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On most flights I’ve been on, everything gets held up even if something as minor as the latch that holds the rolling trash-dolly in place is too tarnished. Only after it’s perfect can the plane take off. That sure as hell wasn’t the case with this Air India flight, which kept right on going even after the pilot clipped the top off a brick wall and whacked into an instrumentation tower.

One of our dashing readers emailed us just now with a question I’m not really sure I’m seeking an answer to: “Want to know just how truly disgusting people are?” our reader asks, rhetorically, because he damn well knows the answer. He suggests that those who want to know the answer to that question simply seek out service technicians and have them describe cars that have been brought in. Then, he sent us this picture. This horrible, humanity-shaming picture. Now, out of equal parts cruelty and caring, I share it with you.

Anthony Levandowski, the controversial former Google engineer at the center of the major lawsuit between Uber and Waymo over trade secrets last year, is the subject of a new extensive, scathing, head-spinning story featured in this month’s New Yorker. One of the many incredible details is an alleged crash where Levandowski took a self-driving car where it wasn’t meant to go, resulting in a Google exec getting severely injured.

It's 11am deep in the Mojave Desert, the sun already laser-boring into everything it touches, and Bob is driving the stagecoach a hair too fast, speeding down Fury Road while tidily dispatching his not-first Bud Light of the morning. The whiskey still fixed to the stagecoach's roof rattles as the scenery whips by: People draped in chains and spikes and gas masks and armour. Cars bristling with mounted machine guns and animal-skull hood ornaments.

Tesla made waves earlier this week by announcing that the Model 3 scoring five stars in all of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s crash test categories, leading to the claim that it has “the lowest probability of injury of all cars the safety agency has ever tested.” The Tesla cars have long had a strong record for safety, but this would take it to a new level. Here’s some of the engineering behind what makes the Tesla Model 3 so safe.

One of the major complaints people make about EVs is that they have short ranges and long charging times. The second generation Toyota Rav4 EV sold from 2012 to 2015 was no stranger to that complaint, seeing a range of just 166km. The Rav4 EV was built in a partnership between Toyota and Tesla, and a total of 2,489 units were built. This enthusiastic owner wanted to increase the range of his Toyota, and built this simple trailer solution to double his battery capacity, nearly doubling his range, despite the trailer’s extra 454kg.

Many years before Honda built their now legendary Accord-based four-slamming-door high-roof miniature van, the Odyssey name was used by Honda’s Powersports division for a minimalist single-seat off-road go-kart. It weighed just under 181kg, and used a 250cc two-stroke ripper of an engine for personal off-road mobility.

Renault took the covers off of this extremely French concept car at the Paris Motor Show today, and it’s claiming the ideas behind this car will revolutionise ride sharing for upscale clients. The EZ-ULTIMO is the third in a trilogy of concepts—after the EZ-GO and EZ-PRO. It is billed as an autonomous, electric, connected, and shared mobility service solution. Renault thinks that this sleek and slinky mobile hipster bar will be deployable as an on-demand shuttle for the wealthy to use for a single trip, rent by the hour, or by the day. None of that will ever happen, but to Renault’s credit, this thing is strikingly beautiful.

If you’re into exotic cars, you’re probably living in the best era for them. No longer the scarce things they once were, you can get your mitts on more of them than ever before. AMG makes legit supercars, Aston Martin’s range is ever expanding, Ferrari’s on a roll lately, Lamborghini’s SUV is… a thing, and McLaren’s determined to bring out as many new models as it can. And the new McLaren 600LT comes to the family as the smallest McLaren for people who are constantly late for things.

Motorcycle riders don’t enjoy the same luxury of safety that people in cars do. They are completely exposed and a collision that wouldn’t really hurt a driver can seriously injure a rider. So, it’s understandable that when this rider narrowly avoids colliding with a stunting Lamborghini, the rider’s alleged girlfriend tears the driver a new arsehole.