China's Best Grandpa Builds A Mini Electric Lambo For His Grandson

In Zhengzhou, there's a man called Old Guo — who, at 50, seems a little young for his name — who wasn't crazy about taking his grandson to school on an unstable electric moped. So, he did the only thing any rational person would do: he built a little electric Lamborghini-style neighborhood car. » 3/11/14 11:45am 3/11/14 11:45am

At SXSW? Come Talk With Me About Hacking Cars!

The reason I'm out here at SXSW is because I was invited to be on a panel called, optimistically, Will Hackers & Makers Save Car Culture? And while I'm pretty sure car culture is doing just fine, we're entering a golden age of car hacking, and we want to talk about it. » 3/10/14 12:20pm 3/10/14 12:20pm

Will This Car Named For A Cat Be The First Real Open-Source Car?

When I was a kid, there always seemed to be someone in the neighborhood building some wonderfully absurd kit car on an old VW chassis. That basic VW platform was the basis for so many DIY car projects. Sadly, there's nothing like that now. But maybe a new open-souce car called the Tabby will change that. » 3/07/14 3:20pm 3/07/14 3:20pm

Hackers Can Take Over Your Car With This Simple $26 Device

There's been a lot of hype and panic about cars being hacked and terrorist teens on laptops in desert bunkers taking over your Toyota, and up to now it's been mostly all just fodder for your crazy aunt to email you about. Now, however, a first viable general-use car-hacking tool has been developed that's also cheap. » 2/10/14 11:39am 2/10/14 11:39am

Giant Street Legal Cozy Coupe Will Delight The Crap Out Of You

Everyone loves the Li'l Tykes Cozy Coupe, right? For many of us, it's our very first experience piloting any sort of wheeled vehicle at all. Even so, taking one out on the highway or even any public road is often a harrowing experience. Luckily, the industrious kooks at Attitude Autos in the UK have a solution. » 1/31/14 4:40pm 1/31/14 4:40pm

The Future of Car Hacking

The future holds a lot for the motor vehicle, with the beginnings of 3D printing already taking root in households, plenty of Bluetooth gadgets allow greater connectivity with our mobile devices, and new painting coatings provide less work when cleaning. Let's take a look at how you'll be able to hack your car to do… » 12/18/13 10:09am 12/18/13 10:09am

Look At This Amazing F1 Car Made From 250 Hard Drives

Ever taken apart an old hard drive? Or looked at the bits of the one you smashed before the cops broke in? They're full of beautifully machined little parts. I have a box of them somewhere I keep meaning to do something with. Rob Ryan, a technologist at Western Digital, actually did do something. He built an F1 car. » 11/06/13 3:30pm 11/06/13 3:30pm

How Many Big Macs Does It Take To Power A Tesla Model S?

For all the handwringing the world does about the Tesla Model S and its whiz-bang electric battery, we tend to lose the plot about what the car is all about: America. And while America needlessly worries about the battery, America should instead think about something else it loves: Big Macs. » 10/12/13 12:16pm 10/12/13 12:16pm

Can You Run A Car Off Your Own Fat Ass?

This important question came up when our editor, Matt Hardigree, upon learning that fat contained a respectable 37 MJ/kg of specific energy, made the leap to the next logical step: could he drive a car powered by the rich, creamy fat in his own love handles? It's a good question. » 10/08/13 2:00pm 10/08/13 2:00pm