VW Invented First-Person Racing Video Games And They Don't Even Know It

You'd think the development of what is likely the first computerized driving simulator with actual computer-generated visuals would be a big deal. An achievement like that would have set the standard for not just simulators, but would have been the genesis of every first-person driving game since. Which is why it's so… » 12/18/14 12:00pm 12/18/14 12:00pm

Renault Is Working On A 2-Stroke 2-Cylinder Twin-Charged Diesel Engine

Following up on their rather interesting EOLAB hybrid concept, Renault plans to move forward by improving two existing technologies for next year, shedding weight from the electric motor and making a dual-fuel three-cylinder turbo more efficient. And they also have some far-fetched ideas for the future. » 12/16/14 6:30am 12/16/14 6:30am

BMW To Phase Out Combustion Engines In 10 Years: Report

I'll let everyone take a moment to clean their spit-take'd screens while I explain more about that report. The report in question is Baron Funds most recent quarterly report, and this 10-year death-watch for the evergreen internal-combustion engine comes directly from their analysts, after a visit to BMW's facilities. » 12/11/14 4:04pm 12/11/14 4:04pm

This Was The Only Car Ever Designed To Steal Gas

Fuel efficiency is a big deal for car buyers today, even with gas prices currently delightfully low. To use less fuel, we have smaller engines, more turbocharging, hybrids, and so on. Sure, it all can save a driver money, but, you know, a car that was made to just steal its fuel would really solve things. And a… » 12/10/14 12:35pm 12/10/14 12:35pm

Why Volvo Thinks It Can Eliminate All Deaths In Its Cars By 2020

Safety is a science-based religion at Volvo – its founders named "humans" the most important part of a car in the early thirties. Their latest project, Vision 2020, set the goal of eliminating death in all of their new cars in five years time. For most companies that would seem utopian nonsense, but this is the… » 12/09/14 12:05pm 12/09/14 12:05pm

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