When it comes to sucking fuel and air into an engine, there’s nothing I love more than a good intake manifold. But that doesn’t mean they’re not occasionally terrifying. Which is what leads me to wonder: is there a scarier-looking intake manifold than the one on the Nissan/Infiniti 4.5-liter V8 engine?
Tesla recently added a feature to its Model S allowing users to summon their car like an obedient dog, and now the Apple Watch is on board too. Other than being ridiculously cool, the process essentially works like summoning with a key fob.
When talking about a car, there’s almost always two questions that come up first: where is the engine located, and which of the wheels are driven? For enthusiasts, that sweet spot has almost always been front engine, rear-wheel drive. Most cars today are front engine, front-wheel drive, and I’m personally partial to…
The whole point of an auto show is that all of a competitor’s cars are all in the same place, so I sat my ass in every rival to the Lincoln Continental to see if the big new not-a-Ford is as comfortable and quiet as Lincoln claims.
As many of us already know, or are about to find out, winter driving can really suck. Icy and snowy conditions are simply hard on both people and cars, and very few cars are really designed to handle it well. But what if a car was designed just to deal well with terrible winter weather? I took a stab at it.
For the majority of the world that understands that you can actually tow things without a massive truck, Volkswagen has a new Trailer Assist system. To promote this, Volkswagen Norway freaked everybody out by backing a car and trailer all over the city, improbably fast. Sort of.
The other night, I walked my car like a dog. Well, it wasn’t my car. It was Tesla’s own Model S. Here’s how it works.
The new 2017 Mercedes E Class has the next great feature in autonomy: vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication. What’s funny is that these Mercedes vehicles have no other vehicles to communicate with. So how does that work?
I think I’ve made my position on those expensive gleaming suppositories of automotive excess we generally call ‘supercars’ quite clear: they’re stupid. But that doesn’t mean I think they always have to be stupid. In fact, I think their path out of the caves of stupidity is, ironically, with an injection of more pure,…
Like most people, I have a soft spot for an old dashboard filled with big, analog gauges. It’s a satisfying thing to watch a long needle sweep and dance along the arc of a gauge. I love it. It’s partially because of this love that I say this: it’s time to let analog gauges die.
Ford just announced that Toyota will be the first non-Ford-related car company to use Ford’s proprietary software platform to develop entertainment, navigation, and other related systems for their cars. You know, what they annoyingly call “infotainment.” Ford sees this as a big victory, but I don’t really understand…
Racing in rallying means dealing with shit that any sane driver would avoid: jumps, stumps, rocks, ruts, all taken flat out. Over the years, rally suspension has grown to be about the best suspension in racing, and here’s a video explaining how it all works.
It’s almost 2016, which means, if my math is correct, 1916 will be exactly one century ago. There were plenty of cars in 1916, and, generally, they did the same thing that cars do today: get your ass from one place to another without some smug horse all up in your business. Car technology has evolved dramatically,…
Car steering has made absolutely incredible advances in accuracy and ease over the past few years, but that often has come with sacrifices in one other area.
Here are ten right ideas that came at the wrong time.
Units of measurement are tricky. Ideally, the best ones will convey not just a cold tally of some length or velocity or whatever, but also suggest a sort of visceral feel of the concept being measured. I think there’s room for improvement in the way we measure torque, and it has a lot to do with what bullies did to…
Volvo is clearly in the middle of some big changes right now, and during my trip to Gothenberg this week I had a lot on my mind. I wanted to know why the 2016 S90 turned out the way it did, how fast Polestar will go, what Volvo thinks of the Germans, and how it will respond to those who miss a few cylinders from their…
Just looking at the dent in that complex, pressed steel body panel sort of makes me feel uneasy in the stomach; that would be hell to try and beat out with normal methods. What’s going on here may look improbable, but seems to work remarkably well.