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3D Printing Can Now Re-create an Entire Classic Car

The emergence of 3D printing allowed those who could afford such a machine the power to craft custom replacement parts for car. Now that printers are growing cheaper and more sophisticated—and can handle materials such as metal—the possibilities are limitless.<p><b>Maybe you watched</b> one of those <i>Star Trek</i> …

3D Printing

Can More Buttons Save MyFord Touch?

MyFord Touch promised powerful features and an elegant interface when it debuted at CES in 2010, but has since become a sore spot for Ford when it was widely criticized for being buggy and overly complicated. Ford made a valiant effort in 2012 to satisfy frustrated customers by issuing a free …

Gear & Gadgets

Audi's New E-Gas Plant Will Make Carbon-Neutral Fuel

Combining harvested waste CO2 and renewably-generated electricity, Audi takes the first step to producing the world's first carbon-neutral fuel.<p>Audi's e-fuels project won't fundamentally change how the company builds its cars. It won't drastically reduce trips to the pump. Nor will it introduce a …


Can Battery Manufacturers Survive in the U.S.?

A recent study compares the costs of lithium-ion battery production between the U.S. and China. Can America compete?<p>What if, in response to the steadily rising tide of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean lithium-ion battery production over the past two decades, a U.S.-based company decided to open up …

Electric Vehicles

5 Smart Tips for Towing a Trailer

Hauling a trailer can be easy, but mistakes can lead to disastrous consequences. With that in mind, we're offering some advice to help you and your cargo reach your destination safely.<p><b>Know Your Weights</b><p>A truck or car's tow rating (found in the owner's manual) is a simplification of a number of …


The Ford Tremor is the New SVT Lightning

Like the SVT Lightning, Ford's latest performance-minded F-150 is built for the drag-strip, and not much else.<p>Mention anything about the Ford SVT Lightning to a car enthusiast and you'll likely get one of two responses: fervid disgust or irrational infatuation. It's a division that boils down to …

Sports Cars

10 Things to Know About Performance Tires

Forget turbochargers, nitrous oxide, suspension kits, and all other go-fast goodies. The two best and cheapest ways to make your car quicker are a set of super-sticky tires and a serious upgrade of the organic software (that being you, the driver).<p>Forget turbochargers, nitrous oxide, suspension …

Chevrolet Corvette

5 Cars That Defined the Woodie—and the 5 Worst Woodies Ever Made

Once the mark of quality craftsmanship, wood paneling on cars became a phony vinyl travesty in the 70s and 80s. We remember the glory days of the woodie—and the ignominious era of faux wood.<p>In the earliest days of the automobile, creating steel stampings for bodies was more expensive than making …

Classic Cars

Ferrari FXX EVO Onboard EPIC Sound!