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  • How the Jeep Evolved From Military Vehicle to Today's Wrangler

    11/15/2017 7:44:35 AM PST · by Red Badger · 84 replies
    www.popularmechanics.com ^ | Nov 14, 2017 | By Chris Perkins
    The humble origins of America's favorite 4x4. The current Jeep Wrangler is way more high-tech than its WWII-era forefather, but there's a direct link between the two. You can't say that about a lot of cars on sale today. Now, you can watch the Jeep's history unfold in this lovely animation from the people at Donut Media. Donut actually starts with two cars that competed with the original Willys for the US military contract—the Ford Pygymy and the American Bantam Reconnaissance Car. Then, we get into Willys-Overland's first Civilian Jeep (CJ), which gave birth to the legendary CJ5. Eventually, we...
  • Lamborghini creates world's first 'self-healing' sports car

    11/11/2017 2:49:30 PM PST · by mairdie · 47 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11 November 2017 | Nicola Harley
    Lamborghini has created the world's first self-healing sports car. The Terzo Millennio, which translates as third millennium in Italian, has the ability to detect and repair cracks in its body work. Using sensors the car can conduct its own health check to detect any damages and self-repair itself by filling the crack with nanotubes to prevent it spreading. The super car was created in collaboration with researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. ... The all-electric car is powered by supercapacitors rather than conventional batteries. ... Each of the car's wheels includes its own integrated electric engine...
  • Donating my truck

    08/17/2016 12:25:41 PM PDT · by Two Kids' Dad · 58 replies
    Two Kids' Dad | 08/17/2016 | Self
    Good day all. I want to donate my truck and would like advice on which non-profit agency FReepers would recommend.
  • Here’s how the smallest production car in the world is manufactured {Peel P50}

    07/08/2016 7:08:36 AM PDT · by Cronos · 53 replies
    The Verge ^ | 6 July 2016 | Andrew Liptak
    Share on Facebook (289) Tweet Share (2) Pin (2) Originally manufactured in the 1960s, the Peel P50 has appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's smallest production car. Recently, the Science Channel’s program How It’s Made went behind the scenes to learn how the car is manufactured. Cars are built nowadays in highly sophisticated factories, utilizing robots and computers to turn the raw components into the finished product. For the smallest car in the world? It turns out that its assembly is a bit more low-tech, and probably hasn’t changed much in the last 50...
  • Michigan Governor Vetoes Bill Limiting Consumer Auto Parts Choices

    07/01/2016 11:30:25 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/28/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    When the Michigan Legislature passes a bill by wide margins, it is usually signed into law, regardless of how good the actual policy is. But a bill that would have discriminated against certain auto parts and added red tape for consumers and businesses was recently vetoed by Gov. Snyder. As we previously wrote: Right now, if a Michigan citizen goes to get a car repaired, it is fairly simple for the owner of the vehicle and a mechanic to decide what kind of parts to use to provide the fix. Unless a bill that has passed the Michigan Legislature is...
  • Here's Another Horrific Reminder Of Why The Moose Test Is A Thing

    06/28/2016 11:13:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 6/28
    The infamous Swedish Moose Test can make or break sales in certain parts of the world. It aims to re-create what could happen if a moose suddenly appeared in your path, and you needed to make an emergency maneuver. We’ve already seen this sort of thing once before, but in case you missed it the first time, here’s another reminder of why it’s so important. It’s mainly because moose tend to be so large that they crush the car, imperiling the lives of the human occupants inside. And also, the poor moose is dead. There was a child in the...
  • Legislature Makes it More Difficult to Use Inexpensive Car Parts

    06/28/2016 6:33:14 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 26 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/20/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    Right now, if a Michigan citizen goes to get a car repaired, it is fairly simple for the owner of the vehicle and a mechanic to decide what kind of parts to use to provide the fix. Unless a bill that has passed the Michigan Legislature is vetoed by Gov. Snyder, that process is about to get a lot more complicated. There are two main types of auto parts: Those made by original equipment manufacturers (OEM) or those made by other companies (aftermarket). By and large, insurance companies, crash tests and research findings do not find a safety difference between...
  • Ford announces new investment in Mexico amid election-year controversy

    04/05/2016 11:38:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 5, 2016 | Staff
    Ford Motor Co (F.N), criticized by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump for manufacturing outside the United States, announced on Tuesday that it would invest $1.6 billion to build more small cars in Mexico, starting in 2018. The automaker made the announcement as Trump, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Governor John Kasich competed in a primary in Wisconsin seen as crucial in the race to become the Republican presidential candidate in the November election.
  • Justin Wilson in coma, critical condition after IndyCar crash at Pocono

    08/23/2015 6:19:41 PM PDT · by Never on my watch · 57 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 8/23/2015
    Justin Wilson was airlifted to a nearby hospital for a head injury after a crash in the closing laps of Sunday's IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway. He suffered a severe head injury and is in a coma and critical condition. The crash occurred with 21 laps to go when race leader Sage Karam spun in turn 1 and debris from his car hit Justin Wilson. Wilson then, seemingly unconscious, veered off and had a head-on collision with the inside wall, which was protected by a SAFER barrier.
  • Paying by the Mile

    07/15/2015 3:44:23 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 43 replies
    Willamette Week ^ | July 1, 2015 | ANTHONY MACUK |
    Excerpt: ... The agency [ODOT] wants to move away from fuel taxes and instead charge drivers based on the distance they drive. ODOT officials have been conducting a decade long search for ways to do it—and it’s turned into an unfocused, meandering and expensive effort. The latest plan: Starting July 1, the state is seeking as many as 5,000 volunteers to pay the state a mileage-based rate rather than taxes at the gas pump. The pilot program, called OreGo, relies on drivers signing up with one of three companies that will supply plug-in devices to count the miles. But the...
  • Demand for electric vehicles in Western Pennsylvania still low

    04/08/2015 2:05:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune-Review ^ | April 7, 2015 | David Conti
    Jake Pultorak chuckles at the mention of “range anxiety,” the fear among some electric vehicle owners that their car's battery will run out of juice before the driver can find a charger. “I had that as a gas-car driver, but the anxiety was over how much I had to pay to get where I was going,” said Pultorak, 44, of Franklin Park, who has owned an all-electric Tesla Model S for about two years. Worries at the gas pumps have diminished over the past nine months as the global crash in oil prices brought the cost of gasoline to its...
  • Ultra-fast charging aluminum battery offers safe alternative to conventional batteries

    04/06/2015 1:10:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 82 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04/06/2015 | Provided by Stanford University
    Stanford University scientists have invented the first high-performance aluminum battery that's fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive. Researchers say the new technology offers a safe alternative to many commercial batteries in wide use today. "We have developed a rechargeable aluminum battery that may replace existing storage devices, such as alkaline batteries, which are bad for the environment, and lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames," said Hongjie Dai, a professor of chemistry at Stanford. "Our new battery won't catch fire, even if you drill through it." Dai and his colleagues describe their novel aluminum-ion battery in "An ultrafast rechargeable aluminum-ion battery," in...
  • Fleet of brand new Ford cars smashed as lorry becomes wedged under low bridge [a bad day]

    03/18/2015 1:15:07 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 18, 2015 | Camilla Turner
    <p>A fleet of brand new Ford cars were reduced to a pile of rubble after their transporter driver's lorry became wedged under a low bridge.</p> <p>The driver was attempting to take a short-cut to avoid queuing traffic when he collided with a 4.4m (14.5ft) high bridge near Long Itchington, Warks.</p>
  • 1,500 hp Koenigsegg Regera hits 249 mph in first (and only) gear

    03/07/2015 1:46:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 3, 2015
    More pics at link. The Koenigsegg Regera is the latest supercar from the small, Swedish brand, and its specifications will blow your mind as easily as the car can blow you away. The two-seat, mid-motor, carbon fiber machine, whose name means "to reign" in Swedish, features a unique plug-in hybrid powertrain with a total output of 1,500 horsepower, and can reach its top speed 249 mph in less than 20 seconds. And it does it with just one gear.
  • Ghia Gilda Streamline X Coupé: Coolest Chrysler Ever Made

    03/03/2015 10:19:35 AM PST · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    jalopnik.com ^ | 5/01/09 3:00pm | Peter Orosz
    As the first day with Chrysler in bankruptcy dawns, let’s look at a mad car from an era when the automaker was set to conquer the very skies: the jet-powered Gilda coupé. There is something definitely wrong with the heat exchangers of Italian air conditioners. Granted, they have fans in them and machines with fans will never be silent but cooling a small building by Lake Como should not require a jet engine. There, I said it—and as if on cue, this orange-silver concoction from half a century ago rounds a bend and motorvates leisurely down a service road. The...
  • Lasers set to zap engines into running more efficiently

    02/20/2015 6:59:17 AM PST · by ckilmer · 128 replies
    new scientist ^ | 20 February 2015 | by Hal Hodson
    PEW pew! For a week last November an internal combustion engine hummed away in a lab near Chicago. Why the excitement? This particular engine sets fire to fuel with lasers instead of spark plugs, burning fuel more efficiently than normal. Laser-fired engines could lead to cleaner, greener cars.
  • Mercedes to Move U.S. Headquarters From New Jersey to Georgia

    01/06/2015 6:49:55 PM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 54 replies
    NYSlimes ^ | 1/6/15 | Patrick McGeehan
    In the latest blow to New Jersey, which is still staggering from the recession, Mercedes-Benz USA said on Tuesday that it would move its headquarters to Georgia from Montvale, N.J.
  • A Prototype Battery Could Double the Range of Electric Cars

    12/29/2014 10:14:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 113 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 12/23/2014 | Kevin Bullis
    Startup Seeo has developed batteries that store far more energy than conventional ones, which could extend the range of electric cars. An experimental lithium-ion battery based on materials developed at a U.S. Department of Energy lab stores twice as much energy as the batteries used in most electric cars. If the technology can be commercialized, it could give affordable electric cars a range of over 200 miles per charge, says Hal Zarem, CEO of Seeo, a startup that’s working on the technology. Today the cheapest electric cars, which cost around $30,000, typically have a range of less than 100 miles....
  • Watch a 100-Year-Old, 28.5-Liter Engine Scream to Life (video 3min)

    12/05/2014 7:43:00 PM PST · by virgil283 · 49 replies
    PopSci ^ | December 1, 2014 | Chris Cantle
    "This thundering thing is the Beast of Turin. The Fiat S76 land speed record car. It's a behemoth, nearly as tall as a man, with a four-cylinder engine displacing a staggering 28.5 liters. In 1911 that massive engine propelled the Fiat S76 to 135-mph, an extraordinary accomplishment at the time,..... .....
  • Why this off-road, Russia-only Chevy concept should come to America

    08/27/2014 11:17:15 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 32 replies
    The Chevrolet Niva, a mini-SUV produced as a joint venture between GM and Russian automaker AvtoVAZ, is a beige little ute based on a Lada. It's an incredibly boring car in current form, but the next generation Niva concept unveiled today ahead of the Moscow auto show is a strong enough idea to make us wonder why Chevy hasn't tried something like this over here. Even if you ditch the concept-y winch up front, knobbly tires, off-road snorkel and roof rack featuring enough lights to illuminate Norilsk, the new Niva still manages to look far more aggressive than the standard...