How does power steering work?

The basic principles of hydraulically-assisted power steering have stayed the same for decades. Even today this Army-produced clip about how a series of pumps and valves help point the wheels is just as relevant and informative as it was for skinny-armed recruits back in the Fifties. » 12/02/11 9:30am 12/02/11 9:30am

Hydraulic-Powered Rock Crawler Sneaks Into SEMA

Caught in the wilds of SEMA out behind the Las Vegas convention center, this moon buggy-type rock crawler sports a hydraulic motor in each massive wheel for maximum traction control. Looks like fun, even in a parking lot. » 11/03/10 2:00pm 11/03/10 2:00pm

Lightning Hybrids LH4: 100 MPG Biodiesel-Hydraulic Concept

Lightning Hybrids debuted their LH4 100 MPG hydraulic hybrid at this week's Denver Auto Show. The LH4 uses a three-cylinder biodiesel engine mated to a hydraulic pump/motor for both long-range mileage and short-range get-up-and-go. » 4/02/09 5:45pm 4/02/09 5:45pm

Harlan Charles Shows Us The C4 Corvette ZR1 Active Suspension Prototype

To show off the history behind the 2009 Corvette ZR1 » 8/21/08 2:40pm 8/21/08 2:40pm during our at Milford, GM brought out some 'Vettes. The most interesting one was this 1990 prototype adorned in vents and scoops. Corvette commander says this was a testbed for a complicated and heavy active suspension system that used hydraulics to lean the big…

"Dance Jeep" Makes DARPA, Vegas Jealous

DARPA may have that whole "driver-less vehicle" thing locked down and Las Vegas may be the city of lights, but this tricked-out Jeep could probably take a run at making both of them jealous. That is if cities or quasi-public Department of Defense agencies were able to express emotion. Or if they were even alive.… » 4/22/08 2:15pm 4/22/08 2:15pm

Volkswagen Rabbitamino On Hydros?

We were expecting some wacky stuff here at the Geneva Motor Show, but a VW pickup on hydros? What the what? Sure why not, the crazy part was the 8 switch Vee Dub was sitting next to a dropped Ferrari F40, which we thought was illegal to begin with, but what do we know. What does that say about us that both Spinelli… » 3/06/08 11:00am 3/06/08 11:00am

The Nuclear Waste Removing Hydraulic Robot Will Save Us All

When you're cleaning up poorly stored nuclear waste you've got a few obstacles to clear. There's the highly toxic materials that would kill a person in a short period of time. Everything is stored in areas that are hard to access and dark. Then there's the fact that after a while nuclear waste separates into salts and… » 2/19/08 1:20pm 2/19/08 1:20pm

Government to Test Hydraulic Hybrid in Garbage Truck

The hydraulic hybrid-drive system the EPA may or may not have stolen appropriated from a guy named Car Man (or thereabouts) is ready for more real-world tests, the Wall Street Journal reports. The govs that be are planning to roll out their hydraulic system in a Peterbilt garbage truck, to be marketed by a Cleveland… » 8/22/06 9:55am 8/22/06 9:55am