The Man Who Built A 196 MPH Train In 30 Days Using Jets

Don Wetzel is 83-years-old now, but back when he was 35, he made history with General Electric by setting a speed record for trains using a pair of jet engines salvaged from a bomber. The M-497 is still America's fastest train. » 7/17/14 3:21pm 7/17/14 3:21pm

[Saturday is National Train Day, but GE is celebrating early with a trip to the archives to uncover these photos of the Jet Train. In 1966, a team led by railroad engineer Don Wetzel bolted a pair of GE jet engines to the roof of a train, took it to a straight section of Ohio track and set a North American rail speed… » 5/08/14 4:04pm 5/08/14 4:04pm

Badass Carmaker Local Motors Might Make Your Next Fridge

Crowdsourced carmaker Local Motors, makers of the 100 percent bonkers Rally Fighter you see above, just teamed up with GE Appliances, maker of... appliances. Clearly, your kitchen is about to get way more badass. » 3/20/14 10:06am 3/20/14 10:06am

This 4,000-ton Goliath Crane Has Laser Vision and a Robot Brain

Ships today—even the massive likes of the Emma Maersk and Marco Polo—just aren't big enough to handle the demands of globalized trade. So to quickly and safely build the next generation of super-sized LNG tankers and container vessels, China's Dalian shipyard relies on GE's staggeringly-huge, laser-guided Goliath… » 5/31/13 4:49pm 5/31/13 4:49pm

The Army Had Their Own AT-AT Years Before George Lucas Invented His

Years before Lucasfilm created the AT-AT and Boston Dynamic's Big Dog terrified the world, the US Army was working with General Electric on the "Walking Truck" project, basically a large walker which was controlled by a lever-pushing operator. » 5/27/11 12:30pm 5/27/11 12:30pm

It's Flight Control, In Real Life

Cinematographers for GE captured airplanes landing in a precisely orchestrated order using the company's new Required Navigation Performance (RNP) system and combined them in one shot. It's like watching the game Flight Control in real life, but with more accuracy. » 12/02/10 5:30pm 12/02/10 5:30pm

A Brief History Of The Jet-Powered Car

For a short period of time in the last century, turbine-driven cars were all the rage. Manufacturers hawked them, race engineers played with them, and the public drooled over them. 8W takes a glimpse into our kerosene-fueled past. —Ed. » 7/16/10 12:30pm 7/16/10 12:30pm

Santa Gets Badass New Sleigh From GE

GE's pocket-protector brigade's unveiled a new flying hot rod to replace Santa's aging sleigh this Christmas. The imaginary goodies include a 500GB holographic storage drive for nice and naughty list organization, a snow-shedding paint job, and a gift tracking system. » 12/17/09 9:30am 12/17/09 9:30am

Geely GE Rips Off Phantom, Makes Room For One Imperial Emperor

Made a fortune by selling decadent Americans lead-tainted toys and bootlegged DVDs? This Geely GE is the ride for you; doubling a Phantom's luxury by offering half the seating capacity for less money. » 3/30/09 6:00pm 3/30/09 6:00pm

GE Gets Into Hybrid Game With Giant Mining Truck

Even though this news is almost two months old, it's interesting to see GE bringing good things to life, namely giant mining trucks which improve upon the previously standard diesel-electric powertrain — especially in light of Friday's news of Chrysler tying up with Thomas Edison's conglomerate. These Goliaths of the… » 6/18/08 10:40am 6/18/08 10:40am

GE Wants To Help Chrysler Bring Plug-In Hybrids To Life

GE's looking to play with some new hybrid battery technology in the automotive space, so what better man for them to reach out to than former GE executive Bob "The Builder" Nardelli — the current CEO of Chrysler? That's exactly who the company all about the light bulbs and bringing good things to life is reaching out… » 6/13/08 8:40am 6/13/08 8:40am