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Brain Game Aims To Boost Driving Skill
Brain Game Aims To Boost Driving Skill

Posit Science has released a game called "DriveSharp", which is, according to the company, "clinically proven" to better driving skills by boosting reaction time and peripheral awareness. The game should have some appeal for aging Boomers -- the same demographic targeted by Nintendo and its popular...Read More»

Photo by Andrew Bush
Daily Object Lust: Drive, by Andrew Bush

People do funny things when they're driving--things they probably wouldn't do in other public settings, like talking to themselves, picking their noses, and belting along with Britney Spears. (C'mon, you've done at least two of the three.) Artist Andrew Bush captures photos of folks at exactly...Read More»

2010 Porsche Panamera V6
Lunch Break Video: Top Gear Races Mail Service In Porsche Panamera

It's easy to bash the postal service. In this age of email, SMS, and Twitter, snail mail seems slower than ever. So it's only natural that the friendly folks at Top Gear decided to race a letter 900 miles over land and sea from drop box to inbox. Of course, they give themselves a leg-up by doing it...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Passat
AdWatch: VW Passat Keeps You Living In Denial

Are you the sort of person who coasts through life with blinders on? Who avoids unpleasantness at all costs? Who shoves all those bills in a big ol' envelope and takes a dozen people to the Ginger Man for drinks? Well, according to the TV spot above--British, of course--you're a perfect candidate...Read More»

Jay Leno and his NextEngine 3D scanner
Jay Leno Uses Digital Tech For Analog Ends

The thought of finding parts for an older vehicle -- much less one that's rare -- is enough to put many people off the idea of restoration altogether. But as Jay Leno demonstrates in his latest "Garage" clip, modern technology can come in very handy in these situations. Using a special scanner...Read More»

1970 AMC AMX/3 [via Flickr user 'clicks_1000']
Flickr Group For Dream Cars And Prototypes

Since today's news headlines have gone seriously retro, it's probably the perfect time to introduce you to our favorite group at photo-sharing site Flickr.com: "Longer, Lower, Wider -- Vintage Dream Cars and Styling Prototypes". As the description implies, the group encourages Flickr users to share...Read More»

Audi TT sculpture, marking the company's 100th anniversary
Audi Celebrates 100th Anniversary With Ten-Ton Audi TT

Remember that giant Hot Wheels sculpture that Audi commissioned to commemorate its 100 years in business? Well, today the company added another oversized artwork to its anniversary collection when a 33-foot-long, 10-ton steel frame sculpture of an Audi TT pulled into one of the world's largest...Read More»

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric - frame from video road test
Spoiled Teen Is REALLY Unhappy With His First Truck

The teen years aren't easy ones. Most of us are crippled by peer pressure, the desire to fit in, and endless waves of surging hormones. As a result, teenagers can be jerks, especially to their parents. Take for example this young man (we'll call him Stephen, since that's what his parents call him)...Read More»

Garrison Keillor-autographed 2010 MINI Cooper S via AutoTrader
Dealer's Employees Taking Your Quarters, Watching Your Porn

Nothing is quite as insulting as when a customer's complaint isn't taken seriously. "Excuse me, sir, but your employee spat in my coffee!" Nothing. "M'am, he refuses to give me a refund!" Bupkus. "Your mechanics are rifling through my truck when I bring it in for service, and they're stealing my...Read More»

'Unsolicited Proposals to Detroit' from 'Lunchbreath'
Unsolicited Proposals: Cartoonist Pitches Marketing Ploys To Detroit

Every armchair CEO on the planet has suggestions for Detroit these days. Most of their ideas are big-picture, obvious things--like, "Make stuff people want to buy" or "Make cars that don't suck". But clearly, Big Three bigwigs need more guidance than that. Luckily, illustrator "Lunchbreath" has...Read More»

'Cars That Fly' from Mechanix Illustrated, October 1958
Ad Flashback: Cars That Fly (1958)

For those who find all that talk of hybrids and electric vehicles and charging infrastructure taking over the world just a little too pie-in-the-sky, here's some fodder to rub in the faces of your visionary friends: an article from the October 1958 issue of Mechanix Illustrated touting the...Read More»

1850 'Boothill Express' custom show rod
Daily Lust: Amazing Hot Rods Up For Bid

Mark your calendars, folks: September 26, 2009 is the date of the "Icons of Speed & Style" auction, hosted by RM Auctions in Los Angeles. Among the beauties on the block: the outstanding 1850 'Boothill Express' Custom Show Rod (at left), "based on the 1850s funeral coach that reportedly carried...Read More»

Audi's centennial sculpture at Goodwood, by Gerry Judah
Audi Marks A Century Of Motoring With Giant Sculpture At Goodwood

Audi makes 100 this year, and the company commissioned Gerry Judah to create a work of art for the occasion. Unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Judah's 40-ton, 115-foot-tall steel sculpture features a swoop of racetrack--Hot Wheels-style--capped off with two Audi beauties: a 1937 Auto...Read More»

V8 Hotel, Stuttgart
A Kinder, Gentler, More Awesome Transformer

Pop quiz: what would you get if you crossed (a) one gifted undergrad working on his B.A. in computer animation, (b) an abiding love for the Norton Commando motorcycle, and (c) eight months of tinkering with some snazzy rendering software? We're not sure either, but it's more interesting than...Read More»

2020 Ford Explorer XLT FWD Temperature Controls
Video: How To Drive A Model T

It's one thing to love old cars. It's quite another to maintain them. Case in point: this clip, in which Ed Hebb--a volunteer at the Henry Ford Estate--gives an overview of the Ford Model T. While you're watching, imagine trying to walk your impatient teenager through all that. [YouTube via...Read More»

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric - frame from video road test
Video Break: A Timeless Tale Of DeLorean Lust

Because (a) everyone we know is in standby mode, waiting for holiday festivities to begin, and because (b) we forgot to post this a couple of weeks ago when the episode first aired, here's a wee clip from American Dad that should speak to all the weekend tinkerers out there. Between the cookouts...Read More»

2005 Ford F-150 Supercab 133" STX Angular Rear Exterior View
Turbo-Powered Ford F-150 Is REALLY Turbo Powered

Remember that episode of Family Guy where Peter thought it'd be fun to fill up his truck with jet fuel and fly around town? Well, he's been one-upped: Michigan's Chris Lentz took a 728-pound jet engine from pre-war Czechoslovakia and a 20-gallon kerosene tank, and bolted both of them to the back of...Read More»

McLaren P1 LM Nürburgring video
Videogame Brought To Life: Street Fighter's Ryu Mauls Car With Bare Hands

Ever fantasized about ripping up a car with your bare hands? Ever fantasized about doing that while dressed as a Ryu, a popular character from the old-skool Capcom videogame, Street Fighter? You're not alone. Anymore. [Buzzfeed]Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 4-door Auto S Front Exterior View
The Coolest Car In Draganesti-Vlasca

Ah, Romania: home of quirky mid-century art, bloody communist repression, gypsies, and Dracula. Just like the textbooks say, it's a land of contrasts. Case in point: this unholy, Frankensteinish alliance of a Volkswagen and an Opel, billed as "the coolest car in Draganesti-Vlasca". We're not sure...Read More»

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