automobiles

Monster Machines: Earth's Fastest Electric Car Just Keeps Getting Quicker

While cars like the Nissan Leaf and Tesla S are bringing electric vehicle technology mainstream, a team of student researchers are driving that technology to its very limit. The result: a record-shattering 483km/h bullet car that runs without a sip of gasoline.


Caterham's Smart New F1 Racer Collects Data From 500 Onboard Sensors

In a sport where the difference between winning and losing is measured in thousandths of a second, squeezing every last ounce of speed out of your F1 racecar is absolutely imperative. A new collaboration between GE and Caterham aims to do just that — by leveraging the power of big data and materials science.


Modified Cars Ferried Crews Along Rails In Style

There are a lot of things that can go wrong with the 140,695 miles of railroad covering America. The tracks have to be inspected regularly and, rather than send crews out in full-sized train cars, these modified automobiles often did the job.


Are Rising Gas Prices One Cure For Obesity?

There may be one benefit to the rising cost of gas. It could make Americans less fat.


Crash Test Tesla Model S Alpha Hints At Electric Sports Sedans To Come

The orange beauty here is one of the crash test cars that Tesla will send into a wall at some future date to judge the car’s impact worthiness. It’s also an indication of what’s next from the electric car company.


You Can Rent A Tesla Roadster For Relatively Cheap

There are only 1500 Tesla Roadsters in existence, and they’re not cheap. But if you live in San Francisco and are over 30, you can still get your hands on one; for $US25 an hour, that is.


Watch This Massive Australian Flood Clear An Entire Parking Lot

Queensland, Australia is in the midst of a massive flooding disaster that’s already claimed (at least) eight lives. Now, we’ve got some amazing amateur video of the flooding that shows—in horrifying glory—its full, powerful, car-moving devastation. Watch inside.


Europe Wants Self Driving Cars, And It Wants Them Now

A project funded by the European Commission is working to develop an infrastructure for self-driving cars. The system, called SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment), will allow cars to autonomously travel in a convoy. Also, testing begins NOW.


Three Teams Split $US10 Million Automotive X-Prize

Of the 136 fuel-efficient vehicles entered into the 2010 Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize, three 100 mile-per-gallon contenders emerged victorious this week to share in the $US10 million prize. These are their names:


Prototype Vehicle Warning Seat System Vibrates When Danger Is Near

Is my arse vibrating again or am I about to run headlong into a Mack truck? Well, if a prototype out of the Yale School of Engineering comes to pass, in my hypothetical future both could be true! Wild ride!