Inside GM's Reverse-Engineering Chop Shop

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Every automaker's got one a reverse-engineering lab where they buy the latest models right off the showroom floor, crank up the Blondie and proceed to rip 'em to shreds, cataloging and analyzing everything from the metallurgical makeup of the torque converter to the speed-sensing thamofraz' internal-transistor layout. Wired sent an intrepid importer directly into the gaping maw of GM's facility, where Prii and Mercedii lay scattered about, torn down into bits of ordered chaos. Czech it. [Thanks to Adam for the tip.]

The Teardown Artists [Wired]

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