This Playset Teaches Your Kids How to Take Care of a Real Car

It's well known that you're far more likely to get ripped off at a mechanic than at a restaurant. So why do we park our kids in front of tiny plastic kitchens to make imaginary meals when they could be learning important auto repair and maintenance skills instead? This engine repair set could actually end up saving… » 9/04/14 2:48pm 9/04/14 2:48pm

Using the Oculus Rift to Find Your Next Car

Going to a car dealership is notoriously fraught with anxiety. In addition to some guy in a plaid jacket trying to upsell you on hubcaps, you never know if they're going to have the exact car you're looking for, with the right options, in the right color. How do you know if it's what you want if you can't see it with… » 6/27/14 3:50pm 6/27/14 3:50pm

Test Drive: How Does the BMW X5 Hold Up in Extreme Winter Weather?

When my airplane landed in Chicago in early January, the temperature, with windchill, was minus-36 degrees. Outside, the cold made my face feel like it was being pressed into a belt sander. At a parking facility five miles away from O'Hare, a new BMW X5 test car was waiting for me. It'd been sitting idle for a couple… » 3/12/14 6:22pm 3/12/14 6:22pm

This Futuristic Truck Was Actually Designed By Walmart

With 7,000 tractor trailers currently in its fleet, it makes sense that Walmart would have a vested interest in designing more efficient delivery vehicles. The company's new ultra-aerodynamic Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience—or WAVE—concept is lighter and more fuel efficient than other trucks on the market, and can… » 3/04/14 11:53am 3/04/14 11:53am

How Google Glass Will Save Car Enthusiasts From Extinction

"Computers are killing the automotive hobby!" Car geeks say this with defeatist disdain; tech nerds utter it with futurist superiority. Thing is, they're both wrong. Virtual reality and wearable tech could very well save hobbyist mechanics from becoming the 21st century's horseshoe installers. Here's how. » 1/21/14 4:26pm 1/21/14 4:26pm

What’s driving women away from engineering and auto?

Lauren Fix is known to most as The Car Coach. The auto industry vet went to work for her father's brake company as a teenager, engineering a disc brake system for the 1965-1967 Ford Mustang. She's been racing cars all her life (even during a pregnancy), and later owned and headed a driving school. Now she shares her… » 1/13/14 2:25pm 1/13/14 2:25pm

These Easy-To-Install Treads Turn Any Car Into a Tank

If you're an off-roading enthusiast you've probably already seen those kits that let you replace your truck's wheels with a set of four tank treads for tackling any terrain. The Track N Go is the same idea, except that you don't need a garage, a lift, or any kind of mechanical know-how to install them. You just drive… » 1/12/14 11:27am 1/12/14 11:27am

5 Retrofuturistic Designs That Helped J Mays Reshape the Automobile

Ford Motor Company announced this week that top designer J Mays is retiring. In his 33-year career and 16-year tenure at Ford, Mays ushered in the era of retrofuturistic styling that other car companies scrambled to follow. Here, we look back at five of his vehicles that steered the shape of automotive design. » 11/09/13 10:23am 11/09/13 10:23am

This Lexus Paints Your Portrait Based On How You Drive

Car aficionados will readily defend their favorite vehicles as rolling works of art, but art collector Walter Vanhaerent might be the only driver on earth who can definitively make that claim. Because his new Lexus IS 300h hybrid actually paints his portrait every time he hits the road. » 10/25/13 4:13pm 10/25/13 4:13pm

Overhead Cams Replace Bored Humans in Honda's Driverless Valet System

If worrying about your vehicle and personal possessions has always made you hesitant about using valet parking, Honda will alleviate your fears with a new system that replaces clumsy valet drivers with overhead tracking cameras and software smart enough to juggle an entire lot full of cars. » 10/21/13 9:12am 10/21/13 9:12am

This Heads Up Display Lets You See Through the Truck in Front of You

Is there anything more terrifying than attempting to pass a slow-moving truck on a two-lane road when you're really not sure what's waiting for you up ahead? Researchers at the University of Porto in Portugal don't think so; they've come up with a clever system that could allow drivers of smaller vehicles to see right… » 10/18/13 11:45am 10/18/13 11:45am

Incredible Arcade Sim Will Let You Drive Every Batmobile

For all of the Batman games that have come and gone, very few have ever let you play with the Dark Knight's ultimate toy: The Batmobile. But that's all about to change thanks to this new arcade simulator from Raw Thrills and Specular Interactive that lets you drive almost everything in Batman's garage through the… » 9/28/13 10:32am 9/28/13 10:32am

A Shock-Absorbing Airless Tire That Will Never Go Flat

Inspired by Bridgestone's puncture-proof tires, and Michelin's Tweel, Hankook has decided that it wants to get into the next-generation tire market with its own i-Flex. Like the previous creations from its competitors, Hankook's tire trades an air-filled bladder that's prone to leaks and punctures for an engineered… » 9/10/13 4:09pm 9/10/13 4:09pm

Ford's New Prototyping Machine Turns Sheet Metal Into Custom Parts

A modern assembly line can churn out a new vehicle every few minutes, but when carmakers want to build and test a prototype, it takes weeks to produce the dies and moulds needed to stamp out a custom one-off part. So Ford has developed a fantastic new prototyping machine that functions kind of like a 3D printer in… » 7/03/13 3:34pm 7/03/13 3:34pm

A Classic Fiat 500 Had To Die So You Can Keep Your Drinks Cool

Though it was reborn back in 2007 as a similarly compact model, the original Fiat 500 showed the world, not just Europe, that you didn't need a giant land yacht of a vehicle to be comfortable. So it's a little sad to see that Smeg is working with Fiat to hack apart these iconic rides, and turn their front ends into… » 6/04/13 1:59pm 6/04/13 1:59pm

Costco UK Will Happily Sell You This Awesome $115,000 F1 Simulator

What do you rely on your local Costco for? Gigantic boxes of diapers? Bulk packs of chicken fingers? In the UK, when you're stocking up on bangers and mash, you can also go home with a full-size $115,000 Formula One simulator. Although, sadly, they're not sold in bulk packs for bigger savings. » 5/14/13 12:12pm 5/14/13 12:12pm

Your Free Green Hornet Black Beauty Wallpaper

I'm a US-based portrait and advertising photographer, but I'm a big gear head at my core. For several years now, I have been travelling the country photographing real and replica iconic movie and TV cars as part of a personal series I call The Unicorn Project. The whole series has been a mind-blowing experience for… » 5/08/13 10:52am 5/08/13 10:52am