Battle

If we take the headline gist of the NY Times article – Tesla Model S Bricks in travel from DC to Boston – then yes @TeslaRoadTrip and XanderWalker proved him wrong.  If you really get into the article though, there are issues that XanderWalker barely touches on that are not disproven, and more so when you learn more… » 2/18/13 3:26pm 2/18/13 3:26pm

This Is What A Spy Plane Eye Chart Looks Like From The Air

There's a good chance that a surveillance satellite is taking pictures of your neighborhood right now, but you'll never know it's there. It's way too high above the Earth's surface to be seen by the naked eye. But there's something here on the ground that helped develop those satellites into the highly precise watching … » 2/18/13 3:00pm 2/18/13 3:00pm

Air Force Pararescue Jumpers Dive Out Of Helicopters Into Hell

If you ever find yourself lost behind enemy lines with no hope of getting past the bad guys, over the lines, and to the safety of your own people, you're pretty well stuffed. For military pilots, this scenario is a distinct possibility. That's why the Air Force has crews of pararescue jumpers to fly into all sorts of… » 2/18/13 2:29pm 2/18/13 2:29pm

Dear Honda: You Need To Make Great Cars Again

Honda, you used to be one of my favorite automakers in the world. In a world of boring Toyotas, you were an exciting alternative. But somewhere in the last decade you forgot all of that. It makes me sad, and Honda, you're better than that. » 2/18/13 2:08pm 2/18/13 2:08pm

Museum of the US Air Force - Restoration Facility Photo Dump

My family and I flew up to Dayton for a couple of days to check out the Air Force Museum.  When we arrived we signed up for the presidential hangar bus trip and I signed up as a standby for the restoration facility tour. They only get 44 people over there once a week, so this was a rare opportunity. Amazingly enough I… » 2/18/13 1:18pm 2/18/13 1:18pm

Watch Your Ass, Someone Might Steal Your Tailgate

It's pretty easy to remove the tailgate from most trucks. All you have to do is pull the handle, flip the gate halfway down, and pull it off the tabs. Theives have picked up on that, and according to statistics from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, tailgate theft is up 18 percent this year. Since 2006, 1,345… » 2/18/13 12:53pm 2/18/13 12:53pm

Driving India's Jeep In A Desert Rally Without The Burden Of Skill

I knew I wanted to drive a Thar long before I had any idea I'd ever get to India. I was interested because it's one of the best automotive examples of evolution to an environment. Think of it this way: both the Thar and the Jeep we Americans know and love started with the same source: the WWII-era Willys Jeep. This was … » 2/18/13 12:00pm 2/18/13 12:00pm

How An Army Convoy Crossed America In 56 Days To Prove We Needed…

America is probably the best place on Earth for long road trips. Fuel is cheap, food is plentiful, and the roads — they're amazing. But the U.S. of A. wasn't always a land of long, smooth stretches of tarmac you could sail across at 80 mph in almost any weather. A century ago, driving cross-country in America wasn't… » 2/18/13 9:54am 2/18/13 9:54am

Tesla Road Trip - Debunking the New York Times

Late Friday night I came across a blog post saying that some Tesla Model S owners were going to attempt to recreate the now infamous DC to CT road trip in a convoy of Tesla Model S. By this point, CNN had already completed the same journey and done a lot of the debunking, but you could still hear the chorus of… » 2/18/13 9:40am 2/18/13 9:40am

Lotus F1 Gets Some Help From RUF

You might know RUF for the 1987 CTR Yellowbird, a special Porsche 911 that could do 211 mph. Or perhaps you've seen something from the modern era like the 750 horsepower CTR3, a car that could eat a Carrera GT for breakfast. Now Lotus F1 called  Lotus F1's boss called, and he wants their expertise. » 2/18/13 9:36am 2/18/13 9:36am

Envy Might Just be the Inspiration You Need to Live the Dream

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Picture this: your neighbor pulls his incredible new Lexus RC F (arriving Fall 2014) into his driveway. The sharp bark of the V8 stands your hair on end, and the sweeping belt line terminates into muscular shoulders that hug the wide, low-profile tires. The available carbon fiber active wing cuts through the air like a … » 4/17/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm