Do You Think You Can Drive Better Than ESC?

Most people who love to drive and have something sportier than a Ford Taurus love to make a point of switching off the electronic nanny, whether in the guise of old-fashioned ESC or the form of some other acronym. And, while this may be appropriate if you're about to do a burnout or you're in the middle of a spin-out… » 9/02/08 11:40am 9/02/08 11:40am

And Another Thing: Traction/Stability Control?

Luddite Week soldiers on — in a rickshaw! OK, OK, OK. Every true pistonhead with 20W-50 weight blood hates the "nanny" and immediately turns it off, puts electrical tape over the idiot light and hoons it down to 7-11 for Red Bull and Marlboroughs sideways. We get that. However, I very clearly remember making a 90… » 9/20/07 11:15am 9/20/07 11:15am

Your Future Belongs to Us: NHTSA Embraces Orwell's Darkest Visions

As some of you know, the NHTSA has mandated that all new cars sold in 2012 have stability control as standard equipment. And trust us, during the Mayan apocalypse, you're going to need it. However, it turns out that stability control is just the beginning. Newer regulations will begin mandating technology like… » 4/26/07 6:30pm 4/26/07 6:30pm