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Scientists Discover How to Make Ethanol out of Carbon Dioxide

Finding could help slow climate change<p>Science is just full of surprises. For proof of that, you only need to look at the recent discovery made by scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, who found that carbon dioxide (CO2) can be converted into ethanol through a chemical …

Carbon Dioxide

Ford Mustang - Germany's favorite sports car

In Germany, the land of the Autobahn, where speed is regarded as a national right, the best-selling sports car last month wasn't the locally-built Porsche 911. It was the Ford Mustang.<p>The Mustang, built in Flat Rock, Mich., is still a novelty in Europe, where it went on sale for the first time last …

Sports Cars

Mazda engineer wants new rotary to be turbocharged

Hope springs eternal for Mazda to revive the high-revving Wankel engine for a new sports car, and the company keeps feeding that thirst with hints that it could happen. To make the possibility even more tantalizing, Mazda drivetrain and powertrain assistant manager Tetsushi Marutani tells <i>Motoring</i> …

AOL

Ford's Hybrid Trucks and SUVs Remain on Track for 2020

NPR isn’t a place where automotive news is often made or announced, but during an interview with <i>All Things Considered</i> host Ari Shapiro, Ford CEO Mark Fields reminded us that Ford is planning to build a hybrid F-series pickup within the next four years. While this is being reported as news by many …

Chevrolet

No Reserve: 1968 International Harvester Travelall 4x4

This 1968 International Harvester Other Travelall 4×4 (chassis 783107H732590) was sourced by the seller in Montana and has been given a nice looking …

Classic Cars

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Engine: All the Nerdy Details

The "Voodoo" 5.2-liter V8 is a completely different animal. Here's everything you need to know.<p><i>From the September 2015 issue of Car and Driver</i><p>The new rev-happy 5.2-liter V-8 in the Mustang Shelby GT350 is one of the most compelling reasons to visit a Ford dealership in 2016. Code-named Voodoo and …

Sports Cars

New Video Explains How the Lexus Hoverboard Works

Since Lexus first introduced its hoverboard concept as part of its “Amazing in Motion” campaign, the excitement has been growing, even though we’ve known all along that it won’t be going on sale. For the last few months, the automaker has released short videos showcasing different aspects of the …

Hoverboards

First Ford Mustang Shelby GT350Rs Roll Off The Line At Flat Rock Plant

It’s a great week for muscle car fans all around the country as the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] has started building customer examples of the new …

Sports Cars

How Honda's VTEC Variable-Timing System Works – Feature

From the August 2015 issue<p>Trademark erosion may not impact the environment, but marketers have noted the lexicographical slide of some brand names into generic labels. Kleenex, Band-Aid, Xerox, and Zamboni (yes, other companies make ice-resurfacing equipment) all underwent the transformation, and …

Data Science
Baseball

Inside The Ford GT's Secret Underground Design Lab: Video

Even for those without a terribly active imagination, the phrase "secret underground lab" implies plenty. And while there's no death ray, roomful of …

Ford Motor Company

Ford Mustang Electric Drag Car Does 0 To 60 MPH Under 2 Seconds, Targets 200 MPH

The McLaren F1 supercar and Tesla Model S P85D sedan can both do 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. But they're not fast, not really.<p>Not when there's an …

Sports Cars

Now you can 3D print your favorite new Ford

Print Your Very Own F-150, Focus, Fiesta, Or Shelby GT350<p>Ford is letting people build their own cars, offering digital files so people can print 3D versions of their favorite models. This is way cooler than any old Matchbox or Hot Wheels toy.<p>Ford this week started offering printable files for the …

3D Printing

Holy Flat-Plane Crank: We Finally Get an In-Depth Look at the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350’s 5.2-liter V-8

Sports Cars

50 Years of Camaro vs. Mustang Sales Figures in Living Color – Feature

When Ford launched the Mustang in April 1964, it unknowingly fired the first salvo in what would become known as the Pony Car Wars. General Motors, unwilling to let Ford go unchallenged, fired back with the Chevrolet Camaro in September 1966. The 1967 Camaro met the Mustang in terms of performance, …

Sports Cars

2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang Chassis First Look

Hot Hooves: Examining the Chassis Ford Will Pair With That Exotic Flat-Plane-Crank V-8<p>Get ready to experience the best-handling Mustang of all time. That was essentially the promise Ford Performance honcho Dave Pericak made at a little show-and-tell of the forthcoming Shelby GT350’s dirty …

Sports Cars

The 2016 Shelby GT350 suspension is an engineering nerd's fantasy

Ford Performance showed us the hidden tweaks they used to create the ultimate Mustang.<p>Deep in the bowels of the Roush/Ford Performance building near Dearborn, a Mustang Shelby GT350 was up on a two-post lift, its underbits exposed for all gathered to gawk at. It's good that Ford had invited us here …

Sports Cars

Watch the government 3D-print a Shelby Cobra replica

Carbon fiber-reinforced plastic printing uses highly energy-efficient manufacturing techniques created at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.<p>I'm not sure how this flew under our radar, but at this year's Detroit Auto Show, back in January, the Department of Energy showed off an electric vehicle they'd …

3D Printing

Scottish dog drives tractor into traffic, thinks he's people

Drivers near Glasgow, Scotland, got a close encounter of the canine kind early on April 22 when a dog drove a tractor onto the freeway. According to <i>The Courier</i>, the dog, whose name is Don, somehow jumped into the tractor cab early in the morning while it was in a field and drove the vehicle onto …

Driverless Cars

Physicist: Furious 7 skyscraper jump could totally work

A physics expert says Dom's flying-car jump through three skyscrapers is Furious 7's "most plausible stunt."<p><i>Furious 7</i> is full of outrageous car stunts. Perhaps the most ridiculous shows Dom and Brian hopping in a $3.4 million Lykan Hypersport parked halfway up a luxury high-rise, and jumping it …

Physics

Inside the Ford GT's interior

Ford has crafted a simple yet high-tech interior for the GT supercar, which has been on display at auto shows around the world this year.<p>The instrument panel has a two-tier design with a floating wing. There are soft-touch materials and carbon fiber, which also is used for the passenger cell.<p>Still, …

Jeep 'trailer hitch' recall repair rates lag amidst reports of new death

The problem with exploding fuel tanks in the 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty in some rear collisions continues to be a problem for FCA US, formerly Chrysler. The campaign to fix the utility vehicles was first announced in June 2013 after 51 claimed fatalities, and the fixes …

Traffic Safety

Report: Ford May Use CVTs to Improve MPG

New transmission could improve mpg in low-torque applications<p>Ford may join the ranks of Nissan, Honda, and many other automakers in using continuously variable transmissions to improve fuel economy, according to a report from <i>Automotive News</i>. Though the automaker has avoided this type of …

Fuel Efficiency

Here's the new face of the Ford Ranger

Ford Asia Pacific has put a teaser video on YouTube showing off details on the 2015 Ranger pickup, and at the end we get a quick glimpse of the whole truck. This is the T6 Ranger that we still don't get in North America, but that shares its underpinnings with the Everest SUV recently introduced at …

Feds chastise Marchionne over Jeep recall, only 13% repaired so far

Following the significant outcry surrounding the General Motors and Takata airbag safety crises this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seems to be taking a much more aggressive role in pushing owners to repair their recalled vehicles. In the agency's latest move, it's urging …

How Would You Do On The Supposedly Smarter SATs? (Updated)

The dreaded college entrance exam is getting revamped. Take our quiz to see how the new questions stack up against the old.<p><b>Update, December 16, 2014:</b><p>The charts above show how 310 readers did on our highly abbreviated SAT exam. The quiz included a verbal and a math question from both the current …

Education

APOD: Leonids Above Torre de la Guaita (2014 Nov 16) Image Credit & Copyright: Juan Carlos Casado (TWAN) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141116.html Explanation: Leonids Meteor Shower came to an impressive crescendo in 1999. Observers in Europe saw a sharp peak in the number of meteors visible around 0210 UTC during the early morning hours of November 18. Meteor counts then exceeded 1000 per hour - the minimum needed to define a true meteor storm. At other times and from other locations around the world, observers typically reported respectable rates of between 30 and 100 meteors per hour. This photograph is a 20-minute exposure ending just before the main Leonids peak began. Visible are at least five Leonid meteors streaking high above the Torre de la Guaita, an observation tower used during the 12th century in Girona, Spain. In 2014, over the next few nights, the Leonids meteor shower will again peak. This year, although the crescent Moon should not create much competing skyglow, the Earth is predicted to pass through a more moderate stream of debris left over from Comet Tempel-Tuttle than in 1999, perhaps resulting in as many as 15 visible meteors per hour from dark locations. http://twanight.org/casado Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=141116 #APOD