Why Nissan Built Realistic Inflatable Versions Of Its Most Popular Cars

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… » 10/18/12 4:00pm 10/18/12 4:00pm

Explore The Secret Underside Of A Modern Formula One Car

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. » 10/17/12 3:00pm 10/17/12 3:00pm

One Charbroiled Burger Pollutes As Much As An 18-Wheeler Driving 143…

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? » 9/19/12 4:00pm 9/19/12 4:00pm

The Sound Of A Screaming F1 Engine Will Fix The Prius 'Silent Killer'…

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. » 9/15/12 3:00pm 9/15/12 3:00pm

Wood Nanocrystals Are Like Carbon FIber Only Lighter, Stronger, And…

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… » 9/04/12 3:00pm 9/04/12 3:00pm

Huge Drivable Lego Go-Kart Ups Pushes Global Awesome Index To New Highs

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… » 9/03/12 4:00pm 9/03/12 4:00pm

The First Exhaust Gas Recirculator Was A Lovely Steampunk Looking Thing

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… » 8/23/12 1:30pm 8/23/12 1:30pm

This New Chinese Sedan Is Also A Full-Sized R/C Car

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… » 8/21/12 4:30pm 8/21/12 4:30pm

Add Tech From The Mars Curiosity Rover To Your Old Car

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. » 8/10/12 2:20pm 8/10/12 2:20pm