I really like the basic, no-bullshit form-follows-function design of the Bollinger B1 electric SUV, and I sincerely hope Bollinger ignores every inane focus group suggestion to “design” it more, and that it makes it to market just as it is. The space utilization and functionality are possibly the best seen in any…
For years now IndyCar has competed with a spec car that looks like it’s wearing bloomers, a too-big, low-fi, Playmobil version of what an open wheeler should look like. I have tried to care about it. I have failed. But hey, for the first time in years, there’s an IndyCar that actually looks good.
It’s a question a child might ask, but not a childish question: why is it that only hatchbacks, wagons, and SUVs have wipers for their rear windows, when sedans with trunks almost never do? Like the old saying goes, the rain has no idea how you get luggage in your car. So why should one incredibly common type of car…
Help me out here, pals. While I love my co-workers here on the USS Jalopnuts, it has come to my attention that at least two of my co-workers are drooling simpletons who can’t wrap their puny, moist, palpitating brains around the idea that the front-mid engine layout is a thing. They’re idiots, right?
I’ll just say up front that I know what I’m feeling here isn’t necessarily rational or reasonable, but I can’t deny what I feel, especially when it comes to vans. In fact, I probably have my most visceral emotions of any kind when it comes to vans, which may be why my reaction to the Nissan NV1500, 2500, and 3500 vans…
I can’t think of a single modern car that uses pop-up headlights still, but that doesn’t mean the collective automotive lighting fetishistic community doesn’t long for them, every day. That’s why I’d like to take a moment to share with you the patent for pop-up headlights, filed for patent 83 years ago last month.
A set of wheels can make or break a car’s looks. The wheels actually take up a pretty decent percentage of a car’s side profile, especially if they are big and the car is sleek. Which is why it’s extremely important to make sure they look good. How do we feel about these?
Supercars are, by their very nature, impractical. They’re dramatic, fast, have doors that open in delightfully baffling ways, and if you take one to a hardware store all you’re coming home with is a fistful of drywall screws. But, once, long ago, Ford decided it didn’t have to be like that.
So just now here at bustling Jalopnik HQ, we had a little disagreement over our long-distance video-fax units. One of our writers maintained the BMW 5GT up there is significantly uglier than the sedan. I know many agree with him; what I want to know is why.
Raise your hand if somebody you knew had this exact photo as their Myspace background. Raise both and wave them around if it was your Myspace background. Ain’t no shame in that, especially now.
Fisker has released three teaser images of its real $130,000 electric car called the EMotion, and it’s definitely a tamer look than the Hot Wheels concept car from a few months ago. It looks like an alien ship from Independence Day disguised as an early-2000s Japanese luxury car.
Auto designer legend Tom Tjaarda died at 82 today, and even if somehow you don’t think you know who he is, trust me, you know who he is. It’s almost certain that at some point you’ve seen a stunning car that’s taken your breath away, and there’s a decent chance that Tom Tjaarda had a hand in its design. Tjaarda was a…
I usually get the same answer whenever I bring it up: “No, you can’t make your own engine. The castings are too complicated. How will you actually pour your own block? Do you have foundry in your mom’s basement? It’s too expensive to machine one from scratch. You don’t know what you’re doing!”
Pop the hood on any modern car and you will be greeted by the sight of evil pixie demons gnashing their teeth at you, squealing with cruel delight. Wait, no, that’s not right. You’ll see a big plastic engine cover! Yes. But why?
Imagine you’ve just been hired as a design engineer at a major automotive manufacturer. Your boss introduces himself and says “Hey, are you ready to design the most innovative, mind-blowing, original car you’ve ever seen?” Now stop imagining that, because your boss isn’t going to say that. Maybe Elon Musk says that to…
Not a day goes by that the C6 Corvette Z06 does not go from good looking to better looking to even more better looking. What a clear, simple visualization of a sports car ideal.
The Ferrari 312 B3 Spazzaneve (snowplow) from 1972 was “so ugly that it never raced,” as we described it a few years ago. F1 fans never got to see its wedge concept race, but now we can hear its flat-12 wail and my god does it sound good.
As anyone who has tried to draw a completely original car can tell you, auto design is not easy. At all. Perhaps because of some awful little lump of sadism residing in my brain, I had the urge to ask an auto designer to try to design a car with the most difficult design requirement: asymmetry. Incredibly, one agreed,…
The seats I currently have in my car are of the brace-against-the-door-while-cornering variety, and this has put me on a hunt for cool old vintage racing seats as replacements. This search has brought me to the rarer-than-rare ‘Paddy Hopkirk Carrera Recliners,’ possibly the best seats that can be put in a car.
The Alpine A310 is one of my favorite cars, what with its spectacular ‘70s French design, rear-mounted engine and surprisingly light weight. It is one of the great little-known sports cars, so little known that even I didn’t realize that its windshield wipers are from another planet.