We had covered the Robot Car Unmanned Vehicle back in 2009, but the kit has come a long way since then. The new Uomo version can be installed in as little as 10 minutes, and provides tele-operation and GPS path following control for the vehicle it's installed on....More
Galpin Auto Sports (GAS, Van Nuys, CA) puts a new spin on the Ford GT. Ford Motoring Company produced the GT sportscar from 2004-2006. In Galpin’s version, the GTR1, the car exceeds performance of its predecessor, pushing over 1,000 hp with a twin turbocharger and carbon brakes. GAS builds GTR1 by hand using refurbished Ford GT chassis and powertrains as the foundation. The body of the Ford GT gets replaced with an aluminum or carbon fiber body. Click through the image gallery for more specs on the GTR1.
In celebration of Aston Martin’s 100th anniversary, the British sports-car company pays homage to its past through its CC100 concept car. The new car bears a striking resemblance to the DBR1 that won 24 hours of Le Mans in 1959.
Here’s a column on the laws that hamper Tesla Motors in its efforts to sell electric cars in Texas because they don’t want to go through dealerships. The article makes a lot of sense, especially in these days of online stores and direct sales.
Let me know what you think. Are car dealerships necessary or just a throwback to a protectionist past?...More
One of the major changes computers have injected into the Indianapolis 500 over the past two decades is the widespread use of simulation. No longer do designers or race teams have to schedule racetrack time to determine the effects of a small tweak to the aerodynamics or front shock absorbers, a costly and time-consuming process. Instead, they can juggle a few parameters in a detailed computer model of the car and then run it over a truly realistic model of a specific racetrack....More
Plug-in hybrids are in the air. The XL1 hybrid from Volkswagen is billed as being the most fuel-efficient production car in the world, and even Lamborghini is getting ready to roll out a plug-in version....More