As far as amusement park rides go, bumper cars rank somewhere between Ferris Wheels and benches when it comes to thrills. They don’t drive anywhere near fast enough to do any real damage. Unless you swap out their electric motor for a gas-powered engine from a motorcycle, that is.
Saudi Arabia’s government bans women from driving. But Saudi Arabia’s women have found a way around it: bumper cars.
I love a good bumper car match as much as the next guy, but the real problem with bumper cars is that you can't take them on the road with you when you're done, um, bumping. But what if your road-going car... was also a bumper car?
Royal Caribbean's new Quantum-class cruise ship will feature bumper cars, for the first time ever on a cruise ship. That's the important part. For Jalops, anyways.
All you have to do is fall off of your skateboard and you realize that people are soft, and the rest of the world is hard. What if everything was soft, and cars could float?
Driving a single bumper car on a public road is the act of a minor hoon. Doing so in Chinese traffic elevates you to full hoon status. Driving two bumper cars at the same time on Chinese roads makes you Hoon of the Day.
It's easy for a gear-head to be discouraged about the state of the world, especially in times of Carpocalypse and Cash for Clunkers. But occasionally a bright light of awesome renews the spirit. Road-legal bumper cars do just that.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, never short of tests, put six mini/microcars to the roof strength test. The result? If you have to, you might be better off rolling a Smart Fortwo than flipping an Aveo.
The IIHS has performed another round of slow-speed bumper tests, this time demonstrating all mid-size sedans will cost you a pretty penny to repair in slow speed collisions. See how your favorite appliance auto did below.
Microcars are often chosen for urban driving because they're affordable, fuel efficient and easy to park. With fender-benders the largest urban driving hazard, the IIHS tested bumpers on seven popular microcars, None earned top marks and five were rated "Poor."
Gasoline-powered street-legal bumper cars are the perfect convergence of any car guy's adult and childhood fantasies. Now one San Diego mechanic is custom building a collection of gasoline-powered and completely street-legal (and registered) bumper car cars. He outfits the vintage shells with 750cc Kawasaki bike…
One of our first experiences with driving was behind the wheel of a bumper car at a catfish festival in rural Texas, and we've never looked back. If we had a young child in the house, we're not sure if we could deny them these "Dodgem" electric bumper cars from electronics manufacturer Maplin. These little beauties…
Ah, the California State Fair. Apparently, there are all sorts of things happening at Cal Expo; wine contests, cattle judging, etc. But the main things we remember are concentric design painted on the water tower, the late-summer Sacramento heat and of course, the midway. And while at some point in our early teens,…