What Is A Flat-Plane Crank And Why Is It So Loud? An Explainer

One of the things you may have noticed among all those big, exciting numbers and words we used to talk about the 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang were these three words: flat-plane crank. Many of you may be wondering just what the hell that means, and why you should give a rat's rectum. Here's what and why. » 11/17/14 3:01pm 11/17/14 3:01pm

Is This The Last Vehicle You Can Get With Old Sealed-Beam Headlights?

I suspect we take for granted just how amazing modern headlights are. They're bright, precise, and each and every car can have ones custom-designed to fit just the right shape. We live in a golden age of light. But some of us remember a much darker time. And I think there's just one vehicle left that remembers, too. » 11/04/14 8:45pm 11/04/14 8:45pm

Here's What All The Buttons On The Porsche 919 Steering Wheel Do

Earlier this year we saw the incredibly complex steering wheel Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have used to secure the constructor's championship for the Mercedes F1 team, but this is the one in the Porsche 919, which the company uses in its ongoing Le Mans effort. And it might be even more wonky. » 10/16/14 5:44pm 10/16/14 5:44pm

GM's 4G In-Car Wifi Works Surprisingly Well

It doesn't seem like there would be that many reasons to turn your car into a wifi hotspot, but consumers now demands to be connected to the web on all their devices all the time. There's wifi on planes and wifi in trains and now, with GM, there's wifi in cars. Surprisingly, the in-car wifi works the best right now. » 10/08/14 6:10pm 10/08/14 6:10pm

Car Dash Designers Are Finally Free From The Prison Of Rectangular LCDs

We all know that traditional electromechanical instruments are relentlessly being replaced with LCD screens. Generally, this can be a good thing, as the screens weigh less and can display much more and more varied types of information. But there's one catch: they must be rectangular. Not anymore. » 10/08/14 3:14pm 10/08/14 3:14pm

Engineering Professor: Rocket Boots Are Possible Thanks To The Segway

Rocket boots are one of those things that comes up again and again in science fiction because the fundamental idea is so basic and desirable. More stylish than a jetpack, too. Iron Man loves them, as does the Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy. I just never thought they could work, until I talked to Dr. Larry… » 10/07/14 7:00pm 10/07/14 7:00pm

This Last Generation Of Human-Driven Cars Will Be Better Than Any Before

We're seeing a surprising amount of new, dramatic, and exciting stuff coming out of the Paris Auto Show — VW's remarkable XL Sport, the Lamborghini Asterion, the new Aston Martin Lagonda, and they're all production cars. In fact, I think we may in the beginning of the last generation of human-driven cars. Better enjoy… » 10/03/14 12:00pm 10/03/14 12:00pm

That Video Of The Guy Running His Truck On "Gas Fumes" Is Bullshit

First off, let's be clear about how many folks are watching this: the Facebook post with this video has been shared almost 290,000 times. That's a lot of people watching this, and it's simple, basic, unrefined bullshit. I know it's no fun to pay for gas (or, well, anything), but you can't run on "gas fumes." » 9/12/14 12:00pm 9/12/14 12:00pm