Video: An airplane fuselage gets transformed into a stunning interstellar light show

Wow. PlayMID’s Porta Estel·lar is a trully stunning visual light show inside an old airplane fuselage. It mimics the concept of interstellar travel, “from departure and takeoff to the sighting of comets, planets, galaxies and alien worlds, until finally returning safe to earth.” Watch it, it’s a total trip (in every… »11/20/15 3:50pm11/20/15 3:50pm


A car and drones spinning around in a circle is a fantastic light show

Here’s a really cool video that’s a little bit trippy and a lot of bit fun. A car and a fleet of quadcopter drones are outfitted with lights and then made to dance and spin and move around while a camera captures them. It’s light painting but with a car and drones as the paintbrush. »8/01/15 10:27am8/01/15 10:27am

Ford May Be Developing Illuminated Body Panels

When it comes to auto design, I’m the equivalent of a creepy guy you might meet on Craigslist: I’m open to anything. For me, being boring is the most unforgivable thing a car can do, and that keeps me pretty open-minded when it comes to radical design ideas. So I’m very interested in this patent application from Ford… »7/09/15 4:05pm7/09/15 4:05pm

What Do You Think Of This Almost-Unknown Indicator Light?

We all have our roles at Jalopnik. Raph rolls cars, Travis goes out for a pack of smokes and never comes back, Patrick slaps people, Mike will do anything for $50, and I’m the Guy Who Gives A Shit About Indicator Lights. That’s why I was stunned to find out about the Slo-Lite, which I’ve never heard of before. »7/08/15 10:05pm7/08/15 10:05pm

How to make it to Indy, no experience necessary. Or allowed.

So you want to be a professional race car driver, but you don’t have actual racing experience, there are no billionaires in your family and a fracking company didn’t just knock on your door. I’ve got just the thing for you, and it’s not a psychiatric evaluation. It’s called the Skip Barber Racing School Indycar… »10/14/13 1:42pm10/14/13 1:42pm

How Good Is Your Car-Light ID Kung-Fu? Take The Quiz!

Like most car guys, I have a wildly overestimated faith in my car-identification abilities, especially at night. Ever since I was a kid, bouncing around in the luggage well of my dad's '68 Beetle or the family's vast '73 County Squire, I loved trying to identify cars by just their headlight/running light patterns at… »7/13/12 4:00pm7/13/12 4:00pm

Drivemocion Is An Even More Lazy Way To Express Road Emotions

For when flipping the bird or giving a friendly wave takes just too much effort, one company now offers the Drivemocion, a device that mounts to the rear windshield and will display one of many differ emotions to drivers behind. Was that car nice enough to let you merge on the freeway during rush hour? Greet them with… »5/27/08 2:40pm5/27/08 2:40pm

Rayzer Windshield Xenon Lights Provides Visibility, Confuses Those Ahead of You

The international sign for "Hey asshole!" is generally the flashing of the high-beams — whether it is to warn of upcoming danger, show displeasure or just get attention. Regardless of which message, that vulgar phrase encapsulates them all. There are limited options that could be done if your car's high-beams are puny »12/13/07 4:45pm12/13/07 4:45pm

If You Can't Buy It, Build It: Wanky The Safety Cat

When I got my first beater car as a proto-hoon of 16, my dad had some excellent advice, straight from the Midwestern heartland where he learned about wrenching: "Son," he said, squinting at my barely-running Corona, popping the top on his can of Old Milwaukee, and taking a mighty swig, "You need to get yourself a JC… »2/21/07 12:05pm2/21/07 12:05pm

And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Parts: Replacing 30 Year-Old Lights with LEDs

At least one, and perhaps more of us here at the the Jalop not only fantasize about cars on a minute-by-minute basis, but also find time to squeeze in wet dreams about transportation of the two-wheeled variety. While the world of motorcycles can seem foreign and dangerous to the cage driver (that's what we call you… »2/01/07 10:00am2/01/07 10:00am