Matt Sonsthagen

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Engineering Explained: How Manual Transmissions Work And Why They're Better

Perhaps you’re unfamiliar with the technology. It’s been around for longer than you’ve been alive. Let’s work our way through four basic …

Foo Fighters Turns 20

For many people, Dave Grohl will always be the drummer from Nirvana first and foremost, the frontman of Foo Fighters second. But the first Foo …

Ford and Galpin Create F-150 Halo Sandcat for Xbox Halo 5

Ford and Los Angeles–based Galpin Auto Sports have a history of partnering on unique automotive creations that dates back half a century—Galpin is credited with helping to popularize custom vans and street rods in the 1960s—and here to prove that the relationship is as lively as ever is the F-150 …

Aston Martin's plan for Le Mans domination

The Aston Martin racing team, run by the Banbury-based Prodrive organisation, has taken class wins at the French 24-hour classic in 2007, 2008 and …

2016 Honda Civic Type R: Too Much For The Road? - XCAR

Next Toyota Supra might be called S-FR

In the world of car-rumors, those surrounding the revival of the Toyota Supra are rivaled only mid-engine Corvettes and billion-dollar barn finds for Internet potency. Let's face it, we love them as much as you do.<p>Entering stage right then is your latest Supra tidbit. The always-vigilant forum …

Toyota Discontinues TRD Supercharger Program

<b>Toyota is discontinuing its support for the TRD Supercharger program.</b><p>In a bulletin sent to its parts and service managers at Toyota dealerships …

Here's Your First Look At The Final Ever Top Gear Episode

After the final episodes of the last season of Top Gear were shelved after Jeremy Clarkson got a little bit punchy, there were two unaired films …

Holy Flat-Plane Crankshaft: We Finally Get an In-Depth Look at the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350/GT350R’s 5.2-liter V-8

Following our recent peek at the unique chassis of the new 2015/2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R, Ford Performance engineers finally popped the hood of their zesty new track rat for a closer look at its very special 5.2-liter, flat-plane-crankshaft V-8. That racy, high-revving engine—which …

People In Japan Are Shaving Dogs Into Cubes Now

There isn’t much more to explain because this story is exactly what it says on the tin: Japanese dog groomers are cutting their extra-fuzzy canine friends into cube shapes. Maybe it’s a Minecraft thing, or maybe it’s an architectural thing, but it was a huge hit at a recent dog show in Tokyo, and …

Trends

Toyota adopts Ford AppLink to keep Apple CarPlay, Android Auto honest - ExtremeTech

By on June 4, 2015 at 10:30 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Toyota will work with Ford to …

Car and Driver

Toyota USA goes right for our enthusiast gut with these incredible classic racing liveries applied to GT-86s.

Apple Watch to control your car: 6 apps from auto makers | Malay Mail

SAN FRANCISCO, June 1 — Volkswagen, Mercedes and Volvo have joined BMW, Porsche and Tesla on the growing list of car companies that are offering apps …

Apple Watch

An electric-car future is coming, just more slowly than predicted

It’s been no secret that President Obama’s goal of 1 million plug-in electric cars on U.S. roads won’t be met by the end of this year.<p>That’s the goal he announced on the campaign trail toward winning his first term in 2008.<p>The actual number is likely to be perhaps 400,000 or so; the 1 million goal …

Here is the proof that Apple is secretly developing a car battery

This week, the Cupertino company reportedly will settle a lawsuit brought against it by A123 Systems— a large-battery company that alleges Apple deliberately poached its employees to develop its own car battery technology.<p>Final details of the settlement are yet to be established. But court …

Toyota and Mazda engage to a long-term commitment

Toyota Motor Corp. and Japanese rival Mazda are expanding their partnership to a long-term one focusing on technologies in the areas of safety and fuel efficiency.<p>Toyota President Akio Toyoda and Mazda Motor Corp. President Masamichi Kogai shook hands at a Tokyo hotel on Wednesday, both smiling and …

Energy

You'll Never Believe These New Cars

The new concept design from Germany drive sideways!<p>You may have noticed a trend lately where cars are getting smaller and smaller. Many are …

Exclusive: North Korea would use nukes if 'forced,' official says

<b>Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) —</b> When officials informed us that we'd be granted a sit-down interview with a high-ranking member of North Korea's inner circle with no preconditions, it was a real surprise.<p>Senior figures in Pyongyang don't do interviews, especially not with the international press.<p>"I …

North Korea

Hear Kurt Cobain’s Stripped-Down Cover of the Beatles’ ‘And I Love Her’

As the premiere date for Brett Morgen’s <i>Montage of Heck</i> documentary approaches, more never-before-heard recordings from Kurt Cobain’s archives are …

Robot arms will cook your meals like a 'MasterChef'

You could swap hands with the Robot Devil and still not be as good a chef as this prototype from Moley Robotics. The unit consists of two mechanical arms terminating in a pair of highly dexterous biomimetic hands. Designed by 2011 <i>MasterChef</i> winner Tim Anderson, and currently on display at the …

Robotics

Goodyear Concept Tires Shift Shapes and Create Electricity

There was a time when concept cars exhibited such radical pie-in-the-sky thinking that you wondered whether the designers used LSD or had their six-year-olds draw the first sketches. With automakers now rigidly focused on making money, it seems the tire manufacturers are the primary generators of …

Scientists Target New Painkillers From Spider Venom

Ingredients in venom could lead to new, nonaddictive treatments for chronic pain<p>Scientists in Australia, home to some of the most poisonous creatures on Earth, have made an important discovery about spider venom that eventually could lead to a new class of painkillers.<p>Spiders use their venom to …

Painkillers

Carmakers Can Relax, A Bit, Apple Car Threat Looks Years Away

The world’s car manufacturers can breathe easy, at least for a while; the threat that mega-rich technology company Apple is about to launch a vehicle which would fatally undermine the traditional industry isn’t going to happen any time soon.<p>If it does materialize, it will have to be electric and …

Automotive Industry

Can Nissan's all-electric van boost the appeal of commercial EV fleets?

Last year was a banner one for electric vehicles. Registrations quadrupled to almost 14,500 in the U.K. alone under the government's plug-in grant …

How much does an F1 car cost?

Formula 1 teams are driven by annual budgets of hundreds of millions of pounds, but despite the blockbuster figures they are far from typical …

Sir Richard Branson looking to take on Tesla to bring electric cars to the masses

Branson, publicity-loving entrepreneur who loves fast things has been in Miami, where his Virgin Racing team competed in the all-electric Formula E …

Gas Mileage Rules For 2025 Could Be Lowered If Buyers Stick With SUVs

Thus far, automakers appear to have had little trouble meeting the corporate average fuel economy rules that started for 2012 vehicle and will rise …

We live in the digital era, yet the desire for tangible, physical objects persists, with companies reporting good sales when they combine the two worlds

Vinyl Records

Vinyl Sales Grew More Than 50% In 2014

It should come as no surprise to almost anybody that sales in the music industry have been declining for over a decade, and with the advent of streaming services, it looks like the trend that was started by piracy sites like Napster isn’t going to end anytime soon. One small bit of good news for …

Dave Grohl Appointed Record Store Day 2015 Ambassador

Dave Grohl proved himself to be a keen music historian with his <i>Sonic Highways</i> HBO docuseries. Knowing the importance that the local, independently …