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Dickies, Michelin make an anti-slip footwear for workers

What do you get when you cross a popular clothing brand with a world-renowned tire maker? If you’re guessing some sort of sports apparel, you’d …

For new NSX, Acura's designing woman

Michelle Christensen wanted to get into the automotive design program at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design. So admissions officers asked her for a portfolio of car sketches.<p>She had none.<p>Christensen had designed prom dresses in high school. She didn't even know car design was a career until …

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The Physics of Engine Notes, Or: Why a Toyota V-6 and Porsche Flat-Six Sound So Different

The science of engine sounds.<p>From the January 2015 issue of <b>Car and Driver</b><p>What separates a Porsche flat-six from a Toyota Avalon V-6—aside from the bank angle, the power output, the engine location, and your interest in owning one? At full throttle, the Porsche belts out an aggressive mechanical …

Chris Harris on the Next Bugatti Veyron: "I Couldn't Care Less"

The words barely penetrated my waking consciousness, but something registered from the pages of a weekly British car magazine: “Bugatti Veyron replacement will have over 1500 hp and hit 290 mph.” Whatever. I couldn’t care less, I thought, as I went off to water the tomato plants. Ten years ago, I’d …

100 car GIFs to rule them all

Amazing moments, looping infinitely. The perfect distillation of internet cardom.<p>The Internet is the ultimate human procrastination technology, so in the interest of helping you put off whatever it is you should be doing right now, we scoured the web for great automotive animated GIFs.<p>Some are hard …

This Is What Would Happen If You Lined up Every Car on the Planet and Floored Their Throttles

<i>(Illustration by Bryan Christie Design)</i><p>We know that every burnout results in at least one angry bystander because science tells us that every action generates an equal and opposite reaction. Newton's Third Law also states that the torque that propels your car creates a reactionary force that acts …

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Modern Pistons (and Probably Some Things You Didn't)

Power and efficiency are up. But if you want to know the full story of how the internal-combustion engine is evolving, you have to cross-examine the pistons.<p>The slugs of aluminum inside your engine live in a fiery hell. At full throttle and 6000 rpm, a piston in a gasoline engine is subjected to …

Owning a classic car always keeps life interesting

Sometimes it's just more fun to have problems.<p>I learned to drive in a Triumph TR3A. My next door neighbor was a WWII vet who bought the car new in 1959. He never put the top up because "tops are for sissies." Seeing him roar off in a light snow squall with his scarf flapping jauntily was inspiring. …

Driving

1. BMW 7 Series

BMW’s flagship sedan seems to have lost its edge in recent years. It’s wrapped in languid styling and just doesn’t feel as sporty as it did in earlier renditions; an odd product lineup includes an expensive and not especially efficient gas-electric hybrid model. Consumer Reports takes the 7 Series …

Fiat 500e, Audi Autonomous Tech, New Batmobile: What’s New @ The Car Connection

The Fiat 500e is a rare sight in most parts of the U.S., and as a 'compliance car,' only offered in California and Oregon and aimed to satisfy the …

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I took on the fastest man on the Dragon with a 458 Speciale

Fast guys on one of our deadliest roads.<p><i>The unmistakable pops and raps of a Mazda rotary interrupt the whip-poor-will's haunting call. It's past dusk on a sticky June day, and across the valley, the fleeting light outlines the mountain. The road over there is a half-mile away, cut into the</i> …

Car Salesman Confidential: Fear and Desire

I once worked for a man — who was a very good manager — who told me, “It’s far easier to fire someone than it is to turn them into a success.” I couldn’t agree more.<p>The job of all sales managers, like all coaches, is to turn their players — their salespeople — into winners. But it’s very, very hard …

Buying A New Car Is Greener Than Driving An Old One...Really

You've probably heard it at some point: A friend claims his older vehicle is far greener than the new car with much higher fuel economy you just …

Can VW and Fiat Chrysler Merge and Manage 20 Brands?

Rumors that Volkswagen Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could merge to become the biggest four-wheeled Goliath of all time have been squashed by high-ranking executives on both sides.<p>But since our industry runs on rumor, let’s imagine Volkswagen, Audi, Škoda, SEAT, Porsche, Lamborghini, Bentley, …

Tesla Model S Hackathon in China Turns Up Nothing Truly Sinister

When news came recently of a conference in China dedicated to the hacking of a Tesla Model S, we were intrigued. After all, with the increasing connectivity of modern vehicles—to say nothing of a fully electric ride like the Model S—the threat of hackers somehow breaking into a car’s brain is …

NY Times Document Analysis Indicates GM Lied About Fatal Crashes

As the ignition-defect scandal swirls around General Motors, the issue at the center of it all is what GM knew and who they should have told. Internal reports reveal information that is damning and infuriating.<p>Here's a brief refresher on the ignition scandal: Defective ignition switches in about …

How Car Recalls Work

If in the past few months you’ve turned on your television, read anything at all, or simply existed within the borders of the United States, it’s likely you’ve seen a story involving a vehicle recall. These happen when an automaker admits that some of its vehicles are flawed in some fundamental way …

5 Ways To Inspire Innovation (And Plan For Disruption)

The <b>Ford</b> production line was the result of a visit to a Chicago slaughterhouse. Butchers—each skilled at taking one specific cut of meat—would do their work on one carcass after another, brought to them on a line of moving hooks. Literally food for thought.<p>The seed of the idea for <b>Netflix</b> came from a …

Fast Company: Scientifically Sorting the Industry's Biggest Pushers of Speed and Power – Feature

You’ll find a celebration of speed throughout this issue. Because if cars weren’t fast, they wouldn’t be so thrilling; and if cars weren’t powerful, they wouldn’t be so fast. Here, we’ve ­compiled a data mountain pertaining to speed and power and the companies that move them in the greatest volume …

Why Lithium-Ion Batteries Degrade With Repeated Charging

As anyone with a smartphone, laptop or indeed a whole electric car will know, lithium-ion batteries degrade over time.<p>Each time you charge and …

How It Works: The BMW i8's Laser Headlights

The lights on the hybrid BMW of the future are energy-efficient, crazy-cool—and illegal in the United States. Stupid laws strike again.<p><b>Go to your computer and email your local congressman right now.</b> Why? Because thanks to archaic headlight-brightness regulations, possibly the most groundbreaking …

How to Wash Your Car Like a Pro

There is much more to washing and waxing when it comes to cleaning and protecting your vehicle's paint.<p>If you care about your car's exterior, you'll avoid those quickie car washes with the big brushes that can do more harm than good and do a DIY car wash that will achieve the best results.<p>Most …

How A Car-Crazy Entrepreneur Turned A Lifelong Passion Into A Lifetime Career

Elo has loved cars since he was a child and uses his mechanical and design skills to create unique vehicles. His customisations are second to none and clients from across the world seek him out to revitalise their classic vehicles and turn them into 21st-century statement cars. He also owns the …

Mercedes's clever Formula 1 turbo setup, explained

Halving a snail to go like stink.<p>Mark Donohue's <i>The Unfair Advantage</i> may be the finest book even written on racing. It's framed around the life of a shy Can-Am and Indy 500 winner, but this 325-page motorsport tome is really a glimpse into competitive engineering's never-ending quest to exploit an …

A Different Kind Of Cool: The First-Ever Electric Italian Superbike

The 2015 Energica Ego Motorcycle won’t produce that throaty, viscera-jumbling rumble you hear when you fire up a Harley.<p>It won’t let you feather the clutch as you cruise through town or downshift around a bend.<p>Nor will it let you be the neighborhood cool guy tuning the transmission in the driveway …

The Physics of Diffusers: How to Make a Car Really Suck

Gettin' down with downforce.<p>Finessing the Flow <br>The diffuser acts as an expansion chamber to manage the air as it exits from underneath the car and reintegrates it with higher-pressure ambient air. Smoothing this transition reduces turbulence and drag in the car's wake and improves airflow under the …

America's first next-gen aircraft carrier takes high tech to sea

The world's most-advanced aircraft carrier should be meeting a bottle of champagne today. Head on.<p>The USS Gerald R. Ford will be christened during a ceremony in Newport News, Va., an event that will usher in the next generation of aircraft carriers. The Gerald R. Ford is the first of its class -- …

1. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Arguably the most significant new-car introduction for 2014 (at least from an enthusiast’s standpoint) brings a hallowed name back to an iconic American sports car. Coming in coupe and convertible versions, the Corvette Stingray is completely redesigned with an all-new chassis and mechanicals …

11 Or 12 Things I Learned About Life From Day Trading Millions Of Dollars

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest book, is “Choose Yourself!”</i> <i>(foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter). Follow him on Twitter @jaltucher. I was a day trader for many years and it almost killed me.</i><p>I was a day trader for many …

A Heartwarming And Heartbreaking Tale of A Car Collector

Every one of us has daydreamed about amassing a vast collection of cars that interest us. Today, we have an inspiring and cautionary tale of a man …