Tesla Paid $42M For NUMMI, Lacks Electric Car Deal With Toyota

Tesla Motors released a revised filing for its IPO today with two key nuggets of information: Tesla is buying the plant for $42 million and it doesn't have a formal deal with Toyota to build a new electric vehicle yet. » 5/27/10 1:30pm 5/27/10 1:30pm

Tesla, Toyota Partner To Build Electric Cars

Tesla will announce a deal with Toyota to build electric cars at a press conference later this afternoon. Although it's not yet clear what the specifics of the deal will entail, we can speculate all sorts of fun things. UPDATE » 5/20/10 4:00pm 5/20/10 4:00pm

Welcome To ParkRNDL's Personal Model Hell!

During our last installment of Model Hell, ParkRNDL added a photo of a beater-o-riffic 1:25 scale GM F-body in one of his comments. Obviously, talent such as this must be shared with all! » 4/25/10 4:00pm 4/25/10 4:00pm

How A Web Nerd Scammed Twitter With An Imaginary Tesla Sedan

On January 1st, Autoblog/Engadget/Mahalo founder Jason Calacanis announced he'd give away one still-imaginary Tesla sedan if his newly-created Twitter account got more followers than Ashton Kutcher. He failed miserably. Also, he probably never planned to give the car away. Update! » 3/16/10 11:15am 3/16/10 11:15am

The Life-Size Tamiya Sand Scorcher: Don't Run That Thing In The House

Japanese R/C model manufacturer Tamiya recently commissioned a 1:1-scale version of its iconic 1979 "Sand Scorcher" Volkswagen Beetle. Now that one of our childhood dreams is a reality, we would also like to announce our desire for a pony. » 2/04/10 5:30pm 2/04/10 5:30pm

Web Nerd Promotes Self, Offers Not-Yet-Real Car Prize For Impossible…

Some guy who sold some minor blogs to AOL's giving away a Tesla Model S if his new Twitter account gets more followers than Ashton Kutcher. Since he won't, he'll at least have a bunch of new rubes following him. » 1/01/10 5:45pm 1/01/10 5:45pm

Man Builds Detailed Model Cars From Discarded Aluminum Cans

Meet Sandy Sanderson from New Zealand. Needing something to keep himself occupied after breaking his wrist in a motorcycle accident, he started building amazing model cars from discarded aluminum cans. His incredibly intricate work below. » 12/03/09 3:30pm 12/03/09 3:30pm

The Most Affordable Cars Of The Frankfurt Motor Show

Expect wall-to-wall coverage of the Frankfurt Motor Show over the next two days. In the meantime, enjoy this image of high quality toy cars at the show. Can you name them all? Photo Credit Torsten Silz/AFP/Getty » 9/14/09 5:20pm 9/14/09 5:20pm

Elon Musk And His Tesla Model S Design Team

Tesla's Elon Musk, pictured with his children for a New Yorker photo shoot in front of a clay model of the not-anywhere-close-to-production Tesla Model S sedan. [New Yorker] » 8/17/09 11:00am 8/17/09 11:00am

World's Smallest Ferrari Key Fits Tiny Hand-Built Ferrari

We've just found the world's smallest Ferrari key. What's it ignite? How about one of the world's most excruciatingly detailed 1/8-scale miniature hand-built Ferrari F40s? Check out the mega-gallery of master craftsmanship below. » 7/22/09 2:30pm 7/22/09 2:30pm

Crazed Modelmaker Makes Tiny-Scale Model Of Murilee's First-Ever Hell…

Not long ago, I dug up some old photos of the 1958 Volkswagen Beetle that launched me on the primer-and-junkyards automotive path I've taken to get to this point. Now look what's happened! » 7/18/09 6:00pm 7/18/09 6:00pm

Model Hell Continues To Beckon: Vintage AMC SC/Rambler Kit In 1:25…

I managed to avoid adding the Revell Gaga and the 1:16 scale first-gen Civic to my Model Hell Garage, but this one is proving even tougher to resist. » 6/28/09 11:00am 6/28/09 11:00am

Tesla Gets Full $465 Million In Federal Loans

The Department of Energy just announced electric automaker Tesla will get the full $465 million in Federal loans it asked for. Ford will receive $5.9 billion and Nissan will get $1.6 billion. America will get three I.O.U.'s. [AP] » 6/23/09 10:55am 6/23/09 10:55am

Elon Musk Smacks Down Eberhard, Predicts Tesla Profitability Next Month

Tesla-cofounder Martin Eberhard's lawsuits and smack-talking of the electric automaker's got current CEO Elon Musk deciding to set the record straight in a ginormous blog post. Bottom line: He expects the company to be profitable next month. Also, Eberhard sucks. » 6/22/09 4:45pm 6/22/09 4:45pm

It Had To Happen Someday: 24 Hours Of LeMons 1:24 Scale Model!

Model freaks have been ruining their eyesight and huffing glue fumes with Model Race Car Hell since the Barney Oldfield era, but what about models inspired by the fastest-growing race series in the world? » 6/13/09 5:30pm 6/13/09 5:30pm

Model Find Of The Week: Revell Gaga

After the agony of the already-sold '75 Civic kit last week, I figured I'd find a Model Hell kit you can still buy. This one ain't cheap, but that's what makes it Model Hell! » 5/16/09 3:00pm 5/16/09 3:00pm

1:16 Scale First-Gen Honda Civic Model Kit: Another One Gets Away

Once I started looking at those 1:32 scale Dekotora model kits, I knew I was in danger of being dragged back into the cruel, eyestrain-inducing vortex of Model Car Hell.
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Dive Right Into 1:32 Scale Model Dekotora Hell!

I thought I'd retired from Model Hell after my last project, but now I've found some kits that might force me to break out those headache-inducing tiny paintbrushes again: Dekotoras in 1:32 scale! » 4/25/09 5:00pm 4/25/09 5:00pm

Tesla's Elon Musk Continues War Of Aggression Against Volt, REVs

We thought Tesla's Elon Musk decided to give up anti-Detroit not-so-Big-Three rhetoric, but he's gone on the attack again against GM's Chevy Volt and Range-Extended Vehicles. Oh, that rapscallion! » 4/06/09 9:30am 4/06/09 9:30am