Earlier this week I was in Yokohama, Japan, at Nissan's GRANDRIVE test track, when I saw something amazing. An entire new line of cars developed by Nissan, and constructed via a radically new method. We weren't here to test these cars, but I was lucky enough to snap some photos. As you can see, they resemble current…
The machine you see here is Nico Rosberg's 2012 Mercedes AMG F1 W03, a carbon-fiber monster with a naturally aspirated 18,000-rpm V-8 producing over 700 bhp. Amazingly, that engine isn't the W03's most impressive feature. Like all modern F1 cars, the Mercedes is both defined and dominated by its aerodynamic aids.
Everyone who goes on a track day seems to need somewhere between one and 147 GoPros on their car to get every angle.
There's some ideas that will never die, not because of the actual value of the idea, but because of the value of the idea of the idea. The water-powered car is one of these ideas.
Quick, which is worse for the environment: driving a massive, exhaust-belching diesel-sucking big rig 100 miles or walking down the street in hemp sandals, bamboo shorts and a reclaimed burlap poncho to a locally-owned restaurant, and ordering a grass-fed, locally-farmed angus beef hamburger?
I absolutely hate it when I'm walking around a city, just doing my thing and minding my own business when I turn a corner and BAM! Suddenly, I'm under the wheel of someone's Prius. How was I supposed to know it was there? You can't hear them coming, thanks to their ultra-silent electric mode.
There's a lot to love about the Lamborghini Reventon, including its exotic good looks and blistering 3 second sprint from zero to 60 mph. However, its $1.6 million price tag and exclusivity puts it well out of the reach of anyone who's not an obscenely wealthy Saudi prince or Batman.
Right now, crash testers use just a few sizes of dummies to test cars in the event of an accident. But with 33,000 deaths last year, not nearly everyone is accounted for.
The US Forest Products Laboratory, taking a break from their lucrative pinecone-powered robotics projects, have opened a new $1.7 million pilot plant around Madison, WI to develop new nanocellulose materials. The new wood-based materials can be stronger and lighter than both Kevlar and carbon fiber, at about ten…
We've all seen Lego Mindstorms kits, right? Those advanced Lego kits with little motors and linkages and a little computer brain box? Sure, you know them. Usually, they're used to make little robots or table-top Rubik's cube solving machines or possibly advanced, immobile, closet-occupying robots. Normally they're…
You know how you've always wanted your mangled corpse to be pried out of the remains of your smoldering car, but have always been too ashamed to make it happen because of the crappy paperbacks and magazines you read while driving? Then, buddy, are you in luck.
Last week, we were sent this Craigslist ad where someone was trying to sell their old, sitting for "several years," farm use-plated, Diesel Jetta by pitching it as an "EMP Proof" vehicle. First of all, a farm use Jetta? Did the pigs use it to commute to their day jobs telemarketing?
Most of us don't think too much about the exhaust gas recirculation systems in our cars, at least not until the EGR light on the dash comes on. The system isn't particularly exciting, since it's mostly for pollution control and doesn't do much for making your car go faster or louder or driftier, or any number of other…
Back in the late ‘50s and early '60s, if you wanted to pick the music you heard on a drive, you bought an in-car record player. Well, those were expensive, so most people just sang like poor yodelers plucked from the old country.
It's pretty rare to see a feature on a car that's genuinely new. Cars are so advanced now, most of the low-hanging novelty fruit has been picked, and much of what we get are advances of things we already know. Like adaptive cruise control, for example. So when a company comes out with something truly new, it's a big…
Like America's national treasures, the Insane Clown Posse, I don't have a clue how magnets work. But I became determined to find out after reading about how Magnetic Ride Control helps the new Camaro ZL1 handle so well.
Would you really like to take your old '76 Vega Kammback on the HOV lane, but you just can't convince anyone to ride with you? And, are you sick of the way that tired old engine sucks gas like it's gin in my uncle's secret Thermos? Sure you are. If that Vega was a hybrid, you could solve all these problems.
Further proving the idea that in the future we'll be driving clusters of robots that have grudgingly agreed to drop us off somewhere, Carnegie Mellon University researcher Srinivasa Narasimhan has developed a new smart headlight system that prevents glare in the rain by actively dodging the droplets of water.
Researcher Catarina Esteves of the department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at TU/e (you know, the Technical Universtity at Einddhoven, Netherlands) has developed a coating who's self-healing properties could mean never needing to wash your car again.