Dear Tesla: Bypassing Environmental Laws Is Bad For Everyone

Tesla is planning a so-called Gigafactory, an enormous battery plant to supply the company’s upcoming high-volume Model 3. California wants that factory bad, offering to waive its environmental regulations to win it. That’s bad news — for Tesla, for California, for you and me, and for the future of electric cars.


Dainese D-Air Plus Ducati Multistrada Means Safe(r) Motorbike Crashes

When motorbikes crash into cars, the rider usually comes off second best to the driver. The rapid pace of innovation means that bikes are getting safer in accidents, though, and one of the most recent developments is an airbag jacket. Dainese’s D-Air system has its first motorcycle partner in a new Ducati tourer.


James May's Cars Of The People Is On Foxtel Tonight

Are you feeling the effects of the Top Gear drought? There’s a few other shows that should catch your attention. One of those is Cars Of The People, TG host James May’s look at cars that changed the world, built for the people by the people (or sometimes by power-hungry dictators).


Security Experts: Car Hacking Is Real And We Need To Prepare

Getting hacked, whether on a desktop or smartphone, pretty much sucks. In a way, your entire digital life is an open book and even the control of your devices can be wrenched away from you. But imagine it’s not a smartphone getting ripped from your hands but rather your car’s steering wheel.


Cars Exploding In Drag Races Look Like They Are Made Out Of Jelly

Video: The NHRA put together this gnarly video compilation of wild rides from the first half of the 2014 season and it’s just nuts. These drag races look a lot more like horizontal rocket launches crossed with the flames of Ghost Rider than the cars you and I drive.


Confused Google Street View Driver Ignores Street Signs, Crashes

You’d think a guy driving a car with “Google Maps” written on the door would never get lost. But a Street View driver in Arkansas, US proved that user error knows no bounds, going the wrong way down a one-way street, busting an illegal U-turn, allegedly blowing a red light and hitting another car. Hope you turned the camera off, bud.


Boston's First Police Cars Were Steam-Powered

It’s easy to forget that a century ago, gasoline-powered cars didn’t completely dominate the automobile market. In 1900, roughly 40 per cent of all cars sold in the US were steam-powered. In fact, when the Boston police bought one of the country’s first cop cars in 1903 it was running on steam.


Toyota 86: Australian Review

It has been a long time since the Supra and the AE86 Corolla and the Soarer. For a while, especially in Australia, Toyota has made cars for families, but the 2012 launch of the 86 marked a return to form. The recently refreshed mid-life update of the Toyota 86 adds a few welcome goodies, but it’s still a simple, focused sports car.


Spectacular Failed Car Stunt Almost Kills Film Crew

The director shouts action. Time passes. Suddenly, a car crashes through a truck and, out of control, almost wipes out the entire film crew. This is what happens when you are filming a car action scene and you don’t take the appropriate safety measures. Fortunately, everyone seems to be alright.


Bentley Is Working On A Plug-In Hybrid SUV Code-Named Falcon

Bentley’s already hulking limousines are getting an even bigger brother, with work underway on developing a SUV-size variant based on Audi’s next-generation Q7. That SUV will apparently have a silent-running hybrid diesel- or petrol-electric version with around 50km of battery range. So you won’t even hear it coming.