Why take 20 minutes to read through the available technology in your owner’s manual when you can just ignore the complicated infotainment system altogether and use your cell phone instead? »
The Alfa Romeo 4C’s almost-1750cc engine is an absolutely amazing motor, wild and loud and immediate. But thanks to the tricks of modern turbocharging, it doesn’t exactly offer the fuel economy you’d expect. And I figured all of this out in the middle of nowhere, with 30 miles of canyon road between me and the next… »
Driving where there aren’t roads is never easy. Roadless places are full of sharp rocks, loose surfaces, couches, and screaming people. Happily, one guy watching Eskimos move huge piles of meat figured out a solution to all these issues, and it’s nice and bonkers-looking as a bonus. They’re called Rolligons. »
If you read any of my posts last week, you may know I was in Indianapolis setting up my Lancia-controlled-huge-Pole-Position installation. While I was there, I was lucky enough to get a quick look in the Indy 500’s museum, which is where I found what’s normally considered the first rear-view mirror ever. Except it’s a… »
Recently, we learned that Apple had hired Doug Betts, an “auto manufacturing veteran” from Fiat Chrysler. This is a guy whose experience is with actually building cars, leading to new speculation that Apple is planning to build a car. I’m skeptical that Apple would get in the car business as we know it — but I had a… »
We’ve seen cars converted to BBQs before, but the process usually ends up rendering the car no longer capable of, you know, car-ing. As in self-motility. But not this Brasilia — it’s a full BBQ that seems to be self-propelled — and, self-spit-turning. Just look. »
Many famous movie cars have featured gadgets and crazy-futuristic technologies that seemed beyond audiences’ wildest dreams. Now in today’s road cars, many of those technologies could be easily implemented — or have been already. 1, movies 0!
Some of you may recall Raph’s article from yesterday where we showed you the shockingly pristine valvetrain of a 500,000 mile NYC Escape Hybrid Taxi. When I saw Raph on our way to the de-lousing booths, I asked him about it. Still groggy from the de-lousing fog, he just murmured “it’s the hybrid.” And that gave me an… »
Ever since Google revealed Deep Dream, a neural-network (you know, like the Terminator) visualization tool that takes normal images and turns them into recursive, creepy, cyber-Hironomous Bosch hellscapes, I’ve wanted to see how it would affect images of cars. And now I know. And I’m not sure if I’ll sleep again.… »
When it comes to auto design, I’m the equivalent of a creepy guy you might meet on Craigslist: I’m open to anything. For me, being boring is the most unforgivable thing a car can do, and that keeps me pretty open-minded when it comes to radical design ideas. So I’m very interested in this patent application from Ford… »
Today Subaru is known for having all-wheel drive and... uh... well, they’re known for having all-wheel drive. That’s for sure. But where did this all start? Well, it all goes back to a power company, some old Toyotas, and a few borrowed parts from Nissan. »
Automakers are constantly pushing forward with different new safety technologies that are supposed to save our lives. Sometimes, they don’t catch on.
In 2009, the 5 Series Gran Turismo was the first of BMW’s sedan/coupe/SUV mutants to hit dealerships and poke us in the eye. But the development mules were even uglier. »
I’m a little surprised that we haven’t covered this in detail before, because it’s so crammed full of Jalop-bait: jumping and flipping cars, AMCs, James Bond, frustrated backwoods law enforcement, and lots of secret math and early computers. The jump is the famous corkscrew from The Man with the Golden Gun. »
So-called “idiot lights” have been in cars an awful long time — basically, since that moment someone realized it’d be cheaper to just have a little bulb come on when everything was going to shit instead of having a gauge that would warn of imminent shit-goings. Modern cars have more than ever, and many have… »
Yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration held an event to showcase new alcohol-detection technologies that the NHTSA would like to see made commercially available for new cars. The most likely system to implement uses touch sensors to evaluate blood alcohol. So what happens if you’re wearing… »