The automotive world is full of hoaxes and tricks and vaporware dream cars that never actually happen. Here are the best ones we wish would come true.


10.) Flying Cars Are Two Years Away

Perpetually, flying cars are claimed to be two years away. I mean, it'd be cool if they were, but they are absolutely not.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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9.) Oil Changes Are Just For Taking Your Money

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Oil changes aren't a conspiracy to take your money, your car needs them to run properly. Please for the love of god, change your oil.

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8.) Cold Air Intakes Add Hella Horsepower

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They look cool and sound cool, but don't expect a gain of 20 hp from the cheap intake you bought from eBay.

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7.) Nail Polish Remover Can Increase Fuel Economy

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Apparently some people think that the acetone in nail polish remover can increase fuel economy up to 30%. It can't, but what it can do is ruin the paint on your car.

But, imagine how great life would be if getting better fuel efficiency was this simple.

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6.) Spoilers On Your Commuter Car Actually Do Something

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The wing on the back of an F1 car add tons of useful downforce, which makes them very fast. The wing on the back of your Camry sadly doesn't.

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5.) Overdrive Makes Cars Faster

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"Yeah! Kick it into overdrive!" **Revs drop, and suddenly our heroes find themselves cruising along at highway speeds quietly.** "Well this sucks."

With a name as awesome as overdrive why couldn't it do something cooler?

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4.) Fuel-Saving Hoaxes Can Help Save Gas

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It'd be great if this bullshit worked, but yeah, it's bullshit.

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3.) EPA Fuel Economy Figures Are Accurate

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There is a very large gap between what kind of fuel mileage the EPA says your car can get, and reality. More often than not, the EPA's ratings are optimistic at best.

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2.) Pontiac Is Coming Back

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Look, I'd like to live in a world where I could buy new GTOs, Firebirds, and G8s as much as the next guy, and I know that rumors are apparently spreading about Pontiac's return, but it isn't happening.

I'd love to be proven wrong about this, but sadly, I don't think I will.

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1.) The Next Corvette Is Mid Engined

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Would it be amazing if Chevy made mid engined Vette? Yes. Have we spent the last half century hearing about how the car is a few years away from production? Yes. Does that mean Chevy is actually going to make the car? Unknown.

This rumor just refuses to die.

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Welcome back to Answers of the Day - our daily Jalopnik feature where we take the best ten responses from the previous day's Question of the Day and shine it up to show off. It's by you and for you, the Jalopnik readers. Enjoy!

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Top Photo Credit: Chevrolet (Corvette Indy Concept pictured)


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