For years, Škoda was seen as a joke in the car world; an Eastern Bloc export crapcan in the vein of the Yugo. VW decided to turn the company around in the mid 2000s, and they needed a way to dramatically prove the new cars weren’t shit.
Just like the automobile industry, destructive testing is the dark side of aircraft development. The fact is airframes have to be tested to their breaking point in order to ensure that they can withstand daily operational abuse in all types of conditions. When it comes to this extreme mode of testing, helicopters can…
Today, news outlets are reporting on what seems like a new F-35 development revelation: that the jet’s radar system is not reliable and has to be restarted regularly. But this isn’t a newsworthy issue—it’s just one tiny bullet point in a long list of F-35 deficiencies that were brought on by the flawed Joint Strike…
One day after his 23rd birthday, Loris Baz was having a lovely afternoon testing his MotoGP bike at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia (where I just rode the new Kawasaki ZX-10R) when the soft compound Michelin rear tire he was riding on blew up—at 180 mph.
While the East Coast turns into a less-than-wonderful winter wonderland, the Department of Defense can rest assured that even their most advanced and finicky aircraft left out in the cold will be just fine. This piece of mind comes from testing done at the U.S. Air Force’s one-of-a-kind torture chamber: the McKinley…
How do you test a new bus at high speed? Crank it around a banked oval.
Rumors of the Nissan LMP1 program’s possible demise may have been a tad overblown. Not only was the GT-R LM Nismo out running laps at Circuit of the Americas, but they were testing out some interesting aerodynamic upgrades and meaty brake cooling ducts. Here’s a gallery for your up-close viewing pleasure, plus what…
The United States Navy’s been having a lot of problems getting its electromagnetic catapult system, known as EMALS, to work reliably on its new aircraft carriers. But just because things aren’t reliable from the get-go doesn’t mean their testing doesn’t look neat as hell.
General Electric’s development team just completed a year of field-testing for the new Evolution Series Tier 4 locomotive. Some of the tests took place at the Federal Railroad Administration’s high-altitude testing circuit near Pueblo, Colorado at an elevation of 5,000 feet. These photographs capture the train’s…
Rookie driver Sage Karam crashed in the first few hours of IndyCar's testing at Barber Motorsports Park today. According to USA Today, the crash was bad enough to injure his right wrist, and the team is unsure if he will be able to return to the test.
Here's how the Cummins-diesel powered 2016 Nissan Titan XD was bumped, shaken, and slammed all over America to simulate about 350,000 miles of regular use, work, and off-road driving.
McLaren Formula One driver Fernando Alonso is still in the hospital under observation for a concussion from his preseason crash at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The team has officially blamed unusually high and gusty winds at the circuit as the reason for the unusual accident.
AAAAAAHHH MOTHERLANDDD! I, Daniil Kyvat, wrestle Formula One cars as if they were a bear! Oh, hey, that's a wall. Uh. Uh. We brought a spare, right? NYET? Turns out, Red Bull's mad dash to get the car ready for testing at Jerez meant that they only had one front wing on hand. Oops!
Red Bull Racing wouldn't release Sebastian Vettel from his 2014 contract in time to make the Formula One tests for Ferrari earlier this week at Abu Dhabi, so he's doing the next best thing: piloting the F2012 car around Fiorano today.
Grainy shots of an IndyCar testing an aero kit at Circuit of the Americas surfaced on the internet. So, will we see a race there? Nope! It's too close to Texas Motor Speedway, and the issue of proximity nixes a lot of other oft-requested tracks from the 2015 schedule, too.
The profile of these camouflaged test mules looks like a Dodge Durango, and the rear reminds me a little like an older Jeep Grand Cherokee. Could this be the 2018 Jeep Grand Wagoneer? Looks a bit like a Ford Explorer too, but then again, everything does.
Ford's PR team has been snapping pictures of their trucks in action at the massive Barrick gold mine in Nevada. One caption revealed these F-150s are aluminum 2015 prototypes disguised in the old body style, and have been in service for three years!