Sniffing The Rot Of A Dead Future Via The Past's Glorious Perfume

While of course, El Jalopo brings you the latest, latest most current, latest and thoroughly-now conceptual machines devised by any animal, vegetable mineral or modern major general, there's something to be said for the assigned future. And when that comes in the form of rampant jackassery, mildly-fascinating… » 5/31/07 11:00pm 5/31/07 11:00pm

What Would You Do With a Free Kuznetsov NK-12?

A high-performance turbine that powered the Tupolev Tu-95 Bear, the Tupolev Tu-114 airliner and the Antonov An-22 Anteus cargo lifter, the NK-12 was designed to run contra-rotating propellers and pumped out 14,800 seahorsepower. Now say, if Vladimir Putin were to bestow one of these fast-spinning behemoths upon you,… » 5/25/07 2:15pm 5/25/07 2:15pm

Tilting at Filling Stations: Could a Wind Turbine Power an Electric Car?

In case you hadn't noticed, none of us here at Jalopnik is a physicist. That's clearly evident by one of our early inventions, inspired by a Popeye cartoon; that is, a sailboat powered by an on-board electric fan. It didn't work, and we narrowly escaped electrocution. We recalled our ill-conceived efforts as one… » 3/09/06 3:49pm 3/09/06 3:49pm